red carpet

The date for this year’s Logie Awards on the Gold Coast has been revealed!

There’s Gold Logie fever on the Gold Coast today with the official date for this year’s TV Week Logie Awards finally confirmed.

The glitz and glamour of the country’s most prestigious television event will take place on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at The Star Gold Coast.

The official voting period for the TV Week Logie Awards opens on Monday, March 5, and closes on Sunday, April 1, with fans able to cast their vote through the official website: www.tvweeklogieawards.com.au.

The shortlist of nominees will be announced on Sunday, May 27.

In an exciting first for the Awards, 2018 will see the introduction of live voting!

In the lead-up to the Logies ceremony, the public will have another chance to vote for the winners in the 10 Most Popular awards – including the Gold Logie.

Live voting will start Friday, June 29, and will finish at the end of the red-carpet telecast on Sunday, July 1.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says he can’t wait to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Awards on the Coast.

“We are extremely excited to welcome the TV WEEK Logie Awards to the Gold Coast. We’re confident that this year’s Logies will be bigger and better than ever before – we can’t wait!”

The TV WEEK Logie Awards are an annual celebration of the finest talent on Australian television.

All the action from the red-carpet arrivals and awards-show celebrations will be telecast on the Nine Network and 9Now.

School Lunch

Should we ignore the lunchbox police?

A Melbourne mum is miffed at her child’s school. She sent her little one off to what looks like the school’s kindergarten program, judging by the note, with a small lamington.

Said lamington was sent home, with a note saying her kid wasn’t allowed to eat it because it didn’t comply with their “nutrition policy”.

I have three very big thoughts about this.

The first is: hats off to the school for having a nutrition policy! Man, we’ve come a long way, haven’t we? When I was in primary school… ahem, a few decades ago… I can remember buying 1c lollies, sausage rolls and jam donuts with my lunch money. These days, those items rarely exist in a school canteen, so let’s give ourselves some props.

Thought number two? It’s school policy to follow the rules, whatever the rules may be. What are you teaching your kids if you run to the media when you don’t get your way? You should address it with the school, not via the court of public opinion – that particular school obviously has a strong stance on healthy eating, so get with the program.

As for thought number three: as much as I appreciate how far we’ve come, I’m glad my kids don’t go to this school. Because I would literally get a note every day if they did!

My kids’ lunchboxes are pretty much the same every day. They get a sandwich (on white bread, no less), a piece of fruit, some cheese and one ‘treat, which may be a homemade cookie or slice, a bag of tiny teddies, a mini lamington or similar.

They eat a healthy breakfast, like eggs on toast, weetbix, fruit, natural yoghurt with honey and oats, or homemade bagels with cream cheese.

And they eat healthy dinners full of vegetables and protein – they often protest and take an hour to eat, but they choke it down every night all the same.

So, I don’t mind them having a treat in the lunchbox. It gives them something sweet and fun to look forward in what might otherwise be a drab day. What’s the harm?

We regularly see these stories in the media of notes going home to educate parents about their nutritional choices. Maybe they’re well intentioned, but they could be going overboard.

See a kid with a full-sized Mars bar in their lunchbox? Send a note. Spy a lamington in an otherwise healthy lunchbox? Move along, there’s nothing to see here…

City of Gold Coast Gateway design

Workshop series “Hi-Lights” new public art on the Gold Coast

If you have taken a drive along the Pacific Highway, or near the airport on the Gold Coast Highway, you may be familiar with the cool public artworks that have recently popped up.

Called HI-LIGHTS, the $2 million installation by LOE-TK features 101 uniquely arranged highway light poles that spell out ‘Gold Coast’ and ‘GC’ respectively.

The artworks were designed to be bookends to the city and were commissioned by the State Government and City of Gold Coast last year.

Ahead of the official unveiling of the new installations, City of Gold Coast have announced they will be hosting a free program of activities and events over the next two weeks.

City of Gold Coast Gateway

PHOTO: Supplied | City of Gold Coast

Bleached Arts and Relative Creative will be putting on Lo-Fi Exchange workshops from 17-25 February at the northern and southern ends of the Gold Coast.

Division 11 Councillor Hermann Vorster said the workshops were a great opportunity for locals to get familiar with the artwork through conversation about identity, sense of place and legacy.

“HI-LIGHTS will bookend the city perfectly and this is a great opportunity for people to get excited about the artwork which will no doubt become iconic features of the Gold Coast.”

Suitable for all ages, the Lo-Fi Exchange workshop series, held across two locations, encourages participants to think and talk – through storytelling, art and design – about the Gold Coast’s history, identity and future.

Relative Creative Co-Director Tristan Schultz said the workshops were created to build community authorship, ownership, and custodianship of the HI-LIGHTS installation.

“Inspired by LOT-EK’s ingenious HI-LIGHTS creation, we’ve created a space for locals to design, craft and engineer their future Gold Coast, whilst engaging in meaningful conversation with other members of the community about what we want our city to be remembered for,” Mr Schultz said.

Co-curator Louise Bezzina, Artistic Director of Bleach* Festival, said the free program was designed to unpack and celebrate the City’s exciting new bookends.

“With it set to become a postcard image of the Gold Coast, now’s the time to contemplate what it means to mark our city’s boundaries in this way, and to encourage community conversation about what we want the Gold Coast to be.”

The Lo-Fi Exchange workshops are suitable for all ages and are on offer in the following locations:

Ormeau Community Centre & Skate Park
When: 17 and 18 February 2018
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Kirra Surf Life Saving Club
24 and 25 February 2018
10:00am – 2:00pm

For more information, visit: wearegoldcoast.com.au/gateways/

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by  Bleach* Festival.

 

Nurse Trish

Trish Cameron named 1029 Hot Tomato Gold Coast Nursing Award winner for January 2018

A local aged care nurse who works closely with dementia patients has won 1029 Hot Tomato’s Gold Coast Nursing Award for January.

Trish Cameron broke down in tears when she found out she had taken out the award, telling myGC she couldn’t believe she had been nominated.

“Is this a joke?” she said. “I am so emotional. Thank you so much!”

Trish told myGC she has been working as an aged care nurse for almost 10 years, and absolutely loves her job at Villa Serena Aged Care in Mudgeeraba.

“I really enjoying caring for the elderly. It make me feel close to my parents who have sadly both passed away,” she said.

“I work with our dementia patients, which can be difficult at times, but I am just really patient with them and shower them with love.”

Along with a certificate, Trish wins $250 and is now a finalist in the Annual Awards where she could be awarded the annual winner’s cash prize of $5,000.

“You don’t get a lot of recognition being a nurse, so it is just beautiful to win this award. Thank you.”

If you know a nurse or midwife who has made a difference in the life of you or your family and deserves to be recognised, you can nominate them for the award at mygc.com.au/gold-coast-nursing-awards/

Wine Cheers

Where to wine and dine your Valentine on the Gold Coast

The annual day of love is upon us and whether you’re looking to treat bae to a delicious dinner, or enjoy a galentine’s evening with your bestie, the Gold Coast is serving up some sweet options this Valentine’s Day.

Here is our round up of where to wine and dine with your loved one today:

The Kitchens
The Kitchens has you covered with loads great dining options all under one roof. Why not heat up date night with a modern Asian feast at Noodle Bao and Bar, make the most of the buzzing atmosphere and fiery, flavoursome eats at Saiko Teppanyaki, or channel those Lady and the Tramp vibes at Lucky Lucianos.

Bam Bam Bakehouse
Pick up a Red Velvet twice-baked croissant from Bam Bam Bakehouse and treat bae to a sweet mid-morning break. These limited edition croissants are oozing with deliciousness and are sure to sell out, so get in quick.

No Name Lane
Couples can score themselves complimentary Espresso Martinis from No Name Lane on the day of love and all it will cost them is a smooch for their significant other. The first 100 customers to pucker up for their partners will receive the signature cocktail free of charge.

Doughnut Time
These guys always come up with the sweet goods! Do yourself a favour and spoil your special someone with one of Doughnut Time’s Valentine’s Day creations. There are four different creations to choose from!

Outback Steakhouse
If your significant other loves sinking their teeth into a juicy steak, Outback Steakhouse is the place to head tonight! For Valentine’s Day, they have a special three-course meal for two available, that features an entrée, mains and dessert.

Baskk at Kirra Point
Eat your heart out by the sea at Baskk! Treat yourself and bae to the Valentine’s Day set menu, and chow down on yummy dishes such as crispy pork belly bao and asian spiced linguine and more!

The Roosevelt Lounge
Pop a bottle or two and toast to another year of love with your Valentine at The Roosevelt Lounge. Indulge in the set menu or order al a carte – whichever your heart desires!

Know of another great place offering specials this Valentine’s Day? Leave us a comment below.