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Gold Coast Weekly | Issue #42 | White Ribbon Day

Are you an artist or part of an arts organisation on the Gold Coast? Read on for details on our Creative Tourism Grants.

Issue #42: In this week's edition, how you can make a stand against domestic and family violence this White Ribbon Day, last call for artists and art organisations to apply for Creative Tourism Grants, and switching up your daily commute with free Hopo travel.

White Ribbon Day

Standing together against domestic and family violence

Next Friday 19 November marks White Ribbon Day - an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of domestic and family violence, and changing the attitudes and behaviours that support or excuse it.

Sadly, domestic and family violence continues to be a significant issue in our community. It can affect anyone and is not limited to just physical abuse - it can include threats, intimidation, and abuse that can be physical, verbal, emotional, social, economic and sexual. 

If you or someone you know requires support, help is available:

Creative Tourism Grants

Creative Tourism Grants closing soon

If you're an adventurous tourism operator, bright local artist, arts business or a visionary, let our city be your canvas and help enrich creative tourism on the Gold Coast.


Our Creative Tourism Grants funding program is designed to support the creation of diverse and unique arts products, projects and events that connect with our tourism sector.

If you have an idea, platform or product that will expand the range of creative tourism experiences for visitors and locals, see how funding can bring your creative project to life.


Visit our website to find more information on eligibility and the application process. Be quick, applications close 15 November.

Hopo free commuter travel

Hop around the Gold Goast waterways for free with Hopo

Want to switch up your commute to and from study and work? For a limited time, you can travel around the Gold Coast waterways for free with Hopo Commuter Trial.


Running until 30 November, the trial will include free travel on an extended timetable from 7am-9am and 5pm-7pm between Monday and Friday across the entire ferry network (including the new HOTA Express service). With timetabling aligned to the broader public transport network, avoid peak hour travel congestion and link up your bus trip or light rail journey.


No bookings are required, simply meet the ferry at one of five stops across the city including Surfers Paradise, HOTA, Marina Mirage, Broadwater Parklands and Sea World.


Groundwater Country Music Festival

Groundwater Country Music Festival

12 to 14 November, 12pm-10pm

The annual three day beachside music festival is back. Immerse in culture and listen to country music performers throughout the streets, bars, parks, venues and restaurants of Broadbeach.


Where: Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Cost: Free

Frog ID Week

Frog ID Week

12 to 21 November

Join the froggy fun by taking part in Frog ID Week - Australia's largest frog count. Use the free FrogID app on a smart phone to record frog calls and experts will identify the frog species.


Where: Various locations

Cost: Free

Pimpama parkrun

Pimpama parkrun

13 November, 7am-8am

Join this free weekly, electronically timed 5 km run/walk session for all ages and fitness levels. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced runner - come along for a fun walk, jog or run.


Where: Gainsborough Greens, Pimpama
Cost: Free


Road Closure Notifications

Where: Bowden Court between Riverview Road and Warrener Street (half road closure)

When: 12 to 26 November, 7am-4pm

To view all the road closures taking place on the Gold Coast visit our Media Centre or Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Safer Suburbs Award winners announced

After 25 nominations received, Gold Coast’s everyday heroes have been recognised for their valuable contributions to our community. Head to our website to learn about the dedicated  recipients of the Individual, Not-for-profit group, Project and Business and bonus Meritorious Awards.

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