Toddlers escape Gold Coast childcare centre and run towards main road, saved by quick-thinking passers-by


Two toddlers have escaped a childcare centre on the Gold Coast, caught by passers-by just before running onto a busy street.

Amelia Finney’s daughter Skyla, who turned two on Tuesday, is one of the two children and said the childcare centre, Okee Dokee Coomera Rivers, was unaware the children had escaped the centre.

“She got out through the back gate, she went walking down on Foxwell Road where the main road is,” Ms Finney said.

“She was seconds away — she went to take a step off the gutter to try and go onto the road.

“Obviously, she doesn’t know.

“Then an [older] girl or boy grabbed her and saved her. I’m so thankful for them.

Amelia Finney and Skyla Finney-Hampton, 2, who escaped the childcare centre.(ABC News: Sarah Cumming)

“I didn’t get told about it, I didn’t get a phone call until an hour after it happened, and even then I couldn’t answer because I was at work.

“I thought they’d call my next contact but they just didn’t at all.

“They didn’t know she was missing, they didn’t know the gate was open, they had no idea and that’s really scary.

“I asked them how two children can go out of their care and they didn’t see it.

“They said the gate had been manipulated from the outside and she had been fiddling with it and got out, so I don’t understand that one.”

Two kids play by the side of a road with red circles around them.
Dashcam footage captured the two youngsters playing by the side of the busy Gold Coast highway.(ABC News)

‘We literally saved their lives’

Dashcam footage captures the moment the youngsters run along Foxwell Road before school children and another woman stopped them.

Rondell Nicol posted the video to a local community Facebook page and said she was one of the group who rescued the children.

“We just literally saved the lives of two babies today as they were stepping onto the busy road near the Foxwell Road Finnegan Way roundabout,” she said.

Okeedokee Coomera Rivers on the Gold Coast.
Okeedokee Coomera Rivers on the Gold Coast.(Supplied: Google Maps)

“They walked through an open gate at Okee Dokee Coomera Rivers.

“The staff excuse was that they didn’t know the gate was open and didn’t know where the babies were.

“The police have been contacted and dashcam footage made available.”

Mother pulls Skyla out of centre

Ms Finney said Skyla will not be returning to the childcare centre.

“They were very apologetic, but I don’t think it’s right they got out and I wasn’t notified,” she said.

“It is a main road, so for a two-year-old to [get] on that road by herself is very scary.

“I’m very anxious, it’s very scary.

“I have no idea what happened, it’s very nerve-racking to think about.

“There’s an investigation underway and it has been taken to police as well. 

“Hopefully no other child has to get out.”

A spokeswoman from Okee Dokee said in a statement that an investigation was underway and parents had been advised.

“We are in the process of compiling an incident report to the [Education] Department,” the spokesperson said.

“No harm was brough to any child.”

A Queensland police spokesperson said they were making enquiries into the matter.

The Education Department has been contacted for comment.

The Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland said it cannot comment on open and ongoing investigations.



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The Fox & Hounds Country Inn – Good Food Gold Coast


Where can you find the Queen and her corgis, pork pie made by the Queen’s baker and the Tardis, all in the one place?

In the foothills of Mt Tamborine, just a 20-minute drive from the Gold Coast and 45 minutes from Brisbane, lies a piece of Mother England, Australia’s only authentic English pub, the Fox and Hounds Country Inn. It’s a haven of all things British.

The old Sussex Arms in Tunbridge Wells, which dated from the 18th century, was dismantled, shipped over from England and its interior reconstructed in Wongawallan, opening as the Fox & Hounds in 2007.

The Fox and Hounds is a must for royalty lovers, football fans and Dr Who followers. From the red telephone box and London bus parked outside to an interior filled with an eclectic (and some would say bizarre) mix of antiques and paraphernalia, there’s something to catch the eye at every turn.

Dr Who hasn’t arrived yet, although the Tardis has plonked itself down near the front door. Still, there is plenty of evidence that we’re on a Dr Who set, including an Ood who watches over the bar. ‘Curiouser and curiouser!’

The pub has four themed rooms: British and Irish (with its own resident leprechaun) on either side of the front door, as well as Tudor and Scottish. Three of the rooms have their own bars, making group bookings easy. We are there for lunch, however we note that the pub often hosts special events such as Murder Mystery dinners, dancing, and special British celebrations on other occasions.

We dine in the British room, seated under the watchful eye of Queen Victoria, who gazes imperiously around the room. There is a stuffed stoat on the fireplace mantelpiece, palace guards making sure our behaviour is civil, and football scarves hanging from the ceiling, most of which have been donated to the pub, we are told.

It’s quite an extensive menu of British favourites, including cold standbys such as a Ploughman’s Platter for two, and a Pork Pie served cold with accompaniments of cheese, English mustard, pickled onions, gherkins and piccalilli. The pork pies are the real thing, made by Tony Wensley, former Bakery Manager of one of the oldest and most prestigious bakeries in Melton Mowbray, England, the renowned ‘Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe’, which regularly serves royalty, including the Queen.

Other traditional fare on the menu includes Toad in the Hole, Pig in a Blanket, Bangers and Mash, Lamb’s Fry, weekend roasts and Giant Yorkshire Pudding on Sunday afternoons.

Choosing safe, we order two ‘crowd favourite’ dishes from the menu: Beef and Guinness Pie and Pork Ribs with chips.

The home-cooked food more than meets our expectations. The hugely generous Beef and Guinness Pie is served in a charming ‘Simple Simon’ pie dish, the crestfallen face of the child visible in the crockery dish.

“Oh no, she stole my hat,” you can imagine him saying.

Of course, I did! I whip the pastry off, as crispy as it is, taking only a bite because the pie filling is steaming and scrumptious, made rich by the Guinness, the slow-cooked cubes of beef tender and juicy with a tasty sauce that I mop up with forkfuls of mash.

Likewise, the ribs are smothered in sauce and packed with flavour. They fall off the bone at the touch of the fork. It’s a hearty meal, the rack of ribs accompanied by excellent beer-battered chips and coleslaw.

Any doubt about British food is long gone. This is ‘fine fayre’ indeed!

No room left for the Sticky Date Pudding, though. That will have to wait for a return visit.

With an extensive range of British and Irish beers and ciders available on tap or by the bottle, The Fox and Hounds brings us bucketloads of nostalgia, all only a short drive away from home. Pop in for a Greene King IPA, an Old Speckled Hen or a London Pride at the British bar, a Kilkenny or Guinness from the Irish bar. This cosy pub will soon become your British home away from home.

As the sign on the front door says,

“May your troubles be less, your blessings be more,

and nothing but happiness come through your door.”

It certainly feels this way at the Fox and Hounds.

Fox & Hounds, 7 Elevation Dr, Wongawallan Ph: 07 5665 7582

Kitchen open Mon-Thurs: 11am – 3pm; 5pm – 9pm, Fri-Sun: 11am – 9pm

NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as a guest of Destination Gold Coast.



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Trade period, Gold Coast Suns picks, AFL rescue package Gold Coast Suns, 2020 draft, 2021 draft, list sizes 2021


The AFL have banned the Gold Coast Suns from trading their 2021 concession pick in the upcoming 2020 trade period, with the pick being reviewed by the league.

Last year, the Suns received a three-year assistance package in a bid to pick them up off the canvas after some horror seasons, with the package including the No.1 pick in last year’s draft, the first pick of the second round in last year’s draft, a middle first-round pick in this year’s draft and the first pick of the second round in the 2021 draft.

The deal was widely criticised by former players and several club presidents.

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In a statement released by AFL headquarters, the league said the last of those concessions was not able to be traded this year and is under review after the Suns’ breakout season.

“The Commission determined there would be no change at this time to the concessions provided to the Gold Coast Football Club over three years at last December’s Commission meeting,” the statement read.

“The Commission decided these concessions will be re-assessed at its October meeting in 2021.

“In line with that process, the Gold Coast Football Club will not be able to trade their 2021 start of second-round selection they currently hold in the upcoming AFL Trade Period.”

List managers met with the league on Thursday, hoping for clarity around list sizes and total player payments for 2021.

But they left disappointed, with the league hopeful of a resolution by the start of the trade period on November 4.

In August Alastair Clarkson urged the league to reach a consensus so clubs could plan ahead. And with 14 of the 18 teams entire focus now directed towards next year, the two parties remain some distance apart.

Gillon McLachlan told media in the transition hub on September 3 that answers were “a few weeks away.”

Patrick Dangerfield, president of the AFLPA, said last week the players were committed to “the right number”, even if that means fewer jobs for his colleagues.

The AFLPA’s starting position was for 0 per cent pay cuts, while SEN reported on Wednesday the league wanted the players to cop a 30 per cent reduction in wage.

The most nervous club through all of these negotiations has been the Gold Coast Suns, who began the year with 51 players on their list. They were fearful the AFL would make drastic cuts across the board, but on Thursday the league confirmed it would stagger any potential cuts pro-rata.



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Sydney Roosters lose injured Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Caslick for remainder of NRLW season



The Sydney Roosters have lost Olympic rugby sevens star Charlotte Caslick to injury for the remainder of the NRLW competition.

Caslick, who made her NRLW debut earlier this month, was sidelined after sustaining two small fractures in her lumbar spine.

She has already commenced a recovery program and will remain with the Roosters’ NRLW squad as they continue their build-up to the grand final on October 25.

Caslick was a member of Australia’s gold medal-winning rugby sevens team at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Her availability to play NRLW this season came after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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She will return to the national rugby sevens program ahead of next year’s Games.

“I’ve enjoyed my short rugby league stint and I’m so grateful to the Sydney Roosters for giving me this opportunity,” Caslick wrote on Instagram.

The 25-year-old backline star appeared in both of the Roosters’ two victories so far this NRLW season.

She posted an impressive 163 running metres in the Roosters’ opening 18-4 win over St George Illawarra and backed up that performance in attack with 119 running metres in the 22-12 defeat of the Warriors.

The Roosters and Broncos are guaranteed to face each other in the NRLW grand final, despite one round remaining in the competition.

They are both undefeated ahead of their regular-season clash at Sydney’s Olympic stadium on Saturday.

They will meet again at the same venue eight days later.



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One of Melbourne’s key position players is “officially up for grabs”.

Plus a crosstown rival has reportedly delivered its final offer to an out-of-contract Crow.

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Collingwood Magpie Adam Treloar ‘not interested’ in move to Gold Coast Suns


The Gold Coast Suns have contacted Collingwood star Adam Treloar’s management about a possible move north after the midfielder’s partner signed a contract to play netball in Queensland next year.

The Suns sounded out manager Tim Hazell about Treloar’s possible interest in following his partner Kim Ravaillion, and their baby, to Queensland where she’ll compete for the Firebirds.

The Suns were told Treloar is not interested in moving and the couple are planning to regularly fly interstate for the family to be reunited when training and playing commitments permit during the 10-month netball playing contract.

Adam Treloar’s partner has signed with the Queensland Firebirds. Credit:Getty Images

The Suns had preliminary discussions with Treloar and Collingwood about a possible move last year when there was an approach then for Ravaillion to sign with the Firebirds.



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Gold price ‘could still kick’ as miners look for more mergers


“We haven’t even hit the financial crisis yet, everyone is still doing the health crisis.

“Wait until we come out of the back end and have the financial crisis, it’s going to hit when the taps all get turned off, they have to get turned off.

“That’s when you’ll see, I think, gold even kick again.”

The gold price reached a record $US2075 per ounce in August and nearly $AU2900 due to economic uncertainty, low interest rates, and a weakened US dollar.

Expectations vary on where the price will end up by the end of next year, with Bank of America predicting it would hit US$3000 per ounce by 2022, while market analytics firm Fitch Solution thinks it will fall back down to US$1650 by 2023.

But Gold Road Resources boss Duncan Gibbs said the Australian dollar was likely to strengthen on the back of other parts of the mining sector, which would hold back any major price jumps.

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“Strong stimulus and global growth driving commodity prices iron ore base metals, usually the Aussie dollar goes up with that, I think that will take some of the juice out of the Aussie gold price,” he said.

“Whether it stays the same, I guess I find it hard for the Aussie gold price to go a lot higher than it is at the moment.”

Contemplating consolidation

As the sector grapples with a lack of recent major gold discoveries – and with the Saracen-Northern Star merger still front of mind for most delegates – the sustainability of existing producers was hotly discussed.

Evolution Mining has its feet firmly planted in mid-tier status, with five Australian mines and a sixth in Canada.

Its executive chairman Jake Klein was sceptical and told reporters consolidation only worked where the assets were good and there were clear synergies between the two companies.

“Where consolidation provides identifiable synergies that are deliverable, yeah, it makes sense in any business sector,” he said.

“I would [propose] that if you put two companies with ordinary assets together – and that’s clearly not the case with Northern Star and Saracen – you still get one company with ordinary assets.”

Mr Klein said the solution investors had been asking for was to produce less gold for higher returns.

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“In spite of this higher gold price, gold companies haven’t really delivered the returns that they should have. That is an indicator that the sector, in my view, needs to shrink to greatness in a way by producing less gold at a higher margin,” he said.

“I think that would lead to a more robust and resilient industry rather than just putting companies together without any identifiable synergies.”

Mr Beament was more bullish about consolidation but echoed Mr Klein’s comments that it had to be done right.

“I’ve been a fan of consolidation or a number of years. I think you’ve got to do it for the right reasons,” he said.

He said there were other merger potentials that were “no-brainers” in the sector and there were probably too many management teams in the industry.

“It’s pretty hard to get high-quality management teams, they’re not sitting on the shelf, and the industry is growing so a bit more consolidation will help that but it’s got to be done for the right reasons.”

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NRL 2020: transfer centre, contract news, signings, Tyrone Roberts leaves Gold Coast Titans


The Gold Coast Titans have released former captain Tyrone Roberts after he played just three games for the club this season.

Roberts, who has played 59 games for the Titans across two spells, had limited opportunities in the NRL this season, with coach Justin Holbrook preferring Jamal Fogarty to partner Ash Taylor.

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The 29-year-old playmaker, who signed with the Titans last year after a spell in the Super League with Warrington, joins Nathan Peats in leaving the Titans without a club for 2020.

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The Titans also allowed former Australia prop Shannon Boyd to retire mid season.



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