Danielle Cronin: Brisbane Live At Work has concluded for the day but we will continue to bring you breaking news on the main site.
A sneak peek of what will make news tomorrow. There will be major announcement designed to fix one of city’s worst roads and a sporting legend will weigh in on the unrest in Douglas Street, Woodridge.
Police are maintaining a barrier between two warring groups in Logan south of Brisbane.
A riot squad was called to Douglas Street in Woodridge last night during a confrontation between an indigenous family and a Pacific Islander family.
It was the third night running that police had to get between the groups. Police continue to maintain their presence and have resorted to searching people entering the street.
A comprehensive wrap of today’s events is here.
Nine News has a series of pictures of the damage caused by the severe storm that tore through a small town near Longreach.
The trail of destruction in Jundah State School grounds Photo: Nine News
Danielle Cronin: A picture of the damage.
Danielle Cronin: An update on the severe storm that hit Jundah near Longreach.
The Department of Community Safety reports about 20 homes in the Jundah township have sustained significant damage. The storm is travelling in a northwesterly direction and reached Stonehenge, southwest of Longreach, about 3.30pm.
The storm has caused significant damage to properties in both towns, with reports trees and powerlines are down in both areas. Two semi-trailers, one water truck and a passenger vehicle towing a caravan were also reported to have overturned during the storm. There are still no reports of injuries.
Danielle Cronin: Translink has just provided an update on the situation with the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture train lines.
Services between Bald Hills and Petrie stations have resumed after the boomgate problem at the South Pine Road level crossing at Strathpine.
The 3.34pm Central to Nambour train is delayed 30 minutes and is now due to arrive at Nambour station at 5.55pm. The 3.34pm Central to Caboolture train is delayed 30 minutes and is now due to arrive at Caboolture station at 5.10pm.
Danielle Cronin: The Queensland State Emergency Service reports a severe storm hit Jundah, near Longreach, this afternoon and caused significant damage to about 15 homes.
There are also reports of fallen trees and extensive damage to the local school but thankfully no reports of injuries. If you have photos that you’d like to share with our readers, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danielle Cronin: Major delays on the Caboolture and Sunshine Coast train lines.
Amy Remeikis: In Logan police remain on the street and have cautioned one carload of youths calling abuse at others gathered in the area.
The two family groups involved in the dispute have been separated by police at different ends of Douglas Street.
Dan Nancarrow: A sixty-year-old man has been run over by a crane in Loganholme, a Department of Community Safety spokeswoman says.
The man suffered a pelvis injury, but is conscious and breathing.
Emergency crews are still at the scene of the incident on Burchill Street, at Henry Street.
Dan Nancarrow: Australian Traffic Network has reported a car and pedestrian accident on Burchill Street, at Henry Street, Loganholme this afternoon. More details on the incident to come.
There's also an accident involving two cars on Gympie Road, Carseldine, in the northbound lane before Beams Road.
Scott Beveridge: A Brisbane mother has given birth to a four kilogram baby in the "front seat of a moving car" in the Airport Link tunnel.
Dan Nancarrow: Big rugby league news out of Sydney. New South Wales Origin centre Michael Jennings has signed with the Sydney Roosters having been released from the final three years of his contract with Penrith.
Jennings's four year contract with the Roosters is said to be worth $2 million.
Katherine Feeney: Bobbing for building rights: The Sunshine Coast Council will release 230 works packages for construction of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital project tomorrow, and Councillor Peter Cox said Lend Lease has broken them into smaller units making it easier for local businesses to have a shot.
The contracts range from earthworks, block work, carpentry, floorcoverings, windows and curtains, through to signage, whitegoods, mirrors and even artwork. The packages will be released online through the ICN Gateway. Local businesses must be registered.
Dan Nancarrow: The Australian Traffic Network is reporting congestion along the M1 southbound from the Gateway merge at Eight Mile Plains.
There has also been a crash at Queens Esplanade near Mark Street in Thorneside.
John Birmingham has fallen in love with the sound of Australian hip hop act Hilltop Hoods this summer.
He wants to know what has been your holiday soundtrack:
"You might even convince me to break open my playlists and add something new."
Dan Nancarrow: Today has been the first time the temperature gauge hasn't ticked over 30 degrees since the first Sunday of the year.
Brisbane hit a high of 29.4 degrees at 1.41pm. The forecast is for maximums of 30 or higher for the rest of the week, so enjoy the cool change while you can.
Scott Beveridge: Woodridge residents Wayne and Sally Archer were not home when youths ripped palings from their wooden fence and faced off in Douglas Street on Monday night.
‘‘I was a little bit horrified, because I looked on the news and thought, 'oh that's my house'," Mrs Archer said. Here’s the video.
Fence victims 'a bit horrified'
Residents whose fence was torn apart in a clash between rival groups in Woodridge say their suburb is "friendly", as police keep "the hotheads away from each other".PT1M52S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2cr1a 620 349 January 15, 2013
Tony Moore: A Blackall jounalist is the new head of Seven News in Queensland.
Ross Dagan, who was born in Blackall, left the small central Queensland town to become news director of Seven's Regional News before stints as Channel Ten's news director, at Aljazeera English in Kuala Lumpur, and a period as head of TVNZ's news and current affairs team in New Zealand.
Dagan replaces Rob Raschke, who is off to Sydney to head Seven's news team.
Katherine Feeney: Lob up or log on: A reminder to anyone interested in the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 that there'll be a public hearing on the bill tomorrow at the Parliament House from 11.00am to 1.00pm.
If you can't get along don't panic; the hearing will also be streamed live by the Queensland Parliament.
Tony Moore: In the state's north a teacher has become the first indigenous Queenslander to be given a loan to buy a house and land in an indigenous community.
The aboriginal people of the Hope Vale area - the Guugu Yimithirr people - have an earlier claim to fame. In 1770 they hosted James Cook and his party's botanist Joseph Banks, giving Banks the word "Gangurru".
When that was written in English it became "kangaroo".
Dan Nancarrow: The Queensland premier says warring families in Logan, south of Brisbane, may be asked to consider moving to avoid more violence. Premier Campbell Newman said the state government would consider relocating the families involved, if they agreed.
‘‘There are some of these people in public housing and if they wish to move to a different location so we can defuse these things - those are the sorts of things we’d do with people’s co-operation,’’ he told reporters today.
Amy Remeikis: The Brisbane Magistrates court does not seem to be getting any less busy.
Still dealing with a number of notice to appear mentions for public nuisance.
The latest - 18-year-old Adam John Lewis Moore who was arrested in Fortitude Valley after challenging another man to a fight - in front of police officers who he was assisting as a witness in another matter.
He was fined $250.
Marissa Calligeros: Douglas Street residents Jacki and John Adams fear tensions will boil over in their street again, despite assurances from police.
"Last night we barricaded ourselves inside. The Pacific Islanders were coming down from one side of the street and the Aborigines from the other and our house is in the middle," Ms Adams said. "You feared for your life."
She said the last she heard from the crowd of men, one was yelling: "We came for blood. This isn't finished."
Douglas Street residents Jacki and John Adams. Photo: Marissa Calligeros
Danielle Cronin: Joy McAlpine has been found.
The Queensland Police Service has just issued a statement, reporting the 61-year-old missing woman has been located.
Katherine Feeney: That's interesting. Agriculture Minister John McVeigh has just tabled a note in Parliament that shows he's approved an extension of the tabling date for the Australian Agricultural College Corporation's annual report.
According to the paper: “The extension is due to the delay in finalising the corporation’s financial statements, pending a commitment by the Government of funding for the corporation, and the completion of the audit of the financial report of the corporation.”
The report is now due by the end of the month...
Marissa Calligeros: Relative calm has returned to the streets of Logan today, but for a large police presence.
It's business as usual at the local bakery and convenience store.
Katherine Feeney: What do you get when you take a look at Logan by the numbers? Just like Brisbane, most families are couples with children, most people over 15 have finished high school and most people were born in Australia and speak English at home.
However census data shows Logan has nearly double the number of people who identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin than Brisbane, and the majority of people claiming Kiwi ancestry identify as Maori, not "New Zealander". Logan City Council says there are over 215 ethnicities represented in the region.
But some of the starkest differences between Brisbane and Logan hinge on employment and income rates.
Guide Dogs Queensland puppies. Photo: Natalie Bochenski
Natalie Bochenski: Lunchtime cuteness alert!
These gorgeous Labrador puppies need foster homes to help them on their way to becoming working Guide Dogs.
The Guide Dogs Queensland had brought the pups to the Queen Street Mall to raise awareness about their fostering program.
Visit www.guidedogsqld.com.au to find out how you can get involved.
There is a school of thought which says Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian’s babies could be born on the same day. It's from the good folk at our Life & Style desk.
Marissa Calligeros: Wayne and Sally Archer were not home when youths ripped palings from the wooden fence of the couple's property to use as weapons against each other.
The couple watched the brawl unfold on the evening news and weren't able to return home until 11pm on Monday.
"I was a little bit horrified, because I looked on the news and thought, 'oh that's my house'," Mrs Archer said.
Amy Remeikis: And the fun continues at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
A spectator just launched into court, attempted to ask a member of the media out on a date, told the magistrate she could "carry on", told a prosecutor to "take a seat on my ****" before leaving at the mention of security wishing the court "peace and love".
Just a normal day really.
Danielle Cronin: Have you seen Joy?
Police are appealing for the public’s help to find Joy McAlpine who was last seen at Castle Street, Kedron about 8am on Monday.
The 61-year-old is described as Caucasian in appearance, of a medium build, and about 157cm tall with grey hair. She suffers from a medical condition so police and family are concerned for her welfare and urge anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Joy McAlpine was last seen in Kedron on Monday morning. Photo: Queensland Police
Natalie Bochenski: More rumours from the mountain... Mt Coot-tha, that is.
There's speculation Channel 7 is changing its Brisbane nightly news presenting team, and that may include Bill McDonald.
The ex-Channel 10 newsreader had been linked to a possible Queensland version of Today Tonight.
And he may not be the only famous face to shift to Seven.
A network PR spokesperson said nothing is official yet, but added "All of our news team has signed to come back this year."
Bill McDonald. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Marissa Calligeros: Logan Mayor Pam Parker says Logan will rise above its cultural differences:
"We've learnt in the past Logan recovers from these situations and we go on from strength to strength. Our community rallies together to find solutions."
Amy Remeikis: Another busy day at the Brisbane Magistrates Court as the judicial system continues to work their way through all the misbehavior from the Christmas season.
An example - 21-year-old Joshua Christopher Cort, who was refused entry to Fortutude Valley strip club 'Love and Rockets' and showed his frustration by knocking over bollards in front of the club.
His night out earned him a $400 fine.
Marissa Calligeros: Superintendent Noel Powers says he was unarmed when he tried to disperse youths gathered in the street on Monday night.
"If we attempted any sort of enforcement action, well it would have just escalated that and I'd be quite confident we could have lost control of the situation," he said.
Simon Holt: The Queensland Greens have just released a statement claiming the state is in gross need of electoral reform.
It quotes QUT researcher and Greens spokesman Dr Charles Worringham who says Queensland is "exceptionally unrepresentative" - the worst of 132 states/provinces in the US, Australia, Canada, Germany and South Africa.
His research claims the LNP is over-represented by 77%, compared to an average 17% elsewhere. In a nutshell, he's claiming the government has too many seats for the number of votes it received in last year's election.
Dan Nancarrow: The federal member for the neighbouring electorate of Forde, Bert van Manen, has weighed into the controversy over LNP MP Andrew Laming's tweet on the Logan violence last night:
I don't accept last nights post about people in Logan & the continued #woodridge comments are detracting from the positives in our community— Bert van Manen MP (@BertVanManen) January 14, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: The violent clashes which erupted on a Logan street over the past three nights were first sparked by the damage of a car, Superintendent Noel Powers said at a press conference in Woodridge this morning.
"It relates initially to the damage of a car, then it just escalates from that point on," Superintendent Powers said.
Simon Holt: Unusual update from Queensland Police Media:
Traffic hazard on Charlock Road near Braken Ridge Road, Bald Hills - No bull. Well actually, it is a bull... #bnetraffic— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) January 15, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Logan City Council Mayor Pam Parker is describing violence in Logan as shameful and says the incidents have brought the city's reputation into disrepute.
Speaking at a joint press conference in Woodridge with Queensland Police superintendent Noel Powers, Mayor Parker says the comments made about the violence by Federal MP Andrew Laming were unhelpful.
Superintendent Powers says his officers performed admirably in resolving tensions yesterday.
Lance Armstrong is reportedly in the process of admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs.
Dan Nancarrow: Andrew Laming has made another comment on the violence in Logan:
To clarify: Working together to resolve these riots the priority. Training and a chance for jobs are key.— Andrew Laming (@AndrewLamingMP) January 14, 2013
Simon Holt: There are a number of events today geared towards quelling violence at Logan. There's a police press conference at 10am which is expected to appeal for calm. And later today, there's a meeting with elders who are expected to offer some advice to families involved in the arguments.
Marissa Calligeros: At a press conference in Milton this morning Police Minister Jack Dempsey says he's disappointed in the behaviour of those involved in the Logan clashes.
"It's disappointing that people are not respecting the laws, are not respecting each other and their community," he said.
Here's a different take on the Logan situation.
Marty, from Yamanto, says: "I think it was inflammatory and totally racist that white police officers put themselves at risk by trying to intervene in what was obviously a well considered culturally sensitive demonstration of their respective and respected values!"
Simon Holt: Given the overnight violence, and hopes of a truce in Logan/Woodridge today, this is our poll from yesterday.
Poll: Logan's top cop says social media is a contributor to racial violence at Logan. What's the best way to tackle it?
- Find whoever is making threatening comments and arrest them.
- Push for laws to shut down posts deemed to be in poor taste.
- Let them have their say. It's free speech.
- It's not social media's fault at all. Address those causing the violence.
- It's a tough issue without a simple solution.
Total votes: 189.
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These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinion only of visitors who have chosen to participate.
Dan Nancarrow: Today’s forecast for Brisbane is for a mostly fine day, with a light shower or two predicted this morning. A maximum of 28 is expected.
Simon Holt: The Fair Work Ombudsman has been hard at it, finding that plenty of teenagers working in shopping centre fast food joints are being ripped off. Thanks to the findings, however, the good news for the young hard workers is that they'll be repaid the $120,000 they're owed - or at least that's the order dodgy shop owners have been given.
Dan Nancarrow: Here's what is making news this morning on brisbanetimes.com.au:
- Federal MP Andrew Laming's tweet on racial tensions in Logan condemned.
- Mayor demands zero tolerance as men arm themselves with fence palings in Logan.
- Former senior of the year embezzled $9m to help indigenous school, police say.
- More than 300 food court employees to be paid $120,000 worth of back pay after audit finds more half of outlets were underpaying their staff.
Simon Holt: TRAFFIC UPDATE: There's a broken down truck on Gympie Rd inbound at Beams Rd, Carseldine. Traffic is so far back to Linkfield Rd. A car and a bike have had a scuffle near the Goodwill Bridge in Stanley St. Other small accidents at Redbank Plains and Arana Hills, and one at Caloundra Rd in Caloundra.
Wynnum Rd through Morningside and East Brisbane is most congested.
Simon Holt: Good morning. We wake this morning to the news that violence again took hold at Logan last night. But the issue which has really grabbed people's attention is the Twitter response of opposition spokesman for indigenous health Andrew Laming.
"Mobs tearing up Logan tonight. Did any of them do a day's work today, or was it business as usual and welfare on tap?" he tweeted.
Logan councillor Phil Pidgeon responded: "As a Cr I am sick and tired of these morons. They need to get a job, get some pride & get rid of the chip on their shoulders."
Welcome to Brisbane Live@Work as we take you through the day - Tuesday January 15.