Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of my monthly Councillor Newsletter for 2019. As your Councillor, I am passionate about serving the needs of residents, schools, businesses and community groups within Division 14.
My office in Tugun is open Tuesday to Friday between 8.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm. Should you have any community concerns, feedback or suggestions I am available to meet with you. Please contact my office on 07 5581 5275 to arrange an appointment or email me through your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commencing Friday 8 February, I will be conducting popup listening posts between 9am-11am at Coolangatta Library so if you are in the area please call in and see me to say hi.
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Local Area Works
Greenmount Hill Viewing Deck
The new viewing deck
on Greenmount Hill is almost complete with a few finishing
touches to be made including the installation of a portion of
railing. Vegetation restoration between the path and deck
will commence shortly. Residents are advised for safety
reasons there is no beach access from the viewing deck.
Golden Four Drive, Road Upgrades
The upgrade of
Golden Four Drive between Short Street and Gibson Street
are due to commence in early 2019 with the majority of
parking to remain.
‘Drive Safe’ Speed Awareness
awareness devices are temporarily installed in streets
across the City where speeding has been identified as an
issue. These ‘smiley face’ digital signs have been shown to
achieve a significant reduction in speeding. The next round
of Speed Awareness Devices will be deployed in the
following streets between February and June; Millers Drive,
Tugun; Monash Street, Tugun; Kitchener Street, Tugun; and
Morshead Street, Tugun.
Coolangatta and Kirra Master Plan Project Update
City is preparing a place based master plan for the
Coolangatta and Kirra business centres that will improve
public spaces and enhance the lifestyle within the area.
Over the last year the City has been working closely with a
group of stakeholders to identify what matters to the local
community and visitors to the area.
From this engagement, approximately one third of
responses in relation to ‘what is important’ related to the
natural environment, particularly the beach. Other important
aspects were local identity, street trees, pedestrian access,
seating, meeting places, personal safety, public art and
This feedback has helped us to establish a vision that will
inform design concepts that aim to improve the street
environment and public spaces, and ultimately contribute to
the liveability of Coolangatta and Kirra.
The Vision of the project is to celebrate the uniqueness of
the place and enhance the experience of being in
Coolangatta and Kirra by:
- improving the walking experience
- celebrating the history, beach culture, location and
- 3. looking for opportunities to improve cycling
Once the design concepts for the project have been
finalised, the community will be invited to have their say
about the master plan with consultation to be held early in
2019 for a period of three weeks. Feedback from the
consultation will be tabled at the next stakeholder
workshops and inform final concepts.
What’s on in our Community
Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway Celebration
Join us to
celebrate the opening of the Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway on
Sunday 13 January from 9.00am to 11.00am. The new
1.7km shared path provides an oceanfront link for
pedestrians and cyclists between Toolona Street, Tugun
and the Bilinga Surf Life Saving Club.
Free entertainment includes music, face painting and
jumping castle. Enjoy a food truck picnic with a selection of
food and drinks available for purchase. Bring a chair or
picnic rug and remember to slip, slop, slap.
Walking and cycling information will be available. Parking
will be limited so please consider riding, scooting, skating,
walking or carpooling to the event.
Funding for the Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway project was
approved in the City Budget 2018-19. For more information click here
Seaside Sounds Kirra 2019
Held at one of the Gold
Coast’s finest beach side locations, Seaside Sounds returns
this summer for 5 consecutive Sunday afternoons of free
live music on the iconic Kirra foreshore.
Brought to you by Division 14 Cr Gail O’Neill, Seaside
Sounds commences Sunday 27 January to Sunday
24 February inclusive from 4.00pm-7.00pm at Roughton
Pack your blanket for a food truck picnic and enjoy beats by
the beach in the cool ocean breeze. Free jumping castle
and face painting for the kids.
Hear from your favourite bands with a line-up including: The
Twine, Josh Lovegrove, Felicity Lawless, Claire Anne
Taylor, Tay Askee, Felipe Baldomir, Tones & I, Satisvibes,
Alisha Todd & the Volcanic Lovers; and The Lyrical.
This is a family friendly event and no alcohol is permitted in