Southport Courthouse

Rapids Ride Tragedy: The ride could malfunction up to 20 times a day

The Coronial Inquiry into the death of four people at Dreamworld in 2016 has revealed that rides at the park could breakdown up to 20 times a day.

Park technician Matthew Robertson told the court that on busy days he could get 20 call outs in one day.

He explained that during the day Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi died the park’s electricians were “stretched thin”.

When the water pump failed on the Thunder River Rapids ride for the first time electricians at the park were dealing with another problem.

Mr Robertson said he asked the electrical department for advice on how to reset the pump.

When the pump broke down for the second time, Mr Robertson and another engineer reset it without notifying the electrical department.

Almost half an hour later the pump malfunctioned, leading to the fatal incident.

The inquest continues next week.

Gold Coast Hinterland

GC City Council determined to build hinterland cableway

The Gold Coast City Council is confident they’ll be able to build a cableway, which will help grow the Coast as an eco-tourism destination.

Council has committed millions of the 2018/19 budget to maintain parklands and creating green spaces across the city to increase the eco-tourism industry.

Yesterday, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate told Newscorp he’d like to see the cableway created in his tenure as Mayor.

“We have the capacity to deliver more infrastructure but I don’t want to deliver just transport infrastructure but also tourism infrastructure,” he said.

“If they (the state government) don’t push for the skysail, I reckon we should look at it and council will build it ourselves.”

Today, Acting Mayor Donna Gates said the creation of the $100 million cableway shouldn’t disturb residents or the environment.

“The one thing we need to consider with any cableway is the amenity of the residents and any impact on the environment,” she said.

The idea of a cableway was floated in 1998 and pushed again in 2014.

Cr Gates said it would be a fantastic way to showcase the hinterland.

“It would be a must do on the Gold Coast, a great way to witness the pure beauty of the Coast’s beaches to the hinterland,” she said.

Parliament House Canberra

Gold Coast MPs back “selfish” tax reforms

Gold Coast senator Murray Watt is accusing Government MPs of taking a selfish stance on tax reforms.

Legislation was passed through Parliament yesterday which will see higher earners pay the same tax percentage as low to middle-income earners.

Senator Watt told MyGC this decision primarily benefits the top end of town.

“I think the Government MPs including Bert van Manen (Coalition member for Ford) have got their priorities wrong,” he said.

“I think most Australians want to see a tax system where wealthier people pay a higher rate of tax than people on middle to lower incomes.

“If you’re earning $60 000, you shouldn’t have to pay the same tax rate as someone earning $200 000.”

Under the new legislation, low to middle-income earners will receive some relief, in the form of a tax rebate.

Gold Coasters won’t be paying less tax throughout the year but will receive a lump sum at the end of financial year.

Senator Watt said Federal Labor was supportive of this move, and when drafting the legislation wanted to increase the amount in the rebate.

“For whatever reason, the Government MPs and One Nation leader Pauline Hanson wanted to lower that,” he said.

“The Gold Coast Government MPs are voting to help big business and very wealthy people.”

Ambulance QLD

Motorist hospitalised after early morning car rollover

A motorist has been taken to hospital after a car rollover on the Gold Coast this morning.

The accident happened at the intersection of Christine Avenue and Varsity Sound Avenue in Varsity Lakes just after 5.00am.

Three people were assessed at the scene by Queensland Ambulance paramedics.

One person was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with hip pain.

A QAS spokesperson said they were transported in a stable condition.

Meanwhile, a woman in her 70s was hospitalised overnight after a two car crash on Entertainment Drive in Oxenford at 6.00pm.

City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate indicates he hopes to serve third term in city’s top job

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has revealed he has his eye on a third term as Mayor of the city.

The Mayor gave a strong indication that he may run for the 2020 Council elections whilst responding to media after Thursday’s City Budget Council meeting.

“Every year is an election year budget and so is next year,” Mayor Tate said.

The Mayor confirmed he and his wife Ruth had been talking about the possibility of running for the top job again whilst away on holidays.

“I love the city, I love what I do and Ruth said ‘I fully support the idea of going again for the third term’,” he said.

“So this morning I thought I may as well let the people of the Gold Coast know i’m in it for the long term.

“I want to deliver the infrastructure industry report and be there for fruition such as the light rail stage 3A.”

Mayor Tate said it all comes down to the health of him and his family.

“We’ve been blessed,” he said. “Ruth has come through really well, and from my point of view all the cutout of my bowel cancer has been benign so i’ve been blessed there.”

“If both our health’s stand up, we love what we’re doing, and we’ll put up our hand to serve the City one more time.”

If successful, it would be his third successive term as Mayor.

The elections are due in March 2020.