Pimpama grass fire under control

3.20pm UPDATE: FIRE FIGHTERS have gained the upper hand on a grass fire burning on the northern Gold Coast this afternoon.
Crews were called to the blaze burning between Wallaby Way and Kerkin Road North at Pimpama at around 2.45pm.
As a result of a quick response time, the fire was brought under control by 3.20pm.
Ormeau Rural Fire Brigade advised crews from Wasp Creek Rural Fire Brigade and Helensvale Urban Station attended.
Initial information suggested a car fire spread through nearby grassland at the back of Wallaby Way and Kerkin Road.
Smoke was expected to impact nearby residential areas and residents were advised to close doors and windows.

Surf rowers gather at Tugan

70 surf rowing crews from around Queensland have flocked to Tugan beach.

The 4th round of the Navy Australian Surf Rowers League series takes place on Saturday, with the finals at 1pm.

Divisions of surfboat racing include everything from under 19s to the Masters.

The race is 400 metres long and includes wet starts, meaning crews will be looking to make it through the break as quick as possible to set themselves up for a strong finish.

The Navy series also acts as the local qualifying for the chance to represent Queensland at the ASRL Interstate Championships at Stockton, NSW in February.

Clive Palmer plans to visit Christmas Island

Inspired by the recent birth of his daughter, Clive Palmer is seeking approval to visit the Christmas Island detention centre.

The Federal MP and Gold Coast billionaire said he will write to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to grant him access.

With a newborn girl now in his life, Mr Palmer wants to make sure the children of asylum seekers are still given a happy childhood even in detention.

The Palmer United Party supports asylum seekers flying into Australia and being quickly processed at airports.

Surfing greats to descend on Broadbeach

MORE THAN 500 of the region’s top surf sport athletes will flock to Broadbeach this weekend to compete in the second round of the Sizzler Oceans 38 series.

The competition will be headlined by Ky Hurst, Tanyn Lyndon, Krystal Smith and Courtney Hancock, who will all be hoping to make their mark ahead of the Queensland and Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in the coming months.

The competition is being overseen by Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) Point Danger Branch and is supported by Sizzler, which has contributed more than $16,000 in series prize money.

SLSQ Point Danger Branch manager Kerrie Barnes expects the competition to be fierce, particularly with athletes eager to assert their dominance early in the New Year.

“Some of the best athletes in Queensland and Australia will be competing this weekend and no doubt they’ll all be keen to start the New Year off on the right foot with a big win,” she said.

The Sizzler Ocean 38 will feature trophies for Overall Club Championship, Overall Open Age Group as well as Open Age, Under 19, Under 17, Under 15 and Under 14 Overall point score.

“We have more than 500 competitors who’ll line up this weekend, which is a wonderful result and fantastic to see,” Ms Barnes said.

“I’d like to thank Sizzler for their on-going support by providing over $16,000 in prize money for the series,” she said.

Police seek help solving break and enter south of border

POLICE from the Tweed Byron Local Area Command are investigating a spate of break-ins in the township of Terranora between the evening of Thursday 9 January 2014 and today (Friday 10 January 2014).

At around 2.00am on Friday morning, police were contacted about an alleged break-in at a bottle shop attached to a hotel on Henry Lawson drive Terranora.

Officers were told a roller door to the bottle shop had been removed and an amount of alcohol was taken.

Police from Tweed Byron Local Area Command attended the scene and a crime scene was established and investigations commenced.

Police left the location and a security guard remained at the scene.

Around three hours later, at 5.00am, a dark blue Subaru Forrester with two males in it approached the security guard and assaulted him before fleeing the scene with a quantity of alcohol from the tavern.

Further inquires have revealed that a truck was stolen from a business and was allegedly used in two break-ins at the hotel.

By 7.00am, the truck was located totally destroyed by fire on Tumbulgum Road at Murwillumbah.

Police investigations are continuing and police would like to speak to anyone who can assist with their investigation.