Monthly Archives: July 2010

The CBD will will come alive on this Friday July 30th with it’s second twilight markets in King George Square

After a successful launch in April, Brisbane City Council have decided to host more evening markets in the square, with further dates 19 November and 17 December allocated.

Starting at 5pm, the Indie Twilight Markets is produced by BrisStyle, a collective of emerging and established artists, crafters and designers from Queensland’s South East, and will feature 52 stalls of quality handmade jewellery, funky footwear, babies and children’s wear, soft toys, handbags, artworks, illustrations and vintage recreations.  

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Female councillors come together at conference today in Gympie in a bid to raise the profile of women in local governmen.

The Gympie Regional Council will host the 2010 Australian Local Government Women’s Association Conference over the next three days.

Gympie councillor Donna Neilson says women are still under-represented in local government.

Ms Nelson states “There are only 30 per cent of councillors [who] are female and less than 5 per cent of chief executive officers are female, so it’s important to raise the profile of women and encourage more women to stand for local government,” she said.

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An Australian scientist has discovered what could be the world’s rarest coral in the remote North Pacific Ocean

The unique Pacific elkhorn coral was found by coral researcher Dr Zoe Richards of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS).

The coral bears a close physical resemblance to the critically endangered and fast-vanishing elkhorn coral of the Atlantic Ocean, but genetic analysis has shown it to be a different species.

Dr Richards says “When I first saw it, I was absolutely stunned. The huge colonies – five metres across and nearly two metres high with branches like an elk’s antlers – were like nothing I’d seen before in the Pacific Ocean”

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Council announces Queensland incarnation of Parklife festival to be be relocated to the Gold Coast Parklands

Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens have hosted the festival since 2005, but Festival promoters Fuzzy Entertainment says theres now a growing demand for a larger venue. The Parklands venue can accommodate 35,000, and already hosts both the Big Day Out and Good Vibrations.

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Seahorses may be key to helping find a way to restore sight in people with age-related blinding diseases ((tag:Zedlines)

Researchers at the Vision Centre have found that the seahorses’ eyes share similarities with the human eye, leading to the possibility of imitating the development of the seahorse’s fovea to regenerate this vital region of the eye in people with impaired vision. “The fovea is the tiny pit at the back of the eye, which is the source of all our detailed vision. Without a functioning fovea, you are legally blind – that’s how important it is,” explains Dr Keely Bumsted O’Brien of The Vision Centre and Australian National University.
The research group also found that seahorses in tropical waters have better vision than those in darker waters and are exploring how environment affects the development of the seahorses’ sight.
Dr Bumsted O’Brien says this could lead to answers on how environment influences development of our own sight.

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Zedlines, Tuesday 27th July

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SA Recycling Rates on the Rise

South Australian recycling rates have increased by almost fifteen percent in the past two years.
The South Australian Goverment credits the increase to the doubling of the refund of plastic drink containers from five cents to ten cents in 2008.
The refund system has seen approximately $112 million back into the economy.

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