Toddler’s lucky escape after family 4WD flips onto roof in Gold Coast crash

A TODDLER has been pulled from an overturned four-wheel-drive following a two-vehicle crash on the Gold Coast.

The accident happened at the intersection of Second Avenue and Surf Parade in Broadbeach just before 3pm.

It’s understood the four-wheel-drive the toddler was travelling in flipped after colliding with another vehicle.

The little boy was pulled from the upturned vehicle and miraculously escaped serious injury.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said paramedics treated four people at the scene for minor injuries.

One patient was transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

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New drone owners urged to read up on the rules before flying this Christmas

AS drones become increasingly popular and with many of the unmanned aircrafts tipped to land under the Christmas tree this year, authorities are urging those lucky enough to receive one to steer well clear of hospitals.

Queensland Health has launched a new digital campaign reminding families that all hospitals are “drone-free zones”.

The rules are clear – drones are not to be flown within a five kilometre radius of any hospital. Those who break the rules could be hit with a hefty fine, as high as $10,000 depending on the nature of the breach. (See rules below).

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said while drones may be great for entertainment, they can pose a serious risk when flown within the fly zone of hospitals.

“Christmas is a really busy time for our hospitals – we’ll often have up to 500 patients arrive by helicopter over the holiday season and ensuring the pilots can get them to the critical care they need swiftly and safety is vital,” Mr Miles said.

“This campaign aims to educate drone pilots about their responsibilities and remind them not to fly within a five kilometre radius of any hospital.”

Queensland Government Air’s Trevor Wilson said there have been several occasions, over the past few years, where aeromedical crews have seen drones flying whilst responding to a mission.

“Some of our aircrafts have had to take extra measures to avoid drones which have been hovering near helicopter landing pads,” Mr Wilson said.

“When it’s life or death for some of our patients, there’s no time to wait for a drone to clear the area.

“Recreational use of drones has become increasingly popular and we recognise this, but we are appealing for the public to help us do our jobs safely.”

Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s Peter Gibson it’s important to know where you can and can’t fly drones safely around Queensland.

“Follow the rules and have fun, but remember it is the responsibility of everyone flying a drone to stick to the safety rules at all times,” Mr Gibson said.

“The rules are simple but vitally important to keep people, aircraft and property safe from drones. The rules are enforced and fines can be up to $10,000.”

CASA says drones must be operated in accordance with the safety regulations, in particular:

  • You must not operate your drone in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person or property
  • Fly no higher than 120 metres
  • You must keep your drone at least 30 metres away from other people
  • The drone must always be in your line of sight.

For more information visit the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s website or download the ‘Can I Fly There’ app.

Paws for thought this Christmas at The Arts Centre

Make sure you paws a while when next at The Arts Centre to see the festive Christmas Commission from local artist Dion Parker.

A regular competitor in the annual SWELL Sculpture Festival, Dion Parker is known for his life-size stylized ‘Lil Dusty’ red dog sculptures. The commission will feature a multitude of resin dog sculptures wearing Santa hats displayed in playful locations throughout the Precinct.

The works will be on display from early December through to the first week of January 2018.

The 2017 Christmas Commission marks the beginning of an annual tradition and a new era for The Arts Centre Gold Coast, and heralds the direction of the new Cultural Precinct.

A Very Dusty Christmas resin dogs in progress. PHOTO: Supplied by The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

These playful seasonal sculptures aim to create curiosity, but also to inspire and enrich the Gold Coast community in anticipation for Christmas and the New Year.

Winner of the SWELL Sculpture Festival People’s Choice Award in 2011, Dion Parker has also created trophies for the Gold Coast Music Awards in 2015 and 2016 and he recently debuted his first solo exhibition, I was Here, late last year at the Dust Temple in Currumbin.

“I’m thrilled to be working with The Arts Centre for the inaugural Christmas Commission.

“‘Lil Dusty’ has been popular with locals so we decided to make a whole bunch of them wearing Santa hats to help celebrate this festive season,” said Parker.

Artist Dion Parker with one of the specially created ‘Lil Dusty’ sculptures PHOTO: Supplied by The Arts Centre Gold Coast

In addition to the Christmas Commission, The Arts Centre will celebrate the season as host of the Gold Coast Arts Christmas Market on Saturday 16 December.

In partnership with BrisStyle, this event will showcase wares from more than 50 sellers from the Gold Coast and interstate, with products ranging from one of a kind jewellery to contemporary homewares. The market will also include free entertainment and a food precinct with a selection of the best pop-up stalls the Gold Coast has to offer.

Visitors to the market can create their own Dion Parker ‘Lil Dusty’ dog sculpture with the artist from 3pm – 6pm.

The Gold Coast Arts Christmas Market is a free event and will take place on Saturday, 16 December 2017 from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Evandale Parklands.


Manly Sea Eagles face salary cap breach

After a lengthy investigation, the NRL has issued the Manly Sea Eagles a breach notice for salary cap issues.

The Sea Eagles are busy building a case to defend the allegations of violations over the past five years.

They’re reportedly over the cap to the tune of around $400,000.

If the findings are confirmed the club would face a significant fine and be required to adjust their salary cap for 2018.

The NRL has ruled out the prospect of the Sea Eagles losing competition points.

Manly issued a statement saying they’re planning to fight the charges.

“We were advised of the alleged breach by the NRL this morning and immediately convened our legal team to thoroughly review the breach notice and detailed files given to us by the NRL,” Club CEO Lyall Gorman said in the statement.

“Based on our legal team’s preliminary review, there is disagreement with several of the NRL findings and consistent with our rights under the NRL rules and regulations have commenced a path of legal review and response.”

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Tradie charged, accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting 8yo girl

A tradesman has been charged after an 8-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted in NSW.

Police say the 55-year-old man was working on a house in Wellington when he allegedly persuaded the young girl to get into his vehicle just after midday on Saturday.

The girl was reported missing and a major police investigation was launched.

In a statement, police said “the man allegedly sexually assaulted the girl before returning her an hour later to where she was taken from.”

He was arrested at the scene by officers who had been searching for the child and taken to Wellington police station where he was charged with five offences including – Take person, intend commit serious indictable offence, aggravated sexual assault, sexual intercourse with child under age of 10, procure child less than 14 years to produce child abuse material, and produce child abuse material.

The man appeared in Dubbo Local Court today where he was refused bail to reappear on Wednesday 14 February 2018.