Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Hundreds of dental kits on their way to locals in need

Hundreds of dental kits will make their way to locals in need following a generous donation to Gold Coast charity Walk With Us.

The local not-for-profit organisation will receive more than 200 dental kits from Coastal Dental Care to distribute those doing it tough in the Gold Coast community.

Walk With Us co-founder Nikki Luke told myGC the donation is very much appreciated.

“We’ve stayed in touch with Coastal Dental Care since winning a Cash For Charity competition on myGC earlier this year,” she said.

“We had been getting really low on toothbrushes and toothpaste, so they are going to help us out.

“It’s awesome because those kits are going to go to the homeless and those doing it tough.”

During the pandemic, the charity has been providing food and toiletry hampers to those in need.

“More families have been getting in touch with us, as well as individuals that may have a roof over their head but they are struggling to put food on the table once they have paid their rent and bills.”

“We’ve been working with Volunteering Gold Coast, we’ve been making the hampers and they have been delivering them for us.”

The charity is also busy planning a sleepout event at Burleigh later this month to raise much needed funds to build a Walk With Us hub.

“We would love a hub –  a place where people can get off the streets for the day, they can come have a shower, do their washing, have some food and feel safe,” she said.

Ms Luke said the event details will be released soon, with locals encouraged can stay up to date via: walkwithusgc.org.au/

Man in serious condition after gas bottle explosion, Southport

A man’s been rushed to hospital after a nasty workplace incident in Southport.

Emergency services were called to Nerang Street just before midday, following reports a man in his 30s had suffered burns.

It’s understood a gas bottle exploded in his arms, causing burns to his face and arms.

He was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital with the high acuity response team on board.

He’s believed to be in a serious condition.

Gold Coasters show overwhelming support for Coomera Connector

It seems Gold Coasters are still very much in favour of a second M1, with a new survey showing overwhelming support for the Coomera Connector.

Currently, a jointly funded business case in underway, but the project is yet to be locked in.

With over 210,000 vehicles clogging the M1 through Coomera on the busier days, and the northern corridor becoming more and more popular, as many as 4 in 5 Gold Coasters believe a second M1 is the answer.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge says the project needs to be delivered, and now could be the time to do it.

“This project will be critical to supporting growth on the Gold Coast in the years to come and it’s great to see this level of community support for it.

“It’s crucial we make headway on infrastructure across South-East Queensland as we come out of the COVID pandemic,” Mr Tudge said.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey say the survey showed overwhelming results.

“This was an independent survey of 1,000 residents and businesses spread out between Loganholme and Coolangatta.

“I’d like to thank everyone who provided input into the planning of this city-shaping project,” Mr Bailey said.

While various other local state and federal MPs say they’ve received the same response – that the Coomera Connector is desperately needed.

“The resounding message from many people was ‘get on with it’ and that’s what we’re doing,” said Federal Member for Fadden Stuart Robert.

“Developing the business case is the next step required to put forward the case for the Coomera Connector to be a national infrastructure priority,” he added.

“Eighty per cent of those surveyed supported the Coomera Connector overall and 76 per cent supported the priority Stage 1 section between Coomera and Nerang,” State Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said.

Locals have until June 16 to have their say on the project. For more information, click here.

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Cafes, pubs and clubs can open to more than 20 people from today

Queensland businesses can now welcome back more patrons, as coronavirus restrictions continue to ease.

From today, up to 20 people will be allowed back in different sections of pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes provided there are COVIDSafe plans in place.

20 people were allowed back in businesses from Monday this week, but the Premier says that from noon today, it could potentially be more.

“From noon on Friday, June 5, venues with more space will be allowed up to 20 people in each defined area if they follow an approved COVID Safe Industry Plan,” Ms Palaczczuk said last weekend.

It could mean that larger venues can get back to normal, while there are concerns smaller businesses are still limited.

Similar measures were announced for gyms and fitness centres yesterday as well.

Related article: Grab your workout mates because Qld gyms can now host more people

Earlier this week, regional travel was more widely allowed, with Queesnlanders encouraged to holiday in their back yard to beef up the tourism industry.

While, camping in national parks and recreations was allowed again from yesterday. 

If you’re a business looking to welcome back more people from today, and need more information, click here.

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Three people hospitalised following separate crashes in Gold Coast, Logan

It’s been a busy night for paramedics across the Gold Coast and Logan, with three separate car crashes.

Emergency crews were first called to Mudgeeraba just before 7.30pm, following reports of a three car crash on Railway Street.

Paramedics briefly assessed a woman for a minor facial injury before taking her to Robina Hospital in a stable condition.

Later on around 10.45pm, crews rushed to a two vehicle crash in Burleigh Heads.

It happened along West Street and Hill Avenue, causing significant facial injuries to a woman in her late teens.

She was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

This morning, emergency services were called to an incident in Springwood, following reports a car had collided with a pole on Dennis Road.

It happened just after 6.00am, with a male patient taken to Logan Hospital for observation.