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Pontoon Boats Really Float Your Boat

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Runaway Bay Pontoon BoatsThe ideal option for exploring river reaches, the Gold Coast canals, lakes, bays and inland waters, pontoon boats are enjoying a rise in popularity, thanks to their affordable, stable and social natures.

“They’re like a lounge room on the water,” says Peter Damiris from Noosa Boatique, which specialises in pontoon boats. “Excellent for socialising, and you can customise them with extras –galley, fridge, stern washdown, WC and shower. They’re easy to drive on to the sand because of their tiny draft, and ideal for inland waterways. You can even ski behind them!” Continue reading

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You Need To Change Your Passwords!

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It’s recently been discovered that there’s a security vulnerability that’s affected thousands of websites over the last 2 years. What’s been labelled the “Heartbleed Bug”, allows hackers who know about the glitch to secretly extract sensitive consumer information such as passwords and even credit card details.Heartbleed Bug

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Gold Coast Up In Lights For Film Festival

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Gold Coast Film FestivalThousands of interstate and overseas film fans have arrived on the Gold Coast for the annual 10 day Gold Coast Film Festival.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey welcomed actors, production teams and fans saying the event not only highlighted the region’s arts and cultural events calendar, but also gave visitors another reason to travel to the Famous for Fun Gold Coast.

“As both the local member for Currumbin and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, it gives me great pleasure to see so many guests travel to our backyard and enjoy all the Gold Coast has to offer,” Ms Stuckey said. Continue reading

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Public Invited To Comment on Southport City Centre

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Southport City CentrePlans to boost the region’s economy through the commercial transformation of Southport as the Gold Coast’s central business district have been released for public consultation today.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeney said the draft development scheme sets out the Queensland Government and local council’s joint vision to establish Southport Priority Development Area (PDA).

“Our government is committed to growing the economy of the Gold Coast and a key strategy to achieve this is building on the potential of Southport as the CBD,” Mr Seeney said.

“We are also achieving this goal through a number of other initiatives including the Gold Coast Light Rail and investment in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, which will bring in an estimated $2 billion to the coast. Continue reading

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Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre Picks Up Another Two Awards!

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GCCECThe Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has won two awards at this year’s Queensland Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Industry Awards.

The GCCEC team picked up accolades across two progressive categories, Corporate Social Responsibility (over 30 full time employees) and the Individual Award for QLD MEA Ungerboeck Young Professional Scholarship that went to GCCEC Sales Executive, Jordi Taylor.

Convention Centre General Manager, Adrienne Readings said both awards advocate social reform and are reflective of the Centre’s world-class reputation for service excellence and innovation.

“Congratulations to Jordi and our outstanding team who work relentlessly to deliver excellence to our clients and push the envelope daily to remain at the forefront of the meetings industry whilst also displaying the upmost commitment to caring for the environment and the wider Gold Coast community.” Continue reading

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Entries Open for 2014 Gold Coast Airport Marathon

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Gold Coast Airport MarathonEntries for the 36th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon to be held from Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July opened this morning with more than 30,000 runners of all ages and abilities expected to take part in the history making event.

For the first time in Australian history, participants will have the opportunity to run in an International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Road Race Gold Label event after it was awarded the prestigious honour earlier this year.

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Experts to Debate Gold Coast City Plan

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Gold Coast planningPlanners, engineers, lawyers and developers will meet today to discuss the Gold Coast’s new city plan.

The draft document that will guide the city’s development for the next decade is expected to be circulated for public consultation within weeks. Continue reading

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Billabong Suffers Another Blow

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BillabongTWO weeks after reporting another significant loss, embattled surfwear group Billabong (ASX: BBG) has been dealt a new blow with news that lawyers are working on a class action against the company.

Listed law firm Slater & Gordon says it’s preparing the class action on behalf of “hundreds” of Australian and international investors.

The action is targeting Billabong’s profit forecast made in August 2011 for the 2012 financial year when Billabong said it would achieve strong earnings growth, says Slater & Gordon. Continue reading

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The Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre Turns 10!

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GCCEC against Gold Coast backdropThe Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) -  Australia’s largest regional convention centre and first convention centre in the world to achieve EarthCheck Gold certification is looking forward to a stupendous year as the venue prepares to celebrate 10 years of operation in June.

Following on from a successful year of industry accolades including Australia’s pinnacle major venue award (2012 Best Venue for 500 delegates or more – Meetings and Events Australia), the Centre continues to strengthen its appeal and build on its reputation as a preferred venue for business events.   The GCCEC continues to attract high profile national and international events providing the region with boundless opportunities for tourism, trade and investment with an average of 160 business events generating 350,000 delegate days annually.  Continue reading

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Bleach* Festival Launch a Huge Success

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Top Left: The Hon. Jann Stuckey MP Officially Launching Bleach* Festival 2014. Top Right: Mayor Tom Tate shares his love of Bleach*. Bottom: Festival Director Louise Bezzina & Trevor Jackson, Content Director & Music Director at ABC Coast FM discuss the highlights of the program of events.

Top Left: The Hon. Jann Stuckey MP. Top Right: Mayor Tom Tate. Bottom: Festival Director Louise Bezzina & Trevor Jackson, Content Director & Music Director at ABC Coast FM.

The official Launch of the Bleach* Festival Program was held in spectacular fashion at Currumbin RSL on 30 January. Bleach* is set to roll out across the Gold Coast from 7-23 March, with program highlights that celebrate the best of the Coast’s past and present.

Bleach* Festival is set to roll out across the Gold Coast from 7-23 March, with the biggest lineup of contemporary artists, musicians, performers, speakers, entertainers and surfing enthusiasts the Gold Coast has ever seen.

In true Bleach* style, the launch of the Festival Program was a fun-filled affair with entertainment by the Raw Dance Company and Slip on Stereo. ABC Coast FM’s Trevor Jackson was on hand to interview key Festival contributors about the program, with Queensland Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey MP, Mayor Tom Tate and several City of Gold Coast Councillors in attendance to support the Festival.
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