31st May, 2018

Message from Tim

Hi here

We’re almost halfway through the year! The past few weeks have been eventful with ANZAC Day, Beef Week, a celebration of Charlie Parrella's 50th Anniversary and Mother's Day, to name a few. Thanks to all who have sent me feedback about my E-Newsletters. It was good to know that the listed ANZAC day services helped many of you find your local ceremony.

This month, the Federal Budget was handed down by the Treasurer. It's good to see that the Brisbane Metro Project has secured $300 million of federal funding. Of course, the Budget also announced significant personal tax cuts as well as other much needed infrastructure.

Next Wednesday we’ll be celebrating Queensland’s 159th birthday! Queensland Day marks our separation from New South Wales in 1859. State of Origin also fires up with the first game on the same day. Go Maroons! Not only will Queenslanders be decked out in their maroon jerseys, but iconic landmarks across the State will also be lit up in maroon as part of the Queensland Day celebrations (this list of landmarks can be found in the events section at the bottom).

Speaking of which, I thought I’d give you a heads up on a special competition starting next week. On my Facebook page I will be announcing a competition that'll have all Maroons supporters excited. Details will be posted soon so make sure you keep up to date with me on social media.


Tim Nicholls MP

Member for Clayfield

Out and About with Tim

ANZAC Day Ceremonies

April 23 - I attended the 22nd Students ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony at ANZAC Square. Matisse Reed (pictured above) is the recipient of last year's ANZAC Prize. In front of the large audience, she delivered a touching speech. The Clayfield College and Brisbane Boys' College choirs also performed outstandingly with utmost respect.

It is always an honour to be invited to the commemoration services held by our local schools. This year I was a guest at the ceremonies held by Windsor State School and Aviation High School.

On Anzac Day itself, I joined hundreds of people at the Cameron Rocks dawn service, the Kalinga Gates ceremony, St Colomb's ANZAC Memorial service and the Windsor War Memorial ceremony. The St Margaret's Anglican Girls School choir sang exceptionally at the St Colomb's service. I would like to give a special thanks to all those involved in organising these services.

Charlie's 50th Anniversary Party

If you're up to date with my eNewsletters and Facebook posts, you would know that it was recently our local barber Charlie Parrella's 50th Anniversary. On 1 May, Charlie's friends from all across Queensland, as well as his loyal local customers, came to help celebrate the big achievement. There was plenty of photo opportunities with Charlie (a local star) and there was plenty of prosecco and cake going around. Check out the video we made for Charlie - to watch click the image above.

Aliandra's High Tea Fundraiser

It was a pleasure to attend the sold-out fundraiser High Tea hosted by Aliandra Calabrese, a state finalist in the 2018 Miss World Competition. Overnight, Little Paul's Urban Food Market was transformed into a floral wonderland. It was a beautifully organised event where all funds raised went to Aliandra's chosen charity, Variety Children's Charity. Here's a photo of Cr David McLachlan and I giving the camera our best Insta-worthy smiles. Follow Aliandra's progress here.

Beef Week - Rockhampton

When it comes to beef, Casino in NSW has nothing compared to Rockhampton, the "Beef Capital of Australia"! Beef Week is held once every 3 years and Mary and I were delighted to be invited to the celebration of Australian Beef. The Australian beef industry is worth $10b a year and employ's some 200,000 people. It employs some of the most modern and environmentally friendly practices in agriculture. That's why it was especially galling to the farmers to be hit with the Palaszczuk Labor Government's grossly unfair vegetation management laws. Laws that will unfairly target farming families and make their lives that much harder.

Here's the Black Bunny Kitchen smokehouse cooking some delicious Aussie beef brisket. These wood fired smokers and grillers cooked up 400 kilos of meat each day. I tried a sample and there's no doubt Aussie beef is best!

Small Business Forum

Straight after getting back from Beef Week, it was an absolute pleasure to speak at the Small Business Forum organised by Trevor Evans MP. The speaker's panel included Mary Louise Theile from James Street Initiative, Hon. Craig Laundy and Cr David McLachlan. We had a great chat about supporting local small businesses to thrive and succeed. There was welcomenews in the Federal Budget for small businesses with announcements for tax relief and less regulation. There are grants for small businesses currently open so have a look at the grants section at the bottom of this eNewsletter.

Mother's Day Celebration

For my family this year, Mother's Day was celebrated at our place. My daughter (Katie) and I already knew what we wanted to buy Mary so Saturday's shopping wasn't a difficult mission. As a treat for the special ladies in my life (Mary, my mum and 2 sisters), I served up my homemade baked beans (a smokey and spicy blend) and artistically sliced fresh fruit salad together with the must haves of eggs, bacon, cheese Kransky's and fresh brewed coffee. Think it's fair to say that everyone had a hearty breakfast which kept us going for the entire day as we spoilt the ladies.

A few weeks ago, Kedron State High School visited the Queensland Parliament House as participants in the 2018 Legal Studies Youth Parliament. It is always a pleasure to meet local student representatives in Queensland Parliament House.

Latest Local Updates

North Brisbane Bikeway
Recently there's been quite a bit of talk about the North Brisbane Bikeway, which is why I set up a survey. Whether you're a resident impacted by the bikeway or just a passionate cyclist, this survey allows you to express your thoughts about the project directly to me. Thank you to all those who have filled out the survey, I really appreciate it. If you haven't filled out the survey yet and would like to have a say, you can follow this link. Updated news about the project can be found on my website as well.
Brisbane Metro
The Federal Budget, handed down on the 8th of May, included full funding of the congestion busting Brisbane Metro Project. This is a great news for Brisbane! This means the Commonwealth will be providing the $300 million needed, on top of two-thirds that Brisbane City Council has already pledged. Read more about the Brisbane Metro Project by clicking here.

Competition Winner

Thank you to everyone who completed my online 30 second survey! I have read each of the responses that were submitted, both online and returned from my mailed Autumn newsletter. Your feedback helps me to identify what is important to you, so that I can do my best for our electorate. Everyone who completed the survey entered the draw to win a Weber BabyQ. Kylie Duncan was the lucky winner (congratulations!).

Prepare for the Plastic Ban - July 1

They're here! Come and get your free green bags from my Electorate Office today. I'll even add a pen and shopping list just for good measure. Many of you have already come by but there's still plenty more bags to go around. You can find my office on Google Maps by clicking the link provided:

Office Location

If your school/club/group would like a donation of green bags, please get in touch with my office.

I was very happy to support Eagle Junction State School with green bags for their Mother's Day stall. EJ students practised their eco-friendly shopping habit by using my reusable bags as they picked out the perfect gift for mum. I also had some shopping lists and pens popped inside the bags - it's a complete on-the-go pack for busy shoppers!

Scouts Queensland got in touch with me and collected a few hundred green bags. Look at these adorable Cubs showing off their groovy green bags! The Cubs have learnt about ways they can reduce plastic waste and are now ready to do their duty for our environment.

Want to be featured in my next eNewsletter? Share your photos by emailing them to [email protected]

Upcoming Local Events

Sunday 3 June

Holy Cross School Festival

Come and enjoy a fun family day out at Holy Cross Primary School's 2018 Festival. There will be great entertainment, rides, animal farm, prizes, high tea, BBQ, wine bar, homemade lemonade, craft and book stalls and much more.

Time: 10am - 5pm

Venue: Holy Cross Primary School - 40 Morris St, Wooloowin

See more here: http://www.hcpswooloowin.qld.edu.au/Pages/default.aspx

Wednesday 6 June

Queensland Day

Iconic Queensland landmarks across the state will be proudly lit maroon on 6 June. Below is a list of just a few:

  • Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
  • City Hall, Brisbane
  • Customs House, Brisbane
  • King George Square, Brisbane
  • Parliament House, Brisbane
  • Story Bridge, Brisbane
  • The Old Museum, Brisbane
  • Treasury Casino & Hotel, Brisbane
  • Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
  • Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges
  • Victoria Bridge, Brisbane
  • Wheel of Brisbane
  • Tropical Dome, Brisbane Botanic Gardens

State of Origin - Game I

Games will be broadcast live on Channel Nine at 8pm (AEST). GO MAROONS!

Thursday 5 July

Morning Music at the Old Museum - features tuneful pieces specially chosen for mid-week listening in the Concert Hall of Brisbane’s historic Old Museum, now home to Queensland Youth Orchestras. Enjoy an hour or so of the finest music by the latest generation of brilliant young Queensland musicians. A delightful program of instrumental and vocal soloists including: Xenia Puskarz Thomas - soprano, Julius Lynch - violin, Sophie Ellis - viola, Alex Huyghebaert - flute, Joshua Jones - cello.

Doors open 10am & performance starts at 10:30am

Cost: $8 general admission

Venue: 460 Gregory Tce, Brisbane

Book tickets and more info at: https://www.oldmuseum.org/event/5-7-18-morning-music

Thursday 21 & Friday 22 July

Tertiary Studies Expo - The expo is suitable for a range of visitors including: high school students and their parents, mature age and post graduate students, career seekers of ALL ages or employers looking for staff training. This is Australia's largest tertiary studies expo, offering a unique opportunity for anyone interested in starting, changing or upgrading their career. Featuring local, interstate and overseas education providers, students services and job support agencies.

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Royal International Convention Centre (RICC), Brisbane Showgrounds

Cost: Free Admission

Find out more: http://www.careersevent.com/tsxpo/

Sunday 12 August

Kalinga Dash Fun Run - This is an inclusive community event that brings people together in a healthy and fun environment, with 7.5km and 4.2km fun run/walks and a kids 2km dash. The event caters for people of all abilities, from elite runners to family groups. This will be an energetic and fun day full of entertainment, prizes and activity. This is a not-for-profit event with all proceeds going to Eagle Junction State School.


8:00am - 7.5km Fun Run
8:05am - 4.2km Fun Run
8:10am - Walkers - 7.5km and 4.2km (It is important walkers start at this time to avoid conjestion on the course)

10:00am - NEW FOR 2018 - 2.0km Fun Run (a timed race for the more serious junior runner)
10:30am onwards - Kids' Dash - Fun Run / Walk (2.0km with a focus on fun and participation)

Venue: Kalinga Park, Clayfield

Cost: visit website here for prices

Early Bird registrations due: Friday 22 June

Registration closes: Thursday 9 August

To register and find out more: www.kalingadash.com.au

Saturday 15 September

St Dympna’s Spring Fair - There will be carnival rides, face painting, sideshow games, showbags and non-stop entertainment for all ages. There'll be plenty of food stalls including hot foods, drinks, cakes, sweets, snow cones and much more.

Time: 11am to 5pm

Venue: 491 Robinson Rd W, Aspley

Cost: Free Admission

Find out more: www.stdympnasfair.com.au

Tim's Kitchen 101 - Smoked Turkey

It doesn't have to be the holiday "turkey" season to grill up a juicy turkey for the whole family to enjoy! I recently skipped the traditional roasted bird and instead fired up my WeberQ. If you want to have a go, here's the recipe (with thanks to Malcolm Reed from How to BBQ Right):


  • 5-6 kg Whole Turkey
  • 6 litres Turkey Brine*
  • 500 ml Cajun Butter Injection*
  • 1 Medium Size Onion
  • 1 Medium Size Apple
  • ¼ cup Cajun Seasoning*
Cajun Turkey Brine:
  • 6 litres Water
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Salt
  • ½ cup Cajun Seasoning
  • 6 cloves Garlic
  • 2 stalks celery cut into quarters
  • 1 Medium Onion quartered
  • 4 Bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 1 bundle of Fresh Poultry herbs (Rosemary, Thyme, & Sage)
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Bring 2 litres of water, sugar, salt, & Cajun seasoning to a boil in a large pot over medium high heat. Stir to dissolve and pour into a large jug. Add remaining ingredients along with 1.5 litres of water and steep for 1 hour or until mixture cools to room temperature. Pour over turkey and add remaining 2.5 litres of water to completely submerge turkey in the brine.

Cajun Butter Injection:

  • 400 ml can of Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup melted Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Hot Sauce (or to your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning (see below)
  • Place ingredients into a bowl or jar and whisk to combine. Shake or stir well before injecting.
Cajun Seasoning:
  • ¼ cup all purpose rub (salt, pepper & garlic)
  • 2 Tablespoons Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • ½ Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ Tablespoon White Pepper
  • Combine ingredients and store in airtight container for up to 1 month.


  1. If necessary, thaw frozen turkey in refrigerator for 5 days; check cavity for neck/organs (discard or save for making stock).
  2. Place turkey in a large Ziplock bag (a plain bin liner bag will do) and pour brine over bird. Store in an esky with ice around the bag to keep cool. Brine turkey for 24 hours replacing ice as necessary.
  3. Prepare cooker for indirect cooking at 145°C.
  4. Remove turkey from brine and rinse under cool water. Pat skin dry with paper towel.
  5. Place quartered apples and onion in the cavity and tie the legs together with butcher twine. Inject the breast, legs, and thighs with Cajun injection. Coat the skin with vegetable cooking spray.
  6. Season the outside of the turkey with Cajun seasoning and place on preheated smoker/cooker. Note: it's important to use indirect heat.
  7. Smoke the turkey for 3 ½ hours spraying the skin with additional cooking spray as necessary. Remove the turkey from the smoker when internal temperature reaches 75⁰C in the breast and 80⁰C in the thigh.
  8. Cover turkey loosely in aluminium foil and rest for 20 minutes. Carve into desired portions and serve.

Grants & Nominations

Here is a handy list of grants that are currently open for application. Please let me know if you require a referee or a letter of support for your application.

Small Business Entrepreneur Grants - Closes 6 June

The Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program provides new small businesses access to professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing a business. Matched funding of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses to engage a consultant, advisor or business coach for up to 3 months to help establish or develop the business. The minimum grant funding amount is $1,000.

Round 3 will close at 5pm on 6 June 2018

Apply Now

SUEZ Community Grants - Closes 8 June

The SUEZ Community Grants program provides individual grants of between $1,000 and $15,000 each to community groups, funding environmental projects that contribute to a stronger community and healthier environment. Since 2014, the program has provided more than $575,000 to enable a diverse range of projects that support children and families, enhance education and learning and protect and enhance the environment.

Apply Now

Get Going Clubs Grant - Closes 29 June

This grant provides sporting clubs and active recreation organisations with an opportunity to receive funding to improve their facilities and better deliver activities for Queensland. You can apply for grants up to $7500.

Applications close 29 June 2018

Apply Now

2018 Queensland Father of the Year Nomination - Closes 15 July

The Queensland Father of the Year Award honours and celebrates the importance of fathers and father-figures throughout our state and local communities.The winning Father and his family will win a five night Holiday Package at Sea World Resort & Water Park and an unlimited entry pass to Gold Coast's Favourite Theme Parks!

There will be 6 Regional Finalists awarded at regional ceremonies and the overall Winner will be announced at a formal Award Luncheon on Thursday 30th August.

Nominate here

2018 Lord Mayor's Business Awards Nomination - Closes 20 July

The awards celebrate the significant achievements and enormous contribution made by the local business community to Brisbane's economy. Whether your small business is offering an unrivalled service, you have launched an industry-disrupting product, or you are an individual demonstrating leadership and innovation in your field, I encourage you to nominate.

Nominations close on 20 July 2018, with winners announced at a gala dinner on 19 October.

View the list of categories & how to enter:

Find out more...

Community Notice

Partial road closure - Oxford Street, Hamilton

From Monday 28 May 2018 for up to four weeks, access to Kingsford Smith Drive from Oxford Street, Hamilton will be temporarily closed. There will be no left turn access out of Oxford Street to Kingsford Smith Drive during this time. Throughout this closure, access into Oxford Street will be maintained via left turn from Kingsford Smith Drive.

This closure is required to allow for the installation of stormwater infrastructure and new underground services, and construction of the new road pavement.

Access to Kingsford Smith Drive will be via College Street, with additional signage installed to help motorists and pedestrians navigate around the work area. See map below for details.

Delineated pedestrian access will be maintained through the work site. Driveway access will be maintained at all times, under the direction of traffic control if required.

In the event of wet weather or unforeseen circumstances, this closure may be extended to allow the work activity to be completed safely.

For more information regarding planned construction activities, please contact the team on 1800 084 383 or email [email protected]

Temporary shared user path closure - Kingsford Smith Drive near Harbour Road

From Monday 11 June 2018 for up to three months, the southern shared user path on Kingsford Smith Drive between Harbour Road and Hercules Street will be temporarily closed.

This closure is required to allow for the construction of the new road pavement, kerb and footpath on Kingsford Smith Drive and Harbour Road.

Pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured down Harbour Road and up Hercules Street. See map below for details.

In the event of wet weather or unforeseen circumstances, this shared user path closure may be extended to allow the work activity to be completed safely.

For more information regarding planned construction activities, please contact the team
on 1800 084 383 or email [email protected]

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