Two rail corridors to service coal mines

The State Government will restrict rail services to new and existing coal mines in the Galilee and Bowen Basins to only two corridors. Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney told Parliament the plan would replace the eight railways proposed by the previous government. There would be an extension for the east to west corridor on the existing […]


Council accused of not trimming overgrown trees

People are having to wait too long for overgrown trees on footpaths to be trimmed by council workers, according to independent councillor Nicole Johnston. Cr Johnston told last week’s Brisbane Council meeting it was taking more than 12 months for trees to be trimmed. She said the chairman of the Environment, Parks & Sustainability Committee, […]


Anger as Queensland Rail pulls the plug on water fountains

Commuters in need of water are being forced to go thirsty following the removal of water fountains across the Queensland Rail network. Bubblers that were standard at stations are being quietly dismantled with no consultation with rail users. Thirsty travellers and an advocacy group have blasted the secret policy. Catherine Stokes (pictured left), a commuter […]


Prepare for a wet winter

Brisbane should brace itself for a wetter and colder winter than last year in the wake of April’s record-breaking rain, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The Bureau’s Pradeep Singh said long-term seasonal forecasts indicated Brisbane would likely shiver through below average maximum temperatures and higher rainfall this winter. “There is a 75 percent chance […]


Festival to focus on urban design

Brisbane’s inaugural urban design and film festival will be launched tonight at the State Library of Queensland. The design festival called U.R.(BNE) will focus on Brisbane’s public spaces throughout May. The Films project seeks to raise the awareness of urban design and the built environment and generate a greater interest in architecture, public spaces and […]


Cooking oil to power Qantas jet in test flight

Australia’s first commercial flight powered by sustainable aviation fuel will take to the skies this week. Biofuel made half of used cooking oil and half conventional jet fuel will power the Qantas Airbus A330 Sydney-Adelaide return flight. Qantas environment head John Valastro said the goal of Friday’s flight was to examine the potential for sustainable […]


Earth Hour organisers focus on daily energy cut-backs

Organisers of last month’s Earth Hour campaign to turn off lights plan to focus on reducing energy use every day. This year was the biggest ever Earth Hour where people in a record 150 countries and territories took part in the symbolic action of turning off power for an hour. According to WWF-Australia an initiative […]


Hotel group says smokers will drift to edge of Queen St Mall

Smoking bans to come into force in Queen Street Mall from September 1 will merely shift smokers and their litter to areas nearby, according to the the Queensland Hotels Association. QHA occupational health and safety manager Ross Tims said this week licensed premises would also suffer the full brunt of the laws because tourists and […]


Miracle of birth at the Ekka

A variety of smells, sights and people greet you as you enter the gates of the RNA Showgrounds for 2011’s “Ekka” – the Brisbane Exhibition. The show itself has been running since 1876 and has changed a lot since. The first show bag was a bag of coal and it was given to everyone who […]


Fires to burn around Brisbane

More than 400 hectares will be burnt off over 30 sites around Brisbane in coming months in an effort to prevent disaster in the bushfire season. Brisbane City Council says it has already done 16 burns of more than 200 hectares. The council plans to burn up to 417 hectares this year. The council’s hazard […]


Queensland schools join garden scheme

Queensland primary schools will be taking a healthier approach to lunchtime meals with a nationwide kitchen garden program to be adopted by 25 schools next month. The successful program run by author and cook Stephanie Alexander has had positive results in 193 schools across Australia since 2001. Last year the program won the Premier’s Design […]


Conservationists tackle fishing industry over marine park

A petition to create the world’s largest marine Park in Australia’s Coral Sea has stirred controversy with claims the park would damage the nation’s fishing industry. The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has organised a petition calling for protection of marine life in the Coral Sea. But the proposal has left many in the fishing […]


‘Cheaper to give bikes away’ – Opposition

It would be cheaper to buy bikes for everyone in Brisbane than continue to hire them out through the under-utilised CityCycle scheme, Opposition Leader Shayne Sutton said at yesterday’s Brisbane City Council meeting. The Opposition called for the council to review the transport program, which began under former Lord Mayor Campbell Newman in 2010. “Barely […]


Village green for QUT-end of Goodwill Bridge

Four new facilities including a cafe and a village green will be developed at the Queensland University of Technology end of the Goodwill Bridge. The plans were outlined at Tuesday’s Brisbane City Council meeting. Chairman of Neighbourhood Planning Amanda Cooper said the development would be conducted in partnership with QUT. “I’d have to commend QUT […]


Thousands rally in Brisbane to call for carbon tax

Thousands of people today rallied in Brisbane to support the federal government’s proposed carbon tax ‘Say YES’ organisers believe that up to 5000 people attended the rally at the Brisbane Riverstage. Waving placards, people called for action on climate change and supported a price on carbon. Among the audience was federal treasurer Wayne Swan and […]


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