Spring has sprung! What a beautiful season… Although it doesn’t feel as though we had much of a winter, with so many sunny and warm days, it’s always nice to know days of swimming and watersports are not too far around the corner. Everyone loves summer on the Gold Coast!
This month I’m encouraging locals to get behind some of our waste management initiatives. In 2013, the Council adopted a plan for the city waste management services that was intended to increase recycling rates and attain improved outcomes across the city for green waste and reduce the amount of waste to landfills. Each year the city buries enough waste top fill 1500 Olympic sized swimming pools. That’s quite a load of rubbish. We’ve thrown down the gauntlet to other suburbs across the city to see better take-up of our upsized recycle bin service. For just under $20 (once off fee), Council provides an additional 100 litres in your recycling bin so you can fit more in and recycle more. For only $1 per week, most households in Division 9 can get a Green Waste bin as well, which is collected on the alternate fortnight to the kerbside recycling bin. Getting a green waste bin can save on burning off (which can be a fire hazard in certain seasons) and also can save the odd trip to the local transfer station, which can have queues onto the street, taking up valuable weekend time.
The 2013 council report on waste made some comments about the need for a review of tips and transfer station operations throughout the city in 2017, including Mudgeeraba. We’re navigating that now, particularly in the context of the needs of the Mudgeeraba Cemetery which has reached capacity amongst its monumental gravesites. The cemetery has been an important place for locals to remember their loved ones for many decades now (since the 1930’s) and Mudgeeraba is the southernmost located location in the city. Soon a decision will have to be made about future planning for the cemetery, in Mudgeeraba and the broader city. Stay tuned for more information as it comes to hand about the future of both council waste and cemetery services in our local area.
During the month of September and early October there are a few exciting events on in our local area and I encourage you to get out and check them out.
- 10th September – Equestrian Gold Coast Showjumping, Showgrounds, Mudgeeraba
- 12th September – Teddy’s Bear Picnic, d’Arcy Doyle Park, Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba
- 16th – 17th September – Wallapalooza Music Festival, Wallaby Hotel, Mudgeeraba
- 24th September – Equestrian Gold Coast Dressage, Showgrounds, Mudgeeraba
- 8th October – Equestrian Gold Coast Showjumping, Showgrounds, Mudgeeraba
- 10th – 11th October – Celebration of Entrepreneurship, Somerset College, Mudgeeraba
- 12th – 15th October – Netfest, Firth Park, Mudgeeraba
- 22nd October – Bonogin Valley Community & Cricket Day, Davenport Park, Bonogin
We’re in final planning for a variety of improved traffic outcomes in Tallai, Highland Park, Worongary and Mudgeeraba. If you have a traffic issue in your local area, please report to us in the office on 5581 1883, or visit my facebook or twitter pages where you can offer feedback. You can also drop into the office without an appointment any Tuesday morning between 9am and 11am, or simply call Helen to make a more formal appointment if you need. Helen and Linda, who work in the office each week, have a tonne of experience though and can regularly sort the issue out if I’m unavailable.