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Six people hospitalised after separate crashes on the Gold Coast

It’s been a busy night on Gold Coast roads for paramedics, with a number of car crashes reported.

There were at least four separate crashes in the past 12 hours that required Queensland Ambulance assistance.

Though luckily, no major injuries have been reported.

This morning a single vehicle crash was reported in Miami, on the Gold Coast Highway and Kratzmann Avenue.

Paramedics were called to the scene around 4.30am.

One person was treated for minor head injuries and taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Last night a two vehicle crash was reported in Tallai, at Worongary and Mudgeeraba Road.

Two people were taken stable to Gold Coast University Hospital around 8.30pm.

Earlier, a single motorbike crash happened around 6.00pm on Yawalpah Road in Pimpama, with one person needing further treatment in hospital.

And a single car crash happened on Mudgeeraba Road in Worongary around 5.30pm, with two people requiring hospitalisation.

In both crashes, the patients were believed to be in stable conditions with just minor injuries.

Death toll from NSW bushfires rises to four

NEW South Wales Police have confirmed the body of a man has been found fire-ravaged bushland on the state’s Mid North Coast, taking the death toll from the state’s bushfire crisis to four.

The body was found by locals on the southern end of the Kyuna Track at Willawarrin, about 34km from Kempsey, shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

Police say the man is yet to be formally identified but they believe it is the body of a 58-year-old man who lived in a shed nearby.

Officers from Mid North Coast Police District have been told the man was last seen on Friday.

A post-mortem examination will be conducted to determine the cause of death and confirm identity.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

‘STAY INFORMED’: Fresh alert issued for Binna Burra fire

Hinterland residents are being warned of a fire burning in Binna Burra this morning.

A new alert has been issued this morning, for the blaze that broke out in Sarabah earlier this year.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services says it’s currently burning south of Binna Burra, near Chiminya Creek in the Laminton National Park.

Ground crews and waterbombing aircraft are currently on scene working to contain the fire, which is currently at ‘advice’ level and not threatening properties.

Locals are being told that they will likely be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

QFES advices residents to stay up to date by listening to your local radio station and visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.

Other advice is listed below:

• If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be ready to follow it.
• If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.
• Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
• If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
• Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
• Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.
• Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.
• Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
• Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

Bush fire

‘Catastrophic’ conditions to flare up fires across NSW

Fires across New South Wales are expected to flare-up and spread quickly today, as parts of the state endure ‘catastrophic’ fire conditions.

A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales for the next seven days, with extreme heat and wild winds predicted to wreak havoc.

The Greater Sydney Region, the Illawarra/Shoalhaven Region and the Hunter Region have all been declared ‘catastrophic’.

Strong wings are expected throughout the day, with northerlies predicted for the morning up to 25 km/h, before tending west to northwesterly 30 to 40 km/h in the late morning and afternoon.

Later on, a gusty southerly change is expected, with winds clocking 40 to 55 km/h in the early evening.

Meantime, temperatures could reach 37 degrees today.

As of this morning, there were over 50 blazes burning across the state – half of them considered ‘out of control’ –  and while none of them escalated to ’emergency’ status yesterday, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service says today’s conditions will likely see them spread ‘considerably’.

Here’s how they’re predicted to travel:

Over 3,000 firefighters are on the ground across the state today, while the defence force remains on standby.

The New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian is pleading with people to keep informed and listen to the advice given.

“Please do not ignore the messages you receive about your community.

“If you’re told to evacuate please do that, and for heaven’s sake, stay away from bush land,” Premier Berejiklian said.

A lot of schools are closed for the day, check if your school has been closed and keep up to date here.

Parks, playgrounds and open spaces have also been closed as part of the safety measures in place.

Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says there’s very little fire fighters can do to suppress flames in these conditions.

“In catastrophic circumstances, routinely you can expect the most extraordinary of fire behaviour.

“It is not without question, that spotting activity can be well and truly over 20 kilometres ahead of the main fire front.

“Homes that are specifically designed and built to withstand bush fires are not done so for catastrophic conditions,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

Everyone is being urged to follow updates from the NSW RFS either on social media or their website.

Gold Coast Police

Teenage girls charged after allegedly crashing stolen car into police

Two teenage girls have been arrested and charged, after crashing a stolen vehicle into a police car last night.

Officers spotted a stolen Hyundai i30 driving ‘erratically’ along Smith Street in Labrador just after 6.30pm.

They tracked the car’s movements, and followed it into a unit block car park on Usher Avenue.

The stolen vehicle then tried to drive out of the car park – crashing into the police vehicle on the way, damaging both cars in the process.

The 19-year-old driver and a 15-year-old female passenger were transported to Gold Coast University Hospital and were treated for minor injuries.

Two police officers also had to go to hospital for observation.

Police allegedly found a quantity of drugs, utensil and a knife while searching the vehicle, which is believed to have been stolen from an address in Mermaid Waters over the weekend.

The 15-year-old girl has been charged with the unlawful use of a motor vehicle and will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.

The 19-year-old woman has been charged with one count each of burglary, receiving tainted property, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and possession of a knife in a public place.

She has also been charged with other drug related offences and is due to appear at Southport Magistrates Court this morning, November 11.

Investigations are continuing.