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29 Mar | '2021

We all have a responsibility to support women

I joined several of my Morrison government colleagues at the women’s march in Canberra last week because I support Australian women and I represent the women of Moncrieff. I do not believe the march alone will improve respect for women and deliver outcomes to women, who deserve to be safe at home, in public and […]

25 Mar | '2021

Cancer Council Queensland 60th Anniversary

Earlier this month I had the privilege of celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Cancer Council Queensland with staff and volunteers. They are dedicated to improving quality of life for people living with cancer, through research, patient care, prevention and early detection. The CEO, Chris McMillan, reflected on the work the Gold Coast volunteers gave, […]

22 Mar | '2021

Queens Park Tennis Centre Upgrade

Recently I attended the opening of the upgrade of the Queens Park tennis centre. The facility is very important to community sport on the Gold Coast and the upgrade is tremendous. The upgrade at Queens Park in Southport will see more Gold Coasters participating more often, with 10 resurfaced championship courts, improved LED lighting and […]

24 Feb | '2021

Gold Coast Hungarian Senior Citizens Club

Moncrieff is a growing and thriving multicultural community, and the Gold Coast Hungarian Senior Citizens Club is one of the many community groups that enjoy the benefits of gathering together to do good work across our community. I acknowledge the president, Tamas Bozsik, and all of the members for the way they make our community […]

24 Feb | '2021

Vale Max Christmas AM

I rise today to pay a very special tribute to a Gold Coast legend, a dynamic man who served our city with forward vision. He epitomised the entrepreneurial spirit that the Gold Coast is known for today. Max Christmas AM was a legend who, right up until his passing on 18 December 2020 at the […]

22 Feb | '2021

Is the COVID vaccine the light at the end of the tunnel for tourism?

Gold Coast Bulletin 20/2/2021 The Gold Coast tourism sector had 120,009 people on JobKeeper 1.0 and dropped significantly to 49,222 on JobKeeper 2.0. A total difference of -59% (ATO). Whilst this is the third worst percentage in the country behind Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, due to lockdowns, and Cairns, due to international reliance, other tourism […]

15 Feb | '2021

CHT Column-Regional Development Australia, Gold Coast

Gold Coast Bulletin 13/2/2021 Technology at the Heart of New Wave-Innovation is the driver of a ‘new look’ GOLD COAST economy by Estella Rodighiero. The COVID-19 crisis has thrown into stark relief the consequence of the Gold Coast’s over reliance on the tourism industry as its major economic driver. The good news is that as […]

17 Jan | '2021

City Heart Taskforce (CHT) launches regular column in the Gold Coast Bulletin

Gold Coast Bulletin   16/1/2021 Today the City Heart Taskforce (CHT) launches its regular column in the Gold Coast Bulletin. As we chart our course for 2021, we are committed to continue to foster opportunities and lead our key industries forward with a focus on jobs, skills and emerging industries. As Convenor and Chair of the […]

8 Dec | '2020

Merry Christmas 2020

Through this challenging year, community leaders in Moncrieff have been serving our Gold Coast community to address immediate and future needs.  Thankyou to the members of your City Heart Task Force and the Moncrieff Community Cabinet for your leadership in the Moncrieff community through this difficult year. I’d also like to acknowledge Gold Coast business […]

30 Nov | '2020

Grants for community groups and schools in Moncrieff

  The strength of our local schools and community groups is vital for the welfare and success of Australians, of all ages and circumstances. For Moncrieff, I seek to highlight some of the groups and schools I have visited over the last two weeks, for the good work they do. They are all very deserving […]