February 2020 Edition
Welcome to not only a new year but an entirely new decade! I hope you were able to enjoy some time with friends and family over Christmas and New Year.
Over the past few weeks, my office has received a number of enquiries about crime in the area. You may have also seen some reporting in the media about it. I'm sure I speak for the whole community when I say our sympathies are with all those who have been affected by these crimes.
I have been in regular contact with our local police, including the new Sergeant at Hendra Police Station and the Sergeant of the Gateway Crime Prevention Group about this issue, and how we can combat and prepare for it. You can find their statement here.
Police are working hard to keep people and property safe, and to make sure Clayfield remains a safe place to live and work. For regular updates about crime in the area, and further information please subscribe to MyPolice Brisbane North here. There's also "Coffee with a Cop" being held at Leo's IGA on Racecourse Road, Ascot on Thursday the 13th of February from 9:30-10:30am, if you'd like to have a chat to our local police about your concerns, please come on down.
A lot of people comment about how juveniles are dealt with by the Courts. You might find this link helpful, as it explains the way Courts must deal with young offenders. I'm interested to hear whether you think it needs to change. If so please let me know what you think should change and why.
You would have no doubt heard about the coronavirus and the impact it is having in Australia and around the world. There's been a lot of misinformation about this virus, so I'd encourage you to look at the facts on the Qld Health website here. The official advice is that if you have travelled to China in the last 14 days and are feeling unwell, see a doctor immediately.
On another note, local schools have now gone back, so just a friendly reminder to everyone on the road to take care in school zones and be wary of parking restrictions, as inspectors will be out in force.
This week in Parliament I raised yet another dodgy business practice from the former operators of 'Australian 4WD Hire'. I've been following the issue closely since June 2018, and have worked to help people from across the world who have been ripped off. You can watch my speech in Parliament here.
Finally, I'd like to wish you all the best for the year ahead! If there's anything I can do to help with regard to state issues, don't hesitate to contact my office.
Tim Nicholls MP
It was great to help welcome 33 new Australians to our community at the Hamilton Town Hall Citizenship Ceremony. Well done to Hamilton Rotary Club and Cr Davd McLachlan of Hamilton Ward. It's always a great start to Australia Day!
The Ascot Park Australia Day BBQ in collaboration with Cr David McLachlan - Hamilton, raised funds for areas affected by bushfire and drought across Australia, as well as putting on lots of fun! Thanks to everyone who came and donated.
I will be hosting more Community Corners across the electorate for you to come and have a chat about local issues. I recently held sessions at Ascot Woolies and Sirianni's IGA with Cr David McLachlan. Stay up to date with the upcoming Community Corners by following my Facebook page or checking out my website.
Brisbane Seniors Online (BSOL) is a not-for-profit group that provides in-home tuition on a one-on-one basis for seniors and over 50s who would like to become computer savvy and confident in using modern technology using volunteer mentors (tutors). Training on personal computers, laptops, Apple devices, tablets and smart phones is available. Learners and volunteer mentors (tutors) are sought. Be able to surf the internet safely, keep in touch with family and friends across the World and how to recognise and avoid scams. An affordable fee of $20 joining and $45 a year applies which gives learners around 12 one-hour home lessons. Contact Brisbane Seniors Online on 3393 2225 or www.bsol.asn.au
Please be advised that over this coming month there will be disruptions to the AirportLink, Clem7 and Gateway Motorway. To find out if these disruptions will affect you, click here.
A drop in session hosted by TMR is your opportunity to meet with the project team and ask any questions about Stage 4 of the North Brisbane Bikeway:
The drop-in sessions will be held at the Windsor Bowls Club at 69 Blackmore Street, Windsor.
Wednesday 12 February 2020, 4.00pm to 6.00pm
Windsor Bowls Club Inc, 69 Blackmore Street, Windsor
Saturday 15 February 2020, 8.00am to 10.00am
Windsor Bowls Club Inc, at 69 Blackmore Street, Windsor
Changed traffic and pedestrian conditions – Toorak Road to Racecourse Road, Hamilton starting in early February 2020. Click here for more details.