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Can you believe, we are two week’s out from December!? Time really does fly but this year seems to have gone so much faster than others in many ways. Have you done your Christmas shopping, and do you have plans to make it to any local carols?

Don’t forget, if you’re traveling to visit family and friends over the holiday period, please be safe on our roads. Adhere to the speed limits, don’t drink or text and drive, and be considerate to other road users. Whatever you are doing, I wish you and yours, an early very Merry Christmas 🎄🎁
 
Now onto what’s been happening and a snapshot of what is happening in the Burleigh electorate …
Hart’s Hand-Up

I recently announced the deserving winners of round two of my Hart's Hand-Up Grants. Congratulations to the local community groups and individuals who received the $200 grant: 

Next years rounds will be released early next year, keep an eye out on upcoming newsletters and on my Facebook page for details.

Caningeraba State School Premier’s Reading Challenge

One of my favourite local duties is visiting our primary schools and this month I got to visit the Caningeraba State School preps to hand out their Reading Challenge Certificates. In true youthful approach, they put me on the spot and hit me with some important questions … I was happy to say that yes I am human, no I don’t have a mullet and I do work right here in Burleigh.

Not so sure about style but I know that blue and green should never be seen at least.
Community information sessions -  Pacific Motorway (M1) Varsity Lakes to Tugun upgrade

Design is in progress for the two-kilometre stretch of the motorway between Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) and the Burleigh Interchange (Exit 87). This package of work forms part of the Varsity Lakes to Tugun (VL2T) upgrade.

The project team will be available to answer your questions about the overarching VL2T upgrade and Package A Varsity Lakes to Burleigh at community displays:

Treetops Plaza Shopping Centre
Thursday 14 November – 4pm to 7pm
Saturday 16 November – 9am to 12pm 

Reedy Creek Village Shopping Centre 
Thursday 14 November – 4pm to 7pm
Saturday 16 November – 9am to 12pm

Details on the Varsity Lakes to Burleigh package, including a newsletter showing the proposed design, are now available on TMR's VL2B project web page. I have also included newsletters links below:

I am advised further community information sessions will be held in early 2020 for Package B Burleigh to Palm Beach and Package C Palm Beach to Tugun - keep an eye out on upcoming newsletters and on my Facebook page for details.

Burleigh in Pink

Burleigh in Pink, Burleigh Wagon and the State Member for Burleigh ... noticing a theme here? I was proud to deliver my donation to the Burleigh in Pink’s Gala dinner to support their efforts in fundraising for breast cancer research.

They had another very successful event and one family bid big and walked away with their very own wagon for summer. With just the Golf Day fundraiser to go, I hear the Burleigh in Pink team are set for a record tally this year.

World Teacher’s Day

We celebrated World Teacher’s Day on October 25 and on behalf of the Burleigh electorate, I sent our teachers and the support staff a big thank you with cake! Crustie’s Bakery in Palm Beach outdid themselves with these delicious creations that I’m told were well enjoyed in staffrooms at the 9 schools in our electorate.

Local Sporting Clubs 

We have some of the most amazing sporting clubs in the Burleigh electorate. I recently caught up with Palm Beach Soccer Club, Palm Beach Currumbin Cricket Club and Palm Beach Touch Football Assoc to deliver some brand new marquees. 

It was great to see they’re making good use of the new marquees I was able to provide.
Burleigh Heads Markets

Don’t forget, I’m at the Burleigh Heads markets on the second Saturday of every month from 8am till around 11am schedule permitting. I’m there to say hi and hear from you, the good and the bad, about our community, so please drop by.
Baby Give Back

Because no child should go without a gift this Christmas, instead of sending out Christmas cards, I’m once again donating gifts to the Baby Give Back Christmas drive. 

There is still time to get your gift in - they are collecting NEW toys for children aged 0-17 this year. All gifts need to be donated by November 20th so they have time to wrap and deliver them.
Burleigh Baby & Kids Clothing Swap
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 9 AM – 12 PM
St John’s Anglican Church Hall, 14 Park Ave Burleigh Heads
$3 Entry (to cover costs)

A Swap Party is an event where participants bring good quality items they no longer want and exchange them for other items. Participants exchange their items for tokens and once all the items are displayed, participants browse and swap the tokens for items donated by other people.

Their first event will focus on clothing and accessories for babies and children, size newborn (including premmie babies) up to size 8. Clothing will be checked for quality before being accepted. 

Follow their Facebook page so you don’t miss any event info: https://www.facebook.com/Burleighclothingswap/

Check out new story from Channel 7 Gold Coast: https://www.facebook.com/7NEWSGoldCoast/videos/724872468018291/ 

Palm Beach Christmas by the Sea

Grab your picnic mat and head to the idyllic Palm Beach Parklands on Tuesday 17th December from 4.30 - 8pm for Christmas By The Sea. This year’s event promises to shine brighter than ever with fun for the whole family and a relaxed southern Gold Coast vibe.

Young ones will be enchanted by our Kids Activity Wonderland with cute baby animals to cuddle, face painting, Christmas craft, Santa visits, a jumping castle and yummy Christmas treats. For the more mature there are food trucks serving up tasty treats and some smooth jazz to while away the afternoon. As the sun goes down we’ll sing along to all the traditional carols before the evening culminates in a spectacular fireworks display at 8pm.

 Police community meeting - “Rapid Action Patrol making arrests across Gold Coast!”

Guest speaker, Senior Constable Andrew PERRETT, will tell us how the RAP (Rapid Action Patrol) are ready to pounce on crime immediately, across the Gold Coast! 4:45pm for 5:00pm start, Thursday 21st of November at the Currumbin RSL.
 
Find out what's happening with law and order in your community, meet your local senior police and voice any concerns! Please RSVP: amazing@iangrace.com.au, to help us assess the numbers.
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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