Police seek driver of bus in fatal M1 crash

POLICE are appealing for the driver of a small bus involved in a crash that left one person dead and two others injured on the M1 to come forward.

Early information suggests a northbound sedan crashed into the rear of a stationary Toyota Coaster Bus (pictured) on the Pacific Motorway at Yatala around 8.45pm on Wednesday.

Police believe the bus was parked in the left hand lane of the motorway and unoccupied at the time of the collision.

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FATAL CRASH: Police are seeking the driver of this small bus involved in a fatal crash on the M1 on Wednesday night. IMAGE: Supplied

The sedan then careened into a third vehicle, which was also travelling north.

The passenger of the sedan, a 25-year-old Salisbury man, died at the scene.

The driver of the sedan, a 21-year-old Logan man, and the person behind the wheel of the third vehicle, a 45-year-old Tanah Merah woman, were both transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are appealing for the driver and any occupants of the bus, along with anyone who may have noticed the bus parked on the side of the M1, to contact Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Mayor gives indication on light rail start date

THE Gold Coast Mayor has given the strongest indication yet as to when we might see the first paying passengers board the G:link trams.

Mayor Tom Tate participated in a digital town hall style live blog with the Gold Coast Bulletin on Thursday morning, taking ratepayers’ questions on the Gold Coast City Council’s $1.1 billion budget which is due on June 18.

Responding to a resident’s query on the official launch of the light rail, Mayor Tom Tate insisted the Transport Minister release a date.

“Hi Tom, why do you think the transport minister cannot tell us when the light rail will start taking passengers?” Michelle asked.

“Michelle, the Minister should give us an indicative date so that retailers can start rostering and purchasing stock to meet extra patronage,” Cr Tate responded.

“But my gut feel is that it will begin operating in the third week of June,” he said.

State Transport Minister Scott Emerson yesterday told reporters a decision was yet to be made on an official launch date.

GoldLinQ’s website continues to promote a ‘mid-2014’ start, as it has done so for the past two years.

Car stopped short of pulling into tram station

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Car ignores No Entry sign and ends up driving along tram tracks in Southport. IMAGE: myGC.com.au

A GOLD Coast driver has been stopped short of pulling into a tram station after ignoring a clearly posted ‘No Entry’ sign and driving along a section of tracks in Southport this morning.

Witnesses say the small car was travelling north along Scarborough Street around 11am when it entered the tracks after illegally turning left down Nerang Street.

Nearby traffic controllers were quick to intervene, stopping the vehicle short of pulling into a light rail passenger station.

The incident unfolded all while another tram headed the opposite direction cruised passed on the second line.

Images of the close call show the vehicle being reversed out of its sticky situation.

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Car ignores No Entry sign and ends up driving along tram tracks in Southport. IMAGE: myGC.com.au


Have a say on recreation plans for Hinze Dam

NEW recreational opportunities are being considered at Hinze Dam on the Gold Coast and the community is being invited to have its say.

Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said it was part of the most extensive review of recreation of South East Queensland dams and catchments ever undertaken.

“The Government’s strong plan for a brighter future involves improved opportunities at south east Queensland’s lakes, which will help grow tourism as promised at the election,” Mr McArdle said.

“Labor failed to make full use of the beautiful spaces and has no plan to expand recreational and leisure opportunities for Queenslanders or to grow tourism.”

The discussion paper on Hinze Dam covers the various activities currently available and provides an avenue for the community to formally submit any opportunities they see for recreation at the lake.

“We want to find out what the local community and visitors to the lake think about current recreation arrangements and future opportunities,” he said.

“The community will be able to get involved by attending public information sessions and workshops, as well as accessing information on Seqwater’s website and participating in an online survey.

“The response to the release of discussion papers in other areas has been very positive and the community has demonstrated how much they truly value the region’s natural recreation spaces.”

The information sessions for Hinze Dam will be held at the Gold Coast Farmers Market, Lavelle Street, Nerang 8am-9.30am and at the Hinze Dam Visitor Centre 10am-11.30am, Sunday 1 June.

Following on from the information session, a community workshop will be held. All interested people are encouraged to attend the discussion workshop in the local area. Workshop dates will be announced soon.

Information for the recreation review of Hinze Dam, including the online survey, is available at http://www.yourseqwater.com.au/seqwater-recreation-review.

Clive Palmer denies budget talks

THERE are mixed reports coming out of a dinner meeting between Gold Coast mining magnate and Federal MP Clive Palmer, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Head of Treasury Martin Parkinson in Canberra on Wednesday night.

The trio met in Chinese restaurant the Wild Duck.

Mr Turnbull walked out at 10.30pm and confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that the Budget had been on the agenda.

“The Budget is a topic of conversation everywhere,” he said. “There really is not much to say, we have had a pleasant dinner and a good chat.”

Mr Palmer said little, telling media with a smile “I just ran into them”.

The Member for Fairfax on the Sunshine Coast was seen hopping into a hire car with the two other mystery diners while Mr Turnbull walked home.

Dr Parkinson remained inside the restaurant before leaving through a back exit.

On Thursday Treasurer Joe Hockey laughed off the suggestion the Coalition is trying to woo Mr Palmer.

Instead he chose to make a jibe about the Palmer United Party leader’s weight while speaking to the Nine Network.

Mr Hockey said “obviously Clive might have more than one meal a night  so it’s quite possible you might bump into him at a restaurant so I think it’s probably just a coincidence, nothing more”.