Overweight mum now smaller than what she was at school

The mum-of-two returned from a trip to Sydney where she was one of three women nationwide to receive a $10,000 makeover.

Diving into cancer recovery with hyperbaric

SO SUCCESSFUL: Fran Levy has found the benefit of "dives'.

Patient left painfully scarred by "rare and aggressive cancer".

Rude shock coming for pool owners

Cost of keeping your pool might be up to $2000 a year

Drive from Gold Coast to Cairns for free on electric power

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug in hybrid.

Electric drivers can fill up for free in early phases of $3m project

A mother's diary: the morning our lives changed forever

Emma Harford, whose son Cole, 15, took his own life a year ago today. Photo / Mike Scott

Emma Harford arrived home to find police and ambulance

Grandma covered face cancer with make up for months

RAISING AWARENESS: Nurse Emma Kluck (left) and cancer survivor Jean Dellit are raising awareness of World Head and Neck Cancer Day.

At first Jean Dellit just dismissed her melanoma as an old-age spot

App can detect pedestrians and cyclist on collision course

Verita Stewart, semi-professional cyclist demonstrates V2P (Vehicle to pedestrian/cyclist) technology. Picture: Kelly Barnes/The Australian.

Driver app can detect pedestrians and cyclist on collision course

Has political correctness gone mad?

ATTITUDES: Does Donald Trump's attitude reflect what senior Australians are thinking?

ARE we tired of avoiding telling it like we see it, or not?

Parents told baby would die after birth - but he survived

Natalie Forsdike with partner Jonny Spain and their newborn child Finn. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

The prognosis was so serious they were even offered a termination

Devastated mum believes this would have saved her baby's life

Elisha Palmer with son Knox

"I carry that guilt of why didn’t we get one"

Let kids play with fire and power tools, researchers say

Kids Around Campfire

“Risky play” actually increases kids’ safety awareness

Twins born at 23 weeks survive despite being 'too young to save'

The doctors didn’t have high hopes for such premature babies but Dolly and Albert had other ideas.

Their mother went into labour at 22 weeks and six days.

Mum mistakes meningococcal disease for 'just the flu'

Jenna has had the fingers and thumb amputated from one arm and below the elbow amputated on the other. Source: Supplied

It wasn't the flu, it was really something far worse.

Big numbers of endangered shark off Rainbow Beach

INCREDIBLE: Divers at Wolf Rock off Rainbow Beach recently spotted up to 70 pregnant female sharks at a time of the critically endangered grey nurse shark.

'We've stumbled across one of the premier dive spots in Australia.'

Hate camping? This idea might change your mind

Imagine arriving at a camp site and all the hard work is done.

Camp Hire Australia hires the gear and will even pitch and pack away

From hospital bed to six-day, 250km desert run

IN TRAINING: Neil Collie runs trails around the scenic Glass House Mountains area in preparation for the 250km Big Red Run.

How a stroke survivor will tackle a gruelling desert ultra marathon

Final days to win $5000 BCF voucher!

$5000 BCF voucher up for grabs!

Don't miss out on this!

Last fishing trip entry form in tomorrow's paper!

Don't miss out on this great prize!

Only a few days left to get into competition!

7 weird fishing superstitions

WOWEE! This is a deadly combination if you're heading out fishing! Photo: contributed

Any of these ring true for you?

Hearty food for cold nights

Serve up these delicious lamb dishes to help stay warm and cosy this winter

Pearfect for your health

The fruit that makes an ideal choice for snacking and cooking

Will eating bread make you fat?

Pictures: Instagram@girlswithgluten

I'm going to go out on a limb and declare my love for bread

Plans for upmarket nightclub in derelict Ipswich building

COMING SOON: The remnants of the old Cocktails Nightclub on Brisbane St will be transformed into Switch Nightclub.

Selfie-friendly loos, swanky vibe planned for abandoned site

Picky eater? You could get someone killed

Chef Patrick Friesen has vented on Instagram about diners claiming to have various allergies.

Picky eaters are a danger to people with potentially fatal allergies

UnBEERlievable! Is this the worst idea ever?

Aurosa for women.

There's a new tipple on the scene - a beer just for ladies

Creative cakes win major awards at London competition

WINNING CAKE: Merivale Cakes and Crafts' student Narelle Brown won gold for her Ned Kelly creation at the Alexandra Palace International Cake Decorating Competition in London.

Together they took 15 students overseas on their annual tour

How often should you clean your sheets?

WE spend about a third of our day between the sheets, so how often should we clean them?

Style: How to get light and warmth in the dark months

A contemporary interior and fireplace that takes advantage of skylights and big windows.

Ultimate glamorous accessory for any home in winter is a fire

How coal-fired power station would reduce NQ power bills

Townsville Enterprise policy and investment director Michael McMillan said the State Government could still meet its 50 per cent renewables target with a coal plant.

Low emission coal-fired power station would lower power bills

Style: A bath is not a thing of the past

Baths remain a sought-after luxury item in many homes.

Baths use about half the water that your average shower consumes

We've a sweet idea for berry lovers

IT'S time to trying growing your own strawberries so you can have these delicious berries right at your back door.

Gardening: Grow your own citrus trees

Citrus trees are not just for commercial growers; they are great in home gardens too.

They're packed with vitamin C and they're flowering now

Leading beekeeper fined over threatening disease

Busy Bee still buzzing in the cold morning air.

The disease poses one of the most dire threats to the industry

Costa, mayor to face-off over Urban Food Street destruction

COSTA Georgiadis from ABC's Gardening Australia wants to sit down and discuss verge gardening with Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson in the wake of the Urban Food Street fiasco.

"Do they really want everyone against them?”

Green Thumb: There's gold in the air

Golden pendas will attract birds and bees to your garden.

An Australian native is a knockout at peak flowering time

This may be why people think you're a swinger

It used to be everywhere, but then a nasty rumor spread

Cheers for FNQ's beers

From the heart of Cairns and up the coast, this is one beer trail worth following

Qantas lifts security to help fight against threat of IS

Flying at the pointy end of a Qantas plane might not be as out of reach as you think.

Qantas bans duty-free items out of the Philippines

Teens on holiday caught up in sexual assault nightmare

Savk Hotel

Hotel staff claimed the group of teens were "looking for group sex"

Cruise control: The Gold Coast by cruise boat

Surfers Paradise beach on Queensland's Gold Coast and, right, QT's Bazaar Restaurant; Elvis impersonator Jay Dupuis performs.

The Gold Coast can be as laid back as you want it

France, where there's music on every corner

Musicians perform during the Fete de la Musique Music event in Paris.

Celebration of the solstice brings out the best and worst

$24M Mackay wave pool project: The big reveal

Councillor Ross Gee says his idea for a wave pool in Mackay would be a "tourist mega magnet".

'Get barrelled behind the Great Barrier Reef'

Rail trail could have villages steaming on

Outdoors in the peace and pure air heading north from Casino.

Region on track for a cycling, horse riding and camping future

Hard to miss such trail-blazing talent

Brisbane's Mecha Mecha, to talk about their sophomore EP, Blink and You'll Miss It.

Chart-topping Busby Marou set for Ippy show

DYNAMIC DUO: Jeremy Marou and Tom Busby of Busby Marou, who will perform at the Racehorse Hotel this Saturday night.

Racehorse Hotel will be their first appearance in the city

The Block's family home rescue mission

Scott Cam hosts the TV series The Block.

Reno show's new concept proves its biggest challenge to date.

Angelina Jolie 4.0: Is anyone buying this?

Angelina Jolie, master media manipulator, is back.

Love The Bachelor and a feminist? Sorry, you can't be both

These 22 women trying to win Matty's heart... but at what cost? (Pic: Channel 10)

Tans will be sprayed. Roses will be distributed. Tears will be shed.

George RR Martin: Sixth book won't be out this year

Emilia Clarke returns as Daenerys Targaryen in the seventh season of Game of Thrones, which premieres only on Foxtel on July 17.

“I am still working on it, I am still months away..."

Mum spotted on Google Earth 18 months after death

A woman has spotted her mother on Google Earth - she died in 2015

Glitter obsession not so glitzy for the environment

THE twinkly haze may wash off after one wear, but the tiny pieces of micro plastic don't just disappear.

LINGERIE SHOW: Gladstone models leave little to the imagination

The Australian Lingerie Model Search 2017 was held at the Young Australian Hotel on Saturday night.

Nine Gladstone women were confident on stage at the lingerie comp

Bridal wear shops unite to fight gown maker's collapse

Lasting Impressions owner Leah Stevens helps Grafton bride to be Natalie Jackson find another wedding dress.

Brides left in the lurch by collapses of overseas gown maker.

Gladstone model takes out national Face of Origin comp

QUEENSLAND BEAUTY: Face of Origin Gladstone representative Alice Litzow won the ultimate prize.

Alice comes out on top after three-day national final in Brisbane

Ipswich designer making waves with fedoras

RICH SEAMS: Coal miner turned fashion designer Nikke Horrigan with clothes from his collection.

Nikke Horrigan made the transition from coal miner to designer

Aussie bride's $1600 dream wedding with 100 guests

Emilyrose Fitzpatrick tied the knot in Scotland Picture: Facebook/Emilyrose Fitzpatrick

“Don’t make it about anyone but yourself and don’t compromise.”

LG's 77 inch wallpaper TV has $40k price tag

IT'S the television that had tech journalists from around the world drooling.

This iPhone keyboard hack is hugely satisfying

Best hidden features of iPhones revealed

Is ALDI about to clog the sewers?

Aldi is set to open in Central Queensland after the project was given the green light.

ALDI sparks debate after it advertises it is selling flushable wipes

$6 wine a winner for Coles

Coles Group wine buyer Ed Ashley holding last year’s award-winning bottle. Photo: Sam Wundke

Cabernet sauvignon given a gold rating by all judges

LG Twin Wash promises to slash laundry time

Half of Australians do their laundry two to four times every week

Important lessons when teaching teens good money habits

Putting away a bit away, over a long time is the key to building wealth. Sit down with your teenager and show them the power of compounding. PHOTO: AAP

Wealth experts detail financial skills that teenagers should learn

BlackBerry is back: But sorry, it's atrocious

BlackBerry KEYone might be better left in the past.

The display is just 4.5-inches to make room for the keyboard

'I wrote my ute off while I was high on ice'

HARRY Thies found his lowest point late last year – he’d just crashed his ute while on methamphetamines and was a shell of his former self.

27-year-old in ‘menopause’ shares her ‘shocking’ reality

Thessy Kouzoukas, 27, shared the images on her Instagram to prove the agonising condition is “no joke.”

Pictures show the effect endometriosis can have on a woman’s body.

Brutal twist in Charlie Gard case

Charlie Gard's mother and father, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, announced that they have abandoned their legal fight at the Family Division hearing at the High Court in the five month legal battle for the right for Charlie to undergo experimental therapy in the USA. Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage.

Parents of Charlie Gard withdraw request to take their son to US

VIRUS WARNING: Disease on the rise across Ipswich

Ross River virus is detected by a blood test.

2017 infection rate has already overtaken last year's

Seniors stun in swimsuits at Grandbikini

Contestants compete for titles at the Grandbikini.

Move over Miss Universe – it’s time for the Grandbikini.

'Going to explode': Gladstone woman suffers infectious disease

TERRIBLE IMPACT: The Observer's own Danae Jackson lives with chronic pain after contracting Ross River virus.

It's like arthritis through your whole body

Teen's first book lifts lid on drugs, depression, sexuality

COAST teenager takes no-holds-barred approach to adolescence in first, self-published book.

Messy lessons to be learnt all day with a little one around

LESSONS: It's a learning curve having a little one, as I'm finding out, in a messy way.

OPINION: Never have I trusted farts less than with a newborn

Leaping into adulthood

NO CONSENT NEEDED: At 18 you can get a tattoo, vote, apply for credit, and go skydiving without permission.

New 18-year-old ready to take the plunge into adult life

Aussie toddler pulled from bottom of Bali pool, in coma

Kawa Sweeney

A GoFundMe page raised more than $75,000 in less than 24 hours

Surprise! Baby born on kitchen floor

Joby Higham and Rachel Finucane with newborn baby Aurora Jade Higham born on the 23rd of July in her parents kitchen in Maryborough.

A Maryborough mum was forced to have her baby on her kitchen floor.

More parents using photographer to capture baby’s birth

Amanda and Jarrd Schenk, moments after Chloe was born.

Amanda Schenk wanted a photographer by her side during birth

'Why I took my kids to Splendour'

MUM AND KIDS: Kazzie Mahina, with kids Makoa, 4, and six-month-old Kona, at Splendour.

Child minding at the awesome Little Splendour too good to pass up

Meet 7 of the Fraser Coast's most eligible bachelors

In the lead up to the premiere of The Bachelor, the Chronicle spoke to seven of the region's most eligible men.

Karl Stefanovic breaks his silence on divorce, new love

Karl poses for Stellar’s July 23 issue. Picture: Steven Chee Source:Stellar Magazine

Stefanovic on his marriage breakdown, new girlfriend

Say I do to having pets at your wedding

PET FRIENDLY WEDDING PLANNING: Having your fur babies at your wedding isn't just for celebrities.

Pet-friendly wedding planning

Why I said breastfeeding in public is illegal

Yummy Mummy Maria DiGeronimo.

I BREASTFED and I am all FOR breastfeeding and support it, but...