Car Parks

Funding doubled for Gold Coast Park’n’ Ride

The State Government has announced a funding boost for the new Park ‘n’ Ride facilities at Ormeau station.

An extra $2 million will be allocated to the project, bringing the total investment from the State to $4 million.

It will mean another 40 carparks can be added, increasing the total number of new car spaces for train commuters to 110.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says the 110 new carparks will go a long way to improve Park ‘n’ Ride facilities.

“Initial design work on the upgrade indicated that only 70 new car parks could be built, but we have since been able to identify that, with further detailed design work, a total of 110 additional spaces can be built.

“Building more car parks will mean construction won’t start until later than initially planned however, the extra time and additional funding will ensure a larger Park ‘n’ Ride facility for Ormeau commuters,” Minister Bailey.

Commuters who travel through Ormeau station jumped 21 per cent from October to December 2018 and the same period the previous year, putting it in the top six busiest south east train station.

The additional design work is expected to be complete in coming months, with tenders for construction soon after.

“Once complete, the Ormeau Park ‘n’ Ride upgrade will help to connect even more Ormeau residents with public transport in their region,” Minister Bailey said.

For a full list of park ‘n’ ride sites across South East Queensland, click here.

Police searching for missing Helensvale man

Police are asking for help to find a 52-year-old man missing from the Helensvale area.

Garry Lambeth was last seen on River Oak Drive at 1pm on Tuesday.

Police hold concerns for his welfare as he has a medical condition and requires medication.

Mr Lambeth is described as Caucasian in appearance, is approximately 178cm tall and is of a large build with brown hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing dark pants, brown shoes and a khaki shirt.

Anyone with information about his location is urged to contact police.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

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

Israel Folau

Folau wont appeal sacking but isn’t ruling out court action

Rugby Australia will now tear up the multi-million dollar contract of Israel Folau after he elected not to appeal his termination, but he has left the door open for legal action.

Folau was given 72 hours to challenge Friday’s ruling from an independent panel that upheld Rugby Australia’s decision to sack him over controversial social media posts.

But he opted not to fight it, ending his Australian rugby union career.

“My decision not to commence Rugby Australia’s appeal process is in no way an acceptance of the judicial panel’s findings,” Folau said in a statement.

“I simply do not have confidence in Rugby Australia’s ability to treat me fairly or lawfully throughout this process.”

Folau confirmed he is now considering his options and has not ruled out taking Supreme Court action.

He says there is growing discontent with the way Rugby Australia has handled the saga.

“The messages of support from fans, players, former rugby administrators and the public have been humbling,” he said.

“I believe I still have a lot of rugby left in me and the potential impact of Rugby Australia’s decision on my reputation and my career is substantial.”

“Ultimately, I need to do what is best for my family, my teammates and the fans, so I am considering all potential avenues open to me.”

Gold Coast Airport

Gold Coast Airport offering cash to local community groups

Gold Coast Airport has put the call out for local community groups in desperate need of extra funding to apply for its annual Community Benefit Fund.

Dozens of community groups have benefited from the fund, which offers cash grants of up to $1,000. Over 150 groups supported by the initiative since it was brought in by the Airport’s parent company, Queensland Airports Limited, in 2006.

This year, the program is awarding cash grants to support initiatives in the categories of health and wellbeing, community safety, education, environment and sustainability, arts and culture for the fourth year in a row.

It is also calling for initiatives aimed at supporting local indigenous communities or enhancing indigenous cultural awareness.

Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said the airport was committed to advancing the Gold Coast and northern NSW regions and the Community Benefit Fund was an important vehicle to achieve that.

“This fund works well for schools, sporting clubs, charities, community support services and surf clubs,” she said.

“We are looking forward to hearing about more of the great things Gold Coast and northern NSW community groups are doing and supporting as many of them as we can.

“Last year we supported almost 50 initiatives across the group and about half of the total applications received.

“Applications can be made online and take less than an hour – we understand many of these local groups are run by volunteers and don’t have the resources to produce sponsorship proposals that a long time to develop.”

Applications are open now until 23 June 2019.

For more information and to apply, visit www.goldcoastairport.com.au/corporate/community-benefitfund

Council cracks down on illegal dumpers with hefty fines

NINE people have been hit with hefty fines for illegally dumping tyres on the Gold Coast.

The fines, totalling $75,000, were issued following a three-month investigation into the illegal dumping of more than 1500 tyres across the Coast late last year.

The tyres were found dumped in bushland and on the side of the road right across the city, from Pimpama in the north to Reedy Creek in the south and as far west as Clagiraba.

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Lifestyle and Community Committee Chair Hermann Vorster said the City wouldn’t tolerate ‘environmental vandalism’.

“Enough is enough. Illegal dumping is a serious and growing issue in this city and we are determined to stamp it out,” Cr Vorster said.

“The message is loud and clear. If you dump your rubbish in our city illegally, you will get caught and you will be fined.”

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Individuals who illegally dump any material can expect to be fined up to $9,000, while companies face maximum fines of $650,000.

These fines are on top of clean-up costs.

Cr Vorster said council will also “launch court action” against those responsible.

It comes after the Community Committee today endorsed the new Litter and Illegal Dumping Reduction plan.

The intent of the plan is to provide better communications, information, services and infrastructure that will help individuals not to litter.

He said the plan had eleven projects which would target specific precinct types and behaviours.