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GCCEC Helping our Planet

GCCEC Helping Our Planet

Posted on 13 February, 2018

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is living up to its reputation as a world-leading sustainable venue by offsetting 16 tons of CO2 emissions through the use of environmentally-friendly BioPak cups and cutlery in 2017.

GCCEC General Manager Adrienne Readings said the 16 tons was the equivalent to almost 6,800 litres of fuel saved, over 64,000km travelled in a vehicle and the removal of four cars from our roads.

The Centre has partnered with BioPak over several years to reduce its carbon footprint by stocking single-use cups made from materials sourced from managed plantations and coated not in oil but a bioplastic made from plants.

 “We are extremely proud of our contribution to help the environment through our partnership with BioPak,” Ms Readings said.

“Sustainability is one of our core values and we are committed to leading the conventions and meetings industry towards a more sustainable future.

“Sometimes it’s the most simple and inexpensive initiatives that can make a huge difference.

BioPak’s Richard Fine said GCCEC’s contribution had also resulted in funding to plant 49 seedlings in the Daintree Rainforest through Rainforest Rescue.

“Together with our customers, we have an obligation to preserve and protect the environment and to give back to and support the communities in which we operate,” he said.

 GCCEC’s responsible sustainability practices are not restricted to single-use packaging, with the business employing initiatives that result in the use of recycled or reused water; light sensors in bathrooms and storerooms; recycled paper; the recycling of printer cartridges and menus that contain 85% locally grown and sourced ingredients to name just a few initiatives.

 “We will continue to promote and advocate for best practice not only in our ongoing business operations but by providing sustainable solutions to our clients,” Ms Readings said.


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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.

Bruce Schmidtchen
Chairman, 5RAR Assoc Inc 50th Anniversary Reunion Committee

We have held our major event, the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds (CMSF), at the GCCEC on six occasions since it opened in 2004. Through holding our event at the GCCEC we have established a terrific relationship with the venue. Each and every staff member works tirelessly to ensure that our event is run to the highest calibre. Any task, no matter how little or large is undertaken to ensure our expectations are met and our event is delivered successfully.

AIST Events Team

It’s the small things that make such a big difference. My organisation has held its conference annually at GCCEC since 2008, during which I’ve experienced unparalleled service. I continue to be amazed by the dedication, friendliness and professionalism of all staff – be it sales and event management to back of house and floor staff. They know my event inside and out, making the experience seamless. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every conference I’ve held here!

Marika MacKenzie
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!

Greg O’Neil
General Manager - Rural Merchandise CRT Rural Supplies