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Division 14 Update from Cr. O'Neill

Posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Welcome to the August 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 important Division 14 related works and events, ‘like’ my Facebook page here.

Divisional Donations Program 2018-19
The funding round for the Divisional Donations Program 2018-19 opens Monday, 6 August and closes Friday, 7 September 2018 and will be the only round I will be conducting this financial year.

Incorporated not-for-profit community and sporting organisations, schools and P&Cs, with the exception of Surf Lifesaving Clubs*, are eligible to apply for funding up to $5,000. It should be noted that any funding of $2,000 and above will require an acquittal. Priority is given to projects that provide a benefit to the community within a single Council Division. This funding supports and stimulates minor projects, activities, administrative needs, equipment or operational functions which have a local focus and is provided from my Division 14 Local Area Works budget. Examples of projects or activities that could be funded included, but are not limited to, administrative costs, scholastic awards, costs towards end-of-year presentations, or minor equipment etc.

As in previous years, all applications are to be submitted electronically. For additional information, click here. To lodge your application you will then need to select ‘Division 14’ under ‘How to apply’ or simply follow the link here

*NB: Surf Life Saving Clubs are ineligible to apply as the City of Gold Coast provides their parent organisation with annual funding for distribution to Surf Clubs under its umbrella. Should you require any further assistance, please contact divdonations@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or phone 07 5581 6461.

GC2018 Legacy CCTV Cameras
In an effort to combat the ‘hooning’ concerns raised by residents of Currumbin Valley and Tallebudgera Valley, I met with Palm Beach and Coolangatta Police and Council’s CCTV Unit Officer to discuss the locations for the installation of CCTV in both Currumbin Valley and Tallebudgera Valley as soon as possible. I have committed to funding one of the CCTV units from Division 14 LAW Budget so that the unit will remain permanently within the Division.

Local Area Works

Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway
Construction of the Oceanway project commenced at the southern end of the path on the 9 July. As part of the project, the City will undertake restoration works to all disturbed areas, with the project scheduled for completion in December 2018. Funding for the project was approved in the City Budget 2018-19. For more information visit: http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/tugun-to-bilinga-oceanway-project-42300.html.

Queen Elizabeth II Park
As part of the Park Rectification and Improvement Project targeting premium destination parks across the city, QEII Park (between 70 Marine Parade and 99 Marine Parade/corner of McDonald Street) is closed from 16 July to 14 September for a major makeover. These necessary works will require sections of the park to be closed to accommodate turf renovation and re-profiling, tree works, minor playground repairs and irrigation installation. Whilst the works' site will be fenced off from public access, every attempt will be made to limit impact to access points and public thoroughfare with the Oceanway path to remain open for pedestrian access. The playground will be closed off from public access for 3 weeks only, between 16 July and 8 August.

Turf Reinstatement, Wallace Nicholl Park
Turf reinstatement works commenced at Wallace Nicholl Park on 16 July 2018 with the park due to reopen to the public at the end of August (weather permitting).

R T Peak Park Kirra Lookout 
Repairs to the timber platform at R T Peak Park, Kirra commenced 20 July for three weeks. Repair works are paramount for public safety and are being treated with the highest priority to enable the reopening of the platform in this highly used area of park space. Thank you for your patience during this period.

Access Ramp, Miles Street – Coolangatta
The construction of an access ramp at Miles Street in Coolangatta is complete. The access ramp replaces existing steps between Miles Street and Binya Avenue. The ramp will improve access for people with a disability, pram users and cyclists.

Stormwater drainage upgrade, Boundary Street – Currumbin
The Boundary Street Drainage Upgrade Project is ongoing with an expected 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. Plans for the upgrade of Golden Four Drive between Short Street and Gibson Street are complete with the majority of parking to remain. I am awaiting a starting date for these programs of works.

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 ex-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 works, Currumbin Creek - Tomewin Mountain Road will be reduced to one-lane in several locations with traffic controlled by temporary signals.

What’s coming up in your area

Youth Forum
Tugun Community Bank® Branch invites community members who have an interest in supporting 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 marisdirkx@tuguncommunitybank.com.

Tallebudgera Valley Disaster Preparedness Workshop & Free BBQ
In March 2017, ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie with the associated rainfall and flooding severely impacted individuals and communities across the Gold Coast. Operation Queensland Recovery was activated as a joint Federal and State Government program and provides the framework for a community-led approach to recovery, supported by local government. Join the City of Gold Coast and Tallebudgera Valley Rural Fire Brigade on Saturday 22 September at 12.00pm for a free BBQ followed by the Tallebudgera Valley specific disaster preparedness workshop from 1.00pm-3.00pm. The workshop will address topics including: how to prepare for severe weather events and bush fires; the warning signs in your local area; preparing an emergency kit for you and your family for the first 72 hours after an emergency event; when you need to act; and who to call on during an emergency and how they can help.

Spring into the Wild, Wildlife Awareness Day
Spring into the Wild on 1 September from 2.30pm at the Tallebudgera Valley Community Hall. Brought to you by The Tallebudgera Valley Community Project Association with my support, Spring into the Wild - Wildlife Awareness Day will feature awareness talks and education, children’s activities, animal encounters and food trucks. I am working on funding an outdoor movie screening to complement this event with details to be confirmed via my Facebook page.


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