Woodford example could save cane land

From left: Arief Rabik, Amanda Jackes, Woodfordia general manager; Gavin Kele of Arris Water and architect Nici Long of Cave Urban look over plans for the bamboo project.

How bamboo could reactivate dormant Coast cane land

'Tis the season to be purple

PURPLE HAZE: Wendy Savage from Hospital Grove Apartments loves the jacaranda tree outside the apartment complex.

Dry weather brings on jacaranda show

Dreamworld shock: Son and daughter saw parents die

 New Zealand expat Cindy Low, 42, (back right) has been named as the fourth victim who died in the accident at Dreamworld yesterday. An investigation is underway to determine how four people died on the 30-year-old Thunder River Rapids ride at the Gold Coast theme park.

It is understood Kieran was the last person to see his mum alive.

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Vatican: Cremated Catholics won't get "Christian funeral"

HOLDING your loved ones close after they have been cremated is now against the Catholic Church after a Vatican decree authorised by Pope Francis.

Staring into the eye of a 36-tonne humpback

Coffs Harbour videographer Brett Vercoe has captured an extraordinarily close underwater encounter with humpback whales in Tonga.

Ultimate whale encounter captured by Coffs local Brett Vercoe.

Before and after: Celebrate the Lamington Bridge 120 years

Mary River Lamington Bridge, Maryborough. Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

The heritage listed bridge even survived the record 1893 flood.

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Mark's live on-air proposal

LOVED UP: Mark Urquhart made the decision to cut off both his legs after he was paralysed from the hips down. He proposed to partner Vikki on Weekend Sunrise.

EX-BUNDABERG solider pops the question on national television

How to enter the Seniors News caravan competition

SENIORS News in conjunction with Palm Lake Resorts is giving away a $69,990 Majestic Caravan to one lucky winner.

Find out why the Majestic Caravan has everyone talking

Proud history in the caravan industry, offering reliability, luxury

Where’s your nearest Palm Lake Resort?

Here’s a list of all Palm Lake Resorts to help you on your way!

20 tips for towing a caravan safely

Towing a caravan/trailer is not difficult if you follow the tips

Tips for using free caravan stops in Australia

The caravan worth $69,990 which you win by entering this competition.

Free camps may vary from gravel roadside stops to beside a river

CARAVAN COMP: Don't wait too long for the time of your life

YOUR CHANCE: You can win a $69,990 caravan just by getting creative with one of these new Palm Lake Resort stickers.

Competition stickers are available in Palm Lake Resort

Top free camping spots throughout NSW

Camping and caravanning is a great way to travel

Paper clip hacks to make your life easier

WHO knew the humble paper clip had so many uses?

LIVE + SAVE: High tea at low price

Conceived with a cup of tea on a white surface

HOW to treat yourself to a fancy high tea without the price tag.

CHEAP EATS: Make a delicious, simple high tea

Lovely selection of delicious treats

TOP tips and tricks to present a top-class high tea at home.

Tips to help you manage your power usage and cut bills

Electricity prices are continuing to rise, so follow these top tips to help slash your next bill.

ELECTRICITY prices are rising, so follow these tips to cut your bill

LIVE + SAVE: Seasonal fruits delivering best buys

Citrus is costing more than usual, so opt for seasonal fruits instead.

PRICES for citrus are high, but seasonal fruits offer best buys.

LIVE + SAVE: Make 20 useful household items with a coathanger

Things to make with a coathanger.

MAKE 20 household items using only a wire coathanger.

MAKE YOUR OWN: Lavender essential oil

Making your own lavender essential oil is easy when you know how.

LAVENDER essential oil is good for the senses, the body and the mind

Retiree travellers' guide to the best of South Australia

INTREPID travellers, retirees Rob and Janine share their favourite spots in South Australia.

Chefs cook up gourmet answer to camp cooking

Chefs and foodies Jennifer Hill and Annette Long will present interesting and practical ideas on things to take and things to cook when you are travelling.

CHEFS to prove that camp cooking can be delicious.

Visual feast of talent at Buddina Art Show

The talents of both renowned and up-and-coming artists will be on public display over three days, when the Buddina Art Show opens its doors on Friday, October 21.

WORKS by both renowned and up-and-coming artists will be on display.

Concert to leave a Legacy of hope and help

The Sunshine Coast Concert Band will perform another of their legendary concerts for Sunshine Coast Legacy on Saturday, November 5.

CONCERT to raise much-needed funds for Sunshine Coast Legacy.

Return to study 'opens doors, opens thinking'

Richard Bojack, 50, is studying Social Science - Psychology at USC, while still working.

USC aims to ease mature ages students' entrance into university.

Distance no barrier for family of model railway fans

Ken Saunders with his model railway in Tewantin.

KEN able to play trains with grandson 12,000kms away.

Noni Hazlehurst: Multiple faces of a singular woman

ACCLAIMED: Noni Hazlehurst as Elizabeth Bligh in a Place to Call Home.

ACTRESS shines light on rising issue of homelessness and older women

Top hairstyles to make you look younger

A GREAT hairstyle can take years off your face, hide wrinkles, enhance your features and generally give you a youthful glow.

12 early warning signs of dementia you need to know

An early diagnosis and starting treatment quickly can help slow the progress of the debilitating disease.

AN early diagnosis can help slow the progress of the disease.

5 makeup mistakes that make you look older

Less is always more and a good rule of thumb to live by

Stem cell research aims to slow down aging process

Researchers aim to slow down the depletion of stem cells and consequent loss of function in the body as we age.

AIM to slow down depletion of stem cells and function as we age.

Proof that brain training actually works

Researchers have shown for the first time that "brain training” for specific tasks can also improve broader brain performance.

RESEARCH shows brain training can improve broader brain performance.

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Tech blacklash rewrites loss of artform

HANDWRITING is seeing a resurgence, with pen and ink sales soaring.

Cultures combine for Drayton Villas visit

A resident of Drayton Villas Retirement Village with the book gifted to residents by the visiting students from Japan.

RESIDENTS at Drayton Village welcome students from Japan.

A saving grace for those with Younger Onset Dementia

TOUGH LOVE: Janelle Petrie and husband Mick, who was diagnosed with Younger Onset Dementia at just 53.

TOOWOOMBA support group reaching out to more sufferers.

Helidon celebrates all that's Celtic with 'good craic'

CELTIC MARCH: Helidon is transformed as the annual Celtic Festival of Queensland marches into the main street with bagpipes, singing, dancing, Celtic sports, Medieval re-enactments and more.

Helidon warms up for the Celtic Festival of Queensland.

How to shop around for a home loan

Paul Clitheroe.

How to avoid loans stacked with unwanted fees and charges.

Financial struggle lasts a lifetime for retiree renters

An increasing number of older Australians are experiencing housing insecurity and impoverishment in retirement.

RISE in those experiencing housing insecurity and impoverishment.

Rediscover your childhood love of fossils at Gemfest

NATURE'S TREASURES: Toowoomba Lapidary Club president Riki Lewis holds an amethyst geode and workshop manager Lindsay Bidgood has a display of polished semi-precious gemstones.

RECAPTURE your youthful love of fossils and coloured stones.

91-year-old to strut the catwalk for St Andrews

ST ANDREWS Lutheran Aged Care, at Tallebudgera, is preparing for its first in-house fashion parade.

Get crafty with Southport QCWA

Southport QCWA are holding a Christmas card making session, featuring a hand-made poinsettia.

CLASSES will include knitting, crochet and Christmas card making.

Highest military honour only took 72 years

HONOURED: Second World War veteran Harry Anstey is awarded the Legion of Honour by Currumbin RSL president Ron Workman, 72 years after the British forces' D Day landings at Normandy.

HARRY Anstey receives French Legion of Honour.

Queen gives nod to impressive wedding dress creation

CREATIVE FINGERS: Airlie Meiklejohn, Patricia Winnell, volunteer Lesley Forbes and her daughter Amber, Allison Ferguson and Rita Petersons.

QUEEN sends letter of praise for Hope Island women's wedding dress.

Yenda craft beer tees up PGA partnership

Yenda has been named as the official beer of the 2016 Australian PGA Championship.

YENDA named official beer of the 2016 Australian PGA Championship.

How are middle-aged women negotiating safer sex?

A CONFIDENTIAL research study aims to gauge how middle-aged Australian women are negotiating safer sex when they have a new partner.

Take a tour of Bundy Rum's special part in history

The latest chapter in the history of Bundaberg Rum Distillery is an $8.5million upgrade to its visitor experience.

BUNDABERG Rum Distillery enjoys $8.5m upgrade to visitor experience.

Butterfly exhibition will get your heart aflutter

FLUTTER BYS: Greg Newland's collection is showcased.

BEAUTIFUL butterflies from around the world on display.

Work options in old age drives return to study

LOVE OF LEARNING: Teachers at TAFE Queensland East Coast in Bundaberg.

"FINDING consistency of work to age in” drives mature age students.

LETTER: Study into your legal rights at the end of life

Can you help with a Cancer Council study into people's legal rights at the end of life?

CAN you help with study into your legal rights at the end of life?

Kingswood Country star Ross Higgins dies, aged 85

Ross Higgins. Photo taken from YouTube.

KINGSWOOD Country actor Ross Higgins has died, aged 86.

Win a bundle of Miles Franklin Literary Award books

COMPETITION: Enter for your chance to win a bundle of great Australian books.

WIN by telling us your favourite Miles Franklin shortlisted book.

Tumbulgum to host highlight of Tweed River Festival

THE picturesque village of Tumbulgum makes an ideal setting for the Tweed River Festival.

RECIPE: Salmon on cheese and poppy seed biscuits

Delicious salmon canapes.

DELICIOUS salmon on cheese and poppy seed biscuits recipe.

"Poetry for the ear": Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan on stage.

DYLAN becomes the first singer-songwriter to win prestigious award.

Pop the cork! Champagne is good for your brain

Scientists discovered that drinking champagne may actually assist brain health.

STUDY discovered champagne may actually assist brain health.

Top gardening tips for October

TASTY EATING: Juicy Dragon Fruits - exotic fruits from Vietnam that can be grown in Queensland.

TOP tips to ensure your veggie patch produces a bumper summer crop.

Celebrities' emotional messages to Ernie Sigley

Denise Drysdale and Ernie Sigley.

SHOCK announcement that Ernie Sigley has Alzheimer's Disease.

Fabulous food and scenery on the road in Portugal

SUPER LUXURY: Opulent hotels are relatively affordable.

BEAUTIFUL scenery, food, wine and history combine in Portugal.

Learn how to manage your anxiety

AS PART of Mental Health Month, local GP Dr Nicola Holmes will offer advice on managing anxiety during a talk at the library.

Win tickets to see Marcia Hines live on stage in NSW

We are giving away tickets to three of Marcia Hines' shows in New South Wales.

WE ARE giving away tickets to three of her shows in New South Wales.

Is sex good for your health later in life?

It's the age-old debate – is sex in your later years good for your health?

THE answer might depend on whether you're a man or a woman.

TRAVEL: How to shop 'til you drop in Dubai's malls

Every conceivable big brand is available in Dubai's shopping malls, plus others you haven't heard of yet.

EVERY conceivable big brand is there, plus others you haven't heard

Do you secretly suffer from sleep apnoea?

The CPAP machine uses pressurised air to keep the airways open, allowing a good night's sleep to those diagnosed with sleep apnoea.

TIRED? Wake up unrefreshed? You could have sleep apnoea.

Temperatures to reach 30 degrees by the weekend

Temperatures are forecast to rise over the coming days.

SOME regions to enjoy highest temperatures seen since April.

A day for Coffs community to show 'we care'

At the 2016 Sunny's Business Awards, Community Care Options took home a trophy cabinet of awards.

AWARD-WINNING service to help community show 'we care'.

Creative battle for Gosford Art and Ceramic Prizes

THE popular competition received 566 entries from more than 420 artists, with over 70% of artists from the Central Coast.

Be prepared to hold rental investments long term

If you're thinking of investing in a rental property, be prepared to hold onto the place for the long term to achieve the best results.

BUYING a rental property? Make sure you're in for the long haul!

Positive ageing with exercise at 70 years old

GET FIT: Colin Greaves conducting fitness classes at Terrigal.

AT 70, Colin Greaves has chalked up 40 years as a fitness instructor

St Cecilia's in Wyong celebrates 100 years

St Cecilia's Primary School on the river at Wyong.

CELEBATIONS to culminate in community celebration in November.

Accolades flow for first Lakes Festival

HAD A BALL: Last year's Tuggerah Lakes Festival involved a whole range of fun activities.

THE Wyong Lakes Festival has proven to be a real award winner.

Declutter your home and earn cash

Make some cash and declutter at the same time.

RESIDENTS are being urged to get involved in the Garage Sale Trail.

Peninsula Village opens doors for community fun day

Community members are invited to come along to the Peninsula Village family day on Saturday, October 8.

PENINSULA Village at Umina Beach is hosting a free fun day.

2018 Holden Commodore revealed: what we know so far

Confirmation Holden's new Commodore will be based on the Opel Insignia and feature an all-wheel-drive V6 model as its flagship. Arrives here in early 2018.

Strange messages from space may be aliens: study

Strange messages have been heard from outer space.

New analysis of strange modulations in a tiny set of stars

Why lifting weights could make you smarter

Kylie Salisbury of St Andrews Weightlifting Club, Miles competes in the Queensland Youth and Under 15 Championships weightlifting at Toowoomba State High School, Mt Lofty gym.

Stronger body could be best way to ward off Alzheimer's disease

Dreamworld deaths: How could it have happened on this ride?

Thunder River Rapids is the last ride you could imagine such horror

PM 'unaware of ceiling collapse drama'

Emergency drama during Malcolm Turnbull visit to Brisbane

LETTER: Seniors card offers great benefits

Get on board and save, says Jim Madden

LETTER: Lutheran Church celebrates 140 years

THE Beth-el Lutheran Church at Lowood has a rich history dating back to the turn of the century.

Celebration to take place on October 16

LETTER: Thanks, but I know a scam when I hear one

man wearing headset looking at computer monitor

I BELIEVE I owe "Jerry from Telstra” a formal apology.

LETTER: 'Don't condemn us welfare recipients'

TIME for some facts on the welfare system with the Government outcry

Ipswich was mad for movies

The Ritz Theatre, Bell St, Ipswich was demolished in 1969.

Times Past with QT columnist Beryl Johnston

'We shouldn't have to hide depression, it's not a weakness'

Run For MI Life raises awareness and funds for mental health.

Young woman shares her heartbreaking tale of her near-suicide.

LETTER: Nurses fear for aged care residents in Qld

Queensland nurses are deeply concerned about the level of nursing available to elderly aged care residents.

Nurses fear for the standard of aged care in Qld