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What to do in Melbourne in just 24 hours

TRAVEL: The Hyatt Place Melbourne-Essendon Fields hotel.

You can squeeze in plenty Melbourne experiences in 24 hours.

Take a journey through an ancient land

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary project manager Ken Spiller has overseen the creation of the attraction Lost Valley.

Ken has been impressed by the high level of community involvement.

Books: A sensational crime in The Chalk Man

BOOKS: Get ready to enjoy reading the next global crime thriller sensation.

Looking back, it all started on the day of the fair...

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Why learning, developing at work isn’t just for young bucks

WILLING TO LEARN: HR expert confirms older workers can adapt with training.

HR expert confirms older workers can adapt with training.

'Disgusting': Man stole from 4yo’s donation fund at funeral

Man wanted following series of thefts from funeral services. Picture: Supplied

The unknown and uninvited man was captured on CCTV pinching the donation...

You're never too old to take up higher education study

MATURE AGE STUDY: Have you considered doing some study online or in the classroom?

Have you considered doing some study online or in the classroom?

Miss Rodeo Australia entrants try Harley motorbikes on for size

Miss Rodeo Australia contestants in Warwick this weekend enjoyed a tour of a...

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Book in for a unique grey nomad experience

WHEN you are looking for a new travel experience, RSPCA Brisbane are inviting you to stop in for a short-break and a unique animal encounter.

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.”

The biggest losers if Rocky's free camp is scrapped

Kershaw Gardens caravan camping area

BAD attitude from park owners force grey nomads to 'boycott' region

Rocky mayor hits back over free camping court action

STAND-OFF: The free camping area at Kershaw Gardens was empty yesterday after Rockhampton caravan park owners took legal action through Caravan Association Queensland against Rockhampton Regional Council to cease the operation.

STRELOW 'disappointed' after offering park owners generous discounts

Onus on council to attract variety of holiday-makers

Glorious holiday weather at Alexandra Headland.

One of the biggest problems is affordable accommodation for families

Be an environmental conscious shopper

IF YOU are becoming more environmentally aware by taking your own reusable bags to buy your groceries, well done!

Fresh Summer cooking

TASTY: Vietnamese chicken and noodle salad is healthy, fresh and very easy to make.

SUMMER is when you don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

RECIPE: My mother's lemon meringue pie

Shane Maree Moore has shared her mother's recipe for lemon meringue pie.

Easy recipe will excite the taste buds and bring back the memories.

RECIPE: Gluten Free Plum Pudding

Gluten Free Plumb Pudding.

Gluten Free Christmas pudding combines classic Christmas flavours'.

RECIPE: White bean dip

Healthy , delicious white bean dip.

This white bean dip is a play on a dish called musabaha.

What will it cost to run your air conditioner this summer?

HOT SUMMER: Check out and think about your cooling needs before you turn on.

Check out and think about your cooling needs before you turn on.

RECIPE: Watermelon and Mozzarella Salad

Beautiful refreshing watermelon.

Beautiful refreshing watermelon in a salad.

10 big financial changes expected in 2018

THE biggest changes predicted for 2018 by financial comparison website Mozo include bank fee money saving options and further technology changes.

Tips for getting a healthy financial start in 2018

MONEY: There are many things you can do personally to get off to a healthy financial start.

Top tips on getting financially fit from the start of the year.

Paul Clitheroe's Making Money

MONEY: Beware of scams

BUILDING wealth isn't just about making money.

Start the year right by updating your plans

NEW YEAR ADVICE: The start of the new year is a great time to review your plans.

The start of the new year is a great time to review your plans.

Bill saver new appliance rebate has started in QLD

Check out the Queensland Government’s electricity rebate started program.

Check out the QLD Government’s electricity rebate started program.

Year ahead to continue slow pace of growth

MONEY: Westpac's chief economist shares his new year predictions with China as the biggest threat on Australia's financial horizon.

Westpac's chief economist shares his new year predictions.

This is how you plan for a good year ahead

MONEY: Learn how to live a better year by planning your finances early.

Learn how to live a better year by planning your finances early.

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: Betty White

BETTY Marion White Ludden known professionally as Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, USA in 1922.

RECIPE: Barbecued Peaches

Barbeque peaches are delicious served with ice cream and cream.

THESE peaches are a very simple and effective dessert

Tips for grandparents preparing school lunches

HEALTHY KIDS: Pick up some super tips for preparing your grandkids lunch boxes.

Pick up some super tips for preparing your grandkids lunch boxes.

Who is your choice for Senior of the year in 2018?

VICTORIAN: Dr Paul Zimmet.

Meet the people who are our outstanding Senior Australians.

Step out with insoles designed with you in mind

FALL RELIEF: Scientists at Victoria University have designed innersoles that can stop elderly people from tripping over.

A smart new insole design assists ankle motions and falls support.

Community Notices: Toowoomba

Your local community news

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

Deb draws on passion to celebrate milestone at Retreat

FUN AND LEARNING: Deb Gilmartin, left, with a student at a past McGregor Summer Arts Retreat, which she says is "a great community”.

Artist Deb Gilmartin is back at the McGregor Summer School.

Lights, music, action .... Christmas Wonderland

BEYOND THE LIGHTS: Roaming minstrel David Gwynne.

DAVID Gwynne is among 47 entertainers taking to the stage

Bird is the word for popular aviary magazine on the Coast

AVICULTURE magazine continues to provide invaluable information to bird lovers of all ages.

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: Gold Coast

TRIBUTE SHOW: Showtime Australia is showcasing songstress Whitney Houston, through the breathtaking vocals of Belinda Davids.

Check out what's on in January and February on the Gold Coast.

Step up and reach for the sky to help Rosies

VOLUNTEERS: Rosies Gold Coast volunteer Richard and co-ordinator Kathleen Vlasic provide a helping hand at the Southport drop-in centre.

Keen steppers or walkers needed for Rosies fundraising team.

Ducklings saved by firefighters on Gold Coast

Five little ducks went out one day …

Maclean author inspires TV mini-series

THE storyline for the biggest TV mini-series to be filmed in Australia was born in the mind of a Clarence Valley author.

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.

Get creative at the Bellingen camp

DRUM BEAT: Music is always an important part of Camp Creative, which puts on two concerts during the camp.

Stretch yourself and let loose your inner creative spirit.

Who is the man behind the red suit?

YOU may know him as mild-mannered Platinum Retirement Solutions proprietor Peter Hogg but, in fact, 66-year-old Peter has an alter-ego.

What's On Central Coast

ARMS OF THE OCEAN: Ken Duncan's newest exhibit covers the world but, close to home, The Skillion (pictured here) has always had a special place in his heart. He describes it as "like a perfect canvas, where the Creator can paint a new masterpiece each day.  And it is forever changing”.  The exhibit runs until January 31.

IT'S a busy time of year with lot's to do in your area

Sydney Cognitive: Clinic taking the battle to dementia

An investigational drug that is being developed to treat diabetes is now being tested in the lab to see if it could relieve symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease patients.

Over 400,000 Australians suffer some form of dementia.

Check your skin while the sun shines

DEADLY: Getting your skin checked may well save your life.

The sun is out and that means time to check your skin.

'The Rose Lady' still losing herself in art at 84

FORGET YOUR TROUBLES: Helen Davies with one of her works.

Prolific painter continues to produce stunning works.

Time running out for extraordinary war exhibit

AUTHENTIC: It's family fun at the Central Coast Interactive War Exhibit with fascinating war history items on display.

This is no ordinary museum, so go there now.

Teen mentoring program needs your help!

LIFE MENTORS: Warren Stewart and fellow mentor Edith Thomsen, with two of the students who successfully completed the last round of CCSSM mentoring.

In-school mentoring program reaps rewards for all involved.

Fast rail: Travel from the Coast to Brisbane in 45 minutes

The Sunshine Coast has been shortlisted for a fast rail project that would slash travel time to Brisbane to 45 minutes.

Authorities say bobcat death was not work related

Police investigate a death at an Avoca St address.

Paramedics were called to the scene but the man could not be revived

Australia's oldest man turns 108

Dexter Kruger enjoyed a range of sweet treats at his birthday morning tea.

Roma's Dexter Kruger has cut the cake on another birthday.

Police investigate shocking 'coffin switch' claim

DEVASTATED: L-R Niece Kerry Rothery and son Mick Valigura with a framed photo of Janice Valigura nee Rothery who was allegedly placed in a pine coffin by a funeral director after the family had purchased an expensive casket.

JANICE Valigura was switched from her $1700 casket to a $70 pine box

#DoItForDolly: Tragic death of teen sparks campaign

DEVASTATING: Warwick schoolgirl Amy "Dolly” Jayne Everett tragically took her own life last week.

Bullying pushed the teen to 'escape the evil in this world'

NBN will present the elderly with headache

NBN debacle delivered by the Turnbull Government is leaving many elderly and incapacitated people totally stranded

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"

Representatives need to know what we want

Former Attorney General Nicola Roxon.

How many let elected representatives know what they think or need?

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

Jingle all the way to Asia

Ditch the at-home celebrations this Christmas and head to Asia with the thousands you save from not having a party.

Would you ditch the fam for a Christmas trip to Thailand?

Celebrity sex scandal: Is our generation to blame?

Harvey Weinstein was rude and bombastic.

Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Don Burke – they are all seniors.