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Meeting Room for Hire in Varsity Lakes

March 5, 2020

Sports House Meeting RoomsSports House offers 97m2 of meeting space for hire on an hourly, half day, full day & multiple day basis.The meeting space can be used for training, coaching, workshops, meetings, corporate & information seminars, Church groups and general community activities.It can also be used for indoor recreational activities such as group exercise, […]


A Message from State Member Ray Stevens MP – March 2020

March 5, 2020

Ray Stevens MP – VLCL March Newsletter 2020Greetings all as the first quarter of 2020 is rapidly coming to a close. The big story on everyone’s lips is the world-wide health alert over the brand-new epidemic called coronavirus. Not only ruining the reputation of a great beer, it is hard to gauge at this point […]


A Message from State Member Ray Stevens MP – February 2020

February 5, 2020

Ray Stevens MP – February 2020Happy New Year and welcome to 2020! I hope you had a terrific break over Christmas and enjoyed time out with family and friends. State Parliament recommences this week and it will be an interesting time until the important Queensland State election which will be held on Saturday 31st October […]


Sports House Sailing

February 3, 2020

SPORT HOUSE SAILING DAY: Each Saturday 10 to 2pm – BOOK NOWOperated by the Paradise Point Sailing Club, in conjunction with Varsity Lakes Community Limited, ‘SPORT HOUSE SAILING’ operates each Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm – catering for ages 6 and up.BOOK NOW SO YOU DON’T MISS OUTFor further details contact Tom Bourke: Email […]


Karen Andrews 90 Second Update January 2020

February 3, 2020

Happy New Year!So far, 2020 has delivered many challenges. But, as always, Australians have risen to meet them. I have been inspired by people’s generousity – in donating money, goods, their time and support to those who need it.I especially want to thank our heroic fire fighters, including local crews who not only protected Hinterland […]


Ray Stevens MP – September Newsletter 2019

September 3, 2019

Ray Stevens MP – VLCL September Newsletter 2019Greetings all as we head into spring and welcome the higher temperatures along with the many visitors due over the school holiday period at the end of September / early October.Qld State BudgetThe Queensland State Budget was handed down on Tuesday 11 June 2019 and the outcome has […]


Support for your community group: Division 11

September 3, 2019

Support for your community group: Divisional Donations are open now  Online applications are being accepted up until Thursday 5 September.Eligible groups are invited to apply for funds to support upcoming projects, community events and operational equipment purchases.In total, there is $40,000 available and it’s a very small way for me to say a big thank […]


Safer Suburbs Awards 2019

September 3, 2019

Safer Suburbs Awards 2019Recognising those working to make our city safer.Do you know a hard working individual or organisation striving to make our city safer? We need your help to recognise their efforts.Nominations for the 2019 Safer Suburbs Awards are open.It’s your chance to nominate individuals, projects, not-for-profit groups and businesses that have been working […]


Karen Andrews 90 Second Update August 2019

August 29, 2019

This week marked 100 days since the election of the Morrison Government. During that time we have been getting on with the job and delivering on our plan: we have passed tax relief on to 10 million Australians, lowered fees for aged care delivered to your home, taken action on lower electricity, child care and […]


Karen Andrews: Stronger Communities Grants

August 26, 2019

Community groups such as yours contribute so much to our local community, and make McPherson such a great place to live, work and raise a family.The Morrison Government is working to keep our economy strong, and to strengthen local communities.As part of our plan, we have committed an additional $150,000 for McPherson in Round 5 […]


Ray Stevens MP – November Newsletter 2018

November 12, 2018

Ray Stevens MP – November Newsletter 2018 The Return of Indy Cars!Whilst the 2018 Gold Coast car races have been and gone, it is obvious as promoter extraordinaire and Gold Coast Suns Chairman Tony Cochrane says, that the race now needs a boost to maintain its interest and place on the Gold Coast tourism calendar. There […]


Ray Stevens MP – October Newsletter 2018

October 24, 2018

Ray Stevens MP – October Newsletter 2018The GC 600 Supercars went off with a bang and plenty of local, interstate and overseas visitors enjoyed the spectacular racing in rain and shine. Good location for a great car race showcasing city and beach as well as a positive cash injection for local eateries and attractions. I […]


Karen Andrews 90 second Update October 1st

October 2, 2018

At the very first meeting of the new Morrison Ministry we pledged to always be “on the side of the Australian people”.The Prime Minister further expanded on our priorities and approach to bringing Australians together in his excellent Albury speech “Until the Bell Rings”. It’s well worth a read and shows the deep convictions that […]


Ray Stevens MP – August Newsletter 2018

August 8, 2018

Ray Stevens MP – August Newsletter 2018We are just a couple of weeks from embracing spring however it truly feels like spring has sprung already, at least here on the Gold Coast! I think we would all welcome some rain clouds during August to set us up for what looks like a warm spring into […]


Varsity Winterfest 2018: Wrap Up – Survey for Businesses and Residents

August 7, 2018

DID YOU JOIN IN THE FUN OF WINTERFEST?WAS YOUR BUSINESS A PART OF WINTERFEST?YES? – Then we want to hear from you.Varsity Winterfest is over for another year and WOW what an incredible success it was.Over 8000 Varsity local residents and visitors came together as one to enjoy Varsity Active, Varsity Street Fest, Symphony by […]


Support for your community group

August 7, 2018

Divisional Donations round opensEligible groups are invited to apply for funds to support upcoming projects, community events and operational equipment puchases.In total, there’s $40,000 available and it’s a small way for me to say a big thanks to our hardest working volunteers. Online applications are being accepted from today and up until Friday 7 September.We […]



August 6, 2018

I’m very pleased to let you know that Round 4 of the Stronger Communities Program is now open.This practical program provides between $2,500 and $20,000 to local community organisations for small capital projects, on a shared-funding basis.Many local community groups have benefited from past funding rounds and I encourage you to think about how your […]


Varsity Lakes Rotary WORLD BOOK DRIVE

July 23, 2018

Thank you to everyone that brought their books to our tent on 4th August, at Winterfest.Great news!!! You can still donate your pre-loved books for our Book Drive until August 30th at;Varsity College Primary Campus – Student Services Office at address: Bridgewater Drive, Varsity LakesVarsity College Secondary Campus- Student Services Office at address: Assembly Drive, Varsity LakesThe […]



June 5, 2018

Petition for “New Pharmacy” within Varsity Lakes CBDPlease help us in attempting to secure a Pharmacy within the CBD of Varsity Lakes.To show your support, please answer 3 simple questions to show your support.Kelly & Marian (Owners of Varsity Lakes Family Practice) are working very closely with Karen Andrews MP to support us in achieving […]


Invitation for free Successful Meetings Workshop

June 5, 2018

Free workshop for not for profit groupsCome along to this free session, hosted by City of Gold Coast, to discover how to hold effective meetings that help your group get things done in the community.• Learn the basics about meeting types and frequencies• Develop skills to run an effective meeting• Understand the process of Annual […]



May 31, 2018

MUSIC | ART | FOOD | FUN | FREE & For Family Proudly presented by Varsity Lakes Community Limited, Sponsored by Bendigo Bank Varsity Lakes and Supported by Councillor Hermann Vorster Division 11 City of Gold Coast , ‘Varsity Winterfest 2018’ will deliver a fantastic experience like no other on the Gold Coast this year.Break […]



May 23, 2018

WELCOME TO OUR FIRST OFFICIAL ‘ONGOING’ NEWSLETTER FOR 2018This newsletter will be providing you with information from some our team members and GPs on what’s new and what they have a special interest in and hopefully we can add some fun facts in their too.We hope you enjoy it and continue to read and tell […]


Varsity Lakes Rotary Club

April 30, 2018

Do you live or have a business in Varsity Lakes (or surroundings)? ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT VARSITY LAKES?Want to GET INVOLVED and MAKE A DIFFERENCE?The Varsity Lakes Rotary Club has a great Multicultural membership and has been chartered on 3rd September 2018.Varsity Lakes Rotary embraces all different cultures, genders or ages.We are like-minded ‘People of Action’ […]


GC SUNS: We are your Suns

April 24, 2018

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GC SUNS: In the Community

April 24, 2018

In 2017 the Gold Coast SUNS completed over 5000 hours of Community work and activity through over 347 separate appearances. The Club through the work of its players and staff were acknowledged by the Community, by winning the very prestigious Gold Coast Business Excellence Award’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award for work completed in the Gold […]


KAREN ANDREWS MP: M1 Upgrade Underway – Mudgeeraba to Varsity

April 24, 2018

MAJOR WORKS UNDERWAY ON THE M1 UPGRADEI am pleased to report that work officially began today on the upgrade between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes from Exits 82 to 85.This was the funding I promised and delivered at the last election and the Queensland Government finally agreed to last year – so it’s great to get […]



April 11, 2018

BUY LOCAL IS SUPPORTING YOURSELF TOOKeep money in your community. Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than a nationally-owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the […]


Have your say on the City Budget 2018-19 and help shape your community.

February 6, 2018

Have your say on the City Budget 2018-19 and help shape your community.For the past six years, Council has kept rate increases to record lows. You now have the chance to shape the City’s $1.4 billion budget for next financial year.In April this year, we will host the largest sporting event ever held by a […]


BENDIGO BANK: Be the Change

February 1, 2018

Our customers create change every day. A change for good. A change for better. Bendigo Bank has returned $165 million to communities and initiatives throughout Australia. SUPPORT THE BANK THAT SUPPORTS YOU & YOUR COMMUNITY Call Jodie Draffin – Branch ManagerBendigo Bank I Varsity Lakes Shop 7, 195 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes, 4227P: (07) 55620755 E:


Kids Sailing on Lake Orr – 7 to 12 year Olds

January 30, 2018

TACKERS SAILING FOR KIDSKIDS SAILING on LAKE ORR for 7 to 12 Year Olds Gold Coast Sailing Club @ Sports House: 337 Christine Avenue – Varsity Lakes.This fun introduction to sailing on Saturday Afternoons 1.30 pm to 3.30pm (from 3rd February) is aimed at children aged 7-12 years old.The structured course takes 1Hr with the following […]


Bendigo Bank Varsity Lakes: They’ve got Business and Community Covered

January 1, 2018

BIGGER THAN A BANKOur local branch of the Bendigo Bank, aptly named the Varsity Lakes Community Bank, has been in residence in central Varsity Lakes since its opening in 2006.Over the years it has invested many $10,000’s back into the local community, runs Financial Literacy courses at our schools, supports local events such as Winterfest, […]


BENDIGO BANK: Ask us about our 2018 Scholarship Program

December 14, 2017

Breaking down barriers for Australian studentsBendigo and Adelaide Bank is committed to supporting young people through various initiatives, including our annual scholarship program. Each year scholarships are awarded to first year tertiary students studying at an Australian university or college campus for the first time.Our scholarship program makes a significant difference to these hard working […]


Varsity Lakes Day Hospital: Announcement

October 24, 2017

Varsity Lakes Day HospitalI am writing to advise you that Gold Coast Health is taking over a lease on the former Gold Coast Surgical Hospital at Varsity Lakes to deliver more efficient public elective surgery to the Gold Coast community.The purpose-built surgical facility, located on Lake St near Bond University, will be renamed Varsity Lakes […]


28 Fit Biz Challenge: Varsity Lakes

October 16, 2017

28 DAY FIT BIZ CHALLENGE”Getting Varsity Moving”OVER $7500 IN CASH & PRIZES TO BE WONAll it takes is 2 sessions per week at our Sponsors Temple Gym & Jetts Fitness Varsity LakesIt’s only $28 for 28 daysGet a team of your work mates or friends together, or enter the Varsity 28 Day FIT BIZ Challenge on […]


What kind of Gold Coast do you want to see in the future?

October 10, 2017

Hello City Panel member, we have a special members only survey and prize draw.For eleven days of competition, our City will be in the spotlight, the world will be watching us as host city of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. GC2018 is the stepping stone to something greater.What kind of city do you want […]



August 9, 2017

Just Better Care Gold Coast are engaging in a campaign, entitled ‘year of possibilities’, where they intend to give away 1 year’s free in home support for 2 people – Closes 12th SeptemberJust Better Care provides affordable and accessible in-home care services for older people, and people with disabilities supporting them to live independently at […]



August 4, 2017

BE QUALIFIED WITH INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE IN JUST 20 WEEKS!!Hope College here in Varsity Lakes has government funded training available for a Certificate III in Individual Support (this is the latest nationally recognised qualification CHC33015) plus First Aid training.To book or for more information Call:  (07) 5501 8000 Email:


Councillor Hermann Vorster Division 11: Support for your community group

August 3, 2017

Divisional Donations open soonCouncillor Hermann Vorster:Division 11Hello community groups,My Divisional Donations program will open on Monday 7 August!This is an opportunity to secure funds for your group to undertake projects, secure new equipment and host community events.I will host one round of donations with a total of $30,000 allocated for 2017-18.Remember, if you’re not an […]


Karen Andrew MP: Update – M1 Upgrade

July 31, 2017

I wanted to provide you with a brief update on our campaign to upgrade the M1 through to Tugun.Our online petition has had a fantastic response – please continue to ask those who share our concerns about congestion on the M1 to sign on here.I recently wrote to the Federal Ministers for Transport and for […]


Palaszczuk Government announces $1.13 million funding for Gold Coast community organisations

July 3, 2017

The Palaszczuk Government has announced $12.4 million for 600 community groups – including $1.13 million for Gold Coast groups – in the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the Gambling Community Benefit Fund was Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, which distributes about $53 million a year […]


JOIN THE FIGHT: Upgrade the M1 from Varsity Lakes to Tugun – Karen Andrews MP

June 12, 2017

Please join the fight to upgrade the M1 from Varsity Lakes to Tugun.The recent funding announcement to widen the Pacific Motorway to six lanes from Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes is long overdue. Work will begin later this year with major construction to follow the Commonwealth Games.While the $200 million project is greatly welcomed, we all […]


$7.5k GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Get Going Clubs and Get Places & Spaces

June 5, 2017

Start thinking about these grants early so you have time to prepare.(Round 6 opens from 19 June 2017 and closes 11 August 2017)Get Going $7.5k grantGet Going Clubs provides funding to support not-for-profit local sport and recreation organisations to create and provide access to participation initiatives / volunteer training / equipment etc.Eligible not-for-profit sport and […]


WELLNESS: Give it a go I say – By Nic Rone

May 22, 2017

My partner and I decided to jump in the deep end and participate in a 7 day Detox,  and all I can say is WOW.All the joking of the week aside (and there were a lot laughs creating all the juice and smoothie concoctions – double bubble toil and trouble ) and jibes from friends, I […]


The Gold Coast Airport Community Benefit Fund

May 16, 2017

The Gold Coast Airport Community Benefit Fund is focused broadly on the categories of health and wellbeing, safety, education, environment, arts and culture and other community benefit initiatives.To find out if you are eligible to apply for the Gold Coast Airport Community Benefit Fund, please view the guidelines here.Applications for this year’s fund are open […]


Business Forum Galleries

May 2, 2017

March 2021 December 2020 July 29th 2019 March 8th 2019 November 23rd – 2018 September 14th – 2018 July 27th – 2018 May 11th – 2018 March 9th – 2018 Dec 8th 2017 Oct 6th 2017 June 30th 2017 April 28th 2017 March 10th 2017


Significant Women

April 28, 2017

Every single one of us is here because of her. Whether we fight or get along or have a relationship somewhere in between, most of us have had a mother for a significant portion of our lives. For those of us who didn’t, there have been many significant women who helped us along the way. […]

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