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CCC rules ‘no corrupt conduct’ by Gold Coast Council

The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has released its findings into a lengthy probe into corruption allegations in the Gold Coast City Council.

The investigation, launched in February 2018, looked into matters involving the sale of council land in Bundall and Surfers Paradise, as well as development approvals.

The CCC conducted a number of interviews with public and private complainants during the investigation.

It’s believed they also had access to records relating to these decisions, not readily available to the public, which were examined in the process.

In a statement released by the CCC on April 18 2019 it found that no evidence of corruption had been found during the investigation.

“The Crime and Corruption Commission has determined it is in the public interest to advise it has not identified any corrupt conduct relating to the Gold Coast City Council’s (GCCC) decision to lease council-owned land at Bundall known as Black Swan Lake to the Gold Coast Turf Club and the decision to approve a development on the site,” the statement reads.

“The CCC has also completed its investigation into the Waterglow development and the sale of land at 72 Remembrance Drive Surfers Paradise, including the sale of the Bruce Bishop Car Park.

“The CCC conducted interviews and examined records including material obtained from the person who was appointed by the GCCC as a probity advisor during the sale of this land.

“The CCC’s investigation did not identify any conduct by the Mayor, Councillors or the Chief Executive Officer concerning conflicts of interests or other conduct that would amount to corrupt conduct as defined in section 15 of the Crime and Corruption Act 2001,” the statement reads.

While the CCC’s investigation has now been finalised, it’s believed there are some smaller matters that have now been referred back to the Gold Coast Council for further action.

“Some minor matters concerning the alleged failure of a number of councillors to meet their obligations have been forwarded to the Office of the Independent Assessor for their consideration,” the statement reads.

“Some matters involving a council employee identified during the investigation of the Waterglow development that did not meet the threshold of corrupt conduct have been referred to the GCCC for possible disciplinary action.”

Read the full statement here.

Gold Coast Airport hosts adventurous teenage pilot

THE GOLD COAST Airport has served as a ‘pit-stop’ to an adventurous Australian teenager, who is setting out to become the youngest pilot to circumnavigate Australia solo and unassisted.

16-year-old Bob Bramley (pictured) departed Gold Coast Airport for Mackay, in his Cessna 172M on Thursday morning, after an overnight stay as part of his record attempt.

Coolangatta was just one stop on his on his 15,000km journey to 40 communities across Australia, before he is due to return home on May 7.

The teen is using his world record attempt to raise awareness for youth suicide, after almost losing two friends to suicide in late 2017.

Teenager Bob Bramley made a pit-stop at Gold Coast Airport. Image: Supplied

In a statement, Gold Coast Airport confirmed it donated fuel and waived landing fees to help the young pilot on his mission, while hangar space and handling services have been donated by aeronautical services provider Platinum Business Aviation Centre.

Gold Coast Airport General Manager Operations and Service Delivery Brett Curtis said the local aviation community would be watching Bob’s progress keenly, eager to see the young pilot achieve his goal.

“Ever since the early days of aviation, there’s been a fascination with aircraft and breaking the next barrier in aviation,” Mr Curtis said.

“It’s great to see a pilot as young as Bob continue to strive towards achieving such a goal. Australia is a big continent – what better way to see it than from the air, circumnavigating our magnificent coastline?

“We wish Bob all the best of luck and look forward to following his progress. We are confident this young man will inspire teenagers across the country as they look to their futures with renewed optimism.”

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Council’s Easter Bunny to pop up on Gold Coast road signs this weekend

We’re in for a cute little Easter treat around the Gold Coast, but no, it’s not free chocolate.

The Gold Coast Council is hopping into the festive spirit, by introducing smiley bunny rabbit faces to their speed awareness devices.

(The speed awareness devices are those little LED signs on the side of the road that give you smiley faces if you’re doing the right speed, or ‘TOO FAST’ signs if you’re speeding.)

So this Easter long weekend, those doing the right thing and not speeding in the suburbs, will get to see the Council’s Easter Bunny.

Lifestyle Committee Chair Councillor Hermann Vorster and Division 3 Councillor Cameron Caldwell are to thank for the Easter initiative.

Keep in mind, the bunny will only come up for people going the right speed.

Also note for those heading over the border into New South Wales, it’s double demerits this weekend.

Bike hire service ditching the Gold Coast

Mo Bike’s have decided to ditch the Gold Coast, after just over a year of operation.

The popular bike share scheme, where users could hire the bikes through a mobile phone app and pay per minute of use, launched on the Gold Coast back in February 2018.

The decision to leave is apparently a commercial one, with the business recently changing hands.

Despite a very successful market on the Gold Coast – with some 90,000 users – Mo Bikes has decided to pursue interest in China instead.

The TAG Group held the contract with the Gold Coast Council using bikes supplied by Mo Bike.

Mayor Tom Tate says Council will now consider its position under the existing contract with the TAG Group.

“My attitude is that we still want the flexibility system, where you can park the bike in a certain spot, without racks.

“We want the same sort of price structure so that it’s affordable.

“And location, it’s already proven you can track all the locations that Mo Bike was used.

“I would say to the tender look at that model and build on it,” Mayor Tate said.

Traffic Jam

M1 at a standstill after truck collided with car on northern Gold Coast

The M1 southbound is at a standstill through Yatala, after a truck reportedly collided with a car.

It happened in the middle lane near exit 34 shortly before 11.30am.

Emergency services are currently on the scene near the City Road exit.

Motorists have reported lengthy delays travelling southbound.

The Logan Motorway is also enduring severe delays, with traffic only getting through one lane.

A woman was reportedly trapped in her car when paramedics were called to the scene around 11.30am.

Fire fighters were able to extricate her from the vehicle, before paramedics treated her briefly at the scene.

The woman – believed to be in her 50s – has since been taken to Logan Hospital in a stable condition, though complaining of head and neck pain.