Top stories of 2016

Nev Hyman was embraced like family for his efforts in bringing the NevHouse to Tanna Island

The Gold Coast continues to embrace new industries as it establishes itself as a world-recognised city.

During 2016, More Gold Coast uncovered people and places that are at the forefront of the Gold Coast’s diversification and highlighted the city’s journey from a coastal village to a global centre.

From shining a light on innovative new businesses that have set up shop in the city, to delving into the Gold Coast’s sporting culture and highlighting the best lifestyle destinations, More Gold Coast showcases the very best the city has to offer.

Here is a list of 10 articles that have gathered significant reader interest over the past year…

Eight businesses at the forefront of sustainability

It’s the buzzword that knows no bounds, popping up in all areas of life from finances to the environment, fashion, food, urban development and business; everywhere you turn, it seems sustainability is the goal.

Here are eight Gold Coast businesses that have fully embraced sustainability and are carving the path for us all to live more environmentally-friendly lives.

Read the full article here.

Shaping a bright future for the disadvantaged

Gold Coast surfboard shaper turned environmental entrepreneur Nev Hyman is turning recycled plastic into affordable, emergency housing.

Nev Hyman has spent a lifetime shaping refined, high performance surfboards for many of the world’s best surfers. Now, he is working on shaping a brighter future for some of the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people, while reducing the scourge of plastic waste.

Read the full article here.

Coast cements reputation as world-class sporting organisation

With its enviable climate, a vast array of air travel options and an attractive cost of living compared to other major cities, the Gold Coast is the chosen home for the headquarters of an array of national sport clubs and organisations.

Triathlon Australia, Mountain Bike Australia and FIBA Oceania have all relocated their bases to the city in the past year, while Surfing Australia’s headquarters is situated in the beachside mecca of Coolangatta.

Read the full article here.

Gold Coast Top Companies 2016

The annual Gold Coast Top Companies offers a snapshot of the depth of business diversity in a region often perceived solely as a tourism heartland.

While it still fosters the traditional economic drivers of tourism, construction and retail, the Gold Coast is also establishing itself as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Top 10 gives insight into the biggest and most iconic companies on the Gold Coast – from hotel operators and online retailers to chilled pet-food businesses and childcare operators. It also highlights a state of change for the Gold Coast corporate landscape and the challenges some of the big players are facing.

This list was compiled by Business News Australia during the 2016 financial year.

Read the full article here.

Gold Coast universities celebrate top results

Griffith University has climbed 45 places to be ranked in the top 3 percent of universities in the world.

The results in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities follow record results in the recent QS Global rankings for subject areas, highlighting Griffith University’s growing reputation as one of the nation’s most comprehensive research and teaching destinations.

In addition to the success, Bond University scored top billing in the Federal Government’s Student Experience Survey – the top SES results confirming its reputation for producing the most satisfied students in Australia based on quality teaching, small class sizes and employment outcomes.

Read the full article here.

17 music acts to watch in 2017

With another year nearly under our belts, it’s time to turn ears towards the coming 12 months and what is to be expected on the musical horizon.

The city’s musical offerings continue to grow in number and genre, and venues open to live music are growing as well. Many of those venues are not traditional, late-night rock venues – they’re family-owned cafés, boutique bars, night food markets and daytime farmers’ markets. Even our breweries and surf shops are in on the act.

Here is a list of 17 music acts to watch in 2017…

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Gold Coasters return from Rio

They say a true champion is not defined by victory but the manner in which he faces defeat.

Swimmer Cameron McEvoy, one of six Gold Coasters to return from Rio with Olympic medals – in total three silver and five bronze – embodied the spirit of a champion following his defeat in an individual event which he was the overwhelming favourite to win.

The 22-year-old science student won bronze in two separate relays – the 100m Freestyle and 100m Medley but it was the 100 metres Freestyle, where his actions really defined his character.

Read the full article here.

Startups to watch in 2017

The Gold Coast’s ‘have-a-go’ spirit has never been more prominent, with innovators across the city using the Gold Coast as their launchpad to success.

From innovations inspired by the Gold Coast surf to those building connections across the growing ecosystem, these companies are taking local concepts to new heights. Here is a selection of local startups to keep an eye on in 2017.

Read the full article here.

Gold Coast hatted restaurants

The Gold Coast has once again cemented its position as a formidable dining destination in Queensland, after featuring in the Good Food Guide Awards 2017.

Held at the prestigious Customs House, the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards 2017 applauded the performance of restaurants, cafés and bars, together with chefs and sommeliers throughout Queensland.

An evening of celebration, the Good Food Guide provides many diners with a go-to list of places to dine in the coming year.

Read the full article here.

City Leaders: Danny Maher’s vision for a technology hub

Gold Coaster Danny Maher is at the forefront of what has been dubbed one of the fastest growing business software companies in the world.

While many might assume the businessman is based in Silicon Valley, New York, Sydney or even Melbourne, Maher is actually running the award-winning business from the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Maher, the founder of Opmantek, a business providing commercial open source network management and IT audit software, says there is no better place in the world to establish a tech company.

Read the full article here.


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