29 January, 2015
Welcome to 2015! I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday and are looking forward to the year ahead.
I was honoured to be the presiding officer for people from 16 different countries at the citizenship ceremony which was held at the Bracken Ridge State School hall on Sunday. It was wonderful to be part of their official introduction to the country. This was the twelfth year there has been a citizenship ceremony in Bracken Ridge. Thank you to the Bracken Ridge Lions for their continued support for these ceremonies. Congratulations and welcome to our new citizens.
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 until 28 March, 7:15am to 8:15am (excludes 24 January). 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.
Council is resurfacing the bus route section of the road in Barrett Street, Bracken Ridge. This is due to happen early February. There may be some inconvenience to local residents and road users during the work, but the disruptions should be kept to a minimum.
Burnie Brae will be running ‘Zumba Gold’ and ‘Fitness for Seniors’ classes at the Fitzgibbon Community Centre, 545 Roghan Road. Starting on 3 February, ‘Zumba Gold’ will be held 1-2pm on Tuesdays. Starting 4 February, ‘Fitness for Seniors’ will be held from 12:15-1:15pm. Cost is $6 for Burnie Brae members and $8 for non-members. The opening classes during the first week of February are free. There is no need to book. Please bring a water bottle and towel and be sure to arrive 15 minutes early for your first class. For more information, contact Burnie Brae on 3624 2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I urge all dog owners to please carry a bag or container suitable to pick up your dog’s droppings when you take it for a walk in public. Thank you to the great majority of people who do the right thing in keeping our footpaths and parks clean. Please remember to pick up after your dog when it is in a public place, as it is distressing to come across or step in droppings, which can wash down drains and introduce harmful bacteria into our creeks.
Free Tai Chi Qigong classes are on offer in Rotary Park on the corner of Gympie andGrahamRoad, 8:30-9:30am on Thursdays from 29 January to 2 April. It is part of Brisbane City Council’s Active Parks program. 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 welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, hat and water bottle. The meeting point is 200m along the bike path. Bookings are not required. For more information contact Australian Academy of Tai Chi and Qigong on 3358 1955 or www.livingchi.com.au
Free fun soccer coaching for boys and girls aged 2-10 years is on offer at Roghan Road Park in Fitzgibbon on Mondays from 2 to 23 February from 4-5pm. It involves fun, safe soccer games using balls, goals and cones. This is the perfect mix of fun, physical activity and instruction that is sure to please all. Bookings not required. Please bring shoes, sun protection and water. For more information contact Prue Enterprises on 0421 445 892.
Council's Active Parks program is offering free circus skills training on Sunday 8 February 9:30am to 10:30am near the playground at Barrett Street Reserve, Bracken Ridge. 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.
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.
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.