Nephew of notorious Tony Mokbel in Gold Coast court

THE NEPHEW of notorious convicted drug lord Antonios ‘Fat Tony’ Mokbel has faced court after his arrest at Gold Coast Airport earlier this year.

Antonios Mokbel, 18, appeared in Coolangatta Magistrates Court on Monday charged with failing to follow instructions on an aircraft after an alleged incident on a flight from Melbourne to the Gold Coast on January 20.

The 18-year-old, son of Antonios ‘Fat Tony’ Mokbel’s older brother Horty Mokbel, is alleged to have turned aggressive after repeatedly refusing direction from a flight attendant to switch off his mobile phone as the plane proceeded to land at the Gold Coast airport.

Police allege he and members of his family then became engaged in a “heated argument” with airline staff.

The case was adjourned until March 31.

BraveArt Graffiti To Protect Kids

FORGET Bieber’s spray can antics – Bravehearts has teamed up with 40/40 Creative and Gold Coast City Council to create street art with a difference.

With Council footing the paint bill and 40/40 donating its time and artistic skills – a tired sports wall at Galleon Park in Currumbin Waters has been transformed into an edgy graffiti-styled work of art.

The drive behind the initiative is to build better public awareness for a safer community for kids as Bravehearts connects with youth in urban spaces.

Frequented by families and kids, the wall has added some colour and flair to the park – emblazoned with Bravehearts ‘protect kids’ message.

It is the first time a Gold Coast charity has worked with local government and a design agency to create awareness and inspire change in a public space.

Bravehearts Founder and CEO Hetty Johnston said protecting kids is the job of the entire community.

“It’s amazing to see a big ‘protect kids’ call to action in a public space and hopefully it will encourage parents to have a discussion with their children about personal safety,” she said.

graffiti bravehearts“Bravehearts relies on community support and kudos must go to 40/40 Creative and Councillor Chris Robbins for working with us to create a first of its kind in the city.”

Gold Coast City Council Division 14 Councillor Chris Robbins, gave the renewed wall a tick of approval.

“The wall has long been the target of graffiti and vandalism and this transformation is a wonderful example of community-inspired street art that sends a positive message about child protection,” she said.

With rain falling throughout the day, the 40/40 team wasted little time in preparing and zapping their new canvas with an array of bright colours and a picture of a small child holding a paint brush in one hand and the iconic Bravehearts purple balloon in the other.

“We wanted to create something vibrant and also an artwork that would stand the test of time,” said 40/40 Creative Director Nick Nichols.

“40/40 is about connecting culture via creative expression and we loved working with Bravehearts to get the message out there about such an important topic.”

Duty lawyers available for Southport family law sittings

A FREE family law legal advice service is available for people who are scheduled to appear at the visiting Federal Circuit Court in Southport on Monday March 10, 2014. 

Run by Legal Aid Queensland, the Family Law Duty Lawyer Service will be available from 9am at the Southport Courthouse on the corner of Davenport and Hinze Streets, Southport.

Legal Aid Queensland family law principal lawyer Suellan Walker-Munro said the duty lawyer service provided a legal lifeline to people representing themselves in family law matters.

But it’s important to note that duty lawyers can only provide a basic service to help people through that day in court.

“Our duty lawyers provide free legal information and advice, help fill out some forms and documents needed for that day in court and will also talk about eligibility for ongoing support from Legal Aid,” Ms Walker-Munro said.

“The service is aimed at people who turn up for court for a session that day without having received any information or advice from a lawyer.

“Our duty lawyers will try to help these people get through their day in court and give them the information they need to better prepare for later court dates.

“Our duty lawyer service will go some of the way to helping people get through that first day before the court, but cannot replace the very important assistance a lawyer can provide in the days and weeks leading up to a court date.”

All Queenslanders can get free legal information and advice from Legal Aid Queensland by calling 1300 65 11 88 (local call cost from a landline) from anywhere in the state.

Locals heat up the frypan for Pancake Tuesday

HOUSEHOLDS all over the Gold Coast spent the morning flipping traditional pancakes in celebration of Shrove Tuesday.

Pancake Tuesday, as it is more commonly known, is a Christian celebration to mark the last day before lent.

Celebrity Chef Adrian Richardson said everyone can enjoy Pancake Day.

“For me, Pancake Day is about gathering friends and family in the kitchen to create tasty pancakes with a variety of sweet and savoury toppings to suit all taste buds. Of course, flipping them is the best part,” he said.

“All you need is four key ingredients – eggs, self-raising flour, milk and low-fat spread – and you’re on your way to pancake heaven.”

If you mised out on heating up the frypan and enjoying some pancakes this morning, why not whip up this delicious dessert tonight.

pancake cake 300x200Chocolate Hazelnut Crêpe Cake

Serves: 4 or 10-12 crêpes

Preparation time: 10 minutes, cooking time: 20 minutes

Crêpes – 2 eggs 2 egg yolks, 125g plain flour, 300ml milk, ½ tbsp castor sugar, oil spray, 250g hazelnut spread, 2/3 cup thickened cream whipped
Chocolate Sauce – ½ cup thickened cream, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 100g dark chocolate roughly chopped or broken into pieces

1. Place eggs, yolks, flour and milk in a bowl and using a whisk, mix to a smooth batter.
2. Heat a non-stick frying pan, and spray lightly with oil.
3. Pour in some batter and swirl the pan around to evenly and thinly cover the base. Cook until lightly browned before turning, then cook other side until lightly browned and cooked through. Set aside and repeat the process until all of the batter is used.
4. For the chocolate sauce, place cream and sugar into a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
5. Add chocolate, then remove from heat and stir until smooth.
6. Place into a jug and set aside to cool
7. Place one crêpe onto a cake stand or plate, spread with hazelnut spread and whipped cream. Spread another crêpe with hazelnut spread and whipped cream, then place on top of the first crêpe and repeat this process until the last layer of crêpe.
8. Before serving, pour the chocolate sauce over the crêpes.
9. Serve with fresh strawberries, raspberries or blueberries.

Tip: Add 1 tbsp of hazelnut or coffee liquor to the chocolate sauce for that special indulgence.

Nerang bus services petition to be tabled in Parliament this week

CLOSE to 400 people have signed a petition calling for Nerang public bus services to be reinstated to seven days a week.

Member for Gaven Dr Alex Douglas MP will table the petition in State Parliament this week which started just days after Translink introduced revised bus services on the Gold Coast in January.

“Residents have told me they want the former routes 21, 20A and 20 restored so the people of Nerang have a proper service, not one that finishes mid-afternoon and doesn’t run at weekends,” Dr Douglas said.

“Residents are angry with the LNP government’s slashing of services in Nerang and feel like they are being ignored with a second-rate service.”

One of the petition organisers Mr Mark Swain (pictured right) of Nerang met with Dr Douglas to seek his assistance to have the former services reinstated to seven days a week so people can get home from work in normal office hours and travel at weekends.

“The petition organisers are planning to call a public meeting to put forward their case and want to meet with the Transport Minister Scott Emerson to voice their anger,” Dr Douglas said.

“Mr Swain is unhappy with the cut in services to Clearwater Estate at weekends and mid-afternoon.”