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Asylum seekers face detention in PNG and more zedlines...

Asylum seekers in Manus Island detention centre may face indefinite detention in Papua New Guinea. Photo from Flickr.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said approximately 200 men, who have been found "not to be refugees", will be moved to an alternative detention centre.

This comes after the PNG Supreme Court ruled to close the detention centre, stating it is against the country’s constitution.

The detention centre is due to close on October 31st.

Chermside building fire

Residents of a Chermside building were forced to evacuate overnight due to a fire in one of its units.

Flames first broke out on Thursday afternoon and were extinguished.

Olympic Committee refusing to endorse same sex marriage and more Zedlines

The Australian Olympic Committee is refusing to back same sex marriage in attempt to keep religious groups from being offended. (Image Source: Flickr)

Chief Executive Matt Carroll says there are two sides to this discussion and he is respecting both sides.

Until yesterday, the AOC had not commented on the rising social issue and even after the release of a statement to Fairfax media, there has been no commitment to a position.

 

Very high fire warnings for Queensland

High temperatures paired with gusty winds and low humidity have caused most of Queensland to be placed on high fire alert.

Refugee Camp Receives Football Pitch and More Zedlines...

Syrian refugees in Jordan’s largest refugee camp now have a football pitch, which was built as part of efforts to normalise life for the displaced people living in the camp. (Image source: Pixabay)

Funded by FIFA and the Union of European Football Associations, the football pitch will become a place of relief for those who are currently living in caravans in Jordan’s al-Zaatari camp.

Syria’s civil war is now in its seventh year, and infrastructure in improving in the camp in an effort to normalise the lives of the 8000 Syrians who have fled to al-Zaatari.

More on Offer from Redcliffe Ferry

Following its maiden voyage a fortnight ago, the Redcliffe2MoretonExpress ferry will run an extra weekly service and offer discounts for local residents.

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Cyclists create DIY bike lane in West End

Following a horrific crash in the last fortnight and inspired by the local primary school's "bling your bike day", yesterday morning a group of people created a DIY separated bike lane on West End's Hardgrave Rd; in an attempt to show council the feat is possible.

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine was on the scene, speaking to Belinda Ward from Space For Cycling and South Brisbane Councillor Jonathan Sri.

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41 Million People in South-East Asia Heavily Affected By Floods and more Zedlines

As floodwaters begin to recede in Bangladesh, India and Nepal; millions of people are now left with no shelter, no food and no drinking water. (Image Source: Wikipedia)

India’s Save the Children CEO, Thomas Chandy, says over seventeen million children are in need of humanitarian assistance and millions of families have lost their only source of income.

Save the Children’s Country Director in Bangladesh, Mark Pierce, says as long as it’s still monsoon season in the south-east Asia region more heavy rains and flash floods can still strike unexpectedly.

 

Safety investigation into Brisbane train lines

Hefty price for smokers

The cost of cigarettes has spiked, with the government introducing a 13 per cent price rise across Australia. Photo from The Sun.

The increase was first announced in the May budget, and will be implemented each September over the next four years.

The government is expected to rake in an additional $365 million in tax over the next four years as a result of the change.

Funding boost for homeless

The Department of Housing and Public Works has given a $75,000 boost to aid people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the Gold Coast.

Scabies outbreak in aged care facility and more Zedlines....

A south-east Queensland retirement village has seen dozens of cases of a scabbing skin condition poorly managed by village owners. (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

At least 20 people in unassisted residential living at Aveo Albany Creek in Brisbane's north have been treated by various doctors for the same skin condition in the last few months — some of whom have been diagnosed with scabies.

Aveo says they were only aware of one diagnosis of scabies disease, however up to 10 residents had contracted a skin condition in the past 18 months.

 

Speed limits could drop in suburbs across inner-south side

Eureka gong for uncovering a dirty secret blighting the Great Barrier Reef and more Zedlines...

A group of scientist have won the Australian Museums Eureka gong for identifying a new technique that the will help reduce the sources of sediment blanketing part of the great barrier reef. (image source: wikimedia commons)

Associate professor Andrew Brooks and his team studied the Normanby catchment in Cape York and the journey of fine sediment flowing into what was some of the reefs most pristine areas.

The research will prove useful for other states such as New South Wales and Victoria which are experiencing similar issues with sediment.

 

 

Cross River Rail to be delivered under public-private partnership

The Queensland government has announced the proposed cross river rail project will be delivered under a public-private partnership.

Smarter Go Card System on the way, and more Zedlines

A smart Go Card solution is being promised by the state government, with a tender in the works for a new system that will allow commuters to use their devices and smartwatches to tap on and off. (Image: Australian Catholic University)

TransLink director-general Matt Longlands said he cannot reveal much about the three private companies vying for the tender, except that the process was almost complete.

A system that allows phones, smart watches, other smart devices, and tap-and-go credit cards is being promised at this stage.

Violent attack highlights safety issues for bus drivers

Debate surrounding bus driver safety has been reignited as a Brisbane Bus driver is being treated for injuries after being attacked by a passenger on Saturday evening.

A young male entered an argument with the bus driver after being asked if he had a concession card, the boy then headbutted the driver, forcing the driver to be taken to hospital for facial injuries.

The incident comes just days after a report was released on bus driver safety and the vulnerabilities of the job and continues the push for further safety on busses including more security officers and protective screens. 

 

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