Division 14 Update from Cr. O'Neill

Posted on Friday, July 06, 2018

Welcome to this special Budget edition of my monthly Councillor Newsletter. As your Councillor, I am passionate about serving the needs of residents, schools, businesses and community groups within Division 14. To keep up to date with what’s happening throughout the month subscribe to my Facebook feed at

Division 14 Budget 2018-19
With the recent adoption of the City Budget, here's a list of how Division 14's discretionary budget of $750,000 has been allocated:

  • Division 14 Parks & Reserves $80,000
  • Division 14 Roads & Drainage $50,000
  • Division 14 Miscellaneous Investigations $5,000
  • Division 14 Divisional Donations $50,000
  • Division 14 Community Facility Contributions $30,000
  • Division 14 Local Promotions Program $50,000
  • Division 14 Local Street scaping Program $5,505
  • Division 14 Parks Activity Program $30,000
  • Division 14 Community Consultation & Meetings $2,000
  • Division 14 Christmas Decorations $20,000
  • Allocation to the Southern Gateway Advisory Committee to identify and implement community enhancement projects in the Southern Gold Coast area $40,000
  • Contribution to the Surf World Museum to assist with operating expenses $18,000
  • 1.5m wide concrete path in Wagawn Street, Tugun $120,000
  • Playground enhancements and replacement works within Tugun Park $30,000
  • Playground enhancements within Queen Elizabeth Park $50,000

Division 14 Community Concerts & Functions $170,000 includes sponsorship of the following: 

1. Cooly Rocks On Festival
2. Swell Sculpture Festival
3. Tugun Lights Up for Christmas
4. Coolangatta New Year's Eve Fireworks/Event
5. Coolangatta Christmas Carols
6. ANZAC Day Ceremony at Elephant Rock
7. Buskers by the Creek event

City of Gold Coast Workshop on Parking
A city-wide Councillor workshop on parking was held on Monday 18 June. Officers are conducting a survey on all City parking with the results to be released in a report due in September. Mayor Tom Tate has emphasised that resident parking is to be a priority focus.

GC2018 Legacy CCTV Cameras 
As a legacy of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, 234 CCTV cameras have been gifted to the City, 69 of these were permanently installed ahead of the Games. The City is currently liaising with the Queensland Police Service and other stakeholders to determine priority locations for the progressive installation of the remainder of legacy cameras. The deployments will be based on crime trends and areas of community concern.

Local Area Works

Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway
Works for the Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway project have commenced adjacent to the Bilinga SLSC with construction to progress to the north to Toolona Street completing one street block at a time. As part of the project, the City will undertake restoration works to all disturbed areas, with the project scheduled for completion in December 2018. Interested parties can view a copy of the plans at my office or by contacting the project team on 07 5581 1804. Funding for the project was approved in the City Budget 2018-19. For more information click here.

Judeller Road, Timber Bridge Replacement Project 
Works to replace the old timber bridge on Judeller Road, Currumbin Waters are now complete and the new bridge will open on Wednesday 11 July 2018 (weather permitting).

Stormwater drainage upgrade, Boundary Street
The Boundary Street Drainage Upgrade Project has commenced with completion in December 2018. The construction of a new underground drainage system along the southern end of Boundary Street between Jewel Street and Judeller Road will improve excess water flows during storm events and discharge water into the Judeller Road Drainage Reserve. Following completion of the underground works, the road will be re-constructed (including new kerb and driveway crossovers), between Jewel Street and Hayter Street.

Golden Four Drive, Road Upgrades
37 Additional parking spaces will be installed on the western side of Golden Four Drive between Dune Street and Short Street. This work is programmed to start within the next month. Plans for the upgrade of Golden Four Drive between Short Street and Gibson Street are complete. These works are due to commence shortly with the majority of parking to remain. 

Reconstruction Works, Currumbin Creek - Tomewin Mountain Road 
Reconstruction works by the Department of Main Roads are ongoing on Currumbin Creek - Tomewin Mountain Road following severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie with works expected to be completed by late 2018. Working hours will be 6am to 6pm, Monday to Friday with weekend and night work as required. For an estimated three month period during the reconstruction works, Currumbin Creek - Tomewin Mountain Road will be reduced to one-lane in several locations with traffic controlled by temporary signals.

LED Pathway Lighting Trial
New LED lights have been installed along the pathway at Wyberba Street and Elizabeth Street as part of a pathway lighting trial.

What’s coming up in your area

CoastEd Coastal Bike Challenge
Join CoastEd on Wednesday 11 July from 9.00-10.30am at the Tugun Surf Life Saving Club for a coastal treasure hunt. You will learn about our coastal features and the work being done to protect our coastlines while solving puzzles and riddles. All ages welcome. Adults $5. Children over 5 years of age $2. Children under five years of age enter free. Bookings required. CoastEd is the Gold Coast’s coastal education program coordinated by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management and funded by the City of Gold Coast. For more information on the programs and bookings visit: or phone: 07 5552 8823 or email

Rural Fire Services Community Fun Day 
Come along to Dolan Family Park Tallebudgera on Saturday 14 July from 10.00am to 3.00pm for the Tallebudgera Valley Rural Fire Brigade’s annual rural fire services day and say hello to ‘Little Squirt the Fire Truck’, ‘Blazer the Koala’ and ‘Bushie the Wallaby’. Have fun while learning about fire preparedness with fire behaviour demonstrations, fireman games, a free jumping castle, face painting and a sausage sizzle. 

Gold Coast District Neighbourhood Watch Secure Disposal Day
The Gold Coast District Neighbourhood Watch is running a secure disposal day on Saturday 4 August between 9.00am to 12.00pm at the Robina Town Centre at the site adjacent to the cinema complex off Collyer Quays. The service allows Gold Coast residents to dispose of unwanted secure paper based material which will be 100% recycled. This is a joint initiative between all Gold Coast Neighbourhood Watch groups, the City of Gold Coast, the Robina Town Centre and Shred-x with all gold coin donation proceeds going to NHW. 

Youth Forum
Tugun Community Bank® Branch invites community members who have an interest in assisting our youth to attend a Youth Forum on Wednesday 15 August at 6.00pm at the Tugun Surf Lifesaving Club to discuss the needs of youth within our community. Registrations are essential. RSVP by 6 August to Maris Dirkx on 0421 215 596 or email

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Appeal
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is calling on our community to help with donations to save our wildlife and koalas. Our wild koalas are struggling with disease, habitat loss and human impact injuries such as vehicle hits and dog attacks. The cold months of winter place an extra burden on vulnerable koalas especially those affected by disease increasing their chances of needing veterinary care at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. Diseased koalas can spend many months receiving treatment which can cost over $6000 to treat just one koala. Please help us save our local koalas and donate now to save a life. Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation is a registered charity; all donations over $2 are fully tax deductible. Donate here.

City of Gold Coast My Account
City customers can now register for My Account, the secure and convenient way to manage your council services online. By registering for My Account you will be able to access a wider range of online services via the self-service portal 24/7. You will be able to view and manage water and rates accounts; make service requests and track their progress; perform property searches; update your details; and lodge and track licence, permit and development applications. To register for My Account, click here.

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