11 February, 2015
Council is resurfacing the road in Lucan Avenue, Aspley in the section between Windrest Avenue and Ellerdale Street. This is due to be completed towards the end 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.
Clean Up Australia Day is happening on Sunday 1 March. I would like to encourage residents to take to their local park, bushland and streets and really help make a difference. Clean Up Australia remains Australia’s largest community event. It is fun and easy and anyone and everyone can get involved. To volunteer to join an existing site, or to register your own site, go to the www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au
Schools Clean Up Day is on Friday 27 February and congratulations to Bracken Ridge State High School which has already signed up. On the day, don’t forget to bring a hat, gloves, covered shoes, sunscreen and water.
Get to know your neighbourhood - thanks to the new suburban-based social network, Nabo. The site allows you to connect with your neighbours, find new events and activities, local recommendations and more. Sign up at Nabo’s web site: www.nabo.com.au
Council is carrying out work to install lighting along the pathway in Michael Place Park, Bracken Ridge. The pathway runs from Michael Place to Barbour Road. It is expected that this project will be completed by the end of the month.
Brent Sweeney, who has served as pastor at Bracken Ridge Baptist Church for many years, is retiring. Pastor Sweeney’s enthusiasm and commitment to the Bracken Ridge community will be greatly missed. Thank you to Brent for outstanding contribution you have made to our local area.
A reminder that free fun soccer coaching for boys and girls aged 2-10 years is on offer at Hidden World in Fitzgibbon on Mondays from 2 to 23 February from 4-5pm. It involves fun, safe soccer games using balls, goals and cones. Bookings are required, so please contact Ginger Sports on 3890 3338 to reserve your child's place.
As part of the BisAsia 2015 festival, Yoga and Yoga Nidra are on offer for free at the Bracken Ridge Hall on Saturday February 14 from 4 – 6pm. Experience the restorative and powerful effects of yoga nidra, a practice that allows you to experience deep rest in a short space of time. Nidra in sanskrit means sleep, and the practice allows you to enter the sleep state while still being consciously aware. Bookings are essential so please call 3403 8888 to reserve your ticket.
Aspley Gardens Neighbourhood Watch Group is looking to fill the position of secretary. If you are interested and live in the group’s area (north of Cabbage Tree Creek and west of Gympie Road), please contact Brian Jones on 0415 997 582.
The Bald Hills Islamic Educational Organisation in partnership with the Queensland Police Service, is holding an open day at the mosque at 117 Telegraph Road on Sunday 22nd February from 9am to 1pm. Group tours will be provided by Brisbane Imams to provide information and answer questions. Also on offer are a sausage sizzle, food and clothing stalls, children’s rides and activities and emergency services displays. Council is pleased to have been able to assist with the event with funding through the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund.
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.