Environment

Artifical reefs planned in Rockhampton to protect diversity of fish species, and more Zedlines...

'Fish hotels' are part of a Central Queensland science project to protect fish colonies. (Image Source: Wikimedia)

Artificial reef plan to protect fish species

Scientists from Central Queensland are building check-in 'fish hotels' in an attempt to protect the diversity of aquaculture in the region.

In a collaborative project hosted by the Fitzroy Basin Association, Yeppen Lagoons in Rockhampton will have accommodation for a dozen new artificial reefs.

Project manager, Shannon Van Nunen, said the fish hotels will be part of a broader strategy to increase the number of species in the local catchment.

 

Your web is about to get carbon-neutral, and more Zedlines

Google goes green with renewable energy pledge into 2017 and beyond.(Image source: Flickr)

Google have announced an installment of purchased renewable energy will be used in all of the company's data services and offices by 2017.

The project - which started in 2010, will be making an environmentally conscious step in buying enough wind and solar electricity annually to account for every unit of energy the company consumes globally.

Google will also be opening up a new environmental awareness website to report its various initiatives, such as pollution sensors on street cars and a project to stop illegal fishing.

 

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.

Time running out to control fire ants and more Zedlines

Scientific reviews have found there is only very little time left to wipe out the red fire ant (Image source: Wikimedia Commons).

The invasive insect is responsible for scores of hospital admissions as well as widespread agricultural shortcomings in the Sunshine State, prompting increasing calls for the eradication of the ant.

Increased funding has been provided out of fears that if South-East Queensland’s fire ant population is not reduced soon there is a danger of the insect spreading to the rest of Australia. 

 

Adani's mega mine not affordable

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

Severe lightning wakes up South East Queensland and more zedlines

A severe lightning storm has again woken South-east Queensland residents early this morning.

A severe lightning storm has again woken South East Queensland residents early this morning.

Brisbane, Ipswich and the Sunshine coast were hit at around 3am with storm chasers describing the turbulent weather as a lightning bombardment. 

The Bureau of Meteorology did not issue a warning. 

Tourist struck by lightning on Mt Warning identified

A tourist found dead in his Mt Warning tent after being struck by lighting has been identified as American backpacker Sam Beattie. 

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.

 

Queensland Teens battling mental health issues and more Zedlines

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.(Image source: flickr)

Results of a Mission Australia survey have indicated young Australians between the ages of 15 and 19 believe mental health is one of the top three issues facing the demographic.

 

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.

 

The results also found mental health concerns had doubled since 2011.

 

Government advisor pushes for 15% fee on student loans, and more Zedlines

Grattan Institute's Andrew Norton urges 15% on student loans. (Image source: Common Dreams)

A Federal Government advisor is urging the government to consider adding a 15% loan fee on government-funded student loans, saying it is a fair way to reach the budget goal of spending less on university education.

Federal education advisor, Andrew Norton said the government could save $700 million a year by imposing a 15% fee on its student loans, including HECS-HELP loans, which won’t be paid upfront but would be added to the principal of the loan amount.

If You Can't Handle The Heat - Avoid The Street

In only the second day of summer, parts of Queensland are suffering from a heatwave with temperatures soaring well above average. (Photo: Flickr)

Temperatures are expected reach 38 degrees in Ipswich and 40 degrees in Gatton, but a cool breeze is keeping the coast much cooler than expected.

Health authorities are warning people to keep cool, especially the elderly and those who work outdoors.

New Theme Parks Considered as Tourist Numbers Rise

 South East Queensland has three new theme park concepts in the works, as tourist numbers swell within the region.

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