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Councillor Glenn Tozer Division 9

Councillor News

March 2021

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Division 9 office, Swan Lane

Sadly, our Swan Lane office has been permanently closed.

Our plan to relocate to Firth Park Community Centre in late June is on track, but some checks of air hygiene, moisture and air conditioning faults at Swan Lane have uncovered issues that resulted in a recommendation to not occupy the office at this time.

Temporarily, my office will be located at Council Chambers at Evandale (Bundall) near HOTA.

I have commenced scheduling a series of coffee shop drop-in times in the division, outside my normal Council committee meeting obligations. Locations and times will be posted on social media.

We’ve loved the Village and we’ll be back at Firth Park soon, making it super convenient for you to make a time to come by and chat about any issues. Of course, you can use the Council app to report issues, or phone Helen or Linda on 5581 1883 to make an appointment or discuss a matter in more depth.

Thanks for your patience during this temporary transition period.

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Somerset Storyfest

This annual event will be held 13 to 20 March.

Delivering a series of literary experiences along with workshops, masterclasses and featured authors, Storyfest nurtures emerging writers and provides opportunities for readers and writers alike.

With over 130 events offered to the wider community across the Gold Coast throughout the Festival and all year long, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Check out the full program on the website at

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COVID restrictions - local business

Lots of local business have been a bit frustrated by new COVID-19 restrictions that can require social distancing and data collection for contact tracing... perhaps few more so than our local Mudgeeraba Aquatic Centre team, run by Belgravia.

Our staff down at the pool (Abby, Sari and Sam are pictured in this photo) are doing their best to help with the new procedures with a smile, diligently, but it'd be fair to say some users of the pool have been a little frustrated with new rules. Sometimes, pool patrons have been very critical of the new rules and sometimes even verbally abusing staff. That sort of verbal abuse is not really how we roll in Mudgeeraba and I do hope for better. The team at Belgravia are busy and amazing under pressure and we know they work hard to run fun programs and teach our kids to swim.

Other businesses, of course, have similar new rules and I'm asking us all in Mudgeeraba, Reedy Creek and the Hinterland to do our best to comply with a smile. Even if we disagree with the new rules, or if we don't like the contact tracing, or even if we aren't even sure what we think about COVID, treating others with respect in the context of their jobs is important.

Please be kind and polite when you engage with our local Mudgeeraba community members and businesses.

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Department of Main Roads have provided advice on the following projects being undertaken in the division. These projects are all expected to be completed by April.

Pte Frederick Anderson Bridge Gold Coast-Springbrook Road - rehabilitation works

The Department of Transport and Main Roads have commenced bridge rehabilitation works on Pte Frederick Anderson Bridge on Gold Coast-Springbrook Road.

These works are part of TMR’s Bridge Maintenance Program and will include investigations under the bridge and are expected to be completed by 23 April, weather permitting.

What to expect:
• Roadworks will be undertaken during the day (Monday to Friday) between 6:00am and 6:00pm.
• Priority will be given to buses through traffic control on site.
• These works will involve removal and replacement of the bridge deck and rehabilitation of the road pavement.

Motorists will be kept informed of traffic changes via electronic message signals and regular updates on TMR's traffic and travel information website

For more information about these works, contact TMR's South Coast Regional Office on (07) 5563 6600 or email

Latimers Crossing Road Advancetown - roadworks

The Department of Transport and Main Roads have commenced road improvement works on Latimers Crossing Road between Nerang-Murwullumbah Road and Latimers Crossing bridge. it is anticiapted that the project will be completed by April.

Work details:
• Dayworks Monday to Friday, 6am to 6pm
• Work activities include pavement repairs and road resurfacing, drain clearing, line marking, line of sight tree pruning and road furniture replacement
• 24/7 traffic lights
• Driveway works as required
• Changed traffic conditions including temporary traffic lights and reduced speed limits
• Electronic message signs will advise motorists of upcoming traffic changes and timing

The project team will make every effort to minimise impacts. However heavy machinery will be in use and noise should be expected.

For more information on these works, or to receive traffic alerts for the Gold Coast, contact the project team at

Nerang Murwillumbah Road Advancetown

The Department of Transport and Main Roads have commenced works on the Nerang–Murwillumbah Road High Risk Roads project.

Early works which include vegetation clearing and preparation for service relocations are being undertaken between the Advancetown Hotel and the Gilston/Advancetown Rural Fire Brigade, near Pocket Road and just north of the Numinbah Valley State School. There will be some impact to traffic with short delays at each work site.

Construction of the project, including wide centre line marking from Beaudesert–Nerang Road to Tangara Road, dedicated right turns at three Advancetown intersections, works at various locations including pavement widening and sealing, installation/modification of existing safety barriers (including rubrails), installation/modification of existing warning signage, and sealed pullover areas for Queensland Police Service, is expected to start in April 2021. More information will be provided prior to the start of construction.

If you would like to receive construction updates via email, you can do so by contacting the project team at or by calling 1800 965 196.

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NaturallyGC - Junior Wild Defenders

The NaturallyGC Junior Wild Defenders program aims to empower young people to preserve nature and learn about the importance of our flora, fauna and the environment around us through interactive and engaging educational booklets.

Each booklet includes several challengers and tasks to prompt child-led exploration of nature or conservation-based topic. Some of the tasks include on-ground action, drawing, design, art, building, photography, quizzes and getting crafty.

You can download a digital copy for child on

Click on one of the 12 topics to get started and download a copy of our poster and digital badges to start your collections. Badges for Astronomy, Brilliant Bats, Habitat garden, mapping, nature photography, marsupials, the big clean up, the green house, tree hugger, turtleastic, wildlife artist and wildlife rescue. Once all twelve subjects are completed, your child is an official wild Defender.

This program was proudly produced in conjunction with local organisation Green Defenders.

Green Defenders believe that every child has the power to make a positive impact on the environment, first through understanding, following by action.

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NaturallyGC - Bringing back the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly

The Richmond Birdwing Butterfly is the largest subtropical Australian butterfly and is listed as vulnerable, sharing the same conservation status as the Koala. Come and learn all about this magnificent butterfly including its lifecycle, current threats and how you can help.

This will be a great event with special guest speakers from the Richmond Birdwing Network and Wildlife QLD. 

A range of native plants from the local Native Plants Gold Coast group will be available for sale which are butterfly, bee and insect friendly.  You can also purchase some other natives for gardens and attendees will be given a birdwing vine to take home.

The event will be held on April 17, Bill Deacon Hall, Mudgeeraba Showgrounds (which can cater for up to 190 people)

Suitable for all ages.  Further details upon registration.

Eventbrite/NaturallyGC or phone 5667 5972.

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Springbrook Centenary Park amenities


The upgrade of the amenities block at Springbrook Centenary Park is now complete and open to the public.

This project includes an additional three new cubicles (two ambulant and one accessible toilet for public use).  There are also two new shower  cubicles, including an accessible/family shower for use by the local community during disaster events.

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Recruiting and retaining volunteers workshop

We’ve got an online workshop coming up helping group leaders learn ways to promote and explore volunteering opportunities and strategies to retain volunteers.

Date: Thursday 11 March 2021
Time: 5:30pm to 7pm
Format: Online (via Teams)

Groups need to register by phone 07 5581 6642 or via our website at

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Free Trees

The Free Tree Program has commenced for 2021. Residents, body corporates and schools are eligible to take part in the program and receive free trees for planting on their respective properties.

A selection of native trees and shrubs are provided through the Free Tree Program. The species offered vary throughout the year and are dependent on availability. Typically, the plants range in size from tube stock to 200-millimetre pots.

Residents can collect 3 free trees per household and will need to provide brief address details on collection of plants.  Your can collect trees for more than one property if you provide a current rates notice for each property.

For a schedule of days and collection points for 2021, check out the website

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Gold Coast Springbrook Road - works

Traffic alert received from Department of Transport and Main Roads that emergency works are being undertaken at various locations along Gold Coast Springbrook Road and Springbrook Road.

Works commenced early March, between 7am to 3pm daily and should be completed before the end of the month.  Please take care.

• Traffic will be under stop/slow in some locations
• Speed will be reduced

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Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch is here for you – with local established groups offering help to our adjacent areas in starting new and expanding groups in their location

Neighbourhood Watch encourages everyone to build a rapport with their neighbours, supporting each other through working together as a community to improve property and personal security & safety.  It’s about generating a sense of community spirit through encouraging interaction between neighbours.  City of Gold Coast is increasing resources for local Neighbourhood Watch groups, including subsidised meeting venues, signage and training for individual groups.

The Queensland Police Service is committed to working in partnership with the community and provides support and guidance to NHW volunteers and participants through the District Crime Prevention Coordinator, Gold Coast District,  based at Broadbeach Police Station on contact telephone number 5581 2840


Mudgeeraba 7 NHW

Local groups have facebook pages for contact through and should your area not have an existing group, please email for further assistance.

Additionally, through very positive and constructive support from Bunnings Warehouses Australia wide, Mudgeeraba 7 NHW welcome you to catch up with them on Saturday 27 March at the Burleigh store (cnr Reedy Creek Rd & Bermuda Street) for a sausage sizzle and information on how they can assist should you wish to join an existing group or start a new group in your area.

Reedy Creek Neighbourhood Watch

Reedy Creek NHW is looking to grow membership and recently held a free community BBQ at Kingsmore Park.  Due to the number of verbal and online reports of break-ins and suspected juvenile drug use in the area the coordinator is seeking to raise community awareness.

If you were unable to attend the BBQ and would like to know more about this group go to

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Active & Healthy

Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to improve your overall quality of life. The situation created by COVID-19 is unprecedented and the physical, mental and financial impacts are unknown. What we do know however, is that helping one another to stay positive and physically active is even more important now than it's ever been.

The 2020-21 Active & Healthy Lifestyle Program offers affordable activities delivered by qualified and supportive professionals who are there to help you become stronger, healthier and - most importantly - happier.

Activities happening in Division 9 include women’s and men’s fitness group, new free toddler’s gym class, tai chi, yoga, aqua fitness and a range of senior strength and fitness classes.
To find an activity near you visit

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Division 9 Park Upgrades

Peter Mills Park.
Construction of post and sail design shade structures is due to commence on 1st March with estimated completion by the end of the month.

Three shade sails will be installed, over the play module, the slides and the swings.


Wyangan Valley Park
A new slide module at this park is due to be installed on 23 March and will be completed within approximately 3 weeks.

Corporate Reserve
Playground softfall replacement will commenced on 1 March

Kingsmore Park
The existing swing module will be replaced, with work commencing on 22 March.

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Little Appletree Children Centre Bonogin - nature playground

It was an honour to open a new children’s playground at Little Appletree Childcare Centre in Bonogin Valley recently. 

Local nature-play focussed playground builder, Wearthy, designed and constructed the playground with young active children in mind.

It is great when local companies work together for great community outcomes.

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Council Budget 2021/22

I’d love for you to offer feedback about what should be a priority
in our City Budget.

Follow the link below to tell us what you think...

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Previous newsletters - Keep up to date with the Division 9 news


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