Indonesia hit by magnitude 6.6 earthquake

A STRONG earthquake, measuring 6.6 on the richter scale, has struck off the Indonesian coast.

The quake hit 174km north-northwest of Ternate in Indonesia’s Molucca islands on Monday.

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake struck at a depth of 60.5km and was followed by a number of aftershocks with a magnitude of 5.0.

Geoscience Australia says it could have caused damage up to 72km away and been felt by people up to 899km away.

There’s been no reports of any damage or injury and there’s no tsunami threat.

LJHooker Home Reno Winner

Gold Coaster thrilled with her refreshed home after winning $10,000 prize

A Gold Coast local has fallen in love with her Worongary home after she was able to complete a much-needed renovation thanks to LJ Hooker and Home Renovators Warehouse.

Last year, Rhonda Grehan was thrilled to score $10,000 to renovate her home after entering a competition on the website.

“I couldn’t believe I had won this amazing prize! It really was a dream come true,” she said.

“The house was dated and desperately in need of patching and painting as there were water stains and holes in the ceilings and walls from water leaks. The old timber floating floor was scratched and it was starting to discolour from years of wear and tear.”

After a visit to Home Renovators Warehouse, Rhonda decided to install real timber floors, as well as paint the walls and ceilings.

“Sam from Home Renovators Warehouse was very helpful,” said Rhonda. “She let us take floor samples home to try out and also ordered the floors and had them delivered to us. Everytime we went into the store she was very helpful and was available to chat when I would ring to ask her a question.”

LJHooker Home Reno Living Room

Before and After | PHOTO: Supplied

Prior to starting the renovations, Alex Bally from LJ Hooker appraised Rhonda’s home at $510,000 to $530,000. With the renovations now complete, Alex has revalued the home to be between $560,000 to $570,000.

“Alex Bally from LJ Hooker phoned to organise an appraisal and this was done promptly and efficiently,”said Rhonda.

“Once the renovations were done he was also very willing and available to come back as soon as possible to assist and do another appraisal.”

LJHooker Home Reno Dining Room

Before and After | PHOTO: Supplied

Rhonda told myGC she feels so thankful and lucky she won the prize.

“I really can’t thank LJ Hooker and Home Renovators Warehouse enough,” she said.

“I am able to finally feel proud of my home and it is a joy to come home to such a beautiful place. I want to thank both for contributing to this magnificent prize and for all the support and help I have received since winning the $10,000 home renovators prize! I want to also thank MY GC and Hot Tomato for their involvement as well.”

WATCH: Police raid on Gold Coast home uncovers liquid ‘Fantasy’

A man and woman have been charged after police uncovered a stash of illegal drugs during a raid on a Gold Coast home.

Officers from Rapid Action and Patrol executed a search warrant at a house on Waterford Court in Bundall around 6.00pm on Sunday, locating a quantity of GHB and methamphetamines including 1.5 litres of liquid ‘Fantasy’.

In video supplied to myGC by Queensland Police, officers can be seen inspecting several bottles of liquid around the home.

Following the raid, a 33-year-old Labrador woman and 33-year-old Hollywell man were charged with possessing dangerous drugs and possessing utensils.

They were both given a Notice to Appear and are expected to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on February 12.


Arrest Man

Man charged over alleged hit and run on the Gold Coast

A 22-year-old man has been charged with allegedly hitting another man with his car at Currumbin Waters on Saturday.

The victim, a 21-year-old man from Burleigh Heads, was walking across Guineas Creek Road when he was struck about 6.30am.

He was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital suffering multiple breaks to both legs, a dislocated shoulder and other serious injuries.

Police say the injured man was part of a group of four men who allegedly became involved in an altercation with the alleged driver at a service station early Saturday morning.

“It will be alleged there was a verbal altercation between one man and four other men at a service station on Guineas Creek Road, during which time the man produced a machete and threatened the men before leaving in a white Subaru Liberty sedan and driving to a nearby Currumbin Waters address,” police said.

“It will be further alleged the man was followed to this address by the four men. The men attended the unit complex briefly before turning around and returning to their car which was parked nearby.

“Police will allege that the white Subaru Liberty struck one of the four men, a 21-year-old Burleigh Heads man as he was walking across Guineas Creek Road.”

Following investigations, a 22-year-old Currumbin Waters man was arrested and charged with one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and going armed to cause fear.

He is due to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court today.

Jail Woman

Inmates on the run in south east Queensland

TWO FEMALE prisoners have spent the night on the run, after escaping from a correctional facility in Brisbane late Saturday.

Jade Hucman, 26, and Chloe Peterson, 27, were reported missing from the Helana Jones Community Correctional Centre in Albion around 10pm.

Anyone who may have spotted the pair (pictured below) is urged not to approach them, but to immediately call Police.

Jade is described as having a fair complexion, standing about 163cm tall, of a slim build with black hair and brown eyes. She has tattoos on her right arm, right hand and right leg.

Image (supplied): Chloe Peterson (left) and Jade Hucman have escaped from their prison facility.

Chloe is described as having an olive complexion, about 160cm tall, of a large build with dark brown hair and brown eyes. She has tattoos on both arms and her right leg.

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.