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Blank’s environmental reporter Amy Mitchell-Whittington canvassed all the Gold Coast candidates to hear their stance on the environment. These were the responses she got.

 

Broadwater

Suburbs of Paradise Point, Hollywell, Coombabah, Runaway Bay, Biggera Waters and parts of Labrador, South Stradbroke.

 

KWON, Daniel | The Greens

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So far Mr Kwon has collected 16,000 cigarette butts through community projects in order to educate people on single use plastics and businesses on sustainable cafe initiatives. Mr Kwon has also been directly involved in Landcare and was a key volunteer at last years GC Biggest Tree Planting day.

Mr Kwon is also an advocate for sustainable water management and practices, ensuring he saves every drop at home with buckets everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOLAND, Penny |  Australian Labor Party

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Penny Toland stands by her party’s ruling in 2006 that saw the rejection of any development at Wavebreak.
She said the majority of people she has spoken with reject the proposal entirely.
Ms Toland also says further development on Wavebreak Island and surrounding areas should be halted as these areas provide shelter and food sources for the diverse marine and avian life found in this area.
Specifically, Penny wishes to help protect “Curlew Island”, the sandbank just to the south of Wavebreak, from development and disruption such as jet skis and the dumping of rubbish as the sandbank is home to curlews and other migratory birds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BARTON, Verity | Liberal National Party

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Verity Barton was the only LNP state MP to oppose the Wavebreak Island development project last year, stating the proposal did not reflect community wishes.Ms Barton has also voiced her concerns regarding dredging in the area, sayng the development needs to be not only economically viable but also environmentally sustainable.

 

 

 

 

 

Blank endeavoured to contact all electoral candidates. The following candidates were un-contactable or did not provide any information relevant to their stance on the environment.

 

BALLANTYNE, Stuart | Family First Party

JAVANMARD, Amin-Reza | Independent

POLLOCK, Phil |  One Nation

SOKOLOV, Gueorgui | Palmer United Party

 

 

Burleigh

Suburbs of Miami, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters and parts of Reedy Creek, Varsity Lakes and Palm Beach. Covers 32 square kilometres.

 

HART, Michael | Liberal National Party

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Michael Hart has in the past managed to secure $360,000 to restore ponds at David Fleays Wildlife Park, as well as build a new $32,000 aviary there.Mr Hart has also donated around 3000 reusable shopping bags to Boomerang Bags in order to cut the use of plastic bags in Burleigh.

 

 

 

 

 

POWER, Jane | The Greens

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Jane Power’s driving focus is to ensure any further development at the proposed Boral quarry site in Tallebudgera Valley is immediately stopped.Ms Power also believes that renewable energies need to be at the forefront of the energy economy.

 

 

 

 

 

HISLOP, Gail | Australian Labor Party

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Gail Hislop has long campaigned for the Ocean View track to be repaired and reopened to the public.Ms Hislop strongly opposes any developments on Wavebreak Island and the Spit and has campaigned to ensure that Burleigh to Kirra is considered as a world surfing reserve.

 

 

 

 

Blank endeavoured to contact all electoral candidates. The following candidates were un-contactable or did not provide any information relevant to their stance on the environment.

 

BAYNES, Susan | Family First Party

MAC ANALLY, James | Palmer United Party

 

 

Currumbin

Suburbs of Coolangatta, Bilinga, Tugun, Currumbin, Currumbin Waters and parts of Palm Beach. The electorate also includes the more rural Currumbin and Tallebudgera valleys.

 

WAIN, Ashley Australian Labor Party

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Ashley Wain says the proposed Gold Coast surf reserve is a “no brainer” as it not only protects the shoreline but ensures a continually viable tourism industry, which is an economic driver for the Gold Coast.Mr Wain and his family are long-time supporters of the Save our Spit and Save our Broadwater campaign. His wife worked as secretary for the campaign before joining Mr Wain in support of his election campaign.

Mr Wain’s daughter is an ecologist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blank endeavoured to contact all electoral candidates. The following candidates were un-contactable or did not provide any information relevant to their stance on the environment.

 

DONOVAN, Ben | Family First Party

GRAVENALL, Deborah | One Nation

REES, Kristian | Palmer United Party 

STUCKEY, Jann | Liberal National Party (Incumbent since 2004)

WYATT, David | The Greens

 

 

Mermaid Beach

Suburbs of Broadbeach Waters, Florida Keys, Clear Island Waters, Mermaid Waters, Mermaid Beach and parts of Robina and Varsity Lakes. The electorate includes the campus of Bond University.

 

PEAD, Gary   Australian Labor Party

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Gary Pead is a trained leader with the global Climate Reality Project Corp and is also the Gold Coast founded Indonesian Rainforest Foundation.For over forty years Mr Pead has considered himself an activist for sustainable practises and climate change issues.

 

 

 

 

 

STEVENS, Ray | Liberal National Party (Incumbent)

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MP Ray Stevens has been criticized in recent months for being an investor and advisor to a consortium of businessmen in the proposed Cableway through Springbrook World Heritage Area.”I’ve been to both integrity commissioners and they’ve both come up with the same answer in terms that I can, as long as I take no role in the lobbying for the project,” Mr Stevens told the ABC.

 

 

 

 

 

Blank endeavoured to contact all electoral candidates. The following candidates were un-contactable or did not provide any information relevant to their stance on the environment.

 

CARACO, Alex | Palmer United Party

GREEN, Simon |  Family First Party

WAINWRIGHT, Helen | The Greens

 

 

Southport

Suburbs of Arundel, Parkwood, Ernest, Molendinar and Southport as well as parts of Ashmore and Labrador.

 

HOLZBERGER, Rowan | Australian Labor Party

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Rowan Holzberger grew up on sheep and cattle farms in Broken Hill and understands the importance of looking after the environment to ensure future prosperity.Mr Holzberger is against further Wavebreak Island developments, particularly the proposed development of carparks on the mainland adjacent to the Island.

Mr Holzberger is against energy privatisation and believes renewable energies need to be developed further to ensure not only a more environmentally sustainable outcome but also a more economically viable one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MACKECHNIE, Matthew | Independent

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“I do not support the Wavebreak Island Project.  I believe we should leave Wavebreak Island, The Spit and The Broadwater as is, so that residents can enjoy these natural areas today and for future generations.

“I would like to see solar energy be made standard in any new dwelling that is built in Queensland.  If this needs to be legislated for then I fully support such an initiative.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blank endeavoured to contact all electoral candidates. The following candidates were un-contactable or did not provide any information relevant to their stance on the environment.

 

MAIZEY, Petrina | The Greens

MOLHOEK, Rob | Liberal National Party (Incumbent since 2012) -Assistant minister for planning and reform

STANTON, Nicole | Palmer United Party

 

 

Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise itself as well as Benowa, Broadbeach, Bundall, Paradise Waters, Main Beach, the Southport Spit and parts of Ashmore.

 

LANGBROEK, John-Paul | Liberal National Party   (Incumbent since 2004)

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-Minister for Education, training and employmentMr Langbroek has delivered on $95,000 grant to Healthy Waterways in order to fund a litter Clean Up program across four catchments including the Nerang River.

The grant is a part of the LNP Government’s Everyone’s Environment Program.

 

 

 

 

 

BLUNDELL-THORNTON, Josh | Australian Labor Party

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1. Broadwater Development: Myself and Labor are opposed to the ASF development. It simply does not stack up environmentally or economically. The threat to dolphins, fish and other marine life is simply too great.

2. Development of National Parks: I am a strong supporter of protecting our National Parks. This means I supported the former Labor Premier Peter Beattie in his banning development in them. This is important now as Ray Stevens MP and crew push for their cable car development. National Parks are not just tourist attractions, but important environmental areas that must be protected and maintained for present and future generations.

3. Great Barrier Reef: The actions of state and federal LNP in dumping and dredging in the GBR has to be stopped. It is Labor’s policy to actively protect the reef. Below are some policy announcements specifically for the GBR:

– boosting annual funding for water quality and environmental sustainability programs by allocating an additional $100 million over five years
– Reducing nitrogen run-off by up to 80% in key catchments such as the Wet Tropics and the Burdekin by 2025
– Reducing total suspended sediment run-off by up to 50% in key catchments such as the Wet Tropics and the Burdekin by 2025
– constituting a high-level taskforce with representatives from local government, conservation groups, primary producers, tourism operators and leading scientists to determine the best possible approach to meet our strict targets.
– fight to ensure the Federal Government provides at least a commensurate increase in funding to Great Barrier Reef protection programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blank endeavoured to contact all electoral candidates. The following candidates were un-contactable or did not provide any information relevant to their stance on the environment.

 

HUNT, Helen | The Greens

GARDNER, Stephen | Palmer United Party 

SCOONES, Jonathon | Family First Party

 

 

Coomera

Covers all of the Gold Coast City Council and a part of Logan City, east of the Pacific Motorway, west of the Broadwater and Coombabah Creek and south of the Logan River. It extends from Helensvale in the south along the Pacific Motorway to Eagleby. Other major centres include Steiglitz, Jacobs Well, Hope Island, Helensvale and those parts of Coomera, Pimpama and Ormeau east of the Motorway.

 

WISBEY, Chris | The Greens

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Mr Wisbey said there are many small but no less important environmental issues across the Gold Coast Region however the Boral Quarry at Reedy Creek, the proposed Cruise Ship Terminal / Casino on the Broadwater and the proposed Springbrook Cableway are by far the biggest threats to locals.“The current LNP members for Burleigh and Currumbin have simply given up on their promises and commitments made last election relating to the Quarry,” he said“There is prevailing stink of impropriety over both the CST / Casino Broadwater and Springbrook Cableway Projects.“You can absolutely expect that if elected I would be working hard to create alternative options to redress the inadequate positions of the major parties on the environment and other key areas of economic concern.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blank endeavoured to contact all electoral candidates. The following candidates were un-contactable or did not provide any information relevant to their stance on the environment.

 

CRANDON, Michael | Liberal National Party  (Incumbent since 2009)

MCCREADIE, Brett | Australian Labor Party

MORGAN, Shirley | Palmer United Party

O’BRIEN, Cathy | Family First Party

 

 

Gaven

Covers the suburbs of Gaven, Pacific Pines, Nerang, Highland Park and parts of Carrara.

 

O’BRIEN, Ben | Family First Party

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“The main issue my electorate of Gaven is concerned with is the cruise ship terminal at the Spit” Mr O’Brien said.

“Personally I’m not in support of the cruise ship terminal and I don’t want to see that area destroyed, it’s a lovely area for families and the public to go to of a weekend and on holidays to enjoy something that should always be available to everyone, which is our lovely beaches.

“Family First believes in a more balances approach to economic and environment issues. The building and expansion of anything will always involve building on land and impact on the environment, particularly new communities in rural areas etc.

“However, development should always be weighed against the damage to the environment, and particularly for special or well-loved areas that are used by the community (that doesn’t exclude other reasons by the way), the government should think very long and hard before making a move.

“In fact, in this sorts of areas, it should look at other options of less environmental impact first, before considering those areas of special importance.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blank endeavoured to contact all electoral candidates. The following candidates were un-contactable or did not provide any information relevant to their stance on the environment.

CRAMP, Sid | Liberal National Party

DOUGLAS, Alex | Independent (Incumbent since 2009)

IVORY, Chris | Independent

MARCINKOWSKI, Adam | Palmer United Party

MCPHERSON, Toni | The Greens

RIORDAN, Michael | Australian Labor Party

Mudgeeraba

Covers the southern rural hinterland of the Gold Coast and a collection of suburbs west of the Pacific Motorway and Robina Parkway. Major suburbs include Merrimac, Worongary, Mudgeeraba, the Robina Town Centre and parts of Reedy Creek, Robina and Carrara. The electorate also includes the Advancetown Dam, the major water source for the Gold Coast, and Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland.

 

LEADER, Georgi | Australian Labor Party

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Georgi Leader believes the decline in environmental protection standards needs to be brought to attention and will aim to ensure that the degradation of environmental standards does not occur in her electorate.

 

 

 

 

 

BRISBANE, Roger | The Greens

Roger Brisbane Greens Mudgereeba (2)
Mr Brisbane has a history in town planning, surveying and engineering. His experience has given him a broad knowledge of the development industry from regulatory and private sector perspectives.He believes in stopping the Gold Coast “Super Quarry” at Reedy Creek; increasing accountability and transparency in the legislative process by re-establishing an Upper House; protecting National parks and World Heritage areas such as Springbrook and the Great Barrier Reef from inappropriate development and/or degradation; opposing the Cableway; reducing coal use and focusing on renewables and keeping public assets in public hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blank endeavoured to contact all electoral candidates. The following candidates were un-contactable or did not provide any information relevant to their stance on the environment.

 

BATES, Ros | Liberal National Party (Incumbent since 2009)

FIGUEROA, Benedict |  Palmer United Party

PETERSEN, Chris | Family First Party

SHERWOOD, Bill  

 

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