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Morning train commuters warned of lengthy delays

TRAIN commuters are being warned to brace for delays on two separate lines this morning.

Gold Coast and Beenleigh line trains were brought to a halt about 7.30am after a car reportedly stopped on the tracks at Sunnybank.

In a statement a short time ago, Translink confirmed trains have since resumed in both directions following the incident.

“Gold Coast and Beenleigh line trains have resumed in both directions following an earlier incident with an object on the tracks,” they said.

Customers are being warned to expect “residual delays of up to 30 minutes.”

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Fire crews battle blaze in Gold Coast Hinterland

MULTIPLE fire crews have managed to get the upper hand on a large blaze burning in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Firies rushed to O’Reilly’s on Lamington National Park Road about 5.00am today following reports a metal structure had caught alight.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue spokesperson told myGC that the blaze was about 35m x 10m.

She said crews had the flames under control by 6am and remain on scene dampening down hot spots.

Luckily, no one was injured.

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Gold Coast named as State’s theft hotspot

All Gold Coasters are being warned to be extra vigilant heading into the festive season, with the region named as the worst location for car and home thefts.

Almost 400 cars have been stolen from the Coast since 2015, with 650 homes burgles.

RACQ spokesperson Kristy Clinton said we need to be alert.

“This data proves the Gold Coast is a hot spot for criminals,” Ms Clinton said.

“Local residents need to be vigilant about home and car security to ensure they’re not victims in the future.”

She added a significant number of these thefts were from opportunistic thieves and there is some simple measure you can take to avoid being targeted.

“Always lock your car doors and keep the windows up, park in a secure garage or well-lit, well-populated location and never leave valuables on display in your vehicle,” Ms Clinton said.

“When it comes to your home, lock your doors, consider investing in an alarm or sensor light, and if you trust your neighbours, ask them to be on the lookout when you’re away.”

Top five locations for car theft claims (1 January 2015 – 31 December 2017):

  1. Gold Coast – 382 claims
  2. Logan – 280 claims
  3. Townsville – 224 claims
  4. Moreton Bay – 215 claims
  5. Brisbane South – 174 claims.

Top five locations for home burglary claims (1 January 2015 – 31 December 2017):

  1. Gold Coast – 647 claims
  2. Logan – 627 claims
  3. Moreton Bay – 511 claims
  4. Brisbane South – 507 claims
  5. Ipswich – 313 claims.

Gold Coast man charged following cross-border pursuit

UPDATE @ December 13: A Gold Coast man is due to appear in court today after being charged over an alleged police pursuit south of the border.

The Queensland Police Helicopter tracked the 36-year-old man from Oxenford in a Nissan Coupe, travelling south through the Gold Coast about 10am.

The man allegedly continued driving south, onto the M1 and south of the border into New South Wales where police tried intercepting the Nissan on the Pacific Highway.

NSW Police said the driver failed to pull over and so a pursuit was initiated.

The vehicle continued travelling at speed after hitting road spikes at Duranbah, about 20km south of the Qld-NSW border, before eventually coming to a stop on the highway at Cudgen.

The driver, a 36-year-old man from Oxenford, was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

He was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously (Skye’s Law), drive recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous, never licensed person drive vehicle on road, have custody of an offensive implement in a public place, custody of knife in public place.

The man was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today.

EARLIER @ December 12: A GOLD Coast man has been arrested after allegedly leading police on a pursuit south of the border.

The Queensland Police Helicopter tracked the 36-year-old man from Oxenford in a Nissan Coupe, travelling south through the Gold Coast about 10am.

The man allegedly continued driving south, onto the M1 and south of the border into New South Wales where police tried intercepting the Nissan on the Pacific Highway.

In a statement, NSW Police said the driver failed to pull over and so a pursuit was initiated.

The vehicle continued travelling at speed after hitting road spikes at Duranbah, about 20km south of the Qld-NSW border, before eventually coming to a stop on the highway at Cudgen.

The driver, a 36-year-old man from Oxenford, was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

He remained their at the time of writing, assisting police with their investigation.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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Gold Coast braces for 4-day deluge as twin weather systems smash Australia’s east coast

THE Bureau of Meteorology has updated its rainfall forecast for the Gold Coast, with the city now bracing for a four-day deluge.

In its latest forecast, the Bureau of Meteorology said close to 200mm of rain was forecast to fall across the Gold Coast between Friday and Monday.

Storms generated by a low pressure system battering the southern half of the continent are expected to begin lashing the Coast on Friday, before the system mixes with the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Owen.

Owen – now a Category 2 cyclone – is expected to intensify further in the Gulf of Carpentaria, reaching Category 3 status on Thursday, before slamming into Queensland on Friday and travelling south down the east coast.

Forecast track map for Tropical Cyclone Owen at 5pm on Wednesday | Source: Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meteorology says the low pressure system over southern Australia will have the potential to draw in moisture from what will then be Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen to create a large cloud band across much of the eastern seaboard.

The simultaneous extreme weather events are forecast to trigger storms and heavy rain areas stretching from Queensland in the north, to Tasmania in the south.

At this stage, the Gold Coast could see up to 50mm of rain fall on Friday, followed by another 30mm on Saturday.

This will be backed up by another potential 50mm on Sunday and again on Monday, taking the city’s four-day forecast rainfall total to 180mm.

Gold Coast forecast at 4:42pm on Wednesday | Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Strong, potentially damaging winds and large seas are also forecast to batter the Coast.

At this stage, the strongest winds will be felt on the Gold Coast on Monday and Tuesday, but this could change, depending on TC Owen’s path.

For the latest Gold Coast forecast, click here.

For the latest weather warnings, click here.

For life threatening emergencies phone Triple Zero000

Phone 132 500 for SES Storm and Flood Emergency assistance. Queensland Health 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). Queensland Traffic and Travel information 13 19 40.