Wishing Mudgeeraba and the Hinterland a very merry Christmas!

This past week has been flat out. The campaign team have been putting together Corflute designs and Flyer designs. Our first election advertisement started hitting the streets (Div 9 newsletter). Christmas deadlines have been pending for my work with the Wagyu Association, Juice1073 and White Pages. I’m really looking forward to a week with the family over Christmas!

This past week i managed to catch up with a few committed members of the Mudgeeraba Hockey Club at their AGM in Tallai. As many community groups will attest, encouraging members to remain financial, attracting sponsors and and growing their membership are common pressures. The Mudgeeraba Hockey Club, however, seem to have a really close group of passionate leaders willing to dedicate their time to promoting hockey in the area. They had a great year with results (quite a few finals appearances, and a few wins as well) despite the pressures. I was able to recommend a few grants and possible sponsors that love to help out community groups attempting to make a difference. Big thanks to Heather for welcoming me (the lime juice was lovely).

On Wednesday I had a chance to talk to Dave, who works in Worongary with an organisation that runs a childcare centre, counselling services for families and children and also runs a few youth programs. He’d been out on Tuesday with his daughter delivering hampers to families in need in the area. Dave spoke of the impact delivering these hampers had on his daughter. Obviously she was really happy to be spending time with her dad but she said the smiles on the faces of those locals receiving hampers with food and gifts only a few days before Christmas made her want to “help people every day”. I loved this story and I am absolutely committed to resourcing guys like Dave who are making a difference amongst the Mudgeeraba and Hinterland residents i hope to represent.

My wife and I ducked into the Woodchopper’s Inn last night for a date night (big thanks to my folks for coming up from Sydney to look after the kids). I must say, as always, the eye fillets down at Woodchopper’s are excellent. And “Cowboy” was in top form making us laugh whenever he came by the table. One thing he said stuck with me though, “I’d vote for you, Glenn. We need more young professionals with families involved in the running of our city. It’s time for the next generation.” Needless to say, I was flattered and I agree. Councillors waiting out for retirement is not what this city needs. Gold Coast needs motivated professionals committed to their divisions and engaging the community to improve services and facilities, while managing the finances appropriately.

A fresh approach is what’s needed and that’s what I’m committed to bringing to Gold Coast City Council in 2012.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year. Stay safe on the roads and drink responsibly. Enjoy the time with your families and friends.

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