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Gold Coast set to swelter through scorching hot temps today

Air-conditioners and fans are expected to get a good workout today, with Gold Coasters set to swelter through heatwave weather conditions.

The mercury is tipped to soar to 35 degrees in Surfers Paradise on Friday, with a high of 37C forecast for Nerang, Coomera and Robina.

Meteorologist Jess Gardner told myGC the extreme heat could potentially cause a severe thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening.

Already, there’s an 80 per cent chance of showers forecast for Friday night and a 90 per cent chance of showers, most likely from the late morning, on Saturday.

Ms Gardner said the scorching hot temperatures are the result of “a trough out to the west which is steadily moving eastwards and approaching us”.

“Ahead of that, on the eastern side of that, there’s some north-westerly winds that are really dragging down that warm and humid air from the north,” she told myGC.

Temperatures are expected to ease over the weekend as a southerly change sweeps through.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the Gold Coast can expect a “very pleasant few days over Christmas”, with temperatures in the mid to high 20s forecast.

On Christmas Day, a top of 27 degrees is predicted for the city – so pump up the pool floats!

Australia’s first dockless e-scooter’s ride into the Gold Coast

An innovative new electric scooter sharing scheme, which allows riders to easily hire a scooter through an app, is being trialled on the Gold Coast.

RIDE will this week begin unveiling their electric scooters at designated hubs in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, with customers being able to unlock a ride for $1 and pay an additional 25 cents per minute of use.

The trial comes less than a week after the Queensland Government legalised the riding of electric scooters on pathways, with a maximum speed limit of 25km/h and helmets mandatory.

RIDE will also enforce a strict policy that rides must not be left in public spaces after use, with Riders at risk of suspensions if they do not return them to RIDE Hubs.

Ride On Australia co-founder and acting chief executive Aaron LaLux said the company had long viewed the Gold Coast as the ideal place to trial their dockless e-scooters.

“The Gold Coast has always been in our sights due to its ideal mix of climate, demographics, landscape and cultural flavour,” he said.

“It’s a fun city, an active city, and I’ve got no doubt locals and tourists alike are going to love being able to grab a ride to beat the traffic using a modern form of clean transport that is safe, good for the environment and cost-effective.

Mr LaLux said the company employed ‘active’ GPS technology and a curfew system to ensure its rides were returned to Designated RIDE Hubs each night.

“We use ‘active’ GPS technology and a 10pm curfew system to ensure rides are collected every night by Night Riders, as well as public Chargers, who are responsible for collecting the rides after curfew, charging them and returning them to Designated RIDE Hubs the following morning,” he said.

Anyone can sign up to be a Rider or a Charger, and any business owner can sign up to be a RIDE Hub

The RIDE app can be downloaded at www.rideapp.co.

A lone surfer at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast

Man dies at popular Gold Coast beach

AN early morning surf has turned to tragedy, with a man drowning at a popular southern Gold Coast beach this morning.

The man, aged in his 70s, was surfing off Snapper Rocks at Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta when he came into trouble around 4.40am.

Witnesses have told myGC that a surfboard is believed to have hit the man in the head, knocking him into the water.

Members of the public pulled the surfer unconscious from the ocean while emergency services rushed to the scene.

Queensland Ambulance paramedics desperately worked to save the man, but sadly he could not be revived and was pronounced deceased.

Court

Chris Dawson to fly home to Qld after being granted bail

UPDATE @ December 18: CHRIS Dawson is expected to fly back home to Queensland today after being granted bail in a Sydney court.

The former rugby league player and teacher, who has been charged with the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson more than 30 years ago, appeared in Central Local Court via video link on Monday, where Magistrate Robert Williams granted his bail application.

Mr Dawson is likely to be released from prison this morning after his family posted a $1.5 million surety to secure his release.

The 70-year-old will have to abide by strict conditions which include surrendering his passport and reporting daily to police.

He will also not be allowed to travel more than 20km from his home in Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.

Chris Dawson was taken into custody at a home in Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast on December 5, three years after detectives formed Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding his first wife Lynette’s disappearance and suspected murder.

Lynette Dawson was 33-years-old when she vanished from the couple’s Bayview property on or around Saturday 9 January 1982.

Police say the mother-of-two was officially reported missing more than one month later, on 18 February 1982.

Her body has never been found despite two separate inquests finding that she had likely been murdered.

The cold case gained worldwide attention this year after being featured on the The Australian’s investigative podcast series The Teacher’s Pet.

Mr Dawson is due to next face court in February.

EARLIER @ December 17: CHRIS Dawson has been granted bail after being charged with the murder of his wife Lynette Dawson more than 30 years ago.

The former rugby league player and teacher appeared in Central Local Court via video link on Monday, where Magistrate Robert Williams granted the 70-year-old’s bail application.

Dawson will have to abide by strict conditions which include surrendering his passport and reporting daily to police.

He will also not be allowed to travel more than 20km from his home in Coolum, Queensland and has been ordered to post a $1.5 million surety to secure his release.

Lynette Dawson was 33-years-old when she vanished from the couple’s Bayview property on or around Saturday 9 January 1982.

Police say the mother-of-two was officially reported missing more than one month later, on 18 February 1982.

Her body has never been found despite two separate inquests finding that she had likely been murdered.

Lynette’s husband, Chris, was taken into custody at a home in Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast on December 5, three years after detectives formed Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding Lynette’s disappearance and suspected murder.

The cold case gained worldwide attention this year due to The Australian’s investigative podcast series The Teacher’s Pet.

Dramatic scenes as animal activists storm Gold Coast theme parks

FIVE animal rights activists have been arrested and charged with public nuisance after staging protests at three theme parks on the Gold Coast over the weekend.

Members from the “Justice for Captives” group disrupted shows at SeaWorld, Outback Spectacular and Dreamworld, with police being called to the popular tourist attractions on multiple occasions.

In photos and videos posted to the group’s Facebook page, the protesters can be seen climbing the roof of Dreamworld, while others can be seen entering the water at both the dolphin and seal shows at Sea World.

The disruptions continued at Outback Spectacular, when the group of protesters stormed the arena and halted the popular horse show on Saturday night.

The group said in a number of posts on social media that the protests are “to raise awareness about the use of animals for profit under the guise of education and conservation.”

“Justice for Captives opposes the use of animals for human amusement and entertainment,” they wrote.

“DreamWorld is a zoo disguised as a theme park, and houses over 400 animals in very small and unnatural enclosures.

“Whilst we respect the collection of donations for global wildlife conservation programs, Justice for Captives disagree that animals should be put on display and exploited for photo opportunities and tourism ‘experiences’ in the process.”

Some of the signs used during the weekend protests read “slaves for selfies” and “captivity is cruelty”.

Gold Coast Acting Mayor Donna Gates has condemned the actions of the “fly-in activists” and urged them to “do their research”.

“Village Roadshow has a global record of assisting sick and injured wildlife. They also promote marine conservation and awareness through their signature programs,” Ms Gates said.

“It is a pity the activists conveniently never mention the exceptional work done in these fields, preferring to make crude statements through their protests.

“There is no doubt wildlife awareness and conservation is much more advanced thanks to the work of organisations like Village Roadshow and Dreamworld’s Wildlife Foundation. That foundation alone has raised in excess of $3.5 million for the protection of tigers, koalas and kangaroos.”

One of the protesters is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court this morning charged with public nuisance.