It is hard to believe that it is nearly a year since the Gold Coast faced any direct Covid restrictions other than the impacts of domestic and international border closures. At the time of writing we have been on the periphery of the Greater Brisbane lockdown with some restrictions including mask wearing.

Recently I gave my Address in Reply speech in the QLD Parliament. The Address in Reply is the formal acknowledgement by the House to the Governor-General for the speech given at the opening of Parliament. It was only appropriate for me to thank those who supported me at the 2020 state election and outline my plans for this term of Parliament. This is an abridged version of that speech and the items covered.

I welcome new City of Gold Coast (Council) Chief Executive Officer David Edwards. Previously a senior bureaucrat in the Queensland Government, David brings to the role considerable experience in managing major projects – business know-how that will prove instrumental in helping to transform the Southport CBD back to its former yesteryear glory.

Southport Chamber of Commerce - A Proud Sponsor for the 2021 Gold Coast Expo - Do you need more local customers – this year we are opening the expo up to businesses as well as consumers.

Ask about our FREE EXPO STANDS so you can be more visible and sell your products and services. Grab an exhibitor pack to find out how. www.smallbusinessexpos.com.au

It is refreshing to experience meaningful service and be able to trust as a client that you will be taken care of in every situation. This is Document Solutions’ secret to success – and we’re celebrating 20 years of it!

Study Gold Coast are excited to announce that the 2021 Gold Coast Careers Festival is being held on Thursday to Saturday, 6-8 May 2021 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach. The Gold Coast Careers Festival will attract over 10,000 high school students, job seekers, parents and career changers.

The primary role of the Small Business Financial Counselling Program is to provide assistance to Small Businesses who are experiencing hardship associated with the impacts of COVID-19, and have no alternative source of impartial support. The Australian and Queensland Governments provide funding to deliver the program throughout Southern Queensland.

A delicious breakfast was enjoyed by our members at Catalinas on the beautiful Southport Broadwater on 9 February. Former Queensland Law Society President, and long term Southport Law practice owner, Bill Potts, gave an entertaining and informative speech about the need for a more complete Courts Complex in Southport, befitting of a city the size of the Gold Coast.

DIVISION 6 TOWN HALL MEETING You are welcome to my Town Hall meeting at the Southport Community Centre on the 10th March. You will receive an update on the behind-the-scenes work happening to transform our CBD.

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