Showing posts from March, 2017

Heavy rain and gusty winds in southeast Qld to ease

Heavy rain and gusty winds in southeast Qld to ease, as ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie moves out to sea 30/03/2017 Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie is forecast to track slowly over the central interior toward the southeast today and move out to sea overnight. Queensland Regional Director Bruce Gunn said the low is not expected to redevelop over the ocean, and will continue to move away from the coast.
"The system has continued to generate areas of heavy rainfall, with widespread falls in the range of 150-250mm contracting to the southeast during the day. The heavy rainfall affecting the southeast is expected to ease overnight, clearing the coast by morning," he said. Damaging to destructive winds with gusts of 90km/h will continue into Friday morning, with destructive wind gusts in excess of 125km/h possible along the coastal fringe and exposed islands. A Severe Weather Warning is also current for dangerous surf conditions about the Queensland coast south of Sandy Cape including Frase…

EMERGENCY ALERT for JAMBIN (north of Biloela)

Emergency Alert for Jambin (north of Biloela)  30th March 2017 10:01 PM An Emergency Alert message has been issued by the Banana Shire Council for residents in Jambin advising of a continued dam release at Callide Dam. The release is currently equal to the inflows but Jambin residents can still expect to be affected. Police are currently door knocking the Jambin township and residents are being asked to be aware of the water levels and be prepared to take action. The Jambin School is available for shelter if required. Residents have also been asked to contact their neighbours if they have concerns for their safety and are advised to listen to 94.9FM radio for information.
Source  myPolice Queensland Police News

Cyclone Debbie tracking southwards today, bringing torrential rain

Heavy rain and flooding is expected as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie moves south-east. A Flood Watch has been issued for coastal catchments between Gladstone in Queensland and Bellingen in northern New South Wales. The Flood Watch extends inland to parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts, as well as the far northern New South Wales ranges. Significant rain has been recorded around the Mackay area over the past 48 hours, with over 1000mm at Mount William and Clarke Range in the Pioneer River Catchment – the average for the whole year is 1500-2500mm. Thunderstorms have produced falls up to 150mm within two hours around Mackay, and the Bureau has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the region. Further warnings are expected throughout the day. Further 24 hour rainfall totals from 9am Tuesday 28 March to 9am Wednesday 29 March: Clarke Range: 646mm (Pioneer River basin)Mount William 568mm (Pioneer River…

Cyclone Debbie Queensland dams outlook

Dams across Queensland are being closely monitored by SunWater and Seqwater following Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Minister for Water Supply Mark Bailey said that widespread heavy rainfall is predicted from now ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie and Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a flood watch for coastal catchments between Ayr and the NSW border. North and Central Queensland “Early warning community communications for a range of SunWater dams in the affected area have been issued,” Mr Bailey said. “As expected, dams in the Bowen and Mackay areas are currently experiencing inflows and minor downstream flows are occurring. “Significant increases in outflows are likely to occur within the next 72 hours. “SunWater is continuing to closely monitor dam levels and weather patterns. Further updates will be provided as required including posts on social media, notifications via the SunWater App and SMS to nearby downstream residents.” Affected dams: Burdekin Falls Dam (175km s/w of Ayr) is at 105.9% capa…

Disaster assistance for Queensland communities affected by Cyclone Debbie

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan today announced disaster assistance in response to Tropical Cyclone Debbie that has affected eight local government areas today. The assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Minister Keenan said like all Australians, my thoughts today are with the people of Far North Queensland who have braced themselves for the onslaught of Cyclone Debbie. "Our number one concern remains the safety of those in the cyclone’s path. I urge people to continue to exercise extreme caution, avoid risks and stay off the road. If it’s flooded - forget it," Mr Keenan said. "The Australian Government has worked hand in glove with our Queensland counterparts to ensure that we are as prepared as possible, and have acted swiftly today to provide immediate assistance for affected local government areas.&q…

Taskforce Maxima arrests Motorcycle Gangs members in Queensland

Taskforce Maxima covert OMCG operation results in 28 arrests Detectives from Taskforce Maxima have closed the nine-month Operation Oscar Autocross which targeted a ring of outlaw motorcycle gang members and associates allegedly bringing highly dangerous drugs into Queensland. “I want to congratulate these hardworking and highly skilled police officers for their ongoing pursuit of these thugs and criminals,” said Police Minister Mark Ryan. “Let me be very clear, the Palaszczuk Government will not tolerate the destructive and reprehensible crimes being committed by outlaw motor cycle gangs or any other organised criminal group. “We will not give up until Queensland is rid of these blights on our society. “The Palaszczuk Government has provided new funding, new resources and tough new laws which are clearly working. “There are now 24 additional police officers on the Gold Coast and we have increased funding by almost $40 million to target Serious and Organised Crime. “The highly dedicat…

Half a billion dollar roads package announced for Gold Coast

The Australian and Queensland governments have today announced a roads package worth more than half a billion dollars for Gold Coast. The Package includes: Six-laning of the Pacific Motorway (M1) – Mudgeeraba to Varsity LakesA major upgrade of the M1/Gateway Motorway merge (southbound lanes) at Eight Mile PlainsConstruction of the Walkerston bypass near MackayWidening of the Mt Lindesay Highway between Browns Plains and BeaudesertFunding for the planning of the M1 - Varsity Lakes to Tugun Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Government was pleased to have reached this outcome following constructive discussions with the Australian Government. “Today we’ve announced more than half a billion dollars in funding for major road infrastructure projects in South East Queensland and Central Queensland which is great for Queensland jobs,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “We have reached an agreement and can now get on with the job of upgrading the M1. We’ve also committed to construction of th…

Easter holiday fun at Queensland Recreation Centres

If you’re heading to the beach over the Easter weekend there’s more holiday fun for the family than just sand and surf, with a range of activities on offer at the Queensland Recreation Centres. Sitting on the doorstep of two stunning locations- Currimundi Beach, Sunshine Coast and Tallebudgera Beach, Gold Coast – the centres offer a mixture of half day and full day family-friendly programs with parents and carers more than welcome to join in. Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said with school holidays just around the corner, families should register now to get the kids involved in some exciting and challenging physical activities. “The options are endless, with surfing lessons and canoeing, high and low ropes courses and archery just some of the awesome activities to choose from,” Mr de Brenni said. Mr de Brenni said for those looking for the thrill of a vertical rock climb over 9 metres high, the Rock Face is open to the public at both centres on Saturdays and for extended hours over the…

Laws change for Queensland medicinal cannabis seed suppliers

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…

Anzac Day 2017 free books and posters

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…

Historic AFL Women’s Grand Final to be played in Qld

The AFL Women’s Grand Final will be played in Queensland - at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast - after The Gabba was ruled after extensive testing raised concerns about player safety. Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said that while it was disappointing the Gabba would not be ready in time, he was very pleased that the game would still be held in Queensland. “I know that all Queenslanders will get behind this outstanding team. They have defied all expectations and really shaken up the competition,” Mr de Brenni said. “The Grand Final will be an event in its own right.  Tickets will be free. “It will not be curtain raiser for the Q-Clash played at Metricon later that night. “Transport arrangements are being developed to ensure ease of access for supporters. “Like all Lions fans I wanted to the see the game played at The Gabba, unfortunately the expert advice came in saying that the risks would be too high. “The advice is that the Gabba outfield has come up really well but the grass in the …

Governments Simplifying business in Australia

The Australian and Tasmanian governments have launched a major new project to help boost investment and create jobs by cutting unnecessary red tape in the vital nature-based tourism sector. The 90-day nature-based tourism simplification project is part of the National Business Simplification Initiative (NBSI), and will involve both governments working together to cut red tape and reduce duplication in legislation at state and national levels. Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy said the project would identify overlapping regulatory requirements across different levels and agencies of government and recommend areas for simplification. “This project will save businesses time and money, allowing them to focus on their business and families, rather than on overly complex government processes and regulations,” Mr Laundy said. “We are supporting growth in an essential part of Tasmania’s economy. By cutting red tape and making it easier to deal with governme…

New Maroon Festival celebrates best qualities of Queensland

The countdown is on! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ #MaroonFestival A post shared by Maroon Festival (@maroonfestival) on Mar 18, 2017 at 6:52pm PDT Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today attended the official opening of the Queensland Rugby League’s Maroon Festival, announcing the Queensland Government as a major sponsor of the event. The Premier said the inaugural festival, running from 28–31 May 2017 at South Bank Parklands, will enhance the experience of the State of Origin for all fans of the game. “We want Queenslanders to come out and enjoy one of the State’s largest sporting events in a family friendly environment,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “When we were asked to support this event-we couldn’t wait to be part of it. “The Maroon Festival gives families the chance to watch the game live on the big screen, join in a wide range of activities and learn more about rugby league. “This free four-day event will bring people from all walks of life, and all age groups together to support our Mighty Maroons team during this…

Fatal traffic crash, Tamborine Mountain

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