Qld Energex workers will no longer enter yards with unrestrained dogs

Energy meter readers will no longer enter yards where pets are not securely restrained after a shocking number of dog attacks on workers.

The state-wide ban will come into effect on Monday 14 January and will apply to all properties regardless of whether they are in an urban or rural setting.

It comes after Energex and Ergon staff suffered 71 injuries from dog bites and nearly 200 other incidents and close-calls between July 2017 and October last year.

Acting Group Manager for Customer and Market Operations Rob Mitchell said the safety of employees has to come first.

“That means if there’s an unrestrained dog on a property – we won’t go in to do work of any kind,” he said.

PHOTO: Energex

“We’ll talk to customers about what options are available and if no one is home, we will leave information to help them do a self-read.

“In some cases where there is a dangerous dog or known access issue, a remote read meter will be installed.”

PHOTO: Energex

More information about the policy and the tools available to assist customers are available on the Energex website.

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie to play Barbie in new live-action movie

Our very own Gold Coast girl Margot Robbie will star as Barbie in a new live-action movie about the iconic doll.

It will be the first time the popular toy has ever been brought to life on the big screen, with the project an exciting partnership between Warner Bros and Mattel.

In a statement, Robbie said she is “honoured” to have been chosen to play the role of Barbie, who has been a much-loved doll for generations.

“Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president,” she said.

In more exciting news, it’s also been revealed that Robbie will co-host the film alongside her husband Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara from LuckyChap Entertainment.

“I’m so honoured to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide,” Robbie said.

A storyline or release date for the film has not yet been revealed but we are already SO excited!

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Calling all mini rock stars – it’s Regurgitator (for kids)

This summer there’s something pretty special happening at HOTA – a super cool kids concert by Brisbane’s quirky crew, Regurgitator. Yes, THAT Regurgitator, the one you know and love.

Bringing their witty attitude and musical mash-up of funk, pop and rock, they’ll be playing a unique collection of kids tunes. It’s about as naughty as punk rock can get and still offer a G rating.

Having performed and recorded for the best part of 25 years these guys know their way around a stage. This is not your usual kid’s concert where the adults are surreptitiously counting the minutes ‘til it ends and checking their phones. Their geeky and ironic style, and non-patronising attitude, interlaced with some pretty cheeky double entendres will keep the kids on the edge of their seats and the adults amused.

Frontman Quan Yeomans said, “With the kids’ stuff, I think we can take risks again like we used to, and just do stuff that might be a little bit risqué in that genre currently, ‘cause it is so neutralised by everyone being terrified about offending people and offending children, or like damaging children in some way by exposing them to something a little bit I dunno, adult, or just realistic.

“So I mean, when I approach a kids’ show, I want to educate in a non-patronising way. I want to talk about science, I want to talk about the human body, and be on the level with what they’re gonna have to get used to as they grow up. My kid’s vocab is very much inspired by the way that I talk to him – I don’t talk to him like a child, I talk to him how I would talk to anyone.

“Obviously, I’m sensible with my understanding of what he understands, but I don’t believe in talking down to children, I never have, and I think that a lot of the kids’ material that’s out there kind of does. It can be a little bit patronising for kids, and you know, they enjoy it, and that’s fine and it’s catchy or whatever, but I think there’s room for something a little bit more sophisticated ‘cause we do kind of undervalue the way they look at the world.”

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So have a little fun with us, unleash your inner rock star and come dressed up. You can also drop in before or after the show to glam up a cardboard guitar in a special free ArtLab workshop, It’s the perfect accessory to rock out with at the concert!

Get your hands on some tickets now for the epic Regurgitator Kids Show, 11am on Sat 12 Jan.

If your little rocker loved this concert then they’ll love our Kids Take Over program from 16-18 Jan. Check out the free and ticketed events on daily at this fun packed, music mini-fest for kids.

Make a day of it at HOTA this summer – swim in the lake, climb the adventure trail, grab some snack from the café – with free parking it’s easy to spend the whole day here.

F45 business owner Brad on why the Gold Coast is Way Ahead!

Meet Brad, local business owner of F45 Carrara and Nerang, talking about how much opportunity there is for young, career driven people like him to succeed.

Check out his video to see why he thinks the Gold Coast is WAY AHEAD!

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Today Show

TODAY lineup: “Too blonde, thin and white”

Deb Knight has been named as Karl Stefanovic’s replacement on the TODAY show.


It’s coming in from all corners.

First, there was outrage that the show will be boring without a male in the main chair. “I’ll never watch the Today show again,” tweeted Susan. “How boring is watching a female only show[?]”

Then, there was outrage about the reporting of the announcement. In a newspaper article, the respective ages of Georgie Gardner and Deb Knight was included, but the ages of their male counterparts were not.

“Why oh why oh why, in the reporting of the new team, do the ages of the women need to be pointed out, while the ages of the men are clearly regarded as irrelevant?” asked Lisa Wilkinson.

“Similarly, Deb being a mum-of-three is considered significant, but Tony being a dad isn’t? I don’t understand. And we obviously have a long way to go when it comes to #genderequity.”

And lastly, there was outrage about the lack of diversity. Skim the comments across social media and you’ll find countless conversations about the fact that Deb and Georgie are both thin and blonde and white.

Am I the only one thinking… “meh”?

Their ages weren’t included in the initial press release, so the journalist who wrote the offending story must have felt it was important to include.

Partly, it would have been to establish credibility – Georgie and Deb have been in the industry for almost three decades, after all – but if this were all it was about, then the ages of the men would have been reported, too.

That said, the show’s target demographic are women aged 30-50, and these co-hosts are smack bang in the middle of this. After the chaos of Karl, the TODAY show is desperate to let their audience know that they are relatable and reliable.

I think we may be over-reacting to all of this, which is clouding over the biggest, most important aspect of this announcement: two qualified, interesting, experienced television reporters who happen to be female and who happen to be aged in their mid to late 40s, have secured some of the top jobs in television.

Instead of picking it to pieces, let’s celebrate their success!