Heat affecting elderly Gold Coasters

We’re being urged to check in with elderly friends and family as the hot weather continues.

Queensland paramedics were called to 26 heat-related incidents across the state on Wednesday, with a majority of patients over the age of 70.

“We believe they are directly related to people suffering the affects of the heat,” Michael Augustas from QAS explains.

“The majority were from the South East and people 70 years and above,” he adds.

The mercury edged close to 33 degrees at the Gold Coast Seaway on Wednesday and the Bureau of Meteorology has forecast tops in the low 30s again today before rising to the mid-30s over the weekend.

“With many hot days still to come, can we please stress the need to keep an eye on people who are elderly?”

“Sometimes the affects of heat are catching up on them and they are not realising it until they become ill.”

“If you’ve got elderly neighbours, relatives and friends please make sure they are doing ok.”

UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm warning cancelled

UPDATE 11AM: The Bureau of Meteorology has cancelled its severe thunderstorm warning for south east Queensland.

“The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed,” the bureau says.

However, the Gold Coast is expected to continue to received some decent rainfall, before the sky starts to clear come night fall.

“A surface trough is deepening near the Sunshine Coast, with a low pressure system possibly developing and slipping southwards over southern Queensland waters during the day and most likely moving offshore or into New South Wales late today,” the warning states.

“Three hour rainfall totals of 100 to 150mm are possible.”

“The heavy rain will continue to contract southeast during the remainder of today as the trough shifts southwards, easing around Brisbane in the next hour or two, and easing around the Gold Coast during Saturday evening.”

Gold Coasters are being urged to stay inside and put off any road trips.

“Dangerous surf conditions and significant beach erosion [could develop] about exposed beaches between Fraser Island and the Gold Coast during Saturday morning.”

The extreme weather and heavy downpours have led to dangerous road conditions with drivers encouraged to delay trips.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche said QFES was prepared and ready to aid the community when needed.

“We encourage Queenslanders to stay indoors, but if you need to travel before you set out it’s vital to have a Plan B in place, including identifying alternative routes,” Mr Roche said.

“The message is simple: if it’s flooded, forget it. The size of your car and driving ability will not affect the threat posed by floodwaters.

Residents who require storm and flood assistance should contact the State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500.

Eagle Heights Road, Tamborine Mountain – debris after Geissmann Drive, affecting all directions
Gold Coast Springbrook Road, Neranwood – water over the Mudgeeraba Causeway, affecting both directions
Gold Coast Springbrook Road, Springwood – power lines down, affecting both directions
Nerang Murwillumbah Road, Numinbah Valley – tree in lanes outside Chesters Road, affecting southbound
Pacific Motorway, Ormeau – multi-vehicle crash, affecting northbound traffic
Mooball-Pottsville Road, Tweed Heads -closed with water over the road

Woman thrown to the road after violent Southport robbery

A woman has been attacked after having her phone stolen during a violent robbery in Southport on Sunday.

It’s understood the woman was walking along Queen Street around 5.30pm when she was approached by a man.

The man is said to have snatched her mobile phone from her hand before running off to a nearby car.

The woman chased him to Owens Lane and tried to stop him by holding the steering wheel of the vehicle.

A female passenger in the car struck the woman as the vehicle drove along Owens Lane a short distance before the woman fell on to the roadway.

A 45-year-old woman from Southport was transported to Gold Coast University hospital with minor injuries.

The man is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 180cm tall, of a slim build with, black hair.

The vehicle is described as a small white hatchback.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Senior Gold Coast cop admits to leaking footage of police brutality

UPDATE 3.20PM | The committal hearing for police whistle-blower Rick Flori has been adjourned until next week.

The Magistrate will, on Friday 27 May, decide whether to make Flori stand trial for leaking CCTV footage of a violent arrest in Surfers Paradise back in 2012.

During his committal hearing in Southport Magistrates Court today, Flori admitted to leaking the footage, but denied he was being dishonest in doing so.

The court heard Flori had engaged in misconduct with the “dishonest intention” to cause a detriment to one of the officers featured in the CCTV footage with whom it’s alleged Flori held a grudge.

EARLIER | A senior Gold Coast police officer has admitted leaking CCTV footage of police brutality to the media during a committal hearing in Southport Magistrates court.

Suspended sergeant Rick Flori is charged with one count of misconduct in public office after security footage of a violent arrest at Surfers Paradise police station four years ago was leaked to the press.

The Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions alleges Flori engaged in misconduct with the “dishonest intention” to cause a detriment to one of the officers featured in the CCTV footage.

The court heard the senior sergeant released the footage because he allegedly held a grudge against one of the officers involved.

But Flori’s barrister hit back, telling the hearing that his client was facing the “completely wrong charge” because “ordinary, honest people” would not see what he did as being dishonest.

The committal hearing continues.

Man charged over horrifying hit and run of Gold Coast cab driver

UPDATE 3.30PM SATURDAY: A man has been arrested and charged over the horrifying hit and run of a cab driver in Surfers Paradise on Friday.

The 33-year-old man from Broadbeach was arrested on Saturday morning and later charged with one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm.

The man is accused of mowing down the 29-year-old cab driver in a black Holden Cruze on Laycock Street at around 4.45pm on Friday.

The shocking incident, which unfolded in front of horrified witnesses, the majority of whom were tourists, was captured on CCTV.


The footage shows the black Holden Cruze striking the cab driver as he stood next to a parked maxi taxi.

The victim, a local man from Labrador, was thrown into the air and onto his face.

He was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with serious leg injuries.

The 33-year-old man is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court May 26.

FRIDAY: A manhunt is under way on the Gold Coast for a driver who mowed down a cabbie in Surfers Paradise on Friday afternoon.

The shocking hit-and-run occurred on Laycock Street at around 4.45pm and was captured on CCTV.

A black sedan, described by police as a Holden Cruze, was caught on camera ploughing into the cab driver at high speed before driving off.

The cabbie, a 29-year-old Labrador man, can be seen in the footage standing on the roadway beside a parked maxi taxi when he was struck.

The sedan hit the man with so much force, he was thrown over the bonnet and into the air before landing on his head.

The sedan also side swiped the parked taxi.

According to 7NEWS, the cab driver and the driver of the sedan had been engaged in a heated argument moments before the hit-and-run.

Shocked witnesses raced to the injured cab driver’s aid and attempted to stop the black sedan, but it sped off.

The 29-year-old was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital with serious leg injuries.

Police said the man’s injuries are not considered life threatening.

Police, including officers from the Forensic Crash Unit, are investigating the incident and are attempting to track down the driver of the black sedan, which is described as a Holden Cruze with Queensland registration 816-VJS.

Anyone who witnessed the hit-and-run, or anyone who may have information that could assist police in locating the driver of the sedan, has been urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.