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Melbourne Tram network set to go Solar and more Zedlines...

Melbourne’s entire tram network is set to use solar energy by the end of 2018. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

 

The State Government plans to build a new solar energy plant in regional Victoria, with half the energy produced by the farms, expected to offset the amount of electricity needed to run 401 trams on Melbourne’s network.

 

Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio says the plan is a world first, with the Government committed to growing renewable energy. The Government says the project would create 300 new jobs.

Climate Council warns warmer temperature could affect Queensland

Thousands of properties without power in South Australia and more Zedlines

33,000 properties are without power in South Australia, after wild storms moved across the state, with Adelaide being hardest hit.

 

SA Power Networks spokesman Paul Roberts saying crews were working frantically to restore power, but many people would be without power for an extended period.

 

This storm is one of many in recent months that has caused damage to the South Australian electricity network.

 

Australia’s largest aluminium smelter set to cut jobs

Australia’s largest aluminium smelter Boyne Smelters has announced it will cut jobs and production due to massive electricity price hikes.

 

Dairy farmers fear they may lose $3m from pay dispute and more Zedlines...

Queensland and New South Wales dairy farmers fear they could lose three million dollars from a pay dispute as a major milk processor tries to drop prices. (Source: Pixabay)

Parmalat, which produces Paul’s milk, are looking to drop the price they pay to farmers by at least one point five cents a litre.
Gympie farmer John Cochrane, who’s representing 193 other dairy farmers who are disputing with Parmalat, worries that if Parmalat drop their prices, other milk processors will follow suit.

Bushfires sweep nation with blazes in SA, Victoria & ACT and more zedlines

High temperatures across the nation have sparked a series of bushfires in South Australia, Victoria and the ACT. (Image source: Flickr)

High temperatures across the nation have sparked a series of bushfires in South Australia, Victoria and the ACT.

Around 2,400 hectares of farmland and at least one rural property have been destroyed in Canberra’s north-east as 70 firefighters and 13 aircraft battled an 18km fire front yesterday afternoon.

In the nation’s south, fire crews were called to over 40 location across Victoria in its hottest day this year, with six cars in a shopping centre carpark being among the damage.

Feeling hot? There's a heatwave.

Southern Queenslanders are set to swelter, as a heat-wave moves through, breaking records in its path.

Brisbane will reach a top of 34 degrees, five above the daily average for this time of year.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged residents to stay hydrated, saying if your urine is dark it’s best to increase your fluid intake, to best keep yourself safe. 

One Nation looks to Queensland election 

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is expected to announce a “game changing” shake-up to state politics today in the lead-up to the next election.

Expedition for Bona Vista and Jenny Lind shipwrecks begin and more Zedlines

A team of 11 scientists have departed from Bundaberg in search of a number of famous shipwrecks in the Coral Sea. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

The group will travel 500km off the East Coast to Kenn’s reef in search of wreckage from ships known to have gone down in the area during the 19th century.

The main item of desire is the Bona Vista which was lost in 1828.

Wheelie bin used to trap crocodile metres from playground in North Queensland

NSW Health issue air pollution warning and more Zedlines

New South Wales Health has issued a warning for Sydney residents as toxic gas lingers over the city.(image: Flickr; Tony Rodd)

The current air quality is rated as ‘poor’ and health authorities are warning people with respiratory conditions such as asthma to take extra caution.

The conditions are being attributed to a combination of hot, still weather and heavy pollution is being blamed for an excess of harmful gases known as ozone in Western suburbs.

 

Federal government to sue prawn farmer after virus outbreak

Prawn farmers demand inquiry following virus outbreak and more Zedlines

The virus, known as white spot disease, was found at five farms near the Logan River and in wild prawns in the river, itself.

Prawn farmers demand inquiry following virus outbreak

Prawn farmers are demanding a full inquiry into the arrival of a devastating new virus, and any quarantine failings that let it come in.

The virus, known as white spot disease, was found at five farms near the Logan River and in wild prawns in the river, itself.

Farmers believe the virus came with prawn imports from infected areas overseas, but the source of the outbreak is not yet known.

Rescue operation for two men and toddler successful

​Darwin artist creating 'wearable art', and more Zedlines...

A young Darwin-based artist has taken to painting colourful Dreaming stories onto handbags in her quest to create ‘wearable art’. (Image Source: tradarabriscoe.com)

Darwin artist creating 'wearable art'

A young Darwin-based artist has taken to painting colourful Dreaming stories onto handbags in her quest to create ‘wearable art’.

Tradara Briscoe, an Anmatyerr women, learned how to paint when she was a young child and by age 6, she was selling her artwork in Alice Springs shopping strip alongside her family.

It was just 12 months ago that Briscoe began painting directly onto handbags including a Louis Vuitton.

Meningococcal outbreak could have been stopped & More Zedlines

Four children fighting meningococcal at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have a potentially deadly strain of the disease which could have been prevented by an out of stock vaccine. 

The vaccine for Meningococcal B is only available through the private sector, despite repeated attempts to get it onto the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Bexsero has been out of stock since October, with manufacturer Glaxo Smith Kline blaming “unexpected demand” for the shortage.

Watchdog barks over 'CU in the NT' slogan

The Advertising Standards Bureau has labelled the controversial ‘CU in the NT’ slogan as “extremely denigrating to women” while ruling on a complaint that was lodged to the industry watchdog.

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