New facilities for Brookfield Horse and Pony Club riders
I was very pleased to attend the official opening of Brookfield Horse and Pony Club’s Cemetery Paddock Cross-Country Training Course and new Long Yard Arena on Saturday.
Funded by the Brisbane City Council’s Community Sports Clubs Grant Program, these facilities will be of great value not only to Brookfield Horse and Pony Club riders, but also to our wider local equestrian community.
The updated Long Yard arena, in particular, provides a terrific improvement to the equestrian facilities within the Brookfield Showgrounds. One of our very talented local riders, Rose Gunn, immediately put the arena to good use with an impressive dressage demonstration on the afternoon.
The cross-country course meanwhile provides the opportunity for novice riders to be introduced to cross-country jumping, whilst also offering a challenge for more capable riders.
Brookfield’s rural heritage and character plays a major role in residents’ choice to live here, not least because it provides families with the space to keep horses and ponies and the opportunity to pursue horse-riding as a recreational pastime or sport.
I am delighted to see local groups like the Brookfield Horse and Pony Club proactively working to extend and improve the equestrian facilities within our community.
Congratulations to the Club on the completion of these facilities and, in particular, to the dedicated volunteers whose hard work saw the plans through to fruition, and thank you to President Ros Macdonald, Treasurer Veronica Pichlmann and the other organisers for putting on a wonderful opening celebration.
Koala Count-a-Thon Survey
The Redlands’ annual Koala Count-a-Thon Survey will this year also be accepting koala sightings from the Moggill area, thanks to a collaboration with our local community group REPA.
The survey takes place over the weekend of 25th and 26th October and Koala Action Group staff will be recording any reported sightings from our area over the past 12 months.
If you see or have seen a koala in one of our local suburbs (from Chapel Hill through to Karana Downs), you can report the sighting on the Count-a-Thon weekend by:
- Calling 3820 1103 (between 8am-5pm);
- Posting it to Facebook;
- Entering it online at www.koalagroup.asn.au/report-a-koala-sighting
This is a wonderful opportunity to help inform our awareness of the koala population in Moggill and I strongly encourage people to take the occasion to share your recent sightings.
For further information on the Count-a-Thon and how to spot a koala, click here.
Home found for Bellbowrie Mens Shed
Mens Shed is a community-based organisation which plays a valuable role in promoting men’s mental health and provides much-needed opportunities to engage in active, hands-on work in a welcoming and supportive environment.
Our local Mens Shed group is Shed West and in 2012 they formed a Bellbowrie group to cater for the growing local population. They have since been meeting in a church hall and have been in desperate need of a proper facility which they can use every day.
Earlier this year I lobbied the National Parks Minister to make a facility available for them. I am pleased to say the Minister was very supportive and has now granted use of an empty cottage on the National Park site at Priors Pocket Road for an initial two year period.
In what is a win-win situation, the dilapidated cottage will also be repaired and maintained by Shed West.
I am delighted that we have been able to achieve this successful and mutually beneficial outcome for them.
All men are welcome at Shed West but the companionship and activity it provides would be of particular benefit to those who have retired, been retrenched or widowed and find themselves alone or feeling depressed.