April 2010 e-News Update
Pine Mountain / Creek Road Intersection Upgrade
Work will commence this month on much-needed improvements to one of the busiest intersections in the
The intersection of Creek Road and Pine Mountain Road carries approximately 40,000 vehicles per
day and is a congested and dangerous traffic blackspot, according to Councillor Adrian Schrinner.
The intersection, which sits on the boundary of four suburbs - Carindale, Carina Heights, Mt Gravatt
East and Mansfield - will be upgraded with longer turning lanes on Creek Road and better coordination
of turning movements on all four sides.
Once completed, the length of the turning lanes on Creek
Road will be tripled to help reduce congestion.
Cr Schrinner said that engineers had calculated
that the safety and congestion-reducing benefits of the project would be 6 times greater than the cost.
"This upgrade has a benefit-cost ratio of 6 to 1 and will bring major improvements in safety as
well as reducing congestion," he said.
The project will be delivered by Brisbane City Council
in partnership with the Commonwealth Government. Under Lord Mayor Campbell Newman, 15 years worth
of road upgrades are being completed in the current
4 year term.
Cr Schrinner said that he had been pushing for this intersection to be upgraded for
“The upgrade is great news for the thousands of local residents who use this
busy intersection everyday,” he said.
Council Plants 9,000 trees in Capalaba
Lord Mayor Campbell Newman’s plan to grow 2 million new trees by 2012 has received a boost with
9,000 trees recently planted on a four hectare site at Capalaba West.
trees were planted during January and February to revegetate the Toronto Road site that was purchased
by Council in early 2009 through the Bushland Acquisition Program.
"Council invested $1.57 million
to purchase this property due to its environmental significance," he said.
The purchase of this
site contributes to the consolidation of habitat for koalas within the Tingalpa Creek Reserve which is
vital to maintain their existing population in Brisbane.
By May, Council will be halfway to its
goal of planting two million trees when the one millionth tree is planted.
The Bushland Acquisition
Program is funded through the Bushland Preservation Levy which all ratepayers pay to help protect our
city's green areas for future generations. The Levy raises approximately $14 million per year, all of
which is re-invested into purchasing and saving bushland.
PCYC is proud to present...
Sunday 18 April
Time: 1pm – 4pm
PCYC, 27 Narrcott St
Amazing Race Carindale is a team race
around Carindale’s surrounding area in competition with other teams.
Contestants strive to
collect imagery and souvenirs at various checkpoints across the terrain in a set time.
are on offer for the winning team!
This event is open to any young person who enjoys the excitement
of a challenge!
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 07 3324 9652.
New Green Waste Recycling
Council is offering residents a new Green Waste recycling bin to help our environment by reducing the
amount of organic waste going into landfill.
Brisbane residents are great recyclers and actively use their yellow-top bins, however, there
is still room for improvement. Our landfill contains a large amount of organic green waste (30-40%)
which can also be re-used.
The new Green Waste service allows for garden waste to be composted and used in Council parks
and tree planting projects across the city. It's all part of our plan
to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
The Green Waste bins will be collected fortnightly
and there is an initial set-up fee of $55 and a quarterly charge of $16.25. The fees will be billed via
the rates notice once the collection service starts. The service will not be compulsory
as an optional extra.
For more information on the new Green Waste service, please click
or call Council on (07) 3403 8888
Heading to the tip?
Please secure your load
Local residents are being reminded to secure their loads when travelling to the Chandler waste transfer
out of vehicles is making a real mess along roads like Old Cleveland Road and Tilley Road,” Cr Schrinner
“I am very concerned at the scale of this growing problem."
litter includes large cardboard boxes, polystyrene packaging, items of furniture, and even white goods
like washing machines
“These large items are not only an eyesore – they can also be major traffic hazards if
they fall onto the road in the path of other vehicles,” Cr Schrinner said.
falls on the road can also pose a threat to the local environment as it is washed into local waterways."
To secure loads, ensure the load is covered with a tarpaulin so that no debris can fall out.
Ensure all restraints are in good condition and do not show signs of fraying, cuts or other damage.
Where possible, evenly distribute the load, ensuring that it is secured to prevent movement when
driving. It is best to re-check the restraints shortly after beginning the journey.
To help clean-up
our streets, Council Officers can issue fines for anyone caught littering. Fines include:
for general littering
• $300 for littering from a vehicle
• $400 for dangerous littering
• $1650 for large items such as fridges or couches
Residents who witness littering or
illegal dumping are urged to immediately report the matter to the Council 24 hour hotline on 3403
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City Hall Restoration Update
The 3-year City Hall Restoration Project is now well underway and is one of the largest heritage restoration
projects ever undertaken in Australia.
the project began in January, repair and upgrade work has commenced in the main auditorium, including
This work includes the completion of the geotechnical investigation and piece-by-piece
removal of the incredible 4,747 pipe organ by specialists. In addition, structural and fire safety work
in the auditorium and grand copper dome is well underway.
The generosity and support of residents
has helped make it possible to save Brisbane’s iconic City Hall. The donations received are greatly
appreciated and funds raised are already being put to good use on the project.
on ways you can contribute to the Save City Hall Appeal, click
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Citipointe Blood Drive helps save lives
local people volunteered to donate blood in a major 3-day Blood Drive, held at Carindale.
As part of the Blood Drive, four Red Cross mobile donor vans were set-up at Citipointe Church (formerly
known as Christian Outreach Centre), off Scrub Road / Wecker Road.
Schrinner, who was one of the blood donors, said that it was great to see so many people offering to help
out by giving the gift of blood.
"I commend Citipointe for partnering with Red Cross and the local
community to organise this Blood Drive," Cr Schrinner said.
"It's a wonderful initiative and will
literally help to save many lives," he said.
According to Red Cross figures, around one in 30 people
donate blood, but sooner or later, one in three of us will need blood.
For more information on
donating blood, please visit Red Cross Blood Service website.
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