MELON FEST: unprecedented boost for local businesses

Sales were reportedly up by an incredible 500% on the Saturday night of the festival for one Chinchilla business.

Origin to move staff into region's towns

Origin's operational workforce will be moved out of the Condabri camp by September.

Permanent Origin staff to move into towns

Biennial Rodeo 'biggest ever' in Chinchilla

LIVE FAST: The Chinchilla Melon Festival Rodeo on Friday night attracted huge crowds, nominations and prize money.

'(It was) the biggest rodeo we've ever had there': Rodeo President

Horror as Tim Nicholls eats a melon

FACE FIRST: LNP leader Tim Nicholls gets a face full of melon as WDRC Mayor Paul McVeigh looks on in horror, at the Chinchilla Melon Festival on Saturday.

LNP leader visits Melon Festival, gets melon on face

Huge police operation in lead-up to Melon Festival

Police have applauded the behaviour of Melon Festival patrons over the weekend.

Drug seizures in lead-up to festival ensure safe weekend for all

Linc Energy underground fires 'extinguished' says Minister

The Linc Energy Hopeland site form the air.

Underground fires extinguished, says State Environment Minister

Further 47,000ha under contamination investigation

This map provides information about the Hopeland and surrounding region excavation caution zone and investigation area.

Excavation Caution area now extends south of Hopeland

PHOTO GALLERY: 2017 Melon Fest in photos

Daniel Cloete, Dalby, busts a melon ski as he's towed down the Melon Ski run. 180217

Were you snapped at the 2017 Melon Fest?

MELON FEST: Not just for Chinchilla locals anymore

Melon skiing at the 2017 Chinchilla Melon Festival on Saturday.

Chinchilla's Melon Festival is no longer just about the residents

Business 'blown away' after 140 people apply for one job

A total 140 people applied for a casual receptionist position at Harrup Park.

Jobseekers up against the odds for some positions

Wagner leads breakaway tourism group in Toowoomba

John Wagner at the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport open day. Photo: Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

Tourism operators from region decide they can not work with SQCT

Creditors left empty-handed as company goes bust

Liquidator Raymond Sutcliffe said it was unfortunate

Company's licence suspended as debts remain unpaid

Cheryll (pictured) and Dan Harper received two progress payments towards settling an invoice owed since December by Development Delivery Construction (Ddel) before the builder's licence was suspended by the QBCC this week.

QBCC suspends builder's licence for not paying debts

iPhone 8: Augmented 3D reality and avatars?

OLED iPhone will have a “revolutionary” infrared module

It's official: Petrol price rip-off worst in years

Australia is facing some of its highest petrol prices.

Brisbane retail prices the highest of the large five cities

One hospitalised after two crashes at busy Coast junction

According to reports traffic has come to a complete standstill

Community, Olympians mourn death of father-like teacher

MUCH-LOVED: Popular St Teresa's Catholic College teacher Dave Glassock (front, centre) has lost his battle with cancer.

Tributes flow for Coast teacher who lost his battle with cancer

Regional power prices set to go up

Power prices could go up 1.7% under a Queensland Competition Authority recommendation.

Review recommends regional Qld power prices go up

Kids as young as eight sharing personal info online

SECURITY: What is your child really sharing on the internet? Last names, phone numbers and home address information online is leaving kids exposed.

Almost 60% of kids bypass rules to keep pre-teens off social media

Tradie sacked for sharing woman's sex toy photo on Facebook

The picture that started it all.

Tradie sacked for sex toy pic after owner spotted it online

Feet photo baffles the internet

How are her feet doing this?

Is Tony Abbott the answer to the rise of One Nation?

Former prime minister Tony Abbott at a Coalition joint partyroom meeting at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

If last night's pub test anything to go by Abbott is set to return

WATCH: Man unleashes racist tirade on woman in the street

The man swears several times during the encounter and asks Rahila why she won’t show her face.

This is the shocking moment a man unleashes on a Muslim woman

Paul Murray Live: So should they bring Abbott back?

Paul Murray Live from the Maroochydore RSL.

Full house at Maroochydore RSL for Paul Murray Live

Carer to face court over gruesome death of pensioner

Mooroobool carer Terrance Barallon, 44, has been charged with murdering disability pensioner Rob Duffy, 62.

Body allegedly found bound, gagged and fatally injured

Tony Abbott: Coalition in danger of becoming ‘Labor lite’

If only six members had changed their vote we would still have Tony Abbott as PM.

Abbott says he is disappointed and disillusioned with the government

Iraqi military claim major victory in battle to oust ISIS

Iraqi special forces soldiers move in formation in an alley on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Heavy fighting erupted in the eastern neighborhoods of Mosul on Friday as Iraqi special forces launched an assault deeper into the urban areas of the city and swung round to attack Islamic State militants from a second entry point, to the northeast. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

Iraqi army capture airport in key operation against ISIS

CPAC 2017: Steve Bannon says President is maniacally focused

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon speaks at the 44th Annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, USA, 23 February 2017. US President Trump is expected to address the conference on 24 February.

Steve Bannon was finally invited to CPAC after years

Doomsday Vault gets an upgrade in case we end ourselves

Quite the inventory.

Humanity's life insurance policy just got upgraded.

CASH COW: Not answering phone cost someone in Bay $90k

A Hervey Bay person has missed out on $90,0000.

Not answering their phone has cost someone in River Heads $90,000.

Desperate search for... teddy bear owner

Rufus the bear was left at a Toowoomba cafe and now a massive search is under way to find his owner.

She soon found out it was a special bear

Coast kids forced to hand back trophy

UNLUCKY: Maroochydore junior lifesavers have had to hand back their champions title after an error at the weekend's Queensland Youth Championships.

Admin error sees junior Coast lifesavers hand title over to rivals

Man became a quadriplegic after swallowing a chicken bone

Shane became a quadriplegic after he swallowed a chicken bone one night.

They said: ‘He’s not going to make it through the night’

The family dog that nearly died from ice overdose

Stewart Morrison with his dog, Nellie, who nearly died from a drug overdose.

Sunshine Coast vet warns drugs new threat for pets

One Nation leader hits cafe after Pauline Hanson fans attack

One Nation Qld leader Steve Dickson and Nicklin candidate Steven Ford visit Endless Time cafe.

Pauline Hanson's Qld leader meets with cafe after weekend of abuse

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

'LA LA Land? I only made it through 20 minutes.' Samuel L Jackson reveals his Oscars choices.

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

What's on the big screen this week

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

This week's new releases offer plenty of variety for movie buffs.