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Embracing Mt Tamborine

A stamp in your passport is often the first step towards an exciting adventure but what if you could also support your local community?

Inspired by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and its close location to the Scenic Rim, the united Tamborine Mountain has developed a unique way to attract visitors to the small community. Supported by the Scenic Rim Council, 70 local businesses have been matched with the 70 competing Commonwealth nations to become unofficial ambassadors to their countries.  The ambassadors will learn about and identify with their chosen nation so they can support visiting athletes and their achievements during the Games.

A special passport has been developed for the project which features each Commonwealth nation, together with the local business it has been aligned with. Visitors who pick up a passport are encouraged to collect stamps and take advantage of the special offers available.

Murray Agassiz of Village Green Grocer on Main Street is from one of the featured businesses and in a bizarre twist of fate, has chosen to adopt and support Cyprus.

“I found out through my family name they are actually watchmakers and they made really beautiful watches back in the day. When I googled to find out, it was in Cyprus, so I purchased one of my family name watches from Cyprus…so it wasn’t a hard choice,” Mr Agassiz said.

Village Green Grocer is planning to use the GC2018 to shine a light on health and Murray believes that the Tamborine Mountain project is the perfect opportunity to showcase the healthy goods in store.

“I hope we get more people knowing who we are, what we are and what we do” he said.

“We promote health and fresh products like our juices and smoothies, that’s our main goal and what we want people to see. I think the initiative is going to be awesome, I think it’s going to be good for the Gold Coast and I think it will be good for up here.”

Visitors and locals will also be encouraged to get involved in activities, designed to engage the community in celebration and showcase what this small Gold Coast area has to offer.

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