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Water hazard in the southwest:
Taringa - burst water main bothways Lambert Road at Indooroopilly Road— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 30, 2013
Natalie Bochenski: Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will appeal the sentences given to three young bag-snatchers.
The trio of teenagers were convicted on July 24 over a number of armed robberies on the Gold Coast in October 2012. They targeted four women and a 12-year-old girl.
The offenders were sentenced to community service and probation, with no convictions recorded.
Mr Bleijie has advised Crown Prosecutors that the sentences were manifestly inadequate and didn't set a deterrent.
Natalie Bochenski: This week is World Breastfeeding Week, and the Mater Mothers' Hospital is putting on a special day for mums this Friday August 2.
Mothers will be able to visit the hospital's Breastfeeding Support Centre, speak to lactation consultants, attend education sessions including antenatal and postnatal information, and enjoy morning tea.
Head to the Mater Hospital on Raymond Terrace at South Brisbane from 10am.
Translink reports the 4pm Roma Street-Ferny Grove train has been cancelled as a result of a mechanical fault at Mitchelton station.
Commuters should expect delays of up to 15 minutes.
The crash has caused delays on the bus service.
The 3.30pm route 540 (Beaudesert to City) bus has been delayed up to 25 mins due to a traffic crash on Millstream Rd, Jimboomba— TransLink SEQ (@TransLinkSEQ) July 30, 2013
Further south ...
Jimboomba - accident bothways Mt Lindesay Hwy at Millstream Rd— Gettraffic QLD (@GettrafficQLD) July 30, 2013
And so the afternoon commute begins.
A car is broken down on Mains Road, Macgregor southbound in the right lane prior to Kessels Road. Delays are expected and drivers are urged to proceed with caution.
Natalie Bochenski: The Judith Wright Centre is in a spin with the 360 Allstars taking up residence this week.
This urban circus features internationally-renowned dancers, athletes and musicians for a twisted take on the form.
Brisbane has been treated to some great nouveau circus acts this year, so if you missed shows like Empire or Salon, grab your tickets now!
360 Allstars is in action at the Judith Wright Centre this week. Photo: Supplied
Katherine Feeney: Tonight is the last night the council will accept submissions on the draft City Plan.
Apparently far fewer that the 6000 expected submissions have been received to date over the 60-day public consultation period.
There are a few ideas contained within the plan - Brisbane's planning blueprint- concerning building heights and densities.
Have you had your say?
Poll: Police are looking for a man who used a shovel to deliver his verdict on the musical talents of guests at a karaoke party in far north Queensland. Here's a list of songs that should rarely be attempted by amateurs or purged from karaoke song books based on an office straw poll.
- Dead or Alive
- Summer Lovin'
- I Will Always Love You
- Summer of '69
- My Heart Will Go On
- Anything by Abba
- Life is a Highway
- My Way
- Khe Sanh
- Gangnam Style
- My pick is ... (leave a comment)
Total votes: 19.
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These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinion only of visitors who have chosen to participate.
Police are looking for a man who was so fed up with the musical talents of guests at a karaoke party in Tully in far north Queensland he took matters into his own hands.
He entered the Pease St home just before midnight on Friday and smashed the karaoke machine with a shovel and left, according to police.
Katherine Feeney: In City Hall, the meeting of the Brisbane City Council is underway.
Beginning with apologies, including one from Cr Shayne Sutton who is on leave due to the new baby boy she delivered in dramatic circumstances during recess, we're now on to Question Time.
The Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has offered an update on the Riverwalk construction work kicked off today, and is now answering a question about how the council intends to service debt repayments on the $1.5 billion Legacy Way tunnel if it handed over to Queensland Motorways as planned.
Cr Milton Dick says the council pays $1.38 million in debt annually, but Cr Quirk said: ‘‘Sleep well Councillor Dick, sleep well- the debt is under control."
The deal to pass the tolling rights to Legacy Way and the Go-Between Bridge on to QML is on the table today. It will be debated, and likely passed by the LNP majority council, later this afternoon ...
Brisbane actor Steven Tandy plays Sir Giles Overreach in A New Way to Pay Old Debts Photo: Supplied
Natalie Bochenski: It was great to see veteran Brisbane actor Steven Tandy onstage at the Brisbane Arts Theatre last Saturday night.
Tandy is best known from his television role as Tom Sullivan on The Sullivans, but he's a delight to watch up close as the villainous Sir Giles Overreach in Phillip Massinger's 1625 comic drama A New Way to Pay Old Debts.
The play is staged in contemporary dress, and while the language takes some time to sink into, it's a fun romp. It plays until August 24.
Kim Stephens: Australia Zoo has excitedly announced their five-year-old Sumatran Tiger Kaitlyn is pregnant.
The pitter patter of not-so-little paws is expected at the zoo late next month.
Kaitlyn sadly lost her first litter in the early stages of her pregnancy in April this year but zookeepers are confident this pregnancy is progressing well.
They say with less than 500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, the pregnancy is a significant win for the future of the species.
Australia Zoo's Kaitlyn is expecting a cub. Photo: Supplied
Scott Beveridge: Sir David Attenborough will appear at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm.
The show is called "A life on Earth". It has been rescheduled from June.
Tickets range from $95 to $235.
Heart surgery: David Attenborough.
Kim Stephens: Police have discovered a clandestine drug lab while executing a search warrant on the Sunshine Coast this morning.
They also discovered drug paraphernalia, including glassware, chemicals and utensils in the home.
A 54-year-old woman, a 44-year-old man and a 24-year-old man are currently assisting police with their inquiries.
Katherine Feeney: The $72 million reconstruction of Brisbane's Riverwalk, washed away in the January 2011 flood, has begun in earnest and will be complete in nine months.
That means New Farm and the city centre will once again be connected by an 850 metre-long walkway over the Brisbane River before Easter next year.
However the walkway won't be open to the public until mid-2014, according to Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
The new Brisbane Riverwalk will have a moveable section to allow for mooring access. Photo: Brisbane City Council
Tony Moore: One of South Bank's oldest buildings will be retained in an ultra-modern $590 million apartment and Emporium Hotel project launched at South Bank on Tuesday.
The Collins Place timber home, built in 1889 on Grey Street, will be restored as a restaurant and bar as part of developer Tony John's five-year dream to put together Southpoint on Grey Street to target the luxury end of the apartment-buyers’ market.
Collins Place is on Queensland's Heritage Register, where it is described as ‘‘the sole surviving house in what was once one of South Brisbane's earliest residential streets’’. It was originally built for Michael Foley, the man who owned South Bank's famous Ship Inn Hotel.
On Tuesday morning, Mr John gave a sneak look at what his group will build on the site, bounded by Grey Street, Tribune Street and South Bank station.
Heritage-listed Collins Place will be preserved as a restaurant or retail area as part of the $590 million Southpoint development at South Bank.
Police are closing in on attackers who bashed a man in the head before locking him in a large toolbox during a home invasion in Brisbane’s outer west.
Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Gundry says the investigation into the July 18 attack, which left a 30-year-old Anstead man with life-threatening head injuries, is progressing well thanks to information from the public. He says officers are close to finding the culprits, who they also believe stole things from the victim’s home.
‘‘We now believe a man who goes by the nickname of ’Whitey’, as well as a woman who may be known to him, may be able to assist with our inquiries,’’ Det Sgt Gundry said in a statement.
The victim, who was locked in a toolbox in a shed on his rural property overnight, is now out of hospital.
Who says developers don't have a sense of humour? Tony John tries the luxury bath in the sales office of his company's Southpoint development at South Bank. Photo: Tony Moore
The Anthony John Group has unveiled plans for $590 million development at South Bank.
The Southpoint project will include a five-star hotel, cafes, restaurants, commercial space and 221 apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms.
We’ll have the full story and more photos soon. In the meantime, reporter Tony Moore snapped this image during his tour.
Scott Beveridge: Segways will become legal on our footpaths on Thursday.
4BC spoke to an accident researcher and Transport Minister Scott Emerson this morning to find out how dangerous the motorised vehicles will be for pedestrians.
Segways to clog footpaths
Segways will take up "a substantial area of the footpath" when they become legal on Thursday but Transport Minister Scott Emerson defends their introduction, saying "we are not a nanny state".PT1M8S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2qvyi 620 349 July 30, 2013
Scott Beveridge: Going to the pub to get drunk
Not me ... that's what some US sailors plan on doing now they are on shore leave from the aircraft carrier USS George Washington.
About 60 per cent of them are heading to the Gold Coast, some want to hold koalas, but all up they will inject about $1 million per day into the Queensland economy.
Warship crew heading for the pub
6000 men and women on board the aircraft carrier USS George Washington will spend $1 million per day in south east Queensland, many expecting to go "to the bar and get drunk".PT1M25S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2qw2u 620 349 July 30, 2013
Natalie Bochenski: Our colleague at the Financial Review, Mark Ludlow, makes an astute observation about Clive Palmer's latest media release.
This is just too good."Palmer United Party announces conscious vote on same-sex marriage" Let's hope they're conscious when they vote too.— Mark Ludlow (@M_Ludlow) July 30, 2013
That should probably be "conscience", Palmer United Party!
Six Vietnamese men have pleaded guilty to escaping from a far north Queensland detention centre.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a seventh asylum seeker who has since absconded from a Sydney hospital while under the charge of the Immigration Department.
It is not known why the man was at the hospital or when he absconded.
A real-life Bonnie and Clyde are on the run, possibly in the Brisbane area, accused of shooting an elderly man during a crime spree spanning half the state, AAP reports.
Police believe the pair's spree has led them to the south east, with unconfirmed sightings of their vehicle around Brisbane.
One 82-year-old victim was shot in the leg.
Police want to speak to this pair over a shooting at Lowmead in central Queensland. Photo: Supplied
AAP: A woman accused of fatally bashing her daughter with a vacuum cleaner pole has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a Queensland court, AAP reports.
A murder charge against the woman was discharged after she admitted to manslaughter in the Cairns Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Phil Lutton: While on the topic of willow and leather.
The Gabba will host three games - but no finals - in the 2015 Cricket World Cup after details of the draw were released this morning.
Queensland cricket fans will be able to see Australia take on Bangladesh in match 11 of the tournament on February 21 of 2015.
About 30 US Marines from the USS George Washington are visiting sick kids at Mater Children’s Hospital school.
The Marines received a lesson. Booyah! Howzat is probably more apt.
Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare is in Brisbane today to deliver some sobering news on organised crime in Australia, AAP reports.
Mr Clare says organised crime is costing the nation $15 billion a year and is more pervasive, powerful and complex than ever.
The Australian Crime Commission’s biannual report on organised crime suggests organised crime is now an unprecedented part of everyday life, fuelled in part by criminals embracing the digital age.
AAP: Police will detonate more explosive material found at a Queensland home being used to produce home-made bombs.
Bomb squad detectives have announced a controlled detonation will take place this morning.
Natalie Bochenski: Leonard Cohen's mournful tones will soon be heard in Brisbane, with the enigmatic troubadour announcing a summer tour to Australia and New Zealand.
He'll play the Entertainment Centre on Saturday November 30 - after first heading to Cairns on Tuesday 26 November and Townsville on Thursday 28 November.
General release tickets go onsale Monday 12 August.
Scott Beveridge: Change the name of the Gold Coast?
Now there's a suggestion sure to get people talking.
A writer has come up with the idea, to rid the coast of its party image.
Gold Coast: Change the name
Calls to change the name of the Gold Coast ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games because of its connection to the party lifestyle could make things "terribly confusing".PT1M23S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2qvor 620 349 July 30, 2013
A woman accused of beating her daughter to death with a vacuum cleaner pipe will face a Cairns court today, AAP reports.
The New Zealand mother is charged with murder and will face a committal hearing in the Cairns Magistrates Court.
But prosecutors expect her to plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Scott Beveridge: Ipswich residents are perplexed as to why their neighbour would allegedly set up a number of homemade bombs.
One man alleges he was threatened by someone at the house where police have been locating and detonating the bombs.
'I'll blow your house apart'
Neighbours have allegedly been threatened by the residents of an Ipswich house where a number of homemade bombs have been found and detonated by police.PT1M50S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2qvjd 620 349 July 30, 2013
Katherine Feeney: There's an application before the Brisbane City Council's neighbourhood planning committee this morning to expand the Calamvale Hotel.
They want to add six storeys to the existing hotel, which would contain about 60 rooms.
It's supported by the local councillor and the state government, but there are some community concerns about the height.
However council planning officers say the plans are consistent with the local area plan.
It remains to be seen whether the council will support the application.
Kim Stephens: And police have defended taking nearly five days to tell Ipswich residents the full story behind a residential chemical explosion last Thursday night.
Three men were injured, one critically, in the Clay Street blast and the bomb squad undertook 14 controlled explosions between Thursday and Monday.
However, police gave away little information publicly until Monday, causing significant anxiety in the neighbouring community, according to Ipswich City Council's Andrew Antoniolli.
The Police Bomb Squad detonated several more explosives yesterday at a house in West Ipswich. Photo: David Nielsen/Queensland Times
AAP: A final search will be carried out today at a Queensland property that was being used to produce home-made explosives.
Police hope they’ve found and detonated most of the explosives at the West Ipswich house, where three men were injured in a major blast last week.
Bomb squad officers have carried out 14 controlled explosions to get rid of dangerous chemicals.
A police bomb squad officer places explosive material in the yard of a Clay St home, which was then detonated remotely. Photo: David Nielsen/Queensland Times
Danielle Cronin: Wivenhoe lookout is closed.
The Department of National Parks advises engineers are trying to identify structural damage to the lookout, which will remain closed until repairs can be made.
Natalie Bochenski: A hearty ovation for the Queenslanders who took out Helpmann Awards last night!
Geoffrey Rush led the maroon charge, picking up Best Actor in a Musical for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (which was only performed in Melbourne).
Circa won Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production and Best Touring Production awards for its show S, which was staged in partnership with the Brisbane Festival.
Russell Dykstra won Best Actor in a supporting role in a musical for The Addams Family, and Deborah Brown won Best Female Dancer for her work in Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Terrain.
And QPAC's Das Rhinegold, part of the 2012 Hamburg International Series won Best Symphony Orchestra Concert.
Cosmic Barbie: Big Brother 2013 compare Sonia Kruger. Photo: Supplied
Did you watch Big Brother last night?
Our entertainment reporter Natalie Bochenski was at the taping and has penned this recap.
Her picks for first evictee? Tim, because he’s ... Tim; Caleb, because of that skeevy sleeve tatt; or Ben, ‘cause he’s a little strange.
Her picks at this point for the winner? Sharon, for being tough and sensible; Mikkayla for being adorable; or Ben, 'cause he's a little strange.
What do you think? Leave a comment.
Kim Stephens: A knife-wielding, balaclava-clad thief escaped with cash when he held up an adult store in Brisbane's south overnight.
The man entered entered the Browns Plains store about 9.20pm and threatened the female store attendant before fleeing the scene.
The man is described as about 175cm tall, witha heavy build and a New Zealand accent.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au
Kim Stephens: There are significant traffic delays on the Pacific Motorway this morning because of a couple of crashes.
A car and motorbike collision that occurred about 7.20am at Pimpama is currently being cleared but traffic is banked back for approximately six kilometres.
Closer to the city, there a two car crash near the Gaza Road off ramp at Holland Park West that has closed the left hand lane.
Kingsford Smith Drive outbound is also congested following a collision between a car and motorbike near Cooksley Street.