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CHINA FLYING DIRECT TO GOLD COAST

Jetstar flights direct from China to Coolangatta have been described as a “game changer” for the Coast. The landmark deal- the biggest tourism announcement in years- is likely to bring tens of thousands of extra visitors each year.   Read More »

BANNED CHINESE SWIMMER TRAINING AT PALM BEACH

Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang is back training on the Gold Coast, despite being told he’s not welcome. Sun was barred from training in Australia earlier this month after testing positive for a banned substance in May. It’s understood the 23-year-old has been training in the public lane at Palm Beach Currumbin under former Miami assistant coach Brian Kenney. Sun’s ban was initially kept under wraps by the Chinese swimming administration, who only issued the Olympic champion with a three month ban. Chinese officials defended the ban saying they don’t believe Sun intended to cheat. The world anti-doping association is currently reviewing the case. Read More »

TWEED LONGBOARDER CLAIMS MAIDEN WORLD TITLE

After finishing runner up in the World Longboard Championships four years in a row, Chelsea Williams has finally claimed her maiden world title. Williams defeated long time rival Kelia Moniz, in near perfect three foot waves in China. The Tweed coast surfer fought back after a shaky start to claim the win by a point-zero-two. Read More »

NEW PUSH TO GET MORE CHINESE SURFING ON THE GOLD COAST

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A campaign has been launched to attract more Chinese board-riders to the Gold Coast. A local surf organisation believes, it has the potential to inject billions of dollars into the local economy. The move comes as the growing super-power launches its first national surfing team. Read More »

‘FLOATING HOTEL’ CONTENTIOUS PROPOSAL FOR BROADWATER

First, it was a cruise ship terminal… Now, an extravagant ‘floating hotel’ has been proposed for the Broadwater. The pearl-shaped high-rise would come complete with a shopping centre, dining precinct and possbly a casino. But critics are shaking their heads, branding the design ‘gauche’. Read More »

NEW VISAS TO BRING MORE CHINESE TO THE GOLD COAST

Wealthy Chinese tourists will now be lured to the Gold Coast, thanks to a new VISA starting next year. For the price of a small development, investors can buy residency.. And a slice of heaven. Read More »

ALLEGED STEROID SMUGGLER WALKS FREE

A Broadbeach man has walked free on bail, after allegedly being busted for importing ingredients used to make steroids, for the second time in four months. Read More »

GOLD COASTER CAUGHT OUT IMPORTING DRUG INGREDIENTS

Gold Coast Police have charged a man this morning, suspected of importing ingredients used to make an illicit drug. Police were contacted by Australian customs this week, when the 28 year old Broadbeach man – allegedly imported a suspicious package from China. Officers intercepted the package yesterday – removing 1.2 kilograms of ingredients, used to make steroids. The man was already on bail – charged in December for the same offence. Read More »

DIRECT FLIGHTS TO CHINA COULD BE ON THE CARDS

It may be a good time to add China to your holiday bucket list with the Gold Coast set to secure direct flights to Chengdu in the country’s southwest. The idea was raised by the city’s mayor during trade discussions with Tom Tate. The flights would be run by Chinese carrier Sichuan Airlines- which already flies direct to Melbourne. Read More »

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