Cr Dawn Crichlow, Bruce Neumann, Member for Southport Rob Molhoek and Cr William Owen-Jones at Nucon Concrete

Iconic Gold Coast business celebrates 50 years of operation

A Gold Coast icon, the Nucrush Group, is celebrating 50-years in operation by commissioning renowned local artist Dean Cogle to transform one of their Southport silos into a large-scale public artwork.

The silo, on the Southport Nerang Road has been enhanced with imagery of key Southport landmarks – such as the Main Street, the seaway and historic Cecil Hotel – as they used to look, as well as a Nucon Concrete truck from the 1960’s. (Scroll down to see it!)

Nucrush Group Director Michelle Neumann told myGC: “The artwork is a lovely representation of what life was like when the Nucrush Group started.”

In it’s 50 years of operation, Nucrush Group – which includes Nucon Concrete and Nucrush Quarries – have produced and supplied a wide range of quarry and concrete products throughout South East Queensland. The company has helped to shape what the Gold Coast is today through its work on projects such as the Commonwealth Games Indoor Sports Centre at Coomera and the new Hypercoaster at Movie World.

Nucon silo artwork in Southport created by Gold Coast artist Dean Cogle

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The artist, Dean Cogle, has thirty years’ experience in design and illustration and has previously captured iconic Gold Coast landmarks, including the Miami Ice building and the Point Danger Lodge.

“This is the kind of project that allows you to really flex your creative muscles. I’ve never created a piece on a silo before, and it’s allowed me to combine several creative disciplines, so it’s been a great experience,” Mr Cogle said.

State Member for Southport, Rob Molhoek says Nucrush has played an integral part of Gold Coast history and has been involved with the development of many iconic structures and high-rise buildings.

“I can remember the Nucon trucks from when I was a child and it has been great to see them go from strength to strength over the past 50 years. There really is a little bit of Nucrush in all of the Gold Coast, everywhere you look,” Mr. Molhoek said.

$30 million aged care facility in the works for Robina

The Gold Coast suburb of Robina is set to receive a $30 million, state of the art, aged care facility.

The 105-bed Japara Healthcare home will be located in the Easy T precinct on Scottsdale Drive and will boast a contemporary residential design with innovative shared leisure spaces including an in-house cinema, cafe, courtyards, a rooftop garden and an entertaining deck.

Japara Healthcare Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Sudholz, said he was delighted to build the state-of-the art home in an area of increasing resident need.

“The number of persons aged over 70 years and living within a 10 kilometre radius of our Robina site is forecast to double over the next 20 years,” he said.

“Through this development we are proactively providing best care and accommodation for the community’s elderly residents to meet their needs.

Mr Sudholz said the project is expected to create hundreds of construction jobs and employment opportunities.

“The project will also deliver economic benefits to the region, with approximately $20 million in local investment, and an estimated 185 full time equivalent construction related jobs.

“Upon completion, it is anticipated there will be 125 individuals employed within the home and another 70 indirect full time equivalent jobs supported in the wider community.”

Construction is expected to start in April 2018, ahead of the home’s slated mid-2019 opening.


Guidebook uncovers hidden Gold Coast cultural gems

A new, free guidebook created by some of the Gold Coast’s best creative minds will help locals and visitors to explore the small artist-run galleries, intimate eateries and serious coffee haunts of the city.

Cultural Concierge breaks the Gold Coast into 11 precincts from the Northern Gold Coast to Tugun and Coolangatta. A well known creative professional from each of the precincts then highlights some of the Coast’s “lesser known creative gems hidden amongst its seaside streets”.

The booklet is the brainchild of Claudio Kirac, Paul Bow and Laura Strange from Art-Work Agency and can be picked up at over 100 locations around the Gold Coast or viewed online for free here.

The curators include:

  • Emily Wurramara, singer/songwriter (Northern Gold Coast);
  • Robby X, singer/songwriter/producer (The Islands);
  • Brandon Els, 4040 creative director (CBD and Surrounds);
  • Dr Sally Breen, award-winning author (Surfers Paradise and Surrounds);
  • Mark Duckworth, Festival Director, Producer (Broadbeach);
  • Rebecca Ross, Artistic Director of The Walls Art Space (Mermaid to Nobby Beach);
  • Chris Knapp, Architect/Maker/Educator (Robina Varsity and Surrounds);
  • Sean Scott, Photographer/Explorer (Burleigh Heads and Surrounds);
  • Heidi Bartholomew, Founder of The Sunlounge (Palm Beach to Currumbin);
  • Tim Baker, Writer (Currumbin Valley and Surrounds); and
  • Byron Coathup, Multidisciplinary Artist (Tugun to Coolangatta).

Check out this video for a bit more information on how the Cultural Concierge came to be…

CULTURAL CONCIERGE – A Curated Collection of the Gold Coast from Art-Work Agency on Vimeo.

Dreamworld to come alive at night for ultimate ‘Neon Nights’ after dark party

DREAMWORLD is set to light up next Saturday night as it hosts its latest ‘Park after Dark’ event.

The theme park today announced the highly anticipated Neon Nights will be held on August 26 from 6.30pm.

Essentially, the park will come alive after dark, offering an unprecedented experience for thrill-seekers.

Guests will have the chance to jump on board some of the theme park’s most extreme rides like the world’s most powerful swinging pendulum The Claw and premier attraction Tower of Terror.

Thrill-seekers will also have the rare opportunity to ride blindfolded on some of the most popular attractions.

Due to popular demand, the Silent Sounds ‘Quiet Riot’ disco truck will also return with the coolest silent disco.

The spookiest walk-through scare attraction Zombie Evilution will also re-open exclusively for the event.

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Two surf life savers looking at the ocean at Main Beach on the Gold Coast

2018 Comm Games: Surf Lifesavers to star in opening and closing ceremonies

HUNDREDS of surf lifesavers are being put through their paces at a series of acting, singing and dancing workshops on the Gold Coast today in preparation for their roles at next year’s Commonwealth Games.

The iconic red and yellow lifesavers will swap the surf for the stage at the Game’s Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Representing Games Minister Kate Jones, Minister for Small Business, Leeanne Enoch said the Games’ were going to be one of Queensland’s greatest success stories.

“I’m thrilled that Games organisers have chosen to highlight our lifesaving volunteers and their iconic red and yellow colours,” Ms Enoch said.

“Their images will be beamed to a global television audience of hundreds of thousands. Exposure on that scale is gold for the Games and for Queensland.”

GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC said today signified a milestone in preparing for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and that he was proud to see the community at the heart of a global event.

“The Opening and Closing Ceremonies represent an extraordinary opportunity for thousands of local people to participate in the Games,” Mr Beattie said.

“We’re delighted that Surf Life Saving Queensland is participating in the very first cast workshops taking place at Tallebudgera today.

“Hundreds of surf lifesavers have already been cast to perform a specific role in the Opening Ceremony – welcoming the athletes of the Commonwealth to the Gold Coast.”

SLSQ President Mark Fife OAM said being involved in the Ceremonies is a fantastic opportunity for the organisation and its members.

“It’s a really exciting, and truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for SLSQ and our members, and we’re thrilled to be involved in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies,” Mr Fife said.

“It will highlight the lifesaving work of our volunteers, and help show international tourists coming into the Gold Coast about how to stay safe on the beach.

“We’re expecting a significant influx in beachgoers throughout the Games and, hopefully after this, they’ll recognise our surf lifesavers in their iconic red and yellow colours and know to stay safe by swimming between the flags,” he said.

Small Business Minister Ms Enoch said the Games were a great opportunity to showcase Queensland’s sporting prowess, world-class facilities, and small business sector.

“With more than 1.2 million spectators expected to visit the Games in April next year, small businesses will be the big winners,” she said.

“The Games will achieve a lasting legacy for small businesses, not just on the Gold Coast, but in the Event Cities of Brisbane, Cairns, and Townsville.

“It’s an exciting time for industry on the Gold Coast and Queensland, and I’m delighted to be here to share the day with Surf Life Saving Queensland and their members,” she said.

Applications to be part of the volunteer performance cast for the Opening and Closing ceremonies open at 10am on Monday. Applications are open for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.