BUSHFIRE LATEST: Hinterland blazes now being treated as suspicious

The bushfires that have ravaged the Hinterland and destroyed 11 homes are being treated as suspicious.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll confirmed that a taskforce established last week is investigating the Hinterland blazes and whether it was the result of arson.

Commissioner Carroll told reporters on Sunday that a number of suspects had already been identified.

“We do have concerns with how the fire started,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“We do have an ongoing investigation, it’s quite a complex investigation.”

The Commissioner joined Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in the Hinterland today to inspect the damage first-hand.

The fierce blaze tore through Beechmont and Binna Burra in the early hours of the morning last Saturday.

Ms Palaszczuk toured the site of the historic Binna Burra Lodge which was among the properties gutted in the fire.

The Premier also inspected Timbarra Drive at Beechmont where most of the homes were lost.

She says help is being provided to those who lost everything.

“Some people here have lost their worldly possessions, but they haven’t lost their lives,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“They’ll be able to rebuild and we will help them rebuild.”

A taskforce has already been established to help the Binna Burra Lodge rebuild and provide assistance to the dozens of employees who are now out of work.

The Premier also had rare praise for insurance companies who she says have responded quickly to the disaster.

She has also urged Queenslanders to dig deep and donate to the Bushfire Appeal.

“Already through our disaster funding over 200,00 has already gone out to people in need

“I met some families today that asked what more can be done and what more can be down is if Queenslanders could give generously, every single dollar counts.”

The Premier’s latest visit comes as conditions ease significantly.

While fires are still burning in several locations, crews have the upper hand after a tense couple of weeks.

But officials are also warning that conditions could deteriorate again over coming days.

Warmer temperatures and strong northerly winds are forecast from Monday and Tuesday before a southerly change moves through on Tuesday afternoon.

Showers are also likely late on Tuesday however the rainfall won’t be enough to finally put the bushfires out with only 1 millimetre expected.

Koala

Koala rescued after wandering onto busy Gold Coast road

An adventurous koala has literally stopped traffic after wandering into a busy intersection at Coomera.

The koala was spotted on the road last night before it decided to try and climb up a set of traffic lights.

Several motorists pulled up at the intersection to try and help.

A number of drivers grabbed towels and clothes from their cars to try and grab it.

The koala was in no mood for a helping hand though, resisting efforts to rescue it.

Eventually the passers-by were able to grab the koala before taking it to the side of the road away from traffic.

It still wasn’t keen to find a tree though, climbing up another road sign before being left to its own device.

Helped a little koala last night. 🎥 Anna Mc

Posted by Alex Casson on Friday, 13 September 2019

Traffic

Bike event causing traffic headaches for Gold Coast motorists

Motorists are being warned to expect delays as hundreds of cyclists make their way to the Gold Coast from Brisbane.

It’s all part of the Brisbane to Gold Coast bike challenge taking place today.

The worst of the delays are around the Broadwater Parklands where the event is finishing.

Marine Parade through Labrador and Southport is heavily congested.

There was also an earlier accident on Marine Parade at Southport adding to the delays.

There’s also significant delays on Smith St and North St.

Image | Google Maps @ 10.50am

The bike challenge has riders making their way along Hope Island Rd and Oxley Drive before heading through Hollywell and Runaway Bay via Bayview St, later linking up to Marine Parade.

Riders have been given a cut-off time of 1.30pm to make it to Broadwater Parklands.

Driver flees after crashing into Gold Coast home

A teenage girl has had a lucky escape after a suspected stolen car crashed into her bedroom in the early hours of this morning.

The white four-wheel drive careered into the front of the house on Kallaroo Crescent at Ashmore just before 4am.

The driver of the vehicle then fled the scene.

The girl was trapped inside her bedroom for some time before eventually being freed with the help of firefighters.

She was uninjured while a woman in her 50s was also checked over by paramedics but did not need hospital treatment.

The home has suffered major structural damage in the accident

Engineers are expected at the house this morning to assess the damage.

Police are still trying to track down the driver of the car.

Officers are investigating whether the vehicle was stolen.

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House Keys

REVEALED: The waterfront Gold Coast suburbs where house prices are climbing

It’s been revealed the Gold Coast property market is on the rise, with fresh data showing our waterfront suburbs have recorded a generous growth in house prices.

According to realestate.com.au, a number of coast suburbs with over $1 million price tags strongly defied the recent property downturn, recording double-digit year-on-year growth.

House prices in Paradise Point, Clear Island Waters, Surfers Paradise and Jacobs Well all grew by at least ten per cent or more in the past 12 months.

But it was our neighbours over the border in Kingscliff who took out the top spot, with a massive growth of sixteen per cent.

Maudsland, Palm Beach, Tweed Heads South, Tweed Heads West and Casuarina also made the list, with growth ranging from 5% to 8%.

Source: realestate.com.au