The Premier and Transport and Main Roads Minister have announced the start of a consultation period on how the LNP Government should re-invest Transport and Main Roads savings from the scrapped carbon tax.
The savings of about $30 million a year will be put back into the state’s public transport networks.
Over the next two weeks Queenslanders are being asked whether they want a five per cent fare reduction, applied from November 2014 (replacing the 2.5 per cent increase scheduled for January 2015) or more local bus, train and ferry services.
I encourage you to take part in the survey, which will run until midnight on Sunday, 14 August online at http://translink.com.au or by phoning 13 12 30.
The residents of Everton Hills have a new foot bridge that will be a part of the community for many years to come. The new Maba Court pedestrian bridge links Olearia Street and Cribb Avenue will be a time saver for the local residents which restores a convenient link to Oxford Park Station and other local services.
The new bridge, a $700,000 investment into the local community, is a raised 30m long steel and concrete structure that replaces the old causeway that was washed away in 2012 following extensive damage sustained in the significant flood events in 2011. The new structure is an example of the LNP government’s commitment to fund projects with built in resilience that are subject to natural disasters.
Moreton Bay Regional Councillor Brian Battersby said the new bridge would be a time saver for residents on both sides of Kedron Brook. “In many ways it reunites our communities and that in itself makes the Maba Court pedestrian bridge a worthwhile investment” he said.
The Maba Court upgrade was made possible by Betterment Funding from the Queensland and Australian governments through joint Natural Disaster Relief and Recover Arrangements.
Great to be at the sod turning this morning (10th July) with Cr Wyndham, for the new Woolworths development at Everton Park.
This development will support more than 1,600 jobs including the creation of 600 ongoing local retail job opportunities and more than 1,000 direct and indirect construction jobs.
The redevelopment will include a modern Woolworths Supermarket, Masters Home Improvement store, 1,000 square metres of specialty retail space and commercial office space, offering exceptional choice, value and convenience to local customers.
With construction subject to weather and other variables, the retail redevelopment of the site is expected to open in mid-2015 with future public space and residential stages to follow.
Everton residents with a disability and their elderly carers will have access to more innovative living arrangements through the second funding round of the Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial.
Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis has announced that Wesley Mission Brisbane will receive $1 million to provide sustainable housing for adults with a disability and their elderly parent carers in Mitchelton.
This is welcome news for Everton elderly parent carers who can rest easier knowing that projects like this will help provide accommodation solutions to their loved ones.
The $1 million received by Wesley Mission Brisbane, will be used to construct 15 units on the organisation’s own land in Mitchelton.
Of these units, 14 will be tenanted by adults with a disability with an extra unit for around-the-clock care staff.
I am happy to announce that Stage One of the repairs to Old Northern Road will be completed on the 7th July 2014.
This first stage of repairs has seen extensive pavement rehabilitation and asphalt resurfacing to sections of Old Northern Road, as well as preparation for the remaining sections.
As a frequent user of Old Northern Road, I appreciate the frustration for motorists and it is great to see the progress of these repairs.
Stage Two will begin in September 2014 (weather and construction conditions permitting) and will finalise the two remaining sections:
· 800 metres along the southbound carriageway from Allamanda Crescent to the Jinker Track.
· 800 metres along the northbound carriageway from Allamanda Crescent to opposite the Bunyaville Forest Drive resource access.
I am pleased to support a group of local film makers, with their charitable short film about depression and anxiety.
Andrew Cripps, Nicolas Laube and Nick Harris filmed ‘A Better Place,’ which aims to raise awareness for depression and anxiety. The film is supporting charity Beyond Blue.
I was honoured to feature alongside a host of media personalities in the film including Home and Away star Ada Nicodemou, Rugby League legend Wally Lewis and 2012 Big Brother winner, Benjamin Norris.
There is a lack of public knowledge about mental health issues and I am happy to be involved with any initiative that aims to change that.
I think it is important that if we want to communicate with the younger generation, it’s vital that we use all mediums.
‘A Better Place’ was released on Wednesday 25th June. You can see the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tAhRwBqaLU
In July I will be hosting a Grants Workshop, in collaboration with my colleague Dale Shuttleworth, to bring our communities an even bigger and better Networking Breakfast and Grants Workshop. I hope to make this an annual event to assist community groups with the struggles of writing and compiling grant applications.
Date: Friday 18thJuly
Time: 7:00am – 9:00am (the workshop will start at 7:45am)
Location: Everton Hills PCYC, Olearia St West, Everton Hills
This is an open invitation to local community groups and I encourage you to share this with your community group colleagues. For more information and to RSVP follow this link to the online booking form.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact my office on 3855 1133.
Queenslanders can show their support for Brisbane’s homeless youth this Friday (6th June), but donning their daggiest jumper.
Housing Minister Tim Mander said Daggy Jumper Day was an initiative of Brisbane Youth Service and raised funds to help homeless and vulnerable young people in Brisbane.
“Earlier this year we launched the Home for Good campaign to gain a clearer picture of homelessness in our city,” Mr Mander said.
To read more, click here.
Read today's editorial from The Australian about how this budget will provide a strong plan for a better future in Queensland. Click here.
Everton families will be able to enjoy a safe night out following the Government’s introduction of a comprehensive package of reforms designed to end alcohol and drug-related violence.
The Safe Night Out Strategy is the most comprehensive plan of its kind in the country and it is about getting our community involved in changing the drinking culture in Queensland.
The Government promised Queenslanders that it would revitalise frontline services, build a four pillar economy and make this state the safest place to raise a family and these reforms are our strong plan to ensure our area is a fun and safe place to live and visit for families.
Key elements of the strategy include:
· Compulsory drug and alcohol education in Queensland schools from Years 7 to 12.
· A new offence of “unlawful striking causing death”, which will carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and require the offender to serve 80 per cent of his or her prison sentence
· Increased penalties for other violent and antisocial offences such as serious assault of public officers, public nuisance, refusing to leave a licensed premises, obstructing police, failing to obey a move-on order and urinating in public
· Empowering police to issue banning orders and ensuring police have the resources to have a presence and ability to respond quickly to alcohol and drug related violence
· Stronger and better co-ordinated action to ensure licensees provide a safe environment and comply with liquor licensing rules, including ‘mystery shopper’ style tests
· An awareness campaign, including advertising, to promote clear standards of responsible behaviour for patrons, licensees and police
· An extension of the moratorium on decisions about late night trading hours to 31 August 2014 to allow the measures in the action plan to be established and take effect.
· Giving local Councils the right to veto Adult Entertainment license applications
The Strategy has been backed by $44.5 million funding injection in this year’s State Budget.
Everton Electorate Office
510 South Pine Road
Everton Park Qld 4053
Ph: (07) 3855-1133
Fax: (07) 3855-1280
Parking is available at the back of the office, accessible from Gordon Pde (second driveway from South Pine Rd).
Minister for Housing & Public Works
GPO Box 2457
Brisbane Qld 4001
Ph: (07) 3719-7270
Fax: (07) 3220-6239
If you cannot attend my Everton Park Office during business hours you may find my Listening Posts of assistance.
I look forward to catching up with Everton residents and listening to your concerns.
Community groups, schools or sporting clubs are welcome to borrow my 3x3 marquee for events.
Please contact my office to organise the loan.
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