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Brisbane Live: Wednesday December 11, 2013

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Welcome to Brisbane Live, where you'll find rolling coverage of the news as it happens in Brisbane.

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Dan Nancarrow: Thanks for reading Brisbane Live.

Natalie Bochenski, Kristian Silva and myself will be covering the Asia Pacific Screen Awards tomorrow night so there'll be no Brisbane Live blog tomorrow.

You can, however, follow all the APSA action at our APSA live blog from 5.30pm.

Brisbane Live will recommence on Friday via this link

Dan Nancarrow: Brisbane hit a high of 30.8 degrees today but is expected to cool off to 27 tomorrow.

Showers and the chance of a storm are predicted for the rest of the evening and tomorrow.

Cameron Atfield: Conservation groups have blasted the federal government's decision to approve the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion at a protest in Brisbane on Wednesday.

At the protest a small but vocal crowd theatrically poured "waste" over protesters wearing masks depicting Prime Minister Tony Abbott, federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, mining magnate-turned-Fairfax MP Clive Palmer and fellow mining magnate Gina Rinehart. 

Conservation groups protesting approval of Abbot Point project in Queens Park, Brisbane.

Conservation groups protesting approval of Abbot Point project in Queens Park, Brisbane. Photo: Jamie McKinnell, 4BC

Nine News: An inquest into the death of teenage surf lifesaver Matthew Barclay hears he had "absolutely nothing" to indicate he was knocked out.

Teenage ironman Matthew Barclay who died during the Australian surf lifesaving championships at Kurrawa Click to play video

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Ironman had no injuries

An inquest into the death of teenage surf lifesaver Matthew Barclay hears he had "absolutely nothing" to indicate he was knocked out. Nine News

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Marissa Calligeros: More than 8000 cannabis plants have been seized from a property south-west of Brisbane.

Police raided the Moogerah property on Revill Road on Tuesday and discovered the large crop of 8702 plants.

The plants have been destroyed and a 54-year-old man is being questioned by police.

The cannabis crop discovered at a Moogerah property on Tuesday. Photo: Queensland Police Service.

The cannabis crop discovered at a Moogerah property on Tuesday. Photo: Queensland Police Service.

Marissa Calligeros:

SES volunteers and council staff hand out water in Dysart.

SES volunteers and council staff hand out water in Dysart. Photo: Supplied

Ten News: Conservation groups pour 'waste' over people with masks in Brisbane Wednesday to protest the expansion of a coal terminal on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Protesters slime over coal expansion

RAW VISION: Conservation groups pour 'waste' over people with masks in Brisbane Wednesday to protest the expansion of a coal terminal on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Danielle Cronin: The blog post headline: is that a crime scene or a Christmas tree?

The answer: a bit from column A and column B.

At the Cleveland police station, the Bayside Patrol Area Volunteers in Policing are posing with the tree deftly decorated with police tape and random breath testing straws. Very crafty.

Police tape and random breath testing straws are turned into Christmas tree decorations at the Cleveland police station.

Police tape and random breath testing straws are turned into Christmas tree decorations at the Cleveland police station. Photo: Supplied

Marissa Calligeros: Update on the Dysart water shortage: Emergency services are currently delivering an extra two litres of water to each household in Dysart.

Residents can collect drinking water from the council’s Dysart office until 8pm tonight, while mining camp residents can collect water from an emergency supply truck located on the corner of Carfax Road and Queen Elizabeth Drive.

Portable toilets are currently being delivered to essential services including the hospital, the doctor's surgery and the water collection point on Carfax Road.

Marissa Calligeros: An update on Dysart's water shortage: The local council has started pumping water into Dysart’s underground water reticulation network.

Once that is full, the council will be able to begin filling the reservoirs at the town’s water treatment plant.

The council has confirmed the water treatment plant shut down because a filtering agent, known as ‘‘green sand’’, which was added to the plant yesterday to remove iron and manganese, clogged the system.

The green sand is now filtering through the treatment plant, but it is still being closely monitored.

Scott Beveridge: Five alleged Rebels bikies face up to six months jail after going to a Sunshine Coast hotel together.

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Jailed for going to the pub

Five alleged Rebels bikies face up to six months jail after going to a Sunshine Coast hotel together.

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An artists' impression of how City Hall will look during the 3D light show.

An artists' impression of how City Hall will look during the 3D light show.

Kristian Silva: A 3D animated light show will project a giant toy factory façade onto the walls of City Hall, as part of Christmas celebrations in Brisbane this year.

The light show, which will begin this Friday and run till Christmas Eve, will start each evening at 7.30pm continue till midnight.

The show is part of the $1 million that is being spent on Christmas entertainment in the city, which has been funded by private sponsors and Brisbane City Council.

Inside Lark Food & Drink.

Inside Lark Food & Drink.

Natascha Mirosch: Brisbane barflies will be in mourning with the news that one of the city's best loved bar/restaurants has closed.

The Lark Food & Drink in Paddington shut its doors quietly on Sunday.

Danielle Cronin: The Queensland Police Museum has been foraging in the vault and found some photographs of Brisbane’s first traffic lights switched on more than 70 years ago.

At 3pm on January 21 1936, Minister for Health and Home Affairs E M Hanlon turned on the ‘‘electro-matic vehicle activated, traffic control system’’ at the intersection of Ann, Upper Albert, and Roma streets.

The first traffic signals in Brisbane were placed at the intersection of Ann, Upper Albert and Roma streets and where ‘lit’ on January 21, 1936. Image No. PM2937

The first traffic signals in Brisbane were placed at the intersection of Ann, Upper Albert and Roma streets and where ‘lit’ on January 21, 1936. Image No. PM2937 Photo: Supplied/Queensland Police Museum

Marissa Calligeros: More water trucks are currently on the way to Dysart, where the main water treatment plant has shut down.

Residents can collect water from the water truck located on the corner of Carfax Road and Queen Elizabeth Drive.

Residents must take buckets or containers to collect their water, but there is a 200 litre limit.

Marissa Calligeros: No coffee, no flushing toilets ...

The central Queensland town of Dysart has run dry after a major failure at its water treatment plant.

The town’s water treatment plant shut down on Tuesday night, leaving the council with little option but to truck in emergency supplies and order no less than 80 port-a-loos to station at the local state high school.

Councillors are currently in an emergency briefing to arrange for water from surrounding towns to be used to fill the outgoing reservoir at the Dysart water treatment plant.

Marissa Calligeros:

Marissa Calligeros: Train commuters are facing delays on the Ipswich and Rosewood lines due to a signalling fault.

Replacement buses are en route to ferry passengers between stations ...

Ten News:

Kristian Silva: Expect to see plenty of action, colour and grace in the city from Friday, with the Myer Christmas Parade and Pantomime set to return to the CBD.

The parade will feature 200 performers, including members of the Queensland Ballet.

The colourful parade will kick off at the Edward Street end of the Queen Street Mall, and travel to King George Square. From there, the singing and dancing pantomime will take place.

The pantomime and parade will run each night from December 13 to December 22, starting from 6.30pm.

Performers in the parade last year.

Performers in the parade last year. Photo: Supplied

Nine News: The state government will pay $1.2 billion in rent over 15 years to work out of the William Street tower. 

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The state government will pay $1.2 billion in rent over 15 years to work out of the William Street tower. Nine News.

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Seven News:

Marissa Calligeros: Nearly 50,000 high school graduates have only three more days to wait to receive their OPs.

Students’ final results will start arriving in the post from Monday (December 16), but students can access their results online from 9am this Saturday (December 14).

Students will need their Learner Unique Identifier and password to log into their learning account on the Queensland Studies Authority's Student Connect website www.studentconnect.qsa.qld.edu.au to receive their results.

4BC: An alleged Bandidos bikie arrested over the infmaous brawl outside a Broadbeach tapas restaurant is about to be sentenced in Southport Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to one charge of riot ...

Marissa Calligeros: Five alleged Rebels bikies charged after meeting at a Queensland pub are due to face Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

Steven Michael Smith, Scott Michael Conly, Joshua Shane Carew, Paul Jeffery Lansdowne and Dan Whale were arrested in raids yesterday after meeting at the Yandina Hotel in the Sunshine Coast hinterland last month.

The men, aged between 26 and 56, were charged under the state’s hardline anti-association laws, which ban three or more members of a criminal gang meeting in a public place.

CCTV footage showing the alleged bikies at the Yandina Hotel in November. Photo: Queensland Police Service.

CCTV footage showing the alleged bikies at the Yandina Hotel in November. Photo: Queensland Police Service.

Kim Stephens: When a vulnerable Brisbane woman escaped a violent marriage in 1998, she turned to Dr James Fitzgerald Russell Love for help.

Love was far from what she found.

The general practitioner, now a 69-year-old retiree, "shamelessly exploited" the woman by initiating a secret, five-year sexual relationship while continuing to treat her, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled last month.

Marissa Calligeros: More than one-third of participants in the Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night held at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre ended the night in hospital.

Main card Australian fighters Mark Hunt, 39, and Dylan Andrews, 34, topped the long injury list coming out of Saturday's event.

Eight of the 22 competing fighters were taken to hospital, including two rushed by ambulance to St Andrew's Hospital.

Mark Hunt and Antonio 'Big Foot' Silva were both taken to hospital after their fight.

Mark Hunt and Antonio 'Big Foot' Silva were both taken to hospital after their fight.

Marissa Calligeros: Traffic congestion is finally easing on the Pacific Motorway after two separate crashes caused chaos this morning.

This is what the motorway looked like about an hour ago ...

Marissa Calligeros: The average Queensland household power bill is set to jump by about $270 a year from next July.

The Queensland Competition Authority is tipped to recommend electricity prices increase 13.5 per cent next financial year when it releases on Wednesday its draft decision for 2014-15.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls has blamed the carbon tax for the increase.

Marissa Calligeros: This was the Story Bridge lit up in the colours of the South Afican flag last night to honour Nelson Mandela ...

Dan Nancarrow: Good morning and welcome to Brisbane Live this Wednesday.

We're expecting a few showers and a possible storm today and a top of 29.

Stay tuned for the latest news and weather updates throughout the day.

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  • 5 Rebels in a pub? Ok, that just cost tax payers tens of thousands of dollars in police and court costs, and will they go to jail???? Have these 5 ever committed a real crime ever? If so they would have been discovered already and dealt with.
    The police do a great job, I don't blame them at all, apart from Newmans top cop yes man, I suspect he secretly cringes at what direction he has to steer his men in.

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    December 11, 2013, 2:13PM

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