It’s “Pandamonium” in Gold Coast Chinatown

3 September 2015

Gold Coast Chinatown will welcome the permanent presence of a unique creature this weekend with the unveiling of a special statue at the Chinatown Street Markets.

Mayor Tom Tate said the “Pandamonium” statue – which is half panda and half koala - would become a new icon in Chinatown.

“I’d like to thank Mr Ted Fong, Executive President of the Gold Coast Chinese Club Inc and founding member and Chairman of Gold Coast Chinatown Association, for his generosity in donating the statue,” he said.

“Pandamonium” was designed by artists David Renn and John Cox as part of the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation’s “Animals with Attitude Sculpture Trail”.

Divisional Councillor Dawn Crichlow welcomed the new attraction and said it would appeal to visitors and locals. 

“The statue reflects the similarities between China and Australia’s national icons - they’re both irresistible and vulnerable,” she said.

Joining Mayor Tate, Mr Ted Fong and Cr Crichlow OAM for the unveiling will be Dr Bruce Cook, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation.

The statue will be unveiled this Saturday 5 September at 4.20pm, at the start of the monthly Chinatown Street Markets, which run until 9.30pm.

Entertainment this Saturday will include music buskers, lion dancers, martial arts displays, South American dancing lessons and putt putt golf.

Chinatown is at the intersection of Young and Davenport Streets, Southport.

For more information on the Chinatown Street Markets, including transport options, visit


PHOTO CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation and Paul Henry Photography

It’s “Pandamonium” in Gold Coast Chinatown    photo