Fire destroys historic Queensland pub

A large fire has destroyed the historic Imperial Hotel and damaged several other businesses in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley.

It is understood the heritage listed pub in Gatton’s centre caught fire just before midnight.

36 firefighters from Toowoomba, Gatton and Ipswich were called in to fight the blaze, but the hotel could not be saved.



No one was staying inside at the time and a local alerted fire crews to the fire.

According to initial reports, the hotel was under new ownership after closing its doors in 2013 and was set for a $1.7m renovation to turn the business into a backpackers’ hostel.


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Ash cloud forces closure of Bali airport

All flights in and out of Bali have once again been grounded as the ash cloud from a volcanic eruption continues to cause chaos.

According to a statement on Virgin Australia’s website, meteorologists and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre have advised airlines that conditions in the vicinity of Denpasar Airport have deteriorated and remain unsafe for flying.

The Denpasar Aerodrome is currently closed with no flights operating in or out.

There is speculation flights will continued to be affected for several days.

Virgin has cancelled all flights due to depart Australia and Denpasar before 6pm AEDT on Thursday.

Jetstar has cancelled all flights scheduled before 5pm AEDT on Thursday.

Both airlines are expected to provide an update later this morning.

Virgin Flights cancelled to and from Denpasar Thursday 5 November 2015:

VA49 MEL-DPS  STD 0915

VA41 BNE-DPS  STD 1010

VA65 SYD-DPS   STD 1120

VA64 DPS-SYD   STD 0010

VA34 DPS-ADL   STD 1310

VA44 DPS-BNE  STD 1755

VA60 DPS-PER   STD 2110

Jetstar flight cancellations:

To Indonesia:

  • JQ 43 – Melbourne-Bali
  • JQ 106 – Perth-Bali
  • JQ117 – Singapore-Bali

From Indonesia:

  • JQ 44 – Bali-Melbourne
  • JQ 101 – Bali-Townsville
  • JQ 117 – Bali-Perth
  • JQ 109 – Bali-Perth

Police seek help to find mum and daughter


Nine-year-old Abbey Parsons PICTURE: NSW Police Force

POLICE are appealing for information from the public to help find a woman and her daughter missing from the NSW Illawarra region.

Tiffany Figueira, 28, and her nine-year-old daughter, Abbey Parsons (pictured), were reported missing by a family member after they failed to return to their Primbee home on Tuesday.

Police say initial inquiries indicated the pair were last seen leaving the home on Sunday 1 November.

Tiffany is believed to have last contacted friends on Tuesday.

Police have conducted numerous inquiries, however have been able to locate the pair.

Tiffany is described as being of Caucasian appearance, with a fair complexion, about 165cm tall, of medium build and with black hair and brown eyes.

Abbey is described as being of Caucasian appearance, with a fair complexion, brown hair, about 140cm tall and of thin build.

Anyone with information about the pair’s whereabouts is urged to contact Oak Flats Police Station or Crime Stoppers.

Friends of Qld Instagram model who ‘quit’ social media says it’s a hoax

TWO former friends of Essena O’Neill, the Instagram star who announced she was quitting social media because it’s ‘not real life’ have revealed that the whole thing is a hoax.

YouTubers and twin sisters Nina and Randa, who Essena stayed with in LA, have released their own video revealing what they believe is the truth behind the 19-year-old’s change of attitude, and that is a broken heart…

“When things ended with Essena and her boyfriend she hated LA and I guess everyone along with it, the bloggers said.

“It was literally a complete 360 when he broke up with her… I mean 180.

“The reason she is so upset and so down is because of the break up with this guy… everything she is saying is fake.”

O’Neill, who boasts a following of half a million on Instagram, made headlines when she uploaded a video to YouTube revealing her decision to quit social media because it was ‘fake’ and made her ‘miserable’.

But the twin sisters say it’s all for attention and part of her continued ‘self-promotion,’ pointing out that she hasn’t deleted her Instagram or YouTube account yet.

In a second video uploaded yesterday, O’Neill told her followers that she can no longer pay her rent and asked for support.

“I can’t afford rent right now,’ she said. “It’s like I am embarrassed to admit that I need help… if this website is of value to you then please support me because I can’t afford my own real life.”

Essena is now running a website called Let’s Be Game Changers.

Brisbane woman bitten on the foot by snake

A WOMAN has been bitten by a snake in Brisbane this afternoon.

Emergency services rushed to Dumbarton Drive, Kenmore in Brisbane’s western suburbs just after 1.20pm, following reports a woman had been bitten on the foot by a snake.

The 27-year-old is currently being treated by paramedics at the scene, she is expected to be transported to hospital shortly.

It is not yet known why type of snake bit the woman.