Motorbike Speed

Free workshop for bikers to “Survive The Ride”

Motorcyclists are being invited to ride the popular Numinbah Road to Chillingham next Sunday (19 February 2017) and join a free Survive the Ride workshop run by former riding instructors and motorcycle highway patrol officers.

The two-hour theory workshop is designed to help riders improve their riding decisions and manage risk through the use of roadcraft, riding techniques and riding gear. The workshop will cater to all rider levels and be held at the Chillingham Hall, with lunch provided.

Motorbikes make up just four per cent of vehicles registered in New South Wales yet, over the past five years in northern New South Wales, motorcyclists have accounted for as many as 1-in-4 road fatalities.

The Tweed Shire Council is sponsoring the workshop as part of the Local Government Road Safety Program, which aims to reduce deaths and injuries from road trauma.

“Motorcycling is more popular than ever and this is sadly reflected in an increase in motorcycle fatalities in our region,” said Council Road Safety Officer Alana Brooks.

The workshop, from 12 noon to 2pm, is being run by Survive the Ride Association of NSW (STRA) Riders.

“Riders are encouraged to take responsibility for their own safety – it doesn’t hurt any less when it’s not your fault,” said Survive the Ride Association’s David Tynan.

Riders are encouraged to book a place at the workshop by phoning (02) 6670 2400 to assist with catering.

Gold Coast Police

Police searching for missing Tweed Heads teen

A teenager has disappeared from Tweed Heads.

17 year old Joel Noonan was reported missing to police on Saturday when he failed to come home from school on Friday.

Joel’s family along with police, hold serious concerns for his welfare as he may suffer from a medical condition.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 175cm tall, about 65kg and with brown hair.

Image: NSW Police Force

Image: NSW Police Force

Anyone with information on Joel’s whereabouts is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers immediately.

Hiking

UPDATE | Hiker lost on Mt Barney with no water

UPDATE 9PM: A man, missing on Mount Barney, has managed to walk himself to safety.

He met with emergency services around 6pm on Saturday, more than five hours after the alarm was raised.

The hiker was suffering from dehydration and was treated at the scene by ambulance officers.

EARLIER: Police say SES crews will be sent in vehicles to look for a missing hiker at Mount Barney, near the Queensland-New South Wales border.  They are worried about sending the volunteers in on foot in the heatwave conditions.

The man in his 40s called for help at around 12.30pm.  He told emergency services he was on his way down the south east ridge of the southern peak of the mountain when he lost his way.

He also said he had run out of water and that his mobile phone was running out of battery.

His phone went flat before he could say anything more.

Aerial resources are being sourced to assist in the search.

Court

Son, daughter-in-law and sex worker deny involvement in Murwillumbah murder

A man has pleaded not guilty to brutally murdering his father inside his Murwillumbah unit.

Michael Phillip Martin Jnr and his former wife Candace Martin are accused of killing Michael Martin Snr, 46, with a Samurai sword in June 2014.

It’s also alleged, Martin Jnr had unsuccessfully made an attempt on his father’s life just months prior, with the assistance of sex worker Jessica Honey Fallon.

At the time of his father’s murder, 26-year-old Martin Jnr told police, he too was tied up and gagged, before eventually breaking free and calling for help.

Police say in the weeks leading up to the first attempt on Martin Snr’s life, in April 2014, three accidental death insurance policies were purchased in his name.

In the event of his father’s death, Martin Jnr would inherit $2.5 million.

All three accused appeared in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday and pleaded not guilty to their charges.

They have been scheduled to stand trial at Lismore in August.

House

Tweed Heads 8th least affordable in the world to buy a house

“High house prices are not a sign of city’s success but a sign of failure to deliver the housing that its citizens need.” – Dr Oliver Hartwich

An international survey of housing affordability has found Tweed Heads is the 8th least affordable place – in the world – to buy a house.

The 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey looked at over 400 metropolitan housing markets in nine countries: Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Housing affordability is measured by comparing it with household incomes in the region.

Sydney was second on the list, behind Hong Kong. Melbourne was the only other Australian city, coming in at 10th least affordable.

Dr Oliver Hartwich, who wrote the introduction to the survey’s report, said that in places such as Tweed Heads in Australia “house prices have gone through the (now unaffordable) roof.

“We need to tackle housing affordability urgently because the effects of unaffordable housing on society are becoming more visible by the day.

“Policies that raise housing costs are always likely to hit those on low incomes the hardest. Thus in our work on different measures of poverty and inequality, we have argued that the best way to tackle both issues would be to make housing more affordable.”

Dr Hartwich added that “we should not accept extreme price levels in our housing markets. High house prices are not a sign of city’s success but a sign of failure to deliver the housing that its citizens need.”

“Isn’t this kind of social polarisation exactly the breeding ground for populism and resentment we are witnessing?” said Dr Hartwich.