• Animal Welfare League

    This morning I popped out to the Animal Welfare League at Coombabah to drop off some old newspapers and recycled paper. They do a great job of re-homing animals and helping them find a loving family.

    They are always desperate for old towels, warm blankets and newspapers for the kittens and puppies, so if you have any spare, they would love you to drop them in! If you want to find out more about the fantastic work the Animal Welfare League does, please visit their website here.

    P.S. we couldn’t resist a cuddle!

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  • 100 days of Labor

    This week marks 100 days of a Labor Government. And what did they do? They made sure working families would be worse off by increasing fees on car registration. Queensland already has the costliest car registration in Australia – why do Labor need to increase it?

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  • MontroseAccess project in Labrador

    On Monday it was a privilege to join members of the MontroseAccess board and my good friend and colleague Stuart Robert MP, the Federal Member for Fadden, to turn the sod on their new short-stay Respite and Accessible Family Accommodation facility in Labrador.

    For more than 80 years Montrose has been inspiring and supporting quality lives for children with disabilities and their families in Queensland. Their mission is to provide support services to clients with physical disabilities and their families to assist these clients to achieve their maximum individual potential for participation in the community.

    Currently MontroseAccess provide support to more than 100 families on the Gold Coast and this purpose built facility in Imperial Parade is critical to their ability to continue providing this support. This project is only possible because of the amazing support of an anonymous benefactor who has given $2 million toward the development of the facility. Construction is anticipated to be completed in December with the facility opening in January.

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    From Left: Stuart Robert MP (Fadden), Verity Barton MP (Broadwater), Paul Bird (President of the Board), Andrew Buchanan (Vice-President)

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    Happy Heart visits Queensland Parliament

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    On Wednesday May 6 Happy Heart visited the Queensland Parliament to celebrate Heart Week and raise awareness about the great work the Heart Foundation does. The Heart Foundation are working to reduce premature death and suffering from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease. I joined my colleagues in standing up for our hearts by committing to moving more and sitting less. Will you join us? To find out how please click here to visit the Heart Foundation website.

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    Scott Emerson MP (Indooroopilly), Verity, Happy Heart, Steve Minnikin MP (Chatsworth) and Andrew Powell MP (Glass House)

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    Mr Stephen Vines (CEO Heart Foundation QLD Division), Stephen Bennett MP (Burnett), Verity, Happy Heart, Michael Hart MP (Burleigh) and Mark McArdle MP (Caloundra)

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    Clean Up on South Stradbroke Island

    On Saturday, the South Stradbroke Island Residents Committee held a belated Clean Up Australia Day. Clean Up Australia Day is a great way to get involved in your local community and make it a more beautiful place to live. This year, an estimated 526,268 volunteers we cleaned up 13,563 tonnes of rubbish at 6,165 clean up sites over the week of Clean Up Australia Day. To find out more about Clean Up Australia Day, visit their website by clicking here.

  • Extended Office Hours!

    Happy to be offering the local community extended business hours. My office is now open from 8:30am – 5:30pm, Monday to Friday. Additionally, you can always reach us by phone on 5560 6100 or email at broadwater@parliament.qld.gov.au.

  • Coombabah Get Together

    This morning I was proud to sponsor the Coombabah Get Together by loaning them some of my community marquees and supplying a free face painter for children. Despite the threat of rain, the event was a lot of fun!

    If you want to sponsor a get together in your street, contact your local Councillor who will be more than happy to assist.

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    War Memorial: Runaway Bay Village

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    Today I was proud to attend a dedication ceremony for a new war memorial at Runaway Bay Village.

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    Bushwalking with Bennett

    This morning, Shadow Minister for Environment, Heritage Protection and National Parks, Stephen Bennett MP, visted Broadwater and I took the opportunity to take him on a 10km bushwalk through the Coombabah Lake Conversation Park.

    The wetlands are an incredibly beautiful part of our local community, and we are blessed that they are maintained and kept in such a pristine manner.

    For more information on the wetlands, click this link and to hear more about Stephen Bennett’s policies as shadow minister visit his website.

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    U3A North Gold Coast AGM

    Today I had the pleasure of attending the Annual General Meeting and shared lunch of the University of the Third Age (U3A) North Gold Coast.

    I want to take the opportunity to thank the incoming committee, President Sue (pictured below), Vice President Heather, Secretary Margaret, Treasurer Erika, and Committee Members Joan, Annette, Brian, Barbara, Lorraine and Angela. I know you will work hard over the coming year to make U3A even better for your members and I look forward to working with you all to achieve this.

    Originally founded in France, U3A’s across the world deliver academic programs aimed at improving the lives of our older citizens. U3A North Gold Coast, which is based in Labrador at the Labrador Community and Youth Centre,  was founded in 1991 and has been improving lives in our community ever since.

    To find out more about the U3A, the curriculum they offer, and their other activities, please visit their website by clicking here. With a member base of over 500 people, membership of U3A North Gold will enable you to access classes, forge new friendships and enjoy social outings and activities.

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