Wednesday 16th March
When I arrived at the Pain Management Clinic for a two hour session of “Turning Pain Into Gain” I noticed the Pre Polling Booth at Southport Community Centre was open.
Let me explain.
Throughout the State of Queensland there will be elections this Saturday. The elections are for.
Local Government to elect a local representative for each Ward.
Elect a Mayor for each Council area
The State Government has cannily decided to also hold a referendum at the same time. (having a referendum at the same time as a Council election saves money by not being conducted separately) The referendum is to decide ,”should politicians be elected for a fixed four year term” OR to continue the current system of elected State politicians are elected for roughly a three year term and election dates are decided by the State Premier.
Australia has a polling system of allowing Postal votes, Pre Polling in selected venues and Absentee votes – that is votes when you are away from your home area. Voting is compulsory in Australia for ALL Elections.
Saturday, the day of the Poll, Donnis daughter Alecia is arriving from Canada and we are collecting her from the airport. We have a lot to do Saturday morning and do not want to get tied up in queues of voters who all seem to arrive as soon as polling stations open.
We decided to drive back to Southport and cast our vote in a pre- poll station. As usual we had to fight our way through volunteers wanting to hand you their “How to Vote” for their candidate literature. Some even want to engage you in conversation so they can explain their candidates virtues and convince you to vote their way.
OK, that’s done. Our civic duty has been completed and we have Saturday free of any other impediment to our day.
Donnis is sooo excited.
Friday 18th March.
Alecia arrives tomorrow and her friend Sarah arrives for a visit on Sunday. So… Donnis baked three cakes for the occasion. I am on a diet and not allowed to taste test the cakes.
Saturday 19th March
Alecia arrived on time at Coolangatta Airport. She had a long flight from Canada and although tired insisted on staying awake as long as possible so her body clock attunes to Oz time. After lunch – Caesar Salad with my own anchovy based dressing we drove to Southport Beach.
By now a strong southerly was blowing people off the beach but we persisted in a walk along the waters edge being splashed by waves on an incoming tide. We gave Alecia a tourists view of The Spit
and the Gold Coast Fish Co-Op
followed by a barbecue of Salmon and Asparagus.
Part way through a movie Alecia was sound asleep.
Alecia backpacked around Europe and worked as a nurse at the Lions Gate Hospital in Vancouver with her friend Sarah who arrived today for a visit. Donnis prepared a cheesecake for Sarah’s birthday and we drove to Springbrook
where neither had been before.
After a snack lunch we looked at several waterfalls and walking tracks along the top of the escarpment.
Tomorrow we plan on driving to Toowoomba.