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Wednesday, 17 January

12:04

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-QQV Spotted at Bundaberg Airport - Plus a Pair of Queensland Police Props "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

After spending some time operating out of Adelaide, Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet VH-QQV has recently returned to the airline's Brisbane base and has once again been operating flights to various Central Queensland Airports over the last week.  And on Wednesday 17 January, Dan B of the Wide Bay / Bundaberg Plane Spotting Group on Facebook was on hand at Bundaberg Airport as operated the VOZ2973/2972 service from and back to Brisbane on behalf of Virgin Australia Airlines.




Meanwhile, it appears that fellow Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 jet VH-JFB has taken the place of VH-QQV in Adelaide with it noted operating several flights between the South Australian capital and Moomba.

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12:00

Road Trip from Cairns to Innisfail - Recommendations appreciated.... "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Babinda Boulders and Mission Beach are on my list, but I wondered if fellow Redditors could suggest any other gems en-route that I should have a look at. Thank you :-)

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11:20

Business Aviation Solutions Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-BLM Pops into Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Early on Tuesday 16 January, Business Aviation Solutions Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-BLM was photographed by Brisbane plane spotter Brendan B as it departed the Gold Coast destined for Hamilton Island Airport.






After a very short time on the ground at Hamo, VH-BLM then departed to Townsville where it appears to have cleared 'Customs' obligations before continuing overseas to Bail (Denpasar) in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, in the late afternoon on Tuesday 16 January, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451"  was noted flying into Mackay Airport from Cairns.  It later departed to Brisbane on what appeared to be a medevac flight.

A massive thanks to Brendan yet again for his continued support of the CQ Plane Spotting Blog and for allowing us to share his photo of VH-BLM which he captured during a great little plane spotting session at the Gold Coast Ai...

11:00

DoorDash Is Now Using Its Algorithm To Deliver Extra Food From Restaurants To Food Banks "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

When youre already delivering food, an extra stop to bring leftovers to the needy isnt that difficult.

Its the end of the day at Bodhi Bowl, a vegan restaurant in downtown L.A., and the chef has eight pounds of leftover rice. By law, it cant be served again the next day in the cafe. When the restaurant first opened in 2017, that extra rice would have been thrown outowner Alison Cruddas couldnt find a place to donate it. Now, however, she can use an app to contact the meal delivery company DoorDash whenever food is ready. A driver shows up and takes the food to the nearby shelter, Midnight Mission, to feed the homeless.

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09:15

Novotel construction coincides with skyrocketing Spectacled Flying fox casualties in Cairns Library Colony "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Wildlife rescuer and carer, Rebecca Koller, has observed an unprecedented number of Spectacled flying fox casualties in a traditional breeding site located near a new hotel construction in Cairnes. The spectacled flying fox is a threatened species.[1] Despite many attempts to get the Australian government to investigate and or intervene, the government has failed to get back to her. This is even though the problem has received extensive publicity and the species is about to have its threatened status upgraded from vulnerable to endangered. The source of this article is correspondence between Ms Koller and The Australian Wildlife Protection Council.

On Wed, 3 Jan 2018 at 11:51 AM, Rebecca Koller wrote to Craig Thomson, the president of the Australian Wildlife Protection Council (AWPC), asking for his advice and or assistance based on his knowledge of our government and wildlife protection.

Ms Koller is a flying fox carer from Far North Queensland and the Wildlife advisor of the Cairns Flying Fox advisory board.

Here is the website she posts to: https://www.ouranimalsourearth.com/

She has been documenting the Spectacled flying fox deaths and orphans at the Cairns Library flying fox colony. Despite numerous attempts, she had received no communication from the Australian federal government regarding her requests for it to intervene or investigate the unprecedented number of pups from this breeding season found dead or orphaned.

The camp referred to carries about 4000 flying foxes. Ms Koller says that this is a huge reduction on previous seasons. Since September 15th 2017, there were 898 flying foxes dead or orphaned from this one camp, compared with 366 last season. In her opinion and that of other wildlife carers, the increased casualties are attributable to the construction work directly across from the roost trees.

Listen to a really informative ABC FM interview with Rebecca Koller on the flying foxes:

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04:08

MACKAY Woman pleads guilty to 21 charges "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Woman pleads guilty to 21 charges

January 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

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04:08

MACKAY Woman, 27, punches and bites a police officer when she was caught nearly four times over the "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 17, 2018 at 12:48PM ,

Woman, 27, punches and bites a police officer when she was caught nearly four times over the

January 17, 2018 at 12:48PM ,

A 27-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to punching and biting a police officer after she was arrested for drunk driving. Tiffany Justine Sara Courtenay was stopped by police last year in Mackay, north of Brisbane, after an officer watched her park her car unevenly, according to the Tweed Daily News.

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MACKAY She bit a police officer on her way to the watch-house "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 17, 2018 at 04:11AM ,

She bit a police officer on her way to the watch-house

January 17, 2018 at 04:11AM ,

When told shed be taken to Mackay Watch-house, Courtenay lashed out, prosecutor Sheena Hayes told Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Courtenay fronted the court pleading guilty to serious assault of police and driving under the influence on December 3, 2017. Ms Hayes said Courtenay broke

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MACKAY Fingerprint on keys could determine vehicle theft case "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Fingerprint on keys could determine vehicle theft case

January 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

A FINGERPRINT on a key could determine whether a Mackay woman is ultimately found guilty of vehicle theft. Amanda Leigh Banks, 29, was released from prison on bail recently, after being charged with two counts of stealing vehicles. Banks faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison

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03:59

Long-toed Stint at Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve reported by Ged Tranter on 16-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Single bird out at the peninsula wader roost. (Moderator's note: See extra rarity photos on ebird Australia home page: www.ebird.org/content/australia/ ).

01:33

Mike Holt discusses how Goss & Rudd changed QLD constitution to allow Labor to own the state "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Australian Patriot Radio produced this podcast with Harry Palmer and Mike Holt discussing how the majority of Queenslanders do not realise they own nothing in Queensland today after Wayne Goss and Kevin Rudd manipulated the Queensland constitution to remove private land ownership to government and amend legislation at anytime to suit their power base control of you the people and it is still LAW Click Here to listen.

 

This video explains in detail how Labor stole Queensland from the people.

00:24

Aboriginal Councillor death threats over Australia Day opinion "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Alice Springs town councillor Jacinta Price says she has been sent death threats simply for having a difference of opinion on the date of Australia Day contrary to the ratbag Greens.

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Tuesday, 16 January

22:00

January 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Qld"



1810 - William Bligh arrived at Port Jackson from Hobart in HMS Porpoise.

1839 - NSW minimum price of Crown Land increased from 5 shillings to 12 shillings minimum an acre.

1843 - John Clements Wickham arrived in Brisbane as police magistrate. He was appointed Government Resident on 1st January 1853.

1852 - Sturt Light (Cape Willoughby Lighthouse), SA, first exhibited.

1852 - William Swan Urquhart completed his survey of the town of Ballarat, Victoria.

1859 - The railway line from Footscray to Williamstown Pier (Vic) opened.

1889 - A heatwave hit western New South Wales and pre-empted destructive bushfires.

1895 - Moolooloorun (Aboriginal male, no given surname) was Hanged on gallows constructed at Crescent Lagoon, NT in the presence of other members of his aboriginal community for the murder of an unnamed Chinese man near the Roper River.

1899 - A six foot tidal wave was noted at Charles Point, NT, origins unknown.

1900 - Lolli Kayser Singh was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Sunda Singh at Denial Bay.

1902 - The Richmond Vale Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1902 - The Stanford Merthyr Branch Railway line (NSW) was opened.

1911 - On this day Melbourne became the first district branch of the Australian Journalists Association ( AJA) to be approved.


1916 - The Linton to Skipton Railway line (Vic) opened.

1922 - Splashing a bit of paint around was profitable for William Beckwith McInnes who took home the very first Archibald Prize for portraiture.

1929 - 800 striking waterside workers rioted, attacking the non-union labour that was brought in to break the strike, with at least one (later) fatality arising from the conflict that of Mounted Constable Evans.

1930 - Australia signed an agreement with Germany regarding the liquidation of German property in Australia.

1941 - The religious group, Jehovah's Witnesses, were banned as a pacifist sect.

1944 - Meat rationing was imposed, allowing the purchase of meat with coupons within a weekly ration per person of up to 680g of high quality meat and 1.8 kg of lower quality meat.

1945 - A fire on the wharves of Fremantle, WA, destroyed many buildings and ships.

1959 - Tasmania's first shark attack in over a century took place at Port Arthur.

1962 - Bushfires surrounding Melbourne caused the loss of 8 lives and extensive property damage.
The media reported that bushfires had spread to the suburbs, coming within 19kms of the Melbourne CBD.

1968 - The rockin', rollin' riding group on the Mornin...

18:08

MACKAY Ford Mustang theft accused flags guilty pleas "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 15, 2018 at 05:18PM ,

Ford Mustang theft accused flags guilty pleas

January 15, 2018 at 05:18PM ,

A MACKAY woman allegedly involved in stealing a new Ford Mustang muscle car from a dealership earlier this month has said shell plead guilty. Kerri-Ann Connolly, 31, has been charged with four counts of car theft, five counts of fraud, three counts of stealing after a previous conviction and one count

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11:24

WTF @ corner of Mulgrave & Severin? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I go past the corner of Mulgrave & Severin on my way home from work. I frequently see a bunch of people sat on the corner, all with their phones out, frantically tapping on the screens - all whilst someone looks over their shoulders like a really important event is happening. There are women, kids, smart dressed guys etc, a wide selection of people. Any one know WTF?

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11:04

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

During the afternoon on Monday 15 January, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 was noted completing a missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.  It is the second time in a week that this particular KC-30 has flown into CQ airspace.






During the morning, it had flown North from RAAF Base Amberley and during the afternoon, it looked to call into Rocky from the North.  After completing the missed approach, A39-002 continued back to Amberley.  It was noted using...

07:46

No more full closures on Lions Rd "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

There will be no more full closures on the Lions Rd for bridgework, detours will be road-bike friendly, there will be a change in heavy vehicle traffic and Google will be asked to reroute through-traffic.

That is the pledge from Kyogle Council.

The popular motorcycle route on the Queensland/NSW border was closed all last year for bridgework.

The road opened again in December 2017, but there is now a dirt detour while the last three of seven wooden bridges are updated to modern two-lane concrete bridges.

Council spokesman Tony Lickiss says the 2km Gradys Creek Rd (or Low Rd) detour will only last until the end of March and then there will be no more full-road closures for bridgework.

While the detour is dirt, Tony says the surface has been graded and is suitable for road motorbikes and 2WD cars to traverse.

While the Low Road is gravel, it can accommodate most traffic, he says.

However it does have a number of causeways so it should be avoided during periods of wet weather.

While the road is safe for all bikes, it is understandable that some riders would prefer not to get gravel rash on their bike or dust on their chrome and in their engine where it is difficult to clean.

Heavy vehicle traffic

When the bridgework was announced in December 2016, Kyogle Council said it would help the local timber and cattle industry.

The original notice to resident in December 2016 stated:

Council received $2 million through the Australian Governments Bridge Renewal program to replace the timber bridges, five of which have load limits between 2 and 25 tonnes imposed on them. The load limits have impacted the timber, beef and tourism industries and increased emergency response times for emergency and essential services undertaking urgent call outs, maintenance and repairs.

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06:51

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 Pops into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The first visit by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 2018 was to Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 9 January with RAAF Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 popping into Rockhampton Airport.  It touched down from RAAF Base Amberley. 





After completing a crew change, A39-002 departed Rocky and returned to Amberley.  It was noted flying as Dragon 12.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Kayanne H who captured these photos from her front yard as the KC-30 departed.

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman 

05:50

Gardner and Short top scorers in Big Bash League "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Two Aboriginal cricketers DArcy Short and Ashleigh Gardner hold the records for the highest individual scores in the history of crickets Big Bash League (BBL). Northern Territorian Short blasted 122 not out off 69 balls including eight sixes and eight fours as he steered the Hobart Hurricanes to a last-ball BBL win over Brisbane at the Gabba on January 10. Sydneysider Gardner opened the Womens Big Bash League (WBBL) competition with 114 off just 52 balls for the Sydney Sixers against the Melbourne Stars at Wollongong on December 9.

02:09

FixedIt: another invisible perpetrator allegedly stabs and assaults a woman "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Another invisible perpetrator. The Courier Mail reported that a 25 year old man has been charged with  one count each of grievous bodily harm, wounding, deprivation of liberty, and contravention of a domestic violence order. But he does not appear in the headline.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
www.kidshelp.com.au

MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
www.mensline.org.au

Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm

02:08

Wayward indigenous youth make life hell for Cairns residents and tourists "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by staff writers

Police have had enough. Youthful black criminals some as young as 13 are stealing late model cars from  homes in Cairns  at the rate of five a week.

The latest victim had his hire car, a Mitsibushi ASX, as well as his wallet and credit cards stolen from a relatives Bentley Park residence.

The four teenagers in the stolen ASX then pulled up alongside a marked police car at Aeroglen, where officers were attending an accident. A stolen Nissan Micra had crashed into a police car after police deployed a tyre deflator. Four youths aged between 16 and 18 were detained by the dog squad.

Wayward black youths stole a Mitsubishi ASX then taunted police officers attending a crash site in Cairns involving another stolen car. Magistrates are too afraid of being labelled racist by the major media led by the ABC, should they take decisive action against these malcontents who are making life hell for Cairns residents.

 

The teenagers in the ASX openly taunted the officers, knowing they were unable to take any action, due to the Police Departments no-pursuit policy.

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01:48

FixedIt: A case is not accused of stabbing a woman "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Another invisible alleged perpetrator, this one in the Toowoomba Chronicle.

A 34 year old man was charged with entering a premises with intent to commit an indictable offence, wilful damage and causing grievous bodily harm after he allegedly forced his way into a womans home and stabbed her.

He does not get a mention in the headline. If all you read was the headline you wouldnt even know he existed.

Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story

If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.

But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
www.kidshelp.com.au

MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
www.mensline.org.au

Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm

01:19

HERVEY BAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ON THE BEACH LITTLE TREASURES "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for On The Beach Little Treasures



Your name: Bronwen Hall.

Your business name On The Beach Little Treasures
Facebook/website name and link: https://www.facebook.com/bronwen60/
The suburb/town you live in now: Burrum Heads Qld
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I do all types of sewing, which includes, microwave bowl & plate holders, Sewing Caddies, Craft & Travel Iron Caddies, Baby accessories, Coasters, Fabric Covered Books, Childrens cloth books, Play mats/Cot quilts.



What inspired you to start your business?: I just love sewing and I'm enjoying meeting my customers.
How long have you...

01:02

TOOWOOMBA STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR WORDS AND FLOWERS AU "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for Words and Flowers AU


Your name: Sonia Bassingthwaighte

Your Business name and Facebook name and link:
Words and Flowers AU
Facebook.com/WordsandflowersAU

The Town you live in now: On a property outside Jandowae, Queensland.

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?
I make original, inspirational watercolour Art work for display in homes!
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00:29

FixedIt: he was arrested and charged not hit by allegations "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Courier Mail reported that Damien Duncan Hooper allegedly kidnapped a woman, held her for two days, threatened her with a knife, strangled her, punched her in the face, burned her with a cigarette, pushed her out of a car, drove the car over her legs and threatened a child.

He was arrested and charged with deprivation of liberty, assault occasioning bodily harm, dangerous driving and other domestic violence charges, including wilful damage and strangulation.

The headline implies its horrifying he was subjected to these allegations, that he is the victim. He was hit by allegations, not arrested and charged after an allegedly monstrous assault on a woman and child.

It might be bad sentence construction. It might be that whoever wrote the headline wanted to make a pun about a boxer being hit (Domestic violence is so hilarious we need a pun in the headline? Really?). It might just be carelessness. Whatever reason for this travesty of a headline, it is inexcusable to imply a man charged with such an allegedly long and violent assault is the victim. Hes not.


FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron


1800 RESPECT
Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Ph: 1800 737 732
www.1800respect.org.au 

Suicide Call Back Service
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ph: 1300 659 467
www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Kids Helpline
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1800 55 1800
www.kidshelp.com.au

MensLine Australia
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Phone: 1300 78 99 78
www.mensline.org.au

Child Wise National Abuse Helpline
Mon-Fri: 9 am 5 pm

Monday, 15 January

22:01

January 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

1793 - Today saw the first free settlers from Europe - as opposed to those first free settlers that arrived in Oz about 60,000 odd years ago - wash up at Port Jackson on the ship Bellona, along with a whole 17 convict women.
And lo; the male convicts did behold them in a radiant light *ahem*..

1796 - The first Aussie theatre was opened and entertained the masses in Bligh Street, Sydney with 2 plays - "The Hotel" and "The Revenge". Somehow I feel the playwrights drew on their surrounds for inspiration...

1805 - Governor King recommended settling the "country about Shoalhaven".

1816 - George Johnston was promised 1500 acres at Illawarra; Andrew Allan promised 700 acres; James Neale granted 60 acres at Illawarra.

1857 - Charles Gavan Duffy was appointed by a Victorian Government select committee to inquire into the federation of the Australian colonies.

1865 - The Geelong Advertiser noted that the fishermen of Port Phillip Bay were made up of "Italians, Dutchmen, French, Chinese, Maori and others" ...the 'others' were not alien life forms but Americans, British, Greek, Swedes, German and Aboriginal fishermen.

1888 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Wondabyne - Gosford and from Tenterfield - Wallangarra.

1889 - Cloncurry in Banana Bender country - that's Queensland to you OS folks - baked a little in the 53.1 degrees C temp of the day.

1890 - The Sydney suburban railway line between St Leonards and Hornsby opened.

1896 - A record heat wave in Broken Hill caused 10 deaths.

1897 - NSW took over the government of Norfolk Island.

1900 - A patrol of combined NSW Lancers and the Australian Horse were ambushed at Slingersfontein, Cape Colony,  during the Boer War.

1909 - In a bid to get away from the searing heat Mawson, Mackay and David did a May Pole dance around the Magnetic South Pole.

1921 - Patrick Short becomes the fifth Police Commissioner to the QLD Police.

1939 - Saw the passing of Miriam Bebe at Farina; born in France as Desiree Ernestine Adrienne Lesire alias Violet Debreuil she came to Oz as a governess and a brothel...

17:08

Stealing Fire. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

 Black kites (Milvus migrans) circle near a roadway during a fire on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia. Credit: Dick Eussen.


Black kites (Milvus migrans) circle near a roadway during a fire on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia. Credit: Dick Eussen.

Grassland fires that are deadly and devastating events for many kinds of wildlife are a boon to certain types of birds known as fire foragers. These opportunists prey on animals fleeing from a blaze, or scavenge the remains of creatures that succumbed to the flames and the smoke. But in Australia, some fire-foraging birds are also fire starters.

Three species of raptors are widely known not only for lurking on the fringes of fires but also for snatching up smoldering grasses or branches and using them to kindle fresh flames, to smoke out mammal and insect prey.

How amazing is that?! You can read and see more at Live Science.

15:58

Coal seam gas expansion in Australia is linked to a dramatic rise in hospital admissions "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

LookThe rapid expansion of the coal seam gas industry in Queenslands Darling Downs has been accompanied by a dramatic rise in local hospital admissions for circulatory and respiratory conditions, according to report by a local GP, published in the International Journal of Environmental Studies.

The GP, Geralyn McCarron, has called for a comprehensive investigation of the health impacts of the unconventional gas industry in Australia.

McCarron found that, between 2007 and 2014, hospital admissions for acute circulatory conditions increased by 133 percent in the Darling Downs area, rising from 2,198 to 5,141, and admissions for acute respiratory problems increased by 142 percent, from 1,257 to 3,051.

The GP reports that, over the same period, there was a huge increase in the amount of polluta...

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