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Motorist hospitalised after car crashes into tree on Gold Coast

One person has been taken to hospital after a car crashed into a tree on the Gold Coast overnight.

The accident happened on Highfield Drive at Merrimac around 9.30pm.

The driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries.

The patient was then taken to Robina Hospital in a stable condition.

It was a busy night for paramedics and emergency crews on the coast, who also responded to a serious tour bus crash in the hinterland around 8.00pm.

Six people were taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with various minor injuries, whilst the driver of the vehicle was flown to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

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Boy, 9, undergoes surgery after being trampled, bitten by horse

A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy has undergone surgery and is recovering in hospital after being trampled and bitten by a horse on the NSW Central Coast.

It happened on a property at Wyong Creek about 4.30pm on Wednesday.

In a post on Facebook, the boy’s Aunt Katrina Newell said her young nephew was holding the horse when a dog ran into the yard and spooked the large animal.

She said the horse went “nuts” and stomped on her nephews head before biting him “around the neck”.

“He was not doing anything to the horse, one of the dogs ran into the yard while my nephew was holding the horse for the farrier,” Ms Newell said.

“The horse doesn’t like the dog and went nuts. It went to bite the dog (but) stomped on my nephews head and then bit him around the neck.”

The boy sustained serious head and facial injuries in the incident, including a broken jaw.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the scene where its crew helped treat the child before flying him to the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle for specialist treatment.

Ms Newell said her nephew underwent surgery to wire his jaw together late yesterday afternoon.

“He had surgery last night and is now stable but is being kept sedated for a few days so his body can start to heal,” she said.

“It was no ones fault, it was a terrible accident that could have taken a child’s life.”

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The world’s richest man is getting divorced after 25 years of marriage

AMAZON founder Jeff Bezos and his wife Mackenzie Bezos are getting a divorce after 25 years of marriage.

Bezos, who is the world’s richest man, announced the separation in a post on social media today.

“We want to make people aware of a development in our lives,” the pair said in a joint statement.

“As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends.

“We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other.

“If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again.”

Bezos has an estimated net worth of US$137 (A$190.9) billion.

The pair share four children together.

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Gold Coast more popular than ever with Aussie tourists

Australians can’t seem to get enough of the Gold Coast, according to new figures released today.

The latest National Visitor Survey* shows 11.2 million domestic visitors flocked to the coast in the 12 months to September 2018, with  domestic overnight visitors injecting a record $3.3 billion into the economy.

Daytrips to the Gold Coast also proved more popular than ever, with a record visitor volume of 7.6 million tourists and record expenditure of $784.5 million.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista said Aussie families are front and centre of Gold Coast’s tourism marketing efforts.

“We know tourists love our beaches, weather, theme parks, hinterland and all of our other iconic Gold Coast experiences – especially families,” Ms Battista said.

“More than 1.9 million interstate visitors made their way to the Gold Coast last quarter and we along with our tourism partners will be working hard to attract more families to Australia’s favourite playground this year.”

Interestingly, The Gold Coast also posted similar record-breaking international visitor expenditure for the same period.

According to the Preliminary International Visitor Survey*, international visitor spend increased by 13.3 per cent for the year, once-again outperforming growth rates for Queensland (11.5 per cent) and doubling that of Australia, which grew by 5.2 per cent.

China accounted for the largest number of international visitors with 269,000, followed by New Zealand with 207,000 visitors.

USA saw the largest increase to 41,000 visitors, up 13.8 per cent from the previous year.

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Qld police reveal locations of eight new red light speed cameras

EIGHT new combined red light speed cameras are being installed at a number of ‘high-risk’ intersections in Queensland, including two on the Gold Coast.

The cameras, which were carefully selected by the Queensland Police Service and Transport and Main Roads based on the number and severity of speed and red-light-related road crashes at the intersections, are in the process of being switched on.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said the combined red light speed camera technology would detect motorists who disobey the red traffic light, as well as motorists who speed through the intersection.

“The combined red light and speed cameras have proven to reduce the incidence of speeding and red light running at these intersections,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said

“These approved camera systems create safer roads for all Queenslanders and are designed to function 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Assistant Commissioner Keating said red light running was often associated with speeding.

“What we do know is that the resulting crashes are likely to be T-bone crashes, which have a higher potential of causing death or serious injury,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

“We want drivers to comply with traffic light signals and the speed limit through intersections.”

During the past five years, 42 people have been killed and more than 3,000 hospitalised in crashes at signalised intersections in Queensland.

The new combined red light and speed cameras will be installed at the following intersections:

  • Glenlyon Street, Gladstone Central at intersection with Tank Street; and
  • Anzac Avenue Road, Kippa-Ring at intersection with Boardman Road.

The following Intersections will be upgraded from red light camera system to a combined red light and speed camera system:

  • Morayfield Road, Morayfield (intersection of Caboolture River Road)
  • Lutwyche Road,  Lutwyche  (intersection of Norman Avenue)
  • Lutwyche Road, Kedron (intersection of Kedron Park Road)
  • Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo (intersection of Cavendish Road)
  • Smith Street, Southport (intersection of Kumbari Avenue)
  • Bermuda Street, Burleigh Waters (intersection of Christine Avenue)