Bunnies settle in Titans’ back yard

SOUTH Sydney have set up a development base on the Gold Coast.

They’ve also hired former Maroons lock Scott Sattler to target local rising stars.

Sattler, the Titan’s foundation football manager, has accepted a part-time recruitment position for Souths, according to the Sunday Mail.

Sattler has strong ties with South Sydney, with his father, John, the club’s last premiership-winning captain.

The Titans are sure to take offence at the Rabbitohs storming into their local area.

Officials have already expressed concerns over the talent drain on the Coast, with the Titan’s under-20’s side finishing last in 2012 and only one place better in 2013.

The Titans have extended their scope into the Northern New South Wales region in hopes of luring new talent but the Rabbitohs have already dipped their fingers in there too.

Sattler is aware of the talent in the Titans’ network and is looking to help lead South Sydney to premiership glory.

Roxy Pro begins at Snapper Rocks

STEPH Gilmore has been penalised for interference and beaten in the opening heat of the Roxy Pro event at Snapper Rocks.

The five-time world champion led for most of the 30-minute first round heat before American rookie Alessa Quizon drew an interference on Gilmore to snatch the lead.

Quizon claimed the win with a two-wave score of 12.93 with Buitendag (9.93) and Gilmore (7.0) relegated to the sudden-death second-round heats.

Quizon gains automatic passage to third round with her heat win.

Conditions are somewhat broken up at Snapper Rocks making high scores difficult.

Reigning world champion Carissa Moore will hit the water in heat three alongside Australian wildcard Keely Andrew and American Manuel Malia.

Reigning event champion and world No.2 ranked surfer Tyler Wright is set to surf in heat four while Sally Fitzgibbons is in heat five alongside compatriot Laura Enever and New Zealand’s Paige Hareb.

Elderly man’s attackers face court, receive death threats

TWO women charged with the savage attack of an elderly man on a Gold Coast bus have faced court.

After mounting public pressure, Larna Watmough, 21, and 17-year-old Layni Cameron handed themselves into police on Friday after their battered and bruised victim built up the strength to come forward and file an official complaint.

Paul Buttigieg, 77, was kicked, punched, spat on and sprayed with racial abuse by the pair while he caught the bus to Coolangatta around 3.45pm last Tuesday.

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The accused duo faced Southport Magistrates Court on Saturday morning, each charged with serious assault and public nuisance.

Watmough was released on bail on the condition she report to police three times a week and stay well away from her victim.

Cameron, who was already on bail at the time of the attack for the armed robbery of a Surfers Paradise convenience store in early February, did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody.

It’s understood the women have received death threats after sickening footage of the incident filmed by a 13-year-old school girl went viral and outraged thousands of people across the country on Thursday night.

Buttigieg told the Gold Coast Bulletin that the girls lashed out because he simply asked them to stop swearing.

Why is Landlords Insurance policy good for my investment property?

[signoff icon=”icon-help-circled”]QUESTION: “I am the owner of residential property that I rent to tenants, can you please tell me what a good Landlords policy covers?”[/signoff]

Many Landlords are of the mistaken belief that if they just insure their building, the other things are automatically covered.  They are not, unless the policy is written specifically for Landlords and you select all of the above covers.

In recent months we have seen a sharp rise in the amount of claims for Tenant Default.  This occurs when the tenant, despite the best efforts of the Property Manager, fails to pay the agreed rent on time and in full.  If this occurs the Property Manager must follow a series of steps that may ultimately lead to the tenant being removed from the property under an order from the Tenancy Tribunal.

At this point many Landlords believe that the bond that is retained under the order from the Tribunal will be enough to cover outstanding rent.  However, in many cases this is proven to be incorrect.  The bond is often used to pay for clean up costs, removal of rubbish, excess water charges and all manner of outstanding costs.  If the bond is exhausted by these costs then unless the Landlord has a Landlords Insurance policy that covers Tenant Default, the Landlord may be significantly out of pocket.

Tenant Default can only be paid when an order has been made in favour of the Landlord by the Tenancy Tribunal.  In our experience when this occurs there are a number of additional sections on the Landlord’s policy that will offer relief to a Landlord.  Repairs to the property after the tenant has left if caused by Malicious or Accidental Damage, Loss of Rent while the repairs are being completed are typical claims scenarios.

If a tenant, guest or visitor suffers personal injury or property damage while on you property and the cause of that loss is something that you are directly responsible for then the Public Liability section of the policy will more that likely respond to the claim on your behalf.  Again, we have seen a sharp spike in the number of claims made against Landlords in this area, and if you do not have the correct policy in place then you will be held personally and financially responsible.  The costs to defend such claims run into many thousands of dollars even before a judgment and award is made against the Landlord.

In order to protect your assets and to protect the income stream that you derive from that asset it is essential that you purchase the correct cover as a Landlord.




Two teens charged after dangerous joy ride

TWO teens have been charged after allegedly stealing two cars and embarking on a dangerous joy ride just north of the Gold Coast.

Police had reports of a stolen Pajero and a red Camry being driven in the Browns Plains area around 8.30pm on Friday night.

The police chopper located the vehicles and the Camry was later abandoned in Boronia Heights. The driver then got into the passengers seat of the other car.

It’s alleged, around 9.30pm police driving in the opposite direction on Short Street saw a Pajero travelling in the opposite direction and the car veered head on towards the police car. The officer driving managed to avoid a collision and the pair continued to drive dangerously down the road.

Officers later deployed a tyre deflation device at Waller Road, Heritage Park and another successful deployed on Browns Plains Road stopped the four wheel drive under the Mount Lindsay Highway overpass.

As officers approached, the car was driven into a parked police car and reversed into another in an attempt to drive away. The two occupants refused to leave the car and continued to resist police officers who removed them from the vehicle.

No one was injured during any incident but two police cars were damaged.

A 16-year old boy was charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and five counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. He will appear in Beenleigh Children’s Court to be dealt with in accordance to the Youth Justice Act.

An 18-year-old Ipswich man was charged with two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, three counts of failing to stop and three charges for breaching bail conditions. He will appear in Beenleigh magistrates Court today.

Logan police are urging anyone who may have witnessed any incidents involving a white Mitsubishi Pajero or a red Toyota Camry being driven in the Logan area or suburbs on Brisbane south side over the past days to contact local police or Crime Stoppers.