Entries by Matt McDonald

World Cup boycott not on says Foreign Minister

Update @ 3.30pm: After earlier leaving the door open to a potential boycott of the World Cup in Russia, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop now says it’s not being considered. The Foreign Minister was asked about a possible boycott of the tournament during a media conference about the expulsion of two Russian diplomats. She responded saying […]

Police bring down a drone as Games security is put to the test

Security for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast has already been put to the test, with Police forced to bring down a drone flying near a Games venue. While the drone wasn’t breaching an exclusion zone it was still detected and brought down with the use of a special drone gun that allows officers […]

Man remanded in custody over police incident at Gold Coast shopping centre

UPDATE at 4:30 PM | THE alleged driver of a suspected stolen car that rammed two police vehicle at a shopping centre on the Gold Coast, prompting police to open fire, has appeared in court. Mitchell Craig Kiehne, 22, appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday, charged with 14 serious offences including, acts intended to cause […]

Gold Coast welcomes a record number of overseas visitors

The Gold Coast has recorded its highest number of international visitors ever. According to the latest International Visitor Survey, 1.1 million visitors came to the Gold Coast from overseas in 2017, a rise of 4.4 per cent on the previous year. Of those, 852,000 came to the Gold Coast for a holiday, making up 45 […]

Gold Coast Council strike action to go ahead

A planned strike by some City of Gold Coast Council workers will go ahead this week but unions have agreed to suspend industrial action during the Commonwealth Games. Workers including administration and counter staff, planners, librarians, engineers and inspectors will stop work on Thursday over stalled pay negotiations. Council applied to the Queensland Industrial Relations […]