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Award for couple who fostered 130 kids

Humble grandparents from a remote property in Logan Village have finally been given the recognition they deserve after dedicating their lives to fostering children. Last week Wayne and Eileen Hughes were awarded the 2011 Foster and Kinship Excellence Award for Queensland’s south-east region at a special ceremony in Queensland’s Parliament House. Every year carers are […]

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 […]

Construction worker feared ‘pauper’s grave’

A construction worker who claimed his boss hadn’t paid any money into his superannuation account for two years feared his family would be left destitute if he died. Sunny Manual, who now works as a project manager, said he found out early this year a previous employer hadn’t paid his super since 2009. “If I’d […]

Huge Brisbane ballet class enters record books

Brisbane has set a Guinness World Record with a massive 1561 people dancing in the largest-ever ballet class. The 30-minute ballet class took place on all five storeys of the state library on Sunday after bad weather forced officials to change the venue from South Brisbane’s Kurilpa Bridge. Despite the rain, the turn-out was more […]

Exhibition helps raise awareness of mental illness

Art is helping raise awareness of schizophrenia through the annual art exhibition, Colours of Hope. Held this week in Brisbane’s King George Square it is the 20th anniversary of the exhibition in support of Schizophrenia Awareness Week. The Mental Illness Fellowship of Queensland (MIFQ) said it aims to raise awareness, reduce stigma and support local […]

Photo book helps flood victims

Brisbane photographer Ashton Welsh has raised almost $1000 to help flood-affected Queenslanders. He has put together a Fundraising Photo Book, giving 100 percent of profits from sales to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Program. Surrounded by suburbs submerged by flood waters in January, Ashton began his project after being turned away due to an overabundance of […]

Street poll: Will you watch the royal wedding?

How interested are Brisbane people in the forthcoming royal wedding? It’s less than 48 hours until Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot. As well as a guest list of more than 1900 people, the couple have invited the world to their big day via live streaming from their official website. The couple are […]

‘Death of democracy’ in Quirk appointment – Labor

The LNP’s move to appoint Graham Quirk as Brisbane’s new Lord Mayor is “another chapter in the death of democracy” according to Deputy Opposition leader, Milton Dick. “We should be going to an election between Cr Quirk and Ray Smith (preselected Labor candidate for the mayoralty at the 2012 election),” he said. “Because of the […]

Street poll: More funds for roads or public transport?

Worsening congestion in south-east Queensland is a matter of great concern to road users, with pressure on the government to build more roads. But many believe funds are better spent on improved public transport facilities. We asked people in Brisbane their opinion. Camera and production supervision: David Douglas Stuart

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