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Desperate search for missing 15-year-old schoolgirl whose disappearance is 'very out of character'
A desperate search is underway for a 15-year-old schoolgirl whose disappearance is 'very out of character'. The teenager was last seen at about 7pm Saturday at an address in Beenleigh, south of Brisbane. There are concerns for her welfare as is out of...

Investigation lifts the lid on the shocking practice of gay conversion therapy in Australia
An explosive investigation has lifted the lid on an outdated practice still alive within some conservative Christian churches where young gay people are being told they are “broken” by ministers trying to convert them to heterosexuality, often causing lifelong...

The towns that are at risk of running out of water
The drought crisis crippling parts of the eastern seaboard may come to a head within weeks as several regional centres are set to completely run out of water within two months. Parts of regional NSW could run out of water as early as November, with data...

Stonefish in Moreton Bay

stonefish ianbanksLocals have reported seeing hundreds of stonefish in Moreton Bay, Tingalpa Creek and Wynnum Creek in recent days. Wynnum Manly fisherman are saying they have never seen that many so close to the shore in our area. Parents should keep a watchful eye for this dangerous creature, beachgoers should wear shoes in shallow bay waters. If a person is stung, they are advised to seek medical treatment immediately.

The stonefish has 13 sharp strong dorsal fin spines that are contained within a sheath of thick skin. At the base of each spine there are two venom glands that discharge their contents along ducts in the spine. When disturbed, the fish erects its spines, but maintains its position on the sea floor.

Information from the Queensland Museum