APPEAL FOR HELP: AFP searching for missing child and mother

AUSTRALIAN Federal Police are appealing for help to find a 4-year-old girl and her mother, who have relatives on the Gold Coast and on the Central Coast of NSW.

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia has issued a recovery order for Alia Bugsby Goble, who is believed to be with her mother, 43-year-old Tarryn Leigh Corlet.

The order authorises police to return the child, who has been missing since April, to her father.

Alia has short fair hair, blue eyes, fair skin, is approximately 97cm tall and has a dimple in her chin.

Tarryn has light brown hair, brown eyes and a fair complexion. She is approximately 165cm tall and is slightly built.

Federal Police say the location of Tarryn and Alia is unknown, but they have relatives on the Gold Coast and on the Central Coast of NSW.

The Court has also made a publication order to allow photographs and details of Alia and her mother to be published in the hope that someone will come forward with information on their possible whereabouts.

Anyone with information is urged to contact 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 crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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RECALL: Vodka Cruiser drink recalled nationwide

A popular Vodka Cruiser flavour (Sunny Orange Passionfruit) has been recalled over fears some people may have an allergic reaction.

Asahi Premium Beverages issued a recall of their Sunny Orange Passionfruit 275mL Cruisers on Friday, amid concerns the drink contains an added colour (102) which is not declared on the label.

“Any consumers who have a tartrazine (Colour 102) allergy or intolerance may have a reaction if the product is consumed,” the recall notice reads.

The affected drinks were sold in mixed 10 packs and were packed from 9/10/2017 to 13/11/2017 (non promotional pack) and from 27/09/2017 to 30/10/2017 (promotional pack).

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The recalled cruisers were available for sale at all major Coles, Woolworths, Metcash and independent liquor outlets across Australia.

People who have a tartrazine (colour 102) allergy or intolerance are being urged not to consume the drinks and to return complete cartons to their place of purchase for a refund.

Note: All flavours in the Vodka Cruiser Mixed 10 pack are safe for consumption for those who do not have an allergy or intolerance to Colour 102.

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Gold Coast lawyer charged over ‘cold call’ investment fraud

A Gold Coast lawyer has been charged with various finance crimes offences over a $3 million cold call investment fraud.

The 43-year-old man has been charged with two offences under the Financial Transactions Reports Act (failing to comply with mandatory cash transaction reporting) and a further charge of dealing with money reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime.

On Thursday, detectives from State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Gangs Group served documents on the man, requiring he appear before the Southport Magistrates Court on December 13.

Police say the charges are the result of investigations into two companies, ‘Keystone Finance Pty Ltd’ and ‘Prestige Capital Australia Pty Ltd’ both alleged to have been involved in a cold call investment fraud operation on the Gold Coast between 2014 and 2016.

New exotic rainforest enclosure set to wow animal lovers on the Gold Coast

ANIMAL lovers will soon be able to get up close and personal with a number of endangered and exotic animals on the Gold Coast with a new life-like rainforest enclosure set to open at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary next month.

The stunning ‘Lost Valley’ exhibit spans five hectares of lush rainforest similar to those that would have been found on the ancient supercontinent Gondwana before it broke up 180 million years ago.

Guests will essentially be able to explore a forgotten world and interact with some of the world’s most unique and distinctive flora and wildlife.

Some of the exotic wildlife species within the five-hectare enclosure will include friendly Ring Tail lemurs, Cotton-top tamarins, Red panda, Capybaras, and exotic reptiles, including the Green Iguana (pictured above).

A large number of free-flying birds will also roam the enclosure, including Eclectus Parrots, Molucan Red and Black Capped Lorys, Satin Bowerbirds, Emerald Doves, Chiming Wedgebill Golden Pheasants and striking Macaws.

The exhibit is three years in the making and is the biggest the Sanctuary has opened in its 70 year history.

Jonathan Fisher, CEO National trust of Australia (Queensland) said guests will feel like they are standing in the middle of an actual rainforest.

“This exhibit is the single largest investment by the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) and our mission is to connect people with nature and Lost Valley truly depicts this,” Mr Fisher said.

“We have managed to source the most unique and exotic animals and the team have created an incredibly natural, sustainable and biological environment for the animals and plants to thrive.”

“Guests will actually feel like they are in the middle of an actual rainforest.”

The ‘Lost Valley’ exhibit pays tribute to the existing Lost World Valley, a hidden gem in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

The Valley is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage listed area and includes expansive rainforest reserves, including both the Lamington and Springbrook National Parks.

Rainforest once covered most of the ancient southern super-continent of Gondwana and remains the most ancient type of botanical species in Australia.

There is a concentration of primitive plant families, which are directly linked to flowering plants existing over 100 million years ago, as well as some of the oldest elements of the world’s ferns and conifers.

Few places on earth contain so many plants and animals that are almost identical to their ancient ancestors.

Lost Valley opens at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Boxing Day, December 26, 2017.

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Driver charged after two women killed in horror crash near Byron Bay

A driver has been charged over a horror crash which claimed the life of two women near Byron Bay earlier this year.

About 4.20pm on Sunday 13 August, police were called to the Pacific Highway at Cudgera Creek following reports a silver Toyota Camry had left the roadway, collided with a cement bridge and landed in a culvert.

Despite desperate attempts by paramedics, two women, aged 64 and 46, died at the scene.

A 47-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy suffered minor injuries and were airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital.

Following ongoing investigations into the crash, police yesterday charged the 47-year-old driver with dangerous driving occasioning death (x2) and negligent driving occasioning death.

He was refused bail and put before Tweed Heads Local Court where he was granted bail to next appear in court on 17 January 2018.