Its been a fantastic month in Burleigh (as always)!
We hosted The King of Burleigh Hill go kart racing over on Goodwin Terrace as part of Gold Coast Superfest celebrations. It was a great afternoon out with racing, live music and good food – and of course, perfect Spring weather. I got to play starter, race timer and even wave the flag.
Its wonderful to have major events like this in the electorate to showcase our beautiful landscapes.
There was also the Burleigh State School fete on in October. A late Friday afternoon event, it was well attended and there was plenty of fun to be had. The P&C Association put on a great range of rides, entertainment and stalls that all the family could enjoy.
Don’t forget to stay tuned for their next big event, their Centenary Celebrations next March.
Just recently I called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to stop the politics on M1 funding and commit to fixing the problem.
I am interested in seeing the government putting together a holistic plan for our traffic issues as the Gold Coast will continue to grow and a patchwork of projects isn’t the solution.
Upgrading the Mudgeeraba to Exit 85 stretch on the M1 isn’t going to solve anything by itself, we don’t want to just push traffic further south.
This month in Parliament we launched the start of the Surf Safe Appeal at the Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving, a group I co-chair to promote Surf Life Saving to parliamentarians.
We heard statistics from the latest coastal audit report and just how much it costs to put our life savers on the beach.
I was honoured on the night to become a Vice Patron to Surf Life Saving.
One of the big talking points in Parliament was of course the catastrophe that occurred in South Australia. For the Government to ignore the warning from the unprecedented state-wide power outages that occurred would be foolish.
The fact is, the power was out before the transmission lines went down. The severe storms combined with an over-reliance on sustainable energy sources exposed South Australia’s alarming lack of energy security. Queensland is facing the same fate if we continue to pursue Labor’s unrealistic 50 per cent Renewable Energy Target (RET) by 2030.
At 40 per cent, South Australia has one of the highest ratios of renewables to fossil fuel power generation in Australia. As a result, they also have one of the highest wholesale costs of electricity in the country.
Despite these red flags, Energy Minister Mark Baily wants to take Queensland’s reliance on renewables even further. The last thing we want is our hospitals running out of power which is why this month we held and will continue to hold the Government and Minister for Energy to account to provide certainty and security around the future of energy
As the Shadow Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, I spent a few days on the Wide Bay coast and in the Warrego electorate to meet with Queenslanders and discuss their concerns about water and energy security in the State. People are doing it tough all over Queensland and cost of living pressures are affecting everyone. There are businesses both big and small closing because they just can’t keep up with rising electricity prices and the Government isn’t giving them any relief.
Friday 28th October
Burleigh in Pink 2016 Gala dinner at the Fish House
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