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Emergency services called into rescue three bushwalkers, Gold Coast

Emergency crews have been called in to help three bushwalkers, who apparently become unwell while trekking in Springbook yesterday.

It’s understood the group had set off earlier in the day yesterday, before calling for help after 8.00pm.

Paramedics attended, along with SES and Police, to help the trio walk out.

One of them had to be taken to hospital. They’re in a stable condition.

Whatever caused the group to become unwell remains unknown.

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World class ‘Rail Trail’ locked in for Northern NSW

A world class walking and cycling trail between Murwillumbah and Crabbes Creek how now been set in stone.

The NSW Government has confirmed $7.8 million in funding for the construction of the Tweed stage of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail project.

The money will go towards transforming 24 kilometres of disused rail corridor to be redeveloped into a shared use rail trail.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest says it’s a very exciting project for the region.

“When completed, the Tweed stage of the Northern Rivers Rail Trail will connect Murwillumbah with the villages of Stokers Siding, Burringbar, Mooball and Crabbes Creek, providing a great recreation and tourist destination for locals and visitors.

“Rail trails are popular around the world for walking, cycling and horse riding as they encourage healthy lifestyles while also boosting local tourism, which brings dollars into the region, support local jobs and attracts further investment.

“The Tweed stage will help drive growth for the regional NSW visitor economy and increase tourist numbers to the Northern Rivers, which in the coming years will be more important than ever, in the wake of the current COVID-19 crisis,” Mr Provest said.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro says the construction will support local jobs, and will eventually attract tens of thousands of visitors a year once completed.

“The Northern Rivers region will benefit greatly from this rail trail, with the health benefits it will delivery and the tourism dollars it will generate helping local communities travel further along on the long road to recovery.

“I thank Tweed Shire Council for its commitment to this project and very much look forward to visiting and enjoying a walk or ride along the Tweed Stage rail trail when it is completed,” Mr Barilaro said.

There’s just one final hurdle to jump before construction can get underway, with the NSW Government now having to amend legislation to formally close the railway line between Murwillumbah and Crabbes Creek.

This process has also been slightly pushed back due to the COVID-19 adjournment of Parliament.

Construction is expected to begin shortly after the legislative amendment is approved, which is expected later this year.

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LNP slams Qld govt for cancelling budget and destroying jobs

The state opposition has hit out at the government over its decision to cancel the 2020 budget, saying that road infrastructure projects and jobs will suffer.

The LNP says that the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program won’t be able to continue without a budget, causing the road maintenance backlong to increase further.

It comes after the state government announced $400 million for road projects around the state, as part of its coronavirus recovery plan to create jobs.

But the opposition says that more than $5.4 billion of road maintenance work is now overdue across the state.

That includes around $2.4 billion in the southeast alone.

Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin says the refusal of a state budget will throw the roads investment program into chaos.

“Labor has cancelled the Budget because it wants to dodge scrutiny before the next state election.

“Labor’s refusal to present a Budget is bad for democracy and it will be dire for Queensland’s roads program too.

“The Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) cannot continue indefinitely without a Budget.

“Contractors will not consider projects which are unfunded and the Commonwealth will not provide co-funding without State Budget approval.

“We have Budgets for a reason. Governments cannot function without them.

“Labor’s arrogant and unjustified decision to cancel the Budget will cause chaos for contractors, lead to road projects being delayed and will worsen congestion.

“Most damagingly of all, cancelling the Budget will also cost jobs.

“Labor has no plan and no Budget for Queensland, right in the middle of a jobs crisis,” Mr Minnikin said.

Government’s ‘Job Maker’ plan to be revealed today

The Prime Minister is today expected to unveil plans of the new ‘Job Maker’ program, as part of plans to reignite the Australian economy.

The program will encourage small, medium and large businesses to take risks, and will focus heavily on fixing the nation’s flawed skills and training system.

Improvements in the industrial relations area is also tipped to be top of the agenda.

Scott Morrison believes it could take up to five years to get the economy back up to speed post coronavirus, but has vowed to get it back on track as soon as possible.

There are also plans to boost skills and reform TAFE as well.

Scott Morrison will address the National Press Club in Canberra today with more details.

Three men charged with murder over Gold Coast balcony death

LATEST @ May 24, 1.00 PM | THREE men have been charged with murder following the death of a teenager at an apartment building in Surfers Paradise.

Cian English, from Hawthorne in Brisbane, fell from a balcony on the fourth floor of the View Pacific holiday apartments just after 3am on Saturday.

In the latest development this morning, police now allege that the teenager died while trying to escape a violent robbery.

“What we will be alleging is there has been two groups of people staying at that accommodation, they have had some interaction and they have gone from room to room and had a party where some illicit drugs have been taken,” Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith told reporters on Sunday.

Police say the drugs involved in the incident were “prescription drugs” believed to have been stolen from chemists on the Gold Coast and Logan.

“During the course of the evening the three main offenders have robbed the victim and his friend at knife-point and during the course of that the victim has attempted to escape and gone over the balcony and died.

“Given the circumstances, the consequences of the robbery and the threats made to the victim put the consequences on those three offenders.”

A member of the public made the grim discovery and alerted emergency crews who rushed to the scene and found the teenager suffering “traumatic injuries” at the base of the building.

Despite desperate attempts by paramedics, the 19-year-old man could not be saved and died at the scene.

Police confirmed three men, aged 18, 20 and 22, who are known to police, were arrested overnight and all charged with one count of murder and two counts of armed robbery.

The 18-year-old is due to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court tomorrow while the other two men are expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Investigations into the incident are continuing.

EARLIER @ May 24, 6.00 AM | Police are this morning still trying to piece together what led to the death of a teenager, who fell from a balcony in Surfers Paradise.

Cian English, from Hawthorn in Brisbane, fell from a balcony on the fourth floor of the View Pacific holiday apartments just after 3am on Saturday.

A member of the public made the grim discovery after hearing a loud noise and alerted police.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and found the teenager suffering “traumatic injuries”. Despite desperate attempts by paramedics, he could not be saved and died at the scene.

Four other teenagers were hospitalised after they were found in a hotel room in a “semi- conscious state” after consuming prescription drugs.

Detectives are now going through videos that were posted on Snapchat in the lead up to the young man’s death, which appear to be taken from inside the apartment.

QAS Senior Operations Supervisor Neil Stead says it’s an extremely tragic incident and another reminder about the dangers of drugs.

“All we can say is there was some kind of drugs involved in the situation which caused this incident to occur, and like everything, drugs are simply not safe, so basically look after yourself and don’t do drugs, it’s as simple as that.”

A crime scene has been established, with investigations ongoing.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

EARLIER @ May 23, 1.15 PM | A teenage boy has died after falling four-storeys from a balcony, and four other teens have been hospitalised after suffering alleged drug overdoses, in shocking scenes in Surfers Paradise early this morning.

Emergency crews rushed to an apartment building on View Avenue just after 3.15am on Saturday, following reports of a serious fall.

Upon arrival, they found the body of a 19-year-old Brisbane man at the back of the apartment block.

Queensland Ambulance Senior Operations Supervisor Neil Stead said the teen had suffered “quite traumatic injuries”.

“CPR was commenced but it was later called off… He could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead on scene,” Mr Stead said.

As a result, police attended a unit above where four teenage boys were found in a “semi- conscious state” after consuming prescription drugs.

They were treated on scene by paramedics before being taken to Robina Hospital in stable conditions.

Police also confirmed that about half an hour earlier, around 2.20am, two 16-year-old boys believed to be from the same group were arrested between View Avenue and the Esplanade for possession of prescription drugs.

QAS Senior Operations Supervisor Neil Stead says it’s an extremely tragic incident.

“All we can say is there was some kind of drugs involved in the situation which caused this incident to occur, and like everything, drugs are simply not safe, so basically look after yourself and it sounds a bit basic but don’t do drugs it’s as simple as that.”

He said responding paramedics have since undergone welfare checks.

“I’d just like to express the ambulance’s concerns for the family and friends for the young gentleman who passed away,” he said.

“It was an extremely difficult job for the paramedics… Welfare checks have been conducted on the crew that looked after the young male.”

A crime scene has been established at the apartment block as Gold Coast detectives try to piece together exactly what happened.

Investigations are continuing.

EARLIER @ 7.45 AM | A young man has died after falling from a balcony in Surfers Paradise early this morning.

Paramedics rushed to an apartment building on View Avenue just after 3am, following reports of a serious fall.

It’s not yet known what height the 19-year-old victim, who police say is from Brisbane, has fallen.

There are reports there may have been an altercation inside the unit before the tragedy, however this has not been confirmed by police.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson told myGC a total of seven people were assessed at the scene, with four taken to Robina Hospital in stable conditions.

A crime scene has been established at the apartment, with several people assisting police with enquiries.

There are no further details available at this time.