Chanel College students Nicola Richards, 16, Tristan Clay, 16, Maggie Kearney, 17, Emma Westman, 16, Dandy Menalabag, 16, helped round up hamper donations for local families in need. St Vincent de Paul will distribute the hampers.
Chanel College students Nicola Richards, 16, Tristan Clay, 16, Maggie Kearney, 17, Emma Westman, 16, Dandy Menalabag, 16, helped round up hamper donations for local families in need. St Vincent de Paul will distribute the hampers. Brenda Strong

Good news stories from around Gladstone this week

JUST in case you missed them, here are some of the positive stories that have featured in The Observer in the past week. The news isn't always bad!

Fifty positions to be filled at Goondoon St hospitality hub

THE premier hospitality precinct in Gladstone is about to arrive.

Ribs and Rumps and The Coffee Club will open their doors to the public on December 19, but before they can, Gladstone's finest front and back-of-house staff are being called upon to join the hospitality team.

Local ideas helped QGC redirect benefits from QCLNG

A QUEENSLAND-first project in which gas company QGC has worked with community and not-for-profit organisations has been celebrated in Gladstone.

Operations director Walter Simpson told 200 guests that ideas generated by locals had helped QGC redirect benefits from its QCLNG project.

Home-schooled trio of graduates grateful to their parents

LOCAL teenagers Lainie Lanzon, Tess Lanzon and Esther May are tired of the negative connotations that surround children who are home-schooled.

The trio, who graduated from their secondary education in an independent ceremony on Thursday evening, have been granted the same privileges as conventional students.

The three young women marked the occasion of finishing school with an intimate celebration with family, friends and their respective dates.

Chanel College classes pick families to help for Christmas

'TIS the season for giving, and Chanel College students have embraced it.

St Vincent de Paul Gladstone was overwhelmed with the students' contribution to its annual initiative which collects hampers to deliver to families that are doing it tough this Christmas.

City's young diabetes ambassador lives in hope of a cure

SINCE Ethan Galpin was three years old, he has lived life as a type one diabetic.

Ethan's mum, Tammy Galpin became concerned when he had extreme thirst, lost nearly 10kg in two weeks and grew very sick.

After days of monitoring his symptoms he was flown to the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital where he was diagnosed with type one diabetes.

Now Ethan is a keen ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and his mum one of his biggest supporters.

SUPPORTING CAUSE: Rachel Barr, Imogen Parks, 9, Layla Gibson, 3, Kayden Gibson, 5 and Jet Parks, 7, pose with some of the prizes on offer at the MS fundraiser held at the Buller Street Community Hub, Gladstone.
SUPPORTING CAUSE: Rachel Barr, Imogen Parks, 9, Layla Gibson, 3, Kayden Gibson, 5 and Jet Parks, 7, pose with some of the prizes on offer at the MS fundraiser held at the Buller Street Community Hub, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

Residents support MS fundraiser with almost $600 raised

SOME Gladstone residents diagnosed with multiple sclerosis have to travel to Rockhampton or Brisbane for regular medical check ups and treatments.

And Friends of MS support group members are hoping with the help of fundraising and more awareness, they can one day have an MS office in Gladstone.

Men educating men to stop violence against women

IN perhaps the most empowering stand to stop violence against women, men are educating men on White Ribbon Day.

Riders across the region gathered on Sunday at Nhulundu Health for breakfast before departing for Miriam Vale at 9.30am.

Six months of rehearsals culminates in dance spectacular

AFTER six months of rehearsals, Ramptons Danzenergy members put on a fabulous show for their Dance Spectacular on Saturday night.

The two acts, Snow White and the Huntsman and Hungry Town, gave a visual feast of beautiful costumes, creative lighting and some impressive hip hop, tap, jazz, music theatre and street tap moves.

Youngsters make some new pals at joint nippers day

IT was the first time the Tannum Sands and Agnes Water surf lifesaving clubs had held a joint Sunday for nippers, and the idea went off swimmingly.

For Agnes Water, just having more numbers in the small town to have a run and swim with their up-and-comers was a huge plus, and for Tannum Sands, the increased surf was a bonus.

Wiggles the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat, held by project manager Peter Brooks, is one of the marsupials at the Safe Haven breeding and research facility in Mt Larcom. Tayla Ashton, Mr Brooks and Su Lee spent the morning with Wiggles at the Outlook Cafe on Friday.
Wiggles the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat, held by project manager Peter Brooks, is one of the marsupials at the Safe Haven breeding and research facility in Mt Larcom. Tayla Ashton, Mr Brooks and Su Lee spent the morning with Wiggles at the Outlook Cafe on Friday. Luka Kauzlaric

Wiggles the wombat has a morning out at Gladstone cafe

LOCAL diners were thrilled to meet Gladstone's favourite Wiggle last week.

The eight-year-old, 22kg southern hairy nosed wombat greeted tourists at the Outlook Cafe where she willingly submitted to offers of tummy scratches.

Couple saves hundreds of lives with decades of donations

JANICE Fortier and her husband Robert have hearts of gold, and between them they have saved 807 lives.

By rolling up their sleeves to give blood every three months since 1974, the pair has given the gift of life time and again.

Lifeline benefits from GAPDL Members and Mates golf day

LIFELINE was the overall winner of GAPDL's Members and Mates golf day.

GAPDL chief executive, Glenn Churchill, Gladstone Regional Council community services Councillor Maxine Brushe and Purcell's Engineering owner Terry Purcell proudly handed over a cheque for $2775 on Tuesday to the organisation.

Local egg production trainee recognised with national award

SILVERDALE Eggs has broken free from its shell as a small-scale alternative production farm, gaining national recognition for employing the Trainee of the Year.

Poultry supervisor Misty Burgess travelled to Perth on November 20 to receive the prestigious award.

Merging fields into mechatronics signals new age at CQU

TRANSFORMERS and robots are a step closer to being a part of everyday life, with CQUniversity now offering a course in Mechatronic Engineering at campuses in Gladstone, Rockhampton and Mackay.

The study of mechatronics merge the fields of mechanical, electrical, computer and electronic engineering into one vibrant degree, with the new offering expected to gauge large interest.

Marine rescue crew set for TV appearance on Creek to Coast

GLADSTONE'S Volunteer Marine Rescue has been spending time in front of a television camera, with the crew set to appear on Channel 7's Creek to Coast next month.

The appearance is part of VMR's recreational boating safety project, which is supported by QGC through its social impact management plan.

Local musician Hayley Marsten, 19.
Local musician Hayley Marsten, 19. Luka Kauzlaric

Country singer wants community feedback on songs for EP

FROM the red carpet, back to Gladstone and set to record an EP - local singer Hayley Marsten is taking her music to the next stage.

And she is encouraging the community to get on board in the collaboration of her upcoming EP.

Hard work rewarded as graduate snares leadership award

BAKING cupcakes for her homeroom exemplifies the leadership qualities Georgia Fry possesses - but it's not the only reason for her recent Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award.

The newly graduated 17-year-old has bold aspirations for her future, among them studying radiology at the Queensland University of Technology Brisbane campus in 2014.

Students get into the Christmas spirit at Rosella Park

THE students were nervous in the lead-up, but the only tears at the Rosella Park School annual celebration concert on Wednesday came from the proud parents in the audience.

Principal Kate Russ said all of the school's 75 students performed in the singing, dancing and drama, with plenty of support from 50 teachers and teacher aides.

Couple vows to have and to haunt at Halloween wedding

HALLOWEEN conjures imagery of supernatural themes for most of us, but for this central Queensland couple, it marked the beginning of a supernatural love.

The "Hallowedding" of Graham Cowley and Sonia Pattenden was held on November 2 in the company of 70 family and friends.

Industry recycling critical for cerebral palsy community

RECYCLING scrap metal for cash is a fundraising program of a different kind, but one that will help children with disabilities in Gladstone realise their full potential.

The funds from the new Metal for Mobility partnership between the Bechtel and the Australian Pacific LNG project will firstly go towards upgrading the Cerebral Palsy League centre in Gladstone, so it is more accessible to more people.

It will then enable the CPL to provide more programs, more services and more equipment to the Gladstone region.