‘Very critical day’ for Scenic Rim fires with wind changes and potential thunderstorm

Firefighters in the Hinterland and Scenic Rim are bracing for a couple of dangerous wind changes today, which could escalate bush fire.

Particularly over the fire ground in the Scenic Rim, there’ll be a south-westerly change later this morning, before potentially swinging around to the southeast later this afternoon.

Vince Rowlands from the Bureau says the wind changes could pose significant threats.

“The problem with the fire ground is that they’ll get the northerly winds this morning,  they’ll swing around to a west-southwest with the first part of the change – that’s a pretty dangerous time for the firies in the fire ground.

“But the problem is in the afternoon when the southeasterly change starts to push inland, that could eventually reach the fire ground sort of late afternoon and into the evening, which then produces another wind change for them.

“So yeah could be a very critical day for the fire grounds up around the Scenic Rim,” Mr Rowlands said.

The Hinterland and Scenic Rim region could also be in for a thunderstorm later this afternoon, and if it produces lightning it could also spark up new fires.

“Unfortunately this afternoon, there is a slight chance we could see some thunderstorm activity up there and it’s likely to be dry.

“There’s not a lot of moisture to feed into those thunderstorms, so if we do see some occurring it’s likely to be dry.

“The lightning poses problems as well because if there’s no rainfall with it then it could spark up some new fires,” Mr Rowlands said.

There could be some moisture headed our way over the weekend, though the Bureau warns even if it comes, there won’t be much.

“We’ll see a little bit of relief from the wind tomorrow.

“It’s still sort of looking like fairly hot conditions, then as we head into the weekend we’re still likely to see some thunderstorm activity around, and more likely to see some rainfall with that but still pretty isolated.

“We’d be lucky if we do see some rainfall over the fires in particular but yeah hopefully we do see some more rainfall over the weekend,” Mr Rowlands said.

Gold Coast’s fire danger warning upgraded to ‘severe’ as conditions worsen

The fire danger warning for the Gold Coast and the whole of the Southeast Coast has been upgraded to ‘severe’.

Due to hot, dry, fresh and gusty west to northwesterly winds ahead of a surface trough, severe fire dangers are expected today for the Southeast, as well as the Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts as well.

The Rural Fire Service Queensland has advised everyone in the affected areas to action their bush fire survival plan now, and to monitor the situation either through a local radio station or the rural fire website.

The blaze burning in inaccessible land in Lower Beechmont still poses the biggest threat for the Gold Coast region at the moment, though as at 5.00pm on Monday night (November 11), it was at ‘advice’ level only.

Conditions are expected to deteriorate later today, with the worst fire danger conditions on their way for tomorrow.

Northwesterly winds could reach up to 40 km/h today, with temps in the early 30s.

Conditions look much the same tomorrow in the forecast at this stage.

Perhaps some relief on Thursday, with temperatures dropping down to 27 degrees.

Asthmatics and those with respiratory problems are being warned that smoky conditions could worsen symptoms, and are being urged to stay inside.

City of Gold Coast

Final day to have your say on proposed updates to the Gold Coast City Plan

Today is the last day for Gold Coasters to have their say on proposed changes to Council’s City Plan.

The proposed updates cover six themes, including:

  • height and density – to create a sustainable city shape
  • built form and urban design – highlighting the importance of a well-designed city
  • targeted growth areas – and how we will achieve growth responsibly
  • growth and diversification of employment – to stimulate economic growth and enable future job creation
  • environment – to safeguard our environmental values
  • other land use changes and alignment improvements – for clarity, consistency and alignment.

The issue that most locals seem to be concerned with is the identification of Southport West, Biggera Waters and Labrador as major growth areas over the next 20 years.

Bonney MP Sam O’Connor has been particularly active in rallying his local community to have their say before tonight’s deadline.

On the eve of the final day for submissions, he even posted a meme to try and spark more interest from some of the community’s younger members.

“Item 15 of the City Plan highlights Labrador, Biggera Waters and Southport West as targeted growth areas,” Mr O’Connor’s submission reads.

“Most of these areas fall within my electorate of Bonney and many of the residents I have spoken with are alarmed by the proposed changes.”

Residents have until 5.00pm today (November 11) to make a submission, alternatively, they can sign Sam O’Connor’s petition if they agree with his submission made to Council.


Hot Brown Honey to turn up the heat during HOTA’s Home Series

Brisbane based all-female group, Hot Brown Honey, is bringing their cabaret spectacle that places diversity centre stage to HOTA, Home of the Arts this December.

The Honeys will take to HOTA’s iconic Outdoor Stage to perform their smash-hit, genre defying, firecracker of a show on Friday December 6.

The groundbreaking experience blends elements of hip hop, theatre, burlesque and comedy, mixing things up as stereotypes around women of colour are challenged, all with lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment.

The Hot Brown Honey cast brings members from Maori, Aboriginal and the Torres Strait Islands, Samoan, Tongan, Indonesian and South African heritage together in celebration of their similarities and differences, as they explore race and cultural identity in Australia.

This stellar posse of phenomenal women is made up of co-director and choreographer, Lisa Fa’alafi; DJ and producer, Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers; beatboxer, Materharere Hope “Hope One” Haami; circus artist, Crystal Stacey; and performers Elena Wangurra and Kalala Sione.

HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said Hot Brown Honey will be a highlight of HOTA’s brand new HOME series.

“Fierce, unapologetic and deliciously disobedient, Hot Brown Honey are going to take over our Outdoor Stage in an explosion of colour, culture and controversy,” said Criena.

“Part theatrical masterpiece, part radical consciousness raising social activism, this show is all about empowerment and challenging stereotypes. It’s a sexy mash up and a hell of a lot of fun!”

Hot Brown Honey will perform at HOTA’s Outdoor Stage on Friday 6th December at 7.30pm. For more information, visit: hota.com.au/music/hot-brown-honey/

Gold Coast icon begins multi-million dollar transformation

The state government has announced a series of upgrades for The Spit, to kick start works on The Spit Master Plan.

$6.84 million will be invested into the initial phase, which will see three projects delivered for the top area of the much-loved Gold Coast icon.

The projects include:

  • the design, scoping and delivery of improvements to the Seaway Promenade, which will include a four-metre-wide pedestrian and cycle pathway built.
  • community infrastructure works on the Moondarewa Spit, including extensive new planting, new pathways and recreational facilities, which includes a series of picnic shelters and a public amenities block.
  • Seaworld Drive shared pathways, linking the Muriel Henchman precinct to Doug Jennings Park.

Scoping, planning and design work on the shared pathways has already begun, while design work on the Seaway Promenade will get underway shortly.

The projects are expected to be completed by the end of next year and will support 22 jobs.

Minister for State Development Cameron Dick says these upgrades mark an exciting time for the Gold Coast.

“Following on from the release of The Spit Master Plan in May this year, this funding will kick-start delivery of key projects to support jobs and enhance livability, safety and accessibility on The Spit, as part of a $60 million commitment by the Palaszczuk Government.

“The projects will be the opening wave of a series of public and private developments on The Spit that could see up to 1800 jobs supported and creation of a clearly defined tourism and recreation destination,” Mr Dick said.

“When we released The Spit Masterplan, the Queensland Government committed $60 million to kick-start job creating projects on The Spit and we’re getting on with the job.

“The top of The Spit is hugely popular with Gold Coast families, whether they are heading out along the seaway to fish, taking the dog for a walk or going for a swim.

“Added to that you have divers and surfers heading across to The Other Side (South Stradbroke Island), boaties using facilities at Muriel Henchman Park, those exercising along Federation Walk and others just relaxing and taking in the sun.

“It’s really a spot that offers so much to so many people and this work will enhance those experiences,” Mr Dick said.

Gold Coast Waterways Authority CEO Hal Morris says it’s an exciting time for The Spit.

‘The Master Plan is a game changer for The Spit and for our waterways city.

‘The improvements planned for Moondarewa Spit and the Seaway Promenade will really enhance the connection between the Broadwater and the foreshore, creating new opportunities for people to enjoy them,” Mr Morris said.