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Brisbane Live At Work: Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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.

Breaking News

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.

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.

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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.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of these men is asked to contact police. 
Dan

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.

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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:

Your Say

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:

 

The Green Lantern roller coaster in action at Movie World.
The Green Lantern roller coaster in action at Movie World. Photo: Supplied

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

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.
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.

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Breaking News

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.

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.

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.

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.

Your Say

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:

 

What do you think?

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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:

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!

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.
Lord Mountbatten’s Rolls Royce sits proudly at Palmer Motorama. 
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