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Brisbane Live at Work: Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Cameron Atfield: And with that tale (tail?) of the snake on the plane, we'll bring Brisbane Live at Work to a close.

We'll be back tomorrow about 8am. In the meantime, keep checking back to for all the latest news from our great city.

Cameron Atfield: Poor snake! Some Qantas passengers got more than they bargained for when they took off from Cairns this morning.

For most of their flight to Port Moresby, they were watching a snake on the wing in the fight of its life. Hope the little fella made it.

Snake on a plane ... the reptile was on a flight which went from Cairns to Port Moresby.

Snake on a plane ... the reptile was on a flight which went from Cairns to Port Moresby. Photo: Robert Weber

Amy Remeikis: An update on the southeast Queensland fire situation; firefighters will remain on the ground patrolling and monitoring the Bribie Island National Park blazes, but no homes are under threat.

Firefighers can expect northerly winds beween 18km and 27km tomorrow but there will be no relief from the heat - the Bureau of Meteorology predicts more of the same until Monday night at the earliest when a cooler change is expected.

Until then it Brisbane can expect to hit 32 degrees, Ipswich 36, the Gold Coast 29 and the Sunshine Coast 31.

Temperatures across the weekend are expected to be even hotter.

Cameron Atfield: The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a storm warning, but it looks to be a fair way out of Brisbane.

They're keeping an eye on some cells north of Kingaroy (pictured). There's also a general storm warning for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett, Maranoa and Warrego and southeast coast districts.

Bureau of Meteorology modelling of this evening's storms.

Bureau of Meteorology modelling of this evening's storms.

Amy Remeikis: Dave Andrews from the Australian Traffic Network reports Brisbane roads have the "all clear" at the moment, so if you are on your way home, it should be pretty smooth.

If you are headed for the Bruce Highway, watch out for a little smoke haze at Burpengary and Caboolture which is blowing over from Bribie Island.

Simon O'Brien: The Queensland Police Service has released a 143-page document detailing plans to overhaul the organisation, with the state's top cop saying the changes will boost morale.

In the document, Commissioner Ian Stewart wrote there was a mood for change in the service.

Tony Moore: It looks like there will be a flood levee built in Roma after confirmation that the State Government have provided $13 million of funding for the project.

The only thing missing for the work to begin is a "few million" from the federal government. A decision will be made next month.

Dan Nancarrow: An early afternoon traffic update for all you commuters:

The Australian Traffic Network has warned of a four car accident on Kessels Road, outside the entrance to Garden City. 

Train and ferry services are running as normal, but there are minor delays on the 77, 414, 574 and 575 bus routes.

Dan Nancarrow: The Bureau of Meteorology is warning people in the Somerset, South Burnett and Toowoomba regions of severe thunderstorms which are expected to hit the area this afternoon. The BOM warns the storms could potentially bring about damaging winds and large hail.

The storms are expected to Kingaroy by 4.30pm and north of Nanango by 5pm.

Dan Nancarrow: Flash mobs? They're so passé. This Sunday Brisbane funsters are invited to take part in the No Pants Train Ride, where a group of passengers are planning to take off their pants in front of unsuspecting travelers as part of a global event which started in New York in 2002.

We could attach photos but... let's leave it up to your imagination. If you want to get involved visit the event facebook page for more details.

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Dr Stuart Philip. Photo: Simon Holt

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Amy Remeikis: I'll be talking about the case of intellectually deficient paedophile Michael Richard Hodges and the discussion it sparked on Fairfax Radio, 4BC, just after 4pm.

Dan Nancarrow: The dwindling number of job vacancies in Brisbane has stirred discussion on social media. Brian Howard-Clarke weighs in:

Dan Nancarrow: Trending on Twitter in Brisbane today is The Angels frontman Doc Neeson. According to reports he is in hospital with a brain tumour.

Cameron Atfield: No, that's not an incoming storm over Bribie Island. That's smoke.

Fairfax Radio 4BC's Amelia Birnie sent us this photograph from a very smoky Bribie Island, where she has been reporting today.

Smoke haze over Bribie Island.

Smoke haze over Bribie Island. Photo: Amelia Birnie, 4BC

Bridie Jabour: The bushfire which has been raging for days in Tin Can Bay has been brought under control and fire crews are handing management of the blaze over to the landholder.

While firefighters will continue to monitor the fire, the Department of Community Safety says it is burning safely within containment lines. The smoke haze in the area has mostly lifted as well.



Barry Dunnett, that's who. He fights Quade Cooper on Feb 8.

Barry Dunnett, that's who. He fights Quade Cooper on Feb 8.

Phil Lutton: This is the man Quade Cooper will fight in his boxing debut. Barry Dunnett is not only a headline writer's dream, the he's been around the traps in the fight game for the past eight years.

While he's only had two pro fights (one win, one loss), the 32-year-old has fought for a Queensland Muay Thai title and is said to be a tough customer. We think he'll give Cooper a bit of a run before fading deeper into the February 8 bout.

Simon Holt: There are fewer jobs about - 29% fewer than there were last year. How are you coping?

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Bridie Jabour: About 150 people have gathered at The Prince Charles Hospital to protest proposed cuts to nursing management positions this afternoon.

A man who works in Oncology told the crowd the effects of the cuts were already being felt in his ward and he knows the axe is hovering over his job.

Protesters gather at Prince Charles Hospital on Thursday.

Protesters gather at Prince Charles Hospital on Thursday. Photo: Bridie Jabour

Scott Beveridge: It's two years today since the devastating floods swept through Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley. Here is a look back at what happened.

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Thursday marks two years since flood waters swept through Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley, destroying homes and claiming 25 lives.

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Amy Remeikis: The story on Michael Richard Hodges seems to be generating a discussion today.

Opinions appear to be divided along these two lines; 

Dan Nancarrow: Not good news on the jobs front today. As this graph of ABS data shows Queensland has 29 per cent fewer job vacancies than a year ago and 65 per cent fewer public service vacancies:


Source: ABS, Job Vacancies, November 2012

Source: ABS, Job Vacancies, November 2012

Bridie Jabour: Fire crews have been reduced from 16 to 10 on Bribie Island as they continue to fight and control the bushfires burning on the western side of the island. Sixteen firefighting crews were on the island overnight and the fire continued to burn within containment lines this morning allowing for a reduction in the crews.

The current temperature is 31 degrees.


Phil Lutton: It's another case of so near yet so far for Queensland fast bowler Ben Cutting, who has been left out of the team for tomorrow's first ODI against Sri Lanka in Melbourne. Given the rotation policy, it's a good bet he'll play in the match at the Gabba on January 18. Surely. Possibly. Maybe.

The Australian team is: Bailey, Doherty, Finch, Haddin, Hughes, Hussey, Johnson, Khawaja, Maxwell, McKay, Starc. Time for outraged Queensland fans to rekindle the #GiveBenABowl hashtag.

Acting Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.

Acting Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner. Photo: Katherine Feeney

Katherine Feeney: They say never work with children or animals, but that hasn't stopped Acting Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner handling a bush-stone curlew chick in support of the Brisbane City Council's Native Animal Ambulance.

Cr Schrinner said the ambulance had rescued 1,400 injured animals over 12 months with motor vehicles the primary cause of injury, the best ever annual result for the service.

Bridie Jabour: A teenager has been charged over the beating of a 28-year-old in Surfers Paradise early today which ended with the victim unconscious after being kicked in the head. A 19-year-old Sydney man has been charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and two accomplices, aged 19 and 32, have been charged with public nuisance.

Sean Baumgart: A Central Queensland teenager had a narrow escape yesterday when her mother drove (accidentally, presumably) through the wall of the family home and into the girl's bedroom. 

A girl survived after her mother drove into her bedroom.

A girl survived after her mother drove into her bedroom. Photo: Megan Pope, Fraser Coast Chronicle

Bridie Jabour: The truck rollover on the Clem7 on-ramp is still not cleared and there are concerns it has caused structural damage to the road. Police say it could be another few hours before the truck is moved.

Natalie Bochenski: Announcing a flood assistance package for the Queensland Theatre Company this morning, arts, science and IT minister Ros Bates says she's fighting fit and ready to take on 2013. She denies the sick leave she took in 2012 had anything to do with controversies surrounding Transport Department DG Michael Caltabiano and her son Ben Gommers.



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Bridie Jabour: The Acting Minister for Police and Community Safety Steve Dickson will head to Bribie Island today to meet with firefighters who have been battling blazes on the island. He plans to be there before midday.

Scott Beveridge: The asteroid Apophis is due to whiz past the Earth at 10am Queensland time. It will miss us this time but we might not be so lucky in 2029 when it returns...

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Near Earth asteroid Apophis will pass by Thursday morning but will return in 2029 and 2036 when a catastrophic collision with Earth is a real possibility.

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Bridie Jabour: Traffic is very heavy heading into Brisbane from the west because of the truck rollover but for those wondering you can still access Airport Link from Bowen Bridge Road. Just before 7am a semi-trailer rolled over on the Lutwyche Road on-ramp to the Clem 7, closing parts of the tunnel and the ICB.

Dan Nancarrow: Our story on the public transport zoning system pushing up prices is getting some reaction on Twitter:  

Dan Nancarrow: Here's what is making news on this morning:

  • Parts of the Inner City Bypass and Clem 7 could be closed for most of the day following a truck rollover on the tunnel.
  • Queensland court system struggles to deal with a tragic figure guilty of the most horrific of crimes - the sexual abuse of children.
  • The southeast's public transport zone system is pushing up the price of fares, according to transport policy experts.
  • The road to the riches of the NFL has only just begun for Brisbane boy Jesse Williams.

On the bushfire front, 16 fire crews have battled the fires on Bribie Island overnight and say the fires are under control. Residents have been told they no longer have to be prepared to evacuate but must remain alert. Fires in Tin Can Bay and Cootharaba, north of the Sunshine Coast, continue to burn within containment lines.

The temperature in Brisbane is tipped to hit 33 degrees today and at the moment it is 29.9 degrees.

Dan Nancarrow: Here's an aerial view of the truck rollover on the Clem 7, courtesy of the Australian Traffic Network.

A truck lies on its side at the Clem7 Lutwyche Road on-ramp, which is also an entrance to the Inner City Bypass.

A truck lies on its side at the Clem7 Lutwyche Road on-ramp, which is also an entrance to the Inner City Bypass. Photo: Australian Traffic Network

Simon Holt: Good morning, and again, welcome to Brisbane Live at Work. We come to you this morning with the news that a truck has rolled over at the Lutwyche on-ramp to the Clem 7. The on-ramp also leads to the ICB, and exits to both tunnels in Bowen Hills have closed.

Steer clear. Traffic is already banking up.

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  • Amazing! two years since those horrific floods swept through Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley. thanks for the video flashback.

    Jim Beam
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    January 10, 2013, 2:08PM
  • What the sky would look like if you had superpower type vision

    And why is GC's aka Nat's piece on The Amazing shop not up on the blog army page?

    Date and time
    January 10, 2013, 12:13PM
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