Tortured backpacker raped twice on final day, say police

BEFORE a service station owner in Mitchell called the police, an outback bloke in Banana came face-to-face with a woman enduring a horrific ordeal.

BREAK-IN BUNGLE: Christmas coin heist ends in jail

Garth Robert Goodsir broke down the door of a Biloela laundromat on Christmas Day.

There was no clean getaway on this laundromat theft

Biloela State School proud to fly indigenous flags

FLYING PROUDLY: The three new flags will fly side-by-side each day.

The new three-flag set-up made its debut at parade this morning.

Biloela-born mechanic holds top position

CHAMP: Shane van Gisbergen's car pulls out during the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Test Day at Sydney Motorsport Park on March 3.

Kris Goos' Red Bull Holden team is dominating Supercars.

'Disaster dashboard' gives Shire residents info in real time

WARNING SIGNS: The 'disaster dashboard' will help residents during events such as the Theodore floods in 2010.

Live map shows road closures, power outages, active centres.

Foster carers in short supply in Biloela

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Kerrie and Michael Hamilton have taken care of 29 children in the past three and a half years.

Foundations Care calls on Central Queensland to step up.

Electoral commission declares Division 6 for Terri Boyce

ELECTED: Terri Boyce will take her seat on the Banana Shire council on Tuesday.

The Taroom local will be sworn in on Tuesday.

Seeney: Time for valedictories later, I'm getting on with the job

HANGING IT UP: Callide MP Jeff Seeney outside his Biloela office.

The Callide MP will not contest the next election.

Biloela teachers back Gonski funding fight

DRIVING UP SUPPORT: QTU regional organiser Dan Coxen (left) with Biloela QTU representatives Jenny McLeod, Kate Cross and Cathie Dendle.

Two teachers will go to Canberra to take the fight to politicians.

Banana Shire graziers at the mercy of unpredictable weather

WHO GOT THE RAIN: Leonie Price checks the rain gauge on her property Redcrest.

Thangool experienced its driest summer since 1924, followed by 44mm.

The rate trap Australians with houses are about to fall into

The tide is about to turn on interest rates

Could this be the end of Kmart as we know it?

Wesfarmers' brands.

The battle within Wesfarmers for discount department stores

Workers cash in thousands from holiday stuff up

A signed letter received by a former QAL worker, explaining he could be owed money because of a miscalculation of annual leave taken on a public holiday.

FORMER workers are cashing in thousands of dollars

Market 'not fair' for Qld dairy farmers, Cochrane says

FRESH MILK: John Cochrane believes Queensland consumers want to buy local product.

Gympie farmer says Parmalat' claims are disappointing.

TAKING THE PLUNGE: The women who walked out on office life

Thinking of giving up your stuffy office job? These women did.

EVER dreamed of walking out of the office permanently?

Gladstone Hotel's makeover to transform CBD skyline

Kenneth Wagner.

Plans on track to transform one of city's favourite pubs

Man in custody, guilty of raping child in Ipswich and Rocky

New Ipswich District Court Judge: After nine years in the role, Ipswich District Court Judge Greg Koppenol will move to Brisbane Court.He will be replaced by Judge Dennis Lynch QC. In court on Tuesday, Judge Koppenol was recognised for his "brisk and vigorous approach" to the role.

He pleaded guilty to offences committed over a six-year period

Police arrest and charge man armed with a toy gun

The incident occurred on Friday at 4pm.

When Jacqui Lambie speaks, it's worth listening

Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie is worth listening to, says Bill Hoffman.

Her views can jar but there is integrity in her convictions.

Terror fear hits Lille as shooter still on the loose

A shooting in the north of France has left several people injured

Astronaut 'knows' we've never been visited by aliens

The crew members of Skylab 3: commander and astronaut Alan L. Bean; scientist, pilot and astronaut Owen K. Garriott, and astronaut and pilot Jack R. Lousma. This crew spent 59 days and 11 hours in orbit.

He was an astronaut on the second manned mission to the moon

Grieving parents tell how they trusted babysitter

HELP AROUND THE HOUSE: Matthew James Ireland (far right) taking young Hemi Burke to swimming lessons.

Hemi's mum and dad had no inkling sitter would hurt their son

Shandee's skull cut in fierce stabbing

Police at a crime scene on Boddington St, East Mackay.

Stab wound delivered with such ferocity that it cut a piece of skull

Dog sole survivor as truck drivers killed in fiery crash

Sole survivor: a dog rescued from one of the trucks in this morning’s fatal collision on Picton Road. Picture: Robert Pozo

Boss pays tribute to two truck drivers who died in fiery crash

"A matter of time" - Ipswich lad caught up in London terror

Armed police react following a major incident outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain 22 March 2017

Ex-pat offered workers counselling after Westminster violence

Vudu can make old DVDs HD copies on your phone

Vudu can turn your old DVDs into HD digital copies, and all you need is a smartphone

The answer for anyone with a large DVD collection

Wives say don't blame us for lack of intimacy

Sex worker Mrs Robinson, as she is seen on the app Rendevu

Aussie wives had a blunt message for a sex worker

CMC Rocks traffic at a standstill

Queue of caravans stretches kilometres ahead of music festival

London terrorist’s mum breaks silence after deadly attack

Armed police react following a major incident outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain 22 March 2017

Mother of man who carried out attack 'too upset' to comment

London attack: The truth behind that photo

THE PHOTO: A woman walks past along Westminster Bridge in London on March 22. Picture: REX/Shutterstock

The woman in this photo was globally shamed

Westpac economist jailed for organising ‘chemsex’ parties

James Shugg worked at Westpac’s London HQ for 20 years.

Economist jailed for conspiracy to supply

Treacherous river mouth brings plenty unstuck in Noosa

FLASHBACK: Two boats capsized on Noosa bar. Police and Coastguard were on scene in 2012 to assist.

Northern boaties face plenty of challenges

When it rains, it spores: How big are your mushrooms?

Mushrooms are sprouting up everywhere due to the rain we've been having. Edward Faulkner of Helensvale with new fungi in his front yard.

Send us your giant mushroom pictures

Can you spot what's strange about this police car?

The suspicious looking plant at the scene.

Passers-by spotted what looked like an unusual stash in a police car

Scary wait for Gladstone mum after London attack

Scary wait for Gladstone mum after London attack

Miner mates $1.9m Keno winners

Two Mackay region mechanics have won big on Keno at the Austral.

Two local mechanics have won big with a Keno bet.

Water taxi service from Urangan to Fraser Island is starting

A water taxi to Fraser Island's Kingfisher Bay will now depart from the marina every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Spirit of Hervey Bay Manager Bobbie Hayter.

It'll take 25 minutes to get to the tourist hot spot.

Beer in boot makes lasting impression at CMC Rocks

American country star Tyler Farr treats his CMC Rocks debut performance like “an audition for Australia”

Our Caitlyn a No.1 hit at CMC Music Awards

RISING STAR: Caitlyn Shadbolt at the CMC Music Awards on the Gold Coast.

Caitlyn Shadbolt enjoys one of the most exciting weeks of her career

Steve ventures into the wild unknown on epic mission

Steve Backshall pictured along the Baliem River in a scene from Extreme River Challenge.

Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall tackles wild river challenge.

TV Insider: MKR has lost its recipe for success

My Kitchen Rules judges Colin Fassnidge and Pete Evans with guest judge Curtis Stone, right.

MKR needs a shake (up) of more than just the sauce bottle.

Travis Collins, Keith Urban win big at CMC Music Awards

Country music singer Travis Collins.

LEE Kernaghan also inducted into CMC Hall of Fame.

Disney boss reveals big details about the future of Star Wars

Felicity Jones in a scene from the official trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

"Another decade and a half of Star Wars."

Iggy Azalea’s butt is back

Mullumbimby-raised rapper Iggy Azalea is back with her new song Mo Bounce.

THE singer is back with a new single and it is all about the bounce.