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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bonus WiFi at Metro Hotel and Apartments Gladstone

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) Australia Show Tour

Hot on the heels of selling out two shows at London's iconic Wembley Arena, the chart-topping Sydney boys are heading out on the road to play their first-ever headline Australian arena shows, touring in support of their recently released self-titled #1 smash hit debut album - not bad for four teenagers from the Western suburbs of Sydney. 

5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) – Luke, Calum, Michael and Ashton, started the month with an incredible five songs in the top 50 of the ARIA single chart: double platinum debut and worldwide iTunes #1 She Looks So Perfect, UK #2 Don't Stop, Amnesia, Kiss Me Kiss Me and Everything I Didn't Say. The lyric video for their upcoming single, Amnesia, has already had more than 5.7 million views.

5SOS are a worldwide success with more than 92 million views on YouTube, more than five million fans on Facebook, a combined 15-million-plus Twitter followers and more than 1.75 million followers on Instagram.

Australia Tour Dates:

Allphones Arena, Sydney NSW  Sat 20 Jun
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, QLD  Tue 23 Jun
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne VIC  Thu 25 Jun
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, SA  Sat 27 Jun
Perth Arena, WA   Mon 29 Jun

About 5SOS (5 Seconds of Summer)

Formed in Sydney in 2011, the band consists of Luke Hemmings (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Clifford (guitar, vocals), Calum Hood (bass guitar, vocals) and Ashton Irwin (drums, vocals). The group were originally YouTube celebrities, posting videos of themselves covering songs from various artists in 2011. 

From there, they gained a small following in 2012 after posting a series of cover versions of popular songs ontoYouTube, then rose to international fame when One Direction invited them on their Take Me Home Tour.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Summer Sporting Extravaganza to Boost Australian Economy

In Australia, summer is all about sport. This season the addition of two major international events to the calendar is a big bonus, not just for sports lovers but for the economy as well.

Australians who don't enjoy sport turn off the television and head for the beach at this time of year.

For everyone else, there's a smorgasbord of Test and one-day cricket, PGA golf, an internationally famous yacht race, a grand slam tennis event, cycling and Formula One races.

The country is set to enjoy an unprecedented quantity of world sport worth an estimated A$320m ($267m; £172m) to the economy thanks to the addition of two major events.

The Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup - being held across five cities in January - and the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, which will be played in Australia and New Zealand in February and March, eclipse other events in size and dollar value.

The Asian Cup is the biggest sporting event in Asia and the cricket World Cup is the third biggest sporting event in the world after the summer Olympics and the FIFA World Cup.

Australia's summer of sport

  • December 9 - January 10: Four cricket Test matches, Australia v India.
  • December 11-14: Australian PGA golf Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast.
  • December 26-30: Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
  • January 9 - January 31, 2015: Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup.
  • January 16 - February 1: Cricket one-day international tri series, Australia, India and England.
  • January 17-25: Tour Down Under cycling classic, Adelaide and South Australia.
  • January 19 - February 1: Australian Open grand slam tennis, Melbourne.
  • February 14 - March 29: ICC World Cup.
  • March 12-15: Australian Grand Prix Formula One, Melbourne.

Every year, between 1 December and 1 April, there are five million tickets on sale for sport and entertainment events across New South Wales, according to state government body Destination NSW. For the same period in 2014-2015, there are eight million tickets on sale.

"That's what happens when you add an Asian Cup and a World Cup to the calendar," says Asian Cup chief executive officer Michael Brown. "There's going to be a lot more people spending a lot more dollars."

Test Cricket

Australia's golden summer begins with the first of four Test cricket matches between Australia and India on 9 December. The fixtures were rescheduled to start later in the month because of the sudden death in late November of 25-year old Australian Test player Phillip Hughes.


The first Test now clashes with the Australian PGA golf event, while the Sydney to Hobart yacht race - which organisers claim is the largest spectator sporting event in the world - competes with the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

An estimated one million spectators will watch the start of the yacht race - about 300,000 of them from the water and another 700,000 lining Sydney's harbour and coastline, says chief executive officer of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Mark Woolf.

Economic Ipmact

The economic impact, however, is incalculable, says Mr Woolf, because it is a free spectator event.

"The metrics that come out of this race are enormous," he says. "It's not a stadium event. We don't have a captive audience. But there are tentacles everywhere.

"There's the investment of transporting and accommodating 118 boats and crew for the start. The crews bring their friends and families. Then there's provisioning and fuelling and self-catering for spectator picnics.

"Even the NSW town of Eden gets an economic lift. It's the last safe harbour for boats to refuel and restock before crossing Bass Strait. Once they reach Hobart the boats and crews have to get back to Sydney.

"Then there's the impact of those TV pictures of a perfect Sydney harbour beaming into Europe and America in the middle of winter on their Christmas night. It's hard to quantify the publicity and future tourism impact."

Asia Cup Soccer

As the Test cricket ends the Asian Cup kicks off on 9 January, with 16 teams playing 32 matches in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

According to Mr Brown, PricewaterhouseCoopers has said the event will pump A$225m into the economy. Asian Cup organisers target ticket sales of 500,000, with 50,000 international visitors expected to attend.

Three of Australia's top ten trading partners - China, Japan and South Korea - have qualified, which means hosting the Asia Cup is a unique tourism, trade and investment opportunity for the country and the region, he says.

"The Asian Cup is Asia's biggest sporting event and football is the biggest team sport and the most popular sport in Asia," Mr Brown says. "In Asia, football outstrips cricket as a sport."

Tourism Tsunami

But the Asian Cup will also have to compete for spectators and TV audiences with the Tour Down Under cycling classic in South Australia and the Australian Open grand slam tennis tournament in Melbourne.

ICC World Cup Cricket

Then, the biggest sporting event of the summer begins on 14 February. More than one million people are expected to attend 49 one-day matches featuring 14 teams playing in the ICC World Cup at venues in Australia and New Zealand.

ICC World Cup chief executive officer John Harnden says 500,000 tickets have already been sold and tens of thousands of international spectators are expected to attend, creating a tourism tsunami between the two countries.

"There will be a lot of travel between Australia and New Zealand, and then India, the UK and the US are the three primary points of origin (for spectators)," says Mr Harnden.

"It is a great opportunity to showcase ourselves to the world and benefit from that great word of mouth from all those tens of thousands of tourists saying what a great time they had. If the Australian and New Zealand teams do well, that will be an even bigger bonus."

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Enabling Safe and Compliant UAV/RPAS Operations in Local Government | Conference Ipswich

Small remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), commonly referred to as drones or UAVs, are now becoming readily available to local government organizations as either an organic capability or purchased service. In the right hands, RPA can be an effective business tool for routine local government business operations. 

In the wrong hands, they can be an unpredictable risk. This conference, supported by practical workshops has been specifically designed to inform Local Government decision makers on how these technologies can be safely acquired and employed in accordance with the Australian regulations.

The conference will also address how local authorities can manage the growth of this technology within their council boundaries to ensure the safety of their constituents. By attending this conference, you will see the pathways and understand how this technology can be acquired, applied and employed in the daily activities of local government in a safe and compliant operation.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Jetgo's first flight from Sydney has landed

The first Jetgo direct from Sydney to Gladstone passenger flight arrives in Gladstone.
1st Dec 2014

THE first Jetgo flight from Sydney landed at Gladstone Airport just after 7am today with about 10 passengers on board.

The inaugural flight marks the start of regular flights between Gladstone and Sydney, filling a gap left after Qantaslink cancelled their route between the cities.

The airport's firefighters were on hand to do a water cannon salute for the arrival of the first flight.

The take-off from Sydney was smooth, according to Jetgo ground services supervisor Phil Burke, who was on board the first flight.

He said now that people could see Jetgo was operating, he expected bookings would be on the increase.

Jetgo is confident the route will be well supported by Gladstone residents.

The company is providing a direct jet service that will be twice as fast and a lot quieter than turbo prop jets currently flying out of Gladstone.

Flight times have been scheduled so passengers can easily do day trips between the two cities.

Source: http://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/jetgos-first-flight-sydney-lands-today/2469974/

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Leo Sayer – The Restless Years Tour 2015


From his debut 1973 smash hit The Show Must Go On to his 2006 UK No 1 remix of Thunder In My Heart, Leo Sayer has carved an incredible worldwide career over four decades including selling 80 million albums and a Grammy award.

In the international music charts there have been more than twenty top ten singles and five top ten albums in Leo’s illustrious recording career. Add to this his acclaimed talents as a songwriter with hits written for Tina Turner, Cliff Richard, Roger Daltrey, Dolly Parton, Three Dog Night, Gene Pitney and Jennifer Warnes.

His live performances are legendary and he’s touring Australia for the first time in four years to celebrate the release of his latest CD “Restless Years”. This show will feature his new Australian band performing songs from the new album together with the hits you’d expect such as Long Tall Glasses, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, When I Need You and More Than I Can Say.

VIP Ticket $99.00 ( includes CD and Pre Show Meet and Greet)

Duration: 120 Mins – 20 min Interval
When: Sat, 21 Mar 2015
Time: Starts 8pm
Where: Ipswich Civic Centre - Limestone St, Ipswich QLD 4305
Tel: (07) 3810 - 7751
Tickets: http://www.ipswichciviccentre.com.au/leo-sayer/

STROBE/SMOKE/HAZER machine may be in use. No photography or video allowed once inside the Auditorium.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tripadvisor guest review - Apartments G60 Gladstone - Aug 2014


“Great Appartments in the City”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 24 August 2014 by simon S
These are good new apartments in the centre of Gladstone with 2 bedrooms and two bathrooms. I have stayed here a couple of times and the staff are always friendly and the rooms are always clean. Great value for money especially if there are two people travelling.
Room Tip: I like the rooms overlooking the street