CSGC Profile: MICDesigns

Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Brought up living on the beach at Bilinga and attending Coolangatta State School, Diane Spence’s Southern Gold Coast roots dig much deeper than her business, MICDesigns. ..

CSGC Profile – Archie Jamieson, Managing Director and Chief Instructor, Gold Coast Skydive

Posted on Friday, December 02, 2016

Having jumped out of a plane around 14,500 times, it’s no surprise Gold Coast Skydive Managing Director and Chief Instructor, Archie Jamieson, is always looking for the next big adventure. The Kirra-based company, which Archie has now been operating since October 2008, facilitates about 500 thrill-seeking jumps per month, increasing up to almost 800 during the peak summer months.   ..

CSGC Profile: Judy Simpson, Owner, Bellakai

Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2016

You’d be hard pressed to find a Southern Gold Coaster who hasn’t wined or dined at iconic beachside restaurant, Bellakai on Marine Parade in Coolangatta. The family business, run by Judy Simpson and her daughters Kylie and Shonel, has been part of the thriving Coolangatta dining scene for nine years. In that time they’ve seen a steady increase in local clientele as well as becoming a favourite stop for regular visitors to the Coolangatta region.  ..

CSGC Profile – Glenn Raine, Gold Coast Trades College

Posted on Friday, September 02, 2016

They say the future lies in the youth – and if local training organisation, Gold Coast Trades College, is anything to go by, they’re in good hands. On a Friday afternoon the workshops of this well-presented training college in the Currumbin Industrial Park are buzzing with students from local high schools undertaking their vocational education training, while apprentices and trainers bounce through the halls.

CSGC Profile – Michael Smith, Director, Medical Rescue

Posted on Monday, August 01, 2016

With just a sign visible from the Gold Coast Highway at Tugun, Medical Rescue is the unassuming headquarters of a sophisticated aeromedical operation, with over 100 employees around the country performing everything from patient retrieval to paramedic services, helicopter rescues and driver training. We spoke with Director Michael Smith about the growth of this business into new international and domestic markets in just 10 years. ..

CSGC Profile: Fergus and Victoria Sillar, Earth n Sea

Posted on Sunday, July 03, 2016

As a much-loved local institution, Earth n Sea has recently been through the biggest evolution in the restaurant’s 23-year history. With expanded all-day dining and swish new digs under the recent $80M Sanbano development, owners Fergus and Victoria Sillar have transformed the restaurant while remaining true to the original Earth n Sea philosophy.  ..

Southern Chambers Unite For Stronger Voice

Posted on Friday, July 01, 2016

Our city’s two southernmost Chambers of Commerce, Creek to Creek and Southern Gold Coast, have joined in an historic merger, taking on the new name, Greater Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce. The merger was finalised at the Special General Meetings held on June 30, and is hoped to bring a greater voice to the local business community, from Tallebudgera Creek south to the border. ..

Southern Light Rail Route Preferred by City

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Public consultation on future stages of the Gold Coast Light Rail has favoured the Southern Coastal Route as the preferred option for Stage 3 of the public transport system.  ..

Cuddling a Koala Best on the Coast at CWS

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s new Koala Experience has been named the Gold Coast’s top animal encounter experience, according to a Gold Coast Bulletin poll.  ..

CSGC Profile: Balter Brewery

Posted on Monday, May 02, 2016

Currumbin’s new brewery, Balter, has got everyone talking – and not just because of its high profile co-founders, champion local surfers Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Bede Durbidge and Josh Kerr. The combination of good beer, good branding, good people and a good place to meet has made the long-awaited opening of this Southern Gold Coast destination all the more worth it. ..

Di Cartmill Appointed Deputy Chair of Cooly Rocks On

Posted on Monday, May 02, 2016

La Costa Motel owner, Di Cartmill, has been elected to the position of Deputy Chair of Cooly Rocks On after Cr Gail O’Neill stepped down from the position following her recent election to Council. The appointment was made at the Festival’s April Board Meeting, with all stakeholders welcoming Di to the position. ..

CSGC Thanks Small Business Solutions for Partnership

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016

CSGC has thanked economic development partner, Small Business Solutions/TAFE Queensland, for their long-standing commitment to supporting businesses in the region. CSGC has been promoting the Certificate 3 and 4 Small Business Management courses delivered by Small Business Solutions/TAFE to local small business stakeholders for the past three years, with over 50 local businesses taking advantage of the highly subsidised courses to date. ..

CSGC Profile – East Coast Homes and Park Cabins

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Troy Gabriel began building caravans with his brother, Mark, 25 years ago. Now, their business East Coast Homes and Park Cabins is Queensland’s leading manufacturer of modular homes and transportable buildings, supplying everything from tourist park cabins to upmarket housing from their factory in Currumbin. ..

Nominations Open for 2016 Queensland Tourism Awards

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Local tourism businesses and event organisers are invited to nominate for the 2016 Queensland Tourism Awards (QTA).  ..

CSGC Profile – Wendy Handley – Chair, Tugun Community Bank

Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tugun resident Wendy Handley has been the Chair of the Tugun Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank for the past four years, having served on the Board since 2007 and being a foundation shareholder of the Bank since it opened its doors in 2003.  ..

CSGC Profile: Marion Powell - Acclaim Special Events and Meeting Management

Posted on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

This month we had the pleasure of talking to Marion Powell, a Professional Conference Organiser and Special Events Producer, whose work has taken her all over the country and around the world.  She and business partner Robert Seaman established their business in Brisbane 22 years ago, with Marion moving to Tugun four years ago where she now runs her side of her business. ..

CSGC Profile – Tenteram Fine Foods

Posted on Wednesday, November 04, 2015

From farmer’s markets to retail distribution in a little over a year, Tenteram Fine Foods in Currumbin Valley is gaining a following all over the country for their healthy, natural and handmade Indonesian spice pastes and sauces – made right here on the Southern Gold Coast.   ..

CSGC Profile: Panya Artisan Bakery

Posted on Sunday, October 04, 2015

Over in the unsuspecting culinary hotspot of Currumbin Creek Road, Ricky Fukuda and his team are turning the art of sourdough into a booming wholesale business at Panya Artisan Bakery, with plans to put the Currumbin Industrial Park further  on the map as the place to go for affordable, quality fare just off the beaten track.


CSGC Profile: Elephant Rock Café

Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015

It’s an iconic Currumbin eatery, known and loved by many Southern Gold Coast locals and visitors alike. Opened the Easter of 1990, this year Elephant Rock Café celebrates 25 years in operation – a remarkable achievement for a restaurant that has continued to remain one of the beachside suburb’s most popular dining destinations.    ..

CSGC Profile: Blenkins Group

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015

The village of Tugun is home to a number of multi-generational family businesses, and the Blenkins Group is one with a history embedded in the foundations of the local business landscape. 

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