Connecting Southern Gold Coast is a Controlled Entity of the City of Gold Coast, established in 2008 as a tourism and economic development body covering the area from Currumbin and the Currumbin Valley down to Rainbow Bay.
CSGC’s role is to foster economic development through regional promotion and marketing, business support and managing events that stimulate tourism and community participation on the Southern Gold Coast.
The organisation is independently governed by a Board of Directors, representing a diverse range of business and professional backgrounds, including retail, property, tourism and academia.
An executive team also runs the day to day operation of Connecting Southern Gold Coast from the CSGC office – promoting business, lifestyle, tourism, and events within the eight villages of Currumbin, Currumbin Valley, Currumbin Waters, Tugun, Bilinga, Kirra, Coolangatta and Rainbow Bay.
Anne is the CEO of Currumbin RSL, having held several roles at the RSL in Human Resources and Education and Training spanning almost two decades. Her experience and leadership saw the club win Best Club in Queensland in 2014, as well as several other accolades that have held Anne and her team at the Currumbin RSL in high stead.
With an enviable background in the hospitality industry, Anne’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Business in Club and Gaming Management, an Associate Degree in Further Education and Training and an Associate Diploma in Business Management Hospitality.
Board member since February 2015. Chair from July 2016
After diverging from teaching to Financial Planning and Project Marketing John moved to the Gold Coast with his wife and 3 children in 1992 to further his career in Property Development. John is now a co-owner/principal of Armstrong Real Estate Agency in both Kirra and Geelong and travels frequently interstate to promote financial, superannuation and property opportunities throughout Queensland.
John’s business and personal interests are diverse. He is proud of the development of the Armstrong Indigenous Property Group which is helping to educate and give back to the Australian Indigenous community nationwide. It is through John’s extensive range of personal, sporting and business network connections that he has successfully created liaisons that support the growth of other businesses in the local community and interstate while balancing a professional and family life here on the Southern Gold Coast.
Board Member since April 2012, Deputy Chair since July 2016
Councillor (Cr) Gail O'Neill is the newly elected Councillor for Division 14, City of Gold Coast.
She has had extensive experience in the hospitality industry, having been General Manager of the Beach House Seaside Resort and Commercial Shopping Plaza in Coolangatta for the past 15 years. She also held the voluntary position of President of Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce for seven years and Chair of Cooly Rocks On Festival for its first four years.
Cr O'Neill represented the Chamber of Commerce on Council's Southern Gateway Advisory Committee and Queensland Chamber of Commerce & Industry Regional Board. Cr O'Neill is passionate about balancing progress and lifestyle in Southern Gold Coast.
Board Member since April 2016
Elizabeth is a Professor and Head of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University, based at the Southern Gold Coast campus. Formerly the Foundation Head of the School of Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Elizabeth has led an extensive career in tourism spanning 30 years and several countries – including France, New Zealand, and her native USA.
Elizabeth has a PhD in Classical Rhetoric and Composition from Purdue University in the USA, and her expansive academic career has led her to be widely respected in the tourism industry.
Board Member since April 2014
Warwick was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1983, and with a career spanning more than 30 years, has made a name for himself as one of the Gold Coast’s brightest legal minds. He is a member of the Queensland Law Society, the Queensland Medico-Legal Society and the Gold Coast District Law Association. His experience covers countless areas including professional negligence and commercial law, and he has practised law in rural Queensland as well as London.
Warwick is now the Principal at Southside Legal located in Tugun, and has become actively involved in the Southern Gold Coast business community.
Board Member since April 2014
Greg is the Chief Executive Officer of John Flynn Private Hospital a 345 bed private hospital on the Gold Coast in Queensland for Ramsay Healthcare. In this role he oversees the strategic and operational performance of the hospital which is a medical/surgical obstetric/rehab facility which also includes an ED, ICU,CCU, 13 operating theatres, Cath labs, renal unit and over 50 on site practises.
Greg has performed various health, service, development and planning roles for the communities in which he has worked around Australia. Having had experience managing health organisations both large and small, public and private, he understands the importance of providing an excellent service to the community by motivated and customer focused staff whilst maintaining a result oriented focus in accordance with business imperatives.
Board Member since September 2016
Ben is a Chartered Accountant and Commercial and Tax lawyer with his own business located in Tugun. This combination of skills allows him to provide comprehensive advice to local business. He has over 17 years providing advice to both small and large business both on the Gold Coast and overseas.
He has worked as an accountant on the Gold Coast in excess of 10 years and as a lawyer in Australia and the UK, advising on pensions, taxation and commercial law matters. Ben has a Masters of Taxation and extensive experience in Financial Planning.
Board Member since October 2016