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The Gold Coast Directory introduced this blog to provide a platform for Gold Coast businesses to update the local business community with recent industry developments, networking events, company achievements and the latest about doing business on the Gold Coast.

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Sick Dog Puts Local Couple On Wave Of Success

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Surfboard Warehouse business ownersA sick dog, a stack of surfboards and one big idea has seen a Gold Coast couple’s dream turn into a major business success story.

Today, Tim and Avalon Beban employ more than 30 staff, manage four retail outlets and their business, Surfboard Warehouse, is among the biggest suppliers of surfboards and stand-up paddle boards in Australia.

In September, the business scored its second Gold Coast Business Excellence Award, in the category of retail, wholesale and distribution, and is now in the running for the annual award at the gala dinner held at Jupiters Hotel and Casino on November 29.

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New Funding To Fight Food Waste

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VISY Sustainability GrantThe VISY Sustainability Grant, a new community scheme to reduce the amount of edible food waste going into the city’s landfills, is being launched by City of Gold Coast and leading recycler VISY.

The Pratt Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the family which owns VISY, is providing up to $50,000 in 2014-15, with a further $25,000 possible in 2015-16 to fund eligible community organisations who want to make a difference by channelling safe and nutritious food to disadvantaged or vulnerable people on the Gold Coast. Continue reading

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Calling For Broadwater Parklands Tenders

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Broadwater ParklandsConstruction of Stage 3 of the Broadwater Parklands is one step closer and the message to local companies is ‘be ready’.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the City would soon be calling for tenders for the civil works for 3.5 hectares of new parklands to the north of Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

“Broadwater Parklands Stage 3 is a fantastic Commonwealth Games legacy project delivering new world-class parklands and more than 80 new jobs,” said Cr Tate.
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Emerging Designers Going Swimmingly

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Gold Coast Swim Fashion Festival 2014A development program for local designers is paying off, with 10 upcoming designers now getting ready to showcase their creations at the Gold Coast Swim Fashion Festival late next month.

The festival is helping to establish the Gold Coast as a creative, educational and performance hub for swim and resort fashion in Asia.

Supported by the City of the Gold Coast, the Emerging Designers Program provides for a series of mentoring and development workshops.

Acting Mayor Donna Gates said the City’s support for the program related to some of the aims of the Economic Development Strategy. Continue reading

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Royalty Raises First Commonwealth Games Flag

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Commonwealth GamesThe first flag to recognise the Gold Coast as the official host city for the 2018 Commonwealth Games has been raised at the Council Chambers at Evandale.

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President His Royal Highness Prince Imran and former Chief Executive Officer and life member Mike Hooper joined Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate to raise the flag.
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Local Experts To Deliver Surf Plan

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The Gold Coast City Council is looking to grow our surf lifestyle and economy to ensure we remain the number 1 surf capital of the world.

To guide this development, a 10-member advisory committee has been formed.

The committee is chaired by Dale Dickson, City of Gold Coast CEO and creates a forum for collaboration between the City, State Government agencies, research bodies, community and stakeholders to inform the content of a broader Surf Management Plan. Continue reading

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Gold Coast To Host 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series

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ITU World Triathlon SeriesThe ITU World Triathlon Series is coming to Queensland following a successful bid by the State Government.

The International Triathlon Union has confirmed the Gold Coast will host a leg of the series from the 10-12 April 2015, positioning Queensland as Australia’s home of triathlon. Continue reading

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23rd IAVE World Volunteer Conference

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IAVE at the GCCECThe Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) will welcome the 23rd International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) World Volunteer Conference in September.

More than 1,000 delegates are expected to converge on the Gold Coast to explore the overarching theme of “Volunteering, Today’s Imperative” over the four-day event.

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Light Rail Extension For The Gold Coast

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Is there any doubt that a light rail extension to connect with heavy rail at Parkwood or Helensvale would be beneficial for the Gold Coast?

The Queensland Premier has announced that our government will prioritise the delivery of a light rail extension, but only if there is a sufficient call from the community. Continue reading

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Crowdfunding For New-Age Thongs

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Willi Footwear CompanyThe power of crowdfunding has given a massive leg-up for Gold Coast based Willi Footwear Company, which has ignited interest in its unique take on the humble thong.

Willi founder and managing director Brad Munro has managed to raise $20,000 in five days to help launch the company’s new-age thongs across the Australian and US markets.

The rapid take-up on crowdfunding site Indiegogo has put the company well on track to achieve its target to raise $30,000 over a month to help facilitate the first production run of the product.

Munro’s campaign kicked off strongly by raising $10,000 in the first hour of the crowdfunding appeal launch last week, with the public taken by Willi’s chic new range of thongs which are said to put an end to the traditional thong “blow out”. Continue reading

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