Jann Stuckey to leave parliament after 15 years

GOLD Coast MP Jann Stuckey has announced she will not be re-contesting her seat at the next election.

The LNP member for Currumbin was first elected to the Queensland parliament in 2004 and served in senior positions, including as Tourism Minister under former premier Campbell Newman.

“It’s no secret I’ve undergone hip surgery and had some other medical issues so you really have to listen to your body,” Ms Stuckey told Parliament on Friday.

“It’s very hard letting go – as a politician to be able to go pretty much at a time of your choosing is a very rare thing.”

Guests get up close and personal with Dreamworld’s tiger cubs

THE public is now able to get up close and personal with two of Dreamworld’s newest tiger cubs, seven-week-old brothers Javi and Zakari.

For the first time in history, guests will be able to step foot onto Tiger Island and pose for photos and play with the cubs for 20 minutes, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the theme park’s Wildlife Foundation.

A group of 20 lucky guests will be able to come within a whisker of the cubs during each encounter.

It’s the first time the public has been given exclusive access to Tiger Island, allowing them to step in the paw-prints of the world’s largest cat.

Get up close & personal with Dreamworld's tiger cubs

THE public is now able to get up close & personal with two of Dreamworld’s newest tiger cubs, 7-week-old brothers Javi & Zakari.For the first time in history, guests will be able to step foot onto Tiger Island & play with the cubs for 20 minutes, with proceeds to help save the dwindling wild tiger population. Guests can also use Afterpay to pay for the encounter | DETAILS HERE: http://bit.ly/2XKdbaV

Posted by Gold Coast Weather & News Together on Thursday, 13 June 2019

“We are excited to be able to start introducing the brothers to guests who will be able to watch them grow up at Dreamworld,” Tiger Island Manager Patrick Martin-Vegue said.

“Being seven-weeks old, they’re at a great age where their personalities are starting to come through and they are much more inquisitive.”

When not interacting with guests, Javi and Zakari will be prowling between Tiger Island, the cub display area and the Nursery where they will join their younger uncle throughout the day.

Source: Supplied/Dreamworld

Source: Supplied/Dreamworld

Dreamworld’s newest cub is just a step behind his nephews, making his big debut and first public appearance at the Tiger Island Nursery this week.

He will soon be introduced to Javi and Zakari, as they grow up together with Dreamworld’s older cats at Tiger Island.

“Our youngest boy is doing extremely well, weighing a healthy 3.63 kilograms,” Patrick said.

“As soon as he’s big enough and had his vaccinations, we will socialise him with guests as well as the rest of the Tiger Island family but, for a little while longer he will remain in the Nursery.

“We are excited to add three new additions to our Tiger Island family this year who, like the rest of the cats at Tiger Island, will make a huge imprint on Dreamworld and in the hearts of our team members and guests.”

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The cubs will become the theme park’s newest ambassadors for their wild cousins, spreading the important message of conservation and helping raise much needed funds to support tigers in the wild.

“Without our guests’ support, we wouldn’t be where we are today as one of the world’s largest financial contributors to wild tiger conservation,” Patrick said.

“The Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation funds the important work carried out by our anti-poaching teams across Sumatra, Russia and Nepal, which are saving the lives of wild tigers and creating a safer environment for them to live and thrive in.”

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The Foundation has contributed more than $3 million toward Tiger Conservation programs since launching in 2012.

The foundation helps fund organisations that police critical tiger habitat to find and destroy tiger traps, and track and arrest poachers.

Tigers are listed as critically endangered, which classifies them as Very High Risk of Extinction in the Wild. Due to poaching and deforestation, it is estimated there are fewer than 4,000 wild tigers in the world today.

Each Tiger Cub Experience will cost $139 per person, or $199 for the ‘ultimate experience’, with guests able to pay off the cost in four fortnightly payments using Afterpay.

The once-in-a-lifetime encounter, however, is only available to guests who have admission to Dreamworld.

For more information or to book, click here.

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Here’s where you can ride a camel on the Gold Coast this weekend

Looking to mix up the weekend activities and try something a little different?

The Gold Coast has your back on this one, or should we say… your camel back?

Camels have returned to the coast, and you can bobble-along on one for just $3 this weekend.

Get on down to the Broadwater Parklands tomorrow (Saturday June 15), because between 10.00am and 3.00pm, you can hop on a two-humper for a sandy stroll.

They’ll be set up on the beach stretch, just south of the swimming enclosure.

“It’s not every day you get a chance to ride a camel, so make sure you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity,” Gold Coast Council’s event description reads.

You don’t have to make a booking, and it’s just $3 a trot!

How fantastically random!

PHOTO | City of Gold Coast

Queensland fire and emergency truck

Fire crews save Gold Coast house from garage blaze

Gold Coast fire crews have managed to contain a major blaze, which tore through the garage of an Oxenford home.

Three crews were called to the scene at the corner of Village Way and Cinema Street, around 12.25am on Friday.

They found the garage was well alight, with flames engulfing the vehicles inside.

They managed to have the blaze under control within 30-minutes, containing the damage to the garage and the roof.

It was completely extinguished by 2am, with two people assessed at the scene.

They did not require hospital treatment.

The cause of the blaze is not known.

Fierce fire guts Gold Coast home

UPDATE at 5:00 PM | A FIERCE fire has ripped through a family home on the Gold Coast, burning it to the ground.

Flames tore through the Spendelove Avenue property in the heart of Southport just before 4pm.

Multiple fire crews were dispatched to fight the blaze, which quickly consumed the dwelling and sent huge amounts of smoke soaring into the sky.

A man in his 50s was reportedly asleep inside the home at the time and was rescued moments before the flames took hold.

It’s understood the man was living at the home with his daughter, and her young son.

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Thick smoke shrouded surrounding streets and slowed traffic on Ferry Road and Queen Street while firefighters fought the inferno.

Dozens of onlookers lined the street as crews attacked the burning home from all angles.

Neighbours were prevented from getting too close as fears grew that the property may be riddled with asbestos.

PHOTO: © myGC

PHOTO: © myGC

PHOTO: © myGC

Half-a-dozen fire crews were still on the scene, mopping up the mess at 5pm.

It is not yet known what sparked the blaze.

FIRST at 4:10 PM | EMERGENCY services are on the scene of a large house fire in Southport.

Firefighters were called to the home on Spendelove Avenue just before 4pm.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said the house was “well alight”.

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Three crews were on the scene at 4pm, battling to extinguish the blaze burning near the Southport Private Hospital.

It is producing copious amounts of smoke, which can be seen soaring above the suburb.

At this stage, there have been no reports of any injuries.