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Bad mobile phone coverage in Esk, Coominya and Toogoolawah is set to be fixed due to Blair MP Shayne Neumann lobbying in Canberra for reception issues to be fixed urgently (image source: creative commons)

In local news…

Mobile phone coverage in rural Queensland to be fixed

Bad mobile phone coverage in Esk, Coominya and Toogoolawah is set to be fixed due to Blair MP Shayne Neumann lobbying in Canberra for reception issues to be fixed urgently.

Mr. Neumann previously lobbied for Somerset Dam, Moore and Linville to receive better phone coverage which has resulted in towers and base stations being built.

He says it is vital that reception issues be fixed as it is important for emergency management in school safety situations, along with the economic development of the Somerset region and tourism.

RSPCA searching for those involved in possum attack

The video of a live possum repeatedly run over by a driver in a car while another man cheers and laughs has prompted the RSPCA to search for those responsible for the cruel attack.

The graphic footage was shared on Snapchat and it is believed person who shared it is in Queensland.

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty says it is a clear and disturbing case of animal cruelty and that such an offence can land the perpetrator in jail for three years.

In national news…

Australians dying with large superannuation amounts left

New research from CSIRO shows that many Australians are dying with large superannuation funds left due to only withdrawing the minimum amount allowed by the government.

Dr Andrew Reeson who conducted the research, says most people are risk aversive and try to conserve their savings.

He says there must be more awareness about planning spending habits once in retirement and hopes this new research will encourage conversation around investment products.

Daly River residents return to flood-ravaged community

Residents forced to take shelter in Darwin after flooding along the Daly River in the top end will to return to their homes today, more than two weeks since evacuating.

Almost 500 locals from Nauiyu will move back to the community, with some residents calling for the whole town to be shifted away from the riverbank to prevent future flood damage.

Work will continue on the clean up, with 40 houses deemed up to living standard.

In international news…

12 killed and dozens injured in Baghdad mall bomb attack

12 people have been killed and 35 injured in an attack in a Baghdad shopping mall which saw gunmen enter and take hostages after a car bomb exploded outside.

It is believed the perpetrators who attacked al-Jawhara mall have been killed and security forces have established a cordon around the mall.

The Islamic State of Iraq and and ISIL have claimed they are both responsible for the attack in which up to 75 people were trapped in during the time.

French authorities provide temporary housing for asylum seekers

Areas in northern France with high asylum seeker populations are set to receive temporary relief housing as the French Government struggles to cope with the influx of Middle Eastern and North African arrivals.

Camps have sprung up across the region with thousands calling the makeshift towns their home in the wait to seek asylum in France and Britain.

Although the housing has been hailed as a positive step, French authorities are hesitant to make any permanent shelters to dissuade new arrivals.