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Local heroes awarded at gala ceremony

An ironman, an artist, a vet, a publicist, an Olympian and a youth advocate make up this year’s winners in the City’s Australia Day Awards.

The annual awards recognise local people or groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the Gold Coast community.

Mayor Tom Tate presented the awards in the six different categories at a ceremony at Q1 tonight(11/1).

“Each of these winners truly deserves this recognition and acknowledgment. Their efforts are helping and motivating others to make our city a better place to live,” he said. 

Gold Coast Citizen of the Year was awarded to Karen Phillips, a journalist and public relations specialist, who has helped raise $2million for charities.

The Gold FM Community Service Award went to ironman and lifesaving legend Trevor Hendy for his transformational program “Boot Camp For The Soul” and motivating people to make positive life changes. 

Currumbin Hospital’s vet Dr Michael Pyne took out the Environmental Achievement Award for his relentless work in caring for our sick and injured wildlife - around 10,000 animals are treated annually.

The Cultural Achievement Award was awarded to artist Lisa Sorbie Martin who has enjoyed a 35 year career as a painter, textile artist and fashion designer, with her most recent achievement the artwork for the Broadwater Parklands Mangrove Deck.

Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson has claimed the Sports Achievement Award. Sally is a   GC2018 Ambassador and a motivator and mentor to many.   

Teenager Madison Birtchnell was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year for her many years of volunteer work, leadership skills and fundraising efforts.   

Australia Day Award winners
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Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:46 +0000

Extraordinary Queenslanders and their stories from 2017

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Beekeeping booms but clubs fear hive health may suffer

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Southern Gateway in lights


The first half of the city’s new public art commission is nearing completion and on track to light up the southern Gold Coast early in the New Year.


Located in front of the Gold Coast Airport at Bilinga, the big “GC” will welcome visitors and residents to the city by day and night.


Division 14 Councillor Gail O’Neill said it was exciting to see this significant art project progressing and taking shape.


“It is as stunning as I imagined and wonderful to see it in the ground and almost there before Christmas,” Cr O’Neill said.   


The northern artwork, a much larger installation, will appear to spell out the city’s name and will be installed on the Pacific Highway at Yatala in early January.


Councillor O’Neill said the complexity of the design required significant engineering input to ensure the best possible outcome for the city.


The Gateways Public Art Commission was awarded to New York based LOT-EK artists Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano earlier this year for the design featuring nearly 100 modified highway lights and poles, closely spaced at different heights.


The Gateway Public Art Commission is co-funded by the State Government and City of Gold Coast. This is a $2 million artist commission – the commission includes design, fabrication and installation for artwork at both a northern and southern site.


An independent selection panel, a cross section of industry, stakeholder and community representatives, selected the winning entry out of a local, national and international pool.


Media: Warwick Sinclair, 0424778573

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Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:35:29 +0000

$100,000 annual energy savings at the ‘flick of a switch’

Ratepayers will start saving in excess of $100,000 annually when Mayor Tom Tate ‘flicks the switch’ at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre today.


Solar power will now supply the centre’s energy needs, creating significant savings for ratepayers. 


Visitors will be able to see exactly how much energy is being produced via an LED screen at the entrance to the pool. The project cost $654,000.


The centre, renamed Optus Aquatic Centre for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, has been fitted with a 312 kilowatt solar array and more than 1100 panels.


“That’s an annual reduction in energy costs of over $100,000,’’ said Mayor Tate.


The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will also trial a 300kWh battery after the Commonwealth Games 2018 to achieve further savings.


Plant Ark Power was selected to supply and install the solar and battery system to the City. 


Executive Director Richard Romanowski said: “We are honoured to have been entrusted with this work especially considering the facilities’ importance to the up-coming Commonwealth Games.  It’s a world-class facility and now with solar is a leading example of how local government can invest wisely to secure their energy future.  We look forward to watching the Commonwealth Games’ swimming competition being powered by the sun.”


Today also marks the installation of the last LED street light for Surfers Paradise.


A total of 890 energy saving LED street lights have been rolled out to replace existing high energy street lights, cutting the City’s consumption costs in that precinct by 50 percent. The focus has been on the Surfers Paradise precinct with other areas to follow.


“We are also well into our program of energy saving initiatives to tackle every facet of our energy consumption, and drive home savings for the ratepayer,” said Mayor Tate.


“Our annual electricity expenditure has almost doubled over the past 10 years and we need to reduce our reliance on the current system by investing in alternative energy sources.


In the next few months, the City will deliver over $4 million worth of energy savings initiatives, including solar and batteries to the City’s administration buildings, depots, aquatic centres,

libraries and community venues.

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Wed, 20 Dec 2017 01:47:27 +0000

Who are Queensland's LNP leadership contenders?

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