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September 2018 Edition

Hi there,

It has been an interesting month in State politics. I've spoken in Parliament about the Government's unfair targeting of four wheel drivers for doing basic modifications to their vehicles. You may already know this if you've been following me on Facebook, but if not, you can check my speeches here. I own a 3 year old Prado that has had its fair share of modifications for my trips out west, so when I was alerted on Facebook by members of the community who were unfairly fined, I knew I had to speak up about it. I'd encourage you to sign the petition here to help us get Minister Bailey to withdraw the fines that were unfairly issued.

The big news that was announced this month was the proposed Albion Exchange Development. A lot of people have been contacting my office with their concerns, and I must say, I couldn't agree more with them. While I think we can all agree that the station needs a face-lift, dwarfing the community with two big towers (exceeding the maximum allowable height) may not be the best solution. I have met with representatives from Geon Property to voice the concerns from the community, regarding parking and traffic; I hope they'll take the feedback on board.

I also joined Tim Mander MP (Member for Everton) and John-Paul Langbroek (Member for Surfers Paradise) down at the Eagle Farm Racecourse to meet Rob Heathcote (the champion horse trainer). The confidence of our racing industry has been shattered by Labor's 15% tax on punters. It's disgraceful that our racing industry will only get a one-off sugar hit which is a paltry number and not a long term fund.

Lastly, in more positive news, I am the supporting member for Councillor Fiona King's petition for a State Government owned land to be transferred to the Council so it can be used as a green-space. The block of land is at the corner of Gympie Rd, Stafford Rd and Brookfield Rd in Kedron. If you'd like to see this area transformed into greenspace, I encourage you to sign the petition here.

Best wishes,

Tim Nicholls MP

Member for Clayfield

Vale Ugo Sirianni

It is with deep sadness that I write about the passing of our friend Ugo Sirianni.
Ugo passed away peacefully on the 24th September 2018 at the age of 73. He was a much loved husband of Josie and father of Mindy, David and Julia.
Family and friends gathered at St Agatha's Catholic Church on the 3rd of October to celebrate his life and remember his contribution to small businesses and the community.
Since Sirianni Fine Food was established in Ascot in 1965, Ugo and his family have grown the small family owned business into a successful household name. He will be dearly missed by us all.
(Left to Right) Tony Sirianni, Ugo Sirianni, Tim Nicholls & Rosa Sirianni

I've put together a petition to ask Minister Mark Bailey to scrap the fines and defect notices that fall within the new 4WD regulations. It just isn't fair for those who were charged for modifications that are now going to be legal.

Add your name by clicking the button to show your support for our 4WD community.

To find out more about this ongoing issue, visit my website that has all the information in one spot:

It was a pleasure to be at Windsor State School to open this year's WindsorFest with Trevor Evans MP and Cr Andrew Wines. The festival's official opening was completed with the old air siren (pictured below to the right). Well done to Windsor SS for another fantastic event.

Ascot State School's Art Show had some incredible artwork on display, which got parents bidding hard to snap up some masterpieces. I was joined by Trevor Evans MP, Cr David McLachlan & Emily Seebohm.

Over at North Brisbane Junior Rugby Club I was pleased to present a Queensland Flag to the club. It's a great way for them to show their Queensland pride! If your club or community group would like to apply for one, please contact my office.

Over at Eagle Farm stables I was joined by Tim Mander MP and John-Paul Langbroek MP to meet with Rob Heathcote, who is Brisbane's premiership winning trainer. The Palaszczuk Government's 15% betting tax came into effect this month, making it the highest of its kind in the country.

This was the special Tim Nicholls' Hamper that was picked up by Ascot State School for their Art Show raffle. Wondering what was in it? I put in some nice wine, beers, high tea for two at Parliament House, sweets and other goodies.

As former trade minister, I always appreciate the opportunity to catch up with our valuable trading partners. I had the opportunity to meet General Nipat Thonglek (Member of Thailand National Parliament), hosted by Andrew Park (Royal Thai Honorary Consul for Queensland). I was joined by Cr Julian Simmonds, Mark Gower AM OAM and Mr Chawarit Thanasombatnanth (GM of Thai Airways Queensland).

Crosby Park Meals on Wheels, held their annual general meeting on a Parliament sitting day so Katy from my office attended instead. Crosby Park Meals on Wheels are an incredible group making a real difference in the community. If you're interested in volunteering, get in touch by calling 3256 0788.

I am sponsoring Councillor Fiona King's petition, requesting that the State Government transfer the vacant block of land (intersection of Gympie Rd, Stafford Rd and Brookfield Rd in Kedron) to Council at no cost. The Council's aim is to stop this land from being sold off so it can instead be used as greenspace for the community. This land is owned by the State Government and has remained unused for a while.
If you want to see this land transformed, sign the petition by clicking the button.

Sunday 14th October

Time: 9am
Venue: Shaw Park, Shaw Rd Wooloowin
Registration: $25 per person|$60 for family of 4+
Register here

Saturday 20th October

Time: 10:30am - 9:30pm
Venue: Doomben Racecourse
Buy tickets here

Saturday 27th October

Time: 10:30am - 6:30pm
Venue: Doomben Racecourse
Buy tickets here

Tuesday 6th November

Time: 11:30am - 5pm
Venue: Eat Street Northshore, 221D MacArthur Ave, Hamilton
Book your FREE tickets here

Thursday 8th November

Time: 4:30pm
Venue: St Rita's College, Eirene Hall, 41 Enderley Rd Clayfield
Tickets $10 entry or $25 (incl. copy of Wundersmith)
Book here

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Small Business Digital Grants

Applications close on Monday, 8 October 2018

Lord Mayor's Australia Day Awards

Applications close on Monday, 5 November 2018

Tim Nicholls' Clayfield Community Grants - Round 2

Applications close on Friday, 30 November 2018


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Whether you're at home or at work, electricity is central to almost all aspects of our everyday lives. While the Energex network can withstand most extreme weather conditions, it will always be vulnerable to direct lightning strikes, high winds, heavy rain, flooding and flying debris. All of these can cause power outages and fallen powerlines – which is why residents are asked to Take Care. Stay Line Aware this storm season.

For more information and tips on how to keep you and your family safe this storm season, visit the Energex website. In the event of an emergency, to report fallen powerlines or electric shocks, phone 13 19 62.

Crosby Park Meals on Wheels would like you to get in touch with them if you're interested in volunteering. There are a number of ways to volunteer like meal delivery (either driving or aiding), kitchen assistant (basic food preparation), gardening or odd jobs. Volunteering can be on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. The best way to start is to call them on 3256 0788.

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