Planned burn in Mt Coot-tha Forest
The Brisbane City Council has advised that they will be conducting a planned burn on Friday 12 September 2014.
This burn is located in Mt Coot-tha Forest on the western side of Gap Creek Road, between the Coucal Trail and the Goanna Trail and is approximately 35ha in area. Location map can be found at:
- This burn will commence at approximately 0900hrs and continue through into the evening. Please note that the burn area may continue to generate smoke even after burn operations are completed. Council staff will not depart site until the fire is safe. QFES will be notified of the fire status when Council staff depart site.
- Suburbs which may be affected by smoke include Brookfield, Kenmore Hills, Chapel Hill, Mt Coot-tha and The Gap. Smoke may be visible from Boscombe Road, Gap Creek Road, and Highwood Road. There may be an inversion layer (cool air) overnight which may cause some smoke to settle in lower areas.
Staff will also be on site on Saturday to ensure safety of the site.
The Coucal and Goanna Trails will be closed for the duration of the burn and for up to two weeks after the burn.
For more information on planned burns across Brisbane, you can phone the Brisbane City Council on (07) 3403 8888 and ask to speak with the Regional Natural Environment Coordinator for your region.
World Suicide Prevention Day
Hansard: 10 September 2014
Today, 10 September, is World Suicide Prevention Day. Lifeline Australia has estimated that in this current year we have hit a record 10-year high for suicides in this country. Last year, 2,535 Australians died by their own hands. This is a significant increase. Back in 2006, that figure was 1,800. This is a battle that we are not winning. Of those 2,535 Australians, 1,901 were males and 634 were females. That is around seven Australians dying by their own hand every day. There are in excess of 20 attempted suicides for every successful one.
Suicide is a very misunderstood phenomenon in a couple areas. It is a preventable phenomenon, more particularly among young people. In my professional experience, the hardest group to prevent committing suicide were middle-aged males. The disease itself, or the phenomenon itself, is complicated by social and psychological factors. We see it in young people, we see it in farmers in times of stress, we see it in Indigenous people, we see it in people subject to substance abuse. There is a misconception about the mental state of people when they take their own life in that many of them feel that the world would be better without them. It is the view that their illness gives to them.
There is a misconception that people can’t be cured. Those who survive can go on and recover and live very normal lives. I want to pay special tribute to one Moggill family and that is the family of radio presenter Robin Bailey and her husband Tony Smart. This very courageous family were prepared to be open about Tony's death as a result of depression and suicide. Their willingness to share their pain with the broader community helps so many other people. It tells other people in the same boat that they are not the only ones who suffer in this way, that they are not alone and, most importantly, it is okay to be open about one's feelings in this situation. Their courage has helped others not to be ashamed and to seek help.
Tony Smart was a dedicated and loved member of our community. He was an active member of the P&C at Kenmore State School. On the 97.3FM website it says that Tony wanted every child to be able to realise their sporting potential regardless of their personal circumstances. A memorial fund has been set up. It will be administered by the Future State Greats Aspirations 4 Kids program. I will certainly make a contribution to that and I encourage people to get on that website and make a contribution. I encourage people to look out for their mates, to be sensitive to people when they are under stress and help them to believe that they can obtain help. There are organisations such as Lifeline, beyondblue, Black Dog Institute and others that are there to help people in this sort of crisis.
Extra funds boost Kenmore State High music program
Kenmore State High School will benefit from an additional $6561.75 to boost its music program as part of the government’s million dollar investment in secondary school instrumental music programs to coincide with the arrival of Year 7 into high school next year.
This funding will enable the purchase of more musical instruments and equipment, giving students the opportunity to further their music education across a broad range of instruments and assisting Kenmore SHS in its continued delivery of an exceptional instrumental program.
Primary school students across the state will now also be able to study woodwind, brass and percussion instruments from Year 4 rather than the current Year 5 starting point, providing Queensland schoolchildren with even greater opportunity to develop and extend their music skills.