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Burleigh man arrested over alleged sexual assault in Surfers

A MAN has been charged over the alleged sexual assault of a woman in Surfers Paradise last month.

The 22-year-old victim was walking along The Esplanade, near Eileen Peters Park, when she was assaulted shortly after midnight on Wednesday December 12.

Police say the woman was “approached by a man who grabbed her inappropriately before walking into a toilet block nearby”.

Following ongoing investigations into the incident and after a public appeal for information this week, officers arrested a 31-year-old Burleigh Waters man on Thursday afternoon.

He was charged with one count of sexual assault and is due to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on January 31.

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Couple killed in horror motorbike crash on Gold Coast

A MAN and woman have died after their motorbike crashed through a fence and into a pole at Helensvale early this morning.

Officers rushed to Discovery Drive at 2.20am after receiving reports of the serious smash.

Upon arrival, emergency services found the pair deceased at the scene.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The Forensic Crash Unit are appealing to anyone that may have been in the area at the time and may have dash cam to contact them.

Investigations are continuing.

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.

The Spit

Hundreds of locals have their say on the future of The Spit

THE State Government has received thousands of online responses from passionate Gold Coasters wanting to have their say on the future of The Spit.

In new data released by the Government today, it was revealed a total of 815 people have provided more than 18,300 online responses to The Spit Master Plan draft options survey.

Acting Premier and Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said his department also spoke to almost 1300 people during a dozen up-up information sessions across the Gold Coast last year.

“We know The Spit is a much-loved area of the Gold Coast, which is why we encouraged all Gold Coast business owners, residents and visitors to the Spit to have their say, and it’s clear they have responded to that call,” Mr Dick said.

“Our aim was for as many people as possible to share their views on the options report.”

Public consultation on the 72 options presented for the seven Spit precincts is now complete, with the master plan now being prepared in collaboration with the City of Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Waterways Authority.

The Qld Governemnt says the final master plan is on track to be completed by July 2019.

In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Dick said the Palaszczuk Government was “committed to striking the right balance between protecting environmental and community values and paving the way for appropriate commercial development on The Spit.”

“My goal when we started this process was to replace contest with consensus and to build a new plan for The Spit that was developed by the community, for the community,” he said.

“It is heartening to see Queenslanders have really embraced this process in order to tell us what they want to see happen on The Spit in the future.”

Magic Millions Barrier Draw

Billy Slater saddles up for the Magic Millions Barrier Draw race

UPDATE @ 12:15pm: Thousands of people hit the Surfers Paradise foreshore this morning for the 2019 The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Barrier Draw.

All eyes turned to the ocean when Magic Millions Ambassador Billy Slater and Polo sensation Nacho Figueras saddled up alongside champion jockeys to race thoroughbreds down the beach.

Among those taking in all the action was royal Zara Phillips MBE and her husband Mike Tindall, Rob Archibald, Hamish McLachlan and Magic Millions owners Gerry Harvey and Katie Page-Harvey.

Watch the video below to see the horses sprint down the beach:

Following the race along the beach, everyone headed to the foreshore for the Barrier Draw, which determined the all-important starting positions for Saturday’s multi-million dollar features – the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic  and the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.

EARLIER @ 6:29am: SURFERS Paradise Beach has been transformed into a race track this morning for the annual Magic Millions Barrier Draw.

All the action kicked off at 6.20am with the first horse run, ahead of the main event which will see thoroughbreds with champion jockeys on board gallop down the sand at 8am.

NRL legend Billy Slater will be among the jockeys saddling up to race down the iconic Surfers Paradise beach as the Queensland great embraces his new role as Magic Millions ambassador.

From 9.00am, the connections of every runner in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic field and Guineas will randomly select the barrier from which their horse will start on Raceday this Saturday.

Gold Coasters are being encouraged to head down to watch all the action unfold with lots of food and beverage options available to purchase from the breakfast market.

Day Schedule

6:20am – First Horse Run

7:20am – Second Horse Run

7:55am – Introduction of Leading Australian Jockeys

8:35am – Third Horse Run

9:00am – Barrier Draw for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic

9:45am – Barrier Draw for the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas

Thousands of swimmers stung by bluebottles on Gold Coast

AN urgent warning has been issued for Queensland swimmers, especially holiday-makers taking a dip on the Gold Coast, after thousands of people were stung by bluebottles over the weekend.

Queensland Surf Lifesavers were forced to close several beaches including Coolangatta, Tugun, Rainbow Beach and Northcliffe following an invasion of the creatures on Saturday and Sunday.

“A wall of bluebottles is approaching Rainbow Beach. Lifesavers are closing the beach. Please stay out of the water,” lifesavers tweeted.

On Saturday, a whopping 1,323 people were treated for blue bottle stings on the Gold Coast alone, and it continued on Sunday with 476 bluebottle stings on the Gold Coast and 461 on the Sunshine Coast.

Surf Life Saving duty officer Jeremy Sturges said at a press conference yesterday that lifesavers have “never seen anything like this – ever”

“Not everyone reacts the same way but there have been very serious reactions,” Mr Sturges said.

It’s understood unusually strong wind conditions are causing blue bottles to come closer to shore.

“If you have been stung, remove stingers, take a very hot shower and apply ice,” Surf Life Saving Qld said.