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Loren Expands into Takeaways and Functions

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Loren Restaurant and Café at Tugun is now providing chef-prepared takeaway meals for easy weeknight or weekend dinners. The takeaway menu includes Lasagna, Cannelloni filled with ricotta Cavolo Nero & pumpkin, Oxtail ragu or Beef cheek ragu slow cooked in chianti, Minestrone soup and Polpette (veal  and pork meatballs). ..

Gold Coast’s First 24 Hour Pharmacy Now Open at Tugun

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Gold Coast’s first 24 hour pharmacy is now open at the John Flynn Private Hospital in Tugun. The new facilities were officially opened onsite by Hon Jann Stuckey MP and have been open to the public since the beginning of May.   ..

CSGC Profile: Café d’bar and Gallery

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015


The old Queenslander at the top of the hill opposite the Point Danger Lookout has had many reincarnations over the years, servicing busloads of tourists as a snack bar and ice cream parlour. But it’s not since owners Donna and Steve Archdeacon transformed the run down site into the Café d’bar restaurant and gallery eight years ago that it has become a local attraction in itself.   

While they have a strong following including local world champ surfers and nearby residents, Donna says they also look after the needs of international tourists, short stay visitors from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth and day trippers from Brisbane. ..

Small Business Workshops Filling Fast for Round Two

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Places are filling up fast for the second round of Small Business Workshops to be hosted by Connecting Southern Gold Coast in June. The courses are run by the Queensland Government’s Small Business Solutions and have had great responses from participants to date. 

The five week course ‘Building a Better Business’ is aimed at assisting small business owners to improve their operations through a series of skill development and coaching/mentoring.  ..

Martin Grunstein Challenges SGC Businesses

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015

Highly acclaimed customer service guru, Martin Grunstein, returned to the Southern Gold Coast in April, presenting new ways of thinking in his entertaining and motivational seminar “The Future of Business” at the Currumbin RSL.   ..

CSGC Profile: Tugun Veterinary Surgery

Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2015

Dr Kim Prescott, Veterinarian, is the owner of her third generation family business, the Tugun Veterinary Surgery on Golden Four Drive. Kim’s grandfather, Dr Charles (Charlie) Prescott worked as a vet on the Gold Coast, covering an entire area from Murwillumbah to Southport from the 1950s to the 70s. Following in his footsteps, Kim’s father Dr Robert (Bob) Prescott graduated as a vet and first began practicing at Nobby Beach, before buying the practice in Tugun in 1986. He stayed there for 24 years, handing over the reins to daughter Kim in 2008 before retiring in 2010.  ..

Small Business Solutions Workshops in New Year

Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

CSGC will again be partnering with Small Business Solutions to offer free small business training workshops in 2015. The ‘Building a Better Business’ Workshops will return for five weeks in February, as well as a new start-up business workshop to run across three consecutive Saturdays, called ‘Turn your business ideas into reality’. ..

Tripaway Corporate Travel servicing Southern Gold Coast

Posted on Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Former Etihad Holidays manager, Scott Brown, is heading up a new boutique family-owned travel business on the Southern Gold Coast, Tripaway Corporate Travel, which is offering tailored corporate travel services for the local business community.  ..

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.  ..

Get Export Advice for your Business

Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014

If you are wanting to expand your business through exporting, then get along to the City of Gold Coast’s Export Business Forum on Tuesday 2 September during Small Business Week. The forum is free for registered Gold Coast businesses and aims to provide local businesses with information about programs and assistance packages to help connect with businesses across the globe.  ..

Southern Gold Coast Website Launch

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Connecting Southern Gold Coast’s new look website www.southerngoldcoast.com.au was launched by CSGC CEO Peter Doggett with the help of Division 14 Councillor Chris Robbins on Friday 8 August at the Currumbin Vikings Surf Club.  ..

CSGC Launches New Website

Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Our new look website www.southerngoldcoast.com.au has officially launched this week. All Southern Gold Coast businesses are encouraged to view the website and check the details of their free Business listing courtesy of Connecting Southern Gold Coast, or contact us to be added to the database.  ..

Changes to Public Transport

Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

With the Gold Coast Light Rail, the G:, launching in July, there are some notable changes to the public transport network right across the city which will affect the Southern Gold Coast. CSGC facilitated a public information session with Translink at the Tugun SLSC last month to advise of changes to our network. ..

Showcase Redevelopment

Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The $60 million redevelopment of Showcase on the Beach at Coolangatta is well underway with the new look The Strand on track to open in November 2014. The new centre will feature a dining precinct on Level 1 with beach views, a full-size Woolworths Supermarket, and a small shops precinct with a unique range of specialty stores.  ..

Free Customer Service Seminar for Business Owners

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014

Wednesday, August 20 2014 at Currumbin RSL

If you attend one business seminar this year – make it this one! Connecting Southern Gold Coast is hosting Martin Grunstein, acclaimed business speaker, who will present a free breakfast seminar at Currumbin RSL on Wednesday August 20 on Product Enhancement – an absolute must for Southern Gold Coast businesses.  Martin will explain why discounting your product is not the way to create business. ..

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. ..

Tendering for Government Business Workshops

Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Interested in obtaining Government contracts? The Queensland Government is hosting consecutive Tendering for Government Business Workshops on the Gold Coast on 3 and 4 June. Businesses interested in attending one of the sessions can contact CSGC for more information.  ..

Small Business Training & Development

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014

CSGC will be subsidising a 5-week Small Business Training program beginning in May. We are seeking expressions of interest from a) tourism businesses and b) small businesses to take part in a free Monday or Tuesday night workshop program which will be held at the Currumbin RSL. Connecting Southern Gold Coast will be hosting Small Business Training & Development workshops in partnership with Small Business Solutions (through the Queensland Government’s Department of Education, Training & Employment) to give our local businesses a leg up. There is absolutely no cost to your business to be involved, however your time and commitment will be sought! The workshops will run for five weeks on Monday and Tuesday nights commencing in early May through to June, 6pm to 9pm at Currumbin RSL on the following dates: ..

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