Truck rolls in suburban street

A truck jackknifed and rolled at Corinda on Friday afternoon, forcing the road to be closed for hours while emergency crews cleared the scene. The truck was carrying a load of sand which spilt all over the steep street. Senior Constable David Low of Sherwood Police said the accident on Dewar Terrace was caused when a driver lost control of his vehicle trying to haul a heavy load up a hill. “It’s a really steep hill and with his trailer on he couldn’t make it to... Read More

Man jailed for brutal rape and murder of elderly woman

A 20-year-old man was sent to jail for life this week by a Supreme Court judge in Rockhampton after pleading guilty to raping and murdering an elderly woman. The 82-year-old victim died in hospital a week after being attacked in her backyard by David Samuel Aubrey Ray. Ray pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one count of murder as well as one count of break and enter, two counts of burglary and one count of trespass. Mrs Iris Daphne Temperley, a great-great-grandmother, was... Read More

Bruce Morcombe urges kids to trust their instincts

A positive outlook is absolutely essential for young kids, according to child protection advocate and grieving father Bruce Morcombe. Mr Morcombe was speaking to pupils in Mackay yesterday. He and his wife Denise spoke of the need for kids not to feel weighed down by such events as the tragic abduction and murder of their son Daniel. “[It’s about] not painting the world as a dark place,” Mr Morcombe said. The Morcombes stopped off at St Francis Xavier’s Primary... Read More

Melbourne chocolate protest less bitter than before

Anti-Israel demonstrators were much quieter in Melbourne on Friday night than at the violent July protest that resulted in the arrest of 19 people. The calls for boycotts of the Max Brenner chocolate chain store was restrained compared with the earlier protest where many demonstrators were charged with trespassing and assaulting police. Protest organiser Vashti Kenway said it was important for people to be aware of the alliance the retail chain had with the Israeli military. “This... Read More

Thousands gather to help fire victims’ families

Thousands of people gathered in Queen Street Mall on Friday night for a five-hour charity concert that raised more than $15,000 for the victims of the Slacks Creek house fire. Labeled the worst house fire in the state in a decade it claimed the lives of 11 people from the Tongan and Samoan community. Eight were children. It took four days and four friends from different Brisbane clubs to pool their resources and organise the Together We Stand fundraising event, featuring 25 performers. Organiser... Read More

Hedley Thomas pays tribute to Paul Lockyer

Gold Walkley winner Hedley Thomas has described ABC newsman Paul Lockyer as a “truly outstanding storyteller” and has urged young journalists to follow his example. In his keynote speech at the 2011 MediaPass Student Industry Day in Brisbane, The Australian newspaper’s national chief correspondent paid tribute to the veteran ABC journalist who was killed last month with cameraman John Bean and pilot Gary Ticehurst in a helicopter crash at Lake Eyre. Mr Thomas... Read More

Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Director Rupert Wyatt has excelled in producing a phenomenal prequel of the original 1968 Planet of the Apes. Wyatt’s depiction inevitably proved a remarkable technological progression of the classic ’60s sci-fi representation. Avatar‘s Oscar-winning visual effects masterminds, Weta Digital, combined with renowned producers and screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to created not only a visual masterpiece but a moving and timeless saga. Although Charlton Heston’s... Read More

Aussie flag turns 110 this weekend

Queenslanders will join the rest of Australia in celebrating the 110th anniversary of the Australian flag on Saturday. According to Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce the flag has a special place for all. “It is much loved, touched, worn and flown by Australians here and across the world. It graces our most solemn occasions and significant moments, our arrivals and departures,” she said in a statement. “It flies in schools, neighbourhoods, communities, urban... Read More

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