The evil twin

YOU’VE got to feel for Southport with all the crap it’s been through over the past few years.

Finally the end of the disruption and economic pain is in sight.

All those businesses struggling due to the closure of the hospital and the never ending road works for the light rail project can look forward to a return to some normality and, let’s be bold, a bit of prosperity from the new transport link.

There is even a chance something might be done about the abandoned Southport hospital site this century.

Okay, I might be getting a bit over-excited with that one.

Late last year the State Government added to the optimism over Southport’s future by declaring it a Priority Development Area and handing back control of development assessments to the Council.

This was to ensure processes could be streamlined so the Gold Coast’s traditional Central Business District could recover and bloom with all the opportunities the 2018 Commonwealth Games promised.

Good times were ahead.

And then Deputy/Acting Premier Jeff ‘I love quarries and private planes’ Seeney butted in.

Because, if the rumours are true, Mr Seeney is considering making Southport share its treasured status as THE CBD with, wait for it, Robina.

Twin CBDs!

Robina, Robina, Robina.

Why does everything have to be about Robina?

Cheeky realtors already refer to the young whippersnapper as a CBD.

But has it got the history and experience of Southport?

Did it ever suffer for its status as Southport has suffered?

Can you even get there without a car?

I think not!

Well, I’ve never seen a bus near there.

Seriously, why on earth did taxpayers spend billions of dollars on a light rail system through Southport if the Government now plans on encouraging businesses to move out to Robina?

The Gold Coast is inconveniently decentralised already.

At least with one major CBD there is some hope of getting some leverage from that status to attract more infrastructure and business.

Two CBDs would have to share infrastructure, promotions, government departments and attention.

Even the closest of twins don’t like sharing everything.

And we all know what happens when one twin gets resentful – they become the evil twin.

 

 

 

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Miami home fire started in pile of rubbish

A MIAMI home has been damaged during an early morning blaze.

It’s believed the fire started in a pile of rubbish at the Fraser Drive property.

Crews had to knock down the garage door to get inside and extinguish the blaze.

No one was home at the time and there were no injuries.

A Police guard has been set up at the scene as investigations continue.

Medina takes down Parko to claim Quiky Pro

BRAZILLIAN surfer Gabriel Medina has put a shocking 2013 Quiksilver Pro behind him to win the opening ASP event at Snapper Rocks.

The 20-year-old broke his leg in the opening rounds last year, but yesterday managed to knocked out world champion Mick Fanning and Taj Burrow before pipping Joel Parkinson by just 0.06 of a point in a dramatic final.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports, Medina trailed for most of the 35-minute final against the Coolangatta local and 2012 world champion, before managing to claim two great waves to post a two-wave total of 16.33.

Long touted as a championship prospect, Medina admitted he was thinking his amazing day could be the start of something special in 2014.

“This is the best day of my life for sure,” he said. “I would never have imagined this one.”

He’s now set his sights on surfing’s world title.

A devastated Parkinson, who surfed brilliantly all day, particularly on his way to a semi-final score of 18.70, had to console himself with back-to-back runner-up finishes at his home event.

“It happens, man,” Parkso said. “The kid’s an amazing surfer. Gabriel is so talented.”

The tour now heads to Western Australia for next month’s Margaret River Classic.

Gold Coast C-vivors get moving to improve wellbeing

GOLD Coasters affected by cancer are being encouraged to get moving and join a fitness support group as a way to improve overall wellbeing.

The free c-vivor fitness and movement class, held every Monday at 9.30am, combines the known benefits of physical activity with the added benefits of peer support in a social and supportive environment.

Leader of the fitness and movement class Helen Mitchell said she is passionate about helping cancer survivors find a new lease on life through exercise.

“As a personal fitness instructor by trade, I know that fitness is very important as it works on both the mind and the body,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Getting out and getting active helps you to feel alive and allows you to focus on positive things,” she added.

Cancer Council Queensland Gold Coast Cancer Support Coordinator Jenni Dyason said c-vivor classes continue to make a tangible difference to those affected by cancer.

“Interacting with others who have also been through a cancer experience is a unique and beneficial form of support and there are also the physical benefits of regular exercise,” Ms Dyason said.

“Knowing the difference that these sorts of groups make to those people who are going through diagnosis, treatment and recovery is our motivation behind bringing the program to our local community,” she added.

The class meets at the Cancer Council Queensland’s Gold Coast Office, 1 Short St Southport and goes through a 45 minute circuit-style routine.

You can also get involved with the c-vivor walking and reading classes in Southport at 9am every Thursday. 

For more information about c-vivor, please visit www.c-vivor.org.au.

Douglas resigns with Titans

FURTHER stability has been added to the Titans squad, after record-breaking prop Luke Douglas resigned for another three years.

The front-rower, who played his 195th NRL game on Monday against the Sharks, joins a growing list of those re-committing to the Gold Coast club, including Kevin Gordon and Ryan James. While stars such as Greg Bird, Nate Myles and Dave Taylor are all set to remain on the Glitter Strip until 2015.

The Titans say Douglas is a “valuable member of (the) side”.

“He has shown his loyalty by remaining here when he could have earned more money elsewhere,” said coach John Cartwright.

“He gives enormous value to the team not just in the amount of games he plays but the commitment he gives on and off the field; he’s professional in every aspect in the way he approaches the game.”

The 27-year-old will undergo an ultra-sound on his injured thumb today in hope of continuing his record-breaking stint against Wests Tigers at home on Sunday.

Cartwright plans to take the same 17 men who beat Cronulla into the clash at CBus Super Stadium.