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Ruth McCosker is reporter at the Brisbane Times.

Digging the dirt on the sleeping giant of the Queensland outback

Digging the dirt on the sleeping giant of the Queensland outback

With red dirt, endless starry skies and locals who treat you like family, a trip to Longreach is quickly becoming an alternative weekend-away destination.

  • by Ruth McCosker

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Being a smart city isn't all about technology

Being a smart city isn't all about technology

A new report categorised the smartness of Queensland's 78 local government areas and identified 10 as high performing.

  • by Ruth McCosker
Queensland entrepreneurs impress Prince Andrew

Queensland entrepreneurs impress Prince Andrew

The makers of hemp clothing, digital IDs and non-alcoholic craft beer infused with bush tucker have impressed the Duke of York with their ideas.

  • by Ruth McCosker
Data reveals five children or animals locked in hot cars every day

Data reveals five children or animals locked in hot cars every day

Queensland's peak motoring body has issued a warning for people to be vigilant around cars as the temperature inside can rise quickly and be deadly.

  • by Ruth McCosker
The Brisbane campaign to replace NIMBY with YIMBY

The Brisbane campaign to replace NIMBY with YIMBY

The YIMBY – Yes in My Backyard co-founder said the movement was about getting people to think a different way about development.

  • by Ruth McCosker
Queensland heat records smashed

Queensland heat records smashed

Some Queenslanders have endured record temperatures, with one regional centre hitting almost 45 degrees on Monday.

  • by Ruth McCosker
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'Like a war zone': Residents evacuated as fire sends flames 12 metres into air

'Like a war zone': Residents evacuated as fire sends flames 12 metres into air

Julie Bannister is staring down the biggest bushfire of her life, refusing to leave her coastal Queensland property.

  • by Ruth McCosker
This Queensland family lost everything and had to learn how to react

This Queensland family lost everything and had to learn how to react

Stephanie and Karl Black were forced to carry their children on their shoulders to safer ground after metre-high floodwaters forced them out of their home.

  • by Ruth McCosker
Brisbane set to swelter as heatwave breaks record in Mackay

Brisbane set to swelter as heatwave breaks record in Mackay

Some Queensland regions have recorded some of their hottest days on record, but cooler temperatures are still days away.

  • by Ruth McCosker
Woman on mobility scooter attacked with tree branch

Woman on mobility scooter attacked with tree branch

Police said two teenage boys attacked her and tried to steal her medication.

  • by Ruth McCosker
The pink vending machine helping disadvantaged women

The pink vending machine helping disadvantaged women

Stories of women and young girls using socks, wads of toilet paper or rags from the garage as sanitary items prompted Brisbane woman Rochelle Courtenay to do something.

  • by Ruth McCosker