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Mayor promotes beach access for everyone, ahead of GC2018

Beach access equipment is now available at 10 locations across the city in time for Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Better access to beaches is part of the City’s commitment to ensuring that everyone can have a beach experience.

Mayor Tom Tate said the City’s Beach Access Program provides residents and visiting para-athletes better access to a number of beaches.

“The community asked for better access to our beaches and we listened,’’ he said.

“With only a few weeks to go until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, there has never been a more important time to ensure our city is accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

“Through our Accessible and Inclusive City Action Plan we are doing all we can to remove barriers, and create a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone who lives, works and visits the Gold Coast.”

Locations throughout the city include Kurrawa Beach, Nobby Beach, North Burleigh Beach, Palm Beach (Pacific SLSC), Southport Beach, Tallebudgera Beach, Tallebudgera Creek, Burleigh Heads Beach, Southport Broadwater Parklands (Aqua Splash), and City-wide use from Gold Coast Recreation and Sport, Southport.   

Mayor Tate said the City has partnered with Surf Life Saving Clubs and community groups to deliver the program.

“Our relationship with the Surf Life Saving Clubs and community groups is really important as they play a big role in helping us deliver the program,” he said.

“Club volunteers roll out the mats on weekends during patrol season.

“Many families are already benefiting from the equipment that is available for free.”

The City has allocated $341,000 to deliver the program.  

Our City also provides a range of accessible supporting infrastructure such as viewing platforms along the Oceanway, changing places toilets, accessible barbeques and showers.

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Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:59:58 +0000

New ‘surfing’ craze to hit Gold Coast from today

Locals, visitors and businesses will reap the benefits of free Wi-Fi on the Gold Coast from today.

Mayor Tom Tate launched the City’s first free high speed Wi-Fi at Broadbeach Mall. The precinct will house around 3000 accredited and non-accredited media during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The first release of free Wi-Fi is available to everyone within Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Broadwater Parklands – simply turn on your Wi-Fi and connect.

The network has been made possible with 45 kilometres of 864-core fibre installed along the light rail route. The fibre follows the route from Helensvale to Broadbeach.

Mayor Tate said free Wi-Fi would deliver millions in free publicity for the city.

“Visitors will get to enjoy all the Gold Coast has to offer and stay connected to their hometown and families with free Wi-Fi that has the capacity for Skype calls and FaceTime,” Mayor Tate said.

“Not only is the Wi-Fi service free but it’s also fast – really fast. The Wi-Fi will allow users to download and upload photos and movies faster than the average Gold Coast home internet connection.”

Business owner Marlon Pirie said free Wi-Fi would enhance his restaurant’s customer experience.

“It’s a really exciting time to be running a business on the Gold Coast. It is fantastic that customers can connect from the restaurant and I can operate at no extra cost,” Mr Pirie said.

To maximise investment and deliver free W-Fi at no cost to ratepayers, the City has obtained a carrier licence under the Telecommunications Act 1997 to sell capacity to other carriers.

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Tue, 20 Mar 2018 02:04:33 +0000

Seniors to enjoy free dog registration

Mayor Tom Tate has today announced free dog registration for seniors.

“My annual City Budget survey is underway and I’ve heard from many seniors that their annual dog registration fee is an issue they’d like to have reconsidered from 2018-19,’’ he said.

“Today, I announce an end to dog registration fees for seniors, from the next financial year onwards. Our seniors deserve some financial assistance and I’m sure all Councillors will join me in formalising this arrangement during the upcoming 2018-19 budget discussions.’’

The initiative will cost the annual City budget around $225,000 with 10,256 dogs registered across the city to owners that hold a pensioner concession card. A typical dog registration is $29.50 annually per pet* (*Applies to Senior Card Holders).

Division 11 Councillor Hermann Vorster said the issue of a seniors’ dog registration discount was first raised with his office in January.

“I have supported the budget survey with my own divisional survey and this issue is top-of-mind for many seniors,’’ he said.

“A few dollars saved here means seniors have more to spend on the grand kids, or themselves.

“Dog ownership is important for many older people as pets play an important role as companions.’’

Mayor Tate also announced a continuation of:

  • Annual Free Seniors Concerts (first week of August);

  • Free seniors IT/computer training;

  • Free CPR training for seniors;

  • Free Seniors Off-Peak Bus Travel and $2 Council Cab Service (ongoing);

  • A range of regular recreational and social activities for seniors at libraries, community centres, parks and pools;

  • Support with bin collection and mowing nature strips;

  • And $270pa maximum rates discount for pensioners (ongoing)

The budget survey continues until 29 March with 980 residents having completed the survey to date.

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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 02:13:10 +0000

Celebrate the Games at CBD Street Party

The countdown is on as the city prepares to soak up the excitement of the Commonwealth Games at the CBD Street Party in Chinatown, Southport.


Mayor Tom Tate said the atmosphere would be electric and encouraged locals and visitors to stop in at the Street Party on their way to, or from, one of the Games events held in Southport.


“The CBD Street Party is the place to be during Games. It offers colour, cuisine and live music programmed by Bleach*, an incredible artistic installation by Festival 2018 and a big screen televising the Games,’’ he said.


“The free community celebration will run from morning to late evening, every day of the Games.”


There’s a daily line-up of the best local live music acts, from roots to reggae, folk to funk, and everything in between. Visitors will enjoy delicious food from one of the many local restaurants and food trucks and be mesmerised by the jaw-dropping Museum of the Moon.


All the music, food and fun is set against the backdrop of Museum of the Moon, an incredible seven-metre-wide, floating moon sculpture with detailed NASA imagery on its surface. After stunning millions of people across the globe, this glorious silvery moon journeys to Australia for the first time as part of Festival 2018. Bathe in the moonlight and listen to a surround-sound composition featuring archive audio from the moon landings, by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.


Museum of the Moon is created by internationally acclaimed United Kingdom (UK) artist Luke Jerram who operates at the intersection of art and science.


Bleach* Artistic Director Louise Bezzina said the CBD Street Party had locked in some outstanding acts to get the party started and would feature live music from Cheap Fakes, Ivey, Aquila Young and many more.


“At any point during the 12 day party you can dance the night away or kick back and relax with some of Australia’s best musical acts,” said Louise.


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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 01:44:15 +0000

Future of cruise terminal in State’s hands

The City will write to the Premier seeking confirmation that the Ocean-side Cruise Ship Terminal project will be considered as an option in the Southport Spit Master Plan process - and request the coordinated project application be re-assessed.

The letter will ask the State to rule in – or out – both the Oceanside cruise ship terminal; and a site at Doug Jennings Park as a potential second option.

Further, the Mayor will ask the Premier to continue to progress the project in parallel with the 18-month Southport Spit Master Plan which concludes in July 2019.

“To consider the ocean-side cruise ship terminal project, you need a lot of technical information and what better way than to get all the key players involved in the future planning of The Spit to work together to achieve the best outcome for the City, the State and public,” said Mayor Tom Tate.

Mayor Tate said the Spit Master Plan process had started and while the City was invited to be involved in the community-led planning process, details of the City’s role was yet to be confirmed with the State.

“The Premier expected the Council to submit a business case and we have done that. It demonstrates a Benefit-Cost Ratio (BCR) between 3.0 and 3.9 for this project which is exceptional for a large scale project of this nature,’’ he said.

“The project has the potential to deliver almost $3 billion in economic benefit to the City over three decades, expanding our visitor offer and generating new jobs. The case is compelling.

“We will continue to undertake all steps to inform the City’s, and State’s, decisions.”

The State has indicated any future allocation of State land on the Spit will be considered and dealt with in accordance with The Spit Master Plan.

Mayor Tate said the Southport Spit Master Plan process timing would ensure all relevant ocean-side cruise ship terminal information was ready to inform the master plan and determine the merits of the proposal through a coordinated project process.

“The Coordinator General was concerned about the two projects causing confusion for the public so let’s work together with the State to prevent any confusion and uncertainty,” he said.

“We can sort this out in the memorandum of understanding and we hope this confirmation from the State will provide further clarity and give the City confidence to progress further investigations.”

A further report will be provided to Council after the State Government provides its feedback. The Southport Spit Master Plan is expected to be completed in July 2019.

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Wed, 14 Mar 2018 02:17:08 +0000

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Vacancies remain for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth GamesSat, 10 Mar 2018 01:37:00 +0000

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate at centre of Crime and Corruption Commission investigation

Queensland's corruption watchdog confirms it is investigating allegations Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate influenced council decision-making for personal benefit, failed to declare possible conflicts of interest, and did not disclose flights and accommodation received from a Chinese developer within the required timeframe.Thu, 08 Mar 2018 19:20:00 +0000

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