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Giant Turbines Arrive for Queensland's Largest Renewable Energy Project


Ratch Australia Corporation’s newest sustainable energy project, Mount Emerald Wind Farm, is taking shape as the critical ingredient made it safely into the Port of Cairns this week.   Powerful wind turbines were unloaded and ready to be transported to the Tablelands. Each blade weighed in at 16 tonnes and measured 57 metres.   Acting Premier and Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the wind turbine blades are part of an estimated 185,000 revenue tonnes of cargo to be delivered over the life of the project.   “The Mount Emerald Wind Farm project will see the creation of around 150 jobs during the construction phase and represents a significant boost to our local economy, especially for the contractors, suppliers, transport, and logistics companies involved.”   The wind farm was proposed to feature up to 75 turbines, but after vigorous community consultation only 53 will be constructed, despite there b...

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What Are My Legal Rights When Renovating?


By the time clients ask this question, neighborly relations have usually hit a sorry pass. The single best way to avoid expensive disputes is to check local Council rules before you build. Disputes can also often be diffused through direct conversation or the mediation services of the Community Justice Centre. When all else fails, however, the law attempts to protect the rights of both the renovator and the neighbour in a balanced way.   In legal terms, disputes tend to fall into one or more of four categories: dividing fences and boundaries; noise and pollution; land use; and nuisance. Life is rarely so tidy, however. If your neighbours claim that your new floor-to ceiling dining room windows violate their right to privacy, the dispute may involve several different issues.   Fences and Boundaries Generally, adjoining land owners share the cost of building and maintaining a fence. Pre-approval by the Council may be necessary and keep in mind that Council regulations may ...


Redcliffe Peninsula


   Suburbs On Peninsula      Margate (4019) 26km to CBD Clontarf (4019) 25km to CBD Woody Point (4019) 25km to CBD Redcliffe (4020) 27km to CBD Newport (4020) 29km to CBD Scarborough (4020) 30km to CBD Kippa Ring (4021) 27km to CBD Rothwell (4022) 28km to CBD     History     The brig Amity set sail for Redcliffe from Sydney on September 1, 1824 carrying settlement commandant Lieutenant Miller, explorer John Oxley, a crew and convicts. The party landed at Redcliffe on September 13, 1824.  Redcliffe is part of the statistical division of Brisbane. The town's name originates from "Red Cliff Point" named by the explorer John Oxley, referring to the red cliffs at Woody Point.  Redcliffe became Queensland's first colony in 1824; however, it was soon abandoned for Brisbane. Before European settlement in 1824, the area now known as Redcliffe was inhabited by Aborigines who took full advantage of the foods...


Kallangur & Surrounds


  Suburbs Petrie (4502) 24km from CBD Kallangur (4503) 25km from CBD Narangba (4504) 32km from CBD Dakabin (4503) 27km from CBD Burpengary (4505)  35km from CBD Burpengary East (4505)  30km form CBD   History The first change of horses for Cobb and Co. coaches after leaving Brisbane took place at Tom Petrie's Murrumba homestead but, by 1870, increasing demand led to the establishment of a separate hostelry, known as Petrie's accommodation house, which offered a range of services to travellers.  By the early 1890s, the North Pine district had a population of 500 and the Post Office Directories for the period list the presence of a visiting police magistrate, six justices of the peace, a clerk of petty sessions, two police officers, a postmistress and savings bank officer, a stationmaster and telegraph operator, two teachers, five clergymen, two bakers, one blacksmith, one butcher, two carpenters, one hotelkeeper, several insurance agents, one pain...


Pine Rivers


  Suburbs Brendale (4500) 17km to CBD Ferny Hills (4055) 12km to CBD Arana Hills (4054) 11km to CBD Everton Hills (4053) 10km to CBD Eatons Hill (4037) 16km to CBD Strathpine (4500) 19km to CBD Albany Creek (4035) 14km to CBD Warner (4500) 20km to CBD Cashmere (4500) 21km to CBD   History Prior to European settlement, the Pine Rivers area was home to a number of Aboriginal clans belonging to the Turrbal, Kabi (Kabi Kabi or Gubbi Gubbi) and Waka (Wakka Wakka) language groups. These groups enjoyed a considerable amount of social interaction, especially at the time of the bunya feasts in the Blackall Range and the Bunya Mountains. On 1 December 1823, a party under the leadership of John Oxley first navigated the North Pine River, landed at Oxleys Inlet and climbed a hill in the area now commemorated by the John Oxley Reserve in Murrumba Downs. Settlement of the Pine Rivers region had to await the closure of the Moreton Bay convict settlement&nbs...


North Lakes & Surrounds


  Suburbs North Lakes (4509) 28km to CBD Mango Hill (4509) 25km to CBD Griffin (4503) 22km to CBD Murrumba Downs (4503) 22km to CBD   History Mango Hill, a residential suburb in the Pine Rivers district, originally began at the junction of the Bruce Highway and Anzac Avenue, the road to Redcliffe. Its southern boundary was Fresh Water Creek and most of its northern boundary was Saltwater Creek. Mango Hill is one of the suburbs running in a north-westerly arc from the Petrie rail corridor across to the Redcliffe district. Not only was the landscape of Mango Hill devoid of a public-transport service, it was criss-crossed with waterways. Modern earth-moving turned the watery landscape into a subdivider's opportunity. Mango Hill had been known locally by that name since the 1950s, and it was defined as a suburb in 1980. It included North Lakes, which was formally named and detached in 2006, reducing Mango Hill's area by about two-thirds. In the mid-1990s design...