28 Nov | '2023
It’s been a difficult year for many Gold Coasters in the midst of the Prime Minister’s cost-of-living crisis, and there will be no relief any time soon for those families who are doing it tough. I wish to thank all of those organisations among so many who assist those in my community who need a hand up: the Gold Coast Community Fund; St John’s Crisis Centre; Serving Our People; Havafeed; Lindsay and Robyn Burch, who recently were named Queensland Senior Australians of the Year; and Men of Business Academy educational leaders for disaffected young men Jason Sessarago and Marco Renai, who was recently named Queensland Australian of the Year. To Moncrieff’s other 33 beautiful schools: thank you for the work that you do with our precious children.
Thank you to the three RSL sub-branches in Southport, Surfers Paradise and Nerang. I would like to acknowledge the wonderful work of three Men’s Sheds in Ashmore, Burleigh-Miami and Vietnam Veterans Federation at Nerang. To my beloved nine surf clubs in Moncrieff, as the patron of the south coast branch and co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving, all the way from Southport to the north along the coast, at Surfers Paradise, Northcliffe, Broadbeach, Kurrawa, Mermaid Beach, Nobbys, Miami and of course North Burleigh: thank you to the volunteers for the work that you do to protect lives on our beaches.
To the good people of Moncrieff: thank you for your ongoing support. It continues to be the greatest privilege and honour to represent you in this place, never ever to be taken for granted. I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. See you out in the community.