Gold Coast woman’s lightning strike scare during shower

A woman has received quite the shock while taking a shower at a home on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

Just after midday, paramedics were called to a house in Hollywell after reports lightning had struck the property whilst the woman was showering.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson told myGC that the woman “felt a tingle”.

She was assessed at the scene, however thankfully managed to escape uninjured.

As a precaution, the woman was taken to Robina Hospital in a stable condition.

The incident occurred as a brief storm rolled over the northern Gold Coast on Thursday, with up to 52 millimetres of rain falling at Coomera Shores in just one hour.

Dirty tricks and name calling as Council campaign gets nasty

We’re only a few days into the Council election campaign but already accusations are flying of dirty tricks as potential Councillors jockey for prime position on the city’s nature strips.

Candidates have been busy plastering the city with posters and corflutes since Saturday when the official campaign period kicked off and the claws are well and truly out.

Reports have emerged of election material being stolen, defaced and obscured, sparking name-calling and a complaint to authorities.

And there’s still more than four weeks to go (*sigh).

Division 12 candidate Cathy Osborne claims she had half her election corflutes stolen on the very first night.

“I well know that during a course of an election campaign signs get vandalised and taken, but for so many signs to disappear on the first night of the campaign, is very suspicious,” Ms Osborne said.

Ms Osborne described the incident as a “childish act” and said no other candidates had their material taken.

However, her campaign team opted not to report the incident to the Electoral Commission.

Fast forward a couple of days and Ms Osborne was left fuming again when corflutes of Division 12 rival Zac Revere appeared, alleging they were obscuring her own material and that of other candidates.

Ms Osborne says she will be making a complaint to the Electoral Commission about this incident, describing it as “immature behaviour”.


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But Mr Revere has denied deliberately placing his signs in front of Ms Osborne’s and has offered to remove any that were mistakenly obscuring hers.

“Leadership is about prioritising what’s important and brushing off the little things, if Cathy chooses to invest her time and energy into lodging a complaint to the electoral commission, that’s her prerogative,” Mr Revere said.

Mr Revere said he has also had signs stolen or damaged but had planned for it and there are far more important things to worry about.

“I’m not sure who’s removing or defacing my signs, but let’s be honest: who cares?”

Over in the hotly-contested Division 6, someone’s been busy with the black texta, with posters of candidate Shaelee Welchman given a less than flattering makeover.

“It’s a shame some people resort to this form of intimidation and it’s really disappointing for my campaigners who’ve worked so hard to get them out into the community,” Ms Welchman said.

“There are signs ripped down all over the neighbourhood and signs have gone missing, not just mine but all candidates, which is to be expected.

“What is annoying are signs being put directly in front of others or being moved to jostle for the best positions. It’s a full time job maintaining them.”

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In Division 4, a steel fence at Runaway Bay that was covered in posters of Cameron Caldwell was kicked over.

But he was taking it all on the chin.

“Not everyone loves politics or politicians so they take that chance to literally put the boot in,” Mr Caldwell told Seven.

Amen to that.

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Search for Logan teen missing for three days

Police are appealing for help to find a 13-year-old Logan girl who has been missing for three days.

The teen was last seen in Browns Plains on February 24 and has not contacted family since.

Her current whereabouts is unknown, however police say she does have connections to the Marsden area.

She is described as Caucasian, 170cm tall, slim build with orange coloured hair.

Investigators are appealing for the girl or anyone with further information 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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Gold Coast facing looming jobs crisis

Jobs growth on the Gold Coast continues to go backwards with another 900 jobs lost in January.

The local economy has now shed 3,800 jobs since October last year in a worrying trend for the city.

However the Gold Coast’s unemployment rate has remained steady at 5.7 per cent in the last month, due to less people looking for work.

The participation rate fell from 69.1 per cent in December, to 68.7 per cent in January.

Serious concerns are emerging about the downward trend in employment on the Gold Coast with the figure expected to worsen because of the effects of coronavirus.

The virus is estimated to have already cost the Gold Coast economy around $500 million with experts saying job losses are inevitable.

The unemployment rate has increased by a worrying 1.3 per cent in just the last 12 months.

Of equal concern is the rising youth unemployment rate on the Gold Coast which is now at 13.2 per cent, an increase of 5.3 per cent on January 2019 figures.

Bonney MP Sam O’Connor, says the situation is even worse in his electorate which includes suburbs such as Labrador, Arundel and Parkwood.

“My electorate has got the highest unemployment rate (on the Gold Coast) which is almost at 11 per cent, which would mean the youth unemployment rate especially is about  is double that,” Mr O”Connor said.

“In my area alone there are 3000-odd people looking for work and it is a real concern, it’s not what you expect on the Gold Coast.

“But it shows that we’re copping it like the rest of the State. Queensland has the highest unemployment in the nation and the Gold Coast is not immune to that and we should be doing better.”

Mr O’Connor argues a bit part of the problem is the Government’s slow approach to infrastructure projects including the light rail and Coomera Connector.

“The government has also introduced nine new taxes in the time they’ve been in. That means people give more money to the government and they’ve got less money to employ people with, all those things add pressure to businesses.”

Woman allegedly abducted on Gold Coast found ‘safe and well’

UPDATE @ 1.50 PM | A woman who was the subject of an urgent search after she was allegedly abducted at Carrara has been found.

Police confirmed the woman was located safe and well on the Gold Coast a short time ago.

A 51-year-old man is assisting police with investigations.

EARLIER @ 1.30 PM | Police are appealing for urgent help to find a woman believed to have been abducted from her home at Carrara.

Around midday, a 51-year-old man reportedly forced the 48-year-old woman into a 4WD at a house on Pappas Way before fleeing in a southerly direction.

Police say the man, who is known to her, allegedly made threats to harm the woman, with serious concerns being held for her welfare.

It is believed the man is driving a silver Toyota Landcruiser with New South Wales registration CN70ER.

Officers are conducting an urgent search to locate the woman and are urging anyone who sees the vehicle, not to approach it, but to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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.