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Man suffers serious face, limb burns after gas bottle explosion, Gold Coast

A man has been hospitalised with serious burn injuries, after a gas bottle exploded at a home in Labrador overnight.

Emergency services were called to a private address around 6.00pm, following reports of the explosion.

They assessed one man at the scene for burns to his upper limbs and his face, before rushing him to hospital for further treatment.

He’s believed to be in a serious but stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

No other injuries were reported.

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RACQ releases lengthy election wish list for infrastructure on the Gold Coast

The RACQ has released its election wish list, calling for both sides of politics to invest in major infrastructure projects on the Gold Coast.

It includes the Coomera Connector, certain M1 upgrades and stage four of the light rail through to the airport as its highest priorities.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael says an investment in infrastructure and road safety works is crucial at this time.

“Now more than ever we need a pipeline of projects in the works to stimulate our economy, create jobs, improve road safety and ultimately improve the lives of Queenslanders by increasing the reliability and efficiency of our transport system,” Dr Michael said.

“We know commuters between the Gold Coast and Brisbane spend up to three weeks a year stuck in traffic. Fast tracking the Coomera Connector will help improve that congestion, safety and productivity on the M1, as well as provide new road, active and public transport options to high growth residential and industrial areas on the northern Gold Coast.

“We also want funding to be accelerated for the final stage of the Pacific Motorway upgrade from Daisy Hill to the Logan Motorway, so work can start when the Springwood to Daisy Hill section is complete.

“Extending the light rail south to Coolangatta and the Gold Coast Airport is also one of our top election priorities, because it’ll help future proof public transport on the coast,” Dr Michael said.

The RACQ also wants to see more active and public transport options to high growth areas around the north of the city.

Dr Michael says it would like to see increased funding commitments for safe cycling infrastructure and road safety initiatives.

That would hopefully include a mass action program of low-cost, high benefit safety upgrades across the State to achieve a minimum 30 percent reduction in fatal and serious injuries by 2030.

“We’ve lost too many lives on the State’s roads this year already. Small investments into works like wide centre lines, central and roadside safety barriers and intersection upgrades go a long way to helping make our roads safer for all Queenslanders,” she said.

“Queenslanders need to ensure they’re considering where their political vote goes and whether their candidate is willing to commit to improve Queenslanders’ lives and mobility options.”

To visit the full list of the RACQ’s top priorities, click here.

Both Labor and the LNP have already made serious funding promises for the Coomera Connector.

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Brisbane doctor charged with trafficking drugs to bikies

A Brisbane doctor has been charged, after allegedly supplying drugs to bikies as part of a trafficking operation.

Police executed multiple search warrants across Brisbane yesterday, including at two medical practices in Fortitude Valley and Chermside.

They seized quantities of steroids, prescription drugs and a large sum of cash.

Detectives allege that a 52-year-old doctor was involved in supplying the drugs without prescription directly to members of an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, in order to facilitate the on sale of the medication for profit.

“We will be alleging that these drugs were supplied to gang members by a medical practitioner who knew they were going to be on sold within the community for profit,” Detective Inspector Larissa Miller said.

“The Organised Crime Gangs group continues to target OMCG members and those who facilitate their offending, including people who hold professional positions of trust within our community.”

The man has since been taken into custody and charged with trafficking and supply of restrictions medications.

He’s expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

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Young girl suffers eye injury in two car crash, Gold Coast

A young girl has been hospitalised after a car crash on the Gold Coast last night.

Paramedics were called to Executive Drive in Burleigh Waters around 8.15pm, following reports of a two car crash.

A pre-teen girl was assessed briefly at the scene for an eye injury, before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

She’s believed to be at the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

Earlier last night, emergency services responded to another crash in Upper Coomera.

It happened along Coomera Grand Drive and Days Road around 6.00pm.

A woman was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

Another AFL player suspended over COVID breach

Another AFL player has been suspended, after breaching the code’s return to play protocols.

Melbourne player Harley Bennell will miss four matches and will be sent home, after he left the Queensland hub to go to an ‘unapproved premises’.

His suspension will be served across the first four weeks of the 2021 season.

While Bennell was not allowed to return to the hub after leaving his accommodation, meaning no other players have been put at risk.

The Melbourne Football Club has been fined $50,000, with none of it suspended due to protocol breaches earlier in the year.

The fine will be included in the club’s 2021 soft cap.

AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon says the protocols are the competition’s license to play and anyone breaching them will be held to account.

“Harley knew the rules and could have put his club and the competition at risk on the eve of a finals campaign,” Mr Dillon said.

The breach may have also put Bennell’s future with the club at risk, with reports he is now out of contract and was on the verge of signing a new deal.

It’s not the first time AFL players have breached their return to play protocols while in Queensland.

Two Richmond players were sent home and the club fined $100,000, after they were caught in a brawl outside a strip club in Surfers Paradise earlier this month.

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