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WATCH: Gold Coasters urged to look out for koalas during breeding season

With koala breeding season now underway, Gold Coasters are being urged to be extra cautious to avoid a spike in koala injuries.

Throughout the breeding season, which runs from July through to January, koala activity and movement on the ground increases which makes them more vulnerable to threats such as vehicle strikes, dogs and disease.

Here are three easy ways you can help to keep koalas safe during this time:

  • Make sure you drive carefully in bushland areas, especially between dusk and dawn when koalas are most active.
  • Pay attention to koala road signs – these are intentionally placed in areas where koalas are known to cross the road.
  • Be a responsible pet owner by making sure your pets are contained within your property; tethered, enclosed, or indoors at night; and kept under control when walking in public.

Gold Coasters are encouraged to report all koala sightings through the City of Gold Coast’s online koala sighting form here. This information will help determine future conservation measures for the city’s koalas.

Any locals who spot a koala that is sick or in immediate danger should call Wildcare Australia Inc. on their 24/7 hotline on (07) 5527 2444.

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Banks to offer further extensions on home and business loan repayments

Australians struggling financially have been given another small lifeline from banks, with further extensions on loan repayments.

On top of the six month deferral periods already in place until September, those still unable to make payments will be given the option of another four month holiday.

But banks are warning that the extensions will not be applied automatically.

Anyone who can afford to start repaying their mortgage or business loan will still be expected to when the initial deferral period ends.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told the ABC this morning that it will be a very welcome step for some.

For some people, if the business is closed and if they have a commercial loan, then there would be cases where the customer would need to talk to their bank and I understand that the bank is going to be very supportive of their customers.

“I mean, the initial 6-month loan deferral period has been very helpful. Some $266 billion in loan payments have been deferred. 

“About 800,000 customers, and 60% have been residential mortgages.

“So the decision by the regulator and by the banks to have this extended for another four months is very welcome,” Mr Frydenberg said.

Queensland to launch interstate tourism campaign today

Queensland will today launch the second part of its tourism campaign, as we prepare to welcome back interstate visitors.

The next stage of the multi-million dollar ‘Good to Go’ campaign will hopefully generate one billion dollars, as southerners flock north during the cooler months.

It’s also tipped to drive 9 million room nights for the struggling tourism industry.

From this Friday, all other states will be able to cross into the Sunshine state, as the country continues opening up in the coronavirus recovery.

But of course, Victorians will still not be welcome in the state, due to the coronavirus outbreaks down there.

New South Wales will also close it’s southern border from midnight tonight.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Tourism Minister Kate Jones are set to unveil the next stage of the campaign today.

The first stage prompted Queenslanders to travel within their own state, which has been hailed a huge success.

40 percent of Queenslanders reportedly booked a holiday within the state over the school holidays, up 10 percent on last year’s figures.

 

Qantas launches another massive flights sale

Good news if you’re looking at an interstate holiday soon, with Qantas announcing it’s second major flight sale during the coronavirus crisis.

It comes after Jetstar launched 200,000 flights for sale within the last two weeks, for the end of financial year sale.

From today, around 350,000 flights are on sale for as little as $109, while 40 routes around the country are on offer for less than $150.

The Gold Coast to Sydney route is priced at $109, while Sydney to Ballina is on offer for just $69 and Canberra to Gold Coast costs $129.

Qantas claims the sale is to ramp up demand in the interstate tourism market again, but there are concerns it’s to combat Virgin’s revival sale over the coming months.

It comes after Virgin was bought by US company Bain Capital after going into administration during the coronavirus shutdown.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is reportedly keeping an eye on the situation.

But it is good news for those wanting to getaway over the coming months. To check out the sale, click here.

 

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FREEDOM | Coronavirus restrictions ease at midday today!

Gold Coasters will get a real sense of FREEDOM today, with coronavirus restrictions to relax even further from midday.

Stage 3 of our state’s roadmap to recovery have been brought forward, allowing a large number of businesses to get back up and running properly.

It’s a big moment for the hospitality sector in particular, with patron limits lifted back to square-metre rules.

Businesses under 200 square metres can operate with one person per 2 square metres, while larger venues can have one person per 4 square metres.

It means pubs and clubs can have more guests, as well as the return of bar service.

Plus gaming is now back, meaning The State can reopen it’s casino for the first time in more than three months.

Office-based workers will also be allowed to return to work, and if you can manage — you can have 100 visitors in our homes, or at funerals and weddings.

Related article: FULL LIST: Easing of restrictions brought forward

Also coming into effect from midday today, is the rule that requires anyone who’s been to Victoria within the last two weeks will have to complete mandatory quarantine.

It involves a new ‘border declaration’ document, which is expected to be tied to the ‘border permit’ which is already in effect.

But, police are yet to reveal specific details around what this means for regular border crosses.

Related article: Cop shops won’t close to cover border checkpoints

While our borders will be properly reopened from next Friday July 10, with visitors from all states except Victoria allowed in.