Man charged over major Gold Coast drug bust

POLICE have uncovered a massive quantity of drugs during a raid in Ormeau Hills.

Detectives executed a search warrant at the Mullins Street address around 5.30pm on Sunday night following a 6-month long operation, called ‘Operation Record’, aimed at addressing drug crime around the Ormeau and Pimpama areas.

Police will allege the search uncovered approximately 225 MDMA tablets, 160 grams of MDMA powder, 91 grams of cocaine, 38 grams of methylamphetamine, 25 grams of ketamine, 12 vials of testosterone, 6 litres of GHB, 100ml of cannabis oil and three tasers.

1.2 kilograms of white powder and 288 grams of a brown putty substance suspected of being dangerous drugs were also

A 36-year-old man was arrested at the scene.

He has since been charged with six counts of possessing dangerous drugs and one count each of trafficking dangerous drugs, producing dangerous drugs, possessing weapons, possessing restricted drugs, possessing property obtained from trafficking, possessing relevant substances, possessing anything used in the commission of a crime and possessing utensils.

He is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on November 14.

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Proposed Gold Coast train station ‘just not enough’ for local councillor

A councillor has spoken out against the state government’s Cross River Rail plans on the Gold Coast.

Hinterland based Glenn Tozer says while trains and public transport are primarily the responsibility of the state government, their decisions can create issues for local roads, pathways, community safety and congestion.

Recently, the state government unveiled plans for the three train stations to be built on the Gold Coast, as part of the Cross River Rail project.

One is to be built in Pimpama, one in Helensvale North, and the third in Merrimac, just off Gooding Drive (exit 77), between Jondique Avenue and Bourton Road.

All three stations are set to be up and running as part of the Cross River Rail network throughout the southeast by 2024.

Last night, Councillor Tozer took to social media to voice his concern over the positioning of the Merrimac station, saying it should be built further north.

“Locals would know that traffic congestion is already very difficult on most days in this area, due to school traffic at St Michaels and All Saints, and the single lane merge to the M1 at the Gooding Drive interchange.

“Frankly, I’m not convinced this is the right location for a train station and Park’n’Ride.

“Just 1km north is a large industrial area off the Elysium Drive (Exit 75) interchange.

“The precinct is home to Tip Top Bakeries, Downer Engineering, the City of Gold Coast Fleet depot, VISY recycling and hundreds of other workers who drive to work every day.

“Over the M1 from this precinct is the single largest residential development currently planned for the Gold Coast, Pacific View Estate, where 10,000 people will come to live over the coming 10-15 years.

“This Elysium Drive industrial precinct is a better location for the Merrimac Station and Park’n’Ride, particularly if it could be connected to Gooding Drive by pathways and bikeways.

“It gives room to grow for the Park’n’Ride and plans for the future growth residential growth to the west. It avoids adding traffic congestion to an already busy area.

“If the Robina and Varsity station carparks are any indication, it is clear we need better options for peak hour commuters. What is currently proposed is just not enough,” Councillor Tozer’s Facebook post reads (posted in full below).

He’s now calling on locals to take advantage of the state government’s consultation period, to make sure Gold Coasters have their say before it’s too late.

“The state government has invited submissions and if this issue matters to you, I encourage you to follow the link below and offer this suggested alternative, or your own if you have one,” the post reads.

To submit suggestions for the Cross River Rail stations or for more information, click here.

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Pedestrian hospitalised after getting struck by car on the Gold Coast

A pedestrian’s been taken to hospital after they were hit by a car on the Gold Coast.

The collision happened on Crest Drive in Elanora around 7.00pm last night.

Emergency services responded, where they briefly treated the person at the scene.

They were then transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital for further treatment.

Queensland Ambulance were unable to confirm the extent of their injuries.

No other injuries were reported.

Gold Coast wife killer to appeal conviction

A Gold Coast businessman jailed for unlawfully killing his estranged wife six years ago will launch an appeal.

John Chardon, 72, was last month found not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of wife Novy.

She disappeared from their home at Upper Coomera in February 2013 amid a bitter divorce battle.

Her car was found abandoned at Nerang train station several days later but her body has never been found.

Chardon was jailed for 15 years for Novy’s manslaughter but has maintained his innocence.

He is set to challenge both his sentence and conviction.

More to come.

Lifesavers’ SOS to help keep beaches safe this summer

Lifesavers will be out in force across the Gold Coast this week, rattling tins to help raise money for vital rescue equipment.

Surf Life Saving Queensland has kicked off SOS Week, urging members of the public to donate to the organisation to help keep our beaches safe.

SLSQ Lifesaving Operations Coordinator Jason Argent says its one of their biggest fundraising initiatives each year.

“It ensures our lifesavers have the critical gear and equipment they need to help save lives this summer,” Mr Argent said.

“It costs over $60,000 to patrol a single beach when you factor in the gear and equipment such as rescue boards, first aid kits, oxygen and defibrillators.

“Every dollar donated this week will go straight back into saving lives.”

SOS Week runs from Monday through to Sunday.

Lifesavers will be out at beaches, surf clubs, shopping centres and other public places as well as doing some door knocking to help raise funds.

“We’ll happily take any loose change you have or you can jump online and donate at  www.sosweek.com.au ,” Mr Argent said.

“Any donation big or small is greatly appreciated and will go a long way towards saving lives and protecting beachgoers this summer.”