December 2018 Edition
It's certainly been a busy 2018 and it's hard to believe that Christmas is almost here. This festive time is a truly wonderful and magical one and a season filled with beautiful traditions.
I also want to thank all of those who have supported my efforts to represent the community of Clayfield this year. It's been a privilege to once again represent our wonderful part of Brisbane.
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas! Stay safe during the holiday break and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
The holiday season should be a special time for families but for those doing it tough, it can be another time they go without. I'd encourage you share the spirit of giving in the lead up to this Christmas, and make a donation to help a family or child in need. Scroll down to see a list of some charities you can help.
Best wishes,
Tim Nicholls MP
Member for Clayfield

Here's a list of some amazing charities that are collecting donations. You can help spread Christmas cheer to a child or family in need.
The Smith Family’s Toy & Book Appeal is your opportunity to help bring a smile to a disadvantaged child. The Toy & Book Appeal provides gifts to children in need, allowing them to feel a sense of belonging this Christmas. Your generous gifts will help them acquire the skills and knowledge they need to build a better future. More info here

Wesley Mission Queensland needs your help to supply and collect 6,000+ Red Bags of non-perishable food items and Christmas groceries to give to families in need all across South East Queensland. More info here

Share The Dignity are a nationwide charity that have their roots in North Brisbane. They run an ‘It’s In The Bag’ campaign around the festive season to try and give women in need some small help. Fill a handbag with all those little things that make life easier (sanitary items, compact tissues, tooth brush, hair brush, etc) and drop off at a collection point. More info here

The Children's Hospital Foundation need your help to give sick kids a reason to smile at Christmas time. There are quite a few guidelines as to the types of donations accepted. To find out how you can do something special for these little battlers, follow this link to get involved.

The Brisbane Basket Brigade focuses on anonymously providing families with baskets of hope (and goodies!) at Christmas time. They’ve been working since 1995 to share the love with Brisbane families. There are a number of ways to participate and volunteer so visit this link to see how you can help.

The Clayfield & District Bar-Jai Senior Citizens Club are one of the latest recipients of a $200 Clayfield Community Grant. The funds will go towards a much needed monster ceiling fan in their community hall. Now everyone who uses the facilities, like the Kansai Karate Club, can stay nice & cool in Summer! ☀️

Thanks to the Federal Government's Community Sporting Infrastructure grant, Brothers Rugby Club has received $500,000 in funding to resurface the club's playing fields, upgrade lights and install new seating for spectators. Well done to Trevor Evans MP (Federal Member for Brisbane) & thanks to Senator Bridget McKenzie.

Clayfield Seafood Markets on Sandgate Rd is known as Brisbane northside's best little fishmongers. They recently had a special visit from Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy & this local family business is a prime example.

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg spoke to Racecourse Rd business owners at the Small Business Roundtable hosted by Trevor Evans MP. Tax cuts for small businesses and job growth under the Coalition were some of the topics discussed.

It was a pleasure to attend the official opening of Hamilton State School's new flag poles and multicultural garden, which was supported by my $200 Community Grant.

I was super impressed by the Year 6 leaders of Hamilton State School, who've made a lasting impact at their school through this successful leadership project.

Last month, the Northside of Brisbane had a visit by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The morning tea at the Sandgate Hawks AFL Club was well attended, with Luke Howarth MP (Federal Member for Petrie) and many community members in attendance.

The Windsor & Districts Historical Society organised the remembrance service on the Centenary of the Armistice of 1918 that effectively saw the end of WW1. I was honoured to accept the invitation to give the keynote speech.

Christmas Parade presented by David Jones

Daily until Sunday 23rd December (nightly @ 7pm)
Queen St Mall to King George Square via Albert St, Brisbane City
More info here

Carols by Twilight

Daily until Sunday 23rd December (6pm - 8pm)
River Quay Green, South Bank
More info here

Christmas Cinema

Daily until Sunday 23rd December (nightly @ 8.15pm)
River Quay Green, South Bank
View list of movies showing here

South Bank's Christmas Gift Market

Daily until Sunday 23rd December (4.30pm - 8.30pm)
Stanley St Plaza, The Arbour & Little Stanley St | South Bank
More info here

The Enchanted Garden

Daily until Wednesday 19th December
Roma Street Parkland
More info here

Christmas Movies - Big Screen on the Green

Daily until 21st December (Gates open 5:30pm & movie starts 7pm)
Eagle Farm Racecourse
View list of movies showing here

Christmas Fireworks

Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd December (8pm - 8.15pm)
Vantage point best from Clem Jones Promenade, South Bank
More info here

Gold Lotto City Hall Lights

Daily until Monday 24th December (15 minute shows from 7.30pm to midnight)
King George Square, Brisbane City
More info here

We’ve all heard the statistics and campaigns around drink driving. While the legal alcohol limit on the road is 0.05, your best bet is to avoid drinking alcohol all together if you plan on driving your loved ones around at Christmas time.

The humid weather tends to make us a little weary at the end of the day so make sure you squeeze in some rest before you head off. Try not to travel for more than a total of 8 hours, taking breaks frequently along the way.
Don’t let yourself drive if you’re feeling very tired because fatigue can cause you to lose concentration on the road. If you are on the road and you start to yawn, your eyes feel heavy or your concentration is off, pull over and take a 15 minute power nap.

As the festive season arrives, unfortunately the number of break-ins and theft tend to rise. I'd like to remind you to stay vigilant and remember to always lock up properly. An empty home is a prime target for intruders so if you are away this holidays, follow these tips for keeping your house secure:
  • Disconnect the electrical pad on electronic garage doors and use a strong auxiliary key lock instead.
  • Ask your neighbours to watch for visitors but not tell visitors you are away.
  • Ask your neighbours to collect any mail (including newspapers and junk mail).
  • Don't leave keys concealed outside the house, instead give them to someone you trust in case of an emergency.
  • Install external sensor lights.
  • Inform the local police of your absence and leave a contact name and number.
  • Click here for more tips from the Queensland Police.

Important Numbers

Emergency - 000
Hendra Police - 3632 2333
Crime Stoppers - 1800 333 000
Policelink - 13 14 44
Neighbourhood Watch Ascot/Hendra Division 1 - 0401 129 259 (Kathryn Bourke)

Remember that our community has several Facebook groups that not only updates followers on local issues but also shares alerts about any suspicious activities. Below are some community groups that you can click to join:



Monday 24th December: Clayfield Electorate Office CLOSES
Tuesday 25th December: Christmas Day
Wednesday 26th December: Boxing Day


Tuesday 1st January: New Year's Day
Monday 7th December: Clayfield Electorate Office REOPENS
Monday 22nd January: School Term 1 Begins
Monday 28th January: Australia Day Holiday