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REVEALED: The worst Gold Coast suburbs for car and home robberies

Gold Coasters are being urged to ensure they lock up their homes and cars, with the city named as Queensland’s worst region for car theft and second worst for home theft.

The coast suburbs that appear to be the biggest targets for car theft include Southport, Upper Coomera and Helensvale.

While Ormeau, Upper Coomera and Robina rank the worst for home theft.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross says they’ve seen more than 600 cars stolen on the Gold Coast in the past four years, with northern suburbs the hot spots.

“It’s concerning the Gold Coast again tops the list for motor vehicle theft and we’re urging locals to take some simple steps to protect themselves,” Ms Ross told myGC.

“Never leave your keys or valuables in sight and make sure you’re parking your car in a secure location and keeping the windows up.”

While RACQ had seen a slight decline in home theft claims across the State, there were nearly 800 claims for burglary across the Gold Coast.

“Ormeau residents, and people right across the State, need to be wary of leaving windows and doors unlocked because this is an easy way for thieves to walk in and steal from you.

It’s also worth looking into sensor lights and other alarm systems to protect you,” Ms Ross said.

“Thieves are often opportunistic, so make sure your home is as secure as possible and properly value your items when insuring your home and contents.”

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GC ELECTION: Two Gold Coast Councillors to battle for new Division 4 seat

It’s set to be a tough battle at the upcoming local council election, with two sitting Gold Coast councillors announcing they will be contesting the new Division 4.

It comes following changes to divisional boundaries, which means the new seat now includes Hollywell, Coombabah, South Stradbroke Island and the Sovereign Islands as well as the newly added suburb of Biggera Waters.

Current Division Four Councillor Kristyn Boulton has announced she is re-contesting the seat, while Division Three Councillor Cameron Caldwell has confirmed he will be putting his hat in the ring as well.

Taking to Facebook overnight, Cr Caldwell said he was “pleased to announce” that will be seeking re-election in the newly created Division 4 and urged locals to vote for him.

“Since 2012 I have represented Paradise Point, Hollywell, Runaway Bay, Coombabah, South Stradbroke Island & Sovereign Islands and with the newly formed division I look forward to representing Biggera Waters if I am fortunate enough to be elected,” he wrote.

“A recent boundary redistribution saw the largest single portion of the area I have represented since 2012 renamed Division 4 and in terms of suburbs only adds the one new suburb of Biggera Waters to those I have already been representing.

“Once these new boundaries were published there was no doubt or indecision, Division 4 is the area I want to represent.”

“I have the proven results over the last 8 years to deliver for our local area.”

Meanwhile, there’s been a shock announcement further down south, with former ABC presenter Bern Young revealing she has put her hand up for Division Thirteen.

It’s likely she will do battle with former Deputy Mayor Daphne McDonald, although Ms McDonald is yet to confirm whether she will contest the seat.

The Local Government Election is taking place on 28 March 2020, so mark the calendars Gold Coasters!

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Tourist numbers surge as more Aussies flock to the Gold Coast

More tourists are making the Gold Coast their holiday destination of choice with visitor numbers to the Glitter Strip continuing to rise.

And even more pleasing to tourism bosses – they’re spending more with $5.9 billion dollars pumped into the Gold Coast economy.

Figures show 13.9 million tourists visited the Gold Coast in the 12 months to September, a jump of 13.2 per cent on the previous year.

Domestic visitors continue to the lead the way with 4.1 million overnight stays, up 13.6 per cent.

The surge in people visiting from other parts of Australia follows a major marketing campaign targeting Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Visitors from Brisbane were up 23.4 per cent to 1.4 million, a record 673,000 visitors came from Sydney while 428,000 made the trek up from Melbourne, a jump of 16.5 per cent.

Spending by domestic overnight visitors is also up 14 per cent to $3.7 billion.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battista says the recent campaign has worked a treat.

“Increasing domestic market share through our marketing, which unapologetically plays to Gold Coast’s strengths, is paying off,” said Ms Battista.

“Australia is responding to our call to come and play on our beaches, in the hinterland and at our theme parks and other attractions.

“Visitation has significantly increased across our core source markets, with all achieving double digit growth.”

The number of people coming to the Gold Coast for a day trip has also hit a record high, with 8.7 million visitors.

They also opened up their wallets while they were here, spending $809.5 million.

But in a concern for tourism bosses, the number of international visitors has flat lined, with spending also down.

There was 1.1 million visitors from overseas over the 12 months which was steady.

Spending was down 1.1 per cent to $1.3 billion.

China remains our number one international market followed by New Zealand, Japan, the UK and and the USA.

Tourism bosses are hoping direct flights between Brisbane and Tokyo as well as San Francisco and Chicago will help boost international visitor numbers on the Gold Coast.

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Trio of Aussie rock legends to headline Surfers Paradise LIVE

Rock legends Spiderbait, Jon Stevens and The Angels will headline a super-charged weekend of classic Aussie acts when award-winning music festival Surfers Paradise LIVE returns in 2020.

To be held from April 30 to May 3, the hugely popular event has assembled one of its best ever line-ups with much-loved musos Vanessa Amorosi, Mark Seymour and the Undertow, and Baby Animals to also light up the main outdoor Beach Stage, with more headliners set to be announced in the coming weeks.

While the family-friendly festival will remain free for all, die-hard music fans will for the first time be able to purchase VIP passes that guarantee exclusive front-of-stage access and the chance to meet their favourite artists.

Talented local artists will bring their live music to the streets of Surfers Paradise every day throughout the festival, and each evening headlining acts will take to the Beach Stage near the iconic Surfers Paradise sign, with other artists to hit the Cavill Mall Stage or White Rhino’s Beach Hut Stage.

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Spiderbait will be supported by British India on Friday, May 1, before Saturday, May 2 sees Jon Stevens of Noiseworks fame headline Vanessa Amorosi and Dragon.

Surfers Paradise LIVE will then culminate on Sunday, May 3 with The Angels, Baby Animals and Mark Seymour and the Undertow set to ignite the Beach Stage.

In addition to providing an all-ages live music event, Surfers Paradise LIVE proudly supports and celebrates the local music industry by presenting the Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMA). Held on the first night of the festival Thursday, April 30, the red carpet will roll out on the Surfers Paradise beachfront as more than 400 industry professionals and music lovers gather to honour the Gold Coast’s best musicians at the coveted industry event.

First release tickets will go live from Tuesday, 11 February for $79 per day or $199 for a three-day pass. Ticketed guests will have access to an exclusive LIVE bar at nominated times as well as exclusive access to the front of stage area allowing for the ultimate viewing experience, the chance to mingle with artists, exclusive use of VIP toilets and access to watch all the LIVE music on a big screen if you’re in need of a break from the crowds.

For more information visit surfersparadise.com

FUNDRAISER: Celeste Barber, Joel Parkinson throw support behind Currumbin Wildlife Hospital

If you’ve ever wanted to go for a wave with surfing legend Joel Parkinson, now is your chance…

Local surfing school Surfing Services Australia is hosting a Wildlife Fundraiser at Currumbin Alley this Friday, in a bid to raise much needed funds for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.

As part of the fundraiser, guests are being given the chance to participate in a surfing lesson, followed by a yoga session.

Much-loved comedian and Tweed Heads local Celeste Barber, who has already raised more than $51 million for NSW firefighters, will also be dropping by on the day, alongside professional surfers Joel Parkinson, Mark Occhilupo and Dean ‘Dingo’ Morrison.

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“All the days proceeds will go to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for their vital work of treating, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife,” organisers of the fundraiser said in a statement.

The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, located on the grounds of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, opened 30 years ago and has grown to be one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world.

It admits over 12,200 animals a year, including 600 sick and injured Koalas.