Tuesday, June 8th Zedlines

 

Lord Mayor Campbell Newman has announced a five percent increase in homeowner and occupier rates for the following year.

While the average household will experience a 5.04 per cent rise, others can expect an increase of roughly 5.6 per cent.

Mr Newman has defended the increase, citing 68 million dollars in savings found by his administration to combat further rises. The council budget will be officially announced tomorrow.

The carcass of a humpback whale calf found north of Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast is being investigated by the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

The whale, which was beached as of Sunday afternoon, is said to have some unusual skin conditions.

The investigation is set to determine the cause of death, although a spokesman noted there were no obvious signs of boat strike or entanglement.

A man who set himself on fire in the Brisbane Central Business District has died in hospital.

The 60 year old man, who suffered burns to 75 per cent of his body, was outside the Supreme and District courts at the time of the incident.

Police are currently investigating.

The Brisbane Gay and Lesbian Business Network will be hosting its annual Pride event this Friday.

The GLBN has run for over 20 years, focusing on maintaining a network of gay and lesbian oriented businesses.

Fiji has launched a National Employment Centre in capital city Suva with an aim of reducing unemplyment by 4.4 percent by 2012.

In real terms, this means the creation of more than 14 thousand jobs over the next three years.

Focusing on areas such as self employment and volunteer services, the centre hopes to also increase jobs in overseas markets for Fijians.

Posted via email from 4ZZZ News

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