Gold Coast snubbed yet again from 2032 Olympics board

The Gold Coast has once again been blocked from being part of the 2032 southeast Queensland Olympic Games Organising Committee.

Mayor Tom Tate was tipped to join the board following Redlands Mayor Karen Williams having to resign from the position following a drink-driving incident.

However, Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has appointed the exclusive spot to Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate admits he is “simply lost for words” over the exclusion.

“It’s important to understand that most of the main venues in Brisbane are state-owned venues so in real terms, the Gold Coast has more skin-in-the-game than Brisbane yet we have no elected official on the SEQ Board,” Mayor Tate says.

“I think Lord Schrinner really, for Southeast Queensland, he should really explain the decision.”

The Gold Coast has eight Olympic and six Paralympics sports spread over at least eight venues, while Noosa will provide four venues and six sporting events.

Mayor Tate admits his relationship with Brisbane Lord Mayor is now “non-existent” after he failed to reach out.

“Mate, you think you should have rang and explained your decision before you just press the button? I think that’s a fair point of view,”

“It’s crass, no respect and okay you’re a Lord Mayor of Brisbane, but when you come to the Gold Coast, you’ll get the same cold shoulder.”

The Gold Coast City Council is no longer a member of the Southeast Queensland Council of Mayors, and it’s speculated that this may be a reason for the snub.

The city decided to revoke their subscription as the yearly fee is around $350,000 a year for the Gold Coast (the fee is based on population), however all council area’s receive the same vote which Mayor Tate says is a “flawed” democracy system.

The city admits their support for the games will not waiver despite the disappointment.

“It’s a long journey, it’s ten years to go and you’ll see a lot of chopping change on the board but one thing that won’t be changed is the commitment by the City of the Gold Coast to be part of the team and deliver our part being the best we can for the Olympics,”

“Our supportive attitude won’t change because first and foremost it’s an Australian game and we’re Aussies and Queenslander so that won’t tarnish any of that.”

As for Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, Mayor Tate left him with a scathing warning.

“In politics, if you don’t stay humble and consult, you’re just being arrogant,”

“Pretty soon, people just don’t take you too seriously.”

Queensland fire and emergency services Firefighter Brenton Mazey next to a fire engine

Upper Coomera home destroyed in late night blaze

A home on the northern Gold Coast has been significantly damaged following a ferocious fire overnight.

Emergency crews were called to the property along Rivercherry Way in Upper Coomera just before 11.30pm.

It’s understood the blaze first erupted in the garage of the home, before quickly spreading to other parts of the property.

At least three fire crews were required to bring the flames under control.

Despite being put out overnight, a Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesperson told myGC the blaze reignited around 5.30am this morning.

The cause of the inferno remains unknown at this stage, with fire investigators expected to head to the scene today to investigate.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

Man killed in horror Hinterland creek crash

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating after a man was killed in a horror crash in the hinterland.

According to police, the vehicle was travelling west along Beenleigh-Beaudesert Road in Mundoolun just after 12.30pm on Thursday when it veered off the road and into a creek

The driver of the car, a 76-year-old man, was pulled from the vehicle.

Despite desperate attempts by paramedics, he could not be saved and was declared deceased at the scene.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances of the crash.

Anyone with information or relevant dashcam footage is urged to contact police.

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Grave fears for motorist after car found in waters in GC hinterland

Grave fears are held for a man after his car crashed into waters in the Gold Coast hinterland this afternoon.

The vehicle was found plunged in a creek in Mundoolun, just west of Tamborine Mountain, around 12.45pm.

Multiple emergency crews, including police divers, were called to the crash on the corner of Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road and Tremayne Road.

It’s understood Paramedics treated a man in his 60s with critical injuries.

A Queensland Police spokesperson has confirmed the Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

More to come. 

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Nominate your street for the Gold Coast’s My Neat Street Honour Roll

Do you think your street is pretty neat?

From July 1, Gold Coasters are being encouraged to nominate local streets that have exceptional upkeep to My Neat Street for the chance to win a $100 voucher.

My Neat Street is a city-wide program that encourages residents to take pride in their street, by coming together to maintain their own properties and report any serious or unsafe maintenance issues within the public space.

“We think our city is pretty neat and want to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of our residents whose streets are welcoming, safe and simply the best,” Councillor Hermann Vorster said.

“It’s also your chance to engage with your neighbours, report any concerns to the City or relevant authority and build a connected community.

“If your street goes that extra mile when it comes to garden maintenance, clearing your gutters or any other neat work that should be recognised, we want to hear from you.”

Interested Gold Coast residents can participate in the program by nominating their street to be recognised as a Gold Coast ‘neat street’ until 30 September 2022.

Nominated streets will be recognised on the 2022 My Neat Street Honour Roll and nominators will go into a random prize draw, with one winner per division entitled to receive a voucher valued at $100.

To find out what activities may contribute to a safe and neat street or to submit a nomination, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/myneatstreet.

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