Adjournment Speech | 26 May 2016

Posted On: 31 May 2016

Palm Beach Currumbin High School or PBC as we call it has a long and proud history of inspiring and educating the youth of my electorate and I enjoy visiting regularly and taking part in a range of activities that showcase achievements and support students and their teachers.

The PBC alliance initiative began in 2013 and I was very proud to be there to launch it. The Alliance offers local businesses, individuals and past students the opportunity to help Palm Beach Currumbin State High School support students to achieve their full potential and help to build a local network of businesses, past students and community-minded individuals to ensure the Palm Beach Currumbin area continues to evolve as a world class community.

The PBC Alliance is committed to:
• Creating opportunities for business promotion and networking
• Enriching curriculum through local business support
• Attracting work, apprenticeship, and work placement opportunities for students
• Capturing additional financial, physical and human resources to enhance student activities and experiences.

Being part of the PBC Alliance enables past students and local businesses to keep in-touch and promotes a pride of belonging in the community.

Each term the alliance and its members are invited to attend a networking breakfast and last Friday Wayne Hickson program manager – Communication and Media for the GC2018 Commonwealth Games and Dimitri Hatzigeorgiou from RBC Group were guest speakers.

The breakfast also featured two of the school’s year 10 business studies students who have been participating in the StartUp Apprentice Program where students are given access to mentors and experienced business people enabling them to develop their entrepreneurial skills and abilities.

Congratulations to Executive Principal Stephen Loggie for his leadership and guidance that has seen the school not only excel academically and in sports and the arts but for the significant community engagement through initiatives like PBC Alliance. 304

I am very pleased to advise the House that the petitions to save southbound Exit 93 on the M1 from closure has forced the minister to investigate other options.

Back in 2008 the then Labor Government proposed a plan to upgrade the M1 that proposed closure of Exit 93 leading into Guineas Creek Road Elanora. Used by thousands on a daily basis the exit is a vital thoroughfare for our electorate and I promised to stand by my community and fight to keep it.
I would like to thank principal e-petitioner Alan G Hider who worked hard with me to get this result, and to Dorothy Skewes who took it upon herself to collect signatures for the hard copy.

The Minister has confirmed that further planning will take place and he has advised his Department to research alternatives so the exit can remain in use.
Now he just needs to stop the finger pointing and get on with the job of widening the M1 to Tugun. Labor have been in Government in Qld for all but 3 of the last 18 years but we have seen very little new road or rail infrastructure in all of that time.


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.

My electorate office staff and I are here to help you with state government issues.

Kind regards


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