Work to upgrade the Salisbury dog park is presently underway.
This will extend the park, create large and small dog parks with improved access and remove / replace the existing turf.
Soil has been removed, ripping has been undertaken to improve water penetration and growth, new top soil added and new turf planted.
Rejuvenation of the turf has now been competed although the area will remain fenced off for a couple more weeks to allow the turf to establish.
The park is being extended in a southerly direction along Wincott Street to provide more space for larger dogs to run, while a small dog enclosure is being incorporated into an existing area on the north-east side of the park along Evans Road.
Fencing to accomodate these changes are expected to commence in the second week of June.
I am pleased to advise that construction of the new BBQ will commence this Wednesday 5 April in Russ Hall Park, Ainsworth St frontage, Salisbury.
For the safety of park users, Russ Hall Park will be temporarily fenced off whilst the old BBQ is removed and the power is run to the new BBQ.
We are trying to minimise the disruption to park users, and works should only take one week to complete, weather dependent.
Please do not drive through flooded roads. Water is moving fast and you do not know what is underneath. #ifitsfloodedforgetit
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has forecast between 200mm and 500mm of rain today, easing tomorrow. Localised flooding in the usual hotspots (parks, roads, and minor creeks) is occuring.
Please remain vigilant and follow the news and social media in case the weather situation deteriorates.
Several roads are already closed due to flooding in the Moorooka Ward, including:
• Muriel Ave, Rocklea
• Moolabin St, Yeerongpilly
• Blackheath Rd, Corinda
• Pratten St, Corinda
• Melbourne and Inskip Sts, Rocklea
• Allawah St, Yeerongilly
• Cliveden Ave, Corinda at Corinda SHS
• Cliveden Ave, Corinda at Blackheath Rd
• Tramore St, Rocklea
• Marshall Road, Rocklea, between Balham Rd and Goburra St
• Sherwood Road, Moorooka, beneath the rail overpass
• Paradise Road, Larapinta / Willawong, between Radius Drive and Gardens Drive
• Blunder Road, Oxley, at Boundary Road
• Granard Road, Archerfield, between Beaudesert Rd Beatty Rd
• King Avenue, Durack, flooding
• Annerley Road, Dutton Park, at Gladstone Road
• Chale Street, Yeerongpilly, flooding
• Blunder Road, Durack, flooding
• Granard Road, Archerfield, between Beatty Rd and Beaudesert Rd
• De Hayr Street, Rocklea, flooding
• Elmes Road, Rocklea, flooding
Water is across several roads, including:
• Brisbane Corso, Yeronga
• Tramore St, Rocklea
• Princess St, Fairfield
• Oxley Rd - multiple locations
• Fairfield Rd, Yeerongpilly
• Sherwood Rd - multiple locations
A full list of road closures can be found qld traffic.
Several local creeks are flooding, including:
• Pennywort Creek
• Moolabin Creek
• Rocky Water Holes
• Small Creek
• Stable Swamp Creek
Oxley Creek is very high and these small tributaries are banking back and causing localised flooding to businesses in Yeerongpilly and Rocklea now.
Key numbers for assistance
SES 132 500
BCC 3403 8888 (24/7)
Energex 136 262 (for loss of supply) 131 962 (emergencies)
Queensland Urban Utilities 132 364
Police 000 / 131 444 (policelink)
RACQ 13 19 05
Sandbags are currently available from the following locations:
Darra - 38 Shamrock Road, Darra
Morningside - 9 Redfern Street, Morningside
Newmarket - 66 Wilston Road (in carpark off Erneton Street), Newmarket
Zillmere - 33 Jennings Street, Zillmere
Lota - Herbert Street, Lota
Please be safe everyone, especially on the roads as heavy rain is forecast tonight and tomorrow.
In response to ongoing concerns regarding accidents, near misses and complaints, Council has committed to the installation of highly visible LED road signage on Orange Grove Road at its intersection with Lillian Avenue, Salisbury.
This is part of Council's LED Road Sign Program to improve pedestrian and motorists's safety involving a commitment of $3.24 million over four years for this road safety initiative.
This is fantastic news for the residents of Salisbury and surrounding suburbs as this has been a known hot spot for a number of years.
The signs are designed so the LEDs activate (light) when a vehicle is travelling above a pre-determined speed threshold on approaching this zone.
If the vehicle is travelling under that threshold, the sign remains inactive.
They are solar powered and will operate 24 hours a day.
I am excited to announce that Council will begin installing a Multi-Use Games Arena and Outdoor Gym in Nixon Park, 929 Oxley Road, Oxley. This type of Games Arena is a first for Brisbane!
Work will commence during the first week of May with an anticipated completion date by 30 June. This was an election promise I made to the people of Oxley and I am happy to see this exciting $395,000 project come to fruition.
The arena and equipment will be the first combined installation of its type in Australia and is aimed at training the whole body with the ability for users to undertake upwards of 200 exercises and has QR codes linked to a personalised fitness tracker guiding users on exercise and nutrition, while motivating them to stay active.
I look forward to seeing the newly improved Nixon Park and recreation facilities being used by locals.
They’re yours to enjoy!
Do your bit for the environment by cleaning up your local area with friends and family this Clean Up Australia Day.
If you would like to be involved this year, there are several Clean Up events already registered near you.
Sites within the Moorooka Ward looking for additional volunteers are as follows:
• The Fort Bushland Reserve - Conservation Volunteers Australia (Cnr Fort Rd and Cliveden Ave, Oxley)
• Peggs Park - Greening Moorooka Bush Care Group (viewing deck overlooking pond at intersection of Hillview Tce, Vendale Ave and Goodwin Tce)
• Moorooka Playground Park - Brisbane City Council (111 Blomfield St, Moorooka)
• Dunn Rd and Suscatand St - Oxley Creek Catchment Association (Cnr Dunn Rd and Suscatand Rd, Rocklea)
• Salisbury Recreation Reserve - Salisbury Community (Netball Courts, 31 Allandale St, Salisbury)
• C.A. O'Sullivan Park - Sunnybank Electorate Office (Park entrance at Coley St near the Acacia Ridge Community Hall)
For more information visit Clean Up Australia Day
I am pleased to advise that the following community organisations will receive benefits from the Brisbane City Council's Sports Field Aeration Program during this financial year:
• Queensland Gaelic Football Association Inc.
• Queensland Christian Soccer Association Inc.
• Brothers St Brendans Rugby League Football Club
• Acacia Ridge F.C. Inc.
• Souths Acacia Leagues Club Ltd.
• Spanish Centre Ltd.
• Soccer Field Salisbury Recreation Reserve (The Scorpions Soccer Club Inc. till 1/4/17)
The Sports Field Aeration Program provides assistance to community sports organisations to improve sports field condition and turf coverage. Benefits include:
• Improved playing surface and overall field safety
• Removal and reduction of undesired weeds
• Improved turf health by fertilising
• Prolonged watering benefits while reducing water costs
• No cost to your organisation.
Council's contractor will contact these organisations to discuss sports field usage requirements and arrange for the works to be undertaken.
Works are scheduled to commence in February 2017 and completed by June 2017.
Local Bushcare Groups help to play an important role in protecting and improving the natural environment through out Brisbane.
I recently attended the newly formed Lawson and Kendall Street Bushcare Group in Oxley and the Rocky Waterholes Bushcare Group in Salisbury.
Both groups are keen for energetic volunteers to assist them in rejuvenating the local fauna and flora.
If you are keen to become involved please contact my office for group contact details or visit Habitat Brisbane for further information.