Where to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the Gold Coast 2014

The Gold Coast is the ideal destination to celebrate St Valentine’s Day this year.

With a smorgasboard of romantic deals on offer around the city, there’s something for everyone looking to make this February 14 extra special.

ROMANTIC DINING

[signoff icon=”icon-liked”]Osterio Vivo – Jupiters Hotel & Casino
Cost: $169 per couple
Want to spoil your loved one or impress your date? Indulge in authentic Italian flavours at Osterio Vivo. You’ll get to enjoy a bottle of Domaine Chandon Méthode Traditionnelle Sparkling Brut and a selection of entrees, mains and dessert.
Book: Call 07 5592 8443[/signoff]

[signoff icon=”icon-liked”]Harrigan’s Drift Inn
Cost: $65 per person
Treat the one you love this Valentine’s Day with A Night in Paris at Harrigan’s. Enjoy a gourmet 5 course meal, sparkling Chambord Cocktail on arrival and live music in an intimate setting.
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[signoff icon=”icon-liked”]Room 81 – Sofitel Broadbeach
Cost: $225 per person
Treat your beloved to a romantic journey that will stir the passion and delight the senses at Sofitel Broadbeach’s Room81 Restaurant. Feast on a delicious six-course menu that celebrates aphrodisiac ingredients, whilst enjoying a deluxe beverage package.
Book: 07 5570 0396[/signoff]

[signoff icon=”icon-liked”]Currumbin Vikings Surf Club
Cost: $60 for 2 people
Dazzle that special someone this Valentine’s Day with the most spectacular view on the Gold Coast. Feast on a delicious seafood platter for 2 and enjoy 2 complimentary glasses of wine, all for $60.
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[signoff icon=”icon-liked”]Videre Restaurant – RACV Royal Pines Resort
Cost: $169 per person
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with stunning panoramic views of the Gold Coast at Videre Restaurant. Indulge in a five course degustation menu with matching wines and enjoy live entertainment and a special gift for the ladies.
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SOMETHING DIFFERENT

[signoff icon=”icon-liked”]Stingray Lounge
It doesn’t matter if you’re riding solo or head over heels in love, head to Stingray Lounge this V-Day and mingle with your loved ones or someone new. Either way they’ll be serving up Valentine’s Day inspired Aphrodisiac Agavero Tequila Cocktails all night.
Book: 07 5584 1200[/signoff]

[signoff icon=”icon-liked”]Twilight Cabana Dinner Retreat at Palazzo Versace
Cost: $270 per couple
Romance is never out of fashion at Palazzo Versace with a seductive twilight cabana dinner available from the 14th until the 16th. Retreat behind the sheer curtains of your own private poolside cabana adorn with tea light candles, a single long stem rose, petit his and her Versace perfume, an arrival glass of Ruinart ‘R’ Champagne and a scrumptious three course menu.
Book: Call 07 5509 8000[/signoff]

[signoff icon=”icon-liked”]Gold Class Movie Screening
Cost: $150 per couple
Treat your loved one to the luxury of a movie in Gold Class at Event Cinemas on Valentine’s Day. The package includes a glass of Chandon each, plus a tasting plate of dynamite quid, salt and pepper prawns, spring rolls, Fries & aioli, and Lindt Chocolate Lindor balls.
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[signoff icon=”icon-liked”]Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise
Cost: $129 Per Person
Soak up the romance on Gold Coast’s sparkling waterways and celebrate the most romantic day of the year with Wyndham Cruises. Spoil your special someone with amazing views, sensational seafood and a complimentary glass of sparkling.
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ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES

[signoff icon=”icon-liked”]Hilton Surfers Paradise
Cost: From $458
Indulge in the ultimate romantic retreat for 2 at the Hilton Surfers Paradise. On arrival at the hotel, be welcomed with Australian sparkling wine and strawberries to start your retreat in style. Unwind with a special 60-minute massage for two at eforea: spa and a delicious 3-course dinner at Salt Grill by Luke Mangan.
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USA Swimming reps inspect Gold Coast pool ahead of Pan Pacific Championships

REPRESENTATIVES from international swimming powerhouse the United States have toured the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre ahead of the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in August.

Officials from USA Swimming joined Mayor Tom Tate to inspect progress on the $41 million redevelopment project, which commenced construction in March last year and is due to finish in time for the competition.

Once complete, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will be home to a 10-lane 50 metre competition pool, a learn-to-swim pool, elevated spectator concourse/viewing terrace, new change room, gym and toilet facilities, community meeting rooms, event facilities, permanent seating for approximately 1000 people, and refurbishment of the existing eight-lane 50 metre pool and dive.

Mayor Tom Tate said he was looking forward to the aquatic centre becoming the training venue of choice for some of the world’s best swimming teams.

“The visit by USA Swimming highlights the growing international interest in what will be a truly world class swimming and diving venue on the Gold Coast and we look forward to welcoming them here in August for a fantastic Pan Pacs event,” said Cr Tate.

“When it’s finished, the aquatic centre will not only be Australia’s newest international swimming competition venue, it will also bolster the Gold Coast’s reputation as an elite and high performance training destination.

“The City recently released its Gold Coast Sport Plan 2013 – 2023 and some of the key objectives of this plan are to boost the Gold Coast’s sporting events portfolio and reputation, as well as attract more high performance training camps, sports business and tourism.

“I know the US swim team is no stranger to the Gold Coast and my message to them is we have the facilities, the weather and the attractions to match anywhere in the world and our doors are always open to you to come here to train.”

Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey said the Pan Pacs was one of the biggest events in world swimming and USA Swimming were keen to inspect the aquatic centre’s facilities ahead of competition.

“The aquatic centre is on time and on budget and well on track to make its international debut as the venue for the Pan Pacs in August.

“It’s great to have USA Swimming here to inspect the new aquatic centre during the construction phase so they know what facilities will be available to them in the future.”

Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said the Pan Pacific Championships would be the perfect opportunity for Australians to see the Australian Swim Team compete in home waters.

“To be able to compete against the USA, Japan and Canada at home, and in a brand new facility is a great opportunity for our athletes and coaches to perform against world class competitors. We have been really encouraged by the support of swimming and sports fans getting behind our team as we continue on our evolution both in and out of the water.

“Everyone in the swimming community is looking forward to having a world class swimming facility on the Gold Coast and the Pan Pacs will be the ideal way to showcase this terrific new venue to the world.”

Revs’n’Rockabilly to rock the Tweed

COOLY Rocks On is kicking off the year with an extended Revs’n’Rockabilly event at Tweed Heads next weekend, February 15 and 16.

Fans will get to enjoy music, dancing and classic cars and hot rods on Saturday night and all day on Sunday.

This year, there will be twice the entertainment on offer with high-energy rockabilly quartet The Zephyr Project joined by DJ Jimmy D on the Saturday, while the Warren Earle Band, Skooterz and DJ Rhythm Man Mark kick it up on Sunday.

Chief executive officer Bob Newman says the fantastic response to last year’s event demanded it be expanded over two days for 2014.

“Cooly Rocks On fans who can’t wait until May 30 for the best 11 days of 50s and 60s nostalgia in Australia will get a great dose over the Revs’n’Rockabilly weekend,” Bob said.

Mr Newman said Revs’n’Rockabilly has established itself on the local calendar as a premier warm-up event for Cooly Rocks On.

“This is the sort of music, cars and atmosphere that have played a part in bringing thousands of people from around Australia and overseas to this region for years now,” Bob says.

Saturday’s fun will start with the pre-1970 car cruise and display, with the music underway from 6PM QLD time. On Sunday the gates will be open for the Show and Shine from 9AM QLD time and the  music will also get underway at 1pm QLD time.

Revs’n’Rockabilly is on February 15 and 16 at Pioneer Country, Fraser Drive, Tweed Heads South.

Admission is $10 for adults, and children under 16 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. Weekend passes are available for just $15, but these are strictly limited to the first 300 sold.

For more details, go to www.coolyrockson.com

Calls for Gold Coast surf plan

LOCAL surfers are up in arms over plans to re-classify Currumbin Alley and Tallebudgera Creek as navigation channels.

The City of Gold Coast is reportedly behind the move and has sent a letter to the LNP asking for permission to dredge to create a designated boating channel.

Founder of Gold Coast Surf Council Brad Farmer said no action should be taken until a holistic approach is agreed to.

He said the City of Gold Coast should come up with a surf management plan.

“Gold Coast city, as the foremost surf city in the world, is yet to formulate a surf management plan, it’s been a year in discussion and nothing’s been done”, Mr Farmer said.

He added “things like cruise ship terminals and Currumbin Alley (pictured courtesy of southerngoldcoast.com.au) are all part of that, so it has to be a big picture approach”.

Mr Farmer said the plan must address a variety of things including our problems with erosion, the ability of vessels to navigate channels and the fact that an additional 2,000 people are entering the surf zone every year.

He said we are also moving into a conflict between user groups, between State and Local Government and has called for a summit to be held to work out what kind of city we want into the future “otherwise it’d turn into a Miami, Florida, Las Vegas”.

The other risk, Mr Farmer highlighted was that people “would have to pay to to go to the beach and there’s rules and regulations and no one wants that”.

“Australian beaches are free and open to all people and I’m putting it back to the Mayor of the Gold Coast to put his money where his mouth is and to enact a surf management plan” Mr Farmer said.

Silence of the Hams

FINALLY, we have a Liberal politician who listens to the electorate and stands up to the government to defend their constituents!

Unfortunately, it is not one of the Gold Coast’s pampered princesses.

Yesterday I called for Moncrieff MP Steve Ciobo to stop posturing on TV for a moment and instead stand up for the local radio stations that are getting screwed by double-dipping multinational record companies.

So imagine my delight when he suddenly turned up all over radio and television, again, talking about a politician being an advocate for constituents.

Alas, he was not talking about himself. And he was not exactly defending that politician.

Mr Ciobo – who failed to heed my gentle hint about his looming over exposure in the national media – was defending the Prime Minister against a Liberal colleague who called Tony Abbott a liar.

Liberal backbencher Sharman Stone was furious Mr Abbott blamed SPC Ardmona’s financial troubles on the workers, who mostly live in her electorate, having overly generous conditions.

Which is a bit rich coming from a politician. But that’s for another day.

So Ms Stone called it as she saw it and labelled the PM a liar, reeling off a bunch of facts (remember those?) about what the workers really earn.

“I understand her desire to be a very strong advocate for her area,” Mr Ciobo said.

Really Stevie? Do you really?

Of course there’s a butt, oops, I mean but – the Federal Government had to make decisions in the national interest, he explained.

So what exactly is the point of having local Members of Parliament ‘representing’ us in Canberra if they don’t actually represent us?

Anyone? Anyone?

Therefore, in the interest of, well, democracy, I have come up with five reasons why Mr Ciobo should stand up for the small local businesses in his city that are trying to run radio stations while the multinationals demand they pay extra for online simulcasts:

  1. It is a Member of Parliament’s job to represent their constituents.
  2. It’s a Member of Parliament’s … ummm, no, actually, that’s all I’ve got – IT’S HIS JOB!

Remember, if you think Mr Ciobo should take some time out from his busy round of national media appearances to support the local radio stations AND listeners on the Gold Coast, give him a call.

The lines are now open.

Steven Ciobo (Liberal MP) Moncrieff
Phone: 07 5504 6000
Fax: 07 5504 6944
Email: steven.ciobo.mp@aph.gov.au

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