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CRIPPLED BY RATES & FEES

Gold Coast unit owners claim they’re being financially crippled by increased rates and fees. They’re calling on the council and Queensland government to change the way Body Corporate Management and Local Government do business. Today the Unit Owners Alliance met to work through the issues, which include the highly controversial view tax. And the new Queensland Government law that charges penthouse owners the same amount of body corporate fees as the rest of the building. Some ratepayers see that as a tall order. It’s a view shared by the local member Ray Stevens who’s calling for a Government watchdog to monitor body corporate managers, and government policy. The State Opposition Leader will meet with affected Gold Coast residents when another rally is held in August. Read More »

JOHN TONGE CENTRE PLAGUED BY DELAYS

Despite tens of millions of dollars being spent on upgrades… It seems, the John Tonge Centre is still plagued by serious delays. The family of a man, killed after a brawl outside Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern, is still waiting for answers… Five weeks after his death. They’ve been told, test results could be weeks away. Twenty six million dollars has been poured into the John Tonge Centre’s forensic labs… To improve years of chronic delays. Earlier THIS year .. The government declared the backlog had been fixed. Read More »

UNION CALLS FOR MORE TRUCK STOPS

Trucking unions have joined the call for more truck stops on the Pacific Highway. The Transport Workers Union says driver safety is at risk because there are insufficient and inadequate rest areas for drivers. Trucking companies, drivers and now the Transport Workers Union say more needs to be done to ensure driver safety. With increasing trucks on the road and new regulations for driver rest breaks about to be implemented, the TWU says the lack of parking areas is about to get worse. Mick Forbes has also taken a swipe at the Coalition which he says has held up a $70-million transport upgrade package in the Senate. The money he says is urgently needed to build new rest areas. Read More »

MUMS FIGHT FOR HOSPITAL

Murwillumbah mums are fighting to save emergency obstetric services at the town’s hospital. The North Coast Area Health Service is considering down-grading after-hour services, despite fears it could put expectant mothers at risk. Mums-to-be could soon loose the choice to give birth in Murwillumbah. The North Coast Area Health Service is considering downgrading emergency obstetric services. That means expectant mums with complications after hours would be transferred to Tweed Heads, adding at least a half an hour trip. In the meantime, a big crowd is expected to make their message clear at a public rally next Saturday.” Local mums have taken their campaign on-line, setting up a facebook petition to gain nation-wide support. Read More »

VAN EXPLODES WHILE BEING CRUSHED

It was a case of de ja vu for staff at Ashmore Metal Recyclers, this morning. A van exploded while being crushed. Workers managed to put out the blaze, and stop the flames spreading before fire crews arrived. It’s the second fire at the wrecking yard in six weeks. Last month, several cars went up in flames, after an explosion rocked the suburb. Read More »

TWEED MAN REFUSED BAIL

47-year-old Tweed man, Phillip McIntosh, was refuse bail when he appeared in Tweed Heads Court today charged with kidnapping and assault. Police allege McIntosh attacked a women with a metal pipe and a tennis racquet in a South Tweed home yesterday, before locking her and her 15-year-old son inside. McIntosh is due to appear in the Byron Bay Local Court tomorrow. Read More »

TRAGIC TWIST TO BUILDING ACCIDENT

There’s been a tragic twist to the accident that sent two construction workers plummeting 26 floors to their deaths on the weekend. The mother of 52-year-old Steve Sayer says her son was not supposed to be working at the site. Read More »

BIZARRE CAR CHASE

In a bizarre turn of events, police are investigating whether a car chase, hit and run and bridge fall near Coomera, are connected. The chain of events started when a 29-year-old driver was pulled over on the M1. Read More »

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