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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.

Updates to Brisbane bus timetables and more Zedlines

From December 12 forty-five Brisbane transport bus services and a Clarks Logan City Bus Service, a Mt Gravatt Bus Service and a Park Ridge Transit will be re-routed through the city.

The change will be made so construction of the three billion dollar Queen’s Wharf project can begin, which will see parts of William street closed for an estimated six years.

Alongside the re-routes will be updates to 208 of the 235 Brisbane Transport bus timetables, changes which Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said will not affect service frequency.

 

Indigenous life expectancy rise

Greens push for streamed council meetings and more zedlines...

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk yesterday confirmed his opposition to a motion from Greens Councillor Jonathan Sri for Brisbane City Council to live-stream its meetings. (image: FreeAussieStock.com)

Greens push for streamed council meetings

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk yesterday confirmed his opposition to a motion from Greens Councillor Jonathan Sri for Brisbane City Council to live-stream its meetings.

Cnr Sri says that the recordings are necessary to preserve transparency in democracy, and to keep up with both the Gold Coast City Council and Queensland Parliament, which live-stream meetings, debates and question time.

Overseas adoptions still face lengthy waiting period and more zedlines

Despite the federal government push to make overseas adoption easier Australian couples will still face a lengthy wait if they wish to adopt from overseas. Source: (Pixabay)

Despite the federal government push to make overseas adoption easier Australian couples will still face a lengthy wait if they wish to adopt from overseas.

The Intercountry Adoption Australia service was launched last year and saw Australia open programs with Poland Bulgaria and Latvia.

Renee Carter, the Chief executive of adoption lobby group ‘adopt change’ says it will take a while to see if the federal government's shift is making a difference as overseas adoptions can take as long as 5 years.

10-year-old Aussie girl NASA bound and more zedlines

A 10-year-old girl from Melbourne is preparing for a trip to NASA after inventing a new adhesive bandage dispenser whilst recovering from leukaemia. Bridgette Veneris trip comes after her invention won her the littleBIGidea competition. (source: littleBIGidea competition website

A 10-year-old girl from Melbourne is preparing for a trip to NASA after inventing a new adhesive bandage dispenser whilst recovering from leukaemia.

Bridgette Veneris trip comes after her invention won the littleBIGidea competition.

The young inventor says she came up with the idea for the invention after seeing her nurses and parents struggle with unwrapping bandages.

Rude bumper stickers could soon be illegal

Caltex under investigation for underpaying employees and more Zedlines

Caltex petrol station franchises are currently under investigation by Fair Work Ombudsman after allegations of intimidation and systemic wage fraud (image source: Wikimedia Commons).

According to a letter obtained by Fairfax Media, Fair Work Ombudsman gave the petrol giant advanced warning that raids were going to take place on its’ petrol stations nationwide.
 

A Fairfax Media investigation has found some Caltex employees are being paid as little as $12 an hour with many being threatened with deportation if they speak up.

 

Inmates fear risks of overcrowding prisons

Indigenous incarceration inquiry labelled "waste of taxpayers money", and more Zedlines...

Warren Mundine slammed the setting up of an inquiry into Aboriginal incarceration as a massive waste of taxpayers money. (Image Source: Pixabay)

Indigenous Advisory Council chairman slams Aboriginal incarceration inquiry

The chairman of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council has slammed the setting up of an inquiry into Aboriginal incarceration as a massive waste of taxpayers money.

Chairman Warren Mundine questioned the Australian Law Reform Commission’s motives, and asked which “dickhead” had thought up the inquiry.

Since the 1991 royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody, the number of Indigenous Australians in prison has almost doubled from 14 per cent, to 27 per cent.

Salmonella superbug threatens Australia and more Zedlines

Shelter your children and your pets: evidence of a highly drug resistant salmonella superbug has been discovered in domestic animals living in Australia. image source: wikimedia

The bug was discovered after a cat from a shelter was taken to Sydney vet with a serious gut infection last year. Another three cats at the veterinary were tested and found to be carrying the bacteria, which indicates the bug is highly transferable.

The superbug has a resistance to nine classes of drugs that are used as a life-saving defense against disease in humans and animals.

Experts believe this rare and unusual resistance may pose a serious threat to public health.

 

Cemetery tour operatiors to help with restorations

Standing Tall: Giant Dinosaur Found in Central Queensland

The remains of a new barrel-bellied giant dinosaur have been discovered in central-west Queensland. Image Source: Wikipedia

The 95-million-year-old fossils were dug up from clay-rich soil over two years in Winton, with the largest individual bone, the animal's upper arm, weighing about 100kg.

Earthmoving equipment and specialised tools were used to remove the remains of the giant herbivore, a creature which is believed to have once stood as tall as six metres.

 

100 Queensland Rail services cancelled: Buses replace trains

Heavy delays are expected on the wider-Brisbane rail network today after 100 services were cancelled.

Townsville police cracking down on youth with 538 arrests and more zedlines...

Townsville police  are cracking down on youths and have stated that it is far from over with 538 arrests and counting. Thirty additional officers were stationed in the city for this month to assist with the effort, with 983 charges laid for drug, property and traffic offenses.

Townsville police cracking down on youth with 538 arrests

Townsville police  are cracking down on youths and have stated that it is far from over with 538 arrests and counting.

Thirty additional officers were stationed in the city for this month to assist with the effort, with 983 charges laid for drug, property and traffic offenses.

Police also say they are looking into the factors behind youth crime as well, with plans to assist community safety, housing and education to help end the cycle.

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