Federal Minister backs decision to restrict development at The Spit

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has been praised for her decision to restrict development at The Spit to three-storeys and prepare a master plan for the iconic parklands.

Federal Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo welcomed the announcement made on the Coast yesterday.

“As the national Minister responsible for Trade, Tourism and Investment and a resident of the Gold Coast, Mr Ciobo knows this is the right decision for the Gold Coast and for Queensland,” the Premier said.

The Premier said her Government was focussed on working with investors, employers and the community on the Gold Coast to create jobs, ahead of and beyond the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The Government has committed $1.5 billion to deliver the Games with three new venues and the Games village supporting more than 2000 jobs during construction.

“We know the importance of tourism to the Gold Coast. We have been working with tourism operators to attract more visitors because it’s good for business and jobs,” the Premier said.

“In terms of overseas tourists, there were one million visitors to the Gold Coast last year, an increase of 14.3% over 2015.”

Free major health program launches on the Gold Coast

A new $27 million initiative will deliver a healthy lifestyle program to people here on the Gold Coast and across the state, who are at risk of developing chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said the program, My health for life, is free to eligible participants.

“The Gold Coast is a region where an active outdoor lifestyle is valued, so I think this program will be very attractive to local residents,’’ Mr Dick said.

“It is all about supporting people to get their health back on track or helping them to age well by maintaining active and healthy lives.”

Program participants will be offered six sessions of lifestyle coaching and support over six months by trained health professionals, and can choose between group sessions or personal, structured phone coaching.

Mr Dick said the phone coaching option was expected to be popular with shift, hospitality and emergency workers on the Gold Coast, offering them flexibility around work times.

“There are currently 12 trained Gold Coast facilitators and nine group-based programs ready to accept enrolments and there is potential to establish more groups.”

Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said the health alliance was excited about the program.

“I think it will have broad appeal to people who are looking for something different. They know they need to make some changes in their life but just want a bit of help getting there,” she said.

“The organisations that belong to the health alliance have been working in this space for some time, so we are delighted to be part of a program that works alongside GPs and other local health professionals.

“Instead of everyone trying to do a bit, we can combine efforts to achieve a stronger outcome.”

In the Gold Coast local government area, 19,400 people (3.4 per cent of the local population) have type 2 diabetes.

Mr Dick said people were often unaware how much their lifestyle choices impacted on their personal risk of developing chronic conditions, particularly if there were no obvious signs or symptoms.

“These statistics highlight that change is needed and My health for life is an innovative program to do just that,” Mr Dick said.

“What’s good about My health for life is that people will learn how to make and maintain healthy behaviours that still suit their lifestyle but are achievable.”

The program will be rolled out right across the state over the next three years.

Want to take part in the program? Talk to your GP, pharmacist, call 13 74 75 or visit www.myhealthforlife.com.au to find out more.

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Aussie’s dominate at 2017 Molokai 2 OAHU Paddleboard World Championships

The Australians have well and truly dominated at this years Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships, breaking world records in pristine conditions in Hawaii.

Travis Grant cemented a ground-breaking victory by winning the men’s unlimited stand up paddleboard race in an incredible 3:59:52, smashing the coveted 4-hour barrier to defeat Hawaii’s Connor Baxter.

The Aussie couldn’t believe the world-record achievement, but said a lot of hard work and determination went into it.

“I never thought SUP could not break 4 hours. I left nothing out there and Connor and I battled – it was hard,” he said.

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In the Prone unlimited paddleboard race, Matt Bevilacqua powered to his third consecutive win in 4 hours, 29 minutes, 20. The 25-year-old Australian’s win betters none only than himself from 2016, when he finished the race in 4:29.32.

Aussie Daniel Shade came in second at 4:39:19 followed closely by the Gold Coast’s Matt Poole at 4:50:46.

In the Stock Prone, Stewart McLachlan dominated the race, bettering his previous record by 3 minutes finishing in 5 hours, 2 minutes, and 43 seconds in comparison to his last’s year win at 5:05:41. Fellow countryman Lachie Lansdown finished second at 5:08:13.

Australian Ironwoman champion Harriet Brown, stepped into the women’s Prone Unlimited race for the first time and delivered a world record breaking performance by finishing with a record time of 5 hours, 14 minutes, and 31 seconds. Fellow Aussie Lizzie Welborn came in second at 5:25:54.

Maddison Spencer, 20, took home a first time victory in her first M2O, coming in at 6 hours, 6 minutes and 24 seconds in the women’s Prone Stock.

In the men’s Team Stock division, 17-year-old Gold Coaster Matt Delahunty and his 18-year-old Hawaiian team mate Hunter Pflueger dominated, edging out former M2O World Champions Brad Gaul and Kendrick Louis with a time of 5 hours, 17 minutes, and 27 seconds.

Delahunty, who is a local Carrara boy who trains at Currumbin Creek, first met his teammate when they competed against each other in Hawaii four years ago. They have been great mates ever since.

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Founded in 1997, M2O is an open-ocean endurance paddleboard challenge, featuring racers in both the prone and stand-up disciplines.

The 32-mile race starts on Kaluakoi Beach on the north shore of Moloka’i and finishes in Maunalua Bay on the south shore of O’ahu.

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New truck regulations to ease M1 congestion

From today, truck drivers have to obey new lane restrictions on the M1, hopefully easing traffic for Gold Coast drivers.

The restrictions apply 24 hours a day both north and southbound and requires trucks over 4.5 tonnes to travel in the left two lanes between Springwood and Robina.

More than 150,000 vehicles travel on the M1 each day, including around 12,000 trucks.

The State Government said it will help reduce congestion, improve travel times and make the M1 safer.

“We have been working with peak bodies including the RACQ and Queensland Trucking Association and we are confident we can improve the safety and journey time reliability for motorists travelling on the M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast during the Games,” Queensland Minister for Transport, Mark Bailey said.

There will be a number of other temporary measures introduced in the lead up to the Commonwealth games next year.

If drivers don’t comply with these new rules, individuals risk $126 and 3 demerit points fine, or $630 businesses.

Trucks are permitted to overtake other vehicles, if it is safe to do so, but they must not travel outside the two left lanes to do so.

They are allowed to travel in the right lane to avoid an obstruction on the road, but only for as long as it takes to clear the obstruction.