Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018

A royal couple confirmed for GC Commonwealth Games

The Gold Coast looks set to welcome a royal couple for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Courier Mail reports Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are coming to the sunshine state to officially open the big event in April after they were formally invited by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk back in March.

It’s expected the couple will combine the official visit with a small holiday in Queensland, including a visit to the Great Barrier Reef.

It’s not the first time the royal pair have visited Queensland, with both attending a serious of outback engagement in 2012.

Prince Edward is also reportedly a chance to make the trip down under while the Queen will confirm whether she will attend by October.

‘Save Surfers Paradise’ plans public rally to help save Bruce Bishop Car Park

GOLD COAST residents and business owners will converge on the Bruce Bishop Car Park next week to protest against Council’s highly controversial decision to sell the city asset.

The newly formed Save Surfers Paradise group – chaired by retired District Court Judge Clive Wall RFD QC – will head the rally in the park above the car park from 1pm on Tuesday.

Local groups and business owners will be represented on the day, including the Surfers Paradise Surf CLub, Surfers Paradise RSL, Licenced Venues Association and Gold Coast Residents & Ratepayers Association and more.

Council voted in May to sell the Surfers Paradise Transit Centre and adjoining 1600-space car park to help pay for future city projects, including the cultural precinct and a new bridge to the Isle Of Capris.

The land on which the car park sits was gifted to the Gold Coast in 1938 by Charles Hicks on the condition that it be retained as a park. The park was relocated onto the roof of the multi-level car park once it was built.

Save Surfers Paradise formally contested the decision last week under section 268 of the Local Government Act.

Committee Coordinator and local lawyer Deborah Kelly said the sale would see 1640 car spaces taken out of Surfers Paradise, or up to 40 per cent of the 4073 spaces that are currently available between Cypress Ave and the Q1.

She said the plan didn’t leave many options for locals, tourists, and business owners.

“The Bruce Bishop Carpark represents 40 per cent of all available car parking between Cyprus Avenue, and the Q1 building,” Ms. Kelly told MyGC.

“So if you take all that away, where do people park?”

Ms. Kelly said the issue affected not only local businesses but also residents living on the Isle Of Capris, Paradise Island and Buds Beach.

“Once this car parking is taken away there’ll be more pressure on parking in their streets,” she said.

“There’s only 4,000 car parks in the whole of Surfers and taking away this car park means taking away 1640 places, that’s 40 per cent.

“We get eight million day-trippers into the Gold Coast each year, and almost all of them come by car.

“They need parking. Staff who work in Surfers Paradise need parking. Hundreds of them a day.”

Division 7 Councillor Gary Baildon will move a motion Council meets on Tuesday to defer any further action on the sale of the car park until of a review of the decision has been finalized.

WATCH: Get active & healthy at Zest 2017 this Sunday

A lifestyle festival on at Broadwater Parklands this Sunday is set to showcase all that is Active & Healthy on the Gold Coast.

Zest 2017 will be a fun-filled day for the whole family, with City of Gold Coast’s Senior Active Parks Officer Sam Hughes telling myGC there will be loads of free activities on offer for all ages.

“Being active and healthy is hugely important, so at Zest 2017 Gold Coasters can learn how to become healthier and discover activities that may suit them,” she said.

“It is going to be a great day out for the whole family. There will be over 10 Commonwealth Games sports for locals to check out, heaps of kids activities, as well as a mini Ninja Warrior course where both kids and adults can test their skills.”

Ms Hughes told myGC Zest 2017 has teamed with the Food Truck Picnic this year, with 10 amazing foods trucks set to offer fresh, local and healthy food on the day.

Find out more about what to expect at Zest 2017 here:

Gold Coasters will also be able to pick up the latest copy of the City of Gold Coast Active & Healthy Lifestyle Guide at the festival.

Ms Hughes told myGC the program is huge this year. “We have over 200 activities weekly across the city,” she said. “There is cooking and wellbeing workshops, all the regular favourites, as well as some of the Commonwealth Games sports.”

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For more information on Zest 2017, visit: goldcoast.qld.gov.au/community/active-healthy-calendar-41468.html

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Lucky escape after child gets leg lodged in drain on the Gold Coast

A CHILD has had a lucky escape after becoming stuck in a drain on the Gold Coast.

The primary-school aged boy got his leg lodged in a drain along Bond University Ring Road at Varsity Lakes around 12.30pm on Friday.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said the child was lucky to escape with only minor grazes to his leg.

Paramedics were called and treated the boy at the scene, although were not required to transport him to hospital.

It’s understood he was instead taken by his parents as a precaution.

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M1 crash brings traffic to a halt

Traffic has been brought to a halt southbound on the Pacific Motorway following a crash.

The accident, believed to involve two cars, happened at Reedy Creek around 11.00am.

Traffic is quickly banking up in the area, with lengthy delays being experienced.

Motorists have been urged to seek alternative routes.