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Brisbane Live At Work: Wednesday June 19

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Danielle Cronin: It's almost home time for many.

There are no major issues on the public transport system or significant crashes to report.

It's 17 degrees, which is two degrees shy of the maxium.

Thanks for joining us. We'll be back tomorrow.

The missing 15-year-old.

The missing 15-year-old. Photo: Police Media

Dan Nancarrow: Police are asking the public to help track down a 15-year-old girl who went missing in Ipswich in March.

The girl was last seen by family at the East Ipswich Railway Station on March 15 where it is believed she took a train to Brisbane.

She is described as Caucasian, 160cm tall with brown hair, brown eyes, an average build and a fair complexion.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Ipswich Police or Crime Stoppers.

AAP: No criminal charges will be laid over a nepotism scandal at the University of Queensland, which lead to the resignation of two heads.

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor Paul Greenfield resigned last year after an internal investigation found irregularities in the enrolment of a student to whom he is related.

Queensland’s Crime and Misconduct Commission was asked by police to examine if there were possibly criminal offences over the alleged ‘‘forced offer for entry’’ into the medical program.

IBM Australia is in the midst of axing up to 1500 Australian staff in a reshuffle that will send many jobs offshore to Asia and New Zealand, according to sources.

Affected staff have told Fairfax Media between 1200 and 1500 local jobs are being made redundant this year in several waves.

Simon Holt: There will be plenty of bids to attract the patronage of visiting British Lions fans this weekend. One of those places will be Riverside Centre Plaza where there'll be a day-long festival on Saturday.

It's being dubbed the Lion's Den Festival. A big outdoor screen will show the 2001 Test Series. British & Irish Lions songbooks have been printed, and include Swing Low Sweet Chariot which will no doubt ring out through the city.

The Pig ‘N’ Whistle has an adapted menu, and there will be food stations (spit roasts and vindaloo) and live entertainment throughout the outdoor area of the plaza. Entry is free and there will be free buses to and from Suncorp Stadium for ticketholders.

 

Dan Nancarrow: Police are looking for a man responsible for robbing a convenience store in Wooloowin with a knife this morning.

The man entered the Lisson Grove store at 6am, leaving with cash and cigarettes.

He is described as a 180cm tall Caucasian with a slim build, aged between 30 and 35 years of age, and was wearing a dark hooded jumper, jeans, and sandshoes.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au

Marissa Calligeros: At the inquest: Witness Desmond Edmondstone has taken the stand.

He has told the court his late friend Larry Charles confessed to being involved in the murders of Sydney nurses Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans in 1974.

In extraordinary detail, Mr Edmondstone recounted what Mr Charles had confessed while the pair was staying at a caravan park in Rockhampton in 1978.

Mr Edmondstone said the young women were raped then bashed to death at the paddock at the base of the Toowoomba range.

Lorraine Ruth Wilson (left) and Wendy Joy Evans were found murdered in 1978 after they went missing in 1974.

Lorraine Ruth Wilson (left) and Wendy Joy Evans were found murdered in 1978 after they went missing in 1974. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Marissa Calligeros: From the inquest into the 1974 killings of young Sydney nurses Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans:

Kim Sandercock says she cannot recall having a conversation with a strange woman at Toowoomba's Crown Hotel about the killing of the nurses at Murphy's Creek.

She has previously told police she met a woman named Ellen at the hotel's lounge bar in 1984, who told her, in great detail, about the nurses' deaths 10 years earlier.

But she could not recall that conversation when she fronted a coronial inquest in Brisbane this afternoon.

‘‘I'd give my life to help,’’ she said. ‘‘But I can't remember.’’

Amy Remeikis: Political opinions aside, the Brisbane government precinct is happening.  So how should it look?

The government has launched an online survey to gauge public opinion. Here is how deputy premier Jeff Seeney explains it; 

“Should a casino be ruled in or out, what are the best uses for the heritage buildings that will be preserved as part of the precinct redevelopment and how will that redevelopment appropriately relate to Parliament House, 1 William Street and the Brisbane River?

“This is a unique opportunity to revitalise the George Street end of the Central Business District, which includes Heritage listed buildings which date back to our city beginnings.”

To have your say, head here

Natascha Mirosch: There's been a change of chef at Bacchus at South Bank.

Americo Fernandes has been replaced by Mark Penna. For the past three years he's been chef de partie at Aria, before that working at Baguette under Bruno Loubet and with Herbert Berger at London's Michelin-starred 1 Lombard Street.

Smokin' cocktails at Bacchus Bar in South Bank.

Smokin' cocktails at Bacchus Bar in South Bank.

Marissa Calligeros: The inquest into the 1974 killings of young Sydney nurses Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans has resumed in Brisbane.

The court has heard a fresh witness has come forward with evidence.

However, the first witness to give evidence will be Kim Sandercock.

She has arrived at the court in a wheelchair.

Natalie Bochenski: Thanks to all those who entered our competition to win double passes to Bill Oddie's show tomorrow night at The Tivoli.

The name of The Goodies' Lancastrian martial art was indeed Ecky-Thump.

Congratulations to James Corvan, James Robinson, Tony Wynne and Seamus Kirkpatrick for being quickest in with correct answers.

You can still grab tickets to An Oldie But a Goodie online.

The Goodies back in the day: Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor.

The Goodies back in the day: Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor. Photo: Supplied

Ballet Revolución will open its national tour in Brisbane and Kerstin Kehren has snapped this shot at the media call at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex.

Direct from Cuba, Ballet Revolución is a mix of dance genres and styles.

Ballet RevoluciĆ³n will open its national tour in Brisbane.

Ballet RevoluciĆ³n will open its national tour in Brisbane. Photo: Kerstin Kehren

Amy Remeikis: Indigenous affairs minister Glen Elmes is discussing the High Court decision regarding the alcohol management plans in indigenous communities

Minister Glen Elmes speaking to the media.

Minister Glen Elmes speaking to the media. Photo: Amy Remeikis

Katherine Feeney: O-la-la! Brisbane Chef Romain Bapst, of Il Centro fame, will launch his latest French cuisine venture, Lutèce Bistro & Wine Bar, in Bardon on MacGregor Terrace just in time to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14.

Offering traditional French fare, the menu is given a modern twist with an Alsatian spirit thanks to Mr Bapst’s rich Strasbourgeois heritage. Picture les cocottes (dishes cooked in cast-iron pots), braised beef Baeckeoffe, 24 hours braised stuffed oxtail with celeriac purée, mushroom and truffles and homemade terrine and pressée of calves tongue with duck foie gras served with onion and fig marmalade.

Mon-dieu!

Simon Holt: About 200 Grade 10 and 11 students have been sent a clear message from RSL (Queensland Branch) to "give it a go". And there's a $5000 reward at the end of it.

Each year, the RSL supports a Youth Development Program which offers grants up to $5000 to 200 students who have demonstrated academic, sporting, community and leadership accomplishments.

Grants are geared to help students participate in activities which otherwise might have been out of reach, and focuses heavily on remote areas. Entries close November 12, and entrants need to outline their chosen pursuit, get a letter of support from their local RSL sub-branch, and write a 500-word essay on the importance of Anzac values to Australia's youth.

Marissa Calligeros: Queensland Health press conference: Legionella bacteria likely contaminated the hot water supply of a major Brisbane hospital through redundant piping, it has been revealed.

Queensland Health has also revealed there was a further deadly case of legionnaires' disease at Brisbane's Wesley Hospital two years ago.

A patient died in October 2011 of the disease.

Authorities could not determine the source of the disease at the time so the one-off case was not investigated further.

Tony Moore: The first 650,000 of Queensland's six million historical births, deaths and marriages records are now available online.

And Margaret Doherty, president of the Queensland Genealogical Society, is delighted.

‘‘It makes it so much easier and so much faster for us to gather family histories,’’ she says.

She joined Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie who made the announcement during a tour of the vaults of the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages in George Street.

Queensland Genealogical Society's Margaret Doherty in the vault of Births Deaths and Marriages in George Street, Brisbane.

Queensland Genealogical Society's Margaret Doherty in the vault of Births Deaths and Marriages in George Street, Brisbane. Photo: Tony Moore

Amy Remeikis: Beware the app!

At least the dodge ones.  The Office of Fair Trading says more than 1 billion apps have been downloaded in Australia - but there are some dangers; programs which skim your credit card and banking details and games which require money to continue playing are just a couple.

As with everything, the OFT advises to do your research.

National Consumer Fraud Week runs from 17 – 23 June. For more information on scams visit www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or www.scamwatch.gov.au or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Simon Holt: Cancer Council Queensland is keen to thank those who pounded the pavement in Sunday's Brisbane Times City2South presented by Westpac.

"All funds raised for Cancer Council Queensland through City2South will support world-class cancer research, prevention and early detection programs, and patient support services," an open letter says.

"This year alone, more than 23,000 Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer – about 8700 of these will be from Brisbane. Half the state’s population will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime."

Fundraising continues for three more weeks, and the tally stands at more than $176,000 in total. In the meatime, have a browse through our latest installment of photos from Sunday's big run.

City2South, June 16 Click for more photos

City2South Gallery 5

City2South, June 16 Photo: Renee Melides

Marissa Calligeros: Dr Jeanette Young is addressing media on legionnaires' disease and the preventative measures that will be taken by Queensland hospitals from now on.

Dr Jeanette Young addresses the media.

Dr Jeanette Young addresses the media. Photo: Marissa Calligeros

Poll: Football fans may have stumbled out of bed with an earworm. Peter Allen's I Go To Rio is playing on a constant loop in their heads after the Socceroos qualified for the World Cup last night. There are other options to serve as a soundtrack for the victory. Vote for your favourite or leave a comment if your's is not on the list.

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I Go To Rio by Peter Allen

55%

Rio by Duran Duran

40%

Rio Grande by Brian Wilson

0%

Real in Rio by Jesse Eisenberg

0%

March to Battle (Across the Rio Grande) by The Chieftains

5%

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Australia’s High Court has ruled alcohol management plans in 19 indigenous Queensland communities do not breach racial discrimination laws.

In a ruling handed down in Canberra today, the court rejected arguments that the management plans, which restrict and sale and possession of alcohol, breach both United Nations and federal racial discrimination laws.

AAP: Authorities will widen an investigation into a legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a major Brisbane hospital to include a 2011 death.

Queensland’s Chief Health officer Dr Jeannette Young has called a press conference at 11am to discuss her probe into the outbreak at The Wesley Hospital.

One patient is dead and another one is in intensive care after an outbreak of the disease at the Wesley in the past month.

Tony Moore: The proposed pedestrian and cycling bridge across the Brisbane River from Bellbowrie to Riverhills must now become a road bridge, the state’s motoring body says.

A bridge - to link from Sumners Road at Riverhills across to Birkin Road at Bellbowrie - was first planned in the mid-1970s, but rejected because it was too early in the city’s development.

Do you have information that could help solve this mystery?

Simon Holt: A reader has sent in this tip: It's a great idea to pass Brisbane city markets in the morning, at Reddacliff Place. Lunch times get rather crowded, but the produce in the morning is at its freshest, and the weather crisp.

"And there's nobody around," says Jill Madden. "It's just a wonderful time of the morning."

The City markets at 8am in the morning.

The City markets at 8am in the morning. Photo: Jill Madden

Katherine Feeney: Here's testament to star-power: The Queensland Cancer Council will next week host a free national webinar in response to growing community concern about Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy.

The free webinar ‘Breast cancer in the family – what does that mean for me?’’ will be held on Tuesday June 25 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Women who are worried about their family history of breast cancer, or have questions following Angelina Jolie’s announcement, are invited to register via www.cancervic.org.au, or by calling Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20.

The winner of Miles Franklin Literary Award will be announced in Canberra today.

Good luck to all the short-listed authors including Romy Ash  – the QUT creative writing graduate who penned Floundering.

Simon Holt: Fancy staying in an 80-year-old church? If you're looking for a sneaky weekend escape, we've got just the solution. Have a browse through our Queensland Escapes page. In conjunction with with Tourism Queensland, our mission is to find the best - and sometimes hidden - escapes in our great state.

Everywhere doesn't necessarily suit everyone, so we take an honest look at the pros and cons of each resort. The latest inclusion is Clouds on Beechmont. While the renovated church tucked away on the main road might not be everyone's cup of tea, it might be worth considering the more modern apartment-style unit which has a hot tub and sauna.

The views in some parts of the Gold Coast hinterland are outstanding.

Inside Old Saint John's Church at Clouds on Beechmont.

Inside Old Saint John's Church at Clouds on Beechmont.

Katherine Feeney: Sand "renourishment" work at Maroochydore Beach is on track to be completed before the summer storm season the local council has said this morning.

Sand pumping starts today, which will widen the beach, help prevent severe erosion and protect public facilities and infrastructure along Alexandra Parade and Aerodrome Road.

The popular stretch between Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland is worth around $80 million a year to the Sunshine Coast economy.

But... "renourishment"?

Marissa Calligeros: An inquest into the murder of two Sydney nurses in Queensland's Lockyer Valley nearly 40 years ago will hear from a final witness today.

Wendy Evans and Lorraine Wilson were hitchhiking from Brisbane in 1974 when they disappeared on the Toowoomba range.

Their bodies were found two years later in bushland at nearby Murphy's Creek.

Marissa Calligeros: Firefighters have returned to Thorn Street this morning to investigate the cause of a blaze that destroyed a home belonging to one of our Diggers.

A charred hull is all that remains of the Ipswich home after it was engulfed by flames about 3.30pm yesterday.

Marissa Calligeros: Two Townsville teens allegedly gave police the slip for two days after stealing a car, twice stealing petrol and hitting another vehicle.

Police say the pair broke into an apartment on Sunday night where they took a set of car keys which they then used to steal a car.

The boys, aged 15 and 16, managed to evade police for two days, before eventually abandoning the car in parkland.

Both have been charged and will be dealt with under the Youth Justice Act.

Good news out of the Brisbane Lions camp this morning, with confirmation two of the AFL club’s youngsters have committed to staying at the Gabba.

Matthew Leuenberger and Dayne Zorko have both agreed to extended deals with the club.

Leuenberger, 25, has agreed to a two-year extension, while Zorko, 24, has agreed to a new three-year deal.

Marissa Calligeros: The Wesley Hospital will start taking new patients again today, after a deadly outbreak of legionnaires' disease.

The hospital suspended all surgery, ambulances were directed elsewhere and remaining patients could not take showers after a 66-year-old cancer sufferer died of the disease.

Tests have since cleared the hospital of the bacterium.

The Wesley will begin accepting new patients into its 180-bed East Wing today and surgery will resume.

AAP: The High Court will today hand down a ruling on whether Queensland’s alcohol management plans breach racial discrimination laws.

Joan Monica Maloney was convicted of alcohol possession on Palm Island in 2010, but she’s gone to the High Court to challenge the outcome.

Her lawyers have argued that the management plans, which restrict and sale and possession of alcohol in 19 Queensland indigenous communities, breach racial discrimination laws.

Danielle Cronin: Here’s what is making news today:

 

Marissa Calligeros: Fortunately, congestion has now cleared on the Gateway Motorway, the Australian Traffic Network says. But this is what it looked like just minutes ago ...

Marissa Calligeros: Trains have now resumed in both directions between Petrie and Strathpine stations after an earlier loss of signalling and overhead power issue at Lawnton.

Residual delays of 30 minutes are expected for the rest of this morning's peak.

Marissa Calligeros:

Marissa Calligeros: Train delays on Sunshine Coast and Caboolture lines:

Trains have been suspended between Petrie and Strathpine stations due to a signal fault.

Delays of up to 60 minutes are expected.

Three buses are now operating from Petrie station.

Customers should consider alternative transport, including:

  • Route 680 which services Petrie station, then travels along Gympie Road near Lawnton, Bray Park, Strathpine and Bald Hills stations en route to Chermside Shopping Centre bus interchange. Customers can then transfer to a high-frequency bus to the city via the Northern Busway.

Danielle Cronin: Good morning.

It will be a fine and sunny day in Brisbane, according to the Bureau of Meterology, with temperatures ranging from seven to 19 degrees.

It's a bracing 10.7 degrees at the moment, which should help ease the sore heads of football fans who celebrated the Socceroos securing a place in the World Cup.

 

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  • CK, your blog is closed for comment on the other page and not a single Byron Bay trip request in time, bahh. Lol,

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    June 19, 2013, 5:38PM

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