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Brisbane Live: Friday October 18, 2013

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Natalie Bochenski

The storms that came through southeast Queensland are now blowing out to sea.

There'll be a low of 16 overnight, then partly cloudy on Saturday with isolated showers in the morning, then a top of 26.

Thanks for reading Brisbane Live this week; it's been a pleasure bringing you the rolling news of the day. Have a great weekend!


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Five Things We've Learned This Friday

The Bandidos’ Brisbane Centro chapter has disbanded due to new anti-bikie laws.

A big week for the Boy Wonder, who prefers matching ties and kerchiefs instead of a cape.

This afternoon’s storm caused some spectacular damage.

Tuberculosis strains in our near neighbours pose a risk to Australia.

And Australia Zoo has welcomed Skye, the baby giraffe.

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If you're thinking of escaping the city this weekend, Caloundra's weekly Sunday market has a brand new name and a brand new look.

For 11 years, people have flocked to the Markets on Bulcock for all their market goodies but from this weekend, it will now be known as the Caloundra Street Fair. 

With the new name comes a whole range of new offerings, such as gourmet food, fresh herbs plants, along with a range of stalls with interesting home wares.

There will also be an dibersity of entertainment, from face painters, to balloon masters, a jumping castle and emerging and well known musicians.

The Caloundra Street Fair is held every Sunday between 8am and 1pm.

The revamped Caloundra Fair.
The revamped Caloundra Fair. Photo: Supplied

From 4BC reporter Jamie McKinnell:

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The Brisbane Centro Bandidos Club has been disbanded.

Nearly a dozen members have handed in their written notification of resignation to the American chapter.

Lawyer Michael Bosscher told gathered media at a press conference this afternoon that it is a direct result of the Newman government laws.

Folded... Bandido jackets handed in as the club's Centro chapter disbands.
Folded... Bandido jackets handed in as the club's Centro chapter disbands. Photo: Amy Remeikis
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Channel 9

Channel Nine's Phil Willmington is out at Mt Gravatt after this afternoon's storm.

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Congratulations to QPAC, which has signed a friendship agreement with one of China's most prestigious performing arts centres.

The deal with the Guangzhou Opera House will explore opportunities for collaboration in staff professional development and training; arts and cultural industry and market knowledge; and production development and collaboration.

“Agreements such as this are a critical part in preparing our industry for the Asian Century and in helping to build pathways for Queensland companies and artists,” QPAC chief executive John Kotzas said.

<i>L to R</i> Ms. Liang Lizhen (Director Arts Education and Executive Office, Guangzhou Opera House), Consul-General Ms ...
L to R Ms. Liang Lizhen (Director Arts Education and Executive Office, Guangzhou Opera House), Consul-General Ms Jill Collins (Australian Consulate – Guangzhou), Mr John Kotzas (Chief Executive - QPAC), Mr Tony Wang (Trade and Investment Queensland). Photo: Supplied
Channel 7

Here's another pic from the Seven News chopper showing a garage door blown in by strong winds this afternoon.

The Weather Bureau has cancelled the severe thunderstorm warning for southeast Queensland, however the situation is still being monitored.

Residents should be on the look out for fallen rees and powerlines, and secure property in their yards.

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Parts of Brisbane are already copping it from this Friday afternoon storm.

These pictures have just been sent in by the Seven News chopper, showing damage at homes in Sunnybank.


Storm damage at Sunnybank.
Storm damage at Sunnybank. Photo: Seven News
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Help name these dingo pups.
Help name these dingo pups. Photo: Supplied

One cute baby animal story is never enough...

These dingo pups are new residents at the David Fleay Wildlife Park on the Gold Coast - but they don't yet have names!

National Parks Minister Steve Dickson has launched a colouring-in competition for young Queenslanders to name the brother and sister, who are descendants of wild dingoes from Cape York.

You can download an entry form for your child online. The winner will receive a year-long family pass to the park at West Burleigh, with family day passes also up for grabs.

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The Marburg radar at 2.48pm.
The Marburg radar at 2.48pm. Photo: BOM website

There are some big storms west of Brisbane at the moment, as you can see in this screenshot from the Weather Bureau's Marburg radar.

Forecasters say there are two cells - one near Toowoomba moving east/northeast, and one near Esk. They're bringing strong winds and possible hail.


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Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman meet in Brisbane.
Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman meet in Brisbane. Photo: Marissa Calligeros

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Premier Campbell Newman today signed a memorandum of understanding designed to slash green tape and speed up environmental approvals.

But Mr Abbott dodged reporters, appearing only for the photo opportunity.


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Congratulations to Coorparoo State School, which has taken out this year's Picasso Cows competition.

The event, run by Dairy Farmers, saw ten primary schools decorate a life-size fibreglass bovine model to promote the benefits of dairy and the Australian industry.

Coorparoo's "Rockarella" cow has won them the state title and a $250 cash prize.


The winning team from Coorparoo State School and their Picasso cow "Rockarella".
The winning team from Coorparoo State School and their Picasso cow "Rockarella". Photo: Supplied

The first bikies have been arrested under the Newman government's anti-association laws.

Two members of the Odins Warriors outlaw motorcycle gang were arrested at their clubhouse on Spence Street in Cairns.

The two men, both aged 47, have been charged with "being a participant in a criminal organisation entering a proscribed place".

Under the Vicious Lawless Associate Disestablishment Act passed in Parliament this week, bikies are banned from stepping foot in a clubhouse.

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If you've got a preteen or teenage girl in your life, chances are you're already braced for impending One Direction-induced hysteria.

The five piece boy band hits the Brisbane Entertainment Centre tomorrow night for their first Brisbane concert, followed up by Sunday and Monday night shows.

Last time they were in Brisbane hundreds of girls turned out at the Sofitel to cheer for their idols. Who knows what's in store this weekend?

One Direction... popular with the young people.
One Direction... popular with the young people. Photo: Supplied

A 17-year-old Bandidos bikie gang member has been charged over the brawl at Broadbeach on September 27.

The Crestmead man was arrested at his home this morning and charged with rioting. He'll face Beenleigh Magistrates Court this afternoon.

An argument over a love triangle sparked the brawl at the Aura tapas bar, which involved members of the Bandidos and the Finks.


From 4BC's political reporter Nick Wiggins:

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The Southern Cross Soloists wrap up their 2013 series with a special concert called Celebration this Sunday October 20.

It features cello virtuoso Li-Wei Qin. Born in Shanghai, Li-Wei moved to Australia aged 13 before accepting scholarships to study in the UK.

Tickets for Sunday's Concert Hall performance are $37 to $59 available online.

Southern Cross Soloists.
Southern Cross Soloists. Photo: Supplied
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Baby giraffe Skye and her proud Mum Rosie at Australia Zoo.
Baby giraffe Skye and her proud Mum Rosie at Australia Zoo. Photo: Ben Beadon/Australia Zoo

Now this will be the cutest thing you'll see today.

Australia Zoo has welcomed its newest member, baby giraffe Skye.

The little one - who's still quite a big one, really - is the first offspring for Rosie and Forrest, residents at the zoo.

No doubt Skye will be the centre of attention during the next school holidays!

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