The search is on for the Gold Coast’s most ‘pudgy’ pets!

Do you own a pudgy pet?

This month, Petbarn is challenging Gold Coast pet parents to enter their furry friends into ‘Petbarn’s Biggest Pet Loser’ challenge, which aims to help Aussie pets lose weight!

The 12-week weight loss challenge hopes to raise awareness of the health risks of pet obesity and encourage pet owners to reconsider what they’re feeding their pets.

The top 10 chosen pets will be provided with a customised health and nutrition plan by Greencross Vets and the pet owner will receive a personalised consultation with celebrity trainer Sam Wood, along with access to three rounds of his online training and nutrition program ’28 by Sam Wood’.

Last year, Petbarn had over 400 entries to the competition with the top three participants losing an average of 20% of their total body weight.

For the winning pet, Barkley the Labrador from Queensland, that was a loss of 11.2kgs!

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“We had an amazing response to the challenge last year and this year we look forward to watching the participants shed the kilos – and maybe even have a winner from our area,” Local Burleigh Waters Petbarn Store Manager Gina O’Neil said.

Gold Coast locals with overweight dogs or cats can register for the challenge at petbarnbiggestpetloser.com.au and go into the running to win a $2,000 Petbarn voucher and $1,000 cash.

But be quick, registrations close 21 February 2018.

Family’s cars stolen in terrifying home invasion at Eagleby

AN Eagleby family have been threatened and had their cars stolen by two men and a woman armed with knives overnight.

The trio stormed the Westray Court property around 8.00pm, producing knives and demanding car keys.

The men and woman then took property as well as a number of sets of keys and fled in a black Jeep Cherokee.

Just under an hour later, the trio returned to the same home and stole a second vehicle, a red Toyota sedan, from the garage.

Luckily, no one was injured in the incident.

The two stolen cars are a black 2011 Jeep Cherokee with QLD registration 88CUE and a red 2006 Toyota Camry with QLD registration 177KBV.

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Anyone who may have seen the cars or have further information is urged to contact Policelink or Crime Stoppers.

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.

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Man charged over alleged sexual assault of female joggers on Gold Coast

UPDATE @ 9.00am: A man has been charged over the alleged sexual assault of two female joggers on the Gold Coast.

Police say a woman was returning from her morning run in Southport on Sunday January 14 when a man approached her out the front of an apartment building and touched her buttock multiple times.

The incident was captured on the building’s CCTV cameras and posted in the media.

Detectives say it’s alleged the same man is responsible for another assault on a Gold Coast jogger last year.

“It is also alleged that the same man touched the buttock of another female jogger on Oxley Drive at Hollywell on January 17, 2017,” police said in a statement.

A 40-year-old Hope Island man has since been charged with two counts of sexual assault.

He is due to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on February 6.

EARLIER @ 8.00am: A man accused of groping a woman’s bottom after she returned from a run in Southport on Sunday morning has been charged.

The man reportedly handed himself into police overnight after CCTV vision of the incident was published in the media.

A police spokesperson confirmed to myGC on Wednesday that a 40-year-old man from Hope Island has been charged with two counts of sexual assault.

He is due to appear in Southport Magsitrates Court on February 6.

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New generation of Gold Coast doctors to receive real-world training

Ninety junior doctors will benefit from real-world training as they begin their internships at Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital this year.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the 749 medical interns to Queensland Health on Monday.

“On the Gold Coast, 90 new doctors are embarking on what I’m sure will be long and rewarding careers in medicine,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital are excellent training grounds where they can learn from very capable and respected clinicians.”

Gold Coast Health is the only health service in Queensland to offer an expanded two-week medical intern orientation.

Each new intern will participate in a week-long orientation program to familiarise themselves with their respective hospital, its services and clinical practice and procedures.

They will then begin rotations through a variety of units that may include general medicine, surgery, emergency medicine and additional elective terms in other specialised areas.

 

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Motorcyclist rushed to hospital in serious condition after M1 crash

A MOTORCYCLIST is in a serious condition after a crash on the Pacific Motorway early this morning.

Just after 4.30am, several emergency crews were called to the M1 at Loganholme following reports of a serious accident.

A man, whose age is unknown, was treated at the scene by paramedics.

He has since been rushed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious condition.

Delays are still being experienced northbound as a result of the crash, with motorists being urged to allow for extra travel time.