Wild winds topple tree on M1

A LARGE gum tree has come crashing down across the M1 on the southern Gold Coast.

The tree toppled onto the northbound lanes of the motorway at Elanora about 2.20pm.

The large gum tree was brought down by wild winds, whipped up by Cyclone Oma offshore.

(Supplied/Claire Geard)

It’s causing dramas for motorists in the area, with the tree blocking at least one lane.

Delays are stretching for several kilometres, with cars queued back past the border.

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Crews are on the scene, working to remove the debris from the motorway.

The Coast has been lashed by wind gusts in excess of 80km/h for most of the day.

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Meanwhile, a traffic accident is causing headaches for motorists travelling south through the same area.

It’s understood a truck and a van collided in the southbound lanes at Palm Beach just before 2.30pm.

Traffic has been reduced to a crawl through the area, with delays stretching back to Merrimac.

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Close call as ‘object’ blown off from high rise building

RESIDENTS and tourists staying in high rise buildings on the Gold Coast are being urged to secure items on their balconies following a frightening incident in Broadbeach.

A woman pushing a baby in a pram was almost hit by an object that was blown off one of The Oracle towers just before 2pm.

It comes as the Gold Coast is buffeted by 80km/h wind gusts, whipped up by Cyclone Oma offshore. An 89km/h gusts was recorded at the Seaway at 11.39am.

A woman who wished not to be named told myGC she watch on in horror from her car as the object smashed onto the pavement.

“The object came down and smashed right in front of the woman and her baby,” the woman told myGC.

“One more step and it would have landed right on top of them.”

The woman was in a car, stopped at traffic lights when she saw the terrifying incident unfolded.

“I’m not sure what the object was. It didn’t look like a window pane, but it made an awful smash.

“It was like a bomb going off.”

RELATED: Wild winds topple tree on M1

Although left shaken after the close call, the woman and child were not physically injured.

Meanwhile, wild winds have felled a large gum tree that has come down across the M1 at Elanora.

The tree is blocking at least one lane and is causing delays for motorists trying to get through the area.

Crews are on the scene, working to remove the debris.

(Supplied/Claire Geard)

Two homes consumed by fire on the Gold Coast

UPDATE at 2:20 PM | PARAMEDICS are treating a man for smoke inhalation at the scene of a large fire which has consumed two houses on the Gold Coast.

myGC can confirm two homes on Rainbow Drive in Mudgeeraba are now alight after one of the properties went up in flames about 1.15pm.

Queensland Ambulance has confirmed paramedics are treating a man in his 40s for smoke inhalation at the scene.

Five fire crews are at the scene battling the blaze and protecting neighbouring properties. Police are also in attendance.

It is not yet known how the blaze started, however, there are unconfirmed reports suggesting that it may have been sparked by faulty solar panels.

FIRST at 2:00 PM | FIREFIGHTERS are battling a ferocious fire which has consumed at least one house on the Gold Coast.

Emergency services were called to reports of a house fire on Rainbow Drive in Mudgeeraba just after 1pm.

Fire crews arrived to find a large amount of black smoke billowing from the home, which was well alight.

It’s understood the fire has also spread and impacted on a neighbouring home.

(Supplied/Carl Schuetze)

Four fire crews were on the scene at the time of writing, battling to contain the blaze.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said power lines have also come down in the street.

Paramedics are on standby.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

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Gold Coast won’t pay a cent towards SEQ Olympic bid

Mayor Tom Tate has welcomed a potential south-east Queensland Olympic bid, but insists Gold Coast ratepayers won’t be contributing to it.

A study commissioned by Council of Mayors SEQ found a compelling case for a tilt at the 2032 Games.

It found the net operating cost of staging the Games would be around $900 million after taking into account sponsorship, broadcast rights, ticket sales and merchandise.

That’s less than the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast which had a net operating cost of $1.2 billion.

Under the proposal, Brisbane would host the majority of events with some being held on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

Mayor Tate says he’d be happy to make our venues available.

“We’ve got the stadium (at Carrara), the hockey fields are probably the best in Australia and the swimming pool, we’ve got it all,” Mayor Tate.

“Matter of fact you can probably hold 80 per cent on the Gold Coast.”

But after spending millions on the Commonwealth Games, the Mayor is definitely not keen to use Council money for another big sporting event.

“I will not commit ratepayers’ funds for bidding on an Olympics.”

“We already put money into the Commonwealth Games that’s why its raised the profile for south-east Queensland.”

“We’ve done our heavy lifting, use that goodwill, you’re very welcome to it.”

“Now use your money to go for it, and we support you in that.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also appears to be lukewarm on the idea of a south-east Queensland bid.

“First and foremost, there would have to be agreement on all levels of government,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Secondly, we’d have to see a strong contribution from the Federal Government, like what we saw with the Sydney Olympics.”

“Thirdly, I don’t think Queenslanders want an Olympics just concentrated in the south-east. We’re a very big state and it would have to be inclusive of Queensland.”

“So there’s a number of hurdles there at the moment but we;ll have a look at the work and we’ll consider it.”

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“She’s back!”: Stolen Cav’s cow found on side of road

One of the iconic cows stolen from Cav’s Steakhouse at Labrador this week has been found.

Duey was taken from outside the restaurant sometime between Sunday night and Tuesday morning, prompting owners to issue a plea for its return.

After being missing for a few days she was found dumped on the footpath on the Gold Coast Highway this morning just metres from the restaurant.

Owner Maree Cavill said they’re glad she’s back.

“She’s a little worse for wear, she’s lost a hoof, she’s lost a plate, her tails gone, but she’s back”, she told myGC.

“We won’t put her back in the paddock for a little while yet. We’ll try and give her some TLC first and some loving but (the) good thing is that’s she back.

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Mystery still surrounds who stole Duey and why, but Ms Cavill says that’s not important now.

“We don’t know who took her but it doesn’t matter, she’s back.”

It’s not the first time thieves have targeted Cav’s famous cows.

Huey was stolen from outside the restaurant in December but was found the next day in a nearby street.

Great news… Duey has been found!!!! She was found on the side of the road just up from Cavs👍 Thanks everyone for your support and love for our cows 🥰 #cavssteakhouse #dueyisback #cavscows

Posted by Cavs Steakhouse & Butchery on Thursday, 21 February 2019