Posted: 3 July, 2015

Story Bridge 75- Road Closures and Info

Plan ahead for Sunday's big event!

A huge event for Brisbane this Sunday, as the Story Bridge closes to traffic, for 75th birthday celebrations. 

Instead of cars the 1km stretch will host 80 Eat Street vendors, four bars and four entertainment stages.  74000 people will be there to celebrate through the day.

Here's what you need to know about getting to or around the event.

  • Celebrations run 9am-4pm, with ticket holders split into four sessions.  The bridge is closed to traffic 4am-7pm.
  • You need to have already organised a ticket to get in
  • Traffic will be busy around the bridge, but there'll be no tolls on the Clem7 tunnel 2am-7pm, to help drivers get around. More info on traffic conditions here.
  • There's no street parking near the bridge- use public transport to get to and from the event.  Ticket holders get free public transport. You can catch a train to Fortitude Valley station, or catch one of the shuttle buses.  Plan your journey with info from Translink here.  NOTE no shuttle buses for the Early Bird Session, AND there's track work on the Rosewood Train line this weekend.
  • If you want to ride a bike to the event, there's free bicycle valet parking for Cycling Brisbane members- pre book here.

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Posted: 3 July, 2015

R.I.P Bubble Wrap

Our Favourite Packing Popper's Getting A Devastating Makeover


The inventors of Bubble Wrap are killing it off! :'( 

According to the Wall Street Journal, a dramatically large drop in sales is to blame, forcing inventors Sealed Air Corp to revamp the product. 

But, they've taken out the best part.. 

The new stuff called 'iBubbleWrap' will not pop when you squeeze it. (WHAT IS THE DAMN POINT?!?!?!)

It won't pop because the shape's been redesigned, making the bubbles into a chain rather than individual pouches of popping goodness. 

You'll also have to inflate the new wrap YOURSELF, it arrives as a flat piece of plastic. 

I, just can't deal.

R.I.P Bubble Wrap. 1957-2015. 


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Posted: 3 July, 2015

Kill Order Given After Far North Coast Shark Attack

Authorities given permission to kill predator

A permit order has been granted to kill or capture a Great White Shark that has attacked a man on the NSW far north coast, leaving him fighting for life. 

Bodyboarder Matt Lee was mauled by the four metre shark at East Ballina on Thursday morning. 

Mr. Lee remains in Gold Coast Unviersity Hospital in a critical condition having undergone several blood transfusions. 

This attack follows a similar one in February that claimed the life of a Japanese tourist. 

A section 37 notice was issued by the Department of Primary Industries permitting the capture or killing of a protected species. 

There are conditions with the permit, it must be the same shark ivolved and confident it is a risk to other water goers. 

Beaches around Ballina will remain closed on Friday morning.

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Posted: 1 July, 2015

Son Killed In Syria, Gold Coast Family says

23-year-old dies while fighting ISIL

The family of Reece Harding has been told he was killed in Syria after stepping on a landmine, while helping Kurdish forces fight against Islamic State.

The 23-year-old left his home in early May but wouldnt say where he was going, only that he needed a break. 

His father Keith Harding received a message telling him to call an international number on Monday.   

When he called it he was told: "Reece is gone ... he's stepped on a landmine. He's dead." 

Mr Harding says all Reece had said, via a message a few days after he left Australia, was that he was going overseas to do "humanitarian work".   

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia lacked a consular presence in Syria and may never be able to confirm the reported deaths of Harding and notorious Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf, whose fate after a drone strike remains unclear.   

"It is against Australian law to be fighting in Syria and Iraq on eitherside," she told Sky News.

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Tags: reece, harding, syria

Posted: 1 July, 2015

James Ackerman To Be Farewelled At Public Funeral


Rugby League player James Ackerman will be remembered today at a public funeral on the Sunshine Coast.

The service for the father-of-two will take place at Sunshine Coast Stadium from 11am.

The 25 year old died after a nasty tackle gone wrong last month, just four minutes into a match between his Sunshine Coast Falcons and North Devils clash at Bishop Park.

Ackerman's family made the decision to donate his organs and have managed to save two lives and benefit several more since his death.

While offers of public support have flooded in for his family, thousands of dollars already raised through a trust fund set up for his wife and two kids.

There's also talk of a major fundraiser involving the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm - a Sunshine Coast affiliate club.

If you'd like to donate to the trust fund:
Butler McDermoot Lawyers Trust Account
BSB: 124001
Acct no: 11500777
Please quote reference: 151181

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Tags: james, ackerman, footy, rugby league, funeral, public, sunshine coast

Posted: 1 July, 2015

Five Tax Time Myths Busted

What you need to know when making your claim

Pic: Getty

Happy New Financial Year!  That means.. it's tax time.  We've busted five tax myths to help you get your money and make sure it's all legit. 

Tax Myth 1: "I can just add this claim here, claim a bit more there, no one will know"

Reality: The ATO is looking at our returns more closely than ever.  They have automated programs scanning for  for larger-than-usual claims, and this year there's a big focus on work-related expenses. 

"Every return that comes into the ATO is scrutinised because we're using this sophisticated technology in order to be able to identify those that are outside the norm," says Assistant Commissioner Graham Whyte.

"We're able to compare your occupation, even the suburb- we're able to compare your occupation with others in your general location."

When it comes to claiming work related expenses

  • you must have spent the money yourself
  • it must be related to your job
  • you must have a record to prove it. Keep your receipts.

Tax Myth 2:  "It won't matter if I don't have a receipt."

Reality: It might be best to just keep them all!  "We might come back to you after you've lodged your return, maybe even after you've got your refund, and request documentary evidence," Graham says.

Tax Myth 3: "I haven't put in a tax return for a few years.. it's no big deal."

Reality: There are penalties for not lodging, but if you own up voluntarily, they can go easy on you.  Especially if you've had difficult personal circumstances.  "We're open to reducing penalties, in some case they may not be imposed, for late lodgment. But the best thing is get onto it straight away and make contact with us.  Lodge voluntarily, don't wait for us to make contact."

Tax Myth 4: "I have a balance owing, I've done something wrong!"

Reality: This normally happens if you have investment income or something like that, or it may just be that you haven't had enough tax deducted from your pay.  

Tax Myth 5: "I don't need to lodge a tax return, I get paid in cash."

Reality: "This is quite serious, if you're deliberately failing to return income you can be prosecuted for that."

Some good news- the ATO is trying to make tax time easier, with lots of help available online. People with really simple tax returns can even file on a smart phone this year.  Check out My Tax for more info.

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Tags: tax, tax return, ATO

Posted: 30 June, 2015

Plane Crashes Into Indonesian Hotel In Medan

The Indonesian military plane which crashed into a hotel in Medan has killed at least 149 people by latest reports.

Onlookers have reported the plane flew over the hotel it crashed into three times at very low altitude, the third time it hit the roof.

Indonesian media has reported the pilot requested to return to the nearby airbase due to technical issues, it crashed shortly after. The military airbase nearby was once Polonia commercial airport, itself also the last place passengers and crew would be seen alive when a commercial plane crashed disastrously into the same Jamin Ginting street, killing at least 147 people.

Indonesian Plane Crash

The C-130 Hercules involved had been in Indonesian military service for over half a century, while it might seem old it was only middle aged aircraft in Indonesia’s aging military airforce.

This is the fourth C-130 the Indonesian air force has now lost, the other eight have been grounded until an investigation is conducted.

The crash has put an international spotlight on Indonesia’s historically appalling air-safety record.

"This incident shows us that we must renew our aircraft and our military equipment," Pramono Anung, a lawmaker and member of the parliamentary commission overseeing defence, told Reuters.

President Joko Widodo, has said he plans to double military spending to $US15 billion ($18.17 billion) by 2020.

Indonesian Plane Crash

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Posted: 30 June, 2015

Riot Erupts In Melbourne Prison

Staff have been evacuated from as inmates riot.


A riot has broken out at the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Melbourne’s West.

It’s believed to be in relation to a smoking ban that will be put in place across Victorian prisons tomorrow.

Channel 7 report that inmates can be seen brandishing weapons and lighting fires.




At 12.20pm today a group of prisoners breached a secure inner perimeter of the Metropolitan Remand Centre.

Parts of the prison have been locked down and Corrections Victoria is working with Victoria Police to contain the situation.

All emergency services, including Victoria Police, are on site.

All staff have been accounted for and there are no reports of staff injuries at this stage.

Police have secured the perimeter of the prison.

There is no threat to public safety.


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Posted: 30 June, 2015

Kyrgios Under Fire For On-Court Blow Up

Despite winning his second match, Nick Kyrgios has once again let his on-court temper take over

Fellow Aussie Nick Kyrgios moved through to the second round after a straight sets victory over Argentine Diego Schwartzman, but the 20-year-old has attracted more attention for his on-court behaviour.

The 26th seed's biggest concern in a 6-0 6-2 7-6 (8-6) victory was the chair umpire, with Kyrgios threatening a mid-match strike during a dispute with Mohamed Lahyani during the third set.

During his on court blow up, microphones on court picked up Kyrgios verbally venting saying, "dirty scum".

However, Kyrgios maintains that he was only talking to himself denying it was directed at umpire Mohammed Layhani.

Soon after Kyrgios regained his composure to advance to a second-round meeting with unseeded South American Juan Monaco.

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Tags: Nick Kyrgios, Wimbledon

Posted: 30 June, 2015

Lleyton Farewells Wimbledon

Aussie battler has played his last game at home of tennis

Lleyton Hewitt farewells the crowd at Wimbledon (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/AAP)

Tennis veteran Lleyton Hewitt has fallen painfully short of moving through to the second round of his final Wimbledon campaign losing to Finn Jarkko Nieminen.

Hewitt saved three match points before succumbing 3-6 6-3 4-6 6-0 11-9 to Nieminen in a pulsating encounter lasting one minute shy of four hours.   

Three times Hewitt enjoyed a service break in the epic deciding set only to falter and effectively pass the baton to Kyrgios, Tomic and Kokkinakis after a horoic 17-year professional career.   

The 34-year-old plans to retire after making a record 20th success Australian Open appearance next January and will likely play only Davis Cup before the Melbourne Park major.   

The former world No.1 promised to empty the tank in his Wimbledon swansong- and he did.   

The father-of-three's 17th and last tilt at the All England Club featured vintage backhand top spin lobs and a series of remarkable Boris Becker-like diving volleys.   

And of course a ton of courage.

Fellow Aussie Nick Kyrgios moved through to the second round after a straight sets victory over Argentine Diego Schwartzman, but the 20-year-old has attracted more attention for his on-court behaviour.

The 26th seed's biggest concern in a 6-0 6-2 7-6 (8-6) victory was the chair umpire, with Kyrgios threatening a mid-match strike during a dispute with Mohamed Lahyani during the third set.

Soon after Kyrgios regained his composure to advance to a second-round meeting with unseeded South American Juan Monaco.

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Tags: wimbledon, lleyton, hewitt, kygrios

Posted: 30 June, 2015

Test Cricket Going Day-Night

It's official, the pink ball is coming...

(Photo: GettyImages)

Old traditionalists might be shaking their heads, but in a world first a day-night Test cricket match will take place in Adelaide from late November.

Australia will take on New Zealand, the test running from November 27 - December 1, featuring pink balls which Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland is confident will hold up to the rigours of a test match.

"We're really confident with the work that has been done over the past few years, we have had two successive seasons of Sheffield Shield cricket where pink balls have been trialled."

"We have worked very closely with the Australian Cricketers Association and Kookaburra in the development of the ball and its continued upgrade to make it ready."

"We're working really closely with New Zealand Cricket in giving them the right tour matches and preparation before the ultimate day-night Test which is the last of the series."

Aussie coach Darren Lehmann has backed the concept, "It's going to be history isn't it? It's going to be exceptional to see everyone turning up for the first one ever in Test match cricket."

Realistically, that's what's all about, Sutherland admitting he hopes the night move will get more bums on seats at the ground and deliver a greater television reach.
The Test is one of six at home for the Australians - three each against New Zealand and West Indies - from November 5 until January 7.

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Posted: 29 June, 2015

Wellness Blogger Slammed After Interview

Tara Brown grills Belle Gibson on national TV

In what can only be described as an awkward interview, 60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown goes toe to toe with controversial wellness blogger Belle Gibson.

It was meant to be an opportunity for Gibson to clear the air, but instead it's fuelled the fire even more.

During the tense interview thousands of people watching across the nation vented their anger at Ms Gibson who struggled to answer many or Brown's questions - even her own age.

Gibson, who was forced to admit that she lied about having brain cancer and cured it through natural means, was given no leeway by Brown during the interview.

“You don’t have a good record on telling the truth, do you?” Brown put to her.

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Tags: belle gibson, cancer