Homelessness

The Breakfast Club On The Move and more Zedlines

Redcliffe charity, The Breakfast Club will be moving from their community hall into a van to travel across South East Queensland to deliver essentials to the homeless.

The organisation which serves over 900 meals every month to those in need and has just received a grant from the State Government’s Dignity First Fund to help purchase a van.

Chairwoman, Ros Thomsen, says the new set of wheels will help them expand their services to harder to reach areas from Brighton to Deception Bay.

The van will also be used to help move furniture for people who find housing and transport donations.

 

Explosion rocks Paris train station and other Zedlines...

Dozens of passengers have been evacuated from a Paris train station after an explosion. (Source Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Police say the incident near Place d’Italie stop was caused by an electrical fire, with a spokesperson emphasising it as an electrical fault, not a terrorist attack.

Two passengers are being treated by emergency services and initial reports have stated up to 8 people have been injured, with some suffering smoke inhalation.

 

Queensland Strawberry Farm Uncovers 27 Illegal Workers

A Queensland strawberry farm raid netted 27 illegal workers on a property near Stanthorpe.

BCC call on spaniels to assist in Koala census and more Zedlines

Brisbane City Council have employed the help of two English springer spaniels to assist in gathering information about the city’s koala population. (Image Credit: pixabay)

Brisbane City Council have employed the help of two English springer spaniels to assist in gathering information about the city’s koala population.

Taz and Nutmeg will track Koalas through Brisbane’s bushland at a five-month cost of $120,000 to help in accurately portraying a picture of the animals’ spread across the city.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has previously expressed his fondness for the marsupials and believes this program will help protect one of Australia’s national icons.

A gift for the homeless

Another Hit For The Homeless and more Zedlines

Melbourne city council has voted to change a by-law allowing homeless people to sleep rough in the city by banning makeshift camps. (Image Credit: Wikimedia)

Melbourne city council has voted to change a by-law allowing homeless people to sleep rough in the city by banning makeshift camps.

The vote held in Melbourne's town hall on Tuesday was won five to four despite large public outcry.

The council has defended the amendment claiming their intentions are to ban camps around the city, not homelessness and will be subject to a 28 day public consultation period.

 

City Council denies cycling safely
Brisbane City Council has firmly rejected Space For Cycling in Brisbane’s latest petition

More Charges for Young Australian of the Year Finalist and more Zedlines

A former young Australian of the Year finalist and founder of the Street Swag charity has had more fraud charges laid against her. (source:flickr Colin Davis)

Jean Madden is currently being investigated for several counts of fraud, after she allegedly misappropriated $441,000 from the homeless welfare group, the 37-year-old woman is now facing six more counts of fraud including falsifying records and attempted fraud.

Ms Madden founded Street Swags in 2010, with the aim to provide homeless people with canvas bags that convert to bedding.  

 

The Sunshine State Capitalises with Solar

Six projects are set to make Toowoomba and the Darling Downs a solar power capital.

Smoking Pack Warning Labels Help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Quit Smoking

Pack warning labels are motivating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers to quit smoking according to new research released today

Pack warning labels are motivating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers to quit smoking according to new research released today.

The study, by Menzies School of Health Research shows that graphic warning labels motivate quit attempts as well as increase smokers’ awareness of the health issues caused by smoking.

Smoking is responsible for twenty three per cent of the health gap between indigenous people and other Australians.

Opposition asks for Turnbull's intervention in Defence force land acquisition

Foreign Minister calls on Trump to take action in Asia-Pacific and more Zedlines...

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has called on US president Donald Trump to take more action within the Asia Pacific region.(Image Source: Wikimedia)

 

In her speech, Ms Bishop says most Asian countries would like more US power within the region rather than other countries calling the shots.

 

This comes after Chinese President (Shi) Xi Jinping issued a warning to the US for Trump to stay clear of the Asia-Pacific region, saying the problems of this region affect the people who live there and them alone.

Queensland welcomes 600 new citizens

Almost six hundred people officially became Australian citizens, yesterday, at a ceremony in Brisbane.

 

Leaked memo from Centrelink ordered Staff not to process disputes and more Zedlines....

A leaked internal memo from Centrelink management ordered frontline staff working in branches not to process disputes over the Government’s debt collection scheme. (Image Source Flickr)

 

Obtained by the 7.30 Report, the memo says staff must not process any activities in relation to the Online Compliance Intervention, and should instead refer customers to the online portal… despite reports the portals availability has been patchy.

 

The memo appears to contradict Human Services Minister Alan Tudge’s who says those having trouble with the online and telephone services can go into a Centrelink office and see someone within 10 minutes.

Gold Coast MP Defends Misters using Taxpayer Money

 

Feeling hot? There's a heatwave.

Southern Queenslanders are set to swelter, as a heat-wave moves through, breaking records in its path.

Brisbane will reach a top of 34 degrees, five above the daily average for this time of year.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged residents to stay hydrated, saying if your urine is dark it’s best to increase your fluid intake, to best keep yourself safe. 

One Nation looks to Queensland election 

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is expected to announce a “game changing” shake-up to state politics today in the lead-up to the next election.

New asbestos data for Queensland state schools and more Zedlines...

The asbestos register for Queensland schools has been updated, revealing over 30,000 instances of ‘confirmed’ asbestos.

Asbestos materials such as ceilings, wall sheeting, or guttering do not pose a threat unless disturbed and are rated in the register from "negligible hazard" to "needs attention."

Parents can learn whether asbestos is present in their child’s school, by visiting the registry online on the Education Queensland website.

Sick and aged care residents support euthanasia legalisation

The Victorian health system could be the first in Australia to legalise euthanasia for terminally ill patients, with a bill to pass through parliament later this year.

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