Indigenous affairs

 

A street artist paints a powerful anti-Adani mural on the wall of the Greens Office in New Farm and more Zedlines

The painting depicts Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk holding a gun pointed at Nemo, from Disney’s Finding Nemo, with “REEF KILLER” written next to it.

 Sydney artist Scott Marsh says he is absolutely disgusted by the Adani Carmichael mine, and vowed to continue producing Adani-inspired artworks.

 

 

Queensland in full swing for National Reconciliation Week.

Infrastructure and public spaces in Brisbane are lighting up to create awareness  for National Reconciliation and will be lit until June 3.

Brisbane City Council has released a ‘green, clean sustainable report’, aiming to make Brisbane a global top-10 lifestyle city by 2031 and more Zedlines 

The plan outlines a boost in public transport and cycling, reduction of carbon emissions and improvement of natural habitats and urban forests. 

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk labelled the plan as the council's most ambitious environmental agenda in the city's history - while Council's opposition leader Peter Cumming said the plan was a PR document lacking substance. 
 
The 87 page document cost more than $30 000 to produce. 
 

 

A private vet has confirmed a case of  Hendra virus in a pony paddock in the Gold Coast Hinterland. 
 
The infected pony was not vaccinated against the disease, and was later euthanised.

New Zealand launches battery powered rocket into space and more Zedlines

A 3D printed, battery powered rocket has been launched from the remote Mahia Peninsula, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island on Thursday. Image: Flickr

The launch is a step towards overcoming financial and logistical barriers to space, and makes New Zealand a new potential space hub.
 
The Los Angeles and New Zealand based space firm said it is working to get satellites into orbit regularly for companies, while increasing the number of launch opportunities. 

The firm spent the last four years testing out the rocket and finally got approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration which is monitoring the flight.

Queensland Globe gets a revamp

Tourism on the rise in Iceland despite melting glaciers and more zedlines

Over 2 million tourists are expected to visit Iceland this year to witness their unique glaciers which have been reconstructed with glass to stop them from melting due to climate change. Picture source: goodfreephotos.com

10 per cent of the island is covered in glass sheets to avoid danger to tourists and tour guides as they walk through the glaciers.

Global warming is causing glaciers to melt across the planet, and the rapid melting of glaciers in Iceland is causing problems for tour guide companies with some locations being deemed too dangerous for tourists to visit.

Glaciologists estimate Iceland's glaciers have been losing about 10 cubic kilometers of ice every year since 1995.

Commemmorative anniversary of 1967 referendum

Sky’s the limit for Brisbane airport lego builder and more Zedlines

Brisbane Airport is seeking a Chief Lego builder to build a minimum of two large-scale pieces to be put on display. Image: Wikimedia

Whilst the contract will be a 12-month paid period under a flexible hours system, the prospective builder would have to provide their own lego bricks.

The job requirements also states the applicant should be available for the occasional coffee, public workshops, planning sessions and corporate appearances.

The new role is part of the artist-in-residence program which has been running since 2015 and so far welcomed realist painter Robert Brownhall and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Queensland’s youth jobs crisis worsens under Labor

New Action Plan to Help Ageing Stolen Generations

Twenty years on, and the ageing Stolen Generations are still struggling to come to terms with unresolved traumas they are facing.

Mining giant Adani has postponed its investment into Queensland’s Carmichael coal mine

Indian company Adani has held back its final injection of $16.5-billion into funding the Carmichael coal mine awaiting senior Queensland Government officials to clarify whether they would lower or defer their royalty rates

Senior Queensland Government officials held a board meeting on Monday night with Adani to convince them of furthering their investment into the proposed Carmichael coal mine.

Koala population more than halved in Queensland and more Zedlines

Koalas could soon be wiped out in areas across QLD due to land clearing, according to a recent report from World Wildlife Foundation Australia.

The report estimated nearly 180 koalas died as a result of bushland bulldozing in south east Queensland alone between 2013 and 2015.

There has been a 53 per cent decline in Queensland koala populations, and an 80 per cent decline in populations in southwest Qld.

The group has called upon the government to “bite the bullet” and put in stronger protections for Koalas and other wildlife.

 

A team of Indigenous rangers is undergoing training to use drones to monitor the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

Astromers believe we live in a parallel universe!? and more Zedlines...

Astronomers have found what they believe is proof we are living in a parallel universe. Image source: Pexels

Since the beginning of time, people have pondered the notion of the multiverse; where an infinite number of universes exist, all with differing realms and dimensions.

New research from the Royal Astronomical Society has focused on a ‘Cold Spot’ in the Cosmos, a ‘cool’ patch of space in the radiation of the universe after its formation.

Durham University researcher, Tom Shanks said this cold spot could essentially be a gap in the multiverse and could have been caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.

 

Shark cullings mean dire environmental consequences, and more Zedlines....

Following a senate inquiry that began in November of 2016 into risk management of shark attacks, researchers warn of dire environmental consequences should the culling of sharks continue. Image source: Wikimedia

A marine biologist and associate professor of the University of Melbourne, Robert Day, said the apex predator plays an integral role in managing the oceanic ecosystem’s stability, and the continuation of mass killing will inevitably lead to an imbalance in our oceans.

Hawaiian researchers have also discovered the intimidation tactics of sharks aren’t only effective on humans, but certain prey, with studies proving the shark’s ability to regulate seagrass beds prevents overgrazing by turtles.

 

Macron Appoints Fifty Percent of the French Cabinet to Women and more Zedlines...

The newly elected French President has fulfilled his promise to make a gender balanced cabinet. (image: wikimedia)

President Emmanuel Macron had made a promise during his campaigning to create a gender-balanced cabinet and the announcement that 11 of the 22 posts will be appointed to women makes good on it.

The ministerial positions held by women include health, culture, labour and sport, and the major posting of defense minister.

 

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