Elderly woman sexually assaulted at Kingscliff

POLICE are on the hunt for man who sexually assaulted an elderly woman at Kingscliff on Wednesday night.

Around 8pm, a 75-year-old woman was at her unit on Kingscliff Street when she heard a knock on the sliding door.

When she opened the door a man forced his way into the unit before sexually assaulting her and then fleeing the scene.

Police were called to the unit about an hour later where they established a crime scene which was examined by specialist forensic officers.

The woman was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for treatment.

Detectives from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command are investigating the assault and appealing for anyone who saw the man in the vicinity of Kingscliff Street about 8pm to come forward.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his late 30s, 180cm tall with a thin build, short light-brown hair and wearing a distinctive grey-coloured “PING’ brand baseball cap and a white t-shirt.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

ANZ to refund $70 million in incorrect home loan charges

THE ANZ bank has been forced to repay more than $70 million to hundreds of thousands of home loan customers.

Around 235,000 ANZ customers were incorrectly charged interest rates on their home loans, with some of the errors dating back to 2003.

ANZ said an incorrect interest rate was charged because a number of the accounts were processed manually, and incorrect keystrokes were put into the computer.

News.com.au reports, The average amount to be refunded to each customer is $300 and it could take up to six weeks for the full $70 million to be given back to customers.

Money will be credited to customers’ accounts, or if the account has since been closed customers would receive a cheque in the mail.

Customer complaints were first made back in 2010 prompting a 4 year audit by PWC.

Gold Coast on king tide alert

BEACHGOERS have been urged to take extra care with the Gold Coast forecast to experience high tide levels over the next few days.

The highest of the tides is forecast to reach 1.87 metres at 8.35am tomorrow (Friday).

Mayor Tom Tate said levels of the daily highest tide were forecast to vary between 1.7 – 1.9 m at the Gold Coast Seaway until Sunday.

The erosion of southern beaches and flooding of low-lying areas will be likely.

Residents in Budds Beach and those in parts of Coombabah, Jacobs Well and Cabbage Tree Point may experience localised flooding.

Cr Tate said the high tides and swells were expected to impact beaches and estuaries with erosion and stronger than usual currents.

“Our Engineering Services team is continuing to monitor the beaches and foreshores, and has resources on standby to respond. The City’s Lifeguards are also prepared for the event,” Cr Tate said.

While we all love our beaches, safety has to come first, so remember if you do see barricades, signs or machinery after tide or storm events, please stay clear and wait for City staff to re-open any closed off areas.

“There is also a risk of minor localised flooding in low lying areas such as Cabbage Tree Point, Boykambil (areas around The Esplanade), Budds Beach, Jacobs Well, foreshores along Coombabah and low lying areas around Tallebudgera Creek.

“People living in low lying areas, should keep an eye on the situation and call SES on 132 500 if they need help.”

The Local Disaster Management Group is not activated but will continue monitoring the situation.

With category one Cyclone Dylan spinning off the north Queensland coast expected to make landfall south of about Townsville on Friday morning, Gold Coast beaches may experience an increased swell on top of the kind tide.

Lifeguards will review local conditions on a daily basis and some beaches may be closed.

Locals and tourists are encouraged to swim between the flags and obey lifeguards instructions.

What’s On this weekend on the Gold Coast – January 31 to February 2 2014

Chinese New Year Celebrations
One of the biggest events happening on the Gold Coast (and around the world) this weekend is Chinese New Year! There are a bunch of celebrations happening around the Gold Coast to welcome in the Year of the Wooden Horse. Here is our pick of where to go:

The Marine Village Sanctuary Cove
Enjoy a program of free family events suitable for all ages. There will be traditional Chinese entertainment with lion dancing and main performances held each day and evening.

Dragon Cove Chinese Cuisine will be the hive of festivities, with traditional celebrations and a special Chinese New Year menu, plus, Corker Cellars will be designing an Asian inspired menu and offering matching wines with free tastings between 4 pm – 7 pm each day.

31 January –  10am to 1pm & 6.30pm to 7.45pm
1 February – 10am to 2pm & 6.30pm to 7.45pm
2 February –  12.15pm to 2pm & 6.30pm to 7.45pm

Carrara Markets
Celebrate the Chinese New Year while picking up a bargain at the markets. Watch the spectacular Chinese Lion Dancers as they parade through the stalls and don’t forget to say Gung Hey Fat Choi … Happy New Year!

2 February – 11am to 1pm

Food and Wine Expo
With over 100 Exhibitors this year’s Food and Wine Expo will have all the ingredients to tantalize your taste buds. From Gourmet food to exquisite wines there will be something for everyone to indulge in at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Sit back and enjoy learning from celebrity chefs or cruise the shows and discover the latest sensational ideas that will make your next dinner party one to be remembered. Tickets start at $20 per person, for one day.

31st January – 12 midday to 8pm
1st February – 10am to 6pm
2nd February – 10am – 5pm

Gold Coast PCYC after-school activities program
If you’re looking for something to keep the kids entertained when they finish school, why not enrol them to take part in the Broadbeach Waters PCYC, Ashmore PCYC,  or Nerang PCYC’s after-school program. Activities include gymnastics, kindergym, martial arts, junior boxing, and some funky dance classes and start from as little as just $5 per class. They also offer family-friendly boxing classes for parents and kids who want to workout together. Plus there are fully air-conditioned gyms at all three GC clubs, with an array of classes on offer, for adults to enjoy.

For more information, click here!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND

Ablett leads SUNS’ six-man leadership group

THE Gold Coast SUNS have named a six-man leadership group, led by star Gary Ablett Jr.

Fellow senior players Nathan Bock and Michael Rischitelli are on board as vice-captains, with young guns Tom Lynch, Dion Prestia and David Swallow to also hold deputy duties.

The SUNS website reports, the six leaders were chosen by their peers – in consultation with coaching staff and administration.

SUNS Senior Coach, Guy McKenna said the players selected represented a true reflection of the playing group’s on-going growth.

“We have been really pleased with the way our playing group has evolved throughout our establishment,” McKenna said.

“Our experienced guys, like Gary, Nathan and Michael, have had a huge task in not just establishing and growing our club but also our players, and for us now to be in a position to elevate some of our inaugural season debutants into the leadership group can be attributed to their great work,”he added.

“Tom, Dion and David have earned their positions in our leadership group, throughout their time with the club they have demonstrated that they have the capabilities of taking this club forward both on and off the field.”

“We have a number of players continuing to develop their leadership qualities and I have no doubt that the boys elevated today will be joined by a number of their peers in the seasons to come.”