Mental Health

Queensland government funds $200 million for school spend and more Zedlines...

The Queensland government is funding $200 million for school infrastructure projects throughout the state.

 

funds will focus 98 projects on improving school halls beside $45 million targeted for new schools sites.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk explained the fund as a snippet of what the June budget entails.

 

Medicinal Cannabis still not affordability

Health Minister, Cameron Dick, is calling for medicinal cannabis to be subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

This comes after the parliamentary committee examined a bill, aiming to make the drug cheaper, and more accessible for sick Queenslanders.

March Law Report

This month we speak with Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh about the two abortion law reform Private Member Bills that were withdrawn from Parliament in February; the QLD Law Reform Commission; and a High Court finding involving Clive Palmer arguing some tricky constitutional points.

Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild stitching for a good cause and more Zedlines

The Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild is quilting for a cause donating quilts to domestic violence women's shelters. (Image:Flickr)

The group has set up stall at the four day expo intocraft LIVE at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre this week where they will sell raffle tickets to fund the charitable quilt making.

The group donated around 30 quilts last year, a number they hope to match in 2017.

Stay-at-home dad turn Miami film fest winner
A stay at home dad has left his name in lights after winning big at the prestigious Miami film festival.

Everton Hills residents in need of public transport and more zedlines

Residents of North Brisbane suburb Everton Hills are calling for better bus services in their area. Image Source: Wikimedia/wikicats

An online petition is underway on the Queensland Parliament website, for those in Henderson, Bunya, Buckland and Bennetts Roads and Chinook Street .

The e-petition calls on the state Government to ensure adequate public transport in the outer-city suburbs as well as inner.

 

Art as emotional and physical therapy

Rockhampton health and wellness professionals are blazing a trail for fine art as remedy.

Garden centres get behind mental health and more Zedlines

Garden centres around the country will don blue in support of the beyondblue foundation this Sunday, as part of the annual Garden Releaf Day event.

Over 100 gardening centres across Australia will host activities for the foundation, who provide support for people affected by depression, anxiety and suicide.

Chairman of beyondblue Jeff Kennett said gardening is an effective way of improving mental wellbeing and taking some time out to reduce stress and anxiety.

Sunday will mark the third Garden Releaf Day organised by the Garden Centres Australia, with the 2016 event raising over $70,000 dollars in funds for beyondblue.

Fisherman warn of marine wildlife damage

Centrelink staff to strike, and more zedlines...

Staff from Medicare, Centrelink and child support services around Australia will be walking off the job today, after a lengthy pay dispute appears to be going nowhere.

The human services staff have been in negotiations for over three years without a pay rise, yet the department is refusing to budge.

Community and Public Sector Union, National Secretary, Nadine Flood, says all the workers want to do is to hold on to the rights and conditions that have been in place for years, and allow them to balance their working and family lives.

The strike is set to take place between 1:30pm and 8:30pm AEDT today.

 

Plan to eliminate crocodile culling in Queensland and more Zedlines

A revised State Government Crocodile management plan aims to eliminate the need for culling by encouraging crocodiles to leave certain areas. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

Environment Minister Steven Miles says the plan will better educate the public on the proper handling strategy for crocodile varieties across Queensland, and has denied any government support for a cull.

However, Shadow Environment Minister Christian Rowan says the revised plan presents no positive movement towards personal safety for North Queenslanders.

Decline in farmer confidence due to poor seasonal conditions

Queensland farmers are rapidly losing confidence after a tough weather season and easing commodity prices.

Ipswich police ward off ghost hunters and more zedlines

Authorities have issued a stern warning to amatuer ghostbusters, who feel the need to trespass at a former insane asylum. Source: Pixabay.

Ipswich Police are beefing up security at the former Goodna Asylum for the Insane as a response to the increase of a large number of groups trying to sneak into the facility.

Many resources and police man hours have been wasted chasing away groups of teens and wannabe ghost hunters from the facility, which is now a safe haven for those who are dealing with mental illness.

New $7.2 million police facility for Cairns

Queensland womens' prisons severely overcrowded and more Zedlines

A recent study shows women’s prisons to be severely overcrowded. Image source:

Inmate numbers released to Australian Regional Media show Queensland Corrective Services are housing hundreds of additional offenders without creating extra facilities.

Brisbane Women’s Correctional Central is housing one hundred and twenty women above its legal capacity and Townsville Women’s Correctional Centre holds an extra forty women.

Queensland Correctional Services accommodated these women by placing a mattress on the floor next to the cell’s exposed toilet.

Nude Olympics to be held in Byron Bay

The Kat Muscat Fellowship

It’s tempting to see the terminology we’re raised with as correct, or at least harmless. Casual ignorance is for our grandparents with their stereotypical fondness for out-dated racial slurs. However, individuals who normally err on the side of political correctness seem unaware (and sometimes unconcerned) that the word pr*stitute is a slur; that the term perpetuates harmful stereotypes and assumptions; and that, no, ‘just kidding’ doesn’t give you a free pass.

— Kat Muscat, Junkee 2014

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