Inland Railway to be Built Across Queensland Floodplain Despite Warnings From Farmers and more Zedlines...

The Melbourne-to-Brisbane inland rail line will be built across the Condamine floodplain in Queensland, despite warnings from farmers that it could put lives at risk. (Image source: Wikipedia)

The Australian Rail and Track Corporation says the inland rail would be built on an embankment two metres higher than the existing line, which floodplain grain-growers Brett Kelly and Jason Mundt have criticised.

Mr Mundt says this higher embankment could see water back up for tens of kilometres in a big flood, endangering the lives of many.

Brisbane City Council Hopes ID Scanning Will Not Deter People From Major City Festival

The Brisbane City Council is hoping the state’s ID scanning laws won’t deter thousands from Valley Festival in October.

This year's Valley Fiesta, which provides a platform for Brisbane city’s emerging talent, will be the first to be impacted by the use of ID scanners in the cities Safe Night Precinct, which include Fortitude Valley.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk hopes the tough ID scanner legislation will not deter thousands expected to attend the festival.

Assistance Dogs Australia Graduation

Seven dogs will be graduating as fully qualified assistance dogs at Queen Street Mall today.

Among the graduates are physical disability, autism and post traumatic stress assistance dogs who have been in training for the past two years.

Assistance Dogs Australia has placed over two hundred and fifty of their assistance dogs to clients with disabilities and disorders across Australia.

Private Drug Rehab Providers in Victoria Want Regulation to Protect Patients

Private drug rehabilitation providers in Victoria are growing increasingly frustrated at a lack of government action to regulate the sector.

Victoria's Health Complaints Commissioner has so far received twenty-two complaints this year about some of the clinics, which include "exploitative billing practices".

The Victorian Ombudsman, the Australian Medical Association and the National Ice Task Force have also raised serious concerns about the lack of standards and oversight in the sector.

Extension of Category C Grants Deadline Following Cyclone Debbie

Small businesses and primary producers who have been impacted by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie now have until the 12th of January 2018 to apply for Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

The Businesses and producers can claim up to $25,000 under the Category C assistance that was made available, in early April 2017, by the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State NDRRA.

Queensland Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan mentioned that the extension from original closing date, the 13th of October 2017, will be a boost to those affected in the Category C activated areas.

Death Toll Increases After Mexico Earthquake

More than two hundred people are now confirmed to have been killed after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico yesterday.

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto said among those killed were twenty-one school children and four teachers from the Enrique Rebsamen School in southern Mexico City.

This is the deadliest earthquake to strike Mexico in three decades.