Issue 41 - February - March 2015 Issue - March 2015 Issue41 41- -February February - March 2015 Representing the communities of: Albany Creek, Brendale, Eatons Hill, Strathpine (west), Warner (south) and parts of Cashmere Representing the communities of: Albany Creek, Brendale, Eatons Hill, Strathpine (west), Warner (south) and parts of Cashmere newyear, year,aanew newchance chanceto to“begin “begin AAnew again”. By the time this edition again”. By the time this edition ofof Mike’sMessage Messagereaches reachesyou, you,the the Mike’s Stateelection electionwill willhave havebeen been“run “run State and won”. Along with tumultuous and won”. Along with tumultuous world-wideevents eventsitithas hasmade madefor foraa world-wide “fast start” to 2015. Whoever is “fast start” to 2015. Whoever is electedtotothe theState Stateseats seatsofofEverton Everton elected and Pine Rivers, I wish them well and Pine Rivers, I wish them well andlook lookforward forwardtotoworking workingtogether together and towards providing for our community. towards providing for our community. Don’tyou youjust justlove loveliving livingininsubsubDon’t tropical south east Queensland! Dry tropical south east Queensland! Dry and dusty until just before Christmas and dusty until just before Christmas andnow nowhot, hot,wet wetand andhumid. humid. Going Going and frommowing mowingevery everytwo twoweeks weeksto to from twice each week. It makes for twice each week. It makes for aa challengingtime timefor forthose thosewho whocut cut challenging the grass in our parks and open the grass in our parks and open areas. InInsome somecases, cases,the theresults resultsofof areas. the mowing have, in my view, been the mowing have, in my view, been lessthan thansatisfactory satisfactoryand andI Ihave have less meet with our officers to try to meet with our officers to try to resolve these issues. I do resolve these issues. I do acknowledgethat thatititcan canbe bedifficult difficultto to acknowledge manage the long grass at this time manage the long grass at this time ofof yearand andwe weare areworking workingwith withboth both year ourcontractors contractorsand andinternal internalstaff staffto to our solve any unsatisfactory results. solve any unsatisfactory results. ItItisis certainlyaachallenge! challenge! certainly Thereare areplenty plentyofofsports sportsholding holding There their “sign on days” getting readyfor for their “sign on days” getting ready the season ahead. It is great to see the season ahead. It is great to see allthe thevolunteers volunteersand andplayers players all gearing up for season 2015and andI I gearing up for season 2015 wish them all well and congratulate wish them all well and congratulate themfor forparticipating participatingininsuch suchan an them important part of our community important part of our community wellbeing. being. well GodBless, Bless, God You ought ought to to be be congratulated congratulated You Council held its annual Australia Day Awards on Saturday, 24 January 2015. Council held its annual Australia Day Awards on Saturday, 24 January 2015. This year there were 44 nominees identified by the community for their tireless This year there were 44 nominees identified by the community for their tireless and appreciated service to the Moreton Bay and appreciated service to the Moreton Bay Region. I am pleased to congratulate every Region. I am pleased to congratulate every nominee and the following award winners who nominee and the following award winners who make the Moreton Bay Region a great place to make the Moreton Bay Region a great place to live, work and play. live, work and play. Citizen of the Year: Tony Moroney, Woodford Citizen of the Year: Tony Moroney, Woodford Young Citizen of the Year: Hannah Granger, Beachmere Young Citizen of the Year: Hannah Granger, Beachmere Sportsperson of the Year: Damien O’Flaherty, Kobble Creek Sportsperson of the Year: Damien O’Flaherty, Kobble Creek Young Sportsperson of the Year: Lakeisha Patterson, Caboolture Young Sportsperson of the Year: Lakeisha Patterson, Caboolture Cultural Award: Uncle Eric Beutel OAM, Caboolture Cultural Award: Uncle Eric Beutel OAM, Caboolture Community Event Award: Community Event Award: Dayboro Mens Shed Dayboro Mens Shed Environmental Award: Environmental Award: Tegan Lather, Bongaree Tegan Lather, Bongaree Areyou youaanew newresident residentto tothe theMoreton MoretonBay BayRegion Regionor orwould would Are youlike likemore moreinformation informationon oncouncil councilservices servicesand andfacilities? facilities? you Council's website (www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au) has a broad range of information Council's website (www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au) has a broad range of information about council services and facilities, just search “New Residents”. A hard copy of about council services and facilities, just search “New Residents”. A hard copy of the new resident kit is available for residents without internet access and can be the new resident kit is available for residents without internet access and can be picked up at any Customer Service Centre. The kits can also be posted out by picked up at any Customer Service Centre. The kits can also be posted out by phoning Council on 3205 0555. phoning Council on 3205 0555. Roll up up your your sleeves sleeves and and give give blood blood Roll Giving blood is a simple and very rewarding experience. It only takes about Giving blood is a simple and very rewarding experience. It only takes about an hour. Modern processing techniques mean that a single blood donation, an hour. Modern processing techniques mean that a single blood donation, when separated into its components, can help at least 3 different patients and when separated into its components, can help at least 3 different patients and contribute to making up to 22 different products (including potentially life-saving contribute to making up to 22 different products (including potentially life-saving immunisations for chicken pox, hepatitis B and tetanus). immunisations for chicken pox, hepatitis B and tetanus). The state-of-the-art $1.5 million facility in Strathpine collects whole blood and The state-of-the-art $1.5 million facility in Strathpine collects whole blood and plasma and will also have the ability to collect platelets in the future. Ready to plasma and will also have the ability to collect platelets in the future. Ready to donate or want more information? Call 131 495 today. donate or want more information? Call 131 495 today. Did you know that within 24-48 hours of Did you know that within 24-48 hours of giving blood, your blood volume is giving blood, your blood volume is completely restored. completely restored. Mike Mike Charlton Charlton “Your local independent “Your local independent Councillor” Councillor” Moreton MoretonBay BayRegional Regional Council Council DIVISIONAL WORKS UPDATE Ghost Gum Park Improvements, Albany Creek This project includes the demolition of some park elements and installation of new playground equipment, softfall and concrete pathways. Work is expected to commence early February 2015. Footpath Construction, Leitchs Road, Brendale The project includes footpath construction to improve pedestrian safety and access in the area. Works are expected to be completed in February 2015. James Cash Park Playground Renewal, Eatons Hill This project involves the removal of one non-conforming element of old playground equipment and a new piece of equipment will be installed and linked to the new playground with softfall. Work is expected to commence in March 2015. John Leitch Memorial Park Upgrade, Albany Creek The purpose of this project is to provide "sensory gardens" for disabled visitors. Work is expected to commence in February 2015. HT Ireland Reserve Playground Renewal, Eatons Hill The scope includes renewal of existing playground equipment, softfall and renewal of two picnic shelters. Work is expected to commence in February 2015. Sargent Reserve Dog Off-leash Area Extension The scope of works includes the extension of the existing dog off-leash area and installation of an airlock gate system. The project's objective is to improve the size of the dog offleash area. Work is expected to commence March 2015. Yellow Button Reserve Footpath Warner (Kremzow Rd) The project will provide a link from Brisbane Road to Yellow Button Close. The scope of works includes the construction of a 2.5m wide concrete pathway providing an important link for pedestrian to the Shopping centre on Ira Buckby Road. Work to commence in February 2015. Kremzow Road, Warner Road Upgrade Scope includes 2600m section of Kremzow Rd, from Old North Rd to Lilley Rd and includes full road reconstruction and widening/sealing of road shoulders, associated culvert improvements and widening, the construction of new outlets to drains/floodways, and removal of roadside hazards. The project also includes minor road realignment and delineation improvements such as edge line marking and will require the removal of some vegetation (kept to a minimum) with compensatory tree planting to be undertaken. A fauna spotter/catcher will be onsite during work. Work is expected to commence in March 2015. To report a matter or to request assistance from Moreton Bay Regional Council contact our great team in Customer Service on 3205 0555 (8:30am to 5pm) or email [email protected] Council’s call centre operates 24/7 and will divert to an after-hours call centre outside business hours. Mosquito season is here! The continual high humidity, temperatures and consistent storms and showers have provided ideal conditions for the freshwater and container breeding mosquitoes to explode in number. These mosquitoes are breeding in anything that is accumulating water on private properties and inaccessible areas of reserves. Council worked hard over the Christmas break to manage the mosquito numbers including hand treating water accumulating in parks and reserves as well as conducting ultra low volume spraying, fogging and barrier treatments through the parks and reserves of the region as well as aerial treatments to help reduce adult numbers. Whilst Council will continue these treatments, it is recommended that you use repellent and consistently check your yard for anything that is accumulating water as the numbers will remain high until there is a change in the weather. One of my fellow Councillors recently saw this home-made mosquito trap on Facebook and I have included it here if you would like to give it a go. HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP Items needed: 1 cup of water 1/4 cup of brown sugar 1 gram of yeast 1 or 2-litre bottle How: 1. Cut the plastic bottle in half. 2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle. 3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes. 4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired. 5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the colour black.) Change the solution every two weeks for continuous control. If you would like to discuss any issue with me, please give me a call or send me an If you would to discuss any with me, please give me a call or send me email. like I’m always happy toissue receive feedback and article suggetions. an email. I’m always happy to receive feedback and article suggestions. Office: 3480 6869 Office: 3480 6869 Mobile: 0417 757 751 Mobile: 0417 757 751 e-mail: [email protected] Mayoral Prayer Breakfast Friday, 6 March 2015; 6:45am to 8:30am; Norths Leagues & Services Club, Anzac Ave, Kallangur Guest Speaker: Ralph Shannon A long standing member of the FGBMFI and guest speaker at a number of Mayoral Breakfasts throughout the State, Ralph has spent much of the past 30 years in leadership positions and as a consultant to the beef and dairy industries in Australia. Tickets are limited. To purchase tickets please call 3205 0555 or visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/prayerbreakfast Adventure 2015 Reclaim your weekend! Adventure women & Adrenaline men is now the new ‘Adventure’ program. ‘Adventure’ aims to challenge and provide new opportunities in fitness, sport and recreation for adults and link them with local clubs and organisations. Activities are designed for both men and women of all fitness levels and abilities unless otherwise stated. New in 2015 -12 Week Women’s Fitness Programs. The classes include yoga, group fitness, cross training, tai chi and aqua aerobics. Bookings open at 9am on Tuesday, February 17. Ph 3205 0555. A full schedule of activities and program details can be found at www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/ adventure. e-mail: [email protected] Ride on with free bike workshops Learn how to keep your bike in tip-top condition with Moreton Bay Regional Council’s free cycle workshops. The workshops are ideal for both new riders and experienced cyclists who wanted to refresh their bike maintenance and repair skills. All tools required for the two-hour workshops are provided. The workshops are run by Bike On Australia from January to March at: Strathpine State School, Don Court, Strathpine – Saturday 14 March at 10am-12noon & 1pm-3pm Southpine Sports Complex, 620 South Pine Road, Brendale – Saturday 21 March at 10am-12noon & 1pm-3pm To register for a bike workshop visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/events, email [email protected] or call council on 3205 0555. Clean Up Australia Day 2015 Celebrate Australia’s 25th national Clean Up campaign by registering a site and organising your family and friends on Sunday 1 May. The business clean up day is Tuesday 24 February and the schools clean up day will be on Friday 27 February. Queensland needs some help from the community to get the message out there so now is the time to begin organising your army of volunteers and register your site online at www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/register. Council will contact all site coordinators and assist with resources and waste recycling collection on the day. Plan to have a cuppa and biscuit or sausage sizzle after as Council provides $3 a head towards catering costs. For more information, contact Council on 3205 0555. including one of Australia’s largest Bunnings, Queensland’s first Costco and major distribution centres for Super Retail Group and Aldi. The past 12 months has seen the Moreton Bay Region cement its reputation as a great place to invest and conduct business. Areas such as Brendale, Narangba Industrial Estate and North Lakes Town Centre and Business Park are continuing to expand and are already home to hundreds of businesses New and continued investment in the Moreton Bay Region means employment opportunities both during construction and upon completion, helping to stimulate the local economy and provide job opportunities for local residents. This year will see projects such as the multi-million dollar Primewest retail complex at North Lakes get underway and the continued construction of the $1.15 billion Moreton Bay Rail Link, connecting the Moreton Bay Region with more than 12.6km of rail track and six new dedicated stations from Petrie to Kippa-Ring. As one of the country’s fastestgrowing regions, Moreton Bay Regional Council will continue to work hard to attract investment that benefits our community. Moreton Bay Region Cultural Moreton Bay Region CulturalHeart Heart 1 - 3 MAY 2015 Doyou youhave havean anexciting exciting Do communityproject projectin inmind? mind? community Aussie country music legends Lee Kernaghan and Beccy Cole are among the first artists confirmed for the 12th annual Urban Country Music Festival to be held from 1 to 3 May 2015. Adding additional flavour to the event in 2015 will be the inclusion of indie rock outfits British India and Augie March. This is the first time the festival will fuse urban, country and indie music with more than 100 local and international acts playing across six stages over three massive days. LEE KERNAGHAN BECCY COLE • AUGIE MARCH BRITISH INDIA • JETTY ROAD • SIMPLY BUSHED • THE BEARDS 8 BALL AITKEN • LIAM BREW • CARL WOCKNER • CHRISTIE LAMB Council’s Community Grants Program providesfunding funding Council’s Community Grants Program provides opportunities for individuals and community organisations opportunities for individuals and community organisations to positively contribute to community wellbeing and the to positively contribute to community wellbeing and the cultural life of the Moreton Bay Region. cultural life of the Moreton Bay Region. The next round of funding opens on February 1 and closes The next round of funding opens on February 1 and closes on March 31 for projects beginning in July. on March 31 for projects beginning in July. Find out how a community grant can make your project a Find out how a community grant can make your the project a in reality at free workshops being run throughout region reality at free workshops being run throughout the region in February. February. For more information, workshop times and locations visit Forwww.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/grants more information, workshop timesorand visit calllocations 3205 0555. www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/grants or call 3205 0555. JAY SEENEY • CASEY BARNES • STEALING LINCOLN 2014 VOICE OF URBAN COUNTRY WINNER WAL NEILSEN & HEAPS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED! New guide for learner drivers Libraries help with homework Open up a world of resources to help you tackle homework tasks with Moreton Bay Region Libraries’ Homework Club. Help develop your driving skills with council’s new guide: Drives for Learners in Moreton Bay. Developed in partnership with the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Queensland Police Service, the guide provides learner drivers 13 suggested routes to practice their driving skills. The free program runs during school terms offering plenty of activities to equip you with the skills you need to access information and resources online. Copies are available at council’s customer service centres, the Department of Transport and Main Road’s Caboolture, Redcliffe and Strathpine branches and from participating driving instructors. To find out when your library hosts Homework Club visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/libraries or phone 3205 0555. Visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/roadsafety to download a digital copy of the guide.
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