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Brisbane Live: Friday November 15, 2013


Welcome to Brisbane Live, where you'll find rolling coverage of the news as it happens in the River City.

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Brisbane Times team: Good afternoon all,

We'll be following the storm progress for the rest of the afternoon, so keep monitoring for the latest information.

In the meantime, that's all for this week. If you're going away for the weekend, drive safely. If you're at Schoolies Week, be safe and keep an eye on our schoolies page.

Until next week, adios.

Tony Moore: Ipswich honours two important community events on Saturday.

The first at 9am recognises the work that has been done to re-open Riverside Park at the riverside suburb of Karalee, which was devastated in the January 2011 floods.

The second at 10am is the unveilling of four new names on the Bundamba War Memorial on Ipswich Road at Bundamba.

The names recognise four local World War II veterans.

Natalie Bochenski:

Natalie Bochenski: The results are in from our informal poll about King George Square being used for commercial ventures - such as the current Ford test drive centre.

Of 566 votes, 32% believed the practice was fine as it makes money for the city.

A close second with 29% were those who would prefer Brisbane City Council kept activities to not-for-profit ones like markets.

15% of respondents said all commercial ventures were an eyesore, while only 2% believed the square should remain empty at all times.

22% believed King George Square should be rebuilt entirely.

Natalie Bochenski: Around 400 staff and guests of BMW are in for a treat tonight...

The X Factor runner-up Taylor Henderson will perform at a function at the car company's Fortitude Valley HQ tonight to celebrate the launch of the BMW X5.

Henderson will sing his hit single Borrow My Heart, currently doing great business on the charts.


<i>The X Factor</i> runner-up Taylor Henderson.

The X Factor runner-up Taylor Henderson. Photo: Supplied

BoM radar image of Friday's storms.

BoM radar image of Friday's storms.

Natalie Bochenski: The Weather Bureau has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the southeast this afternoon.

There are currently two active cells - one around Somerset Dam and another in the Lockyer Valley. They're moving east quickly, and parts of Brisbane city can expect storms within the next few hours.


Kim Stephens: International students have flocked to support a new Brisbane Marketing campaign, in which local businesses offer them a "Friday Freebie."

The social media campaign has been designed to engage about 75,000 international students studying in Brisbane and attracted 85,000 views within days of its October launch.

Today's Friday Freebie offer is from leading Brisbane cooking school Spring, which is offering half price cooking classes to Study Brisbane followers.

One lucky follower will win a free class.

Students can enter the competition on Friday by visiting

Graham Quirk's new app.

Graham Quirk's new app. Photo: Supplied

Kim Stephens: Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has forged further ahead in cementing Brisbane's reputation as a digitally-savvy city by becoming Australia's first mayor with his own iPhone app.

"This app is essentially the home page linking all of the areas I have a digital presence, and therefore making it easier for people to get engaged," Cr Quirk said.

"I have a Facebook, Twitter and Flickr account as well as a website, so this was just a natural step to take advantage of this digital platform to make it easier for people to connect with me online."

The app can be found by searching for ‘Lord Mayor Graham Quirk’ in the Apple store.

It provides a landing page for:

  • Contact details – Lord Mayor Graham Quirk website and email
  • Lord Mayor’s Facebook account
  • Lord Mayor’s Flickr account
  • Brisbane City Council Links, including website, Twitter and community events
  • Notifications such as storm warnings
  • What’s on at Brisbane City Council
  • Contact Graham

 The app was created by a local company called Grow2Mobile.

Marissa Calligeros: There's hail coming down in Gympie at the moment ...

Marissa Calligeros: The weather bureau has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Darling Downs, Granite Belt and southeast coast districts.

Locations which may be affected include Toowoomba, Dalby, Gympie, Kingaroy, Boonah, Oakey, Taroom, Toolara Forestry and Carnarvon National Park.

The storms are expected to keep tracking east, reaching Brisbane later this afternoon.

The storm warning area at 1.30pm ...

The storm warning area at 1.30pm ...

Marissa Calligeros: I hope you've got your brollies with you this afternoon ..

Storms are expected to rumble over Brisbane again on Friday afternoon and could dump up to 50 millimetres of rain on the city, the weather bureau warns.

A low pressure system, which has settled over southeast Queensland’s interior, isn’t moving any time soon and will likely generate heavy rain and storms well into next week, forecasters say.

Storms will likely develop over the Darling Downs about midday and slowly track east, possibly reaching Brisbane and the Gold Coast about 2pm.

Storms could dump up to 50 millimetres of rain on Brisbane this afternoon ...

Storms could dump up to 50 millimetres of rain on Brisbane this afternoon ...

Natalie Bochenski: Some traffic updates...

Police say all lanes on the Gateway Motorway are blocked due to a multi-vehicle crash near Sandgate Road on the ramp at Boondall.

They've also announced that Cunningham's Highway at the Gap is expected to be closed until 4pm, so delay your journey if possible.

Dan Nancarrow: Woolworths has launched its annual Christmas Appeal, raising money for children's hospitals nationwide.

The supermarket will be donating 100 per cent of funds raised from a $2 Christmas bauble to purchase equipment and fund research at hospitals throughout the country, including the Children's Hospital Foundation in Queensland.

Natalie Bochenski: Former Premier Peter Beattie has weighed in on today's news that prosecutors have dropped all manslaughter and grievous bodily harm charges against former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel.


Explore fashion and food at the new Boundary Street Markets in West End.

Explore fashion and food at the new Boundary Street Markets in West End. Photo: Website

Natalie Bochenski: This weekend sees the launch of brand new markets at West End.

The Boundary Street Markets will be housed in the historic site of the old Peter's Icecream Factory on the corner of Mollison Street.

Over 100 growers, food producers, local artisans and designers will sell their wares between 7am and 2pm every Saturday and Sunday.


Natalie Bochenski: Here's our snap poll on King George Square and its use by commercial interests.

What do you think?

Poll: Should commercial activities like Ford's test drive ramp be allowed in King George Square?

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Yes, it helps make money for the city


No, they're an eyesore


I'd prefer they restrict activities to not-for-profit ones like markets


No, the square should be left empty at all times


They should just rebuild the square entirely


Total votes: 566.

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Poll closed 15 Nov, 2013


These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinion only of visitors who have chosen to participate.

Natalie Bochenski: Brisbane Times reader Mitch Brigg has emailed us to express concern about the current Ford car display in King George Square.

"It's bad enough having to walk across the Glare Square (as we like to call it) with garbage TV blaring at you every day courtesy of the giant TV opposite the city hall entrance, but now the majority of the square seems to have been leased to Ford motors for purely commercial reasons!"

"This is a major public place in the heart of the sity and it's got a frikkin' caryard in the middle of it!"

Brisbane City Council does have public activities in KGS, such as markets, concerts and games nights, but it also leases the space to commercial interests.

But what do you think about this current display?

The Ford car test drive centre set up in King George Square.

The Ford car test drive centre set up in King George Square. Photo: Natalie Bochenski

Channel 7 sports presenter Ben Davis will make the shift to 4BC radio in 2014.

Channel 7 sports presenter Ben Davis will make the shift to 4BC radio in 2014. Photo: Supplied

Natalie Bochenski: Radio station 4BC has announced veteran Channel 7 sports presenter Ben Davis will helm its Drive program in 2014.

Davis has been with 7 News Brisbane for 18 years, covering major events such as the Ashes, football World Cups and Wallabies tours.

He'll begin his new job in early January.

Former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel.

Former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel. Photo: Michelle Smith

Natalie Bochenski: Prosecutors have reportedly dropped two manslaughter charges and two grievous bodily harm charges against Jayant Patel.

The surgeon however is pleading guilty to four counts of fraud and will be sentenced on Thursday.

It follows Patel's recent trial on a charge of grievous bodily harm, which ended when a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

More details as they come to hand...

Marissa Calligeros: A terribly sad story southwest of Brisbane overnight, with a 21-year-old mother killed in a crash on the Cunningham Highway at Aratula.

The woman's ten month old baby was rescued from the wreckage by a passer-by, and is now being treated in the Mater Hospital.

The car, the truck and its trailer were incinerated ...

The car, the truck and its trailer were incinerated ...

Natalie Bochenski: Good morning and welcome to Brisbane Live for our always welcome Friday edition!

After storms pelted the southeast yesterday, it's looking absolutely beautiful out there this morning.

However, the Weather Bureau is forecasting isolated showers and storms from lunchtime, with a top of 30 degrees.

Join us as we bring you all the latest news and views from around Brisbane.

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  • I had a great experience with Ford and helped raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, well done to BCC and thank you Ford, This sort of thing (in moderation) is good for the city, and no doubt puts some money in the council's pockets which means less out of mine. Win Win.

    Date and time
    November 17, 2013, 6:13PM
  • I thought we were trying to get cars OUT of the CBD.....

    Date and time
    November 15, 2013, 5:06PM
  • Using KGC for event type commercial activities actuallu livens the space up. Its certainly no worse than the charities smashing you with guilt to push their cause

    Date and time
    November 15, 2013, 4:35PM
  • Should we be surprised that the LNP would rent out public space. Ahh well not like anyone uses it during the day thanks to Newmans massive design failure.

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    November 15, 2013, 3:00PM
  • I think it's a great idea. I'd really like to see more of our wasted spaces being used to make them commercially viable. Perhaps a monster truck mud derby in the Botanical Gardens, or selling advertising space on the Storey Bridge to McDonalds or Coca-Cola.

    Danny Brown
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    November 15, 2013, 2:12PM
  • I agree re the inappropriate use of King George Square.. The TV, commercialism etc. However this square is such an incredible design failure as a public space, BCC might as well use it to make money. It is now simply a thoroughfare. Another Newman failure as Mayor.

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    November 15, 2013, 2:02PM
  • I just visited the Ford display at King George Square and while it is a commercial interest, they are donating $10 from every drive up the ramp to Breast Cancer Research. They are getting about 200 per day so that is a lot of money going to a very good cause. I would not approve of advertisers in KGS unless they were raising money for worthy causes.

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    November 15, 2013, 2:01PM

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