9 News Gold Coast commemorates 25 years

For a quarter of a century, 9 News Gold Coast has actually been keeping Gold Coasters notified on regional news, problems as well as events. The initial edition of the tv news program mosted likely to air on January 22, 1996, as well as since then, it has been the training ground for a few of Australia’s best-known journalists and also presenters.

After greater than 30 years in the sector as well as 12 years of providing 9 News Gold Coast, Bruce Paige reflects on his time with the bureau.


“One of the things that maintains 9News Gold Coast so fresh is that we are a terrific training ground,” he stated.

“Household names throughout Australia got their start below and also it’s the passionate young reporters that impress me more than anything.”

9 News Queensland’s Director of News, Amanda Paterson, paid tribute to the Gold Coast team.

“The 9News Gold Coast group were pioneers of regional television information as well as continue to be enthusiastic about giving our devoted audiences the most effective local news flash everyday,” Paterson stated.

This Saturday, 9 News Gold Coast commemorates this outstanding milestone with a special documentary to air at 5.30 pm on Nine.

It will certainly feature some incredible neighborhood newspaper article from the past, in addition to home names consisting of Karl Stefanovic and Leila McKinnon.

25 Years Of 9 News Gold Coast will certainly broadcast Saturday 27 February at 5:30 pm on Nine.

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Gold Coast pet instructors– as well as their good friends!– starring on the big as well as small screen

From Toto in The Wizard of Oz to Australia’s own Skippy, animals have actually starred in display productions of all shapes and sizes.

And also with the Gold Coast’s display sector flourishing, the spotlight has actually landed on skilled regional trainers who make movie magic happen with the creatures in their treatment.

The region has a long history with pets on movie– the US fantasy series Beastmaster as well as a reboot of the legendary dolphin program Flipper were shot right here in the 1990s.

UK-born Paul Mander trained the celebrity eagle on all 3 periods of Beastmaster; it was his very first a work in the Australian film industry and he’s been based on the Gold Coast because.

“It’s remarkable how much the local movie market has actually developed from after that,” says Mander, who’s skilled birds for several high-profile movies, consisting of the 2019 Storm Boy remake.

“And a great deal of the team I met back on Beastmaster are currently working on huge movies around the country– I see them at all times.”

Gold Coast pet instructors have actually likewise dominated overseas.

Local Zelie Bullen, that’s worked as feat motorcyclist and canine as well as horseman on a big variety of Australian productions, was a horse trainer on Steven Spielberg’s Warhorse.

Paul as well as Penguin

On his most recent movie, Penguin Bloom starring Naomi Watts, Mander trained 8 birds to play the title personality– a magpie named Penguin.

“The movie truly flaunted magpies’ clever and also spirited side,” claims Mander, “it’s wonderful to see that on movie rather than them jumping bicyclists.”

Mander matured around birds– his father was an enthusiastic falconer– and also the family pastime quickly became a job.

Not long prior to his 1997 relocate to Australia, he educated a Snowy Owl and also Snow Geese for David Attenborough’s Natural World series.

As well as to get his birds ready for activity on a busy film set (they can error fluffy boom microphones for victim!), Mander puts film gear, and even a cardboard “cam” on a tripod, around his aviary.

Alongside movie and television bookings, Mander runs the Broadwings Raptor Training Centre at Nerang, a residential or commercial property he shows more than 60 parrots, owls, eagles, falcons, magpies and macaws.

He also set up the bird show at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and helped design their Birds of Prey Aviary, together with consulting work for most of Australia’s zoos and wild animals parks.

He’s even educated an eagle and owlet to fly down the aisle as well as deliver wedding event rings.

Four-Legged Film Stars

Outback Spectacular’s Equine Manager and pet fitness instructor Heidi Mackay got her showbiz break straight from high school– wrangling horses on the 1995 western In Pursuit of Honour.

It included greater than 300 steeds, is still the biggest horse movie shot in Australia, and presented Mackay to her advisor– flick pet training tale Paul ‘Sled’ Reynolds.

At Outback Spectacular– Australia’s only online equine program– she as well as her “fantastic” group take care of 60 steeds as well as a set of red kelpies: Red as well as Oi.

Now mum to a (human) household, Mackay now decides on her work in movie and also TELEVISION– that includes The X-Files and also Beastmaster– yet likes the unusual imaginative challenges of TV commercials.

On a big-budget 2019 business, one of her favorite horses– Pretty Boy– got to “race” a V8 Supercar along a closed-off road in the Brisbane CBD.

“And the camera automobile was competing beside him beyond so we needed to maintain him exceptionally tranquil as well …

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Life of a Lifeguard: Warren Young on 47 years of browse, sun and saving lives

After 47-years on the job, conserving numerous lives, and also developing Gold Coast coastlines as several of the world’s most safe, Chief Lifeguard Warren Young is hanging up the binoculars.

At 71 years old, Warren Young is one of the City’s lengthiest serving employees and also a lot of acknowledged Gold Coast citizens, in charge of supervising the largest professional lifeguard service in Australia.

On the cusp of retirement, Warren reflects upon his renowned profession, attributing his successes to teamwork, a positive attitude, and having plenty of laughs along the way.

“Having a lot of duty is a terrifying point. You’ve got to be severe in the task– but you can’t take yourself too seriously,” says Warren.

There’s enough individuals checking out the clouds, but I’m checking out the blue sky.”

Warren Young, Chief Lifeguard

Exchanging the city for the sea

Born in 1950, Warren was increased in Brisbane as well as left senior high school in Grade 10 to pursue a profession in telecoms.

“I used to find down to the Gold Coast to surf with my friends. It was a friend who persuaded me to sign up with the Miami Surf Club as a volunteer in 1968. Standing up early and being able to swim, tossed in with a bit of discipline and competitors– I just required to it,” claims Warren.

One day, there was a task opening as a lifeguard at Burleigh Heads. I was operating in the heart of Brisbane and also I knew I didn’t want to remain operating in the city. When I obtained the job, people were amazed I was leaving a great protected task– however I actually liked the ocean, and the Gold Coast was an actually occurring place for a young person.”

In 1975, simply 2 years later on, Warren was promoted to the top work of Chief Lifeguard.

“I remember feeling great in my capability in the sea and I assumed– I can do this. I had determined I wanted to pursue this as a career.”

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Meet the Bills Family

When Gold Coast wellness worker Marian Bills as well as her partner Kevin were elevating their five youngsters, there were already indications that they could be adhering to in their mommy’s specialist steps.

“I made use of to work in a huge aged card facility in [Sydney’s] north coastlines,” Marian remembers. “The children used to come after school and also hang out with the residents.

“I think that might have been the start of some type of recognition of health care for them, as well as wishing to aid.”

Fast onward a couple of years, and also the Bills Family offspring– Sally, Gemma, Lisa, Lucy as well as Sean (along with Sean’s other half Jess), are all used in healthcare. In the Gold Coast University Hospital, actually.

Lisa, described by her mommy as “extremely loving” and “caring”, is a Registered Nurse, that reduced her teeth in paediatrics before moving right into cardiology. Initially, she wasn’t certain exactly how she would deal dealing with sick children, but once she started the job, Lisa “dropped in love” with the duty.

“Kids are amazing,” claims Lisa. “It made me value that family is everything.”

Now, Lisa operates in the cardiology division she refers to as “state-of-the-art”, caring for individuals with a variety of heart conditions.

Sean Bills picked his future career at a young age, telling Marian’s that he was mosting likely to come to be a physician so he can ensure his sister Lucy’s bleeding, eczema-covered hands would certainly “obtain all much better”.

Now a medical professional in the emergency department, Sean takes his mom’s lessons to collaborate with him daily.

“One of the things mother constantly did inform me was respect your registered nurses and also be courteous,” he says.

Especially in locations like emergency situation [which are] high stress and anxiety, you’ve got to trust each various other. Clients require team approaches, and also ED’s a group.”

Lucy is now a Nurse Educator, additionally working in the busy emergency situation department alongside her sibling and various other two sisters Sally and Gemma, both Registered Nurses. It went to about the age of 16 That Lucy began thinking nursing was the profession for her.

“One of the things I constantly educate is I don’t believe you ought to ever attempt to separate who you are as a person from your task as a registered nurse,” she explains.

“Everyone’s variation of an emergency situation is different. You don’t recognize their tale, you don’t understand what’s made them get to that point of their life or what’s led them there, so always place on your own in their footwear.”

Gold Coast Health lately got worldwide attention for nursing and also midwifery by coming to be the initial complete health and wellness service in Australia to obtain the respected Magnet Recognition, the greatest national honour for nursing quality.

” [It’s] a big recognition of the job that registered nurses do,” describes Sean, “and also an extremely uncommon point.”

In 2019, the Royal Australian College of Surgeons additionally stated Gold Coast University Hospital’s Emergency Department a level-one Trauma Service, rating it, together with four others, as one of the very best in Australia.

“I don’t want our ED to simply be a terrific location to function, I want it to be the best area to work,” states Lucy. “And that’s one of the important things I strive for as an educator– that we’re attempting to grow into being one the most effective facilities in the world.”

COVID has certainly put those facilities to the examination, yet our local reaction to the pandemic has actually been …

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Larry Emdur revealed as brand-new host of The Chase Australia

Aussie tv host Larry Emdur says he can not wait to dirt off his glossy game show footwear after being announced as the brand-new host of The Chase Australia.

Channel 7 verified the information in a declaration on Sunday morning, complying with the departure of former host Andrew O’Keefe.

“Everyone at Seven is delighted that Larry has actually agreed to tackle this brand-new role,” Seven’s Network Programming Director, Angus Ross, stated.


“He is the suitable host for The Chase Australia. Australians like Larry. Australians like the program. Together, they are the ideal combination.”

Emdur, that has previously held The Price is Right as well as Wheel of Fortune, said he is honoured to be taking the helm at The Chase Australia.

“I’ve had a love affair with test shows for most of my working life and also the chance to host among the TELEVISION globe’s best formats is exceptionally exciting,” he said.

“I’ve always enjoyed enjoying The Chase Australia and I can’t wait dust off my shiny gameshow footwear, use some ‘game program’ grade teeth whitener and also discover exactly how to say words like pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis”.

The TELEVISION host is anticipated to begin recording his initial episodes of the video game show next month, which will certainly then be relayed later on this year.

Emdur additionally co-hosts The Morning Show along with Kylie Gillies every weekday.

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Kim Kardashian applies for divorce from Kanye West

After months of supposition, it’s been confirmed truth celebrity Kim Kardashian has applied for separation from her rap artist partner Kayne West. The pair have been married for practically 7 years, yet have apparently decided to go their separate means.

An agent for Kardashian verified the divorce papers were submitted on Friday United States time, with the 40-year-old requesting joint legal and physical safekeeping of the couple’s 4 youngsters.


TMZ Damaged the news, with their sources identifying the split as “friendly”.

Insiders claim the pair have been living separate lives for months now.

Kardashian, that fired to fame on her hit reality TV program Keeping Up With The Kardashians, wed West in 2014.

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Get your funny repair at the GC Laughs Festival following month

There’s a funny line-up of organic heroes as well as comical ability headed to HOTA this March for the GC Laughs Festival. Supervisor of the celebration Josh Armstrong said Gold Coasters are well past due for a laugh, as the event returns for a 3rd year.

“We’re hosting five huge nights of real, raw and straight up riotous comedy, with skill from far and wide touchdown on the Gold Coast,” he said.


“The line-up we’re showcasing is really mind-blowing as well as complying with over 8,000 funny fans joining us at HOTA in 2019, we can not wait to see the local neighborhood welcome comedy once more.”

The GC Laughs Gala begins the Festival on Saturday March 13, hosted by Aussie cultural and prominent comedy symbol, Heath Franklin Chopper.

With worldwide sold-out performances, a heading act at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and also Edinburgh Fringe, as well as several TV looks such as Ten’s ‘I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here’ and Nine’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’, Fiona O’Loughlin returns for another year with her new act set to be a showstopper.

Another highlight includes South Africa’s Dusty Rich, who will certainly be completing the festival with his twice sold-out madness indication ‘The Dusty Rich Comedy Circus’ on March 21.

Obtain tickets for your comedy solution at the GC Laughs Festival at HOTA, Home of the Arts using gclaughs.com.au

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Boutique Gold Coast workshops hosts productions of all sizes and shapes

You can fire a Marvel movie on the Gold Coast, and even a Pirates of the Caribbean instalment if that’s your thing.

Town Roadshow Studios’ condition as a display industry capital efficient in holding the world’s most complicated productions prevails understanding.

What gets much less interest is the city’s buzzing network of boutique production facilities, where filmmakers and also content developers generate high-end TELEVISION commercials and indie electronic media.

And the variety of areas has actually proliferated in support of the Gold Coast’s expanding display manufacturing capability.

Fresh data from QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre pegs the local display industry as the fastest-growing field of the city’s economic climate.

We’re “Australia’s most significant local manufacturing center with significant entrepreneurial development”, according to Dr Mark Ryan of QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty.

Discover the city’s best and busiest little studio rooms for Indie movie manufacturers and also content designers:



Never.Ever.Studio (@never. ever.studio)

3/5 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach

Run by Dwayne Fetch, one of the eastern coast’s leading surf/underwater cinematographers, Never.Ever.Studio is set up for filmmakers and digital photographers.

Fetch kitted the space out to meet professionals’ needs: easy accessibility to makeup as well as modification spaces, three distinctive capturing areas, a turntable for product shots, plus tons of backgrounds as well as classic props.

Arising neighborhood makers have made use of the workshop for every little thing from band pictures to style brochures, and Pacific Fair shot their 2020 Christmas campaign there.

Fetch repaints the studio’s 7x5m cyc wall after every booking, as well as also includes the best of his very own illumination set with each hire.

“Once clients see exactly how we operate as well as look after them, we have a tendency to obtain a lot of repeat company,” says Fetch.

Gold Coast Studio


17A Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads

15 Leda Drive, Burleigh Heads

Gold Coast Studio, established seven years in Burleigh Heads, has simply opened up a 2nd place for 2021– a 320sqm workshop alongside Gold Coast Creative House.

Creator Matt McFerran, himself a videographer, built the brand-new area on the very same concepts as his existing 180sqm Leda Drive workshop– producing a facility he ‘d wish to use himself.

He says shopping’s pandemic-induced blowup has actually implied concerning fifty percent of current reservations originate from fashion labels, with high-end TELEVISION commercial production making up the equilibrium.

The room includes a large cyc, lighting truss, make-up and also modification areas, as well as space to host customers.

McFerran also uses stills and video illumination and also tools bundles, in addition to a discount with close-by Fleet Lighting for much more unique equipment.

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New Year’s Eve Event Guide

Slam the door on 2020 with an impressive New Year’s Eve celebration including pals, romping and great antique frivolity.

With numerous venues resuming under COVID-Safe plans, New Year’s Eve is the optimal opportunity to slam the door on 2020 and also ring in the brand-new year with some enjoyable, romping and great antique frivolity.

Here we’ve rounded up a few of the Gold Coast’s most preferred New Year’s Eve events covering events, cruises as well as specialty dining, along with family-friendly options perfect for the entire family.


Mixer at The Island (Cost: from $159)

Party under the celebrities at the Gold Coast’s largest open-air rooftop bar with online home entertainment, immersive pop-up screens, wandering entertainers, unique visitors as well as even more. From 8pm, appreciate a 4.5-hour food and drinks package including premium faucet beers as well as cider, white wine, French bubbles and delicious canapes. Doors open at 7pm and the event kicks on till 5am.

See our occasions schedule to see even more details regarding New Year’s Eve at The Island.

VIP Penthouse celebration at The Island (Cost: from $219)

The VIP experience at the Island Penthouse offers you exclusive access to one of the best New Year’s Eve parties on the Gold Coast. Enjoy premium food and drinks, enjoyment, DJs, strolling performers and amazing pop-up screens, plus 360-degree sights of the Surfers Paradise CBD, coastline and also hinterland. Beginning at 8pm, the VIP experience consists of 4.5-hour food and also costs beverages bundle.

Visit our occasions schedule to see even more information regarding New Year’s Eve at The Island.

New Year’s Eve parties at The Lucky Squire (Cost: from $129)

The Lucky Squire’s two-storey brewhouse at Broadbeach is set to supplant the brand-new year with excellent vibes and blasts with a four-hour food, drinks as well as home entertainment bundle for $159 per person. Early risers can protect a ticket for $129.

Visit our occasions schedule to see more details regarding New Year’s Eve events at the Lucky Squire.

VIP Masquerade Ball at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove (Cost: $299)

Add some aura to your New Year’s Eve at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s VIP Masquerade Ball. Enjoy canapes and a fancy four-course dish plus a five-hour drinks package as well as live entertainment. There will certainly likewise be fireworks by The Fountain Terrace at midnight.

Visit our occasions calendar to see more details regarding VIP Masquerade Ball at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort.

NYE reggae celebration at Southport Yacht Club (Cost: grownups $109, youngsters $59)

Calling all reggae enthusiasts! Dirt off your tie-dyed t shirts as well as crochet beanies this New Year’s Eve for Southport Yacht Club’s “Reggaetta” party. Get hold of a pre-dinner pina colada, mojito or a Caribbean wind before putting right into a four-course Caribbean-style supper. Hit the floor for a bogle dancing or settle back and also kick back as you soak up the chilled reggae beats of songs duo Kulaz. Make certain you look the component– there will certainly additionally be rewards for best-dressed visitor, best reggae professional dancer and also best-dressed couple.

Visit our occasions schedule to see even more information about NYE reggae celebration at Southport Yacht Club.

Golden Globes event at Retro’s Cocktail Lounge (Cost: from $120)

Party like a movie star at Retro’s New Year’s Eve Golden Globes event, where they’ll be vocalizing the hits from the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s all evening long. A three-hour food and also drink bundle ranges from 9pm up until twelve o’clock at night and don’t forget to doll up as there will likewise be prizes for best …

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Gold Coast Summer of Music– The Ultimate Gig Guide

It’s been a tough year for enthusiasts of live music. While they’ve been hit hard by the repercussions of COVID-19, the people, entertainers, fans as well as venues that make up our neighborhood songs scene have actually been cutting-edge in adapting to accommodate ever-shifting limitations with seated, socially distanced and also on the internet programs.

But restrictions are relieving as well as the projection is looking helpful for a summer season of impressive online songs in advance. Get your dance footwear ready. below are several of the highlights we have to eagerly anticipate!

Comments Festival: 3– 13 December

One city, 10 days, 10 places as well as over 100 hrs of real-time songs by greater than 50 bands. Quite essentially, songs to our ears! By the Gold Coast, for the Gold Coast, Feedback Festival is her to reignite the city’s successful music scene. The campaign of the city’s Music Advisory Group (MAG) it’s concerning bringing our target markets, places and also musicians with each other.

The lineup boasts the lotion of Gold Coast’s live songs plant, dipping into locations around the city including Miami Marketta, Mo’s Desert Club House, Vinnies Dive Bar, The SoundLounge and Southport RSL.

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