Former Courier-Mail journalist Lawrie Kavanagh missing on the Gold Coast

A former long-serving Courier-Mail journalist has gone missing on the Gold Coast, after he was last seen waiting in his car on Thursday afternoon.

Former Courier-Mail journalist Lawrie Kavanagh, 85, has gone missing on the Gold Coast, last seen waiting in his car at Bundall on Thursday afternoon.

Kavanagh, who has a medical condition, was last seen parked in his 2012 white Skoda Yeti SUV registration 168SKW at Corporate Centre One, on Bundall Rd, a family member said.

He had been waiting in the SUV beside the Gyroscope landmark outside the highrise from 2pm, but the car was gone when a relative returned there at 4pm.

Kavanagh recently moved to a retirement village on the Gold Coast and was unfamiliar with roads in the area and did not have a mobile phone with him at the time, the family member said.

“We’re very worried that he was become confused, driven off and lost his way in peak-hour traffic,” the family member said.

“It’s unusual that he hasn’t stopped to ask someone for help and there has been no contact or sightings overnight.”

The long-serving Courier-Mail journalist retired in 1999 after a career spanning five decades with the newspaper. He covered two Olympic Games, three Commonwealth Games, and a Kangaroo rugby league tour of Great Britain.

He later became a signature news columnist and feature writer for the paper and had several books of his stories, mainly about Queensland, published in the 1990s.

Kavanagh is described as 180cm tall with a proportionate build, grey hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing blue denim jeans and a dark navy polo shirt. He may be wearing a Maroons rugby league cap.

Anyone with dashcam footage of the SUV or any information should contact police on 131444.

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Tigers lock in Penrith young gun Lawrie

Wests Tigers have continued their signing spree by locking in Penrith young gun Daine Laurie on a two-year deal from 2022.

The highly-rated fullback debuted for the Panthers this year, and is a major coup for the Tigers at age 21.

It’s believed there is still some chance Laurie could end up at the Tigers next year, however that would only come if the Panthers made a decision to release him early.

“Daine is one of the best young fullbacks in the game and we’re very excited to see him take the next steps in his rugby league career with Wests Tigers,” Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said.

Laurie debuted for the Panthers in 2020, but struggled for game time in a team that won 17 straight games.

It comes just a day after the Tigers secured South Sydney centre James Roberts for next season, while Panthers winger Josh Mansour also remains unsigned.

Meanwhile Korbin Sims is on the way out of St George Illawarra after taking up a two-year deal with Hull KR in the English Super League.

The Dragons confirmed on Friday morning that they had released the 28-year-old, who still had another year to run on his NRL contract.

Sims arrived at the Saints at the start of 2019 from Brisbane as part of a new beefed-up pack, with 120 games to his name and Fiji Test experience.

But he managed just 21 games amid injury and form concerns, including only five in 2020 where he began the season with a broken arm and ended it dropped.

He becomes the third NRL player to sign with Hull KR this year, after Roosters winger Ryan Hall’s return to England and Melbourne prop Albert Vete.

The Dragons also confirmed the re-signing of forward Kaide Ellis, after he joined the club midway through the year from Penrith.

It comes after their previous signatures of Jack Bird and Poasa Faamausili for 2021.

Elsewhere, former Melbourne representative prop Tim Glasby will return to the Storm as a recruitment officer.

Glasby was forced into retirement earlier this year after his move to Newcastle due to concussions.

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