Tom Tate

“I’m having another crack”: Mayor Tom Tate confirms he’ll run for third term

Mayor Tom Tate has finally ended speculation about his future, confirming once and for all that he will contest the 2020 Council elections.

And he’s staking his political future on a cruise chip terminal on the Gold Coast.

Mayor Tate had indicated in the past that he wanted to run again.

He labelled this year’s Council budget as a “re-election budget” and claimed at the time he would win in a landslide.

But he had insisted that he needed to have a discussion with wife Ruth first.

Speaking at the Future Gold Coast Forum, the Mayor was asked if he was running for a third term.

“Well I’ve got Ruth’s blessing so I’m having another crack,” he told the audience which then gave him a round of applause.

Mayor Tate is adamant the Gold Coast needs a cruise ship terminal, and wants to make it a key focus of his third term, if he’s re-elected.

“There is tourism infrastructure that we’ve got to put in place and one of the biggest ones I put to you is our cruise ship terminal and I say that not lightly,” Mayor Tate told the forum.

“It’s on the ocean side and we’ve put it on pause while the Spit Master Plan is being completed.

Now that’s done and just about to be gazetted, I’ll resurrect that

“My motto is, if you don’t want a cruise ship terminal on the Gold Coast, simple – don’t vote for me.”

REVEALED: Never-before-seen photos of William Tyrrell taken on the day he vanished

It’s been five years since William Tyrrell disappeared, and to mark the tragic anniversary, the NSW Coroner has released new photos of the toddler taken on the same day he vanished.

In the images, which were taken by William’s foster mother, the then three-year-old can be seen drawing on a verandah at his foster grandmother’s home in Kendall on the NSW mid-north coast.

The photos show Tyrrell dressed in the same spiderman costume he was wearing when he went missing from the property on the morning of September 12, 2014.

William has never been found and no one has ever been arrested over the toddler’s disappearance.

A coronial inquest is ongoing and a $1 million reward remains in place for anyone with information.

PHOTO: Supplied by NSW Department of Justice

PHOTO: Supplied by NSW Department of Justice

PHOTO: Supplied by NSW Department of Justice

PHOTO: Supplied by NSW Department of Justice

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

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

Taylor Swift

HUGE NEWS! Taylor Swift to perform at 2019 Melbourne Cup

It’s official! Pop superstar Taylor Swift is heading down under to perform at this year’s Melbourne Cup.

The Victoria Racing Club confirmed the exciting news in a statement on Thursday.

“The Victoria Racing Club is thrilled to announce ten-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, record-breaking global superstar Taylor Swift will perform at Lexus Melbourne Cup Day” the statement said.

The much-loved American singer-songwriter will sing two of her latest hits ahead of the race that stops a nation at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday 5 November.

It will be Swift’s only public appearance in Australia following the release of her smash studio album Lover, which is Australia’s highest selling album for 2019.

VRC Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said the Club is looking forward to welcoming Taylor Swift to Flemington for Cup Day.

“Lexus Melbourne Cup Day is the most celebrated day on Australia’s major event calendar and with a reach of 1 billion people globally, it’s only fitting the VRC welcomes the world’s most celebrated star for the event,” Mr Wilson said.

“To think you can come to Flemington and watch not only the race that stops a nation but see one of the world’s biggest, if not the biggest, entertainer perform for the cost of a general admission ticket is phenomenal.

“We look forward to welcoming Taylor Swift to our wonderful event in just under 54 days.”

The 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival begins with Derby Day on Saturday 2 November, followed by Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 5 November, Oaks Day on Thursday 7 November andStakes Day on Saturday 9 November.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: Flemington.com.au.

Wildlife Snake

A free, family fun day is happening at Palm Beach this month

Southern Gold Coasters are in for a treat this month, with a free, family-friendly event to take over Palm Beach’s Rotary Park on September 22.

Palmy Fest will feature an amazing lineup of music, food and fun, with free entry and plenty to keep all ages entertained.

Bring a picnic blanket and sit back as some of the best live local acts hit the stage, including Hussy Hicks, Electrik Lemonade, The Ninth Chapter, The Brothers Calling, Josh Lovegrove and Mattie Barker.

Hussy Hicks

Hussy Hicks | PHOTO: Supplied by Palmy Fest

There will be plenty of food vendors offering up tasty treats on the day, as well as market stalls to explore.

Plus the kids will be kept thoroughly entertained in Jungle Lane, with reptiles, jungle craft, animal farm, circus workshops, face painting and and more, plus a visit throughout the day from the Gold Coast SUNS mascots, Sunny Ray and Skye.

The inaugural Palmy Fest is on from 10:30am to 5pm on Sunday 22 September. For more information, visit: palmbeachgoldcoast.net.au/event/palmy-fest/

 

Taskforce to help rebuild Binna Burra Lodge gutted by Hinterland bushfire

The State Government has announced the establishment of a taskforce to help support the historic Binna Burra Lodge, gutted by the devastating bushfires in the Hinterland.

The historic lodge and cabins were completely destroyed while its contemporary-style building, Sky Lodge, suffered extensive damage.

The devastated owners have vowed to rebuild.

The Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP) will form the taskforce to provide Binna Burra Lodge with assistance as it recovers.

In particular, the taskforce will focus on supporting displaced staff.

State Development Minister Cameron Dick says he’s been in touch with Binna Burra Lodge to offer their assistance.

“We appreciate this is a very difficult time for everyone affected and we want them to know our government is here to support them with their recovery,” Mr Dick said.

“DSDMIP will work with support providers and the business community to do whatever we can to keep people employed and minimise disruption to people’s lives.

Staff will be given access to financial assistance, information and support, training and career information, help with bills and access to mental health services.

“Rebuilding and restoration is a crucial part of the overall recovery process, and we appreciate the love both locals and visitors hold for Binna Burra and the lodge itself,” he said.

“We will work with lodge owners and local government agencies to ensure any required approvals are fast-tracked so that rebuilding is not delayed.”

Binna Burra Lodge Chairman Steve Noakes welcomed the offer of help.

“We look forward to working with the whole community to get Binna Burra back on its feet,” Mr Noakes said.

“While this has been an incredibly difficult time for the business, my staff and family, it’s been gratifying to see so much love and support from the whole community.”