Final homes sold ahead of Lytton Rd project and more Zedlines

The controversial Lytton Road widening project, which saw protests last month, has been given approval for completion with the final 10 homes stopping the project being sold. (Image credit:Pixabay)

Owners of the homes were forced to sell due to powers under the Government gazette.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has promised the home owners support, saying accommodation arrangements are currently being arranged, with all houses set to be demolished or relocated.

Big steps forward for record-setting Australian energy storage project

Australia’s largest pumped hydro storage project has increased its potential ahead of construction in 2018.

The Kidston project from Genex Power is set to provide up to 250 megawatts of power, with the project to be constructed in the former Kidston gold mines of North Queensland.

The hydro energy project will be accompanied by a 50 megawatt solar project in the area.

Hobart city council backs changing the date

Hobart city council is joining the push to change the date of Australia day, with Alderman being backed to take part in the annual invasion day march.

The council is calling on other local governments to lobby the federal government to debate moving Australia day from the 26th of January.

The Tasmanian state council does not support the change of date, several other councils around the country are also seeking to change the date.

Allied health professionals paid by pharmaceutical corporation

New figures have shown nurses, dieticians, pharmacists and other allied health professionals have been receiving mass-payments from major pharmaceutical companies for their services.

A database compiled by the University of Sydney found companies have spent over 1.7 millions dollars in payments to nurses and nurse practitioners and a further 500 thousand on other allied health professionals.

The money was used to fund consultant fees, educational events like overseas conferences and guest speaking roles between 2016 and 2017.

It’s already known doctors and specialists receive money from the corporations but this is the first time it’s been made clear allied health professionals are too.

Marawi siege in Philippines officially ended

The Philippine government has officially declared an end to the siege in the Southern city of Marawi, ending a five month long clash between IS linked forces and government forces.

The siege began on May 23rd when security forces attempted to serve a warrant to a leader of IS linked group Abu Sayyaf, the siege led to declaration of Martial law by President Rodrigo Duterte.  

The town has been left with damages totalling to 1 billion dollars, with 1,000 fighters and civilians dead and 60,000 people displaced by the fighting.

Iraqi Prime Minister defends Iranian Paramilitaries

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has defended the role of Iranian paramilitary forces during a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The Iraqi government reject calls by the US state department to send home the Popular Mobilisation, an Iranian backed-force used to defeat IS and capture the Kurdish held city Kirkuk.

Iraq is one of the only nations allied with both the US and Iran the Iraqi government denies that Popular Mobilisation is an Iranian proxy.

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