Car Fire

House, unit blocks evacuated after carport goes up in flames in Miami

TWO cars and a carport have been completed destroyed by fire in Miami overnight.

The blaze is believed to have started in a car, which was parked in the carport of a home on Christine Avenue, around 11.30pm.

Police said officers patrolling the Miami area noticed the flames, and  immediately alerted other emergency services who rushed to the scene.

The residents of the home, and nearby unit blocks were evacuated as the fire continued to spread to a second vehicle and also the overhead aluminium carport.

Firies managed to extinguish the flames, however the two cars and carport were totally destroyed.

Luckily, no one was injured.

Police are continuing their investigations into the cause of the fire.

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Power Lines Storm

More than 1000 homes and businesses in darkness on the Gold Coast

Gold Coasters have been left in darkness this morning following a major power outage.

More than 1000 homes and businesses in Labrador have been affected by the outage, along with 38 properties in Arundel.

It is not yet known when the power will be restored.

Energex crews have been dispatched to investigate the cause.

Call  to notify of power outages.

In an emergency, such as fallen powerlines or electric shocks, call .

Gold Coast girls light up the stage at Dance Unite Nationals in Sydney

A GROUP of young Gold Coast dancers have lit up the stage at the Dance Unite Nationals in Sydney.

Students from the Gold Coast’s L. E. Academy of Dance & Theatre danced their way to fourth place in last weekend’s competition, scoring an impressive 91.4 per cent with their Diamonds by Rihanna routine.

The Elite Team is made up of 16 girls aged between 9 and 14 and was only put together in March this year.

Academy Principal Lauren Elizabeth Wormald said she was extremely proud of the girls’ efforts.

“The girls have had an incredible dance season and I am so proud of their growth and development during the short time that they have danced together,” Ms Wormald said.

“My personal highlight of the season was seeing the girls take out the award for ‘Sportsmanship’ at their first ever Eisteddfod at dance life unite regionals the way they look out for each other constantly brings tears to my eyes.”

The Gold Coast Elite Team danced their way to fourth place at the Dance Unite Nationals in Sydney (Photo: Supplied)

The L. E. Academy has studios in Ashmore and Broadbeach and is currently taking bookings for term four.

 

For more information on the L. E. Academy of Dance & Theatre Arts, click here.

Gold Coasters band together to help respected local business after harmful online attack

UPDATE @ September 29, 7.15am: THE Gold Coast community has banded together to help out a respected local business whose online reputation was tarnished from a harmful attack by online trolls.

Action Tyres & More in Southport, which prides itself on its service, received a total of 46 one-star reviews on their Facebook page in the space of just five minutes on Tuesday.

The heartless attack, believed to have been generated by an automated BOT system, slashed the 15-year-old businesses faultless five-star rating in half to just 2.6 stars.

myGC alerted the community to the vicious attack overnight, and with the help of caring locals, managed to raise the businesses rating from a low 2.6 stars to a high 4.7!

“Well done everyone for giving 5* reviews to this local business. We’re slowly bumping their star rating back up. This business has always been good so I hope we can help them out as a community to counter the trolls!” one person commented.

“I’m a small business owner just around the corner from Action Tyres and have recently used them for tyres for mine and my daughters car and can highly recommend them. Competitive price and great service!” commented another.

Former Porsche Carrera Cup racer and owner of Action Tyres & More, Matt Kingsley, took to the businesses Facebook page overnight to thank everyone for their support.

“Thank you to everyone who has rang or messaged us with their support. Hopefully no other business has to go through this,” he wrote.

“We are working with Facebook to have it resolved. We want to leave our reviews up because we have great reviews from the past 5 years and know the 1 stars are fake and that Facebook will be able to solve it.

“Thanks again for your support.”

EARLIER @ September 28, 6.45pm: A GOLD Coast business owner is fighting to save his company’s reputation from being sabotaged after his local tyre business of more than a decade was flooded with a barrage of damaging one-star reviews online.

Former Porsche Carrera Cup racer Matt Kingsley has operated Action Tyres & More in Southport for 15 years.

But on Tuesday, his local business which prides itself on its service fell victim to a harmful attack by online trolls.

A total of 46 bad one-star reviews were submitted to the business’ Facebook page in the space of just five minutes.

The attack sabotaged the business’ online reputation, slashing its faultless five-star rating in half to just 2.6 stars.

The reviews appeared within seconds of each other, the first popping up at 9.06pm and the last made at 9.11pm.

The accounts from which they were submitted also appear to be fake and are based in locations overseas.

Speaking to myGC, Matt said he believes the reviews were generated by an automated BOT system.

“It puts a bit of a dampener on your day,” Matt said. “It’s a real kick in your guts to be honest.”

“We want to let other small businesses know that this can happen to them, it can happen to anyone.

“My digital marketing manager and I have each reached out to Facebook to try and have the fake reviews removed.

“I’m really worried about our reputation, one hundred percent. We can’t advertise on Facebook with a rating like that.”

Over the past 15 years, Matt’s business has received nothing but praise online for its service.

“Thank you so much Action Tyres for your prompt reliable service. I will definitely be recommending you to our friends,” one happy customer said in a review in July.

“Fair dinkum people,” wrote another in March. “Went in expecting a fair bit of work needed to be done, turned out to be a simple fix. I could have got stitched up but saved heaps of $$$. Can’t thank this crew enough.”

And then there was this from another customer in 2015: “Thank you for being honest with me Action Tyres … I will definitely bring my latest car to Action Tyres for servicing and repairs from now on.”

Matt’s marketing manager Michael Goode from Hybrid Digital Marketing said he was struggling to understand why the longstanding respected Southport business was targeted.

“It is difficult to understand why they would be targeted,” Mr Goode said.

 “We are unsure if they were targeted directly or is this happening to other Gold Coast Businesses.

“My company covers companies Australia wide and I’ve never seen an attack as bad as this on a small business.

“Our Digital Team are working with Facebook to try and have them removed. We want to make sure this doesn’t happen to any other business.”

Gold Coast Suns player uniform

GC SUNS secure their very own women’s team for 2020!

UPDATE 8:45 PM | The CEO of the Gold Coast SUNS says the announcement of a women’s AFL team here on the Gold Coast is the best thing to happen to the club since its birth – and the ‘Ablett deal’ is anything but.

The SUNS have secured an AFLW licence for their very own female team in 2020, it was announced on Wednesday.

Speaking to 102.9 Hot Tomato’s Galey, Mal and Moyra on Wednesday afternoon, Evans said it was the club’s most significant day since the SUNS arrived on the Coast.

“It has been an unbelievable day for us, probably the most significant day since the SUNS arrived on the Gold Coast to hear that we are going to get a team for our girls,” Evans told the Hot Tomato presenters.

“They’ll be able to play in front of their friends, and family, and the community and I can just imagine how exciting that is going to be for the growth of the code and for the girls themselves.

“I can just imagine how exciting it is when you look on the TV and you see heroes running around, idols running around, and to think that is going to be in your backyard.

“There is lots of work to do over the next two years in making sure that our girls are ready for all of that but it’s just so exciting.”

Evans said getting an AFL Women’s team here on the Gold Coast will give an unbelievable boost to young women hoping to break into the sport.

Galey, Mal and Moyra also took the time to ask Evans to clarify mounting speculation surrounding SUNS player Gary Ablett’s request to be traded back to the Geelong Cats during the upcoming exchange period.

When pressed on the matter, Evans said it was far from a done deal.

“I am not sure where that came from … it certainly wasn’t from any of our staff,” he said.

“Gary came to us yesterday and said that it was his preference to go to Geelong.

“He still has a year of his contract with us so we said to him that there would be some conditions that would need to be met if that was going to happen.

“I am unsure whether they can be met or not but probably in the next three weeks we will play that one out.”

Evans also told the radio station the club was close to selecting its new coach.

“It has been a terrific process, there are a lot of people in the industry that are worth talking to and we are part way through that process now and I would expect that will play out over the next two and a half weeks as well.”

– Additional reporting by Jaydan Duck.

FIRST at 12:20 PM | Women will be kicking goals for the Gold Coast SUNS from 2020 with the announcement the club has successfully obtained an AFLW licence for their very own female team.

The SUNS successful bid for a women’s licence was announced following a meeting of the AFL Commission on Wednesday.

GC SUNS Chief Executive Mark Evans said the establishment of an AFLW team will inspire true equality for females throughout the Gold Coast, North Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

“We are incredibly proud to have the opportunity to establish a team for our girls. We may be non-traditional AFL markets, but the Gold Coast, North Queensland and Northern New South Wales are booming female participation markets and the girls deserve a team,” Evans said.

“This is a significant day for our club and the game here in Queensland.”

Mr Evans said that over the past seven years, there has been a staggering 280% increase in female participation in the raw AFL market.

“These numbers demonstrate that at a community level our game is for women as much as men, while at the elite level, Queensland is talent ready for a second AFLW team.

“Over the next three drafts it’s anticipated that 14 Gold Coast Academy players will be drafted and that’s only going to grow.”

Evans said discussions had begun with AFL Queensland around the best way to strengthen women’s football on the Gold Coast and prepare the SUNS for entry into the AFLW.

“Discussions are underway to establish a presence in the state league competition in 2018. What that looks like is still to be finalised, but it needs to be an outcome that assists AFLQ, the local clubs and allows the Gold Coast and its players to Get Set for 2020.”

North Melbourne and Geelong will join the women’s league in 2019, with the Gold Coast, West Coast, Richmond and St Kilda coming on board in 2020.