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10 Questions - Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate

Summer Reading

Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate steps up to answer InQueensland Summer Reading’s 10 questions.

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Did anything good come out of 2020?

Yes. The challenges of COVID-19 brought out the best in Gold Coasters. We all pitched in, adopted social distancing rules, spent our money locally where possible and probably took the time we all needed to think about what is really important to us – like family, friends and mateship. I also noticed a return to common manners where people helped one another a lot more. Let’s hope that stays.

What’s your favourite Christmas memory?

It’s always seeing the kids, and Ruth, enjoy the day.  When the kids were smaller, it was all about the presents. Now it’s about enjoying each other’s company. Our granddaughter Anna has certainly added to the smiles.

Are you a summer or a winter person?

Both. Out boating in summer or snow skiing in winter.  What is there to complain about?

How do you stay resilient during periods of change, like the year just gone?

Easy.  Remember that there is always someone doing it tougher than you.

Who were your heroes of 2020?

The volunteer fire brigade officers across Australia who pitched in and battled those ferocious fires for weeks on end.

Your secret ambition?

To lose 10kg in the next three months so I can reinvent myself as Spider-Man and scale the outside of the HOTA Gallery on opening night.

Favourite end-of-year holiday spot?

I’m going to say the Gold Coast and while that sounds corny, we actually love holidaying-at-home given how busy we are throughout the year.  Vegas comes a close second!

What are you hoping for next year?

I want our small business economy to survive and thrive so I’m hoping that we get on top of COVID-19 locally, but more important, globally.

Hot Christmas dinner, or cold?

As Freddie Mercury said: “I want it all … and I want it now”. And when it comes to pork crackling, I want all that too.

People/businesses to watch in 2021?

Watch the Wallabies as I’m confident they will have a cracking 2021. And watch any small business on the Goldie that has shown innovation and resilience to get through this challenge.  And back those businesses by spending locally.

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