Sally Fitzgibbons joins The Smurfs for surf safety campaign

One of the Gold Coast’s most iconic beaches will turn blue tomorrow.

To coincide with the release of The Smurfs 2 on DVD, Burleigh Heads SLSC and Surf Life Saving will launch a campaign using characters from the popular kid’s movie to help children understand surf safety.

The aim of the Summer Surf Safety School is to prevent children from becoming part of Australia’s growing drowning statistic.

Coastal drownings are at an all time high, with 121 fatalities recorded during the 2012/13 financial year.

World Number 3 surfer, Sally Fitzgibbons, has come on board to help launch the campaign and is starring alongside The Smurfs™ from The Smurfs™ 2 in a national summer surf safety campaign.

“Families flock to the beach over the summer holidays to cool off and have some fun together,” Sally said. “In a country that’s shaped by beach culture it’s important to teach kids about the dangers to look out for to ensure they still have fun, but also stay safe in and  around the water.”

“Teaming up with The Smurfs and Surf Life Saving means we’re hitting kids with the safety message directly, and using characters they know and love, to help deliver five key surf safety tips they can easily put in to practice this summer.”

Locals keen to learn how to help keep their kids safe in the surf are encouraged to visit Burleigh Heads SLSC between 8 and 10am (AEST) tomorrow.

Also make sure to sit down with your children and check out the video of Sally with The Smurfs!

Construction to start at Pacific Fair

GOLD COASTERS and visitors to the city will begin to witness the transformation of the region’s most iconic shopping destination when construction commences at the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre next Monday.

Works will begin on the main car park outside Birch Carroll and Coyle Cinemas which will close on Monday 13 January, with fencing and hoarding erected over the week.

Pacific Fair Centre Manager, Annabelle Green assures customers that the team will make the transition as easy as possible for locals.

“Pacific Fair is committed to keeping customers informed and minimising disruption. From this week you will notice electronic message boards installed at all car park entry points informing shoppers of the changes to their favourite car parks,” Ms Green said.

“Traffic controllers and courtesy crew will be onsite this weekend distributing information flyers. Local radio stations Hot Tomato and SEA FM will also have information on the changes running throughout the day.”

Best parking for Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas, Kmart & Myer will be in car park 5 which is the Myer car park. This can be accessed either from the bridge over Little Tallebudgera Creek or off Melody Street.

Best parking for Coles and Target will be off Hooker Boulevard turning left into the ring road underneath where JB Hi Fi, Giant Chemist and Australia Post are currently located.

Alternatively shoppers can still use the entry off Hooker Boulevard to park on the ground and top level of car park 2 (adjacent to Toys R Us parcel pick up).

Twenty retailers in the north eastern mall will be closing by Friday 31 January to make way for the relocated Target and around a dozen specialty stores.

In the outside areas of the centre, eleven retailers from Mitre 10 down to Best & Less will also be closing their doors by the end of January. This closure will enable works to commence on the new fresh food market place and adjoining two level mall.

“This is a great opportunity to reflect on the countless memories our locals have had at Pacific Fair during its 36 year histor,” Ms Green said.

“The centre is running an online campaign asking locals to send in their oldest photographic memories of the centre. Photos can be uploaded to Pacific Fair’s Facebook and Instagram pages.”

Shoppers will also notice the centre is holding a huge ‘Construction Sale’ this weekend. Across the weekend there will be plenty of bargains on offer as well as entertainment, face painters, balloon artists, DJs and more.

Shoppers can also bring the kids to the LEGO© Brick Zone and Biscuit Builder Workshop at Centre Court to create their own construction masterpiece.

To keep up to date with all the changes to the centre, customers are encouraged to sign up to the Pacific Fair newsletter at or follow the centre on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Gold Coast Highway works in Surfers tonight

Changed traffic conditions will be in place on the Gold Coast Highway in Surfers Paradise overnight to allow for repairs to a sewer main fault.

The following traffic restrictions will be in place from 7pm tonight – 7am tomorrow:

  • The Gold Coast Highway will be down to one lane northbound between TE Peters Drive and Cannes Avenue with traffic control in place
  • The Gold Coast Highway will be down to one lane southbound between Cannes Avenue and Monaco Street
  • Monaco Street at the corner of the Gold Coast Highway will be shutdown to east bound traffic

Motorists are asked to avoid the Gold Coast Highway just north of the Monaco Street intersection (near the Shell service station) and to exercise caution in the area.

The City regrets any inconvenience caused while these works are in progress.

Mayor reignites daylight saving debate

GOLD COAST Mayor Tom Tate has reignited the daylight saving debate, declaring his support for the move to be brought back into southeast Queensland.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reveals a “super majority” of Councillors want to lobby the Government to hold a referendum to reintroduce daylight saving to the area.

All but one of the city’s 15 Councillors are reported to have indicated ­support for a review of the measure.

Queensland observed daylight saving from 1989 through until 1992 when a referendum to make the move permanent was defeated.

At 4.30pm on Wednesday 8 January 2014, 15,632 people had signed an e-petition for a new daylight saving trial. It closes on March 15.

Water bombing eases Straddie bushfire threat

FIRE FIGHTERS remain on scene of the large bushfire burning in the area of Brown Lake on North Stradbroke Island.

Crews are hopeful that water bombing from two fixed wing aircraft on a fire on the southern end of the island around Native Companion Lagoon and a helitack bombing on the blaze at Brown Lake will have eased the situation.

A helicopter is also being used for air observations.

At 1.45pm, the fire was not threatening any properties but was causing a large smoke haze, with a south-easterly wind pushing smoke towards the southern bay islands.

Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed, and if they suffer from respiratory conditions, to keep medication close by.

Motorists in the area are advised to drive with caution and check with the Local Council and Queensland Police Service (QPS) as there is restricted access to some roads and camp grounds on the island.