How would rent caps work in Australia and how might they affect affordability?

The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has spent this week riding a tide of investor backlash after saying her government was “very seriously” considering introducing rental caps. Queensland is feeling the brunt of the nation’s rental crisis, with rents rising 80% in the central city of Gladstone, 51% in Noosa and 33% on the Gold Coast … Read more

Mediation on $37 million Oakland dispute fails

Property Mediation on $37 million Oakland dispute fails Mar 22 2023 Updated March 22, 2023 COUNCIL will face the prospect of having to find $37.5 million after mediation talks with the developer of Oakland Estate failed to resolve the dispute over funding for trunk infrastructure. Subscribe to Fassifern Guardian to read the full story.

Date announced for Council by-election

Council Date announced for Council by-election Mar 22 2023 Updated March 22, 2023 THE date of the Division 1 councillor by-election for the Scenic Rim has been set at Saturday, April 15. Electoral Commissioner Pat Vidgen said nominations for the councillor posit Subscribe to Fassifern Guardian to read the full story.

Feedback required on plans for Lions and Norrie Job parks

An artists’ impression of what the Coolum Lions Park could look like after landscape works and design. Photo: Contributed   TWO OF Coolum’s seaside parks which are to some extent under-utilised are about to be further enhanced to entice more activity in the parks and the community is being called on to have their say on … Read more

Letters to the Editor 22/03/23

TONY GIBSON PRAISE   Dear editor,   Mr Tony Gibson’s Observations is a delightful and important addition to the Advertiser. He (a very cool person) reminds us that there is so much we can do to retain, maintain, and magnify the green beauty of the Sunny Coast and Coolum.  After all, it’s why most of us love … Read more

Paralympic Centre of Excellence to be built at University of Queensland ahead of Brisbane Olympics 2032

The Queensland government says it will provide funding for a Paralympic Centre of Excellence to be built at the University of Queensland St Lucia campus ahead of the 2032 Olympic Games. The centre would be a part of the “legacy” of the Games and create a  “long-lasting benefit to the community” after the event was over, the government said … Read more

Homeless services buckling under pressure as Queensland’s housing crisis deepens

Homeless services are buckling under pressure to counter Queensland’s spiralling housing crisis, with some fearing they won’t last out the year. Key points: One charity has put on extra staff to cope St Vincent de Paul says demand is up 20 to 30 per cent There are 300,000 people homeless in Queensland, according to an independent report The number … Read more

Roadhouse owner with ‘nothing left’ after Gulf of Carpentaria flooding as residents rally

Jil Wilson can no longer see a future in the home she once considered paradise.   Where her country roadhouse once stood against the backdrop of bush and vast blue skies, a brown sea of debris and gutted buildings litter the land. She says “there’s nothing left” of her family’s Tirranna home and livelihoods in the Gulf of … Read more

Queensland government faces backlash over move to consider rent caps

Economists and advocates have urged the Queensland government to be “brave” and introduce a cap on rent increases, amid panicked claims that such limits would spark “a bloodbath” for investors. The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, told reporters on Monday the government was “very seriously” considering introducing a rent cap ahead of a housing roundtable next … Read more

Suttons Beach Pavilion survey opens

Public consultation on the design of the new Suttons Beach Pavilion at Redcliffe has opened this morning. It’s your chance to have a say on what you want it to look like. Consultation runs from today until April 16 and follows the decision to demolish the existing structure, which is beyond repair. Moreton Bay Regional … Read more

Tyalgum landslip repairs in sight after Tweed council awards contract a year after flooding

Tourism operators say “there’s a light at the end of the tunnel” for residents of the small village of Tyalgum, which lost a main road during flooding about a year ago. Key points: Tyalgum Road sustained significant damage following major flooding in February and March last year Residents say the landslip has negatively affected businesses and … Read more

Outback Queensland towns prepare to be cut off for weeks as floodwaters approach

Residents in the outback Queensland town of Bedourie have begun preparations for a weeks-long isolation, as floodwaters from the far north-west move slowly south.  Key points: Months of rain on the Queensland-Northern Territory border has caused major flooding in two of Queensland’s river systems Properties and towns along the Georgina River are preparing for high flood levels to cut … Read more

Advocates oppose Queensland police power to treat children worse than adults over drug offences

The Queensland Human Rights Commission has sounded the alarm on “discriminatory” laws that would allow police to charge children over a first minor drug offence while letting adults off with a warning. The state government’s police powers and responsibilities and other legislation amendment bill would give adults caught carrying small quantities of illicit substances three … Read more

Central Highlands Regional Council worker dies in workplace incident involving machinery

A council worker has died in a workplace incident involving a semitrailer in Central Queensland. Queensland Police Service (QPS) confirmed the 36-year-old man died near Mulachys Road in the Arcadia Valley at about 1:45pm Monday afternoon. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating, with a spokesperson saying the man was unloading machinery at the time … Read more

‘Go and explore’: CEO Emma’s inspirational advice

Sunshine Coast Council CEO Emma Thomas. In 2023 there are more women in leadership roles than ever before and at Sunshine Coast Council, Emma Thomas has made it to the very top. On International Women’s Day, the CEO reflected on being a woman in the workforce and the many changes she’s experienced over her career. … Read more