Adjournment Parliament Speech | 11 May 2016

Posted On: 16 May 2016

I was delighted to attend the Teenage Adventure Camps Queensland’s 21st annual fundraising luncheon at the Currumbin RSL Club as TACQ patron. Since 1995, TACQ has been running week-long camps in Currumbin designed specifically for teenagers with life-threatening and debilitating diseases. The camps give those young adults the chance to enjoy themselves and make friends and lifelong memories in a safe, organised environment. Every year, campers travel from all over Australia to take part in the event.

This year’s camp will again be held at the Rocks Resort, Currumbin, with 24 campers in attendance. It will feature a wide variety of activities, ranging from themed disco nights to helicopter rides, fishing, shopping and much more. The highlight of every camp is the final dinner. It is always heartwarming to hear how much fun each of the campers has had and to hear of the challenges they overcame during the week’s activities. I extend my personal thanks to David Cameron and his wonderful team of volunteers.

Congratulations are in order to the following people who won office in the Gold City Council local government elections: longstanding councillor Daphne McDonald was re-elected for the ninth consecutive time in division 13; and new councillor Gail O’Neill has been elected as the division 14 councillor after the retirement of Chris Robbins. I also extend hearty congratulations to Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, who was re-elected, and also Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
Finally, I draw the attention of the House to one of the biggest events in Currumbin’s calendar, Anzac Day. The week prior, I visited the Mudgeeraba Light Horse Museum to donate pieces of World War I memorabilia. I was joined by the member for Mudgeeraba as I presented an Army bugle used in Gallipoli and a Christmas photo book from 1917 titled From the Australian Front. We met with president Peter McLaughlin, museum director Brian Bertwhistle and committee members and shared in their passion for keeping memories and history alive.

On Anzac Day, once again I humbly joined my community at Queensland’s largest regional dawn service event at Elephant Rock, Currumbin. Many honourable members may have witnessed this year’s event where our rock was covered in beautiful red poppies. It looked like a sea, tumbling from the top of the rock to its base. Every year, the Currumbin RSL plays host to the deeply moving dawn service, attracting up to 30,000 people wishing to pay their respects to our fallen soldiers.

This emotional tribute to our past, present and fallen soldiers makes me very proud to be an Australian and even prouder of my own father, Eric Coleman, who served in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II. He passed away in 2013. I wish to applaud the earnest efforts of Currumbin RSL President Ron Workman OAM, CEO Anne Stovin and their team for coordinating this event every year. Lest we forget.

 

Welcome from Jann

As the State Member for Currumbin since 2004 we have achieved much together to make the place we call home an even better and safer community.

It truly is an honour to serve the caring and connected residents of Currumbin.

Your thoughts and concerns matter to me and I look forward to continuing to be a strong voice on your behalf.

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