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.

Mayor Tom Tate reacts to Federal Budget

The Mayor welcomes a boost to business on the Gold Coast but is disappointed there is no new funding for the M1 in the Federal Budget.

The latest commitment includes tax cuts and incentives for small businesses.  From July 1 small and medium businesses with annual turnover less than $10 million will have their company tax rate cut to 27.5 per cent.

The Government will also increase access to small business tax concessions to more Australian businesses.

Speaking from Evandale, Tom Tate said the Gold Coast has “more small business than anywhere else in Australia, what that means, it means more money for small business here, it means more chance for them to have a go, they will create more jobs and that’s what we want to get going on the Gold Coast”.

Mayor Tom Tate speaking to media at Evandale.  Image: Michelle Price MY GC

Mayor Tom Tate speaking to media at Evandale. Image: Michelle Price MY GC

Mayor Tate said he was disappointed that there was no new funding for upgrades to the M1, which he labelled the “lifeblood” of the south east corner.

He said “it links 11 different Local Government” areas, so it makes economic sense to keep upgrading the busy stretch of road.

Mayor Tate will travel to the Sunshine Coast this weekend to talk to the ten other south east Mayors who represent one in seven voters in Australia “so we’ll be using our numbers as the election’s coming up to go well we mean business and we’ll speak together and we’ll work together as one voice”.

He said he will be trying to pressure Federal politicians into contributing more for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“This is the time we go and get this money and plan and plan it well and get it going” Mayor Tate said.

He also welcomed a planned Federal crackdown on doping ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The Budget includes funding of $1.5 million over three years for the Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Mayor Tate said “if you talk to any hardworking athletes that’s out there, who a majority are here on the Gold Coast, they want a fair go, what does that mean, it means clean games”.

Before adding “I think it will be the cleanest game, friendliest game and most of all it will be the most fun game”.

Two from Qld and NSW face fraud charges

A former Queensland public servant and a director of a Sydney-based construction company are facing fraud charges following a corruption investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

The CCC will allege the former employee of The Public Trustee of Queensland used his position to dishonestly obtain $42,000.

The CCC will further allege the payments were made by the director of a construction company after he received favourable treatment by the former employee of The Public Trustee.

The Public Trustee notified the CCC in July 2015 of allegations of corrupt conduct and has fully assisted the CCC with its investigation.

It is important to note that the CCC will not allege any money misappropriated were funds held by The Public Trustee on behalf of their clients.

The former public servant, a 53-year-old Perth man, was arrested by Western Australia Police on behalf of the CCC on Tuesday 5 April. He appeared in a Perth court on 6 April and was extradited to Queensland.

He appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 8 April to face one count of fraud and one count of uttering a forged document. He is expected to reappear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on 9 May.

On 29 April, a 43-year-old Sydney man was arrested by New South Wales Police on behalf of the CCC. He was charged with one count of fraud. He was bailed on the condition he appears in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today 3 May.

The CCC’s investigation remains ongoing. As this matter is now before the court, the CCC is unable to comment further.

Man’s body found in burnt-out 44 gallon drum at back of house in Qld

UPDATE AT 2.45PM: Police say they are treating the death of a man whose body was reportedly found in a burnt-out barrel in the backyard of a Queensland home as non suspicious.

Detectives confirm they have set up a crime scene at the Crestbrook Drive home in Morayfield, north of Brisbane, following the discovery of the man’s burnt body in a 44 gallon drum just after 1pm on Monday.

Dozens of emergency personnel are at the scene, however police say initial investigations indicated the man’s death was not suspicious.

If you or somebody you know is distressed and needs help, please phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

FIRST AT 2.20PM: Emergency services have swooped on a house north of Brisbane where the body of a man has reportedly been found in a burnt-out barrel.

It’s understood the man’s body was found inside a 44 gallon drum which had been set on fire in the backyard of a home on Crestbrook Drive in Morayfield, around 44 kilometres north of the sunshine state’s capital, on Monday afternoon.

The area has been sealed off and declared a crime scene.

This is a breaking news article. There is no further information available at this time.

Man, 58, undergoes emergency surgery after savage stabbing in Qld

A 58-year-old man has undergone emergency surgery after being stabbed multiple times during an altercation north of Mackay.

The man was stabbed in the lower chest and abdomen, allegedly by a 53-year-old man, in Slade Point just after 2am on Saturday.

Moments earlier, police allege the 53-year-old man repeatedly drove his car into the passenger door of the victim’s vehicle.

The 58-year-old was rushed to Mackay Base Hospital for in a serious condition.

He remains in a serious but stable condition after having undergone emergency surgery.

The 53-year-old was arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

He is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday.