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.
The St Vincent De Paul Society in conjunction with the St Brendan's Catholic Parish are eager to accept non perishable goods, toiletries and gift cards for distribution to those in need in the Moorooka Ward area.
Many families are doing it tough and donations are welcome at any time but especially at this time of year.
My office is a drop off point and we'll be accepting donations until Monday 19 December.
If you are able to help, please leave your donation at the Moorooka Ward Office, Shop 2, 122 Beaudesert Rd, Moorooka.
Brisbane City Council's Portable Speed Warning Signs Project is aimed at making Brisbane's streets safer. This initiative aims to promote safety through driver awareness and minimise speeding on neighbourhood roads. This will be achieved through the use of portable speed warning signs at various locations throughout the Moorooka Ward.
The signs measure an oncoming vehicle's speed and display it to the driver, highlighting their adherence to the speed limit. As a motorist approaches the sign, their speed is detected by a radar and one of the following messages are displayed:
* if the motorist is driving at or below the posted speed limit, a smiley face message is displayed,
* if the motorist is driving above the posted speed limit by up to 9km/hr, the vehicles speed is displayed below a ‘SLOW DOWN’ message.
The project has had positive results with passing motorists reducing their speed typically by 10km/h.
We currently have a sign located in Oxley Road, Oxley.
Brisbane City Council's grants programs provide funding to help local not-for-profit organisations to develop and improve facilities and services in Brisbane.
Housing Support Program
The Housing Support Program provides funding to community organisations for projects or services that respond to the housing and social needs of homeless people, or those living in social housing, within the inner north of Brisbane. Funding amounts range from $2000 to $10,000.
Applications close Monday 13 February 2017.
Men's Shed Grants Program
The Men's Shed Grants Program supports men's shed groups in Brisbane. This program supports men's sheds by providing funding for establishment and coordination expenses, facility improvements and equipment and material purchases. Funding ranges from $2000 to $20,000.
Applications close Monday 13 February 2017.
Community Development and Capacity Building Grants
The Community Development and Capacity Building Grants encourage projects that respond to local and city-wide community issues with objectives including, but not limited to, increasing community identity and connections, increasing social inclusion and building the community sector to respond to community issues and needs. Funding amounts range from $2000 to $10,000.
Applications close Monday 20 February 2017.
Healthy and Physical Activity Grants
Brisbane City Council's Healthy and Physical Activity Grants provide funding to local non-profit community groups for projects to increase participation in community sport, recreation and physical activity in Brisbane. Funding amounts range from $5000 to $20,000.
Applications close 27 February 2017.
School Sport and Recreation Facility Upgrade Program
Council's School Sport and Recreation Facility Upgrade Program is funded by Council and the Department of Education and Training. It provides financial assistance to Brisbane states schools to fund the upgrade of existing school sport and recreation facilities to increase community and school use. Funding amounts range from $5000 to $30,000.
Applications close Monday 20 March 2017.
For further information on any of these grants, visit Council's website or phone 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak to the Grants Unit.
Is your home ready for the storm season?
Help protect your family by taking four simple steps:
I recently attended the launch of the new community space created by the Bendigo Bank - Acacia Ridge Community Bank Branch and the Brisbane City Council at the the Elizabeth Street shopping centre.
Council will be installing 'Wildlife Awareness" signage at all official entry nodes into Toohey Forest/Mayne Estate and Wilcox Park.
The signage is to inform park users of the presence of koalas in the reserve and importance of keeping their dogs on leads.