2012: Brisbane's year in review

It's been a big year, but as 2012 comes to a close take a look back at the year that was for 612 ABC Brisbane.

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  1. We kicked off 2012 by re-locating to our new office in the cultural precinct of Brisbane city, South Bank.

  2. But all the talk was of the 2012 State Election, which would see former Lord Mayor of Brisbane and LNP Premier-to-be Campbell Newman take on a 20 year Labor Government led by Anna Bligh. The LNP came to power in Queensland after an historic landslide victory at the Election in March.
  3. With the new government came a new budget for 2012 and this heralded the 'end of excess in the public sector' according to Premier Newman. What ensued was sweeping job cuts to the public service, with over 10,000 full time positions made redundant.
  4. The Health sector took the majority of the cuts, with significant reductions in staff numbers across other departments. Residents from suburbs across the city say the cuts have had a huge impact on life in Brisbane in 2012.
  5. Amid the political storm over the public sector cuts, another storm was brewing in Brisbane's Musgrave Park.
    Indigenous protesters took occupancy of the site in early March as an extension of the 40 year anniversary celebrations of Tent Embassy in Canberra, and continued to reside in the sovereign embassy
  6. By May tensions between the local indigenous community and the Brisbane City Council reached boiling point when 200 police evicted occupants from the park ahead of the annual Greek Festival.
  7. On a lighter note: artists and nude models of Brisbane united not once but twice as they attempted to break the record for the largest drawing class in West End
  8. In the end both attempts failed to break the record held by Denmark, but organiser Manuel Petavrakis says it won't stop them trying again in 2013.

    Meanwhile across the year the 612 and Coast FM Afternoon show gathered hundreds of metres of hand knitted scarf donations to donate to charity. Nine months after the first stitch was made, the knitters of Queensland helped raise enough hand knitted scarf to go around the new ABC Brisbane building - 3 times over.
  9. Brisbane was the first Australian city to take part in the world-wide pop up dinner phenomenon 'Diner en Blanc'. 1000 people, all dressed in white, made themselves comfy in the South Bank Parklands one unseasonally cold September night.
  10. Parts of north Queensland were plunged into darkness for almost two minutes as other parts of Australia witnessed a partial eclipse. 612 ABC Brisbane's Spencer Howson and ABC Far North Queensland's Kier Shorey broadcast from a listeners home in Mareeba to ensure a view unrestricted by clouds.
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