Too much of a beach bum for the new GC

IS there a place for me in the new GC?

Construction and development is a good sign for any city. It is an indicator that investors are confident and that the future is looking bright. It is good for employment and good for real estate. It helps us attract tourists and big name events.

The Commonwealth Games are only four years away and it seems like our whole city is in renovation mode. As great as the benefits will be, it is a lot for locals to deal with in the meantime and frankly, I’m a bit concerned that I won’t be trendy enough or rich enough for the ‘new’ GC.


Pacific Fair is spending $670 million to make a super classy shopping, dining and leisure precinct. I guess I won’t be going barefoot to the shops anymore.

Jupiters Casino has just announced a $345 million extension and overhaul including a whole new tower in front of the existing building. Am I that much of a bogan that I thought the casino had a bit of a heritage thing going on?

Southport has recently been named our official CBD and the sky is literally the limit at that end of town. High-density high-rise buildings are the order of the day and already the cranes are moving in. I’m betting free parking at Australia Fair will soon be a thing of the past too.

The truth is the Gold Coast in 2018 is going to be a very different city from the one we know and love today.

With our already transient population and reliance on tourism, us long standing locals are pretty good at rolling with the punches but I can’t help mourning the Gold Coast of old.

The more things change and the busier the Gold Coast gets, the closer I tend to stick to home. And I know I’m not alone. Maybe it’s a generation thing but I thought the Gold Coast was the place to move if you wanted to step off the fast train of big city life. A place where being a beach bum was the pinnacle for both the prince and the pauper.

While the invitation has gone out to the rest of the world to come here in 2018, I think it might be a good idea to get a marketing team working on integrating the locals back into the new GC.

What would it take to get you back on board?