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Gold Coast Weekly | Issue #15 |

Did you know Hinze Dam is the main drinking water supply for the Gold Coast region? Read more about our water supply on our website.

Issue #15: Have you walked past our mangroves and noticed an unusual smell? In this week's edition, we're filling you in on why this natural odour occurs, inviting guitarists to participate in Those Who Rock and bringing you details on how you can upscale your business.


Have you noticed the natural odour of our mangroves?

Our city’s lush, green mangrove wetlands create beautiful scenery for a stroll through nature, but it’s that time of the year when you might encounter a strong odour.

From May to November the mangroves drop their seeds, which can result in an odour often likened to a ‘rotten egg smell’, as the organic material breaks down.

This is a natural process and the sign of a healthy mangrove forest, important to our aquatic ecosystem. Several factors influence the intensity of the hydrogen sulfide gas, including the:

  • time of year
  • proximity to mangroves
  • wind speed
  • seasonal factors, such as rainfall and tides
  • yield of mangrove seeds (more seeds results in more organic matter breaking down)
  • air temperature (cooler temperatures disperse less gas).

Learn more about our mangroves by visiting our website.

Hundreds of Guitarists. One Outdoor Stage.

Hundreds of Guitarists. One Outdoor Stage.

Grab your guitars, Gold Coast – registrations are now open to perform as part of Those Who Rock, an epic concert presented by Home of the Arts and City of Gold Coast.


This is your invitation to join 200 community guitarists and play alongside Aussie music icons on the Outdoor Stage at HOTA this July.


Strum along onstage with Aussie rockstars Sarah McLeod of The SuperJesus, Dave Gleeson of The Screaming Jets, The Good Band featuring members of Cheap Fakes, George and Wolfmother, all hosted by special guest Myf Warhurst.

Does this sound like something you’re interested in? See how you can get involved and join in any of the six rehearsal workshops offered across the Gold Coast.


Registration and participation are free. All skill levels and ages are welcome.

Upscale your business

Upscaling your business with Gold Coast Libraries

Thinking of starting a side hustle or wanting to scale up your small business? Gold Coast Libraries’ Start & Grow Your Business can help you turn your business ideas into a reality.


Access a range of free professional resources with your Gold Coast Libraries membership and take your business to the next level through:

  • research support
  • online business courses
  • business reads
  • workshops and events.

Don't forget, we have all your working needs sorted with free Wi-Fi, self-managed print and scan services or you can even use one of our PCs for up to two hours a day.


Whether you’ve got a business idea, a side hustle or a small business you’d like to grow, head to our website and find out how Gold Coast Libraries can help.


Pizzey Park's StreetSkate Grand Opening

Pizzey Park's StreetSkate Grand Opening

30 April, 10am-3pm

This free event will be an action-packed celebration of one of Australia’s biggest and best skating facilities, featuring Parkbowl DJs, live bands, food trucks, sporting stars and heaps of competitions and free giveaways.


Where: Pizzey Park Skatepark, Miami

Cost: Free

Flotsam Festival

Flotsam Festival

1-8 May, various times

Flotsam surf film and photography festival will ignite spaces across the southern Gold Coast with a mix of pop-up short film installations, photography exhibitions, movie screenings, workshops and photo meets exploring the creative side of surf culture.


Where: Various locations

Colourful Minds

Colourful Minds

30 April, 10am to 2pm

Think you have yourself a little Michelangelo under your roof? This art-based activity is excellent for budding artists 4 years old and upwards. Choose from stencils or open-framed posters to allow forcreative painting expression.


Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport

Cost: Free


Road Closure Notifications

Where: Geoff Wolter Drive, between Activity Crescent and End of Street

When: 25 March-6 May, 12am to 11.59pm


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

International Dawn Chorus Day

Set your alarm to celebrate nature’s symphony with our local Gold Coast bird life this International Dawn Chorus Day. Did you know the Gold Coast is home to over 350 native bird species? There are many opportunities to wake up early and listen to nature’s symphony, find your nearest bushwalking location on our website.

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