Hot tea

Pour yourself a cuppa at these Gold Coast parks

Feeling cold this winter? Well, warm up with a hot cuppa at a local park – the City of Gold Coast is installing new hot water systems at six parks around town.

Mayor Tom Tate said: “We have 2200 parks across the city enjoyed by millions of people every year. I’m always looking at adding new facilities to boost the enjoyment of visitors. Hot water systems like this add to a family’s day out and make a great cup of coffee on a winter’s day,’’ he said.

The taps are enclosed in child-proof fencing, and can be found at:

  • Hollindale Park, Main Beach;
  • Pratten Park, Broadbeach;
  • Justin’s Park, Burleigh;
  • Laguna Park, Palm Beach;
  • Kropp Park, Tugun; and
  • RT Peak Memorial Park, Coolangatta.

The Mayor added that said he would look to budget for more hot water systems across the coast in 2017-18.


Queensland One Nation Senator could face the boot following another citizenship scandal

The High Court could be asked to determine whether One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts is eligible to sit in parliament.

There’s speculation he may have broken citizenship requirements.

Senator Roberts and One Nation leader Pauline Hanson have denied claims that he ever held a British citizenship, however documents have emerged proving this wrong.

Buzzfeed obtained an immigration department document signed by Senator Roberts dated May 8, 1974 in which the 19-year-old notes he is a “British UK and Cols” citizen.

BuzzFeed News has obtained the official immigration file of Malcolm Roberts, showing the One Nation senator signed as a British citizen when he was 19-years-old.

The Queensland senator was born in Disergarh, India, in 1955 and his family arrived in Australia in October 1962.

The documents confirm his family’s notifications to become citizens were approved by the immigration department, but there is no mention of the British citizenship being renounced.

The Greens are expected to pass a motion referring him to the high court over suggestions he did not renounce his citizenship in time to nominate for parliament.

It follows a torrid month for citizenship scandals in Canberra with former cabinet minister Matt Canavan and former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam being forced to resign.

Queensland fire and emergency services Firefighter Brenton Mazey next to a fire engine

Teen charged over Gold Coast primary school fires

A 17-year-old male has been charged following investigations into two separate fires at Gold Coast primary schools last week.

Detectives from the Gold Coast Child Protection and Investigation Unit have charged the Clear Island Waters man with two counts of arson, one count of wilful damage, two counts of wilful damage by graffiti at a school and ten counts of improper use of an emergency call service relating to the intentional misuse of the 000 emergency line on several occasions.

He was also charged with an unrelated charge concerning the possession of a drug utensil.

Officers were called to deal with a small fire at Miami State School on Oceanic Drive, Mermaid Waters last Wednesday evening.

On Friday, a second blaze broke out at St. Vincent’s Primary school on Fairway Drive at Clear Island Waters.

It’s believed the man started the fires by pushing flammable material under the classroom door, then setting it alight.

Both fires only caused minor damage to the buildings and no one was injured as a result of either of the fires.

“He will be dealt with under the provision of the Youth Justice Act,” said the statement issued by Queensland Police Media.


Baby Hospital

New specialist midwife service helping vulnerable women on the Gold Coast

A GOLD Coast team of experienced midwives will become the first in Queensland’s public health system to specialise in supporting vulnerable pregnant mothers suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse.

Three experienced midwives will lead the Midwifery Navigator Service to coordinate care between the mother, her primary carer, specialists and health professionals prior to, during birth, and for up to six weeks after birth.

The service launched last week and on the first day of operation, received more than 40 referrals.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the Midwife Navigators hope to make a real difference.

“These Midwife Navigators will make a real difference for vulnerable pregnant women on the Gold Coast, who are often not engaged with the health system,” he said.

“They will work to coordinate appointments and escalate their care when necessary, which will lead to an improvement in perinatal outcomes for women, their babies, and their families.”

The Midwife Navigators join the broader Nurse Navigators program which will see 400 navigators employees across the state, 50 of whom will be placed on the Gold Coast.

“We introduced a new nurse navigator model of care and are seeing more than 400 nurse navigators employed across the state to improve access for patients for Queenslanders,” Mr Dick said.

“Fifty of these navigators will be at the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.

“Statewide, up to 121 navigators have begun working in Hospital and Health Services and there are 119 navigators who will begin in 2017-18.”

According to the Queensland Health website, “Nurse Navigators are a team of registered nurses who provide a service for patients who have complex health conditions and require a high degree of comprehensive, clinical care.”

“These nurses are highly experienced and have an in-depth understanding of the health system.”

The new specialised program is funded by the State Government’s $212 million, four-year investment in Queensland’s nursing and midwifery workforce.

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Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games preparations on time and on budget

QUEENSLAND is on track to deliver the 2018 Commonwealth Games on time and within budget, with all competition venues now completed and the $550 million Athletes Village to be completed later this year.

The Games will be the largest sporting event held in Australia in more than a decade.

Following a tour of Commonwealth Games venues with the Tourism and Commonwealth Games Cabinet Committee today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said milestones were being met with just 244 days until the opening ceremony.

“We know the Commonwealth Games will be a game changer for the Gold Coast,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“The Games will inject billions into our State’s economy, support thousands of jobs and deliver benefits now and into the future.

“Thousands of hours of planning and hard work have already gone into ensuring we deliver an affordable, accessible and world-class Games, and we are on track to deliver just that.

“In June, the Commonwealth Games Federation confirmed our preparations were on time and on budget and we’re full steam ahead towards delivery.

“The Games themselves will deliver a big boost to the State’s economy, and in showcasing the very best the Gold Coast and Queensland has to offer, we can achieve a lasting legacy of trade, investment and business opportunities for Queensland.”

Queensland Police Service is working with other state and federal authorities to build a security force of more than 10,000 security guards, police officers, and soldiers.

The Transport Operations Plan has also been finalised, with timetables to be released in the months leading up to the Games.

Commonwealth Games and Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the Games would provide a significant opportunity to strengthen Queensland as Australia’s premier tourism destination.

“With around 1.5 million spectators expected to attend the Games, we want to make sure all athletes, coaching staff, spectators and tourists have a great time and promote the Queensland as a great holiday destination,” Ms Jones said.

Ms Jones said communities outside the Gold Coast could also experience the Games.

“There will also be opportunities across the state for Queenslanders to become involved with Festival 2018 events in the event cities of Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns,” she said.