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Federal government encourages Adani to seek loan from private sector and more Zedlines

The Galilee Basin project this week won final state and federal approvals amid speculation one billion dollars from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) would help pay for the 31.5km rail line. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The federal government says Indian energy giant Adani will only be granted a concessional loan from the Australian government if it can't raise the money for a railway line linked to its Carmichael coal mine privately.

The Galilee Basin project this week won final state and federal approvals amid speculation one billion dollars from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) would help pay for the 31.5km rail line. 

The Queensland government vowed not to use state funds but is supportive of the loan being granted because of the jobs and royalties that will result.

Queensland Teens battling mental health issues and more Zedlines

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.(Image source: flickr)

Results of a Mission Australia survey have indicated young Australians between the ages of 15 and 19 believe mental health is one of the top three issues facing the demographic.

 

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.

 

The results also found mental health concerns had doubled since 2011.

 

Adani rail project gets government approval and more Zedlines

Controversial rail project in Queensland gets the government go ahead. (Image source: Global Commodities)

The $22 billion Carmichael coal and rail project has received government approval for a permanent rail line and temporary construction camp.

Queensland’s coordinator-general has given final approval for a 31.5km section of railway that will form part of the 389km track from the mine in Galilee Basin to the Abbot point port.

The controversial mining project involves dredging 1.1 million cubic metres of spoil near the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which will then be disposed of on land.

Australian education results slide further down international ranks and more Zedlines...

The latest global education report shows a damning decline in Australian education with students sliding further down the leaderboard.

Australian education results slides further down international ranks

The latest global education report shows a damning decline in Australian education with students sliding further down the leaderboard.

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study shows Australian students dropping from 12th to 17th in both Year 8 maths and science and plummeting ten spots from 18th in Year 4 maths.

Ipswich to become test-site for self-driving cars and more Zedlines

The government will recruit 500 motorists for the project, and the trial smart cars will be retrofitted with a computer system which will provide safety warnings to the driver… the self-driving vehicles are currently under development by German multinational Bosch. (image: Flickr)

Ipswich to become test-site for self-driving cars

The Queensland Government has given the green light to Ipswich as the test site for self-driving and smart cars in a pioneering trial set to be the largest in Australia.

The government will recruit 500 motorists for the project, and the trial smart cars will be retrofitted with a computer system which will provide safety warnings to the driver. The self-driving vehicles are currently under development by German multinational Bosch.

Queensland hospital to trial 3-D camera technology and more Zedlines

The Townsville hospital is the first clinic in Queensland to employ 3-D camera technology in treating patients with diabetes. (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Diabetic ulcers in limbs can lead to amputation of that extremity if untreated - the trial aims to screen 50 patients suffering from ulcers in their feet who live too far away from hospitals to be treated effectively.

Doctors hope that this technology will reduce travel times for patients and allow for quicker response and treatment if ulcers are detected.

 

Food allergy vaccine in development ​

Queensland researchers are working on a vaccine that could treat food allergies in people.

Addressing the impacts of suicide on farming communities and more Zedlines..

A new website aiming to reduce stigma surrounding suicide in farming communities is asking people from farming communities to complete an in-depth survey to help researchers better understand the impact suicide has on families left behind.

The Ripple Effect, launched a few months ago, has garnered more than 7000 visits, and also provides strategies on how to deal with negative thoughts, as well as information on how to help someone who is thinking about taking their own life or struggling with suicide bereavement.

Research by Griffith University shows that Queensland and New South Wales agricultural workers could be twice as likely to die by suicide compared to those in other occupations.

Blue blubber jellyfish swarm Moreton Bay and more Zedlines

Moreton Bay waters are being invaded by an early bloom of blue blubber Jellyfish. (image: Wikimedia commons)

Blue blubber jellyfish swarm Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay waters are being invaded by an early bloom of blue blubber Jellyfish.

The early population boom has been linked to warmer water temperatures as experts say warmer temperatures increase their breeding, metabolism, appetite and life span.

The increased numbers are causing havoc for some fishermen and marine operators by clogging nets and causing engine problems.

Queensland MP calls for crocodile cull

Record low sea ice in Arctic and more zedlines

Danish and US researchers have reported record Arctic temperatures this year, with air temperatures being up to 20°c higher, and sea temperatures around 4°c higher than expected. The high temperatures, which are “literally off the charts” according to Professor Jennifer Francis, have led to the lowest sea ice ever recorded for late November, and could lead to an annual record low in 2017.

Record low sea ice in Arctic

Danish and US researchers have reported record Arctic temperatures this year, with air temperatures being up to 20°c higher, and sea temperatures around 4°c higher than expected.

The high temperatures, which are “literally off the charts” according to Professor Jennifer Francis, have led to the lowest sea ice ever recorded for late November, and could lead to an annual record low in 2017.

Headspace Schoolies Tips

It’s schoolies week currently on the gold coast and in honour of that Australian Mental health initiative Headspace has come up with a list of tips for those attending schoolies a well as their parents. Some of the tips include; remembering to take some down time and not push your body too hard, be prepared for the feelings after schoolies by planning some enjoyable, healthy activities when you get home and if you choose to use any drugs try a little bit first to see if you have any negative side effects (but they do reccommend not taking any at all).

 

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