Bookfest moves to Convention Centre

3 Jul


By Alex Frisby-Smith, Bond University journalism student

Lifeline’s Bookfest event has been forced to relocate next year due to the development of the Gold Coast’s 2018 Commonwealth Games precinct.

Gold Coast’s biggest second-hand book sale was held at the weekend for their last sale at the Parklands Showgrounds in Southport, before they relocate to the Gold Coast Convention Centre next year.

Lifeline’s Bookfest event has been at Parklands for 12 years.

The showground’s are closing down in September due to the development of the Athletes Village for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Lifeline’s business retail co-ordinator Trudi Maxwell said there were pros and cons to the new location at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

“Obviously cost is going to be a huge [con],” she said.

“It’s going to impact our gross profit, because our overheads are going to be substantially greater.”

Ms Maxwell said she hoped the new central location would counteract extra costs with an increased customer base.

“It’s more centralised so we’re not just having the north end of the coast,” she said.

“Hopefully that will capture a bigger range of the Gold Coast’s clientele base.”

Oxenford resident Patricia Johansen, who visits Lifeline’s Bookfest every year, said she was concerned about the costs affecting future customers.

“I guess it doesn’t matter, but we’re going to have to pay for parking as well,” she said.

“There won’t be many people happy about that.”

UnitingCare Community’s marketing and communication officer Carly Paez said the weekend event was a huge success.

“We raised over $130,000 and sold around 40- to 50,000 items,” she said.

The success of the event was due to the 70 volunteers who worked over the four days.

Trudi Maxwell said Lifeline hoped to see the volunteer base increase.

“We’re going to have to see that grow if we’re going to see some sustainability in the next year,” she said.

“We would love to see more youth volunteering, because it’s quite a physical move.

“I would have loved to have heard more from the Bond uni students, volunteering their time.”

It is estimated there were over 100,000 books donated to the Gold Coast’s Bookfest.

“These books are from Gold Coast people, it’s all local,” she said.

The $130,000 raised this year helps UnitingCare Community’s free programs and services across the region.

Bookfest was held in seven locations across Queensland on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and raised more than $700,000.

UnitingCare Community runs Lifeline’s Queensland Bookfest in support for the Lifeline 24-hour Crisis Line, the Lifeline post-disaster support program Community Recovery, and Lifeline Suicide Bereavement Groups.

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Caption: Lifeline customers searching for the perfect book at Parklands


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