Variety Bash heads for the Red Centre

GIVE CHARITY A BASH: Bob and Robyn Shackell prepare for another stint of dirt-road driving with this year's Variety Bash.

An adventure with mates, driving cars that are 30 years or older.

Biggest little museum in the country

Ladies in their finery at Joyce Evans' fancy dress party in Mullumbimby.

There's a machinery shed to explore and Aboriginal artefacts to see.

Riding up the Range to support local chartities

C'EST LA VIE: Rod Mills, on the road in France, is still a regular on the Toowoomba Range at 75 and will line up again for this year's Ride the Range.

Going on 75 years old, Rod still rides about 250km per week.

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The blatant flaw in Malcolm’s sex ban

Malcolm Turnbull was not a happy chap yesterday. Pic: Kym Smith

Private lives of ministers are now public property

Aussie silver! Hughes upstages snowboard stars

Australia's Scotty James celebrates on the podium during the victory ceremony after the final of the men's snowboard halfpipe at the Phoenix Park during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 14, 2018 in PyeongChang. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAU

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PM bans sexual relationships between ministers and staff

Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce will take personal leave next week. Picture: Kym Smith Will Barnaby Joyce resign over this scandal?

Malcolm Turnbull has changed the ministerial code of conduct


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Dreaming in Kenworth SAR

Hailey couple's customised purple Kenworth is their perfect home away from home

Sign up for handy health records online

Doctor writing a medical prescription in hospital

Seniors and "grey nomads” are being urged to register

Book in for a unique grey nomad experience

UNIQUE ENCOUNTER: Grey nomads are invited to stop by RSPCA Brisbane's Wacol, to stay in its low-cost accommodation and lend a helping hand.

Combine volunteering and pets with this Brisbane visit experience.

Beaches for 'everyone' to enjoy not just free campers

FREE RIDERS: Local surfer Bryn Goode wants no camping at busy beach car parks on the Coffs Coast. Coffs Harbour City Council said there were signs at its beaches prohibiting free camping.

Local surfer sick of free campers leaving 's****y toilet paper'

Jillaroo Jess' tips for caravan drivers

Jillaroo Jess shares tips for caravaners to drive around trucks

How caravan drivers can drive around trucks

Grey nomads keep great aviation show flying high

A WW11 memorial flypast with a squadron of warbirds pays tribute to the history of Evans Head Aerodrome.

“Without the grey nomads, the fly-in certainly wouldn’t happen.”

RECIPE: Roasted pears with blue cheese

ROASTED pears with blue cheese is a simple, light snack that can be the perfect starter to a dinner party.

Cookbook flashback: Living in the 70's

Brie and Thyme fondue.

Take a step back in time and take in the tastes of the 70s.

Peace, love and the lava lamps

GROOVY: Use your creativity to make a macrame pot plant hanger.

Many '70s homes had a wall hanging of an owl or macrame pot hanger.

RECIPE: Sparkling lemon cocktail

The perfect compliment to a summer's afternoon.

Is this Queensland’s most expensive avocado?

Avocadoes selling for almost $8 each at Woolworths at Gasworks.

Avocados will be off the menu for many for some time

RECIPE: Champagne chicken

Champagne chicken.

Don't know what to make for dinner? Do we have the dish for you!

RECIPE: Beetroot Jam

When grating Beetroot use gloves to stop your hand from being stained.

Thick, sticky, earthy jam goes well with blue cheese.

Want a sea change? Think twice before making the switch

SEA OR tree change? Downsizing to a coastal town or regional hub can hold lifestyle appeal but don’t bank on it as a strategy to fund your retirement.

No delay, now it's real time pay

PAY NOW: Banking changes announced today makes it possible to now move money across accounts in real time.

Changes make it possible to move money across accounts in real time.

How should I navigate the current financial climate?

MARKET CONCERNS: What to do after last week's fall in the US and Australian markets.

What to do after last week's fall in the US and Australian markets.

More retirees likely to miss out on Aged Pension

MONEY: If you are expecting a part Age Pension, you should consult your financial advisor.

If you are expecting a part Age Pension, talk to an advisor.

Avoid the 'bloodbath': Seniors warned as markets tumble

The Australian market have taken a hit after key markets around the globe tumble, with the worst falls on Wall Street.

Sit tight and hold onto your cash as the market enters a rocky time.

Tips for staying on track with your financial resolutions

MONEY: Tips to help your New Year resolutions last past the first month.

Tips to help your New Year resolutions last past the first month.

Time to listen to the bitcoin warning bells

MONEY: The warning bells are ringing over bitcoin.

The warning bells are ringing over bitcoin.

What's On: Sunshine Coast

MUSIC AND MAYHEM: The Pirates hit the road again in 2018 for their 21st Anniversary (and final) tour.

Community Notices: Sunshine Coast

Desley Grainger and Elaine Hitchcock from Caloundra Evening VIEW club at a dinner meeting.

What's happening at your local club and community groups.

What's On: Sunshine Coast

NIGHT LIGHTS: The 14th annual Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade is on December 16 along the Mooloolah River.

What's happening in your region with a variety of events to enjoy.

Seniors, children enjoy a day out on the farm

Research shows time spent together benefits both generations.

Federal grant a step in right direction for orthotics

Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien MP, Employment Minister Senator Michaelia Cash and Sunshine Coast podiatrist Dan Everson at the Marcoola factory Kinetics Orthotics.

Research shows that losing mobility leads to a decrease in health.

Grandparents Day an event for the whole family

Lisa Wilson and Ashlea Heisner - Teddy Bears' Picnic.

BRING the whole family to celebrate national Grandparents Day

Sunshine Coast family take STEPS to better education

Noosa mother Sue Arnold, 53 and her two daughters Lisa, 32 and Lauren, 25.

The family that studies together stays together.

Famous birthdays this week: John Travolta

TRAVOLTA is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and singer he also is a private pilot and owns four aircraft.

Tennis to politics: Alexander looking for the right balance

Federal minister and member for Bennelong, John Alexander OAM.

The battle between work and health doesn't get any easier as you age

Gary Crittenden is getting better with Age

Garry Crittenden is a Queensland bloke at heart.

HIS name is synonymous nationally and internationally with fine wine

Rocket man turns his attention to earthly challenges

OVER THE MOON: Dr Andy Thomas

Moon man talks about the challenges ahead for seniors.

Looking for love? Age won't be a factor with these tips

FINDING LOVE: Use some of these tips to kickstart your journey to finding a new companion

Try these tips for finding love in your 60s.

What's On: Toowoomba and Darling Downs

DOCTOR Noel Kentish presents the heartbreaking story of his father in his book Eagle and Lamb at Cobb+Co Museum's Curator Conversation on Wednesday, March 7.

Classic records up for grabs at Toowoomba

TABLES TURN: Vinyl is back in style and there will be boxes of treasures to flip through at the Toowoomba Record Fair on February 17.

Country and Australian records are most in demand in Toowoomba.

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Toowoomba's parks sing in summer

DANCING DAYS: Summer Tunes at Picnic Point has in the past had the energetic on their feet, while others relax in the shade and just enjoy the music.

TOOWOOMBA'S parks and gardens make the rest of Australia swoon.

Big-hearted, thirsty Quinalow is hard to leave

CHEERS: Greg and Cheryl Daley reckon the Quinalow Hotel is something special - so special, they bought it twice.

Greg and Cheryl Daley are calling last drinks at the Quinalow Hotel.

Australia Day's for everyone at Toowoomba

Toowoomba celebrates Australia Day .

FORGET the politics, Australia Day in Toowoomba is all about fun .

Weaving a new cultural focus for woolshed

NEW DIRECTION: There are big plans ahead to make Jondaryan Woolshed a prime tourist attraction for the region.

HOPING to shake things up to increase the woolshed's community focus

Koala population being ravaged by disease

DR MICHAEL Pyne warned of a crisis in the dwindling koala population five years ago - now he says koalas are in a worse situation.

Champion swimmer heading for deeper waters

Gold Coast Open Water Swimming Club president Steve Cornelius is on the hunt for sponsors to support a 10km ocean race.

"It’s like doing a different sport (to pool swimming) really.”

What's On: Gold Coast

This photo of John Lennon, taken by Brian McInerney during a recording session in 1969, is one of the images on display from March 2-11 at the Kirra Hill Community Art Centre.

Get out-and-about throughout the Gold Coast and see what's on.

Bird is the word for popular aviary magazine on the Coast

Australian BirdKeeper magazine editor Sheryll Steele-Boyce sources knowledge from experts around the world for the publication, which is celebrating its 30th birthday.

The Australian BirdKeeper magazine is celebrating its 30th year.

Hockey legend chosen to carry Queen's Baton

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: After a glittering hockey career, Joy Payne will again be in the spotlight as a Queen’s Baton bearer in April.

A brilliant athlete will help run the games baton on penultimate day

What's On: Coffs and Clarence

Your local area has lots to see and do.

Maclean author inspires TV mini-series

The book cover for From the Stars Above.

Peter Watt can be writing in the am & fighting bushfires in the pm.

POW's biography reveals emotional pain of WWII

CELEBRATING A SURVIVOR: Terry Tweedie has put on record the testimony of WWII POW Don Tweedie.

The author reveals his father's memories as a prisoner of war.

Author hits perfect note to finish trilogy

Song for Emilia.

Music is the thread that weaves through the delightful trilogy.

Pete's Place ready for Christmas

STEADY HANDS: Dave Tilson, the manager of Coffs Harbour's almost-completed homeless drop-in centre, has worked in homeless services and housing in the UK and Australia for more than 20 years.

The drop-in centre will offer homeless important support.

A second career sees Myra out of the bank and into fitness

IN HER ELEMENT: Aquafitness teacher Myra King said water is her natural element.

Retraining has led Myra to a fit new future.

A 'Mrs Santy' enchanted Christmas display

MRS SANTY: Nola York in one of the three rooms she spends months decorating with thousands of Christmas toys, decorations, Santas and trees.

Once dark Nora York turns the lights on and sets the toys in motion.

Meet a poisonous mind for high tea at Ettalong Diggers

AUTHOR Gail Bell has delved into poisons, stood in the firing line and sparked national debate.

Central Coast's 'Mogul Matt' wins silver at Winter Olympics

Matty Graham celebrates winning silver.

Australian skier wins country's first medal at Winter Olympics 2018.

Tree-mendous fundraiser to help grandparents

ACROSS THE GENERATIONS: Four Central Coast Rotary clubs sold over 1500 Christmas trees last year to help Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and often it's the kids that get the final say on the perfect tree.

Idea began 10 years ago with the sale of Christmas trees.

Meet the granny fighting for the rights of animals

PASSING IT ON: Longtime animal rights activist June Killington with her daughter Hazel's rescue cat Toby. She's delighted to have passed on her love of animals and their need to be protected.

"I have always had a real love ... for animals since I was little."

The perfect guide on how to cook, eat and enjoy for over-55s

HANDS-ON: Dietitian Kerryn Boogaard and business partner home economist Mary Wills showing a class that good food can be easy and tasty.

Put on a little weight over the festive period?

Coast passed the baton for the joy of the Games

NO HOLDING BACK: Lester Pearson says back problems won't stop him taking part with 16 others in the Coast leg of the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay on Saturday, February 3.

It may be more of a hobble than a run.

Elvis Festival promises to get fans all shook up

ULTIMATE ELVIS: Sean Luke Spiteri is known as one of the finest Elvis tribute artists in the country and is the feature performer on Saturday, February 17.

ELVIS was the King of Rock and Roll for a reason.

Hard to swallow? The German Commodore is better than ours

The European-based Commodore has arrived and it's good...but it took Aussies to make it great.

Cosmetics company Avon to close Australian operations

Avon Managing Director ANZ

Avon closing down in Australia and New Zealand

IN COURT: Lovestruck retiree sent $170k to scammer

Errioll Ann Witney, 66, of Scarness, leaves Hervey Bay District Court.

She met the scammer on an online dating site.

FLASHBACK: 1940s heatwave killed 50K chickens, 80 people

An article from the Morning Bulletin dated Saturday, January 27, 1940. Eight people died in one day.

Nine die heatwave 'greatest in state's history'

GALLERY: Barnaby Joyce's beachside paradise

The apartment Mr Joyce and Ms Campion stayed in while visiting Wooli, NSW.

Take a tour of the luxury beach-side apartment

Salt is a serious danger to our health

More men die of cardiovascular disease that is related to high salt intake than women, although women are not out of the danger zone.

NBN will present the elderly with headache

WHERE'S THE NET: A worker laying down fibre optic cable as part of the NBN rollout.

Basic service will cost NBN less than the cost of cup of coffee

Essential to monitor our aged care providers

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I think it is essential we monitor our aged care providers.

Grey nomads sick of being called camping 'free loaders'

Grey nomads are sick of being called free loaders.

"We don't want to stay in caravan parks that charge over $25"

Changing a date is the least we can do

SHOW SOME RESPECT: Aboriginal dancers embrace after performing at Barangaroo Reserve as part of Australia Day celebrations in Sydney last year. Columnist Lesley Apps believes a date change is the least we can do for indigenous Australians.

Why we party on despite the protest

Paying it forward makes road smoother for travellers

Would you pay it forward if you saw a tourist in a muddle?

Kindness of strangers makes big impact

Marriage equality no crowning glory or national soul cleanse

Coalition Senator Dean Smith receives a hug from Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy after the same-sex marriage bill passed the Senate in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

Don't let our pollies spin an abdication of duty into a glorious win