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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gold Coast City Council

Gold Coast economy is powering
             Unemployment rates the lowest in three decades
   THE GOLD COAST economy is powering on                strategy is working. Regional Labour Force            rate and 4.3% less than Brisbane’s youth                                             In the year ending December 2004, the number
all fronts. Unemployment is at its lowest since the     figures for April put the Gold Coast’s                unemployment rate.                                                                of international visitors to the Gold Coast
1970s; there is very strong growth in the number        unemployment rate at 4.5%.                                                                                                              increased by 19.7% (133,800 visitors).
of new businesses and new jobs; and our                    Our unemployment rate is tracking                    Youth Unemployment April 2004                                      April 2005      Whitsundays came in second with an increase
economic base is rapidly diversifying.                  significantly below both state (5.0%) and national      Gold Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.4% . . . . . . . . . 9.4%           of 11.2% (22,547 visitors), followed by Brisbane
   The combination of these factors demonstrates        levels (5.5%) and our youth (15 to 19 years)            Australia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16.9% . . . . . . . . 15.7%       at 10.9% (82,077 visitors) and the Sunshine Coast
that Council’s long-term commitment to                  unemployment figures are particularly pleasing.         Qld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17.9% . . . . . . . . 12.4%   9.1% (20,176 visitors).
economic development is paying dividends.                  The Gold Coast has registered more than a 30%        Brisbane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18.9% . . . . . . . . 13.7%           Queensland as a whole achieved a 13.3%
   Through its economic development strategy,           drop in youth unemployment over the past                                                                                                increase in the number of international visitors.
Council has focused strongly on diversifying the        12 months - down to 9.4% from 14.4% this time           In the last year, 15,300 new full time jobs were                                   While tourism continues to flourish, so too does
City’s economic base. The statistics show the           last year. That’s 6.3% less than the national         created in our City and 2,600 part time jobs                                      a raft of other industries, most notably marine,
                                                                                                              converted into full time positions.                                               construction, education, health and medical.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   The marine industry, for example, encompassed
                                                                                                                Employed Persons                        April 2004             April 2005       115 companies employing a total of 1500 people in
                                                                                                                Full-time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149,200 . . . . . . . 167,100       2001. Four years on there are 411 marine companies
                                                                                                                Part-time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67,700 . . . . . . . . 65,100       on the Gold Coast employing a total of 4,500.
                                                                                                                Total Employment . . . . . . 216,900. . . . . . . 232,200                          The City’s businesses also are exhibiting an
                                                                                                                                                                                                increased level of sophistication in their
                                                                                                                There also is rapid growth in new business                                      operations, with three in ten (30.9%) reporting
                                                                                                              registrations, with 8,923 new businesses starting in                              spending on research and development in 2004.
                                                                                                              the City last year, up from 6,495 the previous year.                                 In addition, there has been a significant and
                                                                                                                In fact, there has been an extraordinary 876%                                   substantial increase in the use of broadband by
                                                                                                              increase in the number of new registered                                          Gold Coast businesses.
                                                                                                              businesses in the city since 1995 bringing the total                                 Almost half of those surveyed in the Pacific
                                                                                                              number of registered businesses to 37,460.                                        Innovation Corridor in 2003/04 had broadband
                                                                                                                This continuing growth, coupled with one of the                                 internet connections and one in five were
                                                                                                              lowest unemployment rates in the country, clearly                                 exporting their products or services.
                                                                                                              indicates a vigorous and very healthy local economy.                                 Council through its Economic Development
                                                                                                                Tourism, which continues to be our City’s major                                 branch, works with local businesses and the
                                                                                                              employer and economic powerhouse, last year                                       Queensland Government to identify and promote
                                                                                                              achieved the highest increase in international                                    trade links and export opportunities, which in turn
                                                                                                              visitors of any Queensland region.                                                creates more jobs.
      Our lifeguards strive to make
       great service even better                                                                              Community joins with Council
     SWIMMING and playing at the beach – it is
  part of the Aussie way of life and Gold Coast
                                                           Council is undertaking a Risk Assessment in
                                                        an effort to make a great service even better. That
                                                                                                                for Water Awareness Day
  City is blessed with some of the best beaches in      involves looking at how visitors and residents
                                                                                                                THE BENEFITS of Council’s                              saver tips. A Council recycled            sporting fields to nurseries,
  Australia. In an effort to keep swimmers safe,        practice beach safety. Council lifeguards have
                                                                                                              recycled water campaign will                             water officer will be there to            canefarmers and future homes
  Council operates the biggest professional             also met with Surf Lifesaving Queensland to
                                                                                                              be in the spotlight when the                             answer any queries about the              involved in the Pimpama
  lifeguard service in Australia.                       further investigate the whole issue of beach
                                                                                                              Friends of Federation Walk                               program. As well as providing             Coomera Waterfuture project.
     Lifeguards patrol 20 of our beaches                safety. Both organisations share a passion to keep
                                                                                                              hold a special water awareness                           636 kilolitres of recycled water             The awareness day will be
  throughout the year. During holidays, patrols are     our beaches safe.
                                                                                                              day on Sunday, May 29.                                   for the revegetation project, the         held at the Federation Walk
  extended to 42 beaches with lifeguards on duty           Extending patrols around the clock – 24 hours
                                                                                                                The hard working volunteers                            use of recycled water helps               Coastal Reserve, Philip Park
  between 8am and 6pm on weekends and 8am to            a day – is an impractical solution, given the
                                                                                                              have been using recycled water                           further reduce the amount of              carpark, opposite the Seaworld
  5pm on weekdays. Lifeguards also have the             potential costs and logistics to operate.
                                                                                                              extensively for the dune                                 potable water demand and                  roundabout.
  flexibility to start earlier and finish later            By the end of May, Council is planning to
                                                                                                              regeneration at The Spit. Gold                           wastewater that needs to be                  Volunteer planting will begin
  depending on the surf conditions.                     consider a report on beach safety with particular
                                                                                                              Coast Water mascot, Tommy                                disposed of via the Seaway.               at 6.30am with displays open
     However, lifeguards can only do so much.           emphasis on “after hours” patrols.
                                                                                                              the Tap will greet children from                            Recycled water has escalated           from 8.30am and an official
  Beaches can be, and are, potentially dangerous           In the meantime, it’s important to realise beach
                                                                                                              8.30am.                                                  in popularity with almost 20 per          opening at 9am. All residents
  places. There are those who choose to swim            safety is also the responsibility of the swimmer.
                                                                                                                There will be waterwise                                cent of treated water now being           are invited to the awareness
  outside the flags and outside patrol hours, putting   Council is again urging everyone to swim only
                                                                                                              giveaways and information on                             reused. The uses range from golf          day which includes a free
  their lives at risk.                                  during patrol hours and only between the flags.
                                                                                                              better gardening and water                               courses, bowls clubs and other            sausage sizzle.

Facelifts in store for key City centres
  ONE OF the Gold Coast’s most               Council more than $1.3M, the western         public seating fitted. Stage two                      to the Short Street intersection. On the                  lighting, storm water drainage and
popular beachside suburbs Broadbeach         end of the Broadbeach Mall will be           involves similar streetscape works to                 western side, improvements will be                        centre traffic islands with landscaping.
is to undergo major improvement              better linked with the Casino and            frontages on Surf Parade, Albert                      made from Young Street to the Raptis                         Australia Fair Shopping Centre has
works to ensure better pedestrian            Convention Centre.                           Avenue and Victoria Avenue.                           Southport Central site.                                   agreed to a one-off contribution of
access and streetscape amenity.                Footpath areas will be widened               Meanwhile, work has started on a                       New footpaths will be installed on                     $800,000 towards the project, which is
  The Broadbeach Broadway Master             along Victoria Avenue, within part of        major project in Southport, which will                both sides of Scarborough Street,                         costing more than $2 million.
Plan, which envisages a world-class          Victoria Park and Surf Parade,               see new footpaths and street furniture                additional trees will be planted, and                        Southport Commercial Property
pedestrian promenade, is part of the         opposite the Grand Mercure Hotel.            installed along Scarborough Street.                   seating areas will be fitted.                             Owners are also contributing more
Council’s Centre Improvement Project.          There will also be extra lighting            Works extend from the taxi rank on                     A new bus shelter also will be                         than $450,000 with Council providing
  As part of phase one, costing              installed, more trees planted and            the eastern side of Scarborough Street                constructed, along with additional                        the balance.

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     It’s Got 2b Youth Time to strike up the band
   ACTIVE and Healthy – Gold Coast         New South Wales have been invited to                                                                                                       present a varied program that will
City Council’s leading health and          attend with organisers expecting a                                                                                                         include traditional military band
fitness community program – will be        crowd of between 2000 and 5000 for                                                                                                         music, popular classics, music from
making a star appearance at Friday’s       the festival.                                                                                                                              Broadway and even a little swing.
Got 2b Youth festival.                        It has been specifically designed to                                                                                                       Band members, talented vocalist
   To encourage youth to interact and      introduce young Australians to new                                                                                                         Corporal Simone Cocks, saxophonist
get active, Council will set up a rock-    and exciting career pathways and to                                                                                                        LCPL Peta Van Bekkum and French
climbing wall as well as a mechanical      meet leading identities and industry                                                                                                       horn player, MUSN Gabrielle Ball,
                                           mentors from the following areas:                                                                                                          were chosen to perform in the Anzac
surfboard and bull.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Day memorial program at Gallipoli
   There will also be displays and         Fashion: Hair / Beauty / Modelling
                                                                                                                                                                                      this year. Simone was selected to sing
information about Active and               / Fashion design                                                                                                                           our National Anthem at the Gallipoli
Healthy’s upcoming school holiday          Entertainment: Singing / Dancing                                                                                                           service.
program which will be held in the          / Bands / Acting                                                                                                                              No tickets are needed for this
June-July period.                          Design: Graphics / Video / Animation                                                                                                       fantastic free concert on Friday. Just
   Got 2b Youth (G2bY) is a synergy of     / Architecture                                                                                                                             come along and enjoy the music of the
corporate, community and government        Visual Arts: Painting / Sculpture                                                                                                          Australian Army Band led by Major
                                                                                                 Band members sure to be in fine tune this Friday at Miami.
agencies working together to provide       / Photography                                                                                                                              Jeffrey Cocks.
opportunities for and recognition of,      Journalism: Radio / Television / Print          THE AUSTRALIAN Army Band                   held once again at the Miami Great                 The Robina Lions Club will have a
young people’s skills and achievements.    Sports: Male and Female                       Brisbane returns to the Gold Coast for       Hall, Miami High School from 11 am.             raffle on the day in support of their Lions
   More than 100 schools from               For more information log on to               another fabulous free concert this             The 34-piece band is one of the top           Youth Insearch project. For further
southeast Queensland and Northern                               Friday. This annual concert will be          military bands in Australia and will            details, please telephone 5582 8255.

                                                                                         Second chance for unwanted pets
                                                                                           THE RATE of re-homing abandoned or stray dogs on the             will continue to care for the animal until a new owner can be
                                                                                         Gold Coast has increased 50 percent since 2002, and for cats       found. All dogs and cats undergo health and temperament
                                                                                         a massive 147 percent. This is the work of the Animal              tests before they can be adopted. They are also desexed,
                                                                                         Welfare League of Queensland, which cares for over 10,000          micro chipped, vaccinated and treated for fleas.
                                                                                         animals annually.                                                     Each animal comes with a 10-day health guarantee and a
                                                                                           On average 4,000 of these animals are re-homed while             21-day settling in warranty. The cost per puppy/dog is $135
                                                                                         another 2,500 are reunited with their owners. Often dogs and       plus Council registration fee and $68 per kitten/cat.
                                                                                         cats are turned into the pound if their owner can no longer        The AWL also has an after hours ambulance service and
                                                                                         look after them, or they are picked up roaming the streets.        veterinary clinic.
                                                                                           When an animal arrives at the pound, run by the Gold                If you are looking for a new family member, visit the
                                                                                         Coast City Council, it will stay there for 3 to 5 days. If it is   Animal Welfare League of Queensland along Shelter Road,
                                                                                         not claimed within that period, the Animal Welfare League          Coombabah.
                            Looking for puppy love

                                                                  Gold Coast City Council – Notice Board
                                                       CONTRACT NO GCW 178/2005/02 GCW RESTORATION              Gold Coast Water Directorate and will be received up
                 TENDERS                               WORKS 2005/06                                            to 10.30am Tuesday 14 June 2005 (public opening at                POSITIONS VACANT
                                                       Closing Date: Tenders complying with the Tender          the Tender Box, Gold Coast City Council, 135 Bundall
Tenders suitably endorsed are invited and will close                                                                                                                   The following vacancies are currently available
                                                       Documents are invited by Gold Coast City Council -       Road Surfers Paradise) for the following:
with the undersigned on dates specified below at                                                                                                                       within Gold Coast City Council. Application
                                                       Gold Coast Water Directorate and will be received up
the Tender Box Gold Coast City Council, 135 Bundall                                                             Tender Information: The Tender involves a project      details, position description and key selection
                                                       to 10.30am Tuesday 14 June 2005 (public opening at
Rd Surfers Paradise for the following;                                                                          that requires removal of three existing pumps from     criteria are available from Council’s web site
                                                       the Tender Box, Gold Coast City Council, 135 Bundall
                                                       Road Surfers Paradise) for the following:                within the pump station dry well and installation of Alternatively
CONTRACT NO LG314/254/05/075 – ANGLERS &                                                                        two new 160KW pumps with associated electrical         details may be obtained by telephoning the contact
                                                       Tender Information: Subject to the requirements of
SHEARWATER ESPLANADES, RUNAWAY BAY - DESIGN                                                                     work, control panel and new header pipe work,          numbers listed.
                                                       the Contract the Principal wishes to award contract
                                                       works for a period of 1 year with 2 x I year optional    while maintaining pump station operation.              Salary details are dependent upon qualifications and
Closing Date: 9:30am on Wednesday 22/06/05             extensions at Councils sole discretion for the                                                                  experience. A position description must be obtained
Council wishes to appoint a suitably qualified                                                                  Technical Enquiries: Further Details: Fax No
                                                       Restoration of concrete / landscaping works and                                                                 and the key selection criteria addressed for each
contractor for the design & construction of 190        miscellaneous site works for Gold Coast Water            (07) 5582 8982, include contract no and address to
                                                                                                                                                                       position applied for.
metres of revetment walls on both sides of             within the City of Gold Coast. The contract is           the attention of Stephanie Inch (Reply by Notice to
Shearwater canal in Runaway Bay.                       divided into four Separable Portions as follows:         Tenderers may be issued to the supplied address)
Technical Enquiries: Kevin Attwater on (07) 5581                                                                Document Fee: Documents will be available after
                                                       Portion A: Southern area concrete restoration and                                                               Reference no: 0518ES
6211. Documents will be available after 8.00am on
                                                                    associated works                            8.00am on Monday 23 May 2005 at the Customer           Directorate/Branch: Engineering Services
Monday 30 May 2005 at the Customer Service             Portion B: Northern area concrete restoration and
Centre of Council’s Surfers Paradise Office, 135                                                                Service of Council’s Nerang Office, Southport-         Directorate/ Maintenance Services
                                                                    associated works                            Nerang Road, Nerang after payment of a $22.00
Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise after payment of a                                                                                                                        Closing date: 4pm Monday 6th June, 2005
                                                       Portion C: Southern area landscape restoration           non refundable document fee or by phoning
$22.00 non-refundable document fee or by phoning                                                                                                                       Salary: Payable up to $810.36 per week
                                                                    and associated works
(07) 5581 6643                                                                                                  (07) 5582 8751 (an additional $8.80 applies if         Phone: (07) 5581 6630
                                                       Portion D: Northern area landscape restoration
                                                                    and associated works                        express post is required).
                                                       Tenders are invited for all or any Separable Portions.                                                           Gardener / WaterTruck Drivern
                                                                                                                Site Inspection: 10.00am Tuesday 31 may 2005
LG314/411/05-148 A-C – SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF                                                                                                                          Reference no: 0536ES
                                                       Technical Enquiries: Further Details: Fax No             Location: Pump Station A5, Cnr of Via Roma &
VARIOUS 4WD STATION WAGONS                                                                                                                                             Directorate/Branch: Engineering Services
                                                       (07) 5582 8982, include contract no and address          Remembrance Drive, Surfers Paradise. UBD Map 39,
LG314/411/05-149 A-I – SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF          to the attention of Troy Thurlow (Reply by Notice to     Grid M10                                               Directorate/ Maintenance Services
VARIOUS SEDAN BASED UTILITIES                          Tenderers may be issued to the supplied address)                                                                Closing date: 4pm Monday 6th June, 2005
LG314/11/05/-150 A-P – SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF          Document Fee: Documents will be available after                                                                 Salary: Payable up to $659.17 per week
VARIOUS 2WD & 4WD UTILITIES                            8.00am on Monday 23 May 2005 at the Customer                        PUBLIC NOTICES                              Phone: (07) 5581 6830
Closing Date: 12 Noon on Tuesday 21st June 2005        Service of Council’s Nerang Office, Southport-
                                                       Nerang Road, Nerang after payment of a $22.00            PRIVATELY IMPOUNDED: STATION ROAD, BETHANIA             Heavy Plant Mechanicn
The general public are invited to quote on trade-in
                                                       non refundable document fee or by phoning                ON 12 MAY 2005                                         Reference no: 0560ES
vehicles. Trade In vehicles are available for
inspection at Gold Coast City Council Carrara Depot,   (07) 5582 8751 (an additional $8.80 applies if           • One Tan Friesian Cross Cow                           Directorate/Branch: Engineering Services Directorate
Eastlake St, Carrara, between 10am and 12 midday       express post is required).                               • One Black/White Friesian Cow                         / Fleet & Plant Services
on Wednesday 8th June 2005.                                                                                     • One Black/White Friesian Bull                        Closing date: 4pm Monday 6th June, 2005
For technical enquiries please contact Mr. Barry                                                                The above stock now held at Council’s Stock Pound      Salary: Payable up to $719.41 per week
Mulquin on 07 5582 8548. Documents will be             CONTRACT NO GCW 169/04/75-02 SURFERS PARADISE,
                                                                                                                at Stapylton Pound, Rossmans Road, Stapylton, on       Phone: (07) 5581 6830
available after 8.00am on Wednesday 25th May           REMEMBRANCE DRIVE SEWAGE PUMP STATION A5 –
                                                       PUMP INSTALLATION, PIPE WORK AND CONTROL PANEL           telephone No: (07) 3807 3782.                          ‘ C O U N C I L I S A N E E O E M P LOY E R A N D W E LC O M E S
2005 at the Customer Service Centre of Council’s
Surfers Paradise Office, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers       Closing Date: Tenders complying with the Tender          If not released will be sold by Public Auction at      D I V E R S I T Y I N T H E WO R K P L AC E ’ . A P P O I N T E E S
Paradise or by phoning (07) 5581 6108.                 Documents are invited by Gold Coast City Council -       12 noon on Friday, 27 May 2005.                        M U S T U N D E RG O 3 M O N T H S P RO B AT I O N .

                                                 Dale Dickson, Chief Executive Officer, PO Box 5042. Gold Coast MC 9729

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