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Former CSGC Chair Honoured with National Award

Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016

Connecting Southern Gold Coast’s own former Director and Chair, Murray d’Almeida has been honoured with the nation’s top franchising award. ..

Twin Towns Hosts Southern Cross Graduation Ceremony

Posted on Monday, May 02, 2016

Over 260 students from Southern Cross University attended their Graduation Ceremony on Saturday 30 April, hosted at Twin Towns Services Club. Students from several schools, including Arts and Social Sciences, Business and Tourism, Education, Law and Justice and the Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples received their graduating certificates and awards. ..

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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Cooly Rocks On With New Festival Manager

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015

Phil Villiers, former Destination Tweed CEO, has been appointed as the new Festival Manager for Cooly Rocks On, effective from early July. 

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Southern Cross University’s Rising Stars Scholarships

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015

Connecting Southern Gold Coast CEO Peter Doggett had the pleasure of attending a presentation ceremony at Kirra Hill Community Centre earlier in July to present Southern Cross University’s Rising Stars Scholarships. CSGC sponsored two scholarships awarded to local high school students.  ..

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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CSGC Profile: Vege Chips Celebrates 25 Years at Currumbin

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015


In 1990, the healthy alternative snack Vege Chips was born. The vegetarian founder of Vege Chips began making a chip that held more nutritional value than an average potato chip. Starting in his kitchen, then moving to a garage and eventually taking over bigger premises, Vege Chips sold well for many years at the local beachfront markets.  ..

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.   ..

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). ..

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.  ..

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. ..

Singaporean Students Visit SGC

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015

The first of our visiting student groups from Singapore Polytechnic have enjoyed a 5-day famil on the Southern Gold Coast this month. The students, studying hospitality at the acclaimed education institute, were immersed in local activities from barista courses to organic farming on Tomewin Mountain.   ..

CSGC Profile: Eden Health Retreat

Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015

As our world gets busier and we are constantly connected through devices, rest assured there is somewhere you can go to escape from it all – and it is right here on the Southern Gold Coast.   ..

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.  ..

CSGC Profile: Arno Schilling Wood Carver & Sculptor

Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014

A local resident of Currumbin Valley for 30 years, Arno Schilling is a talent in a field of his own – possibly the only person in Australia to exhibit such skill in hand carving wooden masterpieces. Born in the German city of Karlsruhe, home of the automobile inventor Karl Benz, Arno moved to Australia as a young man, building homes in Melbourne. Before long, he and his wife Trudi moved to the Gold Coast in 1969 to be closer to family, where Arno’s real artistic career began.    ..

SGC Events Enter Queensland Tourism Awards (QTA)

Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two Southern Gold Coast events have entered the Queensland Tourism Awards, the state’s most prestigious awards run by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC). Good luck to Opera on the Beach and Cooly Rocks On at the QTA Awards ceremony held in Brisbane Friday 28th November at the Royal International & Convention Centre, Bowen Hills. ..

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