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Dramatic time-lapse vision shows floodwaters engulfing outback train line

Thu, 2019-02-07 21:00

Pictures show a train line engulfed by the floodwaters in Queensland's north-west, with QR saying it has also discovered a freight train that has been toppled over by the rising waters.

Flooding engulfs a freight train line at Corella Creek in north-western Queensland. (Supplied: QR)

Thu, 2019-02-07 20:49
Time-lapse vision of a freight train line engulfed by rising floodwaters in north-western Queensland.

Adani's Abbot Point coal terminal releases more water into wetland

Thu, 2019-02-07 19:10

Monsoonal rain hitting north Queensland results in a release of water from Indian mining giant Adani's Abbot Point coal terminal site into adjacent wetlands.

Queensland company director jailed over workplace death

Thu, 2019-02-07 16:34

A Brisbane director has been sentenced to jail for one year, and fined $1 million, in a Queensland-first Workplace Health and Safety trial.

'Oh crikey, if they find her bones': Dispute over escorts led to wife's death, court told

Thu, 2019-02-07 13:24

A murder-accused panicked and buried his wife after she hit her head on a bedpost and died during an argument over escorts, the Supreme Court in Brisbane hears.

'Vulnerable' regional airports await basic security upgrades

Thu, 2019-02-07 08:27

Regional airports are deemed essential gateways between the city and country, but questions have been raised about how secure they are.

Mammoth clean-up begins as hundreds left homeless after Townsville floods

Thu, 2019-02-07 06:49

The true scale of the clean-up across north Queensland becomes apparent as hundreds of homes are declared uninhabitable in flood-ravaged Townsville.

Fred the emu helps out with mustering

Thu, 2019-02-07 05:58
An emu adopts a farming family in central Queensland, in a situation which one expert says "is not even slightly normal".

'Not even slightly normal' emu adopts farming family

Thu, 2019-02-07 05:58

You've heard of cattle dogs, but what about cattle emus? One family in central Queensland has been adopted by an emu, which is showing a great deal of interest in everyday happenings on the farm.

'Everything precious is gone': Townsville residents angry at storage shed lock-out

Thu, 2019-02-07 05:47

Townsville resident Tinia Martin says she lost precious photos of her dead son and other family treasures because she was locked out of a storage facility at least a day before floodwaters rose and destroyed her belongings.

'It's fair game': Bin chickens and waste industry clash over kerbside raids

Thu, 2019-02-07 05:05

A stoush is brewing between self-described "bin chickens" raiding our rubbish for refundable containers and the waste industry, who are both looking to cash in on recycling.

'Almost had my last ride': Dirt rider clotheslined by wire strung up across track

Wed, 2019-02-06 16:11

A dirt rider taken off his bike by a high-tensile wire strung up across a popular track in south-east Queensland says he's lucky he wasn't going any faster when he hit the potentially deadly mantrap at neck height.

Drought-hardened graziers heartbroken as cattle die in floods

Wed, 2019-02-06 15:09

Hundreds of cattle are believed to be dead or stranded in north-west Queensland as heartbroken graziers go from a drought to a flooding crisis.

Accused murderer told to come back for a GPS tracker to be fitted

Wed, 2019-02-06 12:19

An accused murderer is granted bail and asked to return to have a GPS tracker fitted, because no devices were available on the Gold Coast.

Crime Stoppers call centre to remain open but under police watch

Wed, 2019-02-06 11:29

Not everyone is convinced despite government assurances that Queensland's Crime Stoppers call centre will continue to operate normally after it returns to police control from next week.

Crops 'sitting in water' as floods bring pain for some, relief for others

Wed, 2019-02-06 10:07

Unprecedented rainfall has brought destruction and delays for some farmers, while others are heralding the best soaking wet season falls for many years.

Father, baby boy found dead on Sunshine Coast in suspected murder-suicide

Wed, 2019-02-06 09:43

Queensland police are investigating whether a father killed his six-month-old son and then himself after their bodies were found in a car on the Sunshine Coast this morning.

'They just headed towards the light': Local hero takes in 60 stranded neighbours

Wed, 2019-02-06 05:36

A family hailed as "true heroes" take more than 60 flood-stricken people and their pets into their two-storey home as they waited to be rescued from rising floodwaters in Townsville.

'It's house after house': Townsville residents return home to mud and mess

Wed, 2019-02-06 05:36

Hundreds of Townsville residents begin to return to their flood-ravaged homes to find a big clean-up ahead, as the bureau warns the monsoon trough, that has dropped a year's worth of rain in week, will remain active for days.

Climate researcher fears Australia could become too disaster-prone to insure

Wed, 2019-02-06 05:01

Right now, Townsville is more or less underwater and large parts of Tasmania are on fire. But once the world looks away, there's the question of who will pay the bill.