Heatwave hits state and more zedlines...

Thunderstorms are anticipated, followed by an extreme heatwave in Sunshine Coast and Darlings Downs as temperatures reach the high 30s in some areas this weekend. Photo from Flickr.

A high pressure system is stationed off the east coast and is set to send the mercury up to midsummer levels on what should be a spring day, with daytime maximums up to 10 degrees above average.

Forecasters have warned of 90 kilometre an hour winds across the Gympie region, which thunderstorms are threatening for this afternoon and evening, with a 70% chance of rain today.

Maximum weekend temperatures include 38 on Sunday in Roma, Gatton, Ipswich, and Emerald, and the mid 30s in Nambour, Warwick, Rockhampton, and Gympie.

LNP to scrap juvenile bail housing if elected and more zedlines...

Queensland’s Liberal National Party said they will close supervised bail accommodation for juvenile offenders if elected to government, instead putting minors in prisons. Photo from Flickr.

The Labor party announced plans last week to roll out specialised centres over the next few months, designed to house between four and 12 children who had been charged with an offence but were yet to face court and were unable to return home.

Currently, minors awaiting trial but unable to go home make up about 80% of the population of youth detention facilities in Queensland.

Inland Railway to be Built Across Queensland Floodplain Despite Warnings From Farmers and more Zedlines...

The Melbourne-to-Brisbane inland rail line will be built across the Condamine floodplain in Queensland, despite warnings from farmers that it could put lives at risk. (Image source: Wikipedia)

The Australian Rail and Track Corporation says the inland rail would be built on an embankment two metres higher than the existing line, which floodplain grain-growers Brett Kelly and Jason Mundt have criticised.

Mr Mundt says this higher embankment could see water back up for tens of kilometres in a big flood, endangering the lives of many.

Brisbane City Council Hopes ID Scanning Will Not Deter People From Major City Festival

The Brisbane City Council is hoping the state’s ID scanning laws won’t deter thousands from Valley Festival in October.

Among the Mungbean Militia: The front line of anti-Adani activism

From an undisclosed camp within the Bowen region, a convoy of activists set off after dawn on Tuesday for the first step in a campaign of direct civil disobedience. Their target, the controversial Carmichael coal Mine proposed by the Indian mining group, Adani.

Protesters peacefully blockaded the road into Abbot Point Coal Terminal, disrupting workers from arriving on shift and giving themselves a visible presence from the heavily trafficked Bruce Highway.

UQ senate links to fossil fuel companies revealed

A report just released by Fossil Free university groups uncovers the links between Australian universities and fossil fuel companies. University of Queensland features prominently in the report, with the highest amount of donations form the sector and strong links between the UQ senate and the industry.

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine spoke to Sarah Blessing from Fossil Free UQ about the report.

Blazes burning on in New South Wales and more zedlines...

New South Wales is still feeling the heat, with 70 bushfires still burning and 20 out of control. Photo from Flickr.

Residents have been warned to prepare their homes and have a fire plan until the situation resolves.

Dry weather and high winds have caused higher fire dangers but conditions are expected to improve on the weekend, allowing firefighters to start controlled burn offs, before declining again on Monday.

Children lacking swimming skills at risk

Ahead of the Surf Life Saving Queensland annual Coast Safe report, the organisation is addressing the decline in school-aged children with basic swimming skills as the ‘greatest challenge’.

Lowest Rates of Scientists in Australian Universities and More Zedlines...

Although Australians are attending university at a higher rate than ever, science graduates are sparse across the country. (Image source: Pixabay)

A new report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, which compared education outcomes, has found graduates of science, maths and statistics fields are down to as little as 6% of students.

Meanwhile, these fields have highest employment rates for STEM graduates.

As jobs in science and technology are on the rise, a fellow in higher education at the Grattan Institute, Ittima Cherastidtham, said it is important to promote the subject in schools.

Cherbourg to Pilot First Social Reinvestment Program

World First Breakthrough Involving ‘IVF’ for Coral Reefs and More Zedlines...

Professor Peter Harrison from Southern Cross University has recently been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research in order to release coral larvae in the Philippines, and reestablish a breeding population. (Image source: Wikimedia)

It is essentially a form of ‘coral IVF’.

When Coral spawn in its natural environment, factors such as currents, winds and waves make clouds of eggs and sperm float in every direction, causing larvae to drift from reefs and die.

This IVF process takes out the uncertainty of the elements, and could one day become the answer to mass coral bleaching in places such as the Great Barrier Reef.

Chemical-Free Produce Store Reviving Region

Plastic bags are out, but is the alternative better?

By Liana Walker

Plastic shopping bags will become a thing of the past with Queensland parliament unanimously banning single use bags in parliament on Tuesday.

From July 1st, 2018 the ban will come into play, with major grocery retailers Coles and Woolworths implementing their own schemes nationally.  

Malcolm Turnbull Urges Aussies in North Korea to Leave and more Zedlines...

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is considering evacuating Australians from the Korean Peninsula. (image source: Flickr)

The prime minister says the threat of war is the greatest it’s been since the Korean War but confident the global community can bring North Korea “to it’s sense.”

He urges Australians in that region to register their details with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


Queensland Childcare Workers to Strike Over Pay

Working parents will have to find alternatives for their children today as childcare workers go on strike across southeast Queensland at 3:20pm.