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Christine Anu headlines Mayor’s Christmas Carols

One of Australia’s most popular recording artists has been announced as the headline act for this year’s Mayor’s Christmas Carols, presented by Mercedes-Benz Gold Coast.

Multi-award winning artist Christine Anu will light up the stage at Broadwater Parklands next month alongside Aussie stars Emma Pask and Prinnie Stevens for what is expected to be the most thrilling Mayor’s Carols event.

“This year promises so much more than just a concert,” said Acting Mayor Donna Gates.

“The program includes a visit from Santa and fireworks to finish off the night - it’s going to be the ultimate Christmas experience for everyone there.”

Cr Gates confirmed Gold Coast charity Paradise Kids would be the major beneficiary of this year’s Mayor’s Christmas Appeal. Paradise Kids supports children physically, emotionally and socially after they have experienced trauma.

“We’ve had a huge amount of support for the appeal already from our Junior Council members who have been collecting gift donations within schools across the coast,” said Cr Gates.

“Any donation, big or small, will be greatly appreciated.”

Residents can donate on the night with the purchase of a carols program, or leave wrapped gifts at one of seven locations across the city from today until 19 December.

To check what gifts are appropriate, go to

The Mayor’s Christmas Carols is on 2 December from 5pm, with interactive kids’ fun including a Smurfs Christmas Show from 2pm. Catch the G:Link or cycle to save parking hassles.



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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:00:43 +0000

Builder brings cultural credentials to new Gold Coast Gallery

A construction company which has built some of Australia’s most challenging and iconic community and cultural infrastructure will deliver the Gold Coast’s new City Art Gallery.

Hansen Yuncken, highly regarded for managing the technically-challenging Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, will be tasked with design and construction of the $60.5 million (2016 dollars) gallery at the 17-hectare Gold Coast Cultural Precinct.

Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, said the selection followed an Australia-wide Expressions of Interest (EIO) campaign in May and shortlisting of leading firms to supply detailed proposals.

“Hansen Yuncken’s proposal showed technical excellence, team-focused project coordination, creative and flexible problem-solving and value for money,” Mayor Tate said.

“We were spoilt for choice, with keen interest from leading firms across Australia vying for the right to design and build our new gallery.

“It was a thorough process, because we wanted the best of the best, and particularly a firm with a proven track record in quality cultural and community infrastructure.”

Hansen Yuncken has been entrusted with delivering two key venues for GC2018, Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre at Carrara and the Coomera Sports and Leisure Centre.

“Now they will continue on, delivering a long-term cultural legacy and jobs after GC2018.

“They have an impressive portfolio of projects nationally and serious cultural credentials with MONA.

“We all know MONA now, but by Christmas 2020, the Gold Coast will be the new name on the lips of everyone interested in art and design.”

Gold Coast City Gallery Director Tracy Cooper-Lavery said: “It will accommodate our multi-million dollar city art collection. But it will be much more than a gallery. It will be a must-see destination for residents and visitors to engage with art and design on a local to global scale. And the rooftop will offer panoramic views from the city skyline to Tamborine Mountain, bringing the Gold Coast into the gallery.”

She said selection of a project lead experienced in complex designs for creative, high-quality public projects would help ensure a beautiful, durable and functional international-standard building.

The gallery will complement the precinct’s new amphitheatre, (now nearing completion, with programming to begin following the GC2018), and Green Bridge to Chevron Island (which will commence after the GC2018 and be completed in October 2019.)

Design of the new gallery will begin early in 2018 with commissioning scheduled for late 2020.


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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:30:13 +0000

Olympic champion Neil Brooks and wife charged with fraud

Former Australian swimmer Neil Brooks and his wife will fight charges over an alleged $1.95 million fraud, their lawyer says, with police accusing the pair of duping an investor into purchasing a stake in their sports clothing business.Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:54:00 +0000

Bike share is here - at no cost to ratepayers

Pedal power will soon be added to the City of Gold Coast’s transport arsenal with locally-based transit specialist Transit Australia Group (TAG) awarded the city’s first bike-share partnership.

The scheme will come at no cost to ratepayers, with partners Mobike and Good Cycles joining TAG to introduce the scheme from January.

The initiative will combine TAG’s extensive transit planning expertise with Mobike’s internationally successful bike-share platform.

A highlight of the innovative model is a commitment to social outcomes with Good Cycles using the scheme to engage disadvantaged people with employment opportunities.

This is the first expansion into Australia for Mobike, which recently added Singapore, Manchester and Newcastle to its operations that span 130 cities.

The robust, lightweight and patented bike designs feature a smart lock system combined with the smartphone app to offer convenient access to a bike.

The bike share scheme is flexible and easy to use with residents and visitors able to unlock and lock their bike using an app.

“We will have one of the best dockless bike-share schemes in the world,’’ said Mayor Tom Tate.

“The bikes will be rolled out strategically and increase availability to meet demand. They will be on the streets in time for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

TAG Group chief executive officer Michael McGee said the Gold Coast’s model would change the perception around bike-sharing in Australia. 

“While bike sharing is in its infancy in Australia, we are excited to showcase how the Gold Coast’s unique model can enhance mobility with digital disruption while supporting positive social outcomes for the community,” he said.

Around 2000 bikes are expected to be available across Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Varsity Lakes by late January 2018. Some bikes will be equipped with surfboard racks.

Chris Martin, Head of International for Mobike, said Australia represents an amazing opportunity for Mobike.

“The Gold Coast is an ideal location for us to start our smart bikeshare service. We are very pleased to be the exclusive partner for the city and delivering our mission to improve city residents’ quality of life by providing an affordable means of shared transportation while reducing congestion and air pollution.”

Good Cycles CEO, Jaison Hoernel said "the success of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, like any other global sporting event, can be measured by multiple values, including its social wellbeing legacy. This exciting partnership presents an opportunity to enhance visitors' experiences during the Games and to positively impact the lives of young people throughout the Gold Coast region, beyond the closing ceremony."

"Good Cycles looks forward to collaborating with the Gold Coast City Council, Transit Australia and Mobike, bringing our bike share experience and commitment to helping create positive futures through meaningful employment opportunities." 





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Mon, 06 Nov 2017 02:19:20 +0000

New skate park features first ‘granite bowl’ for our City

Gold Coast skateboarders face a new challenge with the City’s latest skate park featuring a tough obstacle – the ‘granite bowl’.

It is the first time a City park has had the bowl included in its design. The bowl, which almost looks like a swimming pool, is two metres in depth to make those who ride it go smoother and faster.

“I’m challenging the local Councillor (Cameron Caldwell) to be the first to ride the bowl,’’ said Mayor Tom Tate at the park opening.

“Investment in facilities like this new park is an investment in safety, enjoyment, family fun and a way for local skaters to hone their skills as they compete or simply enjoy the sport.

“I’m delighted the park includes temporary CCTV cameras to give parents, and skaters, comfort knowing that the facility is under the watchful eye of our expanding CCTV network.’’

The $560,000 skate park supports the northern Gold Coast, recently named one of the fastest growing areas in Australia.

“This is for today’s, and tomorrow’s generations,” said Cr Caldwell.

“Investing in facilities like skate parks is a fantastic way to foster an active and healthy community, build friendships and make memories.

“With the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre around the corner, we are building our reputation as a sporting hub.”

The skate and scooter park includes hubba ledges, rails, banks, hips and the granite edged bowl.

Young Gold Coaster and three-time champion scooter Jesse Bayes said building facilities in our local parks was a great way for our younger generations to get active and healthy.

“Having a skate park in the community, especially a new one helps bring people from all over the coast to a great area for kids to share a similar interest,” he said.

The City has installed a temporary CCTV camera that tests angles before permanent cameras are put in place.  

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Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:52:44 +0000

City applauds community safety support

The Gold Coast’s most outstanding citizens have received recognition in The City’s biennial Safer Suburbs Awards.

Mayor Tom Tate said it was an important day to celebrate the work of those creating a more caring and connected city.

“The awards highlight the incredible work within our community to make the Gold Coast the safest place to live, work, play and raise a family,” he said.

The 2017 Safer Suburbs Awards winners are:

Not-for-Profit Category – Gold Coast Community Legal Centre

This centre provides free legal advice to those who need assistance with legal matters.

Individual Category – Acting Sergeant Tracey Clouston

A/Sgt Clouston is Secretary for the Crime Stoppers Coolangatta-Tweed Division and has worked with PCYC to create a homeless youth crisis centre network including successfully obtaining a grant for young people to attend free fitness classes.

Business Category – Men of Business

In the last six years, this business has assisted around 1000 ‘at risk’ coast young men through an eight-week mentoring program. The program assists young men to learn, trust, communicate and deal with emotions and anger management and navigate through their journey to adulthood.

Project Category – SAVE 2017

This project recently culminated in an event for 250 students from three local schools, learning about safety including on the roads, the beaches and in natural disasters.

Meritorious Award – Mr Allan Howard

Mr Howard was nominated by Gold Coast District Neighbourhood watch for his outstanding commitment and dedication to the program. He has been integral in promoting important safety messages through a number of initiatives including Fraud and Cyber Crime Forums and a Disaster Survival Forum. He participated in the City of Gold Coast’s Volunteer Graffiti Removal Program and Youth Justice conferences.


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Wed, 01 Nov 2017 23:39:38 +0000

Making Southport a globally competitive CBD

 A program to revitalise our CBD to catalyse economic growth and investment in the area is now open for community consultation.

The CBD Program 2025 also aims to connect the CBD to the Broadwater, embed smart technology and embrace our outdoor lifestyle.    

Division 6 Councillor Dawn Crichlow today said the program aimed to achieve the City’s vision of Southport as a vibrant urban centre, rich in cultural diversity for domestic and international business.   

“Our CBD is more than a city centre; it is a dynamic downtown of opportunity that is brimming with opportunity,” she said.

“Whether you’re studying, making a mark in business or indulging in one of our many restaurants, our CBD is a melting pot of colourful stories and characters.

“Home to Gold Coast Chinatown, the CBD is already bustling with new Asian-inspired businesses, restaurants, and popular events like the Chinatown Street markets.

“The program will deliver exciting projects, events and opportunities for businesses, residents and students in the area and in the long term create economic certainty for our CBD,” said Cr Crichlow.

From today, you’re invited to have your say on the future of the CBD at

Everyone who has their say will go in the draw to win a $400 voucher for the recently upgraded Australia Fair shopping centre in Southport, along with double passes to Event Cinemas.

For information, visit


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Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:14:30 +0000

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