Gold Coast Treasure: Professor Ian O’Connor

In this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list, 15 Australians made a Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

One of those was Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University, Professor Ian O’Connor.

Professor O’Connor was recognised for his contribution to tertiary education, particularly to the strategic development of national and international university initiatives and to the community through engagement in social policy, child welfare and juvenile justice research.

The Professor is also a passionate Gold Coaster who believes that the city will not only be recognised as a perfect holiday destination, but as an education hub which will have incredible benefits for the whole Gold Coast Community.

Watch the video below to hear what advice Professor Ian O’Connor has for school leavers and why he loves the Gold Coast!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH0boDDrv1U

Amy Shark QMA Awards

Meet your 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards Finalists

The third annual Gold Coast Music Awards are just weeks away – on Thursday 27 April – and this morning the 43 finalists were announced for the Award’s seven categories.

Scroll down for a full list of the finalists…

The talent was vast and competition fierce across the seven Awards categories this year, with fast-rising superstar, Amy Shark and local scene stalwarts Hussy Hicks and Benny D Williams on the finalist lists, alongside newcomers Tesla Coils, Eliza and the Delusions and Chelsea Rockwells.

“Gold Coast continues to punch above its weight when it comes to diversity of genres and sheer quality of music being produced,” said GCMA director, Chloe Popa.

“This year we have a mix of dark brooding as well as sweet pop offerings, pub rock, punk, hip-hop, folk, metal and indie-rock in our finalist fraternity. It’s a wonderful snapshot of the talent and diversity of musical talent here on the Gold Coast.”

This year’s Awards sees the launch of a new category – Album of the Year – and additions to the high calibre of judges, including Woodford Folk Festival program director, Chloe Goodyear and Australian Music Week director, Ryan Van Gennip.

Carefully considering over 130 entries, the judges were unanimous about one thing for sure, “the Gold Coast has so much talent,” said Sydney-sider, Van Gennip, “It was a real pleasure to listen to so much great music.”

2017 Gold Coast Music Awards Finalists

BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE YEAR

EVENT OF THE YEAR

  • Blues on Broadbeach
  • Buskers by the Creek
  • Fuzzfest
  • Shakafest
  • Summertime Sessions in the Village
  • Wallapalooza

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • City Over Sand – Good Grief
  • Driven Fear – Freethinker
  • Felicity Lawless – Tails
  • Hussy Hicks – Lucky Joe’s Wine & Other Tales from Dog River
  • Lane Harry x Ike Campbell – Youth

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Chelsea Rockwells – Stone
  • Felicity Lawless – Cowboy Camerman
  • Marcus Blacke – Umbrella Brain
  • Phoebe Sinclair – This Isn’t Love
  • Purple Zain – I Am The Best
  • The Black Swamp – Common Crows

VENUE OF THE YEAR

  • Elsewhere
  • Expressive Ground
  • Miami Marketta
  • NightQuarter
  • Soundlounge

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Amela Duheric
  • Amy Shark
  • Benny D Williams
  • Driven Fear
  • Ella Fence

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • Amy Shark – Adore
  • Athena Joy – Blue
  • CC The Cat – Free Your Mind
  • Chelsea Rockwells – Stone
  • Electrik Lemonade – We Know This
  • Eliza and the Delusionals – Salt
  • Hussy Hicks – Whole Lotta
  • Jacob Lee – I Just Know
  • Tesla Coils – Eyes
  • The Ruiins – Eventually
Warren Young Gold Coast Treasure

Gold Coast Treasure: Warren Young

For over 40 years, Warren Young has been striving to keep Gold Coast beaches safe.

He began his professional lifeguarding career in 1973 and was stationed at Burleigh Heads. Two years later he was promoted to Chief Lifeguard, a position he has held ever since.

In an exclusive chat with myGC, Warren reveals what he loves about the Gold Coast and shares details about his decorated career.

Watch the video below to discover more about this incredible local treasure:

 

 

Gold Coast Treasure: Daphne Pirie

Gold Coaster Daphne Pirie AO MBE has dedicated her life to the promotion of women in sport and the pursuit of sporting excellence.

Not only is she a celebrated performer in hockey, golf and track and field, she was also the founding president of Womensport Queensland, the first female vice-president of the Queensland Olympic Council, a board member of the Queensland Academy of Sport and president of the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame.

She has had a decorated career, receiving numerous awards for her achievements including the IOC Women and Sport Trophy in 2011.

myGC was given exclusive access to Daphne’s home at Royal Pines, which is somewhat of a shrine to her outstanding achievements.

Watch the video below to discover more about this incredible local treasure:

Richard Tommy Campion

Gold Coast Treasure: Richard ‘Tommy’ Campion

Richard Tommy Campion is a Gold Coast press photographer who has been capturing the famous faces who flock to our city for decades.

With a personality as colourful as the shots he takes, it’s not surprising to learn that Tommy often becomes mates with the celebrities he is tasked to capture.

From Ronnie Corbett to the Brady Bunch cast to Joe Cocker, Tommy has photographed them all.

“Most stars that have come to the Coast, including movie stars, popstars, and twinkle twinkle little stars I have photographed,” he told myGC.

Check out some of his incredible images and watch the full interview in the video below:

To see more of Richard ‘Tommy’ Campion’s photos, check out his blog here: richardtommycampion.wordpress.com/