Police hop on bikes to patrol Gold Coast entertainment precincts

You will start to see more police cycling around the Gold Coast from today.

Local police have started conducting bike patrols at the city’s entertainment precincts in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Entertainment Precinct Group (EPG) Bicycle Patrols will target the Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise tourism areas and will be able to provide a policing response to incidents when they occur.

The EPG Bicycle Patrol will also be able to patrol areas that vehicles are not able to access such as reserves, parks, bikeways and alleyways.

The bike patrol will perform the same work as a general duties officer which will include responding to incidents, high visibility patrols and enforcement activities.

Concerns held for missing 10yo Logan boy

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a 10-year-old boy reported missing from Kingston last night.

The boy was last seen around 7.30pm on Capella Street.

He is described as approximately 145cm tall, solid build with light brown to blonde hair.

He was last seen wearing the t-shirt in this picture with brown long pants and a black cap.

Police hold concerns for his safety and welfare.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.


Gold Coast companies to benefit from new $5 billion super tank contract

TWO Gold Coast companies are set to benefit from the federal government’s $5 billion contract to build a new fleet of super tanks in Queensland, it has been revealed.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia will build 211 Boxer CRV tanks at a new facility at Ipswich, west of Brisbane.

The new superior military vehicles will be equipped with high levels of protection, firepower and mobility, enabling sustained operations, varying from peacekeeping to close combat.

Member for McPherson Karen Andrews said two Gold Coast companies would benefit from the project, after Queensland companies won a major share of the Land 400 Phase 2 investment.

While the key facility will be located in Redbank, Mrs Andrews said Allplates from Molendinar and the GCI Group at Yatala would also contribute to the crucial national project.

Other Queensland companies such as NIOA, Penske, G&O Kert, Ferra Engineering, Global Manufacturing Group and Elbit will all receive a boost.

“Over $1.8 billion will be spent in Queensland on the project creating 330 new jobs for the state,” Mrs Andrews said. “It means more local investment and more local jobs.

“This project is an exciting opportunity for the Australian defence industry to play a vital role in delivering leading edge technology to Australia’s Army.”

Making the announcement at the Enoggera Army Barracks on Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the contract was the largest single acquisition ever made for the Australian Army.

Mr Turnbull said the contract formed part of the government’s plan to make Australia one of the world’s top 10 defence exporters.

“We have had a big defence budget for a long time, but we have not spent enough of it in Australia,” he said.

“We have not spent enough of it with Australian workers, with Australian steel, with Australian technology, building up the means to enable us to build our own capabilities and, indeed, export them to the world.”

Queensland’s State Development Minister Cameron Dick said the state government had worked hard to bring Rheinmetall to Queensland and secure the contract, which he said would create 600 jobs in the state.

“It is a new beginning for manufacturing in Queensland,” Mr Dick told ABC radio.

“We’ve been working with Rheinmetall for three years to secure this contract.”

Over the 30-year life of the vehicles, Australian industry will deliver two–thirds, or $10.2 billion of the acquisition and sustainment, which will create up to 1450 jobs right across Australia.

The new vehicles will be used at facilities in Puckapunyal, Bandiana, Adelaide, Townsville and Enoggera.

The Turnbull Government is also spending around $68 million to upgrade facilities in Queensland to cater for the new vehicles.

For more information on the project, click here.

Supanova Superhero Parade

More heroes on their way to the Gold Coast

As our Commonwealth Games sporting heroes head home, they might just be high-fiving another realm of heroes at the airport.

Although, this next batch may not need to catch a plane here…

The Broadbeach Alliance is proud to welcome back the world’s SUPERheroes, for the Gold Coast Superhero Weekend in April!

Broadbeach is set to become the mecca for Comic Con & Gaming Expo fans as the world of sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming and nostalgia are brought to life in the city over the 27th, 28th and 29th of April.

Streets, parks, libraries and shopping centres will emulate the Superhero genre’s most loved comics, books, TV shows, films and cos play characters.

The Supanova Comic Con & Gaming Expo will be the only paid event for the weekend, other than that, all activities on offer are completely free!

On Friday and Saturday night, evening movie lovers will be treated to a silent film experience with Anime classics screened in the Broadbeach Mall.

If you’d prefer to let out your darker side, head up to NightQuarter at Helensvale with your inner zombie and join in their Zombie Walk with live music, zombie make up booths, bands and freaky entertainment.

For the little ones, Gold Coast City Libraries have created an exciting Super Hero Program and a host of other activities for the whole family as well.

Days of intense superhero activity will then culminate in Australia’s only Supanova Superhero Parade on Sunday April 29 in Broadbeach, before the Superheroes depart again for another year!

For more information about what’s on, click here.

Gold Coast retiree turned almost-millionaire by finally checking Lotto ticket

A retired Gold Coast man has finally come forward to claim his division one win in the Saturday Gold Lotto draw from March 3.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, confessed his winning ticket went walkabout a few times before he realised it had made him an almost-millionaire.

The unregistered entry was one of four division one winning entries across Australia in Saturday Gold Lotto draw 3821 on March 3, worth $986,210.30.

The occasional lotto player told a Golden Casket official he’s not sure how to spend the money.

“I hadn’t heard there had been a win so it was a big surprise!  I didn’t know how big the prize was.

“It’s a shock, but I’m not complaining,” he exclaimed.

The 18-game QuickPick entry was purchased at Supercentre News, at the Q Super Centre in Mermaid Waters.