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.

Money House

Pollies buy votes with housing incentives

Just when we thought this federal election couldn’t get more interesting, ScoMo comes along and ups the ante with an effort to buy votes from – I mean appeal to – first homebuyers.

And it’s absolutely brilliant!

ICYMI, under the new home deposit scheme, the government plans to offer loan guarantees for first homebuyers, allowing them to buy properties with deposits of just 5 per cent.

At the moment, buyers need to save a whopping 20% of a property’s purchase price – sometimes you can get away with a 10% deposit, but in this instance you have to pay a hefty lenders mortgage insurance premium.

Morrison’s proposed scheme will fund the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation to the tune of $500 million, with another $25 million earmarked to set the program up and research the housing market.

Should his party be re-elected this weekend, the program will be rolled out from January 1 next year, and will allow first home buyers with an income of up to $125,000 per person (or $200,000 for couples) access to the guarantee.

This is going to offer a massive leg up to those keen to buy a property – and in my view, it’s a golden opportunity for first time buyers to get into the property market.

It’s definitely preferable to the plans that Labor are proposing to roll out from January 1, which is to strip negative gearing benefits from established investment properties.

This will only result in investors fleeing the market, which will decrease the amount of rental supply and push rents up… making it very difficult for first home buyers to save their deposit.

Not everyone is in favour of the policy, of course.

Independent MP Kerryn Phelps is concerned “that if people are going to be borrowing 95 per cent of the cost of a house, and with the falling property market, if they get into mortgage stress and they’re not able to make repayments… then people may find they’re in a situation of having to sell that property and they owe more than they own,” she said during an interview with Sky News.

Following the Royal Commission, it’s hopeful that the banks will be cautious enough not to lend to people who can’t afford the loan.

What the public thinks of this policy will play out at the polls on Saturday – make sure your voice is heard! Find your electorate here.

Molendinar Break & Enter

WATCH: Police search for two men after break & enter, arson at Gold Coast car yard

Police are searching for two men in relation to the break and enter of a Molendinar car yard and arson last weekend.

Around 1.00am on Saturday May 4, two men forced entry into the business on Industrial Avenue, which is used by a tow-company to secure damaged vehicles from traffic incidents.

Investigations indicate the pair entered several vehicles before one of the men started driving an ice-cream truck around the car yard.

He then set the van on fire, which quickly spread to a nearby Jeep Cherokee and Alfa Romeo.

The pair then fled the scene on foot.

Fire fighters attended and extinguished the blaze, which had destroyed all three vehicles.

Police are calling on public assistance to locate to the two men.

They’re believed to be in their 20s and of Caucasian appearance.

Anyone with any information is being urged to contact police immediately.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Train

New train services for south-east Queensland

The State Government has announced another 32 new train services starting this week.

The addition will see an extra 14,000 seats for the south-east Queensland rail network, and will operate during key peak times, thanks to regular feedback.

It comes after the widespread cancellations in 2016, which were largely due to mass driver shortages.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says Queensland Rail has been working hard to deliver an improved timetable and put more trains back into service when customers need them most.

“A record 182 million trips were taken on public transport across the south east last financial year, and we’re on track to beat that number this year.

“Queensland Rail has listened to customer feedback, and analysed patronage data, customer wait times, and operational efficiencies to identify 32 priority weekly services we know will benefit our customers right now,” Minister Bailey said.

Last year, 46,000 seats were added per week across the state, and 193 three-carriage services were upgraded to six-carriage services.

Minister Bailey says with more and more commuters choosing public transport, it’s important to continue improving the service.

“With the Palaszczuk Government’s Fairer Fares initiative and investment in key projects like $5.4 billion Cross River Rail, we’re seeing more Queenslanders taking up public transport.

“The 32 new services add to new customer initiatives, including the $114 million park ‘n’ ride upgrade program, live train information on the MyTransLink app, station platform raising and the rollout of new passenger information displays across the south east.

“Queensland Rail is on track to deliver further timetable improvements later this year, following the largest driver recruitment and training campaign in its history,” Minister Bailey said.

The State Government has promised further improvements later this year, though the opposition says there’s still a long way to go.

Shadow Transport Minister Steve Minnikin says it’s taken far too long to get services back on track.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is giving themselves a pat on the back today for restoring 32 train services,” Mr. Minnikin said.

“But make no mistake, Labor’s rail fail is still very much alive.

“32 services down, only 440 to go.

“Based on the current projections of 32 services being restored in two and a half years, it will take more than 36 years to give Queenslanders a fully restored schedule.

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