Andrew McKinnon

Gold Coast Treasure: Andrew McKinnon

To the Gold Coast surfing community, Andrew McKinnon (or Andy Mac as he is affectionately known) is a treasure.

For almost 30 years, the former World Longboard Champion worked as a surf reporter, sharing his thoughts on the local surf conditions on-air daily.

Andy Mac is also a fierce protector of our local breaks, and helped lead the charge to have the southern Gold Coast declared the 8th World Surfing Reserve in 2016.

In an exclusive chat with myGC, Andy Mac talks surf, his career and his love for the Gold Coast. Watch below:

Emilly Hadrill

Gold Coast Treasure: Emilly Hadrill

Gold Coaster Emilly Hadrill has been making waves – both literally and in a business sense – in the Australian hair industry since 2007.

Ten years ago she started her business Emilly Hadrill Hair Extensions in a makeshift room at her Mermaid Beach home, offering high quality human hair extensions and application services for local women.

With demand high, she quickly upsized to a luxurious salon in Broadbeach, before expanding across the east coast of Australia and opening salons in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and Melbourne’s South Yarra.

In an exclusive chat with myGC, the hair extension queen reveals how she has grew her business into a national brand and what her plans are for the future. Watch below:

Kenton Campbell

Gold Coast Treasure: Kenton Campbell

Kenton Campbell is the Gold Coast’s coffee king!

Back in 1996 he used a $9000 personal loan to open a roasting house on the backstreets of Southport  – and Zarraffa’s Coffee was born.

Now, 20 years later, Kenton has managed to grow the privately-owned company into a franchise operation that includes more than 76 stores across Queensland, northern NSW and WA.

In an exclusive chat with myGC, Kenton reveals what drove him to start Zarraffa’s Coffee, his tools for success, and what his plans are for the future. Watch below:


Bikash Randhawa

Gold Coast Treasure: Bikash Randhawa

Back in 1995, Bikash Randhawa managed to convince the HR Manager at Sea World Resort to give him a job as a casual waiter despite having no experience.

It was a lucky break for Bikash, and a decision the team at Village Roadshow Theme Parks would not regret.

Bikash worked tirelessly to impress his employers and eventually managed to work his way up the ranks to achieve the top job as General Manager of Sea World Resort in 2011.

His rise up the corporate ladder did not stop there, with Bikash named Executive General Manager Marketing and Sales Sea World Resort and New Business Development for Village Roadshow Theme Parks earlier this year.

In an exclusive chat with myGC, Bikash reveals details about his incredible rise to the top. Watch below:

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!