BRRR! BOM issues several severe weather warnings as cold front hits

Just when you thought Winter was nearly over…

We may find ourselves reaching for an extra blanket this weekend, with forecasters predicting icy cold temperatures – the coldest this season!

A number of severe weather warnings have been issued for parts of the country, with the freezing cold conditions likely to hit from today.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, a series of cold fronts are forecast to cross South Australia today, before heading into Victoria, Tasmania and NSW by Saturday.

“We expect to see very windy conditions, rain, hail and snow in low lying areas. Alpine areas could expect damaging winds,” BOM warned.

In NSW, wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible with blizzards likely for Alpine areas above 1200 metres.

The State Emergency Service has warned residents in those states to secure and put away loose items around the home, with wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h expected in some parts.

Queenslanders are also being told to keep their ugg boots at the ready, with temperatures set to drop significantly over the coming days.

According to the Weather Bureau, Monday is going to be the coldest for Gold Coasters – with a low of just 2 degrees predicted in Nerang on Sunday and a chilly 1C on Monday.

It’s much the same for most of the city, with a low of 3 degrees predicted for Surfers Paradise on Monday.

A strong wind warning has been issued for Gold Coast Waters tomorrow, with gusty winds of up to 40km/h set to hit in the morning.

Gold Coast Suburbs

Here’s how to nominate an everyday Gold Coast hero for an award

It’s that time again Gold Coast! Time to recognise the people, groups and businesses that make our city a better place.

The biennial ‘Safer Suburbs’ awards are back, and it’s time to nominate our everyday heroes!

Do you know an active community member? A local organisation? Maybe a business or not-for-profit focused on our greater good?

Gold Coast Council wants to hear about our ‘everyday heroes’ – and wants to award them for all the hard work they do for our awesome community.

There are four categories to nominate under: individual, not-for-profit group, business and project.

Deputy Mayor Donna Gates says nominations can be made for a variety of reasons, but it’s important to acknowledge the good work that is being done.

“Safe suburbs create stronger and more connected communities, so if you know an individual, community group or business who has made a difference, please take the time to nominate them for the 2019 Safer Suburb Awards.

“Whether it’s mentoring ‘at risk’ young people, promoting road safety, supporting people who may be experiencing homelessness or volunteering for graffiti removal, like our previous winners; there are many ways to make a positive impact in the community,” Ms Gates said.

To nominate, pick up a form available at any customer service centre or library on the coast, or go online here.

Nominations close on September 20.

Your dog could be the face of Q Super Centre!

Calling all model pups and their proud owners!

Q Super Centre is on the hunt for the Gold Coast’s most photogenic pooch to be the new face of the Mermaid Waters shopping centre.

They have launched a Doggie Face of Q 2019 competition, and are urging Gold Coast dog owners to submit their furry friend for a chance to win some great prizes.

The first prize winner will walk away wagging their tail with a $500 credit with Vetcall, a pet photoshoot with Paw Posed Pet Photography, a $500 Petbarn voucher and a designer Doggie Face of Q 2019 collar tag.

11 runner-up dogs will also score awesome prizes, including individual pet photo shoots with Paw Posed Pet Photography and a spot in the Doggie Face of Q 2019 calendar.

The calendar will be available for all dog lovers to pick up at Q Super Centre from October this year!

Jess and Daisy Q Super Centre

Previous winners include Jess (who took out the very first Doggie Face of Qcompetition) and Daisy (who was rescued at age 4 from Greyhound racing and was 8 years old when she won).

Nominations are now open for all breeds of dogs, so whether you’ve got a great dane or chihuahua at home they are in for a chance to win.

Entering the competition is free, plus for every entry on Facebook, Q Super Centre will donate $1 to Story Dogs – a literacy program that helps children across Australia learn to read.

If you think your pooch has what it takes to be Q’s next top dog, enter today here! Entries close on Friday 23 August.

Christmas Retail

Christmas Eve to be declared a part-public holiday in Qld

The State Government wants to make Christmas Eve night a public holiday to ensure people who work are paid handsomely for it.

Under plans being put out for consultation, the public holiday would kick in at 6pm on Christmas Eve.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says it would make sure workers get more time off or get paid fairly on what is one of the most important nights of the festive season.

“The night before Christmas is as important to families as the day itself. It’s a very special time for family and friends as well as communities and churches to come together,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Many Queenslanders though, do have to work Christmas Eve and the change would ensure proper compensation for them.

“Making it a public holiday would give those who have to work like essential services staff, hospitality workers and shop employee’s better pay for doing so.”

Those working in hospitality could end up with around $146 more in their pay if they have to work on Christmas Eve.

The Premier says it’s one way to help those affected by the cut to penalty rates introduced by the Federal Government.

South Australia and the Northern Territory already have similar measures in place.

Workers, employers and the general public are now being urged to have their say on the idea.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace says it’s widely accepted that anyone working on a public holiday should be fairly compensated.

“For so many people the Christmas season begins on Christmas Eve and a part-day public holiday from 6pm and covering the six hours to 12 midnight on this date would recognise the historic importance of this special time,” Ms Grace said.

“Several industries and services may be affected by a part-day Christmas Eve public holiday, and we encourage everyone to have their say on this proposed change.”

More details on the holiday plan and ways to have your say are available here

 

House For Life 2019

WATCH: Sick and premature babies to benefit from House For Life auction

Sick and premature babies at Mater’s Neonatal Critical Care Unit are set to benefit when a house in Helensvale is sold at auction next month.

The 2019 House for Life charity home at The Surrounds in Helensvale will go under the hammer on September 8th, with every cent to go to Mater Little Miracles.

Plantation Homes custom designed and built the four-bedroom home, with Villawood Properties donating the land.

More than 60 volunteers donated their time and resources over eight months to build the Hamptons-style home, which also boasts a stunning pool.

Take a look inside the home + learn more about House For Life in the video below:

The 2019 House for Life charity home will open for inspections from this weekend, with locals able to take a look at the property on Saturday 3rd August from 12pm – 2pm and Sunday 4th August from 12pm – 1pm.

House For Life 2019

PHOTO: House For Life 2019

The home will go under the hammer on September 8th, and no reserve has been set for the auction, meaning it has to sell on the day.

House For Life 2019

PHOTO: House For Life 2019

For more information on inspection times, auction day festivities, and details on the 2019 House For Life, visit houseforlife.com.au