Katherine Feeney: And here's the latest weather from the Bureau of Meteorology:
While Brisbane is likely to have cloudy, showery weather this afternoon, a severe weather warning remains current for exposed coasts on the Moreton Bay Islands due to a low pressure system developing near the shoreline which is causing dangerous surf conditions between Double Island Point and northern New South Wales.
The forecast for Thursday has Brisbane expecting more clouds and showers, with the wet weather likely to worsen during the afternoon.
Light to moderate south to south westerly winds, tending moderate to fresh during the day, will blow in a top of 27 degrees.
Unfortunately the rains are set to continue through to the weekend - at least it's good for the garden!
See you tomorrow Brisbane...
Katherine Feeney: There are no major delays affecting the Translink network this afternoon, though passengers on the Caboolture and Sunshine Coast lines should be mindful of some minor service changes relating to a platform closure at Narangba.
A multi-vehicle crash at Oxley Road in Sherwood is set to cause some delays, as is another at South Pine Road in Alderley. Meanwhile an incident at Bowen Bridge Road, Bowen Hills, should now be cleared...
Katherine Feeney: Alright - another day, another brief look back at the news that was.
Beginning with pain on the roads and rail lines, we managed to pull through with news about the state's newest ministers, Kurtley Beale's court-ordered mediation and the launch of the National Broadband Network in select Brisbane suburbs.
Then controversial Katter Party senate hopeful Bernard Gaynor resigned in an anti-abortion rage, a low brewing off the South East Queensland coast began raising eyebrows and chatter continued about changes to Brisbane's backyards likely under council's new City Plan.
As we moved into the afternoon, it was all charity boob sled teams, mighty ducks for Bundaberg and disagreements between doctors involved in the manslaughter trial of Jayant Patel.
Of course, that's but a glimpse at today's goings on - we look forward to seeing you again tomorrow for more - but now a brief look at the roads, transport and weather...
Natalie Bochenski: If you remember segments like "Radio Gladiators", "Foolish Behaviour" and "Shoot the Celebrity in the Arse", you probably spent your weekday afternoons listening to Martin/Molloy as well.
The national drivetime radio show starring Tony Martin and Mick Molloy aired between 1995 and 1998, and was a hugely popular comedy show.
Today, Martin has donated his entire collection of tapes of the show - that's 185 C90s, people! - to the National Film and Sound Archive.
I for one am glad all of those flatulence sounds are being preserved for the ages!
Have convinced the NSFA to take my 'Martin/Molloy' archive - 185 x 90mins cassettes. Yes, cassettes. twitter.com/mrtonymartin/s…— Tony Martin (@mrtonymartin) February 20, 2013
Katherine Feeney: Here's the latest from the manslaughter trail of Jayant Patel: The accused was incompetent when he decided to perform an unnecessary operation on a patient who later died a doctor told the Brisbane Supreme Court this afternoon.
According to Colorectal surgeon Dr Rodney Woods Mervyn Morris would not have died if he had not undergone surgery in mid-2003.
‘‘If he hadn’t had the surgery then I don’t believe he would have developed the various complications and the subsequent death,’’ Dr Woods said.
His evidence stands in stark contrast to that given by Dr Dawid Smalberger, who said the operation was justified despite risk of death being one-in-ten.
Dr Smalberger said he believed Mr Morris risked a major heart attack if his bleeding was not cured.
The trial continues...
Katherine Feeney: And so, with a crash and a bang, the hump-day afternoon commute begins...
Car/Trailer (lost a wheel) Land St OB LL from Coronation Drv - Toowong— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) February 20, 2013
2 Car Crash .. Sandgate Rd NB lanes b4 Toombul rd - Virginia .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) February 20, 2013
C O N G E S T I O N ..Ipswich Mwy WB from Moorooka to Oxley .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) February 20, 2013
C O N G E S T I O N ..Gateway Mwy NB from Boondall to Deagon . .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) February 20, 2013
Broken Down Car.. Bowen Bridge Rd IB LL at Gregory Tce - Spring Hill .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) February 20, 2013
Phil Lutton: Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has dropped a fine first column of the year in our lap, which will be going live on Rugby Heaven later this evening. He previews the Reds-Tahs derby on Friday and reminisces about going toe-to-toe with Rod McCall, a former Queensland enforcer and McKenzie's current boss as chairman of the QRU.
Mitchell Smith: It's immense, yellow and just the quack to provide some relief for a suffering flood-affected community. Plans are underway to move the giant rubber duck featured at the Sydney Festival to Bundaberg to cheer up the locals in the wake of the flooding disaster.
The only hurdle left is the logistics, so any charitable soul with a spare truck or crane who'd like to help bring the duck to Bundy should contact the campaign coordinator Jess on 0439 773 410 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org...
Rubber ducks popping up all over Bundaberg. Photo: Lisa Spry.
Seven News: Here's a snapshot of the situation on the Gold Coast:
Katherine Feeney: Now this is adorable. Ten News has been Tweeting about one of their lead stories this afternoon and we can't help but share the love.
Meet the Brisbane nonagenarians who celebrated over 66 years of wedded bliss today...
Katherine Feeney: (And here we were hoping for a smooth run this afternoon)...
There's been a multi-vehicle crash on the Pac Mwy southbound in the right lane after Logan Rd - 8 Mile Plains. Minor delays. #qldtraffic— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) February 20, 2013
Katherine Feeney: A big low pressure system lingering off Brisbane’s coastline is set to drench the Gold Coast today and tomorrow, and will likely make landfall by Friday.
However Brisbane is unlikely to experience the same wild weather bound for the coast as system moves in a south-westerly direction, according to Weatherzone senior meteorologist Ben Domensino.
“Brisbane could get showers, but most of the heavy activity will be limited to the Gold Coast,” Mr Domensino said.
“It looks like the heaviest rain from this system will be down towards the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales.”
Accordingly a severe weather warning for the coast would remain current for today and tomorrow, with Brisbane’s south coast to experience dangerous surf conditions and significant erosion.
Fingers crossed in the hope things clear in time for the weekend are welcome, if not ‘in vain’, exercises...
Katherine Feeney: Anyone who lived through the nineties will recall the Jamaican Bob Sled Team (don't make me Google Cool Runnings for you...).
Well, now we have the Gold Coast Boob Sled Team.
Nipped your interest? Read on.
Apparently adventurer Geoff Wilson has volunteered to haul a giant set of pink boobs across Antarctica to raise breast awareness and $1 million for the McGrath Foundation. The gruelling Pink Polar Expedition also supports Wilson's friend, two-time breast cancer survivor, Kate Carlyle.
If successful, Geoff will be the first Australian to complete a solo, unassisted trek across Antarctica. Word is he may even break the world record for the fastest time.
It's all launching on Friday at Surfers Paradise - Mayor Tom Tate is involved - and you can find out more here...
The planned route for the Pink Polar Express 'Boob sled'.
Katherine Feeney: Good news for anyone flying out of Brisbane today (and not taking the Airport Link...)
Broken Down Truck ..Kingsford Smith Dve IB LL after Cooksley St - Hamilton . . . (no delays)
— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) February 20, 2013
Not so good news for folks coming into the city however:
Broken Down Car .. Hale St IB RL at Coronation Drive - City . . . . (slight delays) .— Trafficnet QLD (@trafficnetqld) February 20, 2013
Here's hoping things clear up before the 5.00 pm commute... (we'll keep you posted).
Katherine Feeney: Could this be the largest Harlem Shake on record?
Students at the Queensland University of Technology have made the front page of YouTube as a 'most popular' video after they joined in with the latest viral video craze - said 'Harlem Shake' - as part of O-Week celebrations.
"It is taking off," wrote QUT's Clementine Davies. "We're had 19 000 views in 2 days..."
*A note for those less than well acquainted with this shaking business - the Harlem Shake began when some fine young folks on the Sunshine Coast decided to film themselves dancing 'randomly', and post the video online. They hit a nerve, and now their antics are being copied around the world.
Natalie Bochenski: It's "C-Day" for me - "comedy" day.
As part of our coverage of the Brisbane Comedy Festival, I'm taking part in a Raw Comedy heat tonight at the Paddo Tavern to see what it's really like for newcomers to the craft.
I've had a brief but chequered encounter with stand-up comedy in the past - and I'm afraid my jokes still aren't very good.
But still, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments!
Katherine Feeney: What do you think - would it be so bad if backyards in Brisbane were downsized? We've a poll running off the back of today's story from senior reporter Tony Moore about how the new City Plan before council could result in smaller lots for the suburbs.
As you can see (below) it's stimulating some debate. But what do you think? Do you have a big backyard, and do you think everyone else should?
Today's story about whether the new City Plan spells the end for the big, suburban-Brisbane backyard inspires Facebook debate.
Scott Beveridge: The National Broadband Network has officially arrived in Brisbane.
Wayne Swane flicked the switch at Aspley today, with 500 homes connected up initially followed by thousands more around Queensland and Australia.
It will give us "superfast" internet.
Superfast internet arrives in Brisbane
Treasurer Wayne Swan switches on the National Broadband Network at Aspley on Brisbane's north side Wednesday, promising "superfast connectivity".PT1M41S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2er05 620 349 February 20, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: Minister for State Development Jeff Seeney will join executives of the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance to make an announcement regarding new mining job opportunities in Cairns this afternoon.
We'll bring you the news as it breaks.
Dan Nancarrow: The roll out of the NBN can't come soon enough for some of us in Brisbane:
@brisbanetimes I am stuck on a very limited wireless connection so the sooner they bring it to suburban Shailer Park the better..— Trevor Ramsay (@RevzRamsay) February 20, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Irish indie rockers My Bloody Valentine are touring Australia for the first time in 21 years. Tonight is Brisbane's turn to drown in the band's feedback drenched anthems.
Tickets for the show are still available through Ticketek so snap one up and put on your most interesting shoes.
My Bloody Valentine
Bridie Jabour: Shady behaviour: Did you pay for a marquee or shade cloth in the past few years and it did not turn up? The police are asking. It may sound like an odd request but a man has been arrested on fraud charges and police believe he may have been part of a dodgy shade cloth and marquee scam.
Police are asking anyone to come forward who ordered the items between 2010 and 2013 and did not have them delivered. They believe the scam was operating throughout Queensland.
A 55-year-old Ransome man is due to appear in the Cleveland Magistrates Court today and anyone who thinks they may be a victim of fraud should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Natalie Bochenski: New minister Ian Walker is wasting no time getting into his Arts portfolio.
After being sworn in this morning, he'll attend the opening night of Gob Squad's Kitchen, playing as part of the World Theatre Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
He's also set to give a speech on the Turbine Platform after the show.
Scott Beveridge: Ian Walker has officially replaced Ros Bates as arts minister, getting sworn in this morning.
Here is a quick look at what happened, with two other MP's taking up assistant minister roles in the cabinet reshuffle.
New minister sworn in
RAW VISION: Ian Walker is sworn in as arts minister Wednesday morning, replacing Ros Bates while two assistant ministers take their posts, completing a cabinet reshuffle.PT1M3S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2eqrv 620 349 February 20, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: More than 130 Queensland state schools will take part in a $7.5 million federal program designed to allow principals greater autonomy and flexibility.
Federal Eduction Minister Peter Garrett announced on Wednesday 131 Queensland state schools, as well as 30 Catholic schools and 18 independent schools, had signed up to the Empowering Local Schools Initiative.
"Schools taking part will have greater local decision making powers and will be able to direct resources to suit their own needs," he said.
Tony Moore: West End market shoppers rejoice! (And no, I'm not talking about Aldi...).
We can report traffic lights at the intersection of Jane Street and Montague Road - right across from Davies Park - were finally approved by Brisbane City Council on Tuesday night.
The $1.5 million project was promised in 2010 but delayed after the 2011 floods because Brisbane City Council suffered $440 million in flood damage at the time and delayed several projects to save money.
It's good news for local school children as well as weekend shoppers, and with seven accidents there in three months between March and June 2009, it's good news for motorists too...
Amazing satellite image of the low lurking just off Brisbane via @sthbrisstorms twitter.com/SthBrisStorms/… — Peter Doherty (@PeterDoherty7) February 20, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: Watch this space: Former Midnight Oil frontman-cum-federal Education Minister Peter Garrett hasn't ruled out a rock 'n' roll comeback should he lose his seat of Kingsford Smith in the next election.
"I've never lost my love of music. And if the circumstances turn up whether now or in the future for me to have a go, then watch this space," he told reporters in Brisbane today.
Peter Garratt sings at the Earthquake Concert held at International Sports Centre in 1990.
Katherine Feeney: He was Katter Party General Secretary, and a hopeful senate candidate, but then 'those' comments were made and Bernard Gaynor was dropped like a proverbial potato.
And now Gaynor is no more a member of the party, having this morning released a statement announcing his resignation.
I have today resigned from Katter's Australian Party because it has failed to oppose abortion. By its actions it... fb.me/1BpqiwCpK— Bernard Gaynor (@BernardGaynor) February 20, 2013
We sense this is not the last word on the subject...
Katherine Feeney: It appears Federal Education Minister Peter Garrett has been caught up in Brisbane's air traffic woes.
Our reporter Marissa Calligeros is waiting with other media for the MP to arrive and conduct his press conference.
"His plane to Brisbane was delayed 40 minutes today," she says.
"He was due at a press conference in Kelvin Grove at 10.45am."
Meanwbile Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan is already in Brisbane and busying himself with the local launch of the National Broadband Network.
Deputy PM Wayne Swan with Broncos Winger Jharal Yeh at NBN launch in Aspley. twitter.com/612brisbane/st…
— ABC Radio Brisbane (@612brisbane) February 20, 2013
The 'go' button was pushed about 30 minutes ago, activating the first of the city's network connections.
Katherine Feeney: Well that's hardly surprising: It's just been confirmed Premier Campbell Newman will celebrate the so-called Australia Day 2 in Bundaberg.
A statement from his office this morning says Mr Newman join in a community barbeque at Alexandra Park on Saturday before reviewing local recovery efforts in the city and outlying areas later in the day.
Running from 11am to 4pm, the barbeque see Jade Hurley OAM perform alongside children’s entertainer Bob the Builder and his team.
We're sure everyone will be on song...
Scott Beveridge: If you've flown on certain Qantas flights lately, you might have come across Wi-Fi technology now in operation so you can watch movies and TV shows on your Ipad.
4BC's Scott Mayman chatted to some passengers on board a recent flight to get their thoughts.
Wi-Fi on Qantas 'a good idea'
4BC reporter Scott Mayman interviews Qantas passengers using Wi-Fi technology to watch movies and shows, finding it's "easy to use" but needs "more kids stuff".PT0M52S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2eqlv 620 349 February 20, 2013
The head of Queensland's Homicide Squad has flown to central to lead the investigation into the death of young Mackay woman Shandee Blackburn.The 23-year-old was stabbed multiple times just metres from her house 11 days ago.
Detective Superintendent Brian Wilkins has told ABC Radio police do not think it was a random attack.
Katherine Feeney: Here are three things most of us are aware of. One, the Australian Workers Union is having its national conference on the Gold Coast this week. Two, Tony Abbott's campaign to be Prime Minister will need to appeal to the female vote. And three, Labor's push for votes will lean heavily on the union movement.
So it's perhaps not surprising the Australian Council of Trade Unions president Ged Kearney has just told the AWU conference the glass ceiling will get higher under a Coalition government.
According to Ms Kearney Mr Abbott is "stuck in the 50s", his deputy Julie Bishop says women can’t have it all and Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce isn’t doing anything for families and women.
(And the official race hasn't even started yet...).
Ged Kearney, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen / Fairfax
Marissa Calligeros: Rugby union star Kurtley Beale is heading to mediation over allegations he hit a Brisbane bouncer last year.
Beale, 23, was charged with one count of common assault after he allegedly hit a bouncer at the Victory Hotel in Brisbane’s CBD on the morning before an Australia-Wales Test on June 8.
According to the Department of Justice website, ‘‘justice mediation gives you the opportunity to own up to what you have done, accept responsibility for your actions and take steps to repair the harm or damage you caused’’.
Katherine Feeney: Nathan Tinkler - the man who made a fortune in Queensland's minefields before his 35th birthday - has today had two tax debt cases brought against him dismissed by the Supreme Court.
The cases concerned the troubled billionaire's sports interests - the Newcastle Knights and the Hunter Sports Group, and this morning's dismissal came after settlements were reached between the parties...
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Scott Beveridge: Here is an interesting interview from Ten News last night.
British backpacker Sam Woodhead spoke about his ordeal in the Queensland outback, surviving for three days before being rescued.
He denies staging the ordeal for publicity, fame, or money, but says he was out running to help train himself for joining the British army.
Katherine Feeney: Got your coffee? Good. Here are our top stories for today:
Brisbane's back yards may be doomed to die - Fears council's proposed new City Plan spells the end for suburban backyards.
Could traffic to return to Brunswick St Mall? - Fortitude Valley walkway could be re-opened to day traffic by June.
BHP boss Kloppers resigns - Why Marius Kloppers is set to retire and who'll replace him at the top.
Toll tunnel funding model unravels - Stakeholders face billions of dollars in losses after Airport Link's collapse.
NBN switches on in Brisbane today - Here's where the national broadband network will be switched across the city.
And here are some of our most read headlines:
Palmer's Titanic trademark problems - Why the billionaire's gigantic ambitions may trigger legal wrangles.
Monk reinforces 'toxic' swimming claims - Olympian not surprised the team atmosphere at the London Games was described as poisonous.
Gillard warned numbers won't add up - Industry department and the tax office fear for hoped-for $1 billion saving.
Scott Beveridge: The future of privately funded major infrastructure projects is under a cloud after Brisconnections was placed in administration yesterday.
But the Premier says taxpayers won't foot the bill, instead it will be banks and other investors out of pocket billions of dollars while motorists can continue to use Airport Link tunnel without noticing anything has changed.
Taxpayers won't pay for tunnel failure
The operator of Brisbane's Airport Link tunnel goes broke Tuesday after failing to meet unrealistic traffic flows but the Premier says "taxpayers won't end up paying" for it.PT1M43S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2eq9h 620 349 February 20, 2013
Katherine Feeney: I think you'll agree there were stunning - relatively clear! - skies over Brisbane this morning.
But unfortunately the reprieve may be brief.
A severe weather warning is current for Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and islands, and the Gold Coast with dangerous surf conditions, which may lead to beach erosion, expected to continue. Tides will be higher than normal and may exceed the highest tide of the year about exposed Gold Coast beaches on Wednesday morning's high tide.
It's a little less serious in Brisbane with a partly cloudy Wednesday bearing an afternoon shower or two forecast for today. There will be light to moderate south to south westerly winds becoming moderate to fresh, and gusty at times as the day progresses.
However the city is expecting a top of 28 degrees, slightly higher than yesterday.
Katherine Feeney: Meanwhile the roads are running a less timely fashion.
A single vehicle crash at Railway Terrace Milton a short time ago is causing westbound delays and an incident on the Bradfield Highway at Kangaroo Point is affecting traffic across the Story Bridge.
And heavy traffic out near Buranda has left at least one motorist enough time to Tweet:
The epitome of #BNETraffic problems is a lights on Ambulance stuck on Ipswich Road 2 minutes from the PA ER.— Scotty-sapien (@ScottySaysSo) February 19, 2013
ABC: Ian Walker has been sworn in as a minister in Campbell Newman's cabinet.
Katherine Feeney: Following yesterday's heavy delays, it seems trains, buses and ferries are having a smoother run this morning.
Translink is reminding passengers about platform changes affecting services passing through Narangba Station from 9.30 am, and there are works being carried out at the Via Roma bus stop in Surfers Paradise forcing the stop's closure until next week.
There was a mechanical fault on the Beenleigh line this morning which cancelled the 7.08 am train service from Kuraby to Bowen Hills, and minor delays on the Ipswich/Rosewood line from 5.58 am, but otherwise most operations appear to be running to schedule...
4BC: Campbell Newman is at Government House to swear in new Arts and IT Minister Ian Walker, who is replacing trouble-prone Ros Bates.
Katherine Feeney: Good morning, and welcome to another day of rolling reporting on everything happening in our beautiful Brisbane backyard.
We'll get to weather, roads and top headlines in a moment, but first a note on some public transport headaches from yesterday.
Apparently an afternoon police incident at Loganlea forced the cancellation of several peak hour train services to the Gold Coast leaving hundreds of passengers waiting in the rain as Queensland Rail organised replacement buses.
For one passenger, it was nearly three and a half hours before reaching home. Another said it was like "being stuck on that American Carnival Cruise ship that lost its engine room".
Many rail customers complained that there was a lack of information, and few staff to give direction, but the biggest issue appeared to be the delay in arrivals of the replacement buses...
Frustrated customers suffer through major rail delays on the Gold Coast line.