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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.

The 23rd IAVE World Volunteer Conference will give delegates the opportunity to learn from and network Continue reading

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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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Sunland’s $1billion Gold Coast Pipeline

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Sunland GroupSunland Group continues to ramp up its development activities on the Gold Coast with plans for a $136 million medium-rise apartment project at Palm Beach.

The project marks a growing interest in high-density construction by Sunland, with a particular focus on the mid-rise sector.

It also brings to about $1 billion the value of new development projects it has planned for the Gold Coast, including a major redevelopment planned for Mariner’s Cove that has yet to be revealed.

Sunland, which is poised to move its headquarters to Brisbane on Monday, has earmarked the Palm Beach project for a 4.7ha site it has acquired in an unconditional deal for $18.4 million. Continue reading

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Robina Fast-Tracks CityVillage

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Robina CityVillageThe pace of residential development in Robina continues to lift, with Robina Group bringing forward a new release of homes at its $200 million CityVillage development.

The developer has notched up close to $62 million in sales across its CityVillage and Riverlily projects since the beginning of the year.

The previous stage of 35 homes at CityVillage sold out in just two days, for a total of $16 million, following their release in March.

Strong sales in the first stage of Riverlily terrace homes, launched in April, prompted the developer to fast track the second and final stage of that project, with just a few terrace homes now remaining, priced from $449,000. Continue reading

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GoldLinQ Heartened

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GoldLinQ TramsGold Coast light rail operator GoldLinQ has been heartened by first-day passenger numbers on Monday after a bumper 80,000 trips were recorded on last Sunday’s open day when travel was free.

GoldLinQ says preliminary figures from  TransLink shows there were more than 13,000 boardings on Monday, which hailed the start of fully-paid services between Broadbeach and the Gold Coast University Hospital.

The figures are well down on targets, but a GoldLinQ spokesman says the patronage was “busier than every TransLink bus route, with the possible exception of Brisbane Transport route 66”. Continue reading

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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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