25 August, 2015
Last week I attended a morning tea at Holy Spirit Retirement Village in Carseldine, hosted by State Member Tracy Davis as part of Seniors Week. Tracy presented number of special ‘Aspley Achievers’ awards. I was pleased to be able donate a lovely floral display from Aspley Florist. Congratulations to the very deserving volunteers for putting in so much time and effort in making our community a better place.
An ‘Android tablet basics’ class is on Thursday, 27 August, 2–3pm at the Bracken Ridge Library.
Discover how to use an Android tablet. Find hidden features and apps, move between screens, connect to Wi-Fi and search on the internet. Perfect for the first-time user. Bookings are required, so please phone the Bracken Ridge Library on 3667 6060 to reserve your place.
The ‘One Place Many Cultures’ Zillmere Festival is a weeklong celebration of cultural activities during Cultural Diversity Week. It runs from Saturday 29 August to Saturday 5 September. Details of the festival are available online at www.mdaltd.org.au
Council's kerbside collection is underway on Brisbane’s northside. The collections are held on a specific week for each suburb. You will be notified with a flyer delivered to your property at least one week before the collection starts in your suburb. Please place acceptable materials for collection at the kerb in front of your home on the Sunday before the collection starts in your suburb. For Carseldine households - this will be Sunday 31 August. For Aspley and Bridgeman Downs households - this will be Sunday 7 September.
Council’s will be doing additional landfill capping to part of Bill Brown Sports Field. This is due to start later in August / September, with surplus material from the Darien Street Sports Field 3 construction. The material is clay with some topsoil, and will be spread as a uniform thickness layer, watered, compacted and hydro-seeded to return the field to its current condition once the work is completed.
Council's Seniors Celebration Donation helps senior citizens' groups to cover the cost of activities such as social outings and Christmas parties. Funding is available to clubs and groups providing activities for people aged 50 years and over that are not funded by other sources, and also to seniors' groups that are part of other organisations. Funding amounts range from $100 to $300. Applications are due by Tuesday 6 October. The application forms are available from Council’s website and can also be collected from my office. If you would like a form mailed out to you, please ring Council’s Contact Centre on 3403 8888.
Take a closer look at the moon and the stars on Tuesday 25 August, 6 – 7pm at the Bracken Ridge library. Enjoy an evening storytime event followed by a look at the night sky using a telescope with the assistances of the South East Queensland Astronomical Society. Ideal for all ages. Bookings are required. Phone Bracken Ridge Library on 07 3667 6060 to reserve your place.
Get involved in Council’s “Eyes in the Suburbs” promotion. Brisbane residents who report certain maintenance issues to Council property will go in the draw to win one of ten $100 monthly cash prizes. 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.