Queensland deforestation rates could be on the rise and more Zedlines

New figures indicate that if proposed land clearing goes ahead it will double last year's figures for deforestation. Image credit: Flickr

The Wilderness Society says Queensland deforestation rates have the potential to double last year’s figures, with close to 1 million hectares of land already being approved to clear.

Wilderness Society Queensland Campaign Manager Gemma Plesman says ‘deforestation in Queensland has increased 250% since 2011’ and ‘more than 99 per cent of the proposed clearing is of untouched forest and woodlands’.

1.25 million hectares have been cleared in the four years since the Newman Government relaxed tree laws.


Uber and Taxi prices could increase if WA passes proposed reform and more zedlines...

Taxi and Uber prices will increase in Western Australia if the proposed industry reforms pass through parliament. Image from Núcleo Editorial

The reforms include a ten per cent levy on total fare revenue, which will raise $120 million over four years for a buy-back taxi plate scheme.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti told APP the industry reform is necessary to reduce costs on operators, but customer fees would only increase if the companies decide to ‘pass on the costs.’

Groups rally to oppose Sunshine Coast development

Opponents of the proposed Sekisui House resort and residential development at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast have combined to ramp up community awareness of the project.

Call for freeze on train fares as patronage drops

A rail lobby group has called for train fares to be frozen for two years in an effort to get more South East Queenslanders on board. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

This came after Translink confirmed 10 million fewer passengers caught the train in 2016 and 2017 than eight years ago.

Spokesman for lobby group Rail Back on Track Robert Dow said he partly blames the drop in patronage on Translink’s 2014 decision to increase fares by 7.5 per cent.

Waterway health revealed in report card

A new report card released by the Healthy Land and Water organisation has revealed drops in water quality are a result of an increase in pollution loads.

North Queensland mayors given holidays by Adani... and more Zedlines

Two North Queensland mayors have each received more than $1600 worth of gifts from Adani this year, as part of a deal where the local councils would pay for an airstrip to service the company. (Image: Stop Adani, Flickr)

Mayor Margaret Strelow and Mayor Jenny Hill were both afforded holidays to India from Adani, and disclosed the benefits on official council registers.

However, official minutes of both councils do not show the councillors declaring the holidays as conflicts of interest during chamber discussions on the Adani deal.

No word on public service returns before election

Queensland voters will head to the booth this month without knowing whether the State’s expanding public service has delivered returns.

Manus Island detention centre scheduled to close tomorrow and more Zedlines...

Australia’s detention camp on Manus Island is scheduled to be closed tomorrow, after being declared illegal and in breach of human rights in April 2016.

There are 600 residents currently residing on Manus Island, who will be resettled according to whether or not their claims to asylum are seen as valid.

If their claims are deemed valid, asylum seekers will be resettled in Papua New Guinea, but if they are deemed invalid, they will be repatriated, transferred to another offshore detention camp, or be resettled in a different country, such as the US.

Who is Multuggerah, and should the new Toowoomba range crossing be named after him?

With construction on Toowoomba's heavy vehicle bypass rapidly making its way across the great dividing range, one of the questions to be asked is what the new road should be called.

One suggestion is to name it Multuggerah Way, after a local aboriginal leader and resistance fighter. 4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine spoke to historian Ray Kerkhove to find out more about Multuggerah.

image source: National Unity Government image of the Battle of One Tree Hill

Brisbane Public Transport Has Decreased in Cost and more Zedlines...

Public transport fares in Brisbane have decreased by 11.3 per cent in the past year, however, other major cities across Australia are dealing with an increase in costs. (Image Resource: Wikimedia Commons)

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the costs of the public transports has increased by 4 per cent in Melbourne, 3.8 per cent in Perth, 6.4 per cent in Sydney, 2.2 per cent in Adelaide and 3 per cent in Hobart.

Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad said the Palaszczuk government’s ‘Fairer Fares’ program influenced Queensland’s drop in public transport costs.


City cycle scheme $12.8 million in the red

Public transport rates continue to drop for Brisbane workers and more Zedlines

There are calls for public transport upgrades in Brisbane as data from the 2016 census shows Brisbanites are using less public transport for work than they were five years ago. (Image credit: Pixabay)

Over 75% of travellers in Brisbane go to work by car, one of the highest in a single city compared with the overall nation’s 70% of car travellers.

Dr Matthew Burke, urban research expert from Griffith University, said the high rate of car use is due to cheaper petrol, low fuel taxes, and continued investments in road systems.   

Resignation woes continue for Brisbane private school following online culture scandal

Staff continue to resign from Somerville House in Brisbane, following reports of online privacy issues within staff and data theft.

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Quebec Introduces Face Veil Ban and more Zedlines...

One of the thirteen provinces in Canada, Quebec, has introduced a new law which enforces citizens to remove any form of facial coverings in order to give or receive public services. (Source image: Wikimedia Commons)

The face veil ban applies for all citizens working in provincial and municipal services including hospitals, schools, daycare and public transport services; and all citizens receiving public services, including public transportation.

Board member of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Shaheen Ashraf, said this new law marginalises Muslim women by limiting their access to government work and services.

Bar owners seek appeal for strict ID scanning laws

Dangerous skippers to be prosecuted in the Northern Territory and more Zedlines...

Dangerous navigating of a vessel will be prosecuted under new legislation passed by Northern Territory parliament.

If found guilty, skippers will face a maximum penalty of seven years in prison if someone is seriously injured, or 10 years if someone is killed.

The NT Government say there was a legal loophole that has seen boat drivers involved in collisions avoid criminal charges.

Brisbane architecture deterring homeless people
Greens councillor Jonathan Sri has called for changes to the design of the 3 billion dollar Queen’s Wharf development.