Nine News Brisbane profiles man driving in Cootha Classic car race

When an iconic motorsport race returns to Brisbane's Mount Coot-tha for the first time in five years, untold stories of Queensland's rich motorsport history are unearthed. Alan 'Hammer' Bloore is just one of them. Click to watch. 

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

BG Consulting services: public relations strategy, media engagement

BG Consulting welcomes new client as Cootha Classic returns to Mt Coot-tha as Brisbane's Festival of Motorsport

Brisbane's entertainment calendar is set to ignite later year with the announcement one of Queensland's most historic motorsport events is being revived in September. 

BG Consulting is delighted to team up with the guys at AusGarage and TPR Media to deliver the PR and communications program for the 2015 Cootha Classic - Brisbane's Festival of Motorsport. 

The event will see over 100 of the country's rarest and most expensive premium and classic vehicles ignite the city's famous mountain and will also ensure plenty of action off the track with boutique food and drink stalls, interactive displays, live entertainment and fireworks. The race will also be streamed live online. 

Following the initial media announcement of the return of the Cootha Classic, BG Consulting's dedicated PR program delivered 42 news mentions across broadcast, print and online reaching more than 5 million people. 

Cootha Classic event director James Payne with V8 supercar driver and event ambassador Warren Luff at the Cootha Classic launch. March 18, 2015. (Photo: Scott Nelson, TPR Media). 

Cootha Classic event director James Payne with V8 supercar driver and event ambassador Warren Luff at the Cootha Classic launch. March 18, 2015. (Photo: Scott Nelson, TPR Media). 

The festival will coincide with Father's Day weekend and the opening day of Brisbane Festival. If you're interested in event sponsorship, exhibiting at the event or entering into one of the race categories, visit the Cootha Classic website

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. 

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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

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.