Traffic snarls on Broadbeach-Nerang Rd impact on Commonwealth Games?

Member for Gaven Dr Alex Douglas MP is concerned traffic snarls along the Broadbeach-Nerang Rd from the Pacific Motorway exit to Nerang Railway Station during peak periods will impact on the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

During a debate on Major Events in State Parliament, Dr Douglas said these issues needed to be ironed out before the Games, else there would be critical delays to events being held at Metricon Stadium, Carrara and Nerang.

“There is queuing on the Nerang-Broadbeach Rd from about 2.30 pm till 6 pm everyday and the reality is, as a major thoroughfare,   that no-one has talked about doing anything to the road,” he said.

Dr Douglas listed the traffic snarls on both the Nerang-Broadbeach Rd and Pacific Motorway adjacent to the Nerang and Smith St exits,  lack of public transport in  Nerang and Carrara, the lack of connectivity between the light rail and Brisbane-Gold Coast rail  and the lack of NBN as major issues facing organisers of the Commonwealth Games.

He has placed a question on notice in Parliament to the Transport and Main Roads Minister, asking what will be done to address the traffic snarls on the Nerang-Broadbeach Rd.

“The mountain bike competition is being held in the Nerang State Forest, but the reality is that the area is very limited in terms of parking and transport,” Dr Douglas said.

“Organisers are projecting crowds of at least 2,000 in the forest, but there is no effective bus service to move any of these people around, as buses stop running mid-afternoon and no weekend services.

“That is not to say there will not be shuttle buses during the Commonwealth Games, but before the games start there will be large numbers of people using these areas and we have to be able to move them from point to point.

“I have written to the Federal Communication Minister twice about the lack of NBN in these areas, particularly during the Games when everyone will want to use the internet.

“I’m particularly concerned that the lack of NBN will impact poorly on the Games which includes many  events in this electorate including the opening and closing ceremonies.

“The Gold Coast has a population of more 750,000 people and 12 million tourists annually.  If the Federal government is  looking for growth in these markets, these types of services would seem to be mandatory.

“Our region will be on show and we need to be able to provide connectivity to an international standard.  It is not satisfactory to say we are intending to do nothing. “

Huge numbers at risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Member for Gaven Dr Alex Douglas MP says there are more than 3,200 people in his electorate living with type 2 diabetes and a further 8,900 at high risk of developing the condition.

Dr Douglas attended a breakfast at Parliament House this morning where MPs had health checks and type 2 diabetes risk assessments, as part of the Healthy Parliament, Healthy Queensland event.

Dr Douglas demonstrated his commitment to raising awareness about type 2 diabetes by taking a free risk assessment.

“Type 2 diabetes is the world’s fastest lifestyle disease and the situation in the electorate of Gaven is no different,” he said.

“I had my risk assessed because type 2 diabetes is serious and I wanted to better understand the risks to my health.

“It was quick and straight forward, and I encourage people across the community to log on to to find out their own risk.”

Diabetes Queensland CEO Michelle Trute said risk assessments were an important step in addressing the growing type 2 diabetes epidemic and reducing the significant costs associated with the disease.

“There are more than 1.5 million Australians living with type 2 diabetes which costs the Australian taxpayer an estimated $14.6 billion per annum,” Ms Trute said.

“This bill is forecast to increase to $30 billion by 2025 unless urgent action is taken.”

Ms Trute encouraged all Queenslanders to understand their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by taking the free online test using the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment Tool (AUSDRISK).

“The test only takes around five minutes and could be the difference between whether or not you develop type 2 diabetes,” Ms Trute said.

If you score 12 or more you are at high risk and may have prediabetes – you should consult your doctor and talk about a prevention program.

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are lifelong conditions that can affect every part of an individual’s life. Both need to be managed daily to reduce the risk of the diabetes related complications and improve quality of life and life expectancy.  While type 2 diabetes is largely preventable and can often be managed by healthy eating and exercise alone, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but it generally occurs in children and young adults. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented.


What happens when the money runs out for surgery?

Member for Gaven Dr Alex Douglas MP says the Health Minister can’t  explain where funds for  surgery at the Gold Coast will come from once a current national agreement runs out shortly.

“When I asked him in Parliament this afternoon where funding would come from when the National Partnership Agreement on elective list reduction plan finishes, he said he would continue to talk to others to keep health going,” he said.

“The Minister Lawrence Springborg  can’t get the money from the State Treasurer and there is no more coming from the Federal Government that can be diverted to stop the real waiting list at the hospital exploding.

“He’s now looking for a miracle to find  money to fill the gap in funding for surgery at the Gold Coast when the NPAEL funding runs out.

“His only resort now is to seek divine help and he needs it with the Gold Coast Health budget rapidly climbing over $1 billion last year.

“Gold Coast residents really deserve better than this.

“They need certainty.  A job, good health , a roof over their head and an ability to feed themselves and their families most meekly ask for.

“They get a wish and a hollow promise, the Minister knowing the NPAEL money runs out when the next election is over.

“This is the cynical action of a Health Minister who won’t admit to Gold Coast residents that they are really going to suffer in the next electoral term should the LNP be re-elected.”

New sports facility at Carrara?

Member for Gaven Dr Alex Douglas MP has asked the Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning  Jeff Seeney about  any future plans for the construction of a building adjoining Carrara’s Metricon Stadium  for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“In Parliament yesterday, I asked a question on notice to see if there were plans for the construction of a building which could be converted into an integrated high performance sports facility for the GC Suns after the games,” Dr Douglas said.

” I’ve also asked him for which sports the building would be used for during the Games.  The Minister has 30 days to respond. I’ll keep everyone informed when I have an answer. ”


Gaven MP calls for Royal Commission into Grantham flood

Member for Gaven Dr Alex Douglas MP has called for a royal commission into the 2011  Grantham flood because evidence and victims have been ignored and silenced.

“Thirteen innocent people lost their lives and many houses were destroyed, but not one person from the commission of Inquiry into the flood physically set foot in Grantham,” he told Parliament today.

“The victims and their families were mostly poor, not well educated, battlers living on the fringe of two large urban societies who had no influence then and since the disaster they have even less influence.

“They have been ignored, chastised, silenced and in some cases even punished and  those who demanded fairness were treated as mentally ill or publicly criticised.

“Premier Campbell Newman, in a letter to the Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones refused to investigate the matter correctly, particularly the serious inconsistences raised in the only day of hearings devoted to Grantham during the flood inquiry.

“At 4 pm on the day of the flood the sun was shining, water from heavy rain west and north-west of Helidon rapidly filled Lockyer Creek, but was blocked by a dam and bund wall at Wagners’ Quarry which then burst, forcing the creek to jump its banks and then explode several hundred metres north to the railway line.

“A tidal wage of 2.5 metres high crossed the flood plain travelling eastward at 15 kph, taking a course other than the Lockyer Creek tracking along the southern bank of the railway line and smashing into Grantham two kilometres from the dam.

 “Conclusions as to what occurred in Grantham were based on an engineer’s flawed hydrology report which was done at the peak of the flood using computer modelling alone.

“Critical eye-witnesses were refused the right to give specific testimony which would have clarified what caused the flood and why it caused so much damage.

“It is not unreasonable to say this appears to be a cover-up.

“It’s not acceptable for members here today to sit comfortably on parliamentary leather when those totally unprepared families of victims at Grantham, affected communities and surviving victims suffer in silence.

“I demand a Royal Commission into all matters relating to what happened in Grantham before, during and after this so called flood event.

“It should not just fill in gaps from the flawed flood inquiry, but delve deeply into discovering what really went wrong at Grantham.

“I agree with Rupert Murdoch’s statement about equity in the headline story of the Australian today because the have-nots are missing out far too frequently at the expense of the super rich in the western world, and the same is happening at Grantham.

“Grantham residents and loved ones of those who perished in the preventable barrage of water need the answers that only a royal commission can bring about.

“The interviews that never took place and the photographs that were never made public must be exposed so the truth can come out.

“We must ensure this never happens here in Queensland again.”