Jacob Hopkins' death was the top story among Sunshine Coast Daily readers in the past week.
Jacob Hopkins' death was the top story among Sunshine Coast Daily readers in the past week. Facebook

The five top Sunshine Coast stories you may have missed

A "DEVASTATING" fatal crash, discussions on the airport expansion and the shock resignation of a hospital executive were among the top stories on the Sunshine Coast in the past week.

Each week, the Daily publishes snippets of the five biggest stories to catch up on.

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1. Fatal crash car 'stolen, driven by boy, 14' - police

A teenage boy died and two children were seriously injured in a crash north of Brisbane.
A teenage boy died and two children were seriously injured in a crash north of Brisbane. Moreton Alert

A high-speed collision in a stolen and overcrowded car killed 14-year-old Maleny boy Jacob Hopkins and left five other youths injured in hospital.

The Mazda SUV was allegedly stolen from a shopping centre at Kallangur hours before the 14-year-old driver allegedly ran a red light at Rothwell, hit another car and slammed into a pole.

Read the full story and the reaction from the community here.

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2. Mayor forced out of 'critical' airport talks

Mayor Mark Jamieson has called for increased federal assistance for local governments.
Mayor Mark Jamieson has called for increased federal assistance for local governments. Stuart Cumming

Mayor Mark Jamieson was forced to remove himself from special talks on the Sunshine Coast Airport's expansion, which was dominated by critical deadlines, potential delays and the threat of a $10.5 million blow-out.

Cr Jamieson had received legal advice that he would be unable to take part in the Region Making Projects special meeting due to a conflict of interest.

He declared as the Local Government Association of Queensland president he was a representative of LGIAsuper, which held a 32 per cent stake in the airport.

Read more about the talks here.

3. Key executive quits prominent Sunshine Coast hospital

Buderim Private Hospital have opened a new emergency centre. General manager Wallis Westbrook.
Buderim Private Hospital have opened a new emergency centre. General manager Wallis Westbrook. John McCutcheon

A prominent Sunshine Coast private hospital was hit by the sudden and immediate resignation of a long-term, key executive.

Buderim Private Hospital general manager Wallis Westbrook tendered his resignation last week and was no longer working at the UnitingCare Health Hospital facility.

Mr Westbrook had been in the role for more than five years and was at the helm of establishing the Coast's first private emergency department, which opened August last year.

Read more about his resignation here.

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4. 'Always on Clive's mind': Resort signage fuels sale rumours

The Palmer Coolum Resort sign is removed.
The Palmer Coolum Resort sign is removed. Warren Lynam

Clive Palmer's right-hand man has hosed down speculation the mining magnate's Palmer Coolum Resort has changed hands, after workers were spotted removing signage today.

Mr Palmer's media advisor Andrew Crook said the sign was probably just being refreshed, and there was no news to report on the resort.

It was closed 'temporarily' for a refurbishment in 2015, which put 600 staff out of work and shareholders of the 144 villas in limbo.

Read more here.

5. 'Noosa's in for a world of hurt': Plan axes airport runway

IMPRESSIONS: Artist's impressions of the redeveloped Sunshine Coast Airport.
IMPRESSIONS: Artist's impressions of the redeveloped Sunshine Coast Airport. Contributed

Jilted aviation operators desperate to have the existing runway retained in the Sunshine Coast Airport redevelopment have vowed to fight on, despite its axing from the official master plan.

The declaration came as Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Andrew Brodie unveiled the new Sunshine Coast Airport Draft Master Plan 2040, which showed only one runway featuring in the airport's future.

Read more here.

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