Sea World Spirit of Migaloo II

WATCH: Sea World Cruises unveils new whale watching vessel

Sea World Cruises has this morning unveiled a brand new whale watching vessel, the Spirit of Migaloo II, in time for the upcoming humpback whale migration.

The new $4 million state-of-the-art vessel features six external viewing platforms, a tiered stadium at the front of the boat and a VIP Captain’s Lounge.

Passengers travelling aboard the boat will also be able to view underwater video, watch informative movies and listen to whale songs via the on board underwater hydrophone.

Sea World Spirit of Migaloo II

VIP Captain’s Lounge aboard Spirit of Migaloo II. PHOTO: myGC.com.au

Sea World Cruises General Manager Anthony Ardern told myGC it is the most advanced whale watching vessel in Australia.

Watch the video below for a sneak peek of the Spirit of Migaloo II:

Locals and visitors will be able to enjoy whale watching cruises aboard Spirit of Migaloo II from June 1, 2019.

Sea World Cruises, whale watch tours will depart four times daily during the season with the experience going for two-and-half hours.

Sea World Spirit of Migaloo II

PHOTO: myGC.com.au

For more information and to book your tour visit seaworldcruises.com.au

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Sea World Cruises.

 

 

 

Ambulance Queensland

Statistics reveal alarming number of attacks on Gold Coast paramedics

It’s been revealed the Gold Coast and other parts of the south east are the worst areas in the state for attacks on paramedics.

New information released by Newscorp this morning show attacks on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane make up for approximately half of all attacks in the state.

The Metro South region, which includes Logan, Beaudesert and parts of Brisbane clocked the highest amount of assaults so far this year, with 56 recorded.

The Gold Coast came in a very close second with 54, while Metro North, which includes northern parts of Brisbane and Caboolture, came in third with 40.

The three regions together make up a total of 51 percent of attacks across the state.

In the same statistics, revealed by Newscorp, statewide attacks were found to have increased by 40 percent.

So far this year, it’s believed there have been 291 attacks on paramedics, while last year’s total for the whole year was just 301.

Queensland Ambulance Service Deputy Commissioner, Dee Taylor-Dutton, told Newscorp the numbers were appalling and authorities need to put an end to the trend.

“We do everything we can, but it hurts them and no one likes to know they could be someone else’s punching bag when they go to work – it’s not acceptable,” she said.

Ms Taylor-Dutton also said that most attacks were related to drugs, alcohol or mental health.

Scott Morrison

Morrison closes in on majority

Scott Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition is edging closer to a majority after Saturday’s federal election.

As counting continued on Sunday night, the first batches of postal votes looks set to shore up the Sydney seat of Wentworth and Boothby in South Australia for the Liberals, taking the coalition’s numbers to 75.

A win in the Tasmanian seat of Bass, where the Liberals’ Bridget Archer leads Labor MP Ross Hart by 437 votes, could deliver Mr Morrison a majority in the lower house.

At 9pm on Sunday, independent MP for Wentworth Kerryn Phelps trailed the Liberals’ Dave Sharma by 1751 votes, with 75 per cent counted.

Boothby MP Nicolle Flint has a 2183 vote lead over Labor’s Nadia Clancy.

The Australian Electoral Commission also listed Chisholm and Macquarie as close.

Labor MP Susan Templeman leads her Liberal rival Sarah Richards by 312 votes in the NSW seat of Macquarie.

Liberal candidate for Chisholm Gladys Liu leads Labor’s Jennifer Yang by 166 votes in Chisholm.

The final tally could end up 77 coalition, 68 Labor with six crossbenchers.

In the previous parliament the numbers were: Liberals 58, Nationals 16, Labor 69, Greens 1, Centre Alliance 1, Katter’s Australian Party 1, independents 4.

© AAP 2019

Sausage Sizzle BBQ

Vote 1: Democracy Sausage – Where to grab a sausage sanger on election day!

It’s the democratic right of all Australians – a sausage sandwich on election day!

Voting can be pain but it’s all worth it when it means a banger on a piece of bread, covered in sauce.

So we’ve compiled a list of where you can get your hands on a democracy sausage on the Gold Coast and Tweed on election day (and vote at the same time).

They’re all raising money for very good local causes. So get out and grab a sausage.

And don’t forget to vote.

  • Ashmore State School – 92-122 Currumburra Rd, Ashmore: Raising funds for their Kitchen Garden Program.
  • Bellevue Park State School – 20 Sapium Rd, Ashmore: Raising funds to install air conditioning in classrooms. They’ll also be collecting cans on the day.
  • Benowa State High School – Mediterranean Dr, Benowa: Raising money to help send STEM students to NASA.
  • Coomera Springs State School, 225 Old Coach Rd, Upper Coomera: Raising money for air conditioning in classrooms.
  • Crosslife Baptist Church – cnr Eugaree St & Nerang St. Southport: L.E.Academy Dance & Theatre Arts will have a sausage sizzle and bake sale to help raise money for new equipment. There will also be face painting for the kids.
  • St Joseph’s College, 2 Doyle Dr, Banora Point: Sausage sizzle and cake stall to raise money for Team Grumpy Old Men in Mystery Box Rally 2019, a Cancer Council Research fundraiser. There’ll also be raffles and other prizes.
  • Gaven State Primary School –  212 Universal St, Oxenford: Sausage sizzle and cake stall to help raise funds to install air conditioning in all class rooms.
  • Helensvale High School – 243 Discovery Dr, Helensvale: Raising money for the school formal.
  • Helensvale State School – 8 Lindfield Rd, Helensvale: The P&C is raising funds for the installation of Concrete Art.
  • Highland Reserve State School, 570 Reserve Rd, Upper Coomera: Raising money for the Chappy.
  • Jubilee Primary School, 34 Manra Way, Pacific Pines – Raising money for more air conditioning.
  • Labrador State School – Turpin Rd, Labrador.
  • Merrimac State School – 2 Boowaggan Rd: Sausage sizzle for P & C fundraiser.
  • Ormeau State School, 29 Mirambeena Dr – The P&C are raising funds for sporting equipment for the school.
  • Ormeau Woods High School – 148 Goldmine Rd, Ormeau: The P&C is raising money for new sporting equipment for the school.
  • Oxenford State School – 90 Michigan Dr, Oxenford: The P&C is raising funds for class room air conditioning.
  • Palm Beach State School, 13-19 Nineteenth Ave, Palm Beach: P & C fundraiser. They’ll also have coffee!
  • Pimpama State Primary College – cnr Dixon Dr & Cunningham Dr Nth, Pimpama: P&C will be holding a sausage sizzle, plus they’ll also have a coffee van!
  • Robina State School, 1-13 Killarney Ave, Robina: Raising money for a senior playground
  • Southport State High School – 75 Smith St, Southport: Raising money to help the under 15s boys and girls teams attend the National Touch Tournament in September.
  • Springbrook State School – 2327 Springbrook Rd, Springbrook: Sausage sizzle and cake stall.
  • Tallebudgera State School, 492 Guineas Creek Rd, Tallebudgera: St Andrews Leo’s and GC Tallebudgera Lions holding a sausage sizzle to raise money for community charities.
  • Upper Coomera State College, 137 Reserve Rd, Upper Coomera: P & C raising money for new shade sails.
  • Wollumbin High School, 94 North Arm Rd, Murwillumbah: Raising money for the Year 12 formal.
  • Worongary State School, 2 Delta Cove Dr, Worongary: Raising money for air conditioning for the school

Special mention to Varsity Lakes Community Resource Centre on Mattocks Rd who are selling cupcakes to help raise money for their community playgroup.

Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments section below.

Girls School Uniform

Gold Coast schools overwhelmed with population growth

New data has revealed public schools on the Gold Coast are reaching capacity, with growth rates not slowing down.

Education Queensland’s latest figures demonstrate schools are struggling to keep up with the coast’s booming population.

Student population in particular has grown over 40 percent in the last four years, with as many as 800 extra enrolments every year.

Overall, the Gold Coast’s population of students has grown 11 percent, which more than outweighs the growth around the rest of the country.

With many young families moving north to areas around Coomera and Pimpama, the northern corridor is working to keep up with demand.

Two new schools are opening in the area: one in Coomera next year, and another planned for Pimpama.

Though Gold Coast Teacher’ Union Representative Jo Walsh told Newscorp it still feels like schools are ‘bursting at the seems’.

Ms Walsh said that while the new schools are good news and much needed, she’s concerned existing schools are ‘lacking’, with examples of Palm Beach State and Currumbin State almost at capacity, and no funding in site for expansion.

Temporary solutions are reportedly in place for some schools, such as demountables.

The State Government is expected to spend around $165,000 on demountables for at least seven schools this year.

Last month, Education Minister Grace Grace said the Government is aware of the Gold Coast’s needs.

She also reassured parents not to be concerned with schools reaching capacity, as the State Government manages enrolment and population trends and will build schools if the growth warrants it.