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Katherine Feeney: Commuters using the Gateway can expect "massive" delays this afternoon following a crash between a cattle tuck and a tyre truck just before the Nudgee Road exit at Boondall.
The crash has been cleared, but Dave Andrews from the Australian Traffic Network said the residual delays would linger for some time.
Katherine Feeney: What do you want to see happen through the Brisbane Government Precinct Redevelopment project?
You have one week left to make your voice heard. And to be clear we're talking about a prime patch of land bordered by the Brisbane River, Queen, Alice, and George Streets in the city.
“This is a timely reminder to all people who wish to make a submission that the consultation period closes next Monday September 2,” said Acting Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Tim Nicholls in a statement this afternoon.
You can have your say by completing this online survey.
Dan Nancarrow: Five things we learnt this Monday
1. Two trucks collided on the Gateway Motorway
Stranding cattle and causing huge traffic delays north of the city.
2. Unused office space in Brisbane's CBD
is being paid for by the state government at a rate of $260,000 per month.
3. Another five Ekka-goers may have contracted E-coli
While patting animals at the Brisbane show according to Queensland Health.
4. English cricket stars urinated on the Oval pitch
While celebrating their third successive Ashes series win over Australia in London.
5. Scott Prince is retiring
The Brisbane Bronco will finish his career at the end of this season.
Daniel Hurst: It was billed as a debate between two political mavericks but Clive Palmer and Bob Katter agreed on plenty of points when they faced off at the National Press Club in Canberra on Monday.
"Please, God, there are forces out there being unleashed and you are watching two of them today," Katter declared in a prophetic tone, his trademark hat perched on the table in front.
The first National Press Club election debate between Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott two weeks ago was a bland affair. There was no risk of a repeat on Monday when Palmer and Katter rolled up to the same venue to argue the case for their fledgling political parties.
Bob Katter and Clive Palmer at the National Press Club. Photo: Getty Images
Katherine Feeney: What are you doing on September 7? Dumping toxic crap? Brisbane City Council has announced a free drop-off day for household hazardous waste at Chandler Transfer Station on election day.
According to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk products such as garden and pool chemicals, paints and gas cylinders, could be disposed of between 8am and 3pm at the transfer station.
“Household hazardous waste can be flammable, corrosive, explosive or toxic and it’s important to store these materials correctly and dispose of them properly,” Cr Quirk said.
“It’s also important that hazardous waste doesn’t end up in our wheelie bins and through this initiative we can ensure items like herbicides, acid and petrol are safely managed."
The next household hazardous waste drop-off day will be held at Nudgee Transfer Station on Saturday, 7 December.
A traffic update:
Gateway accident at Boondall now CLEAR. Heavy delays both directions #bnetraffic— Penny Dahl (Cameron) (@Pennycopter) August 26, 2013
AAP: Labor says need, not politics, decided which Queensland sites were selected for the DisabilityCare Australia scheme.
Labor announced on Monday that the council areas of Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Logan, Ipswich, Bundaberg, Townsville and Cairns will be the first to experience the scheme.
Disability Reform Minister Jenny Macklin said there was a high demand for disability support services in those areas, and disagreed that they coincided with marginal federal seats.
Disability care not just a symbol.
Natascha Mirosch: See why Brisbane's top chefs are clamouring for John Cutts' veggies.
jfarm_potatoes_web.jpg Photo: Gillian van Niekerk
Peter Dowling. Photo: Twitter
Abby Coleman: What a disgusting misuse of red wine – was my initial thought after reading about sexting photo disgraced MP Peter Dowling sent to his mistress.
Why he thought anyone would find a willy in a glass of red wine a turn on is beyond me.
But considering there’s his hurt wife and embarrassed kids to think about, I’d like to focus on the topic of sexting in general.
Marissa Calligeros: Cattle are still stranded and traffic is at a standstill on the Gateway Motorway after two trucks collided earlier today.
Police said a truck carrying cattle collided with a truck carrying cattle about 11.35am just before the Nudgee Road exit at Boondall.
‘‘There are still massive delays in both directions,’’ Adam Smith from the Australian Traffic Network said about 2.10pm.
Katherine Feeney: Do you know someone who has made Brisbane a better place? Why not nominate them for the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk opened the competition today, encouraging locals to recognize the city's unsung heroes.
"These are the types of people who work tirelessly to help improve your life and the lives of
others," he said.
Nominations close at 5pm on the 15th of November. The awards will be announced on Australia Day next year. Full details and forms are available via the Brisbane City Council website.
Jim Morton: Former Test and Queensland halfback Scott Prince says he's retiring on his own terms after 16 seasons in the NRL.
After playing 298 matches for four clubs over 16 seasons, Prince on Monday announced he'll hang up his boots once the Broncos' 2013 campaign comes to an end.
The 33-year-old playmaker stressed it was his own decision and he had not been persuaded by the Broncos to cut short his two-year contract.
Prince among men: Brisbane halfback Scott Prince shrugs off a tackle before going over to score. Photo: Getty Images
AAP: A Queensland man buried his ute in an enormous hole in his backyard so he could pocket $18,000 in insurance money, a court has heard.
Police claim Martin John Dale used an excavator to bury his vehicle in his yard at Gordonvale, near Cairns.
Scott Beveridge: Lions coaching great Leigh Matthews says the current board "have to be made to move on" and the sacking of Michael Voss was the "catalyst for the discontent" to boil over.
Lions board will be forced out: Matthews
Lions coaching great Leigh Matthews says the current board "have to be made to move on" and the sacking of Michael Voss was the "catalyst for the discontent" to boil over.PT3M25S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2sl79 620 349 August 26, 2013
Sunshine Coast Daily: Sunshine Coast celebrity chef Matt Golinski said running the half marathon on the Sunshine Coast on the weekend was one of his recovery goals.
Golinski suffered severe burns to 40 per cent of his body in the blaze which claimed the lives of his wife and daughters on Boxing Day 2011.
Matt Golinski completed the half marathon at the 2013 Sunshine Coast Marathon. Photo: Kristy Muir, The Sunshine Coast Daily
Marissa Calligeros: Emergency crews are trying to round up three cattle on the Gateway Motorway after an earlier truck crash.
It's not known if any cows were injured or killed in the crash involving the cattle truck and another truck carrying tyres.
Crews on the ground are trying to round up the loose cattle and secure the truck so no more escape.
Marissa Calligeros: Two trucks have collided on the Gateway Motorway at Nudgee.
One truck was carrying cattle, while the other was carrying tyres.
The motorway has been closed just before the Nudgee Road exit at Boondall.
AAP: Queensland police are still trying to determine who caused a bonfire explosion that left two teenagers with horrific burns.
A 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy are in hospital after they were engulfed in flames when someone poured accelerant on an open fire at a weekend party near Toowoomba.
Police say they’re still interviewing witnesses about the incident.
An 84-year-old man who was reported missing at Toowoomba has been located. http://t.co/XodMMIoyGV — QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) August 26, 2013
Scott Beveridge: It is with great sadness we farewell Professor John Mainstone, the guardian of the pitch drop experiment at the University of Queensland.
I was fortunate to meet the professor at UQ in April this year, where we spent about an hour together, filming his beloved pitch drop experiment.
For 50 years, Professor Mainstone had tried to catch a glimpse of a drop of coal tar falling into a beaker.
It only happens roughly once every ten years and the ninth drop was due any day.
Unfortunately, the drop is still yet to fall and John missed out on seeing it ... just as he missed out on seeing all the others.
I don't think he would be too bothered. It was always about the journey, not the destination for the Professor.
I have to say he was an absolute delight. Impeccably dressed. Courteous. Interesting. He had a mind like a curious kid, with a treasure trove full of stories he would enthusiastically tell me, barely containing his excitement as he jumped from one yarn to the next.
It was a wonderful hour. Farewell Professor.
What's slower than watching paint dry?
The world's longest running lab experiment captivates physicists across the globe, with a drop of pitch set to fall in Brisbane, the ninth drop in 83 years.PT2M3S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2hiqd 620 349 April 9, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: A drunk dad who let his young son drive him around the Gold Coast has been given two years probation and disqualified from driving for 21 months.
Southport Magistrates Court heard the father descended into alcoholism after a string of family deaths, including the death of his wife and parents.
AAP: A judge is yet to decide if a family counsellor privy to confidential discussions with accused wife killer Gerard Baden-Clay can be called as a witness.
Justice Glenn Martin held another review of the matter in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Monday.
He is considering whether a family counsellor can testify during Baden-Clay's month-long murder trial, which is expected to start next year.
Slain woman Allison Baden-Clay.
Marissa Calligeros: Students at Wilston State Primary School have been allowed back in their classrooms after a chemical leak.
The students were forced to gather on the school’s oval about 8.30am after 600 litres of chlorine was found to have leaked from a pool filter room over the weekend.
Three fire crews are at the scene helping mop up the spill.
School resumed after 9am.
Marissa Calligeros: A man armed with a knife held up a Caltex service station on Kingston Road in Logan last night.
He fled with a sum of cash.
He was wearing blue pants, a black jacket and a black cap.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.
Marissa Calligeros: The Queensland Government is paying more than $260,000 per month for unused office space in Brisbane’s CBD.
Offices leased by the government have been vacated and left empty for months since 14,000 jobs were cut from the public sector.
There are 6284 square metres of unoccupied space in privately leased buildings in the CBD, costing the government $267,000 per month, according to figures from the Department of Public Works.
The sacking of 14,000 public servants has left an oversupply of office space in Brisbane's CBD. Photo: Louie Douvis
Phil Lutton: The damaging standoff on the Brisbane Lions board is closer to coming to a head, with an influential supporter group set to send letters to members urging them to help bring about an extraordinary general meeting of the club.
Members advocacy group The Lion’s Roar has been busy garnering support for an EGM since the rival Leigh Matthews ticket emerged last week, with the board members now split down the middle as they side with either the former coach or current chairman Angus Johnson.
Former Lions coach Michael Voss and club chairman Angus Johnson face the media in Brisbane on Wednesday. Photo: Chris Hyde
Marissa Calligeros: Professor John Mainstone, the longtime custodian of the University of Queensland’s famous Pitch Drop experiment, has died.
For more than 50 years, Professor Mainstone monitored dripping tar from a glass funnel sitting in the lobby of the university’s physics department.
The experiment began in 1930 as a way for the late Professor Thomas Parnell to prove the liquid nature of a solid object at room temperature.
Professor John Mainstone, former head of the Physics Department at Queensland University, examines the recently dropped pitch. Photo: Supplied
Nine News: A number of people contract the potentially "deadly illness" E-coli at the Ekka, prompting authorities to urge showgoers to "wash your hands" after patting animals.
E-coli outbreak: 'Wash your hands'
A number of people contract the potentially "deadly illness" E-coli at the Ekka, prompting authorities to urge showgoers to "wash your hands" after patting animals. Nine News.PT1M30S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2skhv 620 349 August 26, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: A 14-year-old boy is in hospital after being knocked from his bike by a car on Brisbane's bayside this morning.
The teen suffered minor injuries after he was hit by the car near the intersection of Old Cleveland Road and Allenby Road in Wellington Point about 8.20am.
He was taken by ambulance to Redland Hospital in a stable condition.
Marissa Calligeros: More potential E-coli cases:
Another five Ekka-goers, including three children, may have contracted E-coli after patting animals at the Brisbane show, Queensland Health says.
A 68-year-old man is being treated for the possible infection at the Wesley Hospital, while a mother and three children are being monitored at home.
Marissa Calligeros: Look out ... there's a burst water main on Toohey Road.
Marissa Calligeros: Here was the view over Brisbane this morning:
Marissa Calligeros: Inbound motorists may face minor delays on Coronation Drive this morning after an earlier prang.