Author: Kerrod Trott

Queensland Councils going plastic free

The Boomerang Alliance and Wildlife Queensland have welcomed decisions made at the LGAQ (Local Government Association of Queensland) Annual Conference to support a state ban on deliberately releasing helium balloons, and establishing guidelines for plastic reductions at council events and operations in Queensland. “We commend the decision by Brisbane City Council to both phase out helium balloons at BCC events and put forward a motion to the LGAQ Conference to support a state ban on the deliberate release of helium balloons,” said Toby Hutcheon, representative of Wildlife Queensland and Boomerang Alliance. “Deliberately releasing helium is dangerous to wildlife and...

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Untreated hearing loss can lead to dementia

Audiologist Andrew Campbell is advocating for greater emphasis to be placed on hearing health following research which has connected untreated hearing loss to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A research study conducted by Johns Hopkins Medical Centre indicates hearing loss can increase the risk of dementia by up to 500 percent.1 Chief Audiologist at Campbell Cosmetic Hearing Andrew Campbell said greater awareness is needed to reduce the devastating effects of dementia where the body outlives the mind by ten harrowing years on average. “These new findings demonstrate the importance of discussing hearing with patients and being proactive in addressing brain...

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West Village “buzzing” with green activity

West End has been a hive of activity this week with 160,000 workers moving into new rooftop premises at the 2.6ha, $1 billion West Village development. Brisbane bee man Jack Stone, from Bee One Third, has installed four hives atop the Westpac Bank building in Boundary Street as part of the greening phase of the West Village development. The project recently received the highest rating for master-planned precincts in Australia, earning “World Leadership” status with the achievement of Six Star Green Star – Communities certification. Green Star is the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) internationally recognised rating system...

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Australians learning to use less water – BOM

The cost of residential water bills has fallen for the first time in five years, according to a report released today by the Bureau of Meteorology. The annual National Performance Report for urban utilities found the median cost of an annual residential water bill was down by $32 from the previous year. The National Performance Report, now in its twelfth year, compares the performance of 84 water utilities that provide urban water services across Australia and analyses the trends between years and utilities. Water Services Association of Australia Executive Director Mr Adam Lovell said the reduction in the cost...

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West End residents show their anger

Community anger over another massive development in West End prompted residents to take to the street today with community groups, WoMo 4101 West End Community Association and Kurilpa Futures – Planning for People and supported by Jonathan Sri, Councillor for The Gabba. Local member Jackie Trad MP added her support via her letter to the Lord Mayor. Approximately 100 West End residents created a temporary blockade at the intersection of Vulture St and Montague Rd calling for more investment in pedestrian crossings and public transport services, and to protest a 14-storey mega-development at 117 Victoria Street. The Westender spoke...

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