GIANT steel letters that Villawood Properties erected to support Australian athletes competing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have been adapted for the Socceroos.GIANT steel letters that were erected to support Australian athletes competing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have been adapted for the Socceroos.A steel soccer ball has been placed on top of the ‘GO AUSSIES’ sign at Helensvale in the lead up to Australia’s match against Peru in the 2018 FIFA World Cup tomorrow morning.Villawood Properties paid for the letters and installation in March and have since added the soccer ball to rally behind the Socceroos.The 2.4m letters are on the corner of Country Club Drive and Brisbane Rd at the entrance to Villawood’s new Helensvale community, The Surrounds.In Victoria, the ‘Villawood’ letters on Geelong Ring Rd have been used to relaymessages of inclusivity, including the recent ‘VOTE YES’ in support of marriage equality.Villawood Properties erected the giant steel letters in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoVillawood Properties executive director Tony Johnson said the letters made a visual statement and were designed to create conversation and engage the community.“The giant steel letters along the Geelong Ring Rd in Victoria have promoted local events and government issues and have become iconic in creating messages of inclusivity and support,” he said.“We want to kick start conversations and show the same support here on the Gold Coast.“Villawood is a privately owned Australian company and supporting our Aussie athletes, current and future, is a big part of our ethos.“We want to show our support for Australian athletes and sporting teams like the Socceroos who are competing on the world stage.”The letters are made of corten steel, which has become Villawood’s signature material for street and park art in Queensland and Victoria.Villawood Properties uses corten steel for its street and park art. This corten steel bird is within The Surrounds at Helensvale.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSocceroos star sells Lower Plenty dream home00:38
Jamaica is reporting an increase in visitor arrivals to the island with Tourism Minister Edmund Bartley on Tuesday saying stopover arrivals for the first five months of this year had surpassed the one million mark.Increase in stopover visitors and cruise arrivals Bartlett said the island also welcomed an estimated 1,025,997 stopover visitors, representing a 5.5 per cent increase over the same period last year and that cruise arrivals also increased by 5.5 per cent for a total of 933,892.“Having a million stopover tourist arrivals for the first five months of the year is truly unprecedented. These provisional estimates mean that over 52,000 more tourists arrived on our shores over the same period for 2017. It also means that we are on track to welcoming at least 4.6 million visitors for 2018, which is yet another record,” Bartlett said.“Jamaica’s tourism continues to prove itself to be resilient and robust. I am pleased that through the hard work of our team and sector workers, and continued diversification of our product to focus on experiential tourism, Jamaica remains a world-class destination that is highly sought after.”Helps foreign exchange earningBartlett said that the increased visitor arrivals has also resulted in a “significant increase in foreign exchange earnings for the period.”He said that the foreign exchange earnings stood at US$1.36 billion, up from US$1.9billion, a nine per cent increase.“As the main driver of economic growth, tourism is consistently showing its impact on economies locally, regionally and globally,” Bartlett added.