News

Hoon hits fence, houses and drives off early in New Year

FOR 92-year-old Allan Smith and his neighbours Steve and Lynda Burton their New Year's resolution now includes building a stronger fence, after a hoon demolished it.

At 3am on New Year's Day a car drove into Off Lane and after losing control, smashed into two properties, numbers 78 and 80.

Mr Smith said that although he did not see the incident, awaking to the sight of his destroyed fence was distressing.

"I've lived here since 1963 and I've never seen anything like this; well at least never seen someone crash into another's front yard," he said.

"I had my headphones on during the night so I didn't actually hear it but when I looked out my front door this morning I couldn't believe what I was seeing."

For next door neighbour Steve Burton, the collision happened just as he was going to bed.

"I'd just finished off watching a bit of TV when it sounded like an earthquake in the front of the house," he said.

"I just couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the damage and as quick as the car came in, it was gone again.

"The car's position was just six inches (15cm) off the power pole, six inches off death."

Another neighbour down the street, Merrian Ross said the crash doesn't come as a surprise.

"It probably wouldn't even be 12 months ago that a drunken fella coming from the Young Aus swiped another person's fence out," she said.

"I think that the drunks bypass Toolooa to be sneaky and hide from the police and for that reason I'd love for the cops to monitor the lane more closely."

Ms Ross said that apart from the weekend drinkers and irresponsible drivers, the street was peaceful.

Some locals, such as Ray Honeybone, have suggested that the re-do of the street may be the town's first good deal of the year.

"We should get the locals to pitch in and help get the old boy's fence repaired," he said.

Mr Burton believes that by getting the word out there the culprit will be caught in no time.

"Half of the car has been left behind in my front yard," he said.

"A part of the panel with 'David Grant Gladstone car sales' is here which, with help from the company, police and local panel beaters will be able to find the idiot."

Police are investigating.

Topics:  gladstone traffic, hooning, new years



Mining company loses legal battle over coal supply

A mine at Callide has lost a legal battle over coal supply

'Can't match': Gladstone rules out $2m tourism ship bid

RULED OUT: Council won't seek to have HMAS Tobruk sunk in the Gladstone region.

TOURISM opportunity buried as council unable to compete in bid.

Want to book a Gladstone park for a function? Here's how:

THREE SIMPLE STEPS: Gladstone mayor Matt Burnett.

To book, residents will need to follow three simple steps

Local Partners

Love is in the air on The Bachelor, but not for Kiki

The Bachelor Australia contestant Kirralee 'Kiki' Morris.

BACHELORETTE bows out gracefully as show enters its final weeks.

A $65,000 bathroom? The Block's incredible budget blow-outs

The Block contestants Julia and Sasha spent a whopping $65,000 on their first renovated room.

TEAMS deliver most expensive en-suites in reno show's history.

Gympie Muster couch dumps down, but still a problem

TIPPING POINT: After an appalling year of couches being dumped at the end of the last Muster, festival organisers have taken litterbugs to task

EFFORTS to combat post-Muster couch dumping are proving effective

Cryptic crosswords: Top clues to solving them

Your guide to solving the cryptic crosswords in your local paper

Muster wristbands yield $21,000 in unclaimed refunds

Muster-goers collectively left about $21,000 worth of unused spending funds when they failed to claim back money on their bands after exiting the Muster.

Muster wristbands yield $21,000 windfall for organisers

How high? Twin 20-storey high-rises plan for "over 50s"

A development application has been lodged with the Fraser Coast Regional Council to build two skyscrapers in Hervey Bay.

Developer says Bay needs to move with the times.

City View Hotel: From a pub to a backpackers

NEW LIFE: Hamish Parker has purchsed the City View Hotel and wants to turn it into an accomodation venue.

Architect picks up a little piece of history for a steal

Bunnings starts demolition of historic foundry buildings

SAWTOOTH GONE: Demolition of Foundry sawtooth shed to make way for new Bunnings building.

Lane and footpath closures will take place

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates

Receivers move in on Springfield's 'Tower of Power'

The 10-storey tower at Springfield is up for sale with interest high in the iconic structure.

Interest high in iconic 10-storey office building

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd