Dan Nancarrow: Thanks for reading Brisbane Live.
Be sure to join the blog again tomorrow as we farewell our foundation brisbanetimes.com.au employee Katherine Feeney.
Katherine Feeney: Big congratulations to the hardworking Queenslanders recognised at Parliament House this afternoon.
The full list is available here, with the awards ceremony marking the Queensland launch of National Child Protection Week, which runs from 1–7 September 2013.
“The week provides an opportunity to raise awareness of child protection issues and teach young people about how they can best protect themselves,” said Communities Minister Tacy Davis.
“I encourage every Queenslander to take part in events across the state to help remind us that we all play a part in making our state the safest place to raise a child.”
Katherine Feeney: More than 25 retailers officially started trading this morning at the Gasworks at Newstead, with locals now counting a new Woolworths, food market and a swag of restaurants, bars and retailers among their neighbourhood shops.
An artist's impression of the Gasworks dining, shopping and residential precinct. Photo: Supplied
Dan Nancarrow: Brisbane hit a high of 25.9 degrees today but conditions are expected to be warmer tomorrow, with Friday set to reach a maximum of 27 degrees.
A fine, partly cloudy day is expected.
Natalie Bochenski: I'm somewhere very few people get to see - the collections and conservation studio at Gallery of Modern Art.
These are the first two lifelike sculptures from Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang's upcoming exhibition.
They'll be just two of 99 animal sculptures that will form the new work 'Heritage'. It opens November 23.
Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang's lifelike sculptures.
Mitchell Smith: The University of Queensland has unveiled Australia's first carbon neutral building.
The $32 million Global Change Institute (GCI) raises the bar in eco-friendly design, generating its own energy and transferring any excess back to the national grid.
The building's green wall. Photo: Supplied
Katherine Feeney: Want to see what the government is doing in the information communications technology field? Well, from today, you can. IT Minister Ian Walker has launched the ICT Action Plan, which outlines almost 80 measures to transform ICT delivery in the state.
“In an Australian first, all significant ICT projects will be highly visible through a public-facing ICT Dashboard,” Mr Walker said.
"Queenslanders can now see the names of ICT initiatives, along with their investment objectives, timeframes and costs."
He said all Government Departments would publish their data on the dashboard by 30 November 2013.
Talk about click-bait!
Dan Nancarrow: Five things we learnt this Thursday:
1. John Singleton has purchased the Exchange Hotel for between $35 million and $40 million
Australian Pub Fund now has 11 properties across Australia.
2. A 15-year-old boy has been stabbed in the neck at a Brisbane Catholic School
He was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
3. Williams Corporation has gone into liquidation
After the Port Hinchinbrook resort did not sell.
4. UQ has unveiled Australia's first carbon neutral building
The $32 million Global Change Institute generates its own energy and sends the excess back to the national grid.
5. The $1.1 billion Gasworks precinct has opened
More than 25 retailers started trading today.
Attorney-General on Mt Maria 'balance between protecting and overprotecting' kids in schools @9NewsBrisbane pic.twitter.com/zwzdKyZHwW — Shane Doherty (@ShaneDoherty_9) August 29, 2013
Amy Remeikis: The Day for Daniel tour is about to kick off around the country - the Morcombes are about to embark on a 20,000 km, 66-day journey to spread their child safety message to school students around the nation.
Bruce and Denise Morcombe were presented a child protection week award by the Attorney-General - with more than 100,000 children having personally heard their child safety message already.
Also - happy birthday Bruce!
Bruce and Denise Morcombe. Photo: Amy Remeikis
Scott Beveridge: Brisbane designers showcase some "beautiful and effortless" wedding gowns at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival, with millions of dollars of custom made gems on show.
Wedding gowns 'can be fashionable'
Brisbane designers showcase some "beautiful and effortless" wedding gowns at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival, with millions of dollars of custom made gems on show.PT1M21S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2sro6 620 349 August 29, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: A 15-year-old student has been stabbed in the neck at a high school in Brisbane's north.
The boy was attacked in the auditorium at Mt Maria College in Mitchelton about 1pm.
"We're responding to reports of a serious assault," a police spokeswoman said.
The student has been taken by ambulance to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.
He is understood to be in a stable condition.
A 15-year-old student has been stabbed at a Northside Catholic school — TEN News Queensland (@tennewsqld) August 29, 2013
As the countdown to the Brisbane Festival continues, it's signature public art piece is popping up in the city including reportedly at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Sylvia Pennington: Small technology suppliers will have a better chance at Queensland government contracts but hundreds of public servants continue to face an uncertain future as the state forges ahead with its ICT outsourcing push.
According to a government ICT Action Plan released today, agencies will be able to contest projects and services on the basis of costs and quality, instead of being asked to share services used by others. The move is expected to precede the outsourcing of ICT services across all agencies.
Minister for Information Technology Ian Walker said this "contestability framework" would help agencies compare the value of in-house ICT services with those offered by external suppliers.
Katherine Feeney: If you haven't yet had your fill of political swill, and you live in Brisbane's federal division of Griffith, perhaps tune in to Aunty on Monday as ABC News Breakfast is broadcasting from the "key electoral battleground".
Michael Rowland will co-host the program live from Kangaroo Point and is set to examine voters views on a range of issues while looking at the "big personalities dominating Queensland’s political landscape".
The Prime Minister holds Griffith by a margin of 8.5 per cent, but Mr Rowland will be asking whether Kevin Rudd can hold on to his seat be ousted by Liberal candidate Bill Glasson.
The broadcast kicks off from 6.00am-9:30pm AEST on ABC1 and ABC News 24.
Marissa Calligeros: The family company of late Gold Coast theme park developer Keith Williams has collapsed into the hands of liquidators after his cyclone-battered Port Hinchinbrook resort in north Queensland failed to sell.
Creditors, including Mr Williams' son Ben Williams, voted to wind up Williams Corporation at a meeting in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Boats lay strewn around Port Hinchinbrook in the wake of Cyclone Yasi. Photo: Glen Hunt
Danielle Cronin: An assault victim has lost a bid for taxpayer-funded compensation so she could receive “spiritual healing" in Canada, capping off a three-year legal wrangle.
The Queensland government had previously been ordered to foot the bill, which included more than $20,000 for the treatment program and airfares for the woman, who also planned to take a companion.
Victims Assist Queensland – a taxpayer-funded compensation scheme for victims of crime who receive up to $75,000 – filed an appeal and Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie supported the legal action.
In a decision published late Wednesday, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal endorsed Victims Assist Queensland's decision to knock back the claim.
Katherine Feeney: What is an 'engagement expert' you ask? And why is the state government trumpeting the thoughts of one this morning?
It all has to do with The Queensland Plan, that visionary document the LNP has been cooking up in consultation with Queenslanders for some time now. Apparently Oregon-based “architect of public process” Steven Ames has praised the document for being "far more ambitious than a typical public opinion poll".
"The length of the consultation process, the approach, and the techniques used across multiple demographics should enable the outcomes to represent a greater degree of consensus," Mr Ames is quoted as saying in a statement from the Premier Campbell Newman just issued.
You'll be able to judge for yourself when The Queensland Plan is released in late 2013....
Marissa Calligeros: A drug lab, sawn-off shotgun and fireworks were discovered in a north Queensland unit yesterday.
Police raided the Cannonvale unit, near Airlie Beach, about 7am.
They later charged a 25-year-old man with producing dangerous drugs, possessing a shortened firearm and and possess fireworks.
He’s due to face Proserpine Magistrates Court today.
Dan Nancarrow: Progressive community advocacy group Get Up! have taken aim at the Courier Mail and Daily Telegraph for their coverage of the federal election, alleging the papers have been biased against the sitting Labor government.
They've posted this ad to YouTube:
Friendly reminder from police to Paddington residents.. Lock it or lose it, after a number of break-ins @tennewsqld pic.twitter.com/9ZNSZj40e1 — Jessica Ross (@jessica_ross10) August 29, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will appear on Q&A live from Brisbane on Monday, the ABC has announced.
Mr Rudd was the first guest on Q&A in 2008 having been recently elected to the top office.
The event will be filmed at ABC studios.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Photo: Leigh Turner/Getty Images
Marissa Calligeros: Two balaclava-clad men, brandishing knives held-up a pub in Brisbane’s inner-west last night.
The men entered The Red Lion hotel on Beaudesert Road in Moorooka about 11.45pm and threatened a female employee before demanding cash.
The ran from the hotel with a sum of cash.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.
Katherine Feeney: Here's some good news for the fine people north of Brisbane in Bundaberg: The state government has announced nearly $2.4 million flood funding for the region.
Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli is in the city this morning and said the money would go towards two separate levees, one adjacent to Technology Park and the other between Batchlers and Mt Perry roads. There will also be major stabilisation work to protect the CBD.
The local council will also receive $82,405 for flood studies of the Lower Burnett River and lower Kolan River and Gin Gin Creek catchments.
Dan Nancarrow: The Queensland Literary Awards will be announced in Brisbane on Wednesday as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival.
The QLA are still yet to reach their funding mark - so donate to keep the community funded awards alive and kicking:
Marissa Calligeros: There may be residual delays on the M1 this morning after a broken down semi-trailer slowed traffic to a crawl earlier ...
Marissa Calligeros: This was the view over Brisbane this morning from the Australian Traffic Network choppers ...
Good morning Thursday pic.twitter.com/JIQ3ybITKH— Penny Dahl (Cameron) (@Pennycopter) August 28, 2013
Dan Nancarrow: Winter went quick.
Brisbane hit a low of 13.4 degrees at 5.34 this morning.
A fine and partly cloudy top of 26 is expected today.