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January was three seconds long, we skipped February altogether and now it’s almost Easter! Does anyone else feel like 2018 is going to be another one of those blink and you miss it years?
 
April 2018 seemed such a long time ago when the Commonwealth Games bid intention was announced in 2010 but here we are, twenty days out from the Commonwealth Games. Like everyone else, I’m excited for the opportunity to share our beautiful home on the world stage and see our local businesses and services reap the rewards of tourism and increased patronage. I also look forward to sharing the hosting experience with youngest community members and seeing the magic through their eyes.
 
Now onto what’s been happening and a snapshot of what is happening in the Burleigh electorate …
School leader investitures

Between Parliament sittings, I was lucky to attend a few of our local student leader investitures. What a great bunch of young men and women our schools have to lead them this year.

A big congratulations to all local students and best wishes for successful year of learning in 2018.

Baby Give Back

I was in Parliament last week on International Women’s Day and while  I am privileged to know many amazing women doing incredible things in our community, I gave a speech on Baby Give Back and the team of women behind the organisation.

Read the speech here http://www.michaelhartmp.com.au/blog/baby-gives-back

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.
Neighbourhood Watch

Save Our Neighbourhood Watch!

The Labor Government are cutting $500,000 funding a year to just $75,000 which will savage Queensland Neighbourhood Watch groups.
Join the fight and sign here:
https://queensland.typeform.com/to/jQWd2V
Volunteering

Did you know that volunteering is a great way to:
  • Meet new people?
  • Be more active?
  • Learn a new skill?
  • Help your career?
  • Make the world a better place?
 
Volunteering Queensland has over 1500 Queensland volunteer opportunities on our website at any one time, with new positions being updated daily.
 
For more information about volunteer opportunities in your area:
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.
 
Commonwealth Games

The biggest sporting event to come to Queensland is almost here and to get the most out of it, plan ahead and be prepared. Even if you don’t have event tickets, get involved by attending the local festivals or be a spectator at some of the free events including the marathon which has its turnaround point in the heart of Burleigh.

With just 20 days to go, make sure you are prepared and check out www.getsetforthegames.com 

Burleigh to Surfers 10 Km Ocean Swim and Charity Challenge

Sunday 29 April 2018

This event is building to be the Premier Marathon Ocean Swim on the Gold Coast as it is entering it's 5th year and has become an iconic event for locals, intrastate, interstate and overseas swimmers and visitors.

The Gold Coast Open Water Swimming Club is a not for profit organisation and has vowed to promote aquatic sports for the whole community for all to participate in no matter whether they are elite, disabled, old or young and with no limits for participants from disadvantaged backgrounds for both local and international competitors.; to make these activities a truly memorial experience to last a lifetime.
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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