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It’s been a huge month in the Burleigh electorate with events and news everywhere you turn. Our little pocket has attracted media from all the local stations with the highlights on ANZAC Day, a proposed Burleigh name change; and the Ocean View walking track closure.

I’ve enjoyed getting out in the last days of our extended summer weather to hear from locals and complete my last Surf Life Saving Patrol of the season at Pacific SLSC.

Now onto what’s been happening in the Burleigh electorate …
ANZAC Day
 
This year we celebrated the 103rd Anniversary of our ANZACs and the Centenary of battle at Villers-Bretonneux.

My thanks and congratulations to the wonderful men and women behind our Burleigh Heads RSL sub-branch that put together a truly fitting tribute at the Cenotaph each year. As you would expect, there was huge attendance at both the dawn and morning community service with young and old coming to pay their respects to our brave service men and women.

I was proud to lay wreaths at several of the school services leading up and then again at both the ANZAC Day commemorations.
Burleigh Hill name change 

I was contacted by a reporter from the Courier Mail on Friday about a move to change the name of Burleigh to Jellurgal. You may have seen the articles across Brisbane and Gold Coast media followed by the news bulletins on Channel 7 & 9.

Let me be clear, I haven’t been officially approached about this proposal but to put my position on record, as your local State Member, if the majority of people who live in Burleigh support a name change, I will support it but if not I won’t.

From my personal perspective, changing the name of the national park might be something to consider but changing the name of suburb, I individually don’t support. I am your representative and will do as you say so look out on facebook for a poll this week and feel free to contact me with your thoughts.
 
Electricity

Last Friday, the Grant Report confirmed what we all knew, Labor’s electricity rort costs families $470 a year.

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has been caught snatching $5bn from Queensland households through massive electricity price-gouging.

The report by energy analyst Hugh Grant confirmed that almost half of the network charges paid by customers was going straight to the Queensland Government. Labor is using electricity bills to extort a secret tax from every Queensland household. A 47 per cent profit margin is obscene. Millions of Queenslanders are struggling to pay their bills while their own government makes massive profits.
These companies are owned by Queenslanders but have become Annastacia Palaszczuk’s cash cows.  Labor pockets $470 from every household and then boasts its handing $50 back to consumers.

Enough is enough – it’s time to put consumers first. The LNP supports immediate action to take pressure off households.

Labor must stop using electricity as a secret tax on Queenslanders. We need more competition and more transparency in the market to help struggling families. We also need to extend retail competition to regional Queensland. This was recommended by Labor’s own inquiry into electricity pricing and has been ignored to protect profits.

The Grant report slammed Queensland’s 2006 move to national network regulation as a ‘catastrophic failure’ that had led to price increases, ‘gold-plating’ of the network and huge profits. The Premier is just continuing Labor’s tradition of electricity rip-offs. Labor is not just hurting households, it’s hurting businesses too and destroying jobs.
 
M1

Labor must match funds for M1! The Premier needs to stop the political point-scoring and get on and fix the M1.

The Federal Government has put $1 billion on the table and Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to do the same in June’s state Budget. The running battle she is having with her Federal Government counterparts is doing nothing to help Gold Coast drivers crawling along the M1.

The Federal Government is being proactive on solutions for the M1 and we urge Annastacia Palaszczuk to do the same. We need new roads, not tired old arguments. It’s time Labor stopped squabbling and started working to fix the M1.

The Labor Government can’t keep using Cross River Rail as an excuse not to invest in infrastructure along the M1. The Federal Government’s funding offer would tackle congestion on the M1 between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, as well the Eight Miles Plains to Daisy Hill stretch.

The Varsity Lakes to Tugun project could upgrade the corridor to six lanes in both directions and include new and upgraded ramps, auxiliary lanes, and better active transport connectivity.
 
Baby Give Back

I dropped by Baby Give Back’s new digs last week, they now have very own warehouse!

My congratulations to all of the team.

What these ladies have achieved as an organization and in the Gold Coast community already is huge, and all while juggling careers and children.

You can now drop donations in a set times directly (they are still welcome at my office also) or volunteer your time at their working bees – check out their facebook page for info.

I noticed they also put a call out recently for a tall platform ladder to use in the warehouse and I’m urging you, if you have one or can donate to the cost of one, please let my office or the BGB team know asap.
 
Ocean View Walking Track closure

I was advised late last month, the Burleigh Heads Oceanview Walking Track will be closed for some months due to remediation works.

Boulder falls have been an ongoing problem in the park for many years and we need a long term solution to ensure the park and tracks can be enjoyed by the community without interruption.

It is for this reason, I have invited Environment Minister, Leeanne Enoch MP, to personally inspect the park to gain an understanding of the remediation works required.

See my comments on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/michaelhartmp/posts/1665724580177241
Stop the Light Rail 

As the State Member for the Burleigh electorate, I am sponsoring a Queensland Parliament petition to draw the attention of the Parliament to the proposed light rail route would follow the Gold Coast Highway through Burleigh and subsequently onto Palm Beach. There has been very limited local community consultation by Gold Coast City Council with Southern Gold Coast residents who will be directly affected by this proposed route.

Parking on both sides of the highway would be removed and there would be a negative impact upon all those who live along or near the Gold Coast Highway as well as many of the now thriving local small businesses. There would also be harmful impact to the Burleigh koala population and to the Burleigh Headland, a significant site for Aboriginal people.

The petition aims to request the Parliament to direct the feasibility study to investigate alternative routes for the Light Rail to head South and not the Gold Coast Highway route alone.

You can help by signing this e-petition with Queensland Parliament and adding your voice to the cause.

Sign here:
https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/petition-details?id=2874 


I am always interested to hear your views and thoughts and urge you to get in touch whenever you have something to say on local issues.
Burleigh to Surfers 10 Km Ocean Swim and Charity Challenge

This event was on Sunday 29 April 2018 and is building to be the Premier Marathon Ocean Swim on the Gold Coast. It's the 5th year running and has become an iconic event for locals, intrastate, interstate and overseas swimmers and visitors.

I’m proud to be a long-time supporter of the event and to have been given the duty of starter again. With almost 100 entrants, it was a great morning and I look forward to welcoming it back to Burleigh in 2019.
Don’t forget to contact my office if you have an event or organisation to share


Listening booth
Don’t forget my Burleigh Farmers market listening booth every second Saturday of the month. Feel free to drop in and say hi and to discuss any State matters.
 
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.
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