Police

58 people fined for gathering at car rally in Brisbane

Queensland Police have issued over $77,000 in fines over the weekend, after hundreds of people gathered at a big car rally in Rochedale.

58 Queenslanders were each issued with $1,334 for failing to comply with the COVID-19 directions issued by the Chief Health Officer.

The group involved drivers, passengers and spectators all between the ages of 17 and 30.

Police were called to a gathering at Brickworks Place around 10.00pm on Saturday night, finding around 150 cars and a large number of people congregated in a warehouse carpark.

Many of the cars attempted to flee the area when police arrived, though some of the cars got bogged trying to drive across grassland.

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski says such blatant disregard puts all Queenslanders at risk.

“This is all about safety. About saving lives. About stopping the spread of COVID-19. We all, every single one of us, must do our bit. We are in this together.

“It is inexcusable what happened at Rochedale last night and such blatant disregard for the lives of Queenslanders will not be tolerated.

“Largely Queenslanders have made significant adjustments to their lifestyle in order to comply with these health directives, to help protect their families, friends, neighbours and the broader community, and I thank them for that,” Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said.

For information regarding the Chief Health Officer’s direction on home confinement, movement and gathering, click here.

Man, armed with loaded gun, arrested after wild chase in stolen car in Logan

A MAN has been charged with a long list of offences after leading police on a wild chase through the streets of Logan on Thursday night.

Police allegedly spotted the man driving erratically in a stolen car along Chambers Flat Road in Chambers Flat just after 8.00pm.

He managed to evade police after driving at high speeds and running a number of red lights.

Polair had to be called in to track the stolen vehicle, helping officers to successfully deploy tyre deflation devices twice, one on Cusack Lane and one on Middle Rd, Park Ridge.

The driver tried to do a runner but was arrested by police a short time later.

A further search of the stolen car uncovered a knife, a loaded firearm, ammunition and drug utensils.

The 24-year-old Jimboomba man has been charged with 13 offences including two counts of possessing dangerous drugs and one count each of; attempted unlawful entry of a vehicle, authority required to possess explosives (ammunition), dangerous operation of a vehicle, evasion offence, offences involving registration certificates, possession of a knife in a public place, enter premise and commit indictable offence, unlawful entry of vehicle for committing indictable offence, unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and wilful damage.

He is expected to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court later today.

Thousands of Aussies flew overseas despite travel advice

Incredible new data has revealed that thousands of Australians have travelled overseas, despite the government’s strong advice to stay put.

It’s been two weeks since Scott Morrison ordered Aussies not to leave the country, as the nation attempted a complete border shut down.

New figures released by The Australian, and confirmed by the Department of Home Affairs, shows that within those two weeks 16,000 Australians went overseas anyway.

Though from March 25, when the official travel ban came into place, almost 4,000 Australians still left anyway.

For people to leave during that total ban period they would have required a government exemption, meaning they were either lived overseas, had essential work abroad or were granted leave on compassionate grounds.

Those returning to the country are now forced into quarantine in hotels, depending on which state they touch down in.

States and territories will foot the cost of accommodating them for two weeks even if it isn’t their home state.

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Australia’s coronavirus death toll rises to 21

The death toll from coronavirus continues to rise in Australia, with the virus claiming another life today.

A person from NSW died on Wednesday, taking the national death toll to 21.

Western NSW Local Health District said they passed away in Orange Base Hospital “from complications related to COVID-19”.

Their age and gender has not yet been confirmed.

It’s the tenth person to die from the virus in NSW, with five of those from the same Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care home in Macquarie Park, Sydney.

Across the country, 4860 people have so far tested positive to COVID-19.

RELATED: QLD starting to ‘flatten the curve’ as State records 40 new cases.

Officials have revealed Australia’s coronavirus curve is flattening, but we’re being warned not to be complacent.

The average daily increase has been at nine per cent for the past three days, down from 25-30 per cent a week ago.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly says it’s a good sign, but the strict social distancing rules introduced to slow the spread of the virus will need to remain in place for possibly quite a few months.

“In terms of the measures that have been introduced, I think there are good signs now that that is actually working as we had expected,” Professor Kelly said.

“This is full credit to the Australian public who have really taken on enormous changes in their lives over the last few weeks.”

LNP holds Currumbin as Labor concedes defeat in by-election

The LNP will retain the seat of Currumbin, with Labor conceding defeat following Saturday’s by-election.

Labor’s candidate Kaylee Campradt admits there’s now no way she get in front of the LNP’s Laura Gerber.

The latest count shows Ms Gerber leading 51.2 per cent to 48.8 per cent after preferences.

The result shows a 2 per cent swing against the LNP.

“It’s been a really tough campaign and I just wanted to say thank you to everybody in the community for your sport, your encouragement, particular;y the friends and family who have been on this journey right from the very beginning,” Ms Campradt said in a video posted on Facebook.

“It’s been tough but i feel really, really proud of what we’ve done and the campaign that we ran.

“I’m a bit devastated, we nearly got there, it’s a really close result but I am conceding, I cannot get in front now.

Ms Campradt insists she will run again in the State election later this year, having already been pre-selected before the retirement of Jann Stuckey forced the by-election.

“This is my community and it’s always been my community.”

In a statement, Ms Gerber says it’s a privilege to have the support of the community.

“I would like to thank the people of Currumbin for backing the LNP’s plan to fix the M1, create more local jobs and get tough on crime.,” Ms Gerber said.

“I will fight hard for Currumbin and I will be straight to work tomorrow.”