All Star Family Feud: Sophie Monk raises money for Daniel Morcombe Foundation

UPDATE @ October 24, 7.15am: The Bachelorette babes may not have won last night’s All Star Family Feud against the Bachie boys, however they still raised some serious money for their chosen charity, the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

Gold Coast girl Sophie Monk battled it out with her fellow teammates – former Bachelor stars Laura Byrne, Tara Pavlovic and Florence Alexandra on the much-loved family game show overnight.

It was a close game between them and their opponents – Bachie boys Matty Johnson, Cameron Cranley, Jake Ellis and Clancy Ryan, who ended up coming out on top in the last few minutes!

It was a win-win for everyone however, with Matty’s chosen charity The Starlight Foundation taking home a whopping $30,000 and Sophie’s charity, the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, also taking home $10,000!

Denise Morcombe took to Twitter following the show, thanking everyone for their support.

EARLIER @ October 23, 2.00pm: Gold Coast girl Sophie Monk will no doubt bring her hilarious humour to Family Feud Australia tonight as she battles it out to raise money and awareness for her chosen charity, the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

Monk will lead her fellow teammates – Former Bachelor stars Laura Byrne, Tara Pavlovic and Florence Alexandra on All Star Family Feud, which airs 7.30pm tonight on Network 10.

The ladies will be taking on Bachie boys Matty Johnson, Cameron Cranley, Jake Ellis and Clancy Ryan in the much-loved family game show.

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Monk is a passionate, long-time supporter of the Daniel Morcombe foundation, which helps to raise awareness of Child Safety, Protection & Prevention.

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Tighter security at Aussie airports to “keep us safe”

The people who work behind the scenes at Australian airports will soon be subjected to random testing as part of a new security crackdown.

Ground staff working in restricted areas, including baggage handlers, caterers, engineers and maintenance staff, will all be checked for explosives in a bid to keep the public safe.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said in a statement, the amendments to the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005 will help keep Australians safe.

“Airport workers, together with their vehicles and belongings, will be randomly selected for explosive trace detection testing and other screening when entering or working in secure airside areas at major airports,” Mr Chester said.

Other measures being introduced include stronger access controls and additional security awareness training for aviation workers.

“These measures strengthen existing controls to ensure airport workers are authorised, properly identified and appropriately trained before entering secure airside areas,” Mr Chester added.

“They may also be subject to security screening in the course of their duties.”

The measures will be introduced at Australia’s major airports over the next 12 months and come just months after police foiled a plot to bomb a plane leaving from Sydney.

WATCH: Mega security bunker unveiled on the Gold Coast for 2018 Games

A NEW state-of-the-art Joint Emergency Services Coordination Centre purposely built for the 2018 Commonwealth Games has been unveiled on the Gold Coast and will be put to the test this weekend during the GC600.

The facility incorporates the latest technologies in surveillance and incident and event management and will become the safety and security nerve centre during the 2018 Games. Scroll down to take a tour!

The purpose-built ‘bunker’ provides a workspace for over 50 people across two floors and can be altered to manage multiple large-scale incidents as well as smaller event operations.

The highly configurable space was recently completed after undergoing a major 18-week renovation and fit out.

The centre includes several mobile workshops, conference rooms, a breakout room for incident management and the extensive use of operable walls to create flexible working environments. Scroll down for video!

Once the Games are over, the state-of-the-art facility will remain a permanent fixture on the Coast and will assist in managing major events like the Gold Coast 600, Schoolies, smaller scale planned operations and critical incidents.

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Police Minister Mark Ryan said the centre would go on to be a significant legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

“In order to ensure the safest Games possible, it was vital to build a cutting-edge, adaptable facility to deliver the safety response for GC2018,” Minister Ryan said.

“The JESCC is that facility and it will be a vital part of our safety and security operation here next year.

“The JESCC’s construction was delivered on schedule, within budget and to its intended design due to the enormous collaborative effort involving police, partners from across the Public Safety Business Agency, the other emergency services and external contractors.”

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The JESCC will be fully tested this weekend during the Gold Coast 600 in order to refine operability and coordination across the emergency services.

“While the JESCC is now complete, it is important to make sure that everything is working as it should – and the Gold Coast 600 this weekend provides police and other emergency services with the perfect opportunity to stand it up and test it out over a few days,” Minister Ryan said.

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“A smaller-scale successful test of the JESCC was conducted during the Gold Coast marathon earlier this year.

“I am proud that the Palaszczuk Government has delivered the most significant GC2018 legacy for police and emergency services agencies on the Gold Coast.”

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Police visited a number of world-class facilities and undertook extensive consultation with several security agencies both in Australia and overseas to ensure the newly-built facility could support a large-scale event.

In addition to the JESCC, a 24-hour police facility will also operate inside the Games Village prior to the arrival of the athletes and for the duration of the Games.

Minister Ryan said the two facilities formed an integral part of the Games’ comprehensive security overlay.

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GC Suns trade Gary Ablett back to the Cats

The deal has officially been done! Gary Ablett is heading home to Geelong after a successful trade agreement was reached between the Cats and Suns today.

Geelong acquired Ablett, Gold Coast’s pick 24 in 2017 and fourth round pick in 2018 in exchange for Geelong’s pick 19 in 2017 and second round pick in 2018.

The dual Brownlow Medallist who requested a trade to Geelong in late September for family reasons, will return home after seven seasons with the Gold Coast.

Ablett will return to play his tenth season for Geelong, after nine years at the Cats from 2002 until 2010.

Geelong’s General Manager of Football Simon Lloyd welcomed Ablett back to the Cats.

“We are very pleased to have Gary return to the club and the Geelong community,” Lloyd said.

“Gary is still playing exceptional football, and we believe he improves our team. He obviously has a long association with the club and to have Gary back, playing so well is an exciting day for everyone involved with the club.

“We know in talking to Gary that he is thrilled about coming back to Geelong.”

Ablett has played 302 games and kicked 386 goals over a 16-season career with both the Cats and Suns.

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It’s official! Gold Coast Titans unveil new head coach Garth Brennan

UPDATE @ 10.45am: It’s official Gold Coast! The Titans have appointed Garth Brennan as Head Coach for the next three seasons.

CEO Graham Annesley made the exciting announcement at a press conference at the Titans Parkwood training facility on Thursday.

“Garth has definitely served his rugby league ‘apprenticeship’ and thoroughly deserves this opportunity,” Annesley said.

“He not only has an impressive coaching record, he is also a very impressive person who will add a lot to the culture of the club. We are extremely pleased to have him on board.”

Brennan, 45, says he is excited about the opportunity and challenge ahead.

“I’m really thrilled about the opportunity I have now at the Gold Coast Titans,” Brennan said.

“I really want to focus on developing from within, that’s what I believe is my strength. It’s what I take away from my two previous clubs, I want to work closely with the individuals, I want to get to know them and work together to build that culture that everybody talks about.

“My message will be pretty simple. I want the group to train, play hard and I want every team to know that they have played a tough Titans team.”

Brennan boasts an impressive resume dating back to 2003 where he started his coaching career as Newcastle Knights Jersey Flegg Assistant Coach.

The 45-year-old has since coached Premierships wins at NYC and NSW Cup levels, culminating in his 2017 double victory winning both the Intrust Super Premiership and the State Championship for the Penrith Panthers.

As a player, The Newcastle-born Brennan played for the Knights at junior representative level and was also part of the 1991 Jersey Flegg Premiership side.

Prior to coaching, Brennan was a member of the NSW Police force for 18 years and also played 200 first grade games in the Newcastle competition.

 

EARLIER @ 8.00am: The Gold Coast Titans are expected to announce Garth Brennan as their new head coach this morning.

The club has called a press conference at their Parkwood training facility at 10.30am with CEO Graham Annesley.

They say Annesley will be joined by the club’s new Head Coach to “discuss the appointment.”

Brennan caught the eye of the NRL world after leading Penrith to the NSW Intrust Super Premiership. Previously, he worked under super coach Wayne Bennett before being let go in 2011.

The appointment will be sure to add spice to the Brisbane V Gold Coast derbies.

It comes two months after the Titans board sacked coach Neil Henry in late August.