Why Robina is the best place to raise and educate kids
With the best schools in the city, an abundance of free family activities and annual events, bicycle paths, landscaped walkways and recreational spaces, sought-after Robina offers many lifestyle benefits to families.
Councillor Hermann Vorster and his wife Melissa, who are both Robina residents and Bond University graduates, have just welcomed their third child to the family.
This month, InsideR caught up with the proud parents to learn why the heart of the Gold Coast is the perfect place to raise a family.
Hermann – How long have you lived in Robina and why did you decide to represent Division 11?
We’ve lived in division 11 since 2003, my wife and I are raising our young family in the area – and we want to do everything in our power to ensure Robina remains a wonderful place to live and work.
It probably says a lot about our stage of life, but we think the best part of the area is the great playgrounds and picnic spots.
It is amazing to have schools, shops and work on your door step, and to be a few minutes’ walk from a tranquil spot where you can enjoy quality time with the family.
I saw an opportunity to accelerate long overdue projects and take meaningful steps to make our area safe for everyone, and knew the best place to have impact was in the Council Chamber.
Melissa – Why do you feel Robina so appealing to families?
The community is served by Bond University, two heavy rail stations, three hospitals, Robina Town Centre, a Police station, and an emerging health precinct.
It is a place where you get to spend more quality time together rather than fighting traffic.
We are right in the middle of the Gold Coast close to the best schools with the beach and hinterland just a few minutes away.
Hermann – How do you like to spend a day off from work?
If I can find a moment, I’m in the backyard with the kids in our vegetable patch.
I’m known for my pretty brutal habanero sauce and am enjoying cultivating the crop.
Melissa – Any tips for mothers-to-be living in Robina?
Visit Child Health Service on Campus Crescent in our health precinct on a Thursday to have bub weighed and ask any questions that may be weighing on your mind.
Here you’ll also find a free immunisation clinic run out of Council’s community centre right next to the library.
I’d also recommend Baby Rhyme Time, a free weekly get-together for kids and their parents at Robina Town Centre.
Melissa – How do you stay fit and raise a family?
Now bub is getting a bit older, my plan is to check out one of the group fitness classes at Robina Common.
At both Robina Common and Frascott Park you’ll find plenty of low-cost fitness classes are on offer.
Both feature walking circuits with shaded playgrounds, barbeques and toilets; making them a family favourite for kids birthday parties.
Thanks to Hermann and Melissa for taking the time to answer our questions, you’ll find below a list of just some of Robina’s amazing education establishments so if you’re thinking of bringing your family to Robina, you’ll know what your options are.
Also passionate about Division 11? Hermann would love to hear from you:
If you know of something that needs fixing in your street, please get in touch with me: email@example.com
You can also catch me at regular listening posts across the division; all details posted to the Facebook page.