Chief Justice Paul de Jersey named Queensland’s next Governor

SUPREME Court Chief Justice Paul de Jersey has been named Queensland’s next Governor.

The 66-year-old will replace former diplomat Penelope Wensley, who has been the Governor since 2008.

Premier Campbell Newman said his Honour comes to the office of Governor following a distinguished career, most notably serving the people of Queensland as Chief Justice for the past 16 years.

“It is a great pleasure and honour to announce that Chief Justice de Jersey will continue to serve Queensland in his new role,” Mr Newman said.

“His extensive experience and service to the people of Queensland makes him not just qualified, but the perfect fit for this important role.

The ABC reports, Justice de Jersey was born in 1948 and educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane, and the University of Queensland.

He has practised law since 1971, took silk 10 years later, and was appointed a Supreme Court Judge in 1985.

He was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2000.

Chief Justice de Jersey will be sworn in as the 26th Governor and formally take over from current Governor Penelope Wensley AC on 29 July 2014.

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Police uncover cannabis crop growing in Nerang home

Mairjuana - Nerang Bust

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POLICE raids have uncovered around $40,000 of Maijurana being grown in a sophisticated hydroponic drug lab at a home in Nerang.

Officers raided the Riverview Road home shortly after 8.30am on Wednesday morning and found the extensive crop growing inside two bedrooms and the bathroom of the property.

A 58-year-old Nerang man was taken into custody at the scene.

He has been charged with possession of a dangerous drug, supply a dangerous drug and stealing.

It’s alleged the man had been stealing electricity to operate the hydroponic setup.

Media reports allege the man claimed to be growing the plants to pay for his medical bills.

One man’s trash is an animal’s treasure

AFTER the huge success of their first event, the RSPCA is holding a second Car Boot Market this Sunday in West Burleigh.

Money raised at the event will go towards RSPCA’s ongoing fundraising efforts to ensure an Inspector and Animal Ambulance stay on Gold Coast roads.

Local Inspector Sommer Heath-Crilley said it costs the RSPCA approximately $100,000 a year to keep her on the road investigating animal cruelty.

“This includes my vehicle, operational costs, ongoing training, specialist equipment, salary and more. As the RSPCA Gold Coast Branch is self-funded, the Car Boot Market is extremely important for the animals in our care,” she said.

Event organisers say this year’s market will be “bigger and better” with all sites already booked out.

There will be a ranged of quality new and used goods for sale, from clothing, bric-a-brac, furniture and vintage goods through to novelty portable gardens, sporting goods and handmade crafts.

In addition to the stallholders, there will be an organic, free-range BBQ breakfast, fresh coffee and homemade lemonade as well as live local music. There will also be raffles and special guest appearances by animals currently available for adoption.

The RSPCA’s Car Boot Market in on Sunday 2nd March at 18 Township Dr, West Burleigh from 7am to 11am. It’s free to browse and enjoy the morning.

Grant Hackett in US for drug rehab treatment

OLYMPIC medallist Grant Hackett is seeking treatment for a dependency on the sleeping pill Stilnox in the United States, according to his manager.

Hackett’s Manager Chris White issued a statement saying Hackett is addicted to the drug.

“Grant is currently in transit to seek treatment for a dependency to Stilnox medication,” he said.

“His family and friends are enormously proud of his courage in pursuing this course of action.”

Stilnox is a quick-acting drug for insomniacs. The drug has significant hypnotic effects and some users have reported unexplained sleepwalking, sleep driving, binge eating while taking it.

Hackett has denied he is going to rehab, and told reporters on Wednesday he was in the US for a break.

“I’ve had an extended period of, I guess, stress and lots of other things taking place in my life so … just looking forward to having a little bit of rest and recovery and time off and recharging the batteries,” he said.

Hackett was photographed semi-naked at Melbourne’s Crown Casino hotel in the early hours of Saturday morning, while looking for his 4-year-old son. He was reportedly incoherent at the time.

Damian Leeding Memorial Park hosts charity run

A run for charity will be held at Damian Leeding Memorial Park this weekend.

After skipping a year due to technicalities, the ‘Run for Renstar’ is back with a new direction.

We are being encouraged to take part in a run or walk to raise funds for the Renstar Foundation and mark the 4th anniversary of fallen star, Renee Nicholls.

The Renstar Foundation was established in Renee’s honour & is currently working together with families to cover the $850 cost of the UBE3A mutation testing for all of the children that are suspected but not yet diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome.

Sufferers of the genetic condition often show signs of intellectual disability, delayed speech, jerky walking style and happy demeanour. Physical features can include deep-set eyes, a flattened back of the head and a wide ever-smiling mouth.

So to help others with the illness head to Regatta Waters Lake, Watersport Lane, Oxenford.  The distance around is 3.9 kilometres, just enough for the fitness buffs to have a warm up run & long enough for families to take a casual stroll around the entire lake & soak up the views.

A gold coin donation is all you need to hand over to enter.

For donations of a greater value, please place your money in an envelope with name & contact details, for a tax receipt to be sent out in the following months.

Renstar Foundation shirts will be for sale for $20 each on the day.  A sausage sizzle will be arranged on return, with all proceeds from the shirt/food/beverage sales going towards the Renstar Foundation.