Dindemic: Queensland - Australia

By dindemic // August 15 2017 // 0 comment
Six Olympic-sized swimming pools of sand will be moved across Raine Island beach to boost the numbers of the threatened green turtle.National Parks Minister Steven Miles said the rescue mission to build bigger sand dunes was needed to make nests safe from tidal inundation.“This area is home to the largest and most important green turtle rookery in the world and we want to see as many hatchlings as possible make it,” Mr Miles said.“Regenerating the sand dunes will raise the nesting area to above tidal inundation level, preventing thousands of baby turtles still in their eggs f

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By dindemic // August 14 2017 // 0 comment
Hundreds of Year 5 and 6 students from 33 Queensland schools will receive hands-on training and experience in flying drones during National Science Week.Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch said today (Monday) a specialist training provider had been contracted to deliver The Drone Experience this week to 10 students from each participating school.“This is a great way to introduce Queensland’s young people to drone technology and its potential to transform the way we live, work and play,” Ms Enoch said

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By dindemic // August 14 2017 // 0 comment
Some of Queensland’s leading women engineers, medical practitioners, scientists and science teachers will join discussions today (Monday) about the problem of gender equity in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).Discussions will focus on why successive generations of clever, well-educated women in STEMM have trouble reaching senior levels in their field and often leave their profession early, and how this affects career choices.The sold-out event will be hosted by Women in STEMM Australia as part of National Science Week.Minister for Innovation, Science and the D

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By dindemic // August 14 2017 // 0 comment
The Palaszczuk Government will govern from the Wide Bay, including Cabinet and town hall meetings, next month. Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders and Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson said they had asked the Premier for Wide Bay to host the Government for a week.

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By dindemic // August 14 2017 // 0 comment
The Palaszczuk Government will showcase 140 years of innovation at this year’s Ekka, with the Queensland Government precinct in the Royal International Convention Centre celebrating the Advance Queensland theme.Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said today (Monday) the Ekka tradition of the bush coming to the city was a wonderful opportunity to highlight the innovative ways technology, including drones, were transforming Queensland’s agricultural industry.“Close to 400,000 people are expected to pass through the Ekka gates over 10 days

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By dindemic // August 14 2017 // 0 comment
The Federal Government must reaffirm its commitment to Indigenous jobs in light of recent attacks on the Palaszczuk Government’s ‘Buy Queensland’ policy.Queensland’s Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner said increasing Indigenous employment opportunities was a key part of the Palaszczuk Government’s new Buy Queensland procurement policy.“Through the Queensland Indigenous Procurement Policy (QIPP), we are setting a clear target to increase the share of procurement contracts awarded to Indigenous business to three per cen

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By dindemic // August 14 2017 // 0 comment
A new survey released today (Monday) shows the Palaszczuk Government’s focus on reducing the regulatory burden for Queensland small businesses is having a positive impact - but there is still work to be done.Small Business Minister Leeanne Enoch said the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland's (CCIQ) Red Tape Survey found overall improvements in the major and moderate impact categories."The Palaszczuk Government is committed to making Queensland the place for small businesses to start, grow and employ, and the survey shows our support for the 

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By dindemic // August 14 2017 // 0 comment
State Government dollars are now on the table for explorers in the latest incentive to discovering new mineral deposits in northwest Queensland.Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said explorers wanting to work in the North West Minerals Province had until 29 September 2017 to apply for collaborative exploration initiative grants.“These grants are yet another shot in the arm for the North West,” Dr Lynham said.“Our Strategic Blueprint for Queensland’s North West Minerals Province released last month sets the direction and these are the dollars to drive the nex

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By dindemic // August 14 2017 // 0 comment
Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has condemned the Queensland LNP plan for a new coal-fired power station to address electricity prices as a “myth”.The Australian Financial Review reported today that Mr Morrison said “new cheap coal is a bit of a myth”.The Federal Treasurer’s comments, reported under the headline “Coal no solution” to energy crisis, says Morrison”, included:“Let’s not think that there’s cheap now coal, there’s not.  And [High Efficiency Low Emission coal-fired power station] takes seven years to turn

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By dindemic // August 14 2017 // 0 comment
Queensland has backed calls for an independent public inquiry to address serious allegations of water misappropriation in New South Wales.Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today supported South Australia and Victoria in demanding scrutiny.“I am extremely disappointed by allegations of water theft by some irrigators in New South Wales and the alleged lack of action by the New South Wales Government,” he said.“The Murray–Darling Basin Plan is backed by latest and best science, but it can only protect the nation’s largest river system if irrigato

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