Qld Government unveils landmark plan to protect our precious Koalas

KOALAS in South East Queensland will be better protected under a landmark proposal unveiled by the State Government.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visited the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the Gold Coast today, where she announced plans to declare more than half a million hectares of land as koala priority areas, including 300,000 hectares of habitat where clearing will be prohibited.

It’s part of the draft South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy 2019-24, which Queenslanders are also able to have their say on.

“We know koalas are under threat and that is why my Government has been working with experts, the conservation sector, local governments and industry on a plan to ensure they are protected into the future,” the Premier said.

“Today we are releasing a landmark draft strategy and draft mapping that outline strong measures to protect koala habitat and address the threats impacting South East Queensland’s koala population.

“New mapping identifies more than 570,000 hectares of land to be declared koala priority areas – an area that is twice the size of the ACT – of which more than 300,000 hectares is core habitat.

“We are proposing to implement stronger regulations to limit clearing in these large interconnected areas of high quality habitat.”

Ms Palaszczuk said ensuring the protection of large corridors of land will address one of the main causes of a declining koala population, which is the destruction of habitat.

“We have a once in a generation chance to ensure their survival in the South East and that is why we are asking every Queenslander to get involved,” she said.

“Particularly as recent bushfires have had a devastating effect on the koala population with animals killed or badly injured, it’s never been a more pertinent time to act.”

People will have until 31 January 2020 to provide feedback on the draft strategy here.

$50,000 for koala care infrastructure has also been announced.

GC Sports Star Awards 2019

Top Coast athletes gather for launch of Sports Star Awards

Local sporting stars are set to be recognised for their achievements at the 52nd Annual Gold Coast Sports Star Awards in February next year.

The 2020 awards were officially launched at a gala event in Bundall on Wednesday night, with the Gold Coast’s premier athletes and teams (Titans & Suns), a strong grassroots contingent, and local personalities, led by Mayor Tom Tate, coming together for the occasion.

“The thing that separates Gold Coast sport from other cities is how much our teams and athletes embrace our community – February’s Sports Awards are our chance to embrace you,” said Mr Tate.

“As Mayor and as a lover of sport, what a privilege it is to launch this fantastic initiative – well done Sports Gold Coast.”

GC Sports Star Awards 2019 Presentation

PHOTO: Supplied by Sports Gold Coast

The launch also marked the start of announcements for the list of prestigious awards, with the race well and truly on to take the mantle from the likes of Steph Gilmore, Sally Pearson, Michael Shelley and Curtis McGrath who have won in recent years.

GC Sports Hall of Fame President Daphne Pirie AO MBE announced the first three finalists for the major gong of Gold Coast Sports Star of the Year, and if the initial nominees are anything to go by, it promises to be another stellar field.

Aron Sherriff (Lawn Bowls), Georgia Miller (Iron Woman), and Mathew Belcher (Sailing) were rewarded for their amazing sporting achievements throughout the year as the first finalists for the Award, with further announcements to be made in the coming weeks.

The 52nd Annual Gold Coast Sports Star Awards will be held on the 27th February, 2020 at Southport Sharks.

The Awards focus on the inclusion of all areas of our sporting community from the grassroots to elite, with awards across numerous categories from People’s Choice, to Community Volunteers, to Para-Sport.

For more information, visit: sportsgoldcoast.com.au

Queensland fire and emergency truck

Broadbeach Bowls Club evacuated over electrical fire

Patrons of the Broadbeach Bowls Club have had to be evacuated during dinner time last night, after a fire broke out.

It’s believed an electrical issue sparked the blaze, which happened in the switch board room around 8.00pm.

It took crews around an hour to extinguish the blaze, and clear the smoke from the room.

Luckily, no injuries were reported, though paramedics were on standby.

Emergency crews left the scene around 9.30pm.

QAS Emergency Response Vehicle responding

Frightening car jacking attempt following crash, Arundel

A woman has been left shaken this morning, after trying to help a crash victim in Arundel overnight.

The woman witnessed a crash on Captain Cook Close around 11.30pm, and stopped to see that the victim was alright.

She then called for assistance from paramedics, when the crash victim allegedly tried to steal her car keys.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson has confirmed that when paramedics arrived, they and the woman locked themselves inside the ambulance as per procedure, as the man apparently tried to force his way in before running off.

Gold Coast police have confirmed the incident hasn’t been reported to them as an attempted car jacking, and that they’re not looking into it.

The woman and the paramedics were unharmed in the event.


REVEALED: The ‘Most Popular’ baby names of 2019

THE most popular baby names for the year have been revealed, with some surprising options making the list.

If you’re still stuck with a name for your impending bundle of joy, the following list could provide you with some much-needed inspiration… that’s if you like to follow the trends.

If you would prefer something a little more unique however, it may best to ignore this article all together.

The annual list was compiled by Baby Center, who gathered the data from thousands of Australian parents.

According to the pregnancy and parenting website, Amelia snatched the crown from Ava this year and was officially the most popular girl’s name for 2019, while Oliver remained in the top spot for boys for the eighth year in a row.

Top 20 Baby Girl Names for 2019:

  1. Amelia
  2. Isla
  3. Charlotte
  4. Ava
  5. Olivia
  6. Mia
  7. Lily
  8. Willow
  9. Sophia
  10. Zoe
  11. Evie
  12. Ivy
  13. Harper
  14. Ella
  15. Ruby
  16. Isabella
  17. Layla
  18. Isabelle
  19. Matilda
  20. Chloe

Top 20 Baby Boy Names for 2019:

  1. Oliver
  2. Noah
  3. Leo
  4. Lucas
  5. Jack
  6. Charlie
  7. William
  8. Henry
  9. Luca
  10. Thomas
  11. Jackson
  12. Liam
  13. Mason
  14. Max
  15. Elijah
  16. Harrison
  17. Hunter
  18. Hudson
  19. Ethan
  20. James