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Man critically injured after being hit by car on the Gold Coast was seen abusing and threatening drivers, police say

A MAN is fighting for his life in hospital after being hit by a car after he was reportedly seen abusing and threatening drivers on the Gold Coast last night.

It happened at the intersection of The Boulevard and Grande Avenue in Carrara just after 8pm.

It’s understood emergency services were called to reports of a pedestrian having been hit by a car and arrived at the scene to find a man with what appeared to be minor injuries.

But police said the man’s condition deteriorated overnight and he is now in a critical condition, fighting for his life in the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, with initial inquiries revealing the man was seen acting erratically and abusing motorists shortly before he was injured.

They are appealing for information from the public to help piece together what happened.

According to witness reports, the man was seen confronting drivers, allegedly threatening one of them with a rock before mounting the second vehicle.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the altercations, or who may have dashcam footage of the area from around 8.00pm to 8.20pm to come forward.

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 crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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Powerful Gold Coast lobby group warns of ‘gridlock in paradise’ if carpark is sold and bridge widened

A POWERFUL Gold Coast lobby group has warned of “gridlock in paradise” if the Mayor’s plan to sell a 1640-space carpark in the bustling beachside suburb goes ahead.

Save Surfers Paradise secretary Deborah Kelly says council’s plans to sell the Bruce Bishop Carpark so it can fund the construction of a second bridge into Surfers Paradise was a recipe for disaster.

Councillors last year backed plans to widen the bridge across the Nerang River to Isle of Capri in order to ease current congestion and allow more cars to travel into Surfers.

At the time, Mayor Tom Tate said council would sell the carpark and Surfers Paradise Transit Centre to pay for the bridge upgrade and help fund stage one of the cultural precinct at Bundall.

As part of the sale, the new owner of the site would also be required to set aside land for a park, retain at least 740 car parks and provide enough space for buses to set down passengers.

But the controversial sale has been on hold ever since, after Save Surfers Paradise challenged the Mayor and launched Supreme Court action to try and stop it.

Ms Kelly today again warned if the Bruce Bishop Carpark was to close and the Isle of Capri bridge into Surfers widened to fit more traffic, than there would be nowhere for the extra cars to park.

“On the one hand, the Mayor is pushing to widen the Isle of Capri Bridge to facilitate better traffic flow into Surfers Paradise,” Ms Kelly said.

“On the other, he wants to remove 40 per cent of all parking in Surfers Paradise, so where will all the extra cars whose journeys are being facilitated park?”

Ms Kelly says 1260 vehicles use the carpark on average every day, while figures provided by council show that, at peak times, just 640 car parks are in use leaving about 1000 free.

“Residents use it as a park and ride to take the light rail to GC Hospital,” Ms Kelly said.

“Close the car park and you have 1,260 cars at least driving around the streets looking for somewhere to park.

“That will add enormous extra congestion in central Surfers Paradise.”

Ms Kelly said Councillors who were concerned there wouldn’t be enough cash set aside in today’s budget to bust the city’s crippling congestion “must surely be rethinking the plan to sell any public car parks”.

“Do they really want to see another 1,260 cars circling the block, congesting the streets every single day?,” she questioned.

“If parking isn’t needed, why are so many vacant development blocks now being opened around Surfers Paradise up as parking stations? Presumably, the Council is approving this activity.”

Ms Kelly said the lack of packing was not only an issue in Surfers Paradise, but several other bustling suburbs, including Broadbeach and Burleigh were also feeling the pressure.

“There should be more parking provided for future needs and to support the light rail, not less,” she said.

“If the Council doesn’t want to provide it, they should be incentivising developers to provide more public parking at reasonable rates.

“It will be interesting to see the outcome of the Mayor’s recently and hastily convened parking summit.

“If it is a serious initiative, there should be some constructive outcomes that address the traffic congestion and parking problems for the benefit of everyone in the City.”

Police release footage of truck after young motorcyclist killed in Logan hit and run

Forensic Crash Unit investigators are hoping CCTV footage will help track down a truck they believe was involved in a fatal hit and run in Logan Village last Friday.

The crash happened around 8.00pm, near Albert Street and Anzac Avenue.

“An unidentified truck has entered onto Waterford-Tamborine Road from Easterly Street at Waterford and has continued south along Waterford-Tamborine Road towards the incident location at Logan Village,” Qld Police said in a statement.

“Investigations have established that a 22-year-old male motorcyclist was travelling in a northerly direction on Waterford-Tamborine Road when the collision occurred as the truck turned right from Albert Street at Logan Village, and into Anzac Avenue.

“The motorcycle collided with the left rear section of the truck.”

The rider, a 22-year-old man from Cedar Grove, died at the scene.

Police said the truck failed to stop after the accident and was last seen travelling west on Anzac Avenue towards Chambers Flat.

Detectives have since released footage of the truck, which was captured at a service station on Albert Street and a dash camera.

“The left rear tail light assembly located at the scene appears to belong to the truck and has been broken from its mounting as a result of the crash,” Senior Constable Campbell said.

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Police believe the vehicle involved may have been a truck with a white cab and are urging the driver to come forward.

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Extra help announced for high risk families on the Gold Coast

THE state government has announced it will invest more than $2.3 million over the next three years to trial a new model of ‘intensive family support’ on the Gold Coast.

The program, called SafeCare, will target vulnerable families with children aged up to five years who are at risk of entering the child protection system.

Act for Kids on the Gold Coast will deliver the highly regarded model which has already achieved excellent results in the US and is being rolled out in Victoria and New South Wales.

Minister for Child Safety Di Farmer said Act for Kids will visit homes of Gold Coast families in most need of support for up to 90 minutes a week, every week for four and a half months.

Ms Farmer said the community organisation will help teach parents how to keep their children healthy, how to react when their child is sick or injured and to recognise when symptoms need emergency care.

“I have no doubt that parenting skills will be improved during that time” Ms Farmer said.

“The focus will be on parent support and behaviour and the training is structured to suit the needs of each individual family.

“This is just another way the Palaszczuk Queensland Government is working hard to keep children and young people safe.”

Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the program would be particularly successful with young parents who had no social support.

“This program teaches parents to understand the importance of a safe home, the types of hazards in homes, ways to remove household hazards and the importance of supervision,” Ms Scanlon said.

Act for Kids regional director Gary Poole welcomed the funding and said the organisation continues to work closely with the Queensland government to deliver new child and family programs.

“SafeCare Family Educators will work one-on-one with parents in their home environment on the Gold Coast, to develop the practical skills and knowledge to make sure they can provide the best care possible for their children,” Mr Poole said.

“SafeCare is there to help families care for and protect their children at home.

“It’s important that parents feel they can ask for help. Sometimes they don’t know where to go for support or are afraid or ashamed to ask for help.

“SafeCare will help families avoid a path of stress, reaction and potential child abuse and neglect.”

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Former Dreamworld employee “mortified” after giving evidence at Coronial Inquest

The junior ride operator who witnessed the Thunder River Rapid Ride tragedy was “mortified” after having to re-live the day where four people lost their lives at Dreamworld.

This morning, Courtney Williams returned to the stand to give evidence to a Coronial Inquiry.

The inquest centers around the deaths of Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi on the popular ride in 2016.

Yesterday, Ms Williams told the inquiry she still wouldn’t have pushed a button, which would have stopped the ride in two seconds, even if she knew its function because she wasn’t trained in using it.

This morning, she clarified telling the Coroner she would have done anything she could have to stop the ride.

Her Lawyer, Peter Callaghan, said Ms Williams was “mortified” her testimony may have upset the families of the four victims.

While on the stand today Ms Williams was visibly upset and shaken.

This afternoon a third Thunder River Rapids ride operator will give evidence.