Destination Gold Coast celebrates the evolution of the city

The Gold Coast’s rich history and exciting future was celebrated this morning at a Destination Gold Coast breakfast at Kurrawa Surf Club.

Speakers Jesse Judd, Director of ARM Architecture, and Professor Paul Burton, Griffith University Cities Research Institute, discussed the evolution of the city while attendees were shown incredible images of the city’s past and present.

Mr Judd, who created the masterplan for the new Gold Coast Cultural precinct, including HOTA, along with the Games Athletes Village, said the Gold Coast’s decades–long search for an identity is actually its best asset.


“The Gold Coast’s most defining characteristic is change,” he said.

“The city has gone through enormous growth and is in a constant search for its own identity. And it’s not a problem – it’s actually the city’s best asset.

Jesse Judd

Jesse Judd Director – ARM Architecture | PHOTO: © Supplied by Destination Gold Coast

“Constant evolution and redefinition is exciting because its unshackled from other historic cities of Australia which are defining themselves in the nineteenth century rather than in the future.

“We now have third and fourth generations of Gold Coasters so it’s no longer (just) a holiday town and there is this deep search for identity and places of congregation and of its own culture.”

Destination Gold Coast CEO Martin Winter says the Gold Coast has evolved right across all aspects of the city’s fabric.

“Everything from business, to health and education sectors, to tourism food and wine and culture has undergone a revolution, especially within the past three to five years,” he said.

Burleigh Heads

Otto Vettner’s coach service on Burleigh Heads beach, circa 1901. Supplied by City Libraries | Local Studies Collection. NOW: The same location, 2017. Photo © Pawel Papis/

As for the future of the city, Destination Gold Coast’s Director of Corporate Affairs Dean Gould told myGC he believes there will be a great deal of growth following the Games.

“We have really put the destination on show. We have a lot of growth in the tourism market and we have a lot of people wanting to invest in the city,” he said.

“The health and knowledge precinct is something that we haven’t had previously that gives us some real depth for serious investors to play with.

“The development of the games village into that precinct after the Games is also going to be a huge catalyst to high-tech investment into the city.”