“He’s coming home”: Borobi to return to the Gold Coast after legal stoush

The Gold Coast’s much-loved Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi is returning to his rightful home after being locked up in storage for over a year.

Our favourite blue Koala had been at the centre of a trademark dispute with the Commonwealth Games Federation since the Games wrapped up last year.

But after talks with the CGF this week, Borobi is being let loose again.


The CGF has allowed the city to use Borobi in a non-commercial way at community events across the Gold Coast.

The Mayor’s Christmas Carols is one event where Borobi is tipped to make an appearance.

“Nobody leaves Borobi in the corner, so he’ll be out dancing,” Tom Tate told Nine.

“He’s coming home!”

Borobi’s giant blue koala image was beamed into homes of 1.5 billion sports fans around the world during the Games while merchandise sold out.

It was announced in April that Borobi would be brought out of retirement to help teach indigenous languages at the Gold Coast’s Yugambeh Museum.

An animated Borobi was also incorporated in the Yugambeh Online Language program, which has been trialled in more than 18 schools and 36 early education centres in southeast Queensland.

“Everybody loves Borobi throughout the Commonwealth,” Mayor Tate said.

“This time we can take Borobi to the world.”