Aboriginal painting breaks record of highest selling painting by female Australian artist and more Zedlines

Earth's Creation, painted by Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye, has sold for 2.1 million dollars at Fine Art Bourse auction, setting the record for a female Australian artist. Photo source: Fine Art Bourse

Earth's Creation broke its own record set in 2007 when it sold for 1.05 million dollars.

The auction was held on Thursday at Cooee Art, Australia's oldest Aboriginal art gallery.

Auctioneer Tim Goodman believes the sale will revitalise the Aboriginal art market.

The artwork has been granted an export permit to be displayed to further international audiences.

Traditional adoption practices to be acknowledged under Labor government

Traditional heart and soul behind Brisbane Jamaican festivals

Reggae music is one of the many parts of Jamaican culture which will be on display during two pop-up events in Brisbane over the next month. They are being organised by The Ja Joint, with company founder Carly Day speaking to 4ZZZ reporter Toby Crockford about the popularity of everything Jamaican and what a true Jamaican event is all about.

Image credit: The Ja Joint - Facebook

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Zimbabwean Vice-President flees country after death threats and more Zedlines...

The Zimbabwean Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has fled the country after receiving death threats.

The former vice-president, who was sacked on Wednesday, was accused of trying to overthrow the current President Robert Mugabe and take control of the country.

The First Lady, Grace Mugabe is expected to take Mnangagwa’s position as Vice-President of Zimbabwe at a special congress of the ruling Zanu-PF party in December.



Fraser Coast rates bungle caused by ‘technical oversight’
A regional Queensland council that issued invalid rates over a three-year period claims it was caused by a “technical oversight”.

Queensland algae to potentially combat obesity and more zedlines...

Queensland-grown algae could help prevent cardiovascular disease, inflammatory disease, and help to reduce obesity. Image sourced from Mariusz Zedzierski at Naturalnie

Researchers from The University of Southern Queensland and James Cook University are working to create an industry for the seaweed in regional Queensland.

The algae is being grown in prawn and barramundi farms to remove nutrients from wastewater that might otherwise flow into the Great Barrier Reef, and also produces a valuable biomass.

Project leader Lindsay Brown says their research indicates algae is a functional food with various health benefits for humans, including disease prevention, finding promising results in initial tests.

Factory explosion in Jakarta and more zedlines...

Two explosions in a fireworks factory in Tangerang, 25 kilometres west of Jakarta, have killed at least 47 people and left dozens injured. Image sourced from Riteshman, Pixabay

Police determined 103 people were working in the factory during the time of the explosions, and are still attempting to locate 60 others.

"The first thing we are going to do after the area has cooled off is a humanitarian effort," Tangerang City Police chief Harry Kurniawan said.

Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the explosions, however police strongly suspect the cause to be an electrical fault.

Parents protest against Somerville House

New Zealand students hope university fees reduce and more zedlines

The New Zealand elections leaves university students hopeful that tertiary fees will be reduced under New Zealand prime-minister-elect Jacinda Ardern.

Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party campaigned heavily on education reforms,which includes a three year plan to phase in free tertiary education by the year 2024 and boost student allowance benefits.

Psychology and criminology student Jordan Butler says when he finishes his dual degree, he’ll be left with a $30,000 debt which he says will prohibit him from purchasing a house in the near future.

Brazilian design meets Aboriginal Art and more zedlines...

Designers from Brazil are collaborating with Aboriginal artists for the National Gallery of Victoria’s first international Triennial.

Commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, the gigantic soft sculpture is beginning to take shape, with the piece welcoming visitors to the Gallery's first international Triennial of contemporary art and design, opening in December this year.

The sculpture is to be shipped to Melbourne in the coming weeks, where visitors will be presented with a seven-metre-dome structure that is made with steel and embroidered panels.

Pilot project could see recycled tires turned into roads and more zedlines...

Researchers from the University of Melbourne have been working on a pilot project that could see old tires being turned into permeable road surfaces.

Permeable pavements made from recycled tires is already a popular paving option, and is flexible, resilient, and reduce stormwater runoff and the subsequent waterway pollution.

While previously, permeable pavement was not able to be used for roads due to its inability to support heavy loads, researchers have developed a combination of tire particles, rock aggregates and binder that could support cars, trucks and buses.

Dangerous skippers to be prosecuted in the Northern Territory and more Zedlines...

Dangerous navigating of a vessel will be prosecuted under new legislation passed by Northern Territory parliament.

If found guilty, skippers will face a maximum penalty of seven years in prison if someone is seriously injured, or 10 years if someone is killed.

The NT Government say there was a legal loophole that has seen boat drivers involved in collisions avoid criminal charges.

Brisbane architecture deterring homeless people
Greens councillor Jonathan Sri has called for changes to the design of the 3 billion dollar Queen’s Wharf development.

Protesters call for detention center detainees to be settled in Australia and more Zedlines...

Sydney’s city district was filled with protesters on Sunday, to demand that refugees being detained on Pacific Islands be allowed to settle in Australia as the resettlement deadline approaches.

The Manus Island center is to be closed on October 31 and refugees with a negative status are being pushed to return to their country of origin, while those with a positive status are forced to settle in Papua New Guinea.

A Kurdish journalist, Behrouz Boochani, says detainees do not feel safe being settled in PNG as there are limited opportunities to work and provide for their families.

Art meets Science in an exhibition for Fraser Island