on 8 December 2016
Summer has arrived and Christmas is just around the corner. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday period. Enjoy our beautiful beaches, ensure you slip, slop, slap in the sun and have a good break with family and friends!
Unfortunately the unbelievable has happened, the Palaszczuk Labor Government has softened the criminal bikie gang laws which I am sure will be to the great detriment of the ...
on 1 December 2016
ENCOURAGING the next generation of young entrepreneurs will be a key priority of the new-look Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce board.
The half-dozen new faces on the board will bring an innovative and disruptive outlook and a broad spectrum of skills from a variety of industries.
Alongside myself, the new members are Andrew Shields (Secretary), Stuart Sanford (VP Surfers Paradise), Daniel de Vries (VP Nerang), Christie McCabe (VP Membership), and Loretta Lynch.
They join Laura ...
on 17 November 2016
Creating a community Christmans event
Kicking off with a Christmas Event at Crocker Park, Markeri Street, Mermaid Waters on 26 November, incorporating a Christmas Movie in the Park together with a Multicultural Garden Group.
Followed by Ernie Tebb Park, Miami on 10 December 5pm 9pm combining a Christmas Movie in the Park with interactive family games and activities.
Culminating with Community Christmas Carols in John Laws Park on Burleigh Headland on 15 December.
on 11 November 2016
Some items regarding Nerang!
Green bridge a new pedestrian/cycle crossing of the Nerang River
Since my early days as Councillor for Nerang, there has been significant frustration with the lack of suitable crossings of the river in the CBD precinct. This is considered vital to help bring the pieces of Nerang together, by encouraging linkages from the railway station to Price Street. Efforts were made many years ago to progress this, but it died a slow death.
Now I am ...
on 10 November 2016
Small businesses are an integral part of the fabric of our society. As a former small business owner, I know that mum-and-dad business owners work incredibly hard at their businesses which create jobs for our kids and provide a boost to our economy. That's why I'm a firm believer that Governments at all levels should also work hard to ensure that we create the right conditions for businesses so they can prosper and grow.
In light of this, it is disappointing that over the past ...
on 10 November 2016
In last month's column I briefly mentioned the Turnbull Government's initiative to help local employers create work opportunities for young Australians.
The Coalition is investing $840 million in the Youth Employment Package, an innovative new programme to help 120,000 young Australians get job-ready and equipped to enter the workforce.
A key element to the Youth Employment Package is the Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) programme. Youth Jobs PaTH will increase young peopl...