Key to the City

'Key to the City' is a tradition that is recognised by cities throughout the world.

It has evolved into a symbolic gesture where a city honours an individual or group – either for significant contributions to the city or for achieving excellence in their chosen field of endeavour.

The granting of the 'Key to the City of Gold Coast' is a symbolic presentation with no formal entitlements and represents the highest honour that the city can award to an individual or group.

The Key to the City can be compared to the awarding of a medal in military terms and is a demonstration of recognition by the Council. The full list of recipients is listed below:

Recipients Award
Soheil Abedian – 22 August 2020 Presented in recognition of generous charitable contributions that have strengthened the social fabric of our city.
Bob Gordon – 31 March 2019 Presented for significant contribution to the Gold Coast community across local boards, through leadership at the Gold Coast Bulletin, and ultimately by leading the bid to secure the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games as a founding chairman of the bid team.
John Witheriff – 6 August 2016 Long and significant contribution to Gold Coast economic development, sport, tourism, leisure, transport, water supply and events.
Dr Patrick Corrigan AM – 2 June 2015 Presented in recognition of his significant, long-term philanthropic contributions to the arts and cultural sector of the city.
Win Schubert AO – 2 June 2015 Presented in recognition of her significant, long-term philanthropic contributions to the arts and cultural sector of the city.
Adam Scott – 6 November 2013 Presented in recognition of winning the 2013 US Masters golf tournament.
Joel Parkinson – 26 January 2013 Presented in recognition of his first World Surfing Title in December 2012.
Judith Ferber and Kerry Watson – 16 October 2011 In recognition of their valuable contribution to cultural development and the annual Gold Coast Eisteddfod since its inception in 1982.
Sally Pearson – 19 September 2011 Presented in recognition of her gold medal winning performance at the 2011 World Championships (100-metre hurdles).
Sam Stosur – 19 September 2011 Presented in recognition of her 2011 US Open Women's Championship Title.
Lara Davenport, Lyndsie Fogarty, Duncan Free, Emma Snowsill and Ken Wallace – 30 August 2008 Presented in recognition of outstanding sporting achievement at the Beijing Olympics.
Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore – 20 June 2008 Presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in the sport of surfing.
City of Fort Lauderdale, USA – May 2005 In recognition of the anniversary of 25 years as our Sister City.
Grant Hackett – 26 January 2004 Presented in recognition of his outstanding achievement as reigning Olympic, World, Pan Pacific, Commonwealth and Australian 1500-metre Swimming Champion.
Mick Doohan – 26 January 1997 Presented in recognition of his outstanding achievement in winning 3 successive World 500cc Motorcycle Championships.
Fred Lang – 23 February 1990 The Gold Coast City Council and Tweed Shire Council jointly granted a special "Freedom of Twin Towns" to Fred Lang for service to the Twin Towns area by capturing the area's photographic history.
Alex Griffiths AM and Dr David Fleay – 15 April 1989 Joint presentation for their achievements in the areas of fauna conservation, education and care for the environment.
Lionel Rose – 29 March 1969 Presented for winning World Bantamweight Boxing Championship in 1968.
Tom Parker, John Dollar, Alan Ingham, Philip Kember and Paddy Turley – 1966 Presented for bravery for diffusing a German mine washed ashore on Surfers Paradise beach.