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A Message from State Member Ray Stevens MP – March 2020

March 5, 2020

Ray Stevens MP – VLCL March Newsletter 2020Greetings all as the first quarter of 2020 is rapidly coming to a close. The big story on everyone’s lips is the world-wide health alert over the brand-new epidemic called coronavirus. Not only ruining the reputation of a great beer, it is hard to gauge at this point […]


A Message from State Member Ray Stevens MP – February 2020

February 5, 2020

Ray Stevens MP – February 2020Happy New Year and welcome to 2020! I hope you had a terrific break over Christmas and enjoyed time out with family and friends. State Parliament recommences this week and it will be an interesting time until the important Queensland State election which will be held on Saturday 31st October […]


Karen Andrews 90 Second Update January 2020

February 3, 2020

Happy New Year! So far, 2020 has delivered many challenges. But, as always, Australians have risen to meet them. I have been inspired by people’s generousity – in donating money, goods, their time and support to those who need it. I especially want to thank our heroic fire fighters, including local crews who not only protected Hinterland […]


Ray Stevens MP – September Newsletter 2019

September 3, 2019

Ray Stevens MP – VLCL September Newsletter 2019Greetings all as we head into spring and welcome the higher temperatures along with the many visitors due over the school holiday period at the end of September / early October. Qld State Budget The Queensland State Budget was handed down on Tuesday 11 June 2019 and the outcome has […]


Karen Andrews 90 Second Update August 2019

August 29, 2019

This week marked 100 days since the election of the Morrison Government. During that time we have been getting on with the job and delivering on our plan: we have passed tax relief on to 10 million Australians, lowered fees for aged care delivered to your home, taken action on lower electricity, child care and […]


Karen Andrews: Stronger Communities Grants

August 26, 2019

Community groups such as yours contribute so much to our local community, and make McPherson such a great place to live, work and raise a family. The Morrison Government is working to keep our economy strong, and to strengthen local communities. As part of our plan, we have committed an additional $150,000 for McPherson in Round 5 […]


Ray Stevens MP – November Newsletter 2018

November 12, 2018

Ray Stevens MP – November Newsletter 2018 The Return of Indy Cars!Whilst the 2018 Gold Coast car races have been and gone, it is obvious as promoter extraordinaire and Gold Coast Suns Chairman Tony Cochrane says, that the race now needs a boost to maintain its interest and place on the Gold Coast tourism calendar. There […]


Ray Stevens MP – October Newsletter 2018

October 24, 2018

Ray Stevens MP – October Newsletter 2018The GC 600 Supercars went off with a bang and plenty of local, interstate and overseas visitors enjoyed the spectacular racing in rain and shine. Good location for a great car race showcasing city and beach as well as a positive cash injection for local eateries and attractions. I […]


Karen Andrews 90 second Update October 1st

October 2, 2018

At the very first meeting of the new Morrison Ministry we pledged to always be “on the side of the Australian people”. The Prime Minister further expanded on our priorities and approach to bringing Australians together in his excellent Albury speech “Until the Bell Rings”. It’s well worth a read and shows the deep convictions that […]


Ray Stevens MP – September Newsletter 2018

September 5, 2018

Ray Stevens MP – September Newsletter 2018 Spring has sprung and by the looks of it we shall be in for a long hot one! Ensure you ‘slip, slop, slap’ on the sunscreen when out and about under our cloudless skies. We have lots of spring offerings such as the ‘Swell’ festival kicking off on Friday […]


Ray Stevens MP – August Newsletter 2018

August 8, 2018

Ray Stevens MP – August Newsletter 2018We are just a couple of weeks from embracing spring however it truly feels like spring has sprung already, at least here on the Gold Coast! I think we would all welcome some rain clouds during August to set us up for what looks like a warm spring into […]


Ray Stevens MP – JuneNewsletter 2018

June 15, 2018

Ray Stevens MP – June Newsletter 2018A warm welcome to our beautiful winter weather and also a warm welcome to our southern visitors and those across ‘the ditch’ who likewise enjoy a winter break in the sun! This time of year is the beginning of the whale migration season so keep an eye out as […]


Ray Stevens MP – May Newsletter 2018

June 5, 2018

Ray Stevens MP – May Newsletter 2018 Congratulations to all competitors and thank you to the hard working volunteers involved with the Commonwealth Games. The much talked about traffic snarls and headaches, mooted loudly by Mr Beattie, fortunately did not occur, however the other side of the coin was the significant decrease in general holiday takings […]


Karen Andrews 90 second Update May 31st

June 4, 2018

Being in Canberra for 3 sitting weeks this month is a frosty reminder of how fortunate we are to live on the Gold Coast at this time of year! I hope you’ve enjoyed the last of our glorious autumn weather. The Budget this month has highlighted the stark policy differences between our government and the Labor […]


KAREN ANDREWS MP: M1 Upgrade Underway – Mudgeeraba to Varsity

April 24, 2018

MAJOR WORKS UNDERWAY ON THE M1 UPGRADE I am pleased to report that work officially began today on the upgrade between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes from Exits 82 to 85. This was the funding I promised and delivered at the last election and the Queensland Government finally agreed to last year – so it’s great to get […]


Ray Stevens MP – April Newsletter 2018

April 4, 2018

As a long term resident of the Gold Coast I am proud to be part of the host city of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Showcasing our City through the intense media spotlight will further enhance our reputation as the friendliest, most desirable tourism destination possible with everything from golden beaches, world-heritage listed rainforest and a […]


Karen Andrews 90 second Update March 29th

April 3, 2018

I hope you are planning a relaxing Easter break after what I know has been an extremely busy start to the year for many people. After years of anticipation and planning, we are about to experience all the excitement (and logistical challenges) of our great city hosting the Commonwealth Games. Congratulations to everyone who has worked […]


Karen Andrews MP: 90 Second Update February 27th

March 5, 2018

As Assistant Minister for Vocational Education & Skills, one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is that I am able to improve a system that helps young people get a practical head start in life. This month we had evidence that our reforms are working – with the completion rate for VET student loan […]


Karen Andrews MP: 90 Second Update Oct 31st, 2017

October 31, 2017

?Today is the Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba and I was honoured to officially dedicate a monument at the Mudgeeraba Lighthorse Museum. I encourage you to visit this fantastic local museum and, if you have any spare time today, read this excellent special report about this particular chapter in our nation’s history. It has been […]


Karen Andrews MP: 90 Second Update Oct 2nd, 2017

October 3, 2017

Spring is well and truly with us and I was delighted to attend the always popular Elanora Spring Fair & Flower Show and also #BloomFest2017 last month. These events highlight the real sense of community that we enjoy on the southern Gold Coast. I was also honoured to open the Burleigh Mens’ Shed, to be guest […]


Karen Andrews MP: 90 Second Update Aug 31st, 2017

August 31, 2017

This month I wanted to focus on the real, conscientious work being carried out by our Government each day. Positive policies like our work to tackle energy prices, our plans to better protect Australians from terrorism, our delivery of a fairer deal for small businesses, and our initiatives to boost childhood immunisation and provide better outcomes […]


Karen Andrews MP: 90 Second Update July 31st, 2017

August 3, 2017

 With the Parliamentary recess, July has been a great month to touch base with local community groups and attend many different local events. Just a few of the highlights included: opening a new Prep building at Kings Christian College, visiting Fight for Youth at Currumbin, and attending the Mudgeeraba and Robina Chaplaincy Community Breakfast. I also […]


Ray Stevens MP – July Newsletter

July 31, 2017

NEWSLETTER – VLCL ARTICLE – JULY 2017 School holidays are upon us again and it is great to see families and visitors out and about enjoying the warm and sunny spring like weather! Who could believe it is the middle of winter? Our domestic and international tourism numbers are surging on the back of turmoil overseas and […]


Karen Andrew MP: Update – M1 Upgrade

July 31, 2017

I wanted to provide you with a brief update on our campaign to upgrade the M1 through to Tugun. Our online petition has had a fantastic response – please continue to ask those who share our concerns about congestion on the M1 to sign on here. I recently wrote to the Federal Ministers for Transport and for […]


Karen Andrews MP: 90 Second Update Fri, Jun 30, 2017

July 3, 2017

It’s been a productive and positive time both locally and in Parliament this month. Many of our Government’s positive small business initiatives come into effect tomorrow including the extension of the instant asset write off. Our new Quality Schools funding package legislation has been passed into law. And we’ve helped ease cost of living pressures with […]


Palaszczuk Government announces $1.13 million funding for Gold Coast community organisations

July 3, 2017

The Palaszczuk Government has announced $12.4 million for 600 community groups – including $1.13 million for Gold Coast groups – in the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the Gambling Community Benefit Fund was Queensland’s largest one-off grants program, which distributes about $53 million a year […]


Karen Andrews MP: 90 second Update May 31st 2017

May 31, 2017

As expected, it’s been a busy month following on from the 2017-2018 Federal Budget. This week I spoke on the Budget legislation and outlined some of the benefits for us locally, as well as restating my commitment to ensuring the M1 upgrade continues through to Tugun. Next week I’ll be officially launching a special online petition […]


Special Federal Budget Update – May 9th : Karen Andrews MP

May 10, 2017

Tonight’s Federal Budget is an honest Budget based on delivering fairness, security and opportunity for all Australians. The crucial elements are:Stronger Growth to create more and better paying jobs – including delivery of continuing support for small businesses;Guaranteeing the Essentials – including securing Medicare, restoring the pensioner concession card, and tackling cost of living pressures by […]


Education Funding Update: Karen Andrews MP

May 10, 2017

Quality Schools Funding Reform Package Ahead of tonight’s Federal Budget, I wanted to let you know some specific details about the Government’s new Quality Schools Funding Package. This morning we launched an online estimator for parents, principals and teachers to see how their school stands to benefit from our needs-based funding plan. While this remains an estimator until […]


Ray Stevens MP: May 2017 Update

May 3, 2017

One of the great attributes of the Gold Coast City that attracts visitors and population drift to the city at about 15,000 permanent new residents per year is the ability to move around the city with minimal traffic snarls and delays. This situation is rapidly diminishing! City planners and road infrastructure designers must commit to keeping […]


Karen Andrews MP: 90 Second Update Apr 28th 2017

May 2, 2017

As always, our national interest has been at the forefront of government policy this month. Whether it’s the record tax cuts that will put $5.2 billion back into the hands of small and medium sized businesses and allow them to grow and create jobs; the strengthening of our citizenship laws to ensure greater integrity and social […]


Ray Stevens MP – April Update

April 10, 2017

We have had an abrupt welcome to autumn with cooler weather and timely relief from the unseasonal high temperatures and humidity. Cyclone Debbie however has wrought incalculable devastation throughout Queensland with the South East experiencing torrential rain and severe flooding with many homes and businesses still cleaning up and/or rebuilding after the onslaught of this […]


Karen Andrews 90 Second Update

April 3, 2017

While work will begin shortly on upgrading the M1 from Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes, after an agreement was reached this month with the State Government, I am determined to keep up the fight to secure funding for the remainder of the M1 south to Tugun. Last weekend I was joined by Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher […]


Funding for the M1 upgrade to 6 lanes from Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes.

March 29, 2017

Great news for local residents with an agreement finalised this week for the M1 upgrade to 6 lanes from Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes. The agreement is the final step in delivering the $110 million I secured during the election campaign for this vital project. I was pleased to yesterday join with Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher […]