Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

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Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

News Briefs

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Get into Beef Australia 2009

THE Beef Australia 2009 expo to be held in Rockhampton next month is expected to inject millions of dollars into the local economy and significantly boost export trade income. In celebrating the eighth Beef Australia Expo (Monday, May 4 to Saturday, May 9), the Queensland Government will have a significant presence through pavilions, property tours, mobile office, meetings, committees, trade fairs, seminars and workshops. Premier Anna Bligh said with more than 60, 000 people expected to attend from around Australia and overseas, it would be a great forum to showcase the best that the Queensland beef industry had to offer in terms of science, sustainability and innovation. For more information visit the Beef Australia website www.beefaustralia.com.au (http://www.beefaustralia.com.au)

Labor gives funds for study

$15,000 from the Labor Government will be invested to undertake a flood mitigation study of the Pocket Creek Floodplain in the Banana Shire. The funding will be used to assess the future impact of flooding in and around Wowan and assist in determining risk management strategies and flood mitigation projects. The study is the first step towards protecting local residents from the harmful impacts of future flooding in the area.

More than $40M for appeal

THE Commonwealth Bank of Australia yesterday announced it had collected over 40 million dollars on behalf of the Red Cross in support of the Victorian Bushfire victims. Commonwealth Bank Chief Executive Officer, Ralph Norris, said between the launch of the Appeal on February 8 and the end of March 2009, $40,217,106 was raised in over 215,000 transactions online, via credit card and through individual donations in Commonwealth Bank branches across Australia. The appeal came to a close yesterday with more than $300 million donated across the country.

Guest speaker at university

A VISITING speaker will discuss "Oppression of Indigenous People By Indigenous People" at a free public talk at CQUniversity's Rockhampton campus on Tuesday in Building 33, Room G.22, from 1pm-2.30pm. The speaker, Wesley Aird, is the coordinator of the Australian Employment Covenant, an initiative to create 50,000 jobs for Indigenous people in Australia. …

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