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DIVISION 14 UPDATE FROM CR. O'NEILL

Posted on Thursday, September 06, 2018

Welcome to the September 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.


Local Area Works

Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway
The first section of the Oceanway project between Bilinga SLSC and Surf Street is complete and open to the public. Concreting has already commenced at the next section between Surf Street and John Street. 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 click here.

Tugun Precinct
The old timber seats in Tugun Precinct have been replaced with 11 new modern style seats. 

McDonalds, Tugun 
Construction of the McDonalds in Tugun at the site adjacent to the Shell Service Station has commenced. 

Retirement Living, Bilinga 
A 10 storey retirement living apartment building with commercial space has recently been approved for the site on the corner of Golden Four Drive and Lang Street, Bilinga.

Lifeguard tower, Currumbin
The Currumbin Lifeguard Tower has been relocated closer to the beach to improve the line of sight to the south which was previously hindered by vegetation.

Queen Elizabeth II Park
Turf reinstatement works are now complete and public access has been reopened at the site of the GC2018 Beach Volleyball on the corner of McLean Street and Musgrave Street.

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 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.

R T Peak Park Kirra Lookout
Repair works at R T Peak Park lookout on Kirra Hill are complete and the area is now open to the public. Plans are being prepared to upgrade Kirra Hill lookout in the coming years.

Golden Four Drive, Road Upgrades
Following an investigation it has been identified that an additional 37 parking spaces will be installed on the western side of Golden Four Drive between Dune Street and Short Street. Construction is currently estimated to commence early October 2018. Plans for the upgrade of Golden Four Drive between Short Street and Gibson Street are complete with the majority of parking to remain. These works are due to commence in early 2019.

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 reconstructed (including new kerb and driveway crossovers) between Jewel Street and Hayter Street.

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 on in our Community

GC2018 Legacy Borobi
Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s Lorikeet Arena just outside the ticketing booth to have your photo taken with Borobi the Cyclist. No admission fee is required.

Container Refund Scheme Information Forum
Queensland’s new Container Refund Scheme may provide new fundraising opportunities for local community groups and schools. The help your group prepare, Boomerang Alliance and Container Exchange will answer your questions on Wednesday 12 September between 5.30pm-7.00pm at Currumbin RSL. Please RSVP to kellie.lindsay@boomerangalliance.org.au.

Tugun Village Business Networking
Network in a relaxed environment with other local businesses in the area. The next event will be at Crackerjack Restaurant, Tugun Bowls Club on Wednesday 19 September from 5.30pm-7.30pm. Entry $10 per person. Bookings essential. RSVP by 14 September 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 a disaster preparedness workshop for Tallebudgera Valley residents from 1.00pm-3.00pm.

Coolangatta Football Club’s New Scoreboard
I was happy to support the Tweed Coolangatta Junior Australian Football Club with funding for a new scoreboard.

Spring into the Wild Wildlife Awareness Day & Movies Under the Stars
Congratulations to the Tallebudgera Valley Community Project Association for a successful event on Saturday 1 September at the Tallebudgera Valley Community Hall. Everyone had a wonderful time learning about wildlife and watching The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature on the Movies Under the Stars big-screen.

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