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Man hit and killed by car while crossing Noosaville street

A MAN has died after being hit by a car while crossing a busy street in Noosaville.

The fatal accident happened around 5.30pm on Monday.

Police said preliminary investigations suggest the man, who is believed to have been visiting Queensland from Victoria, was struck whilst crossing the road at Hilton Terrace.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics, however died enroute to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Carrara Stadium

Gold Coast primed to host more world-class sporting events following Games success

THE Gold Coast looks to have cemented itself as a world-class sporting destination, with the city securing a list of international events following the success of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The tourist city will host an extensive line up of sporting events over the next eight months, drawing hundreds of thousands of athletes and spectators from around the globe.

Broadbeach will come alive when the beachside suburb hosts the Australian Open Bowls in June, while CBUS Stadium will host the Wallabies and Argentina in the 2018 Rugby Championships in September.

It’s also the 40th anniversary of the annual Gold Coast Marathon, which on its own attracts tens of thousands of participants from all corners of the world.

Also locked in for 2018 is the Gymnastics National Club Carnival, the Pan Pacific Masters Games, Coolangatta Gold and the UniSport Nationals Division 1 and 2.

Each mass participation event is expected to bring thousands of competitors and their families to the Coast.

The city will also host the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final, with participants enjoying the same course as Commonwealth Games competitors.

The squash courts used during the Games are being transferred to a new national squash centre at Carrara which will continue to host the Australian titles.

Meanwhile, Lord Sebastian Coe has encouraged the Gold Coast to bid for the 2019 World Athletics Championship.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Games had reinforced the Gold Coast’s reputation as a world-class host.

“We expect a boost from a broad spread of events appealing to a range of sports fans, with potential new markets opening up now that residents of Brisbane and other surrounding regions have experienced what the Gold Coast has to offer,” she said.

But it’s not all about sporting action on the field, with the state government announcing a first-time collaboration between the PGA and one of the largest sports conferences in the Asia-Pacific region.

Commonwealth Games and Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Coast had secured the Money in Sport conference which, for the first time, will be held in conjunction with the Australian PGA Championship in Nomember and December.

“The Queensland Government, via TEQ, brokered this collaboration having seen an opportunity to increase length of stay and leverage synergies between the two events,” Ms Jones said.

“We’ll continue to pursue this strategy of linking major events with relevant industry conferences for the mutual benefit of the host city and event organisers.

“As well as looking forward to events already locked in, I’ve just returned from the annual SportAccord Convention – the world’s premier international sporting convention bringing together representatives from more than 100 International Sports Federations, where a number of high level talks were held to bring sporting events to Queensland.

“I was invited to present a keynote speech to delegates on how we delivered such a successful Commonwealth Games and the interest and enthusiasm to bring events to Queensland was immense.

“I look forward to further negotiations with the aim of announcing new events for the state over the next three to five years.

“Our bold target is to double the current value of Queensland’s events calendar to be worth $1.5 billion to the Queensland economy by 2025.

Ms Jones said she was proud to be part of a Labor government responsible for delivering the Games.

“I’m committed to working with council to make sure the venues we delivered for the Games on the Gold Coast continue to host major events and benefit locals,” she said.

“This week I’ve been negotiating with some of the world’s leading sports administrators about what we have to offer to leverage the Games to bring more sporting events to the Coast.

“Tourism and Events Queensland are also working on a long-term strategy with council to make sure taxpayers and ratepayers get the best bang for their buck when it comes to hosting events at these venues.”

Jim Richards

V8 legend Jim Richards named Grand Marshal for Cooly Rocks On street parade

Seven time Bathurst winner and V8 Supercar Hall of Fame Inductee Jim Richards has been named the Grand Marshal of the 2018 Cooly Rocks On street parade.

The motorsport legend is also set to make appearances throughout the festival from June 6 to 10, including meeting fans at the Shannons Super Rig and hitting the stage for Garage Torque sessions.

Jim will be the first ever Grand Marshal for the street parade. He said he was thrilled when organisers asked him to take on role.

“I have attended Cooly Rocks On as a visitor a number of times over the years and have been impressed with the quality of exhibitors in the show’n shine, a labor of love for car fanatics all over the country,” he said.

“In partnership with event sponsor Shannons Insurance, it will be a wonderful opportunity to be part of what I believe to be one of the best nostalgia festivals in Australia.”

As part of the partnership with Shannons Insurance, fans and festival goers can also enter a competition to win a ‘hot lap’ with Jim in his GT3 RS Porsche race car at Queensland Raceway. To go in the draw for the hot lap experience, festival goers need to visit the Shannons Super Rig anytime over the event to qualify for a quote.

Attendees wanting to be involved in ever-popular street parade need to register quickly with spots filling up fast. Those interested can head to coolyrockson.com for all the information.

Hasbro to launch Gold Coast edition of Monopoly in time for Christmas

‘You’ve won the lotto! Collect $200 and advance to Hedges Avenue.’

THE glittering Gold Coast is set to be immortalised on its very own Monopoly board with manufactures announcing a local edition of the world famous board game will be released later this year.

The special edition will see Gold Coast-themed squares replace Mayfair and Park Lane from the original London Monopoly board, and include customised ‘Community Chest’ and ‘Chance’ playing cards.

From today until September, locals are being asked to nominate iconic locations which they would like to see featured on the board in order to help make the game a truly Gold Coast experience.

The Gold Coast Titans and Meter Maids are likely to make it onto the board, while the city’s famous Q1 skyscraper and well known streets such as Hedges, Tedder and Cavill avenues are top contenders.

Residents can nominate locations via the official Gold Coast Monopoly Facebook page or by email, with prizes up for grabs to fans who include the hashtag #GoldCoastMonopoly.

Gold Coast Skyline Surfers Paradise

The Gold Coast Monopoly edition will go on sale in October | PHOTO: © Darren Tierney / Shutterstock.com

Acting Gold Coast Mayor Donna Gates made the exciting announcement at the Skypoint Observation Deck atop the Q1 on Wednesday morning.

“We’re thrilled that our much loved region is going to be immortalised with its very own Monopoly board,” Ms Gates said.

“There’s no doubt that the Gold Coast is renowned for its natural beauty, so I imagine Broadbeach and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will be on the list of contenders for the coveted spots.

“We’re very lucky to have an immense list of amazing options. I definitely encourage everyone to suggest locations and support your favourite local gems missing out!”

gold coast tram

Will our iconic blue and yellow trams make it to the board? | PHOTO: © David Bostock / Shutterstock.com

Board game manufacturers ‘Winning Moves’ says the Gold Coast version will hopefully be treasured by locals for years to come.

“We want to ensure that Gold Coast Monopoly is a true portrayal of what locals love about the city,” Winning Moves Managing Director Reid Herbert said.

“We would love for everyone to get on board and send us suggestions of what they would like included on the board.

“This edition will be everything you love about the traditional board, adapted in a way that all Gold Coast goers will enjoy for years to come.

The 2018 Gold Coast edition will go on sale in October and be available to buy from leading toy retailers.

It’s not the first time the tourist city has been immortalised with its own Monopoly board, however, with a special limited edition released 15 years ago.

(Source: Willy-Mertens via boardgamegeek.com)

The 2003 edition featured a litany of famous Gold Coast properties, including the ritzy Palazzo Versace and Sheriton Mirage, along with 22 other iconic hotels and apartment buildings.

Among the locations included in the 90s edition was the Grand Hotel at Labrador, the Islander, the former Iluka tower in Surfers Paradise, Crowne Plaza and Conrad Jupiters, now known as The Star.

The board also came with six customised tokens: a dolphin, a palm tree, a surf flag, wind surfer, pelican and a kangaroo.

(Source: Willy-Mertens via boardgamegeek.com)

(Source: Willy-Mertens via boardgamegeek.com)

Sea World, Movie World, Paradise Country and Wet & Wild also made the cut, while The Bulletin (now Gold Coast Bulletin), Sea FM, Gold Coast City Council and Surf Life Saving Qld were also featured.

Just 5000 copies of the 2003 edition were made available.

Monopoly first hit the shelves in 1935. Since then, it has been played by more than 1 billion people.

Today it is played in 114 countries and enjoyed in over 47 different languages.

Peter Beattie

Games bosses say time to ‘move on’ from ceremony fiasco

Commonwealth Games bosses say it’s time to move on from the fiasco of the Closing Ceremony and remember all the great things during the entire event.

It comes as GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie and CEO Mark Peters toured the Games Operation Centre for the final time, thanking GOLDOC staff for all their hard work.

Both Mr Beattie and Mr Peters fought back tears as they paid tribute to staff for helping to deliver an outstanding Commonwealth Games.

“The emotion is basically around how good those people are, I just cannot express enough gratitude to those people,” Mr Beattie said.

But the controversy of Sunday night’s Closing Ceremony continues to overshadow the entire event, amid revelations the company contracted to produce the ceremonies was paid $46 million.

Mr Beattie says Jack Morton Worldwide was actually paid $33 million for both ceremonies and another $13 million to produce Festival 2018.

“Jack Morton doesn’t get a lot out of this, you’ve got to remember all the costs that go into lighting and production, these are incredibly expensive,” Mr Beattie told reporters.

“This is was less money than was spent in Melbourne, it’s less money than was spent in Glasgow.”

Mr Beattie has refused to weigh into who ticked off on Sunday night’s ceremony which saw the athletes brought out into Carrara Stadium before the event got underway, but he continues to wear the blame.

“At the end of the day there has to be someone responsible and I’m Chairman of the organising committee and I accept full responsibility.”

But he said it’s now time to move on.

“I just hope now we can focus on the positives, I mean I know there’s always debate about what happened at the closing ceremony but I don’t want that to overshadow the fact that these games did Australia proud, they did Queensland proud, they did the Gold Coast proud.”