Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate looking serious

Tom Tate backs GC cruise ship terminal

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is still pushing for a cruise ship terminal on the Coast, despite a report detailing safety and economic concerns.

A report, published by the ABC and News Corp, details the various risks of building a terminal in a wave zone.

When built in this area, there will be a higher cost, longer build time and workplace health and safety concerns.

However, Mayor Tate still wants the terminal built near The Spit.

He said they’re working through the master plan and are waiting on the Palaszczuk government.

“If there’s political will from the State Government, we’ll get the project shovel ready,” he said.

“If there’s no political will from the State Government then we’ll shelve the project until the change of Government.”

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Brisbane CBD streets closed after woman hit and killed by bus

UPDATE @ 8.30 AM | A WOMAN has died after being hit by a bus in Brisbane City this morning.

Police say the woman was crossing Ann Street near the intersection of Wharf Street just before 7am when she was struck.

Despite desperate attempts by paramedics, the woman died at the scene.

Ann Street is currently closed to traffic with diversions in place. Motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

EARLIER @ 7.30 AM | EMERGENCY crews are currently at the scene of a serious accident in Brisbane’s CBD.

There are reports a woman has been hit by a bus.

The incident is understood to have happened at the intersection of Ann Street and Wharf Street just before 7.00am.

The pedestrian is being treated at the scene by paramedics. They are believed to have suffered critical injuries.

Queensland Police have closed Ann St at Wharf St and are urging motorists to avoid the area.


Motorists urged to ‘name and shame’ most dangerous GC roads

Local drivers are being encouraged to help identify the most dangerous roads on the Gold Coast that they feel need urgent attention.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club’s Unroadworthy Roads Survey 2018, which launched today, was a quick and easy way for motorists to voice their concerns.

“As drivers, we’re all too familiar with those frustrating and troublesome roads in our area. Whether it’s a road that’s full of potholes, is narrow, lacks overtaking lanes and line markings, or is the first to go under when it rains – we need your help in pinpointing it,” Ms Ross said.

“We’ll then use these results to lobby Local, State and Federal Governments to prioritise funding to upgrade and maintain these roads.

Ms Ross said drivers had already helped to get funding improvements for the Pacific Motorway through previous surveys.

“We all deserve to have a say on where we want our rates and taxes spent – but we can’t help get the right roads fixed if we don’t know where they are,” she said.

“You’re our eyes on the ground and your suggestions could help save lives, or simply make the commute a little more bearable for everyone using that particular road.”

If you participate in the survey, you’ll also go into the draw to win one of two $250 EFTPOS gift cards.

The survey, which closes on 18 June, can be found here.

Australian Army tests new weapons, combat vehicles for the first time in major military exercise [photos]

THE Australian Army has put its newest weapons and combat vehicles to the test for the first time during a major live-fire military exercise in central Victoria.

The army tested its extensive firepower capabilities during Exercise Chong Ju at the Combined Armed Training Centre at the Puckapunyal Army Base, 10km west of Seymour on Thursday.

The annual exercise is considered the Army’s largest firepower demonstration and provides soldiers with an opportunity to train in and experience a live-fire setting.

An Australian Army M1A1 Abrams tank fires at targets during Exercise Chong Ju in Victoria (Supplied/DoD)

Australian Army M1A1 Abrams tanks fire at targets during Exercise Chong Ju in Victoria (Supplied/DoD)

Commander of Forces Major General Gus McLachlan said the major exercise demonstrated the joint power of the Army’s latest technology and capability.

“Exercise Chong Ju has featured some of Army’s newest weapons, vehicles and combat systems for the first time,” Major General McLachlan said.

“This included a static display of the Land 400 CRV Boxer, the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, Protected Mobility Light- Hawkei Vehicle and unmanned aerial systems.”

Soldiers prepare to fire mortars during Exercise Chong Ju in Victoria (Supplied/DoD)

Soldiers fire a Javelin missile at a target during Exercise Chong Ju in Victoria (Supplied/DoD)

This year’s exercise also included demonstrations from the M1A1 Abrams tank, ASLAV Australian Light Armoured Vehicle, M113 armoured personnel carriers, 81mm mortars and M777 155mm howitzer artillery piece.

Among the Army’s other capabilities on display were the Tiger ARH, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Soldier Combat Ensemble, Battle Management System, as well as two Hawk 127 lead-in fighter aircraft.

An Australian Army Eurocopter ARH Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter fires at targets during Exercise Chong Ju (Supplied\DoD)

A Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle – Light, on display during Exercise Chong Ju (Supplied/DoD)

Soliders with the Rheinmetall Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle during Exercise Chong Ju (Supplied/DoD)

Road Closed

Motorists reminded of road closures in Robina this weekend

If you live or are travelling through Robina this Sunday, you may want to be aware of a number of upcoming road closures due to the 7 News Gold Coast Running Festival.

The Fun Run will take place on Sunday 20 May, with over 4,000 competitors expected to participate in this year’s event.

The run commences in Stadium Drive, Robina and concludes inside Cbus Super Stadium.

Motorists are being urged to avoid traveling anywhere along the route due to diversions that will be in place.

ROAD CLOSURES – Sunday 20 May, from 5am to 11am:

• Stadium Drive, Robina
• Cheltenham Drive between Laver Drive and Robina Parkway (Eastbound lanes only)
• Robina Parkway from Gooding Drive to Cheltenham Drive (Northbound lanes only)