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Great Barrier Reef oil spill investigation finalised and more Zedlines

A year-long investigation into a major oil spill on the Great Barrier Reef last year has pinpointed a foreign ship as being responsible for the 10-15 tonne spill that killed two seabirds and took two weeks to clean up. Image Source: commons.wikimedia.org

A year-long investigation into a major oil spill on the Great Barrier Reef last year has pinpointed a foreign ship as being responsible for the 10-15 tonne spill that killed two seabirds and took two weeks to clean up.

The investigation led by Maritime Safety Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is estimated to cost up to 1.5 million dollars but Ports Minister Mark Bailey says Queenslanders will not have to front the costs as they will come out of the offending ship’s insurance or from a National plan fund.

There’s something in the water and more Zedlines...

Queensland scientists are saying the drug residue from medication is making it’s way into our drinking water

There’s something in the water

Queensland scientists are saying the drug residue from medication may be making it’s way into our drinking water

Dr Oelgemoeller from James Cook University says studies have revealed "serious concerns" in relation to the effect of drug residues on humans and animals.

He says there’s further evidence that even the most modern water treatment systems fall short of their task to completely remove residues.

Chicken scent proven to prevent malaria and more Zedlines

Researchers in Ethiopia have found that the scent of a live chicken could help prevent malaria. Image Source: Wikipedia

Shots fired in the Gold Coast

Police investigations are currently underway in the Gold Coast following reports of shots being fired just after 5am.

Police were called to a property on Brenini Drive in Coombabah with belief that there were people inside the building at the time.

No injuries have yet been reported and investigations are continuing.

Additional 2,200 cameras to be implemented in digital expansion

Brisbane scientist working on HIV cure

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The International AIDS Conference is taking place in South Africa right now, and opened with a warning that progress towards an AIDS cure is at risk.

4ZZZ spoke to Brisbane scientist David Harrich from the Berghofer Medical Research Institute. Harrich is currently working on a cure for HIV with the use of an antiviral protein.  

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Radical substance abuse program welcomed by addiction experts and more Zedlines

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Radical substance abuse program welcomed by addiction experts

An alternative substance abuse program involving giving free alcohol to help Australian homeless alcoholics has been put forward by Australian addiction experts.

The proposed Managed Alcohol Program would give addicts up to 15 free alcoholic drinks a day in a managed environment, mirroring a similar approach in Canada that has resulted in an overall reduction of alcohol consumption by participants each day.

UN to hand down decision on South China Sea and more Zedlines

UN to hand down decision on South China Sea

Asbestos found at QLD Government’s new building

Asbestos has been found on the site of the new State Government Executive Building, forcing construction to be suspended.

The fibre was discovered on Monday at the base of the One William Street building, in metal skirting that came from China.

It has since been removed and work is expected to resume today, and the State Government has demanded a report into the incident.

Five point plan to reduce ice epidemic

Gold Coast police reviews: no evidence of widespread negative culture and more Zedlines

A review into Gold Coast police workplaces, tasked with exploring incidences of bullying and discrimination, has found no evidence of a ‘widespread negative culture’ within the district. Image: Youtube

Gold Coast police reviews: no evidence of widespread negative culture

A review into Gold Coast police workplaces, tasked with exploring incidences of bullying and discrimination, has found no evidence of a ‘widespread negative culture’ within the district.

However, an independent workplace relations expert outlined some areas of concern, including a lack of leadership and the reluctance of staff to make complaints within the workplace.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says the review itself is evidence the police service is willing to improve.

Controversial Mining Approved on Station bought to Help Protect Great Barrier Reef and more Zedlines

The Queensland Department of Natural Resources is considering applications to mine a river in a Cape York cattle station. Image: flickr

Controversial Mining Approved on Station bought to Help Protect Great Barrier Reef

The Queensland Department of Natural Resources is considering applications to mine a river in a Cape York cattle station.

The station was purchased last month by the State government’s environmental department for $7million to ensure conservation of the Great Barrier Reef.

The applications, if approved, would lead to excavation of gold and tin ore in the West Normanby River, which flows into the Princess Charlotte Bay and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Duterte’s drug war in Philippines kills dozens in first four days and more Zedlines

Duterte’s drug war in Philippines kills dozens in first four days

Boom in cattle prices

A boom in cattle prices has upped the profit result for Consolidated Pastoral Company, the nation's largest privately owned cattle business.

CPC had a net profit of $20.3 million, a huge increase from the mere $100,000 last year as well as a 20% rise in value in the cattle market.

375,000 cattle are run on 19 properties across Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

QPS supports NAIDOC Week

Bullying rates declining in Australian schools and more Zedlines...

A new study shows bullying in Australian schools has dropped almost a quarter in the past seven years. (Source: Wikicommons)

Doubling of retirement homes needed in Queensland

A consultancy group predicts several major cities in Queensland will need to double in retirement homes and double again in aged care units within the next two decades to keep up with the aging population.

RPS consultants found 5.7 per cent of Queenslanders live in retirement homes which now have a 91 per cent occupancy rate.

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