Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:59
Round 3 of the Community Road Safety Grants opened this month and I encourage all community groups, schools and P and Cs to think about projects they could develop to tackle Queensland’s road toll.
The Community Road Safety Grants program aims to:
- encourage community involvement in local road safety projects
- support the development and delivery of effective road safety projects addressing local road safety issues
- provide opportunities for funding of road crash injury rehabilitation programs.
Local ideas, adapted to local conditions, are critical to improving road safety and these grants let government, business and the community work together to target local road safety.
In the previous round, Brisbane Independent School received funding for their “Let’s Talk About Road Safety” program. These funds will allow them to purchase road safety educational material such as books, props, puzzles and DVDs for use in the classroom and for road safety education events at the school.
This is a great initiative by BIS and well worth consideration by other schools.
Schools might also consider applying for funding to develop ‘drop and go’ areas.
Another idea would be for P and Cs or community groups to look at developing programs focusing on bicycle safety or to assist in organising ‘walk to school days’.
Other project ideas could include a scheme to help young people obtain their drivers licence through a volunteer driver mentor program or special road signage or anything that helps to improve safety on our roads.
All projects must be clearly focused on road safety initiatives, particularly focusing on driver distractions and road crash injury rehabilitation programs.
These grants are part of the government’s $350 million, two-year Road Safety Action Plan, launched in mid-2013.
While we have seen a decrease in the road toll, there are still too many lives lost on our roads each year.
Applications for Round 3 funding close Friday 22 August 2014. Please contact my office if you would like further information.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 14:46
As the rate of type 2 diabetes continues to soar, I urge residents to this week assess your risk of developing the condition and, if necessary, take steps to improve your health—before it is too late!
There are already more than 1,089 people in Moggill living with type 2 diabetes and figures from Diabetes Queensland reveal that a further 3,016 people may be unaware that they have the condition or are at high risk of developing it.
The complications are well-known: loss of vision; loss of renal function; limb disease—particularly loss of feet; and cardiovascular disease—particularly heart attack and stroke.
But in most cases, type 2 diabetes can be prevented. People need to be aware of the risk factors so they can take action now to turn diabetes around.
You can take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment at www.diabetesqld.org.au
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 15:49
Controlled burns are currently being conducted around our area to reduce fuel loads ahead of the summer bushfire.
As we saw this morning, still conditions can result in low lying smoke which may particularly affect people with respiratory complaints such as asthma and emphysema. In such conditions consider staying indoors where possible and close doors and windows.
Low lying smoke can also reduce visibility on our roads. If driving through smoke please slow down and drive to the conditions.
The smoke around this morning acts as a timely reminder of the need to prepare early for the summer bushfire season. The current burn-offs are designed to reduce the risk but the generally dry winter we have increases the fire danger for next summer.
I urge all residents to make sure they prepare their homes and properties to ensure they are as protected as possible. For example, keeping gutters clear of leaf litter is one simple way to help reduce fire risk.
Friday, 11 July 2014 18:03
Earlier this week I shared my concerns about ethanol burners and fireplaces with the Attorney-General after learning of the harrowing injuries suffered by a local resident’s son.
The young man and his partner were both very seriously burnt while refilling an ethanol fireplace.
The Attorney-General has today issued a safety warning following this and a number of other recent serious incidents involving ethanol burners.
The Office of Fair Trading has also launched an investigation into the safety of ethanol burners, including whether a ban or recall is warranted.
I am pleased to see such swift action being taken against these potentially highly dangerous products.
Ethanol is a highly combustible substance and these products not only often have exposed flames that are quite difficult to see, but are also refilled at the same point at which the flame is maintained. They therefore pose a very serious danger of ignition as people refuel it under the mistaken belief that the flame has already gone out or even after a recent flame has left the device hot.
The store from which this particular ethanol burner was purchased has done the right thing and voluntarily withdrawn it and similar products from sale, but they are still available in a number of stores and online.
I would urge all residents to exercise great caution if using one of these devices, particularly in the presence of children or in areas where it could be accidentally knocked. Always make sure the flame is out and it has had plenty of time to cool down before refuelling or moving it.
Monday, 07 July 2014 10:25
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Australian of the Year Awards.
The Australian of the Year Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise and celebrate inspiring Australians who have achieved excellence in their field, made a significant contribution to the Australian or their local community or are a role model for the Australian community.
The Awards recognise outstanding achievement across four categories:
- Queensland Australian of the Year
- Queensland Senior Australian of the Year
- Queensland Young Australian of the Year
- Queensland Local Hero
A nomination can be made for any Australian whom you admire and find inspiring—a friend, family member, colleague or even someone you don’t know.
Nominations close on 1 August 2014. State presentation ceremonies will be held in November and the national award recipients will be announced at the 2015 Australia Day Eve ceremony in Canberra.
For more information or to submit a nomination, visit www.australianoftheyear.org.au
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