61,000 Australian Volkswagens set for dieselgate recall

With this announcement Volkswagen Group Australia said total government approvals is now 70,000, including the 9,000 Amarok utes recalled earlier this year.

Sorry fellas, female joggers aren't there for you

Women who go running aren't looking for sex with you

Medibank and Liminal team up to fight loneliness

Loneliness is a serious health issue says new research

Sporty and hybrid Toyota C-HRs coming in the future?

INTEREST PIQUED: Is there scope for Toyota to offer us a greater range of its forthcoming C-HR small SUVs? A hybird version and more powerful turbo variant would be welcome.

Only one 1.2-litre engine at launch of C-HR baby SUV

Surgery creates vagina for woman born without one

A surgically-created vagina may mean children for one woman

Woman finds love with fellow gamer 11,711km away

A woman has found love through a farming game online

Twice-cooked delight

These pretty Christmas biscotti make an ideal gift.

Make biscotti with a Christmas twist

Put some sparkle into the season

Sparkling wines come in many styles. Here is a selection that won't break the bank.

How to satisfy their warring tastebuds

Devil's Delight are chocolate pancakes with strawberries, cream, chocolate ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce.

Kids need to eat but they don't always want the same things

650 Northern Rivers jobs at risk over penalty rates

Reducing penalty rates on Sunday may see more jobs in hospitality.

Hospitality bosses and union reps disagree on Sunday penalty rates.

Plan the perfect party

SWEET SUCCESS: Elise Strachan has released her first book.

Plan the perfect party

A beer that's delicious - and sustainable too

Stone and Wood 1005-002

Brewing company working to reduce impact on environment

'Berry good' legislation looks a step closer

NEW LAWS: Coast berry farmers played a role in shaping potential future labelling legislation.

Changes to food labelling laws to benefit local growers

Festive season means new wines, no fuss

FESTIVE WINES: Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi, of Ballandean Estate Wines, believes December is a great time to visit the Granite Belt.

Great wines draw visitors to the Granite Belt

REVEALED: What we're using the web for this Christmas

KEEPING in touch with loved ones and impressing dinner guests with new recipes are two reasons internet usage is expected to increase this month.

Find best weave for your floor

A genuine Persian rug is hand-crafted and highly collectable.

From royals to celebrity outings, there is a rug for every occasion

WATCH: $63m retirement village rises up on Sunshine Coast

VISION: The new vertical retirement village at Oceanside.

Construction begins on vertical retirement village

Dressing up the home for sale

Home staging, when less is definitely more.

How can you "stage” a house for sale?

It's time to plan your summer garden

SUMMER has its particular challenges in the garden here's how to overcome them.

Little fruit packs punch

Blueberries have plenty of fibre, virtually no fat and loads of vitamins.

'Berry' good addition to gardens, even in sub-tropical climates

Jacaranda Crowning in pictures

A large crowd gathered under the Jacaranda and the carnival lights to watch the Jacaranda Queen crowning ceremony

All the pictures from crowning night

Epic backyard caters for golf, bowling, handball, basketball

INNOVATIVE MUM: Bec Mortensen has created the ultimate backyard for her kids to encourage them to enjoy being active outside.

The DIY mum says you can do anything with Google

How to get edible treats in your backyard

It's time to find a spot for a blueberry bush.

The middle of spring is yet another wonderful time for gardeners

How to get your garden glowing for spring

Daisy May grows about 25cm tall and produces large white daisy flowers.

How to pick the right plants to get your garden perfect for spring

The healing power of community gardens

RAY OF SUNSHINE: Working at the permaculture garden at Yandina has helped Michelle Parry to reconnect with the community.

How a grieving mother-to-be found healing in the garden

Traveller detained, told NZ is part of Australia

A TRAVELLER was detained in Kazakhstan after immigration officials refused to acknowledge her Kiwi passport, telling her New Zealand was a state of Australia.

Find plenty of attractions in Mackay

Cape Hillsborough at dawn.

Check out some of this north Queensland town's best attractions.

How to travel Australia without robbing a bank

Beautiful Greens Pool, Denmark, Western Australia

It's the great Australian dream here's how it can be yours

Gold Coast turns on a family theme

Surfers Paradise is the ideal family getaway.

Slow down on the glitter strip

how to satisfy their warring

Relax and spa concept. Woman with a flower in hair relaxing in a pool at Krabi, Thailand.

If you're combing work with pleasure you are right on trend

The calming side of the life in tents

Family camping.

The magic of a family camping trip with the kids

Winnie Harlow isn't a role model

WINNIE Harlow is pleased she is "inspirational" to people but insists she isn't a role model.

Felicity Jones proud of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role

Felicity Jones feels it is "important" for a woman to head Rogue One

Kiwi's plea to Ellen DeGeneres to save bakery after quake

Ellen... we need your magic.

Family had to be helicoptered out after powerful quake

Seacrest: Things are "going better" for Kim and Kanye

Ryan Seacrest says things are "going better now" for Kanye West

Jonah Hill involved in a car accident

Jonah Hill was involved in a car crash on Saturday

'We're really excited about the future': Festival organisers

Punters at Splendour in the Grass 2016 at Byron Bay. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

What does this mean for our local festivals?

Katie Holmes' empowering directorial debut

Katie Holmes

KATIE Holmes as made her directorial debut

Dive into latest swimwear trends

Think in terms of a free spirit and bohemian mood to be on trend at the beach or poolside.

Salty solution for skin issues

Body scrubs are really easy to make with regular household items.

Save some cash and make your own body scrubs

Indigenous models rule the runway

Lizzy, Taylor and Taaligah are three of the talented young models appearing.

Modelling could become a career for these youngsters

King seeks fashion crown with pop queen

North Coast TAFE Applied Fashion and Technology graduate, Sam King is aiming at dressing pop royalty Beyoncé Knowles one day.

Fashion students aims to dress pop royalty

Victoria's Secret 2016: Top supermodels wow in Paris

Lady Gaga revived her role as the first lady of pop music

Gladstone girl has the face for modelling

BUBBLY: Aviae Massey will know this week whether she is the top 100 to be the new face of Kinder.

AND she's no rookie to the glamour-filled industry

Nikon D3400: Great way to start out in a DSLR

FOR an entry level camera with a price tag of around $500, Nikon’s D3400 is certainly worth considering as a first choice in a DSLR.

MacBook Pro: You can touch this (finally)

The 13 inch and 15 inch MacBook Pro

The biggest hurdle, no doubt, is the price.

How you can save $250 on Christmas gifts this year

Cameras are on the list of Christmas gift ideas. But would you buy one second hand?

Australians will collectively fork out $10 billion on Christmas

Top tips: shopping with children during the 'silly season'

Santa arrives in a hot rod at Caloundra.

Tips for Christmas shopping with the kids

Could this toy caterpillar get kids into coding?

Fisher-Price has launched the new Think & Learn Code-a-pillar.

Cute toy promises to teach planning, sequencing and thinking

Canon Powershot G7 Mark II one sharp shooter

Canon Powershot G7X Mark II offers full manual controls and a handy tilt screen.

Lens control ring makes changing settings a breeze

Online mega sales to offer mega bargains through November

These online sales are set to blow the Boxing Day sales away

'Gone through hell': Wife's fear stress will kill her

GLADSTONE wife's husband has become the man she never thought she'd see. And no one will take him.

This story is a timely reminder to slip, slop, slap

Nelson sports a scar as a reminder to slip, slop, slap.

Summer has arrived and the sun is shining at full force

Aaron Renfree helps youths find light in a dark place

Aaron Renfree helps kids find their confidence through dance.

Former child star finds feet in world of choreography and dancing

How porn is causing impotence in otherwise healthy men

Masculinity expert says porn may be causing impotence

Consider a change this Christmas

Avoid stress this Christmas by making a few simple changes and getting your whole family involved in the orgainisation of the festivities.

Get the family involved in making it simpler and more enjoyable

Cancer cure might have been found by accident

Biggest question remains whether it will work in human body

All Maddie wants for Christmas is a kidney transplant

HELP MADDIE: A fundraiser is being held to help for Maddie Collins, 12, to go to the US for a desperately needed kidney transplant.

A lifesaving kidney transplant in the US is her best hope

Just delivered: the most popular baby names of 2016

HERE are the top 10 most popular girl and boy names for 2016.

New school sexual education plan to target STIs

The strategy has fighting the spread of STIs as a priority.

Pack up the family for a cheap holiday

A family takes the plunge, packs up the kids and goes on a four-month driving holiday. In the December 3 edition of Weekend, they share how other families can live the dream.

Two mums share tips on how to have an adventure on a budget

Baby teething remedies cleared after link to deaths in US

The teething remedy was linked to deaths and side effects in the US.

From footy player to emergency 'mid-wife'

SURPRISE: Parents Alby Talipeau and Caitlin Telfer delivered their own baby girl at home. Hazel was born at 7.54am weighing 3756 grams; she is the pair's third baby and joins siblings Dallas, 3 and Oscar, 2.

Ipswich rugby star catching babies instead of balls

How to talk about racism

Group of Elementary Pupils In Classroom Looking At Camera Sitting Down

Talking to today's kids about racism

'We could've given Mason a home': Foster mum

Mason Jet Lee

Foster mum says things could have been so different for dead toddler

Coast brothel opens up to change 'prostitution stigma'

BROTHELS and sex workers battle constant stigma but, as the manager of one Coast brothel tells Kathy Sundstrom, they’re big business and getting bigger.

Stroll through park turns into flash-mob wedding proposal

She had no idea her boyfriend was planning a flash-mob proposal

Why we’re more likely to date someone who has an ex

Clarence Valley single men - a new TV series wants you.

Most people would agree choosing “the right” partner is important

Bachelor beauty finds best friend in fellow contestant

Former The Bachelor contestants Kiki Morris and Noni Janur are now living together in Bondi Beach.

She plans to spend the summer at Bondi Beach