No tears over spilled milk - and more 10am Zedlines:

Despite a mass dumping of milk after the West Australian fires, two major milk processors in the state will pay farmers for their product. (Image source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Good things come in small packages:

Heart patients in Brisbane have trialled the world’s smallest pacemakers and have praised the technology as life-changing.

The new technology is only a fraction of the size of current pacemakers and requires less invasive surgery to implant.

Despite the device being the size of a large vitamin and weighing less than a coin Director of cardiac electrophysiology at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital, John Hill has said it delivers all the heart rhythm benefits of currently supplied pacemakers.

At this stage 14 patients have had the smaller pacemakers implanted.

Art on wheels:

A group of Mackay youth have have mixed their love of skateboarding with a painters touch in a workshop aimed at providing a creative outlet for young people in the community.

Almost 30 took part in the program which involved several professional artists and saw the group work with spray-paint and stencils to design replica skateboard decks.

Leonie Wood, the event co-ordinator for the Drop In On Design workshop, saw the city’s seven skateparks as a niche to be filled with further creativity, and says the workshop was extremely well received.

Indigenous suicide rates targeted in Western Australia:

The Federal Government pledged $1 million to set up a critical response project aimed at tackling Indigenous suicide rates in Western Australia.

The project's aims are to better coordinate suicide services and deliver them in culturally appropriate ways with an on-call service allowing Indigenous Western-Australians to contact the critical response team when they are affected by suicide or traumatic events.

Senator Scullion said the initiative was being trialled in Western Australia due to its dire need, with one in four Indigenous suicides across Australia taking place in the state.

No tears over for spilled milk:

Two major West Australian milk processors have announced they will pay farmers for milk they were forced to dump as a result of the major bushfire which burnt through over 70,000 hectares in the state’s south-west.

A reported 800,000 litres of milk was dumped during the fire due to power outages or road closures which blocked tankers from reaching the suppliers, with 12 farms in the fire zone also losing important infrastructure.

WA Farmers dairy section president Phil Depiazzi says it could be a long road to recovery for the 20 farms directly affected by the fire.

Woolworths to sell Masters:

Woolworths has announced it will exit its unprofitable Masters hardware business either by selling it or by winding it up.

The company is set to buy out its one-third joint-venture partner, US hardware firm Lowe’s, so that it has full ownership of Masters and then try to sell it on or simply shut it down over time if a purchaser can not be found.

Meanwhile, rival Wesfarmers is expanding its hardware business by confirming purchase of UK retailer Homebase.

Drug trial gone wrong in France:

One person has been left dead with five others in stable conditions after a drug trial backfired in France.

The six volunteers had been hospitalised after showing negative symptoms to the pain and mood disorder medication being trialed on humans for the first time, with one man now declared brain-dead and three others left with potentially irreversible brain damage.

The group received the highest dose of the 90 who were administered varying levels of the drug under the trial involving 108 men aged 28-49, 30 others were given placebo.

France’s national drug safety body confirmed it was the worst event seen during a drug trial within the country.