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Brisbane flood risk map updated and more Zedlines

A new flood risk map will be updated after new studies revealed changes to which areas would be prone to flooding. Image source: commons.wikimedia

Brisbane flood risk map updated

The Brisbane flood risk map will be updated by City Council after a series of catchment studies revealed changes to properties prone to inundation.

3,700 residences are better off, but it’s bad news for another 750 now at higher risk of flooding.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said new technology has allowed the Council to better predict the danger posed by rainfall in particular creek catchments around the region.

 

Bioethicist calls for banning of concientious objection

Koalas are given a new home and more Zedlines

15,000 eucalyptus trees are being planted in the Gold Coast to feed Koalas. Image source: common.wikimedia

Hinze Dam provides new home for Koalas

The Gold Coast hinterland’s Hinze Dam saw to the planting of 15,000 eucalyptus trees to feed Koalas.

Senior veterinarian, Dr Michael Pyne, said Koala hospital admissions were the result of disease and lack of food. The toll of admissions rises each year with the number of admissions expected to surpass 300 this year.

Dr Pyne said 10,000 more eucalyptus trees are needed, as feeding Koalas is the big issue.

 

New study to assess calcium build-up

Compensation awarded to traditional land-owners for the first time and more Zedlines

The Federal Court handed down its first ever verdict awarding indigenous custodians financial compensation for the loss of their native title rights. (Image source: en.wikipedia.org)

Compensation awarded to traditional land-owners for the first time

The Federal Court handed down its first ever verdict awarding indigenous custodians financial compensation for the loss of their native title rights.

Yesterday, Federal Court justice Ronald Mansfield ordered the Northern Territory government to pay 3.3 million dollars in compensation to the traditional owners of Timber Creek, which the government had built infrastructure on against their wishes.

Adelaide Council to reconsider Indian Festival and more Zedlines

The Campbelltown Council in South Australia has reoffered Thorndon Park for the Diwali Festival after initially refusing its application. The reconsideration comes with multiple conditions including changing the starting time from 11am to 4pm. Suorce: pixabay

Adelaide Council to reconsider Indian Festival

The Campbelltown Council in South Australia has reoffered Thorndon Park for the Diwali Festival after initially refusing its application.

The reconsideration comes with multiple conditions including changing the starting time from 11am to 4pm.

The Festival was initially refused when two councillors vetoed the motion saying ethnic groups often hide behind their language.

Super changes may fail to pass

Amber alert for Missing Woodridge girl

Police have issued an amber alert for a school girl who went missing in South Brisbane yesterday. Image source: Wikipedia.

Amber alert called for missing Woodridge girl

Police are calling for urgent help to find a missing 11-year-old girl.

An Amber Alert was issued this morning after the girl was last seen at about 4:40pm yesterday on Pilbi Street, Woodridge, south of Brisbane.

Closure of Manus Island detention centre and more Zedlines

Papua New Guinean and Australian government officials have come together in a decision to close the Manus Island detention centre following constitutional and human rights breaches. Image: Wikimedia

Closure of Manus Island detention centre
Papua New Guinean and Australian government officials have come together in a decision to close the Manus Island detention centre following constitutional and human rights breaches.

Manus Island, which currently houses 854 asylum seekers, came under renewed fire after two thousand files were leaked detailing reports of physical and sexual assault at the site.

Barnaby Joyce slams delay of payments to dairy farmers and more Zedlines

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has slammed the Victorian government, accusing them of delaying the the rollout of the Coalition’s financial assistance package for dairy farmers. At present, only one farmer has been approved for a loan under the scheme, a package that would give struggling farmers a lifeline after major dairy companies Murray Goulburn and Fonterra announced retrospective cuts to prices paid to farmers for milk.

Barnaby Joyce slams delay of payments to dairy farmers

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has slammed the Victorian government, accusing them of delaying the the rollout of the Coalition’s financial assistance package for dairy farmers.

At present, only one farmer has been approved for a loan under the scheme, a package that would give struggling farmers a lifeline after major dairy companies Murray Goulburn and Fonterra announced retrospective cuts to prices paid to farmers for milk.

New Zealand tap water contamination leaves hundreds ill and more Zedlines

A contamination of tap water in New Zealand has left hundreds of people ill and two people in a critical condition.

Queensland MP cleared of bribery allegations

Federal MP George Christensen has been cleared of bribery allegations, after a controversial facebook post which he uploaded during the election campaign.

In the post, Mr Christensen pledged $12,000 in a personal contribution to a local animal welfare charity in his electorate, on the condition that he was re-elected.   

Mr Christensen was criticised by activist group GetUp, who alleged it was electoral bribery.

Officials to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and more Zedlines

Approval from Ecuadorian officials to allow Swedish officials to question Mr. Assange in several weeks confirmed. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Swedish officials to question Assange in upcoming weeks 

Ecuadorian officials have confirmed they will let Swedish officials question Julian Assange at their embassy in London in coming weeks.

The founder of organisation WikiLeaks has been confined to the embassy since 2012, where he sought refuge in fear of being extradited to Sweden. 

Explosion in Thai city and more Zedlines

Two bombs have exploded in a Thai city leaving one local women dead and nearly twenty injured. Image source: publicdomainpictures

Explosion in Thailand city

Two bombs have exploded in the Hua Hin resort in Thailand.

The explosion is said to have killed one local woman and injured around nineteen tourists.

The Department of Foreign Affairs, in speaking with the ABC, has confirmed Australia’s embassy in Bangkok is working hard to find whether any Australians were affected.

 

Bill to save Barrier Reef reaches $8.2 billion

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