Day: May 11, 2011

Mining plan upsets Kingaroy farmers

By Vivien von Drehnen, Tom Kojrowicz Farmers in the Kingaroy region in the state’s south are battling Queensland Bauxite Limited over the company’s plans to drill the area for minerals. It is the second battle for Kingaroy farmers over mineral

Qld tourism hopes Chinese twins a star attraction

By Paul Smeaton and Amy Kelly Queensland tourism operators have recruited a Chinese pop duo to star in their latest campaign in a bid to boost visitor numbers to the flood-ravaged state. Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung, or the Twins

Plant disease could cost Qld more than $150m

By Natalie Sprott, Tom Kojrowicz The Queensland horticulture industry is concerned over the arrival of devastating plant disease Myrtle Rust. The disease arrived in Queensland after it was found in New South Wales last year.

$1.2b Budget boost for Qld’s flood-ravaged roads

By Michelle Thomas and Amy Kelly Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan announced Queensland has been granted a $1.2 billion injection into road and rail infrastructure in last night’s Budget. Mr Swan said the money would be spent on major upgrades to the

Government unveils new power tariff system

By Andrew Cook and Jin Kok The Queensland Government says it will introduce a peak and off-peak method for charging electricity to ease pressure on the state’s ailing power grid. The new system will allow people to pay less if

English World Cup bid chief alleges corruption

By Elly Bradfield and Tom Kojrowicz The Chairman of England’s bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Lord David Triesman, has accused the governing football body of accepting bribes ahead of the vote to decide the competition’s location. Lord

Raising houses won’t solve flood problem, says Councillor

By Kayla Brereton and Amy Kelly A Brisbane City Councillor has raised concerns that the council’s plans to relax height restrictions on houses in flood-affected areas could make future floods worse for neighbours. Councillor Helen Abrahams opposed the idea, saying

Brisbane council connects homeless to help

By Mitchell Sabine The Brisbane City Council opened the door to thousands of homeless today to help put them in touch with vital services. The Council’s Homeless Connect event, which is held twice annually at the RNA showgrounds at Herston