Over the last week the unprecedented impacts of coronavirus has worsened with more cases being confirmed and a pandemic being declared. For any health-related information, please go to the Qld Health website.
Today the Prime Minister announced that from Monday, all non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled and that Australians should reconsider their need to travel overseas. Non-essential gatherings do not include schools, universities, public transport or airports.
This decision has been made based on the expert advice of Australia's Chief Medical Officer, and for the safety and well-being of all Australians.
It's good to see the establishment of a 'National Cabinet', which will include State and Territory leaders. The community expects all levels of government to work cooperatively in response to this virus.
The Federal Government has also announced a temporary, targeted and proportionate response to deal with the economic impacts of the virus. This $17.6 billion stimulus will keep Australians in jobs and small & medium sized businesses in business. For more details about the stimulus, and who will recieve it, click here.
Following strong feedback from the Clayfield community, I recently hosted a Community Crime Prevention Forum at Eagle Farm Racecourse, attended by over 200 locals. Apart from the practical response from police, the main issue I spoke to people about was how offenders (particulary young offenders) are dealt with by the justice system. A petition calling on the State Government to enact tougher laws and properly resource local Police has been set up, and if you like you can sign it here. I've raised this issue in the community, in Parliament and in the media and I will continue to keep up the fight.
On the 28th of March you will have the opportunity to vote for your local councillor and Brisbane Lord Mayor. I've worked closely with all three Brisbane City Councillors who represent parts of the Clayfield Electorate, as well as Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner. All care deeply about Brisbane and our area and have a great vision for its future.
Some great examples are the recent annoucments about Eildon Hill Reservoir and Downey Park. A re-elected Council will deliver $1m improvement project to Eildon Hill Reservoir, and a $30m redevelopment of the Downey Park hockey fields, creating 500 new car parks. Cr Andrew Wines (Enoggera Ward) and I have been strong advocates for these projects, and we're both very keen to see them happen.
Early voting for council commences across the city next week. You can find your local early voting centre or polling booth on Election Day here.
As always, if you have any state issues or concerns please contact my office.
Tim Nicholls MP
Together with Trevor Evans MP and Cr Andrew Wines welcoming the new School Leaders at Windsor State School!
The Brisbane Central Scout Group awarded their first Queen's Scout Award to Emily recently, and Cr Vicki Howard and I were only too happy to help congratulate her.
On the 26th of February, Cr David McLachlan and I went along to the "topping out" ceremony at the new retirement village at Doomben racecourse. The village will include 300 independent living units and 108 full service high-care aged beds.
With officers from the Hendra Police Station, Shadow Minister for Justice David Janetzki MP, and over 200 locals, the Community Crime Prevention Forum was very productive. An overview of the meeting can be found here.
On the 1st of March for 'Clean Up Australia Day' I joined Cr David McLachlan, Trevor Evans MP and the Hamilton Rotary Club to clean up the area around Crosby Rd.
The Brothers Rugby Club community day at Ascot Park was a great success, and Cr McLachlan and I are always happy to support this great club!
Talking to Zaahir and Daneth at EJ Provisions on Junction Rd about the impact of crime on their business. If you agree that changes need to be made to protect homes, businesses and property, you can sign the community petition here.
On the 8th of March, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner & Cr Andrew Wines annouced a big win for locals in the Downey Park area and for the Brisbane Women's Hockey Association. The $30m annoucment will create a new raised hockey field as well as 500 new car parks, if Council is re-elected.
Always great to catch-up with Greg and the rest of the gents at Northshore Men's Shed - a great local organisation!
On the 12th of March I was happy to attend the opening of S-block at Kedron State High. An important addition to a great school.
Community Corners - with Cr Andrew Wines
Cr Andrew Wines (Enoggera Ward) and I recently held Community Corners in the Windsor area, where we spoke to locals about issues important to them. These sessions were held at Windsor Park, Windsor SS and Homezone Windsor. Thanks to all of those people who came along and stopped for a chat!
* Please be aware these events may be post-poned or cancelled due to the recent coronavirus announcements *
Portside Wharf is getting into the cheesy spirit from Friday March 13th to Friday March 20th. Whichever eatery or retailer you stop by, you'll find cheese on the menu — and in different ways, too. For more information, click here.
Eagle Farm Racecourse will light up green for Paddyfest, Brisbane’s largest St Patrick's Day party on Saturday 14th March from 12pm. Tickets are available from $25pp! For more info and to book, click here.
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
Blind ones group of vision impaired people that meets fortnightly to have a cuppa and share their experiences to help others in the practical challenges of life and living. The next meetiong is at the Geebung RSL Club (323 Newman Rd) on the 3rd of April, 9:30am.
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.
More than $100,000 in funding is available to not-for-profit community groups and like organisations across the state whose projects need a helping hand to get them across the line. Individual grants of up to $5,000 are available this year, the People’s Choice bonus will see one lucky recipient receive an additional $5,000 funding.
Applications can be made online at:
energex.com.au/communityfund OR ergon.com.au/communityfund
Applications close 5pm, Friday 27 March.