City of Gold Coast awards Transit Australia Group city's first bike-share partnership

The Surfers Paradise foreshore was the perfect backdrop to announce that Transit Australia Group (TAG) would become the City of Gold Coast's first bike-share partner. 

Transit Australia Group awarded City of Gold Coast's first bike-share partnership at a media conference this morning. 

Transit Australia Group awarded City of Gold Coast's first bike-share partnership at a media conference this morning. 

Partnering with international bike-share platform Mobike and social enterprise Good Cycles, TAG chief executive Michael McGee says the Gold Coast’s model will change the perception around bike-sharing in Australia.

“While bike sharing is in its infancy in Australia, we are excited to showcase how our unique approach can enhance mobility with digital disruption while supporting positive social outcomes for the community through a social enterprise model," he said. 

Read the full story here.  

City of Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate trials bike-share, with (L-R) Mobike's Chris Martin, TAG's Michael McGee and Good Cycles Jaison Hoernel

City of Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate trials bike-share, with (L-R) Mobike's Chris Martin, TAG's Michael McGee and Good Cycles Jaison Hoernel

A fresh spin on caravanning drives Green RV into the spotlight

Perhaps 'green nomads' is a better way to describe the fresh wave of Aussies touring our nation in caravans.

Fittingly, 26-year-old Jack Green is at the helm of the trend as the CEO of one of Queensland's fastest growing caravan dealership groups. 

BG Consulting was engaged to help enhance the public profile of Green RV as they honed in on the growth market. 

Multiple state-wide media stories were generated including in the Courier-Mail - and Jack was even interviewed as part of the Courier-Mail's commentary around the State Budget

The enterprising father-son duo Jack and Carl Green of  Green RV  adorn the page-three 'Good Company' feature in the  Courier Mail 's monthly QBM magazine. 

The enterprising father-son duo Jack and Carl Green of Green RV adorn the page-three 'Good Company' feature in the Courier Mail's monthly QBM magazine. 

BG Consulting welcomes My FootDr and Balance Podiatry to client portfolio

BG Consulting is delighted to welcome Australia's largest podiatry group to its client portfolio in 2017, to help close the information gap that exists among many Australians when it comes to caring for their feet. 

The national network of Balance Podiatry and My FootDr podiatry centres sought the consultancy's experience to help showcase the industry leadership and expertise behind the group and demonstrate the brands' world class foot care offering. 

Activities kicked off with the launch of the inaugural Healthy Feet Survey this month, generating national media interest across print, broadcast and digital. 

BG Consulting helped My FootDr and Balance Podiatry launch the inaugural  Healthy Feet Survey , sparking wide-spread media interest. 

BG Consulting helped My FootDr and Balance Podiatry launch the inaugural Healthy Feet Survey, sparking wide-spread media interest. 

PREVENTATIVE ACTION

After a spate of rock-throwing incidents on the Gold Coast, Surfside Buslines got on the front foot holding a press conference alongside QPS to address the growing concern for passenger safety.

Despite Tay-Tay landing at Gold Coast Airport on the same day, Ten Eyewitness News, 7 News Gold Coast and 9 News Gold Coast all lead with the story and their state bulletins also shared the story with more viewers. 

Here's the story from 9 News Queensland.

Brave hearts take on 7 marathons in 7 states in 7 days

We were invited along to Bravehearts' biggest charity run to protect Aussie kids - the Bravehearts 777 (7 marathons in 7 states in 7 days) - to drive publicity for the event in order to generate awareness for the cause and raise funds throughout the week. 

Simon Maughan and Matt Kohler in Melbourne on Day 3 of the Bravehearts 777 marathon series.

Simon Maughan and Matt Kohler in Melbourne on Day 3 of the Bravehearts 777 marathon series.

Tasmania's Paul Wright fired up when the Bravehearts 777 landed in chilly Hobart on Day 4. 

Tasmania's Paul Wright fired up when the Bravehearts 777 landed in chilly Hobart on Day 4. 

The event captured a national audience with widespread exposure at each stage of the seven-marathon series. 

The event received widespread exposure including this story on 9 News Adelaide. 

The event received widespread exposure including this story on 9 News Adelaide. 

Bravehearts 777 participant Phill Dernee interviewed after he crosses the finish line of the seventh and final marathon at the Gold Coast Marathon

Bravehearts 777 participant Phill Dernee interviewed after he crosses the finish line of the seventh and final marathon at the Gold Coast Marathon

Avoiding unprofessional, uninteresting and unattended media conferences

We saw Malaysia Airlines stage a media conference for MH370 and more recently Maria Sharapova front the media to explain her testing positive to a banned substance, but what is a media conference and why hold a media conference?

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Bravehearts teaches Mount Isa kids personal safety

More than 1400 children were this week taught important personal safety knowledge and skills when Bravehearts acclaimed education program 'Ditto's Keep Safe Adventure Show' visited six schools and two early learning centres in Mount Isa. 

Through Ditto, the Bravehearts lion mascot, the 40-minute live production tailored for children aged from three to eight effectively teaches strategies and skills to stay safe in a range of situations from bullying to sexual assault. 

The North West Star and ABC Far North Queensland came along to Townview State School on Monday to see the show. 

Mount Isa schools and early learning centres are just some of the 150 to see the program in north Queensland this year through Bravehearts Cairns education team which will see 26,000 children this year. 

Having reached 440,000 children nationally since 2008, the Ditto show is gaining momentum with an increasing number of schools and child care centres playing a key role in preventing a crime that will affect one in five Australian children in some way before they turn 18. 

Learn about Ditto and request a visit at your school here

Gold Coast Bulletin profiles Janelle Manders, managing partner HLB Mann Judd (Gold Coast)

(This content first appeared in Gold Coast Bulletin on April 20, 2015. Click here to read the original story). 

As a professional strategist, it’s no surprise HLB Mann Judd managing partner Janelle Manders believes some higher-level, cooperative thinking is what’s needed to get the most of our city.

Janelle Manders has built a decades-long career in strategic planning, risk management, taxation, global business, governance, and financial reporting. The managing partner of the Gold Coast office of HLB Mann Judd Accountants and Business Advisors is also a director of the Gold Coast Suns Football Club and has been chairwoman of the St Hilda’s Foundation and Australian Institute of Company Directors Gold Coast Committee, director/treasurer of Careflight (Qld) Ltd and a director of the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE.

What do you think could be done better on the Gold Coast?

“Being on the Coast forever and a day and advising businesses, I really think that we need to support our privately-owned businesses. There are heaps of passionate people who have got lots of opportunity, but it’s actually being able to make sure that, with the opportunity, they actually do it in the right way to mitigate the risk of what they’re doing.

“We’ve got lots of examples of businesses where the foresight and attitude is amazing, but sometimes they over commit, sometimes they don’t think of consequences.

“I think we could create an environment where we celebrate our successes but we also mentor, innovate and support our businesses.

“The other thing I don’t think we do really well is the interaction between the universities, the TAFEs and business.

“We’ve got some of the best university and TAFE programs here and research being done, but there doesn’t seem to be a really easy exchange of ideas.

“Lastly I think we should be more proud of our city being a linear city and not trying to keep coming up with a CBD.

“Embrace the fact that it is linear and we have this collection of villages that each have their own style and use that ability to be able to separate the different experiences that locals can have. We need to be embracing it instead of trying to be like everybody else.”

In your travels, what have you seen being done elsewhere you think could work well here?

“I love ventures where people’s passion have driven them to do something special and because of that, other people have been attracted to go there.

“There’s this wonderful gallery in Arken, in Denmark — it’s just this little speck of a town and the art gallery is almost on the beach. It’s not a fancy building, but it houses some amazing modern art. You go there for a day, it’s lovely.

“Even the way we started here — John Longhurst built a theme park here. I really think people are attracted by passion.

“I think more of those types of ventures would really give us an incredibly vibrant city.”

What conversations should Gold Coast movers and shakers be having?

“Creating an environment that’s going to help the next generation of businesses to succeed. We need to allow them to have the confidence to have a go, the ability to profit from their passion and the ability to understand the risks of their decision.

“The creation of an organisation that focuses on strategies for the Gold Coast.

“Identifying and rolling issues that affect the long-term prosperity and livability of the city. We all know the potential of the Coast and we all want it to succeed and be sustainable but the only way we’ll achieve that is if we start focusing on what’s best for the Gold Coast.”

Read the full Gold Coast Bulletin story here

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Gyradiko brings traditional gyros to Brisbane

Proud to announce we're working with one of Brisbane's newest venues.

Genuine Greek food is at the heart of this story. Following on from the success of Gyradiko Sydney, Brisbane food seekers are already flocking to Gyradiko Brisbane on James St to get their gyros fix. We're working with influential foodies across digital and traditional media to give this place the exposure it deserves. 

Follow Gyradiko Brisbane at www.facebook.com.au/GyradikoBrisbane

Media launch for Australia's favourite mowerman

As far as good stories go, you can't beat Claude Harvey.

Claude is a 70-year-old grandfather on a mission to help child protection advocate Bravehearts stop child sexual assault.

For the past 10 years he has pushed his custom designed coin-collecting Victa all around Australia to fundraise money for the protection of Aussie kids. He's raised more than $750,000 to date. 

Our work with Bravehearts generated buzz for Claude on the back of his latest mowerthon from the Gold Coast to Sydney, a 1000km feat expected to take 105 days.

Here's what he had to say on Channel 7's Sunrise on the morning of the launch at Point Danger Lookout, Tweed Heads. 

Claude Harvey talk to Channel 7's Sunrise

Special thanks also to Nine News Gold Coast, News Ltd's Gold Coast Sun, APN's Tweed Daily News and ABC North Coast for making it down to the launch. 

It was hard to pass up the opportunity to check out Snapper Rocks just around the corner from the launch. Great swell and shape, and Steph Gilmore was carving up - here's one of the snaps we got. Not long now until the Quiksilver Pro (Feb 27-Mar 11, 2015). 

It was hard to pass up the opportunity to check out Snapper Rocks just around the corner from the launch. Great swell and shape, and Steph Gilmore was carving up - here's one of the snaps we got. Not long now until the Quiksilver Pro (Feb 27-Mar 11, 2015). 

Anything is possible: Ferrari's Kessel Racing calls on Brisbane's Liam Talbot

It's not every day you get a phone call from Ronnie Kessel, the team boss at Ferrari's Kessel Racing. This is what happened to Brisbane driver Liam Talbot after just two years on the racing circuit in Australia and Europe. 

He was invited to race Ferrari's 458 GT3 in the Gulf 12 Hours race at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. He was also told he'd be racing in the car with multiple Moto GP world champion Jorge Lorenzo. 

It was therefore no surprise we got a call from our old friends at TPR Media to drive the publicity for this exciting announcement. We quickly developed the communications strategy around breaking the story to Australian media.

We arranged a media launch day at Ferrari's showroom in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane and worked with mainstream consumer media to showcase Liam's rise to success. 

Here's the feature piece we set up with Fox Sports News. 

This was a great project to round out 2014. Special thanks to Fox Sports for breaking the news, Seven News Brisbane, our mate Josh Spasaro from APN sports for his yarn on Liam, and Stephen Ottley at SMH.com.au

Seven News Brisbane interviews Liam Talbot in Brisbane

Seven News Brisbane interviews Liam Talbot in Brisbane

We always knew Liam had talent racing, but his natural ability in front of media is a reflection of his genuine character. He's an inspiration to many and proof that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. 

We're looking forward to the journey ahead as Liam Talbot Racing closes in on racing the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.