Schoolies central logo on the Gold Coast

More than 18,000 Schoolies set to descend on the Gold Coast this weekend

The Gold Coast is about to be invaded with thousands of graduates, with schoolies celebrations officially kicking off in Surfers Paradise tomorrow.

One of the main areas of concerns for authorities is balcony hopping, with school leavers being warned against the dangerous and potentially deadly stunt.

Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins told reporters at a press conference on Friday morning that teenagers need to think of the consequences of their actions.

“Don’t jump between balconies. I don’t want my people having to deliver death messages,” Assistant Commissioner Wilkins said.

“I want school leavers to go home to their families.”

The warning comes just days after a 22-year-old man fell to his death from the balcony of a high-rise in Surfers Paradise.

Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer also urged those heading off to Schoolies to celebrate safely.

“The most important thing for every school leaver to remember while you’re celebrating is to Be Safe and Watch Your Mates,” Ms Farmer said.

About 25,000 Year 12 students have taken part in special Schoolies education sessions, aimed at helping them make informed decisions when it comes to their end of year celebrations.

“So go out there, have a great time and make some fantastic memories, but most importantly please keep yourself safe and always watch out for your friends,” she said.

The Safer Schoolies education program covered a wide range of topics including risks associated with drugs and alcohol, welfare and emotional health, social media and privacy, sexual health and consent, as well as tips and information about accommodation responsibilities.


Pet dog found dead after being tied up in scorching hot heat

RSPCA Queensland has released a confronting image showing the moment their inspectors found a dead dog tied up in the scorching hot heat in a Logan backyard, in a bid to warn pet owners about the fatal consequences of heat stress.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said investigations into the cause of the dog’s death is underway, however it’s most likely the animal died of heat stress.

“Words fail us,” Mr Beatty said.

“Despite the warnings and despite the help of the media to relay the warnings, some people still aren’t listening.”

PHOTO: Supplied by RSPCA Qld

Last year RSPCA Qld received nearly 1500 calls about dogs being left in hot cars and well over 2000 calls about animals being left with no shade and in some cases no water either.

“If it’s thirty degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can potentially rise to well over forty degrees in less than five minutes,” Mr Beatty said.

“A dog can survive for days without food, but in these temperatures, if they don’t have shade or can’t reach water they’ll die.”

Mr Beatty urged owners to pet-proof their backyards instead of tying animals up.

“A rope or a chain can easily become entangled in furniture or plants and that can be fatal. It’s far better to make the yard or courtyard secure and then it won’t be necessary to tether the dog in the first place. We would also recommend that there are at least two to three containers of water in case one gets knocked over.”

If you see an animal in distress, contact the RSPCA’s 24/7 Animal Emergency Hotline 1300 ANIMAL.

Emergency crews rush to jet ski crash on the Gold Coast

UPDATE @9.10AM | A man’s being rushed to hospital after a nasty jetski crash in waters off Main Beach this morning.

Emergency services were called to an address on Seaworld Drive around 8.00am, while water police worked to transport the patient back to shore.

He was assessed by paramedics just after 8.30am, believed to have suffered a broken leg in the crash.

He’s being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

EARLIER @8.45AM | Emergency services are responding to a jet ski crash in Gold Coast waters this morning.

It happened near South Stradbroke Island around 8.00am, with emergency services called to the water police base on Seaworld Drive in Main Beach.

At the time of writing, water police officers were still working to transport a man back to shore, where paramedics were waiting.

The extent of the man’s injuries are currently unknown.

More to come.

QAS Emergency Response Vehicle responding

Six people hospitalised after separate crashes on the Gold Coast

It’s been a busy night on Gold Coast roads for paramedics, with a number of car crashes reported.

There were at least four separate crashes in the past 12 hours that required Queensland Ambulance assistance.

Though luckily, no major injuries have been reported.

This morning a single vehicle crash was reported in Miami, on the Gold Coast Highway and Kratzmann Avenue.

Paramedics were called to the scene around 4.30am.

One person was treated for minor head injuries and taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Last night a two vehicle crash was reported in Tallai, at Worongary and Mudgeeraba Road.

Two people were taken stable to Gold Coast University Hospital around 8.30pm.

Earlier, a single motorbike crash happened around 6.00pm on Yawalpah Road in Pimpama, with one person needing further treatment in hospital.

And a single car crash happened on Mudgeeraba Road in Worongary around 5.30pm, with two people requiring hospitalisation.

In both crashes, the patients were believed to be in stable conditions with just minor injuries.

Water Tap

Desal plant could run at full capacity next week due to falling dam levels

Residents across south east Queensland are being urged to keep an eye on water usage, as dam levels continue dropping across the region.

After a lousy rail season at the start of the year, followed by an extremely dry winter, Newscorp reports collective dam levels will soon dip below 60 percent.

Though on the Gold Coast, Hinze Dam is still sitting at 87 percent.

Across the south east as a whole, dam levels are currently sitting at 60.3 percent, but once it drops past 60 percent the Gold Coast’s desalination plant will be kicked into full gear.

It could happen as soon as next week.

It’s still not enough to enforce mandatory water restrictions, Seqwater experts told Newscorp, with levels needing to plummet past 50 percent for that to happen.

However, if the region endures another shocking wet season, we could reach those levels as early as mid next year.

Earlier article: Desal plant to be cranked up amid water restriction warning