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23 November, 2015

An upgrade of the playground equipment in Harold Kielly Park near the duck ponds, Bald Hills has started and should be completed within two weeks, weather permitting. I trust that families with young children will enjoy using the new equipment.

Construction of a dog off leash area in Lacey Road Park, Carseldine is underway and should be completed before Christmas. It will be near the half basketball court. Thank you to all the Carseldine residents who provided feedback to my letter a couple of months ago.

I attended Jabiru Community College’s celebration evening last week. The college operates from Council buildings at the Bracken Ridge neighbourhood centre. Congratulations to all the students who have had an extremely successful year.

An ‘Android tablet basics’ class is on Thursday, 26 November, 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. Bring your own Android tablet. Bookings are required, so please phone the Bracken Ridge Library on 3667 6060 to reserve your place.

A pathway lighting project is starting in Eucalypt Park at the end of this month. This park is accessed from Aldea Circuit in Bracken Ridge. The lighting will benefit residents walking to and from Bald Hills train station.

A ‘Happy Face’ cent auction is being held to raise funds for the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, particularly for curing children’s cancer.
Where: Aspley Leagues Football Club - 29 Kirby Rd, Aspley
When: Saturday 28 November. Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start. There will be raffles, a lucky door prize and a special draw prize.
Cost: $3 entry (adults) $1 (children). $1 sheet of 21 tickets
Contact: Sunny Drescher - 3261 5185

Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) have advised that they are inspecting the condition of the sewer network in Carseldine. This will involve blowing non-toxic smoke into sewer maintenance holes. From Monday 30 November 2015, smoke testing will commence in Beams Road, Carseldine and surrounding streets. QUU will collate data at the program’s completion and will notify Brisbane City Council of any recorded faulty connections or infiltrations to the sewer system.

The annual Bracken Ridge Christmas Festival kicks off on 5 December. Organised by the Bracken Ridge Baptist Church, the festival includes many events throughout the month. They include a youth colour party, hamper packing, street parties, ‘Bracken Ridge Acts of Kindness’, seniors’ Christmas lunches and a carols spectacular. Visit the festival’s web site for more information:

A new market for women is starting up at the Bald Hills State School hall. It is called Stylushe Market and will raise funds for charities. The first one is on Saturday 5 December between 9am and 1pm and will raise money for White Ribbon in a stance against domestic violence. For more information, contact the organiser Nicci on 0419 661 331, visit or email

I will be having a small ‘stall’ between 8am and 10am at the Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Markets on Saturday 5 December. Please feel free to come and say hello or ask any Council-related questions you may have. The markets are at the former QUT site on the corner of Beams and Dorville Roads.


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, 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.