Coast man accused of making ‘sexual propositions’ towards teen girls

A Gold Coast man has been charged after allegedly making unwanted advances towards three young girls over the border.

The 41-year-old allegedly approached a 14-year-girl while she was sitting on a bench on Brisbane Street in Murwillumbah yesterday.

“Police will allege the man spoke to her and made several sexual propositions before she walked away,” Police said.

Just an hour later, officers were called to a shopping centre in Murwillumbah, following reports two children were approached by an unknown man.

Police have been told two girls, aged 13 and 14, were approached and spoken to by the man in a supermarket before he walked away.

Officers immediately launched a patrol of the local area and arrested the man on Brisbane Street.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station, where he was charged with incite other to do sexual act with them without consent, three counts of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm and behave in offensive manner in public place.

The man, from Natural Bridge, was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today.

Gold Coast health worker “recovered and well” after suffering reaction to COVID vaccine

Queensland Health has confirmed a frontline health worker is okay, after suffering an allergic reaction to the Pfizer vaccine on the Gold Coast.

The health worker had an anaphylactic reaction after receiving the jab at the Gold Coast University Hospital on Thursday.

However, a Gold Coast Health spokesperson confirmed the person has a history of anaphylaxis and recovered quickly.

“The response was prompt and effective and the patient received the appropriate treatment and has since recovered,” the spokesperson said.

“Anaphylaxis has been identified as a possible side effect from any vaccination. Staff are well prepared for this and stringent processes are in place to manage such reactions.”

Gold Coast Health said that after receiving the vaccine, recipients are observed for 15 minutes or 30 minutes if they have identified a history of anaphylaxis in the screening process

They are continuing to stress that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and will protect you from COVID-19.

“All vaccines given in Australia have passed tests to prove they are safe and work well,” Queensland Health said.

Twitter

Qld Health cops backlash over ‘sooky’ social media post

A social media post by Queensland Health defending the state’s COVID vaccine rollout has fallen flat after the department was accused of being sooks.

The tweet was in response to criticism that Queensland was lagging behind the rest of the country.

In the first week, Queensland administered just 22-per-cent of the vaccine doses it had received, the lowest rate in Australia.

“QLD is used to being picked on by others. We saw this many times last year, even though our response remains one of the best in the world,” Queensland Health tweeted on Wednesday.

“Our response is safe, measured & sensible. That’s what QLDers expect.

“Our vaccine rollout approach is no different. This is not a race.”

But if Queensland Health was looking for sympathy, it was looking in the wrong place with social media users scathing of the tweet.

“This is why everyone picks on Queensland,” tweeted Josh Bates.

“Picked on – this is one of the most unprofessional tweets I’ve seen from a government department,” wrote DrWatsonscat.

“Queensland, u ok hun?” tweeted Leonora.

“Did an eight year old tweet this?” wrote Sherri McIver.

 

Film Shoot

Another TV show locked in for filming on the Gold Coast

Yet another TV production is on its way to the Gold Coast for filming and set to begin in a few months time.

Screen Queensland has confirmed that a new teen series will start production here in July.

It’s currently called ‘Taylor’s Island’, and will include 20 episodes of around 20 minutes long.

The storyline follows Taylor Young, a girl who is fascinated by the phenomena surrounding a mysterious island, ever since her uncle’s disappearance there.

“With a gang of friends, including Nori, a wisecracking local rebel; Meesha, a tough-as-nails thrill seeker; Ellis, a hypochondriac and born worrier; and Taylor’s stepsister Lila, an aspiring vlogger, Taylor is determined to get to the bottom of the secrets and inexplicable events of the island.

“In the pursuit of the truth, the friends go on an adventure of a lifetime, facing endless beaches, hidden treasures, cryptic riddles, and thrilling legends waiting to be unravelled,” the description from Nickelodeon International and Network 10 reads.

The project is predicted to support around 165 local jobs, and inject around $9 million into our economy.

“Through Screen Queensland, my government is proud to support the screen industry in Queensland because it creates local jobs,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“We’ve also emerged as one of the safest places to film because of the hard work of all Queenslanders in managing the global pandemic.

“Queensland is the place to be backed up by our enviable reputation for creating high-quality children’s screen content with local production companies Ludo Studio (Bluey, The Strange Chores), Like A Photon Creative (Combat Wombat, The Wishmas Tree) and The Steve Jaggi Company (Dive Club, Swimming For Gold) garnering global recognition for our screen industry.”

Stab

Knife-wielding thieves hit Gold Coast bottle-o on pushbikes

Two men are on the run this morning, after robbing a Gold Coast bottle-o at knifepoint overnight.

The pair hit up the business along Marine Parade in Labrador just after 9.00 pm on their bicycles.

One went into the shop armed with a knife, where he demanded money from the 19-year-old attendant.

The attendant opened the till before the thief took cash draw and fled.

The pair got away on their bikes south along Frank Street, and remain on the run this morning.

The 19-year-old wasn’t injured in the ordeal.

Police are investigating.

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.