Division 8 - Cr Robert La Castra
Division 8 is slightly inland from the coast along the Nerang River and includes the suburbs of:
Ashmore (south of Cotlew Street), Nerang East, Merridown, Merrimac, Carrara, Boonooroo and Clear Island Waters.
Phone: 07 5582 8206
Fax: 07 5596 6010
Mobile: 0414 180 008
City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042
GCMC QLD 9729 Australia
Nerang Customer Service Centre
833 Southport Nerang Road, Nerang
Councillor La Castra can be contacted any time by office phone or mobile. He is available at the Nerang Customer Service Centre by appointment.
Background and interests
Bob La Castra was born in England and arrived on the Gold Coast in 1981.
From the age of 13, Bob worked the club circuit in England as a cabaret singer and continued to work as an entertainer on his arrival in Australia. However, in 1983, Bob ventured into television, co-hosting a morning show (Channel 7, Brisbane) and from there went on to host Australia's longest running children's TV show, Wombat.
After almost seven years with the Seven network, Bob became a regular cast member of Neighbours, hosted the ABC's travel program Holiday and hosted 80 episodes of his own teen game show The Big Square Eye, also with ABC TV.
As a published children's author, Bob was asked by the ABC to develop and write the pilot episode and much of the first and part of the second series of Bananas in Pyjamas, which has now sold to more than 80 countries.
Bob lists one of his proudest achievements as being awarded a Media Peace Prize for a song he wrote and recorded to raise money for UNICEF. The song was also used in Sir Bob Geldof's 'Sport Aid' promotion, with the song clip being shown in many countries around the world.
In addition to entertainment and TV, for a number of years Bob ran a successful small business, designing and supplying clothing and greetings cards to department stores nationwide.
Bob was elected to the Gold Coast City Council in 1997. Since 1998, he has been the Chairperson of the Community Services Committee (now the Community and Cultural Development Committee) and the Events Advisory Committee.
- Community Services - Chair
- Economic Development & Major Projects
- Gold Coast Water and Waste
- Special Budget