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QR under fire for lack of communication, and more Zedlines...

Queensland Rail is under fire after another series of outages and delays across the network yesterday, leading to refunds for commuters. (Image source: Wikimedia)

A series of malfunctions, including a failed weld, a broken down train and power issues contributed to peak hour delays on both ends of the work day, with Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe again forced to defend QR.

Mr Hinchliffe criticised the lack of communication with commuters, and said it was unacceptable that people didn’t get the notice in time to change their travel arrangements, even though the first faults appeared as early as 6.30am.

“Sausage party” protest draws attention to gender inequality in film and more Zedlines

Protestors from Women in Film and Television NSW have dressed up as sausages at the AACTA awards on Wednesday to highlight the lack of gender equality in the movie industry.

The activists say too few movies directed by women were nominated for awards and instead the evening was largely dominated by male-led films; hence the “sausage party”.

They were swiftly removed by security, but not before calling for more transparency in the AACTA movie nomination process.

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Wild Weather Leads to Hospitalisation
Lightning has struck two Gold Coast homes yesterday afternoon, with five people recovering from the impact.

Fortitude Valley’s 139 Club receives Dignity First Fund and more Zedlines

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni announced this morning that Fortitude Valley’s 139 Club will receive $259,000 from the Dignity First Fund. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Fortitude Valley’s 139 Club receives Dignity First Fund

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni announced this morning that Fortitude Valley’s 139 Club will receive $259,000 from the Dignity First Fund.

The Fund is a $2.5 million grant for organisations that demonstrate innovate responses to help people experiencing homelessness live with dignity.

A further 23 organisations will also receive funding, with further announcements to come.

 

Queensland Police in hot water over “illegal” speed camera

Endangered bird delays $1.3 billion Cleveland Development and more Zedlines

A rare and critically endangered Russian migratory bird, which flies south each year has delayed construction of the Walker Groups Toondah harbour project at Cleveland.(source: flickr/0ystercatch)

The endangered Bar-tailed Godwit, which travels to the region each year from its nesting site in the Yellow sea was confirmed by a Walker Group spokesperson as the main reason for the delay.

Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has asked for extra conservation information regarding the project, and has delayed further developments on the site for at least six months.

 

New biofuel - zero waste from used tyres and more Zedlines

The biofuel can run turbo-charged diesel engines and reduce emissions by up to 30 per cent, with 3 thousand litres of bio-oil produced from one 7 tonne truck tyre. (image source: flickr)

New biofuel - zero waste from used tyres

The Queensland University of Technology has tested a new biofuel from old rubber tyres and the results have proven successful.

The biofuel can run turbo-charged diesel engines and reduce emissions by up to 30 per cent, with 3 thousand litres of bio-oil produced from one 7 tonne truck tyre.

Director Trevor Bayley says the company is able to use a wasted resource to reduce stockpiles while also creating renewable energy, meaning there is zero waste from the used tyres.

$90 Million Campaign To Bring The World To QLD

A three year long, $90 million advertising campaign has been launched in an effort to bring Australia and the rest of the world to Queensland.

Monster crayons to help abused children

Two Brisbane men, Christian McKechnie and Ben Lee, have crowdfunded Monster shaped crayons in order to help support Act For Kids, a charity for abused children.

The Brisbane based charity provides free art-based therapy support for children and families, which inspired the duo to create monster crayons after noticing many of the children were drawing monsters.

7.2 Magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of El Salvador and more Zedlines

The epicentre of the quake was 149 kilometres south-southwest of Puerto Triunfo in El Salvador. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons).

7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of El Salvador

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador overnight, with the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issuing a warning about possible tsunami waves.

The epicentre of the quake was 149 kilometers south-southwest of Puerto Triunfo in El Salvador, at a very shallow depth of 10.3 kilometers below the seabed.

Brisbane 7-Eleven store taking back employee's pay and more Zedlines

An employee at a Brisbane 7-Eleven store claims that staff are being told to pay back up six-thousand-dollars of their pay every year…or they will lose their jobs.

Brisbane 7-Eleven store taking back employee's pay

An employee at a Brisbane 7-Eleven store claims that staff are being told to pay back up six-thousand-dollars of their pay every year…or they will lose their jobs.

ABC used hidden cameras and filmed two separate occasions where staff paid back a large sum or their pay…7-Eleven bosses claim they can’t afford to pay the legal government rate.

7-Eleven says they have initiated an internal investigation into the allegations of the Brisbane store.

 

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Tsunami Warning Downgraded Following Christchurch Earthquake

Two people have been confirmed dead after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck near Christchurch, causing damage to buildings more than 200 kilometres away

Member for Bundaberg Resigns Amidst Scandal

Queensland Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson has resigned from cabinet amidst the scandal of having over $8000 of unpaid rates.

The member for Bundaberg says her job has become indefensible after revealing her car registration was also unpaid.

It is not yet known who will take over Ms Donaldson’s portfolio.

Nick Earls successfully takes on dark art of digital publishing

Environmental concerns for Tasman Island, and more Zedlines...

A plan to open up Tasman Island to tourists has raised environmental and heritage concerns. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

Environmental groups criticised the proposal to allow commercial helicopter landings and the use of historic buildings as accommodation.

Catherine Errey from the National Parks Association highlighted the environmental risks and said “tourists could unintentionally reintroduce pest species”.

In order for the plan to go ahead, the changes have to be formalised through the adoption of a new management plan for Tasman National Park.

 

University research aims to give insight into bullying culture

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