Zedlines, Thursday 17th Feb

Whaling Season Ends Early

The Australian Greens have expressed approval of the news that Japan will end their Antarctic whaling season early due to constant harassment from Sea Shepard

To ensure the safety of their crew, Japanese whalers have suspended their annual hunts in the region, a result which Greens leader Bob Brown says, “will have Australians putting champagne on ice – coast to coast.

Indigenous Police Program

NSW Police have introduced a fresh program to see more Indigenous Australians enter the police force.

As a way to address the imbalance between the Aboriginal population of Australia and the percentage of those in prison compared to the police force, a training program has been developed to put Aboriginal students from regional towns on the path to a career in the force.

An 18-week course run by NSW Police and TAFE helps students from regional communities prepare for the grueling training of the academy. Steve Bradshaw, Assistant Commissioner of the NSW Police says, “If we can produce role models of police from these communities, that is going to encourage other young people to join the police.

Flood Looters Face The Music

Brisbane flood looters faced court yesterday with three men appearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with looting during last month’s floods.

25 year old Nick Jarrod Barbeler, and his 26 year old brother Brendan David Barbeler, are accused of stealing a variety of items including a fire extinguisher and chair at Pinkenba.

A warrant has been put out for the arrest of Brendan Barbeler after he failed to show in court while his brother was granted bail and remanded to a further court appearance next month.

Two more men, Bradley James Deacon, and Neil Stephen Petterson, also appeared in court, each charged with stealing a boat at Pinkenba. They have also been remanded to further court appearances next month.

Good Vibrations Slash Ticket Prices

In music news, the Good Vibrations Festival has yesterday announced a ticketing deal that is going to help fill the remaining Gold Coast and Perth shows.

The price of tickets to the events has been slashed by to half-price while if you already have a ticket, you can now bring a friend for free by arriving together at the gate.

Good Vibes CEO Justin Hemmes says that with additional capacity, they want to share the festival with as many people as possible. However much like the poor ticket sales for the second Sydney Big Day Out in January, this very much could be a sign of festival congestion and the fact that punters simply don’t have enough money to sustain all the events now offered on the party calendar.

The Gold Coast festival will go ahead on Saturday the 19th where a solid line-up including the likes of Phoenix, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Erykah Badu will take to the stage.

South Bank Bouncing Back

South Bank is returning to its former glory after the devastating floods that ripped through Brisbane last month.

Although the pools and beaches are still closed, most retailers and restaurants have reopened as well as parts of the Parklands. And as of yesterday, The Gallery of Modern Art, the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and the State Library of Queensland are all re-opened.

However please be advised that the Cultural Centre Car Parks, including the Queensland Art Gallery and State Library car park remain closed. As such, public transport is recommended to visit the Galleries with both the CityCat and CityFerry back up and running again

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