Molendinar Break & Enter

Two charged over break & enter, arson at Gold Coast car yard

Two men have been charged over a fire in Molendinar earlier this month.

Police put out CCTV footage as part of the investigation, to try and locate two people who broke into a car yard and caused significant amounts of damage.

The two men allegedly broke into the tow-company business on Industrial Avenue around 1.00am on Saturday May 4.

Police say they then unlawfully entered several vehicles, including driving around an ice cream truck, before setting it on fire.

The CCTV footage then shows the fire from the truck spreading to two nearby vehicles, before the men fled the scene on foot.

Emergency services had to be called to the scene to extinguish the blaze, though all three vehicles were destroyed.

An 18-year-old man from Logan, and an 18-year-old man from Molendinar have since been charged with entering premises with intent and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

They’ll face Southport Court later this month.

Earlier article: WATCH: Police search for two men after break & enter, arson at Gold Coast car yard

Road works

Tugun Bypass Tunnel closed for two nights for maintenance

The Tugun Bypass tunnel will be shut for two nights, as essential three-monthly maintenance works are carried out.

Between 7.00pm and 5.00am tonight (May 22) and tomorrow night (May 23), the tunnel will be blocked off to motorists in both directions.

Traffic diversions will be put in place, with northbound traffic diverted a the Kennedy Drive off-ramp, with southbound traffic re-entering the highway at the Kennedy Drive on-ramp.

Then on Thursday night, traffic will be diverted via the Gold Coast Highway.

Motorists are being urged to allow up to 10 minutes travel time for both directions.

Roads and Maritime Services will carry out the maintenance, which will involve a range of activities such as inspecting the various operating and safety systems.

Queensland fire and emergency truck

Two hospitalised after factory fire on the Gold Coast

Two women were taken to hospital after a factory fire broke out in Carrara overnight.

Emergency services were called to a bakery business on Keller Crescent just after midnight, where they assessed three patients.

Two females were transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital in stable conditions after suffering smoke inhalation.

It’s believed the third patient did not require hospitalisation.

Four fire crews were called to battle the blaze, and spent almost three hours on the scene.

They confirmed the fire was sparked due to an oven issue, and the building was full of smoke on arrival.

Four people were on scene, and had evacuated the building.

The business was handed back to the owner around 3.00am.

Blues on Broadbeach another huge success for the Gold Coast

Another Blues on Broadbeach festival has come and gone, bringing huge numbers to the Gold Coast.

The free music festival’s attendance has risen by an estimated 10 percent from the 171,000 who attended last year.

The 2018 festival resulted in a $21 million boost to the local economy, with this figure also expected to rise after the 2019 festival.

While official numbers are still being crunched, the festival is being celebrated as one of the largest in the country, and thanked for its boom for local businesses.

Broadbeach Alliance CEO Jan McCormick says every year the festival gets better and better, and this year was no exception.

“It has been quite extraordinary to experience the wonderful relaxed vibe of the festival with the fans commenting how special this festival is.

“Every year we carefully plan our line up and the experience the fans will have when they come and in 2019 the team really nailed it.”

“This festival contributes to the local economy significantly.

“The festival alone employs 250 crew and imagine the numbers of additional employee hours that are generated by the restaurants, accommodation and retail outlets, some of which traded well into the nights,” Ms McCormick said.

More international acts filled the line-up than ever before, with artists from the USA, UK, Canada and NZ describing Blues as a must-do event on their global touring calendars due to the vibrant atmosphere, huge numbers, loyal fans, and friendly locals that bring the event together each year.

Plans are already underway for the 2020 festival, with some ‘very cool developments’ promised.

ELECTION 2019: What the major parties have promised for the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is set to remain a sea of blue after Saturday’s Federal election with the LNP to retain its stronghold on the Glitter Strip.

Only the seat of Forde, which takes in parts of the northern Gold Coast is in danger of falling to the ALP.

The LNP’s Bert van Manen holds the seat with a wafer-thin margin of just 0.6%.

It had been written off by many experts as a likely LNP loss, but a Galaxy poll published for Newscorp on Thursday shows the seat is set to come down to the wire.

Both parties are locked at 50-50 after preferences with the seat to be decided by a handful of votes.

The remaining seats across the Gold Coast – Fadden, McPherson, Moncrieff and Wright, which takes in part of the western Gold Coast, are all considered safe LNP seats and are not expected to change hands.

However the LNP is expected to take a hit to its big margins in those seats thanks to voter dissatisfaction with the Coalition.

Assistant Treasurer and Fadden MP Stuart Robert has come in for scrutiny over several issues, including his huge home internet bill charged to taxpayers.

His margin of 11.2% is expected to be reduced on Saturday.

The decision by Steve Ciobo to retire is expected to affect the LNP’s margin of 14.6% in the very safe seat of Moncrieff.

Angie Bell will contest the seat for the LNP on Saturday against the ALP’s Tracey Bell.

Despite Forde being the only seat that could change hands, both major parties have been splashing plenty of cash across the Gold Coast.

 

WHAT THE MAJOR PARTIES HAVE PROMISED FOR THE GOLD COAST – 

LNP:

  • $112 million for Light Rail Stage 3A
  • $1.1775 billion for M1 upgrades.
  • $50 million to upgrade Exit 41 at Yatala and Exit 49 at Pimpama.
  • Extra $6 million for local road projects.
  • $5 million to upgrade intersection of Brisbane Rd/ Oxley Drive/Olsen Ave
  • $769,000 to upgrade intersection of Moala Ave and Sport Dr in Runaway Bay.
  • $15 million for new commuter car park at Coomera Station.
  • $3.5 million for new headspace centre at Upper Coomera
  • $1 million for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital
  • $96, 966 to improve facilities at Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Surf Lifesaving Club.
  • $50,000 for new CCTV cameras in Lavelle Street precinct in Nerang.
  • $50,000 to upgrade kitchen and install CCTV cameras at Nerang Bulls Rugby Union Club.
  • Funding for new mobile phone base station in Bonogin.

ALP:

  • $2.2 billion for Brisbane’s Cross River Rail (which will see new stations built on the Gold Coast)
  • $112 million for Light Rail Stage 3A.
  • $1.389 billion for M1 upgrades.
  • $50 million to upgrade Exit 41 at Yatala and Exit 49 at Pimpama.
  • $48.1 million to upgrade exit 45 at Ormeau
  • $15 million for new commuter car park at Coomera Station
  • $2.2 million to build new commuter carparks at Ormeau Station
  • $8 million for new mental health stabilisation facility near Gold Coast Uni Hospital
  • $1 million for new women’s change facilities for GOLD COATS SUNS AFL women’s team
  • $500,00 for new women’s change rooms at Coomera Soccer Club.
  • $550,000 towards new home for Football Gold Coast
  • $450,000 towards Stage 1 of a new Surf Lifesaving Queensland rapid response base on The Spit.
  • $500,000 investment for the Titans to upgrade existing infrastructure and provide specialised coaching, education and training facilities for female players and the club’s Physical Disabilities Rugby League team.
  • $90,000 in funding for Norfolk Village State Primary School to build a new ‘Makerspace’ interactive learning centre

To check out what national promises the major parties have made click here

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