Missing Gold Coast girl found safe and well

UPDATE @ 1.30 PM | A 14-year-old girl missing from Pimpama since yesterday has been found.

Police confirmed the youngster was located safe and well today.

Officers have thanked the public for their help.

EARLIER @ 8.30 AM | POLICE are appealing for help to find a 14-year-old girl missing from Pimpama.

The youngster has not been seen or heard from since she spoke with her mother around 10.30am on Thursday.

The teenage girl is 160cm tall, with a small build, olive complexion, brown eyes and hair.

Police say she was last seen wearing a black Everlast jumper, blue jeans, white and black Van shoes.

Anyone with information in relation to the girls whereabouts is being urged contact police.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

1 in 3 Aussie’s expected to buy a ticket into tonight’s $100 MILLION Powerball draw

Could you imagine having a cool $100 million in your pocket?

Well, that could soon be the reality for one lucky person… with a whopping $100 million up for grabs in tonight’s potentially life-changing Powerball draw!

The jackpot is the second largest prize ever offered by an Australian lottery game and only the third time it’s been offered in the game’s 23-year history.

It comes after no one held the division one winning entry in last week’s draw, prompting the game to jackpot for the seventh consecutive week.

The Lott spokesperson Ally Ramsamy said Aussies had only hours to secure their chance to win the mind-blowing prize, with one-in-three Australian adults expected to buy an entry.

“The draw closes at 7:30pm this evening so players have only a few precious hours to get an entry into tonight’s draw for the chance to become a multi-millionaire,” she said.

“Within a matter of hours, we could be crowning 2019’s ninth Powerball division one winner.

“In recent big jackpot draws we have seen an increase in Powerball players purchasing their tickets on the day of the draw.”

Ms Ramsamy revealed the busiest times for people buying their tickets online or instore are around 1pm, 5pm and in the 60 minutes leading up to the draw closing.

“In fact, for last week’s big Powerball draw the peak of sales on the day was at 4:52pm when 3646 tickets were sold instore and online in 60 seconds,” she revealed.

“It’s no coincidence this is when many Aussies are on their work lunch break or heading home from work dreaming about what their lives would look like if they became an overnight multi-millionaire.

“One thing is for sure, if they scored division one, they might never have to go to work again.”

The $100 million Powerball draw closes at 7:30pm AEST tonight… Good luck!

‘Absolutely inundated’: donations flooding in for hinterland residents

Community support is at an all time high, following the devastating impacts of bushfire on the hinterland community.

With easing weather conditions today and tomorrow, crews are hoping to have better access to effected areas to assess the damage.

Meantime, locals, volunteers, the Red Cross and local Council have banded together to support those effected, with the scene at the Canungra base a hive of activity.

Donations have come from far and wide, with fire fighters and displaced communities inundated with food and supplies in their time of need.

Fire fighters requested Moccona instant coffee, and the community delivered in droves.

Sunscreen, bottled water, pet food and more have all been flooding in.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the donations have been incredible, but the perishable items are starting to become a problem.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the generous gestures of people, to the point that it’s potentially problematic for us.

“The emergency services guys have come to me this morning and say ‘we’re overwhelmed with material that’s now starting to perish, because people have not listened to the message’.

“We want you to go through the GIVIT page, as the means of providing support, rather than having material that comes in, and is perishable and can’t be used and will end up going to waste.

“It’s much better if you work with us through the GIVIT page,” Mayor Christensen said.

MyGC visited the Canungra base yesterday, and community members and volunteers are elated with how the Gold Coast community has rallied around the hinterland.

Tamlyn Geiger Canungra Community Bushfire Canungra Showgrounds 2019, PHOTO: myGC.com.au

One such volunteer, Tamlin Geiger, says it’s just been absolutely mind blowing.

“What’s been happening around the community is just amazing, I’m just really amazed at how everyone’s pulled together.

“Whats coming through is incredible – it’s mind boggling – we’ve got enough stuff now.

“People are now making large donations and we’re buying things that we really need.

“But if anyone really wants to help – please got to the GIVIT website, and you can work through that, because we’ll start thinking about the larger stuff like fridges and stuff, and that’s how you do that through them.

“We’re just absolutely inundated.

“This community is amazing, we’re a country community, the thing to remember is we’re not here to work for ourselves, we’re working for Beechmont.

“While we haven’t got access to a lot of stuff at Beechmont yet, we’ll be ready for them when they need help, so we’ve got it here for them,” Ms Geiger told myGC.

Bushfire Canungra Showgrounds 2019 Food Supplied | PHOTO: myGC.com.au

Local council, volunteers and emergency crews are now asking that all donations go through GIVIT, an organisation that specialised in coordinated giving to make sure that donations aren’t wasted.

Nikki Howsen the National Manager from GIVIT spoke to 1029 Hot Tomato’s Flan, Emily Jade and Christo and said there’s a more simple way to make sure your donation counts.

“What we’re looking to do is to make sure that they’re going to have what they need in the coming days and weeks, and that’s where we want you to jump online to the GIVIT website.

“Have a look at what is being requested today, and if what you have to give away isn’t on that list, just add it onto the website and then the local charities can have a look at that list and go ‘great, there’s a bed there, there’s a pram there, there’s a pack of nappies there… I don’t need the other 19 high chairs right now, but very soon I might’.

“Once you’ve listed your donation on the GIVIT warehouse – the virtual warehouse – you get to hold on to what you’ve got until we find a match for you.

“Then we’ll give you the name of the charity that needs that exact item that’s working with people who are fire effected.

“They’ll get in touch with you, and say please drop it off to this location, so that they’re not dealing with hundreds and hundreds of items at once,” Ms Howsen told Flan, Emily Jade and Christo.

The SES is working hard to support ground crews as well, assisting the police and firies with jobs like door knocking, road closures and delivering food to residents and crews.

Danni Bull from SES told myGC the community has really pulled together, and that there are a few simple things that people who would like to donate can keep in mind.

“As far as emergency services go, and looking after our crews on the ground… We’re not after people making sandwiches or uncooked meals.

“We’re looking for things like muesli bars, snack packs, noodles that are in the cups, soft drinks, sport drinks, any sort of non-perishables, large clip-seal bags, and lip balms because it’s pretty windy up here at the moment.

“All other donations are to go through Moriarty Park, which is handled by Coucncil and the Red Cross.

“There’s so many people just doing what they can and offering help and it’s so good to see,” Ms Bull told myGC.

From the scene last night, the Coomera Valley Rural Fire Brigade shared images of another drop off being unpacked at Canungra.

For the latest on the bushfire situation in the hinterland, click here.

Police questioning juveniles over Peregian bushfire which destroyed multiple homes

Police have confirmed they’re speaking to a number of teenagers over a large bushfire that was sparked on the Sunshine Coast yesterday.

The blaze has destroyed as many as ten homes overnight, after flaring up in the late afternoon.

Emergency warnings are still being issued, with residents in Peregian Beach, Peregian Breeze Estate and Marcus Beach bushfire told to leave immediately.

Weyba/Weyba Downs, Peregian Springs and Castaways Beach residents are being told to prepare to leave.

As many as 400 people have flocked to evacuation centres overnight.

This morning, distressing new information has come to light that police are questioning a group of juveniles over the fires.

Police haven’t confirmed any further information yet, though investigations are continuing.

QFES Assistant Commissioner spoke to myGC this morning and said it would be extremely concerning to hear that young kids could have been responsible for the devastation.

“It’s extremely distressing to hear, and more distressing when you see homes lost, through acts of stupidity, that’s very concerning.

“We’re still in a very, very serious fire fight up there to save homes and properties.

“So that is a concerning revelation,” Asst. Commissioner Walsh said.

The Sunshine Coast fire is just one of many fires burning across Queensland.

For the latest on the Gold Coast hinterland fires, click here.

Woman shot dead on the Gold Coast

UPDATE @12.00PM | It’s understood a former boyfriend of the woman shot dead on the Gold Coast last night is in custody.

27-year-old Ivona Janovich was allegedly shot in the abdomen at a home in Highland Park last night, leaving her in a critical condition.

She was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital, though sadly could not be saved.

Police have confirmed that a man is assisting with inquiries this morning.

It’s since been reported that the man is a former boyfriend of Ms Janovich.

It’s also been revealed that the weapon used in the attack was allegedly a handgun.

Charges are yet to be laid, and investigations are continuing.

EARLIER @7.30AM | Police have confirmed a man is assisting officers with inquiries after a woman was shot dead on the Gold Coast.

A homicide investigation was commenced overnight, after the shooting at 8.30pm last night.

Emergency services rushed to the home on Renfew Drive in Highland Park, where the 27-year-old woman had sustained a gun shot wound.

The Labrador woman was rushed to hospital, though despite desperate attempts, she could not be saved.

Police are still calling on anyone with information or footage from around the area to come forward.

Charges are yet to be laid, and investigations are continuing.

EARLIER @4.00AM | A MAJOR homicide investigation is underway after a woman was shot dead on the Gold Coast.

Police were called to a home on Renfew Drive, Highland Park, around 8.30pm on Sunday night following reports of a woman with a gun shot wound.

The 27-year-old, from Labrador, was rushed to the Gold Coast University.

Despite the efforts of paramedics and doctors, she died in hospital a short time later.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious on Renfrew Drive and Kincaid Drive or who has CCTV or dash-cam vision from the area to contact investigators.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.