Council's community listings now online

THE Gold Coast's most popular community directory has gone online.

Mayor Tom Tate said the 2015 Gold Coast Community Guide was available as an online directory featuring more than 2000 listings.

"Through the guide you can find local community groups and service providers, and because it's online the information can be easily updated as changes occur," Cr Tate said.

"Our community groups, through their facilities, volunteers and resources, play an important role in bringing people together, encouraging social interaction and supporting health and wellbeing.

"They provide a range of social and support services in our city of more than 500,000 residents - a testament to the strength of community cohesion here on the Gold Coast."

The Community Guide is a result of a partnership between City of Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre and Advice Bureau. All organisations listed in the 2015 Gold Coast Community Guide publication are featured in the online guide.

The city has engaged My Community Directory for a year to host the online directory service, and with about 65,000 visits every month.

This will become an important source of information between residents and community organisations.

In addition, the online directory will be a valuable resource for community organisations to promote their services for free and maintain contact information.

The online version is part of a 12-month trial to assess community benefits and business efficiencies.

Councillor Dawn Crichlow said the community guide was used by thousands of Gold Coast residents.

"It's a valuable publication for residents, and it's probably one of the most dog-eared guides published by the city. Reproducing it online is a practical move that will ensure residents now have up-to-the-minute information at their fingertips," Cr Crichlow said.

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