Traffic Cones Roadworks

Gold Coast intersection to be overhauled after four casulaties in one year

A notorious intersection at Paradise Point will be overhauled, after a significant number of crashes there.

The busy black spot at the intersection of Paradise Parade and Falkinder Avenue has seen four casualties between 2017 and 2018.

The federal government will provide $377,500 under the 2020-21 Black Spot Program to completely overhaul the intersection, constructing a one-lane roundabout and new warning signs.

Federal Member for Fadden Stuart Robert said community input was critical to identifying key black spots in the electorate.

“Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities but particularly the families and friends of the victims.

“I am pleased to see residents in Paradise Point will today receive a major road safety boost with this project being delivered under the 2020-21 funding round.”

“None of these projects would be delivered without the community’s vital input and I encourage all residents and motorists on the northern Gold Coast to nominate projects for future funding rounds,” Mr Robert said.

The funding is part of a federal commitment of $25.3 million over two years, according to the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack.

“The Federal Government’s record investment into upgrading roads is saving lives right across the
nation,” Mr McCormack said.

“As a regional representative, I know first-hand how road crashes causing death and injury affect smaller communities.

“By specifically targeting road locations with a history of crashes for safety upgrades such as lighting, signage, traffic lights and roundabouts, the Black Spot Program reduces crashes causing injury and death at those sites by around 30 per cent,” Minister McCormack said.

It’s understood the overhaul will be completed over the next two years.

For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, click here.

A surf life saver at the beach on the Gold Coast

Two Gold Coast beaches land on Queensland top ten list

Burleigh Heads beach and Coolangatta beach are among the top ten best beaches in the state, according to new information from Surf Life Saving Queensland.

Burleigh came in third, and Coolangatta came in seventh.

Our beaches were only just beaten by the likes of Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast and Alma Bay at Magnetic Island.

The list is determined based on safety, facilities and nearby services at patrolled beaches around the state.

Acting Lifesaving Services Manager Nathan Fife said a range of factors are considered but safety is the primary consideration.

“Safety is our core focus as we aim for zero preventable deaths in Queensland public waters.

“With that in mind, when determining our top beaches, we consider patrol times and services, incident history, coastal conditions and the quality of visitor information on display.

“We also look at other factors such as how user-friendly the beach is, which includes considerations such as amenities, its location, access to parking and public transport, nearby services and cleanliness.

“Burleigh is patrolled 365 days a year and is often protected by the headland from prevailing conditions, making it a great beach for the whole family.

“Determining our top ten is always a tough job, but one that we enjoy due to the sheer number of beautiful locations along our coastline,” Mr Fife said.

Across Queensland more than 1,700 rescues were performed by lifeguards and surf lifesavers, a decrease of 33% compared to 2018/19 summer period.

Mr Fife welcomed the decrease in rescues, but urged beachgoers to not become complacent.

“It is a timely reminder to always consider your safety and swim between the red and yellow flags, no matter which beach you choose to visit.

“The flagged areas not only represent the safest conditions on that particular beach, but are also patrolled by qualified surf lifesavers and lifeguards.

“At the end of the day we want you to enjoy your day at the beach and return home safely,” Mr Fife said.

SLSQ’s Top Ten Beaches for 2019/20*:

Coolum – Sunshine Coast
Alma Bay – Magnetic Island
Burleigh Heads – Gold Coast
Four Mile Beach – Port Douglas
Cylinder Beach – North Stradbroke Island
Nielson Park – Bargara
Coolangatta – Gold Coast
Rainbow Beach – Sunshine Coast
Trinity Beach – Cairns
Kings Beach – Sunshine Coast

Southport house fire reignites, blocking off busy road

UPDATE @ 7.15AM | Fire crews have rushed back to the scene of a house fire in Southport this morning, following reports the blaze has reignited.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services confirmed they’re back on scene on Johnson Street, at the corner of Ewan Street, this morning.

The house had initially gone up in flames around 10.30 last night, which took crews around an hour and a half to get under control.

Though around 7.00am this morning, there were reports of smoke and flames coming from the same property.

Johnson Street has now been blocked off in both directions, as crews work to contain the blaze on the second storey of the property.

More to come.

PHOTO | Supplied by Cameron MacLeod

EARLIER @6.15AM | Residents of a home in Southport have luckily escaped serious injury, after a house fire broke out last night.

Emergency services were called to a property along Johnson Street around 10.30pm following reports of the blaze.

Four fire crews took around an hour and a half to get the flames under control.

Paramedics were on standby, though luckily weren’t required to treat anyone.

Fire investigators are expected to return to the scene either today or tomorrow.

State govt calling for tourism and hospitality interests in The Spit

The Spit sell off continues, with the second round of expressions of interest in development sites now open.

The state government is now calling for tourism and hospitality sites, opening up further development opportunities in the Village Centre North precinct.

Minister for State Development Cameron Dick says it’s an exciting opportunity for the overall Spit Master Plan, and will ‘unlock thousands of job opportunities on the Gold Coast’.

“My department has already fielded approaches from a number of proponents eager to deliver on the potential of these sites.

“This demonstrates the level of interest in these sites and their potential to support projects which will generate jobs for Gold Coasters.

“In line with the master plan outcomes, any development on the site will have a maximum height limit of three storeys and 15 metres,” Minister Dick said.

The expressions of interest will stay open until April 2, and will be handled by CBRE Gold Coast.

It follows the first release at the end of January, for the 9858-square-metre-site with a marina allotment in the Village Centre South precinct, adjacent to Mariner’s Cove Marina.

Those expressions of interest are set to close on March 5, with the state government reporting there have already been 120 registrations on QTenders.

UPDATE | Kingston Mother and daughter found safe and well

UPDATE @ February 28 | Police have confirmed that the missing mother and daughter from Kingston have been found, over a week after they went missing.

“The 35-year-old woman and her five-year-old daughter who have been missing from Kingston since yesterday (Wednesday, February 19) have been located safe and well,” an update from Queensland Police reads.

EARLIER @ February 21 | Concerns are being held for the safety of a 35-year-old woman and her 5-year-old daughter, who have been missing from Kingston since Wednesday.

The pair were last seen on Kingston Road at around 10.30am, with officers appealing for urgent help to find them.

It is believed the pair may travel using public transport and could stay with associates.

Anyone who may have seen the pair or has any information in relation to their current whereabouts, is urged to immediately contact police.

Note: description details have now been taken out of this article.