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21 October, 2014

On Saturday I joined Rod Chiapello and his wonderful staff and volunteers at McDonalds Bracken Ridge to participate in McHappy Day. McHappy Day is about raising awareness and vital funds for McDonald’s charity activities including Ronald McDonald House and Learning Programs. Congratulations to everyone involved and I look forward to joining you again next year.

GOLD (Growing Older and Living Dangerously) is a Brisbane City Council Active and Healthy Lifestyle program. It provides free or low-cost activities for residents 50 years of age and over. Copies of the GOLD program for the October to June period are now available from my office or can be downloaded from Council’s web site:

I was honoured to present the trophies at Ridge Hills United Football Club’s Trophy Extravaganza Day recently. Well done to all the award winners! I was also pleased to have been able to assist with the event with funding for the fireworks through the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund.

It is time to put forward nominations for the Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club’s annual Bracken Ridge and Surrounding Suburbs Community Awards. I encourage local residents to nominate those around you who go out of their way to make our neighbourhoods a better place to live. The awards are given to recognise group and individual contributions to the local community in four categories. Application forms can be downloaded from the Lions’ web site and are also available from my Ward Office. Please note that nominations close at 5pm on Friday 28 November 2014. The award winners will be presented with their awards at the end of the Citizenship Ceremony in Bracken Ridge on Sunday 25 January 2015.

The Bracken Ridge library is holding an iPad basics session on Thursday 23 October, 2-3pm. Discover the basics of how to use an iPad including navigation, using apps and searching the internet. Perfect for the first-time user. Please contact the library on 3667 6060 to reserve your place.

Council is again supporting the Garage Sale Trail - an annual, national program. Garage sales are held across Australia on the same day with the aim to reduce waste to landfill, encourage neighbours to meet, raise funds, inspire creativity and stimulate local economies. This year’s event is on Saturday 25 October and it is free to participate. People can host a garage sale or shop on the day. Brisbane’s tip shops will be registered as the biggest garage sales in the city. Garage sales must be registered online at where people can display items for sale. Buyers can visit the website and view the garage sales in their area to see what is for sale.

The Aspley Uniting Church is holding their Christmas craft market on Saturday 25 October at 748 Robinson Rd from 8am to 1pm. This is a great opportunity to get in some early Christmas present shopping. There will be 50 different stalls as well as plants, jams and cakes. Morning tea and a sausage sizzle will be available.

The next Bracken Ridge and Central Lions’ Train Day at McPherson Park (off Denham St -UBD map ref 110 E6) is on 26 October from 9:30am to 2:30pm, featuring Ormiston Heritage Pipes and Drums at 11am-12 noon. Enjoy bagpipes and steam trains as Scottish pipers entertain the crowds at the monthly Train Day at Bracken Ridge. Give the kids a treat with a ride on a real steam train. A fun-filled family day with food, plant stalls and the Choo Choo Kids Markets.

The annual census of Australian White Ibis is happening on Sunday 26th October. If you see an Australian White Ibis on this date, please go to and complete the white ibis sighting form. Participation in this survey will help in gauging their distribution and abundance, which will in turn help in the long-term conservation and management of the birds. They are a native protected species which play an important role in their natural wetland habitat. For more information, email

A ‘computer basics’ class is on Thursday 30 October 2-3pm at the Bracken Ridge library. Get started with computers by learning the basics of how to use a computer. Participants should have basic mouse skills. Please phone the library on 3667 6060 to reserve your place.

Storm season is just around the corner. Please feel free to collect an 11-page ‘Be prepared for severe weather in Brisbane’ booklet from my office. The Early Warning Network (EWN) provides Brisbane households with free severe weather alerts. The alerts are location-based, so you only receive warnings if your residential address may be impacted. Alerts are sent by email, SMS or via a recorded message to your landline. To register for this free service, visit Council’s web site

Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Action Group (SaNDBAG) is running a free 7 week program for women affected by domestic violence, which starts on Friday 31st October. Childcare is available for $2 but places are limited. Please phone SaNDBAG (Bracken Ridge) on 3269 0277 for more information and to register. All enquiries are strictly confidential. 


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, or sending an MMS/SMS to 0429 234 948.

A limited number of 40km/hr wheelie bin stickers are available from the Bracken Ridge Ward Office at no cost to residents – they have been funded through the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund. Please come to my office (77 Bracken St, Bracken Ridge) to collect a sticker if you are interested in having one for your wheelie bin. These stickers are made of reflective material so they are also visible at night.

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.