Arrest

Gold Coast Hells Angels President charged over violent assault [video]

A MAN, who police allege is the President of the Gold Coast Chapter of the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, has been charged over the violent assault of a man in Palm Beach at the weekend.

The 45-year-old Burleigh Heads man was arrested by officers on the Gold Coast today.

He was taken to the Southport Watchhouse where he was refused bail, pending a court appearance tomorrow morning.

Police say officers were called to a pub in Palm Beach around midday on Saturday, January 19 following reports of a confrontation between a patron of the hotel and three men.

“It is alleged the victim was knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked and punched until he lost consciousness,” Qld police said.

It’s understood the 42-year-old victim and the offender were known to each other.

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Detective Inspector Glen Donaldson of the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad said it was a “cowardly assault” which occurred in a public place on a victim who “lay defenceless on the ground”.

“This level of violence has no place in our community and strengthens the unwavering commitment of Taskforce Maxima to continue our pursuit of members of outlaw motorcycle gangs involved in criminal activities,” Detective Inspector Donaldson said.

“The QPS will continue to use every legal mechanism available to dismantle and disrupt organised crime gangs operating in this State.”

Storyfest

Somerset Storyfest launches annual calendar of literary events

Somerset Storyfest has returned in 2019 with a new look and an extended, action-packed annual calendar of events set to inspire Gold Coast books lovers and aspiring writers year-round.

Evolving from a three-day festival in March, Somerset Storyfest has this year partnered with a number of affiliate organisations to deliver a calendar of events, community initiatives, workshops and masterclasses to the wider community.

Somerset Storyfest CEO Andrea Lewis said she is excited to share the new look festival and continue to nurture emerging writers and avid readers with new opportunities.

“As the Gold Coast’s very own writers’ festival and Australia’s largest youth literature festival, our focus over the past 26 years has been on attracting a line-up of thought-provoking and inspiring authors who present ideas that challenge, inspire and empower us as individuals and writers, so we are thrilled to be able to bring authors to more audiences throughout the year,” she said.

“We have taken steps over the past two years to redevelop the brand and align with strategic partners that complement us and help us achieve our vision of delivering monthly workshops and masterclasses, community initiatives and programs that extend beyond our hugely successful three-day festival in March.”

Somerset Storyfest has partnered with HOTA, Home of the Arts, to create Somerset HOTA Reads – a curated series of monthly author workshops and sessions at HOTA.

February will bring a Beach Library activation on to Surfers Paradise beach from the 8th to 24th, delivering a unique experience which invites beachgoers and visitors to pick up a complimentary new or previously loved library book from bookcases lined on the beach.

There will also be a launch for Little Lending Libraries across the Gold Coast, a community initiative which sees a little library filled with books and placed on streets across the city for people to enjoy, return or pass on to friends.

From February 12th to April 23rd, Helensvale Library will be transformed for a curated art exhibition by Australian author and illustrator Graeme Base, known for his popular children’s book, Animalia.

March will see the 26th annual Somerset Storyfest take over the city with more than 30 of Australia’s celebrated authors and illustrators to hit the Gold Coast for an action-packed line up of sessions, networking events, workshops, panels and free, family-friendly community events from March 20th to 22nd.

Some of the highlights include the annual Prologue Party on Wednesday 20th March, the annual Literary Lunch with Fiona McIntosh on Thursday 21st March, and the annual Literary Dinner on Friday 22nd March with Samantha Bloom.

Storyfest On the Road will also launch across the city in March, which will see the Storyfest Van take authors into schools throughout the Gold Coast and regional areas to conduct writers’ workshops with students.

For more information about Somerset Storyfest, visit storyfest.com.au

Helicopter

Body found during search for missing Gold Coast man

UPDATE @ 2.00 PM | There’s been a tragic end to the search for a young Gold Coast man missing in the Tweed area.

Police confirmed a short time ago that the body of a man, believed to be the missing 21-year-old, had been found.

The young man had been holidaying with family in the Fingal Head area and was reported missing to police this morning.

A massive land and water search involving Police, Roads and Maritime Services, the State Emergency Service (SES), the Westpac Helicopter, and Surf Lifesaving NSW was launched after the boy’s car was found parked near the river at Chinderah.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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EARLIER @ 12.00PM | Concerns are being held for the welfare of a young Gold Coast man whose car has been found parked near the Tweed River.

The 21-year-old had been holidaying with family in the Fingal Head area and was reported missing to police this morning.

His vehicle, a red Honda Civic coupe with green p-plates, has since been found parked near the river at Chinderah.

A massive land and water search involving Police, Roads and Maritime Services, the State Emergency Service (SES), the Westpac Helicopter, and Surf Lifesaving NSW is now underway.

The boy is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 168cm tall, about 70kg with an athletic build, and brown hair in a military-style haircut.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

City of Gold Coast Gateway design

Councillors decide to remove and store the ‘Gold Coast’ light installation

Gold Coast Councillors have voted for the removal of the controversial light installation on the Northern Gold Coast.

Council’s Transport and Infrastructure Committee met today to discuss the future of the $1.3 million eye-sore.

The Committee voted in favour of spending $255,000 to remove the lights and put them in storage, until an appropriate use can be decided for them.

Further discussions will be had when Council reconvenes next week, though there is already talk of the lights being re-purposed around the coast, or even sold back to the artist.

Acting Mayor and Division 1 Councillor Donna Gates says there was a lot of frustration about the ‘entry statement’ within her division, and that locals will be very pleased to see them gone.

“There’s constant complaints about other projects that come up and whether they could have been funded for the same amount of money.

“There’s a lot of congestion in northern Gold Coast and everyone wants the roads fixed,” Ms Gates said.

The ‘Gold Coast’ light installation will soon be removed, But the ‘GC’ sign at the southern end of the coast will stay.

Together the lights cost a total of $2.1 million, an investment that Council will not likely spend again.

“We’ve always wanted to have a ‘Welcome to the Gold Coast’ entry statement, but one that was legible.

“We won’t be sending any more money that way.

“We all know the Gold Coast when we enter it, it’s beautiful and people love coming here.

“We don’t really need signage,” Ms Gates said.

When it comes to what to do with the lights next, it’s believed that the artist has a chance to buy back the installation, before it becomes Council’s decision to re-purpose them.

Despite the significant spend by Council for the installation, and now the costs to dismantle them, Councillor Pauline Young and Chair of the Committee says she doesn’t believe it was a bad decision.

“Art is subjective – it was the artist who was elected to do this within the city, and we voted on that as Councillors – the local area Councillor voted against it – and we need to respect that vote,” she said.

“They’re not supported by the community, or by a lot of residents on the Gold Coast.

“We need to listen to what our local area councillor is having to deal with on a day to day basis,” Cr Young said.

Golf Course

WATCH: Hooded teens cause thousands of dollars in damage at Gold Coast golf club

A gang of hooded teenagers have gone on rampage at a Gold Coast golf club causing thousands of dollars of damage.

Staff at Coplicks Tallebudgera Golf Course have arrived at work to see all 16 of their golf carts strewn across the course, with several of them written-off.

It’s believed a group of seven youths cut through chain wire fencing to gain access to the course, then cut the locks protecting the Golf Buggies around 10pm.

They then spent the night joy-riding all of the buggies around the course, writing many of them off.

In CCTV footage obtained by myGC, the hooded youths can be seen entering the course via the Tallebudgera side around 10pm.

George Coplicks, Manager of Tallebudgera Golf Coast, says they’re unsure of the extent of the damage but they’re facing between $50,000 and $120,000 in repairs.

“We’ve got 13 buggies that are un-driveable, four are definitely written off, and when you’re talking golf buggies, you’re talking seven to ten grand a golf buggy,” Mr Coplicks told myGC.

PHOTO | Provided by Coplicks Tallebudgera Golf Course

PHOTO | Provided by Coplicks Tallebudgera Golf Course

Despite the damage to almost all of the buggies, the Golf Course has all hands on deck today trying to repair the greens and bunkers that were also ruined.

“My greenskeepers are out their doing a great job, they’re repairing everything they can.

“We’ve got 5 bunkers that are wrecked, from them jumping  the buggies through the bunkers.

“There’s also six or eight greens that they’ve been doing skids on, that they’re out there repairing at the moment.

“We’re definitely still open, but yeah – it’s not as good as it normally is,” Mr Coplicks said.

PHOTO | Provided by Coplicks Tallebudgera Golf Course

PHOTO | Provided by Coplicks Tallebudgera Golf Course

PHOTO | Provided by Coplicks Tallebudgera Golf Course

It will be at least a month until the buggies are all operational again, which is expected to drastically affect the courses’ income.

“A lot of our members are seniors, who rely on golf buggies to get out and have their exercise and get on the course with our members and they won’t be able to.

“We had to turn a lot of the senior members down today, because they couldn’t get out there and they’ve all gone home because they cant walk the course.

“Everyone’s very upset, angry even.

“Most of our members are retirees and they already don’t like the generation coming up and I think this instils that a bit more, which is unfortunate,” Mr Coplick said.

According to Mr Coplicks, Police have spend the morning investigating, and have found evidence that could lead them to the culprits.

“Police came out first thing this morning, they’re sending their crime team out.

“They’ve found a few belongings that have been left on the course, and they’re hoping they belong to the youths who did this and they’re going to do some finger printing and things like that and hopefully it leads somewhere,” Mr Coplicks said.