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.
I welcome the Newman Government’s latest initiative to develop a 30-year plan for the future of education in Queensland.
The historic Queensland Education Accord will determine priorities for our schools and ensure our future generations of students in Everton are given the best possible education and job opportunities.
The Education Accord will bring students, parents, teachers and Principals together to constructively develop the priorities for our schools and future students.
This is about developing a strong plan for a brighter future for all Queensland students.
Everton residents are invited to contribute to the plan by providing feedback on seven key questions stemming from priorities identified in the Queensland Plan.
These questions will guide the consultation phase until September.
This is an exciting opportunity to work together on a shared vision that sets clear priorities for the future.
Consultation will start this week with a summit to be held in September.
To find out more about the Education Accord and to get involved visit http://dete.qld.gov.au/educationaccord
It was an honour and privilege to lay a wreath at the Gaythorne ANZAC Day service this year.
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
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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