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Posted on 30 November, 2016

GCCEC is home to many indigenous artworks, including one of the Gold Coast’s most significant cultural gems; the Yathalamarra Waterhole Mural. Created by the late David Malangi, along with local indigenous artist Ysola Best and then-emerging Queensland artists Arone Raymond Meeks and Avril Quail, the artwork depicts the repatriation of two hundred Gold Coast Aboriginal remains.

In connection with the mural, we are proud to introduce commissioned BioCups (pictured) featuring local indigenous artwork.

Artist Paula Nihôt of the Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre helped us bring our vision to life with her design proudly featured on 50,000 carbon neutral 8oz BioCups made by our friends at BioPak who produce responsibly sourced packing solutions.

The artwork is a representation of the living waterlily and a depiction of past history embedded in the leaf structure – the repatriation of Aboriginal remains first discovered at an excavation of a Broadbeach wetlands site nearby. The site was an indigenous cemetery that people had returned to over generations.

Our designed BioCups are in celebration and acknowledgment of the traditional owners of the land, the Yugambeh people. So next time you visit the GCCEC, head to our custom Kombi coffee stand for a freshly brewed beverage that’s not your average cup of coffee.  


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I have conducted two major formal dinners at GCCEC for approx 700 people each time, the more recent of these being held in March 2015. I am completely satisfied with all aspects of working with GCCEC and their performance in presenting our function. They were completely professional and were willing to do things exactly the way I wanted them done, even meeting some unusual requirements. When I requested to make layout changes only hours before the dinner the request was accommodated immediately and with professional ease. The dinner was an alternate drop three course full service meal with drinks package, and it was without a doubt the best formal dinner I have ever attended. I have managed many similar dinners in the past but this dinner achieved by far the best result, it was the easiest to organise and to then manage on the night. Our GCCEC functions manager was a competent and willing professional who achieved an absolutely flawless event. I am still trying to understand how the catering staff were able to prepare almost 700 perfectly cooked and presented meals and get them to the tables whilst still hot. An excellent event perfectly presented by cheerful and competent professional staff.

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Communications Manager, Optometry Queensland Northern Territory

You guys did it again! It is such a pleasure to work with a dedicated, proactive and friendly team. Your can-do attitude, your attention to detail and your willingness to try something new all help to make our lives easier and to keep our event fresh and interesting. Once again, the food was superb and the level of service provided by everyone at the centre was exceptional.

Julie Hood
Director Events Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

There is no doubt that next time we need to be ‘creative’ on the Gold Coast; the GCCEC is the only venue we’d choose. No matter how difficult or unusual our demands prior to the event, nothing proved impossible for you and during the conference your professionalism and attention to detail ensured that everything ran without a hitch enabling us to focus properly on the job in hand. Last, but not least, the catering was superb!

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General Manager - Rural Merchandise CRT Rural Supplies