Man injured in workplace fall on the Gold Coast

A man has had a lucky escape after a nasty fall following a workplace incident in Southport this afternoon.

Emergency Services rushed to the construction zone just after 12.30pm along Pohlman Street.

The worker is believed to have fallen around 4 metres off of scaffolding.

He’s suffered chest and arm injuries and has been taken to Gold Coast University Hospital.

He is thankfully in a stable condition.

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Best things to ‘hock’ to get cash quick

From fuel to food and electricity, the cost of living is rising steeply with no reprieve in sight.

If you’re feeling the pinch and need to pay the bills, Hock & Go can help you turn your unused items into cash fast.

“We believe hocking your items is the easiest and quickest way to access cash when you need it. After all, you’ve probably got some items of value sitting around at home that can put some cash in your pocket today,” said Mark Hodgson from Hock & Go.

While you can sell almost anything at Hock & Go, certain items are more in demand than others and are more likely to fetch higher dollar amounts.

If you want to put more cash in your pocket, Mr Hodgson said these are the best items to hock:

  1. Jewellery – Any gold jewellery, like necklaces and bracelets, have a fair bit of value if they are 9ct, 14ct or 18ct.
  2. Phones – Apple phones are very popular, as are Samsung, with both newer and older models in demand.
  3. Gaming Consoles –  Playstation and Xbox are in hot demand.
  4. Tools – Battery powered tools, drills, circular saws, grinders, anything that has cordless swap-out batteries always sells well.
  5. Laptops – MacBook Airs move pretty quickly, as well as Dell and HP.

Mr Hodgson told myGC at Hock & Go they strive to offer “more bang for your hock” and will beat any competitor’s rate or price.

“We’ve designed our store to be able to operate more efficiently so that we can cut our costs so we can provide better prices, and if people are loaning, better interest rates,” he said.

“Also, if people want to loan on their items, we charge interest weekly, not monthly like your usual pawn broking shop.”

For more information on Hock & Go, pop into the store at 20 Siganto Drive in Helensvale or visit: hockandgo.com.au/

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Hock & Go.

 

Gold Coast Train

Major changes unveiled to Gold Coast train service

South-East Queensland’s train service is getting a massive shake-up, with the State Government announcing several route changes that will majorly affect the way Gold Coasters travel.

It’s been revealed that as part of the new $5.4 billion Cross River Rail network, the Gold Coast will no longer have a direct train to Brisbane Airport.

From 2025, passengers travelling in either direction will have to change trains in Central Brisbane.

Mayor Tom Tate says it’s going to cause a lot of frustration for passengers.

“Something isn’t right when the two biggest cities in Queensland, with two major international airports, won’t have a direct air train service,” Mayor Tate says.

“I accept that the services from the coast to Brisbane city will be faster but having to change for an airport connection is a huge disincentive.”

Meanwhile, tourism bosses are concerned it could hurt our tourism industry.

Travellers will no longer have the ease of access from hopping off a plane in Brisbane and taking one train right down to the Gold Coast.

The loss of connectivity has the potential to cause a big blow to our tourism sector.

Mayor Tate has expressed his disappointment in the changes.

“The whole intent of Cross River Rail is more services, faster services and greater reliability,”

“That seems to not apply to the critical airport direct services.”

He says this is just another reason to fast-track Light Rail Stage 4 to the Gold Coast Airport.

Cody Simpson’s fam “couldn’t be prouder” of Comm Games debut

Gold Coast pop-star turned swim-star Cody Simspon has well and truly kicked off his newfound swimming career.

After 10 years away from the pool, the 25-year-old had made his Commonwealth Games debut in Birmingham.

His Gold-Coast-based family have been cheering him on the whole way.

Sister, Alli Simpson, has told Channel Seven he’s “exceeded all expectations”.

“He’s just absolutely done amazing and we just couldn’t be prouder,”

“It’s insane to watch, it really is.”

This morning, the Gold Coaster lined up for the 100m butterfly alongside Australia’s Matt Temple.

He made his second-quickest time of his career, just shy of his personal best of 51.79 seconds – finishing in 5th place.

Meanwhile, we may even see a few songs from the musician come out of the games.

“I think Cody finds inspiration for music everywhere,” Alli says.

“So, I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was swimming and then also writing something on the side, so you never really know.”

Mum, Angie Simpson, told Channel Seven she reckons we may even get a “love song” out of him.

Cody is currently dating darling of the pool Emma McKeon.

WATCH: Gardening festival Botanical Bazaar is back this weekend!

Calling all green thumbs! A beloved gardening and sustainability festival is returning to the Gold Coast this weekend.

Botanical Bazaar will take over Country Paradise Parklands this Saturday and Sunday, with nature enthusiasts able to enjoy a variety of exhibitors, informative talks and hands-on workshops.

There will also be thousands of plants and homewares for sale, live music, food stalls and plenty of entertainment for the kids.

Find out what’s on offer at the festival in the video below:

“We have three speaking stages and some of the speakers are well-known like Sophie Thomson and Jerry Coleby-Williams, we will have entertainment like Kate Leopold and The Vegetable Plot who are fantastic with kids, and gardening and sustainability workshops,” event spokesperson Kate Kimmorley told myGC.

Rotary Gold Coast is once again hosting Botanical Bazaar, with profits raised set to go back into the community.

Botanical Bazaar is on Saturday 6 August from 11:30am – 5:30pm and Sunday 7 August from 9am – 4pm at Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang. Tickets start at $18 for adults, $5 for kids, and $40 for a family of 4. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: botanicalbazaargc.com.au/