Two boys accused of stealing a car and running over its owner

UPDATE: TWO kids have been charged with an alleged crime spree which spread from Biggera Waters to Logan.

The boys, aged 14 and 16, are accused of stealing a car during a burglary at a home in Biggera Waters on Monday.

The owner and his wife spotted the duo, with a mate, approaching the vehicle on Coombabah Road at Runaway Bay around 10.45am yesterday.

The 71-year-old man confronted them and demanded they give his car back.

Police say the stolen vehicle was then driven at the man, knocking him to the ground before being driven away. The man sustained minor head injuries.

His wife, who was driving their other car was treated for shock.

The incident sparked a ground and air search involving PolAir with a vehicle, which had allegedly been stolen from Underwood earlier in the day, spotted around 1.20pm.

It was driving along Brisbane Road at Helensvale and when it failed to stop was tracked by the Police helicopter and other police units to an address at Woodridge where two boys were arrested.

A 16-year-old Woodridge boy was charged with two counts of burglary and one count each of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, failing to stop a motor vehicle and stealing.

A 14-year-old Beenleigh boy was charged with three counts of burglary and one count each of fraud, trespass and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

They will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.

Police located the first stolen vehicle abandoned on Lagoon Park Drive at Maudsland yesterday afternoon and are now searching for a silver Mercedes Benz E250 which was stolen from a nearby residence.

Investigations into the hit and run incident and other subsequent offences are continuing.

Margot Robbie shines on cover of Vanity Fair

GOLD Coast actress Margot Robbie has joined the film industry’s elite on the coveted cover of Vanity Fair’s 20th Anniversary Hollywood edition.

News.com.au reports, the glitzy photo was shot by celebrity photographer-to-the-stars Annie Leibovitz and features A-Listers George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

The Wolf of Wall Street star is also amid fellow ‘newcomers’ Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as well as Oscar nominated actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jared Leto.

Film review: Last Vegas is a sure bet for laughs

LET me start off by admitting: I wasn’t a fan of The Hangover, or its sequel, and I never bothered with the third.

The comparisons between The Hangover and Last Vegas are unavoidable – they’re both films about bachelor parties in Las Vegas.

There are antics, scantily clad women and drunken moments. That’s where the similarities end.

Last Vegas is led by a stellar cast: Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro and Kevin Kline and is cleverly scripted, gaining regular laughs without having to resort to profanity, nudity or downright toilet humour.

The scene is set with a flashback to the 50s with four adolescent boys making their mark on their ‘hood’ in New York.

Move forward 58 years: Billy (Douglas) is an eternal bachelor who has an epiphany and decides he doesn’t want to end up like his protege and die alone in bed. He proposes to his 32-year-old girlfriend and calls his old mates to share the good news.

Archie (Freeman) and Sam (Kline) – both bored with their lives – immediately suggest a bachelor weekend in Las Vegas, the only problem is getting Paddy (DeNiro) on board as we learn he and Billy have had a falling out.

The reason behind the split is gradually uncovered throughout the film, but as with many ‘bromances’ it’s safe to reveal, there’s a woman involved.

One from the past and one from the present. 

Once in Sin City each of the four men are drawn like moths to a flame to sassy lounge singer Diana (Mary Steenburgen). But who’ll get the girl this time?

The characters aren’t too far apart from those we’re used to from Douglas and DeNiro, but it’s great to see them on screen together with Freeman and Kline mostly having fun and letting their (grey) hair down.

Elderly jokes a-plenty, Last Vegas is a comedy with real heart (thanks largely to the superb acting and witty script) and at the core speaks to anyone who knows how important it is to have mates who know you better than you know yourself, but love you anyway.

The seniors in the audience will certainly be able to relate to jokes about titanium hips, overprotective kids, pill-popping and the difficulty in realising your body isn’t as young as your mind thinks it is.

But even the ‘young ones’ will get a good chuckle at the ‘oldies’ expense.

Last Vegas is in cinemas from tomorrow.

Gold Coast radiotherapy service opens on World Cancer Day

THE Gold Coast will celebrate the official opening of radiation therapy services at Gold Coast University Hospital on World Cancer Day, giving cancer patients affordable access to lifesaving treatment.

About half of all cancer patients will require radiotherapy treatment at some stage after diagnosis.

More than 3000 people are diagnosed with cancer on the Gold Coast alone each year, and around 1000 die from the disease.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift has welcomed today’s milestone for Gold Coast cancer patients.

“The burden of cancer is set to grow over the next few years with an ageing and increasing population – one in two people on the Gold Coast will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime,” Ms Clift said.

“Now, more than ever, local, affordable access to lifesaving treatment is vital for every cancer patient.

“Radiotherapy treatment offered locally on the Gold Coast will save many patients from having to make the trip to Brisbane for treatment.

“We’re pleased the official opening of this service will also reduce waiting list times for radiotherapy treatment across the state.

“Patients will also have access to CCQ’s free cancer counselling service and support programs, to underpin the high standard of clinical care provided by Radiation Oncology Queensland (ROQ) and the Gold Coast University Hospital.”

Gold Coast Health Chief Executive Ron Calvert said he was pleased to see the commencement of this vital but previously missing component of public cancer services.

“The team at Gold Coast Health is confident about the quality of service being provided which will see up to 80 patients a day being treated when both linear accelerators are up and running,” Mr Calvert said.

“Access to multi-disciplinary treatment closer to home will help to improve quality of life for local patients and ease the strain that often comes with travelling for treatment.”

The service is currently seeing approximately 25 patients per day. More than 100 patients have been consulted since ROQ commenced in September and it is expected over 800 patients will be treated in the first year.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at http://www.cancerqld.org.au/ or Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20.

New Mental Health Initiative launched on the Gold Coast

A NEW mental health initiative that aims to better meet the needs of vulnerable people has been launched on the Gold Coast today.

The Partners in Recovery Project (PIR), funded through the Australian Government Department of Health, aims to improve links across different sectors and services which will improve the level of support for people with severe and persistent mental health issues.

The Gold Coast Partners in Recovery Consortia, including Gold Coast Medicare Local, Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland, Mental Health Association, Aftercare, FSG and Ozcare, have formed to bring together greater care coordination across a range of areas.

This includes providers working with drugs and alcohol abuse, housing, homelessness, employment, education, emergency services and hospital emergency departments, to provide more comprehensive and co-ordinated care.

Gold Coast Medicare Local CEO Matt Carrodus said the project aims to address some of the mental health issues highlighted in the Gold Coast’s first Health and Wellbeing Plan.

“The Gold Coast has specific mental health issues, particularly through drug and alcohol use and a transient population,” Mr Carrodus said.

“There is evidence to suggest that people living with long-term and severe mental health issues are ten times more likely to be homeless, 50 per cent less likely to have completed school, more likely to be living on income support, and have a life expectancy that lags the national average by up to 30 years.

“Almost one in three people in the community experience mental illness and yet there is still a low level of understanding of this illness and a high level of stigma.

“We know that people can recover from mental illness, however service systems and community perceptions need to improve considerably to continue to support people to achieve this. This is what the Partners in Recovery initiative is all about.

“The Gold Coast PIR consortium will be working with key leaders and community members across our region to build on existing mechanisms to establish optimal environments that support people and their families to achieve a sense of wellbeing and recovery on the Gold Coast,” Mr Carrodus said.

National Operations Manager at Aftercare, Ivan Frkovic, said the Partners in Recovery initiative will create better pathways and improved partnerships that will change people’s lives.

“Partners in Recovery will ensure that people with severe mental illness and complex needs do not continue to fall through services gaps and will make sure that the silos in the service delivery system are removed,” Mr Frkovic said.

“Partners in Recovery will strengthen existing partnerships among mental health, employment and housing agencies but more so it will engage a range of other community agencies which have historically not seen themselves as having a role in the lives of people with mental illness.”

Facilitators have been appointed who will work alongside people with mental health concerns where there have been difficulties in getting the support they need.

Each facilitator can assist them to get support such as housing and health care by helping to identify services that are available and the best ways to access these.

This will help individuals take control of their own recovery journey. To access the program, contact 1300 130 339. For further information about the initiative, visit www.pirgoldcoast.com.au