Brisbane to breed entrepreneurs and more Zedlines

Brisbane is set to host entrepreneur training aiming to inspire and train the next wave of Queensland’s enterprise hopefuls. Source Wikimedia.

The workshop will be lead by Globetrotting adventurer and Best Job in the World winner Ben Southall who has teamed up with Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur to create the ‘Venturer’ program.

The program kicks off today in The Precinct in Fortitude Valley and will be based there one day a week.

Cyclone Debbie will now make landfall at 2pm and more updates

The North Queensland coast is being lashed by destructive winds and heavy rain as Tropical Cyclone Debbie approaches.

Malaria vaccine breakthrough by Griffith University and more zedlines

World’s first anti-malaria vaccine developed at Griffith University. Image Source: Wikimedia/Hugo A. Quintero G.

The vaccine developed by researchers at Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital has tested safe for humans to take and is subject to further research.

The groundbreaking research vaccine is being considered to be used in countries where malaria is an endemic problem. The disease affects half of the world’s population.


M1 Motorway upgrade to start later this year

A funding agreement for the M1 Motorway upgrade has been reached.

Residents warned ahead of cyclone Debbie and more zedlines

Evacuation of high flood risk regions has been ordered in north Queensland as Cyclone Debbie intensifies. Image Source: Wikipedia/Suomi NPP Satellite

Hundreds have been evacuated from Burdekin and the Whitsundays and Regional Council Mayor Andrew Wilcox said those unable to leave should seek shelter with friends and family in ‘high, dry places.’

A shelter is operating in Bowen, but only has a capacity of 800. The Category II cyclone is expected to be upgraded to a Category IV system before making landfall tomorrow.


Boom gate collision rates concerns Queensland rail

High level crossing collision rates for Queensland rail.

How hard is it to strike in Australia?

Newly appointed Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) secretary Sally McManus told the ABC’s 7:30 program last week that she did not have a problem with workers breaking the law when those laws are unjust.

Criticism of the comments was swift from the business sector, conservative politicians, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten later distancing himself and the Labor party from McManus’ words.

Homelessness more expensive than last resort housing and more Zedlines...

A cost-benefit analysis has revealed ignoring homelessness is more expensive than providing last resort housing. (Source: Wikimedia)

The analysis, commissioned by the University of Melbourne, found almost $11,000 per person per annum could be saved each year if the government bankrolled more last resort housing.

The savings would come from reduced healthcare costs, crime, and unemployment, according to Melbourne Sustainable Society director, Brendan Gleeson.


Signing of MoU with one of QLD's largest Indigenous health organisations

106 Years of International Women's Day and More Zedlines

2017 marks 106 years of International Women’s Day, with this year's theme tailor-made for 2017: #BeBoldForChange

Celebrated since the early 1900's, the global event is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender equality. 

While considerable advances have been made over the past century, the World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely for almost another 200 years.

Events have been planned across the globe, while Brisbane residents can enjoy a Movie Night and Luncheon, featuring the Academy and Golden Globe Award nominated movie, ‘Hidden Figures’ at the Caribbean Cinemas in St Lucia.


Queenslanders say "closing earlier makes sense" and more Zedlines

Half of Queenslanders have agreed closing night clubs early to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence makes sense according to a poll conducted by Fairfax.

Queensland Attorney General Yvette D’ath says by stopping drinks at 2am and 3am the government has implemented the most effective tool for reducing alcohol-fuelled violence.

This comes a few days after lockout laws were scrapped as a part of the Liquor and Other Legislation Amendment Bill, allowing service until 3am and requiring all venues trading past midnight to have ID scanners.


Global specialists join Queensland child protection team

Labor rules out One Nation Minority Deal and more Zedlines

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Queensland Labour Party will not form a minority government with One Nation following the next state election. (SOURCE: Wiki Commons)

Both Ms Palaszczuk and the LNP have now ruled out a coalition government with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.

The Premier is standing firm in her decision.

The next state election is set for May 2018, but many expect it to be held in the second half of this year.


Final Farewell to Brisbane Female Rock Icon
Hundreds gather to say a final goodbye to Ruby Tuesday singer-songwriter Carol Lloyd.

UK sees rise in hate crimes following Brexit vote and more Zedlines

Figures collected by a British news agency have found an increase in hate crimes since the vote for Brexit back in June last year.

The number of hate crimes has risen from ten thousand, 10,793 during the July to September quarter in 2015, to 14,295 in the same quarter last year.

The report from by the Press Association said 33 out of UK’s 44 police forces had witnessed record numbers of such crimes.


Vigil for Dead Asylum Seeker in Planning

A vigil is being planned to mark the coronial inquest into Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei’s death.

Brisbane Northside Traffic Set to Increase and more Zedlines

Traffic on the Northside of Brisbane could increase this Sunday as a $300,000 road upgrade begins on the Sunshine Coast. (Image Source: Flickr)

The project is part of the Palaszczuk government’s road maintenance program aiming to improve road safety in Queensland.

34 intersections on the coast are set to receive the upgrade, with the project focusing on increasing skid resistance on the roads.

Townsville Women and Girls to Receive Mentoring
Young women and girls in care in Townsville will have the opportunity to receive mentoring from female sporting stars as a $50,000 program is announced.