Car Fire

Car destroyed by flames at Upper Coomera

A car has erupted into flames on the side of a road in Upper Coomera overnight.

Crews were called to Old Coach Road and Denton Street just after 7.00pm following reports of a massive car fire.

Upon arrival, they found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

It took them about 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, with a Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesperson confirming the vehicle was completely destroyed.

It’s not yet known what sparked the fire.

The incident has been left in the hands of Queensland Police, with investigations continuing.

Rain Gauge

GC WEATHER: Heavy rain continues to fall across the Gold Coast

It’s been another wet night across the Gold Coast, with many locations recording some heavy falls.

Since 9.00am on Sunday, the Gold Coast Seaway has received 61 millimetres of rain, while Upper Springbrook recorded 81 millimetres.

Tallebudgera Creek received about 24 millimetres, while Loder Creek had about 20 millimetres.

It doesn’t look like the rain plans on disappearing anytime soon, with the weather bureau predicting showers for the next two days.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the Gold Coast could see sporadic falls on the northern Gold Coast today, with the chance of a thunderstorm this afternoon and tonight.

Showers are expected to continue tomorrow, with a possible thunderstorm on the cards for the morning and afternoon.

Forecaster Kimba Wong told myGC that while we will see some falls this week, it won’t be anywhere near as heavy as what we experienced over the weekend.

“Showers and storms are continuing for the Gold Coast and pretty much the whole of South East Queensland for the next few days. But the rainfall totals won’t be anywhere near as intense as what we saw on Friday night coming into Saturday,” Ms Wong said.

“It will be a little bit more hit and miss, that sort of showery, thunderstorm activity.

“While we will still see some isolated higher totals, most people will see much lower rainfall totals over the next few days.”

Parts of the Gold Coast experienced a ‘one in 100 year event’ on Saturday, with the city lashed by heavy falls which caused life-threatening flash flooding.

More than triple the Gold Coast’s average monthly rainfall bared down on the region, with Carrara receiving the heaviest falls of almost 300 millimetres and Monterey Keys copping 152 millimetres in just two hours on Saturday.

The severe flooding wreaked havoc across the city, with parts of the M1 closed for several hours and a number of theme parks shut down.

So far more than 300 claims for flooded homes and cars have been lodged with the RACQ, however that number is still expected to rise as the clean up continues.

Pauline Hanson

“We can’t afford it”: Pauline Hanson’s push to stop Qld Olympics bid

One National Leader Pauline Hanson has launched a campaign against a Queensland bid for the 2032 Olympics, describing it as ‘irresponsible’ and a ‘waste of money’.

Senator Hanson’s opposition to the Games will be made clear with more than 50 bright orange billboards to be put up across the State.

They will have the simple message – “2032 Brisbane Olympics, regional Queensland says NO”.

Senator Hanson says people in regional Queensland don’t want the Olympics, and the money could be better spent.

“Queensland is now in debt to the tune of about$90 billion and we’re talking 12 years down the track,” Senator Hanson told the Nine Network.

“We can’t afford it because we cant even afford water for Queensland. I’ve got townships (like) Stanthorpe – no water, now you cant tell me that we can afford to put on the Olympics.”

Hosting the 2032 Games in Queensland is estimated to create an additional 129,000 jobs in construction, retail and tourism and pump a massive $10 billion into the economy.

Pauline Hanson is launching more than 50 billboards across QLD against a 2032 Olympics bid.

But Senator Hanson says the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games were a failure, and an Olympics would be too.

“It didn’t work, look at the Commonwealth Games we had in Queensland, they were flat out selling tickets to it and they were giving tickets away and it was a failure as far as I am concerned.

“Businesses on the Gold Coast and the people actually complained because they didn’t have the people coming into to support their business, the locals were not happy at all.

“Even how Peter Beattie ran it was ridiculous.”

Senator Hanson argued the Games bid was more about buying votes.

“We have  incompetent governments that have no regard for taxpayers’ dollars in this State and where the money goes.

“It’s alright to grandstand about it but they won’t be around in 12 years time.”

“I’ve spoken to people in regional and rural areas of Queensland, they don’t want it, and they’re sick and tired of seeing everything go to south east Queensland.

“It’s not fair on the State, it’s not fair on the people in rural and regional areas.

“Let’s do the projects that we can put the money into to benefit the people of Australia and Queensland.”

Thousands of firies still waiting for ‘basic resources’ from Qld govt: Opposition

It’s been revealed that Queensland fire fighters are still waiting for protective breathing equipment promised by the state government over a year ago.

The opposition says thousands of volunteers were expecting to receive negative masks (P3 masks), but only 200 have been issued so far.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington says Labor is failing those on the fire frontlines.

“Queensland’s firefighters need to be able to do their job with the best protective equipment available, but Labor has let them down,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Queensland communities have been devastated by fires in recent years but not have even those conditions have been enough to prompt Labor to act and get these masks fully deployed.

“Whether its failing to complete hazard reduction burns or rolling out masks for firefighters, the Palaszczuk Labor Government has a culture of not hitting targets.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has failed to provide basic resources to our firefighters.

“There is nothing more important than breathing equipment to allow our heroic firefighters to protect the public and property,” Ms Frecklington said.

Queensland fire and emergency truck

Investigations underway after large fire destroys Gold Coast home

A crime scene has been established at a home in Tallebudgera, after a fire tore though the property early this morning..

Emergency services were called to the address on Trees Road just before 2.00am, but the home was already inundated with flames.

Luckily, everyone inside the property at the time was able to get out safely, though paramedics report they treated one person at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services say the home was completely destroyed, though they didn’t initially believe the blaze was suspicious.

Police will return to the scene this morning to investigate.