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Division 1 News

June 2019

Councillor Donna Gates

Welcome to the Division 1 Newsletter for June.

As we wind down for the 2018-19 financial year, Council’s budget deliberations have commenced.

There is so much that’s needed in our city in order to cope with the incredible growth, particularly in our part of the world. Pimpama is at 30 percent growth for the second consecutive year and the impact on the road network has been extreme. For that reason, Council has already committed to spending approximately $550 million over the next four years to try to address areas of congestion.

In this year’s budget there is much being done in Division 1. Unfortunately a lot of design work for road upgrades is necessary, so it may be about a year before we start to see the benefits of construction, but the projects most necessary have been included in the Draft Budget which I hope will be supported by a majority of Councillors. Be assured of Council’s commitment to keeping any rates increases at or close to Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Cabbage Tree Point car park

Allocation of funding for the upgrade of the Cabbage Tree Point car park (some $200,000) is included in the draft budget. I will have further details of the proposal soon to share with you.

I was very pleased to see an allocation for that work included. Further information will be provided just as soon as the budget is endorsed.

Jacobs Well boat ramp

At Jacobs Well there has been confirmation of the repainting of line markings within the boat ramp car park area. This has always been a bit confusing since inception and I hope the officers can present a better outcome in terms of the flow of that car park. I look forward to a report crossing my desk in the coming weeks.

Ormeau Skate Park lights

Last month, our Building Maintenance team attended Ormeau Skate Park and fixed the lighting. I know many people use the park until late and the lights help, not only with play, but also safety.

The skate park lights are controlled - turning them on at dusk. The lights were staged to turn off at different times allowing those using the park to safety exit.

Officers are currently assessing the shut-off timing as well as an option to extend shut-off to a later time. I’ll be sure to update you soon.

Community parks and playgrounds

The response to the recent upgrade of Rufous Whistler Park, Pimpama has been overwhelmingly positive. The toilet block was recently finished as was the footpath and terraced seating. The Youth Space is due to be completed soon. All these improvements will enhance use of your community park.

Norfolk West Reserve’s recently installed play equipment has also been well received by parents and it’s been a pleasure to see the new swing set and play equipment at Abraham Park, Upper Coomera being used.

The new skate ramp proposed for Jacobs Well is in the final design stages and I know there are many local children waiting for this one. While the final shape, size and features are still being determined, this will surely be an exciting addition to the local community. There are other items on my priority list which I am working to have included in next year’s budget.

Illegal dumping

We don’t like to see it - and thanks to those who report it.

The City continues to remove illegally dumped waste from our road reserves and parks but it needs to stop. The City has developed a smartphone application that allows you to capture an image of illegally dumped items and quickly report it for action. There is also specific website for those who want to go online and help keep our city’s streets, parks and gardens clean -

There are hefty fines applied to those caught dumping goods illegally with fines ranging from $400 to more than $2000 for an individual, depending on the volume and type of rubbish. If you don’t have access to a smart phone or computer please continue to call my office on 07 5581 6301.

Motorbike nuisance

A number of residents recently contacted me with their concerns about motorbike riders riding through an Energex power easement on Pascoe Road, Ormeau causing ongoing noise and safety issues.

I know this noise can be incredibly frustrating. If trail bikes are detected within a reserve or park area please contact 1300 637 000 – provide as much information as possible to assist City’s Local Law officers in locating the alleged offenders.

The area mentioned has now been included on City Laws after hours patrol roster and inspections will be undertaken. It should also be noted that this activity is also addressed by Queensland Police Services (QPS), as trail bikes often have no registration. Local Law officers will seek assistance from QPS should it be necessary.

Sealed parking bays complete

It’s been a long time coming; but, finally the sealed parking bays at Clark Way, Pimpama are complete, with parents from Pimpama State School eagerly using them at drop off and pick up times.

City’s Planning Officers did a wonderful job working within budget and space limitations to provide the adjoining path and new parking bays on Clarks Way.

Intersection upgrade for Pearson Road and Darlington Drive, Yatala

Council has allocated funding and also secured funding through the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program to upgrade the road and intersection connecting Pearson Road and Darlington Drive at Yatala.

The works will improve heavy vehicle access and traffic flow in the Yatala enterprise Area and provide loading zones and off street loading facilities for businesses. The road and intersection design will improve traffic safety, reduce ongoing maintenance and provide a shorter travel distance connection to the M1 for larger vehicles. Works are now underway with an expected completed date of February 2021. I look forward to providing project updates as they come to hand.

Alberton Pontoon project

The Gold Coast Waterways Authority has awarded a new contract for the delivery of the Alberton Pontoon project. It is anticipated that construction of the pontoon will commence next month subject to favourable weather and no unforeseen delays.

School bus parking for Billinghurst Crescent, Upper Coomera

City’s Transport and Infrastructure team are busy at work preparing the detailed design associated with the construction of a suitable area for buses to stop in Billinghurst Crescent to service Coomera Anglican College.

Footpath for Brygon Creek Road, Upper Coomera

A recent resident request asking for a missing link of footpath be constructed to assist persons with prams, school children and elderly has resulted in approval for a new concrete path with pedestrian ramps. Construction works are now scheduled to start at the end of this month which I‘m sure will be welcome news to the local residents who frequent the area.

Help for parents of teenagers

There is help for parents of teens. Friends of Parents Support (FOPS) group is open to all parents, grandparents and carers of teens 12 – 18 years of age. The support group will meet on the first Tuesday of each month at Upper Coomera Centre, 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Guest speakers and the support of other parents, grandparents, and carers will help transform your relationship with your teen through encouragement, listening and guidance. Light refreshments will be served. For further information please call 0424 666 941.

Rubik's, Puzzles and Games Club

A new group formed to help children who are shy, or extroverted, and those with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Current members range from 8 to 18 years old - all are welcome.

The group meets every Sunday afternoon from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Free to attend. If interested please call Deb on 0430 036 653 for further information.

Contact me

Cr Donna Gates Division 1

Northern Gold Coast is home to more than 56,000 residents, and we expect that number to continue to grow as people make the migration north!

Growing quickly presents many challenges as well as exciting opportunities for Council as we strive to continue providing the services and infrastructure that our community deserves.

I will continue to work collaboratively with the community to plan how I can meet the needs for our area moving forward.

Contact me at or 07 5581 6301 should you require assistance or information. The Facebook Page is not the forum for official requests due to the legislative requirement to capture corporate information. So please email any formal requests to the divisional email address.

Phone: 07 5581 6301

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