01 March, 2016
The Portable Speed Warning Signs Project has been developed as part of the Lord Mayor's commitment to making Brisbane's suburban streets safer. The goal of the initiative is to promote safety through driver awareness and minimise speeding on neighbourhood roads. This is achieved through the use of portable flashing speed warning signs in each Council ward across Brisbane.
The solar-powered signs keep a record of vehicle speeds. Council is receiving encouraging reports on the sign’s effectiveness and the resulting improvement in safety.
The sign has been in the following streets in the Bracken Ridge Ward:
- Bracken Ridge Road, Bald Hills (westbound, Nov 2013-Jan 2014 & Oct-Nov 2015)
- Barbour Road, Bracken Ridge (eastbound, Feb-Mar 2014 & Nov 2015-Jan 2016)
- Lacey Road, Carseldine (northbound, Mar-Apr 2014 & Aug-Sept 2015)
- Dorville Road, Carseldine (May-June 2014, Jan 2016)
- Cowie Road, Carseldine (northbound, June-Jul 2014)
- Bellicent Road, Bracken Ridge (eastbound, Sept-Dec 2014)
- Wickfield Street, Bracken Ridge (northbound Dec 2014-Apr 2015)
- Quinlan Street, Bracken Ridge (northbound Apr-May 2015 & Apr 2016)
- Barfoot Street, Bracken Ridge (northbound Jun-Aug 2015 & Mar 2016)
- Ballynde Street (eastbound, Oct-Dec 2015)
- Phillips Street (westbound, Dec 2015-Feb 2016)
- Enbrook Street, Bracken Ridge (southbound Feb 2016)
The Bracken Ridge Ward received a second sign in October 2015.
15 February, 2016
Brand new recreational precinct opens at Bracken Ridge
The Lord Mayor Graham Quirk officially opened two exciting facilities on 14th February 2016, providing residents with a state-of-the-art recreational precinct for the Bracken Ridge ward.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Bracken Ridge was now home to an $8.8 million aquatic centre, $850,000 Skate Park and re-configured animal re-homing centre, creating a vibrant new precinct for residents of all ages and interests.
“Council is dedicated to keeping Brisbane on the right track by providing a range of fresh and engaging leisure and lifestyle opportunities for future generations,” Cr Quirk said.
“The $8.8 million aquatic centre is designed to cater to all pool users, from competition swimmers through to families looking to escape the heat on a weekend.
“It features a 25 metre heated outdoor pool, a 25 metre heated indoor pool, kiosk, change rooms with showers and toilets including an accessible changing room, barbecue facilities, picnic tables and car parking.”
Cr Quirk said residents could also enjoy the brand new skate plaza located next door to the new pool, which was the first of its kind in Brisbane.
“This facility will be a destination for skateboarders, BMX riders, scooter riders and roller-bladers and will attract professional-level skateboarding demonstrations and provide an ideal location for local competitions,” he said.
“The final design of this facility is the product of significant community input with Council hosting engagement activities for residents to share their opinions on features they would like to see implemented at the facility.
“Council also established a Community Reference Group which was made up of representatives from the Brisbane Skateboarding Association and members of local skate groups and residents.
The Warra Animal Re-homing Centre has also been reconfigured so it can be co-located on the same site as the swimming complex and skate plaza.
Local Councillor Amanda Cooper said the opening of the new recreational facilities was a special milestone for the local community.
“This is a flagship project in our local community which will be hugely popular for not only our local area, but a significant part of the city,” Cr Cooper said.
“I have worked closely with the local community to help steer the vision for these facilities and I am delighted to join the Lord Mayor in welcoming residents to this exciting new precinct.
“I encourage everyone to take advantage of these exciting new surroundings, and I thank the community for its patience while these facilities were being constructed.”
22 September, 2015
A busy intersection on Brisbane’s north side is now safer for road users, with Brisbane City Council completing major upgrade works at Beams Road and Lacey Road at Carseldine.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the $1.8 million project would boost capacity and improve safety at the intersection, which has been identified at as a traffic hotspot.
“Sixteen accidents have been recorded at this intersection over five years, with the majority involving vehicles turning right from Lacey Road into Beams Road,” Cr Quirk said.
“To help ensure this intersection is the safest it can be, Council has implemented a range of measures including the installation of new traffic signals at the intersection.
“New line markings including ‘no stopping’ lines have also been installed to further improve safety and traffic flow, and the traffic island located at the nearby junction of Gympie Road and Beams Road has been upgraded.
“Motorists will still be able to turn left at any time with care from Lacey Road into Beams Road, with the dedicated left turning lane remaining in place.”
Local Councillor Amanda Cooper said the project would greatly benefit all road users, and would go a long way in ensuring traffic is flowing smoothly through the area.
“Beams Road carries around 22,000 vehicles each day and connects Sandgate Road in the east with Gympie Road and Bridgeman Road in the west,” Cr Cooper said.
“Lacey Road carries around 10,000 vehicles each day and connects with Linkfield Road in the north and Beams Road in the south.
“While ensuring there is infrastructure in place to help road users travel through the area safely, the upgrade has also significantly improved safety and accessibility for pedestrians, with new crossings also installed along Lacey and Beams Roads.
“This project is just one example of Council’s Moving Brisbane initiative which involves the implementation of common-sense measures to boost traffic flow and bolster safety.
“I thank the community for its patience while these vital works were carried out to help deliver a safer road environment for everyone.”
For more information about the Beams Road and Lacey Road intersection upgrade, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.
10 September, 2015
The Bracken Ridge library hosted the 2015 Gold Star Reading Club awards ceremony on Wednesday 9 September for appximately 130 children. It was a fantastic celebration of the children’s achievements when the children who have participated in the reading program. It was a pleasure to be part of it and to give out the certificates and medals. Well done too to the parents for encouraging their children’s reading.
The Gold Star Reading Club in Brisbane City Council libraries for primary school children went from the beginning of June until the end of August. It encourages children's love of reading and helps improve their reading and literacy skills. With monthly reading incentives and prize draws, it's fun and free.
14 July, 2015
Zillmere State School on Murphy Road is the first school to benefit from Council’s school zone program. Many students walk or cycle to school as part of the Active School Travel program, which adds to the importance of this safety upgrade for the school.
“This is a brand new initiative announced by Council, a $700,000 program will considerably improve safety around our local schools,” Cr Cooper said.
“Zillmere State School is the very first school to benefit from this program. Many students walk or cycle to school as part of the Active School Travel program at Zillmere State School, which adds to the importance of this safety upgrade for the school.”
“I’ve been working with the Zillmere State School Principal and the P&C President since 2012 to get this project off the ground, following the change in State Government regulations allowing school zones on multi-lane roads.
“We had several meetings and discussions and put together a proposal that I took to Infrastructure Chairman, Cr Adrian Schrinner, which has now been delivered!
“After meeting with the school and the P&C, we felt that these signage upgrades and all of the other measures would make an enormous difference to the safety of kids crossing the road. It will also help drivers to be more conscious of students around school times,” she said.
22 June, 2015
Bracken Ridge gets the green light for a 2nd ‘left turn on red’ site
Brisbane City Council is tackling congestion in the Bracken Ridge Ward area with an additional intersection to benefit from a ‘Left Turn on Red’ function.
Local Councillor for the Bracken Ridge Ward, Amanda Cooper, said the latest rollout of “Left Turn on Red” intersections would help crack down on congestion at key intersections, and keep traffic flowing.
“The implementation of ‘Left Turn on Red’ intersections will permit motorists to turn left on a red light after stopping,” Cr Cooper said
“Already 25 intersections across the city are benefiting from this feature, with extremely positive results for motorists.
“Intersections are experiencing average reductions in delays of up to 30 seconds, reducing congestion not only on the side streets, but on main road corridors.
“The latest rollout of ‘Left Turn on Red’ intersections will bring the city’s total up to 50, doubling the sites currently in operation.”
Cr Cooper said $5.8 million had been allocated for congestion reduction initiatives in 2014-15, which included a range of projects aimed at tackling congestion, and the Left Turn on Red was another low-cost solution.
“Left Turn on Red sites are selected after careful assessment against the Australian Standard requirements, which include parameters for sight distance, pedestrian safety, and intersection configuration,” Cr Cooper said.
“The Left Turn on Red opportunity at the Telegraph Road extension (near Langer Place) into Telegraph Road would deliver important time savings and ease congestion, and would bring important benefits to our local area.
“We know that approximately 90 vehicles utilise this left turn on a daily basis and this will reduce queuing at the intersection considerably.
Left Turn on Red allows motorists to turn left at a red light after coming to a complete stop and giving way to other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists at the intersection. This is only permitted at intersections where the approach has ‘Left Turn on Red Permitted after Stopping’ signage installed. The usual road rules apply at all other intersections.
For more information on Left Turn on Red visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.
01 June, 2015
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said $7,050 was allocated to Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland at Bald Hills as part of this year’s program, which aims to develop new sport and recreation opportunities and boost active participation across the city.
“This is a Council initiative aimed at encouraging people to enjoy physical activity, while allowing them to relish in their local surroundings and facilities,” Cr Quirk said.
“With its sub-tropical climate and plethora of green open spaces, Brisbane is the ideal outdoor living city, and these grants provide an important extra boost to encourage residents to get moving.
“By adopting a healthy, active lifestyle, people can enjoy a wealth of benefits including improvements to general health and wellbeing.”
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland will use the funding to implement “Swish” - table tennis for the blind, to promote equal opportunities for sporting activities and increased social inclusion for blind and vision impaired individuals in Queensland.
Local Councillor Amanda Cooper said the program would also strengthen ties within the local community, and encourage more people to get involved in their local community.
“Along with improving the health and wellbeing of Brisbane residents, the program will help build a sense of community, by boosting social inclusion opportunities for residents,” Cr Cooper said.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Queensland was established in 1960, and helps to equip, empower, and educate Queenslanders who are blind or vision impaired with a range of orientation and mobility services.
All of its services, including the Guide Dogs are offered free of charge, so community support is vital to the organisation and its many support programs.
Council is awarding a total of $75,278 in grants to 5 not-for-profit groups throughout Brisbane as part of this year’s Healthy and Physical Activity Grants Program.
For more information on the Healthy and Physical Activity Grants Program visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.
28 October, 2014
Bracken Ridge gets the green light for a ‘left turn on red’ site
Bracken Ridge Ward Councillor Cr Amanda Cooper has announced that from today Bracken Ridge will operate one of the first 10 Left Turn on Red sites for the 2014/15 expansion, at the left turn from Glenealy Street into Bracken Ridge Road, Bracken Ridge.
Cr Cooper said the Left Turn on Red project permits motorists to turn left on a red light after stopping at select sites across Brisbane, and Bracken Ridge residents were now set to benefit.
“The introduction and roll-out of more Left Turn on Red intersections across Brisbane is a small but practical way of easing congestion and decreasing individual travel times, contributing to our vision for an accessible, connected city,” Cr Cooper said.
“The Bracken Ridge site has been selected after careful assessment against the Australian Standard requirements, which include parameters for sight distance, pedestrian safety and intersection configuration.
“The introduction of left turn on red, decreases congestion without compromising road safety and to date the Queensland Police Service has not reported any incidents due to the introduction of this facility.
“Traffic and informational signs have been placed at this intersection to inform motorists of the turn and to alert cyclists and pedestrians to the new traffic rules.”
Cr Cooper said the expansion of left turn on red sites followed a successful trial period of the initiative at five locations between November 2013 and March this year, which showed an average reduction in delays of up to 30 seconds at trial locations.
“As a part of the trial assessment, Council conducted community feedback which found 95 per cent of residents surveyed understood how the initiative worked and 85 per cent were supportive of additional sites being installed,” Cr Cooper said.
“Overwhelming support for these facilities was received from both the wider Brisbane community and local residents who used the trial intersections.”
There are now 15 sites across Brisbane where a Left Turn on Red movement is permitted.
For further information on Left Turn on Red visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search for ‘left turn on red’ or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.
09 December, 2010