Kristian Silva: And that's all we have time for this afternoon on Brisbane Live, thanks for joining us today.
We were on storm watch for much of the day, and although nothing major happened, there has been a bit of thunder around in the last few minutes.
Have a safe trip home and we'll see you again tomorrow...hopefully not to discuss how bad the damage was from tonight's weather!
View of the #bnestorm rolling into the City from Police HQ. Right in time for peak hour! Stay safe on the roads. pic.twitter.com/yOwg0vHej7 — QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) October 29, 2013
Kristian Silva: This comment piece from Brisbane Times' managing editor Simon Holt has received a lot of feedback today.
Simon says Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie can seize on the momentum of the bikie crackdown, and use it to consult the community about ways to clamp down on all types of crime.
What do you think?
AAP: Queensland's former state politicians racked up almost $300,000 in travel perks during the last financial year.
Retired state politicians are eligible to a Queensland Rail gold pass that gives them free long-haul travel.
Former Labor MP Darryl Briskey racked up the biggest travel bill, claiming $9,688.49 in flights and rail travel.
Former Cleveland Labor MP Darryl Briskey. Photo: Bayside Bulletin
Kristian Silva: The "Watch and Act" warning below was issued a few minutes ago by the Department of Community Safety:
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is advising residents in the vicinity of Coondoo (south-east of Gympie) to enact their bushfire plans.
At 4pm on Tuesday, a large bushfire was located at Toolara Forest. The large, fast-moving fire is travelling in a southerly direction and is expected to impact the areas of Coondoo within the next two hours.
Residents in Parsons Road and Mcrae Road are advised that if their plan is to relocate or they do not have a plan then they are advised to relocate now. Leaving well ahead of a fire is the safest option for survival.
Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.
Currently, more than 10 urban and rural fire crews are working to contain the blaze but firefighters may not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.
Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.
Kristian Silva: Well, after all that, perhaps this tweet from the Brisbane Broncos is the best storm-related tweet of the day?
Natalie Bochenski: The Weather Bureau says severe thunderstorms are no longer affecting southeast Queensland, with any immediate threat passing.
However, forecasters are continuing to monitor the situation.
Marissa Calligeros: A young Queensland boy has died in hospital after being attacked his grandfather’s German Shepherd at the weekend.
Three-year-old Korbin Sprott passed away on Tuesday afternoon at the Townsville Hospital.
Korbin had been playing in the front yard of his grandfather’s Grant Street home in Mackay when he was attacked by the dog about 6.45pm on Saturday.
Natalie Bochenski: The RACQ has excellent timing... as we wait on today’s storm, the auto lobby has released research showing more than half (57 per cent) of all Brisbane residents have made NO preparations for the storm season.
Only 18 per cent of homeowners in the River City have checked their home, contents and insurance policies.
“Now is the time to take the necessary steps to safeguard life and property,” the RACQ’s Mike Sopinski said.
Some great lightening video from our coast camera @9NewsBrisbane @9NewsAUS @cpattinson9 pic.twitter.com/LWdYNH7g5p — Nine News Gold Coast (@9NewsGoldCoast) October 29, 2013
News Talk 4BC:
Storm clouds approaching Toowong over Mt Cootha pic.twitter.com/c2WD5msJCZ via @Judi_09 — News Talk 4BC 1116 (@NewsTalk4BC) October 29, 2013
The weather radar at BOM has gone down. This is it, people. #stormageddon has made its first move. — John Birmingham (@JohnBirmingham) October 29, 2013
1878 customers without power in Brisbane City area. Check website for updates http://t.co/lyv6SxCGty — Energex (@Energex) October 29, 2013
Kristian Silva: Here it comes...
Watching the storm roll towards Energex's Newstead HQ pic.twitter.com/TOFkKMmGD5— Energex (@Energex) October 29, 2013
Scott Beveridge: The mother of Mia Quinnell has spoken to 4BC about her decision to donate her six-year-old daughter's organs after she was killed in a car accident near Toowoomba early on Sunday morning.
While heartbroken, Kylie Bauer says she wants Mia's cheekiness and spirit to live on in other people.
The day my daughter died
The mother of six-year-old Mia Quinnell relives what happened after a kangaroo crashed through their car windscreen near Toowoomba early Sunday morning.PT1M45S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2wd5r 620 349 October 29, 2013
Tony Moore: The Queensland Government wants to replace the Queensland Studies Authority with a new body called the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority to judge senior school achievement from July 2014.
Education Minister John Paul Langbroek has just tabled the bill into parliament, saying major changes in education since the Queensland Studies Authority made the change necessary.
"We have seen the introduction of NAPLAN testing, national school reporting, the growth of vocational education and training in schools," he said.
Further changes will come into effect soon, with the move to the national curriculum.
Marissa Calligeros: The bureau has just updated its storm warning for the south-east corner.
The storms are now forecast to hit Redbank Plains at 1.20pm and Beenleigh, Logan, Coomera and the northern Gold Coast by 1.50pm.
Updated storm warning ... Source: The Bureau of Meteorology
Marissa Calligeros: The bureau has issued a severe storm warning for south-east Queensland, including Logan, Ipswich and Brisbane.
It says severe storm cells were detected on the radar at 12.35pm near the Border Ranges National Park.
By 1.05pm the storms are due to hit Ipswich, Boonah, Greenbank, Redbank Plains and Amberley.
By 1.35pm the storms are due to hit Beaudesert, Beenleigh, Logan City, Logan Village, Woodridge and Sunnybank Hills.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich, Brisbane and the Redlands. Source: The Bureau of Meteorology
Kristian Silva: Brisbane has now been included in the storm warning region.
The worst of the storm front seems to have past to the Sth of Toowoomba, headed for Brisbane @9newsbrisbane pic.twitter.com/jPHZVC0nM6 — Joel Dry (@JoelDry9) October 29, 2013
Scott Beveridge: A very proud Logan mayor Pam Parker is going to award the keys to the city of Logan to X Factor winner Dami Im.
The mayor says Dami has already been informed and is very excited about the news, which will also see her become a cultural ambassador.
Dami gets keys to Logan
X Factor winner Dami Im will be up there with Beyonce and Madonna, says the Mayor of her hometown, who is honouring her with the keys to Logan, for being an 'extraordinary talent' and 'great role model.'PT1M33S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2wczy 620 349 October 29, 2013
Michael Lallo: Almost 3.67 million people watched Dami Im win The X Factor last night, making it this year's top-rating program so far.
Channel Seven divided the episode into two segments: the "grand final", which 3.44 million viewers in the metropolitan and regional areas tuned in for, followed by the "winner announcement", which drew the higher audience figure for the night.
The X Factor not only trounced its rivals last night; it beat every other reality grand final this year including Seven's My Kitchen Rules and House Rules, Nine's The Block and The Voice and Ten's MasterChef.
Dami Im is announced as X Factor 2013 winner. Photo: Channel Seven
Marissa Calligeros: It turns out an envelope found filled with white powder at a mail screening centre was addressed to Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart.
The West End mail centre, operated by Australia Post subsidiary Decipha, was evacuated and shut down for nearly two hours after an envelope filled with white powder was found about 3am today.
Preliminary tests confirmed the white powder was nothing more than household flour or starch.
Marissa Calligeros: The skies are growing darker over the Granite Belt ...
Clouds gathering around Inglewood on the Granite Belt, south-west of Brisbane.
Marissa Calligeros: There are blue skies in Brisbane, but the clouds are gathering just west of the city ...
Storm front between Toowoomba and Warwick moving east. BOM image at 10.54am. pic.twitter.com/dLEo6XJ2pf— CR PAUL TULLY Goodna (@PaulTully) October 29, 2013
Kristian Silva: While a thunderstorm warning has been issued by the bureau for parts of Queensland, we're yet to receive a giant beach ball warning.
Check out this picture from London, where the giant object was seen rolling through city streets after a storm hit the region yesterday.
The injured man is air-lifted to hospital. Photo: RACQ CareFlight Rescue
Kristian Silva: A 54-year-old man from the Moreton Bay area has been rescued from Fraser Island after he was injured during a fishing trip.
RACQ said its CareFlight rescue helicopter was called to the island after the man was hit by a “freak wave” as his fishing boat approached the beach at Waddy Point.
The man, from Burpengary, was thrown across the centre console of the boat and suffered abdominal injuries.
He was air-lifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a stable condition.
Kristian Silva: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for sections of Queensland where damaging winds and large hailstones are expected.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the storm front could hit Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Boonah, Oakey, Gatton and Goondiwindi.
The bureau will put out further warnings if storms develop in southeast Queensland, east of Dalby from Rainbow Beach to Stanthorpe.
Emergency Management Queensland has advised people in storm-affected areas to take the following steps:
- Move car undercover or away from trees
- Secure loose outdoor items
- Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees
- Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm
- Beware of fallen trees and powerlines
Tony Moore: Premier Campbell Newman has used the opening session of state parliament to talk up the government's security steps and put the pressure on the ALP.
"Under Labor, sentencing laws did not match community expectations," he told parliament.
After running through the suite of legislation his government has introduced, he said the government was "well advanced on our three-year plan to recruit 1100 new police:
A new boot camp has also been announced for north Queensland.
Kristian Silva: Here’s a good news story.
Nearly $200,000 was raised for the Leukaemia Foundation earlier this month, thanks to generous Queenslanders.
The foundation’s Light the Night fundraiser, held on October 16, saw about 10,000 people gather in support of those suffering from leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.
“It was a humbling experience to see the display of blue, white and gold lanterns shining brightly and symbolising the many ways in which our communities are impacted by blood,” Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland CEO William Petch said.
Crowds gather for the Leukaemia Foundation's Light The Night fundraiser. Photo: Supplied.
@9NewsBrisbane The baby whale has escaped possibly with some netting still attached pic.twitter.com/Zhhqu4FEsV @9NewsAUS pic.twitter.com/jS9qEF2EmG — Nine News Gold Coast (@9NewsGoldCoast) October 28, 2013
Kim Stephens: Brisbane City Council has moved to protect its lucrative international student market by further cracking down on overcrowded share houses.
City Hall won the backing of the Local Government Association of Queensland last week to give councils across the state the power to tighten strict regulations against unscrupulous landlords.
Brisbane's southern suburbs remained a hotspot for property owners cramming as many students as possible into houses to net maximum rental value, Councillor Krista Adams said.
Dozens of ppl watching on as rescue efforts to free a baby whale from shark nets continue #GoldCoast #eyewitnessnews pic.twitter.com/PkmbGVU6Vg — Sarah Greenhalgh (@GreenhalghSarah) October 28, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: Rescuers are battling rough conditions as they try to free a baby whale from shark nets off the Gold Coast.
It is believed the whale became stuck off Burleigh Heads shortly before 6am.
It is understood up to three adult whales are staying close by.
We’ll bring you more pictures from the scene as things unfold.
A whale stuck in nets off Burleigh Heads. Photo: Nine News
Kristian Silva: Good morning, Brisbane.
Glad to have your company today and welcome to Brisbane Live.
We’ll be bringing you the day’s news as it happens, along with other interesting snippets of information relating to Brisbane.
We could be in for a very unpredictable day, with storms tipped to come in during the afternoon. The Bureau of Meteorology predicts between 10mm and 40mm of rain will fall.
They expect the maximum temperature to be 31 degrees.