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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.

Senator Claire Moore calls for better pedestrian signage in Fortitude Valley and more Zedlines

Queensland Senator Claire Moore, is petitioning the Brisbane City Council to address a dangerous intersection at the corner of Martin Street and Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley. The street is currently designated with a ‘give way to pedestrian’ sign that Senator Moore says are inadequately placed for motorists to see and pedestrians wait to avoid collisions. Source: Tim Swanston

Senator Claire Moore calls for better pedestrian signage in Fortitude Valley

Queensland Senator Claire Moore, is petitioning the Brisbane City Council to address a dangerous intersection at the corner of Martin Street and Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley.

The street is currently designated with a ‘give way to pedestrian’ sign that Senator Moore says are inadequately placed for motorists to see and pedestrians wait to avoid collisions.

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Orange Sky Laundry Launches Mobile Shower Van For The Homeless

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Brisbane company Orange Sky Laundry launched their new mobile showering service on August 23. The van was at Fortitude Valley during the morning providing showers for our homeless friends and will be trialling in Brisbane before eventually moving down to Melbourne. Orange Sky first came about as the world’s first mobile laundry service 22 months ago and co-creators Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett were named 2016 Young Australians of the Year.

Free shower van for the homeless trialled in Brisbane and more Zedlines

The van will offer free showers alongside their popular laundry van, which is run by the help of over six hundred volunteers.

Free shower van for the homeless trialled in Brisbane

A van providing free hot showers for the homeless is being trialled in Brisbane thanks to the team behind Orange Sky Laundry.

The van will offer free showers alongside their popular laundry van, which is run by the help of over six hundred volunteers.

Nic Marchesi, co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry, says that all people should be able to have clean clothes and access shower facilities. 

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Seize and destroy warrant and more Zedlines

A Brisbane family hid their golden retriever after observing a seize and destroy warrant to have their dog put down for excessive barking. The dog has been the subject of complaints over the course of the last 2 and a half years. Councilor Matthew Bourke told 9News the dog barked for 11 minutes straight on one occasion. Image: (Fiona Banwell)

Seize and destroy warrant

A Brisbane family hid their golden retriever after observing a seize and destroy warrant to have their dog put down for excessive barking.

The dog has been the subject of complaints over the course of the last 2 and a half years. Councilor Matthew Bourke told 9News the dog barked for 11 minutes straight on one occasion.

The family has put the dog in a kennel in the hopes that a petition will save the dog’s life.

More than 55 thousand people have signed the petition.

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Police Union criticises weapon crackdown amid safety concerns and more Zedlines

The Queensland Police Service is currently disciplining officers drawing firearms, which is raising concerns for the safety of members of the force and the public. Image: Wikipedia

Police Union criticises weapon crackdown amid safety concerns
The Queensland Police Service is currently disciplining officers drawing firearms, which is raising concerns for the safety of members of the force and the public.

QPU general secretary Mick Barnes says the response of two highly publicized cases that criticised officers for unnecessarily drawing on their weapons may consequently leave officers more hesitant to use their firearms which “will quite likely cause an officer or member of the public to be injured or worse.”

Victorian wind farm given the green light and more Zedlines

A 650 million-dollar wind-farm is set to be built in Victoria’s southwest. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Roma to house Western Queensland’s first domestic violence shelter
Queensland Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman has announced plans to provide a shelter in Roma for Victims of Domestic Violence.

The shelter is Queensland’s fourth emergency accommodation service introduced by the Palaszczuk Government and the second rural shelter after Charters Towers.

It will be the first of its kind in Western Queensland and will come as a relief to victims who were previously sent as far as Ipswich for crisis accommodation.

Radical substance abuse program welcomed by addiction experts and more Zedlines

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Radical substance abuse program welcomed by addiction experts

An alternative substance abuse program involving giving free alcohol to help Australian homeless alcoholics has been put forward by Australian addiction experts.

The proposed Managed Alcohol Program would give addicts up to 15 free alcoholic drinks a day in a managed environment, mirroring a similar approach in Canada that has resulted in an overall reduction of alcohol consumption by participants each day.

Measures to prevent health professional abuse and more Zedlines

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Measures to prevent health professional abuse

Queensland Health has announced a trial of new measures to help prevent violence against health professionals.

To improve the worker’s safety, repeat violent offenders could be banned from hospital visits and health workers could be fitted with body cameras and duress alarms.

New funding announced to combat domestic violence

New funding has been announced to support domestic violence crisis centres in Brisbane and Townsville, and assist in the setup of a third shelter in Charters Towers.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman, said tackling domestic and family violence is a priority, and these programs have helped hundreds of women and children.

Save the Children runs the Brisbane based centre, and regional co-ordinator Theresa Kellet spoke to us about what the funding will be used for.

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