Cameron Smith

Queensland golfer Cameron Smith crowned Australian PGA Champion

UPDATE at 2:50 PM | RISING Queensland golfer Cameron Smith has claimed the cup at the annual Australian PGA Championships on the Gold Coast.

Smith was locked at -18 through 72 holes with Jordan Zunic at the end of a blinding fourth round at Royal Pines.

The duo went on to play-off over two extra holes, the first of which they both parred before Smith triumphed on the second to claim the Joe Kirkwood Cup. See the videos below.

The 24-year-old former Australian amateur champion from Brisbane turned pro in 2013.

At the time, many viewed him as a future superstar of Australian golf.

Cameron Smith

Cameron Smith | PHOTO: PGA of Australia

FIRST at 11.30 AM | Queensland golfer Cameron Smith has carded six birdies during a blinding fourth round at the Australian PGA Championships at Gold Coast’s Royal Pines.

The 24-year-old’s going toe-to-toe with compatriot Jordan Zunic, who held the overnight lead, in what’s shaping up to be a two-way shoot out for the Joe Kirkwood Cup.

They’re tied for the lead on 18 under par through 14 holes, three clear of closest rival Adam Bland (15 under).

Greg Norman Medallist, Marc Leishman is a further shot back, with fellow Victorian David Bransdon rounding out the top five.

Play was brought forward by almost three hours, with a 6am tee-off time, in a bid to avoid possibly severe thunderstorms forecast to hit the Gold Coast in the afternoon.

Man charged with heckling wildlife officers, taunting trapped croc in Qld river

A MAN has been arrested and charged after allegedly heckling wildlife officers and stirring up a four-metre crocodile they were trying to remove from a river in far north Queensland.

Officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection were attempting to remove the large croc from the Johnstone River at Innisfail on November 21 when they were allegedly accosted by the 32-year-old man.

It’s alleged the man bailed the officers up at the Coconuts boat ramp around 12.30pm and started arguing with them as they reversed a trailer into the water to retrieve the trapped croc.

Police allege the man stood on the trailer and extended the winch and, while the officers were pulling the trap out of the river, allegedly jumped into the waist-deep water and rattled the trap.

Officers ordered the man to get out of the water and to stop interfering with the cage because it was dangerous, but the man allegedly refused to comply and started hurling abuse.

Police said the man’s aggressive behaviour caused the crocodile to become agitated and strike the side of the trap near where he was standing.

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Detectives from the Innisfail Criminal Investigation Branch located the 32-year-old Coconuts man on Tuesday.

He was arrested and charged with one count each of obstructing conservation officers and interfering with crocodile traps. He’s due to front Innisfail Magistrates Court on December 18.

Senior Wildlife Officer Tony Frisby said wildlife officers perform a very important and difficult job in locating and removing dangerous crocodiles from waterways.

“Removing a large crocodile is tricky enough and we certainly don’t need intervention by members of the public,” Mr Frisby said.

“If someone obstructs our officers while we are working, not only is it an offence, it can make the situation dangerous for our staff, and for the person interfering.

“It may also cause the crocodile to thrash about and injure itself.

“If you see our officers in the process of removing a crocodile, please stay well clear and abide by any instructions our officers may give.”


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GC offers to host Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s honeymoon

The Gold Coast has officially thrown its hat in the ring, inviting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to honeymoon on the tourist strip.

Acting Mayor Donna Gates announced today that she’ll be writing to Buckingham Palace to invite the royals to holiday here.

She says the Gold Coast provides beautiful natural landscapes as well as luxury.

“There’s the hinterland if they want to go to the beach we have the best beaches in the world,” she said.

“Harry could go sailing, he could climb to the top of Q1, and there’s so much for Meghan to do with the upgrades to Pacific Fair.”

The newly engaged couple will have some tough decisions to make after their wedding, with Israel, Antigua and now the Gold Coast offering to host their honeymoon.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles will be on the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games and Cr. Gates is looking to leverage that connection to get the young royals on the here.

“I think the games will be the best games ever and that they (Charles and Camilla) will have the most wonderful time here,” she said.

“Hopefully they take home the message that the Gold Coast is the place to be.”


Young Gold Coast man in shock after $1 million lotto win!

THE Gold Coast continues to earn its reputation as a lotto hot-spot, with a young man in his early 20s today discovering he’s the region’s newest millionaire after winning last night’s Gold Lotto draw!

The young Pacific Pines man was the only division one winner across Australia, scooping up the whole division one prize of $1 million.

Upon discovering his win, the man admitted he was floored by the revelation he was one of Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto’s youngest millionaires.

“Oh that’s amazing!  I can’t believe it!” he said.

“I only just starting playing Gold Lotto a few weeks ago!

“I was just thinking I’d give it a go.  I never thought I’d win anything big!”

While he is yet to decide how he would use his million-dollar windfall, the happy winner declared he planned on having a great family Christmas and replacing his “unreliable” car.

“It’s come at just the right time for Christmas.  It’s a great surprise.  I’m going to have a great Christmas with my family and have a think about what I’ll do in the New Year,” he said.

“My car at the moment is not the most reliable car so I’ll also probably buy a new one.”

The man is the 19th division one winner from the Gold Coast this calendar year and the third Gold Coast division one winner during the past week.

Mount Agung Bali Cloud

Travel chaos: Bali volcano eruption sparks flight cancellations, delays

UPDATE @ 9.50am: Jetstar and Virgin Australia have confirmed all flights to and from Bali have been cancelled today due to the ash cloud from the erupting Mount Agung volcano.

A statement posted on the Jetstar Australia website says “Flying conditions in Bali have worsened.”

“As a result, all our flights in and out of Bali for Monday, 27 November have been cancelled.”

Denpasar Airport has been completely closed due to the ash cloud, with Virgin Australia also releasing a statement to their passengers.

“Due to the significant volcanic ash and current weather conditions, Denpasar Airport is now closed and we have cancelled today’s flights to and from Bali,” the airline said.

Jetstar said that “while these disruptions are frustrating, we will always put safety before schedule.”

The island’s Mount Agung volcano erupted for the second time in a week on Saturday, sending plumes of thick volcanic ash and steam into the sky.

The volcano’s alert has been upgraded to the highest possible level, with people within 10 kilometres of Mt Agung ordered to evacuate.

EARLIER @ 8.00am: Some flights between Bali and Australia have resumed this morning, after Bali’s Mount Agung volcano eruption sparked flight cancellations and mass delays for travellers over the weekend.

The island’s Mount Agung volcano erupted for the second time in a week on Saturday, sending plumes of thick volcanic ash and steam into the sky.

Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Qantas and Air Asia were forced to cancel their flights after Indonesia issued its highest-level aviation warning.

“Virgin Australia is closely monitoring activity at Mt Agung in Bali,” the Airline said in a statement on Sunday afternoon.

“The Agung Volcano Observatory has recently updated its aviation colour code from orange to red, indicating that further eruption is imminent or underway with significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere likely.

“Due to the significant volcanic ash and current weather conditions, we have made the decision to cancel the rest of today’s flights to and from Bali as a precautionary measure.”

Jetstar said overnight that they plan to operate as normal on Monday, however warned that flights could be cancelled at short notice.

“We are planning to operate our normal schedule to and from Bali on Monday, 27 November,” Jetstar said.

“Our senior pilots will make further assessments in the morning with the latest information and forecasts from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre to ensure it continues to be safe to operate.

“The volcano and movement of ash cloud are highly unpredictable which means we may need to cancel flights at short notice.”