Pontoon refloats memories of Pier Talkies

BELLINGHAM Marine Australia (BMA) has completed a floating public pontoon as part of Gold Coast City Council’s $42 million Broadwater Parklands rejuvenation at Southport.

BMA was contracted by Abigroup to design, construct and install the pontoon on the historic site that once occupied the Pier Talkies.

“This is one project our staff really felt very passionate about, being right at our back door, allowing us to utilise all our local southeast Queensland employees and contractors,” says Bellingham Marine Australia general manger John Spragg.

“It’s one they really related to, as some of our employees and contractors even grew up in the area and their families frequented the original pier on the same site all those years ago.

The site is rich in history. In 1932 fire raged through the old pier, burning the theatre and kiosk. It was rebuilt as the Pier Talkies, introducing the first films with voice and music to Southport. The pier deteriorated and in 1969 the Pier Talkies was demolished.

The pier also held dances, skating contests and a range of other activities. It had extensive promenades overlooking the water and a free amusement cafe, with games such as indoor golf and bowls.

Enjoyed this article?

Don't miss out on the knowledge and insights to be gained from our daily news and features.

Subscribe today to unlock unlimited access to in-depth business coverage, expert analysis, and exclusive content across all devices.

Support independent journalism and stay informed with stories that matter to you.

Subscribe now and get 50% off your first year!

Four time-saving tips for automating your investment portfolio
Partner Content
In today's fast-paced investment landscape, time is a valuable commodity. Fortunately, w...
Etoro
Advertisement

Related Stories

Investors sour on Aussie Broadband's new challenger brand Buddy Telco with $10m marketing cost

Investors sour on Aussie Broadband's new challenger brand Buddy Telco with $10m marketing cost

After rival Superloop (ASX: SLC) scooped up its white labelling agr...

Golden handshakes to departing ASX100 CEOs hit 12-year high

Golden handshakes to departing ASX100 CEOs hit 12-year high

Around one in every six CEOs of ASX100 companies left their job&nbs...

Maggie Beer Holdings CEO Kinda Grange resigns just 16 months into the job

Maggie Beer Holdings CEO Kinda Grange resigns just 16 months into the job

The revolving door of leadership at Maggie Beer Holdings (ASX: MBH)...

Dreamworld owner reports improved ticket sales despite severe peak season storms

Dreamworld owner reports improved ticket sales despite severe peak season storms

The owner of Gold Coast theme parks Dreamworld and WhiteWater World...