Firefighters to finally leave Straddy

Queensland fire crews are preparing to leave North Stradbroke Island after battling ongoing blazes for two weeks.

On Sunday night, firies conducted their final monitoring and mop-up of the bushfire as they prepare to leave the island on Monday afternoon.

The Local Council and Parks and Wildlife Service will now be in-charge of keeping an eye on any further flare-ups.

It all began with a grassfire on 29 December in the Blue Lake area that went on to burn 60 percent of North Straddy.

16,200 hectares of land has been blackened, leaving locals and tourists on edge well into the New Year.

Free school holiday program at Harbour Town

As we hit mid-January, Gold Coast parents have begun to run dry on fresh ideas to keep the kids busy these school holidays.

Not to worry though, because Harbour Town is bringing two weeks of free entertainment for the whole family with its Hit the Beach campaign.

Beginning on 13 January and running until 25 January, shoppers will have the chance to watch a world-champion sand sculptor create a handmade masterpiece, get involved in sculpting lessons, participate in Surf Lifesaving Fun clinics and listen to fascinating marine-life adventures from the Sea World Marine Research and Rescue team.

For those feeling inspired and wanting to get their hands dirty, sand master Dennis Massoud will teach the kids the art of sculpting until Friday at 11.00am, 12.00pm and 1,00pm daily.

Also on the holiday agenda is a series of lessons run by Surf Lifesaving Queensland, where children can gain invaluable knowledge about the ocean and join in on plenty of games, with prizes up for grabs from 20-23 January.

Children with a curiosity for the ocean’s magical marine-life will love hearing from Sea World Marine Rescue on 24 and 25 January, where they will learn everything from how to remove a hook from a shark, what happens during a whale rescue, whether sharks like to socialise and much more.

Bookings for sand sculpting lessons and Surf Life Saving fun clinics are essential. Call 5561 5704 or visit the customer service lounge in centre to reserve your spot.

For more information please visit www.harbourtowngoldcoast.com.au

Summer sessions hit the deck at Robina

Robina Town Centre has launched the ultimate chill out zone, with its brand new pop up Sundeck on The Promenade set to draw a crowd throughout January and February.

The new precinct will be a cool haven for shoppers to hang out on sun lounges, under colourful umbrellas and on cushions and bean bags.

Complementing the summer refuge will be live music from some of Queensland’s best acoustic musicians on weekends from 11.00am until 2.00pm.

Shoppers can recharge their batteries listening to the sounds of multi-talented Alex Fietz, renowned for his soulful piano playing, to the silky vocals and guitar-work of Chris Palmer, Mat Stokes and his crowd pleasing melodies, Angie Simone, Rob McMullen and many more.

Marketing Manager of Robina Town Centre Anna Colville-Smith said the specially designed chill-out zone was the perfect addition to the centre’s summer vibe.

“After a morning of exploring the shops in air-conditioned comfort, we are inviting shoppers to grab lunch and a cool beverage from a favourite Robina Town Centre eatery before kicking back and enjoying an afternoon of free entertainment,” she said.

For more information on Robina Town Centre’s chill-out zone visit www.robinatowncentre.com.au

Golden Globes emergency

The 71st Golden Globes is under way in Los Angeles, but it has not gone smoothly.

Earlier a light bulb was blamed for setting off sprinklers, soaking a section of the red carpet.  Celebrities were forced to wait out front in their limousines.

Ryan Seacrest tweeted “the red carpet has become so saturated that it has begun lifting up off the concrete path”.

Channel Nine’s Richard Wilkins snuck past security, promising not to discuss the emergency, before revealing that officials were using vacuum cleaners to suck up the excess water.

Australian actress Cate Blanchett is in the running for a Golden Globe for her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.  Countryman Geoffrey Rush paid tribute and said “I think the American term is she hits it out of the ball park”.

Cate has just strolled down the red carpet in a black sequinned Armani gown.

Fellow Aussie Naomi Watts has walked in to the Beverly Hilton Hotel with husband Liev Schreiber, both sporting outfits by Tom Ford.

Blonde bombshell Margot Robbie appeared alongside Best Actor nominee Leonardo Di Caprio in Wolf of Wall Street and has walked the red carpet already.  The Australian was wearing a plunging white Gucci gown with silver trim with her hair pulled back in a tight knot.  Margot told an E reporter she “is single” but said “I don’t really want to date an Actor so this probably isn’t the night I’m going to find anyone”.

Actress Amy Adams has also made an appearance, wearing a revealing red dress with a sweeping back.

Nominee Jennifer Lawrence will be among those selected to hand out awards.

American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave have the most nominations this year, with seven nods each.

Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will play host for the second year running.

Nominations for the Oscars will be announced next Thursday. The Academy Awards will be held on March 2.

Woman charged with attempted murder at Beenleigh

A young Eagleby woman has been charged with attempted murder following a dispute at a home north of the Coast.

It is alleged that the 23 year-old woman wounded a 53 year-old man at a house on City Road in Beenleigh just before 1am on Monday morning.

Police were called to the scene where they found the man suffering serious injuries.

He was transported to hospital for treatment.

The woman is due to appear in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Monday.

Anyone with information which could assist police should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.