Climate Change

Moreton Bay rail link leads to mass Koala deaths and more Zedlines...

Leading Koala experts have labelled the Moreton Bay rail link project a catastrophic failure after the deaths of 281 Koalas. The Moreton Bay coast is a Koala sensitive area and the project will see the new rail line run through it from Petrie to Kippa Ring.

Moreton Bay rail link leads to mass Koala deaths

Leading Koala experts have labelled the Moreton Bay rail link project a catastrophic failure after the deaths of 281 Koalas.

The Moreton Bay coast is a Koala sensitive area and the project will see the new rail line run through it from Petrie to Kippa Ring.

The project has been labelled the biggest Koala killer, with Koalas being killed by wild dogs, illness, or unknown causes since the habitat was cleared in March 2013.

Calls for aged care reform and more Zedlines

There are calls for security cameras to be installed in rooms of aged care residents after disturbing footage revealed elder abuse by a staff member in an aged care facility. 

Toxic ash discovery 
Over 1,000 tonnes of toxic ash and coal waste is being stored on South-East Queensland properties illegally, according to a report by the ABC. 

The contractor implicated has rights to resell the coal waste, but it is instead being stockpiled on properties in Gympie and Pinkenba. 

The coal waste, from Government owned coal mines can be potentially harmful to humans if it is inhaled. 

LNP Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss said the discovery is “disturbing”. 

Australia slips to fourth on Child Prosperity Index and more Zedlines

Australia ranks fourth on the Child Prosperity Index report by the aid agency, Save the Children, slipping from last year’s previous position of third place. Image Source: Flickr

QLD Government will repeal anti-bikie legislation

The State Government is planning to repeal anti-bikie legislation laws from the Newman government era this year.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said that outlaw motorcycle crime only makes up 1 per cent of crime in Queensland. However, the Government is determined to keep cracking down on outlaw motorcycle clubs when new organised crime laws are introduced.

Miller says she will refer Springborg to police and more Zedlines...

The inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre has shown that former health minister Lawrence Springborg said the centre was under review in an estimates hearing days after he decided to close it. Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller says she will refer former opposition leader Lawrence Springborg to the police over these allegations. Source: News.com.au

Miller says she will refer Springborg to police

The inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre has shown that former health minister Lawrence Springborg said the centre was under review in an estimates hearing days after he decided to close it.

Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller said she will refer former opposition leader Lawrence Springborg to the police over these allegations.

Miller said that Springborg told untruths to the estimates committee and will be writing to the authorities over what she believes is a breach of the criminal code.

Green Infrastructure; The way forward for a better Australia?

In a time where Australian cities are turning into concrete jungles, scientists at the University of Melbourne are looking to green infrastructure as a way to try and balance our carbon footprint and be more enviromentally sustainable. 

Victorian wind farm given the green light and more Zedlines

A 650 million-dollar wind-farm is set to be built in Victoria’s southwest. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Roma to house Western Queensland’s first domestic violence shelter
Queensland Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman has announced plans to provide a shelter in Roma for Victims of Domestic Violence.

The shelter is Queensland’s fourth emergency accommodation service introduced by the Palaszczuk Government and the second rural shelter after Charters Towers.

It will be the first of its kind in Western Queensland and will come as a relief to victims who were previously sent as far as Ipswich for crisis accommodation.

Local family seeks to boost biodiversity awareness in rural QLD and more Zedlines

A family from remote Queensland are planning to build an ecotourism sculpture trail to raise awareness about biodiversity. (Image: Wikicommons).

Breaking News: 

A truck has crashed directly into a crowd of people in Nice, southern France, as locals gathered to watch the Bastille Day fireworks. French media are reporting there have been up to 30 deaths at the scene, however, this is yet unconfirmed. We’ll have more details later this morning as this story develops.

 

 

Local family seeks to boost biodiversity awareness in rural QLD

A family from remote Queensland are planning to build an ecotourism sculpture trail to raise awareness about biodiversity.

Traditional owners fight for their rights over mining application and more Zedlines

Traditional land owners in Aurukun are fighting for their "legal and moral rights" to assess a mining application. (Image source: Wikipedia)

Traditional owners fight for their rights over mining application

Traditional owners of a bauxite lease area in Aurukun are appealing a decision which excludes them from negotiating with multinational mining company Glencore.

The Queensland Government first enacted a provision which allowed assessment of Glencore’s application without consultation with the traditional owners, because of the alleged ‘minimal impact’ on the land.

Turtle Rehab Reports Increase in Starving Turtles and more Zedlines

A lack of food and an increase in pollution are being blamed for a reported drop in the turtle population in Cairns. The Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre has been forced to look for a larger location after an increase in the number of turtles being injured from fishing nets and boat strikes.

Turtle Rehab Reports Increase in Starving Turtles

A lack of food and an increase in pollution are being blamed for a reported drop in the turtle population in Cairns.

The Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre has been forced to look for a larger location after an increase in the number of turtles being injured from fishing nets and boat strikes.

Co-founder of the centre Jennie Gilbert says that the cases of starvation are caused by seabeds not fully recovering after a series of cyclones, particularly in Townsville North.

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.

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