Road Closed

Gold Coast hinterland road blocked off by landslips

A popular hinterland road has had to be closed off to traffic this week as a result of landslips.

Gold Coast Springbrook Road has been ‘temporarily closed in BOTH directions due to landslips,” the Transport and Main Roads site reads.

All lanes are blocked in both directions, with the road to be closed off between 11.35 AM Tuesday, April 20 through to 2.00 PM on Friday, April 23.

Motorists are being urged to use the Pine Creek Road detour and to allow extra time if travelling through the area.

Crews will work to repair the road before the weekend.

The Springbrook community reported the landslip early this morning, sharing the news on the Springbrook Mountain Community Association.

“In case you haven’t heard, there’s a big landslide just above the Water Trough at the one way and the Gold Coast Springbrook Rd, more commonly referred to as the front road, is CLOSED.

“It’s a tricky slide with some giant boulders that need to come out and information direct from the worksite seems to indicate that we will be using Pine Creek Road (The Back Rd) until at least Friday and possibly longer,” this morning’s post reads.

Gabba stadium set for ‘new chapter’ if Queensland wins Olympics bid

The Premier has confirmed that a billion-dollar makeover is on the cards for Brisbane’s Gabba stadium if Queensland is to host the 2032 Olympic games.

The venue is set to be the centrepiece of the event, meaning it would need to be able to host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as athletic events.

Annastacia Palaszczuk posted on social media this morning, confirming that major upgrades are in the works at the moment, which would involve knocking the original stadium down and completely rebuilding it.

“Potential upgrades would increase spectator capacity to around 50,000 and see a new pedestrian plaza built, linking the stadium to the Cross River Rail station,” her post reads.

“To do this, we’ll need the continued support of all levels of government including the Commonwealth.

“Hosting the Games in Queensland is about so much more than a sporting legacy – it will leave an economic legacy of new investment and thousands of jobs for our state.”

The state government is expected to hold meetings with the Prime Minister over the coming weeks, to get the federal government to sign off on a number of things.

Destination Gold Coast launches massive tourism campaign to lure Kiwis

Gold Coast’s tourism body is on the hunt for kiwi holiday-makers, wasting no time getting a massive marketing campaign into action over the ditch.

The trans-Tasman travel bubble finally begins today, allowing Aussies and Kiwis to travel freely over the ditch without having to quarantine.

It’s great news for the struggling tourism industry on the Gold Coast, with Kiwis one of our biggest markets.

In 2019, over 210,000 kiwi visitors made the trip here, injecting a whopping $241 million into the city’s economy.

Destination Gold Coast is hoping to get back to those numbers as soon as possible, launching a $1.3 million ad campaign to start in New Zealand this week.

It’ll run over a period of 12 weeks, in the hopes of getting kiwis pumped for a winter break on our sunny beaches.

It’s the most money the tourism body has ever spent on a kiwi campaign.

“We know New Zealanders can’t wait to come back to the Gold Coast and they will be welcomed with open arms by our 4,600 tourism businesses,” Destination Gold Coast CEO Patricia O’Callaghan said.

“Our $1.3 million marketing push is the Gold Coast’s largest-ever spend in New Zealand, so the proportion of investment reflects the importance of re-engaging with this key visitor market.

“New Zealand was our second-largest international visitor market source pre-COVID and this is a significant milestone for Gold Coast tourism operators being the first international market to come back online in more than a year.

“Quarantine-free flights kick-off this week and with the inclusion of the new Qantas Gold Coast-Auckland service supplying an additional 63,000 inbound seat, we have three carriers flying into the Gold Coast and expect capacity to rebuild quickly.

Ms O’Callaghan also expects there to be a lot of long-awaited family reunions, with the Gold Coast home to a lot of New Zealanders.

“One per cent of all Kiwis live on the Gold Coast and we know an annual holiday to our region is a tradition for thousands of Kiwi families who will now be able to flee winter for a sun-soaked holiday,” Ms O’Callaghan said.

“The marketing approach reinforces the Gold Coast as top-of-mind for families abroad and our visiting friends and relatives’ market.

“The campaign will highlight the Gold Coast’s top-rated travel activities and a breadth of lesser-known experiences in addition to our golden beaches, rainforest hinterland, iconic theme parks, alfresco dining and calendar of events,” she said.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has echoed her sentiments, excited to welcome back our neighbours.

“To our Kiwi cousins, I say come and play on the Gold Coast,” he said.

“To see international flights arriving and departing gives us all great confidence that this is not the first travel bubble to expand out of the coast.

“Let’s roll out the welcome mat … just don’t mention the rugby as we still can’t pinch that trophy off them.”

Last week, Destination Gold Coast released a social media video, ‘New Zealand: We’re On!’ in which Gold Coast Kiwis urged their “Cuzzies” to pack their bags and “get over here”.


WATCH: Gold Coast Show set to return in August 2021

The Gold Coast Show is back on for 2021, with organisers confirming the three day event will return to Broadwater Parklands from August 27-29.

CMC Hall of Fame inductee and country music icon James Blundell has been announced as the 2021 Ambassador, with the event also partnering with Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day.

The Gold Coast Show Society President Josephine Tobias said the show will once again be free to attend.

“Our team are working hard to put together an event that ticks all of the boxes of a safe event,” she said.

While look and feel of the show is still in planning, Ms Tobias said it will certainly include Side Show Alley, Show Bag Pavilion, Stallholders, Entertainment Stages, Arts and Crafts, Woodchopping, Equestrian, Dog Show, Animal Farm and of course, the delicious Dagwood Dog.

“We are also thrilled to thrilled to have James Blundell as the face of our Show for 2021. Having completed his schooling here on the Coast, he epitomizes the country heritage we embody,” she said.

To celebrate Cancer Council Queensland’s Daffodil Day, this year’s show will be decked out with fresh daffodils galore and daffodils will be incorporated in show activities on the day.

“Daffodil Day falls on Friday August 27, so the fit for us, with the flora link of the Daffodil flower and the ever important sun-safe message is a perfect opportunity to partner and drive awareness,” said Ms Tobias.

Deputy Mayor Donna Gates said this year will mark 115 years since the show was first held on the Gold Coast.

“We all love the Gold Coast show and I know many long-time residents have been going there for decades,” she said.

“It’s fantastic news that the show has a home for the next four years and the best news is – it’s still free entry. Free entry leaves more for the kids, and grand kids to enjoy on the rides and amusement stalls. Book in the dates and get down to the broadwater.’’

The 2021 Gold Coast Show is planned for 27 to 29 August 2021. Entries for home crafts and arts and crafts are open now, and the equestrian and dog competitions will open in the coming month.
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Queenslanders wake to eased mask and gathering restrictions

Queenslanders have woken to eased coronavirus restrictions, after two weeks of wearing masks and limited gatherings.

Yesterday marked 16 days since the Greater Brisbane area was sent into lockdown after a number of community transmission cases had popped up in connection to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

It sent the whole state into a panic, after some people travelled outside of the city while infectious, including to the Gold Coast and to Gladstone.

A snap lockdown of the Greater Brisbane area only lasted three days, but the rest of Queensland was then ordered to continue wearing masks indoors and adhering to strict gathering rules.

Those restrictions have finally been lifted today, with authorities now confident that the virus was not able to spread out of control.

The Premier made the announcement yesterday, that all restrictions would revert back to normal from 6.00 am, rather than the initial midday deadline.

It means all Queenslanders now don’t have to wear a mask while indoors, but they are still required at the airport and on planes.

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Families will be able to be reunited, with visits to hospitals, aged care facilities and disability facilities to return.

Home gatherings can go back to 100 people limits, while outdoor gatherings will go one step further and have no limit unless it’s a music event that requires a Covid-safe plan.

That rule comes in ahead of Anzac Day, where a number of outdoor memorials will take place around the state, including here on the Gold Coast.

However, some events had already taken steps to address the previous capacity limits, including the popular event down at Currumbin.

The service has been moved from Elephant Rock to the Currumbin RSL, with organisers saying it would have been too hard to manage the crowd in a COVID-safe way.

Related article: Qld Government lifts restrictions for Anzac Day services