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Gold Coasters told to prepare for blackouts from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie

GOLD Coasters are being urged to prepare for power outages as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie moves into southeast Queensland.

Energex’s Executive General Manager Service Delivery Paul Rainbird said forecast winds above 40kph and torrential rain could affect the power network.

“Strong winds have the potential to blow tree branches and other loose objects into powerlines,” said Mr Rainbird.

“So we’re asking people to take a look around their yard today and store away anything that can be carried by strong winds to prevent them from becoming dangerous missiles.

“The expected severe weather can also bring down powerlines so we are reminding people to keep well away from any lines on the ground and call Energex’s emergency number on 13 19 62 or in a life-threatening situation call triple zero.

“Similarly, if underground power areas experience flooding, we are asking people not to enter waters that are inundating electrical infrastructure such as green pillar boxes, transformers or similar equipment that is mounted on the ground.”

Mr Rainbird also reminded the community that electrical dangers are just not outside the home and to be careful if rain or flooding enters a building.

“If someone’s home or business experiences flooding inundation or rain makes its way through the roof and walls of a building, there’s always the chance the internal wiring or electrical appliances have been damaged,” he said.

“If your home or business suffers water damage you should always call a licensed electrician to test it is safe before power is restored.

“Electrical appliances that become water damaged should also be tested or if need be repaired by a qualified electrical technician or simply thrown out.”

Mr Rainbird said Energex has extra crews on standby for the expected severe weather and asked the community remain patient if they lose power.

“Safety for our crews and the community is always our number one priority and we will only send our crews out to restore power once it is safe to do so,” Mr Rainbird said.

“So if you do lose power during the impeding wild weather, please rest assured our crews will be ready to get it back up and running the moment they can do so safely.”

With the possibility of severe weather-related power interruptions, now’s the time to keep phones, laptops and tablet devices charged.

For tips on how to prepare for the impeding wild weather or restoration updates, please visit energex.com.au

The cast of Blanc de Blanc at the Spiegeltent in Broadbeach

Champagne Cabaret comes to Broadbeach

Direct from sell-out seasons and London’s West End, the Gold Coast premiere of sizzling new circus show BLANC de BLANC is coming to Victoria Park Broadbeach from Thursday 30 March to Sunday 16 April 2017 as part of Bleach* Festival.

Victoria Park will be transformed to a world of fantasy as the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent arrives on the Gold Coast for the first time – landing in the very heart of Broadbeach.

BLANC de BLANC will serve up titillating acts to infatuate, illuminate and delight. It brings the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world into a wild, shimmering night – expect big moves, great tunes, lots of skin, and more than a few surprises.

“I wanted to create a new circus show, which I like to call a ‘champagne cabaret’ that transports the audience into a heady, bubble filled, overflowing, crazy party. Every act in the show is inspired by champagne, with giant bubbles, foam, a human champagne fountain and lots more surprises which I don’t want to give away!” Scott Maidment, BLANC de BLANC Director.

This brand new production, from the creative minds behind LIMBO and Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart Tour, will have audiences immersed in a world of overflowing champagne bottles, sparkles and glimmer leaving every spectator bubbling with excitement.

BLANC de BLANC is directed by Scott Maidment (LIMBO, Fear & Delight, Cantina, Madonna’s recent Rebel Heart tour) and choreographed by Kevin Maher (who has choreographed for the likes of Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Madonna), with costumes by James Browne (All Saints, Australian Idol).

Grab your tickets from blancshow.com

PHOTO: Gold Coast Health

Gold Coast man the third to return from overseas holiday with measles

A GOLD Coast man has been diagnosed with measles after returning from an overseas holiday following a major outbreak of the serious, highly contagious in parts of Asia and Bali.

Gold Coast Health said the man recently returned to Australia after a trip to Japan and became ill on the weekend.

The man is the third person to return from overseas and test positive to the disease in as many weeks.

Gold Coast Health said anyone who may have had contact with the man could have contracted the disease.

It’s understood he was seen at Tweed Heads Hospital over the weekend.

The Gold Coast Health’s Public Health Unit is now working with New South Wales Health to contact anyone who may have been exposed.

Symptoms of the measles include a cough, runny nose and sore eyes with fever, followed a few days later by a red blotchy rash which starts on the face and then spreads.

Serious consequences including pneumonia and brain damage can occur and measles remains a major cause of childhood death worldwide.

Gold Coast Health’s Public Health Staff Specialist Dr Paul Van Buynder has urged anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next week to contact their GP immediately.

“We’d ask those concerned that they may have contracted measles to call the medical practice first to advise that you could have measles,” he said.

“This way staff can take precautions to avoid spreading the disease to others,”

Dr Van Buynder said many parts of Asia including Bali are experiencing measles outbreaks at the moment and none of the patients recently infected with the disease had been vaccinated.

“The disease is preventable with a very effective and safe vaccine. None of the recent cases were vaccinated,” he said.

“Unvaccinated travellers risk contracting measles and bringing it back to Australia where they can potentially infect young and vulnerable children.”

Are you immune to measles? You are generally considered to be immune to measles if:

  • you were born before 1 January 1966 (more likely to have contracted measles), or
  • you have had two documented doses of a measles vaccine, or
  • you have had the measles disease.

Anyone who is not immune to measles should see their doctor to update their vaccination.

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Missing Gold Coast teen found safe and well

UPDATE @ March 29, 11.15am: A 15-year-old boy reported missing from Mermaid Waters yesterday has been found safe and well.

EARLIER @ March 28, 11.00am: Police are seeking public assistance to help locate a 15-year-old boy missing from Mermaid Waters.

The teen was last seen at a shopping centre on Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach around 10am on Sunday March 26.

Police hold concerns for his welfare due to his age.

The boy is described as Caucasian, around 187cm tall, dark brown hair, proportionate build and hazel eyes.

He was last seen wearing Nike black shorts, a grey t-shirt with a black logo on the upper chest, a black baseball cap and black shoes.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Gold Coast warned to brace for wet 48hrs following ex Cyclone Debbie

Gold Coasters are being warned to brace for a wet 48 hours as a tropical low from ex Cyclone Debbie makes its way south.

The Bureau says the heaviest rain in the south east is likely to come Thursday night into Friday morning with falls of between 150 and 250mm.

Forecasters say some areas near the coastline could get even more than that.

“We’re looking at the Gold Coast hinterland, the Sunshine Coast hinterland, areas like that where you do get that terrain near the coast that can ramp the rainfall up, but generally we are looking at 150 to 250 mm,” a spokesman said.

A chance of a thunderstorm is also on the cards for the next 48 hours, with damaging wind gusts in excess of 40 to 60 km/h also predicted for Friday.