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Awards to recognise Queensland’s top bus drivers

QUEENSLANDERS will be able to recognise their favourite bus driver when nominations open for the Queensland Bus Driver of the Year Awards next Monday.

Nominations for the awards will open on May 27 and all bus drivers working on public passenger services in Queensland are eligible.

The awards will recognise the huge contribution drivers make to ensuring customers travel safely and conveniently.

More than 250 drivers were nominated for last year’s inaugural award, with Ella Reid from Clarks Logan City Bus Service taking out the top gong.

This year’s awards have been expanded to include three new categories – South East Qld drivers, Regional drivers, and School drivers.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey encouraged customers to nominate their favourite driver.

“These awards celebrate Queensland bus drivers who go above and beyond in delivering excellent service,” Mr Bailey said.

“We encourage customers to get behind our drivers and share powerful stories of their bus driver improving their journey.”

Ms Reid wished good luck to the drivers nominated for this year’s awards.

“It was an honour to be named the inaugural winner of the Queensland Bus Driver of the Year award in 2018 and I wish all of the nominated drivers the best of luck this year,” Ms Reid said.

“It is great to see the recognition for our industry as there are so many hard-working drivers who regularly go above and beyond.”

Queensland Bus Industry Council Executive Director David Tape welcomed the opening of nominations for the Queensland Bus Driver of the Year Awards.

“Our bus drivers across all sectors provide an essential service in getting Queenslanders and our visitors to and from work, to medical appointments, to school and social events, they help bring communities together and aid in the growth our economy,” Mr Tape said.

“It is great to see Minister Bailey and TransLink acknowledge our bus drivers for the excellent job they do day in day out, delivering their passengers in a safe and professional manner.

“I sincerely hope that Queenslanders will get onboard with this, acknowledging and highlighting the great job of their local bus drivers.”

Customers will be able to nominate a driver on the TransLink website from Monday, May 27.

All nominations will be reviewed by a judging panel and assessed against the criteria, including positive customer impact, excellence in customer care and displaying a customer-focused attitude.

A public vote will be held once the finalists have been announced, before the winning drivers are presented with a trophy and $1000 cash prize at the awards ceremony at the end of August.

Qld Premier wants a time frame on Adani

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says everyone has had a gutful of the long-drawn out approvals process for Adani’s controversial coal mine and wants a timeline fixed for public release by Friday.

‘We need some certainty and we need some time-frames,” the premier told reporters near Mackay on Wednesday.

Ms Palaszczuk was visiting the Hay Point Coal Terminal with local state MP Julieanne Gilbert amid pressure to listen to regional voters if it is to stand a chance of re-election at next year’s state poll.

The state’s drawn-out process of approving Adani’s plans for a massive coal mine in the Galilee Basin has been blamed for federal Labor’s poor performance in Saturday’s election in Queensland.

Ms Palaszczuk called for Adani and the independent regulator to sit down with the state coordinator-general as soon as possible to work up a definite time frame on decisions around the two outstanding reports required for a final decision.

“I sense the frustration of the community. I’m frustrated. I think everyone’s had a gutful of this, frankly.”

Earlier, Adani chief executive Lucas Dow said he wants the coal mine approved “immediately”.

The state government has repeatedly said it is up to Adani to complete all the required paperwork, and Adani says the state government keeps moving the goal posts.

Mr Dow has written to all state MPs asking for an urgent meeting to understand their position on the massive Carmichael coal project.

“We have had overwhelming support from Queenslanders wanting the Carmichael Project to proceed and to proceed immediately,” he said in a statement.

He called state Labor’s professions of support for the resources sector and coal mining as “hollow promises”.

The only way for the Queensland Labor government to demonstrate support is to announce the finalisation and approval of the two outstanding management plans, Mr Dow said.

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Former Don Dale inmate Dylan Voller wanted by police in NSW

FORMER Northern Territory youth detainee Dylan Voller has avoided jail after calling in a bomb threat during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, but his freedom could be short lived after a fresh warrant was issued for his arrest.

The 21-year-old appeared in Southport District Court on Wednesday, charged with threatening a bomb hoax.

He was given a six month suspended jail sentence after admitting to calling triple zero from hospital and claiming there was a bomb at the finishing line of the marathon during the Commonwealth Games.

But, shortly before Mr Voller walked into court on the Gold Coast, police in New South Wales announced a warrant had been issued for his arrest over an alleged armed robbery in the state’s Riverina region.

In a statement, Murray River Police confirmed Mr Voller was wanted over his alleged involvement in two incidents in Moama in January and March.

The offences listed in the arrest warrant, issued by the Deniliquin Local Court, include robbery while armed with an offensive weapon and shoplifting.

“If you see Mr Voller, do not approach him, but contact triple-0 immediately,” Murray River Police said.

“If you have any information please call, Deniliquin Detectives on 03 5881 9299.”

The 21-year-old first came to public attention after details of his mistreatment in Northern Territory’s infamous Don Dale Detention Centre were aired documented on ABC’s Four Corners in July 2016.

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Arrest Man

Brisbane man charged with supporting ISIS

A BRISBANE man has been charged with terror offences for allegedly supporting the Islamic State.

The man was arrested at a property in Algester on Tuesday following a Queensland Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigation.

The 27-year-old is accused of providing video-editing software to a relative who had travelled to the conflict zone and was working for the ‘media unit’ of the Islamic State.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney, National Manager Counter Terrorism, said this arrest highlights the strong working relationships between Australia’s law enforcement agencies.

“The AFP is committed to working with national security and law enforcement partners to identify all criminality associated with Australians who illegally travelled to participate in the conflict in Syria and Iraq,” AC McCartney said.

“We will allege that the support this man provided was tangible and would directly assist a terrorist organisation with its objectives.”

Assistant Commissioner Peter Fleming, Security and Counter Terrorism Command said they will continue to track down those supporting violent groups.

“Violent extremists from across the ideological spectrum exploit the online environment to spread propaganda and recruit individuals. The aim of extremists is to divide us and to turn our citizens against each other – but we will not let them win,” he said.

NSW Police

Drunk man charged over alleged assault of female paramedic

A man will front court today charged over the assault of a paramedic that was trying to help him.

Both paramedics and police were called to the intersection of Campbell Street and Bourke Street in Surry Hills around 7.30pm last night, following reports of an intoxicated man.

The police officers found the 37-year-old man, before paramedics were sought to treat him.

Police say the intoxicated man then became belligerent and aggressive towards them, and walked towards one of the paramedics and punched her on the left forearm.

The 25-year-old female paramedic wasn’t injured in the incident.

The man was taken immediately to the Surry Hills Police Station where he was later charged with assault.

He was refused bail and will front Central Local Court today.