“Deal with them harshly” Council investigating source of false emergency alert

Gold Coast Council has confirmed it did not send out a Watch and Act Emergency Alert this morning, with investigations into the source of the message now underway.

Residents in some parts of the northern Gold Coast reported receiving a text message warning of the threat of flooding in Oxenford, Helensvale and Hope Island.

But in a statement supplied to myGC, Council insisted that they did not send the message and that there are currently no flood warnings for the city.


“City of Gold Coast did NOT issue a Watch and Act Emergency Alert this morning,” the statement said.

“Despite recent rain, there are no current flood warnings for the Gold Coast.”

Speaking to reporters on the Gold Coast on Thursday, Mayor Tom Tate said “investigations into the source of the message” are underway.

“It saddens me that someone is trying to play a funny thing, this is emergency stuff,” the Mayor said.

“I’m going to ask the police to investigate and track the IP, and if we find it, we will deal with them harshly”.

Gold Coasters are being urged to remain vigilant with heavy rainfall predicted over the next couple of days.