Page 1

FRI 17 FEBRUARY 2017

Mediaportal Report

Airport expansion Daily News, Tweeds Heads NSW, General News

15 Feb 2017

Page 19 • 113 words • ASR AUD 28 • Photo: No • Type: News ItemClassification: • Size: 45.00 cm² • NSW • Australia • Gold Coast Airport Press • ID: 728368849 View original - Full text: 113 word(s), <1 min

Audience 2,519 CIRCULATION

Sydney Airport to decide on Badgerys Creek by May Australian Aviation Magazine

16 Feb 2017 11:44 AM

890 words • ASR AUD 6,090 • Gold Coast Airport Online • ID: 729434626 Read on source website

Audience N/A UNIQUE DAILY VISITORS, N/A AV. STORY AUDIENCE

'Selective' Watpac posts profit despite less work The Australian by Rosanne Barrett

16 Feb 2017 1:00 PM

397 words • ASR AUD 2,635 • Gold Coast Airport Online • ID: 729576529 Read on source website

Audience 131,860 UNIQUE DAILY VISITORS, 2,236 AV. STORY AUDIENCE

Policing of the Commonwealth Games and Backscatter vans QPS News

16 Feb 2017 6:09 PM

Sponsorship Online• ID: 729568986 View original

COPYRIGHT This report and its contents are for the internal research use of Mediaportal subscribers only and must not be provided to any third party by any means for any purpose without the express permission of Isentia and/or the relevant copyright owner. For more information contact copyright@isentia.com DISCLAIMER Isentia makes no representations and, to the extent permitted by law, excludes all warranties in relation to the information contained in the report and is not liable for any losses, costs or expenses, resulting from any use or misuse of the report.


Regional operators to have minister's ear The Australian, Australia, Aviation, Paul Cleary

17 Feb 2017

Page 29 • 599 words • ASR AUD 4,486 • Photo: No • Type: News ItemClassification: • Size: 222.00 cm² • National • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Press • ID: 729523705 View original - Full text: 599 word(s), ~2 mins

Audience 97,419 CIRCULATION

Sydney Airport's costs take off The Australian, Australia, Aviation, Paul Cleary

17 Feb 2017

Page 29 • 537 words • ASR AUD 11,741 • Photo: Yes • Type: News ItemClassification: • Size: 581.00 cm² • National • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Press • ID: 729523706 View original - Full text: 537 word(s), ~2 mins

Audience 97,419 CIRCULATION

Badgerys 'unviable' without support The Australian, Australia, General News, Paul Cleary

17 Feb 2017

Page 8 • 452 words • ASR AUD 4,688 • Photo: No • Type: News ItemClassification: • Size: 232.00 cm² • National • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Press • ID: 729533141 View original - Full text: 452 word(s), ~1 min

Audience 97,419 CIRCULATION

New laws for safety at Games Reporter, Brisbane, General News

17 Feb 2017

Page 5 • 161 words • ASR AUD 60 • Photo: No • Type: News ItemClassification: • Size: 77.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • 2018 Commonwealth Games Press • ID: 729265833 View original - Full text: 161 word(s), <1 min

Audience 47,149 CIRCULATION

COPYRIGHT For the internal research use of Mediaportal subscribers only. Not to be provided to any third party for any purpose without the express permission of Isentia. For further information contact copyright@isentia.com


Projects invest $2.7b in tourism Daily Mercury, Mackay QLD, General News, Jarred Sferruzzi

17 Feb 2017

Page 10 • 272 words • ASR AUD 243 • Photo: Yes • Type: News ItemClassification: • Size: 230.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • Other Tourism Industry News Press • ID: 729532179 View original - Full text: 272 word(s), ~1 min

Audience 7,986 CIRCULATION

Sharks take bite of tourism market Courier Mail, Brisbane, Real Estate, Chris Herde

17 Feb 2017

Page 68 • 223 words • ASR AUD 3,355 • Photo: Yes • Type: News ItemClassification: • Size: 191.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • Gold Coast Industry News Press • ID: 729546021 View original - Full text: 223 word(s), <1 min

Audience 144,788 CIRCULATION

What our city leaders reckon ... Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News

17 Feb 2017

Page 6 • 157 words • ASR AUD 795 • Photo: Yes • Type: News ItemClassification: • Size: 126.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • Gold Coast Airport Press • ID: 729576710 View original - Full text: 157 word(s), <1 min

Audience 24,753 CIRCULATION

Conflict on Spit 'just a mix-up' Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Kathleen Skene

17 Feb 2017

Page 10 • 363 words • ASR AUD 1,509 • Photo: No • Type: News ItemClassification: • Size: 239.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • Gold Coast Industry News Press • ID: 729578231 View original - Full text: 363 word(s), ~1 min

Audience 24,753 CIRCULATION

COPYRIGHT For the internal research use of Mediaportal subscribers only. Not to be provided to any third party for any purpose without the express permission of Isentia. For further information contact copyright@isentia.com


Ball in sponsors' court Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Lea Emery

17 Feb 2017

Page 4 • 391 words • ASR AUD 1,401 • Photo: No • Type: News ItemClassification: • Size: 222.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • 2018 Commonwealth Games Press • ID: 729585398 View original - Full text: 391 word(s), ~1 min

Audience 24,753 CIRCULATION

Calling high rollers Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Jenny Rogers

17 Feb 2017

Page 25 • 493 words • ASR AUD 3,408 • Photo: Yes • Type: News ItemClassification: • Size: 540.00 cm² • QLD • Australia • Gold Coast Industry News Press • ID: 729585469 View original - Full text: 493 word(s), ~1 min

Audience 24,753 CIRCULATION

Buck says there are recommendations to have the number of flights at Australian Airports ... ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, Breakfast, Robbie Buck

17 Feb 2017 5:40 AM

Duration: 1 min 49 secs • ASR AUD 2,361 • NSW • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Radio & TV • ID: W00069387883 Buck says there are recommendations to have the number of flights at Australian Airports and particularly around curfew times. Margy Osmond, Tourism and Transport Forum, was against the proposal. Buck says new information is out suggesting Sydney Airport is lobbying to get more flights. They say the government imposed restrictions are 29 years old. They also say their option to build the proposed Badgerys Creek Airport would be uneconomic without financial help from Federal Government. Audience 55,000 ALL, 28,000 MALE 16+, 26,000 FEMALE 16+

Tourism organisations and private companies have forwarded ideas to boost the tourism ... ABC Radio Darwin , Darwin, 07:00 News, Newsreader

17 Feb 2017 7:03 AM

Duration: 0 min 47 secs • ASR AUD 192 • NT • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Radio & TV • ID: X00069391022 Tourism organisations and private companies have forwarded ideas to boost the tourism industry in Northern Australia. The Federal Parliamentary Committee has received 22 submissions from tourism stakeholder in Northern Australia, point to a range of issues harming the industry, including unsealed roads, outdated infrastructure, and costly flights. Parks Australia has suggested building an underwater crocodile viewing facility in Billabong. Tourism Top End wants a water park in Darwin to rival any in Asia. Meanwhile, the Darwin Convention Centre wants direct flights between Darwin and New Zealand, while the NT Airport want to scrap departure tax for people flying out of Northern Australia. Audience N/A ALL, N/A MALE 16+, N/A FEMALE 16+ Also broadcast from the following 1 station ABC Alice Springs (Alice Springs)

COPYRIGHT For the internal research use of Mediaportal subscribers only. Not to be provided to any third party for any purpose without the express permission of Isentia. For further information contact copyright@isentia.com


Host says that the Sydney Airport and the Australian Tourism and Transport Forum plan ... ABC Radio Sydney, Sydney, Mornings, Wendy Harmer

17 Feb 2017 8:35 AM

Duration: 1 min 16 secs • ASR AUD 2,585 • NSW • Australia • Airline/Aviation Industry News Radio & TV • ID: X00069391233 Host says that the Sydney Airport and the Australian Tourism and Transport Forum plan to make the restriction of planes flying in and out of the airport to be relaxed. Host adds that this would increase the number from 80 planes to 90 planes an hour. Hosts plays an excerpt of Paul Fletcher's, Minister for Urban Infrastructure, explanation to this restriction. Fletcher says that the government is planning to make a Western Sydney Airport to provide additional capacity and to stimulate economic growth. Audience 82,900 ALL, 31,500 MALE 16+, 48,400 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Paul Fletcher, Minister for Urban Infrastructure [excerpt] Also broadcast from the following 1 station ABC Central Coast (Erina)

COPYRIGHT This report and its contents are for the internal research use of Mediaportal subscribers only and must not be provided to any third party by any means for any purpose without the express permission of Isentia and/or the relevant copyright owner. For more information contact copyright@isentia.com DISCLAIMER Isentia makes no representations and, to the extent permitted by law, excludes all warranties in relation to the information contained in the report and is not liable for any losses, costs or expenses, resulting from any use or misuse of the report.


15 Feb 2017 Daily News, Tweeds Heads NSW

YOUR YOURSAY SAY

Section: General News • Article type : News Item • Classification : Regional Audience : 2,519 • Page: 19 • Printed Size: 45.00cm² • Market: NSW • Country: Australia ASR: AUD 28 • Words: 113 • Item ID: 728368849

Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

back

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Airport expansion

ith interest i t t th I READ with the report regarding the expansion of the Gold Coast Airport (TDN, Febr 8). The tourist industry is important to the economic growth of the Tweed Shire but the Tweed Shire Council opposes the expansion. The Tweed Shire Mayor suggests tourists should fly into Brisbane and catch the train south. For her information the last train to Tweed Heads ran in the 1960’s.

She is obviously so out of touch I suggest she take the Hogwarts Express and travel the ‘rail trail’ to nowhere from Murwillumbah and leave running the Shire to people who actually live in the real world. — Brian Elliott, Banora Point

Sh d

li i i d

Page 1 of 1


17 Feb 2017 The Australian, Australia Author: Paul Cleary • Section: Aviation • Article type : News Item Classification : National • Audience : 97,419 • Page: 29 • Printed Size: 222.00cm² Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 4,486 • Words: 599 Item ID: 729523705 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Page 1 of 1

back

Regional operators to have minister’s ear PAUL CLEARY

Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester has responded to concerns about the pressures on general aviation by creating a new high-level advisory group. The General Aviation Advisory Group will come together for the first time at an industry round table at the Avalon Airshow next month. In a clear signal that the group will raise the concerns of operators in remote and regional Australia, the GAAP will be chaired by Martin Laverty, chief executive of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and will report directly to the minister. Mr Chester, a Nationals MP from country Victoria, has been paying close attention to representations by regional airlines and is concerned about the increased regulatory burden on small operators. “The General Aviation Advisory Group will ensure the industry has a voice at the heart of government by providing advice directly to me on matters affecting the sector,” Mr Chester said. “Members have a range of expertise across a wide spectrum of general aviation activities, from flight training through to manufacturing and maintenance. I am looking forward to the feedback and ideas on the future direction of our general aviation sector.” The new w group will also act as a reference body for the general aviation study being conducted by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics. Mr Chester said the study was examining the state of general aviation in Australia, and would identify the challenges and potential opportunities for the sector. “The study is well underway, with the study team

having already consulted with a range of industry associations and businesses across multiple jurisdictions,” he said. “Together with the advisory group, we can work towards the common goal of a safe, growing and sustainable general aviation industry.” The first formal meeting of the advisory group will be held in Canberra next month. The general aviation industry has been concerned about proposed fatigue rules that will put added cost pressures on small charter companies and regional airlines alike. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority last month announced a review of the rules, which it is due to report by September. This is the second time that CASA has delayed the introduction of the rules. Pilots who fly with the major airlines say that safety is being compromised. But the regulatory cost on the industry is also being increased by alarmist concerns about the standard of air traffic control. Airservices Australia, which is responsible for air safety at all of Australia’s commercial airports, is trying to cut costs through a program known as Accelerate. Airservices chief executive Jason Harfield said the cuts to back-office staff were needed to reduce costs. He said the Accelerate program, which will cut 700 jobs, was needed to “minimise the cost burden on Australian aviation while continuing to safely perform our critical air navigation and aviation rescue fire fighting roles”. Airservices has seen an “unsustainable” increase in overall staff numbers over the past 10 years, rising from 2996 employees in 2006 to 4468 employees in 2016. Jim Davis, who chairs

Regional Aviation Association of Australia, said he told the ABC this week that he had no concerns about air traffic control safety. He was asked by a journalist if the cuts would affect regional airports. “I said there is no impact on operational safety issues with the changes Airservices Australia are making. I said that a couple of times. We are happy at this stage because the changes are not in a critical areas,” he said. The ABC reported this week that the Accelerate program had created a “crisis” in air traffic control and it could cause an air disaster.


17 Feb 2017 The Australian, Australia Author: Paul Cleary • Section: Aviation • Article type : News Item Classification : National • Audience : 97,419 • Page: 29 • Printed Size: 581.00cm² Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 11,741 • Words: 537 Item ID: 729523706 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Page 1 of 2

back

Sydney Airport’s costs take off PAUL CLEARY

Sydney Airport recorded its strongest passenger growth in 12 years in 2016, but revenue growth was more than offset by steep cost increases across the board. Investors overlooked the passenger and earnings growth and hammered the company’s share price, which closed yesterday down 2 per cent. The stock dropped 13c to $6.08, down 23 per cent on the high of $7.54 in August last year. The business, which owns Australia’s biggest terminal cash-cow, looks to be maintaining a very healthy operating margin — perhaps one of the best in corporate Australia — yet it repeated calls for federal support to build the second airport in western Sydney. Overall operating expenses rose 14.3 per cent while property and maintenance costs jumped 29 per cent. Service costs rose 22 per cent and salaries 15.6 per cent. Sydney Airport blamed the cost increases on extra cleaning costs and the full year of operation of an additional terminal. It also blamed higher electricity prices. While total revenue increased by 11 per cent to $1.364 billion, and EBITA 10.3 per cent to $1.1bn, the company’s numbers were less impressive when looked at on a perpassenger basis. EBITA per capita rose 2.5 per cent. Sydney Airport benefits from an earnings margin that most businesses can only dream about. Last year its EBITA to revenue came in at 80 per cent, and it has maintained a margin of close to that level for the past seven years. Chief executive Kerrie Mather said international traffic in particular had risen strongly, with double-digit growth in many of the company’s major markets such as China, the US, India, Korea and Japan. “International passenger growth was the strongest in 12

years, with Sydney Airport welcoming 1.2 million additional passengers,” she said in a statement. Ms Mather said her confidence in the future of the business was reflected in the decision to increase the earnings distribution in 2017 by 2.5c to 33.5c. Sydney Airport in 2002 was granted a first right of refusal to build the second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek, now known as Western Sydney Airport, as part of its privatisation sweetener.

In December last year, the government issued a notice of intention to Sydney Airport Group that set out the commonwealth’s contractual terms for developing and operating the airport at Badgerys Creek — a requirement of the right of first refusal provided to Sydney Airport Group. The NOI is an offer to develop and operate the Western Sydney Airport that Sydney Airport is now considering. Announcing the NOI, the government said the new airport would cost $5bn-$6bn and would be open by 2026, regardless of whether Sydney Airport exercised its right to operate the facility. In the statement yesterday, Sydney Airport repeated its demand for “material support from the commonwealth to make it commercially viable”. But it said it was continuing to evaluate the project. “We are continuing to adopt our rigorous approach to the evaluation process,” the statement said.

Kerrie Mather

Sydney Airport Total revenue $m

1450 1350

1250 1150 1050 950

CY12 CY13 CY14 CY15 CY16 Source: SAC


17 Feb 2017 The Australian, Australia Author: Paul Cleary • Section: Aviation • Article type : News Item Classification : National • Audience : 97,419 • Page: 29 • Printed Size: 581.00cm² Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 11,741 • Words: 537 Item ID: 729523706 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Page 2 of 2

back

JONATHAN NG

An aerial view of the site for the new Western Sydney Airport, which Sydney Airport is continuing to evaluate whether to build and operate


17 Feb 2017 The Australian, Australia Author: Paul Cleary • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : National • Audience : 97,419 • Page: 8 • Printed Size: 232.00cm² Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 4,688 • Words: 452 Item ID: 729533141 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Page 1 of 1

back

Badgerys ‘unviable’ without support PAUL CLEARY

AVIATION WRITER

Development of Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek is unviable without substantial government support, Sydney Airport said yesterday. Announcing its 2016 financial result, which showed a surge in passenger numbers and revenue, Sydney Airport said the massive western Sydney development needed “material support from the commonwealth to make it commercially viable” and the federal government’s terms do “not feature any material support including previously contemplated procurement protections and the impact on Sydney Airport”. Sydney Airport was granted first option to develop the site in a 2002 agreement linked to its privatisation. Jeremy Prentice, a partner with law firm K & L Gates, said Western Sydney Airport faced a “funding headache” because its first customers were likely to be budget carriers. “We have seen from other major airport developments that the main users of the new airport … are very unlikely to make any long-term commitments to usage and an associated payment to support upfront development costs.” The concerns raised by Sydney

Airport about Badgerys Creek are unlikely to concern the government, which seemed willing to undertake the project alone when the draft contract was first offered to the company in December. “Should Sydney Airport choose to decline the opportunity to build and operate Western Sydney Airport, the government will be free to develop and operate the airport itself, or to offer the opportunity to other private sector companies on substantially the same terms as those offered to Sydney Airport,” Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said at the time. If Sydney Airport accepted, the contract requires the listed airport operator to build a 3.7 kilometre runway and a terminal capable of handling 10 million passengers a year. The company would also have to open the airport by 2026. “All of the costs of building and operating the airport would be met by Sydney Airport in return for all of the economic benefits of ownership of the airport over 99 years,” the government said. This is where concerns of financial and commercial viability come into play, with the development predicted to cost upwards of $5 billion and unlikely to generate adequate financial returns for at least a decade. Government frontbencher

Karen Andrews said in December that if Sydney Airport were to decline, it would not be “an unexpected response”. “The ball is now in their court,” she told Sky News. “We’ve also made it very clear that there are other options but Sydney Airport group does have the right of first refusal.” Sydney Airport has until May to decide whether it will exercise the Badgerys Creek option. AVIATION P29

‘The main users of the new airport … are very unlikely to make any longterm commitments’ JEREMY PRENTICE PARTNER, K & L GATES


17 Feb 2017 Reporter, Brisbane Section: General News • Article type : News Item • Classification : Suburban Audience : 47,149 • Page: 5 • Printed Size: 77.00cm² • Market: QLD • Country: Australia ASR: AUD 60 • Words: 161 • Item ID: 729265833

Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

back

New laws for safety at Games THE State Government has introduced legislation into Queensland Parliament aimed at giving police greater powers to keep the public safe during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Police Minister Mark Ryan said the new laws would enhance public safety by building on the proactive capability of the Queensland Police Service to meet the additional and unique demands presented by the Commonwealth Games. “The new powers only relate to Games-related public spaces, access routes to venues and transport hubs and links, and will see police able to stop, check and search people and vehicles without a warrant,” he said. “They will allow police to act quickly to deter and disrupt any potential threat in areas of mass gathering and transport. “Public safety is paramount and these new laws for the Games are about keeping the public safe in public places.” Commissioner Ian Stewart said these additional police powers were event-specific and would apply for the duration of next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Page 1 of 1


17 Feb 2017 Daily Mercury, Mackay QLD Author: Jarred Sferruzzi • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Regional • Audience : 7,986 • Page: 10 • Printed Size: 230.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 243 • Words: 272 • Item ID: 729532179

Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Page 1 of 1

back

-Å¡lYÑÈ ‹›àlÈÑ iصÌO ‹› Ñ¡ÚŋȖ

›y‹cl›Yl O  –‹›€ ‹› -’c BÆÆmd 1zmÆÆÛèèŒ

@ÄÄkb´ÇxkÄÄÙææŠLb@Š‘â•kÄXÙÄâ´X •´@Ù

0#2-. Wž™w‰aj™Wj ‰Å Mžž”‰™~ ‰™ ,×jj™Å?™a ?™a Άj 8†‰ÎÅיa?à Âj~‰ž™ †?Å ? gÕ²É M‰‰ž™ ՉWj žw Άj ÅÎ?Îj¿Å ‰™ÝjÅΔj™Î ­‰j² #w g¥Ð M‰‰ž™ ‰™ Ξ׉Ŕ ajÝjž­”j™ÎÅ ­?™™ja wžÂ ,×jj™Å?™a žÝj Άj ™jßÎ w‰Ýj àj?ÂÅ^ ­ÂžŽjWΊޞÂΆ gÕ²É M‰‰ž™ ?Âj Ő?Îja wžÂ Άj 8†‰ÎÅיa?àŲ 0†j ?~י? 8†‰ÎÅיa?àÅ ÂjŞÂÎ ×­~Â?aj Wž™Î‰M×ÎjŠΆj ”žÅÎ ?Î gÕ M‰‰ž™^ ކ‰j ajÝjž­”j™ÎÅ ?Î ‰™aj”?™^ .ž×Ά žj ?™a ?àaÂj?” ‰Å?™aÅ ”?j ×­ Άj Âj”?‰™‰™~ gÉææ ”‰‰ž™² 0ž×‰Ŕ 8†‰ÎÅיa?àÅ

# Â?‰~ 0×™j¯?MžÝj° Å?‰a ‰™ÝjÅΔj™ÎÅ ÞjÂj ž™ Άj M?W žw ¥Õ ”ž™Î†Å žw †‰~† ~žÞΆ ‰™ MžÎ† Άj až”jÅΉW ?™a ‰™Îj™?Ήž™? ÎÂ?Ýj ”?jÎŲ ¼#Ýj Άj ?ÅÎ Îޞ Âj­žÂΉ™~ ·×?ÂÎjÂÅ Þj¿Ýj

†?a Άj ?Â~jÅÎ ­jÂWj™Î?~j ~žÞΆ žw ?™à ,×jj™Å?™a ajÅΉ™?Ήž™^½  0×™j Å?‰a² ¼#™ Άj M?W žw Ά?Î Þj¿Ýj ~žÎ ~Âj?Î ÅÎÂj™~Ά ‰™ ž× ‰™Îj™?Ήž™? ”?jÎÅ^ މΆ ”j‰W? †?݉™~ ? Õy± ~žÞΆ^ j”?™à ?Î ¥y²›± ?™a †‰™? މΆ žÂ~?™‰W ~žÞΆ ?Î |æ±²½ j Å?‰a ? žÎ žw Wž™w‰aj™Wj †?Å ja Ξ Άj ‰™a×ÅÎÂà ‰™ÝjÅΉ™~ ‰™ Άj‰Â žÞ™ ­Âža×WÎŲ ¼+jž­j až™¿Î ‰™ÝjÅÎ ‰™ ? Âj~‰ž™^ ­Âža×WÎ ?™a ‰™ M×ʼn™jÅÅjÅ ‰w Άjà až™¿Î wjj ÅΞ™~ ?Mž×Î ‰Î²½ žÂj Ά?™ Ðæ ­ÂžŽjWÎÅ wž” Άj ža ž?ÅΠΞ

?‰Â™Å wžÂ”ja ­?ÂÎ žw Άj g¥Ð M‰‰ž™ ޞÂΆ žw ­Âž­žÅja ‰™ÝjÅΔj™ÎÅ ×­ Ξ ÕæÕÕ² 0†jÅj ‰™W×aja Άj ,×jj™¿Å 8†?Âw ajÝjž­”j™Î ‰™ ‰ÅM?™j^ Άj jÞj ajÝjž­”j™Î ?Î .×ÂwjÂÅ +?Â?a‰Åj^ Άj ?‰Â™Å ·×?‰ה^ ?™a Άj ‰ÅM?™j ™Îj™?Ήž™? Â׉Åj

0j”‰™?² 0†j ajÝjž­”j™ÎÅ ?Âj jß­jWÎja Ξ WÂj?Îj Άž×Å?™aÅ žw ŽžMÅ ?™a ‰™ŽjWÎ M‰‰ž™Å ‰™Îž Άj jWž™ž”ಠ™ Άj àj? j™a‰™~ .j­Îj”MjÂ^ Õæ¥Ê^ Õ²Ê ”‰‰ž™ ‰™Îj™?Ήž™? ݉ʼnΞÂÅ ?™aja ‰™ ,×jj™Å?™a^ ?™ ‰™WÂj?Åj žw ¥É± ž™ Άj ­Âj݉ž×Å àj?² 0†žÅj ݉ʼnΞÂÅ Å­j™Î ? ΞÎ? gy²Õ M‰‰ž™ ?žיa Άj ÅÎ?Îj²


17 Feb 2017 Courier Mail, Brisbane Author: Chris Herde • Section: Real Estate • Article type : News Item Classification : Capital City Daily • Audience : 144,788 • Page: 68 Printed Size: 191.00cm² • Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 3,355 Words: 223 • Item ID: 729546021 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Page 1 of 2

back

Sharks take bite of tourism market

CHRIS HERDE

CONSTRUCTION of the $25 million Mantra at Sharks on the Gold Coast is well under way. The 120-room hotel is a joint venture between one of Queensland’s largest clubs, Southport Sharks, and leading Australian hotel and resort operator, Mantra Group. McNab and Group GSA are building and designing the hotel which is scheduled to open early next year. Southport Sharks chief executive Dean Bowtell said upon completion of the hotel, the Southport Sharks will be-

come the “complete entertainment and sporting destination”. The design of the hotel is inspired by the undulating site topography and the Southport Sharks identity, creating a striking entry statement for both club and hotel. The reception and foyer are a contemporary take on the Queensland veranda forming a shady connection between the new hotel and the existing club main entry. The hotel forms a part of

the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct which already boasts Gold Coast University Hospital, Griffith University, Gold Coast Pri-

vate Hospital and the Commonwealth Games village. “As a stakeholder of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, we anticipate many medical professionals, interstate business executives, and families will make use of the hotel and general club facilities,” Mr Bowtell said. “We are confident in our capability to also tap into sports tourism.”


17 Feb 2017 Courier Mail, Brisbane Author: Chris Herde • Section: Real Estate • Article type : News Item Classification : Capital City Daily • Audience : 144,788 • Page: 68 Printed Size: 191.00cm² • Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 3,355 Words: 223 • Item ID: 729546021 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

back

SPORTS, ENTERTAINMENT HUB: An artist's impression of the Mantra at Sharks.

Page 2 of 2


17 Feb 2017 Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD Section: General News • Article type : News Item • Classification : Regional Audience : 24,753 • Page: 6 • Printed Size: 126.00cm² • Market: QLD Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 795 • Words: 157 • Item ID: 729576710

Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

back

What our city leaders reckon ... Paul Donovan, Gold Coast Tourism chairman: “The Gold Coast has grown, it is one of the most fabulous destinations, not in Australia but in the world. We are Gold Coast is a very strong statement about what we are and we need to be proud of what we are because we've got it all. ” Adrienne Readings, Gold Coast Conference and Exhibition Centre general manager: “That’s the unique part of the Gold Coast, there are so many personalities, all walks of life, and we all fit in together.”

Steve Ciobo, Federal Tourism Minister: “I think this brand is a key part of sharing the passion that we have, sharing all the great aspects of our lifestyle, the growing businesses, the sense of vitality in our city.” Dale Dickson, Gold Coast Council CEO: “We have a grown-up brand that is fit-forpurpose for the 21st century, based on a very deep understanding of how the world has changed.”

Page 1 of 1


17 Feb 2017 Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD Author: Kathleen Skene • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Regional • Audience : 24,753 • Page: 10 • Printed Size: 239.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 1,509 • Words: 363 • Item ID: 729578231

Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Page 1 of 1

back

Conflict on Spit ‘just a mix-up’ KATHLEEN SKENE KATHLEEN.SKENE@NEWS.COM.AU

SUNLAND boss Soheil Abedian says decades of debate over the fate of the Gold Coast Spit have been based on a “misunderstanding”. Mr Abedian, whose company has paused plans for a $600 million multi-tower development at Main Beach, welcomed the Queensland Government’s progress towards providing certainty for the contentious area. The Department of State Development has embarked on a two-month, two-part public consultation as it considers the $3 billion ASF resort and casino proposal next to Sea World ahead of the state election. The process seeks public input on ASF’s proposal and on environmental and amenity improvements in protected

land on the northern Spit. Within the next fortnight ASF is set to hold another tradies’ briefing for its project, which it says could generate 1300 jobs. The most recent business briefing, in March 2015, attracted more than 450 representatives of local companies hoping to work on the multi billion-dollar development. Mr Abedian said there had been a level of misunderstanding between the community, council and the development sector over The Spit for the best part of 50 years. “In reality, none of the major projects proposed on The Spit interferes with the open space that many in the community, including myself, wish to protect,” he said. “Rather, they are located on existing commercial sites which are in dire need of reju-

venation.” The veteran architect and developer of projects including Q1 and Palazzo Versace said allowing highrises meant developers could afford to use less land for buildings. “Introducing height would enhance community access within these commercial precincts due to the small footprint required, rather than enveloping the entire site and creating a barrier between the community and the Broadwater,” he said. “Sunland’s position has always been that we will honour the outcome of this consultation and planning process, whatever it may be. It is important for all stakeholders to have much-needed clarity and, above all else, unity.” Waiting with Sunland in the wings for results of the ASF consultation is The Star Entertainment Group, which plans a

multimillion-dollar redevelopment of the Sheraton Grand Mirage, which it purchased last month. It is understood The Star has no immediate plans for increasing the resort’s height.


17 Feb 2017 Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD Author: Lea Emery • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Regional • Audience : 24,753 • Page: 4 • Printed Size: 222.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 1,401 • Words: 391 • Item ID: 729585398

Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Page 1 of 1

back

Ball in sponsors’ court

LEA EMERY

LEA.EMERY@NEWS.COM.AU

THE naming rights for Gold Coast sporting landmarks are up for sale, but Mayor Tom Tate says the city will not end up with the Condom Kingdom Stadium. As part of a “value-formoney” initiative by Gold Coast City Council, at least three sporting centres will be offered to sponsors. The council already has received interest from businesses for venues such as the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre at Carrara, the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre after the Commonwealth Games. The Governance Committee voted unanimously yesterday to release these sites to naming rights sponsorship. The Carrara precinct has previously been mooted to be named after former Gold Coast mayor and Olympian Ron Clarke but this suggestion was rejected by the council in April last year. The Community Services Committee instead chose to

name the precinct, near Metricon Stadium, the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre. Potential sponsors will be closely monitored before money changes hands to ensure the suggested name fits in with the Gold Coast. “I wouldn’t want to see

Condom Kingdom naming rights on a hill somewhere,” Cr Tate said. “It’s as simple as that, it has to be tasteful and it has to be reflective of our culture and it has to add value so that people can be proud of it.” More venues will be added to places available for sponsorship as the council decides which areas would suit a sponsor. The naming rights will not be exclusively available to big brands such as Telstra, Suncorp and Samsung. “Let’s say we are doing the cultural precinct and we do another auditorium and someone donated philanthropically, I am happy to name the auditorium after that family,” Cr Tate said. While the rights to name city landmarks are up for sale, the council is also planning to sell parcels of land it no longer sees as necessary.

The sale comes as land across the city becomes a premium, with less than seven

years of greenfield development space available. Despite the growing land shortage, Cr Tate has no concerns the properties might be needed by the council in the future. “We are only selling land surplus to requirement,” he said. Among the pieces of land listed for sale is a block at Robina bought by a former council to build a “super council office”.


17 Feb 2017 Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD Author: Jenny Rogers • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Regional • Audience : 24,753 • Page: 25 • Printed Size: 540.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 3,408 • Words: 493 • Item ID: 729585469

Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Page 1 of 2

back

Calling high rollers Reinvigorated Star rolls out welcome mat for VIPs to Gold Coast JENNY ROGERS JENNY.ROGERS@NEWS.COM.AU

CASINO operator Star Entertainment Group is making a determined effort to lure high rollers to the Gold Coast. Star is rolling out the welcome mat and bringing VIP gamblers to Jupiters casino ahead of completion of highend gaming rooms. “We are deliberately trying to bring more VIPs to the Gold Coast to expose the property to these customers,” chief executive Matt Bekier said. “We will have customers who have a connection to the property when the new facilities are completed in 10 months.” Star runs gaming tournaments and events for VIPs to entice them to return when gaming facilities at its new six-star hotel are complete. “We believe these VIP gaming rooms will be the best in the country,” Mr Bekier said. Star posted a record halfyear net profit of $141.8 million, up 135 per cent, boosted by a near-doubling of its win rate against high rollers. But international VIP turnover was down 11.9 per cent. Mr Bekier acknowledged the arrest in October of 18 employees of Crown Resorts had had an impact, causing Star to change focus. He said the group was looking to counter the dropoff in the China VIP market

by attracting VIP gamblers from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Star also is seeking to lure more “mid-range” gamblers. “At this time we’re not taking any risks by calling on customers we don’t know. We don’t respond to customers we don’t know,” Mr Bekier said. Star Entertainment operates The Star casino in Sydney, Treasury in Brisbane and Jupiters Gold Coast, to be renamed The Star Gold Coast. Star is pumping $845 million into the revamp of Jupiters casino, including a new six-star hotel set to be operational by the April 2018 Commonwealth Games and a $400 million, 700-key hotel and apartment tower which, subject to successful apartment pre-sales, is due for completion in 2020. The Star recently settled on the $140 million purchase of the Sheraton Grand Mirage at Main Beach. The disruption caused by ongoing refurbishments to The Star in Sydney and at Jupiters hit the bottom line. “We had a lot of disruption at Jupiters in the last six months, with 26 per cent of our hotel rooms out of circulation but all of that work has been completed and two additional restaurants have opened. That is all behind us now,” Mr Bekier said. He said Star’s acquisition

of the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort will be a major addition to south-east Queensland’s tourism offering. “It is one of a very small number of iconic resorts bang on the beach,” he said. “It will round out the tourism offering available to Brisbane punters who provide 1.4 million room nights.” Star will pay an interim fully franked 7.5¢ dividend. It shares closed 2¢ higher at $5.04.


17 Feb 2017 Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD Author: Jenny Rogers • Section: General News • Article type : News Item Classification : Regional • Audience : 24,753 • Page: 25 • Printed Size: 540.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 3,408 • Words: 493 • Item ID: 729585469

Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

Page 2 of 2

back

Matt Bekier, CEO of Star Entertainment, wants to attract more VIP gamblers from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Picture: HOLLIE ADAMS

17february2017  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you