2014 the year of strong return to business confidence…

I hope your holiday was relaxing and your 2014 has kicked off to a cracking start.

Already this year we’re wrestling with controversy, with discussions surfacing again about Daylight Saving being introduced to South East Queensland, ways to deal with crime in Surfers Paradise, and plans for Hinterland cableways and Cruise Ship Terminals at our southern beaches. One thing you can be sure of on the Gold Coast; We love a good story! Of course, if you’ve got a view about any of the latest current issues, please jump on my facebook or twitter pages or drop into the office on a Tuesday morning between 9am and 11am to discuss your thoughts with me.

2014 is likely to see a strong return to business confidence, with approximately $885 million in development approvals ticked off in 2013 as part of our Construction Kickstart program. With the preliminary works commenced on many of these projects, I’m confident we’ll see some cranes in the sky soon. Even now, it’s reported a local small business, Boomerang Farm, has over 100 wedding events booked for 2014 showing a tangible improvement on 2013 and bringing an economic influx to our region. This is a common story, with local businesses expressing a sense of optimism missing in past years. Almost two years into the new Council term and our fresh approach is seeing positive outcomes.

In the first 6 months of 2014, you’ll see the expansion to Mudgeeraba Skatepark commence construction, some significant changes to Mudgeeraba Aquatic Centre and Rotary Park, and a new playground delivered in Clover Hill Estate. These form just some of the capital works funded and planned for our local area, enhancing facilities for residents.

Our street meet program commences on the 1st February, with a Dive In Movie at Mudgeeraba Aquatic Centre and local community groups will be on hand to make you aware of the work they’re doing and ways you can get involved in their projects. Of course, Chantelle and I will also be on hand to talk to residents about what matters to them. Following that, we’ll be in Highland Park on the 22nd February, at Graham Dillon Park, for another movie night and consultation session. These events are critical to keep in touch with residents, and stay aware of issues that matter to you. Be sure to drop in and let me know what you think we should be focussing on.

I’m pleased to report that we’ve now delivered our park bench project in it’s entirety, ensuring every park in Division 9 has a park bench for tired mums or dads (or carers) to sit nearby the playground to watch their kids while they play. It sounds like a small thing, but mums across the division have appreciated the project. We’re also not far from finalising the federally funded disaster relief project, repairing shade sails in several parks damaged in last years storms. Thanks for your patience while waiting.

Finally, I encourage to get involved in our Mudgeeraba Street Party this year. Being held on April 13th, in conjunction with Heritage Week celebrations, it’s going to be an awesome event filled with community groups from all over the area, a street parade, and heaps of fun stalls and activities relating to the history of our great city, particularly Mudgeeraba and the local area. Please contact my office on 5581 1883 if you or your community group would like to get involved.

As always, drop in to the office on Tuesday morning between 9am and 11am if you’d like an informal chat, follow my pages on twitter or facebook for up to date information about local activities, or phone the office if we can be of assistance.

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