I'm pleased to announce that maintenance works to upgrade the Toohey Forest escarpment track are anticipated to start in early April 2021.
Following a review by the joint (State and Council) Speed limit Review Panel, the speed limit along Ipswich Rd between O’Keefe St, Woolloongabba and Cracknell Rd, Annerley will be permanently reduced from 60km/h to 50km/h. The new speed limit will be installed by end March 2021.
Reducing the speed limit along Ipswich Rd through Annerley was just one item on my ten point plan for road safety in Annerley. I am still pushing Council to action the other items in the plan.
10 Point Plan to Improve Road Safety for Ipswich Rd, Annerley
1. Undertake a feasibility study for a tunnel bypass under Ipswich Rd to reclaim surface streets for local traffic movements, better public transport, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure;
2. Reduce the speed limit through Annerley Junction shopping precinct to 40kms;
3. Install flashing school zone signage to protect JPSS children crossing the road;
4. Upgrade the intersection of Ipswich Rd, Venner Rd and Waterton St to include proper signalised turning lanes;
5. Install a green arrow or zebra crossing at the intersection of Ekibin Rd and Ipswich Rd;
6. Undertake a Village Precinct Project in Annerley Junction to improve amenity, safety and revitalise community spaces;
7. Build new footpath, lighting and cycling infrastructure to promote active travel;
8. Deliver better local bus services through Annerley;
9. Deliver the promised Venner Rd Freight Bypass to take trucks off Venner Rd;
10. Deliver traffic calming solutions in Annerley side streets to discourage rat running.
Council will undertake traffic improvement works on Ipswich Road at Longueval Street, Moorooka, commencing Monday 1 March 2021. Works are expected to take approximately four weeks; weather and site conditions permitting.
The following improvements will be undertaken:
• Extending the right turn lane from Ipswich Road into Longueval Street, to improve vehicles storage lengths
• Reconstructing the existing traffic median on Ipswich Road to accommodate the extended right turn lane
• Line marking
Works will be undertaken weekdays between 7am and 5pm, with the possibility of weekend work.
“This is great news for motorists who regularly travel through this stretch by reducing travel times, and improving safety for all road users,” Cr Griffiths said.
This project is funded by the Queensland Government through the Transport Infrastructure Development Scheme (TIDS) and Brisbane City Council.
Get involved this Clean Up Australia Day Sunday 7 March 2021 by registering your own site or joining an existing site in your neighbourhood.
It's a great opportunity to help clean up our local streets, parks and bushland.
Sites already registered within the Moorooka Ward:
Arnwood Street Park, Annerley
Arnwood Place - Sandy Creek, Tarragindi
Moorvale Makeover, Moorooka
Oxley Creek Common, Rocklea
Pegg's Park, Moorooka (Moorooka Greening Group)
Salisbury RSL Memorial Park, Salisbury
Salisbury South, Salisbury
Visit Clean Up Australia Day to find out more.
The Archerfield Speedway has operated in the area since 1978. During this time Council has sought to work with the owners and operators of the Speedway to ensure it operates in accordance with its approval requirements. These are designed to ensure it operates safely and does so with the amenity of both residents and users in mind.
There have been increasing complaints coming from residents concerning noise and odour from the Archerfield Drift Park. These have been forwarded to Council for investigation and the appropriate action taken to fix these issues e.g. ensuring the Archerfield Speedway operates during its defined hours.
I have since learned that the Brisbane City Council is proposing to cease all drifting activities at the Drift Park. I have written to the Lord Mayor seeking a briefing regarding this matter. Rest assured I will advise when this briefing has been received.
I have also been speaking with Drift Park users and they are concerned that they will have nowhere local to go; that it will mean more hooning on our local streets; and that there will be numerous negative effects to people’s livelihoods both mentally and financially, with the potential closure of the Drift Park.
The Community Connection & Belonging Project is a new initiative in Annerley and surrounding suburbs, which aims to link community members through social connection. You are invited to make a difference in your community, by volunteering to connect with people experiencing housing insecurity, homelessness and social isolation.
You can help by:
- Attending a Community Meal or helping to make the meal.
- Offering companionship & share common interests with other community members.
- Offering to assist people fill out forms & make phone calls/emails.
- Connecting us with others who may be interested in getting involved.
The project will offer ongoing training & support and you can offer as little as 2 hours of your time per month or you can make a larger commitment depending on your availability.
The Community Connection and Belonging Project is a partnership between Annerley Baptist Church and Community Plus+ and is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council.
Great news! Council has allocated funding towards the delivery of 100 Speed Awareness Monitors (SAMs) at schools over the next four years. SAMs promote speed awareness and encourage safe driving in our neighbourhood.
I am pleased to advise that Watson Road State School will have the permanent installation of two signs both northbound and southbound, along Watson Road, Acacia Ridge. These works are scheduled for completion prior to the commencement of the new school year in 2021 (construction is dependent on inclement weather and unforeseen circumstances).
We love our native wildlife that's why its important to drive carefully on our local roads.
Council has recently installed new Wildlife Awareness Monitors (WAMs) along Orange Grove Road, Salisbury (both south and northbound).
These LED signs alert drivers to the potential presence of wildlife on our roads, in addition to detecting a driver’s speed as they approach.
A green smiling koala face will display when a driver is travelling at or below the posted speed limit. A red ‘slow down’ message will display if the driver is travelling above the speed limit.
So please remember to slow down on our roads and help reduce road kill.
The Brisbane Carbon Challenge is a Council initiative delivered in partnership with CitySmart to raise awareness of the Brisbane Vision target to reduce household carbon emissions to six tonnes on average by 2031.
Brisbane City Council is supporting residents by providing resources, programs and learning opportunities to help residents understand and reduce their household carbon emissions and bills.
Use the Brisbane Carbon Challenge calculator to estimate your household's carbon footprint and receive tips on how to reduce it and save money at the same time.
Take the challenge today, visit: https://www.brisbanecarbonchallenge.com.au
Brisbane City Council is driving suburban economic vitality by helping businesses and property owners to upgrade their shopfronts.
The Suburban Shopfront Improvement Grant program provides $50,000 per annum over four years to assist property owners and tenants of shopfronts to refresh the facade of their shop, to improve its appeal to customers and contribute to the character of the local area.
These grants are co-funded between the applicant and Brisbane City Council, meaning that for every dollar requested from Council, the Applicant must have an equal dollar amount (or more) to put toward the project.
Applications are now open and close Wednesday 23 December 2020.
To learn more and apply online, please visit https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/business-in-brisbane/business-opportunities/suburban-shopfront-improvement-grants
For more information about this grant, please contact Council's Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263).