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Key GC2018 active transport legacy open

Mayor Tom Tate today opened a key piece of infrastructure that will improve access for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) spectators, workforce and our local community.

Construction of the new five metre wide pedestrian bridge replaces the timber bridge across Flat Rock Creek, connecting Kropp Park with Len Wort Park.

Mayor Tom Tate said we have been working hard to ensure our city is equipped to be one of the best host cities the world has ever seen.

“The $1.5 million upgrade is a key connection for the southern Gold Coast and will make it easier for people to walk, cycle and catch public transport to GC2018 venues,” Cr Tate said.

“We are easing congestion on our roads by creating a better connected path network that helps to make walking and cycling attractive alternatives to the car.

“The Gold Coast is a fast growing and multi-centred city with a complex traffic network. This year we are delivering more than $100 million worth of transport upgrades to accommodate capacity during GC2018. The best part is, we will benefit from these infrastructure upgrades way ahead into the future, he said.

Main Roads and Road Safety Acting Minister Steven Miles said the Queensland Government was committed to improving the safety and accessibility of the transport network for cyclists.

“These works are a part of our Cycle Network Local Government Grants program, which has allocated $17 million to cycling projects across Queensland in 2017-18,” Mr Miles said.

“We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in cycling infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs.”

Our construction crews will begin works to remove the old bridge and complete the landscaping.

This project was jointly funded by the City of Gold Coast and the Queensland Government under the Cycle Network Local Government Grant (CNLGG), with the State Government contributing $450,000 to the project.

Mayor Tom Tate and Cr Gail O'Neill cutting the ribbon to the new Kropp Park bridge
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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:07:53 +0000

Gold Coast recognised as a ‘Compassionate City’

Mayor Tom Tate today signed the Charter for Compassion, the foundational document of a global compassion movement which the Dalai Lama described as “one of the most important movements in the world”.

The Gold Coast now joins a growing network of more than 100 international Charter Affirming Cities and 400 community initiatives in 53 participating countries.

Mayor Tom Tate said signing the Charter is another step towards creating stronger and more cohesive communities, of fostering friendships and encouraging partnerships in our city.

“The Gold Coast is a great place to live, work and play. We want to live up to our reputation of being a warm, welcoming and inclusive city by showing compassion to everyone,” he said.

“We can all make a conscious effort to support the Charter by making our daily decisions ‘through the eyes of compassion’ and then by taking compassionate action.

“With the city soon to be on the world stage, it has never been more important to live by these universal principles,” Mayor Tate said.

Dr Lynne Reeder, Facilitator of the Australian Compassion Council said the City of Gold Coast is to be congratulated for its partnership with Compassionate Gold Coast, “facilitated by Terry Ayling, in their journey to becoming a more compassionate city”.

“This work of compassion is already evident in the lives of many individuals and organisations in our community.”

The Charter calls individuals and communities to care for each other and to relieve suffering wherever it is found.

Today the Australian Compassion Council formally recognised the City of Gold Coast as a Compassionate city.

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Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:38:33 +0000

All That Glitters

Developers, deals and donations on the Gold Coast.Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:45:00 +0000

The Gold Coast: an event powerhouse

The Gold Coast has taken out a major award at a prestigious international events competition.

It was named a World Festival and Event City at the International Festival and Events Associations’ (IFEA) Awards at the 62nd Annual Convention and Expo in Arizona, USA, overnight.

Mayor Tom Tate said the Gold Coast now stood alongside major event destinations like Dubai, Dublin, London, Shanghai and Boston in receiving this same award.

“The Gold Coast already has a formidable reputation as an events destination and this accolade cements the Gold Coast as a powerhouse that punches well above its weight when it comes to hosting world class events,” he said.

Mayor Tate said the city hosted more than 900 events every year, with the City of Gold Coast’s major events portfolio – which includes 35 events the City supports - injecting around $200 million into the local community.

“As we leverage the benefits of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and we continue to grow the number of events held here, the Gold Coast is truly making its mark on a global scale,” he said.

“With the tourism and events industry worth $25 billion to the Queensland state economy, we’re going to  continue to work post-Games to ensure the Gold Coast continues to snag a big slice of this investment.”

President and CEO of IFEA World, Steven Wood Schmader, said The IFEA World Festival and Event City Awards are judged and presented on an individual basis to exemplary cities around the world.

“The awards are not designed as a competition of one city against another, but rather to recognise those individual cities that have ‘raised the bar’ for everyone,” said Mr Schmader.

This award comes on the back of the Gold Coast’s exceptional success in hosting major events with an international appeal, including the Sudirman Cup World Badminton Championships, the Supercars GC600, the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, the ITU World Triathlon Series, the World Surf League’s Quiksilver and Roxy Pro, the Australian PGA Championships and Bleach* Festival . 

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Fri, 15 Sep 2017 04:03:26 +0000

Artist camp inspires inception of Indigenous retail brand

Gold Coast Indigenous artists are set to deliver a new retail brand and product line featuring local art that’s authentic and economically viable for artists.  


City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate met with six Indigenous artists working on Yeien (pronounced YAY-en) while touring the latest South Stradbroke Indigenous Artist Camp Exhibition at the Gold Coast Art Gallery today.


Mayor Tom Tate said Yeien is an authentic, local Indigenous retail brand and product development project.


“Yeien represents an opportunity for local Indigenous artists to lead the design and production of high quality tourist products for distribution through selected boutique marketplaces,” Mayor Tate said.


“Basically, these artists will oversee the whole initiative from inception and product design, right through to distribution and retail.


“We want to encourage locals and tourists alike to recognise and support ethically designed and sourced products to protect Indigenous culture and to support artists’ income streams.


“Yeien is right on track to have products in market by April of 2018,” he said.


The artists previously attended the South Stradbroke Indigenous Artist Camp, run annually since 2014, it was the successful incubator for this economic development project.


Behind the scenes, much work has been conducted on the preliminary designs for a retail merchandise range, a pricing model and a distinctly Gold Coast identifiable logo and branding.


Initially, the merchandise range will be a limited product line, designed to effectively test the market with the view to increased volume and variety of products in the future.


Photo: South Stradbroke Indigenous Artist Camp artists showcasing their work at the latest exhibition.

(L-R) Leesa Hickey (Designfront), Lisa Sorbie Martin (artist), Joe Geia (artist), Simon Koger (iAM Projects), Neville Torrisheba (artist), Glenn Barry (artist).

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Tue, 12 Sep 2017 02:46:51 +0000

Seniors set to get tech savvy

Gold Coast seniors can boost their technology skills and learn how to navigate the digital world, thanks to the City’s new Tech Savvy Seniors program.

Tech Savvy Seniors is a jointly funded initiative by Telstra and the Queensland Government through the State Library of Queensland and Department of Communities.

The Tech Savvy Seniors program provides free training designed specifically for seniors to make it easier to embrace the digital world.

Many seniors might never have even used a computer previously, much less navigated a smartphone or social media, and this lack of experience, or technology phobia can create a sense of isolation from the rest of the community.

Councillor Pauline Young said the Tech Savvy Seniors Program aims to help older Gold Coasters gain basic technology skills.

“We want our seniors to become more digital savvy, to learn new skills, stay connected with the world and to keep in touch with family and friends,” Cr Young said.

“The training includes how to use an iPad, navigate social media, access banking and government services and shop online.

“We are encouraging those wary of technology to embrace it because we want to ensure everyone is keeping pace in this age of digital transformation.


“Public libraries provide a safe and trusted space for seniors to take the plunge into digital technology and we want to ensure no one is left behind in the digital space.


“I encourage any seniors who want to improve their technology skills to sign up for a free course and give it a go. Once you’ve mastered those skills, you’ll be able to conduct online banking, email confidently and even live chat with grandchildren who may be living in other cities,” she said.


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Thu, 07 Sep 2017 01:00:06 +0000

Bags the size of buses to protect Narrowneck

Renewal of the Narrowneck Artificial Reef has started with 70 sand bags to be dropped on to the old reef.


Mayor Tom Tate said the reef had been an effective coastal protection asset since its construction in 1999. 


“Like any infrastructure, the reef has a design life and requires renewal to ensure the structure continues to function and protect this vulnerable stretch of foreshore,” he said.


A specialised vessel will undertake the renewal works by placing the new sand bags, made of a more durable geotextile fabric, on the existing reef. Each bag is the size of a school bus so it is a challenging project but well worth it.


“While the primary purpose of the Narrowneck Artificial Reef is to function as a coastal protection structure, the City recognises the importance of surfing on the Gold Coast and has considered surfing outcomes when designing the renewal,” said Mayor Tate.


“This has included scale model testing to assess wave breaking on the reef.”


The artificial reef is designed to lessen erosion impacts of large waves. As these waves cross the reef, their intensity becomes less threatening to the beach. The reef promotes a build-up of sand near the structure and this sand acts as a buffer to protect the beach during storms. 


Narrowneck Reef Renewal is a joint initiative of the City of Gold Coast, the Queensland Government and the Australian Government. The $2 million project is partly funded through the Natural Disaster Resilience Program, a joint State and Australian Government funding program.

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Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:13:28 +0000

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New cultural precinct amphitheatre a truly versatile space

The first look inside the Gold Coast’s new amphitheatre reveals a stage fit for a feast and a full symphony orchestra.

Fully equipped to present world-class performances to audiences of up to 5000, the Versatile Outdoor Space (VOS) will double as a sought-after function venue.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said with its 3.5 tonne door closed, the stage could accommodate up to 200 people seated in air-conditioned comfort.

“It will be a truly versatile venue where we can welcome home our Olympians, celebrate a wedding or present anything from a chamber orchestra to an international headline act,” he said.

Mayor Tate and Divisional Councillor Gary Baildon today (30 August) led media ‘into the heart’ of the VOS to view where Managing Contractors ADCO Constructions will soon begin fitout of the extensive back-of-house, including a kitchen, green room, lighting and technical equipment.

“The striking gravity-defying 600 square metre shade cover is now in place, Mayor Tate said.

“Ten, 10-tonne support beams were welded in-situ and its footings buried 15 metres into the ground. This has allowed the free-standing structure to appear to float above the stage. Its infill features the distinctive voronoi (or polygon) pattern which will be reflected across the precinct.”

Landscaping, including paving, is taking shape. Feature trees, including mature Livistona, or cabbage tree, palms began arriving on 16 August to enable them to be established during spring.

Laying of the concert lawn will be among the finishing touches before the site is handed to The Arts Centre Gold Coast in December. The lawn will be allowed to establish over the summer months and in the lead-up to GC2018. Major programming will begin after the Games.

Mayor Tate said the precinct would be the latest addition to the city’s CCTV network, with 18 cameras installed on site, providing 24 hour monitoring.

“With the VOS fully operational after GC2018, we can be ready to start on the next key pieces of the precinct – the green bridge to Chevron Island and our new City Art Gallery.

“This will be a vital project which will deliver important cultural infrastructure and jobs after GC2018.”

To date, more than 860 workers have been employed constructing the VOS and apprentices have notched up more than 6000 hours of training. And demolition of the former Council administration centre has returned 1.4 hectares of the precinct for civic and community use.

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Wed, 30 Aug 2017 05:25:05 +0000

Celebrating our city’s sensational seniors

Seniors Week is on again - from 19 to 27 August when we officially recognise and acknowledge senior Gold Coasters who have contributed so much to our community.

The highlight of Seniors Week is the sold out free Mayor's Seniors Week 'Memorable Musicals' Concert featuring the amazing Rhonda Burchmore at the Arts Centre Gold Coast.

The concert is part of the broader Seniors Week activities across the Gold Coast, celebrating the contributions and achievements of seniors.

Highlights include:

  • Hinterland Museum open day on Thursday 24 August.

  • Musical movie morning at Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre on Friday 25 August.

  • Federation Walk community planting day on Sunday 27 August.

To find a Seniors Week activity near you, visit

City of Gold Coast supports seniors with Free Seniors Bus Travel one of the most successful initiatives introduced in recent years. We now have one in four Gold Coast seniors registered for free seniors travel. Almost 30,000 are using this service providing a wonderful opportunity for our valued seniors to get out and about. To apply phone 1300 GOLD COAST (1300 465 326).

Seniors can check out the popular Active & Healthy Lifestyle Guide. It has a great range of activities perfect for everyone, no matter what age or level of fitness. The program has more than 200 free and low cost activities each week across the city. It's a great way for seniors to try a new fitness activity or sport and meet new people.

Our Gold Coast Community Directory is a one-stop shop of community groups, services and facilities on offer across the Gold Coast. With more than 2800 listings, the directory makes it easy for seniors and all residents to connect with community-based services in their area.

There are many other benefits to Gold Coast seniors including pensioner rate rebates, Council Cabs and specially-designed library services.

We have 83,000 residents over the age of 65, making up over 15 percent of the city’s population, expected to grow to 20 percent of the population by 2031.


Enquiries: or 07 5581 7941


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