Gold Coast Mayor launches new event

AN exciting new community event was officially launched at the Rotary Kokoda Memorial Wall (pictured courtesy of at Cascade Gardens today by Gold Coast Mayor and event Patron Tom Tate.

The Rotary Kokoda Classic, Gold Coast will be walked and run on the beach over 3km, 10km and 15km between the Southport Spit sand pumping jetty and Miami from 7:30am on Saturday 9th August.

An initiative of the Rotary Club, the new event will focus attention on those who sacrificed so much on the Kokoda Track in 1942 while it raises money for Rotary youth-focused activities on the Gold Coast.


The Rotary Kokoda Classic – to be held the day after Kokoda Day (August 8th) – replaces the former Rotary Kokoda Memorial Walk which was held from 2005 to 2012.

“It’s an event for every person in the community, whether they enter as an individual or in a team, with a distance for every age and fitness level,” Councillor Tate said.

“The Rotary organisers want the Classic to become an iconic Gold Coast happening with maximum attention given to the World War Two Kokoda campaign and the selfless deeds of all past and present Australian Servicemen and women.

The Rotary organiser is Brigadier (retired) Rod West, CSC, who was formerly Commandant at the Kokoda Barracks Land Warfare Centre at Canungra.

Courtesy shuttles and Surfside buses will operate on the day and people wanting further information or to enter can email or visit the Rotary Club’s Facebook site.