Picnics in the park are planning to get a whole lot more popular with facility upgrades to Bunyaville Regional Park in the works if I'm re-elected into government.
I have been working with the park rangers and local community groups to gauge how to best improve the park and attract visitors.
Everton residents are extremely lucky to have a regional forest in their own back yard, at just 15km north-west of central Brisbane, it is conveniently close to Brisbane city.
As part of my election pledge, I will be revitalising the picnic areas to include electric BBQs, new picnic tables and shade structures.
The upgrades will also include improvements to walking tracks, replacing timber infrastructure and general grounds maintenance like weeding and revegetation to ensure our native plants are protected.
Local motorists will benefit from a vital upgrade at the corner of Samford Road and Prospect Road in Mitchelton under a re-eleted LNP Governement.
Over the past few years I've been approached by a number of mums and dads concerned about the lack of access to Mt Maria College on Prospect Rd, with quite a few raising safety concerns of their children when trying to get home.
As part of the upgrade we will install dedicated turning arrows making life safer and easier for students and parents getting to and from school as well as those who are just trying to get home.
This upgrade would complement the roadworks already undertaken at the Samford Road and Wardell Street intersection.
Only the LNP has a strong local plan to ease congestion and improve safety for local residents.
Local soccer players will soon benefit from Queensland's first main artificial surface field in their own backyard.
I recently presented the Mitchelton Football Club with a $400,000 Queensland Government pledge to construct a synthetic playing surface at their home grounds at Teralba Park.
I was more than happy to support this concept after club president, Roger McIntosh had approached me about his vision.
The club and other community groups will benefit from a synthetic turf which will reduce onoing field maintenance and can be used in any type of weather conditions.
The new turf will also be used to promote womens football and will be offered to NPL Queensland Womens and Brisbane Womens Premier league clubs for matches.
This pledge will go towards the $1.2 million project which will bring the club's field up to an international standard and will potentially attract ticketed matches such as Brisbane Roar or the FFA Cup.
I hope you had a joyful Christmas and had the opportunity to spend time with your family and friends over the holidays.
This year’s state election will take place on Saturday the 31st of January.
If you are likely to be away on polling day you may wish to lodge a postal vote. I have arranged to have postal vote applications posted to all Everton residents this week.
Alternatively, you may wish to lodge your ballot ahead of polling day by taking advantage of the “pre-poll” booth which will be open from the 19th of January at the Everton Junction shops on Chinook Street in Everton Hills.
For those voting during pre-poll and Election Day it’s important to remember the Electoral Commission now requires all electors to provide proof of identity in order to vote.
Approved proof of ID documents include;
· A current drivers licence, 18+ card, orAustralian passport
· A Voter Information Letter issued by theECQ (you should receive one in the mail sometime in the next week)
· A Commonwealth benefit card e.g. yourMedicare card or pensioner concession card.
· A recent account or notice from a localgovernment or public utility e.g. a rates notice or electricity bill.
Anyone unable to provide proof of ID will still be able to vote by completing a declaration of their details at the time of voting. More information is available from the ECQ website.
It has been a privilege representing you as the Member for Everton over the last three years, and I hope you give me the opportunity to do so again.
If you have any questions regarding the election or any other matter don’t hesitate to contact my office on 3855 1133 or at Everton@parliament.qld.gov.au.
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Bunyaville Regional Park was filled with young kids at the Bunyaville Regional Park Fun day.
The event showcased the various groups who use the park on a frequent basis.
North Brisbane Mountain Bike Club, Bunyaville ParkRun, Oxfam trail runners, Enoggeroos Orienteering and Kumbartcho Sanctuary all took part to offer locals opportunities to take advantage of our local forest.
The event focused on getting young kids playing outdoors and off the computer and television screens.
Nature Play QLD held kids activities and have been selling their message of healthy outdoor fun.
Thank you to our local park rangers who attended the event. They look after Bunyaville and are responsible for the conservation of our bushland and protect our local wildlife.
Congratulations to James Cooper who has recently been awarded the Australian Scout Medallion.
This is the highest award that can be achieved by a scout and requires alot of hard work and dedication.
I had the privilige of attending the special awards ceremony at the Albany Creek Scout den.
James has done his scout group and family members proud by recieving this prestigious award.
Come join in the fun at the Bunyaville Regional Park Fun Day.
This is a great opportunity for kids to explore nature and see what our local forest has to offer.
Nature Play Qld will be holding activities throughout the morning for kids.
Local groups will also be doing demonstrations you can take part in.
The event is FREE for you and your family. Just don't forget to wear your sunscreen and bring a drink bottle.
Nature Play - Kite making: 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am
Nature Play - Ochre Rock Painting: 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am
Nature Play - Let it Grow: 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am
Intro to mountain bike riding: 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am (please bring mountain bike & helmet)
Bush walk tours: every 20mins
Micro Orienteering: continuous
Queensland Health is holding a community forum to provide an overview of the planned investigation of the former Wunderlich asbestos plant, Bellvue Avenue, Gaythorne.
I encorage current and former local residents to attend this forum if you have any concerns, questions or would like information about the history of the plant.
The forum will provide information on:
Date: Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Location: Gaythorne RSL
RSVP: Anna in the Health Protection Unit on 3328 9310 or HPU_EOC1@health.qld.gov.au
For more information on asbestos or if you would like to lodge an asbestos related enquiry please click here.
The sod turning ceremony on 1 Leitchs Road marked the beginning of the new Youngcare development, which will begin construction in the very near future.
As the local member and Minister for Housing, I am proud to be involved in delivering these services in the local community and provide positive outcomes for young people with disabilities.
Recently, the Newman Government granted the national charity, Youngcare the land at 1 Leitchs Road, Albany Creek to build eight new apartments that will deliver a better life for young adults with disabilities.
This land will deliver age-appropriate housing for Queenslanders living with a disability who require in-home care and support. There is a dire nationwide shortage of appropriate housing for young people with 24/7 care needs and this is an example of a successful collaboration between the not-for-profit sector and government.
I was joined by Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing, Steve Dickson to present the Albany Creek Excelsior Football Club with funding of $100,000 through the Get Playing grant.
Club manager, Les Moodley says the funding will go towards installing lighting and to extend a field to meet competition standards.
This is exciting news for the club which will allow them to meet the standards of the Brisbane Premier League and host the National Premier League Queensland Competition in the near future.
The response to Get Going and Get Playing has been overwhelming and the projects that have been delivered under these programs have made a real difference to local communities.
For more details on Get in the Game please click here.
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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