Meet the Locals
Main Beach Resident & Kwaussie!
Active Community Organiser
Favourite thing about Main Beach: “The friendships”
Lynne Goddard is a very active and very relevant person, especially when it comes to Main Beach.
Lynne always has a keen interest in people enhancing, enjoying and making the most of their lives. Her extensive business career started to form when she travelled overseas from New Zealand to find herself in the Diplomatic Corps in San Francisco.
Back in New Zealand from London, she founded her own Finishing School and Promotions company – writing and producing unique fashion shows for the NZ Wool Board, The NZ Retailers Assn and many more. She was regularly invited to appear on Telethon panels, promoting her shows on TV and was a guest lecturer on many cruises. For many years she was invited to take groups of people to different parts of the world for Getaway and London Shoppe, bringing a contingent of New Zealand media and the families and supporters of the athletes to Queensland for the 1982 Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane.
A few years later Lynne moved with her Australian husband Bill to Queensland, and became an Australian citizen (having dual citizenship – she calls herself a Kwaussie!)
Lynne founded Getting to Know The Gold Coast, and Getting to Know Brisbane helping new residents to fast track and settle well into the community. From there she started a Relocation Company and an online moving directory.
Seeing a large gap in the marketplace for “Baby Boomers and Beyond” after listening to their needs and determination to live exciting and fulfilling lives, the concept of her next business U Plus 55 was born. Connecting this demographic to a ‘trusted’ source of businesses who sign off on giving good service and value and who receive recognition for doing so.
This year Lynne put her energy into raising funds for The Heart Foundation creating Gold Coast at Heart, raising $10,500, and again promoting business excellence – all businesses involved in the shows (there were 4 shows uniquely promoting fashion, dance, and jewellery) are Award Winning businesses, who started their business here on the Gold Coast, who employ local people and who are now Internationally recognized – quite a rare feat in today’s world where many businesses have their product made overseas, not within their local communities. This event sold out 3 months ahead of time.
Next year Lynne may put together another event, in August to raise much needed funds for Australia’s single biggest killer, heart disease, and in the process promote Award Winning Gold Coast expertise and talent.
Lynne loves living in Main Beach, and has seen many changes over the 26 years of being a resident and promoting the lifestyle enjoyed by all who share this special part of the Gold Coast.