Severe Storm Warning

Severe storm warning issued for parts of Gold Coast

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of the Gold Coast with areas in the northern suburbs set to be impacted.

A number of storm cells have been moving across the south east including one near Beenleigh.

That storm is moving towards the east and is predicted to affect areas including Hope Island and South Stradbroke Island by 7.10pm and parts of North Stradbroke Island by 7.40pm.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that these storms could bring intense rainfall which may lead to ‘dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding’ along with damaging winds.

It comes as heavy rain fall continues to fall across most of the Gold Coast with showers and storms expected throughout the evening.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Never drive, walk or ride through flood waters. If it’s flooded, forget it.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

Image: BOM

 

Gold Coast Suburbs

Gold Coast rental vacancies at record lows as tenants battle for homes

The number of properties available for rent on the Gold Coast has hit an all-time low as tenants battle to secure properties across the city.

After hitting a vacancy rate of 10 per cent in May at the height of the COV ID-19 pandemic, the vacancy rate across the Gold Coast has plunged to just 0.9 per cent in the December quarter according to figures from Real Estate Institute of Queensland.

Southern suburbs of Gold Coast have fared the worst where the overall vacancy rate is at just 0.3 per cent.

In Miami, it’s fallen to just 0.2 per cent with Palm Beach and Currumbin not far behind on 0.3 per cent, while Varsity Lakes is on 0.6 per cent and Broadbeach on 0.8 per cent.

Surfers Paradise, which felt the biggest brunt of the exodus from the rental market has now bounced back to pre-pandemic levels.

The suburb had 2,100 available properties nine months ago, but now has a vacancy rate of just 0.7 per cent.

In the northern part of the Gold Coast, the average vacancy rate has fallen to just 0.6 per cent.

Oxenford has a vacancy rate of just 0.1 per cent, closely followed by Runaway Bay (0.5 per cent), Arundel (0.6 per cent), and Labrador and Southport, both with a vacancy rate of 0.7 per cent.

REIQ Chief Executive Officer Antonia Mercorella says urgent action from governments is needed to address the shortage.

“Every Queenslander should have access to a safe, secure and affordable home that meets their needs and supports them,” Ms Mercorella said.

“That’s why the Palaszczuk Government should consider abolishing stamp duty. It’s the most significant barrier to home ownership, discouraging housing turnover, restricting mobility and property investment – something we desperately require.”

The competition for rental properties has seen a spike in prices across the city.

A report from Domain released last week found the median cost of renting a house on the Gold Coast had risen by 3.8 per cent in the December quarter to $540 a week.

Flood Water Rising

WATCH: Hot Tomato radio announcers share wild weather stories and urge locals to get prepared

As Gold Coasters, we are spoiled with picture-perfect sunny days almost all year round, but every now and then, wild weather can impact our beloved city.

The Gold Coast has seen its fair share of cyclones, severe floods, storms, bushfires and heat waves, many of which are still vivid in the memories of locals.

1029 Hot Tomato’s breakfast and drive announcers have all experienced major weather events while living on the Gold Coast.

“I remember a couple of years ago we had some storms that were so bad that Mayor Tom Tate and the council actually shut down all the schools and told everyone to go home and prepare,” Breakfast announcer Emily Jade O’Keeffe told myGC.

“It did rain a lot and we had some damage at our house. The point is, we need to be prepared.”

Drive announcer Moyra Major told myGC she has seen plenty of wild weather on the Gold Coast.

“I’ve lived on the Gold Coast since 1980, so I am certainly not a stranger to crazy weather. I do remember there was a part of Ashmore Road, when we lived at Keen Road, where it would flood every single time there was pretty heavy rain, which meant that I actually missed my first ever, and only, McDonald’s birthday party. I’m still upset about it now!”

With storm season already underway, and a wet summer on the cards due to La Niña, City of Gold Coast is urging locals to get an emergency kit and emergency plan prepared.

An emergency kit is essential, and should include everything you and your family would need to survive if you lost access to drinking water, power, the internet and other services for up to three days.

Some important items to include are:

  • bottled water
  • tinned food
  • a torch with spare batteries
  • a portable phone charger
  • a battery radio also with spare batteries
  • a medical kit
  • copies of important documents in waterproof bags and
  • any special needs for your family like infant formula or prescription medicines.

Having an emergency and evacuation plan can help buffer the impacts of a natural disaster on you and your family.

Some questions to consider when putting together your plan include:

  • Where would you meet your loved ones if you were separated?
  • How would you get your children from school or childcare?
  • Where you would go if you had to evacuate?
  • How would you look after your pets and check in on your neighbours in an emergency?
  • What alternative routes could you use if roads around your home / work / school / office were flooded or blocked?

Being prepared can help safeguard your family, pets and property against severe weather events and natural disasters. For more tips on how to get ready, visit: goldcoast.qld.gov.au/getready

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by City of Gold Coast.

 

Gold Coast, SEQ to brace for possibly severe storm activity

The Gold Coast is being urged to prepare for heavy rain and potential thunderstorm, with the bureau forecasting thunderstorms throughout today and into tomorrow.

It comes as Tropical Cyclone Kimi continues to bear down on the Far North Queensland coast and is expected to make landfall later tonight or early tomorrow morning.

While that will mean extreme winds, very heavy rain and high tides for those up north, we are also set to feel the effects down south.

Heavy rain and possibly severe thunderstorms are predicted to hit various areas across the southeast and central Queensland as early as this afternoon.

Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan says we should prepare for a lot of rain.

“I did just want to also highlight that the bureau has got a watch out today for some severe thunderstorms here in South East Queensland too and parts of central Queensland.

“So that severe thunderstorm predicted for today and going into tonight could potentially bring intense rainfall, damaging winds and large hail as well.

“So there is flash flooding risk for the south-east and parts of central Queensland,” Minister Ryan said.

 

Related article: Tropical cyclone bears down on Queensland coastline

15yo girl missing from Pimpama since yesterday

Police are calling for help to locate a teenager missing on the Gold Coast.

The 15-year-old girl was reported missing yesterday, and was last seen at a home along Shawnee Crescent in Pimpama.

That was around 9.00am, with no one seeing or hearing from the girl since.

She’s described as Caucasian, approximately 167 centimetres tall with blonde hair and blue/green eyes, and was last seen wearing a black ‘Metallica’ t-shirt and blue shorts.

Anyone nearby the Coomera or Pimpama shopping centres is being urged to keep an eye out, with the girl known to frequent those areas.

Police and family are concerned due to her young age.

Anyone who has seen her or has any information is being urged to contact police.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.