SENIORS CELEBRATION DONATIONS
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.
on 3 September and will close on Monday 15 October.
here to submit or download an application online. Alternatively, hard copy applications can be printed
at my office upon request.
SCHOOL SPORT AND RECREATION FACILITY UPGRADE PROGRAM
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.
here to read more or submit an application.
HERE TO VISIT THE COUNCIL WEBSITE AND LEARN MORE ABOUT OTHER GRANTS AND AWARDS ON OFFER
27 AUGUST to 8 OCTOBER
LOWER OXLEY CREEK SOUTH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
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.
TALK TO A PLANNER SESSION
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.
TALKING PERSONAL SAFETY WITH YOUR CHILD
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 BUSH PICNIC
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
BLUE LIGHT DISCO!
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.
21 SEPTEMBER 2012
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
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 email@example.com
22 SEPTEMBER 2012
WORLD CAR FREE DAY
Can you live without your car today? It is World Car FREE
TURN THE SCREWS ON CRIME
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.
PYJAMA FOUNDATION MASQUERADE GALA BALL
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
To make a booking or for information on
What's On! activities, please call
the Brisbane City
Centre (07) 3403 8888
or go to the website
Special School Holiday Edition Coming Soon...
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cr Angela Owen-Taylor
Councillor for Parkinson Ward
CHILD PROTECTION WEEK
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
www.childprotectionweek.org.au and click on the calendar
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.
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.
GREEN WASTE DISPOSAL
City Council is providing residents with the opportunity to dispose of their green waste for FREE this
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.
is easy, simply visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au 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.
SERGEANT DAN STILLER
17 year old male has been ordered to pay full restitution to restore the Sergeant Dan Stiller Memorial
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.
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.
Dan Stiller Memorial Reserve is bordered by Wadeville Street, Paradise Road, Johnson Road and Stapylton
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
For further information on upcoming Blue Light Discos or to read about the Queensland Blue Light Association
Inc, click here
WALKING SCHOOL BUS NEEDS YOU!
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
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
Without leaders, the Walking School Bus cannot go
World car free day is just around the corner on 22 September;
make a contribution today by becoming a Walking Leader.
volunteers should contact the Parkinson Ward Office on 3131 7022.
SCHOOL DUBBED BRISBANE'S SPOTLESS SCHOOL
Algester State School recently
cleaned up at the Keep Australia Beautiful Spotless Schools Awards being dubbed Brisbane's Spotless Primary
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.
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.
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.
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.
MASQUERADE GALA BALL
Pyjama Foundation's Annual Gala event will be held on 19 October and this year the theme is Masquerade
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)
of care-leavers are parents within 12 months of leaving care
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.