Century-old fishing reel business says goodbye

A century-old fishing reel business near Ipswich is set to close down, following a recent announcement made on its Facebook page.

Alvey Reels Australia is a family business that started in 1920, with its manufacturing facility in Carole Park having been around since 1978.

One member of the family, Bruce Alvey, said the reason behind the decision is that sales are “now so low they cannot generate the income required to keep the business going”.

Mr Alvey believes this is because their quality products are made to last and people do not need to buy them very often, as opposed to modern-day products which are of poorer quality and do not last long.

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Latest Amelia Earhart conspiracy theory debunked and more zedlines

The latest theory suggesting Amelia Earhart was taken prisoner by the Japanese has been confirmed to be untrue by a Japanese military history blogger. Picture source: Wikimedia Commons.

The controversial photo which many believe to contain blurred figures of Ms Earhart and her co-pilot Fred Noonan has been debunked by Tokyo based blogger, Kota Yamano, as he claims the figures are in fact participants in a local schooner race.

He confirmed the image was taken in 1935, two years before the Japanese conducted search missions to find Ms Earhart after she failed to find a refuelling stop on her flight from Australia to the United States.

Malta Legalises Gay Marriage

Camel escapes from NT Circus

Northern Territory police have been led on a wild camel chase after the runaway animal escaped from a local Circus.

The camel put peak hour traffic at a standstill while it proceeded to evade recapture by circus workers and police.

It was eventually restrained on the ninth green of a golf course, not quite making it to the bar.

Construction on New England Highway begins

Construction has begun on new overtaking lanes on the New England Highway between Yarraman and Toowoomba.

The seven million dollar project will add an extra 1.3 kilometers of road and provide motorists more opportunities f to overtake safely.

NSW Greens support Lee Rhiannon and more Zedlines...

The New South Wales Greens are defending federal senator Lee Rhiannon, saying her suspension is unconstitutional.

The NSW state delegates council met on Saturday to vote in support of Rhiannon, after she was banished from the federal party room last month for opposing the Gonski 2.0 funding package.

The delegates have requested Rhiannon be “fully reinstated without restriction”, but the party’s federal arm says she will remain excluded until the NSW branch ends the practice of binding their MPs to vote a certain way.


LNP making promises for Brisbane as election approaches


Julia Gillard weighs in on mental health

Former prime minister, Julia gillard has piped up about Donald Trump’s mental health comments as she steps into her role as the chair of Beyond Blue.

Ms Gillard made comments on Lateline about how the president’s comments will effect the stigma surrounding mental health.

She hopes to bring issue of mental health into the spotlight in her new role.

North Queensland to receive funding
Annastacia Palaszczuk has pledged 4 million dollars to infrastructure in Northern Queensland.

The project will aim to improve water supply, drainage and transport infrastructure in a number of towns in the state’s north.

Knights of the LGBTI Table and More Zedlines..

The Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is currently on the search for 10 LGBTI community leaders and allies across Queensland to create an LGBTI Roundtable. (Wikipedia)

Looking for members who will fully represent the diversity of the LGBTI community, the Roundtable will aim to  successfully work towards advancing the interests of LGBTI Queenslanders as well as inform Government agencies on how they can consider the needs of LGBTI people in the development of services, policies and strategies.

The Roundtable will meet 3 times per year in Brisbane, and all those who may be interested are encouraged to complete the online nomination form.


Queensland Trains back on Schedule

Gay Marriage Could Be Legalised Sooner Than Everyone Thinks

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has been caught on a leaked tape saying that Gay marriage could be legalised “sooner than everyone thinks”.

The tape was obtained by News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt, who recounted Mr Pyne saying that the government must deliver marriage equality “before too long”.

 Mr Pyne’s comments suggested that the government may have plans to change their controversial plebiscite policy - which was rejected by the senate last year.

Logan Filmmaker wins Sydney Film Festival

Logan filmmaker Mirene Igwabi has won the Sydney Film Festival Award with her short film, Adele.

Palaszczuk takes action to counter anti-social behaviour and more Zedlines...

The Palaszczuk Government will enforce the roll-out of a state wide cohesion program.

“‘We are Queensland’ will feature young Queenslanders from different backgrounds and cultures to help promote the benefits a diverse culture brings to our state.

The Program will be televised, available as online advertising and have a social media campaign.

Multicultural Affairs Minister Grace Grace said, “Creating a sense of belonging is our best defence in countering anti-social behaviours.”

Ms Grace said $7.4 million would be spent over the next four years to implement the We are Queensland Action Plan.



Germany votes to quash convictions of 50,000 gay men under Nazi-era law and more zedlines

Germany’s parliament have successfully passed a vote to quash the convictions of 50,000 gay men who were sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law that remained in force after the second world war. Picture source: Wikimedia commons

After decades of lobbying, activists are finally triumphant in the struggle to clear the names of the gay men who lived with a criminal record since Nazi Germany, of which an estimated 5,000 are still alive.

Article 175, which outlawed sex between males, dates back to 1871, though was rarely enforced until the Nazi party came to power, and in 1935 the law was extended to carry a sentence of 10 years forced labour.

Red hot and not so juicy tomato prices...and more Zedlines...

Cyclone Debbie can be blamed for the recent hike in tomato prices.

The cyclone tore through prime growing regions across Queensland, breaking the chain of several national suppliers of the fruit. 
Bowen Gumlu Growers Association president, Carl Walker, said not to worry, however, as over the next week or so, three big growers will be coming back online, so shelf price is expected to halve. 

Labour Party members sought to sanction Ipswich Mayor in 2012

New information has come to light, revealing Labor Party members in Ipswich sought to sanction then-mayor Paul Pisasale in 2012.