Gold Coast Council News July 2014 – Councillor Donna Gates

Council budget
Council has adopted its 2014-15 budget and I’m sure you are aware that we did not escape a rates rise. It’s difficult to maintain the level of existing services without increasing costs, but we did the best we could. A summary of wins for Division 1 are:

Whole of city funding

  • $6.12 million to complete the four-laning of Stanmore Road between Darlington and Peachey Road
  • $3.5 million to design and construct a new wastewater treatment plant leachate system at Stapylton
  • $400,000 to upgrade stormwater quality wetland to protect environmental values of waters affected by urban stormwater systems
  • $250,000 for flood mitigation works within the Woongoolba cane fields
  • $226,800 towards improved traffic safety at the Abraham/Reserve Roads intersection
  • $200,000 for reinstallation of traffic signals, Paterson Road, Yatala
  • $168,500 for design and construction of a new sewage treatment plant at Jacobs Well Tourist Park, together with refurbishment of amenities
  • $120,000 towards lighting at Norfolk Park for Ormeau All Stars FC fields
  • $110,000 for restoration, stabilisation and revegetation of Pimpama River, Sandy Creek and Hotham Creek
  • $80,000 to provide new conduit and pit installation for future fibre optic networks
  • $66,600 for the Upper Coomera Pool fitness program and pool equipment
  • $40,000 for flashing school lights at Pimpama and Norfolk Village State Schools
  • $23,900 for Woongoolba Pool including pool blanket, vacuum, seating and fencing

Divisional local area works

  • $164,000 for roads, drainage and footpath works
  • $100,000 to supplement the WOC funds for lighting at Norfolk Park
  • $60,000 for community events including school fetes, the Ormeau Fair, christmas carols and various functions to be held at the Ormeau and Upper Coomera Centres
  • $50,000 for pre-planning lighting at Ormeau Sports Park for Ormeau Bulldogs AFL Club
  • $40,000 for parks and reserve upgrades
  • $30,000 towards storage facilities at Viney Park for Coomera Soccer and Netball
  • $25,200 for wi-fi at the Ormeau Centre and Ormeau Skate Park
  • $25,000 master planning for upgrade of the Jacobs Well Village
  • $20,000 towards resurfacing the Ormeau/Pimpama tennis courts
  • $17,000 for a street tree planting program
  • $15,000 for civil works associated with crossing installation adjacent to Livingstone College
  • $14,000 for acoustic treatment of the Jacobs Well Community Centre

2014-15 road rehabilitation and reseals

The following Division 1 roads will receive treatment as part of the City’s approximately $20 million program:

  • Ageston Road, Alberton ($352,607 reconstruction)
  • Anembo Avenue, Pimpama ($38,200 part overlay)
  • Beaton Court, Ormeau ($106,610 overlay)
  • Binary Street, Yatala ($300,969 new asphalt)
  • Cedar Creek Road, Cedar Creek ($111,176 part granular overlay with seal)
  • Johnson Parade, Ormeau Hills ($128,215 new asphalt)
  • Ruffles Road, Willow Vale ($172,599 granular overlay with seal)
  • Shaws Pocket Road, Cedar Creek ($103,915 granular overlay with seal)
  • Short Cut Road, Woongoolba ($135,676 stabilisation)
  • Waterfall Drive, Wongawallan ($79,645 reseal)
  • Cuthbert Drive, Yatala ($70,107 heavy patching)
  • Norwell Road, Norwell ($656,534 reconstruction Fischers Rd to Apostolic Church)
  • Old Coach Road, Upper Coomera near Coomera Springs Blvd ($327,800 new asphalt)
  • Stanmore Road, Yatala near Enkleman Road ($99,875 new asphalt)
  • Tamaree Road, Cedar Creek ($52,875 new asphalt)

Division 1 Donations

There will be an opportunity for not for profit groups to apply for donations from the $40,000 available in the Division 1 budget. Every year it becomes more and more difficult to share the funds across our growing community. To ensure there are no disappointments regarding the funding available, I will be setting clear criteria for allocations. The policy sets a $4,000 limit per application – and in small divisions of the city it is sometimes possible to provide that level of funding, where perhaps there are only one or two schools and community associations. Within the northern corridor we have many community groups, progress associations, neighbourhood watch groups, sporting clubs and of course schools (there can be two or three new schools under construction in our area at any given time in recent years) – and I therefore need to change the way that allocations are made. I know you will understand and I will be in touch soon with details.

Contact me
By phone 5581 6301, mobile 0424 778 999 or email The link to my personal page is:, or you can follow activities on Facebook at

Councillor Division 1 & Deputy Mayor

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