Welcome to the May 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. I conduct weekly pop-up listening posts every Friday between 9am-11am at Coolangatta Library so if you are in the area please call in and see me to say hi.
To keep up to date with important Division 14 related works and events ‘like’ my Facebook page or search @gailoneilldivision14.
Local Area Works
Kirra Boardwalk renewal project
The City of Gold Coast will soon be commencing a project to renew the iconic Kirra Boardwalk. Built in 2001, the popular wooden structure is reaching the end of its design life. The renewal project will involve a complete removal of the existing boardwalk and sub-structure, installation of concrete piers and precast architectural finished concrete deck and reinstallation of the existing handrail. This type of structure will improve the load capabilities and ensure the safety of pedestrians. The robust concrete structure will ensure the boardwalk is able to withstand the environmental impacts of the beachfront location, and provide a maximum life span of 100 years.
Investigation works will be undertaken over several weeks in May 2019. There will be minor pedestrian and cyclist detours during this stage. The renewal project is expected to commence in September 2019. The wooden boardwalk and adjacent footpath will be closed for up to five months during this stage.
Pat Fagan Park
Works started on the 29 April to install a new picnic setting and shelter at the Northern end of the Park. Three of the exiting red lidded bins will be replaced with permanently fixed bins. These works are due to be completed by 10 June.
Teemangum Street culvert strengthening
commenced on the culvert crossing over Flat Rock Creek,
Teemangum Street to grout fill three concrete culvert cells
identified as needing intervention as an interim safety
measure prior to future bridge works. These works will have
minimal impact on traffic, pedestrians and cyclists as the
work area is off the trafficable lanes and mainly on the
northbound shoulder. Works are due to be completed early
May (weather dependent).
Queen Elizabeth II Park public amenities temporary
The public convenience building attached to John
Cunningham Lifeguard Centre has been temporarily closed
to enable building repairs to be undertaken. Works are
estimated to be completed by Friday 10 May (weather
Alternative public convenience amenities are to be used
within the park open space of QEII Park for the duration of
the building works. Thank you for your patience during this
Wyberba Street Parklands, new public amenities
City of Gold Coast will be replacing the existing public
amenities at Wyberba Street Parklands with a new facility in
response to public need and condition of the current facility.
Wyberba Street Parklands is a very popular park that
includes features such as playgrounds, picnic facilities and a
lifeguard patrolled beach.
The open and airy design of the new public amenity is
consistent with other new facilities across the Gold Coast
and will include stalls for male, female, unisex persons with
a disability and a fully accessible unisex change room.
As part of the amenities renewal, the beach shower located
at the nearest beach entrance will be upgraded to a double
beach accessible shower.
Construction commenced in April with a construction period
of three to four months.
During the construction of the new amenities block, two
temporary portable toilets will be located at Wyberba
Parkland for 14 weeks from 29 April to 5 August for public
Thrower Drive Bridge, Maintenance Works Stage 2
Thrower Drive Bridge spans Currumbin Creek and forms a
strategic link in the road network, connecting Currumbin to
Palm Beach. Engineering assessment and investigations
revealed that some principal bridge components are at
intervention. Rehabilitation works are necessary to maintain the structural integrity and durability of the bridge with safety
and serviceability improvements.
Stage 2 works below the bridge deck (substructure) and
underwater commenced in April. Barges and scaffolding will
be used for safe access. There will be no impact on
vehicular movements. Access will also be maintained for
recreational waterway users on Currumbin Creek, however
there will be some temporary speed limit reductions required
during construction. No road closures or night works are
Works are due to be completed in June 2019 (weather
Golden Four Drive, Road Upgrades
Works are ongoing
along Golden Four Drive to complete the Principal Active
Transport route to encourage walking and cycling. This
includes upgrading and widening the shared path between
Short Street and Matters Street, and connecting the path
and bus stop ramps to improve accessibility.
The works also
include renewal of the road pavement along Golden Four
Drive (from Short Street to Gibson Street) to improve its
To minimise impacts, works will be delivered in stages
(block by block). Notification letters will be sent to local
businesses and residents. Works are due to be completed
mid-year with the majority of parking to remain.
Local Area Works
Other works taking place in Division 14
during the month of May include:
- Restoration of retaining wall Bowden Close,
- Restoration of retaining wall Ducats Road LS3,
- Road reseal Tallebudgera Creek Road 5425-6095
- BBQ renewal Lions Park, Tallebudgera Valley
- Safety improvements, Currumbin Creek Road
What’s on in our community
Flat Rock Creek Improvement Project Community
The City of Gold Coast has engaged the
consultant Water Technology to develop options to improve
Flat Rock Creek, focussing on water quality, ecological
health, aesthetics and flood mitigation potential. Please join
us at one of the following meetings to consider the options
that have been developed and to give us your views:
Cooly Rocks On
- Thursday 9 May, 7pm to 8.30pm at Tom Atkin
Hall, 433 Golden Four Drive, Tugun
- Friday 10 May, 4pm to 7pm at the Night Markets
at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Get ready to rock at Australia’s favourite
nostalgia festival celebrating the 50s, 60s and 70s right here
in one of the best destinations in the world. Music, dancing,
cars, nostalgia and good old-fashioned family fun return to
Cooly from Wednesday 5 June to Sunday 9 June. View the
event guide here.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party
The Coolangatta Senior
Citizens Centre is hosting two wonderful nights of music and
dancing during the June long weekend. Two popular Gold
Coast bands will take to the stage and have you dancing all
night long. Purchase tickets for ‘Route 66’ on Friday 7 June
from 6.30pm-10.30pm by visiting: https://bit.ly/2WiI5Xhor
purchase tickets for ‘The Mustangs’ on Saturday 8 June
from 6.30pm-10.30pm here. Attend
both evening sessions to receive a two night discount.
Youth Art Display
Visit the Elanora Library during the
month of May to check out the youth art display in the foyer
entrance. The wooden cube stools were decorated by local
youth during a free stencil art workshop at Shout Out Fest
during Youth Week on Saturday 6 April.