Conflict

Hundreds of Prisoners in Queensland Share Cells Designed for One and more Zedlines...

Buildings Queensland has revealed that over six hundred remandees currently housed at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre are sharing cells that are designed to only house one prisoner at any given time, leaving the facility exceeding capacity by thirty five per cent. (Image Source: Flickr)

This can lead to prisoners on remand to be transported to no-remand jails, which are also reaching maximum capacity.

A detailed business case is being competed into an up to six hundred and ten million dollar proposal that would include the construction of new cell blocks, better use of current infrastructure and construction of a new greenfield site.

 

Government Confirms Princess Alexandra Hospital Cladding is Combustible

8000 Residents Petition for Cheaper Hospital Parking in Brisbane and more Zedlines...

Almost eight thousand people across Brisbane have signed a petition calling for the “excessive” parkings costs at Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital to be reduced. (Image Source: Geograph)

Launching the petition a week ago online, Leichhardt resident Kat McGowan is calling upon Queensland Health Minister, Cameron Dick and Mater Health services to stop capitalising on families’ misfortune and children’s illnesses and cut the costs of hospital car parking.

New research indicates humans reached Australia at least 65 thousand years ago and more zedlines...

A new excavation of a rock shelter near Kakadu National Park indicates humans reached Australia at least sixty five thousand years ago, which is nearly eighteen thousands years earlier than experts had believed. (Image Source: Max Pixel)

The discovery was made after archeologists conducted sophisticated dating of sediments and confirms the historical and cultural importance of the archaeological site.

Chris Clarkson from the University of Queensland says the new date would have a big impact on our understanding of when humans left Africa and moved through what is now called South-East Asia.  

 

Pig's head left outside Islamic Primary School 

Brisbane Students Come Together to Sing for Change and More Zedlines....

Students across Brisbane will be uniting their voices for the “You’re the Voice” choral project at Sunnybank’s Queensland Music Festival to help raise awareness for domestic and family violence. (Image Source: Pixabay)

QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan says over one hundred students from MacGregor State School, Beenleigh State High School and St Thomas More College will be singing at next week’s event.

Queensland Music Festival is set to come to Sunnybank this coming Tuesday and continue bringing music across Queensland until the end of July.

 

Water Supply for North West Queensland

Over ninety-two thousand megalitres of water will be made available in the Flinders and Gilbert River catchments by late August.

Guide Dog Brogan Records 300th Flight

An Australian guide dog, Brogan, is believed to be Australia’s most-travelled guide dog, and on Monday he recorded his 300th flight. (Photo Source: New Daily)

Cancer Council Offers Free Wigs to Cancer Patients
The cancer council is offering free wigs and turbans to Brisbane women and girls undergoing cancer treatment.

Cancer council CEO Chris McMillian says that offering this service is a way of showing support for the distressing side-effect of cancer treatment.

The wig and turban service is a part of the practical support services offered by the cancer council, which also offers counselling and accommodation assistance.

Vodka is an Antidote for Antifreeze in Animals

Vodka has helped save the life of a Queensland tomcat.

The cat was found near a tyre store in Lowood, west of Brisbane, and was believed to have ingested the toxic agent antifreeze.

 

He was rushed to the nearby RSPCA animal hospital where he was given vodka, which is the common antidote for antifreeze.

He has now received the nickname ‘Tipsy’.

 

Brisbane Youth Detention Center Thrust into Spotlight Following Report

Oyster recycling for Moreton Bay

Moreton Bays’ Pumice Stone Passage is getting a new lease on life with the introduction of an oyster recycling station.

The program, headed by Dr Ben Diggles is designed to use clean oyster shells to restore and rebuild the shellfish reef on the passage. Diggles says that recycling oysters is a practical and productive way to protect shellfish reefs while combating the increasing numbers of jellyfish and algae in the bay.

The station is a replica of the traditional Indigenous midden practice used in the area and so will be a good fit for the eco system.

Local restaurants have already offered their used oyster shells and the program is scheduled to begin in April.

 

Indigenous Queenslanders encouraged to develop computer coding skills

Eight indigenous communities will benefit from 157 thousand dollars in grants to support the delivery of STEM.I.AM coding and robotics activities.

Aurukun , Cook, Douglas, Gladstone, Logan, North Burnett, Paroo and Townsville were announced to be the communities that will benefit from computer coding based skills programs.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the program was specifically designed to encourage more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths courses at university.

70% of Mosul IDPs to return home

The Iraqi minister for immigration predicts that at least 70% of internally displaced persons from Mosul will be returning home by the end of this year.

Immigration minister Darbaz Mohammed says more than a quarter of the IDPs have already returned home, and is hopeful that there will be no more camps housing refugees by the end of the year. 

Mosul was declared liberated from ISIS this month, but Mohammed says they will consider it a victory when large numbers of refugees return home. 

Public Housing to cost $34 million

Over the past five years close to $34 million has been spent repairing Queensland public housing due to vandalism, damage and uncleanliness.

Promising Great Barrier Reef Research and more Zedlines...

Queensland research on wetland restoration is indicating promising results in the battle to protect the Great Barrier Reef from nutrient and sediment excess.

The research is supported by the Palaszczuk Government and has received more than $250 thousand in funding.

Initial results suggest wetlands can eradicate nitrogen from the water and that forested wetlands have higher carbon and nitrogen storage capacity in comparison to marshes.

The project will offer a framework for the restoration of wetlands, which play a vital role in blocking and managing pollutants that threaten the health of the reef.

 

 

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