A series of tornadoes has ripped through Queensland's Wide Bay region, causing extensive damage to property and bringing down powerlines.

Wild weather is battering the state's south-east as ex-tropical cyclone Oswald continues to move down the coast.

In the town of Bargara, located 13km east of Bundaberg, one tornado tore roofs from buildings and two people were critically injured when a tree fell on a car.

At least four others have also been injured during the storms and authorities say there is widespread structural damage across the region.

A disaster situation has been declared north-east of Bundaberg and south of Gladstone.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of more damaging tornadoes and flooding rainfall in the Wide Bay-Burnett region tonight.

Look back at how the day unfolded. All times in AEST.

11.36pm: The latest for the Wide Bay and Burnett, South-East Coast and parts of the

Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts details:

Current conditions and radar imagery suggest the strong possibility of further tornado activity affecting areas through the Wide Bay and Burnett district;

Damaging winds, with gusts of around 110km/h are expected over the Wide Bay and Burnett, northern stretches of the Sunshine Coast and northern parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt district;

Six hour rainfall accumulations in excess of 100mm are likely. This could lead to rapid river and stream rises. Widespread 24-hour rainfall accumulations in excess of 250mm are likely;

The sea level is likely to rise above the normal tide and the exposed beaches will experience damaging waves and flooding of some low lying areas close to the shoreline;

Dangerous surf conditions, with significant beach erosion, are expected along the coast from Burnett Heads to the New South Wales border, particularly during Sunday and Monday. This includes Hervey Bay and northern parts of Moreton Bay.

11.25pm: Update from Queensland Police:

: 11pm Update: BOM suggest the strong possibility of further #tornado activity affecting areas through the Wide Bay and Burnett district.

11.19pm: The latest for the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Capricornia districts details:

Damaging winds with peak gusts of around 110 km/hr are possible over the southern Capricornia district;

Six hour rainfall accumulations in excess of 100mm are possible, possibly leading to further rapid river and stream rises in the area;

24-hour rainfall totals to 9am Sunday are likely to exceed 250mm;

This area of heavy rainfall is expected to contract south from early Sunday;

Water levels on the high tide Sunday morning are likely to exceed the highest tide of the year about coastal and island locations near and south of Gladstone.

10:57pm: Here's an update on the situation in Gladstone:

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellars there is 7.1 metres of water flowing over the Awoonga Dam and it's still rising.

"We're purely and utterly in uncharted territory. We have never had this before."

10.48pm: There are widespread power outages across south-east Queensland due to the weather. Energex says 6,000 customers are without power in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast.

10.20pm: Police and Community Safety Minister and local member Jack Dempsey says the damage in Bargara is "catastrophic". He said:

"One hundred and fifty houses have been damaged and two houses have severe damage to them."

10.01pm: Flooding emergency alert issued for Biloela. People in low-lying areas of town are advised to move to higher ground or the Civic Centre. 

9.59pm: Torrential rain is causing severe flooding around Lowmead, north of Bundaberg. Earlier tonight residents near Baffle Creek were told to move to higher ground. ABC Local Radio caller Fiona says almost 700 millimetres of rain has fallen in the past three days.

"I've had a lot of friends, their places have gone under water and the tavern's gone under again. Even our local Lowmead hotel has gone under water too. If we can get our boat in we can sort of get around a little bit and help people out, but it's a bit sca

9.50pm: Here's an update on the situation in Gladstone:

About 400 homes have been evacuated near the mouth of the Boyne River as floodwaters rise swiftly. Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellars says about 800 residents of Boyne Island, Tannum and Benarby are moving into an evacuation centre. She says water flowing over the Awoonga Dam has risen more than one metre in under four hours.

"It's just increasing. We're still getting heavy falls in the catchment area in the Boyne Valley and the dam is still rising. We're purely and utterly in uncharted territory. We have never had this before."

9.15pm: In NSW, extra emergency services are being stationed in towns along the coast as Queensland's extreme weather makes its way down the eastern seaboard.

The storm front is expected to dump up to 200 millilitres of water along the coast over the next 24 hours.

The SES has brought in swift water rescue specialists to areas at risk, and the Bureau of Meteorology has for NSW coastal valleys.

9.05pm: Here's a recap of the emergency situation in Queensland's Wide Bay region:

A series of tornadoes ripped through Bargara, Burnett Heads and Coonar.

At least six people were injured; two critically

Roofs were torn off homes and trees were uprooted

Thousands of properties are without power

Disaster situation declared north-east of Bundaberg

More tornado activity expected to affect areas through the Wide Bay and Burnett 

, north of Bundaberg

8.50pm: shows forecast rainfall every five hours over the Australia Day weekend.

8:10pm: This just in from the photo desk, courtesy of ABC Open producer Brad Marsellos:

7.30pm: Update from the Bureau of Meteorology via Queensland Police.

: BOM warning: still strong possibility of tornado activity affecting areas through the Wide Bay and Burnett district.

7.23pm: A storm tide emergency alert has been issued for the Moreton Bay coastal region, with a watch-and-act warning for a dangerous tide at 10am tomorrow.

Authorities say the tide will be half a metre higher than today.

People in the affected areas are being asked to take action and warn their neighbours.

7.13pm: Update on number of homes still without power in Rockhampton.

: 1,500 customers still without power in Rockhampton area. Power restored to 1,863 today. #bigwet

7.07pm: Burnett Heads was hit for the third time at 6.30pm in the vicinity of Hunter Street. Police say two houses have roof damage and powerlines are down.

7.02pm: Queensland Police say two people are believed to have been injured in the second Burnett Heads tornado.

7.00pm: Energex says 2,000 customers are without power in Queensland's south-east. The Sunshine Coast is the worst-affect area, particularly Maleny and North Maleny.

6.50pm: The weather bureau says there may be more tornadoes in the Wide Bay region tonight and tomorrow.

Forecaster Ken Kato says warm unstable east to north-easterly winds are feeding into ex-tropical cyclone Oswald and that is causing the tornadoes.

"When you get that and you get a lot of moisture and you get winds that increase strongly with height, that's the type of environment that's favourable for tornadoes."

6.45pm: A fifth tornado has been confirmed in the Wide Bay area.

6.40pm: An update from Gladstone:

No homes have been forcibly evacuated in the area but residents are on alert and ready to leave. Dozens of low-lying properties have already been flooded at Boyne Island and more than five metres of water is rushing over the spillway at Awoonga dam, south of Gladstone.

6.38pm: A flooding emergency alert has been issued for Winfield, north of Bundaberg. The Department of Community Safety says nearby Baffle Creek is expected to rise above the 1971 record at high tide. Properties in this area are likely to experience flooding.

6:30pm: Queensland Police says a second tornado appears to have hit Burnett Heads at 6.05pm.

6.11pm: The Bureau of Meteorology says radar imagery suggests there is strong possibility of a tornado about 30km west of Maryborough, moving south south-west at 50kph. .

6.00pm: The injury toll from the Bargara tornado now sits at six.

5.52pm: This just in from the photo desk, courtesy of ABC Open producer Brad Marsellos:

5.40pm: Ergon Energy says 10,000 customers are now without power in Bundaberg, the Bargara coast and parts of North Burnett. It says residents may be without power for up to 48 hours.

5.14pm: There are reports of tornado damage in the outer suburbs of Bundaberg.

4.58pm: Check out this amazing photo of a trampoline stuck on top of a power pole - the aftermath of the tornado that ripped through Bargara.

4.49pm: The two people injured when a tree fell on a car in Bargara are in a critical condition and have been transported to Bundaberg Hospital. It is likely the pair will be transferred to Brisbane.

4.38pm: Authorities have confirmed a third tornado has crossed the coast at Coonar, 20km south of Bundaberg. Police Minister Jack Dempsey has told ABC Radio that at least one house has been damaged.

4.35pm: Queensland Police say about 150 homes appear to have been damaged in Burnett Heads.

4.25pm: The Queensland Ambulance Service says at least five people were hurt in the Bargara tornado. As reported earlier, a tree crushed a car with a man and woman inside. They sustained serious injuries.

4.20pm: Check out this footage of tornado-hit Bargara.

3.58pm: Reports from Burnett Heads, 16km north of Bundaberg, say a tornado has caused extensive damage to the town. It is without electricity, with powerlines down everywhere.

3.50pm: Here's another photo of tornado damage in Bargara, courtesy of the ABC's Melinda Howell.

3.47pm: This tweet from Queensland Police Media a short time ago warned of a tornado threat to Burnett Heads.

Connfirmed tornado at BURNETT HEADS. Residents should REMAIN INDOORS.

3.45pm: Bargara resident Sandy Hortin says the tornado only lasted for 45 seconds but it smashed the town.

"I'm looking at the bowls club now - it would be about 50 yards away from me. There's no roof left - it's gone. Decimated. How people survived living in there, drinking in there? It's Australia day mate - you're going to hide inside and have a beer. You don't expect this, it's a rainy day."

3.32pm: If you missed it, here is Premier Campbell Newman's update on the weather situation in Queensland.

3.20pm: Ergon Energy says 5,600 homes are without power in the Bundaberg/Bargara area. It says crews are assessing damage to the electricity network and restoration will begin once it is safe.

3.18pm: There are reports that another tornado may be headed for Bargara area.

Residents urged to stay indoors in the ,  region. More Tornados occurring according to radio report live from Bargara

2.59pm: Bargara resident Judith McNamara says a tree speared through a car in her yard during the tornado.

"I was standing here at the kitchen and all of a sudden this big vacuum sort of came like that through here. I looked up and the next thing the tree went flying through the air, that tree and the car went up. "

2.50pm: This just in from the photo desk:

2.45pm: The ABC's Melinda Howells is in Bargara and says while it's been very windy, she didn't realise the extent of the damage until she drove around town.

"A lot of power lines down [are down] so it's difficult to get through. Roofs have been torn off homes and also some of the businesses. The local bowls club - quite a large building - has had its roof ripped off. Also at the local supermarket [there is] damage there, the shade sails on the car park as well."

2.30pm: ABC reporter Melinda Howells has sent in this photo of the tornado aftermath:

2.20pm: Police say two people - a male and a female - were injured when a car was crushed by a tree in the Bargara tornado.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says the tornado hit the Bargara area about 1:00pm.

"It's cut a swathe of damage - housing, shopping centres, the bowling club have all been damaged. We know at least one car was crushed by a tree and there have been injures and we're waiting and update on the injuries to the people."

2.15pm: Premier Campbell Newman and emergency authorities are giving a media conference on the Queensland weather situation.

"I think people need to psychologically, in those catchments - Maryborough and Bundaberg - prepare for flooding. People in south-east Queensland need to prepare for local creek flooding, inundation of low-lying areas because of the high tides as well."

1.47pm: Tornado update - Winds of more than 100kph are lashing the coastline with trees falling on homes, cars and powerlines. Businesses and homes in Bargara have been flooded.

Police are still trying to determine how many people have been injured in Bargara. Senior Sergeant Grant Marcus:

"We've got several reports of persons coming in ... the number and the extent we don't know yet."

1.40pm: This just in from the photo desk:

1.35pm: A tornado has reportedly hit the town of Bargara, located 13 kilometres east of Bundaberg.

A report from Police of a tornado in Bargara. Traffic should avoid the area & let emergency crews through.  

1.30pm: The ABC's Paul Robinson says some residents in the Rockhampton suburb of Depot Hill are ignoring warnings about floodwaters.

We've had people driving through, and riding their bikes through. People have been walking down their streets, which look more like rivers.

1.10pm: Telstra says work is underway to fix a damaged fibre optic cable which is affecting phone and internet service in the region north to Mackay and west to Mt Isa.

1.00pm: Residents in the inland towns of Goovigen and Jambin are advised to evacuate to their local schools as water spills from the Callide and Kroombit Dams.

12.50pm: Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Margaret Strelow says the Fitzroy River has risen to 7.3 metres, and is expected to reach 7.5 metres during the weekend.

She says people in the city are used to getting a certain amount of warning about rising waters.

"The river has crept up suddenly ... We haven't had the three days' notice that we normally get. This is really off the charts - not in the river heights, just the amount of local rain."

Here is a map which shows the possible inundation for a 7.5m river rise in Rockhampton.

12.36pm: Rockhampton airport is now open, with Qantas and Virgin both able to service the city.

12.05pm: The Bundaberg District Disaster Group says there is a serious flood threat with the region yet to experience its biggest rainfall totals.

More then 400 millimetres of rain is expected in next 24 hours and wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour are expected along the coast.

12.02pm: The tides have come down only slightly at Gladstone's Tannum Sands beach.

Dozens of low-lying properties have been flooded but there does not appear to be any significant damage.

Strong gusts have brought down many trees though and there are branches scattered over most of the roads.

11.50am: Crews working to restore power across Queensland are trying to deal with challenges like damaged roads.

Ergon Energy tweeted this photo of damage to a road in Parkhurst, near Rockhampton.

11.36am: The weather bureau's Michael Knepp says the Gladstone region is set to receive another 12 hours of heavy rain:

"Still getting intense rainfall rates especially just south-west of Gladstone... a place called Boolaroo has had 485 millimetres to 9.00am.

"So not quite as high as we had yesterday south-west of Rockhampton but still nearing towards 500 millimetres in that area."

11.02am: A bit of good news from central Queensland.

One of two men from a fishing boat reported missing south of Rockhampton has been found safe and well.

Yesterday the skipper of an 11-metre boat reported he was taking water off Port Alma.

A friend of one of the men has told the ABC rescue crews have found a 60-year-old man on Egg Island.

The search is continuing for a second man, aged 64.

11.01am: An emergency alert has been issued for Goovigen, near Biloela in central Queensland.

An unprecedented outflow for the Callide and Kroombit Dams is expected.

11.00am: Queensland Police have warned people not to drive unless necessary, but they have a handy hint for those who do need to get behind the wheel:

#PROTIP: If you do have to be out on the roads, PUT YOUR LIGHTS ON. Invisible is cool in Harry Potter, not on the road.

10.55am: Here is thefrom Rockhampton to the New South Wales Border.

Flood warnings remains current for the Boyne, Calliope, Baffle and Kolan River catchments, the Upper Burnett, the Connors, Isaac, Don, Lower Dawson and Fitzroy Rivers within the Fitzroy catchment.

10.50am: Premier Campbell Newman says a disaster situation has been declared south of Gladstone as almost five metres of water flows over the spillway at Awoonga Dam.

The State Government will hold a disaster management meeting soon.

About half a metre of rain has fallen at Boolaroo south of Gladstone in the last 24 hours.

The weather bureau says it will continue for another 12 hours before slowly moving south and crossing into New South Wales on Monday.

10.38am: A for the Upper Burnett River after heavy rainfalls.

10.35am: A day-long search yesterday failed to find any trace of a fishing boat with two men on board, which was missing off Port Alma near Rockhampton.

The search operation is continuing today.

joining the search for missing vessel south east of Rockhampton. Two people unaccounted for

10.15am: Rockhampton is beginning to clean-up as rain eases. ABC Open's Lisa Clarke took this photo of debris covering a bridge at Frenchville:

10.06am: Reporter James Kelly has updated ABC News 24 on the weather situation in south-east Queensland:

"Basically, the Weather Bureau is saying that there's going to be heavy rain this afternoon in the Brisbane area, the Gold Coast, later in the day.

"People in the south-east of the state are certainly preparing for a big dumping of rain in the next couple of days.

"Late yesterday afternoon, the local councils here issued warnings to people to get ready, to start sandbagging their properties if they live in low-lying areas.

"They're not saying that the Brisbane River is going to do what it did two years ago and burst its banks. It's more that low-lying creeks, rivers and streams [may flood]."

10.04am: Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers has spoken to ABC News 24 about the situation in her town:

10.02am: The floodwaters in Rockhampton have damaged one of Telstra's key fibre optic cables, cutting phone services to parts of central Queensland.

A Telstra spokeswoman says part of the cable may have been washed way.

Crews on board helicopters are inspecting the damage.

And Ergon Energy says thousands of properties across central Queensland remain without power.

It says helicopters will be used to take crews to inaccessible areas.

10.00am: State Community Safety Minister Jack Dempsey says emergency crews have been very busy across central Queensland.

"The last 48 hours we've had over 1,000 SES activities.

"Last night alone we had we had another six swift water rescues that were activated and thankfully they were all very successful outcomes."

9.49am: Some good news out of Gladstone, where an emergency flood alert has been in place since this morning.

The high tide has hit, and homes in low-lying areas of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands appear to have escaped major flooding.

Even so, local disaster co-ordinator Mark Holmes says the threat is far from over, with many low-lying public areas underwater and more wet weather on the way:

"Unfortunately for us we've still got another day of rainfall ahead of us.

"And we're still expecting an issue on high tide tomorrow morning and even this evening depending on the rate of increase in the dam and also the rate of increase in the rain."

9.36am: This picture shows the storm surge overview of the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands region near Gladstone.

The green areas show the Q100 flood area, while purple identifies a development line which allows an additional metre.

Click on the photo to see the map in full.

9.30am: West of Brisbane, SEQWater has increased its releases from Wivenhoe Dam.

It is up from 300 cubic metres a second to 400.

The precautionary measure will see College's Crossing closed.

9.17am: This image shows the Bureau of Meteorology's total forecast rainfall for the next eight days.

Looks like Queensland and New South Wales residents should strap themselves in for a wet week.

9.10am: A 4.2-metre high tide has just hit Gladstone, putting hundreds of homes at risk of flooding.

Boyne Island resident Sam McKee says flooding is nothing new in the region, but this may be more serious:

"Every summer we get one-off events overnight where we get the typical tropical storm but they normally sort of create flash flooding.

"This one appears to be possibly a larger event over a wider area."

8.55am: Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers says the region is in unchartered territory with rain still bucketing down:

"Boyne Island has 400 homes that are on alert for possible evacuation. We're not moving them out at this time.

"We're in unchartered territory.

"Last night we had between 250 and 300 millimetres in the catchment area in the Boyne Valley so we're at the highest levels ever crossing the Awoonga Dam."

8.49am: Here's a NASA satellite image showing what the remnants of Oswald looked like over Queensland earlier:

8.37am: Reporter William Rollo, who is in Gladstone, told AM the situation is changing quickly.

"In the city itself, the power is flicking on and off. I'm in the car at the moment and out the window I can see the traffic lights are currently off.

"Police and SES are apparently having a hard time getting through to landlines, so right now they're door-knocking homes around the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands area to alert everyone of the situation before the high tide."

8.25am: South of Gladstone, more than 4.8 metres of water is gushing over the spillway at Awoonga Dam and into the Boyne River, which flows to the beach suburbs of Tannum Sands and Boyne Island.

In about an hour, there will also be a 4.2-metre high tide.

Local disaster co-ordinator Mark Holmes says it is an unprecedented situation that could affect thousands of homes.

"It won't affect the dam but it'll certainly affect the floodwaters coming over the dam and through the main township of Boyne Island, Tannum Sands, where the mouth of the Boyne river is."

People in low-lying areas have been told to evacuate, and the Boyne Tannum Community Centre is open for those needing refuge.

8.21am: Here's the Bureau of Meteorology's rainfall projection map for today.

Rain is expected to pick up in Brisbane later today.

7.38am: Here's an update on one of the dam releases happening in Brisbane:

SEQWater expected to cease releases from Nth Pine Dam at 8.15am. Youngs Crossing Rd expected to reopen to traffic around 9am.

7.34am: The wild weather is keeping emergency services across the state busy:

Wow! More than 650 requests for assistance in the 24hrs to 5am today. If you require storm/flood assistance, call 132 500. #bigwet #SES

7.25am: More than 400 millimetres of rain fell in Rockhampton over the past two days, but the heaviest rain has now moved away from the city.

But although the rain has eased, emergency crews face a massive clean-up.

The weather caused widespread damage and left pot holes on roads. In one street in suburban Frenchville, large slabs of bitumen peeled away.

Crews will also have to clean away trees and branches brought down by strong winds.

7.10am: Reporter Andree Withey has told ABC News 24 that although the threat to the south-east has been delayed, rain is still bucketing down in central Queensland:

"South of Gladstone, there's 4.81 metres going over the top of the Awoonga dam.

"There's a watch-and-act message for residents there that may might have to move.

"They're saying there's no risk of the dam collapsing but with a high tide coming up in a bit over an hour, it could have flooding implications there."

7.01am: Queensland Rail says train lines remain cut between Cairns and Rockhampton.

Tilt Train, Sunlander and Spirit of the Outback services have all been cancelled.

7.00am: A swift water rescue has saved a person from the roof of a car at Smoky Creek, west of Gladstone.

The person got stuck on the roof after being caught in floodwaters last night.

6.46am: Callers to are painting a picture of how the floods are affecting livestock in the region.

Caller on ABC Wide Bay telling about cows being washed downstream into her paddock. :( #bigwet

6.10am: Communities in the Moreton Bay region are continuing to prepare for a possible tidal surge that could flood homes.

You can .

The council has also released

Beachmere and surrounds:

Toorbul, Donnybrook and Bribie Island:

Redcliffe and surrounds:

6.05am: Reporter Marlina Whop has updated ABC News 24 on the situation in Gladstone, where a has been issued:

"Police and the SES are worried the Boyne River will break its banks today so they have been doorknocking homes in the area. They are asking residents to prepare their homes for possible inundation.

"If they're in a low-lying area, residents there should go to their friend's house or maybe a family's house that is on higher ground. The Gladstone regional council is also in the process of setting up some kind of shelter where residents who want to leave their homes they can go to that shelter."

Whop also says communication issues are also causing problems:

"A lot of people haven't been able to use their mobile phones at all and internet connections have also been affected.

"That's affected how the airport has also been able to process passengers, if at all. A couple of flights were able to leave yesterday but then the airport was forced to close.

"I know in Gladstone that a lot of land lines are also down so police there are advising people to listen to their local radio station if they need updates and they can't access any updates on the internet or if they're without power as well."

6.01am: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for parts of New South Wales, which are expected to feel the brunt of the storm later this weekend.

The warning, for very heavy rain in the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and Northern Tablelands, .

5.54am: Forecasters say the low-pressure system associated with Oswald remained almost stationary north-east of Emerald in central Queensland overnight.

It has dumped more than 370 millimetres of rain at Boolaroo, south-west of Gladstone, since 9.00am yesterday.

Much of the Gladstone region has had between 200 and 250 millimetres of rain.

5.45am: Queensland Police have some wise words for all the boat owners in the south-east:

A heads up for boaties in SEQ if you haven't already now is the time to check those moorings or anchors! #bigwet

It's good advice considering the damage caused to many boats further north, including this one, which was ripped from its moorings at Airlie Beach:

5.30am: A , in central Queensland.

A record amount of water is spilling over the top of Awoonga Dam.

People are asked to take the necessary action to prepare their properties and if necessary evacuate to higher ground.

5.20am: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for people in the Wide Bay and Burnett, south-east coast and parts of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts.

It warns of winds up to 100kmph, as well as flash flooding and high tides in some regions.


5.10am: A local disaster coordination centre was activated on the Sunshine Coast this morning.

Mayor Mark Jamieson says the region is bracing for strong winds, heavy rain and king tides.

Mr Jamieson says people should only travel around the region if they have to.

"I don't want to alarm people, but we certainly want to be prepared," he said.

"We've been advised that there is some very heavy rain coming, and indeed some intense cells within that heavy and constant rain.

"So people need to just think about their own safety and don't go out in the weather unless it's absolutely necessary."

Further south on the Gold Coast, Mayor Tom Tate has issued a similar call for safety:

"Tourist-wise it will be one of the biggest weekends and that's why I really want the message to get out there and share it with the tourists.

"If you're in the hospitality industry put some signs in the lift, as well, beware of the beach if it's closed don't even go in there.

"If you're driving out to the hinterland - turn around if it's flooded. Forget it."

5.05am: The Moreton Bay Regional Council is preparing for the possibility of major flooding later this morning.

Mayor Allan Sutherland says torrential rain coupled with strong winds are around 9:00am.

He says a predicted surge of 0.7 metre will cause minor and major inundation of homes along the coast from Bribie Island south to Beechmere:

"If that happens it will be significantly more than the highest tide at the beginning of the year, potentially [affecting] up to 1,600 homes.

"[The areas on alert are] Beachmere, Bellara Bongaree, Dohles Rocks, Donnybrook, Deception Bay, Goodwin beach, parts of Newport, Scarborough, Toorbul, sandstone point, hays inlet, most part of Bribie Island."

The council has cancelled all three of its Australia Day events - at Bribie Island, Redcliffe and Strathpine - because of the expected severe weather.

5.00am: The focus of the flooding has shifted from Rockhampton in central Queensland to areas further south.

The weather bureau's Rob Webb says the remnants of ex-cyclone Oswald will hit the region over the coming days:

"This low-pressure system now looks set to continue to drift southwards and cause a number of types of severe weather as it continues to drift south."

That has forced Queensland Water Minister Mark McArdle to order releases from Brisbane's dams to prevent flooding:

"We are giving the biggest buffer we possibly can."

SEQ Water will release 41,000 megalitres from Wivenhoe Dam and 8,000 megalitres from North Pine Dam.

Premier Campbell Newman says no-one wants to see the 2011 floods repeated:

"You can't be too careful, particularly given what happened only two years ago."

Residents of Callide Creek, west of Gladstone, have been advised to move to higher ground at the Jambin Hall due to an urgent flood release from the Callide Dam.

4.50am: Central and north Queensland is still reeling after being lashed by heavy rains and flooding.

Gladstone remains isolated by floodwaters with the Bruce Highway cut at Miriam Vale to the south, while water has blocked the northbound route to Rockhampton.

To the west, the Dawson Highway is shut at Catfish Creek.

There were dozens of rescues from floodwaters in and around Rockhampton on Friday.

One emergency worker risked his life to save a 14-year-old boy from a fast-flowing waterway.

Another nine people were helped to safety from the Wycarbah area.

A day-long search on Friday failed to find any trace of a fishing boat with two men on board, which was missing off Port Alma.

The operation will continue today.

About News.net

Publishing Services International Limited (PSIL) is the publisher and operator of a worldwide network of online news sites dedicated to delivering fair, accurate and relevant reporting from a variety of the world’s most trusted sources – from the biggest cities to the smallest towns.

We deliver positive and powerful messages to our readers, providing up‑to‑the‑second news that matters to the individual.

Our promise is to serve communities and individuals worldwide, delivering information that hasn’t always been available to them. We will give them back a voice – a voice that’s empowering because it is theirs – and provide a platform to communicate between themselves and the world.

We believe people are not just generic demographics; they are individuals with their own preferences and curiosities. We are about understanding these individuals, listening to them, and serving them.

We are the new pioneering spirit of news – we’re not talking to everyone, we’re talking with every one.

If you want your news, your voice, your way, on your time – we’ve got news for you.




If you have any questions or concerns please email us on support@news.net


  • Australia, Toll Free 1-800-983-421
  • Hong Kong, Toll Free 800-906-187
  • Singapore, Toll Free 800-852-3871
  • USA/Canada, Toll Free 1-800-830-4132

Advertise With Us

Interested in being awesome?
Contact us by email or phone.

Publishing Services International Limited Terms and Conditions

Welcome to the website ("Site"). Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully before using, or submitting any comments or content in any form or medium for publication on the Site. These Terms and Conditions, together with the Privacy Policy listed on the Site and any additional terms, conditions, notices and disclaimers displayed elsewhere on the Site (collectively, "Conditions") govern the way you may access the Site or any related site. By accessing and using the Site (including submitting content for publication on the Site), you accept the Conditions. Where your use of parts or features of the Site is governed by additional terms and conditions, those additional terms and conditions will:

  1. apply to your use of such parts of the Site or features in addition to these Terms and Conditions, and form part of the Conditions; and

  2. prevail over these Terms and Conditions to the extent of any inconsistency.

Access may occur in several ways, including but not limited to via the web, PDAs, mobile phones, tablets and RSS feeds. The Conditions apply whenever you access the Site both now or in the future, regardless of how you access the Site.

Your use of this site

  1. Publishing Services International Limited of 1st Floor, 29‑33 Bucks Road, Douglas, Isle of Man is the publisher and operator of the Site ("Publisher").

  2. The Publisher does not own the domain name(s) listed on the Site or any other related domain name linked to or associated with the Site ("URL's").

  3. The owner of the URL's is not responsible for, and to the extent permitted by law disclaims any and all liability for, the Site and any information, content or material published on the Site and any related or associated website in any form, at any time both now and in the future.

  4. The Conditions are subject to change at the Publisher's sole discretion. The Publisher reserves the right to change the Conditions at any time, and your continued use of and access to the Site indicates your acceptance of these Conditions, and any changes as they exist at any time. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features or functionality that enhance the Site shall be subject to the Conditions. If you object to any changes to the Conditions, your only remedy is to immediately discontinue use of the Site.

  5. Whilst the Publisher shall make reasonable endeavors to ensure that the Site is available continuously, the Publisher does not make any representations or warranties that your access will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error free. Your access to the Site may be suspended without notice in the case of system failure, maintenance or repair or any reason beyond the Publisher's control. The Publisher reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the Site (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that, to the extent permitted by law, the Publisher shall not be liable to you or any third party for any such modification, suspension or discontinuance of the site. In addition, the Publisher reserves the right to terminate your access to the Site for any reason at any time, and to take any other actions that the Publisher, in its sole discretion, believes to be in the interest of the Publisher and of the users of the Site (including contributors who submit Material for publication on the Site) (“Users”).

  6. Except as expressly provided otherwise in the Conditions, the Publisher reserves the right to change or discontinue any web page or web site, feature, content or service (or part thereof) on the Site at any time without notice.

  7. Except as expressly provided otherwise in the Conditions, the Publisher reserves the right to change the pricing for any chargeable service or feature on the site at any time without providing notice to you.

  8. To access or use certain parts of the Site, you may be asked to register as a member of the Site and/or a particular website that forms part of the Site. Generally, registration is free. When registering as a member, you must provide the Publisher with accurate, complete and up‑to‑date registration information, as requested. It is your responsibility to inform the Publisher of any changes to your registration information. You must not register as a member multiple times. You must not impersonate or create a membership for any person other than yourself. The Publisher may at any time request a form of identification to verify your identity. You must ensure the security and confidentiality of your membership details, including any username and/or password assigned to you. You are wholly responsible for all activities which occur under your membership details (including unauthorized use of your credit card). You must notify the Publisher immediately if you become aware of any unauthorized use of your membership details. You must not permit your membership details to be used by or transferred to any other person. The Publisher reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, suspend or terminate your membership or access to all or any part of the Site, including if the Publisher believes you are abusing the services in any way, have breached the Conditions or are no longer an active member.

  9. You must not

    1. Use the Site in breach of any applicable laws or regulations;

    2. Use the Site (or Material obtained from the Site):

      1. to transmit (or authorize the transmission of) junk mail, chain letters, unsolicited emails, instant messaging, spimming or spamming.

      2. to impersonate any person or entity.

      3. to solicit money, passwords or personal information from any person.

      4. to harm, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise offend others, or

      5. for any unlawful purpose.

    3. Use the Site to upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available (or attempt to upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available) any Material that:

      1. is not your original work, or which in any way violates or infringes (or could reasonably be expected to violate or infringe) the intellectual property or other rights of another person

      2. contains, promotes, or provides information about unlawful activities or conduct.

      3. is, or could reasonably be expected to be, defamatory, obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, pornographic, vulgar, profane, indecent or otherwise unlawful, including Material that racially or religiously vilifies, incites violence or hatred, or is likely to offend, insult or humiliate others based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation or any physical or mental disability.

      4. exploits another person in any manner.

      5. contains nudity, excessive violence, or sexual acts or references.

      6. includes an image or personal information of another person or persons unless you have their consent.

      7. poses or creates a privacy or security risk to any person.

      8. you know or suspect (or ought reasonably to have known or suspected) to be false, misleading or deceptive.

      9. contains large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content.

      10. contains restricted or password only access pages, or hidden content.

      11. contains viruses, or other computer codes, files or programs designed to interrupt, limit or destroy the functionality of other computer software or hardware.

      12. advertises, promotes or solicits any goods or services or commercial activities (except where expressly permitted or authorized by the Publisher); or

      13. contains financial, legal, medical or other professional advice.

    4. Interfere with, disrupt, or create an undue burden on the Publisher or the Site, or restrict or inhibit any other User from using the Site.

    5. Use any robot, spider, or other device or process to retrieve, index, or in any way reproduce, modify or circumvent the navigational structure, security or presentation of the Site.

    6. Use the Site with the assistance of any automated scripting tool or software.

    7. Frame or mirror any part of the Site or Material or otherwise display, link to, use or reproduce the Site or Material in a setting created by a third party, without the prior written authorization of the Publisher.

    8. Use code or other devices containing any reference to the Site to direct other persons to any other web page.

    9. Except to the extent permitted by law and such right cannot be waived or foregone, modify, adapt, sublicense, translate, sell, reverse engineer, decipher, decompile or otherwise disassemble any portion of the Site or cause any other person to do so, or

    10. Delete any attributions or legal or proprietary notices on the Site.

  10. Your use of the content on the Site is restricted:

    1. Unless expressly permitted by the Publisher in writing, you may not copy, reproduce, distribute, publish, enter into a database, display, perform, modify, create derivative works from, transmit, communicate or in any way exploit any part of the Publisher's site or any content thereon . Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you may not distribute or communicate any part of this Site or any content thereon over any network, including, without limitation, a local area network, or sell or offer it for sale. In addition, the Material may not be used to construct any kind of database.

    2. Neither you nor any third party shall make use of the Material on the Site in any manner that constitutes an infringement of the Publisher's rights, including copyright, or that has not been expressly authorized in writing by the Publisher.

  11. By uploading, transmitting, posting or otherwise making available any Material via the Site (or attempting to upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available any Material) (“Contributed Material”), you:

    1. Grant the Publisher a non‑exclusive, worldwide, royalty‑free, perpetual, license (including a right of sublicence) to use, reproduce, edit and exploit the Contributed Material on the Site and any related site in any form and for any purpose;

    2. Except where expressly stated otherwise, also grant each user of the Site and any related site a non‑exclusive, worldwide, royalty‑free, perpetual, license to use, reproduce, edit and exploit the Contributed Material in any form for any purpose, subject to the Conditions;

    3. Warrant that you have the right to grant the abovementioned licenses;

    4. Warrant that the Contributed Material does not breach the Conditions; and

    5. Unconditionally waive all moral rights which you may have in respect of the Contributed Material, and consent to all or any of the following acts or omissions in relation to the Contributed Material:

      1. using or licensing the Contributed Material bearing the name of the Publisher or any other name authorised by the Publisher;

      2. amending, modifying, editing, cropping, deleting, removing, reformatting, adapting or materially altering the Contributed Material or any part thereof;

      3. reproducing, publishing or communicating the Contributed Material or any part thereof in any form or medium;

      4. supplementing or combining the Contributed Material or any part thereof with any other works or Material;

      5. releasing new, enhanced, updated, edited or extracted versions of the Contributed Material;

      6. using the Contributed Material in a different context to that originally envisaged; and

      7. not naming you as author of the Contributed Material, whether or not such actions may infringe any of your ‘moral rights' or ‘droit moral' of whatsoever nature, or rights derived from similar law or legal principles, anywhere in the world; and if, at any time, you provide personal information about someone other than yourself, you warrant that you have that person's consent to provide such information for the purpose specified.

  12. The Publisher reserves the right (but has no obligation) to:

    1. review, modify, reformat, reject or remove any Contributed Material that, in the Publisher's opinion, violates the Conditions or otherwise has the potential to harm, endanger or violate the rights of any person; and

    2. monitor use of the Site, and store or disclose any information that the Publisher collects, including in order to investigate compliance with the Conditions or for the purposes of any police investigation or governmental request.

  13. The Publisher is not responsible for, and to the extent permitted by law accepts no liability with respect to, any Material uploaded, posted, transmitted or otherwise made available on the Site by any person other than the Publisher. For the avoidance of doubt, the Publisher will not be taken to have uploaded, posted, transmitted or otherwise made Material available on the Site simply by facilitating others to post, transmit or other make Material available. Furthermore, the Publisher does not endorse any opinion, advice or statement made by any person other than the Publisher.

  14. If you think that the Site has been accessed or used by another user in breach of the Conditions, please email the Publisher at breach@publishingservicesinternational.im . The Publisher will consider whether there are grounds for taking any action, but you won't necessarily be contacted as to our decision. In particular, if you wish to send the Publisher a copyright infringement notification, you will need to identify the Material(s) that you believe infringe(s) your copyright, identify each copyright protected work in which you own the rights and which you believe has been infringed, identify how each copyright protected work has been or is being infringed and include your contact information. You will need to sign the notice and send it to copyrightinfringement@publishingservicesinternational.im

Intellectual Property

  1. All intellectual property in relation to Material on the Site belongs to the Publishers or its licensors, advertisers or affiliates. You obtain no interest in that intellectual property. All Material on the Site is protected by international copyright and other intellectual property laws. You may not do anything which interferes with or breaches those laws or the intellectual property rights in the content. You do not have any right, title or interest in or to any proprietary rights relating to the Material or the Site. All individual articles, blogs, videos, content and other elements comprising the Material or the Site are also copyrighted works, and the Publisher (subject to the rights of its licensors and licensees under applicable agreements, understanding and arrangements) has all rights therein. You must abide by all additional copyright notices or restrictions contained on the Site.

  2. Without limiting clause 11.1, by posting or submitting Contributed Material , you are giving the Publisher, and its affiliates, agents and third party contractors the right to display or publish such Contributed Material on the Site and its affiliated publications (either in the form submitted or in the form of a derivative or adapted work), to store such content, and to distribute such content and use such content for promotional and marketing purposes. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, with respect to any video submissions to the Publisher made by you from time to time, you understand and agree that (unless you and the Publisher agree otherwise) the Publisher may, or may permit users to compile, re‑edit, adapt or modify your video submission, or create derivative works therefrom, either on a stand‑alone basis or in combination with other video submissions, and (unless you and the Publisher agree otherwise) you shall have no rights with respect thereto and the Publisher or our licensees shall be free to display and publish the same (as so compiled, re‑edited, adapted, modified or derived) for any period.

  3. You shall be solely responsible for your own Contributed Material and the consequences of posting or publishing the Contributed Material. Without limiting clause 11.3, in connection with each of your Contributed Materials, you affirm, represent, and/or warrant that: (I) you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to use and authorize the Publisher to use all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual property or proprietary rights in and to any and all such Contributed Material to enable inclusion and use of such Contributed Material in the manner contemplated by the Publisher and these Terms and Conditions; and (II) you have the written consent, release, and/or permission of each and every identifiable individual person in such Contributed Material to use the name or likeness of each and every such identifiable individual person to enable inclusion and use of such Contributed Material in the manner contemplated by the Publisher and these Terms and Conditions; and (III) the Contributed Materials and their use do not infringe any intellectual property rights or other rights of any person. In furtherance of the foregoing, you agree that you will not submit Material that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to post the material and to grant the Publisher all of the rights granted herein. Publisher reserves the right to remove or not publish Contributed Material without prior notice. You understand that when you submit Material in any form to the Publisher, the Publisher may authorize such content to be distributed or syndicated to or published on other related branded environments.

  4. You may download and view or print a copy of Material on this Site for personal, non‑commercial use provided you do not modify the Material in any way (including any copyright notice). All rights not expressly granted under these terms of use are reserved by the Publisher. Unless expressly stated otherwise, you are not permitted to copy, or republish anything you find on the Site without the copyright or trademark owners' permission.

  5. All trade marks and logos that appear on the Site are owned by either the Publisher or its related bodies corporate or their licensors. Other trademarks may be displayed on the Site from time to time. These may belong to third parties. Nothing displayed on the Site should be construed as granting any license or right of use of any logo, trademark or masthead displayed on the Site, without the express written permission of the relevant owner.

Third party websites, content links, advertising and activities

  1. The Site may feature or display links and pointers to websites operated by third parties on the Site. Such websites do not form part of the Site and are not under the Publisher's control. The Publisher does not accept any responsibility in connection with any such website. If you link to any such websites, you leave the Site entirely at your own risk. The appearance of those links on this site does not indicate any relationship between the Publisher and that third party or any endorsement by the Publisher of that third party, its site or the products or services which it is advertising on this Site. The Site may include third party content which is subject to that third party's terms and conditions of use. Nothing on the Site should be construed as granting any license or right for you to use that content. You must not link to the Site from any other website (or otherwise authorize any other person to link from a third party website to the Site) without the Publisher's prior written consent.

  2. The Site may feature or display third party advertising. By featuring or displaying such advertising, the Publisher does not in any way represent that the Publisher recommends or endorses the relevant advertiser, its products or services. If you contact a third party using functionality provided on the Site, including via e‑mail, the Publisher does not accept any responsibility for any communications or transactions between you and the relevant third party.

  3. From time to time, the Publisher may promote, advertise, or sponsor functions, events, offers, competitions or other activities that may be conducted offline and may be conducted by third parties. These activities may be subject to separate terms and conditions. You participate in any such activities entirely at your own risk. The Publisher does not accept any responsibility in connection with your participation in activities conducted by any third party.

Liability and Idemnity

  1. To the extent permitted by law, you use the Site at your sole risk. The Publisher does not warrant that the Site will be uninterrupted or error‑free. There may be delays, omissions, interruptions, and inaccuracies in the news, information or other Material available through the Site. To the extent permitted by law the Publisher excludes all warranties, representations, conditions and guarantees, whether express, implied or statutory, including, without limitation, those of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to the Site or any Materials or goods that are available or sold through the Site. The Publisher does not exclude any statutory or implied warranty, condition or guarantee that it is prohibited by law to exclude under applicable law of any jurisdiction. The Publisher does not make any representations, nor does the Publisher endorse the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other material or database supplied, uploaded or distributed on the Site or available through links on the Site. The Publisher reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions on the Site. Although the Publisher intends to take reasonable steps to prevent the introduction of viruses, worms, ‘trojan horses' or other destructive material to the Site, the Publisher does not guarantee or warrant that the Site or Material that may be downloaded from the Site do not contain such destructive features. To the extent permitted by law, the Publisher is not liable for any loss, damage or harm attributable to such features. If you rely on the Site and any Material available through the Site you do so solely at your own risk. The Publisher does not warrant the accuracy of the Material on the Site, and the Material is provided to you “as is” and on an “as available” basis and on the condition that you undertake all responsibility for assessing the accuracy of the Material and rely on it at your own risk. You recognize that the Site may contain various combinations of text, images, audiovisual productions, opinions, statements, facts, articles, market data, stock quotes or other information created by the Publisher or by third parties. Such Material, including market data, is for your reference only and should not be relied upon by you for tax or investment advice and it does not advocate the purchase or sale of any security or investment.

  2. The Publisher does not necessarily hold the opinions expressed by Material contributors. Opinions and other statements expressed by Users and third parties (e.g., bloggers) are theirs alone, not opinions of the Publisher. Material created by third parties is the sole responsibility of the third parties and its accuracy and completeness are not endorsed or guaranteed. You acknowledge that by providing you with the ability to view and distribute Material through the Site, the Publisher is not undertaking any obligation or liability relating to the Material. The Publisher and its affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, officers and shareholders do not undertake or assume any duty to monitor the Site for inappropriate or unlawful content. To the extent permitted by law, the Publisher and its affiliates, successors, assigns, employees, agents, directors, officers and shareholders assume no responsibility or liability which may arise from the Material thereof, including, but not limited to, claims for defamation, libel, slander, infringement, invasion of privacy and publicity rights, obscenity, pornography, profanity, fraud, or misrepresentation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Publisher reserves the right to block or remove communications, postings or Materials at any time in its sole discretion.

  3. To the extent permitted by law, the Publisher will have no responsibility or liability in relation to any loss or damage that you incur, including damage to your software or hardware, arising from your use of or access to this Site.

  4. The Publisher does not warrant that functions contained in the Site content, such as hyperlinks, will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected or that the Publisher or the server that makes it available, are free of viruses or bugs.

  5. The Publisher may be legally compelled to disclose certain Information. You agree that in the event the Publisher receives a subpoena issued by a court or from a law enforcement or government agency, the Publisher shall comply with such subpoenas without your consent or prior notice to you and may disclose your IP address, username, name, IP location or other information in response thereto.

  6. Subject to clause 30, to the extent permitted by law, the Publisher and its affiliates, and their respective members, directors, officers, managers, employees, shareholders, agents and licensors are not liable for incidental, indirect, consequential, special, punitive, or exemplary loss or damages of any kind, including, without limitation, lost revenues or profits, loss of business, opportunity or goodwill, or loss of data, arising in any way in connection with this Site or Material on the Site, the use of (or inability to use) the Site or Material, or the Conditions, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), in equity, under statue or otherwise, including but not limited to any claim, loss or injury based on errors, omissions, interruptions or other inaccuracies in the Site, or as a result of breach of any warranty or other term or condition of the Conditions. To the extent permitted by law and subject to clause 30, the Publisher's liability shall be limited to the amount you paid, if any, for use of the Site.

  7. You will be responsible for any harm the Publisher suffers as a result of your violation of these Terms and Conditions or any breach by you of your representations and warranties. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Publisher and its affiliates, and their respective members, directors, officers, managers, employees, shareholders, agents, and licensors, from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys' fees, resulting from any violation by you of the Conditions or any breach by you of your representations and warranties thereunder. The Publisher reserves the right to take over the exclusive defense of any claim for which the Publisher is entitled to indemnification under this Section 29. In such event, you shall provide the Publisher with such cooperation as is reasonably requested by the Publisher.

  8. To the extent that the Publisher's liability for breach of any implied or statutory warranty, condition or guarantee, cannot be excluded by law, to the extent permitted by law the Publisher's liability will be limited, at the Publisher's option, to:

    1. in the case of services supplied or offered by the Publisher:

      1. the supply of the services again; or

      2. the payment of the cost of having the services supplied again; and

    2. in the case of goods supplied or offered by the Publisher:

      1. the replacement of the goods or the supply of equivalent goods;

      2. the repair of the goods;

      3. the payment of the cost of having the goods replaced; or

      4. the payment of the cost of having the goods repaired.

  9. If a jurisdiction does not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability in accordance with clause 30 but allows a limitation of a certain maximum extent then liability is limited to that extent.

No reliance, other Users

  1. Except where expressly stated otherwise, Material on the Site is provided as general information only. It is not intended as advice and must not be relied upon as such. You should make your own inquiries and take independent advice tailored to your specific circumstances prior to making any decisions. To the extent permitted by law, the Publisher will not be liable for loss resulting from any action or decision by you in reliance on the Material on the Site.

  2. You acknowledge that the Publisher is not responsible for, and accepts no liability in relation to, any other User's use of, access to or conduct in connection with the Site in any circumstance.


  1. In the event of termination of your access to the Site you must immediately cease accessing and using the Site and Materials on the Site and (at Publisher's option) return any (hard or electronic) copies of such Materials to the Publisher or destroy any copies within your control or possession. All licences granted by you and all disclaimers, indemnities and exclusion and limitations of liability set out in the Conditions will survive termination.


  1. If any provision of the Conditions is deemed invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of the Conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect.

No waiver

  1. No waiver of any term of the Conditions shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term. Any failure to assert any right under the Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right.

Affirmation regarding age

  1. By using the Site, you affirm that you are 18 years or over or otherwise possess legal parental or guardian consent.

Applicable Law

  1. These Conditions shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the Isle of Man. You consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in the Isle of Man to determine any matter or dispute which arises under the Conditions.


  1. In these terms and conditions:

    1. "Material" means text, illustrations, photos, audio, video, or any combination of these or other content, information, data or material.

Publishing Services International Limited Privacy Policy

1. Privacy

The Publisher recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy of its customers. For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, "customers" includes visitors to the Site, subscribers to and users of the Publisher's services, purchasers of its products and advertising customers. This privacy policy is intended to inform you about the personal information that is collected from you when you visit the Site, and in the other circumstances described under the heading "Collection of personal information" below, how this information may be used and disclosed, how you can control the use and disclosure of your information, how your information is protected, and how you can access that information. The Publisher may, from time to time, review and update this Privacy Policy, including taking account of new or amended laws, new technology and/or changes to its operations. This Privacy Policy applies only in respect of the Site. This Privacy Policy does not apply to information collected through any other website (other than by or on behalf of the Publisher in the circumstances described under the heading "Collection of personal information" below) or to the practices of companies that the Publisher does not control. Please note that the Site may contain links to other websites. For example, if you click on an advertisement on the Site and link to another website, then this Privacy Policy will not apply to any information collected on that website. The Publisher is not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites, and the Publisher recommends that you read the privacy policies of each website that you visit. All personal information held by the Publisher will be governed by the most recently updated Privacy Policy.

2. Collection of personal information

The Publisher collects personal information when the Publisher provides its services to you. When you visit and interact with the Site, certain information may be collected automatically, including:

  • your computer's Internet Protocol (IP) address;
  • your browser type and operating system;
  • the web pages you were visiting immediately before and after you came to the Site;
  • activities within community discussions;
  • web pages and advertisements that you view, and links that you click on, within the Site;
  • your bandwidth speed and information about the software programs that are installed on your computer;
  • aggregated data about email click‑through rates and user video viewing;
  • standard server log information; and
  • information collected through HTML cookies, Flash cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies.

The Publisher usually collects personal information directly from you, although sometimes the Publisher may use agents or service providers to do this for the Publisher. The Publisher may also acquire lists from other sources, both from other companies and from other public documents. This may include advertisers, mailing lists, recruitment agencies, contractors and business partners. The Publisher may also access information about you from third‑party sources and platforms (such as social networking sites, databases, online marketing firms, and ad targeting firms), including:

  • if you access third‑party social networking services (such as Facebook Connect or Twitter) through the Site, your username and connection lists for those services;
  • demographic data, such as age range, gender, and interests;
  • advertisement interaction and viewing data, such as ad click‑through rates and information about how many times you viewed a particular ad; and
  • unique identifiers, including mobile device identification numbers, that can identify the physical location of such devices in accordance with applicable law.

Please note that the Site may combine the information that we collect with information that the Publisher may obtain from third‑party sources. The Publisher may collect your personal information when you request or acquire a product or service from the Publisher, register with the Publisher as a member (including user name and password and contact information such as name, email address, postal address, phone number, and mobile number), provide a product or service to the Publisher, complete a survey or questionnaire, enter a competition or event, contribute in a fundraising event, participate in one of the Publisher's services (including blogs, forums, community discussions and other interactive features), search queries conducted on the Site, or when you communicate with the Publisher by e‑mail, telephone, or in writing.

The Publisher usually collects personal information such as your name, address, telephone number, and in some instances, your financial details, including your credit card information, in addition to the other specific types of information described above. The Publisher also collects information about you that is not personal information. For example, the Publisher may collect data relating to your activity on its websites (including IP addresses) via tracking technologies such as cookies, or the Publisher may collect information from you in response to a survey.

As a general rule the Publisher does not collect sensitive information, however it reserves the right to do so. If the Publisher does, it will usually be for the purposes of providing its goods or services and if the law requires the Publisher to, the Publisher will seek your consent to collect it.

If you do not provide the Publisher with information described above, the Publisher may not be able to its services to you.

If, at any time, you provide personal information about someone other than yourself, you warrant that you have that person's consent to provide such information for the purpose specified.

If you are located outside of the Isle of Man, please note that personal information provided by you or otherwise collected as described above will be transferred to the Isle of Man.

3. Use of personal information

The Publisher uses personal information to provide its services (which may include the display of personalised content and advertising) to you, to fulfil administrative functions associated with these services, for example billing, to enter into contracts with you or third parties and for marketing and client relationship purposes. The Publisher also generally uses personal information to report statistics, analyse trends, diagnose problems and target and improve the quality of its products and services. By accessing the Site, you agree that the Publisher may use your personal information for the purposes and by the means described in this Privacy Policy, and you agree that the Publisher may use your mobile number to send you promotions, notifications, or other services. In order to provide readers with free access to content, the Publisher displays advertisements on the Site, many of which are targeted based on information about you. For example, using information collected through cookies, web beacons, and other sources, the Publisher may use demographic data or information about your online activities or interests to display targeted advertising that may be relevant to your preferences. Through this process, advertisers reach Site visitors who are most interested in their products, and you see advertising for products or services in which you may be interested. Third‑party advertisers and advertising platforms also may serve targeted ads on the Site. Please remember that the information practices of third‑party advertisers or platforms collecting data on our Site are not covered by this privacy policy. The Publisher may also use the information that it collects to prevent illegal activities, to enforce the Site's Terms and Conditions, and to otherwise protect its rights and the rights of its users. In addition to the uses identified above, the Publisher may use the information that it collects for any other purposes disclosed to you at the time it collects your information or pursuant to your consent. Where your personal information is contained within an advertisement which the Publisher publishes for you, the Publisher may also use your information for publication of that same advertisement in other media, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the initial publication. The Publisher may also use your personal information to assist the Publisher in improving its products and services and to let you know about goods, services, or promotions which may interest you.

4. Disclosure to and use by Third Parties

The Publisher values your privacy, and shares information about its users only under certain circumstances. The Publisher may share your information with other companies which are related to the Publisher. The Publisher may disclose your information to its service providers and contractors from time to time to help the Publisher to provide and market its goods and services to you. The Publisher may also share your information with third parties who provide prizes for competitions or reader offers. If the Publisher does this, the Publisher generally requires these parties to protect your information in the same way as the Publisher does.

The Publisher will make information about you available to other companies, applications, or people in the circumstances listed below:

  • The Publisher may share aggregated information or information that does not directly identify you with third parties to help the Publisher develop content, services, and advertising that the Publisher hopes you will find of interest. Please note that the Publisher does not share contact information with third parties that advertise on the Site.
  • The Publisher may employ third parties to perform Site‑related services, including database management, maintenance services, analytics, marketing, data processing, and email and text message distribution. These third parties have access to your information only to perform these tasks on the Publisher's behalf.
  • If you choose to engage in public activities on the site, such as posting comments on community message boards, any information you submit can be read, collected, or used by others. Please exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personal information in public activities or submissions.
  • The Publisher may share information about you in the event that the Site is acquired by or merged with another company or a similar corporate transaction takes place. However, the Site will notify you by placing a prominent notice on the Site or sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your account before your information is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.
  • The Publisher may share information about you to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety or other rights and interests of any person, violations of the Site's Terms and Conditions, or as otherwise required by law.
  • The Publisher may share information about you to respond to subpoenas, search warrants, judicial proceedings, court orders, legal process, or other law enforcement measures, to establish or exercise our legal rights, or to defend against legal claims.
  • In addition to the scenarios identified above, the Publisher may share information about you for any other purposes disclosed to you at the time the Publisher collects your information or pursuant to your consent.

Please note that third parties may independently collect data about you, including your IP address and information about the websites you visit and the links you click, through cookies, clicks on links, or other means when you visit or view ads on the Site.

To customize your experience on the Site and to simplify the Site's registration process, the Publisher provides you with the opportunity to access or interact with third‑party services, such as Facebook and Twitter. When you connect to the Site through these third‑party services, the Publisher may share information about you with these third‑party service providers and they may share data about you with the Publisher. When you allow the Publisher to access your data through a third‑party service to create a Site profile, the Publisher may use this data for several purposes, including:

  • For example, if you connect to the Site via a service with a public friend list, like Twitter, the Publisher may check to see if any people you follow on Twitter are also Site members. If the Publisher finds a match, the Publisher will replicate your Twitter relationship with those members, setting them to be fans, followers, or friends on the Publisher Site.
  • For example, if you connect via a service that has a private contact list (like Google and Yahoo!), the Publisher checks for people in your contacts who are Site members and suggest that you become a fan of these users.
  • When users share content with their friends, the Publisher may use friend lists from third‑party services to create a list of contacts to whom you may choose to send the email message.
  • For example, the Publisher may use friend lists from a third‑party service to create a list of contacts to whom you may choose to send an invitation to view an interactive slideshow.
  • When you are connected via a third‑party service, the Publisher may access certain account information, such as your profile picture, what stories are popular in your network, and what your friends are saying about certain articles or blog posts, in order to enhance and personalize your experience on the Site.

In addition, if you connect to a Facebook account, your experience on the Site may be personalized. For example, you may automatically see what stories are popular in your network, and what your friends are saying about particular stories. Please note that you may disconnect third party accounts at any time.

Please remember that the Publisher does not control the privacy practices of these third‑party services. The Publisher encourages you to read the privacy policies of all third‑party service providers. You can deactivate your account at any time by visiting the preferences page for your profile. When you deactivate your account, your user profile will be disabled, but your public comments will remain on the site. The Site has no responsibility to take down, remove, or edit any of your public activities or any submissions that are a result of your public activities. If you opt out of these technologies, you will continue to see advertising displayed on the Site, but the advertising may not be targeted to your interests. Please remember that the Publisher does not have access to, or control over, advertisers' or service providers' cookies, and the information practices of third parties are not covered by this privacy policy.

5. Use of Aggregate Data

The Publisher may collect and use certain non‑personal information (e.g., the identity of your Internet browser, the type of operating system you use, your IP address and the domain name of your Internet service provider) to optimise its goods and services (which may include the display of personalised content and advertising) including the Publisher's web pages for your computer. The Publisher may use personally identifiable information in aggregate form to improve its goods and services including its web sites and make them more responsive to the needs of its customers. This statistical compilation and analysis of information may also be used by the Publisher or provided to others as a summary report for marketing, advertising or research purposes.

6. Security

The Publisher strives to ensure the security, integrity and privacy of personal information of its customers. The Publisher may hold your information in either electronic or hard copy form. The Publisher uses a variety of physical and electronic security measures including restricting physical access to its offices and firewalls and secure databases to keep personal information secure from misuse, loss or unauthorized use or disclosure. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be totally secure. The Publisher limits access to contact information about you to employees or service providers who the Publisher believes reasonably need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs, and subject to section 4 of this Privacy Policy. The Publisher also has adopted commercially reasonable technical, physical, and administrative procedures to help protect information about you from loss, misuse, and alteration. Personal information is destroyed or de‑identified when no longer needed. Please note that no data transmission or storage can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. The Publisher wants you to feel confident using the Site, but the Publisher cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to the Publisher.

7. Access to Personal Information

You have a right to request access to personal information the Publisher holds about you. Where the Publisher holds personal information that you are entitled to access, the Publisher will endeavour to provide you with suitable means of accessing it (e.g. by emailing or mailing it to you). If the Publisher denies access in some circumstances, the Publisher will tell you why. To request access, please contact the Publisher's privacy officer as set out at the end of this document. If you believe that personal information the Publisher holds about you is incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate, then you may request amendment of it. The Publisher will consider if the information requires amendment. If the Publisher does not agree that there are grounds for amendment then the Publisher will add a note to the personal information stating that you disagree with it.

8. Public Information

Any information posted on bulletin boards and/or communicated in chat areas becomes public information. While the Publisher strives to protect and respect your privacy, the Publisher cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose in a chat room or bulletin board.

9. Cookies

Cookies are data that a Web site transfers to an individual's hard drive for record‑keeping purposes. Cookies can facilitate a user's ongoing access to and use of a site. They allow the Publisher to track usage patterns and to compile data that can help the Publisher improve its content and target advertising. If you do not want information collected through the use of Cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows you to deny or accept the Cookie feature. But you should note that Cookies may be necessary to provide you with features such as merchandise transactions or registered services.

10. Online Links to Third Party and Co‑Branded Sites

The Publisher may establish relationships with business partners that allow visitors to the Publisher's web sites to link directly to sites operated by these partners. Some of these sites may be "co‑branded" with the Publisher's logo - however, these sites may not be operated or maintained by or on behalf of the Publisher. These sites may collect personal information from you that may be shared with the Publisher. This Privacy Statement will apply to any personal information the Publisher obtains in this manner. The Publisher is not responsible for the content or practices of web sites operated by third parties that are linked to the Publisher's sites. These links are meant for the user's convenience only. Links to third party sites do not constitute sponsorship, endorsement or approval by the Publisher of the content, policies or practices of those third party sites. Once you have left the Publisher's site via such a link, you should check the applicable privacy policy of the third party site.

11. What else you should know about privacy on the Internet

Remember to close your browser when you have finished your user session. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe. You as an individual are responsible for the security of and access to your own computer. Whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information over the Internet this information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information in publicly accessible online forums, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your username and passwords and any account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are using the Internet. The Publisher does not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If the Publisher learns that it has collected any personal information from a child under the age of 13 without verifiable parental consent, the Publisher will delete that information from its database as quickly as possible. If you believe that the Publisher may have collected information from a child under 13, please contact the Publisher at privacy@publishingservicesinternational.im.

12. For further information

Please contact our Privacy Officer to ask for access to your information or if you have a complaint concerning your information privacy or if you would like more information about our approach to privacy at privacy@publishingservicesinternational.im.

13. Changes to the privacy policy

The Publisher reserves the right to update this Privacy Policy at any time to reflect changes in the Publisher's practices and service offerings. The Publisher will use it best endeavours to update the Privacy Policy on the Site, however it does not warrant that it will post these updates immediately.