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Seven people hospitalised following separate car crashes, Gold Coast

Seven people have been hospitalised overnight, as a result of two crashes on the Gold Coast.

Paramedics were first called to a two car crash along Worongary Road in Worongary around 7.30pm.

Five people were assessed at the scene, before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

A short time later, emergency crews responded to another two car crash along Foxwell Road in Coomera, reported around 8.30pm.

Two people were assessed there, both needing to be taken to hospital.

A woman in her 30s had suffered lower limb injuries, and a man in his 20s sustained upper and lower limb injuries.

All seven people are believed to be in stable conditions at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Motorcyclist hospitalised after hitting kangaroo, Gold Coast

A motorcyclist has been hospitalised, after he collided with a kangaroo in Tallebudgera Valley last night.

Emergency services were called to Dalton Road around 8.00pm, following reports of a crash.

On arrival, they found a man in his 30s had suffered facial injuries, after an incident involving a kangaroo.

He was briefly assessed at the scene, before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

He’s believed to be in a stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Arrest

Man arrested in Byron carpark over supply of illegal guns

A man has been charged following an ongoing investigation into the supply of illegal firearms.

The 44-year-old was taken into custody by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad at a carpark on Bayshore Drive in Byron Bay yesterday.

During a search of his vehicle, police allegedly uncovered two pistols, ammunition and $2900 in cash.

“A short time later, investigators executed a search warrant at a home at Kingscliff, where they seized electronic storage devices and computers,” NSW Police said.

The man, who police say is from Kingscliff, was taken to Byron Bay Police Station and charged with two counts of acquire firearm without permit to acquire.

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today.

Construction Site

Federal government to spend $2B on new ‘JobTrainer’ package

The federal government has announced its next round of support measures for the economy, to aid our recovery from coronavirus.

The new ‘JobTrainer’ package aims to help school leavers and job seekers develop new skills and train them for in-demand jobs.

$2 billion will be spent funding more than half a million places for trainees and apprentices in the building and construction industry.

Federal Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has told The Today Show it will create and support many people.

“It will assist apprentices and trainees across Australia to remain in their jobs but it will also ensure that we are creating hundreds of thousands of additional training places working with the states and territories in areas of great need,” Minister Cash said.

It’s understood the short courses will be made as early as September.

“We already know where some of the areas of demand are. We will continue to work with the states and territories to identify future areas of demand.

“You could be doing a short course in October of this year at almost a low cost or no cost and going straight into a job. That’s the whole point of the package,” Minister Cash told Today.

The new JobTrainer package has already been welcomed by Master Builders.

CEO Denita Wawn says the construction industry will play a huge role in rebuilding the nation.

“The building and construction industry trains more apprentices and provides more full-time jobs than any other sector in the economy.

“We look forward to being involved in the implementation of this $2 billion package.

“With the support of measures like JobTrainer, HomeBuilder and hopefully more stimulus measures and policy reforms in the future our industry will play a vital in rebuilding Australia, Ms Wawn said.

The government is expected to officially announce the package today.

“You deserve a holiday”: Destination Gold Coast rolls out inspirational video targeting tourists

The Gold Coast’s dedicated tourism bosses have wasted no time rolling out more marketing material, in line with the reopening of more theme parks.

Movie World and Wet’n’Wild will be welcoming back crowds from this morning, after Seaworld and Paradise Country reopened two weeks ago.

Destination Gold Coast is rolling out its final instalment of a series of social inspiration videos, enticing interstate visitors with the simple message: ‘You Deserve a Holiday’.

Following on from another couple of inspirational videos, the footage shows little snippets of everything we love about the Gold Coast.

The beautiful beaches, SkyPoint Observation Deck, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and much, much more.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista says now is the time for local businesses and tourism operators to enjoy the rewards, after a very tough time.

“After months of restrictions, uncertainty and struggles, we’re thrilled to be at a stage where it’s safe to welcome back families to experience Australia’s favourite playground once again.

“Whether it’s relaxation, long lunches and a solid night’s sleep, or high adventure, fun and thrill time – the Gold Coast is the perfect place to come back and play.

“Our operators have demonstrated incredible resilience and creativity, and now we’re thrilled that the time has come to welcome families from interstate, and keep taking strides towards an economic recovery,” Ms Battista said.

Destination Gold Coast has been going hard in rolling out the marketing material, strategically targeting new markets as soon as they’re allowed to travel here.

The tourism body launched a $1.5 million Queensland-focused marketing campaign in mid-June, and is preparing to roll out a further $2.5 million on an interstate campaign later this month.

It’s all in an effort to patch up the massive hole left in the Gold Coast economy, which is heavily dependent on tourism.

Last year, the Gold Coast drew a record 14.2 million visitors, but the COVID-19 travel ban has halted the city’s biggest economic driver in tourism, worth almost $6 billion..

Ms Battista says the recovery is going to take some time, but the Gold Coast is focused on regaining its domestic share, while also capturing outbound demand before international borders open.

“We’ve already seen green shoots from interstate visitors returning to the Gold Coast since Queensland’s borders opened last week (July 10), and we’re cautiously optimistic in expecting this upward trend to continue for the rest of the year,” said Ms Battista.

The new ‘You Deserve A Holiday’ video will be disseminated across South Australia, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory on social media and across the YouTube platform.