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Workers needed in Australia

16 August 2015 In: Jobs, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Technology, General

Around 4,500 new workers are being sought to help the rollout of the National Broadband Network in Australia. Government officials say the workforce for the National Broadband Network must double in order to speed up the rollout and meet deadlines set for completion in 2020. Now moves are underway to attract skilled communications workers and to train workers new to the industry. Malcolm Turnbull, Communications Minister, told reporters: “We’ve got 1,300 jobs in New South…

200,000 new homes in Australia

20 July 2015 In: Property, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland

Around 220,000 new homes were built in Australia in the past year, with a rise of 8.6% in the first three months of 2015. Across the country, a total of 219,000 new homes will have been built this year with a forecast slightly lower rate of 202,000 to be built in 2016. This compares to an average 155,000 new homes built each year between 2005 and 2012, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, whose…

Study tourism in Queensland

16 July 2015 In: Study, Queensland, General

Students seeking top qualifications in tourism and hotel management are being encouraged to consider studying at the Griffith Business School in Queensland. The school’s Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management was awarded the prestigious title of Australia’s best tourism educator at the recent National Tourism Awards. It has also been inducted into the Queensland Tourism Hall of Fame, after winning the Tourism Education award three years in a row. The school has won this…

New student housing for Brisbane

12 July 2015 In: Travel, Study, Brisbane, Queensland, General

A popular inner-city food market in Brisbane looks set to be demolished to make way for new student housing. There are plans to build a 41-story 144-metre tower on the site of the existing Wharf Central convenience centre. The proposal, lodged with the council this week, involves housing for 753 students and would include a rooftop terrace. The tower at 38 Wharf Street would have a mix of studio, four- and five-bed multi-share apartments. The…

Johnny Depp visits Brisbane kids

11 July 2015 In: Brisbane, Queensland, Entertainment, General

Johnny Depp paid a surprise visit to a children’s hospital in Brisbane and brought joy to dozens of sick kids. The Pirates of Caribbean star took time to speak with all the bed-ridden kids and was happy to pose for pictures dressed in his Jack Sparrow pirate costume. 52yr-old Johnny asked staff not to publicise his private visit to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital but parents quickly uploaded details of the visit to social media…

Brisbane snowman strikes gold

09 July 2015 In: Brisbane, Queensland, Sport, General

Brisbane in Australia is the home of the world’s most successful snow-maker. Alf Bucceri has been making snow since 1985 and his snow and ice making machines are used in more than 50 ski resorts and indoor snow parks around the world, including Japan, China and United Arab Emirates. Alf’s freezing machines can produce 150 cubic metres of snow an hour, which has provided a major boost to the indoor ski resort industry as it…

Queensland best for burgers

08 July 2015 In: Queensland, Family, General

Queensland is the best place in Australia to get a burger, according to a new survey. Six restaurants in the sunshine state have been named as serving the best burgers in the latest Top 10 ranking of burger joints in Australia. The best-rated burgers, according to TripAdvisor, are served in the Burger Lounge in Queensland. The only other states to earn a place were Victoria with three of the best burgers and South Australia with…

Australia Great Barrier Reef ‘safe’

02 July 2015 In: Queensland, General

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is ‘safe’ for now, but the government has 18 months to prove its rescue plans are working. Unesco’s world heritage committee this week decided that the reef should stay off the in-danger list, but Australia must report the results of its recovery plans by December 2016. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure, about the size of Italy, and supports more than 1,600 species of fish….

New cruise ship for Brisbane

22 June 2015 In: Travel, Cairns, Brisbane, Queensland, General

The launch of a new cruise ship in Brisbane is set to add more than $60 million to the economy of Australia. Cruise operator Royal Caribbean International is to begin a new service with its latest vessel, Legends of the Seas that will operate out of Brisbane and also call at Cairns and Airlie Beach during its five cruise stop-overs. The 70,000 ton vessel is one of the largest cruise ships to dock at the…

Queensland tops car cost list

29 May 2015 In: Travel, Finance, Queensland, General

Drivers in Queensland are to face above-inflation increases in vehicle registration fees. Registration costs are set to rise from $328.90 to $340.40 for four-cylinder cars and from $492.30 to $509.50 for six-cylinder ones, excluding insurance. The increase will make Queensland the most expensive place in Australia to own a car. The previous government had frozen registration costs for three years. But Deputy Premier Jackie Trad says the rise in fees is necessary to finance vital…

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