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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

Number of female coalition MPs lowest since 1993 and more Zedlines

The number of women among coalition MP’s is now the lowest since 1993, after the 2016 election saw the proportion of women in parliament fall to 17 per cent. (Image source: wikipedia)

Windorah solar farm breaks down

The Windorah solar farm has broken down, with concerns mounting that the project may be more trouble than it’s worth.

Opened in 2009 by the Queensland Labor Government and then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the solar farm was intended to generate 300,000 kilowatts of electricity a year, but according to locals has done little more than offset the cost of diesel.

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.

Peanut butter made from Mung Beans may be on the menu and more Zedlines

Schools, airlines, and hospitals may now be able to serve peanut butter, with the introduction of a peanut butter substitute made from mung beans.

Peanut butter made from Mung Beans may be on the menu for those with peanut allergies

Schools, airlines, and hospitals may now be able to serve peanut butter, with the introduction of a peanut butter substitute made from mung beans.

Peanuts and related products such as peanut butter are currently banned in many institutions over a fear of Anaphylaxis.

The man hoping to revolutionise the industry, Ken Quail, hopes the introduction of his products could lower the risk when serving food in such institutions.

Fears Maroon CityGlider might be axed and more Zedlines

The Brisbane City Council says the State Government is starving the city’s bus services of funding. Councillor Schrinner, says the council may have to scrap the 5 million dollar Maroon CityGlider bus if the State government doesn’t fork out for the costs of running the service - which transports 1.2 million passengers each year. Source: Photobucket

Fears Maroon CityGlider might be axed

The Brisbane City Council says the State Government is starving the city’s bus services of funding.

Councillor Schrinner, says the council may have to scrap the 5 million dollar Maroon CityGlider bus if the State government doesn’t fork out for the costs of running the service - which transports 1.2 million passengers each year.

New Research To Track Progression of Parkinson's Disease

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Researchers at the Australian National University have been given a Perpetual Impact Philanthropy Grant to study the progression of Parkinson’s Disease. The researchers are will be using machine learning to analyse the data and will look at brain imaging, eye tracking, visual perception and postural sway. It is currently very difficult to determine what type of Parkinson’s a person has after diagnosis and how quickly it will progress. This research is hoping to change that.

HIV rates fall and more Zedlines

HIV Foundation Queensland Chair, Darren Russell says the reduction in infection rates is testament to awareness programs, and increased testing within affected communities.

HIV rates fall in Brisbane

HIV infection rates have declined significantly in Brisbane, with a 30 percent reduction in five years.

HIV Foundation Queensland Chair, Darren Russell says the reduction in infection rates is testament to awareness programs, and increased testing within affected communities.

Despite the drop in infection rates, the Federal Government has revealed it will not subsidise the HIV prevention drug Truvada on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Greens oppose second stage of lockout laws

Parliamentary review into black lung disease announced and other Zedlines

Following the re-emergence of cases of black lung the Palaszczuk Government has announced a parliamentary review into the disease. Image credit: Wikipedia.

Black lung to receive parliamentary review

The Queensland Government has announced it will set up a parliamentary review into the re-emergence of black lung disease.

After new cases were announced this year an ABC investigation found 4 compensation claims of black lung made between 2007 and 2012.

Victoria allows gender change on birth certificate and more Zedlines

New legislation set to take action in Victoria will allow trans and gender-diverse people to apply for a new birth certificate without the need for divorce or sex-altering surgery.

Victoria allows gender change on birth certificate 

New legislation set to take action in Victoria will allow trans and gender-diverse people to apply for a new birth certificate without the need for divorce or sex-altering surgery.

Under the changes, a consenting adult over the age of 16 can apply to alter their registered sex on Victorian birth records, and can choose to identify as male, female, or specify a non-binary gender.

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