Mosquito warning for Tweed residents

Residents are being warned there could be a possible mosquito infestation following the recent tide and rainfall events across the Tweed Shire in recent weeks.

Council’s Pest Management Supervisor, Brian Falkner, said the rains, coupled with high tides, have caused temporary pools of water which provide great breeding habitat for mosquitoes.

“This is a concern, given the potential of serious mosquito-borne infections, as well as the general nuisance factor from these biting insects,” Mr Falkner said.

“As a matter of priority, Council has been carrying out mosquito larvae control works in key breeding areas by air and through ground works. We will be doing this on an ongoing basis while this problem persists.”

Mr Falkner said an important message that he would like to send out to the community is that “some mosquito species breed in water-filled containers around your home, such as buckets, old tyres, poorly-aligned roof gutters and pot plant holders.”

“It is very important that you don’t let your home be a haven for mosquitoes and their larvae,” he said.

What you can do to reduce mosquito breeding habitat around your home:

•   Keep your yard well-maintained, mow lawns regularly, and limit areas of dense vegetation

•   Ensure you cover all windows, doors, chimneys, vents and other entrances with insect screens that are in good condition

•   Clean up your yard and remove all water-holding containers or rubbish and keep house gutters clean and properly aligned

•   Empty and refill pet water bowls and bird baths at least weekly

•   Ensure all openings to water tanks and septic tanks are screened securely

•   Place sand or fine gravel in pot plant trays, or flush them out weekly

•   Keep ornamental ponds stocked with native fish species that will feed on larvae


MAJOR RECALL: 48,000+ Mitsubishi vehicles recalled nationwide

Mitsubishi owners are being warned of a major recall affecting more than 48,000 vehicles around the country.

The recall, issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today, involves the Mitsubishi Lancer (CJ & CF) 15-16MY, Mitsubishi ASX (XB) 15-15.5MY and Mitsubishi Outlander (ZJ & ZK) 14MY & 16-17MY

The affected vehicles were sold between December 28 2014 – 6 February 2017.

According to the recall notice, the consumer watchdog says the vehicle’s power relays may generate excessive heat, resulting in relay failure.

“As a result, the engine may stall during driving, fail to restart or failsafe protection may be activated, with a loss of engine power.”

“An unexpected loss of engine power may result in an accident.”

Owners of the affected vehicles will be contacted by Mitsubishi Motors Australia.

“When parts become available, Mitsubishi Motors Australia will contact all known owners by mail and advise them to present their vehicle to their preferred dealer to replace the affected Power Relay/s,” the notice reads.

“Consumers who require further information should contact Mitsubishi Motors Australia on 1300 1312 11 or contact their preferred Dealer.

Missing 11-year-old girl found “safe and well” almost 17 hours after vanishing

UPDATE 12.40 PM | AN 11-year-old girl who suffers from a medical condition has been found safe and well, almost 17 hours after disappearing from her home at Pimpama.

The little girl was wearing her blue and white winter pyjamas when she went missing from her John Crescent home around 8pm on Saturday.

Thankfully, she was found shortly after police issued a public appeal, urging residents in the area to search their properties and yards for the youngster.

UPDATE 12:20 PM | POLICE are urging residents to search their yards for a missing 11-year-old girl in Pimpama.

She’s been missing for more than 16 hours after vanishing from her John Crescent home around 8pm on Saturday.

Anyone with any information that could assist police is urged to come forward and call Policelink on 131 444.

FIRST at 10:50 AM | POLICE are seeking urgent help to find an 11-year-old girl missing on the Gold Coast.

The young girl was last seen on John Crescent at Pimpama around 8pm on Saturday.

She suffers from a medical condition and has not been seen or heard from for more than 15 hours.

She was wearing blue and white long sleeve pyjama pants and top at the time she disappeared.

Anyone with any information that could assist police is urged to come forward and call Policelink on 131 444.

NOTE: Photos of the child and identifying details have since been removed from this article.

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.

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Gold Coast woman caught driving 6x over legal alcohol limit at lunch time

A WOMAN in her 40s has been charged with high range drink driving following an incident on the Gold Coast.

A member of the public called police after the 48-year-old woman was allegedly seen driving erratically through the streets of Maudsland shortly after midday on Tuesday.

Officers intercepted the woman’s vehicle on Maudsland Road around 1.30pm and conducted a roadside breath test.

Police say the woman failed the roadside test and so was transported to Coomera Police Station for further testing.

The 48-year-old woman from Wongawallen allegedly returned a breath alcohol concentration of 0.318 percent.

She was charged with driving under the influence of liquor (high range) and is scheduled to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on October 24.


Blanc de Blanc’s Gold Coast season extended

Pop the champagne, because Blanc de Blanc is set to stay on the Gold Coast for longer than expected!

The return season of the hit cabaret show was originally going to wrap up on Sunday November 5, however has now been extended until Sunday November 12.

“We only opened the return season of Blanc de Blanc last Thursday and the first four nights of the season were a sell out! With premium tickets also sold for most of the season already, we have decided to announced today that we are extending the season of Blanc de Blanc on the Gold Coast!” Blanc de Blanc Director Scott Maidment said.

“Thanks so much to the Gold Coast for you amazing support of our production of Blanc de Blanc. Our talented team are ecstatic at the support and love you have shown. The season cannot be extended past the 12th November, so be sure to book your tickets to ensure you don’t miss out!”


PHOTO: Supplied by BLANC de BLANC | © Ken Leanfore

Blanc de Blanc features the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world in a wild, shimmering show that has big moves, great tunes, lots of skin, and more than a few surprises.


PHOTO: Supplied by BLANC de BLANC | © Ken Leanfore

Blanc de Blanc is on at Broadwater Parklands from October 5 to November 12. It is a seductive, immersive and naughty night out and is suitable for adults only. Tickets for the return season to the Gold Coast are on sale now at: