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Australian scientists develop groundbreaking melanoma treatment

A team of Australian scientists have successfully tested a new procedure which attacks deadly forms of cancer in its early stages and stops it from spreading.

The trial conducted by investigators at the Melanoma Institute of Australia successfully prevented the spreading of stage three melanomas.

Before the trial, these patients faced a 40-70 per cent chance of progressing to advanced and fatal melanoma.

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, with one Australian dying from advanced melanoma every five hours.

Author of the study and Medical Director of Melanoma Institute of Australia, Professor Georgina Long, said the study changes how melanoma is treated and the patients’ quality of life.

“Until now, Stage III melanoma patients who have had their tumours surgically removed have simply had to play the waiting game, to see if their melanoma would metastasise or spread, living with such fear severely affected them and their loved ones,” she said. 

“Results from these clinical trials suggest we can stop the disease in its tracks, effectively preventing it from spreading and saving lives.”

The clinical trials are a world first and aim to prevent the spread and recurrence of the disease through immunotherapy.

Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment which boosts the body’s natural defences to fight the disease, it uses substances made by the body or in a laboratory to improve or restore immune system function.

“These clinical trials show we now have ammunition to prevent melanoma spreading and progressing, which until now was a critical area of disease behaviour where we had no control,” Professor Long said.

“This will change how melanoma is treated around the world, as we no longer have to passively wait to see if the melanoma spreads.”

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Locals invited to have their say on Gold Coast Arts and Culture

Does it add value to this city? Is it important to you and your lifestyle? That’s the question being asked by the City of Gold Coast when it comes to the Arts and Culture of the city.

The Gold Coast community is being invited to have their say on the subject with council releasing a short, 5-minute survey.

The survey includes a range of quick questions including “How many arts and cultural events or activities do you attend in a year?” and “How often would you attend a live music performance in a year?”

By completing the questionnaire, you also go into a draw to win one of 10 Gold Lounge double passes!

If you would like to help shape the future of arts and culture on the Gold Coast, you can have your say here.


Southport icons ‘Not For Sale’ say opponents to proposed casino

The smell of snags on the barbie is likely to attract some Gold Coasters to Carey Park in Southport this morning.

A good old fashioned sausage sizzle is being held alongside a protest against plans to build a casino in Southport.

Outspoken Gold Coast Councillor Dawn Crichlow is leading the charge against the proposed development (outlined in main picture), which she says would wipe out local history.

The 102-year-old Southport Bowls Club, along with Queens Park Tennis Centre and Carey Car Park would be relocated a short distance away, but Cr Crichlow says that’s not a solution.

“It’s about saving open space and crown land from being turned into a commercial area… taking away public space from the people,” the Division Six representative told myGC.

“The bowling club is 102 years old and they don’t want to go anywhere else.

“As for the tennis club, Sam Stosur’s name is on a board here!” she exclaimed.

“The old sea wall goes right through Carey’s Park and that was Heritage Listed back in 2010, so it’s important we save it.”

Mayor Tom Tate is in favour of the proposal, which comes on the back of a rejection by the Queensland Government to ASF’s plans for an integrated resort on land at The Spit.

Mayor Tate claims the Southport casino will create 10,000 jobs.

But Cr Crichlow is up in arms over the underhanded way it’s been approached.

“It didn’t even go to Council for a report. The offices didn’t write a report to say Carey’s Park has got the sea wall in it.

“The Mayor didn’t even tell me he had it in mind. I’m the divisional councillor!

“It will bring no benefits. It will close down the RSL, the CSI Club, all the hotels. We don’t need another casino!”

She is calling on locals to gather at Carey Park at 8am on Sunday for the low key rally and, don’t forget the sausage sizzle.

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‘Wanted’ man could be on the Gold Coast

Have you seen this man?

New South Wales Police are asking for our help to track down Shane Smith (pictured below), who could be in South East Queensland.

He is wanted on three outstanding warrants relating to alleged domestic violence, property crime and serious traffic offences.

The 34-year-old is believed to visit the Gold Coast and Ipswich areas, as well as Dubbo in central NSW.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 170cm tall with a medium build with short brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who sees Mr Smith is warned not to approach him but to call 000.


Protect your home and family with these simple bushfire ready tips

Sunshine Coast residents have been under the threat of bushfires for the past few weeks, but a majority of Queenslanders have not thought about how they would stay safe this bushfire season.

Research carried out by the RACQ showed 62 per cent of people had not considered how they would handle this high-risk period.

“This year, with unseasonably warm and dry conditions, bushfires are arriving earlier,” RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said.

“In recent weeks a bushfire at Caloundra burnt through 700 hectares of land,” she added.

“We’re approaching the peak period for bushfires in Queensland and it’s shocking to see so many Queenslanders have not thought about what they’d do if their property came under bushfire threat.”

Clearing gutters, trimming trees and removing possible ‘fuel’ around the house are just a few ways to be bushfire ready.

It’s also important to prepare your family and come up with a bushfire plan that outlines what you’ll do in an emergency.

RACQ’s top tips for bushfire preparedness:
• Prepare a bushfire survival plan
• Mow the lawn regularly
• Remove dry grass, dead leaves and branches from yards
• Move any flammable items such as wood piles away from the house
• Trim low-lying branches
• Keep gutters clear of leaf litter
• Know the fire risk in your local area
• Check and adhere to local fire restrictions.