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20 May, 2015

Please note that my office email address has changed. It is now For the next twelve months any emails sent to the previous email address ( will automatically be redirected to the new address.

I was delighted to attend the Bracken Ridge Scouts’ AGM last week. Many thanks to all the leaders who give so generously of their time and particularly Keith Gridley who has led the Scout group admirably for many years. Congratulations to the Scouts who received their certificates.

A temporary closure of the Bracken Ridge community hall from 25 May to 14 June will be in place while work is done inside the hall. Some of the work will include painting, new light switches and power points, replacing vinyl to match the kitchen and replacing the skirting with black vinyl skirting. If you have an enquiry about hall bookings, please phone 3407 0811.

Join museum researcher Pam Verney at the Bracken Ridge library from 1:30-2:30pm on Tuesday 26 May for an exploration into the final resting place of some of Brisbane and Sandgate’s most significant pioneers – the Bald Hills Cemetery. Please call the library on 3667 6060 for more information and bookings.

I encourage residents to join me in SANDBAG’s tree planting ceremony at 10am on Wednesday 27 May at the Keith Murray Bikeway, Bald Hills for domestic & family violence prevention month. This is an annual event, and is an important way we remember the victims of domestic and family violence in our community. Meet near the bridge behind Gladdon Street, on the pathway which runs from Bracken Ridge Road and behind Kyeema Crescent.

I would like to remind residents about some of Council’s rules which relate to footpaths so that they can be used safely by other motorists and pedestrians. Please be sure that you don't park on footpaths or footpath ramps, across or partly blocking driveways or footpaths. The Natural Assets Local Law 2003 does not allow garden beds on the footpath, unless it is part of Council's street planting plan or approved under another local law or subordinate local law. A permit is required for certain activities on Council’s footways and roads, and for constructing driveways. Please see Council’s web site: or call 3403 8888 for more information.

Norris Road State School P&C are holding markets and a movie in park on Saturday 30 May. Come along to their oval at 3pm for the clothing, crafts and food stalls, rides and petting zoo, then at 6pm enjoy the ‘Planes Fire & Rescue’ movie which will be shown on the big screen. Council has assisted the P&C for this event with funding from the Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund.


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.