Holocaust Museum and Education Centre to Open in Brisbane

The first Queensland Holocaust Museum and Education Centre is set to open at the site of the Cathedral of St. Stephen Precinct in the Brisbane CBD.

Earmarked for an early 2023 opening, the museum aims to educate Queenslanders about the horrendous history and legacy of the Holocaust.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed that the Queensland Holocaust Museum and Education Centre will be built with funding coming from Federal and State Governments, as well as the Brisbane City Council.

“It will honour the legacy of those who faced awful atrocities and will also feature locally recorded stories and will be able to reach the regions through online and mobile exhibits,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“It will ensure future generations do not forget.

“It follows our election commitment to establish this centre, ensuring lessons of the Holocaust and the contributions that survivors have made to Queensland are heard for generations to come.”

The Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane is also pushing to deliver the Queensland Holocaust Museum and Education Centre, a uniquely mobile facility that will be located at the Old Archives Building and Penola Place at the Cathedral Precinct.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge said that they are honoured to be a partner of the centre where exhibitions, education and training resources will be held for all Queenslanders, especially students. These materials will be complemented by exhibitions focused on Australia’s First Nations people and other countries’ genocide histories.

“As a society, we need to work together towards a common goal that overcomes hatred and promotes peace. We need to build bridges, not walls,” the archbishop said.

“Inter-religious partnerships like this send a strong signal to the community that we are all sisters and brothers in a world where the other is not my enemy.”

Pfizer Acquires Brisbane-based Diagnostics Tech Company ResApp Health

Did you know that Pfizer, one of the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccine makers, has acquired Brisbane-based ResApp Health, the developer of a smartphone application that can accurately diagnose the infection?

Dr Tony Keating, the managing director of ResApp Health, said that this $100-million deal with the pharmaceutical giant will accelerate plans to commercialise the smartphone app to help families manage COVID-19 better. 

On the other hand, Pfizer’s chief digital officer, Lidia Fonseca, said the partnership will boost the company’s efforts to “pave a new era for digital health.”

Pfizer and ResApp Health will also collaborate on creating and launching other products to fight COVID-19. 

Prior to the sale, ResApp just completed its pilot clinical trial of a new cough audio-based algorithm among 741 patients in India and the U.S. The company said that the technology logged a 92 per cent sensitivity for detecting the virus. UQ Associate Professor Udantha Abeyratne developed the technology, which uses audio recordings on the smartphone to diagnose the severity of the respiratory disease. 

ResApp Health will also be useful in the healthcare and office setting, aged care facilities, schools, sports and entertainment venues, and for screening travellers.

“The WHO have recently warned that the pandemic is not over, that health systems globally continue to strain under the current caseload and that we should be prepared for the potential of more dangerous variants to emerge,” Mr Keating said.

“We intend to accelerate commercialisation by immediately engaging with regulators globally and we have already commenced discussions with global health and technology companies with the goal of rapidly bringing this product to market.” 

Free Parking! Brisbane Turns Off Parking Meters to Help Businesses Bounce Bank

Around 7,869 parking meters across Brisbane, including Kangaroo Point, have been turned off temporarily so that motorists may take advantage of free parking when they visit various establishments to conduct their businesses. 

Two major carparks in the city, specifically the Wickham Terrace and King George Square in the city, are also offering parking at discounted rates.

Council launched the free parking service in Brisbane beginning Wednesday, 9 Feb. 2022, which will be in place indefinitely. The discounted parking rates at Wickham Terrace and King George Square, on the other hand, will be good until the end of February. 

This is in addition to the 15-minute free parking rule that applies in car spaces in Brisbane, including Kangaroo Point.

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Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner timed the turning off of parking meters during the re-opening of the new school term to attract more people to Brisbane’s major business and shopping centres. The mayor said that this will ensure establishments can survive and continue to employ staff members, which in turn will help the economy recover from the pandemic. 

Mr Schrinner hopes that the people will be encouraged to go out, venture in a bit of retail therapy, or dine at restaurants. However, Cr Andrew Wines of the Infrastructure Committee, said that street parking will continue to have its limits thus motorists cannot overstay and parking officers will be checking these limits. 

Per the Council, “In a 2P Meter 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday zone, customers can park for a maximum time of up to two hours then must remove their vehicle from the zone. Customers that overstay the parking limit may receive a fine.” 

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