New dockless bikeshare scheme rolls out on the Gold Coast today

An innovative new dockless bikeshare scheme which allows riders to easily book a bike through an app has been unveiled on the Gold Coast today.

The bikeshare scheme is being delivered by Gold Coast based transit specialist Transit Australia Group, the world’s largest bikesharing company Mobike and Australian charity Good Cycles.

From today, around 200 bikes will be available across Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, with the number expected to grow to 2000 bikes by the time the Commonwealth Games kicks off in April.

They’ll be tracked via GPS and can be booked via the Mobike app, with riders then able to unlock them by simply scanning a QR code on their phone.

When you’re finished your journey, Mobike recommends riders park at a preferred Mobike location around the coast, however you can leave your bike in most safe locations.

TAG Mobility General Manager Derek Mollison says the Gold Coast scheme will create a global benchmark in dockless bikeshare.

“While bikeshare is still in its infancy in Australia, we have worked closely with the City of Gold Coast and our partners to carefully design an initiative which integrates seamlessly with existing transport modes and city infrastructure,” Mr Mollison said.

Gold Coasters are being given the opportunity to trial the new Mobike system with a free trial period being offered to new users.

Anyone can take a Mobike for a ride during the free trial by simply downloading the Mobike app, finding a nearby Mobike and scanning its QR code to unlock its smart lock system, to ride to their destination.

During the month of February users can also purchase a heavily discounted promotional $5 pass offering unlimited rides for 3 months.



Concerns for boy and girl from Logan after they failed to return home

Police are appealing for help to locate a 13-year-old boy and girl who are missing from Logan.

The pair, who are believed to be together, were last seen at Mabel Park around 1.40pm on February 19.

They were due to return to their homes at Woodridge and Crestmead yesterday but failed to do so.

Police and their families are concerned for their welfare due to their young age.

The girl is described as Caucasian, 155cm tall, solid build, brown hair and blue eyes. She was wearing navy blue skirt and navy blue shirt and carrying a pink duffel bag.

The boy is described as Caucasian, 170cm tall, slim build, brown hair and blue eyes. He was carrying a black Nike bag

Anyone who sees the boy or girl or knows of their whereabouts is encouraged to contact police.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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Southport worst spot in QLD for car vandalism

Southport has topped the list for the most cases of car vandalism in Queensland for the second year in a row.

According to figures from the RACQ, there have been 40 claims for car vandalism in Southport in the last three years.

Bundaberg was second on the list, followed by Toowoomba, Fortitude Valley and Cairns.

The RACQ says there has been a 5 per cent rise in car vandalism claims between 2016 and 2017, on the back of a 10 per cent rise the previous year.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton says Gold Coast motorists need to be cautious about where they park their car.

“If you can’t park in a secure garage, make sure you park in a well-lit, well-populated area less likely to attract vandals because of the risk of getting caught,” Ms Clinton said.

“Sometimes these are acts of revenge but often motorists simply return to their vehicles to find the damage has been done.”

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Groundbreaking flu vaccine for seniors

Ground-breaking flu vaccines will protect thousands of Gold Coast seniors this flu season.

The two new vaccines, Fluad® and Fluzone High Dose®, have been fast tracked by the Turnbull government to ensure lives are saved.

Gold Coast seniors will have free access to the extra effective vaccines through the National Immunisation Program from April.

Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews says around 75,000 Gold Coasters will receive the vaccine, hoping it drastically improves the horrific flu season we saw last year.

“More than 90 per cent of the 1,100 flu related deaths in 2017 were by people aged over 65 years of age.
“We must continue to do all we can to protect those who are most at risk,” she said.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said these new vaccines have been specifically designed for those over 65, as their immune systems respond less effectively to the generic vaccines.

“These new trivalent (three strain) vaccines work in over 65s by generating a strong immune response and are more effective for this age group in protecting against influenza.”

“Vaccination saves lives and they are fundamental to our health system.

“We encourage all Australians aged over six months old to get a flu vaccination this year before the peak season starts in June,” he said.


Gold Coast man charged over million dollar cold-call investment scam

A Gold Coast man has today been arrested and charged over a multi-million dollar cold call property investment scam .

The 52-year-old was taken into custody at a location on the Gold Coast following an 11-month investigation into the Directors of the Gold Coast based Members Alliance Group.

Police say it’s alleged the man dishonestly induced victims to deliver over $2.2 million for the construction of houses in Queensland and New South Wales.

The investment scam, operated by Members Alliance Group,  involved cold calling members of the public across Australia and selling them home and land packages as investment.

The investigation involved building companies owned by the Members Alliance Group, including Image Building Group and Silverback Constructions.

The Members Alliance Group stopped trading in July 2016 and many victims were left without insurance to complete homes.

Today, the 52-year-old man was charged with dishonestly inducing victims to deliver money into accounts he controlled.

Detective Superintendent Terry Lawrence of the Financial and Cyber Crime Group said he was pleased with today’s result.

“Unfortunately a lot of Australian investors have had their dreams of home ownership shattered by the unscrupulous behavior of those involved in this group,” Detective Superintendent Lawrence  said.

“Our investigation and today’s arrest demonstrates the Queensland Police Service’s ongoing commitment to address cold-call investment fraud,”