Pacific Pines – more detail for the future

Here is some further detail on proposed action in Pacific Pines.  It’s easy to remember – A B C D E.

Representing the community in the quest to secure better outcomes from the Federal and State governments with non-council issues such as mobile phone reception, a 7-day per week Police Beat, additional police patrols to counter hooning, and significantly better public transportation.

Taking strong action to build two lanes each way on Smith Street from Pitcairn Way all the way through to the M1.
Extending the left turn lane from Binstead Way onto the M1.
Strategically securing funding for lighting, fencing, kitchen and building improvement works at the Pacific Pines Junior AFL club.
Providing additional funding to the Pacific Pines Football Club for their planned and partly funded extension works.
Working with the Pacific Pines netball club to secure funding for improvements – possibly including lighting – for the new hard courts in Wajin Park.

Community Development
Ensuring ongoing funding for the Community Development Officer dedicated to Pacific Pines, a position I instigated.
Providing (at least) matching funding for the Pacific Pines Winterfest, and additional funding for a vastly increased range of activities and programs aimed at seniors, youth, and families, to be delivered through existing facilities including the Hub, Community Centre, and sports clubs.
Re-introducing the dial-up home pick up bus service (introduced by me in 2010 as Your Bus).
Funding to provide road safety benefits including securing a permanent speed indicator on Pacific Pines Boulevarde (the existing one is temporary).

Delivering works associated with the water quality of the lake in Central Park.
Proper protection and enhancement of Saltwater and Coombabah Creeks, and Nerang State Forest.
Proper implementation of the bushfire management plan for the numerous natural area parks, to protect residents and the environmental values.

Levy for Rural Fire Brigades

I give my unequivocal support for the re-introduction of a levy to ensure proper and ongoing funding for the Hinterland Rural Brigades.

I will be arguing in favour of this in the GCCC budget deliberations, and I will be encouraging all councillors to recognise the SUBSTANTIAL work all the brigades do for our community, not only in their local areas, but in fires affecting urban areas, as was clearly witnessed when fires threatened the Pacific Pines community.

I was always a supporter of meeting the funding needs of the brigades during my time as a Councillor, and I will be again. I am simply aghast to learn that the current funding scenario has left brigades exposed. This is untenable. I will fight for immediate change!