Ambulance QLD

Man rushed to hospital after workplace accident at Burleigh

UPDATE @ 8.50AM: A MAN has been rushed to hospital after being hit by a forklift at a business in Burleigh Heads.

Crews rushed to the workplace just before 8.00am, after receiving reports of an accident involving machinery and a pedestrian.

A man, believed to be aged in his late 20s, was treated at the scene by paramedics for injuries to his head, back, shoulder and ankle.

He has since been taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with the assistance of the high acuity response unit and critical care paramedics.

Queensland Ambulance confirmed the man was transported in a serious but stable condition.

EARLIER @ 8.15AM: EMERGENCY services are currently on the scene of a workplace incident at Burleigh Heads.

Crews rushed to a workplace in Burleigh just before 8.00am following reports of an accident involving machinery and a pedestrian.

One person is currently being treated by paramedics at the scene. The extent of their injuries and condition is not yet known.

More to come.

The Meddler

Opinion divided over dad who attacked teen bully

If your child were being bullied, how far would you go to protect them?

This is the question parents are asking themselves today, after 60 Minutes featured an interview at the weekend with Brisbane dad Mark Bladen.

Mark was charged with assault after an incident in a skate park. He had gone there to give a stern talking to a teenage boy, who had been tormenting Mark’s stepdaughter for months.

“I wanted to belittle him in front of his friends,” Mark admitted, “the way he had always done with Kalani.”

The whole thing was captured on camera. The initial confrontation… the moment where Mark snapped, and started to strangle the child… the panicked moments thereafter, where the kid’s friends struggled to get Mark to back off.

It’s unsettling footage to watch. In the interview, Mark says he lost control and that he knows what he did was out of order. He is clearly in the wrong, and he definitely deserved to be charged.

But, two things can be true at once. He can be wrong and right at the same time. Which is why some parents are shaking their heads at his violent outburst, while others are cheering.

For my two cents, what Mark did was unquestionably wrong. But it worked – the bullying has stopped. And in the same set of circumstances, I could and perhaps would do the exact same thing.

The full 60 Minutes story also includes an interview with Michelle and Quentin Pearson, whose 14-year-old son Kodi took his own life two years ago after being relentlessly bullied. Tears streamed down my face at the anguish in Kodi’s dad’s face.

I know that violence isn’t the answer. I know that bullies are often bullied themselves. I know the bully was only a child, and I know there are more effective ways to deal with a problem like this than resorting to such extreme behaviour.

But I also know that there are no bounds to what I would do to protect my kids from the debilitating anxiety, depression and mental anguish that extreme bullying can cause.

If my child came to me helpless and suicidal, I would have to do something.

If the teachers and the school couldn’t sort it, and the bully’s parents couldn’t sort it out, and if my child’s life was on the line, then I – like many parents – could be pushed to lose control like Mark did.

As Kodi’s mum says, “There needs to be some consequences.”

Kodi Pearson was bullied so badly it drove him to take his own life. No child should ever have to experience that, and no family should ever need to suffer the crippling grief of losing a young member of their family. Kodi’s message exists to help other kids and families avoid this horrific situation. Visit

If you are in immediate danger call 000 now.  If you require advice or assistance, the following services can offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 13 11 14
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Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
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Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
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MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
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Gold Coast Titans go down in nail-biting defeat to Sharks

THE Gold Coast Titans have just missed out on victory, going down by one point to the Cronulla Sharks in a nail-biting match at Cbus Super Stadium over the weekend.

In a thrilling and rather damp contest, the boys went into the final four minutes of the game trailing by one-point until Ash Taylor kicked a 30 metre field-goal to even the scores up at 9.

With just three minutes remaining, both sides kept the 12,713 strong crowd on the edge of their seats, before the Shark’s Chad Townsend landed his second field-goal of the night.

In a heart-breaking finish, the Titans were defeated 10-9.

Not to be affected by the one-point loss, the Titans will give it all they’ve got when they take on the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium next Saturday.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Volunteers

WATCH: Games volunteers recognised for outstanding contribution

Twenty-five volunteers who went above and beyond during the Games have been recognised for their efforts.

In today’s Gold Coast Bulletin, their stories have been shared alongside the names of every single Games volunteer in a special lift-out magazine.

Gold Coast Bulletin Editor Ben English told myGC the lift-out was a way to say thank you to every person who gave up their time to volunteer at the Games.

“Whenever I went to an event, the volunteers really set the tone. They were so much fun with their high fives and their general positivity,” he said.

The 25 stand-out volunteers were also acknowledged in a special ceremony at Sea World on Thursday, where they were presented with a certificate and a prize.

See what happened at the award ceremony, and learn more about some of the honoured volunteers in the video below:

Volunteer Darren Eggington told myGC he had to put his hand up to volunteer at the Games, as it was a once-in-a-lifetime event.

“I’ve lived here my life… I wanted to show who we are,” he said.

Darren said he was thrilled to be recognised.

“For this to be put on for us, is just fantastic.”

You can pick up a copy of the special volunteer lift-out in today’s Gold Coast Bulletin.



Target heater recalled around the country over fire fears

An oil column heater sold at Target stores around Australia has been recalled over fears it may overheat.

In a recall notice posted to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website, the retail giant urged people to stop using the Target 11 Fin Oil Column Heater, model TAROC011F, immediately.

“A manufacturing defect may cause the heater control panel to overheat, melt or catch on fire,” the notice reads.

“Customers should immediately stop using the product and return it to a Target or Target
Country store for a full refund.”


The heaters were sold at Target Australia Stores including Target Country and Online Stores
from Apr 2015 to Oct 2016.