Queensland Premier flags possible new stadium, aquatic facility to be built for Brisbane Olympics 2032


The riverside city is on track to host the international games as the International Olympic Committee named Brisbane its “preferred bid”.

A Brisbane Olympic Stadium with capacity to seat 50,000 people has been proposed for track and field events, according to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) feasibility assessment.

Ms Palaszczuk said it was “an option”, although using the Gabba for the ceremonies and the Gold Coast’s Carrara stadium for the athletics were also possibilities.

“There is the option of one new big venue in terms of where we would have the opening ceremony … but we may use Carrara as well,” she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said she wanted to make sure the event was inclusive of the regional centres with opportunities for the Gold Coast, Logan, Ipswich and Redlands.

A new aquatics facility, the Brisbane Arena, that is expected to hold 15,000 spectators has also been proposed to host swimming and water polo events.

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Brisbane’s best buys: Six must-see properties under $700,000


Here’s our pick of the best buys in Brisbane at the moment – and they start at just $295,000.

7/15 Cox Road, Windsor

7/15 Cox Road, Windsor QLD 4030

7/15 Cox Road, Windsor QLD 4030

There is a short supply of homes with a ‘2’ leading their listing prices within the 5-kilometre inner-north ring of the CBD. That makes this tidy one-bedroom apartment worth an asterisk. It backs it up with a top-floor position in its group of eight units and a renovated interior, including lush timber floors.

$295,000

Private sale

Churchill Real Estate, Damon Churchill 0412 129 200

9 Harris Road, Underwood

9 Harris Road, Underwood QLD 4119

9 Harris Road, Underwood QLD 4119

Alliteration lets loose from the leafy, lofty lookout and lush lawn of this low-key two-bedroom house. The older-style weatherboard lends its buyer scope to update. It has mature, shady trees in the front yard of its 845-square-metre fenced perch while the backyard is likeable too, with simple landscaping and loads of room for lazing.

$490,000

Private sale

Coronis, Shona McKenzie 0408 558 428

24 O’Quinn Street, Nudgee Beach

24 O'Quinn Street, Nudgee Beach QLD 4014

24 O’Quinn Street, Nudgee Beach QLD 4014

Practice those stone-skimming skills. This updated Queenslander puts its occupant a pebble-throw from the foreshore park. Its dual-level and dual-living four-bedroom house is set high on a 405-square-metre block. The layout is versatile. Both levels have independent entries, and the downstairs one has its own bathroom, bedroom and kitchenette. A gold star upstairs are french doors to a private rear deck. There is a pool and veggie patch, double garage and rainwater tank.

$699,000-plus

Private sale

Ray White, Dwight Colbert 0401 095 785

202/185 Clarence Road, Indooroopilly

202/185 Clarence Road, Indooroopilly QLD 4068

202/185 Clarence Road, Indooroopilly QLD 4068

Aside from a drool-worthy rooftop pool, buyers get VIP access to a residents-only sundeck and barbecues, and a nifty position a block from the metro train station. They also nab two bedrooms – one with en suite – plus another bathroom, off-street parking, a storage cage, study and well-appointed kitchen with island flowing to a lounge and deep, covered balcony.

$585,000-plus

Private sale

McGrath, Alex Jordan 0410 424 749

31 Bateson Road, Mount Nebo

31 Bateson Rd, Mount Nebo QLD 4520

31 Bateson Rd, Mount Nebo QLD 4520

3

Beds

2 Baths

Parking

This tri-level hinterland house last sold in 2005, and it is easy to see why properties like this rarely turn over. Its style is rustic and arty, its lay-out and decor are creative, and it has stunning views over dense native bushland from its fenced 2393-square-metre block. There are three bedrooms; two are found on ground level with asymmetrical decks on each side. More decks fan out from the first floor, which is designed as a single, open-plan living, cooking and lounge zone. The main, loft-style bedroom sits discreetly beside the entry.

$595,000

Private sale

Brisbane Mountains Realty, Gavin Harmsworth 0400 434 627

22/13 Holland Crescent, Capalaba

22/13 Holland Crescent, Capalaba QLD 4157

22/13 Holland Crescent, Capalaba QLD 4157

A well-chosen villa unit is a choice way to enter the property market and get the “house” vibe without a bigger buy-in cost. If hunting east of the Pacific Highway in the south, this single-storey brick home is good value and may be worth a squiz. It has two bedrooms, a large, paved rear courtyard with shed, and is about 900 metres from Capalaba State College.

$309,000

Private sale

Ray White, Dean Pieroz 0433 085 294

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Brisbane sprinter Julie Brims smashes ageist stereotypes with sprinting records


In January this year, a couple of weeks after her 55th birthday, the runner broke the 100-metre, 200-metre and 400-metre world records for sprinting at local competitions.

And just last week Brims smashed the world record she had set the previous month, while competing in the 100 metre sprint in Canberra.

Brims started running at 36, when her daughters started competing in athletics.

“I started joining in just doing the odd 100 metres while they were competing on the night,” the former basketball player said.

“Then I just grew more and more towards sprinting where it was just so much fun doing an individual event where you didn’t have to rely on another person refereeing with you or anything that goes on the basketball court.

“It was just all you and I really enjoyed that part of it.”

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Aged-care provider puts extra safeguards in place after vaccine error


It was revealed on Wednesday afternoon that the doctor had not done the appropriate level of training, with federal Health Minister Greg Hunt forced to correct the record in question time in federal Parliament after earlier stating the GP had completed all relevant training.

“Healthcare Australia has now advised that the doctor had not completed the required training,” he said.

The aged-care operator at the centre of a vaccine error says it has referred the GP involved to the regulator.

The aged-care operator at the centre of a vaccine error says it has referred the GP involved to the regulator.Credit:File image – Edwina Pickles

“This is being investigated by Healthcare Australia, and we are expecting a report later [on Wednesday].”

The doctor involved has been stood down pending a review of the incident, after a nurse raised concerns that incorrect doses had been given to a man and a woman.

The 88-year-old man and the 94-year-old woman were taken to hospital as a precaution. Neither had yet experienced any adverse reactions to the incorrect dose, reportedly as high as four times the standard amount.

Mr Hopper said the GP and the nurse who raised concerns were outside staff allocated by Healthcare Australia to the facility for the vaccine rollout, with aged-care centres under the jurisdiction of the federal vaccine rollout, not the concurrent rollout being managed by state health departments in public hospitals and quarantine hotels.

Mr Hopper stressed they still had confidence in the rollout but were seeking assurances from the Commonwealth that processes were in place to avoid a repeat of the mistake.

“What has happened is an individual error, and I am sure there will be a review of the process by Healthcare Australia as well as the federal government to ensure that does not happen again,” he said.

“St Vincent’s has put that extra measure of validating credentials for staff on site. That is as an extra precaution.”

Mr Hopper confirmed the vaccination program was set to continue at the facility, and he believed residents would still want to participate, with a 95 per cent take-up reported before the incident.

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The Queensland government is seeking assurances from the Commonwealth that training and oversight for its part of the vaccine rollout is adequate.

“The Commonwealth has already committed to sharing the findings of this investigation with the Queensland government, and we welcome this,” Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said.

“What these incidents highlight is the importance of full transparency and sharing of information from the Commonwealth government about the rollout across the aged-care sector and the broader rollout of the vaccine.”

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Council complaints flood in, with busiest month ever for watchdog


Queensland’s local government watchdog had its busiest month on record in December, with almost 250 complaints made against councillors statewide.

The increase came amid another turning point in the Office of the Independent Assessor’s two-year history, as most complaints came from the local government sector itself, rather than members of the public.

Brisbane City Council came under the oversight of the watchdog, established in December 2018, after the 2020 local government elections.

Brisbane City Council came under the oversight of the watchdog, established in December 2018, after the 2020 local government elections.Credit:Fairfax Media

In her latest quarterly update, Independent Assessor Kathleen Florian said the sector accounted for 62 per cent of the 241 complaints made, with 17 councillors referring themselves to the watchdog in the first half of the financial year.

“Usually the public is the main source, but it ranked second after raising 34 per cent of matters,” she said. “As always, I caution against assuming the number of complaints alone points to a problem within a council or region.

“It may equally indicate a commitment to integrity and accountability or be driven by one-off events.”

Ms Florian said the increased reporting by local governments was not sector-wide and instead driven largely by the vast number from the Western and Torres Cape region, which made a total of 135 across the period.

This was followed by councillors in the greater Brisbane and Darling Downs region, who received 105 complaints. Brisbane City Council, which came under the oversight of the watchdog after the 2020 local government elections, accounted for a total of 91 — 73 of which came in the December quarter.

“I caution against assuming the number of complaints alone points to a problem within a council or region,” Ms Florian added. “It may equally indicate a commitment to integrity and accountability or be driven by one-off events.”

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Suspected corruption is generally referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission but an agreement between the bodies allows the assessor to investigate some categories of corrupt conduct.

Councillor misconduct made up most of the issues raised in complaints over the reporting period at 58 per cent, with inappropriate conduct complaints accounting for 21 per cent and corrupt conduct at 17 per cent.

Most complaints that progressed to an investigation relate to alleged breaches of trust (37 per cent) and conflicts of interest (33 per cent).

Brisbane councillors made up the bulk of the 219 investigations on the watchdog’s books as of December 31, with 71 active probes and a further 14 undergoing a natural justice process.

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Brisbane is in the box seat in a one horse race to host the 2032 Summer Olympics


Almost. Nearly.

Right now, it is a one-horse race but anything, or something, might happen; unlikely though.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has designated Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games “Preferred Bid Status” meaning it is the only one of numerous bid cities that has progressed to the next phase called “targeted dialogue”.

It will be followed by “final negotiations”, and then the rubber-stamping exercise of declaring Brisbane the winner will happen at an IOC session as early as the Tokyo Olympics in July, although with COVID restrictions it may be later in the year.

IOC president Thomas Bach said discussions, in the early hours of the morning Australian time, were “intensive”.

In the end though, there was no doubt.

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The decor decisions that could mean you’re turning into your parents


A generation ago, the biggest signifier of adulthood was marriage. Twenty years ago, it was buying a house together. But 21 years into the 21st century, with renting and singlehood more popular than ever, there are no clear-cut signs that you’re officially “adulting” anymore. Instead, we must rely on more nascent symbols, such as being tired all the time, and signing off using the word “best” on your emails.

But for those fully immersed in adulthood; the ones who’ve been at it for a while, clearer signs may become visible, not in the purchase of a home, but what is inside it. If you have any of the following in your place of residence, then, congratulations, you’ve hit peak grown-up.

A motivational quote 

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The ubiquitous ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ signs. Photo: Supplied

If you’re a properly grown-up person, you recognise that frameless posters have no place in your house any longer, but phrases, slogans and words somehow mean more than ever. 

Do you have “Live, Laugh, Love” etched in repurposed wood above your lounge? Does a cushion read “Save the drama for your llama” when you smooth the sequins a certain way? Do you have a small, framed phrase in your kitchen saying “It’s wine o’clock” or “Coffee is always a good idea” or “Anything is possible”? Then you probably remember the ring of your landline telephone.

Unintentional collections

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‘How did I end up with all of these cushions and throw rugs?’ Photo: iStock

When you’re living in a share-house as a younger person, it’s natural to pick up the detritus of one another’s decor. Maybe you end up with a cushion or a cheese knife you never actually bought yourself. But, if you’re an adult, you will have an entire collection of these types of things, with no memory of how you came to acquire them – despite the fact that you bought them yourself. 

Nobody can tell you when it will happen, but one day, you’ll look around and realise you have 20 cushions, or four cheese knives or 50 different mugs. It will remain an unsolved mystery, because, as an adult, you’re just lurching from one administrative task to the next, your only mode of distraction – home decor sales. You go into these things entranced. Who even knows how many mohair blankets you bought? You were too busy trying to download the app that lets you know how much homework your kids aren’t doing to notice.

Unused exercise equipment

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You had the best of intentions when purchasing that exercise bike, but it will soon be relegated to the garage. Photo: Stocksy

There was a time, in your youth, when you could break those health promises you made to yourself without consequence. But if you’re a grown human, things such as “blood pressure”, “lung capacity” and “changing metabolism” begin to take on a new, urgent meaning. You’re not about to debase yourself by exercising in public – that’s for people under 40 who have spent enough time online to acquire a healthy body image. Instead, you get yourself an exercise bike, or a rowing machine, or one of those stair masters and you use it – for a few weeks. But then, lockdown hit or something, and life became too hectic. And so, the equipment remains in the garage or the “office”; a black and brushed-steel reminder that it’s just not going to happen this year. Oh well, maybe when this COVID thing blows over you’ll get back into running. At night.

More than one photo frame on any given surface

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Printed photos will likely be littered throughout your home. Photo: iStock

Gen Z might post their entire lives on TikTok and those younger Millennials throw it all over Instagram, but if you’re serious about adulthood you have photos that have been printed out and framed. Lots of them. And not just on the wall, but the mantle and the side bench and the top of your chest of drawers, in your bedroom, too.

Handy stuff nobody thinks of – until they need to borrow it

If summer screams barbecues while winter whines for nights in with the slow cooker, what should the next few months hold for keen entertainers?
Think you don’t need a matching 12-piece dinner set? Think again. Photo: Stocksy

Kids today think they can get by without a top sheet, a step ladder or a full, 12-piece dinner set. That is, until they need it and come running to us. Sure, that overpriced luxury candle smells nice, Maddy but you won’t be able to light it in a blackout if you don’t also have a torch! Yes, Jordan, cocktail parties are “super fun”, but without proper champagne glasses, you’re really just playing house. And so, we hang onto our ageing symbols of adulthood, smug in the knowledge that though we may not always know how they got here, we’re certain they’ll come in handy for something and we’ll be damned if we have to throw them away.

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International Olympic Committee announces Brisbane as preferred host for 2032 Summer Olympic Games


The news was delivered by IOC president Thomas Bach during a press conference in Switzerland.

“We have unanimously after a very intense discussion approved this recommendation,” Mr Bach said.

“The commission based on this decision will start more detailed discussions with the Brisbane 2032 committee and the Australian Olympic Committee about their potential to host the Olympic Games 2032.”

The IOC will now move discussions to a targeted dialogue followed by final negotiations with the city then elected at a future IOC session, likely within the next year.

If those discussions are successful from both sides and Brisbane meets the requirements then it will be named the host city and Brisbane would become the third Australian city to host the Summer Games after Melbourne (1956) and Sydney (2000).

Chair of the Future Host Summer Commission, Kristin Kloster Aasen, said Brisbane and Australia had been selected over other cities that had shown interest — such as Doha, Budapest, Istanbul, Jakarta, New Delhi and St Petersburg — due to its past experience in hosting high-level sporting events.

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How to build for under $100,000 with these kit homes


Housing affordability remains one of the most pressing social issues of our time, with many individuals and families unable to afford a mortgage or experiencing housing stress.

The stakes for these families are high, with housing affordability being a fundamental contributor to a person’s wellbeing and an important way to reduce poverty. But what if you could build for less? The humble kit home may be the answer, with some suppliers, like Shed House Australia, designing kits that can be built for under $100,000.

As people search for affordable housing, new market trends emerge, including the movement of people from capital cities to regional areas. This trend also influences the types of homes built, with an increase in kit homes being constructed across regional and suburban areas. Jackson Yin, managing director of iBuild Building Solutions, has reported a 30-40 per cent increase in demand for kit homes compared to pre-pandemic levels  – a growth he believes is influenced by government incentives for new builds.

Yin says there are two key demographics behind the increase in demand: couples with children, typically in their thirties and building their primary residence in the country; and families looking to add a granny flat or retreat for ageing parents on an existing property.

Changing perceptions

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The two-bedroom Melrose kit home by iBuild Building Solutions. Photo: Supplied

The growth shows how the long-held stigma surrounding kit homes and prefab construction has been challenged in recent years. Improvements in the quality of building materials, as well as growing public awareness of the benefits – namely, the speed of construction and lower cost per square metre – means more owner builders are choosing kits to build their dream homes.

“The perception used to be that a low-cost build meant a cheap build. But this has been gradually dispelled,” explains Yin. “High-quality builds can be done with a kit.”

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Work in progress: Kit home by iBuild Building Solutions. Photo: Supplied

Anita Brand, director at Mana Kit Homes, a manufacturer based on the south-east coast of Queensland, says she still gets asked questions relating to dated perceptions of kit homes.

“People ask things like, do the homes get council approved easily, and so on,” Brand says. “I am not sure how this stigma originally came about, most likely from the word ‘kit’ with some of the earlier style homes. In reality, the homes – and, more so, steel-framed homes – can have more structural integrity than a regular new build in a sub-division.

“Councils love the steel as it is termite-proof, plus it can be a sound choice for bushfire zones. When paired with the right thermal systems, steel has good energy-efficiency values.”

Change it up

When plans change and the scope of a project expands, the budget and timeline can blow out.
The overall the cost of the kit home depends on how much you are willing to do yourself. Photo: iStock

One factor influencing the comeback of prefab homes in recent years has been the ability to customise plans. In contrast to earlier kits offered to owner builders, today’s kit homes can be changed to suit different styles, making these affordable options even more attractive.

“The beauty of our process is that we will custom-design to our client’s budgets, giving consideration to the complete project,” Brand says.

For those trying to get a foot on to the property ladder, kit homes offer an affordable path to home-ownership without getting into huge debt. But the cost depends on how much you are willing to do yourself.

“As an owner builder/project manager our clients can save up to 40 per cent of the overall cost,” Brand says. “The more the owners put into the construction the bigger the savings.

“If our clients are putting a builder in control of the construction process, then they will still make savings but not as much. It really depends upon how much each client wants to contribute to the project and what skills they bring.”

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COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine incorrectly administered to two patients at Brisbane aged care home


A doctor who incorrectly gave two elderly people in a Queensland aged care home a “higher than the recommended dose” of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine, had not completed the required vaccination training.

“It hasn’t been confirmed, because it’s actually really hard to be able to tell what was in the needle, but it couldn’t have been more than [four times],” Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt said both patients, from the Holy Spirit facility in Carseldine, also known as St Vincent’s Care Services, were being monitored and neither had shown any signs of an adverse reaction to the doses.

The doctor who administered the doses has been stood down from the vaccine program. 

“I think it’s very important that we’re up front,” Mr Hunt said.

“The safeguards that were put in place immediately kicked into action and a nurse on the scene identified the fact that a higher than prescribed amount of the dose was given to two patients.

“Both patients are being monitored and both patients are showing no signs at all of an adverse reaction. But it is a reminder of the importance of the safeguards.”

Mr Hunt said there were “highly developed training modules” that were mandatory to complete by those administering the vaccine.

“Our advice is that both doses were administered consecutively and, as a consequence of that, the nurse stepped in immediately.

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said in the early clinical trials of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, experiments were conducted with different doses, including four times higher than what was eventually prescribed.

“During those trials, the side effect data was not a higher problem,” he said.

“Because we wanted to get on with the giving of this vaccination quickly, we went for a single one-size-fits-all model and it is the same training.

“There may be a need for us to modify that going forward.

“This was a mistake, whether it was simple or not we leave that to the investigation.”

St Vincent’s (Holy Spirit) Care Services CEO, Lincoln Hopper said the doctor who administered the incorrect dose would be reported to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for the error.

“It’s also extremely concerning. It’s caused us to question whether some of the clinicians given the job of administering the vaccine have received the appropriate training.

“Certainly, health authorities and contracted vaccination providers should be re-emphasising to their teams the need to exercise greater care so an error like this doesn’t happen again.

“Before vaccinations are allowed to continue at any of our sites, Healthcare Australia — or any other provider — will need to confirm the training and expertise of the clinicians they’ve engaged so an incident like this doesn’t happen again.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was “not good enough” and the federal government must explain how the incorrect doses happened.

She told state parliament Queensland authorities were only advised of the incident late last night.

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