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Artifical reefs planned in Rockhampton to protect diversity of fish species, and more Zedlines...

'Fish hotels' are part of a Central Queensland science project to protect fish colonies. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

Artificial reef plan to protect fish species

Scientists from Central Queensland are building check-in 'fish hotels' in an attempt to protect the diversity of aquaculture in the region.

In a collaborative project hosted by the Fitzroy Basin Association, Yeppen Lagoons in Rockhampton will have accommodation for a dozen new artificial reefs.

Project manager, Shannon Van Nunen, said the fish hotels will be part of a broader strategy to increase the number of species in the local catchment.

 

Melon growers subject to new levy and more Zedlines

After January 1st next year, Australian melon growers will be subject to the industry’s first levy on the fruit after two failed attempts to introduce the charge. (image credit: user from Pixabay)

Melon Growers subject to new levy

After January 1st next year, Australian melon growers will be subject to the industry’s first levy on the fruit after two failed attempts to introduce the charge.

Australian Melon Association Chairman Mark Daunt told the ABC that the detection of a melon virus in the Northern Territory several years ago  exposed the lack of funds available in the industry to tackle such issues.

The levy has the support of growers, with over two thirds voting in favour of the levy in November last year. 

38,000 Queenslanders set to miss urgent dental treatment and more Zedlines...

The Turnbull Government’s failure to deliver a new national dental scheme will place up to 38,000 Queenslanders at risk of missing vital dental treatment. (Image: Pixabay)

38,000 Queenslanders set to miss urgent dental treatment

The Turnbull Government’s failure to deliver a new national dental scheme will place up to 38,000 Queenslanders at risk of missing vital dental treatment.

State Health Minister Cameron Dick says the final opportunity to legislate a new scheme before December 31 has passed with the Commonwealth giving no indication as to whether current arrangements will roll over.

If You Can't Handle The Heat - Avoid The Street

In only the second day of summer, parts of Queensland are suffering from a heatwave with temperatures soaring well above average. (Photo: Flickr)

Temperatures are expected reach 38 degrees in Ipswich and 40 degrees in Gatton, but a cool breeze is keeping the coast much cooler than expected.

Health authorities are warning people to keep cool, especially the elderly and those who work outdoors.

New Theme Parks Considered as Tourist Numbers Rise

 South East Queensland has three new theme park concepts in the works, as tourist numbers swell within the region.

No Business in Abuse; Love Makes A Way

On November 17 Immigration Minister Peter Dutton claimed the Fraser Government made mistakes letting refugees fleeing war in Lebanon into Australia. On November 21 he justified his comments during question time by saying that 22 people out of 33 who had been charged with possible terrorist acts were second- and third-generation Lebanese–Australians. These claims were designed specifically to justify the current government’s harsh stance on refugees fleeing wars and persecution in Syria, Iraq and Sri Lanka.

Australian education results slide further down international ranks and more Zedlines...

The latest global education report shows a damning decline in Australian education with students sliding further down the leaderboard.

Australian education results slides further down international ranks

The latest global education report shows a damning decline in Australian education with students sliding further down the leaderboard.

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study shows Australian students dropping from 12th to 17th in both Year 8 maths and science and plummeting ten spots from 18th in Year 4 maths.

Queensland Government introduces mandatory drug testing and more Zedlines

Parents who agree to an Intervention with Parental Agreement will be required to undertake drug testing with a particular focus on ice and methamphetamine.

Queensland Government introduces mandatory drug testing

Shannon Fentiman has announced a new mandatory drug test plan for parents of at risk children.

Parents who agree to an Intervention with Parental Agreement will be required to undertake drug testing with a particular focus on ice and methamphetamine.

The system is a mutual agreement between parents and the Child Safety Department, where parents engage in safety planning.

Indigenous Centre For Brisbane Gains Momentum

After 3 decades momentum is finally gathering for plans to build Brisbane’s first Indigenous cultural centre.

Indigenous Centre For Brisbane gains momentum

After 3 decades momentum is finally gathering for plans to build Brisbane’s first Indigenous cultural centre.

First proposed in the mid 80’s, the state Labour Government allocated 5 million dollars toward a Musgrave Park Cultural Centre in 1999, only to have the project overturned by the Newman Government.

Arts Queensland have provided $60,000 toward the cause with former Lord Mayor, Jim Soorley acting as Chairman and seeking additional state, federal and private sector funding.

Wheelchairs banned from WA dancefloor and more zedlines

A wheelchair-bound woman was banned from dancing at a local venue in when staff said they feared she would tear up the dance floor. Western Australian woman Marina Nelson was denied the right to get her groove on at Perth’s R&B Fridays Live concert because staff believed her wheelchair would damage the pitch under the temporary flooring. Source: wikipedia

A wheelchair-bound woman was banned from dancing at a local venue in when staff said they feared she would tear up the dance floor.

Western Australian woman Marina Nelson was denied the right to get her groove on at Perth’s R&B Fridays Live concert because staff believed her wheelchair would damage the pitch under the temporary flooring.

Ms Nelson argued her case to no avail with staff later telling her that she posed a safety risk.  

New theme park planned for Gold Coast

Blue blubber jellyfish swarm Moreton Bay and more Zedlines

Moreton Bay waters are being invaded by an early bloom of blue blubber Jellyfish. (image: Wikimedia commons)

Blue blubber jellyfish swarm Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay waters are being invaded by an early bloom of blue blubber Jellyfish.

The early population boom has been linked to warmer water temperatures as experts say warmer temperatures increase their breeding, metabolism, appetite and life span.

The increased numbers are causing havoc for some fishermen and marine operators by clogging nets and causing engine problems.

Queensland MP calls for crocodile cull

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