Suburbs welcome new out of control party legislation

MEMBER for Coomera, Michael Crandon has welcomed new legislation that will see the northern Gold Coast streets safer with new laws that punish the organisers of out-of-control parties passing State Parliament this week.

Mr Crandon said the new legislation would crack down on wild suburban parties that often lead to senseless violence and property damage as they spilled into the streets.

“Northern Gold Coast residents and police are fed up with these parties, often advertised on social media sites like Facebook, that spiral out of control,” he said.

“These new laws will target those who try to profiteer from the young people in the Northern Gold Coast Community, by holding these unsupervised parties with little regard to the safety and security of guests, the neighbourhood or police.”

Under the new laws, a person who organises a party that becomes an out-of-control event, their parents or gate crashers face a maximum penalty of 12 months jail or $12,100.

If police face aggravated and violent circumstances when shutting down wild parties, the party organisers may face fines up to $18,150 and three years in prison.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey said that under the new laws, people who were not at fault would still be protected.

“We understand that sometimes the organisers of out-of-control parties are completely innocent,” Mr Dempsey said.

“So, the Bill provides a defence for a person who has taken reasonable steps to ensure the event does not become out of control, or where a third party has caused the offence.”

Mr Crandon said the new laws are all part of the Newman Government’s commitment to make Queensland the safest place to raise a family.

“We promised to deliver an additional 1,100 police officers over four years and we already have more than 600 of them working hard in Queensland.”

“Just this month 20 new First Year Constables were posted to Logan stations after graduating from the Queensland Police Academy in Brisbane,” he said.

“With new laws targeting out-of-control parties and extra officers patrolling our streets, Queenslanders can rest assured this government is working hard to make the Northern Gold Coast Region safer.”

The Queensland Police service will soon launch a social media campaign targeting young people to educate them on the new laws.

For tips on how to responsibly plan a party, visit the QPS website.

Mercedes Corby lashes out at Queensland Premier

SCHAPELLE Corby’s sister, Mercedes Corby, has just spoken to media about speculation over the controversial paid tell-all interview she has reportedly signed with the Seven Network.

At the same time, Mercedes slammed Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, revealing his government spent $567k of taxpayer’s money on the Nine Network’s tele-movie ‘Schapelle’.

“Recent media reports about payments to Schapelle for an interview are completely wrong,” she said.

“The sums being reported are ridiculous.

“When Schapelle is ready to speak, the parole officers will be informed.

“Despite his comments, Queensland Premier Newman was so interested in this story that his government gave $567,000 for the production of a film for the Nine Network called “Schapelle”.

“This film was biased and inaccurate.

“It was based on a book where the major source was a convicted criminal,” she concluded.

It is reported Mercedes’ statement was pre-recorded by the Seven Network’s Sunday Night crew, then issued to an Indonesian crew, who distributed it to other media.

Bus driver jailed for allegedly having sex with girl, 15

A GOLD Coast bus driver has been jailed for allegedly initiating a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female student that he drove to and from school.

Robert Bruce Bell, 55, was busted when the FBI alerted Australian authorities to the fact he was sending explicit pictures to the underage girl through Facebook.

Following a more thorough investigation, it was discovered Bell was 53 when he allegedly initiated a friendship with the then 13-year-old girl, gaining her trust before grooming her for a sexual relationship.

He was charged with having carnal knowledge of a child under 16, four counts of indecent dealing with a child and using electronic communication to procure a child. As a result of the nature of the charges, he was fired.

He pleaded guilty to all charges and will be released on parole in September 2014.

The Gold Coast Bulletin will have more on this story in Friday’s paper.

Fire fighters called to hinterland scrub fire

FIRE FIGHTERS remain on scene of a scrub fire burning in the Gold Coast Hinterland this afternoon.

Multiple Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) crews are at the scene near Eagle Heights, in the vicinity of Hayes Road and Welches Road, Wongawallan.

Crews say the fire, which started at around 11.30am, poses no threat to properties.

Firefighters are currently conducting backburning operations around the blaze and residents in the Eagle Heights area will experience smoke.

Motorists are asked to drive to conditions and residents suffering from respiratory conditions should keep their doors and windows closed and their medication close by.

Police raids uncover sophisticated meth lab in Upper Coomera

AN ALLEGED former Bandidos bikie has been charged with a list of offences after early morning police raids uncovered a sophisticated drug laboratory on the Gold Coast.

Detectives from Taskforce Maxima arrested the 45-year-old man after officers allegedly located a clandestine drug laboratory, as well as an amount of methylamphetamine and a shortened firearm fitted with a silencer, during raids on an address in Upper Coomera earlier on Thursday.

Police will allege the man is a former patched member of the Bandidos Criminal Motorcycle Gang.

Officers say they also found chemicals and a large quantity of spent reaction fluid at the property which is indicative the laboratory may have produced drugs in excess of $15 million.

Detective Inspector Brendan Smith of Taskforce Maxima said that this discovery has been a significant disruption to the criminal enterprises of the gang and it’s associates.

“It is further evidence of the link between the production of dangerous drugs and criminal gangs. The increase in gang numbers is clearly paralleled by the increase in the production and distribution of dangerous drugs,” Detective Inspector Smith said.

The man will face the Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow on eight charges.

He has been charged with one count each of produce dangerous drugs, possess dangerous drugs, posses relevant substance (laboratory chemicals), prohibited items (laboratory equipment and glassware), possess things used in the commission of a drug offence, unlawful possession of a weapon (Category D), unlawful possession of a weapon (Category R) and possess utensil.