Currumbin Electorate MPI

16 Mar 2016 9:24 AMJann Stuckey

Currumbin Electorate

Mrs STUCKEY (Currumbin—LNP) (9.46 pm): A popular entertainment precinct Timezone opened its doors on 27 February in the newly refurbished Strand shopping precinct at Coolangatta. I took part in the opening ceremony, beginning with a ‘carnivale’ themed parade, with founder Malcolm Steinberg, owner Juan Uribe, Timezone mascot ‘POWiE’, balloon artists, dancers and other entertainers.
Hundreds of people joined in the festivities, weaving our way along the Coolangatta foreshore through Queen Elizabeth Park and then into the shopping centre to the brand-new Timezone shopfront. The facility will provide additional jobs for the southern Gold Coast and will be a fantastic drawcard for us, complementing our existing world-class tourism offerings. I commend Juan and his team’s commitment to the Gold Coast and look forward to seeing the replication of Surfers Paradise Timezone’s success here at Coolangatta.

Congratulations are in order to Currumbin butcher Keith Johnson for his commitment to quality and service. Keith has won three years in a row the prestigious title of ‘best of the best’ beef jerky in Australia, and we are proud to claim him in Currumbin. His friendly service and quality meats draw people from near and far.

A new change room and training room—the Murray Felstead Room—was officially opened tonight at the Alleygators Palm Beach Currumbin Rugby Union Club. The majority of funds for this were secured through the LNP’s highly successful Get in the Game initiative. Family and colleagues came from New Zealand and interstate to join in the celebrations. Murray, a much loved club manager, passed away five years ago, and this new facility is a fitting reminder of his years of service to the club.

Council elections are heating up in Currumbin, with faces of unknown hopefuls creating visual pollution on trees, power poles, median strips and fences. Corflutes line every corner of most streets and major roads. Most candidates are playing fair. However, it has been brought to my attention that some are playing dirty and even acting outside the law.

Division 14 Labor aligned candidate Natalie Wain has been trying to secure votes by promoting herself as ‘Councillor Wain’ and offering a free movie night. Many residents found this offensive and accused Ms Wain of buying votes. I table her invitation.

Tabled paper: Document, undated, titled ‘Natalie Wain presents Monsters, Inc.’

Candidate debates have turned ugly as her supporters clash with other candidates. It was also brought to my attention that this candidate and her husband parked in a disabled parking spot as they campaigned at the state election last year. This is unacceptable behaviour from someone wishing—

Mr Bleijie: Are you tabling this?

Mrs STUCKEY: I table this photo.

Tabled paper: Photograph depicting parked car.

This is unacceptable behaviour from someone wishing to hold public office. As I have said in this House before, it is unfortunate when this behaviour mars otherwise decent elections.

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