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Concerns the Gold Coast will be hardest hit by Job Keeper changes

Labor is disappointed that the federal government is ‘turning off the tap’, with Job Keeper payments set to reduce from today.

More than 100,000 Gold Coasters are set to be affected by the changes, with the fortnightly $1,500 payment reduced to $1,200 for both full time and part time workers.

The electorate of Moncrieff will be the hardest hit, with the changes to affect over 10,000 businesses and nearly 40,000 workers.

Labor Senator Murray Watt told myGC it’s disappointing the federal government is reducing funding just when it’s needed most.

“I think everyone realises that Job Keeper can’t survive forever, but we also know that the economy is still incredibly fragile.

“We’ve got nearly a million people unemployed around the country, and we’re expecting another 400,000 to lose their jobs before Christmas.

“So we’re really just hitting the start of this recession, and it’s the worse possible time to be pulling money out of the economy.

“We need the government to keep pushing money into the economy so that businesses stay afloat.

“Labor recognises that this money will have to stop at some point in the future, but you don’t turn off the tap just when the recession is starting to kick in,” Senator Watt said.

There are concerns the Gold Coast will be hardest hit within the Sunshine State by the changes, due to our reliance on tourism.

“When you look at the suburbs affected by Job Keeper, most of the top ten suburbs in Queensland that are relying on Job Keeper are on the Gold Coast.

“And that just shows how important Job Keeper is to the Gold Coast.

“It’s no surprise when you look at the impact on the tourism industry and we’re looking at international borders being shut for a long time to come and that’s going to keep having an impact on our local tourism industry.

“So I think the Gold Coast will feel the pinch pretty much more than anywhere else in Queensland, when the Job Keeper payments get cut,” Senator Watt said.

Three more people charged over Surfers Paradise stabbing murder

UPDATE @ 3.30PM | A third man charged with the murder of a young father in the middle of Surfers Paradise has been remanded in custody.

27-year-old Raymond Harris was allegedly stabbed after being ‘hunted down’ by a group known to him on Wednesday night.

Kyle Jake Webb, 24, did not appear in Southport Magistrates Court when his case was mentioned briefly this afternoon.

Webb is also facing three charges of assault.

He will remain behind bars with his case adjourned until October 15.

A 32-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman are still to appear on charges of being an accessory after the fact of murder.

EARLIER @ 6.45AM | Three more people have now been charged, over the stabbing death of a young father in Surfers Paradise on Wednesday night.

27-year-old Raymond Harris died after allegedly being stabbed in the torso during a confrontation between two groups in Cavill Ave around 9pm on Wednesday night.

Two men were arrested a short time later and were charged with murder and three counts of assault.

18-year-old Jye Sebastian Webb-Italia and 21-year-old Jarod James Miller were remanded in custody after fronting Southport Magistrates Court yesterday.

Late yesterday afternoon two more men; a 24-year-old and a 32-year-old were arrested.

Police have now charged them both, along with a 19-year-old woman.

The 24-year-old man, from Surfers Paradise, has been charged with one count of murder and three counts of assault.

While the 32-year-old man, from Rocklea, and the 19-year-old woman, from Surfers Paradise, have both been charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

All three will front Southport court today.

Earlier article: Police make further arrests over Surfers Paradise stabbing murder

Police make further arrests over Surfers Paradise stabbing murder

UPDATE @ 4.45PM | Police have made further arrests over the alleged murder of a man in the middle of Surfers Paradise.

27-year-old Beenleigh man Raymond Harris died after allegedly being stabbed in the torso after a confrontation between two groups in Cavill Ave around 9pm on Wednesday night.

Two men were arrested a short time later and were charged with murder and three counts of assault.

18-year-old Jye Sebastian Webb-Italia and 21-year-old Jarod James Miller were remanded in custody after fronting Southport Magistrates Court today.

Police have this afternoon arrested a further two men in relation to the murder.

A 24-year-old man and a 32-year-old man are currently being questioned by Police.

EARLIER @ 1.00PM | Two men have been remanded in custody, after appearing in court charged with the stabbing murder of a man in Surfers Paradise.

18-year-old Jye Sebastian Webb-Italia and 21-year-old Jarod James Miller appeared briefly in Southport court, where they both had their cases adjourned until October 15.

The lawyer representing Webb-Italia claimed that police allegations were murky and there were holes.

He also told reporters outside of court that his client was in a ‘world of shock’ following last night’s incident.

The court has heard that police are yet to find the weapon involved in the fatal attack.

Earlier, police reported they were still hunting for two men believed to be involved in the attack, and that investigations are continuing.

EARLIER @ 11.00AM | Police are calling on help from the public to locate two men in relation to last night’s fatal stabbing attack in Surfers Paradise.

27-year-old father Raymond Harris died in hospital, after being stabbed in the torso in Cavill Avenue around 9.00pm.

An 18-year-old Pimpama man and a 21-year-old man from the Fraser Coast are in court this afternoon, charged with murder and three counts of assault.

But Detective Inspector Brendan Smith says they’re still looking for two others.

“We are still actively investigating the matter with two people outstanding.

“And we’re seeking public assistance to identify one of those persons and locate both of them,” Detective Smith said.

“We have identified that the two groups are known to each other, and the offending group have actively come into Cavill Avenue to seek out the victim and his friends to have a confrontation.

“They’ve obviously gone in armed, these knifes aren’t your run of the mill kitchen knifes, their hunting knives, or a colloquially term, you could call it a rambo knife,” he said.

It’s the second stabbing attack in as many days in Surfers Paradise, and police say it’s part of a deadly generational trend.

“There’s no link to any crime gangs or outlaw motorcycle gangs, this is just  group of young idiots, that think its cool to enforce their will by using knifes.

“I can’t stress it enough, I’d use some more colourful language but it wouldn’t hit the air – they’re complete idiots,” Detective Smith.

Gold Coast’s Acting Mayor Donna Gates says council will support the police in this investigation wherever possible.

“Clearly it’s heartbreaking when there’s an incident of this nature – and very disturbing.

“As a city we’re doing all that we can to support the police.

“We have a huge CCTV camera network now, and I would imagine they will be going through that to see if any can be provided,” Ms Gates said.

Anyone who witnessed the attack or has any footage is being urged to get in touch with police immediately.

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.

EARLIER @ 6.00AM | Two men have now been charged with murder, after a man was stabbed to death in the middle of Surfers Paradise overnight.

A 27-year-old man was rushed to hospital with a life threatening wound to his stomach after an altercation broke out around 9.00pm, but sadly passed away a short time later.

An 18-year-old from Pimpama and a 21-year-old from Tinana were both assisting police with inquiries, after they were located near the scene shortly after the incident.

They’ve now been charged, each with one count of murder and three counts of assault, and will front Southport court today.

It’s the second stabbing attack in Surfers Paradise in as many days. Detective Inspector Brendan Smith says police have had enough.

“Inquiries at this point would indicate there’s been an ongoing issue between these two groups.

“This gangster attitude has to stop – we’ve had enough,” Detective Inspector Smith said.

Investigations are continuing today, with reports police are still looking for two more men who may have been involved.

Anyone who witnessed the attack or has CCTV footage is being urged to come forward.

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.

EARLIER @ 4.00AM | A MAJOR investigation is underway after a man was fatally stabbed in the middle of Surfers Paradise on Thursday night.

It’s believed the 27-year-old man was got into some kind of altercation with a group of men on Cavill Avenue near Orchid Avenue around 9pm.

Queensland Police say the men were known to the victim.

In the middle of the fight, the man was stabbed in the stomach, suffering critical injuries.

He was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital but he died a short time after.

Police were quick to respond to the incident, shutting down small roads leading to the Gold Coast Highway and Ferny Avenue.

Numerous officers were called and searched a number of vehicles while PolAir searched from the sky.

IMAGE | Supplied by Dean Shelton

Two men have since been taken into custody and are currently being questioned by police.

No charges have been laid at this stage.

It comes just hours after a 17-year-old Logan girl was charged over a stabbing in the same area in the early hours of Thursday morning.

RELATED | Teen girl charged over Surfers Paradise stabbing

The 30-year-old man and a friend were allegedly confronted by a group of females while walking through Cavill Mall around 4am.

The man suffered several stab wounds to his torso and was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

Teen girl charged over Surfers Paradise stabbing

UPDATE @ 4.00PM| Police have charged a teenage girl over an alleged stabbing of a man in the middle of Surfers Paradise early this morning.

The 30-year-old man and a friend were confronted by a group of females while walking through Cavill Mall around 4am.

The man suffered several stab wounds to his torso and was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

One of the females was taken into custody, with Police now charging a 17-year-old Marsden girl with one count of wounding.

She will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on September 30.

Police say their investigations are continuing.

EARLIER @ 6.00AM | An 18-year-old woman has been arrested, after allegedly stabbing a man multiple times in Surfers Paradise in the early hours of this morning.

Early inquiries indicate a 30-year-old man and his friend were walking along Cavill Street Mall around 4.00am, when they were confronted by a group of women.

An altercation broke out, during which the man was allegedly stabbed several times.

Police say he received a number of puncture wounds to his torso area.

He was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition, with the high acuity response team on board.

An 18-year-old woman is in police custody, but charges are yet to be laid.

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.

Popular Gold Coast venue added to public health alert list

A popular Gold Coast location is amongst the two new venues added to Queensland’s public health alert lists.

Health officials are concerned that a person visited The Royal Pines Resort while infectious late last month.

Anyone who was at the Tees clubhouse restaurant or the golf shop on August 24 between 7.45am and 3.00pm, is being urged to go and get tested.

While venues are usually deleted off the health alert list after 14 days, authorities are still asking people to monitor their symptoms carefully if they were there at the same time.

The Royal Pines Resort is amongst just two new venues added to the list of locations on the health alert, including the Gailes Golf Club in Wacol.

That’s despite Queensland now going 11 days without a new case of community transmission.

The state’s latest case was a person who’d recently returned home from overseas.

Related article: One new case of coronavirus in Queensland

For more information, and to see the full list of locations on the health alert, click here.