Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne today announced the Palaszczuk Government has amended laws to allow licensed growers and researchers in the state to supply cannabis seeds into Australia’s medicinal cannabis supply chain.The Queensland industrial cannabis industry has developed valuable cannabis seed lines for which it holds plant breeder rights, Minister Byrne said.This week’s amendments to the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 will allow the industrial cannabis industry to supply seed into the medicinal cannabis supply chain now that the Federal Government’s medicinal cannabis scheme has started.The law changes follow suggestions made at Queensland Government public roundtable meetings held across the state in 2016 to discuss the medicinal cannabis scheme.“We listened to what industry had to say, and took the matter to Canberra, who are now allowing seed to be sourced from legal Australian breeders,” Minister Byrne said.The amendments will also ensure Queensland industrial cann…
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Preparations for the scuttling of the ex-HMAS Tobruk have reached another milestone, with the Palaszczuk Government awarding a $325,000 contract to undertake maintenance dredging.
Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef Steven Miles announced today the contract had been awarded to Queensland-based Neumann Contractors Pty Ltd.
Mr Miles said the experienced contractors had previously carried out dredging in this area for the Bundaberg Port.
“Neumann Contractors will undertake the removal of approximately 15,000 cubic metres of material from the marina basin, and pump it through a pipeline to the Port of Bundaberg’s onshore disposal site about one kilometre from the dredge area,” Mr Miles said.
“Dredging is due to start in early April 2017 with completion planned by the end of April 2017, weather permitting”.
Mr Miles said the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) had awarded the contract on behalf of the Department of National Parks, Sport and…
One person has died in a single vehicle traffic crash on Tamborine Mountain this morning.Initial information indicates at 5.55am four people were travelling in a sedan along Tamborine Mountain Road near Barry Road when the car left the road and ran into a tree.One of the passengers died at the scene, and the driver and two other passengers were trapped inside the vehicle.A female passenger was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital via helicopter in a critical condition.The 19-year-old male driver was transported to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.An 18-year-old male passenger was transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a stable condition.Traffic diversions are in place and motorists are being asked to avoid the area.The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.There is no further information available at this time. Source State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) 2016
Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones has launched the first two commemorative coins for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on Commonwealth Day.Ms Jones was joined by the Acting Gold Coast Mayor Donna Gates and Royal Australian Mint CEO Ross MacDiarmid for the Commonwealth Day celebrations at the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre.“With the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games now a little more than a year away, it’s exciting to unveil these commemorative coins on Commonwealth Day,” she said.“These gold and silver GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay coins see the Gold Coast featured on a Royal Australian Mint coin for the very first time.“It’s very fitting to unveil these commemorative coins today, because not only is it Commonwealth Day, but we’ll actually see the Queen’s Baton Relay set off from London.“Tonight, Her Majesty The Queen will hand the baton to the first relay runner at Buckingham Palace to start its 230,000km journey through the Commonwealth, ending at the Opening Ceremony of the Gol…
Overseas tourists’ love affair with Queensland is stronger than ever, with a record 2.6 million international visitors coming here during 2016, according to new data released today. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the latest Tourism Research Australia data proved Queensland’s tourism boom was going from strength to strength, and vindicated the Government’s effort to attract additional international flights into Queensland.“In 2016 we saw international holiday visitation grow a further 14 per cent and overnight expenditure was also up to $5.1 billion,” the Premier said.“Our top five international markets – China, New Zealand, Japan and the USA – all delivered double-digit holiday visitor number growth.” “Tourism supports more than 220,000 directly and indirectly in Queensland, so such strong growth is good news for jobs.” “As a Government, we have also secured more than 500,000 additional inbound seats to Queensland.”Speaking from London as part of pr…
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said every school in Australia would receive books and posters to educate students about Australia’s wartime history and commemorate Anzac Day.
Mr Tehan said secondary schools would receive two books: Decision: Stories of leadership in the services about the influence of Australian leaders during wartime and A Bitter Fate: Australians in Malaya and Singapore, December 1941 – February 1942.
The two posters commemorate the centenaries of the Flanders Offensive and the Sinai–Palestine Campaign.
“As a nation we honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have defended our values and freedoms,” Mr Tehan said.
“Part of honouring that sacrifice is encouraging understanding and respect for our military history in the next generation.
“These books and posters will help students learn about our history and the importance of the Anzac legend.”
Schools across Australia will receive the education resources by the end of March. They are suppor…