Mother of all military planes to fly over the Gold Coast at very low altitude

A ROYAL Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III will fly over Allambe Memorial Park in Nerang on Friday as part of a funeral service for Gold Coast Flight Lieutenant Michael Atkinson.

The huge aircraft will fly at an altitude of just 90 metres above all ground obstacles as it approaches the park from the north at approximately 2pm.

The flypast will form part of a funeral service for Flight Lieutenant Michael Atkinson, who passed away last week at the age of 94.

Initially joining the Australian Army in January 1942, Flight Lieutenant Atkinson was selected by the Royal Australian Air Force to serve as a Wireless Air Gunner.

On completion of his training in Canada in 1943, Flight Lieutenant Atkinson flew on Halifax bombers on missions over Occupied Europe, before returning to Australia in 1946.

He went on to serve as a wireless operator on the Dakota transport and Lincoln Bomber, deployed to the Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan and flew missions during the Malayan Emergency.

The crew of a Royal Air Force No. 78 Squadron Halifax Bomber ‘Q for Queenie’. Flight Lieutenant Michael Atkinson is pictured kneeling on the left. (Supplied)

Flight Lieutenant Atkinson was later commissioned as an Air Traffic Control Officer before retiring from the Air Force in 1975, remaining close to the Air Force whilst living on the Gold Coast.

The Globemaster conducting the flypast on Friday is operated by No. 36 Squadron, which is one of the squadrons Flight Lieutenant Atkinson served with following the Second World War.

The C-17A Globemaster III provides Air Force with an unprecedented capacity for strategic airlift and allows Australia to rapidly deploy anywhere in the world.

A ROYAL Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III will flyover the Gold Coast on Friday PHOTO: Department of Defence

NOTE: The flypast is subject to variables including Air Traffic Control, weather, and operational availability; and may be delayed or cancelled.

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Macklemore responds to controversy surrounding his NRL grand final performance

CONTROVERSY has erupted after it was revealed US Rapper Macklemore would be performing his well-known marriage equality anthem ‘Same Love’ at the NRL grand final this weekend.

Macklemore is set to perform the popular hit in front of over 70,000 people at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, as well as millions watching from home and at pubs on TV.

However, with the current same-sex marriage survey currently ongoing in Australia, ‘No’ campaigners have come out in full force, saying the NRL shouldn’t be politicising the event.

Ex-NRL player Tony Wall has started a change.org petition titled Take LGBTIQ politics out of the NRL, and is calling on the NRL to “take a neutral position on the question of same-sex marriage.”

“I am really concerned about a recent decision on behalf of the NRL to back the Yes campaign for the Marriage Law Postal Survey,” the description of the petition reads.

“My family and many other loyal NRL fans, who are No voters, will not feel comfortable watching the Grand Final when the NRL is imposing such a bold political stance on its fans while the issue is currently being voted on by the Australian people.

“Join with me in voicing your concern and demand that the NRL take a neutral position on the question of same-sex marriage.”

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has also backed the petition, tweeting “Footy fans shouldn’t be subjected to a politicised grand final. Sport is sport!”

Speaking on US radio station ‘The Cruz Show’ Macklemore addressed the controversy for the first time.

“I’m actually going out to Australia to perform at kind of the Super Bowl of their rugby league,” he said.

“And it’s interesting actually cause I’m gonna play Same Love and they’re going through trying to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia.

“So I’m getting a lot of tweets from angry old white dudes in Australia. Today I think there is a petition to ban me from playing.

“It’s interesting times in Australia and I’m heading on a flight over there later tonight.”

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Macklemore will also be performing some of his other hits including ‘Downtown’ and ‘Glorious’, which will be broadcast on Channel Nine from 6.30pm on Sunday October 1.

Gold Coast M1

Nearly $20 million spent on safety improvements for Gold Coast’s M1

Gold Coasters will be happy to know that the $19.8m project to install new, and upgrade existing, road safety barriers on the Pacific Motorway has been completed!

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the works, carried out between Logan and Palm Beach, involved the installation of about 45kms of wire rope and/or guardrail safety barriers.

“The M1 is a major transport route between Brisbane and the NSW border which caters for commuters, tourists and heavy vehicles – with traffic volumes growing with increasing development, improving road safety on this busy motorway is paramount,” he said.

“To improve safety for all road users, these additional safety barriers have been installed on M1 shoulders and medians to reduce the risk and severity of crashes where vehicles run off the road or enter the median.”

Mr Bailey said the works were carried out over two years, with reports from the department suggesting they had already played a vital role in limiting the severity of crashes.

The works were funded under the Targeted Road Safety Program.

 

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For the first time ever, women in Saudi Arabia are now allowed to drive

Women in Saudi Arabia have been granted permission to drive, for the first time ever.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued the decree on Tuesday, stating that women will be given drivers licences if they wanted them.

The change, which will take effect from June next year, was announced on state television, with dozens of people quickly taking to Twitter to praise the decision.

Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world that prevented women from driving.

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North Korea accuses Trump of ‘declaring war’ on the country

NORTH Korea’s Foreign Minister has threatened to shoot down US bombers after accusing US president Donald Trump of declaring a war on the country.

Ri Yong-ho told reporters outside his hotel room in New York on Monday that “The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country”.

“Trump claimed our leadership would not be around much longer,” Yong-ho said through an interpreter.

“He declared a war on our country.”

Yong-ho claimed that his country now has the right to shoot down any US bombers that come near the border.

“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to take counter-measures including the right to shoot down US strategic bombers even when they are not yet inside the airspace border of country,” he said.

“The question of who will be around much longer will be answered then.”

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the ministers claims, saying they were “absurd”.

“We have not declared war against North Korea and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd,” Ms Sanders said.