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Brisbane Live: Friday October 18, 2013

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Welcome to Brisbane Live, where you'll find rolling coverage of the news as it happens in Brisbane. From 8.30am to 5pm each working day, Brisbane Live features updates from our team of Brisbane-based reporters, incisive analysis, giveaways, polls, video and photos.

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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!

 

Natalie Bochenski: 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.

Kim Stephens: 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

Amy Remeikis: 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

Natalie Bochenski:

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

Natalie Bochenski: 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 Jill Collins (Australian Consulate – Guangzhou), Mr John Kotzas (Chief Executive - QPAC), Mr Tony Wang (Trade and Investment Queensland).

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

Natalie Bochenski: 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.

Natalie Bochenski: 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

Help name these dingo pups.

Help name these dingo pups. Photo: Supplied

Natalie Bochenski: 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.

The Marburg radar at 2.48pm.

The Marburg radar at 2.48pm. Photo: BOM website

Natalie Bochenski: 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.

 

Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman meet in Brisbane.

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

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.

 

Natalie Bochenski: 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

Marissa Calligeros: 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.

Natalie Bochenski: 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

Natalie Bochenski: 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.

Natalie Bochenski: From 4BC's political reporter Nick Wiggins:

Natalie Bochenski: 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

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

Natalie Bochenski: 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!

Natalie Bochenski: The Brisbane International Film Festival is almost upon us.

Organisers are spending today releasing programming highlights via Twitter.

So far they've revealed two Australian premieres at BIFF.

The first is Blue is the Warmest Colour, the French film about a young lesbian couple that won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

The second is The Armstrong Lie, filmmaker Alex Gibney's expose of cyclist Lance Armstrong. The film began as a documentary about Armstrong's comeback and attempt to win an eighth Tour de France, but changed dramatically when the Texan admitted to doping.

Scott Beveridge:

Marissa Calligeros: Tony Abbott was at the Executive Building on George Street this morning to sign a memorandum of understanding with Premier Campbell Newman designed to cut green tape.

The MOU effectively hands the state government the power to make environmental approvals.

Mr Abbott dodged journalists, appearing only for the photo opportunity before leaving rather quickly.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Premier Campbell Newman.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with Premier Campbell Newman. Photo: Marissa Calligeros

Marissa Calligeros: Long-time president of the Bandidos Brisbane chapter Mario Vosmaer has resigned, as bikie gangs disband due to new tough state government laws.

Members from at least three Brisbane chapters, including the Centro and West End chapters, are handing in their patches to avoid falling foul of the new rules, which include mandatory extra jail time. 

Former Bandidos Brisbane chapter president Mario Vosmaer (centre).

Former Bandidos Brisbane chapter president Mario Vosmaer (centre). Photo: Supplied

Natalie Bochenski: Not unexpected, perhaps, but still sad news for Brisbane Lions fans this morning:

Natalie Bochenski: Good morning and happy Friday!

Scattered showers and a possible storm around Brisbane today, with light winds and a top of 24.

Stay with us as we take you through the last day of the working week.

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  • They are only interested in ordinary people at election time!!

    Commenter
    WatchOut
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    October 18, 2013, 1:23PM
  • I suggest everyone read http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/tony-abbott-is-a-bludger-20131011-2vdkq.html

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    AdrianL
    Location
    Brisbane
    Date and time
    October 18, 2013, 1:06PM
  • Tony Abbott is a COWARD and a Liar. Newman and Bleijie are no better. All of them are out of their depth and untrustworthy. Bring on the state election now. Tony wont have the spine for DD election.

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    AdrianL
    Location
    Brisbane
    Date and time
    October 18, 2013, 12:21PM
    • Disgusting but I knew he had no interest in the environment . Get him out. All he could do today was umm and ahh over the bush firesq

      Commenter
      Blueys
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      October 18, 2013, 6:26PM
  • Abbott is astounding. He wins the election refuses to answer anything about his nutso policies and disappears.

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    PeterH
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    Burleigh Heads
    Date and time
    October 18, 2013, 12:06PM
    • Born to rule mentality, he is above answering questions.

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      Jimmy Jo Jo
      Date and time
      October 18, 2013, 12:33PM

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