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Property price report reveals Queensland's worst and best performing resale suburbs - ABC Local

New homes construction is seen in Mango Hill, north of Brisbane.
Related Story: Brisbane's rental market 'as bad as at height of mining boom'

About 9.2 per cent of Brisbane homes were sold by their owners at a loss in the first three months of the year, the worst result in almost two years, a new report reveals.

The capital was middle-of-the-rung compared to other states — Sydney and Melbourne were again the best performers.

South-east areas with highest sale loss:

  • Lockyer Valley 23.9 per cent
  • Somerset 11.9 per cent
  • Ipswich 10.5 per cent

CoreLogic has released its Pain and Gain report for the March quarter, which compares the most recent sale price to the previous one.

Across the country, 9.6 per cent of dwellings sold for less, a worse result compared to the 8.8 per cent in the previous quarter.

It is still a case...


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Safe Schools: Queensland Government will not fund teacher training after October - ABC Online

Negative "political ramifications" are stopping the Palaszczuk Government from funding the anti-bullying program Safe Schools once its federal funding runs out, the Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) says.

The controversial program which has been heavily criticised by some federal Coalition MPs is designed to help to educate students about sexual and gender diversity.

The Federal Government's funding for the program will soon run out and Queensland's allocation will last until the end of October.

The ABC can reveal that after October, Queensland schools will have to use funds from their own budget if they want their teachers to access the program's training and professional development.

A spokesman for Queensland's Education Minister said it was about supporting schools making their own decisions.

"Principals, in consultation with their...


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Queensland pub with giant Bundy bottle is part of rare hotel portfolio for sale - Warrnambool Standard

QLD: The hotel that is home of one of the "big Bundy” bottles is up for sale.

The Sundowner Hotel, home of one of Queensland's two ''big Bundy'' bottles, is for sale. Photo: Supplied

The Sundowner Hotel, home of one of Queensland's two ''big Bundy'' bottles, is for sale. Photo: Supplied

The Queensland hotel that is home of one of the ”big Bundy” bottles is up for sale, along with four other iconic regional pubs that make up the portfolio of long-time hotelier Tony Prentice.

It is one of the biggest pub portfolios to hit the Queensland market for almost a decade, agents say.

The Sundowner Hotel in Haigslea, on the outskirts of Ipswich and built in 1870, has one of only two known big ‘Bundaberg Rum’ bottles in Queensland – the other is in Bundaberg at the Bundaberg Distillery.

It had been outside the pub “for as long as anyone can remember”, said listing agent Andy Nason of Power Jeffrey & Co.

The Commercial Hotel on the corner of Railway & Crescent Street in Gatton. Photo: Supplied

The Commercial Hotel on the corner of Railway & Crescent Street in Gatton. Photo:...


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Kyle Feldt magic sinks Penrith Panthers as North Queensland win without Thurston - The Sydney Morning Herald

Life without Johnathan Thurston is not so bad after all for the North Queensland Cowboys.

Kyle Feldt's acrobatic try just two minutes from full-time and Ethan Lowe's sideline conversion, while staring into the glaring Townsville sun, secured a 14-12 win over gutsy Penrith to celebrate stand-in captain Gavin Cooper's 250th NRL game and what was supposed to be Thurston's 300th.

Acrobatics: Kyle Feldt of the Cowboys catches a high ball to score a try against Penrith at 1300SMILES Stadium on Saturday. Acrobatics: Kyle Feldt of the Cowboys catches a high ball to score a try against Penrith at 1300SMILES Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Ian Hitchcock

Thurston's season-ending shoulder injury suffered in Queensland's State Of Origin win on Wednesday looked to have left North Queensland's season teetering on a knife's edge, and a clash against the in-form Panthers was a perfect litmus test.

Penrith defended stoically all game in front of 17,876 fans but were finally picked apart in the second half, firstly through...


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Mystery surrounds Queensland mum's death - Yahoo7 News

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Integrity commission uncovers dark underbelly of Queensland horse racing industry - Courier Mail

RACE fixing, corruption, intimidation, threats, leaks and bashings – this was the year the traditional world of racing met the sophisticated world of law enforcement.

Covert surveillance, coercive hearings and informant recruitment have all been used to uncover criminal activity in the first year of the newly established Queensland Racing Integrity Commission.

It was the State Government’s answer to the horror of the live baiting scandal – images of piglets, rabbits and native possums torn apart by racing greyhounds splashed across the media, the footage uncovered by Animal Liberation Queensland.

The world of racing met the new world of law enforcement as the Racing Integrity Commission uncovered the dark side of the industry.

An industry that once policed itself would now be policed by one of the state’s most respected career detectives.

Ross Barnett left his role as Queensland...


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Queensland roads: Five die in 14 hours after multiple crashes statewide - Courier Mail

TWO men are fighting for lives after their car went over the side of a popular southeast Queensland driving spot.

Police say the vehicle went over the side of Mount Nebo Rd, west of Brisbane CBD, just after midnight “for unknown reasons.”

The driver and his passenger were trapped inside the car for a period of time before emergency crews were able to free them from the wreckage.

The two remain in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.

Meanwhile, a young man who was lying on the middle of the road has been seriously injured after he was hit by a car early Sunday morning.

The 19-year-old man was lying in the southbound lane of Maryborough St in Bundaberg South around 12.15 am when he was run over by a gold Holden Captiva.

Police are urging anyone who may have information or relevant dashcam footage from around the time to contact police while investigations...


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Hidden staircase in Executive Building leads to Joh Bjelke-Petersen's office - Courier Mail

A SECRET of the state’s political past has been revealed by the development of Brisbane’s Queen’s Wharf casino-resort precinct.

Demolition work at the Queensland Government Executive Building has exposed a hidden staircase that led from the office of former premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

The concrete stairs, which did not feature in any of the official building plans, gave Sir Joh direct access from his 14th-storey office to the Cabinet Room on the floor below.

Exclusive pictures show demolition starting on the old Executive Building on George Street in Brisbane. Courtesy: 7 Queensland

Pictures show demolition starting on the old Executive Building on George Street in Brisbane. Courtesy: Channel 7

Sub-contractors working on the building at 100 George St – once dubbed “Sir Joh’s Citadel” – found the route had later been sealed with blockwork, concealing its...


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Queensland man Troy Szczurkowski conquers world's longest winter ultramarathon in Alaska - ABC Online

Brisbane bicycle mechanic Troy Szczurkowski at world's longest winter ultra marathon in Alaska
Related Story: Brisbane man set to take on 1,600km of Alaskan snow and ice

The world's longest winter ultramarathon is a daunting prospect for even the toughest and fittest extreme sports enthusiast.

Brisbane bike mechanic Troy Szczurkowski, 44, crossed snow and glaciers by fat bike, foot and ski as part of the 1,000-mile (1,609-kilometre) Iditarod Trail Invitational.

He was one of only a handful to finish this year's event.

Back at home now three months on, his body is still recovering but his mind is already looking forward to next year's challenge.

The Iditarod Invitational is no ordinary bike race — it is a hard slog where competitors have to painstakingly walk their bike, at times even carry it to continue the journey.

At points along the road the ice...


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New rural health service launches in Queensland - Brisbane Times

Heather and Robert Mills, of Dalmuir in Hughenden, Queensland, run a property and a trucking business, and have to take frequent trips to Brisbane to access medical services and specialists.

Mr Mills has had surgery for prostate cancer, is diabetic, has glaucoma, while Mrs Mills has had two knee operations and is a coeliac. 

St Andrews War Memorial Hospital business development manager Candice Crawford with her aunt Heather Mills, at Dalmuir, ... St Andrews War Memorial Hospital business development manager Candice Crawford with her aunt Heather Mills, at Dalmuir, Hughenden. Photo: Queensland Country Life

In the past, the Mills have had to make multiple trips to Brisbane to seek treatment, which has also led to lengthy stays away from home.  

Speaking at the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland 2017 Conference last week, St Andrews War Memorial Hospital business development manager Candice Crawford officially launched the Rural Health Connect service, Queensland Country Life reports.

Candice Crawford launching the service at the RDAQ conference. Candice Crawford...

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Motorcyclist dead, three male drivers seriously injured after separate crashes - Brisbane Times

A motorcyclist has died and two drivers were seriously injured after separate crashes on south-east Queensland roads overnight.

The fatality occurred south-east of Brisbane when a motorbike and car collided in Alexandra Hills just before 6.40pm on Saturday.

Police at the scene of the crash in which a motorcyclist died. The Forensic Crash Unit was investigating all three ... Police at the scene of the crash in which a motorcyclist died. The Forensic Crash Unit was investigating all three crashes and were appealing for any public information or footage. Photo: Nine News Queensland - Twitter

The 26-year-old rider from Capalaba declared dead at the scene and the female driver of the car was treated for shock.

Two men were also taken to hospital with serious injuries after a head-on collision between two cars at Mount Marrow in Ipswich.

The crash happened about 2am on Sunday on Mount Marrow Quarry Road, with the male drivers of the two cars, aged 25 and 37, taken to hospital and a 29-year-old female...


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'Steaming pile of Pitt': LNP dumps on Qld budget - Brisbane Times

It's been six days since Treasurer Curtis Pitt handed down his budget, but that hasn't stopped the LNP from continuing to dump insults. 

Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson repeated the LNP's line about Labor's budget being a "con job" before delivering a zinger at a press conference.

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Rising power bills force Qld families to switch to candles, cold water: welfare expert - Brisbane Times

Power bills are such a struggle for some Queenslanders, they are using candles to light up their homes.

Queensland Council of Social Service chief executive officer Mark Henley said cost of living was one of the biggest pressures facing families. 

Energy Minister Mark Bailey and Queensland Council of Social Service chief executive officer Mark Henley at the Cost of ... Energy Minister Mark Bailey and Queensland Council of Social Service chief executive officer Mark Henley at the Cost of Living Showcase. Photo: Felicity Caldwell

"It is about keeping the lights on," Mr Henley said.

"Some are using candles at night to cut back on electricity costs, turning off hot water systems or turning them down because they think it will save costs - that's not the life that we want for people."

Mr Henley said 64 per cent of Australian householders were in financial stress.

"We need to make sure that we really address all of the cost-of-living pressures that are out there and see these prices being driven down but also...


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Storm, poor sales wipe out Qld company touring the Beach Boys - Brisbane Times

A Queensland-based company set up to tour the Beach Boys and the Temptations through regional Australia has wiped out after a massive storm and poor ticket sales marred concerts.

The poor sales for concerts in Wagga Wagga in February left Southern Stars Touring Company Pty Ltd with debts in the hundreds of thousands, liquidator Patricia Talty confirmed on Friday.

A Queensland company which toured the Beach Boys through regional Queensland is being wound up. A Queensland company which toured the Beach Boys through regional Queensland is being wound up. Photo: Supplied

Only 2100 tickets were sold for the two Beach Boys Wagga concerts. 

The day of the first outdoor Wagga Wagga concert there was a huge storm after days of hot weather over 40 degrees, Southern Stars Touring's lawyer Matt McCormick said.

"It just began when the support act, the Temptations, started," he said.

"And it caused the show to cancel, because it was quite a horrific storm."

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Brisbane traffic: M1 delays of more than 15km after truck rollover at Ormeau - Brisbane Times

Traffic heading south on the Pacific Motorway is backed up more than 15 kilometres from Eight Mile Plains to Yatala, after a truck crashed near Ormeau.

The small truck, carrying about 10 tonnes of groceries, was being propped up by fire crews after it crashed with a van about 2.10pm on Friday.

A truck rollover has caused major delays on the M1 southbound. A truck rollover has caused major delays on the M1 southbound. Photo: Phoebe Moore/ Nine News

The right-hand lanes were closed in both directions earlier in the afternoon but were reopened about 5pm to allow peak-hour and holiday traffic to flow.

The Australian Traffic Network's Sallyanne Ryan said the right shoulders of the motorway remain closed in both directions, but responders have delayed removing the truck until later on Friday evening.

"To remove the truck they would have had to close three southbound lanes," Ms Ryan said.

"There will be lane closures again tonight to remove the...


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Ipswich woman's death classified as accidental: police - Brisbane Times

The death of a 35-year-old woman who was found dead in the bedroom of her Ipswich home is has been classified as an "accidental death" and is likely to be treated as non-suspicious once the final autopsy results are back.

The body of the woman was found in a Macrae Street, Coalfalls, home just before 4pm on Friday. 

Police will provide more details regarding the Ipswich death later on Saturday morning. Police will provide more details regarding the Ipswich death later on Saturday morning. Photo: Nine News Queensland - Twitter

On Saturday evening a Queensland Police spokeswoman said police had not launched a homicide investigation and were awaiting the final autopsy results to make the final "non-suspicious" ruling.

On Saturday morning Detective Acting Inspector Heath McQueen said Queensland Ambulance first attended the house on Friday after receiving a call from a male resident.

"QAS have then contacted police, police have arrived and it has subsequently become an...


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Three dead after minibus, semi-trailer collide head-on in north Qld - Brisbane Times

The Bruce Highway in far north Queensland has reopened five hours after a head-on crash claimed three lives on Saturday morning.

Two other victims were seriously injured and trapped in the wreckage after a minibus and semi-trailer collided head-on at El Arish, 125 kilometres south of Cairns.

The Bruce Highway was blocked in the immediate aftermath of the crash, but diversions were put in place for cars before ... The Bruce Highway was blocked in the immediate aftermath of the crash, but diversions were put in place for cars before the road reopened about 7.30am. Photo: Luis Ascui

Emergency services were called about 2.30am and found the driver and two passengers in the minibus dead at the scene.

Two other male passengers, believed to be 24 and 35 year old foreign nationals, were taken to Innisfail Hospital with serious neck and back injuries. The truck driver was not injured.

The Forensic Crash Unit was investigating the incident and the section of road reopened just after 7.30am.

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Unlawful use of a motor vehicle, Brisbane - myPolice (press release) (blog)

A 16-year-old girl has been charged and a man is assisting police with their investigation following a dangerous driving incident through Brisbane last night.

It will be alleged around 8.30pm, police observed a stolen vehicle on Stapylton Road at Heathwood.

POLAIR 2 assisted crews on the ground and tracked the white Holden Commodore sedan through several Brisbane suburbs.

The sedan continued travelling through Willawong where it was stung by a tyre deflation device.

The vehicle then travelled through Acacia Ridge before being stopped around 9.25pm by police on the Riverside Expressway.

The man and girl allegedly absconded from the vehicle, but were arrested a short distance away by officers.

A 16-year-old girl from Forest Lake has been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and possess drug utensil.

The vehicle was reported stolen from Endeavour Boulevard at North Lakes on June...


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Safe Schools: Queensland Government will not fund teacher training ... - ABC Online

Negative "political ramifications" are stopping the Palaszczuk Government from funding the anti-bullying program Safe Schools once its federal funding runs out, the Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) says.

The controversial program which has been heavily criticised by some federal Coalition MPs is designed to help to educate students about sexual and gender diversity.

The Federal Government's funding for the program will soon run out and Queensland's allocation will last until the end of October.

The ABC can reveal that after October, Queensland schools will have to use funds from their own budget if they want their teachers to access the program's training and professional development.

A spokesman for Queensland's Education Minister said it was about supporting schools making their own decisions.

"Principals, in consultation with their...


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Property price report reveals Queensland's worst and best performing resale suburbs - ABC Local

New homes construction is seen in Mango Hill, north of Brisbane.
Related Story: Brisbane's rental market 'as bad as at height of mining boom'

About 9.2 per cent of Brisbane homes were sold by their owners at a loss in the first three months of the year, the worst result in almost two years, a new report reveals.

The capital was middle-of-the-rung compared to other states — Sydney and Melbourne were again the best performers.

South-east areas with highest sale loss:

  • Lockyer Valley 23.9 per cent
  • Somerset 11.9 per cent
  • Ipswich 10.5 per cent

CoreLogic has released its Pain and Gain report for the March quarter, which compares the most recent sale price to the previous one.

Across the country, 9.6 per cent of dwellings sold for less, a worse result compared to the 8.8 per cent in the previous quarter.

It is still a case...


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Read more: Property price report reveals Queensland's worst and best performing resale suburbs - ABC Local
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