The newly commissioned Southern Gateway Advisory Committee has commenced, an initiative of Division 14 Councillor Chris Robbins. The much anticipated committee has met for the first time and announced Drew Steptoe, CEO of the Kirra Beach Hotel, as the inaugural chair.
Drew will chair the group, joined by Cr Robbins, Mayor Tom Tate and Gail O’Neill, President of the Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce, as standing members of the committee.
In addition, following an advertised expressions of interest process, Council also appointed the following committee members: Andrew Armstrong – Director, Fulton Trotter Architects; Anne Stovin – CEO, Currumbin RSL; Professor Philip Follent – Architect; Archie Jamieson – Owner, Gold Coast Skydive; Inspector Greg Baade – Queensland Police Service; and Steve Archdeacon – Owner, Café D’Bar.
CSGC CEO Peter Doggett and Lenna Klintworth of Gold Coast Tourism have been appointed as observers.
The role of the committee will be to advise Council in relation to projects and initiatives for the southern gateway precincts of Coolangatta, Rainbow Bay and Kirra. Committee members were chosen to represent a diverse range of industries and businesses and also include representation from each of the three north-facing beach communities.
Cr Robbins said, “It has long been my vision to bring together a group of committed and passionate individuals to assist and inform council on projects of interest to these communities, so I am thrilled that we are now underway.”