Author: Amy Kelly

A different approach to organics

Organic produce may have found its way to the supermarket shelves, but there is still a long way to go before it gains mainsteam status, reports Amy Kelly. IN the three-and-a-half years he has been running the Northey Street Farmers

Flood damage bill tops $6bn, says Treasurer

By Amy Kelly Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser has foreshadowed a tough budget for the state after revealing the damage repair bill from months of bad weather was likely top the estimated $5.8-billion. Speaking at the Committee for Economic Development of

Qld parliament hands down guilty verdict for Nuttall

By Amy Kelly Former Labor Minister Gordon Nuttall has been found guilty of contempt and fined $82,000 by the Queensland Government after he appeared in Parliament today to defend the charges. Dressed in a somber navy suit, Mr Nuttall addressed

Thousands in Brisbane to ride for MS research

By Amy Kelly More than 4,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the annual Brissie to the Bay bike ride on  June 26 to raise money for multiple sclerosis (MS). Organisers hope the event, now in its 21st year

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

$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

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

Insurers not to blame for slow funding release, CEO says

By Amy Kelly Most of the insurance claims made by Queenslanders following the floods and Cyclone Yasi have now been processed, according to industry figures released today. Insurance Council of Australia chief executive Rob Whelan said more than 118,000 claims

Samoa takes a leap into future

By Natalie Sprott and Amy Kelly Samoa is to reverse a 119-year-old decision by moving to the western side of the international date line to better align itself with its Australasian neighbours. The island nation will set its clocks 24

France tipped to win Eurovision

By Melanie Arnost The Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals begin in Germany on Tuesday with France tipped as the favourite to win by bookmakers. David Knox, the official SBS Eurovision blogger, says bookies have been accurate at picking the winners in