Kristian Silva: Thanks for joining us today on Brisbane Live.
A bit of a quiet day in terms of Queensland news, but still plenty of thought-provoking and entertaining stories about.
With state parliament sitting today, no doubt there will be much to dissect this evening and tomorrow.
Hope you'll be with us again tomorrow, as we inch closer to the weekend.
Marissa Calligeros: More than 300 Queenslanders have phoned Crime Stoppers in the past month to dob in a bikie, in the hope of receiving a share of $5 million reward money offered by the state government.
Crime Stoppers chief executive Trevor O'Hara said the organisation had received calls relating to alleged bikie gang members in the past month.
Rewards include $1000 cash for tip-offs that lead to successful raids and $500,000 for information that results in the successful prosecution of a bikie or the shutdown of a criminal gang.
Kristian Silva: The trains look like they are back in action now...
Ipswich/Rosewood line: Trains travelling half hourly in both directions following earlier overhead issue. Customers can expect delays. #qr— TransLink SEQ (@TransLinkSEQ) October 30, 2013
AAP: A growing number of international holiday-makers are driving a massive tourism revival in the Sunshine State.
Queensland has recorded its biggest growth in visitors since the global financial crisis, with new figures showing almost one in every two international visitors book time in the state.
Tropical North Queensland is re-emerging as a must-see destination with 644,000 international holiday-makers visiting in the year to June, a spike of 17 per cent.
The Great Barrier Reef off Port Douglas Queensland. Photo: Leigh Henningham
Tony Moore: Looks like there is no love lost between the LNP and Bob Katter.
Premier Campbell Newman slammed the lack of support from the Katter's Australia Party when the LNP was criticised for allowing cattle to graze for emergency fodder in national parks.
"He's all hat and no head!" the Premier said of Bob Katter.
Tony Moore: South Brisbane MP Jackie Trad asked the Premier what he discussed with Sibelco CEO Campbell Jones when they met during the 2012 state election campaign.
The issue was raised in a parliamentary committee this morning which is considering extending Sibelco's mining leases on the island.
Mr Newman said he discussed issues that were already in the public domain, and that the LNP would allow sand mining to continue.
Tony Moore: Premier Campbell Newman is firing against the Opposition in Question Time this afternoon.
After Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk questioned if the Premier understood the separation of powers, Mr Newman described how leading Labor figures Judy Spence, Peter Beattie, Rod Welford and Kevin Rudd had criticised judges about specific judicial decisions in the past.
"Hang your head in shame because you have no credibility," he said.
Kristian Silva: Here's part of a statement issued by Queensland Rail regarding the train delays on the Ipswich line...
"Around midday, trains were suspended in both directions on the Ipswich line between Darra and Ipswich due to a dewirement.
The power has been switched off in this section to ensure the safety of our customers and staff.
Queensland Rail crews are on site trying to rectify the issue as quickly and as safely possible. We are assessing the damage and doing our upmost to have some services running during peak."
Natalie Bochenski: Here's a shot of the train that's pulled down powerlines between Darra and Wacol, by Rail Back on Track's Robert Dow.
It's believed the pantograph - which conducts electricity between the powerlines and the train's power system - pulled down the wires on top of one of the carriages.
Buses have been organised to move passengers as Translink expects delays up to an hour on the Ipswich line.
The train stuck between Darra and Wacol. Photo: Robert Dow
Kristian Silva: Vegan protesters will gather on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday to campaign against live animal slaughtering.
The Vegan Warriors and their supporters will gather at the corner of Cornmeal and Horton parades in Maroochydore at noon.
They say people will travel from Hervey Bay, Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast “to stand shoulder to shoulder for the animals”.
“Queenslanders are certainly proving to be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to animal rights with our supporter base growing substantially from the state each week,” they said.
Phil Lutton: With the first test at the Gabba fast approaching, here are six burning questions for Queensland cricket fans...
Brisbane's Gabba will see test cricket action next summer. Photo: Getty
Kim Stephens: A park in Brisbane’s southeastern suburbs is set to become home to the city’s first free outdoor gym.
The $250,000 project at Tingalpa’s Minnippi parklands received approval from Brisbane City Council’s environment committee on Tuesday morning.
If, as expected, it receives the green light from full council, construction is due to commence in early 2014 and be completed within two months.
Brisbane City Council has approved the city's first outdoor gym, to be built at Tingalpa’s Minnippi parklands. Photo: Supplied
Kristian Silva: This just in...
A train has pulled down overhead power-lines between Darra and Wacol, delaying services on the Ipswich line.
Translink says customers can expect delays of up to an hour.
Replacement buses are being organised to move passengers between Darra and Ipswich.
Trains travelling between the City and Darra and the Richlands line are running as scheduled.
Marissa Calligeros: The Queensland government has finally revealed maps detailing which areas in Brisbane’s CBD will be effectively shut down for next year’s G20 summit.
Hotels listed as restricted zones include the Pullman, the Treasury, the Royal on the Park, the Marriott, the Stamford, the Novotel, the Rydges, the Hilton and the Sofitel.
In addition, parts of the RNA showground and the Suncorp Stadium bus terminal will also be no-go areas.
Phil Lutton: It’s been quite the trip to the UK for Brisbane businessman Orazio D’Arro, who is at the Rugby League World Cup in his guise as president of the Federazione Italania Rugby League.
The Azzuri stunned England in a warm-up and D’Arro was also invited to Clarence House to meet His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. Italy started the tournament with a win over Wales and play Scotland on November 4.
Marissa Calligeros: Anyone carrying eggs, cans of beans, model planes, surfboards, insects or reptiles near next year’s G20 Summit could be searched by police, under new laws.
The G20 Safety and Security Bill was passed in Parliament on Tuesday night, making it easier for police to strip search and arrest trouble makers during the summit.
Included in the bill is a vast list of items banned from designated "security areas" in Brisbane and Cairns.
Reptiles will be banned from the G20 summit. Photo: Joe Armao
Part of the new sewer pipe link at Woolloongabba Photo: Scott Beveridge
Kristian Silva: Ah the life of a journalist...
Brisbane Times video man Scott Beveridge is 15 metres underground checking out a new sewer pipe link.
Police say car owner has links to #bikie gangs. All part of ongoing crackdown. @tennewsqld #eyewitnessnews pic.twitter.com/xl7acakz32 — Sarah Greenhalgh (@GreenhalghSarah) October 30, 2013
Natalie Bochenski: Have you ever wondered what goes on underneath your city?
Today, Brisbane Times video journalist Scott Beveridge and I are exploring a new sewer pipe link at Woolloongabba, being constructed by Queensland Urban Utilities.
It's amazing infrastructure, so stay tuned for all the details.
Down the pipe... Photo: Natalie Bochenski
Major drug haul at Miami Beach, pills, powder & utensils seized from BMW. See the EXCLUSIVE pics tonight @tennewsqld pic.twitter.com/LP8QhPZInl — Sarah Greenhalgh (@GreenhalghSarah) October 30, 2013
Schapelle Corby has been in a Bali prison since being convicted of smuggling 4.2kg of marijuana on May, 27 2005. Photo: Getty Images
Michael Bachelard: An 11th-hour bureaucratic obstacle has been thrown in the path of Schapelle Corby’s parole bid and the Indonesian government is blaming Australia for it.
Corby’s release on parole may now be delayed for weeks by bureaucratic blockages in the Corrections Department in Jakarta, even though it has already been signed off by the Kerobokan prison management and the department in Bali.
Fire crews set to return to fire near #Gympie. Watch & Act warning for #Coondoo fire cancelled. Details @thetodayshow pic.twitter.com/YTPuIs7DhK — Nine News Brisbane (@9NewsBrisbane) October 29, 2013
Phil Lutton: The disaster that was the Anthony Mundine-Shane Mosley fight has fallen into further farce.
Now, one of the boxers on the undercard has alleged he was offered money to throw his fight.
Filipino fighter Jimrex Jaca's camp say they were offered cash to lose to Newcastle fighter Chad 'Hollywood' Bennett in one of the warm-up events.
Marissa Calligeros: A 22-year-old man has been left with cuts and bruising after being mugged last night.
The man was walking along Delfin Drive at Macgregor when he was approached by three men about 8pm.
The men, all believed to be aged 18, assaulted him and demanded he hand over cash.
The trio fled through a nearby park with the man’s money.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.
A group of pensioners protesting the change of two bus routes to the PA Hospital, @JohannaMarie_ reports. pic.twitter.com/lug7Vz5X5S — News Talk 4BC 1116 (@NewsTalk4BC) October 29, 2013
Marissa Calligeros: If you were stuck in traffic on the Bruce Highway this morning, this was the likely cause ...
Kristian Silva: The Gold Coast University Hospital has been officially unveiled today, about a month after it opened its doors to patients.
The $1.76 billion hospital is the largest public hospital in Australia, occupying a 20-hectare site.
It includes 70 per cent single patient rooms, more than half the national average, and has capacity for 750 beds.
“For the past nine years the planning, construction, move and opening of the Gold Coast University Hospital has been a priority for all staff, and to see it officially opened is testament to their hard work,” Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said this morning.
The Gold Coast University Hospital was officially opened today by Campbell Newman and Lawrence Springboard. Photo: Tom Forbes/ABC
Tony Moore: Fancy a holiday?
The Queensland government will offer residents living inside G20 restricted zones money to leave town when the security net comes down in Brisbane during next year's summit.
The restricted zones include the area within Merivale, Grey, Melbourne and Glenelg streets at South Brisbane, several high-end hotels in the CBD and other facilities.
The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, which will serve as the main venue for next year's G20 summit. Photo: Harrison Saragossi
Kim Stephens: West End is the home of Brisbane's most prolific cyclists with more than one in ten residents of the inner city suburb choosing a bike as their preferred mode of transport.
However, on the opposite side of the CBD, residents of New Farm, Teneriffe, Fortitude Valley and Bowen Hills remain among the lowest users of bikes, with between zero and 1 per cent opting to cycle.
Across the city, cyclist numbers have doubled in the city in the past 10 years, growing by 7.5 per cent per annum.
Bike riding is more popular on the south side of the river.
Kristian Silva: Good morning, Brisbane.
It’s a pleasure to be with you this Wednesday, as we take you through the day’s news as it unfolds here on Brisbane Live.
After the non-event that was “Stormageddon” yesterday, it is expected to be less dramatic today. The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a top of 26, with the clouds to clear in the afternoon.