Cameron Atfield: That's it for Brisbane Live at Work today, but not for the site. Keep an eye on brisbanetimes.com.au for updates through the night and early tomorrow morning.
Brisbane Live at Work will be back tomorrow from about 8am, but that's not the only reason to come by brisbanetimes.com.au tomorrow. We'll have plenty of stories to keep you informed and entertained, including a thought-provoking story about one of society's worst crimes and a feature on Brisbane's own NFL star-in-waiting, Jesse Williams.
Bridie Jabour: The Watch and Act message for White Patch in Bribie Island has been cancelled meaning residents do not have to be on standby to evacuate because of the bushfires. Sixteen fire crews will remain on the ground overnight battling the bushfires on the island and locals are still being warned there is a lot of smoke about.
Residents are being told to stay alert and keep listening to the radio.
Bridie Jabour: A new bushfire has started today north of the Sunshine Coast. The fire is burning within containment lines near Junction Road, Cootharaba with multiple fire crews on scene. It is causing a smoke haze in Boreen Point and surrounding areas.
Northern Brisbane suburbs are being coated in a smoke haze this evening as a result of this fire, along with the ones burning in Tin Can Bay and Bribie Island.
Katherine Feeney: Recognise these men? Queensland police wish to speak to them about an altercation which saw a 53-year-old man threatened with a knife in a Forest Lake carpark on October 5.
Police report the man got into an argument with a 27-year-old man and 31-year-old man, the 31-year-old threatening the man with a knife before leaving in a green Hyundai excel with the 27-year-old man and a woman.
Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of these men is asked to contact police.
Dan Nancarrow: While our attention is on the Bribie Island bushfires, things weren't as hot as everyone was expecting in Brisbane today, with a maximum of 33 at 10.59am well shy of the forecast 36. Ipswich got close to a predicted 40 degrees, reaching 39 at 2.30pm.
Natalie Bochenski: Look out for zombie kids! These 7 to 12 years old took part in a "Blood, Guts and Gore" workshop as part of the CSIRO's Double Helix holiday program.
They finished their day impressing their Mums and Dads with fake wounds and zombie-like injuries:
Dan Nancarrow: On Twitter Brett Debritz weighs in on the Green Lantern rollercoaster being stuck at Movie World. He suggests the arch enemy of Hal Jordan might be involved:
@brisbanetimes Power ring failure? Or is Sinestro up to his old tricks again?— Brett Debritz (@debritz) January 9, 2013
The Green Lantern roller coaster in action at Movie World. Photo: Supplied
Bridie Jabour: Eight people have been stuck on a Gold Coast theme park roller coaster for more than an hour following a mid-ride breakdown.
An electrical fault caused Movie World's Green Lantern rollercoaster car to stop after midday, and staff had to ferry umbrellas and water to the eight people in the car.
Dan Nancarrow: Queensland paleontologists have discovered the world's only recorded dinosaur stampede is largely made up of the tracks of swimming animals, not running dinosaurs as originally thought.
The tracks, which are 95 to 98 million years old, are preserved in the Lark Quarry Conservation Park, southwest of Winton, from when the area was part of a vast, forested floodplain.
Lark Quarry dinosaur tracks. Photo: Supplied
Tony Moore: "Brisbane is not just ready for an underground rail system, it is essential," according to one of Australia's leading public transport figures, Professor Peter Newman says from West Australia's Curtin University.
Interviewed about solving the creaking wheels in Brisbane's public transport network, he said the underground rail network would help solve many of the city's transport problems.
Simon Holt: Trafficnet Queensland is reporting a multi-vehicle accident on Hale St, at the Musgrave Rd exit, Red Hill. If you've got an alternative route, it might be best to take it.
Bridie Jabour: Wayne Swan has accused the Newman Government of taking a "sledgehammer" to the state's health system after 25 nursing full-time equivalent job positions were axed at The Prince Charles Hospital and whispers a regional hospital will close down. There will be a protest tomorrow at TPCH against the cuts.
Cameron Atfield: While Bribie Island burns, a little closer to home Redland City Council is now on bushfire alert.
Our Fairfax stablemates at the Bayside Bulletin report the council has issued a Level 2 fire alert - the highest warning signal possible without a fire burning.
Dan Nancarrow: Also trending on Twitter in Brisbane today is Bill Pulver - the new chief executive officer of the Australian Rugby Union. BT Blog Army blogger Steve Molk suggests the media is missing the mark by mentioning the highly publicised collar bomb incident which involved his daughter in 2011 in stories about his new role:
Dear Media: Bill Pulver is not defined by "the collar bomb incident". Confident he got the #ARU job on his merits. Leave his daughter alone.— SteveMolk (@MolksTVTalk) January 9, 2013
What do you think?
Marissa Calligeros: The bushfire on Bribe Island is burning within containment lines. Although residents have been told to prepare to evacuate, smoke is the main concern at the moment.
Marissa Calligeros: The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service has issued a "watch and act" alert to Bribie Island residents, urging them to prepare their bushfire plans.
The fire is travelling in a northerly direction and is expected to reach areas surrounding White Patch Esplanade in the next six to 24 hours. Firefighters are frantically trying to stop the blaze spreading to two nearby pine plantations.
Natalie Bochenski: John Birmingham is up for voting in today's Booktopia fave Oz novellist - people can go vote for BT's own Blunt Instrument!
Amy Remeikis: A touch of royalty has been added to Palmer Coolum Resort - which fits in nicely with the Titanic/dinosaur theme they have going.
A 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville which once belonged to Prince Phillip's uncle - Lord Louis Mountbatten - now takes pride of place in the Palmer Motorama.
Lord Mountbatten’s Rolls Royce sits proudly at Palmer Motorama.
Simon Holt: Some wise words from our firies.
Dan Nancarrow: RSPCA Qld reports a sharp increase last month in the amount of animals being reported as abandoned, up from 269 in November to 438.
Chief inspector Daniel Young says often an animal being reported as abandoned is being cared for by a friend or relative who is coming to feed and water it after hours. But two dogs did die last month from heat stress and the increase in reports has put a strain on the organisation’s call centre.
Hence, the RSPCA is desperately searching for call centre volunteers. You can register interest by emailing your full name and number to email@example.com with the subject line CALL CENTRE OPERATOR.
Marissa Calligeros: Campers are being evacuated from Bribie Island as water bombing helicopters are deployed. All campers within the Bribie Island National Park have been asked to leave, police said.
Helicopter water bombing fires on Bribie Island. Photo: Channel 9
Simon Holt: Good Food Guide editor Natascha Mirosch has reviewed Chowhouse restaurant.
Here's what she says: "Less fine dining, more casual, but still with an emphasis on quality food. These are the kind of places that defy being shoehorned into a genre. You want to call us a bar? No problem, grab a stool and we'll make you the city's best espresso martini. Breakfast? Of course – how would you like your eggs done? A romantic dinner a deux? Sure, take a seat while we light the candles and fetch a wine list."
Chowhouse restaurant. Photo: Simon Holt
Dan Nancarrow: What's trending in Brisbane on Twitter? Two people: Lance Armstrong and Oprah.
News has just broken that Armstrong is to appear on the US chat queen's show this week to speak about doping allegations.
Marissa Calligeros: Here's a weather update. It's 32.7 degrees in Brisbane and rising.
Marissa Calligeros: Workplace bullying at an elite private Brisbane school has been exposed.
Natalie Bochenski: Here's a summer activity for the kids that you mightn't have thought of.
These children are dissecting a pig pluck as part of the Double Helix 'Blood, Guts and Gore' education program.
Aakash Bhattacharya, 7, Ella Greenaway, 9, Grace Heaton, 8, Emma Cooney, 10, and CSIRO education officer Leah Solyom. Photo: Natalie Bochenski
Dan Nancarrow: Commenter sifLord has a cheeky take on our Caltabiano paid $130,000 for doing nothing story:
"Pffft , its just a couple bus tickets people ..."
text Photo: Mick Tsikas
Dan Nancarrow: Yesterday we told you about the allegations against Sunshine Coast MP Peter Slipper of taking taxpayer-funded tours of wineries in the Canberra region. Today a top criminal lawyer says the Member for Fisher could be jailed if found guilty.
Simon Holt: Yesterday, 61% of you thought you were being ripped off on public transport. Today, Tony Moore is looking at possible solutions from high-profile transport planners. We are being swamped with comments, so please be patient with us as we get around to moderating them all. The discussion is taking off.
Marissa Calligeros: Eleven extra fire crews are being sent to Bribie Island to help contain a fire burning in inaccessible bushland between two pine plantations. There’s no threat to homes at this stage. It's currently 29.9 degrees in Brisbane.
Simon Holt: Wayne Swan has just taken a verbal swing at the State Government in response to staff cuts at Prince Charles Hospital and the proposed closure of Moura Hospital.
He says: "I am deeply concerned about the sledgehammer Campbell Newman is taking to health services right across Queensland despite hundreds of millions of dollars in increased funding from the federal government."
Phil Lutton: The buzz over Australia's budding NFL star Jesse Williams continues, as does the guessing game as to where he may end up in the NFL draft. Mock drafts last year had Williams going in the second round but after Alabama's demolition of Notre Dame in the championship game he has shot up the list. A number of mock drafts have Carolina ready to pull the trigger on Williams with the 14th pick, while CBS has Williams off to Pittsburgh at pick 17 or the Colts at 24. Others have thrown up names like the Dallas Cowboys. In any case, it looks as if Williams is going to go first round and it will be his shout... forever.
Dan Nancarrow: Englishman Scott Wallace has some fun with our story on the heat in Birdsville:
Danielle Cronin: The latest on power outages:
1491 customers without power in Brisbane City area. Check website for updates bit.ly/mUpV3t— Energex (@Energex) January 8, 2013
Scott Beveridge: This is quite remarkable. The jellyfish having a day out on Fraser Island:
Jellyfish swarm on Fraser Island
Six people are treated for suspected irukandji stings on Fraser Island as tourists vow to stay out of the water due to the "worst season" in memory for jellyfish.PT1M40S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2cfih 620 349 January 9, 2013
Simon Holt: Well, here's an opportunity. Get along to the Brisbane Powerhouse this season and you're in the running to win a trip to Paris.
Simon Holt: The mercury has risen to 28 degrees at Spring Hill, but some cloud cover is offering temporary relief. A tip from a reader: Wet a scarf or teatowel and put it on the back of your neck to help cool down.
Natalie Bochenski: Former Triple M breakfast presenter Emily-Jade O'Keefe is making a radio comeback. She'll host 612 ABC nights (7-9pm) for two weeks come next Monday January 14.
O'Keefe was unceremoniously dumped by the rock station at the end of 2011 - along with Ian Skippen and Greg Sullivan - but word has it this temporary gig might lead to more in 2013.
Dan Nancarrow: Here's what is making news on brisbanetimes.com.au this morning:
- Stood-aside director-general of the Department of Transport and Main Roads Michael Caltabiano will have earned about $130,000 for doing nothing by February 12.
- An eighteen-year-old New Zealander is charged with the murder of a 64-year-old Brisbane man on New Year's Day.
- Stakeholders and experts' provide their opinions on how to improve Brisbane's public transport system.
- Thongs melt on the ground as the heat in Birdsville approaches 48 degrees.
Simon Holt: It's worth noting that on the new "live" coverage tool, comments are no longer at the bottom of the page. Rather, they're at the right. Drop us your thoughts on any issue and help drive the debate on Brisbane Live@Work.
Marissa Calligeros: An 18-year-old New Zealander will appear in a Hamilton court today charged with the New Year's Day murder of a 64-year-old Brisbane man.
Robert Murray Wilkinson, a Kiwi ex-pat, was holidaying in the seaside town of Waihi when he was stabbed in the head and neck.
Simon Holt: It might be a nervous wait for stood-aside director-general of Main Roads and Transport Michael Caltabiano as the Parliament's Ethics Committee makes a call on whether he misled parliament or not.
But it's certainly a lucrative one. He's pocketed $130,000 so far for doing very little. Have your say:
Poll: If you got $130,000 for doing nothing, how would you spend it?
- I'd invest it wisely in case I didn't have a job any time soon.
- I'd buy a boat and sail to the Bahamas.
- I'd take it to Treasury and put it all on black.
- I'd buy shares on the Australian Stock Exchange.
- I'd give it all back because I didn't deserve it in the first place.
Total votes: 125.
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Marissa Calligeros: Traffic is looking pretty good on Brisbane roads this morning. There are no major incidents or break downs ... yet.
Simon Holt: In the meantime, spare a thought for Birdsville which has already had a week of 45-degree heat. Apparently, even they think that's hot.
Birdsville resident Kim Wildman sent us this great photo of the locals off to the pool.
Birdsville locals on the way to the local pool to escape the heat. Photo: Kim Wildman
Simon Holt: Good morning. Welcome to the Wednesday edition of Brisbane Live@Work. The temperature gauge is at 24 and is expected to rise to 36 in Brisbane; 40 in Ipswich. Fires still rage on Bribie Island, and there are fears others might spark throughout the state. As anything breaks, we'll let you know right here.