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Supporting the community

City of Gold Coast has implemented a range of initiatives to support the voluntary sector across the city.

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Community development

The City’s community development products and services are described below. 

Community activities

The Communities Development program provides opportunities for residents to meet their neighbours and interact with others through free or low cost community activities in local areas. These activities are accessible to all residents and cater for a diverse range of people.

For other lists of community activities in your local area visit our Events calendar, see our Online Gold Coast Community Directory page or visit We Are Gold Coast.

Support for community groups

Sustainable community groups are a key aspect of the City’s vibrant lifestyle. Our Community Development program contributes to the sustainability of all these community groups by:

  • raising awareness about programs and services they offer
  • providing training and professional development activities
  • assisting with information about grant funds and financial support
  • facilitating partnerships between community groups
  • providing strategies to increase membership and volunteers
  • partnering with community groups to deliver community activities.

Upcoming free community workshops:

February 2018

Cross Cultural Awareness Training

Come along to one of our free cross cultural awareness training sessions to improve your cross cultural skills ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Learn about our city’s diverse and culturally rich community, get useful tips for communicating with people from other cultures and explore different values and customs.

Date Time Location
6 February 2018
5.30pm to 7.30pm Robina Community Centre, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive
8 February 2018
9.30am to 12.30pm Helensvale Cultural Centre, Corner Lindfield Road and Sir John Overall Drive
14 February 2018
9.30am to 12.30pm Labrador Community and Youth Centre, 57 Billington Street

Free CPR awareness session

Support your community – learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills that may assist in an emergency. Cardiac arrest can happen to people of all ages and at any time or location. Come along to this free session to learn how to respond to a person who requires emergency assistance including how to perform CPR on an adult, child or infant. Places are limited.

Please note: this is not an accredited CPR course.

When: Tuesday, 13 February 2018 9am to 10am
Where: Southport Community Centre, 6 Lawson Street, Southport.

Strategic planning workshop

Come along to this free information session, hosted by City of Gold Coast’s Community Development Program. Find out the keys to creating a good strategic plan along with the basic steps involved in the strategic planning process.

When: Tuesday, 13 February 2018 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Where: Helensvale Cultural Centre, corner of Lindfield Road and Sir John Overall Drive, Helensvale.

Register your interest

To nominate for the workshop you are interested in attending, please contact the Safe and Liveable Communities Branch on 07 5581 6642 or email

March 2018

Grant writing information session

Come along to this free information session, hosted by City of Gold Coast’s Community Development Program. Learn how to develop your grant writing skills and find out how to apply for funding at our free information session for not for profit organisations.

Date Time Location
7 March 2018
12.30pm to 2.30pm Carrara Community Centre, Meeting Room 2, Nielsens Road, Carrara
Please note: this workshop is now fully subscribed.
8 March 2018
5.30pm to 7.30pm Upper Coomera Centre, Room 2, 90 Reserve Road, Upper Coomera (parking and entry off Abraham Road)
12 March 2018
5.30pm to 7.30pm Elanora Library Meeting Room, The Pines shopping centre, Guineas Creek Road, Elanora. Elanora Library is located alongside The Pines shopping centre.

Please note: priority will be given to local groups. If oversubscribed, groups will be notified of a future workshop.

To register your interest in future workshops, please contact the Safe and Liveable Communities Branch on 07 5581 6642 or email

Community partnerships

Community development officers develop and maintain partnerships with representatives from community groups, local businesses, other City branches and other levels of government. Projects may include:

  • special events, activities or programs
  • provision of community information and resources
  • formation of community groups
  • community planning initiatives
  • policy and research projects.

For more information about the City’s community development program please contact the City on 07 5582 8211.

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