Just in case you were not able to attend the Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce Big Ideas Breakfast this morning, let me be your eyes and ears. There was an excellent turnout today as 300+ guests (including ABC, Channel 10, Channel 9, Channel 7 and Gold Coast Bulletin) joined the Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for breakfast at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre. Premier Palaszczuk presented her visions for the future of the Gold Coast & discussed State Government initiatives to ensure the Gold Coast has a prosperous future. The main items addressed today were: Preparing for Commonwealth Games and Beyond – Aim is to deliver the best Games to date. 1.5 billion eyes will fall on the Gold Coast over the Games period which is an excellent opportunity to showcase our wonderful city – the beaches, the businesses, the beauty etc. Casino Developments – 6 Star Hotel attracting further investment and tourism. Movie Industry – Converting Sound Stage to Squash Courts for the Games and then back to Sound Stage. Investment in facilities on the Gold Coast at a fraction of the price of other Countries is attracting international investment and exposure. The Spit Developments – Preservation of the site and/or commercial development of the Integrated Resort Development (IRD) – have your say – http://bit.ly/thespitsay. The Spit can accommodate 8 Southbank equivalents and the aim is to attract further international tourism and investment. This is a contentious debate. Promotion of the Health & Knowledge Precinct incorporating the University Hospital and Health Precinct attracting world class medical practitioners and global businesses to work, live and play on the Gold Coast. The M1 – Connectivity between Brisbane and the Gold Coast is high on the agenda to accommodate existing and future growth. Decisions about how to improve and when to start is underway. Preparing for a Large Increase in Population – the Gold Coast currently has a population of 625, 000 with an expected growth to almost double by 2050 of 1.2 million. In the future, there will be a huge influx of Chinese investment, people and culture as the Gold Coast has been rated as the fourth best holiday destination in the world for Chinese. Questions From The Floor Surrounded: Day Light Saving – A need to consider the effect on the entire State and while this may be good for Brisbane and the Gold Coast not so much for Cairns, Mackay and Townsville so without a consensus unlikely to pass. The Spit – we are encouraged to have our say – http://bit.ly/thespitsay. Light Rail Stage 3 from Broadbeach to the Airport – hopeful to happen in the next decade. In summary, the future is bright for the Gold Coast. Do you agree? I would love to hear your thoughts about these visions for the future. Do you have any other ideas or points of view? Feel free to comment below and/or message me on LinkedIn to stay in touch or to learn more about the Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce and Connection Kernel.