It is with great sadness to announce the recent passing of George McNeill at 90 years of age.
I had the pleasure of getting to know George through his tireless conservation efforts in Russ Hall Park and the Rocky Waterholes Creek Bushcare Group, Salisbury.
George volunteered his time and effort over many years, single handedly planting native trees to assist with the regeneration of the local bushland habitat. Bush care revegetation was his passion and through his efforts, George leaves behind an outstanding legacy of a healthy and thriving wildlife corridor.
I am pleased to announce that we will be honouring George, in conjunction with his family, by planting a kauri pine near the duck pond in Russ Hall Park in the future.
The Moorooka Ward Office is accepting donations for the next Homeless Connect event to be held on Thursday 18 November at the Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills.
Please lend a hand to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in our community.
Your donation can make a big difference to someone in need. Please assist by donating:
✅ non-perishable food items (e.g. muesli and snack bars, tuna, soup and instant meals)
✅ toiletries (e.g. shaving cream and shaving blades, deodorant, shower gel and toothbrushes with toothpaste)
Donations can be dropped to my office at 2/122 Beaudesert Road, Moorooka, right up until Friday 5 November 2021.
Nominate your primary school for Council’s 2022 Active School Travel program
Create a healthy and active school community while improving kids’ road safety skills by applying for the 2022 Active School Travel program today! The Active School Travel (AST) is Brisbane City Council’s free, three-year program aiming to improve road safety and create active communities.
Help make your school a safer place and develop street-smart kids by encouraging families to swap the car for:
• public transport
• car pooling.
Primary schools joining the Active School Travel program will receive a comprehensive range of free resources and incursions to enable families to leave the car at home and actively travel to and from school.
Since its launch in 2004, the program has helped to swap up to 35% of single-family car trips to and from participating schools for an active and healthy transport alternative.
Principals are encouraged to apply online now for the 2022 intake. Places are limited and nominations will close on Friday 17 September. Visit Council’s website (www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/activeschooltravel) or call Council’s Contact Centre on 3403 8888 for more information.
Petition to signalise the pedestrian zebra crossing on Orange Grove Road, Salisbury (near Lillian Avenue)
I support making the pedestrian zebra crossing on Orange Grove Road, Salisbury, safer for pedestrians and vehicle users.
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I'm disappointed to report that after two years there has been limited progress in the leasing of Moorooka Bowls Club. While the delay was initially due to COVID, more recently progress has been held up by Brisbane City Council who refuse to take responsibility for handing over the facility in good condition.
I have been working with a local, not for profit group, Third Space, who have been offered the facility however Council is expecting them to:
- Take on the cost of updating the facility at a cost of $500,000 to $600,000. This is despite Council spending over $1m giving the Sunnybank Bowls Club a renovation after it became vacant!
- Take on a facility with leaking pipes, rotting floorboards, outdated kitchen and non-accessible toilets. This is in addition to a range of other issues requiring maintenance both internally and externally.
- Sign a ‘Confidentiality Agreement’.
What we need to remember is that the Moorooka Bowls Club is a Brisbane City Council community facility that is owned by residents. It needs to be maintained by Council.
It is unreasonable to expect not for profit community groups to have to repair and renovate Council facilities.
It is also unreasonable to upgrade facilities in some Wards but not in other Wards.
In the Council meeting this week, the Lord Mayor Schrinner’s conservative team voted against funding the renovation of the Moorooka Bowls Club, meanwhile this important community facility remains unused and idle.
Please sign the online epetition to Council supporting the renovation of the Moorooka Bowls Club: