Gold Coast beaches closed again

Surfers swell

Huge six foot swells pound Surfers Paradise Beach at 9.00am on Sunday. PICTURE: Gary DjSyn Sly SOURCE: Supplied

TREACHEROUS surf conditions have again forced the closure of all beaches across the Gold Coast on Monday.

The large swell continues to pound the east coast, whipped up from a cyclone brewing near New Zealand.

Chief Lifeguard Warren Young said conditions are unstable at Wharf Road, Narrow Neck, Nobby’s and Breaker Street.

But Burleigh and several others are open.

Two people

Two foolish people brave the dangerous conditions at the CLOSED Surfers Paradise Beach. PICTURE: Gary DjSyn Sly SOURCE: Supplied

A surfer’s dream, it has been a nightmare for lifeguards, who have been kept busy with numerous rescues across the weekend.

A group of teenage boys were photographed risking serious injury as they stood under huge, powerful waves crashing onto the rocks at the Southport Spit.

Waves crashing

A group of young teenagers standing under crashing waves at the Southport Spit risk serious injury. PICTURES: Supplied to myGC

Officials relocated the Queensland Nipper Titles from Kirra to Currumbin Creek due to the rough conditions.

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Despite repeated warnings, these swimmers risked their life in the CLOSED Cabarita Beach. PICTURE: Alex Stecina SOURCE: Supplied

Conditions are expected to return to normal by Tuesday.

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Surfers taking advantage of the huge swells whipped up by a cyclone near New Zealand. PICTURE: Channel Nine SOURCE: Twitter

Police officer hit with drug bag thrown off Surfers apartment balcony

A POLICEMAN has been hit with a plastic bag containing drugs thrown from a Surfers Paradise apartment high-rise during a weekend raid.

Police from the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad executed a search warrant at a Surfers Paradise apartment over the weekend as part of Operation Lima Prompt and the supply of drugs on the Gold Coast.

Police allege that as they entered the 14th floor apartment, one of the occupants threw a plastic bag containing drugs over the balcony, striking a police officer on the street below.

Detective Inspector Scott Knowles told the ABC that the senior constable was not injured.

“It’s just struck him and burst open on the ground,” he said.

“We recovered some of that powder for testing – as much as we could possibly from there.”

During the search, police allegedly seized amphetamines, drug utensils, a taser (made to look like a mobile telephone), counterfeit Australian currency, and $7,095 in cash.

A 39-year-old Labrador man was charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of counterfeit currency and possession of tainted property while a 28-year-old Bundall woman was charged with possession of a drug utensil.

A 30-year-old man from Broadbeach was also charged with possession of dangerous drugs and possession of a taser, and a 40-year-old Surfers Paradise man was charged with possession of tainted property, possession of property used in the commission of a drug offence and breach of bail.

The latest round of arrests bring the overall number of people charged as a result of Operation Lima Prompt to 12 people on 32 charges.

In total, approximately $16,000 in drugs has been seized and $33,500 in criminal assets. An illegal firearm and a taser have also been recovered during the course of the operation.

Investigations in relation to further offences and other people who may be involved are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Man granted bailed after drugs, cash found in Burleigh storage unit

ALMOST $300,000 cash, cannabis and cocaine were seized during a raid at a storage facility in Burleigh over the weekend.

Officers from the Gold Coast Major and Organised Crime Squad swooped on the facility on Saturday and allegedly seized approximately 2.5 kilograms of cannabis, 9 grams of a white power believed to be cocaine and $290,845 in cash.

Packaging equipment and evidence of drug supply and trafficking were also found.

A 54-year-old Tallebudgera man was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of dangerous drugs (with a circumstance of aggravation), possession of proceeds of drug offences and possession of things used in the commission of a drug offence.

He was bailed on strict conditions after facing Southport Magistrates Court on Monday morning.

He is scheduled to reappear in court again on May 8.

Investigations in relation to further offences and other persons who may be involved are continuing.

Beware the vibes of march

THOUSANDS of Australians marched in protest over the weekend.

I first heard of this nationwide movement when the protestors started tweeting pictures of themselves with the hashtag ‘#MarchinMarch’.

As far as I can determine, they were not protesting against one particular issue but ‘any government policy’ that annoyed them.

The issues plastered on placards included: climate change, asylum seekers, marriage equality, tax, and media ownership.

Also jobs, education, the ABC, environment, pensions and health.

Wait, I haven’t finished yet: live exports, coal seam gas, human rights, the NBN, the NDIS and greyhound racing.

I’m not making this up.

My favourite slogans were: “Stop being awful” – yes, very powerful – and “I’d even prefer Joffrey over Tony Abbott” – because I love a Game of Thrones reference.

Just like the Occupy Wall Street protests of a few years ago, there was no official leader or spokesperson because, that would be elitist or something.

Occupy who?

Yes, exactly.

The protestors declared it was a non-partisan march.

But the ‘F..K Tony Abbott’ t-shirts and badges sold out pretty damn quickly.

A member of the ‘Socialist Alternative’ said the slogan sums up the frustration of the people.

“It’s not about anything in particular that he’s done, it’s about what he represents,” he said.

It’s the vibe, man.

The protests started in regional towns on Saturday: Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Blue Mountains, Townsville and the Gold … oh, wait, nope.

The Gold Coast’s #marchinmarch was ‘postponed’ because they couldn’t get the police approvals in time apparently.

Police approvals? What part of protest do you not understand?

The march headed to the capital cities yesterday (SUN) where, according to organisers, tens of thousands of ordinary people with witty placards turned up.

According to police it was a bit less.

According to Tony Abbott there was no one.

“My understanding is that the only big rally in Sydney is the St Patrick’s Day parade,” Mr Abbott said.

Oh burn!

Anyway, a poll taken over the weekend revealed the Coalition still had a strong lead on primary votes at 44 to Labor’s 35 – apparently not everyone has the ‘vibe’.

So who’s going to the #MarchinMarchGoldCoast next weekend?

 

 

 

 

 

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Titans melt as Tigers and temps soar

THERE was very little for Titans fans to be happy about during and after yesterday’s Round 2 NRL clash against the Tigers.

Along with the disappointing scoreline, 42-12 in favour of Wests, fans were left depressed by the searing Gold Coast heat at CBus Super Stadium.

With the sun beating down on the family-filled eastern grandstand for most of the game, many fans were forced to pack up and head home at half-time.

Titans boss Graham Annesley has written an open letter to fans, apologizing for “the oppressive conditions most of you had to endure throughout the afternoon” as the mercury hovered around 31 degrees. 
 
“With approximately 50 per cent of all seats in direct sunlight for the entire afternoon it is clearly not fair to members or casual fans,” Annesley said.

The CEO also confirmed, he plans to take up the issue of early season day games with the NRL in an attempt to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
 
“If this had been a night game everyone on the eastern side would have had a tremendous view in some of the best seats in the house.”
 
Annesley acknowledged that most of the Titans remaining home games are in the twilight or evening so the Sunday afternoon conditions should not be experienced again.

“However, I will do everything possible to prevent the same thing from re-occurring next season.”
 
Coach John Cartwright had no excuses for the disappointing result, admitting his side was outplayed and out-enthused by the Wests Tigers.

Further bad news for the Titans was that co-captain Greg Bird left the field late in the match with a shoulder injury and hopes there is no serious damage. Mark Minichiello missed the match because of a virus and was replaced by Ben Ridge.

They meet Canberra at GIO Stadium in Round 3.