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Arts Funding Reaches New Heights

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The Space Between by Circa AustraliaAerial artists reached new heights reflecting the City’s record funding for arts and culture.

City of Gold Coast is investing nearly $12 million in culture this financial year.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Bob La Castra said the Gold Coast had entered a new era of opportunity for artists.

“This funding demonstrates our strong commitment to building a thriving cultural economy by growing our creative industries. We are supporting local artists to develop a contemporary program of leading edge creative ideas that are distinctly Gold Coast – creativity and work that you won’t see anywhere else in the country. Continue reading

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Gold Coast Airport Marathon Now Nation’s Fastest

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Unheralded Kenyan Silah Limo quietly lowered the Australian all-comers record in a comprehensive victory at today’s Gold Coast Airport Marathon.Silah Limo Winning The 2014 Gold Coast Airport Marathon

As the thousands of onlookers erupted in applause at the Southport Broadwater Parklands finish line the 22-year-old whispered to a stunned throng of media that this was his first marathon. Continue reading

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Light Rail Launch Date Set

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Gold Coast Light Rail TramThe $1.2 billion Gold Coast light rail system will take its first public passengers on July 20, with a day of free travel marking the milestone event.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson confirmed the date while visiting the city yesterday, saying all the project’s stakeholders were now satisfied the launch could go ahead.

“The wait is finally over, and after three years of design and construction works the Gold Coast will have a world-class public transport option,” he said. Continue reading

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Commonwealth Games Construction Boost

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ParklandsConstruction of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Village will create an extra 1500 construction jobs on the Gold Coast.

Grocon’s application for development of the village has been approved, marking a major milestone for Gold Coast workers and their families.

Parklands will be redeveloped into a mixed-use precinct and integrated with the existing Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.

“This approval for the Parklands redevelopment is an important next step in delivering a project worth an estimated $500 million to the Gold Coast,” says deputy premier Jeff Seeney.

“The 2018 Commonwealth Games will provide a huge boost construction and tourism on the Gold Coast, as well as lasting legacies for the city.” Continue reading

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New Direct Mackay Service From Gold Coast Airport

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Mackay-Gold Coast serviceGold Coast Airport welcomed Jetstar’s first direct service between the Gold Coast and Mackay over the weekend.

The service, operated by an A320 aircraft, provides an additional 131,400 seats per year between the two destinations.

Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Paul Donovan said Gold Coast and Mackay airports have worked collaboratively for some time to bring the service to fruition. Continue reading

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CGF Signs Off On GC2018 Sports & Venues Program

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Coomera Sports and Leisure CentreGold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman, Nigel Chamier OAM and Minister for the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey announced today that the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has approved the sport program and venues master plan for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™.

Mr Chamier said another key milestone had now been ticked off in the journey towards 2018 with the approval of the sport program. Continue reading

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City of Gold Coast Creates Arts For All Queenslanders

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Munumjali Mountain Creation Story PerformanceArts and culture on the Gold Coast has received a major boost from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).

Mayor Tom Tate said RADF provided opportunities for local artists and practitioners to take their creativity to the next level in a demonstration of the city’s cultural vision in action.

“We are seeing the emergence of a new era in arts and culture and the projects supported through RADF funding will add significantly to our city’s creative vibrancy,” Cr Tate said.

“Through initiatives and partnerships such as this we are supporting our local artists and cultural practitioners to be ambitious and bold in their creative endeavours.”

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the Regional Arts Development Fund supported more than 3000 arts and cultural projects each year.

“In 2013–14, the Queensland Government will provide $2.037 million, with another $1.49 million coming from 55 Queensland councils,” Mr Walker said. Continue reading

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Top 10 Things To See & Do At The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

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The 26TH annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) opens on Thursday (May 22), showcasing the best in boating, marine and lifestyle, catering to everyone from boaties on a budget to big dreamers, big spenders and families looking for a fun-filled day out.

Creek to Coast's Sally Jenyns

As always, a stellar entertainment line-up and child-friendly activities will form part of the Show program, along with Women on Water activities, TV star-spotting, cooking presentations, roving entertainment and more. Continue reading

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Queensland to star at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

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Commonwealth Games 2018A Gold Coast primary school student and singer, songwriter and actress Jessica Mauboy will take to the world stage at the official Flag Handover Ceremony during the closing ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey said the Glasgow 2014 Closing Ceremony, broadcast to more than one billion people, was a fantastic opportunity to give a taste of what our great state would offer when the Gold Coast hosts the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

“Jessica is a passionate, energetic and wonderfully talented Australian who is as excited about the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ as I am,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This production is about Australia, Queensland and specifically the Gold Coast.” Continue reading

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SCIBS 2014 Launched At Sanctuary Cove

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Sanctuary Cove Boat ShowSpeed boats, leisure craft and even a European sports car were on show at Sanctuary Cove today, marking the official launch of the 26th annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS).

7 News Weather, Beach, Boating and Fishing expert Paul Burt launched the Boat Show, offering a taste of what to expect when the event rolls around on May 22.

This year’s SCIBS will host more than 250 international and Australian exhibitors showcasing the very latest in international and national boat launches, marine products and trends while offering four days of family fun and entertainment. Continue reading

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