Four years ago, Ben Gazal put everything on the line to start his own Real Estate business in Coolangatta. From humble beginnings with just himself and a receptionist, today, Harcourts BMG is thriving with 13 staff and the recent move to a bigger office in Griffith Street. ..
Originally a software entrepreneur, Marie Phillips was inspired by the personal stories and interaction with people that hospitality provides, leading her to sell her company in 2015 and make the move into the café and venue industry. ..
After living in an American ski town with strong wind, sun and an elevation of 2500 metres, Jen Plahm saw the toll the elements were taking on her skin. ..
Arriving in Brisbane in 1981 after working as a scientist at CSIRO in Melbourne, Robin Ormerod found there was little demand for his meteorology qualifications and long range weather forecasting in his new hometown in the Sunshine State. Instead, he was asked to work in air quality, and a somewhat accidental career in environmental consulting followed. ..
After graduating from the University in Canberra in 2003 and completing a few years of public service, Michael Sullivan moved to the Gold Coast in 2005 for a change of scenery. ..
With a passion for investigating social and political events within the creative arts, it was the ability to teach, research, publish and volunteer in those same areas that motivated Professor Adam Shoemaker to pursue a career in academics. ..
Obala is bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to Kirra. Located under Nirvana by the Sea, the new restaurant and bar has only been open for several weeks, but is already settling into the scene as a new favourite for locals and visitors. ..
Greg Howell started his path towards environmental advocacy surfing along Victoria’s coastline in the early 1970’s. In 1989 he attended his first No Nukes Rally in Sydney, and then gave into the temptation of surfing in warmer waters of the Gold Coast in 1992, where his passion flourished, and he has been an environmental campaigner ever since. ..
From humble beginnings making homemade Christmas gifts in a garage, Currumbin’s own Kelly Lane has evolved into one of Australia’s leading gift and homeware wholesalers. ..
A shared moment between two creative minds in 2002 has seen the birth of not just one of the Southern Gold Coast’s leading festivals, but an internationally renowned exhibition that captures the hearts and minds of all who visit. ..
From a background in media sales and marketing to one of the fastest growing franchises on the Gold Coast food scene, Scott Chapman is part owner of several Zambrero restaurants including the Gold Coast and Queensland’s first store at Coolangatta. ..
Hutchinson Builders is a fifth generation family business and Australia’s largest privately owned construction company. Celebrating 105 years in business this July, the local office has found a new home, planting their roots in the heart of Coolangatta’s CBD. ..
Surfing stalwart Mal Sutherland is the Chairman of Surf World Gold Coast, the city’s first surf museum located in Currumbin. Part of the original steering committee set up in 2008, Mal has been the Chairman since the museum opened in March 2009 and has been involved with organising and running events, and maintaining the history of the industry that has shaped the city, in particular the Southern Gold Coast. ..
Katie Barton-Harvey, a proud Southern Gold Coast local, is the Sustainability Marketing Manager at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC). Part of the GOLDOC team since 2013, Katie shares the vision and actions already taken to achieve the Games’ ambitious sustainability legacy. ..
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. ..
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. ..
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. ..
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.
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. ..
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. ..