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Tigertown Band Surfers Paradise Live

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The Veronicas Band Drops a joy Bomb on Surfers Paradise

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Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on track with Carrara venue now open

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The venue that will host the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) opening and closing ceremonies is now complete, with the purpose-built $105 million Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre in Carrara officially opened today. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the GC2018 venue would host the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics, badminton, wrestling and weightlifting competitions. “In 341 days all eyes will be on this new sport precinct for the opening ceremony at Carrara Stadium, kicking off 11 days of unforgettable sporting action,” the Premier said. “This new precinct is a gold medal winning project for our Games, supporting hundreds of jobs and engaging local contractors. “In fact, 2982 workers were inducted onsite to work on this precinct, which will become a premier hub for community-based sport on the Coast. “This world-class sporting venue is part of an important legacy of community infrastructure for South East Queensland that will help attract elite ath…

ANZAC Day Surfers Paradise Beach

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The Surfers Paradise RSL Dawn Service commence at 5.15am outside the Surfers Paradise RSL and then March to the Surfers Paradise Beach ANZAC Memorial Located at the Photo above for the 5:30am Dawn Service. Traditional WW11 Aircraft flypast and Many Helicopters Hovering around to set the Atmosphere.ANZAC Day Surfers Paradise had perfect warm weather conditions and many Holidaymakers and locals decided to hit the beach after the ANZAC Day Parade. Umn I think some International Holiday Makers didn't even have a clue what was even happening..
Hope you all had a satisfying ANZAC Day.
Lest we Forget

Additional Commonwealth disaster assistance for Queensland

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Minister for Justice Michael Keenan today announced that the Australian Government has activated the Disaster Recovery Payment and the Disaster Recovery Allowance for eligible disaster affected residents in the local government area of Rockhampton, Queensland. By making these payments available the Australian Government is ensuring that those who have lost their homes or livelihoods in the flooding that followed Tropical Cyclone Debbie have the additional assistance they need to help them on the road to recovery. People eligible for the Disaster Recovery Payment are those who have lost their homes or suffered injury as a result of the disaster. These people can access a one-off payment of $1,000 per adult and $400 per child. People eligible for the Disaster Recovery Allowance can access income assistance for up to 13 weeks, equivalent to the maximum rate of Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance. This assistance is designed to help those employees, primary producers and sole traders affect…

Taxi service licence restrictions removed

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Taxi service licence holders are no longer subject to high occupancy, owner/driver and green vehicle restrictions. Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the changes, effective immediately, were a continuation of the state government’s personalised transport reforms. “This is another step in removing unnecessary regulation on the taxi industry and improves consistency and simplicity of conditions for service licence holders,” Mr Bailey said. “This allows industry greater flexibility to determine fleet needs in response to market requirements. “Taxi industry participants are voluntarily moving toward the use of green or hybrid vehicles which are generally more cost effective to operate, removing the need for the government to regulate their use. “To ensure service levels are protected, Wheelchair Accessible Taxi conditions will remain in place.” Mr Bailey said the changes would apply to over 300 taxi service licences across Queensland. “Removing these regulations promotes the ab…

Additional assistance for Queensland councils affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie

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Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan today announced additional disaster assistance for communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. Minister Keenan said today’s announcement will extend assistance under the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements to the local government area of Brisbane. “This brings the total number of Queensland local government areas receiving assistance under these arrangements to thirty–five (35),” Mr Keenan said. Minister Ryan said joint Commonwealth-State funding to assist states and local councils to undertake certain counter disaster operations and clean-up activities has also been extended to the local government areas of Brisbane and the Fraser Coast. “In addition, concessional interest rate loans for primary produ…

GC2018 transport plan to take 50,000 cars off the M1

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Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said Games partners had developed the plan to significantly boost public transport options during the games. “With the ticket request process opening on 24 April, we want to ensure people coming to the Games know what extra public transport services will be available to make their Games’ experience an enjoyable one,” Ms Jones said. “The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, Transport and Main Roads, Police and City of Gold Coast have been working to ensure transport is effectively planned and delivered for the Games.” Ms Jones said an extensive range of accommodation options on the Gold Coast, increased public transport – including park and ride facilities, and congestion busting measures for the M1 were the three planks of the transport plan. “First and foremost we want to encourage spectators to stay on the Gold Coast during the Games,” she said. “We want everyone to make the most of what the Gold Coast has to offer by either staying with …

Further assistance for Queensland councils affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie

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Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan today announced additional disaster assistance for communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Minister Keenan said the assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). “Today’s announcement will extend assistance under the NDRRA to the local government areas of Maranoa and Western Downs,” Mr Keenan said. “This brings the total number of Queensland local government areas which are receiving assistance under these arrangements to thirty-four (34).” Minister Ryan said assistance for affected communities to restore or replace essential public infrastructure, and to assist with counter disaster costs, is now available in Maranoa and Western Downs. “In addition, freight subsidies and concessional loans for primary producers have today been extended to the local government areas of Banana and North …

Construction starts to rebuild John Muntz Causeway Tamborine-Oxenford Road

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The repair of Tamborine-Oxenford Road and reconnecting the John Muntz Causeway in Upper Coomera will start next week. Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said a construction contractor would be on site on Tuesday 18 April to start reconnecting the bridge with the missing embankment that washed away in floodwaters on 31 March. “Golding have been contracted to start the repair work on Tamborine-Oxenford Road,” Mr Bailey said. “Residents will notice an increase in activity at the site as work starts to reclaim the 25 metres of river embankment washed away by flooding associated with Cyclone Debbie. “Work is already underway to repair the major gas line that runs under the road and City of Gold Coast Council will also carry out repair work to their water main.” Mr Bailey said the road would remain closed for the duration of the repair and the work would be completed mid-year, weather permitting. “I realise the road and causeway closure for any period of time is an inconvenience to r…

Queenslanders can thank Jesus for a Pay rise on Easter Sunday

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Easter Sunday a public holiday for the first time in Queensland As most Queenslanders prepare for a four-day break over Easter, the Palaszczuk Government is reminding employers and workers that Easter Sunday is now a public holiday. “From here on in, work on Easter Sunday is treated and paid the same way as the Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday public holidays that surround it,” Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said. “After a change in legislation, Queensland is now consistent with public holiday arrangements in New South Wales, ACT and Victoria, where Easter Sunday had already been declared a public holiday.” Ms Grace said with Easter Sunday now a public holiday, employers should check the industrial award for the appropriate rate of pay for work performed on that day. She said restaurants and cafes can also include a surcharge on Sundays and public holidays, provided it’s clearly and prominently displayed. “Those who miss out on spending time with their loved ones on…

Tropical Cyclone Debbie and restore public access to camping areas and visitor sites.

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The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is working hard to access national parks and State forests to assess the damage from Tropical Cyclone Debbie and restore public access to camping areas and visitor sites.  National Parks Minister Steven Miles said parks and State forests in the Mackay and Whitsunday areas and the Gold Coast hinterland had been heavily impacted, with lesser impacts in other areas along the cyclone’s path.  “Many of our parks and forests in far north and inland Queensland were not affected by the cyclone and are available for Easter campers,” Mr Miles said.  “In the cyclone-hit areas, QPWS has deployed teams to start assessment and recovery. I want to thank our rangers who are undertaking very difficult work right now as they deal with dozens of major landslips and hundreds of treefalls.  “Park closures will be kept in place where necessary so staff can work to clear debris, repair infrastructure, remove hazards and make these areas safe once again for the pu…

Financial assistance rolls out for people affected by TC Debbie

Community recovery efforts are in full swing across the state, with more than 13,000 Queenslanders who have experienced hardship in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie getting a helping hand. Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said the grants had been paid to people and families in affected areas, with most being Immediate Hardship Assistance grants. “These grants helps cover the costs of essential items such as food, clothing and accommodation immediately after this type of disaster,” she said. “There is still plenty of time for people experiencing hardship caused by TC Debbie in North Queensland and the subsequent flooding in affected areas in the south-east to apply for grants.” Ms Fentiman said the Queensland Government had also extended the suburbs and towns that are eligible for financial assistance following flooding across the south-east of the state. “As access to more areas across the region improved, it has become clear that more residents needed immediate financial assistanc…

Goldy Commonwealth Games sporting schedule released

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Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones today unveiled the official Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games ticketing guide as part of “One Year to Go” celebrations on the Gold Coast. Ms Jones said the schedule provided full competition dates and times for the 23 sporting disciplines across the sport and para-sport program. “Today marks just 12 months until the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and what better way to celebrate this milestone than the release of the highly-anticipated ticketing guide,” she said. “The GC2018 sports competition schedule boasts the largest medal program and the most events in Commonwealth Games history. “Spectators now have the chance to start planning their GC2018 experience ahead of the ticket ballot opening on 24 April. “Games fans can choose between 278 competition sessions as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.” Ms Jones said every effort was made to ensure tickets were reasonably priced for families. “We want the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to be affo…

Assistance for Queensland councils affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan today announced additional disaster assistance in response to Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Assistance is now available in twenty-seven (27) Queensland local government areas. The assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Minister Keenan said even though the threat of Tropical Cyclone Debbie has passed, ongoing assessments have shown that Queensland communities need additional support to help with their immediate and long-term recovery efforts. “Through the NDRRA, we can ensure that affected communities are able to recover from natural disasters as quickly as possible, including through the restoration of damaged infrastructure,” Mr Keenan said. Minister Ryan said this additional assistance means that the local government areas of Banana, Central Highlands, Gympie, Ipswich, Moreton Bay, Noosa, No…

Community recovery work boosted as more Queensland residents affected by TC Debbie

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Flood-affected residents in the Logan, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast local government areas will be able to access immediate financial help and support in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said more than $1.2 million in hardship assistance had already been paid out to affected residents as more help was made available today for those affected by severe flooding over the weekend. “The latest areas in Logan to receive help are Bannockburn, Cedar Creek, Cedar Grove, Mount Warren Park, Tanah Merah, Veresdale, Windaroo, Wolffdene and Woodhill,” she said. “In the Scenic Rim, additional areas eligible for assistance are Allenview, Bromelton, Gleneagle, Josephville, Kagaru and Laravale. “And for Gold Coast, help has been extended to Cedar Creek, Luscombe, Stapylton, Yatala and Springbrook.” A community recovery hub opened in Beenleigh yesterday and is now operating from the Beenleigh Event Centre, opening from 10am to 5pm today and from 9am to 5pm from tom…