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Can you believe we are already into Autumn and the first quarter of 2017 is nearly over with school holidays coming up fast.

Time really does fly!
 

It’s been an eventful start to the year in Burleigh, in Parliament and all around Queensland with the Electoral Commission Queensland releasing its highly awaited proposal for Queensland’s new electoral boundaries.
 

It’s also been an exciting month for me personally, welcoming a beautiful new grandson for Sally and I, first baby to our daughter Jessica and her husband Simon.

 

Now onto a quick wrap up for you:

Beachcare cleanup
I spent Saturday morning on the 18th February from 9-11am at North Burleigh Beach
(Kelly Ave end) with the dedicated team from Beachcare and their volunteers, caring for one of our local beaches.

BeachCare seeks to provide an opportunity for community members to participate in caring for their local beach, while gaining important information and resources about coastal management and the future of Gold Coast beaches and foreshores.


For future dates and how to get involved, check out the link below
Cupid Undie Run
 
Burleigh played host to the Cupid Undie Run on the 19th February.

With more than 100 entrants raising much needed funds for the Children’s Tumour Foundation into research into neurofibromatosis (NF) and support for adults, children, and families affected by the condition. Sponsored by Bonds, there were great prizes and plenty of fun had by participants and supporters alike.

I was proud to support the event with administrative assistance and promotion.
Queensland Redistribution and proposed electoral boundaries
As Queensland’s population continues to grow and electors move throughout the state, the balance of voters in each electorate changes. Boundary reviews are conducted to ensure each district has a fair and balanced number of electors and in doing so, that each person’s vote carries the same value. 

Due to recent legislative changes to the Electoral Act 1992, the 2017 Queensland Redistribution Commission will be responsible for redistributing the State into 93 districts, instead of 89. The review will be administered in accordance with the legislative time frames prescribed in the Act. 
The Commission’s Proposal has been released and includes changes to electorate boundaries, changes to some electorate names, removing some electorates entirely and adding others.
 
For the Burleigh electorate, the proposed changes mean a small shift south so the electorate will begin at Christine Avenue from the coast and take in the balance of Palm Beach.

You can view the new boundaries at this link and can overlay the current and proposed boundary to get an overview of the changes:

http://boundaries.ecq.qld.gov.au/electoral-boundaries
Solemn Dedication of the Mary,
Mother of Mercy Church

 
It was my privilege to attend the Solemn Dedication of the long awaited Mary, Mother of Mercy Church on Sunlight Drive on the 10th March. Presided over by Archbishop Mark Coleridge, the whole town turned out for the dedication and blessing with over 1,000 in attendance.

There is even a nod to our famous beach with the Burleigh Parish choosing to feature a statue of Mary, Mother of Mercy that includes a surfer holding a surfboard.

The Church took 14 months to build and delivered significant economic benefit to the area.

Fire at Burleigh Headland
 

Unfortunately a fire was deliberately lit at Burleigh Heads National Park on Saturday March 11.

No homes were threatened and fire crews worked hard and did a great job to get the blaze under control before midnight.

The lower track was closed as a precaution on Sunday however I am pleased to report that the Park and tracks were checked on Monday
and all are now open.

Don’t forget about Miami Hot Bread’s great offer
Do you know a family that is struggling or want to stock up on our end of day product. We give all our end of day product to charity or the bin but are really struggling ourselves at the moment and are offering a $30 come and grab as much as you want deal(pies, pastries, bread and buns) at the end of each day. Sometimes it is very depressing making product each day to see it wasted and not sell. Running a small Australian family owned business is very hard these days and we keep fighting as hard as we can.

You must call Lisa on 0401383152 to get this deal by 3pm each day for collection at 4pm.
This is all fresh made daily product.
In Parliament
Here are some of the speeches I made in the past months’ sitting weeks:

Gold Coast M1
It was great to sit here and listen to a minister who does not have a clue about his portfolio.
He has just spent five minutes telling us about the M1 when he has no idea about the M1.
He told us that the last major work on the M1 on the Gold Coast was to 'Wollongarry'—that is, Worongary. In fact, if the minister bothered to come to the Gold Coast, he would know that the M1 has in fact been widened past Worongary to Mudgeeraba and on to Robina. When did that happen? That happened under the LNP government. In three years the shovels came out, the bulldozers came out, the work got done and the road got widened. Under the LNP government that work got done. It is very similar to between 1996 and 1998 when the M1 was built by the Borbidge government. They planned it, they funded it and they built it in two years. What is Labor’s record in the last two years? We have not seen any work happen at all from the Mudgeeraba flood plain any further south in the two years that they have been in government. We have not seen anything done. We do not have any planning. We do not have anything organised.
 
Instead of that, what we have is a plan to do the Mudgeeraba flood plain to the Varsity Lakes turn-off. I can tell the minister that that is not going to fix the problem. All it will do is push the congestion further south. If the minister wants to know how to fix this problem, then he needs to talk to the member for Currumbin, the member for Mudgeeraba and me because, after all, we sit in that traffic every day along with 10,352 other people who signed the petition who obviously sit in the same amount of traffic. They want action. They want the minister to get on his bike—because he does not have a car—and stop reviewing and start doing something. The people of Queensland are sick and tired of this do-nothing, asleep-at-the-wheel Labor government.
Get on with it and fix the M1.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH MY SPEECH
Water (Local Management Arrangements) Amendment Bill 2016
The objectives of the Bill are to amend the Water Act 2000 to facilitate the restructure and transfer of a number of SunWater’s channel irrigation schemes to local management arrangements (LMA). This will be achieved primarily by establishing a legislative transfer scheme, enabling a staged transition of potentially up to eight schemes.

SunWater is a government owned corporation (GOC) which was established under the Government Owned Corporations Act 1993 on 1 October 2000 and transitioned to a company GOC under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cwlth) on 1 July 2008.

SunWater manages a regional network of bulk water supply infrastructure that spans the length and breadth of Queensland supplying water to more than 5000 customers in the mining, power generation, industrial, local government and irrigated agriculture sectors. Currently, it owns and operates eight channel irrigation schemes located in regional areas of Queensland.

The channel irrigation schemes vary in size and complexity, amount of water distributed, crops grown and the number of customers. Channel irrigation infrastructure consists of mostly linear infrastructure – pipelines and channels located on a range of land tenures, including perpetual leases and freehold land. SunWater also holds various easements, licences, approvals and authorities necessary for carrying on the business of supplying an irrigation service.
 
I spoke in support of the passage of this Bill, a Bill the LNP started the process on to hand responsibility back to local landholders, irrigators and farmers.


Motion – That this House condemns calls from GetUp! To close all of Queensland’s coal and gas fired power stations
I move—
That this House condemns calls from GetUp! To close all of Queensland’s coal and gas fired power stations.

If someone were to go to the GetUp! Website, they would see its clean energy policy. For the benefit of members I can say that that that policy calls to lock in a commitment to legislate a renewable energy target, to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy—in fact, they want 100 per cent renewable energy—and to plan for the orderly closure of Queensland’s coal and gas fired power stations. I table that for the benefit of members.

Tabled paper: Document, undated, titled ‘GetUp!: Queensland’s clean energy future’.

While all members of the House are now aware of what is on the GetUp! website, one member of the House was well aware of it a lot earlier, that is, the member for Yeerongpilly. I know that the member for Yeerongpilly was aware of the position of GetUp! because on 1 October he used his personal email account to communicate that position to his ministerial advisers. I table a copy of an email that was obtained by the Queensland opposition under a right-to-information request that we made late last year.

Tabled paper: Email, dated 12 October 2016, from Tam van Alphen to Mark Bailey, regarding GetUp.

We know what the minister said to his ministerial advisers, but we do not know what the response was from the ministerial department. The email that I just tabled is blank at the bottom. It has a stamp that says that this RTI was refused under schedule 3(2) (1) (b) because of cabinet in confidence. There we have it: the member for Yeerongpilly and minister for energy has been using his private email address for cabinet business.

One has to ask: what did the Palaszczuk cabinet discuss around the position of GetUp!? Does the Palaszczuk government support legislating for a 50 per cent renewable target? Does the Palaszczuk government support closing down all of our coal fired and gas fired power stations? It would be nice to hear the minister discuss whether they do intend to legislate for a 50 per cent renewable energy target and if they do support closing down all of the coal fired and gas fired generators in this state.

Numerous times we have heard from businesses. I table a report by the Australian Industry Group titled Energy shock: no gas, no power, no future? That is exactly the issue that we are facing if we go down the path that GetUp! wants to take us and the path that the government wants to take us to achieve 50 per cent renewable energy.
Tabled paper: The Australian Industry Group: Energy Shock—No Gas, No Power, No Future?.

There is no doubt in my mind that if GetUp! has its way and we close the coal fired power stations, the Premier will not need to go to Mackay or Cairns to listen to Elton John sing Candle in the Wind, because, in fact, all that the people of Queensland will have left will be a candle and it will be blowing in the wind. They will be trying to cook their dinner and light their houses with a candle. During the last sitting week when they went off to see Bruce Springsteen, maybe he sang When the Lights Go Out, as they have been singing in South Australia lately because of the renewable energy target they have down there. In fact, they are looking to— (Time expired) 
 
 Don’t forget, you can read all of my speeches and media releases word for word at www.michaelhartmp.com.au 
Coming Soon
 
My next information booths are scheduled so please feel free to drop by and share a compliment, complaint or chat with me:
 
Thursday 6th April
9-11:30am
Stocklands Burleigh Heads
 
Saturday 8th April
8-11am
Burleigh Heads Farmers Markets
Burleigh Heads State School
Burleigh Heads State School Centenary
The big weekend is finally upon us!

This weekend Burleigh Heads State School will be celebrating its 100 year anniversary with a reunion dinner on Saturday night followed by a fair on the Sunday.

The fair will run from 9am to 3pm complete with school history, class performances, carnival rides, food stalls, BBQ and bar, vintage/retro cars and more.
 
ANZAC Day

 
The Burleigh Heads Sub-Branch will host their annual ANZAC Day services at the Burleigh Heads Memorial Park:

Dawn Service: 4:15am Parade, 4:28am Service Commences

Main Community Service: 9:15am Parade, 9:30am March Off, 10am Commemoration Service

Office services:

My office offers a wide variety of services to local residents and community groups. If I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to ask.

 

Marquee Loan for Community Groups

I have large pop up marquees available to schools and community groups for loan. Bookings are essential and you need to get in early to book the marquee with my office on (07) 5560 4100.

 

Application for JPs and Commissioners for Declarations

Applications for admission as a Justice of the Peace or a Commissioner of Declarations require nomination by myself as your State Member of Parliament. Forms are available through my office. Processing usually takes 4-6 weeks and my office will advise you periodically on your applications progress.

 

Queensland Flags

The State Government provides complimentary Queensland flags to schools and non-profit organisations. Contact my office for more information.

 

Letters of Support

We are happy to provide letters of support to not-for-profit organisations who are applying for government funding.

Information we require include the purpose of the grant, organisational particulars and benefits which the organisation and the wider community will gain from the funding.

 

Letters and Certificates of Congratulations

If you or someone you know is celebrating a birthday or wedding anniversary my office can assist you with a letter or certificate of congratulations.

We can arrange a letter from me, the Premier, the Prime Minister or the Queen to recognise this milestone for you or someone you care for. A Letter of Congratulations Request Form, including eligibility criteria can be downloaded from my website.

 

Photocopying

My office is able to assist local community groups and non-profit organisations with small scale, black and white photocopying. Whether club newsletters or flyers advertising community events, we are happy to lend a hand during office hours, with no appointment necessary.

 

Update your Community Details

I am committed to supporting as many local community groups as possible in our local area, but it can often be challenging to keep track of who the committee members are at each of our community groups. You can visit my website to update your details and help me keep in touch.

 

If I can ever be of any assistance to you or your family, please get in touch. For daily updates, visit my website at www.michaelhartmp.com.au or like my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/michaelhartmp/ .

 

Yours sincerely

Michael Hart MP
Member for Burleigh
Shadow Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply

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