Blazes around the state
Motorcyclist dies on highway
FIREFIGHTERS are battling 50 fires around the state.
Since the season officially started on August 1, hundreds of hectares of land has been destroyed across the state.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said low humidity and dry land had contributed to a busy start to the season.
Fire crews spent the week- end battling blazes with the worst in the state’s south near Ipswich and Stanthorpe.
Grassfires ripped through dry farming land at Ballandean, Tallegalla and Mutdapilly with locals told to get ready to leave.
Other fires were also reported at Deception Bay and Memerambi, near Kingaroy.
The spokeswoman said no homes had been destroyed. A MOTORBIKE rider has been killed after colliding with a four-wheel drive on the Burnett Highway north of Brisbane yesterday.
Queensland Police said the man, in his 50s, had been riding north with a group when the incident occurred at Goomeri.
“As the rider attempted to turn into Boonah Road, a four- wheel drive travelling behind the man crashed into the motorcycle,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.
The forensic crash unit is investigating. The driver is assisting police with inquiries.
It’s the 30th reported motorcyclist death on Queensland roads this year so far, with a total of 153 deaths recorded in road accidents. A GOLD COAST teen has been detained in Bali, accused of stealing two watches from an airport duty free shop at Bali’s international airport.
The 17-year-old, from Mermaid Waters, is being held in the same police station as 43year-old Brendon Luke Johnsson, from the Sunshine Coast, who is facing drug dealing charges.
The Gold Coast teen was arrested about 2pm on Saturday when he was at the airport and about to catch a Jetstar flight from Bali to Brisbane.
He is being held under Indonesia’s child protection laws
It is understood the teenager was at the airport and ready to fly home with his stepbrother. His father and stepmother remained in Bali.