Gold Coast suburbs amongst best in the country to invest

A number of Gold Coast suburbs have popped up on a list of places to invest in Australia, with Burleigh Heads even coming in second.

ME Bank’s top places to invest around the country, which was initially published by Newscorp, takes into account factors such as transport options and coffee shops within the area, to determine which areas are up and coming.

The Gold Coast’s Burleigh Heads came in second place, just behind the Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba.

It’s understood the light rail extension was monumental in getting Burleigh up the top of the list, as it will better connect the whole area.

Mermaid Beach and Miami also made the list, although a little further back. They fell in the 17th and 18th spots respectively.

The full list of Australian suburbs is below:

  1. Woolloongabba, QLD
  2. Burleigh Heads, QLD
  3. Five Dock, NSW
  4. North Melbourne, VIC
  5. Rozelle, NSW
  6. Ellenbrook, WA
  7. Parramatta, NSW
  8. Crows Nest, NSW
  9. Preston, VIC
  10. South Melbourne, VIC
  11. Yanchep, WA
  12. Waterloo, NSW
  13. Coffs Harbour, NSW
  14. North Sydney, NSW
  15. Pyrmont, NSW
  16. Claremont, WA
  17. Mermaid Beach, QLD
  18. Miami, QLD
  19. Concord, MSW
  20. Fairfield, QLD
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Electric shock lands Gold Coast fast-food employee in hospital

A Gold Coast Hungry Jacks worker has been hospitalised after suffering an electric shock.

The man, aged in his 20s, is believed to have been cleaning a deep fryer at the fast-food restaurant along Brisbane Road in Labrador around 8.30pm last night when he was injured.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson confirmed he was transported in a stable condition.

Woman killed by falling tree branch while bushwalking in NSW

A woman has died after being struck by a falling tree branch while bushwalking in the Lake Macquarie area overnight.

The horror accident happened in Watagans National Park at Cooranbong, near Lake Macquarie on the Central Coast, around 6.30pm.

A number of emergency crews rushed to the scene and desperately tried to revive the woman, believed to be aged in her 30s.

However, despite the efforts of relatives and first responders, the woman died at the scene.

According to police, weather conditions were poor at the time of the incident, with the area being drenched by heavy rain throughout the day.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Police conclude investigation into AJ Elfalak’s disappearance

The NSW investigation into the disappearance of a 3-year-old boy in the Hunter Valley has now been concluded.

AJ Elfalak, who is on the autism spectrum and is non-verbal vanished from the family property at Putty back in September sparking a massive three-day search.

Hundreds of emergency service personnel, SES and volunteers were involved, with fears the boy had been a victim of foul play after Police seized a car and declared a crime scene at a nearby property.

AJ was spotted by Polair in a creek on the family property just 500 metres from the home after three days.

He’d suffered from ant bites, nappy rash and a couple of abrasions, but was luckily not seriously injured.

NSW police then commenced an investigation into the boy’s disappearance.

It’s since concluded with the incident determined to be a result of misadventure.

Related article: Boy missing from NSW property since Friday found alive 

Local surfing legends Fanning and Parko inducted into Gold Coast sporting hall of fame

It’s hard to believe it hasn’t happened already, but local surfing legends Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson have had their names officially etched into local history, inducted into the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame.

The retired surfing world champions, who share a plethora of titles and championships between them, will become just the fifth and sixth surfers honoured with “Hall of Fame” status at a special ceremony at Coolangatta.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate announced their inductions at Council Chambers on Wednesday morning, where he presented surfing superstar Parko with a special framed certificate.

The 40-year-old was flying solo, with best mate Mick Fanning unable to attend as he’s still overseas in the US with his partner and young son.

Speaking to reporters, Mayor Tate praised the pair for their contributions not only to the sport, but to the local community.

“Mick and Joel have done so much for their sport, in and out of the waves,” Councillor Tate said.

“I know their passion to help the groms, particularly down the southern end, is greatly appreciated by those emerging champions.

“They are both champion Gold Coasters and worthy inductees and my congratulations go to Mick and Joel.”

Parko, who is regarded as one of the most naturally gifted and stylish surfers to grace the sport, said he’s honoured.

“To be inducted into the Gold Coast sporting hall of fame is a huge achievement,” he said.

“I believe here on the coast we have some of the best athletes in the world from various sports and to be acknowledged in my sport of surfing is huge.

“Myself and Mick, unfortunately he couldn’t be here today, but I’m sure he feels the same way I do.”

The local legend, who is admired by many hoping to follow in his footsteps, said while the induction was never in his sights, he is humbled.

“You don’t set a goal to be inducted into a hall of fame, I set a goal to win a world title,” he said.

“So in a way it’s just as prestigious that people recognise the effort you put in and I really appreciate that.

“I don’t spend my days thinking about competitive surfing anymore, but it’s nice to be recognised for the effort I did put in”.

The praises continued, with Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame president Daphne Pirie, admitting it’s only fitting the original Coolangatta kids are inducted into the hall of fame together.

“We rarely induct two athletes at the same time, but Mick and Joel have gone from being close childhood friends to the top of the surfing and business worlds together, with extraordinary challenges met by both along the way,” Ms Pirie said.

“Their stories of nurturing their talents and overcoming adversities on and off the waves are truly remarkable and deserve being preserved in this way to inspire future generations”.