Social Interest

Paparazzi-style pics capture proposal

Mackenzie Ravn and Jack Houghton   |  12:01am February 6, 2013

THIS is the moment Ryan Birch popped the question to his bride-to-be Julia Erhard, captured paparazzi-style by a photographer hiding in a hedge.

The new trend, called paparazzi proposals, is taking off among grooms who want to capture the spontaneity and joy of one of the most important life events for couples.

The photographer behind the lens on this occasion was Gary Poole, the owner of The Escarpment Retreat and Spa at Mount Tamborine. (Note: the Daily Telegraph misspelt Gary Poole’s name when re-posting the story, not the Gold Coast Bulletin.)

Gold Coast chef killed in Peru crash

Jack Houghton & AAP   |  07:22am December 3, 2012

THE 26-year-old Gold Coast chef who died in Peru over the weekend has been confirmed as Jason Nanka.

His fiancee Lorena Valdivia and two other passengers were also killed when their car collided head-on with a truck.

Jason had previously worked at Gold Coast eatery Ristorante Fellini, and he and Lorena had recently opened a restaurant in Lima and were planning to marry once it was up and running.

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman said last night assistance was being provided to the man’s family in Australia. (Note: published in The Courier-Mail, The Daily Telegraph and the Herald Sun. It was also the front page story for the Gold Coast Bulletin.)

Unit rental prices stagnate on Gold Coast

THE Gold Coast was the only city in the state where unit rentals did not increase in the past financial year.

Two-bedroom unit rentals averaged $350-a-week which is cheaper than renting in Mackay and Gladstone.

While the Gold Coast stagnated, the Brisbane rental market showed modest gains, up from $380 to $385, according to a report tabled in State Parliament.

The Residential Tenancies Authority annual report found while the Coast was traditionally one of “the most expensive areas in terms of rents”, prices had stayed almost exactly the same.


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