18 November, 2014
To encourage residents to cycle and walk locally, Council wants to provide accessible routes to key locations like schools, shopping centres, public transport and parks and recreation areas. Work is currently progressing on the shared pathway along Cooyar Street in Aspley. I am keen to hear from residents of their ideas for new bikeways or other community infrastructure like fitness equipment in the Bracken Ridge Ward.
I would like to provide an update on the Beams Road / Lacey Road intersection in Carseldine. It is currently listed for future traffic improvements and upgrades, including traffic signals. Council has also made a submission for this intersection to be included in the Federal Government’s Black Spot funding, which helps reduces crashes on roads across Australia. It is expected that Council will be notified around mid next year as to whether the submission has been successful.
The Brisbane Malayalee Association invited me to their volleyball tournament, which is organized as part of their sports activities. I was given the honour of opening the games. The tournament was held on the 8th of November at Bracken Ridge State High School hall. Congratulations to all those involved in organising the event.
Monitoring cameras have been used in Bald Hills’ Tinchi Tamba Wetlands to follow the movement of native wildlife and pest animals this month. Data collected will assist Council in the planning of pest animal trapping programs to protect native wildlife from the impacts of pest animals such as feral cats, wild dogs and foxes.
Council has developed the new Brisbane Bin and Recycling app for smartphones and tablets to help residents make recycling decisions quicker and simpler. Some of the app features include: a bin collection calendar for Brisbane residents, with a notification option to remind residents when bins will be collected; an alphabetical list of materials with information about how to recycle or dispose of them; and recycling tips and myths. The app is available to iOS and Android devices. Residents without access to a smartphone or tablet can continue to access the bin calendar on Council’s website. The Brisbane Bin and Recycling app can be downloaded for free through the App Store or Google Play.
The Northside Singers are holding their annual concert on Saturday 22 November, featuring popular songs from 1963 to 1965. The matinee is at 2pm and the evening performance at 7pm, at the Bald Hills Uniting Church hall - 2131 Gympie Rd, Bald Hills. Admission costs are: family $20, adult $10, concession $8, children $5 (under 5 years free). It includes a light afternoon tea or supper. To RSVP, please phone Allie 3265 5081, or Lorna 3865 4783, or Judy 3359 3198.
Council is offering a family fun bike ride course at Phillip Vaughan Park in Carseldine, on Saturday 23 November from 9am to 11am. This is a way for families to test their cycling skills while exploring their local area. Trained instructors will take you to key suburban destinations via off-road paths and footpaths with a scavenger hunt thrown in for a bit of fun. Bookings are essential. Please go to www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/sports-leisure/cycling-brisbane for booking details and information on the other courses available around Brisbane.
The next Bracken Ridge and Central Lions’ Train Day at McPherson Park (off Denham St -UBD map ref 110 E6) is on 23 November from 9:30am to 2:30pm, featuring Rivercity Steel Band at 11am-12 noon. Enjoy the steel band and steam trains at this monthly Train Day at Bracken Ridge. Give the kids a treat with a ride on a real steam train. A fun-filled family day with food, plant stalls and the Choo Choo Kids Markets.
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 29 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
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.