Quiet plains home to fourth generation farmers and thousands of head of livestock will be cleared and transformed into military battlegrounds where tanks roam rather than cattle.
Thousands — estimates suggest as many as 14,000 — foreign troops will drive armoured vehicles, fly helicopters and jet aircraft and fire live rounds. It won’t be suitable for civilians.
It’s a huge change coming courtesy of an expansion to the Shoalwater Bay Military Training site, an already-significant area of countryside more than 100km northwest of Rockhampton.
Singapore’s Army wants to use it for training but they say it’s not big enough. An expansion will make it six times bigger than Singapore alone.
The Australian Government is on board thanks in no small part to the $2.25 billion sweetener promised by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, but those whose lives will be turned upside down in the process are losing sleep and worrying about what comes next.
“The loss of this productive primary production land will impact on our region for generations to come,” he said.
“It is a shortsighted strategy to trade-off existing wealth generating primary production land with no guarantees whatsoever that those economic losses will be compensated by the establishment of long-term Defence related industry jobs or major supply chain opportunities.”
"The properties affected run tens of thousands of head of cattle, with the landholders investing significant amounts of money back into their local communities so if these families go, it would have a huge economic impact on towns like Charters Towers, Marlborough and Rockhampton.
"There might be legal rights to take over someone's farm, but governments can't ignore how people feel about their country. This is their life, their love and their livelihood and they deserve better treatment than what they have received to date. http://m.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/concerns-qld-will-lose-farm-land-due-to-shoalwater/3119608/
Switch on the newest evolution from Nintendo! The Nintendo Switch features a portable console, adaptable Joy-Con controller, and console dock for home theatre gaming. The Nintendo Switch is available for pre-order in Grey or Red & Blue Joy-Con colours for $469, in-store only. Pre-order deposit of $50 required. Limited pre-order stock available. Console launches March 3rd.
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Competition open to QLD residents 16yrs+, winner(s) drawn 5pm Brisbane time on the 27th Jan 2017 and notified via private message. Winner(s) must pick up or transport the items with in 5 business days of being notified.
"Well, I know a lot of you guys are probably thinking 'why would she post this picture', but, it took me 18 months to get here, 18 months to not cry when I look in the mirror, 18 months to finally feel beautiful in my own skin again! No one warns you about the dark sides of motherhood and pregnancy.. no one gives you a heads up on how much you change physically and mentally after you become a mother. It's been a long and hard postpartum ride for me.. 18 months after my first son and 5 months after my second son I feel like I can finally see the light ✨ and it genuinely feels amazing💖 cheers to you mamas who are battling postpartum depression and still getting up everyday for your children! Cheers to you mamas who still cry about the marks on your skin from birthing your perfect babies! Cheers to motherhood, cheers to knowing that this too shall pass! And things will get better." 💗
Nope, aliens didn't invade Shepparton (Vic.) yesterday! 👽 These are fallstreak holes, or hole-punch clouds. They can form in clouds containing super-cold water droplets when a trigger (such as a passing aircraft) starts a chain reaction in which ice crystals grow while the water droplet around them evaporate, leaving wisps of ice in the middle of a hole in the cloud. #TheTruthIsOutThere Kit Clark spotted not one but three of these rare holes on Tuesday 17 January 2017.
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The four lucky schools will win a 3m x 3m True Blue II Marquee! The winning schools will be selected by Extreme Marquees and announced on the Extreme Marquees website on Friday 24/02/2017. The competition is solely run by Extreme Marquees. All applicants must like, comment and share this post. Good Luck!