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Titans launch community foundation

The Titans are showing their commitment to the Gold Coast, launching a new Community Foundation at Mudgeeraba Special School today.

When the NRL announced the ownership of the club had gone to a local consortium in December, co-owners Darryl Kelly and Rebecca Frizelle said they were committed to growing grassroots on the Coast.

“Although the club will be privately owned by the Kelly and Frizelle families… it will always be community driven and eventually community owned,” Ms Frizelle said last year.

Today, they’ve unveiled the new Community Foundation which will run in partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation.

The organisation aims to tap into key businesses and individuals who can help the club reach their strategic objectives.

Gold Coast Titans CEO Graham Annesley said this shows they’re committed to the Coast.

“The Kelly and Frizelle families are deeply embedded in the local community and they are absolutely committed to the Titans,” he said.

“This club represents the entire Gold Coast and surrounding regions on the national stage, and if we expect community support, we must be prepared to reciprocate and support the community.”

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A second Aboriginal death in custody sparks calls for action

There are calls to immediately implement recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in custody, following a second Aboriginal death in Townsville within six months.

The 39-year-old man reportedly died in the early hours on Saturday February 10 after losing consciousness in police custody shortly after an altercation with another man.

The calls have coincided with the 10 year anniversary of Australia’s apology to its indigenous people for the forced removal of children, known as the Stolen Generations.

With Aboriginal people making up roughly three percent of the population, yet accounting for over 25 percent of all deaths in custody, Queensland Senator Andrew Bartlett is outraged that more isn’t being done.

“Two Aboriginal deaths in custody in the same area in less than six months is gut wrenching and disgraceful.

“The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody delivered its report over 25 years ago but Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still dying at inexcusable rates after coming in contact with police or the prison system,” he said.

Queensland Greens MP Michael Berkman is also putting pressure on Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, calling for the state government to be held responsible for every death in custody until all recommendations are implemented.

“When a young man was tragically killed on a night out in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, laws were changed almost immediately.

“But Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to die at shameful rates and the Queensland Government’s silence is deafening.

“The Queensland Labor Government will be happy to pose for photo opportunities at today’s 10 year anniversary of the apology to the Stolen Generations while continuing to ignore the recommendations that would put an end to the sickening injustice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s deaths in custody,” he said.

Queensland Minister Kate Jones at the Gold Coast aquatic centre

Comm Games Minister urges LNP to stop political sniping

The Minister for the Commonwealth Games wants to stop the political point scoring before the event starts in April.

With only 50 days to go until the Games on the Gold Coast, Minister Kate Jones says she’s sick of the negative comments from Liberal and National Party members.

“The Gold Coast community wants to see their political leaders working together to deliver the best Commonwealth Games ever,” she told MyGC.

“When there’s due criticism or concerns raised, absolutely we’ll cop that on the chin but I think everyone is getting tired of this sniping from the sidelines.”

The Minister added she thought it was hypocritical for LNP Leader Deb Frecklington to bag Labor’s extended trading hours after Gold Coast LNP member John Paul Langbroek called for 24-hour trading.

With the spotlight of the world on the Coast, Minister Jones wants to draw a line in the sand between the two parties.

“Everyone on the Gold Coast wants to be united in delivering the best Games,” she said.

 

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A Gold Coast MP says businesses are being ignored over Comm Games preparation

A survey conducted by Currumbin MP, Jann Stuckey, shows the majority of Gold Coasters don’t know how transport and traffic will affect them during the Commonwealth Games.

The former minister asked 300 Gold Coasters a series of questions about whether they felt prepared for the games.

Only 37 per cent of respondents said they’d accessed the Get Set For The Games website and only 10 per cent said they found what they were looking for on the page.

Comm Games Survey Results Q2

Do you know how to access information in regards to GC2018 Games preparations? IMAGE: GC2018 Comm Games Survey – Currumbin Electorate

Ms Stuckey said GOLDOC and the State Government have failed to keep the public informed.

“It’s almost like these organisations are withholding information because they don’t want businesses to find out,” she said.

Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones says the comments are nothing more than “sniping from the sidelines”.

“We are working extremely hard to put on the best Commonwealth Games ever, I know the Mayor of the Gold Coast has come out in support of our transport plan,” she said.

“When Jann Stuckey was the Minister, she didn’t spend one dollar on the M1 or spend one dollar to extend the light rail… I’m sick of hearing criticism from a former minister who didn’t commit one dollar to transport.”

Minister Jones reiterated her door was open and if Ms Stuckey had any issues she could get in touch.

In coming weeks there will be further developments to the transport plan for the Games with the creation of a mobile application which will allow real-time journey planning.

Dog walker charged over death of woman’s cherished pooch

A DOG walker has been charged after allegedly leaving a client’s cherished pooch to die in her car while she jumped on a boat and went on a week-long cruise.

Lilly Miljkovic, 46, found Beau, her beloved four-year-old Keeshond pictured above, dead inside her dog walker’s car at Rose Bay in Sydney on Tuesday, December 12.

It’s understood the dog walker, a 46-year-old woman from Vaucluse, had locked Beau inside her car around 11am before hopping on a 7-day a cruise.

The dog walker reportedly sent Ms Miljkovic a text message later in the afternoon saying: “Sorry I think I’ve left your dog in the car”.

A frantic Ms Miljkovic found the Vaucluse woman’s car parked on Old South Head Road near Roe Street, around 5.30pm.

Sadly, there was nothing anyone could do to save Beau after he’d been left in the hot vehicle for more than six hours.

Beau had allegedly been left locked inside the hot black car for more than six hours (Source: Facebook)

A man who helped Ms Miljkovic smash the car’s window to retrieve Beau’s body said the dog was “very stiff”.

Police were called and following a month-long investigation, officially charged the dog walker on Thursday.

The 46-year-old woman was served with a Court Attendance Notices for committing an act of cruelty, and failing to prevent act of cruelty while being in charge of an animal.

She is due to appear in Downing Centre Local Court on Friday, March 9.

Lilly Miljkovic, 46, with her beloved four-year-old Keeshond, Beau (Source: Facebook)

In a heartfelt post on Facebook, Ms Miljkovic said she and her partner Rod had been left “inconsolable” following Beau’s “horrific” death.

“I keep hoping to wake from the nightmare but this is our truth,”Ms Miljkovic wrote.

“As strange as this may sound to some, we often say we don’t remember our life before Beau.

“He was pure love and joy, not only to us as his parents, but those that he crossed paths with on his daily adventures.”

At the time of the incident, RSPCA chief inspector David O’Shannessy told the Daily Telegraph it takes just six minutes for an animal to die of heat stress in a car, the penalty of which is up to two years in jail and a staggering $22,000 fine.