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Council breaks ground at Walton Bridge Reserve

18 May 2018

Council breaks ground at Walton Bridge Reserve Works have started on the second stage of the Walton Bridge Reserve transformation, as part of Brisbane City Council’s $73 million investment to deliver new and exciting lifestyle and leisure opportunities in suburban parks across the city. Local Councillor Steve Toomey said Council’s upgrade would greatly enhance the area and encourage more people to head outdoors and enjoy The Gap’s clean and green lifestyle. “Walton...

The Hills Echo Column May 2018

17 May 2018

Western Echo Column May 2018

17 May 2018

Brisbane bike classes boost cycling confidence

17 May 2018

Brisbane bike classes boost cycling confidence Brisbane City Council is boosting bike riding confidence across the city with a free cycling education program encouraging thousands of people to switch from four wheels to two. Public and Active Transport Chairman Cr Adrian Schrinner said Bike Week marked the perfect opportunity for residents to give bike riding a go and Council’s Cycling Brisbane program was helping riders boost their skills. “Council’s Cycling Brisbane...

Brisbane River lifestyle and transport hubs one step closer

17 May 2018

Brisbane River lifestyle and transport hubs one step closer New on-water docking hubs for recreational boats, kayaks and water taxis at New Farm Park and Dutton Park are one step closer, following development approval for the new structures this week, to allow construction to commence. Brisbane City Council Infrastructure Chairman Cr Amanda Cooper said the hubs would be the first to take shape along the inner-city stretch of the Brisbane River, providing more leisure activities for residents...

Brisbane residents to be hooked on Bulimba Creek

17 May 2018

Brisbane residents to be hooked on Bulimba Creek Plans to build a new fishing platform along Bulimba Creek at Tingalpa are underway, with works to commence in coming weeks, as part of Brisbane City Council’s $18 million commitment to boost lifestyle and leisure opportunities on the water. Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chairman David McLachlan said the new $400,000 fishing platform at Carmichael Park would add to a growing network of river access hubs and leisure opportunities...

Historic air-raid bunkers uncovered during wharf restoration

17 May 2018

Historic air-raid bunkers uncovered during wharf restoration A piece of the city’s World War Two history is set to come alive at the Howard Smith Wharves entertainment precinct, with five previously hidden air-raid shelters to become a feature of the new public parklands. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the $110 million restoration the 90-year-old Howard Smith Wharves had uncovered some of the city’s lesser-known military history, which would now become a quirky feature of the...

Council drives road safety program at Brisbane schools

17 May 2018

Council drives road safety program at Brisbane schools Council’s campaign for safer streets around Brisbane schools has kicked-started for Term Two, with close to 100 schools adopting new traffic management plans to ease congestion and boost safety. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council was committed to helping students, parents and the local community travel safely around schools, by upgrading pedestrian crossings, enhancing school zones and developing tailored traffic...

Banner Bookings The Gap Ward

19 April 2018

Banner Poles are provides across parks in The Gap Ward for local community and sporting groups. These sites are not for profit groups, you can make a booking via 'contact councillor' on the webpage or by ringing The Gap Ward Office on 3407 1900 Two week maximum advertising bookings at each site. Banner Pole Sites: Coopers Camp Rd Ashgrove West Bowman Park, Simpsons Rd Bardon Glenaffric Street, Walton Bridge Reserve The Gap Ferny Grove Sports Ground, Upper Kedron

Brisbane pays tribute to ANZAC past in final year of Centenar

17 April 2018

Brisbane City Council is readying the city for events marking the final year of the Centenary of ANZAC next week, with a range of new commemorative events and works to pay tribute to the sacrifices of Australian servicemen and women. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said 140 of Brisbane’s war memorials were being respectfully restored and prepared for ANZAC Day services, marking the historic role played by the city during World War One. “Each year, thousands of Brisbane residents attend...

Western Echo April 2018

17 April 2018

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The Hills Echo Column April 2018

13 April 2018

Community composting helping keep Brisbane sustainable

10 April 2018

Community composting helping keep Brisbane sustainable Brisbane residents have saved 20,000 litres of food scraps from ending up in landfill, through Brisbane City Council’s Community Composting Hubs. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council’s 14 public composting hubs were helping contribute to a clean, green and sustainable Brisbane, by recycling food waste to produce compost for community gardens. “Food waste is the largest contributor to avoidable rubbish in...

Draft The Gap N/Hood Plan Update

03 April 2018

The Gap neighbourhood plan has now been updated to include the draft neighbourhood plan, and summary of feedback report on the draft strategy To view click the link

2018 Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme

01 April 2018

Council leaps into Easter school holiday fun

28 March 2018

Brisbane City Council is leaping into the school holiday spirit with a suite of more than 700 activities for kids to kick boredom to the kerb over the Easter break. Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Council would be offering more activities than ever before, with a blockbuster fortnight of events and activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. “Kids won’t need to bake mud cakes or build cardboard cubby houses to keep busy these school holidays, with Council offering hundreds of...

The Hills Echo Column March 2018

15 March 2018

First Look at Draft Neighbourhood Plan for The Gap

14 March 2018

The Gap residents will soon get the chance to provide feedback on a new Neighbourhood Plan for the local area, after Brisbane City Council endorsed the draft plan today. City Planning Chairman Councillor Julian Simmonds said the draft plan, which would now be sent to the Queensland Government for review, was part of Council’s commitment to preserving the leafy green character of The Gap community “Brisbane is already a great place to live work and relax, and Council is committed...

Waterworks Road Upgrade (Trout St to Betheden Tce) Ashgrove- Information Sessions

08 March 2018

BCC is planning to upgrade Waterworks Rd between Trout St and Betheden Tce Ashgrove to improve traffic efficiency, reduce congestion and improve safety for all road users. We will be holding 2 information sessions to discuss the project with the community and seek feedback about the proposed design. I will be attending both these sessions and look forward to discussing your feedback. Thursday 8 March 2018Outside Woolworths, Ashgrove5:00pm Saturday 10 March 2018Outside Woolworths,...

Brisbane invited to love banana bread and hate food waste

07 March 2018

Brisbane City Council is giving Brisbane residents a chance to Love Food and Hate Waste today, giving away 2500 pieces of banana bread in the Queen Street Mall, made from salvaged bananas, which would have otherwise gone to landfill. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the giveaway was a tasty reminder about the creative ways Brisbane residents can save edible food from their rubbish bin and contribute to a clean, green and sustainable city. “Council’s Love Food Hate Waste initiative is...

New JP Service at The Gap Village

06 March 2018

The Gap RSL Sub Branch in conjunction with The Gap Village Centre Management and Justice of the Peace Branch of The QLD Department of Justice and the Atorney General are sponsoring a JP service at The Gap Village (Near Sushi Dream) commencing from Tuesday 6 March 2018 10am- 12noon weekly.

Western Echo Column March 2018

02 March 2018

Lord Mayor launches 2018 Active School Travel

27 February 2018

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today launched the 2018 Active School Travel program, which is seeing more children than ever put their feet to the pavement with one in every two students now actively travelling to school. Cr Quirk said the Active School Program continued to grow, with around 11,000 students swapping the car in favour of walking, scootering, cycling or catching public transport last year alone. “This year will see 15 new schools enter the 2018 program, helping to encourage...

Plan Your Brisbane

23 February 2018

Over recent months Council has spoken to thousands of residents across the city to understand what we love most about Brisbane and how we can shape our future. Important choices regarding how we can ensure housing remains affordable, lifestyle opportunities are created as our city grows, ensuring getting around Brisbane is easier not harder and how to create greenspace and leisure areas for all of us to enjoy. More than 5000 residents have completed the initial online survey and I invite you...

Brisbane residents hold the key to shaping the city’s future

21 February 2018

Brisbane residents are being empowered to take the future of their neighbourhoods into their own hands, as part of Brisbane City Council’s Plan Your Brisbane initiative, which launched yesterday. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane’s 1.2 million residents had been set the challenge of shaping the city’s next exciting chapter through an interactive game experience, which would provide important feedback to Council to help plan for future growth. “Brisbane is already...

The Hills Echo Column February 2018

16 February 2018

Western Echo Column February 2018

16 February 2018

Lord Mayor Acknowledges Brisbane's Outstanding Citizens

29 January 2018

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has honoured more than 20 of Brisbane’s outstanding citizens at a ceremony held at Brisbane City Hall this week. “The Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards are a very important part of the city’s Australia Day celebrations as they allow us to celebrate our unique Team Brisbane spirit,” Cr Quirk said. “Our local communities are filled with quiet achievers who generously go above and beyond to improve the lives of other, time and time...

Brisbane fires up the BBQs for Australia Day

24 January 2018

Brisbane City Council has started its preparations for a cracker Australia Day, with thousands expected to flock to the city’s parks and pools this Friday. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said there was no better place to celebrate Australia than in Brisbane, with a raft of events and activities planned across the city for Australia Day. “Australia Day is about celebrating everything we love about our country and its people, and there’s no place better than Brisbane to do so,”...

Queensland Camera Group- Join the Club!

12 January 2018

Ward Office Closure Dates 2017

21 December 2017

The Ward Office will be closed from Thursday 21 December 2017 and reopened Monday 8 January 2018.

Walton Bridge Reserve Upgrade- Stage 1 End of Construction

14 December 2017

Brisbane City Council is pleased to advise that construction of the Walton Bridge Reserve upgrade- stage 1 at The Gap is now complete The upgrade extended the play area with a new all abilities playground, improved picnic areas and a new toilet faciliity, as well as additional shade trees and landscaping. Works for stage 1 of the Walton Bridge Reserve upgrade involved:updating and extending the play area with a new all-abilities playground construction of new picnic shelters and...

Walton Bridge December 2017

01 December 2017

Zipline proposal ready to fly through Coot-tha tree-tops

30 November 2017

Zipline proposal ready to fly through Coot-tha tree-tops Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha eco-adventure zipline is a step closer to lift-off with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today announcing the successful tenderer to construct, operate and maintain the new high-adrenalin tourist attraction. Cr Quirk said West End-based Zipline Australia had been endorsed for a new Mt Coot-tha zipline, in a plan that would deliver two separate zipline adventures as well as a tree-top suspension...

Lord Mayor spreads Christmas spirit to Brisbane charities

29 November 2017

he Lord Mayor is spreading festive cheer to those less fortunate this Christmas, with the presentation of donations to 49 Brisbane charities as part of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust Christmas Appeal. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress today awarded more than $58,700 in cash grants, $4,200 worth of Foodbank Vouchers and over 3,000 toys that will help brighten the lives of those less fortunate across the city. Cr Quirk said the Christmas appeal had been lending charities a helping hand...

Transport Plan for Brisbane- Draft Released!

23 November 2017

Council has now released the new Draft Transport Plan for Brisbane - Strategic Directions, which sets out to guide the evolution of Brisbane’s transport network over the next 25 years and beyond.Have Your Say: From now until midnight on 30 March 2018. Find out where you can talk with us by visiting Your City Your Say and provide a response by submitting your feedback online.The final transport plan will be released in 2018 after reviewing and considering feedback received during the...

Regenerator newsletter -Spring Edition

17 October 2017

Council produces Regenerator, a biannual newsletter, empowering local residents to work with Council to protect our natural assets and create a sustainable city. This newsletter forms part of the Community Conservation Partnership Programs (CCPP) and promotes the work of local bush care groups, catchment groups, and Land For Wildlife partners. It keeps them and conservation-minded residents up to date with the latest restoration techniques and projects, and encourages community participation in...

Free Green Waste Tipping This Weekend 21/22 October 2017

17 October 2017

Free green waste tipping to follow spring soaking Council will waive the cost of free green waste tipping this weekend, to help thousands of Brisbane residents dispose of fallen branches and garden debris following this week’s wet weather deluge. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said this week’s heavy rain could see thousands of residents needing to clean up their yard by the weekend and the free green waste tipping event was Council’s way of offering a helping hand. “This...

New Riding In Brisbane Guide

14 September 2017

Check out the 'Riding in Brisbane Guide' link below, it provides up-to-date information on suggested routes and facilities. If you would like a hard copy of this book please email my office or call me - or 3407 1900. Make sure you tag your Instagram post using the handle @cyclingbrisbane or hashtag #cyclingbne

Western Echo Column September 2017

01 September 2017

Environment Centres' School Learning Program 2017

01 September 2017

Council readies Brisbane for storm season

23 August 2017

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is calling on residents to get prepared for the upcoming storm season, with Brisbane City Council launching its annual storm season awareness campaign. Cr Quirk said Council undertook a comprehensive management program to ready the city for the traditional severe weather season, which included supporting the city’s State Emergency Service. “Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax, but we all know our beautiful subtropical climate means our city is...

CityCycle Celebrates Two Million Trips

17 August 2017

CityCycle celebrates two million trips Brisbane’s CityCycle network is marking a record two million trips, by sending one lucky cycler two million steps in a direction of their choice. Public and Active Transport Chairman Cr Adrian Schrinner said record numbers of tourists and residents were using CityCycle, with numbers up by 70 per cent over the past two years. “Since 2010, CityCycle users have travelled around the globe 187 times, burned 150 million calories and reduced...

Lord Mayor's Community Sustainability and Environmental Grants program 2017-18

10 August 2017

Western Echo Column August 2017

04 August 2017

Waterworks Road Project Update- Trout St to Betheden Tce- Night Works Investigations- Mid-August to end September 2017

03 August 2017

Brisbane City Council will be undertaking further survey and geotechnical investigation works for the Waterworks Road upgrade project between Trout Street and Betheden Terrace at Ashgrove. The Waterworks Road upgrade project is part of Council’s $1.3 billion commitment for 90 road improvement projects, to tackle congestion in Brisbane, by focusing on a range of solutions to improve the existing road network. The investigation works will include survey and geotechnical testing to inform...

The Gap Budget Newsletter 2017/2018

27 July 2017

The Gap Ward Budget Newsletter 2017/2018 Click here for Page 1 Click herefor Page 2 Click here for Page 3 Click here for Page 4

Tennis Avenue Ashgrove- Bridge Replacement- Start of Construction

20 July 2017

Brisbane City Council is pleased to announce replacement of the Tennis Avenue Bridge at Ashgrove will start mid to late July 2017. The existing bridge is nearing the end of its serviceable lifespan, and will now be replaced to maintain the crossing in a safe state. The replacement also provides the opportunity to improve the accessibility and longevity of the crossing. Works will involve:• piling foundations for the new bridge• lifting the pre-fabricated new bridge into place•...

Council is warning bus passengers to make alternative plans

17 July 2017

Public and Active Transport Chairman Adrian Schrinner said he had met with representatives from the Rail, Tram and Bus Union earlier today, to discuss their planned industrial action, which would leave 35,000 early morning commuters high and dry tomorrow and Wednesday. “Council is warning bus passengers to make alternative plans for Tuesday and Wednesday, as bus driver strikes are expected to cause widespread impacts to morning bus services, with potential flow-on impacts throughout the...

Brisbane comes alive to celebrate historic Horn victory

03 July 2017

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced Brisbane will honour Jeff Horn’s historic win over Manny Pacquiao, with a special public celebration. Cr Quirk encouraged residents and fans to make their way to the Brisbane CBD this Thursday 6 July, where Brisbane’s latest sporting champion will be recognised with a tickertape parade through the Queen Street Mall, followed by a presentation of Keys to the City. “Jeff Horn has written himself into Brisbane’s sporting history, with...

Delivering the Budget 2016-17

29 June 2017

Welcome to my mid-year newsletter, keeping you informed on projects delivered as part of Lord Mayor Graham Quirk's 2016-17 Council Budget. Page 1- Click Here Page 2- Click Here

The Gap Ward Budget 2017/2018

29 June 2017

The Gap Ward Budget – 2017/18Bikeway Reconstruction - $379,000Riaweena Street, The Gap - $213,000 Westgate Place, The Gap - $166,000Footpath Reconstruction - $381,000McGinn Road, Ferny Grove - $141,000 Payne Road, The Gap - $64,000 Simpsons Road, Bardon - $32,000 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove - $144,000Ward Footpath & Parks Trust Fund - $448,000The Gap Ward (Various Locations) - $448,000Support Bus Services –...

Waterworks Road Project Update- Trout St to Betheden Tce- Night Works Investigations

28 June 2017

WATERWORKS ROAD UPGRADE(TROUT STREET TO BETHEDEN TERRACE)Night works - investigations Brisbane City Council will be undertaking further investigation works for the Waterworks Roadupgrade project between Trout Street and Betheden Terrace at Ashgrove. The Waterworks Road upgrade project is part of Council’s $1.3 billion commitment for 90 roadimprovement projects, to tackle congestion in Brisbane, by focusing on a range of solutions toimprove the existing road network. The investigation...

Budget 2017/2018 delivers infrastructure and plans for Metro

22 June 2017

Budget delivers infrastructure and plans for Metro Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will today unveil a $3 billion Budget for 2017/18 that invests a record $655 million in public and active transport including the detailed planning of Brisbane Metro and a commitment to fund two thirds of the $944 million project. Cr Quirk said his Budget was a positive plan that also includes delivering more than $1 billion on infrastructure to reduce traffic congestion, committing $441 million to improve the...

Kingsford Smith Drive River Walk Takes Shape

22 June 2017

Kingsford Smith Drive river walk takes shape Brisbane’s largest infrastructure project has reached an exciting new milestone, with works to construct a brand new river walk facility underway as part of the flagship Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said river-based works had shifted focus to the construction of retaining walls for the widened road and river walk. “Council is committed to ensuring residents get home quicker and safer, and as recently unveiled...

2017 Cleaner Suburb Awards

15 June 2017

Know someone who goes above and beyond to keep Brisbane clean and green? Nominate them in the Cleaner Suburbs Awards and give them the chance to share in $4,000 of prizes and giveaways

Connecting Brisbane – to reduce congestion and deliver jobs

06 June 2017

Joint media release from Deputy Premier and Lord Mayorlink to document here roadmap for the future of Brisbane’s public transport is set out in a new State Government-Brisbane City Council strategy, Connecting Brisbane, which will secure Brisbane’s future as a new world city through a modern, high-frequency mass transit system.Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Jackie Trad,...

Business case confirms viability of Brisbane Metro

30 May 2017

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today released the business case into the Brisbane Metro that confirms the viability of the project at a cost of $944 million. Cr Quirk said the business case determined the project had a benefit cost ratio of 1.91 - which delivers an economic benefit of $1.91 for every $1 of expenditure - and was a vitally needed investment to the city’s transport network and economic prosperity into the future. “The Brisbane Metro business case confirms the project is a...

Walton Bride Reserve Revitalisation Begins

26 May 2017

Walton Bridge Reserve revitalisation begins Brisbane City Council is creating new and exciting lifestyle and leisure opportunities for The Gap residents, with works to upgrade one of the area’s most popular parks now underway. Environment, Parks and Sustainability Chairman David McLachlan said Council had commenced works on the first stage of the Walton Bridge Reserve upgrade, which would provide a range of new features to the facility. “Council is delivering a $1.5 million...

Fire Ants Detected in Upper Kedron

26 May 2017

Fire ants were recently detected in Upper Kedron. Be sure to check your yards, gardens and footpaths for any suspect ants or nests. Take a photo and complete the ‘Yard check report’ at or call Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23. While small (2-6mm in length), they have a nasty sting. If you see any suspect ants that could be fire ants, report them to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or at

Green lanes Road Ashgrove- Concrete Kerb, Channel & Road Works- Car Park (Opposite Country Club)

11 May 2017

Brisbane City Council wishes to advise that COncrete Kerb and Channel- Road Works will be confucted at the above location. Work is is expected to begin on Monday 22nd May with completition anticipated to be on or about Thursday 15th June weather permitting. Construction will be between the house of 7am to 4am however work outside these hourse may be necessary. Temporary inconveniences you are likely to experience during these works include:Footpath closures at times Lane closure as...

Western Echo Column May 2017

05 May 2017

Mt Coot-tha zipline one step closer to first flight

28 April 2017

Brisbane’s Mt Coot-tha eco-adventure zipline is now a step closer to getting aerial, with Brisbane City Council formally launching the next stage of proposals for operation and maintenance of a zipline. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said from next week, Council would call for formal proposals from interested parties to become involved in the exciting new project. “After calling for Expressions of Interest in October 2016, seven parties signalled their interest in becoming involved in...

Waterworks Road Project Update

27 April 2017

WATERWORKS ROAD UPGRADE(TROUT STREET TO BETHEDEN TERRACE)Survey investigations Brisbane City Council will be undertaking further survey investigations for the Waterworks Road upgrade project between Trout Street and Betheden Terrace at Ashgrove. Survey investigations will also include sections of Stewart Road, Ashgrove Avenue and Harry Street in the vicinity of Waterworks Road. This project will reduce congestion and improve safety and access for all road users. This project is part of...

City Plan Amendments- Have Your Say

21 April 2017

Submissions now open Brisbane City Council has been working on a number of major amendments to Brisbane City Plan 2014 to ensure it stays up-to-date and effective, as part of our vision for ensuring a well-planned and efficiently serviced Brisbane. Submissions are now open until 2 June 2017 on two citywide amendments, as well as two local neighbourhood plan projects developed in partnership with local communities. Pre-1911 buildings Following recent Council research into heritage housing in...

Streets of Remembrance honour the fallen this ANZAC Day

21 April 2017

Streets of Remembrance honour the fallen this ANZAC Day A new series of commemorative ANZAC street signs is being rolled out across Brisbane suburbs this week, as part of an ongoing initiative to recognise Brisbane’s war history. Infrastructure Chairman Amanda Cooper said Council continued to install the symbolic signs which feature the Rising Sun badge, to mark the spirit of ANZAC in Brisbane. “The Streets of Remembrance project honours the city’s armed forces by...

Mt Nebo Road Black Spot Improvement Project- End of Construction

21 April 2017

Brisbane City Council is pleased to advise construction of the Mt Nebo Road black spot improvement project at Enoggera Reservoir is now complete. The project included various road safety improvements along a 7.25km section of Mt Nebo Road. This Project is part of the Australian Government’s 2016-17 Black Spot Programme which aims to improve road safety at locations with high accident rates. From 2007 to 2011, there were 41 accidents recorded in this area. The completed scope of work to...

Steege Street, Ashgrove, Bridge Replacement- Start of Construction

13 April 2017

Brisbane City Council is pleased to announce works to replace the footbridge across Enoggera Creek between Steege Street and Kinnaird Street in Ashgrove are anticipated to start in mid-April 2017. The existing bridge is nearing the end of its serviceable lifespan, and will now be replaced to maintain the crossing in a safe state. The replacement also provides the opportunity to improve the accessibility and longevity of the crossing. The project will involve: • Removal of trees and...

Transforming the Keperra Quarry- Project & Application Update

06 April 2017

Following community consulations undetaken during the months of December 2016 and January 2017, over 5,500 houses received newsletters, and over 800 people visited Community Information Sessions. After reviewing feedback from over 800 individuals, changes have been made to the development aplication. The number of apartments has been reduced to allow for a larger proportion of freestanding houses. Overall, the footprint of the development proposal remains unchanged. To view the RDFI Response...

Works begin on landmark Witton Barracks park

28 March 2017

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today marked the start of works to transform the former Witton Barracks site into a destination park for Brisbane’s western suburbs. Cr Quirk said the transformation of the 1.9 hectare derelict site would see the landmark site remain a valuable community asset for years to come. “Witton Barracks served our nation as a vital Defence facility for more than 70 years and we are committed to preserving its historical significance while opening it up to the...

Agreement reached to deliver Inner City Bypass upgrade

21 March 2017

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today announced Council has reached an in principle agreement for Transurban Queensland to fund and deliver the vital Inner City Bypass (ICB) upgrade. Cr Quirk said Council was getting on with the job of taking real action on traffic congestion, and today’s announcement was a significant step forward in the delivery of key infrastructure in Brisbane, and delivered a saving of more than $54 million to ratepayers. “Council is committed to tackling...

Western Echo Column March 2017

10 March 2017

Council encourages residents to microchip their pets

07 March 2017

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is calling for dog and cat owners to take advantage of Council’s microchipping program, which offers a heavily discounted service to curb the number of lost animals in Brisbane. Cr Quirk said Council would be hosting its first microchipping event for the year this weekend, and urged pet owners to recognise the importance of microchipping their pet. “Council picked up more than 5,300 lost cats and dogs last year, with nearly half of them possessing no form...

Council encourages Brisbane to Clean up Australia

28 February 2017

Brisbane City Council is encouraging residents to help make the city a cleaner and greener place to live, work and relax by getting involved this Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, 5 March. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Council was proud to support the national event which encouraged volunteers to head to their local park, beach, bushland and streets to collect and remove rubbish. “Every year, thousands of Australians take part in Clean Up Australia Day, with volunteers from the...

Schools become more active in Council travel program 2017

28 February 2017

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is encouraging families to pull on their sneakers and make the daily commute to school an active travel experience. Cr Quirk today announced 47 primary schools would be part of Council’s 2017 Active School Travel program which encouraged students to walk, cycle or scooter to and from school, to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. “This year 17 new schools have signed up to be part of the award-winning program to help kids improve their road safety...

Green light for life-saving traffic signal technology

21 February 2017

Innovative technology that clears the way for emergency vehicles to get to their destination more quickly is being rolled out across Brisbane as part of a Brisbane City Council initiative in partnership with the State Government. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the technology ensured vehicles approaching busy intersections could be met with green lights, saving valuable time and potentially lives. “Every second counts in an emergency and this technology will ensure our city’s...

Sewer Relining In Ashgrove

17 February 2017

Over the coming weeks, some of the sewer pipes in Ashgrove will be inspected in preparation for sewer relining. Inspections will be completed Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm.Following inspection of the sewer pipe, the sewer will be relined with a ‘sleeve’ that is impregnated with resin and steam cured on site. Sewer relining will be done across our service area over the next four months, and will generally be carried out from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, with some occasional...

Brisbane Continues Campaign to Stop Graffiti Vandalism

16 February 2017

The Lord Mayor has today upped the ante in the Taskforce Against Graffiti, calling on residents to play their part in putting a stop to vandalism in public spaces across Brisbane. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that graffiti vandalism on public infrastructure was costing the city millions in repairs each year, diverting funds away from other potential facilities and programs for Brisbane residents. “Last year Council spent $4 million removing more than 78,000 graffiti tags and replacing...

Clean, green and carbon neutral Council leads the way

14 February 2017

Brisbane City Council has achieved a 100 per cent carbon neutral status for the first time, continuing to fulfil its vision of a clean, green and sustainable Brisbane. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said as an organisation Council had effectively eliminated its carbon footprints through offsets, by using green power and through a suite of energy efficiency and emission reduction measures. “This means that our greenhouse gas emissions are equal to zero and Council has met requirements outlined...

Clean Up Australia Day 2017- Register Now!

10 February 2017

REGISTER TODAY FOR CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY 2017 Stand up for our environment and make a difference today. Please head to Community Group/Individual Sunday March 5 2017 Register as an individiual or as part of a community group to take part in Clean Up Australia Day 2017. Business Tuesday 28 February 2017 Register as a business or become a Business Supporter to take part in Business Clean Up Day 2017 Schools Friday 3 March 2017 Register as a primary school...

Council Program to Kick Goals for Local Sport

10 February 2017

Council program to kick goals for local sport Brisbane City Council is making sure the grass is greener for the city’s much loved sporting clubs, this week launching a dedicated $368,000 upgrade program for sports fields across the city. Brisbane Lifestyle and Community Services Chairman Matthew Bourke said Council would be undertaking a Sports Field Aeration Program to deliver safer, more sustainable facilities for residents, ahead of the winter sports season. “Council is...

Hear And Say Centre- Steve Falco Mural Unveiled- Westside News Article

09 February 2017

Western Echo Column February 2017

03 February 2017

Council urges safe school travel as students return

25 January 2017

Council has today warned drivers to be mindful of safety around schools as it launches the 2017 safer school zones campaign. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today released a list of 17 schools Council would be targeting for dangerous and illegal parking during Term 1 and announced a raft of safety measures to be rolled out this year. “Council is committed to road safety – not just for drivers, but for pedestrians, students, teachers, parents and the entire school community,” Cr...

Lord Mayor recognises community achievers for Australia Day

25 January 2017

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk last night recognised the efforts of 20 individuals and three community organisations at the 2017 Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards, at a ceremony held at City Hall. Cr Quirk said the annual awards were designed to celebrate the achievements of otherwise unsung Brisbane heroes whose effort have significantly improved the lives of individuals and communities. “Our local communities are filled with people who generously give their time and energy to help...

Brisbane Square Library Celebrates 10th Anniversary

19 January 2017

Brisbane City Council’s flagship library in the heart of the CBD is today celebrating its 10th anniversary. Lifestyle and Community Services Chairman Cr Matthew Bourke said the popular City central library was officially opened on 19 January 2007 and has been one of the most popular libraries across Brisbane since this time. “Brisbane Square Library is our largest library facility at 4,500 square metres and has 590,000 visitors a year,” Cr Bourke said. “Ten years ago,...

Building Stronger Communities Grants Program

21 December 2016

Council is calling for final applications for a brand new grants package supporting the important work of community groups and not for profit organisations across the city. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the Building Stronger Communities Grants Program recognised the contributions the city’s grassroots organisations make to Brisbane. “Last year I announced a new $10 million grants program over four years to ensure our important community organisations have the financial support they...

Council Campaigns to Relieve CBD Bus Congestion

08 December 2016

Deputy Mayor, Public and Active Transport Chairman, Cr Adrian Schrinner has today launched a campaign to relieve bus delays, by making the Victoria Bridge a bus, pedestrian and cyclist only bridge. Cr Schrinner has released a petition, calling on the State Government to approve the closure of the Victoria Bridge to private motor vehicles, allowing two additional lanes to be used for buses. “The Victoria Bridge is a major choke point for buses coming in and out of the CBD and is...

2017 New Active School Travel Members- St Josheph's School, Bardon

02 December 2016

After an overwhelming number of applications received this year for the Active School Travel (AST) program, 18 schools have been successful in joining us in 2017. Congratulations to St Joseph's School, Bardon within The Gap Ward!

Western Echo December 2016 / January 2017 Column

25 November 2016

Tarpon Street, The Gap- Road Resurfaced

17 November 2016

Lolita Street, The Gap- Road Resurfaced

17 November 2016

Remembrance Day 2016

10 November 2016

This year 11 November marks the 98th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11 am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. Services start from 10:30am at: The Gap- Walton Bridge Reserve War Memorial, Glen Affric Street Ashgrove- Stewart Place, Stewart Road Bardon Bowls Club- 69 Bowman Parade

Western Echo- November 2016

04 November 2016

October 2016 Western Echo Column

28 October 2016

Water Main Replacements- Amarina Avenue and Ashbourne Street, Ashgrove

14 October 2016

Queensland Urban Utilities is committed to excellence in water and sewerage services that meet the evolving needs of our customers and enhance our communities. As part of this commitment, we have a water main replacement program to replace sections of pipe as they near the end of their service life. The newly installed water mains ensure the reliability and sustainability of water services for the community. Amarina Avenue and Ashbourne Street, Ashgrove have been listed for works planned...

Communify Annual Christmas Food Drive

12 October 2016

Christmas is once again around the corner and Communify have been busy preparing for the Christmas Market Day by launching their annual food drive. The donations collected will assist financially disadvantaged families and individuals in our community. Donations of non-perishable food items, yummy Christmas goodies, gifts and toys are much appreciated. Communify will be accepting donations until 12 December 2016. If you can help, bring your donations to 'The Pantry' 180 Jubilee Tce, Bardon...

Welcome and Information Day at the New Community Composting Hub- The Gap

07 October 2016

Yoorala Street Community Garden has a new community composting hub, hosted and run by volunteers with the support of Brisbane City Council. Anyone can get involved by bringing kitchen scraps to put in the compost bin from 16 October 2016. Welcome and Information Dat Sunday 16 October, 9:30am- 11:30am Yoorala Street Community Garden at 98 Yoorala Street, The Gap Register your interest to receive a free caddy for your kitchen scraps. Information about how this composting hub works will also...

Mt Nebo Road Black Spot Improvement Project - Enoggera Reservoir

06 October 2016

Council is undertaking safety improvement works along a 7.25km section of Mt Nebo Road starting late in the week of 10 October 2016. The project is being funded through the Australian Government’s 2016-17 Black Spot Programme, which contributes to reducing the national road toll by reducing the risk of crashes on Australian roads. Forty-one crashes were recorded in this area from the 2007-08 to 2011-12 financial years. Works will include:widening the pavement at sharp...

Free Community Grant Information Workshops

29 September 2016

Brisbane City Council is hosting free community grants information workshops between 4-12 October at various locations across Brisbane. To find a session time please visit the below link. Workshops will provide an overview of the following programs and provide the opportunity to have your questions answered. · Building Stronger Communities Grants Program for community facility and...

Radio Cota - The Online Podcast for Seniors

28 September 2016

Radio COTA has been created for you - the listener - by Council on The Ageing (COTA) Queensland.So, put your feet up, grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy! About Council on The Ageing (COTA) Queensland COTA (Council on the Ageing) Queensland is a statewide not for profit organisation giving older Queenslanders a voice on issues that affect them. We work in partnership with older Queenslanders and governments to create anAge Friendly Queensland. As theState’s Seniors Peakorganisation, COTA...

LED Street Lights Trial

15 September 2016

The LED Street Lights Trial is a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and Energex, and will help determine which types of LED lights are most suitable for street lighting. Moving to LED street lighting will make our city more energy efficient by reducing street light energy consumption by up to 60 percent. This trial will test 10 different types of LED lights across 17 streets and Council will ask local residents for their feedback at different stages of the trial. Lilley Road Bardon has...

Road Resurfaced- Kimruska Place, The Gap

09 September 2016

Uncover Your History at Ashgrove Library

04 August 2016

Brisbane City Council is inviting residents to uncover their family history at Ashgrove library with a free family history seminar led by internationally renowned genealogy expert Lady Teviot. Councillor Toomey said Brisbane libraries were a great starting point for local family history enthusiasts to learn about their genealogy. “Lady Teviot is an expert in family history and the seminar at Ashgrove library presents a unique opportunity to learn about genealogy from an international...

Brisbane Food Trucks Initiative

29 July 2016

Councillor Julian Simmonds, Chairman for City Planning has recently announced Council’s new Brisbane Food Trucks initiative. Gourmet food trucks are a growing small business sector in Brisbane, with the local food truck scene rapidly expanding. Current policy allows food truck vendors to trade from privately owned locations and at events and markets. Council intends to make it easier for gourmet food trucks to operate on Council sites through the Brisbane Food Trucks mobile friendly...

The Gap Ward Budget 2016/17

22 July 2016

The Gap Ward Budget – 2016/17 Moving Brisbane- Combined and Rolling ProjectsSupport Bus Services - Maroon CityGlider $5,314,000Attacking Congestion - Waterworks Road $400,000 Your Brisbane- Combined and Rolling ProjectsCommunity Capacity Building - Men’s Shed- $90,000Sport’s and Aquatic Centres - Aqua Parks $1,324,000Lending and Reference Services - Extend Library Hours on Saturdays...

New Free Native Plant Nursery Bardon

21 July 2016

Council has a new retail plant nursery for residents to use when claiming their free plants. Bardon Plants 8 Runci Street Bardon Ph: 0411 428 757

Flying Fox Colony The Gap

19 July 2016

Bats and Flying-Foxes along Enoggera Creek, The Gap · There are more than 20 permanent flying-fox roosts on Council land across Brisbane. · Grey-headed and black flying-foxes inhabit a permanent roost on Council land along Enoggera Creek at The Gap. · Flying-fox numbers are currently higher across Brisbane than is usual at this time of year as one of the migratory species – the Little Red Flying Fox – has not moved north for the winter. The numbers of...

Remember Your Bin - BCC APP

08 July 2016

Download Council’s Bin and Recycling app to help you stay up to date with bin collection days. The free app also has a number of recycling tips to help you recycle at home

Suburban Construction Management Taskforce (SCMT)

01 July 2016

Councillor Julian Simmonds, the Chairman for City Planning has recently introduce the Suburban Construction Management Task Force (SCMT), a dedicated team to respond to issues arising from construction sites. The SCMT respond to and investigates various construction concerns such as:Air quality Construction noise and vibration Traffic and footway impacts Stormwater and sediment control Non-compliance with the development approval conditions Out-of-hours constructionFor any issues...

Pro Bono Town Planning Services for Community Groups

10 June 2016

Pro Bono town Planning services for community groups are being offered on the following 3 conditions: 1. The must be not for profit 2. They must be volunteer operated, and 3. We only take on a maximum of one group at a timeIf you are interested please feel free to check out the website-

Lord Mayor announces reshuffle of Civic Cabinet

05 April 2016

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced a wide-ranging reshuffle of his Civic Cabinet with the development of the Brisbane Metro subway a new priority for the new four-year term. Cr Quirk said Cr Adrian Schrinner – who was yesterday re-elected as Deputy Mayor unopposed – would have special responsibility for the development of the Brisbane Metro as part of an expanded Public and Active Transport portfolio. “During the election campaign I made a commitment to building the...

Walton Bridge Draft Concept Plan

17 March 2016

Queensland Reds get over the line with new CityCat

25 February 2016

Brisbane City Council has scored a conversion for the Queensland Reds, with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk officially unveiling the newest member of the Team Brisbane CityCat fleet today. The Reds CityCat is one of seven vessels that have been revitalised as part of the Quirk Administration’s program to deliver Australia’s most modern CityCat fleet, which is used by more than five million passengers each year. Cr Quirk said the refurbished CityCat follows his team’s record...

Council improves road safety and tackles congestion

25 February 2016

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is tackling traffic congestion and delivering safer Brisbane streets with a package of targeted road safety upgrades now underway. Cr Quirk today officially launched works at seven road safety projects, which will keep motorists, pedestrians and cyclists safer on the city’s streets. “These upgrades will make our roads safer and prevent accidents, which reduces congestion and keeps our city moving. “Council is delivering this $8 million roads package...

Water flows again at three iconic Brisbane fountains

11 December 2015

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today unveiled the completed restoration of three iconic Brisbane CBD fountains, officially turning the tap back on at the water features that have been dry since at least the early 2000s. Cr Quirk said he had invested $2.2 million to get water flowing again at sites around Brisbane’s CBD, with fountains at Emma Miller Place, EE McCormick Place and Mooney Memorial Plaza renewed, and a brand new fountain in the inner city to be constructed. “This new...

Deputy Mayor announces rollout of 29 extra Portable Speed Warning Signs

16 October 2015

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner will give a stern safety warning to drivers this morning, with the announcement of the rollout of an extra 29 speed warning signs across Brisbane’s suburbs. Cr Schrinner said motorists could expect to see double the number of speed warning signs in place by the end of the month, as part of Council’s commitment to a safer road network. “32 million vehicles have passed the 26 Portable Speed Warning signs positioned at identified safety hotspots...

Dedicated recycle centre opens its doors in Ferny Grove

16 October 2015

North West Brisbane residents can now help make the city a cleaner, greener place to live, with the construction of a new Resource Recovery Centre at Ferny Grove transfer station now complete. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the new facility would provide residents with a free, more convenient way to dispose of recoverable and recyclable items. “The centre is located within the existing transfer station and is dedicated to the collection of recoverable materials including metals, white...

Council calls for safer driving at schools for Term 4

16 October 2015

Brisbane City Council is calling on parents to stop parking illegally during school drop-off and pick-ups, as it ramps up enforcement at 23 Brisbane schools for Term Four. Deputy Mayor and Infrastructure Chairman, Cr Adrian Schrinner said Council was continuing its high-visibility enforcement campaign at the city’s schools to improve safety, which was launched at the start of the year. “In Term One we rolled-out eight high-visibility enforcement vehicles to patrol Brisbane’s...

Major upgrade to boost safety at busy Newstead intersection

16 October 2015

A busy intersection in a bustling inner-city suburb will soon be much safer and cater to increased traffic with Brisbane City Council commencing a major congestion-busting project in Newstead. Infrastructure Chairman Adrian Schrinner said off the back of Council’s renewal of the urban centre, Council is investing $1.2 million to upgrade the intersection of Commercial Road, Skyring Terrace, and Vernon Terrace to cater to added growth locally. “This intersection already carries...

Lord Mayor delivers smoother roads for The Gap

16 October 2015

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is delivering on his record road resurfacing program in The Gap, with a $23,000 project to make Paraka Street smoother and safer now complete. Cr Quirk said the project was part of his $100 million road network resurfacing program, scheduled across Brisbane’s local streets this financial year. “Council is committed to ensuring Brisbane is a safe and connected city and that’s why we are investing a record amount this financial year to smooth out more...