August 2019 Edition
August is Ekka Month.
Quintessentially Queensland, the Ekka is that time of year when we celebrate all that makes our great State such a wonderful place to live. I hope you all enjoyed the cool crisp weather and took the time to get to the Show.
Tell me your most memorable experience at the Ekka (maybe leave out some of the embarrassing bits!). I’ll give a high tea for two at Qld Parliament to the story that I reckon sums up best all the fun of the Ekka. Reply to this email with your story and best contact details, and I'll also publish it in my next newsletter - so make it a good one!
Here’s one of my memories.
It must have been about 1985 or ’86 (like all good stories the exact details are now a little hazy!) and it was the first Friday of the Ekka. I had finished work, shot home, freshened up, got in to the moleskins and boots and with a few mates headed off to meet some obviously extremely kind young women who were prepared to stroll around the Ekka with us. Anyway we went through all the usual rides and displays before ending up as you do at the Cattleman’s Bar. Having. A. Few. Rums.
In one of the worst experiences of my life, one of my mates thought that as a penalty for paying more attention to a particular young lady than either he or my rum it would be hilarious to drop the end of his ciggie straight into my drink and watch me take a sip.
So he dutifully slipped the filter end of a B&H Extra Mild into the little plastic cup of rum & coke. And while listening intently to the young lady I dutifully sipped the now foul concoction of rum, coke, ice, and dredged ash and cigarette butt.
Well you can imagine! Tasted it immediately, nearly gagged all over the object of my attention (not a good look), managed to keep most of it down (or at least contained), rushed like a maniac to the round planter just outside the bar area and tried to eradicate possibly the worst thing I had ever tasted from my mouth.
By the time I made it back to the bar, the girl was long gone, my mates were in stitches and there was only one thing to do, and that was wash the taste away with another drink!
Even now I can’t go past the Cattleman’s Bar without remembering the taste, and I always check my drink no matter where I am, just to be sure.
So that’s one of my stories. Now tell me one of yours that your prepared to share in my newsletter!
Apart from stories of yesteryear, this weekend our local Brothers Rugby Club features in the Rugby Finals at Ballymore here in Brisbane. In addition to winning the Doughty Shield, Brothers are fielding 8 teams in the Grand Finals over 2 days this weekend. Good luck to all!
Tim Nicholls MP
Eagle Junction State School recently held their Semester 2 Student Leaders Induction. This semester's leaders will inspire and motivate their peers while gaining the chance to experience leadership.
Councillor David McLachlan (Hamilton Ward) and I attending Mosaic Property Group's sod-turning for the new Sayre apartments in Windsor. Once complete these modern apartments will provide a great boost to the Windsor residential market.
Another sod-turning event, this time at St Margaret's Anglican Girls School. A new comprehensive sports precinct is under development which will include a rock climbing wall, gymnastics zone and swimming pool. Completion is expected early 2020.
The annual Kalinga Dash is fast becoming a fantastic community event on our calendars and this year was another huge success. Congratulations to all participants and well done to the event organisers and volunteers.
New Survey - Eildon Hill Reserve
Eildon Hill Reserve in Windsor is a nestled away secret of our community, and truthfully for good reason. The area has unfortunately been abandoned by the State government and left to despair - overgrown weeds, rubbish and dangerous walking conditions have taken over. We are currently shaping up a plan to clean up and transform the reserve into a local community focused space featuring possible lookouts, trail paths and picnic facilitates. Before we do anything though, we would love to hear your thoughts on what you think should be done to area. Let us know by clicking through to the survey here or visiting https://www.timnicholls.com.au/fix-eildon-hill
Le Geyt Street & Gennon Street Windsor
The results from the Le Geyt St. and Gennon St. Windsor survey are in. Tim and Cr David McLachlan recently went back to the site to provide an update on the situation. Click on the image below to check it out.
Clayfield Community Grant Round 4
Submissions are now open for round 4 of the Clayfield Community Grant Program
Five grants of up to $200 each are awarded to financially support local groups helping our community and to individuals needing assistance to travel for sporting or other competitions.
Last week we were visited by round 3 winner Kyla from Clayfield Collage. Kyla used her grant to help fund her recent rugby trip to the Girls Rugby Tournament in Sydney.
Round 4 closes on the 30th November, entries can be made on the website at https://www.timnicholls.com.au/clayfield_community_grants_program
This past week has seen sickening acts of behaviour at our local dog parks. Sadly a number of dogs have fallen victim to poison baits at New Farm, Teneriffe and Newstead. We would like to remind everyone to stay diligent until the people involved are bought to justice. If you notice anything suspicious please call Policelink on 131 444.
Youngcare's At Home Care Grants
Youngcare is an important pillar in our community, delivering essential support to those who need it most. Applications for people (aged 18-65) with high care needs who require equipment, home modifications or support services to be able to remain living at home are now open. Grants are available up to $10,000 and fund items that cannot be funded elsewhere (including the NDIS).
Kerbside Collections Details
Lutwyche, Gordon Park - Week commencing 19 August
Windsor - Week commencing 21 October
The Royal Queensland Show (EKKA)
Date: Friday 9th - Sunday 18th August
Time: 9am - 9pm
Venue: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
Returning for its 141st year, the Brisbane EKKA is a major highlight on Queensland's calendar. Catching the train to the showgrounds is free for ticket holders, and will ensure you dont lose time to illegal protesters who may be out causing havoc on our roads.
Queensland Premier Rugby Grand Finals
Date: Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th August
Time: See below
Venue: Ballymore Stadium, 91 Clyde Rd Herston
Ballymore Stadium will be hosting this years QPR Grand Final Weekend. Head on down on either Saturday or Sunday (or both!) to catch some fantastic games of footy.
Brisbane Boat Show
Date: Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th August
Time: 10am - 8pm (Fri & Sat) / 10am - 6pm (Sun)
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank
On the doorstep of Australia’s manufacturing epicentre, the event promises to deliver a combination of excellent locally made riggs together with brilliant products from overseas and with all the gear you need for them, including electronics, safety equipment, fishing gear and more.
Bridge to Brisbane Fun Run
Date: Sunday 25th August
Time: 6am - 10am
Venue: 10km Starting Point – Top of the Roma St Parklands (Wickham Terrace into College Road)
5km Starting Point – Captain Burke Park (End of Main Street, Kangaroo Point)
Bridge to Brisbane Day is the day we celebrate what makes Brisbane special. We get together to show our big heart by running for charity in the morning, then get together with the ones we love in the afternoon to enjoy all that is wonderful about living in Brisbane. *Registration required. Register on website.
Brisbane Writers Festival 2019
Date: Thursday 5th - Sunday 8th September
Time: Various times
Venue: State Library of Queensland & Queensland Art Gallery
For the past 57 years Brisbane Writers Festival has been bringing communities together to debate, share experiences and celebrate the power and wonder of literature. Presenting over 150 events at the State Library of Queensland and Queensland Art Gallery each year, showcasing brave, intriguing and thought-provoking local and international writers to over 20,000 patrons annually.
Date: Tuesday 3rd - Friday 6th September
Time: Various times
Now in its eighteenth year, BIGSOUND Festival is your annual opportunity to discover the future of Australian music. Experience Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley come alive with a global gathering of musicians, industry, brands, media and music lovers.
Moreton Bay Food and Wine Fest
Date: Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th September
Time: 10am - 8pm (Sat)
10am - 4pm (Sun)
Venue: Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe
With Moreton Bay as its stunning backdrop, the free Festival Precinct winds its way along the Redcliffe Foreshore where foodies will enjoy top-notch bites and sips, along with a jam-packed program of entertainment.
Upcoming Road Maintenance Works - WINDSOR
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) would like to advise minor road maintenance works will be undertaken on the Northern Busway at the intersection of Lutwyche Road in Windsor.
- Works will commence early August 2019 and will be completed by late August 2019, construction and weather conditions permitting.
- Works will be undertaken at night, between 7pm and 5am, Monday to Friday, however some Saturday or out of hours work may be required.
- minor removal and replacement of asphalt
- reinstatement of line marking
These works are being delivered as part of the department’s maintenance program to improve the road surface and ensure a safe, useable road network for all users.
What to expect:
Changed traffic conditions: Traffic changes will be in effect, including road shoulder closure, lane closures with traffic control, changes to traffic flow, temporary speed reductions and short-term traffic disruptions. Please allow extra time when planning your travel.
Temporary construction noise: Heavy machinery will be in use and nearby residents and businesses can expect some increased noise, dust and odour. Reversing beepers and flashing lights are a safety requirement and will be used at all times during working hours.
Access to private properties: Access to private properties will be maintained during the works. Where temporary access changes are required, property/business owners will be contacted directly.
TMR will distribute notifications to nearby residents and businesses before work begins. This notification will include information on the work and the contact details for the Project Team.
For more information on this work, please contact the Senior Communications Officer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 3066 4338 during business hours. For up-to-date information on road closures and traffic conditions across Queensland, go to www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40.
Queensland Rail Community Works Notice - Eagle Junction & Toombul
Queensland Rail will be undertaking rail replacement works from Eagle Junction to Toombul from 12th to 13th August 2019. Works will be carried out between the hours of 9pm Monday to 5am Tuesday.
This work involves the use of loud, heavy machinery, including loaders and trucks with horns, bright flashing lights and reversing beepers. Activities will also include the use of small plant machinery and rail grinding. Every effort will be made to carry out these works with respect for our valued neighbours.
We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work to improve your network. Works may be subject to change due to operational and weather conditions. For more information, call 13 16 17 or email email@example.com
2019 My Home Awards
2019 My Home Awards are now open.
The Awards are an important tenant engagement initiative delivered as part of TenantConnect, the Department of Housing and Public Works' tenant engagement program.
The Awards recognise and celebrate the pride that Queensland public housing tenants take in caring for their gardens. The Awards also support and encourage a greater sense of community pride.
This year, tenants can enter their garden in one of the following categories:
All entrants will receive a garden pack, certificate and photo of their garden. Prize winners in each category will received hardware vouchers or garden hampers of the value of:
$80 - First prize | $50 - Runner Up | $30 - Highly Commended.
Entries close on 9 September
For more information visit https://www.qld.gov.au/housing/public-community-housing/public-housing-tenants/my-home-awards