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Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 2 to open this weekend

All aboard! Gold Coast Light Rail Stage Two is ready to roll with passenger services kicking off this Sunday, just in time for the influx of Christmas holidaymakers.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads made the exciting announcement on Wednesday.

“Get ready! We’re opening the 2nd stage of Gold Coast light rail this Sunday,” they tweeted.

To celebrate, locals and visitors will be treated to FREE travel on the tram from 5am Sunday as well as a family fun day.

“GCLR has connected our city like never before and it’s incredibly exciting to have the second stage ready to go,” Newly-elected Assistant Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said.

“I want to invite Gold Coasters and visitors alike to come down on Sunday, ride the G for free and enjoy a great day out.

“There will be face-painting, food stalls and goodie bags and the opportunity to be one of the first people ever to ride our new trams.”

Minister for Transport Mark Bailey said that from Sunday commuters would be able to travel from Helensvale right through to Broadbeach.

“This is a new chapter for Queensland – seamlessly linking our two biggest cities for the first time,” Mr Bailey said.

“Stage Two will mean an easy, one-transfer journey between Brisbane and the Gold Coast through Helensvale station.”

Testing on the new 7.3 kilometre light rail extension has been ongoing since September. G:link was initially expected to start passenger services in late December / early 2018, however is well ahead of schedule.

Free launch activities will run from 6.00am until 2.00pm on Sunday 17 December at:
• Helensvale station (official opening event)
• Parkwood station
• Parkwood East station
• Gold Coast University Hospital station (GCUH)



The world globe at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast

WATCH: Dreamworld has you covered this festive season!

Dreamworld is celebrating the festive season and school holidays with a great season pass offer, a fun park after dark event and a special performance by The Wiggles!

Watch the video below to find out more:

What: On the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift? Why not purchase a Season Pass for your loved one, friend or colleague!  A season pass will give you unlimited entry to Dreamworld including WhiteWater World and SkyPoint Observation Deck until Christmas Eve 2018!!
Cost: For a limited time only, adults are at kids prices with the season pass on sale for just $79.
When: On sale until December 24 2017.
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What: Celebrate the silly season at Dreamworld;s Park after Dark: Family Christmas this Friday! Brave the adrenalin-pumping thrill rides blindfolded, walk-through the seriously hair-raising scare attraction Zombie Evilution and get competitive on the free FlowRider or V8 Supercar Simulators. Plus there will be loads of festive activities to enjoy during the night.
Cost: General admission tickets start at $29.99 per person.
When: Friday, 15 December 2017 | 6:30pm-10pm
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What: Australia’s favourite children’s performers, The Wiggles, return to Dreamworld this Friday to perform a stage show. Join Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony and sing along to all the Wiggles’ greatest hits, as well as a few Christmas favourites. Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword are all set to make an appearance too!
Cost: The show is included in admission price.
When: Friday, 15 December 2017 | Gates will open at 9.30am, so get in early to secure a prime position!
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This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Dreamworld


Jessica Mauboy to represent Australia at Eurovision 2018!

Pop superstar Jessica Mauboy has been announced as Australia’s representative for Eurovision 2018.

The popular song contest, which will be broadcast on SBS from May 9 to 13 next year, will be held in Lisbon, Portugal.

It will not be the first time Mauboy has performed on a Eurovision stage, in 2014 she was invited to Denmark to perform during the music competition’s interval.

The 28-year-old said she was so excited and honoured to be representing her country at a competitive level.

“I HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS!!! In 2018, I will be representing Australia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest!!” Mauboy tweeted.

“I will sing my heart out for Australia, I’m so proud to be officially representing my country and a little bit nervous — mainly about the dress!”

It will be the fourth year Australia has competed in Eurovision.

Last year Dami Im fell just short of winning the Song Contest, coming in a close second.

Honey Birdette Youtube Ad

Christmas comes early for scandalous bra brand

Christmas is almost upon us! Which means, it’s time to sort through the onslaught of outraged articles, memes and Facebook posts about Christmas-related outrages.

The latest one to grab attention: Honey Birdette.

For those who aren’t in the know, it’s a lingerie chain. They often feature racy images of lingerie-clad ladies in their store windows, but their Christmas merchandising has gone TOO FAR, according to some upset corners of the internet.

The latest window (un?) dressing from the brand has kicked up a fuss because it features Santa snapping the suspenders of a saucily dressed model. And people are UP IN ARMS.

“Disturbing and predatory,” one commenter on Facebook called it.

“Just wrong,” said another. “Take your shops up the Cross [Sydney’s famed red light district] where they belong.”

A quick glance at the image shows that, well, yes, it’s pretty appalling. It’s not something that kids should see.

That said…

I think Honey Birdette know exactly what they’re doing.

I think they are quite pleased to be seeing people getting all distressed and outraged; after all, they’re enjoying loads of free media coverage based on the ‘uproar’. They’ve already appeared on Sunrise.

I think they’re no strangers to controversy – a long-running petition asking for them to tone down their pornographic window images has been running for months, and has attracted more than 55,000 signatures.

I think their approach is inappropriate, but it doesn’t sexualise kids. It exposes them to (unnecessary) sexualised images, but it’s not the end of the world.

Lastly, I think that if I was in a shopping centre and saw their store window, I would walk the other way or distract my kids, but I don’t think it’s genuinely a big deal.

Because there are kids on the Gold Coast right now whose Christmas is in far more danger of being destroyed by neglectful, abusive family situations than they are by some inappropriate ads.

And that makes me way more upset than this ‘Christmas outrage’.

To spread some cheer to Gold Coasters in need this Christmas, consider supporting one of the following amazing causes:

Rosies – Friends on the Street
Act for Kids
The Smith Family

Broadbeach Country Music Festival

Broadbeach Country Music Festival announces name change

The Broadbeach Country Music Festival has today announced a name change, with the popular event to now be known as the Groundwater Country Music Festival.

According to festival organisers, the name change and rebrand reflects the event’s status as Australia’s fastest growing country music festival, with attendance numbers increasing by 77% this year to 54,000 people.

In a media statement released today, Broadbeach Alliance CEO Jan McCormick said: “We have been watching this musical genre closely on a global landscape and felt now is the right time to introduce a new brand signifying that we are ready to take the strength of this festival even further.”

“We have been blown away by the growth of this festival on the Gold Coast; in just five short years it has become one of the biggest music festivals of its genre in Australia and is a must do on the events calendar for music lovers and artists. Our small team are very experienced in producing events and we understand how pivotal artist programming is to keep surprising and delighting our loyal attendees whilst opening the door for first timers.”

The name Groundwater is reflective of Australia’s unique culture, drawing from both the Aboriginal people’s close spiritual connection with the groundwater, as well as the farming community’s reliance on groundwater for survival. Groundwater reflects the innate culture of the Australian people who use the rivers, lakes, streams, and oceans as a central part of life. Groundwater is the common denominator in bringing people together.

The Groundwater Country Music Festival will be held in Broadbeach on July 27-29 2018. Stay tuned for an announcement of next year’s line-up.