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I hope everyone made the most of the public holiday glut in April/May and stayed dry when Cyclone Debbie hit. I know some suburbs were affected quite badly and I inspected areas of Queensland and closer to home, some local homes in Tallebudgera to witness the destruction first hand.
I was glad to advocate to the Minister on behalf of Tallebudgera residents to have their area added to the disaster impact zone which made them eligible for emergency assistance – please contact my office if you were affected and need information about this.

We are almost at the middle of the year or for those in business, EOFY preparations are no doubt getting well underway and that means its almost time for Queensland’s Budget to be handed down. Unfortunately I don’t think its going to spell good things for the State with the Palaszczuk Government already trying to prop up the balance sheet by robbing our frontline services (think nurses, teachers, doctors) of their superannuation security through taking more money out of the State’s Defined Benefits scheme despite contrary advice. Stay tuned…
 
Now onto a quick wrap up for you:
Cyclone Debbie
 
In the aftermath of the TC Debbie, I visited with locals in Tallebudgera who had water rising up metres inside their homes. There were new renovations, pools and more destroyed. It was heartbreaking to hear stories and witness damage and I contacted the Minister to urge her to add the area to the list of disaster impacted suburbs. Once included, affected Tallebudgera residents were able to access grants and assistance available from State and Federal departments.

There was also ongoing issues around mosquitoes due to the wet and I worked with residents and council representatives to have spraying actioned as quickly as possible. Other parts of the Gold Coast were badly damaged and at the invitation of local member Ros Bates, I headed out to Springbrook and Numinbah to thank the local rural fire service and SES volunteers. Their efforts in protecting the community through the worst of the weather while being completely cut off from all communication and services were truly heroic.
ANZAC Day
 
ANZAC Day in Burleigh is always special and this year’s Dawn and morning services were no different. Our sub-branch put on a moving tribute to our servicemen and women made that much more moving by the imposing memorials in our park.

I was proud to lay a wreath at both services to commemorate those who gave their today for our tomorrow.
Domestic Violence Forum
hosted by The Sanctuary Women & Children’s Refuge

 
Simone of The Sanctuary Women and Children's Refuge put together a forum and fundraising event held at Burleigh Heads SLSC in May that I was proud to support and speak at.

According to Simone, domestic violence incidences are on the rise and she receives dozens of phone calls per day from women desperately searching for accommodation so they can escape the violent and often life threatening situations they are enduring, in addition to many emails and calls from agencies also.

To ensure that these women’s voices are heard and to increase awareness, we must all speak out against Domestic Violence – not now, not ever!
 
Red Heart Campaign
 
The Red Heart Campaign supports women and children impacted by domestic violence and is seeking donations of toiletry care packs for children living in refuges or hotels as a result of DV.

Please drop your packs containing a toiletry bag, soap, bubble bath, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush, shampoo, conditioner, bath toy, sponge or hand washer and child's towel to my office.

We are also seeking donations of baby care packs containing nappy rash cream, nappies, baby oil, baby wash, baby wipes and a nappy bag.

SHARE with your friends and family and let's make a difference.

Save Burleigh Foreshore - No to the Light rail through The Esplanade at Burleigh Heads

 Please help me in my fight to immediately rule out The Esplanade as a possible option for Light Rail Stage 3 consideration, to protect the unique area of the Burleigh Heads foreshore.
 
Gold Coast City Council is shortly commencing consultation of possible routes of the Light Rail Stage 3, including a direct route along The Esplanade at Burleigh Heads. This would largely have a negative impact upon local residents and thriving local small businesses through the destruction of the foreshore parkland, loss of car parks and impeded beach access.
 
You can help by signing and sharing this petition and adding your voice to the cause.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

 Want to become a JP?

Want to become a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) or Commissioner for Declarations?

Queensland Justices Association are holding JP (Qual) and CDec training courses. If you wish to become a JP or CDec  book online at www.qja.com.au  or call (07) 3392 2455 for course information.

When: Saturdays 27th May and 3rd June 2017,  9am – 4:30pm. CDec training is the first day only

Where: Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre, 833 Southport-Nerang Road, Nerang

Cost: $350 JP (Qual) or $240 CDec  (Inclusive of all training materials, assessment and GST)
Morning and afternoon tea provided, BYO Lunch
 

Seniors Share Houses

I have been contacted about free Facebook Seniors Share Houses groups. I am informed there are over 1000 members in Gold Coast; Sunshine Coast; Brisbane and Northern NSW since start-up just a little over 12 months ago.

These groups are helping many Seniors combat the current lack of affordable housing and spiralling costs of private rentals. By utilising the Seniors Share Houses free Facebook group to find a flatmate, but more so a friend and support person, Seniors are making connection with others which combats social isolation.

As with anything, I urge you to do your research and make thorough enquiries however this is a service that may help you or someone you know.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
Don’t forget about Miami Hot Bread’s great offer
Do you know a family that is struggling or want to stock up on our end of day product. We give all our end of day product to charity or the bin but are really struggling ourselves at the moment and are offering a $30 come and grab as much as you want deal(pies, pastries, bread and buns) at the end of each day. Sometimes it is very depressing making product each day to see it wasted and not sell. Running a small Australian family owned business is very hard these days and we keep fighting as hard as we can.

You must call Lisa on 0401383152 to get this deal by 3pm each day for collection at 4pm.
This is all fresh made daily product.
In Parliament
 
This week the LNP announced their commitment to small businesses in Queensland: 

 A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will again commit to a 20 per cent red tape reduction target over six years. This target is vital if we are to successfully change the focus in government departments from one that promotes red tape to one that actively reduces red tape. This is about ensuring businesses are focussed on employing more Queenslanders and not on bureaucratic red tape.

To achieve our goal we will:
  • Measure the regulatory burden and establish a baseline so we can map progress against achieving our target;
  • Appoint an industry “go to” person to drive regulatory reform;
  • Set red tape reduction performance targets for Ministers and department heads, and;
  • Have an annual Red Tape Repeal Day set aside every year in Parliament for slashing bureaucracy.  

We want businesses to spend less time complying with burdensome paperwork and more time focused on creating jobs and employing more Queenslanders. This is just one part of our economic plan to build a better Queensland by creating jobs, supporting small business and strengthening the state’s economy. The LNP will build a better Queensland with more jobs and opportunities by making it easier to do business and reducing costs.
 
Don’t forget, you can read all of my speeches and media releases word for word at www.michaelhartmp.com.au
 
Coming Soon
 My next information booths are scheduled so please feel free to drop by and share a compliment, complaint or chat with me:

Tuesday 30th May
7-8:30am (weather permitting)
Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

 
Saturday 10th June
8-11am
Burleigh Heads Farmers Markets
Burleigh Heads State School

St Andrews Lutheran College Fete

Saturday, 20 May 2017

This Saturday is St Andrews Lutheran College 2017 fete, running from 10am to 4pm complete with rides, raffles, showbags, live music, talent show & more!

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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