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Runaway Bay VIEW


Runaway Bay VIEW meet the second Wednesday of each month at La Piazza Restaurant in Runaway Bay at 11.30 for 12 noon lunch. Come along and hear interesting speakers, make new friends and support The Smith Family Learning for Life Program. The last Friday of each month is a social day including Fashion Parades, Luncheons, bus trips, etc. Ph: 0419 419 653.

Get Ready for Wild Weather


Gold Coasters are urged to get ready for wild weather this summer by preparing for emergencies and taking a few preventative steps.   Mayor Tom Tate launched the Get Ready program recently, alongside RACQ, Police and the SES.   “While we avoided significant weather damage last summer, we can’t be complacent and must remain prepared as the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heavier storms, heat waves and more flash flooding throughout the coming storm season,” said Cr Tate.   “Prepare written emergency and evacuation plans; pack an emergency
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No Excuse for Elder Abuse


The awareness raising campaign ‘there’s no excuse for elder abuse’ is being credited with a 21% increase in cases of elder abuse reported to Queensland authorities in 2016.   Senior Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the government’s Elder Abuse Prevention Unit fielded more than 3,170 calls state-wide last financial year, with close to half reporting elder abuse.   “Elder abuse is one of the most disturbing forms of abuse, and sadly it is often perpetrated by a family member,” Minister O’Rourke said.   "Whether it's physical,
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Miami AFL Girls Crowned State Champs


Miami State High School’s junior female U14 AFL team are the Queensland Champions for 2016.    They were crowned the champs at the AFLQSCup event over the weekend at the Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex, Sunshine Coast.   This young team of athletes, some who had never played AFL until this year, defeated St Monica’s College from Cairns in the second preliminary final before progressing to the grand final with a convincing win over Narangba Valley State High chool with a score of 47 to 8.     The team of students in Years 7 - 9 made Miami State
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Miami Student Sets Sights on Japan


A Miami State High student has been selected as the only Gold Coaster to take part in a study tour of Japan focusing on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. Year 10’s Mia Hori will take off to Japan in December to participate in the pilot-program STEM Student Study Tour for high-performing Grade 10 students who study Japanese and at least one STEM subject. The tour provides students with a unique international learning opportunity- to be immersed in another language and culture as well as experience how STEM subjects are taught internationally. Mia has been
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Schools Join the Fight against Ice


A Gold Coast not-for-profit is seeking support from the community to help fund its high school education program aiming to reduce the use of ice. Founded by Andrea Simmons after recovering from a two-year ice addiction, the Australian Anti Ice Campaign (AAIC) has worked with US organisation 'Partnership for Drug Free Kids' and Rotary International to develop the in-school program. The cost of putting one child through anti-ice education is just under $10. The AAIC has launched its Gold Coast High Schools’ Foundation Sponsors Package which allows any business or individual to support the
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Gold Coast Mum’s Mining Memoir


A Southport mum, geologist, marathon runner, and personal trainer has just added a new accomplishment to her name: published author of two books.   Fifty-six-year-old Amanda Barlow’s new autobiography explores her 30-year career as a wellsite geologist, living on offshore oil rigs with up to 180 men at a time.   Barlow, who has worked for Woodside Energy and Conoco Phillips, says her love for geology began back in primary school.   “I can remember in Grade 4 doing a project on the Geological Time Scale and already knowing that I wanted to be a geologist. I would have had no idea back
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Smiling Signs Slow the Gold Coast Down


The City will install another 24 speed awareness devices as part of its plan for making Gold Coast’s roads safer.    Mayor Tom Tate made the announcement as part of Queensland Road Safety Week which runs from 22 to 28 August.   On the second day of Road Safety Week, which had a focus on speed, Cr Tate said due to the outstanding success of the devices (which tell people how fast they are going, with either a smiley face or sad face), he will commit to the 24 more being in place by June 2017.   “Speeding is a major factor in serious and fatal injury crashes on the Gold Coast,” he
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Seniors Celebrate Pet Program’s First Birthday


There were laughter and tears of joy when more than 60 guests and members celebrated the first birthday of the Golden Hearts Senior Pet Support program, an Animal Welfare League Queensland (AWLQ) concept especially designed for seniors.     The program, which is free, matches people 65 years and over with an ideal pet and provides support to seniors who already own pets.     The support for seniors includes emergency short term care of their pets and reduced priced vet services.     AWLQ President Sylvana Wenderhold said in just one year the program has been a great success in enriching
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Who Attacked Pottsville's Trees?


Tweed City Council is appealing for anyone with information to come forward to help with the investigation of the vandalism of more than 50 native trees at Pottsville Beach in August.   Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Katie Milne, said someone in the community must have information about the unlawful vegetation removal on Council-managed Crown land fronting Elanora Avenue.   "Council is committed to going all out to try to find the offenders and we'd like to call on the community to assist us with this process - someone must have heard the chainsaws," Councillor Milne said.   "These
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Miami State High Launches Rugby 7s Subject


A school right here on the Gold Coast has become the first in Queensland to offer Rugby 7s as a curriculum subject. Independent public school Miami State High made the announcement just as the Aussie women’s Rugby 7s team won gold in Rio.   Miami High’s program is the first specific Rugby 7s curriculum program to be offered by an independent public school in Queensland with direction from Queensland Rugby Union (QRU).   The subject content, delivered by QRU coaches, includes learning the rules of the game, game strategies and in Year 10 the students work towards a coaching competency.
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The Gold Coast & Hinterland Historical Museum


The Gold Coast and Hinterland Historical Museum is open from 10am-2pm every Sunday, including New Years Day 2017! The perfect place to spend a few hours on a Sunday enjoying the beautiful grounds and the historic treasures contained within the many buildings. Wander through the shaded rainforest area with native gardens, visit the graves of sugar mill workers, and view the massive sawmill engines from the original Johnston and Freeman sawmill. The various buildings contain a treasure trove of fascinating things from kitchen gadgets to christening gowns to toys and sporting equipment and
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