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Business leaders come together to discuss future of the Gold Coast

High profile business leaders have put their heads together in a bid to propel the Gold Coast to world-class status.

On Wednesday, Mayor Tom Tate joined entertainment guru Tony Cochrane, Queensland Airports CEO Chris Mills, co-owner of the Gold Coast Titans Rebecca Frizelle and an array of other influential Gold Coasters to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the city.

Gold Coast Bulletin editor Rachel Hancock told myGC the roundtable luncheon was a chance to discuss how the city needs to innovate and evolve to reach its potential.

“We all talk about wanting the Gold Coast to be a better place to live, to work, to have tourists come in – but I feel like we don’t all actually work together,” she said.

“We just wanted to get some of the key business leaders to come together and look at a real platform for the next 10 years.”

One of the key issues discussed was the city’s infrastructure, including the necessity for construction of Light Rail Stage 3A to get underway.

Despite the project still being at the centre of a funding stoush, Mayor Tom Tate told myGC there’s no reason why they can’t start construction now and sort out the funding shortfall later.

“We should start the project now because it’s not going to be finished for 18 months, ” he said. “So, until the bill has to be paid in 18 months, let’s get on with it.

“In other words, put your order in at the restaurant, we’ll split the bill later and at the very least, the children are hungry, let’s get on with it.”

Queensland Airports CEO Chris Mills also backed calls to extend the light rail to Gold Coast Airport as soon as possible.

Construction of a new hotel at the airport and the expansion of the terminal is underway as part of a $500 million master plan.

“For us, with that level of investment, we need to make sure we have a great connection to the airport and a great experience for people coming through,” Mr Mills said.

“People visiting the Gold Coast want a seamless experience, so for us that’s the light rail.”

“It’s not just for tourists, it’s for locals too and for future generations, that’s why getting in now, getting the infrastructure in place now means we don’t have to retrofit something when it’s too late.”

Other areas explored during the roundtable discussion included population, housing, water, tourism and education.

Highlights from the conversation will now form the basis for the Gold Coast Bulletin’s Future Gold Coast campaign that will run in the paper and online from September 2-14, culminating in an event with keynote speaker Bernard Salt on Thursday September 12.

Man and girl arrested in Newcastle over M1 carjacking on the Gold Coast

Two people have been arrested in Newcastle, over the alleged M1 car-jacking on the Gold Coast last week.

Gold Coast detectives are applying for a man and a girl to be extradited to Queensland, where they will likely be charged over two alleged attempted robberies and an armed robbery along the M1 on the southern Gold Coast.

Around 3.00pm on Friday (August 9), a silver Ford falcon without registration plates was spotted driving dangerously on the motorway, before it stopped suddenly in front of two different vehicles.

Police allege a girl and a man armed with a sharp implement exited the Ford falcon before threatening drivers and attempting to steal two different vehicles.

They then forced a 67-year-old woman out of her black Mazda before taking off in her car.

A 27-year-old man from Western Australia and a 17-year-old girl with no fixed address were arrested outside a shopping centre in Newcastle yesterday morning.

The man is scheduled to face Newcastle Local Court today, where Queensland Police will seek his extradition to Brisbane tomorrow.



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Lucky escape for motorist after car collides with pole in Helensvale

A man has managed to escape injury after his car crashed into a traffic light pole in Helensvale this morning.

The accident happened at the Helensvale South off-ramp just before 6.00am.

Paramedics were called to the scene and assessed the man, however he didn’t appear to have any injuries.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson told myGC he declined transport to hospital.

The lights are out at the intersection, with police control and traffic management currently on scene.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution through the area.

Person injured after boating incident on Gold Coast

One person has been hospitalised after a boating incident on Gold Coast waters overnight.

It happened in Coomera around 10.30pm, when a boat allegedly collided with some rocks.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said paramedics were called to a private residence about 20 minutes later, where they treated one person for a head injury.

They were then taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.


Gold Coast skipper was fooling around with woman when luxury yacht crashed

It’s been revealed a Gold Coast skipper was fooling around with a deck hand when the luxury yacht he was operating crashed into another boat.

The 46-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of recklessly contravening his duty to ensure safety in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The collision happened near Steiglitz, on the northern Gold Coast, just after midnight in March last year.

According to Newscorp, the yacht was making its way back from a charter on the Brisbane River, when the skipper and deck hand allegedly became intimate.

The crash caused $140,000 damage to the vessel and took four weeks to repair.

Yesterday, the man was fined $4000 and placed on a good behaviour bond for two years.

The woman will face court in December charged with risking a person’s safety on a domestic commercial vessel.