April 2018

Message from Tim

Hi there

I trust that you and your family found some time to relax over the Easter holiday period.

During the break, I spent some quality time around Barcaldine with Mary and our three kids. It's about a 12 hour drive. Along the way we stopped at Dalby (Macca's of course), Chinchilla (coffee), Roma (lunch and driver change), Mitchell (stretch), Augathella (more coffee!) and Blackall (driver change), before finally reaching our destination at 5:30pm. It was a great chance for the whole family to bond and also a way for all of us to turn off our phones and iPads, and get stuck into outback activities. I must admit, I do love the outback.

Throughout the month, I have heard concerns from local community members in relation to redevelopments in the area and thought I'd touch base on these.

The Eagle Farm Racecourse redevelopment continues to be a concern for residents. If you are impacted in any way by the redevelopment, I encourage you to attend the third monthly BRC Residents Meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday 24th April) at 6:30PM. Brisbane Racing Club will provide an update on facilities, house cleaning and project status. This is also a great chance for you to raise your issues directly with BRC and Racing Queensland. For any issues you would like me to have a closer look at, please send a detailed email to my office.

It’s already April and the Labor Government’s plan for the Albion Station Redevelopment remains vague and unclear. The Palaszczuk Government has shied away from releasing proper details on the Transport Oriented Development (TOD) for Albion train station. Especially with Mark Bailey MP announcing that construction is expected to start in 2019-20, the noticeable lack of publically available details and its impacts on residents is concerning. I want to hear from you about the concerns you have, whether it be in relation to car parking or the high rises.

The ANZAC Centenary is an opportunity to remember all who have served Australia over the last 100 years. Since 1916, a year after the Gallipoli Landings, Queenslanders have gathered every April 25th to pay their respects to the selfless men and women who have served our nation. I hope that you will attend an ANZAC Day Service, to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of all Australian Defence Force Personnel. Attached is a handy list of local ANZAC day services in the Clayfield Electorate.

"Lest we forget"

Yours sincerely

Tim Nicholls MP

Member for Clayfield

Local ANZAC Day Services

Wednesday 25 April

5:00am – Cameron Rocks Dawn Service
Cameron Rocks Memorial, Kingsford Smith Drive Hamilton.
A candlelit service (BYO candles) followed by a Gunfire breakfast at Cameron Rocks. (Note - Parking is limited).

7:00am – Clayfield-Toombul RSL Sub Branch
Kalinga Memorial Gates, Kalinga Park, Kalinga

8:00am – St Colomb’s Memorial Cross, Victoria St, Clayfield
Followed by poppy laying and morning tea at the RSL sub-branch at 8:45am.

8:00am – Clayfield-Toombul RSL Sub Branch
Pinkenba War Memorial, McBride Road, Pinkenba

9:00am – Windsor & Districts Historical Society
Windsor War Memorial Park – Cnr Palmer St & Lutwyche Rd, Windsor.
Followed by morning tea (ANZAC biscuits and sausage sizzle) at the old Windsor Council Chambers across the road.

10:00am – Brisbane ANZAC Day Parade
This year’s parade will begin at the corner of Adelaide and George streets in the CBD and should take approximately two-and-a-half hours to clear George Street.

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Out and About with Tim

Family Snaps from Easter

A selfie with the family with the oldest driving knocking down plenty of hours. This was taken travelling from Roma to Toowoomba.

A scenic Instagram shot (taken by my son Jeremy), with the dirt bikes at "Duraven". It was a great long Easter weekend. If you want to see the country beyond the coast, I highly recommend that you drive on out on your next holiday. A big thanks to "Barcaldine Tag Along Tours - Dunraven" and to all of the Doneley's for having us at their home.

Racecourse Road Silks Festival

The Racecourse Road Silks Festival, on the 7th of April, was a fantastic event. Thank you to everyone who dropped by my mobile office to have a quick chat. It was a great weekend catching up with familiar faces and meeting new residents. Local events like this really bring our community together.

Local Business Launch - NEW SPEC

Last Friday, it was a pleasure to attend the launch of a new local business called NEW SPEC. It is an innovative business located in Hamilton, specialising in converting shipping containers into residential homes and office spaces. The rainy weather didn’t dampen the mood, with everyone intrigued by the smart tech home (which even had a balcony on the 3rd storey!).

Spot Productions

Earlier this month I visited Spot Productions, a local printing company, in Pinkenba. They started as a small family owned business and have expanded to a workforce of over 60 people. I can’t believe it was 10 years ago that I opened Spot Productions’ new business. How time flies...

It was exciting to check out their new state of the art printing press, the Ryobi 920 10 colour LED-UV press. It’s the first of its kind in Australia and its right here in Pinkenba!

Singapore High Commissioner

It was an honour to meet the Singapore High Commissioner His Excellency Mr Fook Seng Kwok for a chat over a cup of tea at Parliament House. We had a great discussion on topics ranging from the Commonwealth Games to the strong relationship Queensland and Singapore have built.

Clayfield Local Heroes

If you have a local hero story to share, email us at [email protected] to be featured in the next e-Newsletter and Tim’s website.

Miss World Australia – Aliandra Calabrese

Aliandra, a Kalinga local, has been chosen as a State finalist for the Miss World 2018. As part of the pageant, she has so far raised over $5,500 for Variety, The Children’s Charity. Wishing Aliandra the best of luck at the next pageant, which will be held in June. To be crowned the next Miss World, she will then need to compete at a national and international level. To raise more funds, Aliandra is hosting a fundraiser at Little Paul’s Urban Food Market in Albion (sold out). Donate to Aliandra's fundraiser here

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Update from Washington D.C. – Claire Robertson

Remember Claire from my last e-Newsletter? Early this month, she competed at the International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot in Washington D.C. Fantastic news - Claire and her team from UQ were crowned the 2018 World Champions. An outstanding achievement! It has been a pleasure sponsoring such a talented student. Congratulations again to Claire, her team and her coaches.

Full Story

The plastic bag ban is coming...

Get prepared and make sure you’re on my green bag wait list. They are expected to arrive in the next couple weeks, and they are free for everyone in the community.

Remember, by the 1st of July, single-use plastic bags will be banned from major retailers. Leave your name, wait for a call, collect your free reusable bags and you’ll be ready to shop!

Click to join the list

Local Events

3rd Monthly Residents Meeting - Brisbane Racing Club

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Date: Tuesday 24th April

Venue: Derby Bar, Eagle Farm Racecourse

This meeting will discuss the masterplan overview and update, facilities update, update on house cleaning and project status.

Ascot Rocks

Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Date: Wednesday 25 April 2018 (Anzac Day Public Holiday)

Venue: Oriel Park, Alexandra Road, Ascot

Ascot Rocks is a new local community initative. Everyone is welcome to attend. Activities will include collecting rocks, painting and hiding the rocks in the public space for a game of “community hide and seek”.

Bring: pre-painted and/or unpainted rocks to paint decorate, hide and search for.

Vieille Branche Mother’s Day Market

Date: Saturday 28 April 2018

Time: 7:30AM – 2:30PM

Venue: Vieille Branche – The Old Branch

10 Fox St, Albion 4010

See what Brisbane creatives and designers have been making! This is also a great chance for you to pick up a great gift for mum.

Apply for the Clayfield Community Grants

As your local State Member, it is always a pleasure to help community groups and individuals in my Clayfield Electorate.

Each year I allocate $2000 for “Clayfield Community Grants”, which allows me to donate to groups and individuals who require financial support. You can apply for up to $200. Round 1 closes on 31 May so make sure you have a go and submit your application online. Good luck to those who have already applied!

Apply Now

Nominations & Grants

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund Grant - Round 97

Applications close 31 May 2018 at 11:59PM

Not-for-profit groups in Queensland can apply for grants ranging from $500 to $35,000. Local organisations needing financial assistance are encouraged to apply. Applying is easy and free so click the link to start.

Find out more

Transurban Community Grant

Applications close 30 April 2018

Know a great cause in your neighbourhood that could do with a helping hand?

Every six months, grants of up to $5000 are offered to initiatives like school projects, youth education, road safety and environmental programs.

Find out more

Community Notice

Brisbane Metro Project

The Brisbane Metro is a world-class public transport project by the Brisbane City Council (BCC) that will help bust urban congestion, deliver faster journeys, more travel options and better connections.

The BCC is funding two-thirds of the capital cost of the project and are now seeking the remaining funds from the Federal Government. To make the project a reality, the Federal Government needs to contribute $300 million (30% of the project’s total cost)

Trevor Evans MP, Federal Member for Brisbane, has launched a petition to show the Federal Government that this initiative needs to be funded in the May Budget.

Click the link below to support this local project that will make our city better.

Sign the Petition

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Tim Nicholls MP, Member for Clayfield
PO Box 281
Clayfield, Qld 4011

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