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We say it every year, but does anyone else feel like 2020 is flying by already?

With my head down focused on Parliament sittings and local issues and events, I’ve been keeping so busy that I’m sure I missed most of February. Its already shaping up as a year of extreme highs and lows and my thoughts have been with those affected by bushfires and flooding locally and across Australia.

March is set to be full, we have Gold Coast City Council elections coming up on the 28th – and don’t forget the State Government’s Currumbin by-election will take place on the same day following the retirement of my colleague Jann Stuckey.

To keep things fun this year because everyone loves voting, we will also have the full State Government election on the 31st October (yes, that is Halloween), where I will be seeking re-election as your local representative.
 
But enough about that, let’s move onto what’s been happening and a snapshot of what is happening in the Burleigh electorate …

Burleigh Girl Guides

I joined the Burleigh Heads Girl Guides last weekend for their Thinking Day celebrations.

It was my pleasure to present them with a community library for them to decorate and enjoy. I had these community libraries made by the Burleigh Community Men's Shed to donate to our local schools and community groups.

Also, keep an eye out as Girl Guides biscuits will be on sale soon – support our local Guides and enjoy a treat!

Caningeraba State School P & C

I attended the Caningeraba State School P&C meeting this week and must commend the team on their commitment and effort towards their school community.
I was happy to help their fundraising efforts along this year by donating a very cool Burleigh Wagon ... from an exciting and innovative local business. #buylocalbuyburleigh

Contact the P & C if you’re interested in purchasing a ticket to win your very own.

Stop Ridong – Save Tally Valley

This month I spoke against the Ridong development in Tally Valley at the Stop Ridong - Save Tally Valley protest meeting.

Thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication by locals, the Gold Coast City Council voted down the development application in a full Council meeting

I was glad to support the efforts of our passionate community and as someone who lives in the Burleigh electorate, I’m proud of how hard our people rally when its needed.

Feast on Fifth

Did you get along to the Feast on Fifth event in early February?

Brought to you by Councillor Daphne McDonald Division 13 and supported by Pavilions Palm Beach, it was a fantastic afternoon out for all the family!

There were activities, music, and food options to suit everyone. I had a great time with my wife, children and grandchildren, chatting to fellow locals and listening to the live music.

This month, I spoke in Parliament about 'the cancer of crime' that is spreading under the do nothing Palaszczuk Labor government.

 "The problem with youth crime in Queensland appears to be the youth think there are no consequences to breaking the law.

“They know it. We know it. The government knows it and it is doing nothing. Its youth justice program is an utter failure.”


Youth crime is becoming rampant on the Southern Gold Coast thanks to a lack of tough penalties and Labor’s catch and release approach to offenders. To make matters worse, the Palaszczuk Labor government are under-manning our local police station by at least 5 officers. Labor just doesn’t get the Gold Coast.
Here's my speech in Parliament, click above to watch.
Southern Gold Coast Community Crime Forum

I know that locals want to be heard so I'm hosting a Community Crime Forum with the Shadow Minister for Police Trevor Watts MP and the Shadow Attorney General David Janetzki MP.  I'll also be inviting some of the Gold Coast’s Senior Queensland Police Officers.

Tell your neighbours, register your attendance to get the Palm Beach location and come along to help show our that community wants this sorted out.

Register your attendance at www.communityforum.com.au
In the Media:

Youth Crime:
https://www.facebook.com/ACurrentAffair9/videos/642421949634120/
 
LNP’s Bold Plan to Tackle Abuse

Opposition Leader, Deb Frecklington announced this week:

I’m determined to do anything I can to help protect our most vulnerable which is why today I will be announcing the LNP’s plan to implement a range of important new measures to strengthen Queensland’s domestic violence strategy. A future LNP Government will introduce the toughest strangulation laws in the country, immediately review the current criminal justice framework to implement new laws such as coercive control, roll-out personal safety devices to people at high-risk and provide grants up to $2000 for emergency accommodation assistance.

We owe it to Hannah, her three children, and the countless other victims and survivors of domestic violence to do whatever it takes to make Queensland safer.’
Baby Give Back High Tea Fundraiser 

Royal Pines Resort on Saturday, May 9 
2PM - 5 PM

Further details and tickets at https://www.facebook.com/events/637568160149387/

BreastScreen mobile unit

The BreastScreen Queensland mobile unit will be at The Pines, Elanora from 2 March – 30 April offering free breast cancer screening to women, without current breast cancer symptoms. 

Women aged 50 – 74 are strongly encouraged to attend, with women 40+ eligible to attend.

Book your free appointment online www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au or by phoning 13 20 50. 

Listening booths
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.

Don’t forget to contact my office if you have an event or organisation to share.
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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