Incredible Australian wave pool to be transformed into a year-round tourist attraction open in 2022

An Australian wave-generating surf pool with plans to expand into a year-round tourist attraction could open to visitors as early as 2022. 

Broadbeach-based company Surf Lakes built the facility in 2018 near the town of Yeppoon on Queensland’s Capricorn Coast. 

The pool uses ‘five wave’ technology to produce five different levels of waves around the lake, using a giant plunger driven by compressed air at the center. 

Now, the company plans to convert the site into the ‘ultimate surf getaway’ in a $187million development plan lodged with the Livingstone Council last month. 

The start-up first launched the world-first technology in 2018, which boasts the highest wave productivity, with hundreds of surfers able to catch up to ten waves each per hour

In addition to the wave-pool, visitors to the eco tourism resort could enjoy an aqua-park, scuba diving facilities and a skate park, and relax in luxury accommodation. 

If approved, the site – which is expected to be complete by 2031 – is estimated to bring $17.4million of ongoing benefits to the local economy and create 230 jobs. 

In the development stages of the project, the facility is predicted to add around $40million to the local community each year and create 350 jobs. 

The first $122million phase of the two-stage plan would see the construction of a skate park, scuba hole, junior playground, a solar farm and ‘glamping facilities’ as well as pop-up food and beverage sites. 

Beginner, intermediate and expert surfers can enjoy the wave pools' '5 wave' technology, which produces five different levels of waves simultaneously around the lake

Beginner, intermediate and expert surfers can enjoy the wave pools’ ‘5 wave’ technology, which produces five different levels of waves simultaneously around the lake

The second phase would see the addition of 100 short-term accommodation beds, a 75-bed boutique hotel, an inflatable aqua-park as well as a café and restaurant. 

Wayne Dart, general manager of Surf Lake’s global operations, described the facility as a ‘huge tourist drawcard for the Capricorn Coast and Rockhampton regions’. 

‘We think Surf Lakes Yeppoon would attract 272,000 visitors around 2026 and 83 per cent would be for the surfing experience’, Mr Dart told Real Commercial

‘This would generate an estimated additional 31,000 visitor nights in the Livingstone Shire, creating $4.5 million in additional expenditure.’

The $187million proposal includes the construction of a skate park, scuba pool and aqua park, and will house guests in 'glamping' facilities

 The $187million proposal includes the construction of a skate park, scuba pool and aqua park, and will house guests in ‘glamping’ facilities

The facility has hopes to become Central Queensland's premier outdoor recreational and active tourism hub

The facility has hopes to become Central Queensland’s premier outdoor recreational and active tourism hub

An estimated 495,000 people are expected to visit the facility, with 74,000 night visitors, growing to $10.9million in additional expenditure. 

The start-up have partnered with Place Design Group, the outfit behind the first $53million revitalisation of the Yeppoon Lagoon, for the planning and approvals. 

Surf Lakes have already received over 700 enquires from companies internationally, and have signed exclusive territory deals with potential licensees in Texas, California, Nevada, Tennessee and Hawaii. 

Mr Dart said buyers generally fell into three categories; surf-loving entrepreneurs, residential or commercial property developers or existing waterpark operators.   

The eye-popping surf park is expected to support 229 full-time jobs and bring $17.4million to the local economy and bring $17.4million of ongoing benefits to the local community

The eye-popping surf park is expected to support 229 full-time jobs and bring $17.4million to the local economy and bring $17.4million of ongoing benefits to the local community

The approval process is expected to take about six months with Surf Lakes to continue to showcase their wave-making technology in the meantime. 

The technology creates the most breaks in a man-made pool with ten separate waves in total – four on the left hand side, four on the right and two beginner waves.

The five different levels of waves vary in difficulty, size, and length and are colour-coded so beginner surfers through to moderate and advanced surfers can enjoy wave riding. 

‘From a commercial perspective, being able to produce 2000 consistent rides an hour using the unique plunger technology puts us head and shoulders above any other wave pools out there right now’, Mr Dart said. 

‘Then you have 850 metres or so of ‘beachfront’ property that you can develop. It’s not just a pool, it’s a lake. The whole thing is mind-blowing.’

HOW THE WAVE POOL WORKS

The Surf Lakes system uses what is effectively a giant electric plunger in the center of the pool.

The huge 1400-ton plunger – the equivalent to three Boeing 747 can produce different types of wave.

The concept is simple – a metal donut is compressed against the water and forms a ring of water that travels perfectly until hitting several concrete banks, creating different surfing waves.

‘Its really just a big pressure pipe, you just push it up and down’ said Aaron Trevis, the inventor of the system.

This creates a ‘tsunami-style’ wave that moves outward in 360 degrees—essentially a concentric wave.

This means multiple surf spots can be caused to break at the same time, all from a single expenditure of energy.

The pool can have learners at one while running a pro competition at the other, something no other wavepool tech is capable of.

Surf Lakes works by using a large wave generator, positioned at the centre of a large man-made lake.

Everytime the 1400-ton plunger plunges, it requires a massive amount of pressure, which then ultimately needs to be released.

This pressure is fed from the bottom of the plunger through pipes until it escapes, in the form of a deep white smoke, from four adjacent vents.

The bathymetry (bottom contours) of the lake have been specifically shaped using sophisticated CFD computer modelling, and contain 8 separate breaks around the perimeter. The wave generator produces a single large concentric wave which radiates outwards.

When this wave intersects each reef, a wave breaks and runs the length of the reef before dissipating on the shoreline. Up to six waves sets can be run with a short break in between.

The waves will vary in size from 1m (3ft) to 2.4m (8ft) face height, catering for beginner to advanced surfers simultaneously.

According to Surf Lake’s website, the pool is capable of generating one pulse every six seconds, causing four a-framing peaks (eight waves in total) to break.

That means 80 rideable waves per minute, and in use the system will make 2,4000 waves per hour (allowing the displaced water to re-enter the system). 

NSW Government to build Australia’s longest road tunnel under the Blue Mountains

Australia’s longest road tunnel under the Blue Mountains to be built with drivers going underground for 11km

  • The stretch of road between Blackheath and Mount Victoria could cost $8billion
  • Regional Roads Minister Paul Toole said it would be ‘Northconnex but better’
  • NSW Government has given $2.5b for upgrades on the Great Western Highway

The NSW Government is set to build Australia’s largest road tunnel under the Blue Mountains.

The 11km stretch of road between Blackheath and Mount Victoria could end up ballooning out to $8billion.

Regional Roads Minister Paul Toole said the tunnel, which forms part of the Great Western Highway upgrade, would be ‘Northconnex but better’ for motorists bound for the central west.

The 11km stretch of road between Blackheath and Mount Victoria could end up ballooning out to $8billion

The announcement comes on the back of heavy delays on Blue Mountains roads over the Easter Long Weekend

The announcement comes on the back of heavy delays on Blue Mountains roads over the Easter Long Weekend

The Berejiklian Government has given the project $2.5b for upgrades on the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow, but Mr Toole said it isn't enough

The Berejiklian Government has given the project $2.5b for upgrades on the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow, but Mr Toole said it isn’t enough

‘We’re very committed to actually seeing these two tunnels being connected,’ Mr Toole told The Daily Telegraph.

‘To do this would be a history making project, to do this is going to be an absolute game changer.’

The announcement comes on the back of heavy delays on Blue Mountains roads over the Easter Long Weekend. 

‘The traffic that we see backing up only reiterates the need for a safer and a more reliable connection over the mountains, and that’s exactly why we’re going to deliver this,’ Mr Toole said.

The Berejiklian Government has given the project $2.5b for upgrades on the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow, but Mr Toole said it isn’t enough.   

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said despite the proposal being complex and ambitious,’ the government is ‘working hard to make it happen’.

The multi-billion-dollar tunnel would have bypassed the nearly 200-year-old Victoria Pass – a dual carriageway prone to heavy congestion during peak periods – on the range’s western side.

Regional Roads Minister Paul Toole (right) said the tunnel would be 'Northconnex but better' while Deputy Premier John Barilaro (left) said the government is 'working hard to make it happen'

Regional Roads Minister Paul Toole (right) said the tunnel would be ‘Northconnex but better’ while Deputy Premier John Barilaro (left) said the government is ‘working hard to make it happen’

The 4km and 4.5km tunnels at Blackheath and Mount Victoria will form part of the Great Western Highway duplication project to reduce the notorious levels of traffic that run through the Blue Mountains. 

During the Easter period, he said motorists took two hours longer to drive through the Blue Mountains because of heavy traffic.

He said large drilling machines are already boring holes into the ground near the highway to find suitable entry points for the tunnels. 

Construction on the two separate tunnels is expected to start in 2022. 

The road between Katoomba and Lithgow will also be duplicated to create a four-five lane highway.

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Giant shed home in Glen Forest off Great Eastern Highway, WA, is for sale

Incredible giant shed hits the market featuring a living room that doubles as a 1950s diner and a goods lift to take the owner up to their bedroom – so would you live there?

  • Shed-style house with eight bedrooms and six bathrooms is on the market 
  • The home off the highway in Glen Forrest, WA, has one person living in it
  • Giant shed built next to standalone 1950s cottage, and has two separate levels
  • The property, which is on the market, is expected to be sold for $850-900K

A property with three standalone houses on it has hit the market offering homeowners eight bedrooms, six bathrooms, four kitchens and a living room decorated like a 1950s diner.

Set on an acre-and-a-half plot of land a giant shed-style home with over 800sqm of floor space has been built alongside a 1950s cottage at 2350 Great Eastern Highway Glen Forrest, 30 minutes south of Perth in Western Australia.

The residence – currently lived in by one person – is expected to sell for between $850-$900,000 and includes a theatre, function room and two powered workshops.

This property in Glen Forrest, 30 minutes south of Perth in Western Australia, includes a 1950s diner-style living room (pictured)

The house includes the original cottage (left), a giant two storey shed-style home (middle), a small studio and two fully functioned powered workshops

The house includes the original cottage (left), a giant two storey shed-style home (middle), a small studio and two fully functioned powered workshops

Some of the furniture inside the house was bought from a famous West Australian restaurant called Jimmy Dee's

Some of the furniture inside the house was bought from a famous West Australian restaurant called Jimmy Dee’s

Real estate agent Mike Steadall from Earnshaws Real Estate told Daily Mail Australia the house was ‘bigger than Ben Hur.’ 

‘It was built by a dad and his son. They bought the original cottage which was the blue one next door first and then decided they wanted to build this shed, and it’s enormous,’ he said.

‘It’s massive, I’ve taken people through and they’re just open-mouthed.

‘The son’s a FIFO and dad was retired, you try and stand there and imagine why they built this house and I can’t get my head around why it’s so big.

‘And it’s awkward big, it’s a blokes big, there’s not a woman’s touch in there I believe.’

Mr Steadall said he expected it would go to ‘a very unique buyer’, such as an extended family of around 20 relatives, a business owner or someone ‘creative’ who wants to put their own spin on the home. 

He said it could be split into three or four homes as the shed had two separate spaces with their own kitchens, including an elevator which makes the top level more accessible and double-glazed windows facing the highway. 

The entire residence has six bathrooms (one pictured) including three in the main shed-styled house

The entire residence has six bathrooms (one pictured) including three in the main shed-styled house 

There are eight well-sized bedrooms across the entire property painted with different colours

There are eight well-sized bedrooms across the entire property painted with different colours

There is also a one-bedroom, one-bathroom studio flat with a kitchen (pictured) on the block

There is also a one-bedroom, one-bathroom studio flat with a kitchen (pictured) on the block

The original two-storey 1952 home was bought in 2010 for $455,000 and has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

In 2014 and 2015 the owner built the giant two-level Colourbond shed-style house which has four bedrooms, including a 55.6sqm master with an ensuite.

The shed has three bathrooms, a cinema, entertainment room and a 1950s-themed living room with red leather couches and a traditional dining booth. 

Some of the furniture was bought off the iconic West Australian restaurant Jimmy Deans Diner and can be included in the sale of the home. 

There is also a standalone studio with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, plus two fully functional powered workshops that can fit trucks inside them. 

The property has two fully-functional powered workshops (one pictured) that can fit large trucks

The property has two fully-functional powered workshops (one pictured) that can fit large trucks 

The homes are set on a 7214m2 block off the Great Western Highway in Glen Forrest, WA

The homes are set on a 7214m2 block off the Great Western Highway in Glen Forrest, WA

The floor plan of the homes (pictured) shows there are three to four standalone living spaces

The floor plan of the homes (pictured) shows there are three to four standalone living spaces

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Boris Johnson should RESIGN if he broke ministerial code over flat revamp, Scottish Tory leader says

Boris Johnson should RESIGN if it is ruled he broke ministerial code over Downing Street flat revamp, Scottish Tory leader says

  • Scottish Tory leader says ‘of course’ PM should quit if he broke ministerial code
  • Several probes are under way into the tangled financing of flat refurbishment 
  • The remarks made by Douglas Ross are likely to infuriate Downing Street
  • The PM, as head of the Government, will be final adjudicator on code breaches 

Boris Johnson must resign if he has broken the ministerial code in the lavish makeover of his Downing Street flat, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives has said.

Douglas Ross, the most senior Tory north of the border, said the Prime Minister should ‘of course’ quit if he did not abide by the standards of conduct expected of ministers.

Several probes are under way into the tangled financing of the costly refurbishment – including an investigation by Mr Johnson’s new adviser on ministerial interests, Lord Geidt.

The PM is pictured together with Douglas Ross on a visit to Elgin, Scotland in the 2019 election campaign

But the PM, as head of the Government, will be the final adjudicator on any breaches of the ministerial code.

Mr Ross was asked on BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show if Mr Johnson should quit if found to be in breach of the code.

He replied: ‘Of course, I think people expect the highest standards of those in the highest office of the land, that’s why I think people are looking at the investigations that are currently ongoing and waiting for the answers.’

Mr Ross is the most senior Tory to question the funding arrangements, putting him at odds with No 10.

His comments are likely to infuriate Downing Street, which has sought to play down the row. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab yesterday dismissed claims that a Tory donor was asked to pay for a nanny for Mr Johnson’s one-year-old son Wilfred as ‘tittle-tattle’.

Douglas Ross, the most senior Tory north of the border, said the Prime Minister should ‘of course’ quit if he did not abide by the standards of conduct expected of ministers

Douglas Ross, the most senior Tory north of the border, said the Prime Minister should ‘of course’ quit if he did not abide by the standards of conduct expected of ministers

The Sunday Times reported that senior Conservatives said donors have been approached about funding other aspects of the PM and Carrie Symonds’ lifestyle. 

One donor is alleged to have said: ‘I don’t mind paying for leaflets but I resent being asked to pay to literally wipe the Prime Minister’s baby’s bottom.’

Mr Raab said he had ‘no idea’ if the claim was correct, adding: ‘You don’t have conversations like that with the PM.’

A No 10 spokesman said the Prime Minister ‘has covered the cost of all childcare’, but did not say whether he paid for the original bill himself.

The Foreign Secretary declined to deny a claim that a second invoice for the renovations may have been settled with the supplier by a Tory donor. 

Mr Raab also sidestepped questions over whether Mr Johnson should resign if he is found to have broken the law by the Electoral Commission.

The Electoral Commission last week launched an investigation into whether any donations or loans were properly declared. It is also the subject of an internal review by the Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, and there have been calls for the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone to investigate.

Mr Johnson last week said he has now paid the £58,000 cost overrun and described the row as a ‘farrago of nonsense’.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy said yesterday: ‘We need to know who the Prime Minister is beholden to, we need to know what he has promised in return.’

Mr Johnson’s chaotic decision-making has led No 10 insiders to nickname him ‘Trolley’, according to the BBC.

One source said: ‘You think you are pushing it along a path towards your goal then suddenly it veers off disastrously.’

Downing Street has declined to comment on the name.

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Port Melbourne’s Bay Street closed as US TV show La Brea begins filming

Beachside street in Melbourne to shut down so a US TV show can be filmed for six months

  • Bay Street, in Port Melbourne, closed from midnight on Monday to Wednesday
  • Only pedestrians will be able to access street while filming begins for TV show
  • ‘La Brea’ is about a family that becomes separated by a sinkhole in California 
  • Businesses say they are fearful the closure will impact trading in the area 

A major beachside street will be closed to the public so a hit new US TV show can begin filming for six months.

Cars will not be allowed to drive down Bay Street between Beach and Graham streets, in Port Melbourne, when it is closed at midnight on Monday.

Only pedestrians will be able to access it as production begins on the series ‘La Brea’.

The new US drama series follows the lives of a family that becomes separated after a massive sinkhole opens up in California. 

Cars will not be allowed to drive down Bay Street between Beach and Graham streets, in Port Melbourne, when it is closed on Monday night

The series centres around a family that becomes separated after a massive sinkhole opens up in California (pictured, actor Natalie Zea)

The series centres around a family that becomes separated after a massive sinkhole opens up in California (pictured, actor Natalie Zea)

The series is penned by veteran writer David Appelbaum and stars Natalie Zea, from ‘Detour’, and Michael Raymond-James, from ‘Billions’.

Several business owners say they are fearful the temporary closure of the street will impact their trading.  

Platinum Cosmetics’ Jodee Affleck said two clients have already cancelled their appointments, 7 News reported.

Oscar Charlie Hair’s Bianca Romiopoulos said the street will be ‘a lot quieter’.

VicTraffic has advised motorists to allow for extra travel time and to consider an alternative route.

The street will reopen at midnight on Wednesday.

The TV series is being produced by NBC and will take six months to film.

It is scheduled to air in the US later this year.  

Daily Mail Australia contacted City of Port Phillip for comment. 

The series is penned by veteran writer David Appelbaum and stars Natalie Zea, from 'Detour', and Michael Raymond-James, from 'Billions' (pictured)

The series is penned by veteran writer David Appelbaum and stars Natalie Zea, from ‘Detour’, and Michael Raymond-James, from ‘Billions’ (pictured)

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Principal of Florida school spanks six-year-old pupil with a paddle

Principal of Florida school is facing criminal charges after spanking a six-year-old with a paddle in front of the girl’s shocked mom as punishment for damaging a computer

  • The six-year-old girl was accused of $50 of damage to computers at school
  • Her mother arrived at Central Elementary in Clewiston on April 13 to pay
  • She was taken into the office of Melissa Carter, the principal
  • Not speaking much English, she was confused by what was happening 
  • Carter then brought out a wooden paddle and smacked the girl on the behind
  • The mother did not know what to do, so filmed the incident as evidence
  • She said she ‘sacrificed’ her daughter to show what was happening at school
  • Corporal punishment is allowed at some school districts but not Hendry County

The principal of a Florida school could be facing criminal charges after she was filmed hitting a crying six-year-old girl with a paddle, while her confused mother watched.

Melissa Carter, head of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, is under investigation by the police, WINK News reported.

Corporal punishment is not permitted in Hendry County school district.

The unnamed mother said she was called to her daughter’s school after the officials complained she had caused $50 worth of damage to a school computer.

The mother, who does not speak fluent English, did not understand what was happening as she was arrived at the school on April 13 to pay the $50 fine, but was taken to the principal’s office where her daughter was waiting.

Melissa Carter, left, is seen spanking the six-year-old child with a wooden paddle on April 13

The little girl can be heard whimpering and crying as she is beaten with the paddle at school

The little girl can be heard whimpering and crying as she is beaten with the paddle at school

Central Elementary School in Clewiston, Florida, is yet to respond to the video

Central Elementary School in Clewiston, Florida, is yet to respond to the video

‘The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really I’ve never hit my daughter like she hit her,’ the tearful mother told WINK News.

‘I had never hit her.’

She said: ‘My daughter was already in the office. The principal started to scream.

‘There were no cameras. What are we doing in this place? My daughter and I, alone.’

She said she did not know what to do, and worried that if she intervened in the punishment she too would be in trouble, with her immigration status questioned.

She filmed the incident, not knowing what else she should do.

‘Nobody would have believed me.

‘I sacrificed my daughter, so all parents can realize what’s happening in this school.’

Melissa Carter, the principal of Central Elementary School, could face criminal charges

Melissa Carter, the principal of Central Elementary School, could face criminal charges

Cecilia Self, right, was asked to translate but the mother claims she did not do so

Cecilia Self, right, was asked to translate but the mother claims she did not do so

Bret Provinsky, the attorney for the mother, said the State Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case to see whether they pursue criminal charges against Carter and Cecilia Self, the clerk of the school, who was seen in the room in the video.

On the website for the school district, it states: ‘The superintendent shall designate sanctions for the infractions of rules, excluding corporal punishment.’

Neither Carter nor the school has responded to requests for comment. 

‘I don’t mind discipline with permission – but not when there’s a language barrier,’ said Ruby Monroe, whose grandson attends the school.

She told WINK News: ‘I worked for the state of Florida for 34 years and we always had an interpreter.’

Self, the clerk, was designated to translate for the mother, but the mother said she failed to do so.

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Scott Morrison asks for urgent review into the Chinese-owned Port of Darwin agreement

Scott Morrison asks for urgent review into the Chinese-owned Port of Darwin agreement – as national security experts warn the controversial agreement is a ‘strategic own goal’

Scott Morrison has asked for an urgent review into the Chinese-owned Port of Darwin agreement, as national security experts warn the deal is a ‘strategic own goal’.

The Department of Defence will determine whether Chinese company Landbridge should cease ownership of the Northern Territory port on national security grounds.

The deal, which was signed six years ago and involves the 99-year-lease of the Port of Darwin, has been questioned by federal opposition and national security experts. 

Pictured: The Royal Caribbean ship Legend of the Seas docked at Port of Darwin

Defence Minister Peter Dutton confirmed his department was going to ‘come back with some advice’ after the probe was requested by the National Security Committee of Cabinet, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. 

Landbridge is owned by Chinese billionaire Ye Cheng. 

Last week, the prime minister suggested his government would take action if he was advised to by the department. 

‘If there is any advice that I receive from the Department of Defence or intelligence agencies that suggest that there are national security risks there then you’d expect the government to take action on that, and that would be right,’ Mr Morrison said.  

Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s defence program, Michael Shoebridge said he wondered whether operating the port is in the ‘company’s commercial interests’ amid ‘the strategic environment they find themselves’. 

‘I think it’s obvious that if the Darwin port lease was being considered today, the result would not be to lease it to a Chinese-owned company for 99 years,’ he said. 

‘It seems a strategic own goal for one of the best parts of Darwin harbour to be in the control of a Chinese-owned operator.’ 

The $506 million agreement with Landbridge was signed by the NT government back in 2015.

It gives Landbridge complete operational control of the port, as well as 80 per cent of ownership of the land and facilities at East Arm wharf.

More to come 

Scott Morrison has asked for an urgent review into the Chinese-owned Port of Darwin agreement

Scott Morrison has asked for an urgent review into the Chinese-owned Port of Darwin agreement

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University of Chester slammed for charging its £280k-a-year vice chancellor LESS rent than students

University of Chester is slammed for charging its £280,000-a-year vice chancellor LESS rent than its students

  • University of Chester has come under fire over plans to create an apartment for its vice chancellor and rent it to her for £28 a week less than what students pay
  • Professor Eunice Simmons collects an annual salary and pension package of £284,533 and plans to convert two meeting rooms into her own accommodation
  • It comes as university staff members are in consultation and at risk of losing jobs

The University of Chester has been criticised over plans to rent accommodation to its vice chancellor for less than what its students pay while 86 other staff face redundancies

A university has been criticised for plans to charge its £280,000-a-year vice chancellor LESS in rent than its own students.

The University of Chester’s vice-chancellor Professor Eunice Simmons boasts an annual salary and pension package of £284,533.

Professor Simmons is planning to move into a 42 square-metre flat in plush and luxurious Senate House on campus, with her rent set at £121-a-week.

But the University and College Union (UCU) have revealed she will pay £28 a week less than students on campus renting the £149-a-week university flats.

It comes as 86 staff members at the university are under consultation and at risk of losing their jobs.

The university’s website describes historic hotel and conference building Senate House as ‘one of our most attractive and historic buildings’.

It adds: ‘Senate House has been transformed into an elegant entertaining space for all occasions, whether you are celebrating a birthday, wedding, leaving dinner or another special occasion.

‘It offers fine dining in its elegant restaurant and hosts meetings in the drawing room in a relaxed environment.’

The university insist a valuation was carried out to work out the rent, taking into account that she would be sharing the kitchenette with nearby meeting rooms.

But students living in small en-suite studio rooms in the university-owned Grosvenor House, with ‘small double beds’ are paying 23 per cent more than their vice chancellor will pay.

Prof Simmons plans to ‘reconfigure two offices’ at Senate House to create her flat, for which she will pay the rent, to give her somewhere to stay on campus.

Prof Simmons said in the email to staff: ‘I have been giving thought as to how I can contribute to building our University community going forward.

Prof Eunice Simmons (pictured) plans to 'reconfigure offices' at the University of Chester's Senate House to create her flat and will pay £28 less each week than its own students

Prof Eunice Simmons (pictured) plans to ‘reconfigure offices’ at the University of Chester’s Senate House to create her flat and will pay £28 less each week than its own students

‘To this end we are re-configuring the two offices immediately next to mine in Senate House to create a small flat which I will rent from the University in due course.’

A university spokesman said her rent valuation was arrived at as the flat is not furnished – and her kitchen will also be used for by neighbouring meeting rooms.

They said: ‘The valuation took into account that the kitchenette to be used by vice chancellor Prof Eunice Simmons will also be used to service the adjacent meeting room and office so it is not self-contained like studios elsewhere on campus and the property is unfurnished unlike other studios.

‘Under the terms of the valuation contract, the university is unable to share details of the firm which carried out the work leading to the rent figure Prof Simmons will pay for the accommodation she will occupy in service to widening participation and student engagement at the university.’

This comes as the university is in the process of making 25 staff members redundant with 86 staff members under consultation.

A spokesman for the Chester branch of the University and College Union (UCU) said members are ‘disgusted and outraged’ at the ‘clear injustice’.

The small University of Chester student accommodation rooms at Grosvenor House, where students reportedly pay £28 a week more in rent than the vice chancellor for her apartment

The small University of Chester student accommodation rooms at Grosvenor House, where students reportedly pay £28 a week more in rent than the vice chancellor for her apartment

The spokesman said: ‘Staff have spent much of the last year working from home in a pandemic, paying for essential work costs such as wi-fi from their own pockets.

‘Now they find senior management have signed off on over £21,000 of refurbishments while throwing 86 staff into a state of uncertainty and anxiety about their future.

‘Our members are disgusted and outraged at this clear injustice. The low rate of rent the VC will be paying adds insult to injury.

‘Staff and students can only dream of renting a private apartment in the centre of Chester for anything like the price the VC will pay.

‘The university has the audacity to claim their finances are in a poor enough state to justify cutting staff, but UCU have seen the annual financial report which states the university had a successful financial year and an increase in students.

‘Students have a right to expect their £9,000 a year fees are going towards a high-quality education – not funding the vice chancellor’s interior decorating.

‘The vice chancellor claim the Senior Executive Team are demonstrating ‘financial probity’ in their management of the university.

‘Where is the responsibility, honesty, or integrity in destroying the livelihoods of much valued staff while signing off on unnecessary expenses?’

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Terrifying moment a careless cyclist comes flying out of a street and straight in front of a car

Terrifying moment a careless cyclist comes flying out of a street straight in front of a car – and the driver’s amazing reflexes undoubtedly save his life

  • Dramatic dash cam has captured a cyclist’s alarming near-miss with a car
  • Motorist forced to slam on brakes after cyclist lost control and fell in front of him
  • The cyclist, who wasn’t wearing a helmet appeared shaken but not badly injured
  • Hundreds of viewers online believed cyclist was the one who was in the wrong

An Australian cyclist is lucky to be alive after a near-miss with a car when he fell over the handlebars of his bike into the vehicle’s path while flying around a corner.

Dramatic dash cam of the startling incident captures the car driving down the road before a cyclist is spotted approaching from a side street.

The driver is forced to slam on the brakes after the male cyclist, who isn’t wearing a helmet, turns without stopping, loses control and falls off his bike in front of the car.

The cyclist, who appears shaken but not badly injured, gets up seconds later rubbing his head before retrieving his bike.

A concerned woman approaches the cyclist to check that he’s okay while the driver inspects for any potential damage at the front of his vehicle. 

The driver was forced to slam on his brakes after the cyclist (pictured falling off his bike) lost control while flying around the corner

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‘Close call with a cyclist wearing no helmet and going over his bars and hitting the front of my car,’ the footage was captioned on Dash Cam Car Owners Australia Facebook page.

The footage has since been inundated with hundreds of comments. 

Most viewers believed the cyclist was at fault for failing to give way or giving a hand signal to indicate he was turning. 

The cyclist was also roasted online for not wearing a helmet, which are mandatory is all Australian states and territories.

Fines for not wearing a helmet vary from the biggest penalty of $344 in New South Wales to as little as $25 in the Northern Territory.

‘The cyclists have to obey the road rules just like motorists, he should of had a helmet on,’ one viewer commented.

The cyclist  (cyclist) appears shaken but not badly injured after a near-miss with a car

A woman (left) approaches the cyclist (right) to see if he's okay

The cyclist appears shaken but not badly injured after a near-miss with a car which was captured on dramatic dash cam footage

 Others ridiculed the cyclist.

‘I remember my first day riding a bike too. Hopefully he gets better at it,’ one wrote.

Another added: ‘Probably drives his car the same way he rides his bicycle! Wont live long with carelessness like that!’

Some viewers praised the driver for his quick actions which may have saved the cyclist life.

‘Tried to brake quickly and he fell.. thank you driver for your attention to detail and stopping in time,’ one woman wrote. 

The driver ( in yellow) appears more concerned about any damage to his car than the cyclist

The driver ( in yellow) appears more concerned about any damage to his car than the cyclist

The driver also copped a minor roasting for not taking off the blue-tinted protective film on the newly installed dash cam.

The driver was also slammed for being more concerned about any damage to his car than for the injured cyclist.

‘Better check he didn’t damage my car,..never mind the human,’ one person quipped.

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FBI publishes a series of cryptic photos which could help save ‘child victims’

FBI publishes series of photos from inside people’s homes on Twitter and asks for public’s help in identifying the homeowners to help save ‘child abuse victims’

  • The FBI on Saturday tweeted a series of images from inside a house, or houses
  • The images showed various rooms, items of clothing and interior decoration
  • One showed a baseball cap, another a calendar, another a stained glass window
  • The FBI said that they hope members of the public will be able to assist them 

The FBI is appealing for information that may lead to the rescue of abused children, tweeting a cryptic image from inside a house, and asking for clues.

The agency issued their request for help as part of what they termed #SeekingInfoSaturday.

The photo they tweeted showed a room with white cupboards around the doorway.

A picture of a car with its doors opening upwards, like the Back to the Future DeLorean, is framed on the wall.

The agency tweeted: ‘The #FBI is seeking information about this image, which may help lead to the rescue of child victims. If you notice something familiar, submit a tip at http://tips.fbi.gov.’

The FBI on Saturday tweeted this image of a room, asking for information to help 'child victims'

The FBI on Saturday tweeted this image of a room, asking for information to help ‘child victims’

They added: ‘No clue or piece of information is too small.’

The FBI then linked to 11 pages of more ‘seeking information’ posters.

Among the images they showed were a red baseball cap emblazed with the letter C; a calendar, illustrated with cars; a green chair and storage chest; and a bright blue t-shirt, with a picture of a cartoon witch.

A bedroom wall was covered in framed certificates, besides a clock with images of cats.

A red baseball cap was pictured, in the FBI's hunt for clues

A red baseball cap was pictured, in the FBI’s hunt for clues

The agency showed the wall of a room, with certificates and a clock decorated with cats

The agency showed the wall of a room, with certificates and a clock decorated with cats

One image showed a turquoise-colored t-shirt with a cartoon witch

One image showed a turquoise-colored t-shirt with a cartoon witch

Another image showed a calendar, decorated with pictures of cars

Another image showed a calendar, decorated with pictures of cars

A red stained glass window was shown in another image, with an image of a dolphin on the glass.

One page showed a swimming pool, perhaps seen from a window, with dark green plastic lounge chairs.

Tips from members of the public are hugely important to the FBI’s work.

‘I think one of the most important things to know about the FBI’s tip line, at www.fbi.gov, is every single piece of information that’s submitted by an individual is reviewed by FBI personnel at FBI Headquarters,’ said Special Agent Eric Reese, watch commander of the Public Access Center Unit, in an interview on the FBI’s website.

‘So there’s nothing that goes unaddressed.

‘We basically listen to everything that people want to submit and we give it its due diligence.’

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