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Queensland’s coronavirus restrictions are easing – here's what the new roadmap means for you
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Queensland’s coronavirus restrictions are easing – here’s what the new roadmap means for you

Today, Wednesday August 18, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that Southeast Queensland’s coronavirus restrictions will be easing from Friday August 20. A new roadmap has been established with measures to remain in place for the 13 local government areas of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Scenic Rim, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Cairns and Yarrabah. Updated regulations can be confusing, so we’re here again to break down the government’s roadmap to easing coronavirus restrictions in a more digestible format. more

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This handy website lets you know what’s within 10 km of your house so you can step outside in peace
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This handy website lets you know what’s within 10 km of your house so you can step outside in peace

We're no strangers to a lockdown here in Queensland, but this particular lockdown is stricter than ones before and sometimes new restrictions can be a little bit confusing – especially when it comes to the 10-km rule. If you need to know which shops, parks and essential services are within a 10-km radius of your own home, you’ll be happy to learn that there is a website for that, and it’s called KM From Home. more

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Southeast Queensland's lockdown extended – here's what you can and can't do under our tightest restrictions yet
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Southeast Queensland’s lockdown extended – here’s what you can and can’t do under our tightest restrictions yet

Eleven of Southeast Queensland's local government areas will remain in lockdown until Sunday August 8 at 4:00 pm, after 13 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases were confirmed this morning, Monday August 2. The Queensland Government has issued tighter lockdown restrictions than ever before, which means the rules from previous lockdowns don't necessarily apply – and we know that can be confusing. Here we breakdown the restrictions roadmap with an easy-to-digest list of what you can and cannot do during lockdown. more

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Eyes in the sky – when to see the super blood moon in a total lunar eclipse in Brisbane
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Eyes in the sky – when to see the super blood moon in a total lunar eclipse in Brisbane

Ah, la luna – that beautiful orb in the sky that’s responsible for the tides and making people go loopy sure is a sight to behold. While the moon is a total smokeshow at the best of times, there are certain lunar events that kick the visuals up a notch and there’s one just around the corner – it’s a super blood moon, baby! Us Earth-bound creatures are getting a double whammy, as this aerial treat is also coinciding with the first total lunar eclipse in two years. Want to sneak a peek? We’re hot for moon spotting so we’ll help you out … more


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Tasmania reopens its borders to most of Australia – the Queensland coronavirus news you need to know
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Tasmania reopens its borders to most of Australia – the Queensland coronavirus news you need to know

With everything that's happening at the moment, our social-media feeds and news websites are becoming inundated with waves of coronavirus-related information – almost too much to keep up with! To help you stay on top of the most-important announcements, we've put together a regularly updated rundown of the day's top stories – some lighthearted, some a bit more serious, but all worthy pieces of information. more

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Educate, donate, advocate – a beginner's guide to anti-racism and supporting our Black, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and ethnic minority friends
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Educate, donate, advocate – a beginner’s guide to anti-racism and supporting our Black, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and ethnic minority friends

The last few months have been full of bad news and this last week might have been the worst yet. There is a lot of pain and anger across the world right now – and rightly so. The Weekend Edition believes that to be silent, is to be complicit. We recognise that we have a voice and that we have a duty to speak up and support our Black, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and ethnic minority friends, both overseas and here in Australia. We know that everything happening is upsetting and overwhelming to see, read and hear – but it is not acceptable to give in to being overwhelmed or simply shut off because we don't understand. If you don't understand, make it your priority to understand – not just what's going on, but how you can enact change. It is also not acceptable to consider this a solely American issue – here in Australia we are faced with an enormous number of Indigenous… more

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Queensland eases some stage two coronavirus restrictions early – here's what you can and can't do
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Queensland eases some stage two coronavirus restrictions early – here’s what you can and can’t do

The second half of 2020 is looking up, fellow Queenslanders. In a media conference held yesterday, Sunday May 31, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed that due to the small number of active coronavirus cases, she is able to ease some stage two restrictions earlier than expected from Monday June 1. The changes, which includes bringing forward intra-state travel as well as an increase of people allowed to gather in homes, hospitality venues, gyms and much more is a welcome change for Queenslanders. From dining in at your favourite brunch spot to taking advantage of your gym membership again, here's a taste of everything you can do from midday today, as stage two restrictions ease in our sunny state. more

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Some of Queensland's stay-at-home restrictions are being eased – here's what it means for you
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Some of Queensland’s stay-at-home restrictions are being eased – here’s what it means for you

You know that curve we've all been working so hard (by doing nothing) to flatten? Well, it's working. In response to these encouraging signs and the continually low number of new COVID-19 cases, premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that some of Queensland's stay-at-home restrictions will be easing as of Saturday May 2. Wondering what you can and can't do this weekend? Here's a quick rundown.  more

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Commemorate Anzac Day with a virtual trip to Anzac Square Memorial Galleries
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Commemorate Anzac Day with a virtual trip to Anzac Square Memorial Galleries

This Anzac Day will look very different to previous years. Typically crowded dawn services have been cancelled due to coronavirus lockdowns, morning marches have been canned too and unfortunately, our veterans won't be able to swap stories over a cold one at their local RSL. However, communities still find a way to come together during tough times and, this year, early risers will commemorate our veterans with driveway dawn services, The Last Post played in lounge rooms and virtual commemorations. Since we will be stuck at home this Anzac Day, State Library of Queensland is encouraging the community to use this newfound spare time to jump on to Anzac Square Memorial Galleries online. more

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Watch your step – the Government is launching a mobile tracking app to stop coronavirus outbreaks
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Watch your step – the Government is launching a mobile tracking app to stop coronavirus outbreaks

Yep, 1984, here we come. No, this isn't a recently discovered George Orwell novel – The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that within weeks, Australians will be asked by the Federal Government to sign up for a mobile app to help stop the spread of coronavirus. It will allow us to register if we have contracted the virus and, in turn, notify app users if they come into contact with someone who has been infected. All by tracking our movements. more

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Insight to the end – the three tests Australia needs to pass to ease coronavirus restrictions
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Insight to the end – the three tests Australia needs to pass to ease coronavirus restrictions

We were all a little apprehensive heading into the Easter weekend, not knowing if our fellow Australians were going to continue to abide by social-distancing measures. The results are now in and it turns out the majority of us were very good civilians, earning praise from Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. He has, however, warned us that the end is not yet near and there are three key tests Australia needs to pass before coronavirus restrictions are lifted. more

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Make like Picasso – the paint-and-sip studios going digital
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Make like Picasso – the paint-and-sip studios going digital

Due to the new government legislations stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the entertainment and creative industries have had to adapt and make changes to help them weather the storm. Included in this resilient bunch are some local paint-and-sip studios that have adjusted their usual routines and have moved their classes online. That means you can now create your version of an artistic masterpiece with help from the experts in the comfort of your sweatpants. We've rounded up a few of the studios that are offering live streamed art sessions so instead of trying to teach yourself how to paint during self-isolation, you can consult the experts – wine in hand, of course. Before you break out the pinot, read on ... more