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Motorcyclist in serious condition after horror M1 crash

A motorbike rider is in a serious condition in hospital, after a horror crash on the M1 late last night.

Emergency services were called to the stretch through Mudgeeraba just after 11.00pm, following reports of the incident.

A person was assessed at the scene for multiple injuries, before being rushed to hospital for further treatment.

They’re believed to be in a serious condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

No other injuries were reported.

More to come. 

Australia’s bankruptcy laws overhauled to save more businesses

The federal government is set to overhaul Australia’s bankruptcy laws, to help more businesses get through the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds of Aussie businesses have already entered insolvency this year, while thousands of others have been propped up by the JobKeeper package.

But, when that begins tapering off from this month, there’s a worry more will be pushed over the edge.

The Treasurer has announced changes to the current bankruptcy laws that hopes to give businesses more control over the insolvency process.

It’s understood it will ensure a flat fee for companies that have to call in advisors to help them out of trouble.

“We want businesses to have more control as they seek to restructure and to repay their liabilities,” Frydenberg told The Today Show this morning.

“Right now the current insolvency process sees the small businesses hand over the keys, their assets are eaten away in fees to insolvency practitioners or to lawyers or to accountants and to others.

“Where as a lot of these businesses are viable businesses. 

“Because of the health restrictions, they have seen their bills rack up but they can get to the other side, so we are giving them the best way to do that,” he said.

The Treasurer will outline more details of the government’s fiscal strategy in a speech to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today.

Scrub up this September to help sick kids in hospital

Gold Coasters are being encouraged to wear a scrub hat this month to raise much-needed funds to help sick kids in hospital.

The Gold Coast Hospital Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign Scrub Up September is currently underway, with money raised to go towards vital medical equipment, world-class research and interactive play and sensory areas in Gold Coast hospitals.

Locals can get behind the cause, and also help provide a much-needed morale boost for sick children in hospital, at a dedicated Scrub Up September zone at Robina Town Centre.

Between 11am and 2pm daily, Gold Coasters can purchase a $2 token from the Scrub Up September volunteers (just look for the ‘scrub hats’) located near Sephora.

Locals can share their messages of support and words of encouragement for sick kids and healthcare workers on their token, before pinning it to a 7.5m wall for all to see.

Gold Coast Hospital Foundation Chief Executive Officer Ben Cox said the one in three Gold Coast kids who need the city’s public hospitals every year need help now more than ever.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped Gold Coast kids getting sick or needing medical treatment,” he said.

“Our healthcare heroes on our Children’s wards have been treating patients right throughout this year and we are so thankful for Robina Town Centre and all our Scrub Up September participants getting on board to wear a scrub hat and raise much-needed funds for our kids in hospital.”

Tokens can also be purchased from Earth Markets, in addition to the Scrub Up September stand near Sephora.

For more information on Scrub Up September, visit gchfoundation.org.au/scrubupseptember/

Brisbane man slugged thousands for driving to Byron Bay to ‘clear his head’

A Brisbane man will be forced to fork out close to $7,000 after trying to re-enter the state after driving down to Byron Bay to ‘clear his head’.

Police stopped the man’s vehicle at the border checkpoints on the Gold Coast around 5pm on Sunday.

It’s believed the driver thought it was okay for him to drive back into Queensland because he had a ‘G pass’.

“A G pass is like a unicorn on the road. You cannot drive into Queensland with a G pass,” Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler told ABC Radio.

“He told police he’d simply driven down to the Byron Bay area to clear his head.

“He was given the appropriate advice by our border staff which was, unfortunately for him, he had to go to an airport, fly back into Queensland and quarantine for 14 days at his own expense.”

The man was then busted at the Griffith Street checkpoint in Coolangatta an hour and a half later trying to get in again.

“When we encounter these people who turn up with either the wrong story or the wrong pass, we flag them in our system, and of course he was identified,” Chief Supt. Wheeler said.

He was then handed a $4,003 fine.

The man will also have to pay around $2,800 for the 14-day hotel quarantine and well as the cost of a flight into the state and the cost of retrieving his own car, which had to be left on the other side of the border.

“That’s the other issue people probably don’t think about,” Wheeler said.

“Getting your vehicle back is your problem, it’s your expense.

“I imagine he’ll have to engage a towing contractor and that’s not going to be cheap.

“So that was a very expensive way to clear his head.”

Coronavirus

Victoria records just 11 new coronavirus cases, two more deaths

Victoria has recorded just 11 new cases of coronavirus overnight, along with two more deaths.

It’s slightly less than yesterday’s 14 cases, which was the lowest daily infection rate in around three months.

The continuously low numbers are fuelling hopes that the lock down restrictions could be lifted sooner than predicted.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said restrictions would gradually start to be eased from the end of the month the average number of cases over 14 days was between 30 and 50.

The current rolling average sits at 34.4.

There were another two deaths also reported overnight, bringing the state’s coronavirus death toll 763, and the national toll to 851.

Health officials will give further details later this morning.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth has told the ABC it’s great news, but Victorians cannot afford to be complacent once restrictions begin easing.

“But we need to keep in mind that there’s still a way to go. 

“When Victorians come out of restrictions, particularly in Melbourne, the complacency has to be avoided.

“We know how to stop this virus, if we limit household gatherings, wash hands frequently and have the COVID safe app download and main tan physical distance and of course mask wearing being mandatory, these things will allow us to lift restrictions safely,” Doctor Coatsworth said.