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Emergency services rush to Gold Coast shopping centre over ‘gas leak’

UPDATE @ 10.00AM | Emergency services have cleared the scene in Helensvale after receiving calls of a possible gas leak in the area.

Dozens of crews rushed to Brisbane Road around 8.30 this morning after getting calls about a strange smell.

LPG gas cylinders were looked at and gas experts were called in to investigate but everything has since been deemed safe.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson said City of Gold Coast contacted them about the issue and believe it may be related to a strange smell coming from nearby mangroves.

EARLIER @ 9.00am | Emergency services have rushed to a Gold Coast shopping centre after reports of a gas leak.

Police say they received a call around 8.20am about a possible gas leak at Helensvale Plaza after people within the centre noticed a strange smell.

Multiple police, fire crews and paramedics have been called to the scene.

Police investigations are ongoing but they believe at this stage it could be a sewage issue.

Nobody has needed treatment from paramedics.

Locals are being urged to stay away for a little while.

Ambulance QLD

Two adults and a child injured after nasty two-car crash on Gold Coast

Emergency services are on scene of a two vehicle crash in Pimpama this morning.

They were called to the corner of Wharf Road and Pimpama Jacobs Well Road just around 8.00am.

It’s believed one of the cars rolled over.

Witnesses say both vehicles looked significantly damaged.

Paramedics are currently on scene, assessing a woman, a man and a child, all of unknown ages.

One of them has complained of knee pain and one of neck pain.

Four fire crews are on scene as well, and say that one person is trapped in the vehicle which has rolled onto its side.

All patients are conscious and breathing, and no serious injuries have been reported just yet.

Road works

Tugun Bypass Tunnel closed for two nights for maintenance

The Tugun Bypass tunnel will be shut for two nights, as essential three-monthly maintenance works are carried out.

Between 7.00pm and 5.00am tonight (May 22) and tomorrow night (May 23), the tunnel will be blocked off to motorists in both directions.

Traffic diversions will be put in place, with northbound traffic diverted a the Kennedy Drive off-ramp, with southbound traffic re-entering the highway at the Kennedy Drive on-ramp.

Then on Thursday night, traffic will be diverted via the Gold Coast Highway.

Motorists are being urged to allow up to 10 minutes travel time for both directions.

Roads and Maritime Services will carry out the maintenance, which will involve a range of activities such as inspecting the various operating and safety systems.

Panda

Cute bear exchange between Gold Coast and China

Mayor Tom Tate has hinted that the Gold Coast could one day be home to a panda sanctuary, as relations with China continue to bloom.

He’s in the Chinese town of Chengdu (one of the world’s best panda breeding grounds) inking a sister city deal this week, which has been five years in the making.

As a symbol of friendship between the two cities, Mayor Tate told Newscorp he hopes to gift Chengdu some of our cuddly bears, which could lead to them reciprocating.

“The next idea the Mayor of Chengdu and I will discuss is an idea of gifting a koala sanctuary and I will speak to him about the giant panda sanctuary they have there.

“This will generate more Chinese visitors to the Gold Coast and more Australian visitors to Chengdu because it is the home of the pandas.

“Who knows, maybe one day when the time is right we might have a giant panda sanctuary here,” Mayor Tate told Newscorp.

There’s no timeline on either of these plans at this stage.

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Woman hospitalised after car went into guardrail on the M1 Gold Coast

 A woman has spent the night in hospital after a nasty crash on the M1 overnight.

Emergency services were called to the Pacific Motorway southbound through Pimpama around 9.00pm.

It’s believed the vehicle the woman was travelling in had crashed into a guard rail.

She was briefly treated at the scene, before being taken to hospital for observation.

The woman – believed to be in her 20s – is believed to be in a stable condition.

No other injuries were reported in the incident.