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Merry Christmas from Michael
 

As we approach the festive season and the New Year, I would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, security and health, happiness and prosperity for 2017. It’s been a privilege representing the people of the Burleigh electorate in 2016 and I look forward to continuing on with the job in 2017.
 

Now onto what’s been happening and a snapshot of what I have been doing (minus all the meetings, hearings and the rest)…

Burleigh named best beach
It’s nothing we didn’t already know, but Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ), the state’s peak authority on coastal and aquatic safety released its second annual list of Queensland’s top ten beaches to celebrate the start of summer, with Burleigh taking out the overall honour ahead of Noosa Main Beach and Greenmount Beach.

… “Burleigh’s a wonderful beach and it obviously ticks a lot of boxes; it’s easy to access, close to a lot of facilities, it’s often protected by the headland from prevailing conditions, and it’s patrolled 365 days of the year. It’s a great option for a quick dip in the surf this summer, or a trip to the beach with family and friends,” Mr Hill said.

You can read more at http://www.mygc.com.au/burleigh-named-best-beach-queensland/

Giving tree
Once again this year in lieu of sending out Christmas cards, I ran my annual gift drive for local children in need. Partnering with the generosity of the Burleigh electorate community, I was proud to donate  toys, toiletries and gift vouchers to The Sanctuary Refuge and boxes of toys, skateboards and scooters to Act for Kids.
The gifts and donations were gratefully received by both organisations on behalf of many who will now have a smile on their face and a gift to open on Christmas Day.

 
School graduations
Parliament sittings allowing, I greatly enjoyed the many end of year awards and graduations I attended this month.  The future is bright in the hands of these children and young adults and I wish them all the very best for their studies and the careers that lay ahead of them.
It was also a privilege to present the Michael Hart MP Future Leaders Award to so many deserving recipients across the Burleigh electorate.

 
Buddy Benches
Great to catch up with Croquet Club Palm Beach Burleigh Heads  to deliver and present their Buddy Bench.
Thanks again to the Burleigh Community Men's Shed for the outstanding effort put into making these beautiful benches. This initiative aims to promote and strengthen relationships within both the local and school communities.
If you’re interested in a buddy bench for your local club or community group in 2017, get in touch with my office for an application.
ILS update
In response to communications received in November from constituents relating to further concerns around the Instrument Landing System for Coolangatta Airport, I sent letters to our local Federal members and the Federal Minister for Infrastructure.
 
Here is an excerpt of my letter:

I do feel however that use of an ILS at Coolangatta Airport should be limited to bad weather to minimize any inconvenience for residents under the flight path. While the final decision on flight positioning is vested with the pilot, Air Traffic Control does have direct level of input to the flight path a plane uses and as such, I urge you to put a firm and clear policy in place to ensure the use of the ILS flight path (once installed) is only utilised in bad weather.
 
Announcement of such a policy will alleviate speculation that is currently causing angst in our communities.
 
If you would like a copy of the letter in its entirety, please contact my office.

 
JellyRun dunking
It's not every Sunday morning I get dunked by jelly.
Burleigh played host to the I Can I Will jellyRUN in Burleigh and as you can see, got covered in jelly to highlight the need to eradicate bullying and bridge social indifference.
A great event to support and be a part of, it was well attended by the local community.
 

 
Beach matting and beach wheelchairs at Burleigh Beach
The Gold Coast City Council has partnered with Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Life Saving Club to trial beach matting and beach wheelchairs at Burleigh Beach. The equipment (two beach wheelchairs and beach matting) will be available on Saturdays between 9am and midday until 29 April 2017. The matting is available for everyone, but bookings are required for the beach wheelchairs.
For more information on the beach access trial and to book the beach wheelchairs please visit the Burleigh Heads SLSC website, phone 07 5535 2419 or email 
admin@burleighslsc.com.au.
Beach access open daysThe first open day will be held on 10 December 2016. Attend an open day and let the GCCC know what you think about the beach matting and beach wheelchairs.

Open days will be held at Burleigh Beach, in front of the Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park, Surf Life Saving Club on:


Saturday 10 Dec 2016 - 9am to midday
Saturday 7 Jan 2017 - 9am to midday
Saturday 4 Mar 2017 - 9am to midday

Please note that anyone can use the matting on the open days, but bookings are required for the beach wheelchairs. To book a beach wheelchair, phone 07 5535 2419 or email admin@burleighslsc.com.au
For more information, or to provide feedback, phone 07 5581 7439 or email liveable@goldcoast.qld.gov.au 
Click here for more information
In Parliament
During the last sitting week of the year, I spoke on several Bills before Parliament and made several speeches around electricity and its affordability as the Shadow Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply.
 
You can read all of my speeches word for word at www.michaelhartmp.com.au but here are some of the highlights:
 
Electricity Pricing
“Labor’s legacy is stark. Labor locked in higher network charges through the 2010 Australian Energy Regulator determination. These locked-in higher network charges and Labor’s carbon tax were responsible for the majority of the electricity price increases from 2010 to 2015. Let me repeat that: the network charges that were locked in by the AER in 2010 and Labor’s carbon tax led to the electricity price increases from 2010 to 2015. Not only did Labor lock in higher network charges, but former treasurer Andrew Fraser argued for a higher rate of return for network businesses. He was arguing for higher electricity prices for all Queenslanders to plug his budget black hole.

Again, we saw yesterday in the Productivity Commission’s final report that Labor’s policy will increase electricity prices by $1.3 billion for households, businesses and industry. Queensland families will pay $317 million for electricity prices thanks to the Palaszczuk government’s extreme renewable energy policy. This is going to take $10.8 billion in subsidies, and there will be $8 billion shed from the GOCs. That is $19 billion worth of cost to the electricity users in Queensland.’
 

Serious and Organised Crime Amendment Bill
"Do not shackle our police officers again. Let them do their job. Let them protect the people of Queensland. ... That is what we put them there for. That is why when we were in government we put more front-line police officers out on the beat. They are there to protect us from these sorts of people and we should not stop that from happening.
I would urge the Labor backbench to really think about what they are doing here today. We cannot afford for these laws to be relaxed in any fashion. I will not support this bill.'

 
Heavy Vehicle National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill
“There are two parts to this bill. I do not intend to make any comments in relation to the heavy vehicle provisions. I would rather talk about the taxi industry, which is a key issue in my electorate of Burleigh, on the Gold Coast in general and in fact in South-East Queensland—and it will eventually spread to the rest of Queensland.
While I do support the intent of the bill, this bill does not go far enough in levelling the playing field. I would rather that we did not need to debate this bill. I would rather that the disruptive technology was not in place as it is now and that the taxi industry went on doing exactly what it has been doing for years. Admittedly, the taxi industry did need a little bit of a kick—we all know what the issues in the taxi industry were—but I think this is too big a kick to the people who have invested in the taxi industry—for those mums and dads and businesses that have put their life savings into something we as a government sold them, after all.
On the Gold Coast, for instance, a taxi licence may have cost $500,000. Licence holders may have had that licence for a while and they may have earned a fair bit of money from it, but they paid that amount initially. With the advent of this disruptive technology—ridesharing schemes such as Uber—obviously the value of those licences has fallen dramatically. Taxi licence holders now cannot sell those licences as, quite simply, nobody wants to buy them anymore. If taxi licence holders can sell a licence, the selling price is significantly lower than the purchase price. This is all about property rights. My core values and the core values of those on this side of the House
… but I wonder how many people they know who have put their life savings into the taxi industry, and all we can offer them in return is $20,000 for that investment—and then we cap it at two.’

 
Upcoming events:
 
Cupid Undie Run
I’m proud to support a local event in early 2017 raising funds for neurofibromatosis.
You can register now for Cupid’s Undie Run on the Gold Coast! The date is set with Cupid for 19 February 2017 at Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club, so get your family and friends together and have some fun with us.  
 
The Children’s Tumour Foundation is the key organisation in Australia raising funds for research into neurofibromatosis (NF) and support for adults, children, and families affected by the condition.
NF is a common genetic condition characterised by the growth of benign tumours called neurofibromas. These tumours can grow anywhere in the body where there are nerve cells. The tumours can be clearly visible and can cause a degree of self-consciousness, particularly among younger people.
Therefore the philosophy behind the Undie Run is to encourage participants to feel some of the discomfort that people with NF might experience on a daily basis. However you don’t have to run in your undies, you can dress up in costume, the sillier the better. There will awesome prizes on the day.
Bonds are our official undie sponsor along with Channel 9 as our media partner. 
Let’s conquer NF together! Register at
www.cupidsundierun.com.au

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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