06 February, 2014
The annual Backyard Bonanza, which is held in McPherson Park, has a new more contemporary name: BYB. Planning for BYB14 (on Sunday 25 May) is well underway and the event already promises to be another great celebration for the community. This event, firmly rooted in our local community, presents an ideal opportunity for clubs, community groups and other organisations within the Bracken Ridge Ward to get involved, whether through fundraising or promotional activities, staging displays to increase awareness and membership, or provision of a performance group to entertain the crowds. The first planning meeting is at the Bracken Ridge library meeting room on Wednesday 12 March at 5pm. Please let my office know if you are interested in attending or if you would like more information.
Council is completing the resurfacing the southern section of Dorville Road in Carseldine. This is due to be finished by 10 March. There may be some inconvenience to local residents and road users during the work, but the disruptions should be kept to a minimum.
Brisbane Seniors Online (BSOL) is a not-for-profit organisation set up to help the over 50s in Brisbane learn the basics of computers, including internet and emails. BSOL is a network of volunteer mentors who help people on your own computer in your own home or in a class environment. They are looking for more members from the Northern suburbs, particularly from Bracken Ridge Ward area. If you would like to get started in becoming computer literate, please contact BSOL on 3210 6983.
Council is upgrading the existing pathway lights in Balcara Avenue Park in Carseldine. This pathway connects the estate to the Carseldine railway station. The upgrade work should take a couple of weeks to complete, weather permitting.
Update on the Telegraph Road Railway overpass project until 17 March:
Council has completed placing 34 horizontal bridge support beams for the new road-over-rail overpass, the eastern span of the bridge structure, and completed concreting the bridge deck across the railway line. Council is now planning to start concreting the bridge deck of the eastern span and place the bridge support beams for the western span of the bridge structure. Preparation for the bridge deck concreting and concrete supply will arrive on site to enable concrete pouring to start at 5.30am. Concreting is planned at this time to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and lower wind speeds. The concrete pump will be located on the eastern side of the railway line as far away from residential properties as feasible. Residents near the project site may experience some construction impacts such as noise associated with this work. Delivery of the crane used to install the 17 girders for the western span of the bridge structure is expected to arrive on site on Monday 10 March at 4am and will be positioned in the main work site area adjacent to Lacey Road. Delivery of the bridge support beams for the western span of the bridge structure will commence from Tuesday 11 March to Monday 17 March, weather permitting. Due to transport permit restrictions and to ensure public safety, the beams will arrive at site around 4am and will be unloaded around 5am between these dates. Deliveries will be made via the Telegraph Road entrance to the work site. The beams are also planned to be lifted into place during this time.
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 and 50km/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.