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Page 48 • MICEBTN - May-JULy 2016 QUEENSLAND Gold Coast set to welcome DC Comics’ ‘super villains’ A WORLD-first DC Comics’ Super Villain themed area will open at Movie World on the Gold Coast in October, not only giving family visitors an extra reason to visit but improving the appeal of the Village Roadshow’s portfolio of properties to the C&I sector. Village Roadshow Theme Parks also operates Sea World, Wet’n’Wild, Paradise Country and Australian Outback Spectacular on the Gold Coast. The Sea World Resort & Water Park last year opened a top-end conference centre, helping Village Roadshow to substantially build its C&I business. The group also recently extended its movie-making capabilities on the coast, opening Stage 9 at Village Roadshow Studios adja- cent to Warner Bros Movie World. As well as giving the complex – one of the largest studio lots in the southern hemisphere – more scope for film production the new facility will also be used for events, notably during the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Adding Super Villains to the Movie World theme park brings a sort of balance to its longstanding role as champion of the Justice League do-gooders Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash. Greg Yong, the park’s general manager said DC Comics Super At the opening of Stage 9, left to right: Lynne Benzie, Thor producer Taika Waititi and Tracey Vieira, chief executive of Screen Queensland. Villains Unleashed would be an im- mersive themed area featuring the Doomsday Destroyer, a ‘monstrous’ looping ride unlike anything else at Movie World. Further themed areas were to be added, he noted. Stage 9 is expected to contribute millions to Queensland’s booming film and TV industry. It will also host squash during the Commonwealth Games. First occupant is Marvel Studios, which is using the 4000 sqm sound stage to film Thor: Ragnarok. Village Roadshow Studios presi- dent Lynne Benzie said Stage 9 would provide an ongoing legacy for the Gold Coast as an all-purpose venue as well as enhancing the film and tel- evision industry in Queensland both domestically and internationally. The new stage was part-funded by the Queensland government from its Commonwealth Games venues budget. Brisbane Novotel keeps prices low on winter warmers AS everyone knows, Queensland is a state basking in sunshine, blessed always with warm temperatures. Well, almost always – it does get just a little wintery for a month or two, especially in the southeast. Which is why the Novotel Brisbane is fea- turing some traditional winter warmers in its restaurant over the cooler months. Its lamb shank special not only tastes good but also looks just right - as great as Mum’s traditional recipe but a little more cosmopoli- tan in its presentation. While Mum didn’t charge you (well, hopefully not), the Novotel Brisbane is forced to actually set a price. The point of having winter specials is, however that the price is kept low. The lamb shank is slow cooked to optimum tenderness, served on creamy parme- san and confit garlic mash with lemon thyme jus and gremolata. Novotel Brisbane pairs it with a glass of Zeppelin Shiraz or James Square Nine Tales Amber Ale.