Bluebirds bound for Townsville

NORTHERN CHALLENGE: Swifts junior rugby league players are in Townsville this weekend for the Gordon Tallis Cup.

Swifts juniors take of for Townsville

Conlon’s connected

ABORIGINAL APPRECIATION: Ipswich Jets fullback Wes Conlon shows off the club’s special Indigenous round jersey designed by Ipswich students at Bremer High State School.

Indigenous round has Jets fullback in grand final mode

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'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

SMEs have fallen out of love with the coalition

RESEARCH suggests that the gloss has worn off small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) view of the current Government ahead of the federal election.

Turnbull, Shorten in dead heat on election eve: polling

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

The Fairfax-Ipsos poll figures suggest Labor could win on Saturday

OPINION: Who are these people? Senate parties explained

Thirty-eight parties are vying for your Senate vote. Be wise about where your preferences are going.

What you need to know about the Senate parties you've never heard of

Gloves off for election showdown

Sky News' political team, from left, Dan Bourchier, Laura Jayes, David Speers, Kieran Gilbert and Tom Connell pictured in Canberra.

SKY News political editor David Speers shares his predictions.

Strange Politics: Are Glen Lazarus condoms a thing now?

STRANGE POLITICS with Chris Calcino

This election has had its fair share of classic ads

LETTER: Libs have had their chance to get it right

If you are in power, we vote you back in based on what you did while in power, not what you bribe us with if we are stupid enough to vote for you again.

LETTER: ‘Students breathe in toxic car fumes’

HEALTH FEARS: Are children breathing in dangerous car fumes while waiting outside schools for their parents to pick them up?

Students waiting to be picked up from school are breathing in fumes

LETTER: Waging a war we can't afford, apparently

Australian Defence Forces personnel from Force Protection Element 4 (FPE4) and Force Communication Element 3 (FCE3) parade as they are farewelled before deploying to Afghanistan at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane, Monday, June 29, 2015. Their deployment is aimed at supporting Australia's force protection mission in Afghanistan. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING

Our self-proclaimed economic manager has shot himself in the foot

Get rid of debt before retirement

Get rid of debt before retirement

Aussie speedster silences his critics at 500/1 odds

Anthony 'Bomber' Breeze.

Young speedster shows his bright future

MY COMMENT: Shooting Aus decision is way off mark

Michael Diamond's ban from Olympics reflects poorly on Aus.

Worker's scream scares off armed robber

POLICE are investigating following the attempted armed robbery of a supermarket in Leichhardt yesterday.

She ran a meth lab in her shed, but walked free from court

Hatton Vale woman with a meth lab in her mum's shed has faced court.

Man "shot in the chest" after disagreement over iPad

A fight over a child's ipad involving an air rifle leaves offender narrowly avoiding jail time.

Together we're united for 6.8m regional Australians

AN OPEN letter to Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten demanding a Fair Go for regional Australians.

Turnbull govt reveals new approach on regional health

Malcolm Turnbull... pledging a new deal for regional residents on healthcare.

Govt vows to address difference in life expectancy in regional areas

Finally regions will get a Fair Go

Congestion on the Bruce Highway.

It's time for the major parties to close the country city gap

Fair Go campaign wins back our funding

The fund was originally created for people living in regional areas

All parties urged to treat young people seriously

There is a higher education gap between regional areas and Brisbane

Cities ahead by $2 billion in health funding

INVOLVED: Dr Ewen McPhee wants to see better heath services in rural areas.

People living in rural areas are missing out on $2 billion in funds

Women seek elder’s advice

LEADER: Ipswich Citizen of the Year Faye Carr.

Aunty Faye a shining example of a person who has battled adversity

Brand Insights

Brand Insights

Maserati Levante SUV

2017 Maserati Levante. Photo: Contributed.

Maserati's SUV entry arrives with the elegant Levante

Mackenzie Norrish

Good Start Camira's fundraiser for Mackenzie Norrish. Mackenzie Allen, 4 and Ella Maunsell, 3.

Good Start Camira's fundraiser for Mackenzie Norrish.

Aussies in the Tour de France

SIMON GERRANS – Team: Orica-GreenEDGE. Age: 36. Tours: 10.
THE Victorian can still do a job for his team. Has twice won stages on the Tour de France and became the first Australian to win a stage on all of the three grand tours. Had an injury-plagued 2015, breaking six bones in seven  crashes, but this season has been better, winning the Tour Down Under.

Five of our hopes for 2016.

Main contenders for the Tour de France

CHRIS FROOME – Team: Team Sky. Age: 31. Best result: Winner 2013 and 2015.
THE Briton is not only aiming to be the first back-to-back Tour champion since Miguel Indurain in 1995, but is also going for  time trial and road race success at the Olympic Games. Has already won the Criterium du Dauphine and  Herald Sun Tour this year.

Five riders expected to fight it out for yellow jersey.

TOTALLY HOOKED: Hunt is on for monster tailor

TOP CATCH: Pete May with a 75cm tailor caught off Noosa’s North Shore.

Some of our best tailor comes from the lower parts of our rivers

Two crocs sighted near Beaver Rock

PAST CROCODILE: One of the crocodiles previously spotted and later captured in the Mary River.

The hunt continues for two confirmed crocs living in the Mary River.

IN DEEP: Japan diving lures Coast instructor

Local dive instructor heads to Okinawa

Influx of stranded seals on the Clarence Coast

Dolphin Marine Magic Coffs Harbour rescued an exhausted seal at Brooms Head on Thursday, 30th of June, 2016. Photo Stephen Otton.

Wild weather brings unprecedented number of seals to the North Coast

The pitfalls of trying to give mothers parenting advice

"You've never had kids so you have no idea"

Cabin and more details revealed of Toyota's C-HR small SUV

LONG AWAITED: Toyota prepares to enter the small SUV fray with the C-HR next year

Forward-thinking cabin design shown for new C-HR SUV

Male trainer asked teen if she was 'sexually active'

Training to stay healthy and get in shape.

A male gym trainer has asked a teen girl about her sex life

Mike Jeffries reveals the secret story of spreadable bacon

Ever thought of having bacon as a jam?

Cruel opinions thrown at mums no matter what they do

Mother Sitting With Son Reading Story Indoors. Thinkstock image.

Women often the harshest judges, say mums

Arts and culture get a boost in council budget

HAPPY CAMPER: Council’s culture boss Cr Charlie Pisasale will be delighted $400,000 has been allocated for a business case investigation for IPAC.

IPAC at the forefront of councillor's agenda

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four