Councillor Donna Gates – March 2014 Newsletter

Whole of Division update
By now you should have received another suburb-by-suburb update of various issues across Division 1 which I hope was of interest. If by chance you missed getting a copy, please log on to either the City of Gold Coast (City) or my personal website where a copy is available. Alternatively, telephone my office and we’ll be pleased to email or post you a copy (contact details follow.)
Cruise ship terminal
There has been a lot of comment regarding a possible Cruise Ship Terminal on Wavebreak Island, or at the Spit.

I would like to clarify that when the Council last voted on the subject, it was to continue with the current process, noting that Doug Jennings Park and The Spit were not supported for development and that the delivery of a terminal should be at no cost, or risk, to ratepayers.

The State Government has announced a probable proponent (ASF China Property Consortium) and correspondence from the Deputy Premier has been received, outlining the State’s view of future responsibilities. The City’s CEO is now working through that correspondence so a report can be brought before Council. We should wait until all information is available before making a firm decision. There have been varied emails to representatives – many indicating support for the stimulus such a project would provide our city, others wanting open space areas protected for future generations. The only way to know the overall view is for consultation and that too, must occur, if we are to move forward in considering the project.


Yatala Enterprise Area
The City’s Economic Development Branch is proactively working to strengthen the capabilities of businesses within the Yatala Enterprise Area via a range of engagement and industry development initiatives. An employment and training forum was recently held which focused on providing workforce solutions support. This event was well attended by industry with planning for future seminars and workshops now underway.

In addition to these forums, a dedicated officer is available to meet one-on-one with you to provide assistance to your operation and introductions to relevant local, State and Federal business development or grant programs.

The City is also undertaking an audit to identity gaps within industry. This information will be used to inform the City’s Investment Attraction Program which is about to undertake a new campaign to actively market the area to a range of strategically targeted domestic and international companies. If you would like any further information on the services and support we can provide contact us on 5581 7528 or email


Gulliver’s Swim School
Gulliver’s Coomera swim centre at Upper Coomera now has eight international standard starting blocks, built locally at a cost of $10,850.

This will be an added boost for club members and school swimmers currently competing at the District and Regional School Trials leading up to the State titles at the end of March. Gullivers continues to produce outstanding swimmers with nine finalists at the recent State Sprint titles.


Upper Coomera Centre movies
Our first outdoor movie night was held in February on the lawn at the front of the Upper Coomera Centre.

It was great to see families gathering for a free movie under the stars and I hope to schedule more events in coming months. I would appreciate an indication of support because the movies come at a cost to the divisional budget and I need to be sure I’m prioritising funds in the way you’d most like to see them spent.

It might be too late for this newsletter, but on the off chance it’s delivered prior, our next outdoor movie is at Norfolk Park (home of the Ormeau All Stars FC) on 8 March at 7pm.
Jacobs Well Bait and Tackle
I’ve received advice that the lease on the Jacobs Well Bait and Tackle shop is soon to expire and it may be necessary to invite tenders for the operation of that facility.

There is a lot of work to be done before we get to that stage including consultation with existing tenants, Rex and Lyn and the community. Jacobs Well is one of the most popular fishing spots in South East Queensland and I’d be interested in your feedback if you’re a regular user of the ramp/car park area.

Contact me
By phone 07 5581 6301, mobile 0424 778 999 or you can email
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