Woongoolba pool closure saddens locals

Woongoolba Aquatic Centre

ALEX WELLS The permanent closure of the City of Gold Coast’s Woongoolba Aquatic Centre has left locals feeling disappointed and potentially facing a long, hot summer.   The Woongoolba pool, which opened 50 years ago in 1970, has been a … [Read more...]

Debate continues over Gold Coast shark nets

Great White Shark Gerald Schombs/Unsplash

CRYSTAL FOX AND ROSE MANSON The use of controversial shark nets to reduce the chances of shark attacks on Gold Coast beaches continues to cause debate, with many believing the nets are too much of a danger to other marine animals.   The … [Read more...]

Stylish headwear helps women with hair loss

Sam Corbett’s Bald & The Beautiful turbans

HONGYUE WU AND STAFF WRITERS When Gold Coast mother Sam Corbett was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2012 and started chemotherapy, one of the biggest hurdles was losing her beautiful brown hair.   But the Reedy Creek … [Read more...]

Get checked for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BCNA Pink Bun campaign

TAYLAH GRAY Experts are reminding Australian women of the importance of regular check-ups and early detection ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which kicks off on October 1.   Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) spokesperson … [Read more...]

Rebuilt Binna Burra Lodge going strong

Binna Burra Lodge's new Sky Lodges

LIV EINEMO TOENJUM AND STAFF WRITERS Binna Burra Lodge is open again almost a year after the original lodge was destroyed by bushfire, thanks to a strong brand and a concentrated recovery effort.   The Lamington National Park ecotourism … [Read more...]

Donations vital for busy wildlife hospital

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital

ALEX MCKENNA Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world, but without donations and the support of the community the hospital would be unable to keep its doors open.     The Gold Coast … [Read more...]

Universities help fundraise for free legal service

My Community Legal Bunnings sausage sizzle

DINA GETOVA My Community Legal has begun a fundraising initiative in partnership with three Gold Coast universities to help provide free legal services for people experiencing financial hardship.   The legal centre is working with … [Read more...]

Skin cancer sufferers push for sun safety

Beach in summer Photo: Courtesy Lacie Slezak/Unsplash

MADISON COSKERIE Skin cancer sufferers are highlighting the need for increased sun safety practices as Australia enters the warmer months when damaging ultraviolet radiation from the sun is at its highest.   Experts agree that … [Read more...]

PCYC’s RUBY program gets funding boost

PCYC’s RUBY program CommBank grant

SAMARA MCRAE The Gold Coast branch of the PCYC has received a $10,000 funding boost for their RUBY (Rise Up, Be Yourself) program for women affected by domestic or family violence.   The money is part of the CommBank Staff Foundation … [Read more...]

‘The Mowerman’ hits Gold Coast for Bravehearts

Bravehearts White Balloon Day

SAMARA MCRAE AND STAFF WRITERS Seventy-five-year-old Robina resident Claude ‘The Mowerman’ Harvey will be pushing his famed lawn mower from Coolangatta to Hope Island and back this week to help raise money for Bravehearts’ White Balloon … [Read more...]