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Art Space Emerging in West End and more Zedlines

Jonathan Sri has announced a new contemporary art space in West End for the Brisbane community to collaborate and display artworks. The project, House Conspiracy, will be offering three-week residencies to 68 Brisbane based emerging artists in the first year of operation. (Image: Facebook)

Art Space Emerging in West End

Jonathan Sri has announced a new contemporary art space in West End for the Brisbane community to collaborate and display artworks.

The project, House Conspiracy, will be offering three-week residencies to 68 Brisbane based emerging artists in the first year of operation.

Artists will be given the opportunity to showcase their work in the event space with 24/hour access to studios with a no-cost scheme set to take place early February next year.

Tyre Recycler Ordered to Clean Up Act

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.

Government advisor pushes for 15% fee on student loans, and more Zedlines

Grattan Institute's Andrew Norton urges 15% on student loans. (Image source: Common Dreams)

A Federal Government advisor is urging the government to consider adding a 15% loan fee on government-funded student loans, saying it is a fair way to reach the budget goal of spending less on university education.

Federal education advisor, Andrew Norton said the government could save $700 million a year by imposing a 15% fee on its student loans, including HECS-HELP loans, which won’t be paid upfront but would be added to the principal of the loan amount.

Warning ahead of summer heatwave and more Zedlines

Experts are warning against underestimating the dangers of heat waves as Queensland is expected to experience soaring temperatures this week (image source: Flickr, Adeel Anwer).

The Bureau of Meteorology has devised a system to classify heatwaves similar to the way cyclones are classified.

Dr Thomas Loridan says many people underestimate the dangers of heatwaves, and they can pose a threat akin to that of other natural disasters, as every 100,000 people exposed to a category five heatwave would result in at least three fatalities.

 

Super bill draws criticism

Pro-abortion rally underway in Brisbane and more Zedlines

A rally is currently taking place outside of Parliament House in Brisbane to decriminalise abortion in Queensland (image source: Wikimedia Commons).

The rally has speakers from the Labor, Greens and Independent parties, as well as various community and lobby groups.

The rally is continuing the campaign to decriminalise abortion after the Women’s Right To Choose bill was rejected in October.
 

Majority of recession victims are Queenslanders

A recent report by SGS Economics and Planning has revealed a mass two thirds of the national population living in recession are from Queensland.

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.

New biofuel - zero waste from used tyres and more Zedlines

The biofuel can run turbo-charged diesel engines and reduce emissions by up to 30 per cent, with 3 thousand litres of bio-oil produced from one 7 tonne truck tyre. (image source: flickr)

New biofuel - zero waste from used tyres

The Queensland University of Technology has tested a new biofuel from old rubber tyres and the results have proven successful.

The biofuel can run turbo-charged diesel engines and reduce emissions by up to 30 per cent, with 3 thousand litres of bio-oil produced from one 7 tonne truck tyre.

Director Trevor Bayley says the company is able to use a wasted resource to reduce stockpiles while also creating renewable energy, meaning there is zero waste from the used tyres.

Ipswich to become test-site for self-driving cars and more Zedlines

The government will recruit 500 motorists for the project, and the trial smart cars will be retrofitted with a computer system which will provide safety warnings to the driver… the self-driving vehicles are currently under development by German multinational Bosch. (image: Flickr)

Ipswich to become test-site for self-driving cars

The Queensland Government has given the green light to Ipswich as the test site for self-driving and smart cars in a pioneering trial set to be the largest in Australia.

The government will recruit 500 motorists for the project, and the trial smart cars will be retrofitted with a computer system which will provide safety warnings to the driver. The self-driving vehicles are currently under development by German multinational Bosch.

Queensland prepares for a scorcher as temperatures rise and more Zedlines

Southeast Queensland is bracing for another heatwave coupled with fire danger. (Image Source: Staticflickr.com)

Temperatures in excess of 35 degrees Celsius are to be expected, and officials have highlighted the possibility of fires breaking out as a result of the dry conditions all throughout the state.

Residents are warned to have a Bushfire Survival Plan memorised in case of emergency.

You can follow the developments of the weather over at bom.gov.au/qld.

 

Australia's first modern-bone Museum
Queensland couple Jaimie and Debra Cook are planning the first modern bone museum in Australia.

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