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Gold Coasters urged to ask R U OK? today

R U OK?

That’s the question we’re being encouraged to ask our friends, family, colleagues and even strangers today.

September 14 is R U OK? day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about suicide prevention, because sometimes all it takes is one simple question to change someone’s life.

“We know that suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge the world over. But we also know that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in that simplest of questions – “Are you ok?” the charity says.

“Our mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.”

Aussies are being urged to learn the four conversation steps (1. Ask, 2. Listen, 3. Encourage Action, 4. Check in) so that they know how to respond when someone says, “No, I’m not ok.”

“By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up”.

“If they say they are not ok, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.”

For more information on R U OK? day and for tips on how to ask those in your life the all-important question, click here.

M1 Traffic - PHOTO: Supplied by Shelley O'Connor

LNP launches bold new second highway plan for GC

The LNP’s introduced a radical new idea to help alleviate the constant traffic issues plaguing the M1.

Liberal and Nationals Party leader Tim Nicholls has launched a petition calling for a second motorway on the Gold Coast.

Mr Nicholls said the first stage of the second M1 should be along an already preserved corridor extending 36.5 kilometres between Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road at Staplyton and Nerang-Broadbeach Road in Nerang.

“It’s time for a second M1,” he said.

“With only a single dual lane bridge over the Pimpana, Nerang and Coomera Rivers, any accident means the M1 is a parking lot within minutes.

“This would be a truly transformative project for southeast Queensland. The corridor is largely preserved, it just needs a State Government with the intestinal fortitude to commit and get it done.”

The proposed highway would have at least four lanes and could include facilities for public transport, cyclists and pedestrians.

“It would be a game changer for the northern Gold Coast and ease the burden on the current M1,” Mr Nicholls said.

The RACQ has also thrown its support behind the scheme.

The Club’s spokesperson Paul Turner said more than 140,000 vehicles travelled on the M1 every day and an alternative corridor would relieve some of the pressure.

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LNP Member for Coomera Michael Crandon said building work could begin quickly on the second M1 if the Labor Government committed funding.

“Upgrades and widening are important but the M1 will reach capacity in the next 10 years so that is why today we are calling on the Labor Government to start building an alternative arterial road to get people out of constant traffic,” he said.

LNP Member for Gaven Sid Cramp said the project would provide an alternative north-south route to the Pacific Motorway.

“The second M1 could be built in stages and work could commence in months if the funding is found,” Mr Cramp said.

However, Gold Coast Labor Senator Murray Watt has rubbished the opposition’s plan.

“The LNP’s stunt today, means absolutely nothing,” he said.

“When Tim Nicholls was Campbell Newman’s treasurer he did not spend a single cent on upgrading the M1 … Every Gold Coast LNP member of parliament  had three years (under Campbell Newman) to do something about upgrading the M1.”

A second M1 would be a multi-million dollar build which would likely require state and federal funding.

The LNP refused to commit to the project at this stage if his party wins the upcoming Queensland election.

“We wouldn’t be standing here now if we didn’t believe this was a worthwhile project, but we’re not the government at the moment,” Mr Nicholls said.

“In terms of the election, I simply say to Annastacia Palaszczuk, stop playing games, stop mucking around with people’s future and name the election date.”

Mr Nicholls is urging Gold Coasters to sign his petition here.

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GC correctional centre under scrutiny after escape of two inmates

UPDATE @ September 12 2017, 7.10am: Numinbah Correctional Centre is under scrutiny after two young female inmates escaped over the weekend.

Tegan Simpson, 24, and Abigail Graf, 21, remain on the run after absconding from the low-security prison in the Gold Coast hinterland on Sunday night.

Police said that just after 11.00pm, correctional officers conducted a headcount and discovered the pair were missing.

Minister Tim Mander said in a news conference on Monday that “it’s the second time this has happened this year” with overcrowding at the prison believed to be a contributing factor.

“The question has to be asked, are the appropriate people being put in these facilities? Of course, if you are escaping from it, you’re probably in the wrong facility,” Mr Mander said.

“This is the second time this has happened this year and so I think that’s a real concern for community safety.”

Anyone who sees either woman or has any information is urged to contact police or call Policelink on 131 444.

EARLIER @ September 11 2017, 6.30am: TWO women are on the run after escaping from a Correctional Centre in Numinbah Valley late last night.

Police say that just after 11.00pm, correctional officers conducted a headcount and discovered the pair, aged 21 and 24, were missing.

The 21-year-old woman is described as Caucasian, 165cms tall with a slim build, long dark brown hair and green eyes.

The 24-year-old woman is described as Caucasian 170cms tall with a slim build, long blonde hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone who sees either woman or has any information is urged to contact police or call Policelink on 131 444.

Man, 72, shot by police was allegedly armed, throwing rocks at paramedics

A MAN in his 70s has been shot by police during a disturbance at a house at Logan, north of the Gold Coast.

The dramatic scenes unfolded in a driveway outside a house on Station Road at Woodridge on Sunday afternoon.

It’s understood ambulance officers had been called to the address in relation to a mental health issue but when they arrived, were greeted by a 72-year-old man brandishing two knives.

Police were dispatched soon after when a 72-year-old man allegedly threatened paramedics with the knives and started throwing rocks at them.

One of five officers who responded to the scene discharged his firearm and fired a single bullet at the man.

The 72-year-old was shot in the shoulder and is being treated at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

It’s understood the elderly man’s condition has since deteriorated and he is now listed as critical.

Speaking at the scene, Inspector Jim Plowman said police were left with no other choice but to shoot the man.

“… [the] 72-year-old male threw a number of rocks at [emergency services] and he also produced two knives, threatening the safety of those personnel there,” Inspector Plowman said.

“… the officer had no option other than to discharge his firearm … it’s an unfortunate incident for all concerned.

“The officer certainly didn’t come to work today intending to shoot anybody but it is always an occupational hazard and sometimes, although we try to take every action to avoid such things, sometimes there are no other options.”

The Ethical Standards Command has been tasked to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.


If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au – In an emergency, call 000.

Are you struggling to cope? For help and information, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.

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Police seeking dash-cam footage after man killed in crash north of the coast

Queensland Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly man was killed in a crash at Logan Village, north of the Gold Coast last week.

Emergency services were called to Albert Street around 10.00am on Tuesday, August 29 after a van and truck collided near the intersection of Anzac Avenue.

The driver of the van, an 81-year-old man from Logan Village, was rushed to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he later died.

Police are now appealing for anyone who may have dash cam footage of the crash to come forward.

The Forensic Crash Unit are investigating.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.