Environment

Indigenous rangers to pass down knowledge to combat bushfires and more Zedlines

Indigenous rangers in North Stradbroke Island are passing down their traditional knowledge down to the Queensland Parks and Wildfire Service in an effort to better manage bushfires. Image source: wikimedia

Indigenous rangers to pass down traditional knowledge

North Stradbroke Island Indigenous rangers will pass down traditional knowledge on the management of bushfires to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

The skills of the Quandamooka rangers are set to be utilised in a partnership with Redland City Council.

Joint management coordinator of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Darren Burns, spoke to the ABC, saying fires in North Stradbroke are a severe problem.

Federal Labor MP requests unemployed to fix backpacker gap and more Zedlines

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Federal Labor MP requests unemployed to fill backpacker gap

Federal Labor MP Brian Mitchell is requesting for unemployed Australians to fill the backpacker gap by working on Tasmanian farms.

This comes after the confusion over the Government’s planned backpacker tax.

Settlement reached in Chinese coal carrier case and more Zedlines

An out-of court agreement has been settled upon by the Federal Government with the owners of the Chinese coal carrier ship that became wedged in the Great Barrier Reef in 2010.

Circus sets up despite local council ban

The Lennon Brothers circus has opened in Ipswich, despite the local council having a longstanding ban on circuses featuring exotic animals on all council owned land.

According to a spokesperson from the Ipswich City Council, the Redbank location where the circus is operating is state government-owned reserve.

However, a Lennon Brothers spokesperson said they were granted approval to set up on what they claim is private property.

Queensland state split proposal silenced and other Zedlines

A proposal to split Queensland into north and south has been denied, with MP Rob Katter stating the split would have allowed the north better access to revenue created by mining and tourism. Image credit: Wikipedia.

State split proposal thrown out of Parliament

A bill to split the state into north and south introduced to Queensland Parliament by the Katter MPs has been emphatically slapped down.

Mount Isa MP Rob Katter says splitting the state along a new border near Rockhampton would boost economic opportunities for the north, but Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the economics don’t stack up.

The bill was crushed 82-3, with only Independent Cairns MP Rob Pyne supporting the Katter Party’s proposal.

Snowden dismisses Intelligence Committee report and more Zedlines

Edward Snowden has dismissed a report that calls him a disgruntled employee and that his actions helped US enemies. Source: wikipedia

Snowden dismisses Intelligence Committee report.

Edward Snowden has dismissed a House of Representatives intelligence committee report that highly criticised the exiled activist’s work.

The report described Mr Snowden as a disgruntled employee and say his actions did nothing more than help US enemies.

The report was released two days after two rights groups launched a campaign lobbying President Obama to give Mr Snowden a pardon and allow him to return to the US.

MH370 Aircraft debris identified off Tanzania and more Zedlines

A wing flap from Malaysian flight MH370 has been identified after washing up off the coast of Tanzania. Image source: Flickr.com

MH370 debris located off coast of east Africa 

A large piece of aircraft debris which washed up near Tanzania has been confirmed to be from missing Malaysian Flight 370.

Experts from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the part numbers and identification stamps on the wing flap identify it as part of the missing plane.

Noosa koalas at risk of dying out and more Zedlines

Koalas at Noosa’s 4000 hectare national park are facing near extinction according to Queensland Koala Crusader’s Megan Halverson. Image: Creative Commons, Abby.

Noosa koalas at risk of dying out.

Koalas at Noosa’s 4000 hectare national park are facing near extinction according to Queensland Koala Crusader’s Megan Halverson.

A Chlamydia and retro-virus crisis coupled with the loss of their natural habitat has caused the Koala population to fall to single digits.

In response, the Queensland government has announced it will be adding property, planning and environment specialist Antra Hood to an expert panel which is working to remedy the dwindling Koala population.

 

Great Barrier Reef to get health check from NASA and more Zedlines

New NASA technology will be used over the next month to document large sections of the Great Barrier Reef, allowing researchers to compare the health and development of reef systems. Image Source: Flickr, Kyle Taylor

Great Barrier Reef to get health check from NASA
New NASA technology will be used over the next month to document large sections of the Great Barrier Reef, allowing researchers to compare the health and development of reef systems.

CSIRO scientists and the University of Queensland are also engaged in the project that involves a sensor mounted on a jet plane which can take pictures in 250 different colours in an effort to research factors like atmosphere above the water and content of the reef.

Save Deanbilla Bay Group Fighting to Keep Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron From Expanding On North Stradbroke

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Back in April the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron had a lease on North Stradbroke Island transferred to them for $1 from Stradbroke mining company Sibelco. The RQYS says they have state government approval to re-zone the area from residential to freehold or long term sporting use. The club also says that Queensland Marine Safety welcomed an offer earlier this year for them to manage two thirds of an additional 66 category one moorings and that the aim of securing this property is for future genrations of sailors.

Possible casino for Toowoomba and more Zedlines

Toowoomba may be eligible for a casino after developers in Cairns declined the regional casino licence.

Toowoomba may be eligible for a casino after developers in Cairns declined the regional casino licence.

 

Regional locations, such as Toowoomba, can apply for the licence, however they must meet stringent criteria which includes major capital investment, a population of more than 150,000 and well established transport networks.

 

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