Hundreds of animals killed in meshing program and more zedlines

A report by the New South Wales government has revealed hundreds of animals have lost their lives as a result of the Shark Meshing Program. Picture source: wikimedia.

The report has shown almost 400 animals were killed over the 2016-2017 season, which runs from the beginning of September to the end of April.

Many of the animals that became entangled in the nets were from critically endangered, threatened or protected species.

Humane Society International Marine Scientist Jessica Morris said the statistics are an urgent reminder for the government to change to non-lethal technology.

New raids and fresh accusations against Pisasale

A major media source has revealed new raids have taken place on Thursday at the Ipswich City Council in relation to allegations surrounding Paul Pisasale’s dealings with a developer.

The former Ipswich mayor has previously been charged with unrelated offences including extortion, which he intends to defend.

In June this year Mr Pisasale stood down from politics, claiming the move was due to health concerns, before it emerged he had been stopped at Melbourne airport with $50,000 in cash.

The Crime and Corruption Commission have since been investigating a number of matters in relation to Mr Pisasale.

Locals oppose Newmarket residential development

A residential development in Newmarket is set to go ahead despite more than 1000 submissions opposing it.

The Alderley industrial site at Mina Parade will be bulldozed and replaced by 51 two-storey townhouses and 287 units between two and five stories tall.

Brisbane City Council approved the 4.6 hectare site, known as Newmarket Brickworks on Tuesday, amidst public concerns.

It’s currently occupied by many businesses including Flipside Circus, Brisbane City Indoor Sports Centre and Gillett’s Jewelers, and is home to the 55 metre Newmarket Chimney.

Grant to help those at risk of substance abuse

The University of Queensland has received 2.3 million dollars in funding from the Federal Government to help combat the risk of alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related use among young people.

The grant will aid the university’s Centre for Youth Substance Research.

Centre Director Professor Jason Connor said "the funding will be used across several major projects, including one focusing on the rising number of young substance users at risk of injury, violence and death in Australia’s night-time economies”.

The grant will improve research and treatments for young people referred for clinical assessment as a result of drug-related offences.

Now more than one million South Sudanese refugees in uganda

The number of refugees fleeing to Uganda from South Sudan has surpassed the one million mark according to the UN’s refugee agency.

The UNHCR reports the four-year civil war has caused an average of 1800 South Sudanese to flee to Uganda every day for the past year.  

Another million have fled to places such as Ethiopia, Congo and Kenya, however the refugee crisis has hit Uganda the hardest.

Bik Lum is the head of the UNHCR in northern Uganda, home to the world’s largest refugee camp, and said they cannot see the end of new arrivals.  

At least 16 killed, 100 injured in Barcelona attack

At least 16 people have been confirmed dead and 100 injured in a suspected Islamic State attack in Barcelona overnight, with at least three Australians reported to be directly affected.

Catalan police have confirmed the attack came mid afternoon Spanish time with local media reports saying the van careened down popular tourist spot Las Ramblas avenue, ploughing into pedestrians.

Police have reportedly since shot dead four alleged offenders and injured another in a counter-terror raid in Cambrils.

One Australian woman is in hospital in a serious but stable condition, while to Australian men have told the Federal Government they were affected by the attack but will seek medical treatment in the morning.