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Tuesday, 04 December

01:25

RSS Feed newsroom.psba.qld.gov.au : All Categories: Mutchilba (near Atherton) bushfire as at 10.25am Tues 4 Dec "cairns IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

**Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are no longer required on scene at this incident.**

01:09

Queensland's Rainforest is Burning "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Rainforest destroyed along road to Eungella
The unprecedented burning of extensive tracts of rainforest around Eungella in the central Queensland hinterland is a stark warning of climate change-related environmental challenges that lie ahead. Pristine rainforest has been reduced to ash across much of the area, though the full extent of the damage is not yet known.

Unlike eucalypt forest, rainforest is extremely susceptible to fire and the habitat will struggle to regenerate. This is the first time in Australia that such a large area of rainforest has been impacted severely by wildfire. Alarm bells should be ringing loudly.

A spate of wildfires anywhere near this scale in late-spring and the beginning of summer has never before been witnessed in subtropical Queensland. These before and after shots from the road up through Eungella National Park graphically demonstrate what's going on. It was inconceivable that pristine rainforest in such places could succumb to fire. If Eungella can burn, no rainforest is safe.



It's not just Eungella. An estimated 600,000 hectares have burned as more than 100 fires have raged across central and south-east Queensland over the past week. Towns have been evacuated. An unrelenting heatwave has seen temperature highs in many centres breaking records, day after day. At the moment, a fire is raging through the Cooloola section of Great Sandy National Park, threatening the heathland habitat of the Eastern Ground Parrot and other rare wildlife.

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Monday, 03 December

23:24

Big Coal And Friends On Track To Shut Down Your Climate Activism "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A major case opening today in a Queensland court could have profound implications for climate activists around the country. Julie Macken explains.

The term, climate crisis is now the most commonly used descriptor when discussing global warming. Extreme weather events, firestorms, heat waves, flooding rain, loss of ice, snow and species are rightly seen within the frame of an emergent climate crisis. But if we are really witnessing a climate crisis one with the potential to destroy our way of life and end our lives how should we respond as a community?

This is a question being tested in Australias classrooms and Parliament right now and later today, in fact. The Queensland Supreme Court will be asked to decide whether, despite this crisis, it is reasonable for a large corporation to dictate how the community should be allowed to use social media to try and prevent this crisis.

The background to the case is this. Aurizon, the rail freight company formerly owned by the Government of Queensland, has been targeted by a number of individuals and communities because it plays a key role in the coal industry managing the 2,670 km Central Queensland coal network. It is also critical to Indian mining company Adanis plans to ship coal from the proposed Carmichael mine to Abbott Point, as Adani plans to build a 200km line that will connect to Aurizons existing Goonyella and Newlands rail network.

Without Aurizon there is no Adani mine.

One of those groups protesting the proposed Adani mine, and Aurizons involvement in the expansion of the coal industry, is a small community group called FLAC Front Line Action on Coal. Unlike the large environmental NGOs, FLAC is still committed to supporting people who take direct action to prevent the expansion of the coal industry and they have had some serious successes of late.

So much so that Aurizon has taken the extraordinary action of getting interim orders against FLAC. Those orders include prohibiting FLAC from inciting anyone by Facebook, website, and Twitter to enter rail corridors across Aurizons network or interfering with any of the companys coal trains.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk shakes hands with Gautam Adani, Port of Townsville, 6 December 2016. (IMAGE: AAP)

On Tuesday the Supreme Court will be asked to make these inte...

19:54

Having a hard time finding good full time work "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Im having a really hard time finding a good full time job. I currently work casual as a food and beverage attendant but I miss having a job like I did in the United States where I was a dental receptionist. I even took an Australian medical association reception course to no avail. The people around me with less experience are getting full time jobs that pay really well though, and all of them because they had family or friends that basically got them a ticket in. Being shy and a foreigner, I cant get the same benefits. Any advice on how to overcome this? Do you guys know anywhere that might be hiring or any tips to get the ball rolling?

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03:33

Woman Pulls Porcupine Quills From Ravens Face "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It is rare for any wild animal to let a human get close to it, let alone touch it. However, when a young raven was attacked by a porcupine, the bird seemed to understand the only way he would survive was if he let a human intervene. Gertie Cleary says she spotted the young raven []

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