The Gold Coast’s newest alfresco dining precinct – Australia Fair Metro – is gearing up for a huge launch party this Saturday.
General Manager Ramon Otten says the precinct, which has been in development since 2014, is now ready to showcase itself with acrobats, contortionists, fire twirlers and exotic snake charmer Madusa – plus an international smorgasboard of food and beverages.
“It’s going to be a great family day,” he said.
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“We’ve got lots of entertainment, lots of street performers, a couple of bands who are going to be playing for us down here.
And, now that all of the stores are officially open, he says all the restaurants on the street will have special plates for everyone to taste.
“It’s…fantastic. The people of the Gold Coast have really recognised that this is another great dining option for them and we’re hoping that will continue,” said Mr Otten.
City of Gold Coast Division 6 Councillor Dawn Crichlow, who represents the community of Southport, said the new Australia Fair Metro was a wonderful new development
“Australia Fair has spent $15 million creating this,” she said.
“And it’s revitalised this western precinct, which is going to be fantastic for our CBD.”
Deputy Mayor Donna Gates agreed.
“The Mayor really worked hard to make this our CBD for [the Gold Coast],” she said, “ably supported by Councillor Crichlow – you’ve never seen a more passionate supporter than [her] for this region.
“This is just another example today of the development of the CBD so that we can have so much more on offer to people who are coming to Southport.
“Especially as new businesses are created here, they’ll be able to come here to the Metro – there’ll be a market here, there’ll be fresh fish available…” said Deputy Mayor Gates.
“And the Broadwater Parklands just up the street,” added Cr Crichlow.
The City of Gold Coast will also have staff conducting a survey on Saturday at the Flavours of Metro Street Party to find out what the local community wants to see in the Southport CBD.
Deputy Mayor Gates asked: “Do they want more events, do they want to see more culture, do they want more restaurants, a variety of food?”
“Come along, fill out the survey and have a great day,” she said.
Saturday’s official ‘launch event’will go from 2:30pm to 8:30pm. 1029 Hot Tomato will also be broadcasting live from the event between 1pm and 4pm – MC’d by their morning announcer, Scoot.
Find out more details about the event here.