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We’ve almost reached Spring and I can’t say I will miss the cold morning starts we have been having! Is it just me, or does it feel colder lately?

This month in Burleigh, I was privileged to celebrate a milestone birthday of 105 years with our oldest electorate resident Annie! We can all only hope to be as amazing as she is and reach such an impressive age.

There was also plenty of other events and action locally, so here is a brief wrap up for you:
Baby Give Back Golf Day

Baby Give Back hosted another successful golf day this past weekend to raise much needed funds for their efforts to ensure every local baby gets an equal start. I was proud to sponsor the event once again and see so many others in our community get on board to support the efforts of these amazing young women.

Don’t forget that Baby Give Back have a permanent warehouse in Burleigh now – you can check their facebook page for drop off times and working bees.
Hart’s Hand-Up

Opens next month - $200 for 5 worthy recipients.
 
Designed to provide a bit of a helping hand up to community groups for equipment or expenses, or individuals pursuing sporting or academic ventures - applicants must live in Burleigh electorate or be not-for-profit based in Burleigh electorate.
 
If you would like to apply, please send a one page submission to burleigh@parliament.qld.gov.au 
Burleigh Headland Oceanview Track update

As you may already be aware from our emails and social media posts, in late July, I received an update on the Oceanview Walking Track after chasing up the Department of National Parks once again.

The remediation works required at present to the walking track to make them safe for public use is not a simple case. There needs to be a full assessment of cliff line boulder clusters – there are over 1000 unstable boulders. According to a Senior Ranger, there was a tender process for an assessment report into the track and boulder stability, this concluded late June. The assessment report has been completed and a Geo-tech engineer and company have been appointed. They started 2 weeks ago and a final report is due from them at the end of August with requirements to be actioned outlined (stabilisation works etc). As you can see, it is going to be a lengthy process taking many months with the track having no expected opening date at this time.

I have requested to receive regular updates on the track and works so I can share this information with locals and I pointed out to the Department, they are failing to update their website for the community.

I have also written to the Minister for Environment once again requesting she inspect the Burleigh Heads National Park with me and I have started a petition calling on the Labor Government to prioritise works in the Park and ensure funds are made available for the works required.

You can sign and share the petition here: https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/petition-details?id=2945   
 
Stage 3a Light Rail Consultation update

The Queensland State Government Government has commenced community engagement for Stage 3A of the Gold Coast Light Rail (Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads). This engagement will close on 31 August 2018.

There will be community drop in sessions as follows:

  • Saturday 18 August 2018 – Burleigh Heads Surf Club – 11am to 1pm
  • Wednesday 22 August – Mermaid Beach Surf Club – 6pm to 8pm
  • Saturday 25 August – Mermaid Beach Surf Club – 11am to 1pm
If you wish to have your say you can complete the survey at www.gclr3a.com.au/gold-coast-light-rail-3a
Reusable Bags
 
Now that the #plasticbagban is well and truly underway, to help residents with the transition, I have these reusable bags available at my office.
 
I have been out and about at the Burleigh Farmers Markets, Stocklands Burleigh Heads and at Goodwin Terrace so far to hand them out but feel free to come by and collect yours anytime between 9am & 5pm Monday to Friday.

I would also encourage any community groups or sporting clubs who would like some to contact my office on 5560 4100 or email Burleigh@parliament.qld.gov.au
Walk With Us

I assisted at a Walk With Us dinner this month and I continue to be amazed at the selfless generosity of some in our community.

Walk With Us is based right here in Burleigh and was started about 4 years ago by 3 young people who just wanted to help those less fortunate than themselves. In this time they have bought a smile to many faces along the way.

Initially the charity was set up to put on a luncheon on Christmas Eve for 200 Homeless and Disadvantaged people on the Gold Coast. This has been held for the last 3 years at Albert Waterways and have been very successful. Through sponsorships, fundraising and the help of friends and family they have managed to raise the money to cover this huge day.

The team meet at Fradgley Hall in Burleigh Heads on Monday nights at around 5:30pm with friends arriving just before 6pm for some dancing, music and dinner.
 
To learn more and find out how you can help, go to www.facebook.com/walkwithusgc
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.

Burleigh in Pink
It's time to get those calendars out and Save the Date for this year's Burleigh In Pink Events.

Book now, tickets are limited and will go quick.

Burleigh BBQ
Low 'n Slow BBQ Championships
Ed Hardy - North Burleigh Beach Esplanade 
25-26 August 2018

For more details visit https://burleighbbq.com/
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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