• Biggera Waters State School Student Leaders

    This morning I had the pleasure of presenting badges to Biggera Waters State School’s 2017 Student Leaders. I’m sure those elected will be a positive influence on their school and peers, and deliver great things for Biggera Waters in 2017!

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    Shaving the Bearded Bandits

    This year the teachers at Labrador State School all participated in Movember. The Labrador Chin Curtins, as they called themselves, grew their beards to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs to improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

    I had the fortune of placing the highest bid and had the privilege of shaving off the beard of the Principal, Mr Brian Ragh. I’m very proud to support such a great initiative and would encourage all of you to get involved with Movember next year!

    More information about Movember can be found here.

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    Broadwater passengers to save

    From today passengers travelling from Helensvale to Brisbane CBD will pay less for public transport.

    Miss Verity Barton MP said this government has a strong plan to get Broadwater residents back on to public transport after years of mis-management and blunders by the former Labor government.

    “Only an LNP government is delivering real savings that will provide more money in the back pocket of the residents living in my electorate of Broadwater,” Miss Barton said.

    “We asked the public what they wanted to spend the $30 million scrapped carbon tax savings on and the resounding answer was cheaper fares.

    “Today, passengers across the State are reaping the benefits of a five per cent reduction to public transport fares.

    “A passenger travelling a 13 zone trip (from Helenvale to the Brisbane CBD) now saves $225.72 per year”

    Mr Emerson said when we came into office we promised to tackle affordability and it is a privilege to be part of a government delivering cheaper fares.

    “Only under the LNP have passengers been delivered a Queensland-first, state-wide public transport fare reduction,” Mr Emerson said.

    “The cost of living relief will continue into next year with no increase planned in 2015.

    “The former Labor government’s public transport record consisted of slugging passengers with 52 per cent fare increases over three years and record low rail reliability.

    “A regular weekly passenger will be paying less now than what they would have been paying under Labor.

    “In stark contrast, the LNP have a plan to improve frequency, reliability and affordability of the network building on our already strong record showing passengers are choosing public transport.”

    Mr Emerson said this government is serious about getting public transport on track for the people of Queensland.

    “We have added 3000 additional bus and train services a week, we are the most reliable metro rail network in Australia and will be delivering real-time information for customers across the TransLink network in South East Queensland.”


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    Flashing school zone lights to be switched on

    New flashing school zone lights will soon be installed on Coombabah Road at Biggera Waters State School as a result of a local petition and forms part of the Newman Government’s ongoing commitment to improving road safety.

    Hundreds of locals rallied behind the cause to have the flashing lights installed at the main entrance to Biggera Waters State School.

    State Member for Broadwater Verity Barton said the flashing lights will help remind motorists they have an obligation to slow down when driving through school zones.

    “Young children can be unpredictable by nature, and speeding through school zones greatly increases the risk, especially to young children, and the installation of flashing school zone lights will go a long way to reminding drivers they’re approaching a school and need to slow down.” Ms Barton said.

    The flashing lights which will be installed on Coombabah Road will complement those that the Government has already installed on Hollywell Road.

    “Most parents and children use Coombabah Road as the main entrance to the school, so it makes sense to remind motorists of their obligations to slow down when they get to Coombabah Road.

    “It was heartening to see hundreds of locals, especially families at the school, support my petition calling for these lights to be installed to help make Biggera Waters State School safer for our children.

    “Road safety is the responsibility of everyone and a top priority for this Government, especially around schools and today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to make Queensland the safest place to live, work and raise a family.

    Since 2012, the Newman Government has committed $10 million over four years to install flashing light signs at over 300 school zones across Queensland.



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    Sign the Petition: Flashing Speed Zone Lights at Biggera Waters State School

    I’m petitioning to have flashing school zone speed limit signs installed at Biggera Waters State School on Coombabah Road. Fill in the form below to sign the petition and add your support to improving safety for children at Biggera Waters State School!

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    Standing up for the Broadwater

    On the 9th September, the Queensland Labor Party moved a motion in Parliament which attempted to politicise community consultation and representation on the Gold Coast. The Labor Party said I voted against their motion in order to allow development on the Broadwater, the Spit and Wavebreak Island.

    I’ve just uploaded my speech so you can watch and be the judge of what I actually had to say.

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    Libraries funded for the future

    Families in Broadwater can rely on their local library to continue and improve its services after the State delivered $68.4 million funding to 319 public libraries.

    Verity Barton MP, State Member for Broadwater said the funding, including $1,992,849 for Gold Coast City Council, would ensure Queensland’s public libraries would retain their lead as innovative, social and virtual learning spaces.

    “Even though we inherited a huge debt, the Newman Government has continued to prioritise what is important to Broadwater families,” Miss Barton said.

    “Libraries are the cornerstones of lifelong learning throughout the state and this money will support public libraries in 72 councils across Queensland.”

    Arts Minister Ian Walker said the funding would help to develop high-quality library collections electronically, as well as in print, across many genres.

    “Libraries can apply to spend up to 50 per cent of the grant in any year on a priority project such as redesigning library spaces or to foster the library’s role as a technology centre for all,” Mr Walker said.
    “We’re working with councils around the state to help develop the best libraries to suit local needs.

    “Supporting our public libraries is part of the State Government’s drive to provide arts for all Queenslanders.”

    Mr Walker said the public library grants were calculated based on populations, with a number of weightings applied for population age, growth rate and location.



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    Get in the Game in Broadwater

    Queenslanders love their sport, but cost of living pressures have often put playing sport or participating in recreational activities out of the reach of many. That’s why the Queensland Government promised at the election to get more kids outside and active through our flagship Get in the Game program.


    This initiative has several elements including providing vouchers to children who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Whether it be nippers at the beach, one of the football codes, netball, hockey, basketball after school or another sport, playing the game and covering the cost of registration fees and equipment is now a lot easier. These are real benefits that are helping Broadwater families ease their cost of living pressure.


    Of course we all know that obesity is at epidemic levels in Australia, and Queensland is unfortunately no exception. As the leading preventable cause of premature death in the state, obesity is Queensland’s biggest killer, leading to shorter life expectancy, diminished quality of life, and an ever-expanding cost to the health system and the economy.


    One of the quickest ways to slow then reverse this trend is through exercise. Through the Government’s Get in the Game program we are investing in healthy, active futures for kids on the Gold Coast Coast and giving Queensland children a path to better health and fitness. Sadly this focus was lacking in Queensland under previous governments, but we are setting things right.


    Queenslanders have embraced Get in the Game in unprecedented numbers, and in response the Government has tripled tripled funding over three years from $16 million to $47.8 million to support grassroots sport and recreation across Queensland.


    Under the program, almost 60,000 vouchers have been made available to help Queensland families with sport and recreation membership costs. On the Gold Coast alone we have issued more than 9817 vouchers to be used at more than 288 clubs in the area, which is a fantastic result.


    Better still, 33 per cent of these recipients have said they had never been a member of a sports club before. But the best bit is the feedback we’re getting from parents and clubs right across the coast. Parents can now let their son or daughter play the game they love despite hard financial times, and are no longer faced with the prospect of letting one child play while another misses out. Meanwhile coaches are finding themselves with fresh new faces in their teams as more families can now afford to participate. Of course, the real winners here are the kids who are out on the paddocks with their mates and developing healthy lifestyles to boot.


    The latest ABS figures show we are winning the fight to keep young people in sport – with Queensland ahead of the other states for boys in the traditional ‘drop-out’ ages of 15-17.

    The Get in the Game program also involves upgrading facilities. So far we’ve invested more than $24 million in developing better services and facilities for sport and recreation clubs right across the state.


    On the Gold Coast, we’ve put $1,844,917 into helping clubs grow their membership, and improve facilities. This has included $100,000 to Tweed Heads and Coolangatta SLSC Inc to construct a gymnasium and training room.  $87,602 to Merrimac Soccer Club Inc to upgrade lighting on junior fields.  $10,000 to Gold Coast Hockey Association Inc to conduct administration and governance training.   $9,990 to  Surfers Paradise Outrigger Canoe Club Incorporated to conduct a membership drive and purchase equipment to support outrigger canoeing at Southport.


    Like the rest of my LNP colleagues, I am committed to giving boys and girls living on the Gold Coast a path to better health and fitness through encouraging involvement in recreation and sport. It’s about giving our children a passport to better health and fitness and a future full of opportunities in this great section of our State.


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    New boat ramps delivered for Broadwater

    Work on two boat ramps at Hollywell will start soon as part of the ongoing commitment that the Newman Government has made to restore our waterways as a hub of recreational and tourist activity.

    State Member for Broadwater, Verity Barton MP, said that the works are an important step in continuing to deliver the best possible access to and management of the waterways of the Gold Coast

    “The Jasmine Avenue Boat Ramp and the Holly Avenue Boat Ramp in Hollywell have reached the end of their useful lives” Miss Barton said.

    “The Newman Government is delivering on its commitments by ensuring Broadwater’s waterways are accessible and useable by the local community. These two facilities will ensure that there is safe access to the Broadwater for waterways users.

    Gold Coast Waterways Authority has allocated $500,000 in the Waterways Management Program in the 2014/2015 financial year for the reconstruction of these two facilities. The works are being undertaken in partnership with the City of Gold Coast.

    The reconstruction of both ramps will occur at the same time, meaning that both ramps will be closed at the same time for a number of months. The works are expected to commence within the next month with completion planned within a short length of time, well before the start of busy summer months.

    “The upgrade of these facilities in time for summer will be of huge benefit to the residents of Broadwater. The completion will coincide with the busiest use period for the ramps, and I welcome this much-needed investment in local waterways infrastructure.

    Users are advised to use alternative facilities at the Howard Avenue boat ramp and Ray Street boat ramp in Runaway Bay, and Donald Ave boat ramp and Jabiru Island boat ramp in Paradise Point.


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    Kids Get Started again with sport funding

    Broadwater families have been encouraged to Get in the Game and submit their applications for the fourth round of the hugely popular Get Started funding program that opened today.

    State Member for Broadwater, Miss Verity Barton MP, said the initiative was successfully lowering the cost of living for local families with 643 vouchers issued in her electorate since the program commenced.

    “Get Started officially opens for applications on 15 July and provides vouchers valued up to $150 to help kids whose families can least afford for them to join a sport or recreation club.”

    Miss Verity Barton MP said Get Started was designed to encourage more young people to get into sport or recreation, and to ease the financial burden on families.

    “As a government, we are committed to helping young Queenslanders be active,” she said.

    Miss Verity Barton MP said under the first three rounds of the Get Started program almost 54,000 vouchers were issued to help families who struggle with the cost of living to give their children the opportunity to join one of our sport or recreation clubs.

    “I strongly encourage local sport and recreation clubs, and families to take advantage of this wonderful program and check if they are eligible to take part.”

    Get Started is part of the Queensland Government’s $47.8 million Get in the Game initiative.

    For more information on how to apply for a Get Started voucher, visit www.nprsr.qld.gov.au.


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