Cameron Atfield: Spare a thought for Queensland's gulf communities, who might be facing a long night with Cyclone Oswald approaching.
On that note, we're closing down Brisbane Live At Work for now. We'll be back about 8am tomorrow! Have a good night, especially if you're in in the Gulf of Carpentaria region!
Cameron Atfield: Quite a few regular readers have been keen to know how the recently returned 'Bob Menzies' - one of our most prolific story commentators - has been getting on since his stroke.
This from his family:
"Bob is well, though is paralysed on his left side (wheelchair dependant now) and his speech has suffered, his mind is well and alert ... He's back online typing one handed, though we have to limit his time online so he does not wear himself out. But please accept our sincere thanks for all the emails and best wishes that were sent - it really meant a lot to the old boy and some what renewed his faith in human kind."
Good to have you back, Bob.
Dan Nancarrow: Looking at the public transport situation this Monday afternoon there are minor delays on the Shorncliffe train line as well as minor delays on the 369, 377 435 436 590 598 and 599 bus routes.
All other services are reportedly running on time.
Scott Beveridge: The Wiggles have been turning heads at Dreamworld today.
They gave the media a treat by performing their new song 'Peanut Butter' for the first time. Here is a sneak peak.
Danielle Cronin: The Royal Flying Doctor Service is hitting the road.
At the Brisbane Airport on Tuesday, the service will launch its mobile dental service - an 18-wheel semi-trailer housing two mobile dental surgeries. It will tour regional Queensland where access to dental care is limited.
Scott Beveridge: Aboriginal elders met with Premier Campbell Newman and Logan Mayor Pam Parker earlier today.
They had a chance to voice some of their concerns about racial tensions ahead of a community forum next month. Here is a look at what they said.
Logan youth could head for Brisbane
Aboriginal elders meet Premier Campbell Newman Monday ahead of a community forum, saying indigenous youth are being told "this is not their country": RAW VISION.PT1M45S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2d2pj 620 349 January 21, 2013
Bridie Jabour: Part of a southern Brisbane suburb has been put into lockdown with a man barricading himself in a house. Police were called to a disturbance in Brandon Street, Runcorn about 12.45pm. An emergency situation was declared at 1.52pm and Brandon Street has been closed down between Susan Court and Winston Street.
A man is locked inside a house and police are negotiating with him. No one else is in the house with him.
Dan Nancarrow: A couple of crashes are being reported on the Gateway Motorway. The Australian Traffic Network reports an accident 800m before the Sandgate Road turn off in Boondall heading northbound.
Queensland Police are also reporting an accident on the motorway at Bracken Ridge.
Katherine Feeney: Here's a well brewed bit of Bris-bean news:
According to coffee lovers website BeanHunter.com, the most popular cafe in the country last year was Dandelion and Driftwood at Hendra. Congratulations to Penny and Peter Wolff, also of Wolff Coffee Roasters Fame, on the popular vote...
Finger-licking good... Dandelion and Driftwood was the most popular cafe in Australia last year on BeanHunter.com. Photo: Supplied
Natalie Bochenski: Must be mixed feelings on Mt Coot-tha today.
Channel 7 debuted its new presenting team of Sharyn Ghidella and Bill McDonald last night, and would no doubt have been hoping public curiosity would see more people tune in.
They did win the ratings battle with 272,000 viewers - but only just ahead of Channel 9 with 271,000.
The rest of this week will be interesting!
Bill McDonald. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Katherine Feeney: Snap happy: You don't have to be a hipster with Instagram and a smart phone to participate in the Lord Mayor's Photographic Awards, but you do have to get your entry in by January 28. There's quite a neat range of frames entered already.
Here's one we like from Channel 7 reporter Michael Coombes...
'Colours of Brisbane' - an entry into the the 2013 Lord Mayor's Photographic Awards. Photo: Michael Coombes
Bridie Jabour: Seqwater has hit back at the release of maps today which the law firm Maurice Blackburn claim show thousands of homes which would not have flooded in 2011 if the Wivenhoe Dam had been managed properly.
In a statement, Seqwater CEO Terri Benson said the organisation was "acutely" aware of the impacts of the floods and effectively two 1974 floods hit southeast Queensland in 30 hours.
"Our approach has been vindicated by a range of independent experts including one of the world’s leading dam authorities, the United States Bureau of Reclamation and United States Army Corps of Engineers," he said.
A map showing which parts of southeast Queensland should not have flooded (in green). Yellow marks parts that would have got 6 inches or more.
Marissa Calligeros: And in more real estate news: House hunters continued to act cautiously throughout 2012. Whether or not this will continue into 2013 is anyone’s guess, but RP Data research analyst Cameron Kusher says Australians already feel that now is a good time to buy.
Sales in the year to October 2012 were 21 per cent higher than they were the previous year, indicating that consumers are once again starting to spend on housing.
Simon O'Brien: Looking to buy a house in Brisbane? What would you like first - the good news or the bad news?
The good news is an international report has given Brisbane real estate a rating of 5.8, making it the most affordable of the nation's capitals.
The bad news is the report claims Australia is still the second most expensive place in the world to buy property.
Marissa Calligeros: Premier Campbell Newman says he’s always expected flood victims to mount a class action: ‘‘They’re [Maurice Blackburn] a law firm, they’re going to push the case hard for their clients. I always expected that would be the case. It’s up to them.’’
Dan Nancarrow: A Western Australian man's discovery that his Subway footlong sandwich was only 11 inches has got plenty of attention on Twitter:
TUF contestant Dylan Andrews. Photo: UFC
Dan Nancarrow: Following the UFC's recent TUF Smashes series, the Gold Coast's Dylan Andrews will be taking part in the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter (Jones v Sonnen) in the US.
You can follow the New Zealand born and raised fighter's progress on the reality show each Sunday on FX, starting January 27.
Cameron Atfield: If you're walking around town in the next week or so and unexpectedly come across a mountain that does not appear on any maps, don't panic. It's probably not a geological catastrophe in the making, but rather the return of Queensland's newest sporting hero.
Fresh from his starring role for the Alabama Crimson Tide in securing the US college championships and just months before the NFL draft (where he's expected to be a first-rounf pick), gridiron player Jesse Williams took to Twitter to announce his imminent return to Australia.
Katherine Feeney: No kidding: Communities Minister Tracy Davis is searching for young, opinionated, politically-minded Queenslanders willing to "take part in the democratic process" and join the 2013 YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament. You must be between 15 and 25 years old. Applications close 22 February 2013...
Dan Nancarrow: A Brisbane duo may have found a way to predict Triple J's annual musical countdown.
The brainchild of Brisbane resident and online marketer Nick Drewe, The Warmest 100 has used statistics gleaned from votes posted to Facebook, Twitter and other social media hubs to build what Drewe thinks is an accurate prediction of the final countdown.
Bridie Jabour: As part of their class action Maurice Blackburn has released maps which they claim show which parts of southeast Queensland would not have been flooded if Wivenhoe Dam had been managed properly.
Parts of West End, South Brisbane and even Eagle Street Pier could have been saved from the water according to the maps.
Gold Coast police hoping for a cruisy day listening to bands at Big Day Out yesterday were out of luck.
Revelers kept the dog squad busy, with 45 people found in possession of drugs including ecstasy and cannabis.
Also, 27 people were arrested and 52 notices to appear were issued on a total of 90 charges, as well as 38 liquor infringement notices.
Danielle Cronin: Apologies for the pun, but we have lift off.
Brisbane City Council has called for proposals to fund, design, construct, and operate the Brisbane CBD helipad.
Tenders close at noon on March 1.
Katherine Feeney: Eating ain't cheating: New food and beverage facilities, and information "pods" are on the cards for Brisbane cyclists Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced. Coming as part of an upgrade to the city's flagship Bicentennial Bikeway, the new coffee hut, kiosk, user guides and path improvements are set to get up by the middle of the year, weather permitting.
Dan Nancarrow: We just reached 23,000 follows on Twitter! Thanks to all our followers.
If you're not following us on Twitter yet you can add us here.
Dan Nancarrow: This article on the value of community resilience in times of crisis has made things at home clearer for Deb Ryan:
@brisbanetimes Marge and Jeff? I knew they were hiding something!— Deb Ryan (@BrissieDeb) January 20, 2013
Katherine Feeney: Thinking cricket? Think Big Bash, think Brisbane Heat (think Australia if you want to, but your satisfaction could be brief...) with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk tomorrow handing the team the keys to the city for their Twenty20 victory at the weekend.
According to Cr Quirk, it'll be the 35th time the city’s highest honour has been bestowed, and everyone's invited to watch. Head to the Queen Street Mall main stage for the formalities, set to begin at 11:45am.
Heat storm to Big Bash title
The Brisbane Heat secured the Big Bash League title with an engrossing 34 run victory over the Perth Scorchers at the WACA on Saturday.PT1M0S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2d0ug 620 349 January 20, 2013
Scott Beveridge: Commsec's 'State of the State's' report is out, ranking Queensland as the 4th best economy in the nation.
Western Australia is first, Northern Territory second, ACT is third, then Qld is tied with NSW and Victoria. South Australia and Tasmania bring up the rear.
Here is what Craig James from Commsec told 612ABC this morning about Queensland's performance.
Unemployment a worry for Qld economy
The Commsec State of the State's report ranks Queensland as 4th in the country, with unemployment, housing and tourism holding back the state.PT1M43S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2d21o 620 349 January 21, 2013
Here's a photo of Campbell Newman meeting children at the Logan City Council library this morning.
Leave a comment in the right hand column if you've got a good caption to go with the photo.
Give us your caption... Photo: Marissa Calligeros
Marissa Calligeros: Premier Newman has toured Logan City Council library and met some younger residents. He told them he reads every night, but only gets through a few pages before falling asleep.
He and Mayor Pam Parker are now holding a press conference.
Dan Nancarrow: Just a reminder that comments on the Brisbane Live page work differently from an average article.
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Marissa Calligeros: Premier Campbell Newman and Logan Mayor Pam Parker are chairing a community meeting at Logan City Council library.
Community leaders say racial tensions among the city's youth were simmering long before last week's violent street brawl in Woodridge, and they're still simmering.
"This could blow out big time," one Aboriginal elder warned.
. Photo: Marissa Calligeros
Dan Nancarrow: Thousands of Brisbane and Ipswich flood victims are expected to launch a class action against the Queensland government, with lawyers saying Wivenhoe Dam was negligently operated.
Legal firm Maurice Blackburn is expected to release maps at an 11am press conference today showing a significant number of properties in Brisbane and Ipswich would not have flooded in 2011 if Wivenhoe Dams had been operated competently.
Paul Simon. Photo: Mark Seliger
Natalie Bochenski: You can call him Al... well, not if you're in Brisbane.
Music legend Paul Simon announced an Australian tour over the weekend, but Brisbane was left off because Simon will play the Byron Bay Bluesfest instead.
Fair enough, but we would have thought Simon would have the popularity to support a solo Brisbane show as well!
Katherine Feeney: Go for green: Who doesn't love an award, especially when it's supported by the Premier, and it's for the good of the globe? Nominations for the 2013 Premier’s Sustainability Awards opened this morning, and they'll "encourage sustainable processes as profit-drivers for industry" according to Premier Campbell Newman.
Individuals and groups need to get their entries in by March 13.
Dan Nancarrow: You've seen the result of the ReachTel poll on the state government, now give us your opinion:
Poll: How do you believe the Newman government has been performing?
- Great, no problems
- Good, a few hiccups
- Averagely, a few poor decisions
- Poorly, worse than expected
- Awfully, an unmitigated disaster
- I'm not sure
Total votes: 3035.
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Poll closed 23 Jan, 2013
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Katherine Feeney: Going back to school is always a big deal, but spare a thought for the 2300 Year 7 students who'll be making an early start to high school this year as the pilot program preceding the 2015 state-wide grade transition expands.
Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek says this phased introduction of "Junior Secondary" at state schools will also see 59 teachers moving across from primary to high schools this year.
The government will spend $328 million over three years to complete the transitional program.
Marissa Calligeros: North Queensland is on cyclone watch. A tropical low swirling 115km off the Gulf of Carpentaria could become a cyclone as early as this afternoon, the weather bureau says. But the state's north is set for a drenching today regardless.
Meanwhile, scattered showers are forecast for Brisbane today.
Scott Beveridge: That very friendly fur seal is back at it, this time hitching a ride with a family on their boat in Moreton Bay.
They have dubbed the cute little fella "Salty".
'Salty' the seal hitches another ride
A family out boating on Brisbane's Moreton Bay has an 'amazing' encounter with a playful fur seal they have dubbed 'Salty' who hitched a ride on their boat Sunday.PT1M36S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2d1uk 620 349 January 21, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Here's what is making news on brisbanetimes.com.au this morning:
- LNP gains ground with Queensland voters despite nearly half feeling their family is worse off financially than last year.
- Two men, who walked away from a car crash on the back roads around Wivenhoe Dam, claimed to be chasing an alien space craft when found by police.
- Researchers believe your neighbours could hold the key to surviving a disaster.
- Cyclist who exposed Lance Armstrong claims the UCI covered up a positive test in 2001.
Marissa Calligeros: Rail commuters will finally have somewhere to relieve themselves on long journeys, with the state government promising to put trains with toilets on the Sunshine Coast line during peak hour runs.
And Queensland Rail promises to ensure the toilets are in working order.
The government maintains it can’t afford to build another the Sunshine Coast line yet, but Mr Emerson says the working toilets are the first of good things to come.
Dan Nancarrow: Good morning everyone and welcome to another working week in the River City.
Up on the site soon we'll have a story on the latest ReachTel poll which shows almost half of Queenslanders voters feel financially worse off than last year.