CSGC's new Chairman, Michael Tree
After four years as Chair of Connecting Southern Gold Coast (CSGC), Murray d’Almeida has passed the baton to local businessman Michael Tree, who took over the role from 1 October.
Divisional Councillor Chris Robbins expressed her thanks to Mr d’Almeida, acknowledging CSGC had flourished under his leadership, and welcomed new Chair, Michael Tree, saying she looked forward to working with him.
CSGC was established by Council in 2008 to coordinate economic and promotional projects within the Southern Gold Coast, comprising the suburbs of Currumbin, Currumbin Waters, Currumbin Valley, Tugun, Bilinga, Kirra, Coolangatta and Rainbow Bay.
“Among many achievements over the past four years, a standout has been the creation of three major festivals for the Southern Gold Coast – Bleach, Cooly Rocks On and Kirra Kite Festival,” Cr Robbins said.
“These festivals have contributed more than $35 million to the economy of the Southern Gold Coast.
“In addition to these events, CSGC continues to provide support to the Quiksilver Pro, Coolangatta Gold, Swell Sculpture Festival and the Aussie Surf Titles.”
Cr Robbins said other successful initiatives of the CSGC were:
- establishment of the Surf Industry Taskforce (the surfing industry contributes approximately $2 billion annually to the local economy, with a further $3.3 billion generated in outputs)
- introduction of FIFO (fly in-fly out) to the Gold Coast and the continuing development of this significant economic driver to the region
- development of an identity for the Southern Gold Coast in consultation with the business community and Gold Coast Tourism
- support of the surfing industry through involvement with and funding of the Australian Surf Craft Industry Association, the Gold Coast Surf City Inc committee and Surf World Gold Coast
- attraction of Surfing Australia to relocate to Coolangatta
- investment in the Southern Gold Coast Music Hub in partnership with Southern Cross University to develop and promote creative industries.
Mr d’Almeida said he had stepped down as chairman but would continue to serve as a director with a focus on supporting the Bleach Festival and the FIFO initiative.
“I would like to acknowledge the massive input and support of fellow board members Kristin Zeise, Professor Neal Ryan, and former Director James Sparke in their contribution to the economic development of the southern Gold Coast,” Mr d’Almeida said.
Incoming Chair, Michael Tree, is General Manager of The Pines Shopping Centre at Elanora and Vice President of Creek to Creek Chamber of Commerce.
“Under Murray’s leadership, CSGC has established the Southern Gold Coast as a smart place to do business and a natural home for iconic festivals,” Mr Tree said.
“I look forward to being involved with the team at CSGC, continuing this great work and representing the region.”
The Connecting Southern Gold Coast team would like to add our personal thanks to Murray d’Almeida for his leadership, support, wealth of experience and knowledge that he has bought to his role as Chair over the past 3 yrs. We are delighted that Murray remains on the Board, continuting his involvement in the development of the Southern Gold Coast.
We welcome Michael Tree as incoming Chair and look forward to working together for the benefit of the region!