News

Bleach festival brings in $1.7m

Bleach festival raked in $1.7 million for traders, according to estimates.
Bleach festival raked in $1.7 million for traders, according to estimates. John Gass /TWE200212sway

SOUTHERN Gold Coast traders shared in $1.74 million in visitor expenditure during the Bleach Surfing the Fringe festival last month, according to Destination Research and Development.

It's a figure festival organisers hope to build upon as the event cements itself as a permanent fixture on the Queensland events calendar.

Almost 30,000 people attended the festival over 16 days despite some poor weather.

Festival director Louise Bezzina said she was overwhelmed by the response.

"It was extremely well received and really put the southern Gold Coast on the cultural map," Ms Bezzina said.

Plans to improve the festival in 2013 include consolidating the visual arts and gallery program, reviewing some of the boutique pop-up style events and focus on greater artist collaboration between local and interstate artists.

Connecting Southern Gold Coast chair Murray D'Almeida said the event "exceeded all expectations."

"The confidence of the Gold Coast City Council in supporting this economic driver and cultural festival as well as our sponsors and volunteers was vindicated by the outstanding acclaim the event received locally and nationally."

Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce president Gail O'Neill said it was an excellent figure for an event in its inaugural year.

"It won't be going anywhere, there's a lot of support for it from the council and from Connecting Southern Gold Coast," Ms O'Neill said.

"The traders really did take ownership before the event even started, which is a credit to Louise."

Topics:  bleach festival, southern gold coast, tourism



Mooball plans on the moo-ve

BIG PLANS: The village of Mooball from above.

Big plans for he quaint village of Mooball have the green light

Tweed United gunning for a top-four, finals’ finish

Tweed United captain and top goal scorer Michael Kolovos and his side are hell-bent on a top-four finish in season 2016.

"Our Destiny is in our own hands."

Charges against accused Lone Wolf bikie dismissed

Mark Clinton Atta-Singh leaving Tweed Heads Local Court, cleared of all charges.

Charges against accused Lone Wolf bikie dismissed

Latest deals and offers

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday

Bindi Irwin with a python.

Photos: Bindi Irwin from babyhood to 18

Aussie director makes his mark on new Roots mini-series

Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte in a scene from the TV series Roots.

BRUCE Beresford behind final episode of remake of iconic series.

The Avalanches pull plug on live broadcast of Splendour set

The Avalanches are an Australian electronic music group.

RADIO listeners won't be able to tune in to the band's show tonight.

Who's got Richie's heart all aflutter?

Richie Strahan stars in season four of The Bachelor.

THE Bachelor has found his dream woman second time around.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started