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Gold Coast Recreational Facilities Receive Funding Boost

By Andrew Bell

Anyone who owns real estate in Surfers Paradise or Main Beach will know that the Gold Coast is one of Queensland's biggest tourism hotspots.

With beautiful beaches, an excellent nightlife, theme parks and much more, the area is a must for people looking to enjoy the best the state has to offer.

And now the Queensland government has committed funding to the coastal city as part of its 2013-14 budget, in an effort to boost recreational facilities, sports and amenities even further.

Among the projects to receive funding are the David Fleay Wildlife Park, which is set to receive a portion of an $8.5 million kitty set aside for improving access and other upgrades to visitor centres at national parks.

The park, a quick 25-minute drive from Surfers Paradise and Main Beach, helps to raise awareness for the protection of native animals, particularly threatened species.

National parks and recreation minister Steve Dickson also said the government will invest $4.56 million towards phase one of the Gold Coast Turf Club's $35.4 million renovation.

"This first stage includes the upgrade of members’ facilities and the construction of a new equine swimming pool," he added.

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