I am pleased to announce that Member for Pine Rivers, Seath Holswich MP and I have secured a number of safety upgrades for the intersection of Eatons Crossing Rd & Lilley Rd in Cashmere/Warner.
The speed limit will be reduced from 80km/h to 70km/h on the approaches to the intersection and additional speed and safety signage will be installed in advance of the intersection in each direction along Eatons Crossing Road.
Line markings will also be repainted and additional reflective road pavement markers will be installed through the intersection to improve visibility of centre lines and turning lanes.
These improvements will be made in early 2014.
Everton residents can help bring a smile to the faces of children and young people living in care on Christmas Day by donating a present to the Newman Government’s annual Kids in Care Christmas Appeal.
This year’s appeal acknowledges that it takes a whole ‘village’ or community to raise a child and we must lend our support to the hundreds of foster and kinship carers who do a great job all year round.
Presents like gift cards, sporting equipment, board games, clothes and books to the value of about $20 would be very well received. Presents need to be suitable for a child aged 0 to 17 years.
My electorate office (at 510 South Pine Road, Everton Park) is a drop off point for these gifts, and I am encouraging all Everton residents to be part of the village and show they care by supporting our Christmas appeal.
The appeal runs until 13 December.
Any surplus toys will be distributed to other children who are known to Child Safety.
For gift ideas or to find the closest donation point, visit www.communities.qld.gov.au.
I would like to advise of upcoming safety works on Old Northern Road, between Felstead Street and just north of Dargie Street in Everton Park.
Works will be carried out from Monday 9 December to Friday 13 December 2013 between 8.30pm and 5.30am, weather and construction conditions permitting.
The project involves skid resistance treatment and repair works to improve road safety.
Some traffic delays, lane closures, construction noise and reduced speed limits through the work site can be expected. Traffic control will be in place to ensure safety of road workers and motorists.
For up-to-date information on road closures and traffic conditions across Queensland, please visit www.131940.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40.
Thanks to the latest round of funding, schools in Everton will receive over $395,000 to repair footpaths, replace carpet and repaint.
This second round of funding will go a long way towards clearing the maintenance backlog in all Queensland state schools.
The Newman Government had also achieved efficiencies by allowing schools to have maintenance completed by local tradespeople instead of using QBuild. In some cases, schools are saving up to 20 per cent on maintenance work by allowing contractors to compete for the work. That’s five jobs for the price of four, and it’s giving local tradespeople work.
This is just another example of the Newman Government reducing red tape and making life easier for Queenslanders.
The Everton Schools receiving maintenance backlog funding are:
Albany Creek State High School $65,292
Albany Hills State School $47,682
Albany Creek State School $43,690
Eatons Hill State School $42,248
Everton Park State High School $107,200
Everton Park State School $28,321
McDowall State School $48,471
Mitchelton Special School $13,607
I urge all Everton residents to take part in Get Ready Week and take small steps to accomplish a lot before storm season.
The Get Ready Queensland initiative is a year round program involving all sectors of the community aimed to make Queensland the most disaster resilient state in Australia.
While we cannot control the weather, we can control how we prepare for it and how we respond.
Get Ready Week is an opportunity for everyone to take small steps to protect their property, and to ssist neighbours with preparations.
It is important for neighbours to lend each other a hand in true Queensland spirit, especially if your neighbours may be elderly or disabled.
Get Ready Queensland includes $2 million in funding for local councils to support local preparedness, in addition to partnerships with organisations such as Bunnings, Energex and Commonwealth Bank.
I would also like to say thank you to those who volunteer whether as part of a charity or the State Emergency Service.
Some simple tasks for residents include:
· Make up an emergency kit
· Purchase a first aid kit
· Keep a list of emergency numbers
· Clean and prepare the backyard
For more information, visit: www.qld.gov.au/getready
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I am proud to announce that Everton Park State School was among seven state award winners on Friday night to be presented with the highest accolade given by the Queensland Government to recognise excellence in Queensland state schools.
As well as recognising best practise, the Showcase Awards are designed to share successful ideas and initiatives among schools across the state and expand professional development opportunities.
EPSS won the Network Ten Showcase Award for Excellence in Early and Primary Years. Their program aims to make the transition into school easier by 'Activating a Learning Community'.
The Everton community have reason to celebrate, knowing children have access to a school leading the way in quality education.
Today I congratulated Albany Creek State School on being named among 54 Queensland state schools to adopt the Independent Public Schools model from the start of 2014.
As an Independent Public School, Albany Creek State School will be well-placed to benefit from increased autonomy to deliver the best possible outcomes for their students and this community.
With greater input from parents, teachers and community members, the school will have more freedom to shape their own direction and make decisions that will directly benefit their students.
Albany Creek State School will follow in the footsteps of another Everton school, McDowall State School where they have been operating under the new Independent Public Schools model since January this year.
The Independent Public School initiative was one of the many ways the Newman Government was reducing red tape so that schools could focus on delivering a quality education experience for their students.
Our local schools are already enjoying a great deal of autonomy and a number of new measures have been announced recently to further reduce the administrative burden for all state schools.
The Queensland Government is investing $21 million in establishing 120 Independent Public Schools by 2016.
Good Shepherd Christian School and Pine Community School were both awarded their cheque today to go towards their nominated school project.
The two schools are very excited to have won the grant and I look forward to seeing the school projects completed courtesy of the extra funding.
The schools received the funding as part of the CUA Community Care programme and were competing against ninety-one other schools across Australia.
Today I welcomed an announcement that Everton Park State High School will
remain open after initial departmental recommendations that the school be closed.
I have worked with the school community to fight for their school, and this is a great result for our local community.
Since being elected, I have found EPSHS to be a fantastic school to work with, and I look forward to working together into the future to ensure the best outcomes for its students and our local community.
I have spoken with Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek, who had received many high quality submissions from the Everton Park State High School community.
I would like to thank the Minister for his careful consideration of the case put forward by our school community outlining how we will work hard to improve the school’s viability.
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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