QLD Government to hear crack down on dodgy tow truck practices

Gold Coasters might be able to save some cash on towing fees as the State Government hears an investigation into dodgy practices in the industry.

Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles will present recommendations to cabinet today as part of a wider investigation into the tow truck industry.

His proposal will ask for a cap in towing fees at $250, make recommendations for new accreditation and licences for drivers and suggest an increase in penalties for those caught breaking the rules.

The recommendations come after media reports revealed dodgy operators were charging people up to $1,000 to recover their cars from impound lots.

Earlier this year, the government set up a tow truck hotline, to assist with the crackdown on tow truck sharks.

The hotline (1800 681 636) will continue to operate, and to date has received over 700 calls, more than 450 of those being registered complaints.

Gold Coast Police

Man and woman injured in violent robbery at The Spit

Police are on the hunt for a group of people responsible for a violent robbery in Main Beach on Thursday night.

It’s understood a number of people were gathered in a car park at The Spit around 11.00pm when ten cars pulled up.

A man then got out of a ute and approached a 20-year-old man from the group and started attacking him.

The young man tried to run away but the attacker continued to assault him.

A 20-year-old woman tried to intervene but the man also assaulted her before two other women got out of the cars and attacked her before taking her keys and mobile phone and driving off.

The man and woman both sustained facial injuries and were taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Investigations are continuing.

Southport Courthouse

Tweed Heads man charged following violent assault of Southport woman

A 21-year-old Tweed Heads South man will front Southport Court today, charged with enter premises with intent to commit an indictable offence, robbery using personal violence, attempted unlawful use of a motor vehicle, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and fail to comply with requirement to stop private vehicle.

Around 1.35am yesterday, a 54-year-old woman saw a man attempting to gain entry to a locked stairwell in an underground carpark at Marine Parade.

The woman challenged the man who then punched her several times in the face before getting into her Mercedes C10 and driving off.  She was taken to the Gold Coast Hospital for treatment of serious facial injuries.

The stolen silver Mercedes C10 was later located by police at Coolangatta where a search was executed.

A 34-year-old man from Palm Beach has also been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and is due to face Coolangatta Magistrates Court on August 28.

Queensland Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk and Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate

Tom Tate still eager to build Gold Coast cruise ship terminal

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said it is still smooth sailing with the proposal for a cruise ship terminal on the Southport Spit, despite the state government rejecting a $3 billion casino plan nearby.

The terminal, which is estimated to cost between $170 and $450 million, is expected to bring over $4 billion to the economy.

On Tuesday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk canned plans for development at the northern end of the spit, announcing state cabinet had rejected the proposal by Chinese-backed ASF to build an Integrated Casino and Resort.

The government decided it will develop a master plan for area over the next 18 months which will include the enforcement of a three-storey height restriction on any development.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the decision does not change his intention to put forward a business case for the cruise ship terminal.

“The cruise ship terminal was a mandate that I took to both elections,” Tate said.

“At the moment Council’s working hard on environmental impact studies.

“We’ve got a few business case studies to plan, once they’re complete then I’ll be able to put forward a plan.”

The Premier said Council was free to put forward their cruise ship terminal proposal but it will be considered as part of the master plan consultation.

“Of course we want the council to continue their work in relation the oceanside cruise ship terminal,” Palaszczuk said.

Cyclist

Gold Coast receives funding boost for safer cycling infrastructure

Cyclists on the Gold Coast will enjoy safer cycling infrastructure following a $410,000 funding boost to the Queensland cycle network.

Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles made the announcement on Monday, confirming the Gold Coast City Council had been awarded funding for two cycling infrastructure projects.

The projects include the Gold Coast Highway Shared Path (Chelsea Ave to Convention Centre) Construction and the Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway Design.

“The Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway will run along the ocean foreshore between Toolona Street and Matters Street, connecting to existing oceanway at either end,” Mr Miles said.

“The detailed design of the 1.7km, 3.5m wide link in Tugun will include mid and end of trip facilities.

“We’re also committing $210,000 towards the construction of the Gold Coast Highway Shared Path which will be 380 metres of off road shared path along the western side of the Gold Coast Highway between Chelsea Avenue and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.”

Mr Miles said the Government is committed to making cycling safer and more accessible for communities across Queensland.

“Investment in safer cycling infrastructure helps people to enjoy active and healthy travel around their community,” he said.

“Projects delivered through this program will deliver better facilities for cyclists, improve the safety and convenience of local cycle networks and encourage more people to cycle, more often.

Works on these projects are expected to start progressively throughout this year and next.