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Fundraiser Helps Fight for Injured Wildlife

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015

Over 400 guests attended the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation’s Annual Gala Dinner in May this year to raise funds and awareness in support of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. The Animals with Attitude and Gala Dinner events successfully raised over $80,000 profit for the Foundation, but there is still a way to go to reach their target of $1 million a year to continue their fantastic work. ..

Southern Gold Coast Designers Swim for Success

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015

In 2014 City of Gold Coast Coast’s economic development division supported Gold Coast Swim Fashion Festival by funding a capacity building program with 10 selected Gold Coast designers participating in a series of workshops. The selected Gold Coast based swim and resort labels received instruction from top level business, fashion educators and successful labels to accelerate their learning and business capabilities.  ..

Southern Gold Coast Takes Out Music Awards

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015


Two Southern Gold Coast entrants took out major awards at the Gold Coast Music Awards held in July. The inaugural Currumbin music event, Buskers by the Creek, won Live Music Event of the Year, and the Soundlounge at Currumbin RSL took out top spot for Live Music Venue of the Year.

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Bleach* Festival Transfers to New Entity

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bleach* Festival, an initiative of Connecting Southern Gold Coast, is moving to its own independent  company from 1 July, 2015. The new entity, Bleached Arts Ltd, will take ownership of Bleach* Festival and be responsible for delivering the annual event – now the largest arts and cultural festival in the city.
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Cooly Rocks On™ Wraps Up

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Cooly Rocks On™ has swept through town for another year, bringing record crowds and a fantastic festival atmosphere to the region during the traditionally quiet month of June.   ..

More New Faces at The Strand

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Strand at Coolangatta has welcomed a new Marketing Manager at The Strand this month. Sarah Clasen joins the team, alongside new Centre Manager Josh Brown, as the buzz around the redeveloped retail, dining and lifestyle precinct grows.  ..

The Strand Welcomes New Centre Manager

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Strand at Coolangatta has welcomed a new centre manager, Josh Brown, who commenced in the permanent role in May. Josh brings with him a strong background in retail property management and has travelled extensively across the east coast of Australia throughout his career, now returning home for the role at The Strand. ..

Currumbin RSL Named Best Gold Coast Club

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015

Our award-winning RSL Club continues to top the charts, picking up four awards at the annual Keno and Clubs Queensland awards for excellence, including Best Club Gold Coast, Best Dining, Best Licensed RSL and the Government Award for Responsible Gambling.  ..

Gold Coast Airport Wins Major Award

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015


The Gold Coast Airport at Bilinga has been named the Best Regional Airport Australia/Pacific in the Skytrax World Airport Awards in Paris recently. This is the second time the airport has won the coveted international award, having also taken out the title back in 2011.  ..

Tugun Foodworks wins National Award

Posted on Monday, March 09, 2015

FoodWorks Tugun was awarded Express Store of the Year at the annual FoodWorks Store Awards held during the supermarket brand’s National Conference in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam earlier this year. Store owner Bob Pankhurst said, “Winning the best Express store in Australia is testament to all the hard work the team puts in every day to make our store the best we possibly can for our customers.” ..

Peter Gash Awarded Queensland Tourism’s Top Honour

Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Southern Gold Coast’s own Peter Gash, owner of Seair Pacific at Coolangatta and managing director of Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort took home the top honour from the 2014 Queensland Tourism Awards held on November 28, receiving the Marie Watson-Blake Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.  ..

New President for Tugun Progress Association

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Tugun Progress Association has welcomed in a new President, Adam Gilltrap. Former President, Nadia Sunde, has moved out of the Southern Gold Coast, so has passed the hat on to Adam. We look forward to working with Adam in his new role, as well as wishing Nadia all the best in new ventures to come. ..

Foundation Appointment for CSGC Board’s Elizabeth Roberts

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CSGC Board member Prof. Elizabeth Roberts, Head of School of Tourism & Hospitality at Southern Cross University, will take on a new role effective 1 January 2015, as Dean & Foundation Chair, School of Business and Tourism.  ..

Buskers by the Creek

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Over 10,000 people flocked to Winders Park on the weekend of 18-19 October, to watch more than 140 performers showcase their talents along Currumbin’s creek scape for the inaugural Buskers by the Creek event.   ..

Allure On Currumbin Voted Second Best in Australia

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The accolades keep coming for the little jewel by the Currumbin Creek – French restaurant Allure on Currumbin has been voted Australia’s second best restaurant in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travellers’ Choice Awards, which were announced in October.  ..

More No. 1’s on the Southern Gold Coast

Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Another Southern Gold Coast business has been named number one by leading review site, TripAdvisor – this time, for the number one burger in Australia. Burger Me Fresh, located at Airport Central on the Gold Coast Highway at Bilinga, has taken out the top spot with the best burgers in the country.   ..

La Costa Motel Sweeps Awards

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014

The retro La Costa Motel at Bilinga, opposite the Gold Coast Airport, has been judged Queensland’s best budget hotel on leading travel website TripAdvisor. Owners John and Diane Cartmill also received the honour of Queensland’s most outstanding service for their tireless efforts. ..

Reviving La Costa Motel – John and Diane Cartmill

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014

Spotting a ‘For Sale’ sign on a run-down Bilinga property 12 years ago, John and Diane Cartmill saw a prime opportunity for redevelopment of the old La Costa Motel built in the mid-1950s. It didn’t go according to plan, but the story of their transformation of the property – and the successful business they have created – has now captured international attention. ..

Cooly ROCKED!

Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014

If you were anywhere near Coolangatta for the first 10 days of June – you couldn’t have missed Cooly Rocks On. 2014 was the biggest event in the 4 years that Cooly Rocks On has been running, and the streets and hotels of Coolangatta were absolutely packed with visitors reveling in the 50s and 60s festival. ..

SGC Success Spotlight

Posted on Wednesday, September 01, 2010
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