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A message from Michael Hart, State Member for Burleigh November 2016

Posted on 7 November 2016
A message from Michael Hart, State Member for Burleigh November 2016

It was a busy month in Burleigh with The King of Burleigh Hill go kart racing over on Goodwin Terrace as part of Gold Coast Superfest celebrations. It was a great afternoon out with racing, live music and good food and of course, perfect Spring weather. I got to play starter, race timer and even wave the flag. It's wonderful to have major events like this in the electorate to showcase our beautiful landscapes.

There was also the Burleigh State School fete on in October. A late Friday afternoon event, it was well attended and there was plenty of fun to be had. The P&C Association put on a great range of rides, entertainment and stalls that all the family could enjoy. Don't forget to stay tuned for their next big event, their Centenary Celebrations next March.

Our local team, the Burleigh Bears won their first Intrust Super Cup in 11 years. What a fantastic achievement. And not be outdone, the Burleigh Bears women's team went back to back winning their Grand Final against Souths.

I joined with member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey in October promoting and circulating the below petition:<><>

I have called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to stop the politics on M1 funding and commit to fixing the problem.

I am interested in seeing the government putting together a holistic plan for our traffic issues as the Gold Coast will continue to grow and a patchwork of projects isn't the solution.

Upgrading the Mudgeeraba to Exit 85 stretch on the M1 isn't going to solve anything by itself, we don't want to just push traffic further south.

One of the big talking points in Parliament this past month was of course the catastrophe that occurred in South Australia. For the Government to ignore the warning from the unprecedented state-wide power outages that occurred would be foolish.

The fact is, the power was out before the transmission lines went down. The severe storms combined with an over-reliance on sustainable energy sources exposed South Australia's alarming lack of energy security. Queensland is facing the same fate if we continue to pursue Labor's unrealistic 50 per cent Renewable Energy Target (RET) by 2030.
At 40 per cent, South Australia has one of the highest ratios of renewables to fossil fuel power generation in Australia. As a result, they also have one of the highest wholesale costs of electricity in the country.

Despite these red flags, Energy Minister Mark Baily wants to take Queensland's reliance on renewables even further.  The last thing we want is our hospitals running out of power which is why this month we held and will continue to hold the Government and Minister for Energy to account to provide certainty and security around the future of energy

And finally, just this week I have launched my annual 'Burleigh Guide to Giving' urging locals to show their Christmas Spirit and donate a present to brighten the life of a child. Christmas can be a difficult time for kids when money is tight or if they can't live at home, but by donating a small present we can let these children and young people know that we care. Last year we had an overwhelming response to the appeal with so many children receiving a gift, and we are asking everyone to again get behind this Appeal.

Presents can include a range of items, including gift cards, sporting equipment, board games, clothes, books or any gift suitable for toddlers through to teens.

Gifts do not need to be costly inexpensive presents can bring just as much joy as something expensive gifts worth as little as $5 may be suitable.

The appeal until 7 December to allow time for gifts to be sorted and allocated to local community groups. Presents can be dropped off under the tree at the Burleigh Electorate Office.

Michael Hart MP | Member for Burleigh

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