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A new program to reduce the number of feral pigs in Queensland is underway in Mackay after the animals caused seven million dollars in damage to sugarcane crops in the region last year. (Image source: Sunshine Coast Daily)

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Queensland government urged to increase air-quality controls in mining towns

Environmental Justice Australia is calling for more stringent air quality testing in central Queensland mining towns saying five to ten new stations should be set up to monitor the prevalence of toxic dust.

The law firm are urging the state government to do more to inform communities about levels of PM10 which has a range of effects from allergic reactions to cancer.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection says they have only had a handful of occasions when levels ventured outside a safe range, and this was caused by additional environmental factors such as strong winds.

New program to reduce feral pigs

A new program to reduce the number of feral pigs in Queensland is underway in Mackay after the animals caused seven million dollars in damage to sugarcane crops in the region last year.

The pilot project uses poisoned mangoes to kill the problem pigs, and if successful could be rolled out in other areas of the state.

Central Queensland pest controller Steve Andrews says this is a more effective method than pigging with dogs or shooting individual animals, and relieves the problem posed to farmers.

In national news…

Top end’s Indonesian community show support for victims of Jakarta attacks

Darwin’s Indonesian community have rallied in solidarity with victims of the terrorist attacks in Jakarta over the weekend.

The Indonesian Consul in Darwin said the vigil was a sign of how the attacks affect a close neighbour, while maintaining Indonesia is still largely a safe place to travel.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles says the trauma team at the Royal Darwin Hospital are on standby, pledging his support to local health officials.

MIners suffer from bumpy rides

A new report from mining industry group Coal Services has found rubber-tyred vehicles are a significant hazard for underground coal miners.

More than 300 incidents were reported over the last decade mostly caused by the intense vibration of the tyres, with injuries ranging from sprains to spinal fractures.

The report recommended companies take into account road conditions so drivers avoid further damage from jolting vehicles driving over potholes.

In international news…

Kuta police chief suspended for Aussie bucks party bribes

THE former chief of Kuta Police Station has been removed from active roles for one year for extorting a group of Australian men who ran into trouble on a Bali bucks night.

Bali police began an internal affairs probe after claims published last June that officers had threatened the Australians with indecency charges, after security broke up the Melbourne men’s private room party in a Seminyak restaurant with a stripper.

Two of the men were escorted to ATMs to withdraw $25,000 in cash, under threat of 10 years’ jail for indecency.

Bali Provincial Police spokesman says he will not be given any jobs for one year, and must apologise to the Bali Provincial Police chief and to the National Police Chief for tainting the image of the National Police.

Locals rally for Perth couple abducted in Burkina Faso

People have taken to the streets in Burkina Faso in support of a Perth couple thought to have been kidnapped by Al-Qaeda militants last week.

Ken and Jocelyn Elliott have lived in the West African country for the past 43 years, building a hospital in a city in the country’s north with many patients and locals petitioning the government to act.

Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has committed security forces to finding Dr and Mrs Elliott.