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Amanda's Latest Message

24 March, 2015

Congratulations to Aspley Memorial Bowls Club who have been successful in Council’s recent Community Sport Clubs Grants program. They have received a grant of $100,000 to replace two of their bowling greens with synthetic turf. The yearly maintenance costs of the current natural grass greens is significant and replacing these with synthetic grass will be a more financially viable option to ensure the longevity of the club.

‘A yarn for the next generation: Writing for seniors’ workshop is on Thursday 26 March 10:30am–12:30pm at the Bracken Ridge library.

Have you ever been told your life would make a good book? Want to meet a few like-minded people and swap stories? If you have been thinking about writing a few stories for family and friends this will get you started. Ideal for the beginner wanting to create a story that can be printed on a home computer for family and friends. Presented by Jacqueline Smart Ferguson. Bookings are required, so please phone the Bracken Ridge Library on 3667 6060 to reserve your place.

An ‘Android tablet basics’ class is on Thursday, 26 March, 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.

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 March. 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

I encourage residents to support the Council’s Homeless Connect program which collects donations for the homeless. Homeless Connect brings together business and community groups twice a year to give free services to the homeless, or those at risk. Services include medical care, legal advice, accommodation referral, personal grooming items and clothes. The next Homeless Connect will be held on Wednesday 20 May at Brisbane Racing Club, Eagle Farm. There is a collection box at my Ward Office and items such as shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, insect repellent, pre-loved clothing in good condition and non-perishable food items can be included. Please make any donations by Friday 1 May.


Animal Welfare League of Qld (AWLQ) has been managing the Warra Animal Shelter at 523 Telegraph Road since October last year. Please note that the shelter is still operating during the construction of the new pool. I would encourage anyone looking for a pet to choose from the dogs and cats there who are waiting for rehoming. The shelter is open 12pm-6:30pm on week days and 9am-1pm on weekends. Over Easter they will only be closed on the public holidays. They can be contacted on 3631 6800 or online: www.awlqld.com.au

The Council tennis / basketball courts in Ferguson Park, Bracken Ridge (behind the library) are open to the public and are extremely popular, particularly for tennis games. The courts can also be used at night until 10pm. There is no booking system for the courts, so it is a case of first in first served. If you are using them, please be mindful of others who may be waiting to use the courts so that everyone has a chance to have a game.

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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.