$30M to improve Gold Coast Waterways

MILLIONS of dollars will be spent upgrading more than 160 kilometres Gold Coast Waterways over the next four years.

Following months of community consultation, the 10-year Waterways Management Strategy has been finalized by the State Government.

$30 million has been committed across four years to improve the management and access of the Gold Coast waterways.

Emphasis will be on improving infrastructure such as boat ramps and pontoons and continued protection of the environment on and beside the waterways. Speed limits will also be reviewed, as some locals believe it’s either too low or too high in some areas.

In the second half of this year, works will commence on dredging programs at a number of key locations including the Labrador channel and a new boat ramp and pontoon at Southport Broadwater Parklands.

Member for Broadwater Verity Barton said with more than 160 kilometres of channels and about 40 per cent of the state’s recreational vessels, the waterways were at the heart of the Gold Coast lifestyle.

“This strategy is about better access to the waterways through dredging projects, new infrastructure and improvements to navigational aids,” Ms Barton said.

“The strategy will kick start a comprehensive review of speed limits across the city, including hot spots such as high speed areas on the Nerang River and the Broadwater.”

Visit www.gcwa.qld.gov.au to view the three year rolling program of works detailing the projects and initiatives of the Authority.

Titans team for NRL Rd One clash against Sharks

THREE Titans recruits will step out in the blue and gold for the first time in the NRL Round One clash with the Sharks.

Coach John Cartwright has named Brad Tighe, Maurice Blair and Paul Carter to make their debut for the Gold Coast at Remondis Stadium on Monday night.

Tighe (from Penrith) and Blair (Melbourne) will form a new combination in the three-quarters and utility forward Carter (Canterbury) has been chosen on the bench.

Prop Luke Douglas will play his 195th consecutive NRL match, breaking Jason Taylor’s record for the most successive games in the club’s history. With a sense of coming full circle, his debut was in the opening round for Cronulla in 2006.

Co-captain Nate Myles will play his first match since returning from Australia’s World Cup campaign while hooker Beau Falloon also goes into the season without any pre-season action.

Street fight ends with a king-hit in Southport

A BRAWL involving a large group of kids at Southport has reportedly ended with one person being king-hit.

Police were first called to the area near Gold Coast Tattoos on Nerang Street just before 4pm following reports of a fight between street kids and high school girls.

After arriving at the scene, the alleged aggressors had fled the area and staff at Gold Coast Tattoos reportedly pulled the girls to safety inside their store, according the local media reports.

The police helicopter was hovering overhead monitoring the situation. It’s understood there is no CCTV footage of the incident.

However, at around 5.30pm, police were again called to the same area after a man was allegedly king-hit at the taxi rank.

Police rushed to the scene though it’s understood both the offender and the victim fled before officers arrived.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information that could assist police with this matter is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Schapelle Corby attempts to take her own life: Reports

SCHAPELLE Corby has attempted to take her own life with a knife while in a meeting with parole officials, according to multiple media reports.

Corrections officials have told Fairfax media Schapelle Corby attempted self harm during a two-hour visit to her sister Mercedes’ Kuta home on Monday night.

Boss of the Bali parole board, Sunar Agus is quoted telling Fairfax’s Southeast Asia Correspondent Gabrielle Dunlevy that he visited her on Monday night where he found her “unstable mentally”.

“She seemed afraid when I tried to have dialogue with her. She tried to kill herself, she took a knife, but her family immediately prevented her,” he said.

It’s reported Mr Agus met with the convicted drug smuggler to discuss “various possibilities’’ that may follow the Seven Network’s recent Sunday Night documentary where Mercedes was interviewed about her sister’s release from prison.

Mercedes has since hit back at the claims, denying Schapelle tried to self harm.

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Nephew of notorious Tony Mokbel in Gold Coast court

THE NEPHEW of notorious convicted drug lord Antonios ‘Fat Tony’ Mokbel has faced court after his arrest at Gold Coast Airport earlier this year.

Antonios Mokbel, 18, appeared in Coolangatta Magistrates Court on Monday charged with failing to follow instructions on an aircraft after an alleged incident on a flight from Melbourne to the Gold Coast on January 20.

The 18-year-old, son of Antonios ‘Fat Tony’ Mokbel’s older brother Horty Mokbel, is alleged to have turned aggressive after repeatedly refusing direction from a flight attendant to switch off his mobile phone as the plane proceeded to land at the Gold Coast airport.

Police allege he and members of his family then became engaged in a “heated argument” with airline staff.

The case was adjourned until March 31.