Issue No. 98 Jan 2015 Koala Chlamydia Vaccination Success This photo is Natasha a veterinary nurse on the left at a Toorbul Veterinary Ecology clinic, center is 3 year old female Koala named Venom, then myself. I was present in Oct 2014 for the terrific announcement of the world’s 1st successful Koala Chlamydia vaccine trials. The 3–yrs research by Sunshine Coast Uni was aided by Moreton’s funding, which will now reduce koala infection & improve their fertility rates. Also our Council spends around $75,000 p/year to improve our 285 hectares in 3 koala reserves including support to wildlife careers in the region. One big koala reserve is nearby in Samford. $8.5m on Sth Pine Road Everton Hills This photo taken in Nov is the $8.5m South Pine Rd new 4 lanes. Stage 1 nth side only, is from Camelia Ave nearly to Buckland Rd & completion is in early Feb 2015. Then stage 2 nth side is more of Buckland Rd intersection works, then moving further eastwards, completion stage 2, April 2015. The new traffic lights here to be in operation when the sth side works finish, at date to be set. To assist locals Doval Construction have an onsite customer service officer Lisa, mob 0404 924 852. Our request to drivers, please keep your speed here to 40kph as it helps those living nearby. $20.1 Million by Moreton on projects this year for Div 10 This is the estimated value of all types of works, even some new/extra allocations (excluding usual maintenance) funded from Council’s 2014/15 Budget. Briefly they include: Building works, Parks Eqpt, Bikeways, Drainage, Roadworks, Footpaths, building Car Parks & designs for forward planned items. 2 New Toilets - Bunya & Everton Hills 1. A replacement toilet is to be built at Bunya Crossing Reserve, off Dugandan Rd, Bunya with $120,000 in our 2014/15 budget. To meet new environmental requirements the new toilet needs a pump out tank. It will be in a more elevated location to be further resilient from the South Pine River flood plain. I discussed this with Bunya locals at an onsite meeting on 7th December. Moreton’s Town Plan - status Did you know that Councils proposed town plan was advertised & the majority of submissions were related to flooding/ coastal matters. Following ongoing talks with Qld Govt certain clarifications were made & we are still waiting on further information, but it is our intention to go back out for a second round of public advertising for community comment as soon as we can. Moreton’s $ help Schools Chaplaincy The school Chaplains program in Moreton will benefit following our 3 fundraiser programs that raised $67,366 in 2014, that will be donated to them. My Newsletter We now print this newsletter in gloss, giving better colour & it is lighter for our deliverers. Did you know, for 6 editions a year it cost $1.07 per property for my Bulletin newsletter & now to print it in gloss costs under 1c extra in total per property per year. No Land Revaluations for 30/6/15 Following our suggestion to Qld Government in 2014, they have agreed that due to little land value movements up to Oct 2014, they will not be doing a region wide land revaluation for Moreton, usually effective on 30th June. So no revaluation letters early 2015 This Toilet photo example is the one If you need Moreton Council Help proposed for the Everton Hills, as below. 2. Planning for a new toilet is sought in To report a matter or for any help from Councils 2015/16 budget for Alfredson Moreton Bay Regional Council Park, Collins Rd, Everton Hills, west of it’s best to first contact our great team in the play equipment & close to the road. Customer Service, weekdays phone Following a request to Council from a 3205 0555 8.30am to 5pm. Or E-mail nearby resident for this facility, Council [email protected] Staff made an initial assessment & 4 sites were proposed. Before any further Our phone also 24/7, in emergencies investigation I wrote to 230 nearby Or www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au residents for on-site talks on Wed 13th Your local Councillor Aug 2014 to seek their thoughts. The Brian Battersby - Division 10 majority of attendees were supportive of it & agreed on its selected site. The Independent. My E-mail is early cost is now around $120,000. [email protected] If we can help try our Customer Service Moreton’s Australia Day Awards 2015 first, or if you need my extra assistance My PA is Polly on Ph 3480 6383. Congratulations and well done to all the or my Home/office 14 Leawarra Cres category winners & nominees in 2015. Ferny Hills or Phone 3851 0475. $19,422 Grants to Moreton south This photo left to right is, Reverend Suzie, Cheryl then Ron & myself as we praise with a Cuppa an $11,543 grant to replace their old kitchen facilities. Moreton’s 2014/15 round 1 grants gives $19,422 to 3 Div 10 groups at a 100% success rate for those that applied. The successful groups & some précis info is: The Hills District Community Garden, or HOG (Hills Organic Garden) at 416 Bunya Rd to receive $2,468 towards extra vegetable garden beds. Willmore Kindy/Preschool Ferny Hills for Outdoor Discovery Lab, Play Eqpt & Education Space to receive $5,411. The Arana Hills Uniting Church to receive $11,543 towards a kitchen upgrade because of their significant community use. But not one local application received for Moreton’s Arts Grants funding this time. Help in Arana Hills seeking Grants Learn how to apply for our grants at a free forum from 6 to 8pm, Tues 24th Feb at The Hills District Community Centre 291 Dawson Parade, Arana Hills. To book please phone 3205 0555 office hours. We also offer help on what to apply for, eligibility & even other grant providers as well. Bunya Tip what happens to old Fridges This photo is a line-up of old fridges, freezers & air-cons at Bunya Tip. Before we turn these into saleable scrap metal to protect our environment from the release of chlorofluorocarbons gas, it is extracted & disposed of by a special contractor, in 2013/14 this work cost Council nearly $17,000. In 2013/14 we processed 1,940 fridges, freezers, air-cons & with other steel sold over 2,100 tonnes from Bunya Tip. All this saves valuable Tip Space. Fairy Floss sales raises $ for Schools This photo is from Patricks Rd State School Carnival, showing student Loch aged 6 with his $2.50 Fairy Floss & myself making it. School P & C volunteers work hard to raise extra funds for their schools. This event was my 34th year assisting schools with Fairy Floss stalls. Council’s Birralee Child Care Centre New style signs for Parks & Reserves This sketch is to show the height & size of our newer signs & it shows our new bigger logo in the top right corner (the previous one was smaller). The new batch of signs coming soon are for: Albany Creek; 2 in Cowrie Pde Park. Bunya; Yarral-Yarral Reserve 2 signs. Dog off leash area 416 Bunya Rd. Arana Hills; Max Morton Pk Minto Cres in already. Everton Hills; Fred Ward Reserve 2 signs Parkleigh St. Ferny Hills; City View Reserve 2 signs, 1 at Hutton Rd end & 1 at Barber Rd end. Arana Hills Wightman Res. Drainage This photo shows part of the completed works of a very large drainage project for part of Cabbage Tree Creek, off Yingally Dr, cost $400,000. These works over 16 weeks included 3 new culverts, new pathways, replacing the older timber boardwalk, stabilising with rock the creek banks, a new service silt collection trap & extensive new specific plantings. We would like to thank all the bikeway users for their cooperation & patience during these drainage works. Francis Rd Everton Hills - New park Our next round of Moreton’s Community & Arts Grants opens on Mon 2nd Feb 2015 & closes on Tues 31st March 2015. Local Development Applications Everton Hills: A Code Assessable Application approved for the 3,127 square metre size property zoned Residential A at 44 Bunya Rd, so it can be divided into 2 Residential A lots. This photo is parents Michael & Rachel with their 2 year old son Harry at Birralee’s bi-annual Art Show. The children's canvases are purchased by the families & these childhood master pieces This photo was in mid-Nov 2014 of a new car park project. The works included A MCU - Impact Assessable Application can be treasured by their families. roadside & other drainage, a disability lodged (& already advertised) over 41 & path from the car park to the recently 49 Buckland Rd seeking to create overall Property owners driveway’s Info built new play area, a roof for the picnic 8 small size residential allotments all shelter & specific vegetation planted in fronting towards Buckland Rd. There is locations intended to create shade from a house currently on this site with the afternoon sun. The overall cost is frontage to the western end of Walkers around $125,000 in 2014/15. Rd, now seeking vehicle access here. Community Garden Group 416 Bunya Rd A MCU Impact Assessable application lodged (is an advertised process) for 7-9 This photo is Miller Parade, corner of Bennetts Rd, The photo above shows a worn driveway some of the currently zoned Residential B, (higher vegetables from & broken invert. Did you know it is the density) seeking 16 units on 3,016 square the “HOG” Hills home owners responsibility to maintain meters & has 2 low homes here. Organic Garden &/or replace them to an approved grown at their Ferny Hills: A MCU Code Assessable standard design. This process is now developing area easier to access free via “self assessable” Application (not needed to be advertised at 416 Bunya Rd for comments) has been lodged for the conditions on Council’s website. This Bunya, close to information is given as Council has 6,333 square meter size property at 32 Bunya Dog off Owarra Ave West that is zoned received requests to fix them, plus they leash area. For more information phone Residential A. They seek approximately need to be kept in a safe & trafficable Kathi 3351 6571 or John 3351 1038 or condition for both pedestrians & 14 units, maybe split over 2 stages. vehicles, as they are in footpath reserve. email them at [email protected] Lemke Park Albany Creek We invited locals feedback & suggestions at an on-site meeting in November 2014. This well attended meeting was to get locals opinion on further facilities here, as we are planning 1 to 4 years ahead. If you’d like a précis summary of the meeting notes email me your name and address please. Clean Up Aust Day - Sun 1st March Albany Creek High School Art Winner Come along between 7am to 11am, even if it’s for 1 or 2 hours. Call Council on 3205 0555 or go to Clean Up Australia website www.cleanup.org.au to register. Sites for 2014 were: Bunya: SES HQ. Arana Hills: Leslie Patrick Park. Everton Hills: Sylvia Gibbs Park and Albany Creek Lemke Park. We presume these may be the same spots for 2015 year just as a guide. If you do come, please wear a hat, bring gloves, The photo above is Sam Johnson on the covered-in shoes and water. left with myself, as I congratulate him on Moreton SES Member for 2014 award winning the 2014 peoples choice award This photo with a masterful coloured pencil portrait, L to R is, his prize was a timber art materials Moreton storage box. He also won his age group Bay SES 1st prize of $200 in the 2D category. Local The Moreton Bay Youth Art Awards is Controller an annual event & in 2014, we had Henk van works by over 400 young artists between den Ende, 5 to 18 years, from all over the region Arana Hills with prizes to young artists & schools. Deputy Group Leader Sonia Cuff & For details check our website. Entries Arana Hills SES Group leader Graham open in July 2015 & close 1st Sept 2015. Bartlett. Well done Sonia from all at Moreton Bay Region on being awarded overall “Unit Member of the year for Graffiti clean-ups across Moreton 2014”, for outstanding service & Did you know in 2013/14 financial year dedication to the 7 groups. We currently our staff did 3,100 clean-ups & 63% have 355 SES members across our were on a pro-active basis. All Region. Well done to the other award information, including photos is given to recipients. Congratulations to our Police for their further investigation. Our wonderful SES for their huge training & thanks for a Qld Government grant of community service. In 13/14 Council $55,999 this helped reduce our costs. spent $700,000 towards helping our SES. businesses including one of Australia’s largest Bunnings, Queensland’s first Costco and major distribution centres for Super Retail Group and Aldi. The past 12 months has seen the Moreton Bay Region cement its reputation as a great place to invest and conduct business. Areas such as Brendale, Narangba Industrial Estate and North Lakes Town Centre and Business Park are continuing to expand and are already home to hundreds of New and continued investment in the Moreton Bay Region means employment opportunities both during construction and upon completion, helping to stimulate the local economy and provide job opportunities for local residents. This year will see projects such as the multi-million dollar Primewest retail complex at North Lakes get underway and the continued Bushcare local groups Did you know we have 4 bushcare groups in the local area? They are: Wahminda Park, Wongam Reserve & Brook Park in Ferny Hills & MOTT at Bunya Riverside. Activities can be tailored to suit your abilities - it’s not all hard work. To find out more call Bushcare officer – Nicole Byrnes on 3205 0555 go to our website: www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/bushcare Patricks Rd AH - right turn arrow Following a request our staff will arrange around May/June for the signals on Patricks Rd to include an arrow for a right turn into Bringelly St (or Uturn). This will result in a short delay to east bound traffic & will be monitored by our staff. The cost is estimate is $10,000. 120 at Bunyaville Park Run’s 1st Birthday This photo was at James Drysdale Reserve Bunya as Parkrun celebrated their 1st anniversary in Dec 2014. They start their run each Sat at 7am sharp from an open area at the nth end of Sports Lane after assembly & registration at 6.30am & for all ages & its free, but a gold coin donation towards consumables appreciated. Usually approx. 70 folks weekly. For info Phil’s mobile 0403 765 368 or email [email protected] construction of the $1.15 billion Moreton Bay Rail Link, connecting the Moreton Bay Region with more than 12.6km of rail track and six new dedicated stations from Petrie to KippaRing. As one of the country’s fastestgrowing regions, Moreton Bay Regional Council will continue to work hard to attract investment that benefits our community.
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