Record-breaking excavation job in Brisbane slated for early 2018 and more Zedlines

One of the largest excavation jobs in Brisbane’s history is set to begin in early 2018. (Image credit: Max Pixel)

The excavation pit making way for the new Queens Wharf casino precinct, measuring 26 metres deep and embodying more than 450,000 cubic metres of materials will be removed in January.

Prior to this, the record holding excavation pit was that of the Myer Centre, which totalled 375,000 cubic metres.

The retrieved material will be repurposed for the new Brisbane Airport runway being built.

 

Rockhampton Mayor to run as independent in state election

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow, who was once rejected in the Labor party’s pre-selection will run as an independent for the seat of Rockhampton in the state election.

The Mayor did have the backing of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, but the Mayor was beaten in pre-selection by Barry O’Rourke.

The announcement could prove to challenge the Government in what is predicted to be a strong Labor seat.

 

MP’s citizenship statuses to be checked

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a plan to compel all MP’s and Senators to declare their citizenship status at the time of their election.

The plan means MP’s and Senators who were ever citizens of another country, would have to declare which country they were once citizens of and when they renounced the citizenship.

The plan comes after the High Court's decision on seven MP’s and Senators, and President of the Senate Stephen Parry revealing he is dual citizen.

 

Wool industry improving as demand intensifies

Australia’s wool industry has hit a purple patch yielding market conditions not seen since the golden era of the 1950s.

Record prices set last week, which reached 1,623 cents per kilogram, and sales worth $2.4 billion over the last four months has been spurred by a strong demand for wool in China and limited supply, according to a recent report by Rural Bank.

Rural Bank found wool production increased 5.3 per cent last financial year, and the value of wool exports grew 14 per cent.

South Australian farmer James Morgan said greater returns mean more farmers are returning to the industry.

 

Kremlin ties to Facebook and Twitter outlined in ‘Paradise Papers’

The Kremlin’s ties to Facebook and Twitter are more apparent then once thought, with Russian state TV-owned bank VTB making a $190 million dollar investment into Twitter.

The investment was outlined in the ‘Paradise Papers’, being made possible through a US-based Russian businessman, whose companies were also used to attempt investment into Facebook.

The findings by the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists, has raised further questions about if this helped Russian influence in the 2016 US election.

 

Texas church mass shooting

26 people were killed in a mass shooting in the first baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, east of San Antonio, leaving a further 20 wounded.

Law enforcement later revealed the shooter was fired upon by another resident during the time of the shooting.

The mass shooting is the second in just over one month, and is the 5th largest in US history.