Thursday, 06 March 2014 10:49
An unfortunate incident at Mt Crosby State School earlier this week provides a timely reminder for us all to slow down when driving through school zones and in school grounds.
During drop-off time on Tuesday morning, a child ran out in front of moving vehicles and was knocked by a car.
Luckily the driver in this instance was doing the right thing by driving slowly and the child was not injured by the accident.
The incident nonetheless drives home just how important it is for us to be vigilant and safe when driving near schools during pick-up and drop-off times.
Children are not adults and can be unpredictable around roadways. Please be careful!
Thursday, 27 February 2014 15:40
After campaigning for an upgrade to the long-neglected Western Freeway for the past 10 years, I was delighted to see the announcement of this project.
This $55 million upgrade to widen the Freeway from four to six lanes between Toowong and Indooroopilly is a very exciting development after these many years of neglect.
I am especially pleased to see that work will commence immediately alongside the Moggill Road off-ramp upgrade and the Brisbane City Council Legacy Way project at the Toowong Roundabout, which will help minimise any disruptions to both commuters and nearby residents.
This section of the Freeway is used by 70,000 vehicles who are frequently subjected to heavy delays and congestion in their daily commute. The upgrade is a fantastic win for the Western suburbs and will help ease the peak hour congestion that flows from the Moggill Rd on-ramp back through Chapel Hill and Kenmore.
Even more importantly, however, upgrading this part of the Western Freeway has long been a vital prerequisite for any viable solution for Moggill Road, such as the Kenmore Bypass.
Hopefully this project brings us one big step closer to such a resolution.
As part of the project, existing noise walls along the Western Freeway between Toowong and Indooroopilly will be upgraded to concrete barriers, similar to those used for the Moggill Road interchange.
The upgrade will be delivered by Transcity, which is also delivering the Legacy Way tunnel and Moggill Road interchange upgrade for the Brisbane City Council.
Construction begins this week and is expected to be completed prior to the Legacy Way tunnel opening in 2015.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 12:58
Students have a chance to share in over $11,000 in cash prizes for themselves and their schools in the 2014 Buy Smart Competition.
Open to all Queensland students in years 4 to 12, this is a wonderful opportunity for young people to develop their consumer awareness skills and become wise with money.
To enter, students need to research a consumer issue and develop a presentation to share their new knowledge with their peers in the most creative way possible.
Possible topics include:
- mobile phones
- spending wisely
- buying and running a car
I strongly encourage all our students in Years 4 to 12 to consider taking part. Entries in previous years have included rap songs, posters and drama presentations so I am excited to see what students will come up with this year.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:16
We are very fortunate to live in an area with a low crime rate and where generally people do the right thing.
However, I do occasionally get reports of dangerous hooning activity such as burnouts, street racing or other dangerous driving.
If you see hooning activity, I encourage you to report it to help keep our streets safe.
You can report hooning online or phone the dedicated Hoon Hotline on 13HOON (13 4666).
If possible you should report:
- what the vehicle is and looks like
- what hooning activity the vehicle was doing
- the registration plates
- the date, time and where the vehicle was.
This will help the police identify and stop the hoon.
We also have a number of active Neighbourhood Watch groups and it is well worthwhile attending their meetings. Contact details for our local NHW groups are available by contacting my office.
Monday, 17 February 2014 10:00
The government has recently released the first two issue papers for a review that will improve how Queenslanders buy, sell and manage property.
This is an ideal opportunity for property professionals, bodies corporate, property owners and the general community to have their say in shaping this important review.
The first two public consultation papers cover issues relating to seller disclosure requirements and body corporate lot entitlements under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act
These papers focus on the effectiveness of the current seller disclosure obligations and whether the current body corporate lot entitlement needed reform.
Later this year two more issue papers will be released. One will cover issues under the Property Law Act while the other will be about body corporate governance issues arising under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act and other community titles legislation.
To obtain copies of the current issues papers or to find out how to have your say please contact my office.
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