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Tweed Shire Mayor pushes for Council to support marriage equality

The Tweed Shire Council could throw its weight behind the marriage equality ‘yes’ vote if Mayor Katie Milne’s gets her way – including flying a rainbow flag outside the Council Chambers.

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the Mayor will move that Council supports the Australian Government’s proposed amendment to the Marriage Act 1961. She will also ask that the Council promotes its ‘yes’ position through local media, and that they hold at least one public function to encourage the local community to also vote ‘yes’.

At least four of the seven local Councillors must support the motion for it to pass.

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Australia’s snazzy new $10 bank note to come into circulation today

Australia’s brand new $10 bank note is expected to enter circulation today, so don’t be alarmed if you receive a note that looks a little unfamiliar.

The Reserve Bank of Australia revealed the snazzy new design earlier this year.

It’s similar to the new $5 bank note which was unveiled last September, with a top-to-bottom clear window for security and a ‘tactile’ feature to help the vision-impaired distinguish between different denominations.

RBA Governor Philip Lowe said the new note pays tribute to two iconic Australian writers.

“The $10 banknote celebrates two famous Australian writers, Dame Mary Gilmore and AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson,” Governor Lowe said.

“Their work is recognised in several design elements on the banknote, including images of a pen nib in two of the clear windows and excerpts of their poetry in microprint,”

In a statement released on Tuesday, Governor Lowe said he was excited to be launching the notes out into the public from today.

“The launch of the new $10 banknote is a milestone in our program to deliver Australians banknotes at the cutting edge in terms of security against counterfeiting.”

“I am pleased that from tomorrow people will start to see the new $10 entering their wallets and pockets, and that it continues the tradition of celebrating two of Australia’s most prominent writers.”

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New interactive test for QLD learner drivers

The Queensland Government has announced an Australian-first trial which would see learner drivers taking an interactive test on a smartphone or tablet.

Under the current exam, students are required to fill out multiple choice questions about road safety rules and regulations.

Students from six Queensland schools in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Logan, Mt Isa, Sunshine Coast and Gordonvale will trial the Prep-L exam.

The new test will feature an interactive course which puts them through driving simulation and real-life interviews.

Acting Main Roads Minister Steve Miles said the test aims to reduce the road toll.

“Despite all of our efforts young drivers under the age of 24 continue to be over-represented in our crash statistics and road toll,” he said.

“We hope this new program will assist us in keeping young people even safer.”

Mr Miles said Queensland was leading the way in improving outcomes for the next generation of drivers. 

“Young drivers have a greater susceptibility for risk-taking behaviours, succumbing to peer pressure and other driver distractions such as mobile phone use,” he said.

“Students won’t just learn the road rules with Prep-L, they’ll learn why the rules exist, and in a virtual environment, they will experience the consequences of poor driving behaviour.”

 

Police Gold Coast

Police hunt knife-wielding man after Burleigh Heads hold-up

POLICE are searching for a man who robbed a Burleigh Heads convenience store at knife-point overnight.

The man entered the Second Avenue store just after 7pm and threatened the attended with a knife.

He then walked behind the counter and stole a stash of cash from the register before fleeing.

Fortunately, no one was physically injured during the hold-up.

It came just two hours after a chemist was robbed at Southport.

The Marine Parade pharmacy was hit just after 5pm.

Police said a man made off with cash and a bottle of methadone.

Investigations into both incidents are continuing.

Police have not yet released a description of the offenders.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

WATCH: Bruce Bishop car park sale opponents make special council delivery on World Democracy Day

Gold Coasters opposed to the sale of the Bruce Bishop Car Park have made a rather tasty delivery to the city’s Mayor, CEO and Councillors today for World Democracy Day.

The Save Surfers Paradise Group, founded by 15 high profile local business identities to fight the sale of the Bruce Bishop Car Park and Surfers Paradise Transit Centre, dropped off 15 delicious Goldstein Bakery cakes to council chambers.

“We’re are delivering these cakes to the Mayor, the Councillors and the CEO, to treat them to morning tea to celebrate World Democracy Day” Secretary Deborah Kelly, campaign coordinator for the group said.

“We want to give them a gentle reminder that we are lucky to live in a democracy, unlike millions of others around the world, and that we would like them to act democratically and release the information that the public has a right to know, about the reasons for the sale of the Bruce Bishop Car Park.”

“No Council decision should be shrouded in secrecy or mystery. We hope the Mayor and Councillors reflect on this while they are enjoying their morning tea,” Ms Kelly said.

See what happened when the cakes were delivered to council in the video below:

Save Surfers Paradise say they have been fighting to have the information that Council says it relied upon when making the decision to sell the property released into the public domain, however have been rebuffed by the Council.

“The information that we are seeking is not confidential, or commercially sensitive,” Save Surfers Paradise said in a statement.

“The Council says that it is selling the car park because it is grossly underutilised, and loses money. We believe that Council’s own records will disprove those claims.”

“If the Council is so sure that it has made the right decision, then why not simply release information and prove its case, once and for all.”

 

*This article was originally published at 6:30am. It has since been updated *