Gympie Bypass Design Approved and more Zedlines

Completing the last stage of the Bruce Highway upgrade will be the most expensive part of the project which has already cost more than a billion dollars (Photo: Wikipedia)

Wide Bay MP Llew O’Brien’s office yesterday confirmed the detailed design of the final section of the project which will bypass the Gympie City Centre joining the existing highway at Curra which should be finished early in the new year.

More than forty million dollars has been spent buying properties east of Gympie with another 52 million spent planning and designing the new section

Federal Minister Darren Chester declared funding for the project was of highest priority for future projects along the Bruce Highway

Sunshine Coast storm damages train lines
More than 17 millimetres of rain fell in an hour at Nambour on Tuesday afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology also received reports of hail on the Sunshine Coast.

A fallen tree knocked the overhead power lines out on the Sunshine Coast train line and forced replacement buses to be rolled out.

A Queensland Rail spokeswoman said trains had resumed between Caboolture and Landsborough by 5:30pm, but commuters wanting to travel between Landsborough and Nambour were forced to catch replacement buses until the scene was deemed safe again.

Widespread gastro outbreak on cruise ship
A gastroenteritis outbreak has occurred on one of the world’s largest cruise ships.

The Ovation of Seas, which carries upwards of 5800 passengers, has 200 passengers on board being treated for gastro while the ship is in Tasmania and 5 passengers have been hospitalised.

The ship had been sailing for a fortnight and arrived in Tasmania on Tuesday after a trip to Singapore.

Tasmania’s Director of Public Health Mark Veitch said outbreaks of highly infectious conditions can occur in cruise ships, due to the population of passengers mixing closely together.

Labor Senator asks for the Senate to refer her to the High Court
Labor Senator Katy Gallagher has asked for the Senate to refer her to the High Court over her citizenship status.

Senator Gallagher addressed the Senate insisting she had no citizenship problems while the government prepared to refer her case to the High Court.

Senator Gallagher said she had not been provided informational or legal advice from the government pertaining to a referral.

Dozens injured in train collision in Meerbusch, Germany
Multiple people have been injured in a train crash near the city of Dusseldorf in Western Germany.

It is believed the passenger train had collided with a freight train in the town of Meerbusch at around 8:30pm local time

The local fire department has reported the number of injured passengers at 49, three being seriously injured.

It is not known why the two trains were on the same line at the same time.

Cambodia refugee resettlement deal still intact despite human rights concerns
Cambodia remains a resettlement option for refugees on Nauru, despite concerns raised by the federal government and refugee advocate groups about the country’s slide into dictatorship.

Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen, who previously said it would be worthwhile sacrificing 200 lives to remain in power, will run virtually unopposed in Cambodia’s elections next year after the main opposition party was disbanded.

A representative from DFAT says there is concern about Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose reign has seen a crackdown on freedom of the press, political rights and other basic freedoms.