Here is some further detail on proposed action throughout Nerang.
It’s easy to remember – A B C D E.
Providing strong and experienced representation for the community – seeking better outcomes from the Federal and State governments in non-council issues such as mobile phone reception, high-speed internet, additional police officers at Nerang, 7-day Police Beat at Pacific Pines, improvements to State roads and significantly better public transportation.
Create the right economic environment for the revitalisation of the Nerang CBD. Much good work has been done on improving the presentation and character of the CBD. But Nerang has suffered from having the M1 slice through it, the railway station be positioned well away from the centre, and some quite poor town planning decisions. The economic activity is in fact spread through many locations. But the CBD provides the single best opportunity to create a strong and dynamic economic base. We need to deliberately create the right conditions in the town plan to progress a strong future that takes advantage of Nerang’s features – and one of those key advantages is its accessibility. This will be a major driver in the future, as growth towards the coast leads to continued congestion and gridlock. Businesses will want to relocate to Nerang. We need to act now to ensure we attract the right ones for the town and its people.
Expansion and improvements at the Nerang Bowls Club. It is my intention to do everything possible to support improvements and redevelopments at the bowls club, and to have it confirmed as a key training base for teams visiting from around the world when we host the Commonwealth Games. Before and after, the Nerang Bowls Club can build a strong reputation as an international class facility for training and competition – and the town can benefit through short and long term stays and the positive kudos brought by such a facility.
Further improvements to the Nerang BMX Club and Nerang Cardinals Baseball Club. I have long been a champion of the BMX club, and I am very pleased that the early work done on planning and prioritising is realising great benefits. This is a tremendous club providing a lot of benefit to young kids around the local area. Importantly, too, it is now a venue for many national competitions. This is great for the local area in so many ways – for examples more income locally, and building a positive reputation for Nerang. Likewise the Cardinals Baseball Club is really coming of age, and due to improvements commenced by me it is now a host of international competitions such as the Pan Pacifics. This is tremendous for the local community – to see a good strong vibrant local club hosting games featuring teams from Japan and other Pacific nations. Both clubs will continue to improve their facilities with my support.
Further improvements at Country Paradise Parklands. I was the instigator for this beautiful site to be purchased by Council. I held off potential development for housing estates for many years, knowing that it would provide such an enormously positive venue for strengthening the local community. I will support the Parklands and all the groups participating in this wonderful and uniquely community-run facility.
More carparking in the central area of Nerang for businesses and residents. Many existing commercial and residential developments are seriously short of parking to meet current demands. I have in the past successfully resisted the introduction of car parking meters in the CBD, and I have also funded the provision of additional car parking. Much more is needed. I will dedicate funds and secure additional funds for better parking arrangements that meet the needs of the working and residential community. And we do not want to see the Price Street carpark sold by Council. This is a big no!
Full restoration of the Maid of Sker paddle steamer. In 2003 the community rallied behind the Nerang Community Association in leading the salvaging of the old boat, which we were thankful had been brought to Nerang many years earlier, but which had fallen into a critical state of decay. A big project was mounted to save her, and this included relocating her to a much more prominent location near the street frontages. I was able to secure most of the funding for the restoration and relocation works. But time continues to take its toll and the Maid needs our attention again. It will cost a lot of money. But the Maid is a symbol of Nerang and epitomises the positive nature of the community – never give in, and keep steaming on. I will certainly be doing all I can to make sure the Maid stands proud.
Reinstating the character of the Coomera Valley at the incredibly over-engineered Guanaba Creek bridge. Ah – it is such a sad thing to see the old timber bridge removed. Granted, it was in a poor state of repair and vulnerable to flood. But the crossing of that bridge really signalled an entry to another discrete and secluded place. Now the bridge presents a characterless and sterile and unwelcoming entry to this part of the world. Work can be done to improve that character, and to provide public access to the river for picnics and recreation.
Bus shelters throughout our suburbs
Community Development (that’s C and D in one hit!)
Working hard to re-introduce the city-wide levy to ensure proper and ongoing funding for the Hinterland Rural Brigades, who protect urban and rural areas alike.
Ensuring ongoing funding for the Community Development Officers dedicated to Nerang and Pacific Pines – positions I instigated.
Providing increased funding for Nerang Celebrates Christmas, which I instigated, and additional funding for a vastly increased range of activities and programs aimed at seniors, youth, and families, to be delivered through existing facilities and clubs throughout the town.
Funding to provide road safety benefits.
Introducing services similar to the dial-up home pick up bus service (introduced by me in 2010 as Your Bus).
Support and encouragement for Crimestoppers and Neighbourhood Watch schemes.
Proper protection and enhancement of Nerang River and Nerang State Forest, and Saltwater and Coombabah Creeks.
Support for community-based environmental and riverine protection groups.