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Queensland drops some of its remaining COVID-19 vax restrictions

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements will be removed for visitors to residential aged care facilities, disability accommodation and prisons. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the changes, which come into effect from 1am, Thursday, June 30. In addition, the high-risk worker COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be revoked in schools, early childhood education, outside school care,...

Bushwalker dislocates shoulder after Scenic Rim mountain fall

A bushwalker has been rescued after he was injured while trekking up a popular mountain in the Scenic Rim. The man was holding onto a tree while on his solo walk, when he lost his footing on some gravel, causing him to fall and dislocate his shoulder. The Toowoomba's RACQ LifeFlight Rescue...

‘Birth-related leave’ to replace ‘maternity leave’ in Qld workplace law shake-up

The term 'maternity leave' will be replaced with gender neutral language in Queensland's industrial relations laws. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has put forward the sweeping changes including strengthening protections for workers subject to sexual harassment, and sex and gender-based harassment, after a five-year independent review. Under the 31 legislative changes, 'maternity...

Six-month e-scooter hire trial on the cards for Toowoomba

Toowoomba Regional Council will forge ahead with plans that could see a six-month e-scooter and e-bike hire scheme trialled in the region. It comes after the Toowoomba E-Micro mobility Implementation Project report was endorsed by the council at a meeting on Thursday. Infrastructure committee spokesperson councillor Melissa Taylor says she is happy...

Boy, 16, charged with murder, arson after fatal Laidley stabbing

A 16-year-old boy from Leichhardt has been arrested overnight and charged with the murder of a man in Laidley. He is due to appear in Ipswich Children’s Court and charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and arson. Four other people, two men and two women, have also been charged with...

Bus commuters left stranded for hours amid driver shortage claims

Bus commuters have been left stranded for hours due to drivers calling in sick and services being cancelled across Queensland. Robert Dow from Rail Back on Track says that many of the commuters, including those in Ipswich, are not aware of changes to the timetable because it isn’t being communicated properly...

Queensland tourism tax proposed in bid to raise revenue for industry

Travellers would be slugged a tourism tax/levy to visit some of Queensland’s most popular natural attractions under a new plan to attract more revenue to the sector. A visitor tax is among 75 recommendations put forward by the Queensland Tourism Industry Reference Panel to generate revenue for the state's tourism sector. The...

Petrol prices soar as cheap fuel proving hard to find

You might want to shop around before filling up - as petrol prices soar. Ipswich and Toowoomba motorists are facing more pain at the pump with the daily average cost of unleaded petrol (ULP) surging to a new record high this week. Ipswich’s daily average is $2.20 a litre with the previous...

Lack of stamp duty reform will hinder home ownership: REIQ

The Queensland government has been accused of a lack of action to support housing affordability in the State Budget with stamp duty reform ignored. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella saying while other states and territories had or are moving on stamp duty reform, the Queensland government has made no progress towards phasing...

Lockyer Valley lettuce farmers team up with Coles to boost supply

Lockyer Valley farmers are teaming up with Coles to provide a temporary solution for customers wanting to buy iceberg lettuces, after floods and cold weather significantly affected their supply. South-east Queensland Coles customers will be able to purchase two smaller lettuces for $6.50, the same price they would currently pay for...

Four charged over alleged murder of Laidley man

Four people have been charged with murder after the death of a man in Laidley on Monday evening. Police were called to a Patrick Street house around 9.50pm on June 20 after where a man was found with critical injuries. The 48-year-old man died at the scene. Police allege a fire was also...

Health the big winner in Qld State Budget with record $23 billion spend

A record $23.6 billion investment in health is the centrepiece of Queensland’s State Budget handed down by Treasurer Cameron Dick. The surplus for 2021-22 is expected to be $1.91 billion, an improvement of $5.4 billion compared to the $3.48 billion deficit forecast this time last year. That’s on the back of surging...

Police manhunt under way after man stabbed, home set on fire at Laidley

A police manhunt is under way for at least four males after a 48-year-old man was fatally stabbed and a home set on fire last night. Detective Acting Superintendent Garry Watts says emergency services received a call shortly before 10pm yesterday to reports of a stabbing at the Patrick St home. “Police were...
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