Wakeskating champ hit with $200 fine at school pick-up

AUSTRALIAN wakeskating champion Cody Murphy has copped a $200 fine for forgetting to carry his driver's license when making a five minute trip to school.

OPINION: How my coastal paradise became a warzone

RACQ Capricorn Rescue Helicopter Service returned to Gladstone to refuel after it found a missing yacht washed up on rocks west of Middle Island this morning.

Life after dark in this beachside suburb is not what you'd expect

Higher booze prices 'best way to combat abuse'

Should taxes be raised further on alcoholic drinks?

Report examines best ways to combat alcohol and violence

8800 complaints about water, energy bills in Queensland

Maree Skellern from Tweed Heads Kindy Care showing the dramatic changes in the latest power bill.

More than $320,000 in billing adjustments

'UNREAL': Paddler videos moment whale swims under his board

Surfer Ziggy Albert (blond hair) and his paddle buddy on their way to Old Woman Island enjoyed the encounter of a lifetime when a mother whale and her calf popped up in front of them.

You couldn't find a better way to start the day than this

Residents' protests fail to stop community centre shift

Coolum Community Centre/ old Coolum Cinema/ Coolum School of Arts.

Council officers recommended the centre be moved

Beach shacks unsalvageable: owner

Beach shack at 1674 David Low Way Coolum Beach,

Owner of beach shacks reveals that he tried to save them

Coast surfing star bewildered by scoring as title hopes fade

NOT HAPPY: Julian Wilson bowed out of the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles, essentially ending his world title quest.

Coast surfing star bewildered by scoring as world title hopes fade.

Festivals are done and the clean-up has begun

NOT FAZED: Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival director James Birrell and his clean-up helpers from Party Bins said they had already \"broken the back\" of the clean-up on Sunday afternoon.

Festival organisers are winding down after a huge weekend of fun

Pittsworth's sweet success set to soar into China

Pittsworth Confectionery owners Ash and Michelle Porter eye off new opportunities onboard the TSBE AccessChina'16 trade mission.

Pittsworth Confectionery set to enjoy sweet success in China

New York bans Airbnb, will Australia follow suit?

New York just introduced laws effectively banning Airbnb

More jobs created by Ipswich investment worth millions

The company has invested $4 million in Ipswich

Fancy a glass of camel milk?

Camel at the Australian Wild Camel Corporation and Australia's largest camel dairy farm at Harrisville.

VIDEO: Scenic Rim now home to Australia's largest camel farm

How the great Aussie fashion fail's been fixed

Brad Munro shows off his invention which have quickly gained the endorsement of NRL stars like Johnathan Thurston.

Is this an end to a seemingly insurmountable fashion fail?

Neumann vows to back JBS workers

The ongoing dispute between JBS Dinmore and workers continues.

Federal MP to meet with company's management

Fire fighters battle house fire in Southern Downs region

Fire appliances are on scene at Glen Aplin.

Fire fighters battle house fire at Glen Aplin

Wet weather causes road and power disruptions

CRASH: The accident scene on Sunday morning at Thabeban St, Avenell Heights.

Emergency services have been kept busy

BREAKING: Whitsunday Island resorts contravening environmental obligations

A WEEKLONG operation in the Whitsundays has revealed seven of ten tourism operators were non-compliant with the Environmental Protection Act.

Tourism operators and resorts could face fines of more than $500,000

Olympic swimmer thanks stranger who spotted cancerous mole

Australian Olympic team gold medalist Mack Horton is welcomed home from Rio de Janeiro on his return from the XXXI Summer Olympics, in Sydney.

Stranger watching television spotted the cancerous mole

US Govt proposes to grab data from Aussie tourists

Australian passport.Photo Cas Garvey / Daily Mercury

U.S Customs is seeking permission to ask for social media profiles

Piece of toddler's skull removed after fall from couch

EDDIE THE EAGLE: Joanne Liberato with her 18-month-old son Eddie Kidd.

Small fall leaves Eddie without part of skull, and serious diagnosis

'Everyone knew her and everyone loved her'

A photo of Amanda Nash and her daughter Bonnie, posted on the GoFundMe fundraising page.

Crash victim's parents remember their "shining star"

Brave boy uncovers man's cow sex, child sexual abuse

A beast in the main arena at the 2012 Ekka.

Police praise boy for testimony of man's abuse and sex with a cow

10 years on: 'My whole life fell apart'

The memorial along Broken Head Road near Suffolk Park for the Southern Cross LADS.

We talk to the families about ongoing grief

IKEA transforms Sydney Ferry and the result looks amazing

In a world first, IKEA Australia has taken over an iconic Sydney ferry and transformed it into The IKEA Harbour Home.

IKEA has just built what may be the world's best boat

Police defend Riverlink traffic ticket

POLICE Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times

Woman furious after being slapped with whopper fine

Judge hands down heavy sentence for Tia's killer

Tia Maria Jayne Landers was last seen in mid-June. Her body was found at Roys Rd Beerwah on July 3.

Queensland judge extends sentence for sadistic killer

Adult film star claims Trump offered $10k for sex

Jessica Drake speaks to the media. Source AAP.

Trump again accused of sexual harassment

Cheika dressed up as clown after All Blacks whop Wallabies

The New Zealand Herald back page featuring Cheika dressed up as a clown. Source NZ Herald.

This front page documents an exceptional disintegration in relations

London Airport evacuated in possible CS gas attack

London City Airport evacuation 'may have been caused by CS gas'

Better burgers could soon be just a beep away

BETTER: Better brekkies might be only a beep away.

E-tag technology to hit Hungry Jack's

VIDEO: Girls forced to wade through muddy snake pit

Girls forced to wade through murky snake pit in Malaysia. Source Youtube screenshot

Malaysia suspends children's program that involved muddy snake pit

Teflon Mike looks scuffed up, but he is still our PM in waiting

NSW Premier Mike Baird may be twisted up like a pretzel but he still has the look of a future prime minister.

Backpedalling like a cliff-top unicyclist, Baird is still future PM

'Most annoying twins' don't care about label

Paula and Bridgette Powers from the Twinnies Pelican and Seabird Rescue with young Magpie Geese.

Paula and Bridgette Powers share their lives as almost one person.

Hitch-hiking koala helped across the road by police

What does a koala and Usain Bolt have in common?

Everyone agrees: Trump is a 'revolting slug'

NSW Parliament's upper house has agreed Donald Trump is a "revolting slug”.

Unanimous agreement in NSW Parliament's upper house

Miranda Kerr to wed next year

Supermodel Miranda Kerr

Supermodel and Snapchat founder to wed

What's on the small screen this week

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

TWO big reality shows wrap up this week while

Brad Pitt won't file legal response to divorce petition

Brad reportedly refused to send off the paperwork

Azealia Banks won't take legal action against Russell Crowe

Rapper Azealia Banks

Rapper drops legal action against Russell Crowe

Brad Pitt meets with his kids amid divorce proceedings

Actor Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has met up with his oldest son Maddox

Pictures of Taylor Swift allegedly being groped are sealed

They could "complicate jury selection".