Media Releases - Tim Mander MP for Everton, Brisbane, Australia

MEDIA RELEASES

Gambling Community Benefit Fund delivers for local groups

Wed 22 Jun 2016

Tim Mander, State Member for Everton, is pleased to see Everton Park Bowls Club among the five successful community groups to attract grant money in the latest round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund grants.

Mr Mander said  “The approved amount of $14,059 will allow the Club to purchase a solar system they have long wanted.”

“Congratulations also to staff and parents the Mitchelton Special School and Everton Park State School P&C for their ongoing commitment and drive to improve their communities,” he said

This round of Gambling grants will also provide $35,000 for the addition of a music room to Everton Park State School Hall, $31,587.18 for a ‘gymzoonasium’ program at Mitchelton Special School, $12,110 for equipment for Arana Ascot Hockey Club and $8353 for computer equipment to Picabeen Community Centre.

“I am always very happy to support applications for funding by local community groups to help their ongoing success and sustainability and I encourage all local groups to apply for the next round of funding before the end of August 2016 and make the most of this wonderful opportunity.”

For more information on the grants, please visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au and click on ‘Grants’.

 


Everton residents miss out in state budget

Tue 21 Jun 2016

Desperately needed funding to fix traffic congestion at one of Brisbane’s worst bottlenecks, the intersection of South Pine and Stafford Roads at Everton Park was missing from last week’s State Budget.

The State Member for Everton, Tim Mander MP said he was disappointed there is no end in sight to the long and frustrating wait to get through these traffic lights each day at peak hour for tens of thousands of commuters.

“Not only are people wasting precious hours of their week sitting in their cars because the roads can’t cope with the volume of traffic, but the intersection at South Pine and Stafford Roads is also dangerous. 

“In the recent wet weather a car failed to take the corner turning right from Stafford into South Pine Road and slammed into the front wall of a real estate office, just near my electorate office.

“I will continue to pressure the State Government to allocate money so we can fix this intersection,” said Mr Mander.

However Mr Mander said he was pleased the government had decided to fund the installation of much needed traffic lights at the intersection of Explorer Drive and Old Northern Road, Albany Creek.

“In response to local residents contacting me about the serious accidents they have almost had at this intersection, I asked the Department of Transport and Main Roads to investigate. The outcome of the investigation was that traffic lights are needed to ensure safety.

“While it’s great the government has allocated funding, I am concerned it won’t be made available until the 2017-18 financial year, which is just too far away, the traffic lights are needed now to make the intersection safe. I will be lobbying the State Government to bring the funding forward,” he said.

Mr Mander said he was also disappointed there was no capital works funding for local schools.

 


Five local groups share $147,323

Tue 24 May 2016

Five Everton community groups will share in $147,233 from the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) grants.

Member for Everton, Tim Mander said this latest round of funding will help local clubs purchase equipment and improve their programs for the community.

"Funding is a constant issue for grassroots organisations so it is great to see these groups get an injection of money," Mr Mander said.

 "This fund extends a helping hand to ensure these local community programs continue to be viable in the long-term."

Director of Eatons Hills Community Kindergarten Kim Miller said, “We are so excited to finally be able to be to replace our shed which was ruined in the flooding in 2011.”

“These funds will also be used to repair the drainage issues and landscaping around the Centre.”

The fund uses taxes from Golden Casket lotteries, keno and gaming machines to pay out grants to Queensland community groups.

The organisations receiving grants in Round 87 are:

 Brisbane Brass Music Assoc 

 $31,818

 Purchase instruments

 Eatons Hill Community  Kindergarten

 $25,470

 Facility upgrade

 Pine Hills Hockey

 $25,364

 Purchase of equipment

 Pine Hills Netball

 $31,171

 Courts  and goal post upgrade

 Queensland Irish Assoc Pipe  Band

 $33,500

 Purchase of uniforms and  equipment

 


Refurbishment works – Albany Creek

Thu 19 May 2016
 
Tim Mander, State Member for Everton, wishes to advise residents that works to refurbish noise barriers at the intersection of South Pine Road and Flamingo Drive, Albany Creek will commence in the next week.
 
Mr Mander said “Works will involve replacing the existing noise barrier from a 1.8 metre barrier to a 3 metre timber plank and steel post barrier.”
 
“I’m very pleased that the existing timber barriers will finally be repaired and reduce the impact of noise on local residents.”
 
“Please take care with the changed traffic conditions and speed reductions while these works are in
progress,” he said.
 
The upgrades are expected to be completed within three weeks.
 
All works will take place during the day between the hours of 6am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
 

Local community groups score $208,768

Wed 17 Feb 2016

Member for Everton, Tim Mander has welcomed funding for local community groups through the latest round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund grants.

Mr Mander said ten local groups had been successful with their applications, many of whom will use the funds to purchase equipment for their groups. 

Blackwood Street Child Care Centre are going to purchase outdoor play equipment for the children and Club Croc Triathlons who will purchase road bikes for newcomers to triathlon.

 “It is fantastic to give local groups financial support to help them achieve their goals and essentially give back to the community,” Mr Mander said.

“Grant programs like these are essential resources to help local organisations grow and assist them in providing facilities and activities to people in the community.”

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund provides one-off grants to Queensland not for profit community organisation, with revenues from taxes placed on Golden Casket lotteries, keno and gaming machines.

Mr Mander encourages all eligible not-for-profit community organisations to apply for grant funding and to contact his office if they require more information or assistance. 

 


Local schools benefit from major funding boost

Wed 3 Feb 2016

Students, parents and staff at two schools in Brisbane’s north west are set to reap the benefits of significant new funding to build state-of-the-art learning facilities and provide safer access to their school grounds.

According to local MP, Tim Mander, Mt Maria College at Mitchelton and Northside Christian College at Everton Park have been granted a total of $5.7 million to build new learning spaces, science laboratories, libraries, disabled access, and safer pickup and set down areas.

Mr Mander said the State Government grants for capital works at non-state schools in his area were extremely welcome.

“I want to make sure every school in our area has facilities that are of world class standard so our children have every chance of being successful,” said Mr Mander.

“The school communities of Mt Maria and Northside will have an extremely busy and at times challenging year ahead as construction work gets underway,” he said. “However, it will be very exciting as the new buildings start to take shape and I very much look forward sharing in that excitement and anticipation.”

Mt Maria College, Mitchelton - $4,860,472

  • External roadworks, pickup and set down and trunk infrastructure charges
     
  • Demolish existing building and construct three music, dance and drama spaces, stores, practice rooms, performance court, five general learning areas, one flexible learning area, uniform store, technology provision and associated walkways.
     
  • Convert one general learning area to administration and a flexible learning area to a library
     
  • Construct new covered physical education area, physical education store, pupil amenities and access for people with disability

Northside Christian College, Everton Park - $830,000

  • Construction of three industrial arts workshops, services and drainage room, two dust extraction rooms, six store rooms, two grinding rooms, machinery room, welding bays, router bay, compress air plant room, staff room, digital manufacturing room, model layout area, spray booth, two dance and drama rooms, drama store, delivery-hoist area, undercroft, stairs, furniture, equipment and site works
  • Conversion of staff workroom and offices into a science laboratory, extended experimental investigations laboratory and staff facilities

Everton groups get share of Gambling funds

Wed 23 Sep 2015

Member for Everton, Tim Mander has welcomed funding for local community groups through the latest round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund grants.

Mr Mander said eligible local community groups had received their fair share of the latest round of grant funding.

“I am proud of the hard working non-profit organisations who provide services to our community” Mr Mander said.

“They are vital to so many people and I am committed to ensuring they receive the most amount of funding possible.

“Whether it’s a school P&C, a support group or a local footie club, it’s important we continue to get behind those who make a difference.”

Successful groups in the electorate include North West Youth Accommodation Service whose grant will go towards the purchase of furniture and Eatons Hill State School P&C for a building upgrade.(see full list below)

Mr Mander said these quarterly grants allowed profits from gambling to be invested back into the community and benefited people from all walks of life.

“These grants can be the difference between keeping these important services in our area and going without,” he said.

Everton’s Grant Recipients – Round 85

·         North West Youth Accommodation Service        $15,000

·         West Arana Old Boys Rugby Association              $9312

·         Arana Sports Inc                                                        $1,931

·         Ferny Districts Amateur Fishing Club                    $8,107

·         North Brisbane Water Polo Club                          $11,383

·         Prince of Peace Lutheran School                        $31,818

·         Eatons Hill State School P&C                               $31,818

 


Labor Budget delivers nothing for Everton

Mon 3 Aug 2015

In its first budget, the Queensland Labor Government has failed to provide funding to fix one of the worst traffic bottleneck in the North West, the intersection of South Pine Road and Stafford Road, at Everton Park.

According to the Member for Everton, Tim Mander, Mums and Dads trying to get their children to school or people who have to travel along Old Northern Road to their workplace are wasting precious hours of their day sitting in traffic congestion.

“This is valuable time people could be spending with their families, or taking time out from busy lives to relax, but instead they are sitting in their cars going nowhere because this Labor Government has failed to make money available for critical road infrastructure,” Mr Mander said.

In Parliament this week, Mr Mander told the House that the worsening traffic congestion was also adding to the cost of living because people have to spend more money on fuel.

“As well as wasting valuable family time, they are wasting petrol as they are in the car on the road so much,” Mr Mander told Parliament.

Another significant budget issue for the North West was Labor’s failure to provide any funding for refurbishment or building works in local schools.

“I carefully read through the very long list of schools in the budget papers that will receive funding in 2015/16 for everything from new classrooms and new libraries to replacement air conditioners.   Not one thing was allocated to schools in this region.

“While in government, the LNP worked hard to clear the maintenance backlog and as the Local Member I ensured that schools in this area got their fair share of the capital works budget. But there is always more to be done and I ask parents and teachers concerned about missing out from this first Labor budget to contact me,” Mr Mander said.

Mr Mander said he was also extremely disappointed that there did not appear to be any funding for the refurbishment of Everton Park State High School (EPSHS).

“EPSHS desperately needs modernisation and the LNP had a funding solution that the school community was happy with. But Labor has ignored all the hard work that has gone into planning for the schools future and the school risks languishing again.”

Mr Mander said the first Labor budget had no plan to ease the daily cost of living pressures for families or grow the state economy to ensure there was funding to fix traffic congestion. 


Local Children embrace National Tree Day

Sat 1 Aug 2015

Children at Eatons Hill Community Kindergarten have enthusiastically celebrated Planet Ark’s 2015 National Tree Day, with the support of their local Member of Parliament, Tim Mander MP.

With Tim’s help last Friday, the children planted a beautiful Grevillea “Ned Kelly”, an Australian shrub which will produce vibrant orange-red flowers and attract many native birds to their Kindy in the future.

Each year over 250,000 Australians take part in National Tree Day events at 3,000 sites, organised by councils, schools, businesses and communities. Since Planet Ark launched National Tree Day in 1996, more than three million participants have planted 21 million native trees, shrubs and grasses.

“The children were very excited,” said Mr Mander “They asked lots of questions and were really interested to learn more about how to plant a tree and how it grows.”

“The grevillea we planted was the same height as the children and they are keen to see whether it will grow faster than them!  They have invited me back at the end of the year to be the judge,” he said.

“By taking part in a National Tree Day, the children had the opportunity to further beautify their Kindy grounds, connect with nature, and making a positive difference to the environment,” said Mr Mander.

Judging by the eagerness of the children at Eatons Hill Community Kindergarten to get involved in National Tree Day 2015, this specimen of “Ned Kelly” is going to be very well looked after. 


Mander raises awareness of Diabetes risk

Wed 8 Jul 2015

Welcoming National Diabetes Week (12 July – 18 July), Member for Everton, Tim Mander MP, sounds a warning that serious health complications are linked to diabetes and calls on local residents to assess their risk.

Type 2 diabetes, the condition linked to the expanding waist lines of too many Queenslanders, is on the march in Everton with latest figures revealing a two-year increase of 127 local people living with the condition.

“Already more than 1,684 people in Everton are living with type 2 diabetes which has increased by 8 per cent since 2013,” Mr Mander said.

“Diabetes Queensland tells us that for every person diagnosed with type 2 diabetes there are nearly three people who are either undiagnosed or have pre-diabetes.”

Diabetes Queensland CEO Michele Trute said that by understanding more about type 2 and assessing their personal risk factors, Queenslanders at risk of the condition could reduce or even forestall the onset of its dangerous complications.

“Once diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you have the condition for life,” Ms Trute said.

“Poorly managed diabetes can result in serious health complications including nerve damage, loss of limbs and blindness – but in most cases, type 2 diabetes can be prevented.”

Mr Mander encouraged people to spend five minutes doing a free online assessment at Diabetes Queensland’s website to understand their risk of developing the condition.

“Reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes is as easy as making small changes such as taking the dog for a walk or making sure you’re eating five serves of vegetables and two of fruit every day.”

People can take the type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment at: www.diabetesqld.org.au

 


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