Wednesday, January 12, 2011

DTN News: Australia Top Stories / Headlines News Dated January 12, 2011

DTN News: Australia Top Stories / Headlines News Dated January 12, 2011
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Brisbane's 300m floating missile


CAMERON ATFIELD 7:11am Pieces of Brisbane's floating Riverwalk in the inner city - one piece 300 metres long - broke free.


As a state drowns, the nation grieves

DAVID MARR The rain stopped but the water kept coming all day. Three rivers emptied the hills behind Brisbane.

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The nation grieves

Car submerged in flood water

David Marr THE rain stopped but the water kept coming all day. Three rivers emptied the hills behind Brisbane. The Bremer swamped Ipswich. The Lockyer tore through its valley, killing at least 10 people on the way. The upper Brisbane cascaded from the Wivenhoe Dam. And all that water was heading for Brisbane.

How Jordan died to save his brother


Peta Doherty and Nicky Phillips IT IS almost unimaginable the fear 13-year-old Jordan Rice would have felt as the car he and his family were in was pummelled by a wall of water.

Australia's next top barbecuer


Harriet Alexander reports on one man's mission to bring home a world grilling championship.

Provincial centres brace for the horrendous clean-up

Ben Cubby HERVEY BAY WHILE most residents in the Queensland town of Maryborough were waiting for the waters to go down, Bob Bauer was waiting for them to go up.

Chance to sell was ignored

Adam Carey RESIDENTS in flood-prone parts of Brisbane have largely ignored an opportunity to sell their properties to the local council.

Death hangs in air as search for bodies starts

Tom Reilly IT'S the cars that reveal the ferocity of the flood - especially a black sedan, its bonnet embedded in the creek bed, standing straight up. There are six more beside it and 20 others in paddocks surrounding Grantham, scattered as if a giant toddler had thrown them into a sandpit.

Survivors count the cost and look for victims

Ellie Harvey and Malcolm Brown THE growing ball of water racing through south-eastern Queensland takes stories with it downstream. Town by town in the Lockyer Valley - nestled between Toowoomba and Brisbane - debris, cars, houses and bodies are washing up in the water's wake.

Racing steward washed away with his car

Chris Roots and Kelsey Munro A MAN last seen with his wife and son stranded on the roof of their car in ferocious floods has been identified as James Perry, a chief racing steward in Toowoomba.

One good Samaritan and five lives saved in a day

Tom Reilly ROB WILKIN doesn't have a favourite biblical tale, but if he did, it should be Noah's ark.

Son changed his mind about staying, then disappeared

Nick Ralston THE last time anyone heard from Joshua Ross, a Grantham childcare worker, he was insisting that no mass of water was going to tear him away from the side of his wheelchair-bound mother.

Emergency specialists head north

Geesche Jacobsen EMERGENCY service workers, including fire officers, paramedics, engineers and hazardous materials specialists, left Sydney for Queensland yesterday. They are expected to be deployed in the Lockyer Valley.

Groceries going via NT and sea barges

Jacob Saulwick HOW do you supply the best part of a state when its highway system is splintered and its biggest port is swamped by debris and closed for business?

Captain Bligh steers the ship in face of adversity

Anna Bligh.

ANNE DAVIES The caring Premier is seemingly on top of everything as she helps steer Queensland through its darkest hour, writes Anne Davies.

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Water level drops but residents warned to wait for the clean up

Courtney Trenwith ANNE SMART has never seen water rise so fast.

Residents ignored disaster warnings

Lindsay Murdoch BRISBANE BRUCE LIDDLE feared murky brown water was creeping up around his 80-year-old mother, who lives alone in a ground-level house a short walk from the flooded Brisbane River.

Living through Apocalypse Maybe

A city's sense of itself is subverted and the present is a foreign country, writes Nick Earls.

High tide brought welcome tidings

The flood was terrifying, but so were the onlookers, writes Frank Robson.

Paintings moved to higher ground, but stage shows might not go on

Joyce Morgan QUEENSLAND Art Gallery faces an anxious wait until late tonight to discover if any of its valuable collection has been damaged.

Clarence at door, hopes remain high

Josephine Tovey GRAFTON THOUSANDS of Grafton residents were hoping the city's levees would hold last night as the mighty Clarence, now a kilometre wide in parts and moving fast, continued to disrupt life in the region.

Companies run numbers as disaster spreads to construction and retail

Ben Butler CORPORATE Australia is beginning to count the cost of the deadly Queensland floods that have smashed railways, flooded mines and closed factories.

Premier inspects damage

Brian Robins GRAFTON THE Premier, Kristina Keneally, yesterday declared the Clarence Valley and Inverell natural disaster-affected areas, giving them access to additional government financial assistance.

Drivers spending more of their lives in the slow lane

Andrew West TRAVEL times on some of Sydney's main roads now stretch to more than two hours, especially during the morning peak hour, industry research shows.

Academic paints a picture of arts as a priority in classrooms


Dan Harrison EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT THE arts should be embedded in the teaching of all subjects as a way of cultivating creativity and imagination in schoolchildren, according to a paper published yesterday by the Australian Council for Educational Research.

Neighbour thought girl was autistic, inquest told


Kim Arlington COURTS WHEN a neighbour told Pablo Comas his two-year-old daughter, Maia, might be autistic, he put his hand to his forehead and said: "Oh, you're right."

After-school exercise dropping in NSW despite federal push

Julie Robotham HEALTH EDITOR A HIGH-PROFILE federal government program to increase children's physical activity levels has failed in NSW, with participants no more likely to meet recommended exercise targets than other children the same age.

Electricity inquiry gets Fazio's tick

Alexandra Smith STATE POLITICS THE president of the Legislative Council, Labor MP Amanda Fazio, has been persuaded to support the upper house inquiry into the controversial sale of the state's electricity assets but warned it should proceed with ''caution''.

People smugglers used us, Western Union admits

Vanda Carson WESTERN UNION has conceded that its money transfer service has been used by people smugglers to fund their illegal operations.

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Latest updates: Queensland floods

New Zealand Herald - ‎18 minutes ago‎
The remains of The Drift Cafe floating restaurant are swept down the Brisbane River. Photo / AP Disasters can bring out the best in people - and the worst. ...

Brisbane spared worst of floods - ‎24 minutes ago‎
Floodwaters in Australia's third-largest city peak at level much lower than feared, sparing city of more devastation. ...

Those who build on flood plains...

Sydney Morning Herald - Michael Pascoe - ‎27 minutes ago‎
There's nothing new about the Brisbane “flood map” – it existed before the 1974 flood but only came to light in that tragedy's aftermath as evidence of town ...

Live updates: Queensland flooding

TVNZ - ‎28 minutes ago‎ follows developments as Queensland faces its worst floods in a century. All updates in New Zealand time. 9.44am: About 3000 homes and businesses ...

Brisbane flood peaks well below expected high: officials

AFP - ‎28 minutes ago‎
BRISBANE, Australia — Flood waters swamping Australia's third largest city, Brisbane, peaked Thursday more than a metre (three feet) below the high that ...

Australia flood levels peak below worst-case levels

Reuters - Rob Taylor, Maria Golovnina - ‎29 minutes ago‎
BRISBANE Jan 13 (Reuters) - Flood levels in Australia's third-largest city, Brisbane, have not reached expected worst-case scenarios, although widespread ...

PRESS DIGEST-Australian General News - Jan 13

Reuters - ‎30 minutes ago‎
Compiled for Reuters by Media Monitors. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. Queenslands flood crisis continued ...

Brisbane floods cover even traffic lights

Business Times (subscription) - ‎35 minutes ago‎
(BRISBANE) Floodwaters poured into the empty downtown of Australia's third-largest city yesterday after tearing a deadly path across the north-east, ...

Stocks to watch

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎37 minutes ago‎
Amalgamated Holdings shares have been pummelled after the entertainment group foreshadowed a sharp fall in first half profit due to weak cinema takings. ...

PRESS DIGEST-Australian Business News - Jan 13

Reuters - ‎41 minutes ago‎
Compiled for Reuters by Media Monitors. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. Federal and state governments are ...

Northern volunteers help Brisbane flood effort

ABC Online - ‎43 minutes ago‎
More volunteers from far north Queensland are heading south to Brisbane to help flood efforts. Wayne Coutts is the far north director for Emergency ...

Brisbane faces crucial 12 hours - ‎45 minutes ago‎
Brisbane's floating Riverwalk was ripped from its mooring and torn into pieces overnight, with one 300-metre long piece causing the closure of the city's ...

Brisbane River has peaked: police

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎48 minutes ago‎
The Brisbane River has now reached its peak," police said in a statement at 5.11am (AEST), without providing a level. "Water levels will remain high for the ...

Bligh a white light beside the cool, coiffed Gillard

Sydney Morning Herald - Anne Davies - ‎49 minutes ago‎
These polls are not scientific and reflect the opinion only of visitors who have chosen to participate. DISASTERS can define a politician's leadership. ...

Surging waters enter Brisbane

Hindustan Times - ‎50 minutes ago‎
Waters of the swollen Brisbane river roared into Austrlia's thrid largest city washing away homes, restuarants and cars, forcing thousands, ...

Brisbane flooding peaking below worst feared level

Reuters Africa - Ed Davies, Rob Taylor - ‎1 hour ago‎
BRISBANE, Australia Jan 13 (Reuters) - Deadly floods in Australia's third-biggest city were peaking on Thursday below the worst levels Brisbane ...

Blackouts strike 120000 across SEQ

Brisbane Times - Daniel Hurst, Dan Nancarrow - ‎1 hour ago‎
Residents in Brisbane told to expect the worst as flooded tributaries flow into the Brisbane River. 5.19AM UPDATE: More than 120000 customers in southeast ...

Our woes are just beginning

Sydney Morning Herald - Andrew Laming - ‎1 hour ago‎
These catastrophic floods have set in motion a series of serious health problems across Queensland. IN WHAT is likely to be Australia's worst natural ...

Flood peak looms - lower than 1974

Herald Sun - ‎1 hour ago‎
BRISBANE is waking up to a mighty river peaking lower than 1974 levels, but nevertheless devastating for dozens of suburbs and tens of thousands of homes. ...

Relief for Brisbane as flood peak falls below '74

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎1 hour ago‎
Brisbane residents this morning awoke to the good news that the river has peaked at 4.46 metres, more than a metre below the predicted peak of 5.5m. ...

Australasian disasters hurt global insurers

TVNZ - ‎1 hour ago‎
As Australian insurers start counting the cost of Queensland's floods, global reinsurers say 2010 was one of the most loss-intensive years for the insurance ...

Australia Floods Hit Australia's 3rd Largest City

ABC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
Suncorp Stadium, the iconic Queensland venue for rugby and football matches, is submerged as flood waters inundate Brisbane, Jan. 12, 2011. ...

Brisbane escapes worst-case scenario

ABC Online - ‎2 hours ago‎
The lower-than-feared flood peak is a reprieve for some, but thousands have not been spared. (Reuters: Mick Tsikas) The Brisbane River has peaked below five ...

Brisbane Flood 2011 (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post - ‎2 hours ago‎
Australia's third largest city, Brisbane, has been consumed by floods in recent days, as has the state of Queensland. The problem has been recurring for ...

Australia floods: another disaster in a lucky country

The Guardian - ‎2 hours ago‎
As the flood waters surge, peak and recede over Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales, the prevailing sentiment in Australia is disbelief. ...

Floodwaters high after river peaks

New Zealand Herald - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Brisbane River peaked at 4.6m this morning with residents warned there would be shocking scenes of devastation. The Bureau of Meteorology had forecast ...

Greenback, not flood, to blame for Aussie dollar selloff

Financial Post - ‎2 hours ago‎
A family stands in the flooded streets of Brisbane suburb Milton. Thousands of Australian families have had to evacuate their homes due to the recent ...

Animals stranded in Australia floods

BBC News - ‎3 hours ago‎
Thousands of homes and businesses are likely to be underwater in Brisbane as rising floodwaters reach their peak early Thursday. ...

Flood Waters Reach Brisbane as Death Toll Rises

Voice of America - ‎3 hours ago‎
Sirens wailed across Australia's third-largest city, Brisbane, on Wednesday, warning those remaining in the mostly deserted central city that deadly ...

Australia: Brisbane under siege by massive flooding

France 24 - ‎4 hours ago‎
Australia: Brisbane under siege by massive flooding Thousands of residents of Brisbane fled their homes on Wednesday as massive floods began to inundate the ...
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