Animals

Low berry prices hurting farmers and more Zedlines

Big supermarket chains blamed for recent drop in strawberry and blueberry prices hurting farmers.

Moreton Bay Council urges State and Federal Government to take over Flying Fox management

Moreton Bay Regional Council has tabled a motion to the Local Government Association of Queensland requesting the State and Federal Governments to take over the management of flying fox colonies.

The region has struggled with flying fox colonies for some time, with the council drafting the same motion last year.

Councillor Adam Hain says State and Federal Government influence would streamline management of the flying foxes, which cause noise and mess concerns.

Noosa koalas at risk of dying out and more Zedlines

Koalas at Noosa’s 4000 hectare national park are facing near extinction according to Queensland Koala Crusader’s Megan Halverson. Image: Creative Commons, Abby.

Noosa koalas at risk of dying out.

Koalas at Noosa’s 4000 hectare national park are facing near extinction according to Queensland Koala Crusader’s Megan Halverson.

A Chlamydia and retro-virus crisis coupled with the loss of their natural habitat has caused the Koala population to fall to single digits.

In response, the Queensland government has announced it will be adding property, planning and environment specialist Antra Hood to an expert panel which is working to remedy the dwindling Koala population.

 

Brisbane Police Station evacuated after cocaine scare and more Zedlines

A Brisbane police station has been evacuated after a man received an unknown white powder in the mail. Panic was high as authorities feared the powder was anthrax, though it was later discovered to be cocaine. (source: flikr)

Brisbane Police Station evacuated after cocaine scare

A Brisbane police station has been evacuated after a man received an unknown white powder in the mail.

Panic was high as authorities feared the powder was anthrax, though it was later discovered to be cocaine.

A 50-meter exclusion zone was set up around Boondall Police station while emergency services set up a dip-test for the powder.

Police are working with UK partners to determine who sent the mail.

 

Scientists Revolutionise Fight Against Zika and more zedlines

Scientists in South-East Queensland have revolutionised the fight against the Zika virus found in mosquitoes while working to safeguard Australia. Testing processes in Australia have been exhaustive following the world-wide terror of the virus, known to affect unborn babies. (source: public-domain-image)

Zika mozzies

Scientists in South-East Queensland have revolutionised the fight against the Zika virus found in mosquitoes while working to safeguard Australia.

Testing processes in Australia have been exhaustive following the world-wide terror of the virus, known to affect unborn babies.

In a world first, the Australian lab tests thousands of mosquitos for abnormalities, crucial for preventing the main transmission method of Zika.

 

Experiments on Greyhounds Criticised and More Zedlines

University Uses Cruel and Unusual Methods on Greyhound Experiments.

Experiments on Greyhounds Criticised.

A series of experiments, conducted by Monash University involving greyhounds, has been criticised by animal rights activists.

As part of the experiment, 12 greyhounds were suffocated and had their hearts surgically removed and reinserted - before they were revived, monitored and euthanized hours later.

The experiment aimed to test how well hearts can be preserved before organ transplants when the donor has already died.

 

Elders To Quit Live Export Trade

Island being used to test the effects of cane toads and more Zedlines

An island which is called a living laboratory is being used to test the effects cane toads have on native animals and habitats. Image source: Flickr

Island being used to test the effects of cane toads.

A remote island which has been called a living laboratory off the coast of Western Australia is being used to test the threat of a cane toad invasion.

Adolphus Island is being used by the Department of Parks and Wildlife to see what damage the cane toad can do to native animals, and also how they can be stopped from endangering national parks and horticultural areas.

Westpac repays over 820,000 credit card customers and more Zedlines

Westpac customers were left in the dark regarding certain terms and conditions Westpac imposed, including a fee placed on overseas purchases. Image source: Flickr.

Westpac refunds $20 million to credit card customers

Westpac will refund up to $20 million to customers, after failing to inform credit card holders fees would be placed on overseas purchases made in Australian dollars.

823,000 Westpac customers are expected to receive repayments.

Centrelink workers to strike this Friday and more Zedlines

Thousands of Centrelink employees are set to strike this Friday, with the organisation urging clients not to go into its offices or use its phone lines. Image: Flickr, David Jackmanson

Centrelink workers to strike this Friday

Thousands of Centrelink employees are set to strike this Friday, with the organisation urging clients not to go into its offices or use its phone lines.

The strike is a product of the continued wage dispute between the government and public servants over the past three years.

Hank Jongen, media manager for Human Services said the strike may affect Medicare and Child Support customers, but regular payments should be unaffected.

Permits issued to cull native Hamilton Island wildlife

Brisbane City Council erupts in row over multiculturalism and more Zedlines

An affirmation of multiculturalism turned unexpectedly political in Brisbane City Council chamber the other day, when opposition leader Peter Cumming accused Lord Mayor Graham Quirk of not being fully committed. Image: Wikimedia

Brisbane Council erupts in row over multiculturalism

An affirmation of multiculturalism turned unexpectedly political in Brisbane City Council chamber the other day, when opposition leader Peter Cumming accused Lord Mayor Graham Quirk of not being fully committed.

No action on recommendations to prevent flooding at Fortitude Valley station and more Zedlines

There will be no construction work to prevent flash flooding over the Fortitude Valley train tracks which has caused delays to hundreds of trains in November 2014 and May 2015 at Fortitude Valley, Central and Bowen Hill stations. Image: Wikimedia

No action on recommendations to prevent flooding at Fortitude Valley station 
There will be no construction work to prevent flash flooding over the Fortitude Valley train tracks which has caused delays to hundreds of trains in November 2014 and May 2015 at Fortitude Valley, Central and Bowen Hill stations.

In January a consultant's report which blamed small drainage pipes for the flooding recommended replacing the pipes at the Valley station at an estimated cost between $17.1 million and $19.2 million.

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