This week's good news from around Gladstone
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!
Each performer a winner, eisteddfod adjudicator says
AFTER visiting the region a few years ago on holiday, Pat Buchanan couldn't resist the chance to spend more time in Gladstone doing something she loves - adjudicating.
The 75-year-old is an eisteddfod veteran, adjudicating a couple of speech and drama sections, on average, a year for 25 years.
This week, she adjudicated at the Gladstone City Eisteddfod for the first time.
Pat gets great pleasure from adjudicating eisteddfods, and believes each performer is a winner.
Get free help with racing beauty at pop-up beauty bar
STOCKLAND Gladstone is celebrating the start of the spring racing season by providing customers with a free Pop-up Beauty Bar on October 26.
The beauty bar will feature the services of a personal stylist - as well as having hair and make-up artists on standby - to ensure you look your best for the races.
Fatman needed to lose weight, went for a 'bit of a walk'
BRENDON Alsop and his dog Jojo have been an unusual sight on the streets on Gladstone this week as he continued his journey to raise money for cancer research and lose weight on the Fatman's Great Aussie Trek.
"I started off at 145 kilos and decided that I needed to do something radical to get the weight off, so I thought I'd go for a bit of a walk," Alsop said.
Alsop has walked more than 2600km since he starting out in February for Cairns, a lazy 3800km away from his home town.
Gladstone teen has her sights set on $10,000 fundraising target
BEK Walker is halfway to her fundraising goal of $10,000 as she aims to make a difference to those affected by cancer.
The 17-year-old is in her final year of schooling, but that hasn't distracted her from raising money for Cancer Council Queensland as part of the CancerFREE Challenge.
"I know what it feels like to lose someone really close and to be sick and stuck in hospital," she said.
"That's something I want to be able to stop people having to go through. I would just want to make a difference."
Big shed the front door to Curtis Island QCLNG project
A BIG shed that will serve as a $7.5 million front door to Curtis Island was the forefront of Queensland Gas Company celebrations on Friday.
The 2000sq m supply base will be the control point for all equipment and materials going to and from the QCLNG plant once it is operating.
QGC operations director Walter Simpson said it signified the first step from construction to operation.
"It may appear to be just a supply base, but it's a major milestone," he said.
Gladstone's best businesses recognised for effort
AN online training company has been named Best in Business this year, while overall Calliope made a name for itself.
Awards were presented to the Bendigo Bank, Limestone Clothing, Calliope News businesses and the non-profit Calliope Rodeo group.
The fourth annual Best in Business awards were presented by The Observer and Westpac, with the deciding votes cast by customers.
Big bite taken out of dental waiting lists in CQ
THE public dental waiting list in Central Queensland has been slashed.
More than 2000 dental patients have been removed from waiting lists since Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service began issuing vouchers for public patients to receive treatment in private dental practices.
CQHH board chairman Charles Ware said the number of public patients waiting more than two years for treatment had been slashed by more than 3000 in the same period.
Gladstone personal trainer graces cover of best bods mag
BORN and bred in Gladstone, personal trainer and business owner Tamara Murphy is Australia's newest cover girl.
Featured on the front of Natural Bodz magazine and the 2014 calendar, Mrs Murphy said it was a huge honour.
"I was a bit gob smacked to be honest," she said. "It's a magazine I've loved buying for two years; I never thought I would be on the front cover."
Mrs Murphy and husband Ben are the co-owners of Australian Sports Nutrition stores in Gladstone and Rockhampton.
Former QAL chief marks 10 years as university chancellor
GLADSTONE holds a special place in the heart of Central Queensland University Chancellor Rennie Fritschy.
After meeting wife Noelene in the port city in the late 1960s, the pair have travelled the world together and raised a family of three children.
"We returned to Gladstone in 1995 when I was appointed managing director of QAL, after having worked in other bauxite mines and alumina plants," Mr Fritschy said.
Celebrating his 10-year anniversary as chancellor, Mr Fritschy's passion has been instrumental in the region's growth and diversification.
Santos notches up record sale revenue as GLNG progresses
SANTOS has announced record sales revenue of more than $1 billion for the third quarter of 2013 as its GLNG project on Curtis Island continues to progress well.
The record result was driven by the company's highest oil production in six years, strong oil prices and higher third party sales volumes.
The company reported on Friday that construction was progressing well across all aspects of its GLNG project on Curtis Island.
Bright future for Gladstone region coal mine despite market
A MINE at Springsure Creek is positioned to become Australia's next major thermal coal project despite current tough coal markets, providing more jobs for the Gladstone region.
Bandanna Energy managing director Michael Gray, in Gladstone for the Golding conference, said because of its size and high coal quality, location close to existing infrastructure, contracted port and rail capacity, competitive cost structure and advanced approvals, the mine was positioned well for the future.
Tannum firefighter starts charity drive for NSW fire victims
AFTER seeing the pictures on TV and reading about it in The Observer, Sam Chandler knew she had to do something for those affected by the bushfires raging in New South Wales.
Earlier this week she decided to take up a collection of everyday items for those who had lost everything.
"I know they're chasing money now, but it takes them weeks to recoup and get back onto their feet and in the meantime they have to worry about purchasing toiletries, clothes, and other living essentials," she said.
Gladstone Santos staff compete in 100km bike challenge
SIX Gladstone Santos staff took part in Queensland's biggest bike ride at the weekend.
Santos lead mechanical engineer Bruce Atkinson led the core team on the Santos GLNG Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge.
They were just a few of 8000 cyclists who completed the 100km ride, organised by Bicycle Queensland, to raise money for the Heart Foundation.
Telstra extends 4G coverage to Biloela as part of rollout
RESIDENTS in Biloela can now access fast downloads with Telstra switching on 4G LTE mobile coverage in the area.
Telstra is upgrading 200 regional towns and holiday hotspots with 4G coverage by the end of 2013 and Biloela is part of this program.
The new service makes streaming movies, downloading music and internet browsing much quicker when on the go, with typical downloads speeds of between two and 50 megabits per second.
BSL donates $8000 to region's rural fire brigades
BOYNE Smelters Limited provided a welcome contribution this week to non-profit volunteer fire services, the Boyne Island Auxiliary Fire Brigade and Tannum Sands Rural Fire Brigade.
BSL donated $4000 to each service to assist with the cost of operating their fire control services as we approach their busiest time of the year.
BSL general manager Joe Rea said it was really satisfying to know that we had such professional and efficient services safeguarding the community.
Rotarians push to eradicate polio around the world
ROTARIAN Robin James is passionate about bringing an end to the crippling disease of polio and offering support to survivors.
"We don't want polio back in Australia," he said.
"Being so close to finishing it off, we owe it to make the effort and say 'that disease is out of the way, onto the next'."
The Gladstone Rotary Midday Club is supporting the global effort to eradicate polio, with members making themselves available on Thursday at Kin Kora Mall.
The focus of their presence is to recruit polio survivors to sign up to the Australian Polio Register in a pledge of solidarity and support.
Former Gladstone engineer wins women's construction award
FORMER Gladstone civil engineer Prue Spencer was shocked when her name was read out at the National Association of Women in Construction (Qld/NT) Crystal Vision Awards last week.
The 27-year-old won the Civil Contractors Federation Award for Achievement in Construction (Civil Works) for her work as senior project engineer on the $90m WICET earthworks package carried out by the Abigroup Golding Joint Venture.
"I was shocked; I really didn't think I'd win that at all. There were seven or eight other submissions for that award," Ms Spencer said.
The WICET project was her first significant package of work after recently being promoted to the role of senior project engineer, and Ms Spencer said she was encouraged to see more women getting involved in the industry.
First home buyers swarm to $190m Little Creek community
FIRST home buyers are flocking to Gladstone's proposed $190 million Little Creek community.
Buyers have bought new homes in stages 15, 16, 17 and 20, taking sales at the Kirkwood estate to $69 million.
Villa World's Little Creek has recently seen first home buyers sign contracts on 15 new homes.
Villa World development manager Murray Simpson said the buying conditions for first home buyers in the current market were optimal.
Study shows $1.4b contribution to GDP by Boyne Smelters
A NEW study has highlighted the significant social and economic contribution Boyne Smelters makes to Australia, Queensland and the Gladstone region.
The study found Boyne Smelters contributes more than $1.4 billion annually to Australia's gross domestic product, with more than half of this economic benefit going to the Gladstone region.
The study also found the smelter employs about 1000 people, and indirectly supports about 6700 jobs nationally with 3000 of these jobs in the Gladstone region.
Key findings from the study were released at the 10th annual Gladstone Engineering Alliance Major Industry Conference presented by Golding Contractors.
Gladstone mum has double fashion win with local clothes
DESPITE a hectic schedule with work and running around after three kids, Kelly Beckitt managed to locally source an award-winning outfit that epitomises races fashion this season.
The 38-year-old attended the Gladstone Caufield Cup Ladies and Gents Day last Saturday with her husband Jeffrey, and won the best dressed female and best fascinator awards for fashions in the field.
Being a long-term local, Ms Beckitt has been to plenty of race days and has the advantage of knowing where to look for clothes in the region.