I am pleased to announce that we have secured $3.2 million for the construction of the noise barriers along Old Northern Road, between Hamilton Road and the Jinker Track, Albany Creek.
I understand this has been a frustrating process and I would like to thank you for your patience.
In November 2012 I invited residents to a community meeting and listened to your frustrations about the noise from Old Northern Road. Unfortunately, our government inherited an $80 billion dollar debt and had to defer the project while we evaluated our financial situation.
Tracy Davis, Member for Aspley and I continued to fight for the necessary funding for this project to continue. We have been working closely with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to ensure these sound barriers would be delivered to the community. Now that the LNP Government has brought our state finances under control, we are now in a position to commence the construction of the noise barriers.
To progress this project in a quick timeframe, the design and construction of the noise barriers will be undertaken in two stages. Stage one will be between the Jinker Track and Harpuila Place on the western side and between Sunningdale Court and Galaxy Street on the eastern side of Old Northern Road. Detailed design and construction is being completed and TMR will go out to tender in November 2014 to engage a contractor to undertake these works.
Stage two will involve noise barrier works between Galaxy Street and Hamilton Road on the eastern side and Allamanda Crescent and opposite Goodman Close on the western side of Old Northern Road.
Construction of stage one of the project is expected to commence in late January 2015 with stage two to follow in early to mid-2015. A map outlining the location of the barriers is attached for your information.
TMR will ensure property owners and the community are informed as the project progresses.
I’m sure you will agree this is a fantastic result for local residents.
The average household will save $577 on their power bills over the next 5 years under our Government's plan to permanently remove the cost of the Solar Bonus Scheme from electricity prices.
The $3.4 billion Strong Choices Cost of Living Fund will be used to ensure constituents no longer have to subsidise the cost of solar usage through their power bills.
At present, the cost of the solar bonus scheme makes up 6 per cent of typical household electricity bill.
Our plan will see no change to existing solar customers only that their feed-in payments will not come from the price of electricity but from the Strong Choices Cost of Living Fund.
Seniors concert tickets for Everton are now available for sale through my office.
They have been widely popular in the past so don't leave it to the last minute to secure your ticket. This is a great opportunity to visit Parliament House, listen to our young local talent and taste Parliament's famous scones.
Please call 3855 1133 to arrange your ticket.
Date: Tuesday, 18 November
Time: (Doors open at 9:30am) 10:00am - 12:00pm
Venue: Premiers Hall, Parliament House
RSVP: Tuesday, 11 November
Click here to view the flyer.
The recently held Justice of the Peace seminar at Arana Hills PCYC was very well recieved.
More than 230 JPs and C.Decs from the Everton and Ferny Grove electorates welcomed the Attorney General, the Hon Jarrod Bleijie to the event.
This is a fantastic opportunity to award some of our serving community members and offer some professional development for their role.
If you would like to get in contact with a JP or you would like more information on how to become a JP, please click here.
It was a pleasure to be part of the grand opening of Albany Creek Excelsior (ACE) Football Club's new change rooms.
Funding from both State and Moreton Bay Regional Council contributed to the building of the new facility.
Member for Aspley, Tracey Davis MP and Councillor Mike Charlton were with me to do the honours.
The official opening coincided with the club's trophy presentation day, which I was fortunate enough to take part in and present some awards.
The club was a recipent of $100,000 through one of the Get in the Game funding programs, Get Playing.
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.
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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