Queensland deforestation rates could be on the rise and more Zedlines

New figures indicate that if proposed land clearing goes ahead it will double last year's figures for deforestation. Image credit: Flickr

The Wilderness Society says Queensland deforestation rates have the potential to double last year’s figures, with close to 1 million hectares of land already being approved to clear.

Wilderness Society Queensland Campaign Manager Gemma Plesman says ‘deforestation in Queensland has increased 250% since 2011’ and ‘more than 99 per cent of the proposed clearing is of untouched forest and woodlands’.

1.25 million hectares have been cleared in the four years since the Newman Government relaxed tree laws.


Residents evacuated in Cleveland after collapse of retaining wall

More than a dozen Cleveland residents have been forced out of their homes, as an 80 metre retaining wall has given way on a construction site.

60 residents in the area are without hot water after the gas was switched off as a precaution.

Builders have been at work to stabilise the retainer wall as quickly as possible.

The Department of Housing have provided temporary accommodation to all residents affected.


Brisbane's proposed live venue combines with Cross River Rail

Brisbane’s new $2 billion entertainment precinct is set to be built as part of an underground rail project.

The Brisbane Live proposal will include a 17,000 seat indoor arena, restaurants, bars and cinemas; and will be planned by the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority.

The precinct will share similarities with Melbourne’s Federation Square, and will be built above the Roma Street Rail Lines.

The Liberal National party has shown its support for the construction, but has not committed funds to the Cross River Rail.


New resources released for young workers.

The partnership between the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Foundation for Young Australians have released new resources to assist young workers and apprentices stand up for their rights in the workplace.

The two foundations joined forces to create six new videos, uncovering current issues young people face in the workplace and busting workplace myths.

Young people make up only 16% of the Australian workforce, but account for a quarter of all the requests received by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Nationalist march occurs in Poland

60,000 people have marched on Poland’s capital of Warsaw on Saturday under the Slogan “we want god”.

At current Poland are refusing to take in refugees with political officials calling them a security threat.

There were no reported incidents of violence at the march however, tensions continue to grow.