Rebel Wilson

Bauer Media to appeal Rebel Wilson’s $4.5 million defamation payment

Rebel Wilson’s battle with the publisher of Woman’s Day magazine isn’t over, with Bauer Media to appeal the Victorian Supreme Court decision.

Bauer Media was ordered to pay a record $4.5 million in damages to Ms Wilson for a series of eight articles in May 2015 which painted her as a serial liar.

The articles also accused her of lying about her age, real name and childhood.

In September, after a lengthy battle in court, Justice John Dixon awarded the comedy star $650,000 in general damages and $3.9 million in special damages.

However, Bauer Media confirmed today they’re planning to appeal the amount they’ve been ordered to pay.

“It’s important for us to revisit this unprecedented decision on the quantum of damages, which also has broad implications for the media industry,” Bauer Media general counsel Adrian Goss said in a statement.

Previously, Ms Wilson’s lawyer had said the win was a significant record and was about four times the previous highest amount awarded in an Australian defamation case.

Mount Panorama Bathurst

205,000 revved-up V8 fans flock to Mount Panorama for Bathurst 1000

DAVID Reynolds and his co-driver Luke Youlden have driven Holden to victory and claimed the cup in this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in an epic wet-and-wild race on Mount Panorama.

More than 56,000 people flocked through the gates to watch the ‘Great Race’ on what was an action-packed Sunday.

A total of 205,693 screaming supercar fans descended on the mountain over the four-day event, just shy of the record 207,205 people who attended the 50th-anniversary event in 2012.

“This event just gets better each year,” Supercars CEO James Warburton said.

“It is the biggest event in New South Wales and one of the largest in the country every year. And later this year we will finish our season with our very first race in Newcastle which will be massive.”

The greats of Bathurst were honoured on the grid following their induction into the newly established ‘Legend’s Lane’ which next year will be a permanent tribute at the circuit.

The late Peter Brock, Jim Richards, Allan Moffat, Dick Johnson, John Goss, John Bowe, Allan Grice, Fred Gibson, Colin Bond, Kevin Bartlett, John Harvey and Bob Morris were the first to be inducted into Legend’s Lane.

Australian singer Delta Goodrem wowed the crowd, opening the main race with a stunning rendition of the national anthem, to which she received a standing ovation.

“Delta was amazing, such a great way to start the race,” Supercars CEO James Warburton.

“The atmosphere was electric and despite the rain early in the race the crowd loved the way the best touring car drivers in the world tackled the tricky conditions.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was just one of the many personalities on the grid for the main event.

Other famous faces in the crowd included American auto designer Chip Foose, American racing legend Michael Andretti, former Indy 500 winner Jeff Ward, Aussie motocross champion Chad Reed and rally Champion Molly Taylor.

Cricketer Michael Slater and Troy Cassar-Daly were also present.

The Supercars Championship moves to the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 (Oct 20-22) in a fortnight followed by the ITM Auckland SuperSprint (Nov 3-5) and finishing at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 (Nov 24-26).

Australia Fair Flavours of Metro The Burrito Bar

Treat your tastebuds at the Flavours of Metro Street Party this weekend

Calling all Gold Coast foodies! This Saturday take your tastebuds out for a treat at the delicious Flavours of Metro Street Party!

Australia Fair Flavours of Metro Street Party

Flavours of Metro Street Party | PHOTO: Supplied by Australia Fair Metro

The popular food festival will pop up in Southport from 5pm on October 7, offering a smorgasbord of tempting international food and beverages along with non-stop live entertainment and fun for all the family.

Gold Coasters won’t go hungry at the event, with an array delicious cuisine on offer from both Australia Fair Metro restaurants and street food vendors set up for the Chinatown Street Markets.

The unique event will also feature a free live concert by The Black Sorrows, one of Australia’s best-loved and most enduring touring bands.

Australia Fair Flavours of Metro The Black Sorrows

The Black Sorrows | PHOTO: Supplied by Australia Fair Metro

The kids will be kept thoroughly entertained all evening too with a jumping castle, face painting, arts and craft activities, and motorised animal rides.

Australia Fair general manager Ramon Otten invites local families and visitors to celebrate the Metro experience at the free, family-friendly street party.

“We are thrilled to present our second annual Flavours of Metro Street Party, which marks Metro’s first birthday and is an opportunity for us to give back to the community, who have already established Australia Fair’s vibrant new western precinct as a meeting place for people from all walks of life,” Mr Otten said.

Australia Fair Flavours of Metro SoPo

SoPo Dining Room | PHOTO: Supplied by Australia Fair Metro

“This year, we have collaborated with the Chinatown Street Markets to bring an even greater element of diversity to this exciting event, with guests able to wander the precinct and surrounding streets and choose from an amazing variety of delicious food.”

“We invite our local families to come along, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a free, community-oriented evening of quality entertainment and performances,” he said.

The Flavours of Metro Street Party is on this Saturday, October 7, from 5 pm – 9 pm at Young and Davenport Street in Southport. It is free to attend with free parking available at Australia Fair Metro. For more information visit:

The 2016 Schoolies Support Team

Schoolies’ parents invited to join the celebration as safety response volunteer

PARENTS are being urged to volunteer with Crime Stoppers at this year’s Schoolies celebrations on the Gold Coast.

The Schoolies Community Safety response program provides parents with the opportunity to keep an eye on their children without intruding on their fun.

Crime Stopper Volunteer, and school-leaver parent Jason Lake, said he enjoyed volunteering for the first time in 2015 to watch over his graduating son and his friends.

“I really enjoyed interacting with the kids and making sure they were safe,” he said.

“I did street and beach patrols, and a few walk homes.

“The group atmosphere is great, patrolling volunteers are put into groups of four, so volunteer safety is always a priority.”

Mr Lake said the best part of volunteering is seeing those attending enjoying themselves after 12 years of education.

“The whole experience opens your eyes up to what Schoolies is all about,” he said.

“For the most part, it is just good kids who are there having fun, and it is comforting to know that they are in a safe environment.

“I am coming back for a second time this year to watch over my daughter, after the rewarding experience of a very welcoming volunteer community the first year.”

Thousands of school-leavers will take over Surfers Paradise from November 18.

Registrations to volunteer are still open. Parents wanting to register are being urged to do so ASAP to allow enough time for the screening process.

For more information and to register obligation-free, click here or call 1300 309 355.

Same sex marriage postal vote

The majority of same sex marriage forms already returned

More than 9 million Australians have already had their say on same-sex marriage, with five weeks to go until the postal survey wraps up.

The Bureau of Statistics, in the first of its weekly updates, says it’s received 57.5 per cent of the ballot papers.

That leaves more than 6 million eligible voters yet to take part in the survey.

Today’s estimate is based on the bulk containers of returned forms and not a count of individual forms.

ABS Deputy Statistician Jonathan Palmer said weekly updates will be provided until the survey closes on 7 November 2017.

Final figures will be available when all processing is completed and survey results are released on 15 November 2017.

“We hope that this update will serve as a reminder to those who have not submitted their form to do so promptly” he said.

“If you haven’t received your form, or your form is lost or damaged, please contact us via our website and we will send you a new one.

“If you can’t access the internet, call the Information Line on 1800 572 113 (open 8am to 8pm local time seven days a week) or visit a capital city or regional form pick-up location.”

Requests for new survey forms will close 6pm (local time) on Friday, 20 October.