Tree pruning could prove costly, councillors warn

Pruning of street trees could prove costly for Brisbane residents. People could face hefty fines for cutting too much off street trees, Opposition councillors warned at this week’s Brisbane City Council meeting. “It is a poor law because it is not in simple language and anyone who reads this local law is still left without vital information as to what the law is achieving,” Cr Helen Abrahams said said. Cr Abrahams said the information that the public needed to comply... Read More

Blues outclass Maroons in first Origin clash

New South Wales won the first round of rugby league’s State of Origin in Sydney tonight 14-6, signalling the possible end to the Maroons’ seven-year series winning streak. Jarryd Hayne spun out from a tackle to score the first try of the night, putting the Blues in the lead within the first five minutes of the game. Maloney’s conversion put the score at 6-0. A drop ball from NSW opened up an opportunity for Queensland but they weren’t able to break through... Read More

Fines double for disabled parking breaches

Fines will double from $150 to $300 for misuse of disability allocated carparks on the Gold Coast, while people with permits may have to show photo ID with their displayed permit. Chairperson of the council’s Community and Cultural Development committee, Cr Bob La Castra, said the move was to show people that, “Hey, we’re serious about this issue”. He wanted to make sure the spaces “are left accessible for people who need them”. Doubling the fines sent a... Read More

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