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Commuters to get free travel after nine trips a week

Brisbane commuters will get free travel after nine journeys from next week. Premier Campbell Newman says commuters would feel real hip pocket relief, but a critic of travel costs says more help is needed. “The fact remains that there will be a 7.5 per cent increase in fares next year and the following year which […]

Hundreds explore northside bus tunnel

People of Brisbane had a glimpse at the city’s latest piece of public transport infrastructure on Saturday. Brisbane’s northern busway tunnel between Lutwyche and Kedron was opened to the public, with families and friends exploring the project. The $444 million northern busway took three years to build – Thiess John Holland handed it over to […]

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 […]

Valves to reduce flood risks

Flood prevention backflow valves to be rolled out across Brisbane over the next four years will have to be individually designed. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said this week the prevention devices would be implemented in 80 percent of the flood prone areas. The valves for each of the 39 outlets would all have different design. […]

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, […]

Mayor outlines four-year plan for Brisbane

The next four years of Brisbane will be about economic growth and prosperity, according to newly re-elected lord mayor Graham Quirk. Cr Quirk (pictured) told this week’s Brisbane City Council meeting he was committed to his election promises and had a four-year-plan to make this happen. “They are visionary plans, which aren’t achieved overnight, but […]

Review: Once Upon A Time

Everyone deserves a happy ending, don’t they? From the producers and writers of LOST comes a fairytale ending, but not for everyone! This series has put its own delicious spin on the once beloved fairytales we grew up reading and explores each character in two different worlds. The evil queen’s curse is the main reason […]

Union movement celebrates as Labor apologises

The Labor Party used today’s Labor Day march in Brisbane to apologise for the defeated state government’s privatisation policies. Queensland opposition leader Anastacia Palasczuk told marchers she would return the party to its traditional values. Ms Palasczuk apologized for privatisation under the Labor Government and promised she would “bring back the old values”. She received […]

Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Life is like a big story book, everything will be all right in the end, and so if it’s not all right, it is not yet the end. From the director of Shakespeare in Love comes a movie that can captivate audience’s attention which shows about life, after life. This film has a wonderful cast, […]

Former mayors oppose government duplication

Two former Brisbane mayors say the city’s top job has not changed very much, but there’s now too much overlap of state and local government powers. Watching last night’s debate between mayoral candidates, Jim Soorley and Sally-Anne Atkinson (pictured, left) said the mayor’s job was still about economic development, promoting the city and making the […]

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 […]

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