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07 April, 2015

Please note that my office email address has changed. It is now brackenridge.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au. For the next twelve months any emails sent to the previous email address (brackenridge.ward@ecn.net.au) will automatically be redirected to the new address.

I recently attended the Neighbour Day event at the new Fitzgibbon Community Centre on Roghan Road. It was great to see so many members of the community participate in the many activities on offer. Well done to Renae from Burnie Brae for organising the community celebrations.

Council's Active Parks program is offering free circus skills training on Friday 10 April 9:30am to 10:30am at Hidden World Playground off Roghan Road, Fitzgibbon. Come try a range of activities including plate spinning, poi twirling, flower sticks, hoops, stilts and more. An action-packed workshop for all ages. Bookings are not required - for more information contact Prue Enterprises on 0421 445 892.

Council is resurfacing the road in Priscilla Street, Zillmere. This is due to be completed at the middle of the month. There may be some inconvenience to local residents and road users during the work, but the disruptions should be kept to a minimum.

The Australian Academy of Tai Chi & Qigong will be conducting free Tai Chi & Qigong classes in Rotary Park on the corner of Gympie and Graham Rd as part of the Brisbane City Council’s “Active Parks” program, 8:30-9:30am on Thursdays from 23 April to 25 June. Meet 200m along the bike path. This dynamic mind and body activity is invigorating and will help you feel relaxed, refreshed and calm. The easy-to-follow moves are repeated each week to enable participants to get a feel for the gentle flowing exercise 'moving meditation'. Join any week - all ages are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, hat and water bottle. Bookings are not required. For more information, contact Australian Academy of Tai Chi and Qigong on 3358 1955 or visit www.livingchi.com.au.

As part of Council's Active Parks program, ‘Yoga and relaxation’ is free at the shelter in front of the Bracken Ridge Library on Saturdays from 11 April until 13 June, 7:15am to 8:15am. Suitable for beginners and advanced; with breathing techniques, stretching, strengthening, partner yoga, relaxation massaging - all in the great outdoors. Sessions aim to balance the body, heart and mind. Bring a mat/cushion, water and wear loose clothing. Bookings are not required. For more information, contact YogAdo on 0478 198194.

Meet acclaimed local genealogist and writer Carmel Joyce at the Bracken Ridge library on Tuesday, 14 April from 1:30–2:30pm. Carmel is the author of several novels based on extensive historical research. She uses authentic research as a foundation for her books and characters as they once lived. Her research includes family history from the 18th and 19th century and Queensland early pioneers. Bookings are required, so please phone the Bracken Ridge Library on 3667 6060 to reserve your place.

Bomber Command Veteran Laurie Woods will be at the Bracken Ridge Library on Tuesday 21 April to tell the story of his last flight during World War II when he saved the lives of his crew by flying the Lancaster bomber “Killer II” with only a few minutes of experience. Laurie is a veteran of 35 missions over Germany when the chances of survival were 50%. Please phone the Bracken Ridge Library on 3667 6060 to reserve your place to hear Laurie speak.

‘Good Sports’ is a Australian Drug Foundation program to work with community sporting clubs across Australia to build safe, healthy and family-friendly environments by promoting a responsible attitude towards alcohol and food consumption. It provides free support to sporting clubs to increase the viability and impact of sporting clubs in their community; reduce alcohol-related problems such as underage drinking, drink driving & alcohol-related violence; change the ‘high risk’ behaviour of players, supporters and club members; increase the range of healthy food and drink options at the canteen and decrease the supply of unhealthy food and drinks. If your club is interested in finding out more, please contact the North Brisbane Region Project Officer, Ian McCulloch by emailing brisbane@adfgoodsports.org.au or calling 0408 068 492.

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Get involved in Council’s “Eyes in the Suburbs” promotion which is continuing this financial year. Brisbane residents who report certain maintenance issues to Council property will go in the draw to win one of ten $100 monthly cash prizes. Last year we had a local winner, so I encourage everyone to report any relevant Council issues to be automatically eligible. Entrants must lodge a request with Brisbane City Council for maintenance or repair to Council property - for example, potholes on Council roads, grass cutting on Council land, graffiti on Council property either by phoning 3403 8888, submitting a request online at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au, or sending an MMS/SMS to 0429 234 948.

Reflective house numbers are available for free from my office for residents. They are white reflective paint on a black background - approximately 80 x 55mm and can be screwed onto letterboxes. Having a clearly visible house number at your property can greatly assist in taking the guesswork out of finding an address, especially at night – ideal for helping emergency services such as the police (also visitors, taxis and deliveries) find residents’ homes.