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Brisbane Live: Wednesday February 5, 2014

Kristian Silva

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Alleged bikies charged under tough new Queensland laws are being warned by their lawyers not to show up for their day in court.

More than 20 alleged bikies were represented by their lawyers at Southport Magistrates court on Tuesday, after they were urged to stay away to avoid further charges.

Under new anti-association laws, when three or more bikies gather in public they can be prosecuted and jailed for a mandatory six months and as long as three years.

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A cricket fan who was found with a pig at the Gabba during the first Ashes test has agreed to undergo mediation with the RSPCA.

David Gunn, 33, was charged with animal cruelty after the pig was allegedly smuggled into the Brisbane sportsground with its snout taped shut and disguised as a baby.

The pig, who was traumatised from the incident, has fully recovered, the RSPCA says.

Ash and his new canine friend.
Ash and his new canine friend. Photo: Supplied
Kristian Silva
The Ride The Tide Jet Trek will raise money for sick, disadvantaged and special needs kids.
The Ride The Tide Jet Trek will raise money for sick, disadvantaged and special needs kids. Photo: Supplied

Long-distance charity events are usually held on dry land, but here’s one where the participants will be taking to the water.

The 2014 ‘Ride the Tide’ Yamaha Variety Jet Trek is raising money for children’s charity Variety, with riders travelling 600 kilometres from Port Macquarie to Mooloolaba.

Along the way, they’ll stop off in Brisbane, along with Nambucca Heads, Coffs Harbour, Wooli, Yamba, Ulmarra, Ballina, Kingscliff, Jacobs Well and Bribie Island.

Trekkers must raise a minimum of a $2000 donation to take part in the fundraiser, which begins on February 24.

For enquiries or to book a place, visit www.variety.org.au/qldjettrek or email erint@varietyqld.org.au.

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Polls

Thanks to everyone who voted in the lunchtime poll....well over 700!

Obviously, it's not a scientific poll so it shouldn't be taken as gospel. However I think it shows there's healthy support for the two key candidates in Saturday's byelection.

Tony Moore.

New coal seam gas wells in the Surat Basin will jump from 1000 a year to 1900 a year, according to a Brisbane-based CSG supply company.

Titan Energy Services, based in South Brisbane, is cashing in on the boom, with its net profit after tax for the six months to December jumping 117 per cent.

Profits were $5 million, up from $2.3 million 12 months earlier.

Natalie Bochenski

It’s the question 65 million years in the making: Should we bring dinosaurs back to life?

The technical and ethical barriers to resurrecting the lost creatures will be the focus of a debate at the Queensland Museum on Thursday night.

Geneticist and Molecular Identities Lab Manager Jessica Worthington Wilmer said the desire to see Tyrannosaurus Rex roam again was understandable.

“But would they be so fascinating if they were chasing you down the highway or in your backyard? People just don’t realise how big and how phenomenally dangerous that would be for us.”

Polls

One hour left in the lunchtime poll. Great to see more than 500 people having their say already.

Cameron Atfield

Same shopping centre, different candidate.

Twenty days after Labor Griffith candidate Terri Butler led Opposition Leader Bill Shorten through the Westfield Carindale shopping centre, it was Liberal National Party candidate Bill Glasson's turn on Wednesday.

And this time, the special guest star from the Australian Parliament was Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Glasson on the Griffith campaign trail at the Carindale Westfield shopping centre.
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Glasson on the Griffith campaign trail at the Carindale Westfield shopping centre. Photo: Cameron Atfield
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Brisbane Live

Let's take a look at what's making news around the country on our partner sites smh.com.au, theage.com.au, canberratimes.com.au and watoday.com.au

A new witness claims convicted murderer Simon Gittany threatened to kill Lisa Harnum and make it look like suicide several times before he eventually threw her off the 15th-floor balcony of their Sydney apartment (Sydney Morning Herald).

V/Line staff used excessive force when they removed a “frail old man” from a country train and restrained him on the ground with his pants around his ankles, the Victorian Ombudsman has found (The Age).

One of the ACT's most senior public servants was forced to apologise to her workers after sending an all staff email that included the word ''leso'' in reference to homosexual women.

And finally, a heartbroken Romeo from Leederville is hoping for a happy ending for the engagement ring he no longer has any use for, offering it online for $3000. It comes with one condition, you must be ready to pop the question (WA Today).

Brisbane Live

A Gold Coast lifeguard accused of running over two sunbathers in a four-wheel drive was on his way to help a collapsed swimmer in December, his lawyer says.

Luke Bartlett, 24, made a brief appearance at Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday after being charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. The cast has been adjourned until March 27.

With Schapelle Corby likely to be back in the spotlight over the coming days, here's a flashback to 2005.

Channel 10
Channel 9
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Polls

Time for the lunchtime poll.

We ask, who deserves to win the Griffith byelection?

It's a carefully-worded question...we're not asking who you think will win.

For readers on mobile devices, you'll need to scroll to the very bottom of the page and press "Full site" to vote.

Marissa Calligeros

Police are hunting for four balaclava-clad men who robbed a Caltex station in Ipswich last night.

The men threatened the store attendant with a piece of wood before taking money from the till.

The thieves were dressed all in black and covered their faces with black balaclavas or pieces of material.

Images of four men who held-up a Caltex service station in Ipswich. Photo: Supplied.
Images of four men who held-up a Caltex service station in Ipswich. Photo: Supplied. 
Brisbane Live

Construction is set to begin this week on a new environment information centre at Wacol in Brisbane’s south-west.

The centre, named Pooh Corner, is estimated to cost $273,000 and is intended to conserve one of the city’s bushland areas.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said: "The centre has been designed to properly integrate into the bushland environment and the area that has been chosen is already clear of trees and vegetation”.

It is expected to be used by local environmental groups and be a focal point for activities such as weed control and habitat restoration projects.

Construction is expected to be complete by mid-2014 with a $7 million environment education centre to follow at Karawatha Forest, which is home to more than 300 plant and wildlife species.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and BCC Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chairman Matthew Bourke at the Pooh Corner site on ...
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and BCC Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chairman Matthew Bourke at the Pooh Corner site on Tuesday. Photo: Supplied
Brisbane Live

Nice one!

Phil Lutton.

World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko’s record is 61-3 (51 KOs). He dates Hollywood actress Hayden Panettiere, has a net worth of $24 million and sponsorship deals with Mercedes-Benz. His brother, Vitali, might be the next president of the Ukraine.

Logan's Alex Leapai has a record of (30-4-3 24 KOs). He is married with six children, drives an old Holden and is sponsored by a local property firm. This will be the first time he has trained full time for a bout. Boxing has claimed some of his teeth, which are yet to be reinstated.

The pair will square off for the title on April 26.

Logan boxer Alex Leapai, with trainer Noel Thornberry and Phil Murphy of sponsor Oxmar Properties, at Mt Coot-tha inking ...
Logan boxer Alex Leapai, with trainer Noel Thornberry and Phil Murphy of sponsor Oxmar Properties, at Mt Coot-tha inking the deal for his world title fight. Photo: Scott Beveridge
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