Category: Queensland

State News: Queensland


Dreamworld owners avoid tax and culpability

Editorial

Photo: The scene at Dreamworld, Queensland, that left four people dead in October 2016. The park refused to provide evidence of any safety assurance systems to inspectors in 2012.
It’s a game of cops and robbers as profit-driven businesses dodge purportedly stringent safety standards and executive bonuses discourage safety reporting, writes Veronica Hope. Continue reading

Complete plastic bag ban edging closer

Editorial

South Australia, the Northern Territory and the ACT have all banned single use plastic bags. Now a Great Barrier Reef town in Queensland are taking their own council-lead initiative to ban the bag – and local people, including the supermarket, are on deck. Continue reading

Ciobo – a minister with tourism credentials

Editorial

The new Minister for Trade, Investment and Tourism is someone who actually knows about the big business of tourism – he’s been the federal member for the Gold Coast since 2001 and is trained in economics – meaning the $190 fee asian tourists pay on entry could be on the chopping block. Continue reading

Indigenous help with northern bleaching observations

Editorial

Photo: Mangrove bleaching. One of Australia’s most sparsely populated areas, the Gulf of Carpentaria, has indigenous rangers observing significant coral and mangrove death from ‘coral bleaching. Indigenous rangers are now working with scientists from multiple universities to make observations of coral bleaching across an extraordinarily-sized area. Continue reading

Disney supports reef in huge promotion

Editorial

One of the world’s biggest brands, Disney, is getting behind the Great Barrier Reef cause in their marketing of Finding Dory. Finding Dory promises to surpass Finding Nemo in the Top 10-grossing animated films of all time – and Disney have created entire education and collectable lines supporting the film. Continue reading

Reef recovery hinges on ‘rogue’ tourism operators?

Editorial

Tourism operators dependent on the Great Barrier Reef have signed an open letter citing the economic importance of the reef to business in Queensland. Many petitions and protests have drawn big crowds in the past few years, but the tourism operators’ petition was timed uniquely for the 2016 Australian federal election – and with the retraction of Clive Palmer, Queensland swing seats are vital to the upcoming federal election. Continue reading

FNQ bus rollover kills one, many injured

Editorial

A bus route taken by many thousand tourists every year was the scene of an horrific crash in which one young man has died and many people, including a baby, were injured, some seriously. The accident happened on Shute Harbour Road, between Proserpine and Airlie Beach in Far North Queensland, the main access from Proserpine Airport for tourists wanting to visit the Whitsundays. Continue reading

Tourism stalwart Bob Oatley dies at 87

Editorial

To the Australian public, Bob Oatley was best known as the owner of super maxi yacht and Sydney to Hobart darling Wild Oats XI. To the business community and tourism operators of Australia though, he was much more than that – he started Rosemount Estate wines before Australian wine had a name, bought Hamilton Island, and constantly reinvested his billions in his Australian interests. Continue reading

Flights quadruple in time for all-QLD NRL GF

Editorial

In the week prior to the 2015 NRL Grand Final, it is cheaper for North Queensland Cowboys fans to fly from Cairns to see the ex-NRL player Jarryd Hayne in the NFL than it is for them to see the all Queensland NRL Grand Final in Sydney. And Bob Katter isn’t happy. Continue reading

Sinkhole swallows car and caravan near QLD campsite

Editorial

A tow truck provider near Rainbow Beach, Queensland has provided a blow-by-blow report of the day an enormous sinkhole opened up at Inskip Point, QLD. Fortunately no-one was hurt, but the hole is clearly much deeper than the 3 metres reported by the ABC – note how tiny the cars nearby appear as a measure of the size of the sink hole. The ABC did not report if there is any development in progress near the sinkhole that may have triggered land movements. Continue reading

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