New owner of Valley’s landmark buildings to be unveiled by Christmas and more Zedlines

New owners of Fortitude Valley’s landmark buildings will be revealed by Christmas, with several expressions of interest for the Walton’s building on Mcwhirters on Wickham street.

Vacant land is also of keen interest for potential new owners, with a 3.5 hectare L-shaped block adjacent the Fortitude Valley train station receiving interest from both investors domestic and abroad.

The properties owned by the Lee family have been put on the market to allow for major development in the area.


Queensland farmers call for government reform to natural disaster

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation is calling on the government to implement policy and funding reforms to support farmers before and after natural disasters.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Arden to reintroduce talks of resettling refugees and more Zedlines

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach discussions about resettling refugees from the closed Manus Island Detention Centre with Prime Minister Turnbull. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach Malcolm Turnbull about the Manus Island Detention Centre crisis at the East Asia Summit this week.

Approximately 420 asylum seekers and refugees still remain at the now-closed processing centre, with reports that the Papua New Guinean authorities will soon remove them.

The two leaders discussed New Zealand’s longstanding offer to resettle 150 men from Australia’s detention centres more than a week ago.


Snap protest held at the Department of Immigration and more Zedlines

People gathered at the Department of Immigration today calling on the government to act on the men stranded on Manus Island. Image credit: Grace Pashley

A snap protest regarding the situation on Manus Island took place this morning outside the Brisbane Department of Imigration.

This is the latest in a series of protests that have happened nationally over the last few weeks following deteriorating conditions in Australia's closed detention centre.

A spokesman for The Refugee Action Collective Mark Gillespie has called it a new low for humanity.

For more on this story and coverage from the event listen to Only Human Gold at 12pm on 4ZZZ.

Event being held for the postal survey results broadcast

Meningococcal quad vaccine set to roll out in December

A meningococcal quad vaccine is set to replace the current C strain vaccine in the NT by December. Photo Source: Flickr.

The quad vaccine will inoculate against strains A, C, Y and W of the disease.

The change came after a young boy died from meningococcal strain B, but the quad vaccine doesn’t inoculate against that strain and may not until 2019.

The quad vaccine will roll out in other states and territories by mid-2018.

Murwillumbah group aims to make fresh fruit accessible

A Murwillumbah group is aiming to make fresh fruit more accessible by planting a trail of fruit trees throughout parks in the town.

Manus protesters charged

Five people protesting against the treatment of refugees on Manus Island have been charged in Sydney. Photo Source: Flickr

Two men and three women will face court next month for trespassing, after they climbed to the top of the Sydney Opera House on Thursday to hang banners calling for government action.

Police climbed the sails of the Opera House to arrest the protesters.

Activist group Whistleblowers, Activists, and Citizens Alliance claimed credit for the protest on Facebook.

Police defend handgun crackdown resisted by rural farmers

NSW shark net trial extended to 2019, despite environmental concerns

Federal Government Environmental Minister, Josh Frydenberg, has granted the NSW Government a two year extension for their exemption from the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Photo Source: Wikicommons

The extension was given despite the Environmental Department’s own advice noting the negative impact the nets have on the marine animals.

The Humane Society International has called the trial an ecological disaster, which has killed and injured endangered species.

The shark net trial will be extended to October 2019.

Labor promises $15 million in Sunshine Coast broadband project

The Labor party has promised an investment of $15 million into the Sunshine Coast’s international broadband submarine cable project if re-elected.

Labor pledges $679 million towards the redevelopment of three hospitals and more Zedlines...

Labor has revealed $679 million is to be spent on the redevelopment of three south-east Queensland hospitals. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

In Labor's biggest funding pledge yet, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the funding would increase capacity at the Logan, Caboolture and Ipswich hospitals by more than 320 beds and provide a new $12.6 million maternity ward at the Logan Hospital.

The commitment includes $575.8 million over funding allocated in this year's budget.

Potential for new PCYC facilities in Brisbane suburbs

In the southern and riverside Brisbane suburbs, communities have been discussing the potential for one or
more PCYC facilities.

Yemen: more children will die because of port closures... and more Zedlines

The united Nations say the mortality rate of children in Yemen is set to get even worse. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

All humanitarian operations have ceased in Yemen due to Saudi Arabia’s closing of every air and sea port in the country.

Aid agencies and UN officials say the closure of the air and sea ports is catastrophic and may cost the lives of thousands of malnourished children.

A spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville says he hopes these orders are reversed immediately.

LNP dodging key questions on money

Syria joins Paris Climate Agreement... and more Zedlines

Syria announced it would join the Paris climate agreement during the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany yesterday. (Image: Wikimedia commons)

From here, the country will have to submit its “instruments of ratification”; this will likely include part of the Syrian constitution which stipulates protection of the environment.

Syria’s move to join now makes the US the only country in the world to not be a part of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Melanoma rates in Queensland stable for the first time

A new study by the Cancer Council Queensland shows for the first time, incidence rates for invasive melanomas in people aged over 60 have stabilized and are beginning to fall.

24 Hour vigil for Manus Island detainees to take place at Peter Dutton's Office

A 24 hour vigil is being organised by the Refugee Action Collective QLD to support the 600 ex detainees that are stuck in Manus Island without food, water and medical supplies. Since the Detention Centre closed on the 31st of October with water and electricity being cut off the men are without basic amenities and a humanitarian crisis is under way. The men refuse to leave as they worry for their safety in the communities of Papau New Guinea. 4ZZZ Reporter Jack McDonnell spoke to Mark Gillespie from Refugee Action Collective about this planned action and the situation on Manus.