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Cold Coast Chinatown Set for Big Chinese New Year Festival

Gold Coast Chinatown will come alive with colour, cuisine and culture when it hosts its first big event – the Chinese New Year Festival.China-town-banner

To be held on Saturday 21 February from 3 – 9pm, the festival marks the new lunar year on the Chinese calendar and celebrates the Year of the Goat.

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Six Million Reasons To Choose TAFE

ceremony-group-imageTAFE Queensland Gold Coast has unveiled the $6 million, state-of-the-art transformation of the Southport campus which is becoming the most vibrant education precinct on the Gold Coast.

Student numbers have doubled to 10,000 this year with over 100 courses now offered at the Scarborough Street campus.

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Gold Coast Property Set For Healthy Boost In 2015

Steve WorradProperty agency Raine & Horne sees positive market conditions for homeowners and investors in Queensland’s southeast corner for 2015.

Raine & Horne’s Queensland general manager Steve Worrad says Brisbane and the Gold Coast look to be set for a healthy boost, while much of regional Queensland will also perform quite well this year.

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The Commonwealth Games Corporation Recognised for Knowledge Management

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) has received global recognition and a prestigious Enterprise Champion Award 2014 at an international conference attended by the world’s leaders in knowledge management systems. Continue reading

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Christmas Lights Competition Switched On

Christmas Lights on the Gold CoastThe Gold Coast is set to sparkle tonight when entrants in the 2014 Christmas Lights Competition officially switch on their displays.

From Ormeau Hills to Tugun, Southport to Mudgeeraba, there are 48 entrants in this year’s competition, with 12 first time entrants.

After 22 years, the competition has been revamped to allow the community to decide the winners via an SMS voting system.

Mayor Tom Tate is urging Gold Coasters to throw their support behind the competition by visiting the displays and voting for their favourite. Continue reading

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Sick Dog Puts Local Couple On Wave Of Success

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

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

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

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

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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