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Council's Seniors Celebration Donation program provides funding between $100 and $300 to seniors groups and organisations supporting seniors towards the cost of activities such as social outings, bus trips and Christmas parties.

Applications opened on 3 September and will close on Monday 15 October.

Click here to submit or download an application online. Alternatively, hard copy applications can be printed at my office upon request.



This is a joint funded grant program between Council and Education Queensland. It provides financial assistance to State Schools in Brisbane to fund the upgrade of existing school sport and recreation facilities to increase community and school use. Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000.

Applications close on 8 October, applicants then notified in late January 2013.

This program is only open to State Schools and applications must be authorised by both the school Principal and the P&C.

Click here to read more or submit an application.




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The community consultation period commenced on 27 August and will conclude at close of business of 8 October. Please lodge your submissions in this time frame.
Have questions about the Lower Oxley Creek South Neighbourhood Plan? Come along to one of two sessions at the Queensland Gaelic Football Club at 318 Bowhill Road, Willawong. Session one  from 2pm to 4pm and session two from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Please let me know if you cannot make either session and would like to speak with a planner.
Family Planning Queensland is providing a FREE Educational Workshop as part of Child Protection Week. The session will run from 1 to 3pm at the Anglicare Early Parent Centre at 105 Poinsettia Street, Inala. Phone Naomi on 3028 4690 for further information.
Karawatha Forest Protection Society invites you to attend a FREE Bush Picnic at Karawatha Forest from 10am to 2pm. There will be two guided bush walks: 9am to 10am - some uphill and steps and; 10am to 10:30am - level and easy grade. There will be a FREE sausage sizzle, coffee and tea and wildlife show. Soft-drink cans will be available for purchase for $1. Please do not bring pets. For further information phone 0424 650 560.
Come along to the next community blue light disco on Saturday 15 September at Algester State School. Doors open at 6:30pm with the dance officially running from 7pm to 9pm. Entry is $5 per child and a canteen will be open selling snacks. All primary school aged children welcome. Children must be dropped off at the door by a parent and collected from the door at 9pm. Children will not be allowed in unless with a parent or guardian. There will be full police supervision. Any queries should be made to Sgt Kylie Doyle on 3014 3200.
The United Nations Association Australia (Queensland) and St John's Cathedral invite you to attend the inaugural Annual Brisbane Peace Lecture. The lecture will be presented as part of Brisbane's celebrations of the United Nations International Day of Peace, commencing at 7:30pm at St John's Cathedral, 373 Ann Street Brisbane. For further information or to confirm your attendance, phone Clem Campbell on 0413 557 596 or drop him a line at
Can you live without your car today? It is World Car FREE Day!
The Oxley District Crime Prevention Unit invites you to join them for a 'Turning the Screws on Crime' event and have FREE one way screws fitted to your registration plates by members of the Queensland Police Service. The session will be held at the Sunnybank Hills Shopping Centre Car Park on Level 4 from 10am to 2pm. For further information phone the Oxley District Crime Prevention Unit on 3131 7355 or 3131 7382.
Looking for your next big night out? Don't look past the Pyjama Foundation's 2012 Masquerade Gala Ball.
For further information phone the Pyjama Foundation on 3262 5569 or click here.
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Special School Holiday Edition Coming Soon...

This week marks National Child Protection Week. This September edition has details about news in our school communities and events coming up promoting child safety or that support the organisations in our community that assist our children.

Speaking of our schools, a big congratulations to Algester State School who took out the Primary School category in the 2012 Keep Australia Beautiful Spotless Schools competition. Keep up the good work!

Don't forget to take advantage of Council's FREE Green Waste Disposal offer this weekend at Willawong Transfer Station. If you're away or have other commitments that prevent you from utilising this service, read on to find out about subsequent offers.

If you have a story you’d like featured in my e-newsletter or suggestions on information you want to receive, please do not hesitate to contact me by calling the Parkinson Ward Office on 3131 7022 or sending an email to

Cr Angela Owen-Taylor
Councillor for Parkinson Ward


Queensland Child Protection Week 2012 is staging the most extensive program in the history of the initiative, with record numbers of Child Protection Week Awards entrants and over 70 events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.

The Child Protection Week Awards acknowledge the dedication, hard work and commitment of individuals and organisations who work towards the protection of children and young people in Queensland.  The winners were announced at the launch of Queensland Child Protection Week on 30 August.

In addition to the awards, Child Protection Week supports a major program of community events throughout Queensland focussed on the protection of children from abuse and neglect.

A wide range of organisations including schools, domestic violence services, child protection groups and PCYC’s are staging public events in Child Protection Week 2012. 

“The message of Child Protection Week is: Protecting Children is everybody’s business - play your part.”

For the full program of events, go to and click on the calendar of events.

Child Protection Week is coordinated nationally by NAPCAN and, in Queensland, by the Child Protection Week Committee under the auspicing body of ACT for Kids.


The draft Lower Oxley Creek South Neighbourhood Plan was released on 27 August.

Residents are invited to attend two talk to a planner community consultation sessions on 6 September at Gaelic Football Club at 318 Bowhill Road, Willawong. Session one will run from 2 to 4pm and session two from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Consultation and the submission period will close at 5pm on 8 October 2012.

Click here to read more or here to view the draft plan online. Hard copies of the plan and information on how to lodge a submission can be collected from my office at Shop 10, 168 Algester Road.

Brisbane City Council is providing residents with the opportunity to dispose of their green waste for FREE this weekend.

Residents can drop off green waste to the Willawong Transfer Station at the weekend on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September between 8am and 3pm.

Now is the time to get prepared for the storm season by trimming back vegetation close to structures and any general overgrowth.

To ensure residents have had every opportunity to be ready this storm season, once a fortnight over the next six weeks, residents can grasp this opportunity to save money and be smart this storm season.

Free green waste drop off services will be offered on the weekends of 8-9 September, 22-23 September and 6-7 October.

Whilst preparing for the storm season, don't forget to sign up for Council’s Early Warning Alert Service which sends notifications of severe storm warnings in your area by email, SMS or recorded message to landlines.

Registration is easy, simply visit and search “Early Warning Alert Service” or phone Council on 3403 8888 and request an application form in the post.

Register now to go in the drawn to win a free Emergency Kit, courtesy of Council and Energex. Two new registrants will be selected each month between September 2012 and March 2013 to win the prize.

Council also now offers a Creek Flooding Alert Service to residents of Boondall, Brookfield, Corinda, East Brisbane, Hemmant, Herston, Northgate, Rocklea, Wynnum and Wynnum West.

For further information on the services offered by Brisbane City Council phone 3403 8888.



A 17 year old male has been ordered to pay full restitution to restore the Sergeant Dan Stiller Memorial at Heathwood.

The Brisbane City Council memorial in honour of Sergeant Dan Stiller was unveiled in March 2011.

It was an absolutely despicable act by vandals to destroy a public memorial, let alone a memorial dedicated to a Police officer who put his life on the line for our community each day he stepped out in uniform.

I worked closely with Sgt Dan Stiller to tackle illegal trail bike riding in Parkinson Ward and the Oxley Police District, and our community owes him for the service and care he provided us.

Residents have indicated to me they have supported the public appeal to assist Police.

Further to a thorough investigation by Queensland Police, the offender was brought to justice in the Richlands Magistrates Court on Tuesday 28 August, and ordered to pay full restitution.

I conveyed to Police the full cost of the damage and now the offender is being made to face the full consequences under law for his disgraceful behaviour.

I assure residents and Dan’s family, friends and work colleagues, we are working is to ensure restoration of the memorial occurs as quickly as possible and it will be as protected as much as possible.

Brisbane City Council dedicated the 122 hectares of bushland within the reserve in recognition of Sgt Dan Stiller’s commitment to the community in reducing illegal trail bike riding which was impacting severely on residents’ peaceful enjoyment of their own homes.

I met on site with Police Superintendent Maurice Poiner and stonemason Pete Macfarlane ahead of the photo of Sgt Dan Stiller being reinstalled into the memorial - see photo above.

The Sergeant Dan Stiller Memorial Reserve is bordered by Wadeville Street, Paradise Road, Johnson Road and Stapylton Road.

Come along to the next community blue light disco on Saturday 15 September at Algester State School.
Doors open at 6:30pm with the dance officially running from 7pm to 9pm. Entry is $5 per child and a canteen will be open selling snacks.
All primary school aged children welcome, however children must be dropped off at the door by a parent and collected from the door at 9pm. Children will not be allowed in unless with a parent or guardian. There will be full police supervision.
Any queries should be made to Sgt Kylie Doyle on 3014 3200.
For further information on upcoming Blue Light Discos or to read about the Queensland Blue Light Association Inc, click here.

I'm  seeking the support of local residents to enable the establishment of the Calamvale Community College Walking School Bus.

Through Council’s Active School Travel Program, the Walking School Bus enables busy parents more flexibility in the mornings and saves them money on petrol getting the kids to school.

In return, it is Active School Travel initiatives like the Walking School Bus and Walking Wheeling Wednesdays which also benefit the local community reducing local congestion around schools to a minimum during peak periods.

Calamvale Community College is looking for volunteer Walking School Bus Leader for two of its routes and I encourage local residents as members of the extended school community, to land a hand where possible.

The routes Walk Leaders are being sought for commence from Formby Street at Calamvale District Park and from the corner of Nottingham Road and Algester Road.

All volunteers will be provided with training by Brisbane City Council and Walk Leaders will hold Blue Cards.

Kids love the Walking School Bus as they can talk to their friends, get some exercise and enjoy activities along the way, whilst consistent walkers benefit from rewards.

Without leaders, the Walking School Bus cannot go ahead.

World car free day is just around the corner on 22 September; make a contribution today by becoming a Walking Leader.

Interested volunteers should contact the Parkinson Ward Office on 3131 7022.


Algester State School recently cleaned up at the Keep Australia Beautiful Spotless Schools Awards being dubbed Brisbane's Spotless Primary School!
In addition to being the overall winner in the Primary School category, the school also took out the Partnerships and Environmental Protection categories.
Background on their winning criteria is as follows:

Great work is being done across all categories based on student involvement and responsibility. Amazing partnerships have developed and these have culminated in their State of the Art Environment Centre. These partnerships include: St Stephen’s School, Karawatha Protection Society, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland and SOWN (Save Our Waterways Now).

The result is a facility with enormous potential for the whole community.

Environmental Protection

Algester State School can be justifiably proud of their new joint Environment Centre with St Stephen's School. The potential for future achievements is enormous.

The use of bio swales and water testing of the resultant water is commendable.

Ongoing restoration and tree planting programs in Sheep Station Gully and Col Bennett Park are underway.

Primary School Winner

Algester state school has carried out impressive, ongoing work across all categories. Much of this work is students based which fosters ownership and teachers responsibility. The work of the Environment Group is a good example of this, particularly in Sheep Station Gully.

Regular clean ups in Col Bennett Park take place. Year 6’s collect recycling boxes from classes and prepare posters for classes not doing well. The “Golden Bin” is awarded to the class with the neatest area. Eating time is supervised in classrooms to minimise litter. Healthy eating habits are similarly monitored. Overall, a very impressive effort by Algester State School where staff and students are so justifiably proud of their efforts and their school.
Congratulations to Algester State School and the positive representation of our local area.
Parkinson Ward is familiar with Keep Australia Beautiful's Awards Forest Lake was awarded Brisbane's Spotless Suburb in 2010, thanks to the efforts of Friends of the Park, and Algester State School CleanUp Crew won the Young Legends Award in 2009.

The Pyjama Foundation's Annual Gala event will be held on 19 October and this year the theme is Masquerade Ball.

Funds raised on the night will be used to support children in care through the Foundation's Love of Learning Program, a mentoring program wherein volunteer Pyjama Angels are matched with a foster care child and visit them once a week to read books aloud, play educational games and other activities. This program has a huge impact on these children's lives not only providing literacy and numeracy support but providing children with stability in their Pyjama Angel.

Children in foster care are marked by the following statistics:

  • 92% of children in care are below the average reading level at age seven
  • 75% of these children do not complete schooling
  • 50% of the homeless come from a care background
  • 35% enter the juvenile justice system at some point (82% of Australian prisoners have below grade 4 level of functional literacy)
  • 28% of care-leavers are parents within 12 months of leaving care

The Pyjama Foundation seeks to break the cycle of disadvantage experienced by over 37,000 children in foster care. Research indicates any improvement in literacy and numeracy has a positive impact on a person's life which is why the Pyjama Foundation is dedicated to ensuring children in care have every opportunity to read, write and count.

For further information on how to book or show your support for the Pyjama Foundation, please phone 3262 5569.