Gold Coaster scores $15 million in Oz Lotto

THE State of Origin series opening clash may be on tonight, but one Queensland Oz Lotto player has already scored after he won a $15 million division one prize in last night’s Oz Lotto jackpot draw.

The Gold Coast man, in his 30s, was at work this morning when a Golden Casket official contacted him with the life changing news that he was now a multi-millionaire.

“You are kidding?  I’m speechless and feeling a bit numb right now,” the shocked winner confessed.

“I need to call my wife straight away and brighten her day!  You’ve got no idea what this means to us and our family.”

“With the State of Origin on tonight, this has got to be a good omen for Queensland!  I reckon the score will be 15 million to none,” the ecstatic winner joked.

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, said it was too early to say what he’ll do with his multi-million dollar Oz Lotto windfall.

“I think I’ll sit and chill for a while.  I know that I’ll use some of the prize money to help my family.”

The winning System 8 marked ticket was purchased from News Extra Highland Park, Shop 13, 104 – 106 Alexander Drive.

It’s the second time in less than two weeks that News Extra Highland Park has sold a division one winning entry.

Ten days ago, the newsagency sold a division one prize worth $1.1 million in the Saturday Gold Lotto Superdraw on 17 May 2014.

Oz Lotto’s total division one prize pool of $30 million was shared between two winning entries with one from Queensland and the other winning ticket was purchased by a 16-member work syndicate in Victoria.

The winning numbers in Oz Lotto draw 1058 on 27 May 2014 were 32, 12, 3, 23, 40, 2 and 19.  The supplementary numbers were 6 and 37.

Have your 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.

He said 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 information sessions for Hinze Dam will be held at:
•    Gold Coast Farmers Market, Lavelle Street, Nerang – 8am-9.30am, Sunday 1 June
•    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 yourseqwater.com.au

Those north and south of the Gold Coast forced to work

YOUNG locals living in the high unemployment areas of Byron Bay and Logan, both south and north of the Gold Coast, are on notice.

They are believed to be among the first regions likely to be targeted the Coalition’s planned revamp of the work for the dole scheme (participants pictured courtesy of 3aw.com.au).

The Federal Government is today expected to unveil the initial 18 locations across the country where people under 30 will be forced to do something for their welfare payment.

Five of the target areas are in Queensland.

News.com.au reported Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker as saying “All Australians who are capable of working should be working — ideally for a wage but, if not, for the dole”.

The locations have been selected because they are areas of high unemployment, have a high number of job seekers, and Mr Hartsuyker said they could “significantly benefit” from this tough approach to getting people off welfare and back into the workforce.

Clive Palmer silent on budget measures

WEALTHY Gold Coaster Clive Palmer has refused to speak to the Coalition until he gets his way.

The Federal MP has called on the government to provide his party with more advisers ahead of it sharing the balance of power in the Senate.

Mr Palmer wrote to the Prime Minister to ask for a similar amount of assistance as what is provided to the Australian Greens, to consider budget measures.

The mining magnate told the ABC he wanted the extra resources as soon as possible so the Palmer United Party could make its decisions known.

He admitted his request had been rejected, but maintained that his party could not talk to the Government about legislation they know nothing about.

The ABC asked Mr Palmer why, if he has previously lamented that he is burdened by having too much money, he does not just pay for these advisers out of his own pocket.

He replied that it is a matter of respect and “it’s a matter of what’s fair for the Australian people, I don’t keep my salary I donate it to charity”.

When asked for names of charities he donates to the self proclaimed billionaire said he donated to all charities in his electorate of Fairfax “from surf clubs to lifesaving clubs” before adding “we’ll be publishing a list of those in the next couple of months after everyone’s received their donations”.

But when asked to provide one name, he replied “no I don’t want to embarrass someone and have fifty reporters at that charity tomorrow”.

The Palmer United Party will have three senators from July 1, after forming an agreement with the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party’s Ricky Muir, giving it four out of the six extra votes the government will need to pass laws.

TAFE charity luncheon to benefit the blind

THIS month TAFE Queensland Gold Coast will play host to a charity luncheon to benefit the famous Guide Dogs Queensland cause, helping to support vision impaired Australians.

Held at Visions Restaurant at the Ashmore campus on Thursday between 11:30am and 2:00pm, the event will feature a fully catered luncheon, entertainment, and information about their cause, Guide Dogs Queensland.

In keeping with the fun, animal nature of the charity, the luncheon will be based around a barnyard theme, with a plethora of decorations and entertainment to set the scene.

All proceeds raised by the event will go towards the charity with any expenses generously covered by Campus facilities.

Established in 1960, Guide Dogs Queensland helps to equip, empower and educate Queenslanders who are blind or vision impaired, of all ages, with a range of orientation and mobility services.

All of their services, including their signature Guide Dogs are offered free of charge, and so the organisation relies on events like this luncheon to continue its work.

The luncheon also aims to let the students involved gain some industry experience in the non-profit field and aid the community at the same time.