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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 - thegap.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au or 3407 1900. Make sure you tag your Instagram post using the handle @cyclingbrisbane or hashtag #cyclingbne

https://www.cyclingbrisbane.com.au/

Seniors Celebration Donation Program

10 August 2017

 

The Seniors Celebration Donation helps senior citizens' groups to cover the cost of activities such as social outings and Christmas parties.

This program supports senior citizens groups towards the costs of activities such as social outings and Christams parties. Donations range from $100-$300.

For more information about the Seniors Celebration Donation, including how to apply, please click here

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
• realigning shared paths to connect to new bridge
• removing the old bridge in sections
• landscaping and revegetation of disturbed areas
• LED lighting

The project is expected to be completed by December 2017, weather and site conditions permitting.

Construction will take place between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday. 

Local residents and businesses may experience some construction noise, dust, low levels of vibration and increased activity around the work site, including the presence of construction vehicles and equipment. Council will use water trucks where necessary to suppress dust.

Every effort will be made to maintain access across the existing bridge, however in the event that the existing bridge is required to be closed before the new bridge is opened, detour signage will be in place for the duration of the closure.

Tennis Avenue will be temporarily closed between Park Avenue and 32 Tennis Avenue for the duration of the works. Full access will be maintained via Frobisher Street and Park Avenue. A portion of the adjoining park between Tennis Avenue and Enoggera Creek will also be temporarily closed and used as a site laydown area. Signage and temporary traffic measures will be in place to direct motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to take the appropriate route during construction.

Council has identified up to seven trees which need to be removed as part of this project. These trees will be removed in consultation with a Council arborist. Council is committed to minimising any impact on the environment and will undertake offset planting and landscaping after construction.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your patience while we complete these works. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to the local community during construction. Advance notification of particularly noisy works or major access changes will be provided to properties within the works area. Please find attached the project plan for further information.

If you have any questions or would like more information please call the project’s information line on 1800 884 681

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. 

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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 feasible, value for money investment that will provide significant benefits for both Brisbane and the region,” he said.

“Right now, buses carry two of every three public transport patrons in Brisbane. Our existing bus infrastructure is already at capacity in a number of areas and cannot cope with the continued forecast growth of our city.

“Importantly the Brisbane Metro will improve our lifestyle and leisure opportunities by providing an average of a one hour weekly travel time saving for metro commuters.

“Brisbane Metro is the right transport solution for Brisbane and now is the time to deliver it.”

Cr Quirk said the project would connect and complement major projects such as the $3 billion Queen’s Wharf Brisbane development, the $1.1 billion Herston Quarter redevelopment and the proposed Brisbane Live at Roma Street.

“The Brisbane Metro will demonstrate our credentials as a vibrant 24 hour, New World City with services operating around the clock on weekends,” he said.

“Each metro vehicle will have free Wi-Fi internet, so passengers can stay connected while travelling along the metro lines.

“Brisbane is a New World City and by 2022 we will have major projects such as Queen’s Wharf Brisbane operating and Brisbane Metro will play a major role in providing high-frequency, high-capacity services and redirecting more buses into the suburbs.

“The Brisbane Metro corridor links key employment areas with a high frequency passenger transport system to support business and enable these locations to thrive.

“Brisbane Metro will be part of a long term plan for a broader metro network as extensions are made to the State Government’s busway network and will be integrated with the proposed Cross River Rail project and other existing rail.”

On a conservative basis, the cost benefit analysis results show a benefit cost ratio of 1.91 – for every $1 of total expenditure, Brisbane Metro is expected to return $1.91 of benefits to the economy.

A significant portion of these benefits are delivered to public transport users, reflecting reductions in waiting and travel times due to the high frequency services and upgrades at each of the 18 busway stations to enable commuters to swipe on and off at the busway stations to ensure faster journey times.

Cr Quirk said development of the business case had been extremely thorough and robust, highlighted by the expansion from one dedicated line to two while being costed at about $550 million below the first forecasts.

The high-frequency, high-capacity Brisbane Metro will run across 21 kilometres of existing busway infrastructure and slash travel times by an estimated 30 per cent in the morning peak and 50 per cent in the afternoon peak.

There will be two Brisbane Metro lines to carry services every three minutes in peak periods on weekdays, every five minutes on weekdays between the peak and every ten minutes at other times.

Cr Quirk said a new state-of-the-art underground Metro station would be built at the Cultural Centre and Victoria Bridge will be converted to a ‘green bridge’ for Metro and bus services.

“Improving the pedestrian environment and public realm at Melbourne Street and Grey Street will help establish a gateway to the world-class cultural precinct,” he said.

Cr Quirk said the business case would be submitted to Infrastructure Australia and the State Government with further detailed engagement with key stakeholders to further the development of the project.

Key facts

Two high capacity, high frequency Brisbane Metro lines covering 21 kilometres:

Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street and RBWH to UQ Lakes.

Upgrades to 17 existing stations, with interchange opportunities at 11 locations, including 2 Cross River Rail interchanges

A new state-of-the-art underground metro station at Cultural Centre

Converts Victoria Bridge to a ‘green bridge’ for metro and bus services

About 60 metro vehicles with the capacity to carry up to 150 passengers

Boosts capacity of the busway up to 22,000 people per hour in the morning peak

Capital cost of $944 million and construction expected to be completed at the end of 2022.

Redirects buses to provide more services to the suburbs.

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 improve road safety included:
• pavement widening at sharp bends to improve sight distance
• improving line marking
• modifying existing and installing new guardrail
• installing warning signage
• tree trimming
• removal of some small tress and five large trees

Five trees were removed as part of the project to improve sight lines for motorists. This removal is being offset in accordance with Council’s offset planting guidelines with no net canopy loss.

If you would like further information on this project, please contact me at the ward office or the project team during business house on 1800 669 416.

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 and the updated proposal layout, please click here

The Public Notification period for the application has now commenced. The period for public notification will run until the 17th of May 2017. To view the updated application and lodge a submission, visit pdonline.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search for application A004353123.

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 community for the first time as green space,” Cr Quirk said.

“This site will be more than a park, it will become a community hub that showcases our city’s past while enhancing the local area’s lifestyle and leisure opportunities with interactive play spaces, cycle facilities and wide open spaces.

“Brisbane has more than 2,000 parks and the Witton Barracks Park project is part of our $73 million commitment to deliver vibrant and liveable suburban spaces across the city this term.”

Local Councillor Julian Simmonds said he had worked hard on behalf of the local community to ensure the preservation of the prime riverfront site for the future of the Western suburbs.

“With the growth along transport corridors in Indooroopilly and Taringa, the delivery of nearly two hectares of community open space will ensure Walter Taylor Ward remains a great place to live and raise a family,” Cr Simmonds said.

“The commencement of works on this exciting project marks a significant milestone for the next generation of Westside residents.

“I look forward to it becoming a local gathering place for families and young children to connect and enjoy Brisbane’s outdoor lifestyle.”

Witton Barracks was requisitioned for use by the joint US and Australian Allied Translation and interpreter Section (ATIS) in 1942 and was the only centre of its kind to be built in Australia during World War II.

The three Prisoner of War interrogation cells at Witton Barracks are the only surviving examples of purpose-built wartime prison cells built after the commencement of the Pacific War.

For more information on the Witton Barracks Park project, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call 3403 8888.

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 congestion and improving safety across the road network, while ensuring Brisbane’s road and public transport infrastructure meets current and future demands to keep our city moving,” Cr Quirk said.

“As part of planning for the much needed Inner City Bypass upgrade, Council entered discussions with Transurban in early 2016 regarding their proposal for potential options for the delivery of the ICB upgrade, following an innovative proposal offered by the company in late 2015.

“Today I can announce Council has reached an agreement in principle, which will allow Transurban to take over the responsibility for the ongoing maintenance and operations of the ICB, generating huge ratepayer savings of $54 million, with an additional $1 million to be saved annually for up to 20 years as a result of reduced maintenance costs.

“Transurban Queensland will finance the design and construction of the upgrade as well as providing operations, maintenance and incident response services once the upgrade is completed.”

Similar to the Queensland Government’s announced Logan Enhancement Project, changes to existing tolls on Clem7, the Go Between Bridge and Legacy Way for heavy commercial vehicles will fund improvements to the ICB and delivery of the upgrade.

Cr Quirk said Transurban’s delivery and funding of the ICB upgrade, and the provision of ongoing maintenance and management of traffic operations and incident response services, would result in millions in savings and additional benefits for Brisbane’s ratepayers, estimated at more than $54 million.

“This is about delivering the best value for money to Brisbane residents, while upgrading a key arterial link in our city which is already at capacity,” he said.

“This in principle agreement with Transurban is subject to final Council consideration and State approvals, including changes to tolling.”

Group General Manager Transurban Queensland Wes Ballantine said they were proud to be partnering with Council to deliver the project that would benefit motorists and the wider community.

“Once the upgrade is complete, motorists will see the same high level of service extended from Legacy Way to the ICB, including a reduction in incident response times by 25%, which will help to keep traffic flowing across the wider road network,” he said.

The estimated $60 million upgrade of the ICB includes widening the road to four lanes in each direction between Legacy Way and the RNA tunnel, delivering new and improved on and off-ramps onto the ICB, including new bus priority measures at the Herston Road exit off the ICB, and a new westbound on-ramp from Bowen Bridge Road and the Inner Northern Busway onto the ICB for all vehicles.

“New and improved bus services travelling to and from the western suburbs will also be able to interchange with the planned Brisbane Metro Subway System at Herston, providing benefits across the Brisbane-wide bus network,” Cr Quirk said.

Following the announcement of BMD Constructions as the successful contractor last year, major construction activities are expected to take place between March this year and mid-2018.

Subject to final approval, the project will be funded through adjustments to toll prices for vehicles using Clem7, Go Between Bridge and Legacy Way. The toll adjustments will come into effect at the end of the project.

The proposed toll changes include:

From 1 July 2018 increasing heavy vehicle (Class 4) toll charges for the Go Between Bridge and Clem7 to 3 times the car toll (currently 2.65 times car toll).

The toll increase will also be applied to Legacy Way for heavy commercial vehicles from 1 July 2020.

From 1 July 2020, toll charges on Legacy Way will also increase to the maximum allowable under the existing State approval, in line with current Airport Link toll charges

Toll increases will not be applied until the end of the project and in some instances such as Legacy Way, increases will not be applied until two years after the benefits will be delivered.

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 community, schools and businesses banding together to help clean up, fix up and conserve the local environment,” Cr Quirk said.

“Clean Up Australia Day 2016 was a huge success in Brisbane, with 14,543 volunteers across 272 registered sites removing an estimated 598.4 tonnes of rubbish from our precious environment.

“This year Council achieved a 100 per cent carbon neutral status for the first time, and we are committed to continuing to fulfil our vision for a clean, green and sustainable Brisbane.

“We are asking Brisbane residents to get behind this important event for another year, and join us in ensuring our city is clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy and be proud of.”

Cr Quirk encouraged the community to get involved in Clean Up Australia Day while also reminding residents that litter prevention is a year-round commitment.

“Council undertakes a range of initiatives to encourage residents to dispose of their waste responsibly, such as free annual kerbside collection for large items, free waste vouchers and free recycling at our four dedicated Resource Recovery Centres,” he said.

“Council also works around the clock to protect our natural areas by conducting bushland preservation, conservation programs, planting programs and wildlife protection programs.

“By picking up rubbish, residents can do their bit to protect our waterways and natural environment and contribute to our vision of a clean, green and litter-free city.”

Since the national event started in 1990, Australians have devoted more than 31 million hours taking to their streets, bushland, parks and waterways on Clean Up Australia Day, removing an estimated 331,000 tonnes of rubbish from sites across the country.

In addition to the nationwide event on Sunday 5 March, a Business Clean Up Day will be held on Tuesday 28 February and a Schools Clean Up Day will be held on Friday 3 March.

For more information on Clean Up Australia Day visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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 skills and learn more about active travel,” Cr Quirk said.

“More than 92,000 students at 155 schools have been part of this program since it began in 2004, and over this time has helped to swap a third of individual car trips to and from participating schools.

“Last year more than half of students at participating schools were cycling, scootering, walking, car-pooling or using public transport to get to and from school on dedicated Active School Travel days.

“We know that children who are physically active on the way to school are more alert and attentive in class and arrive at school ready to learn.”

Cr Quirk said that schools involved in the program had a dedicated Active School Travel helper to assist with personalised active travel maps, free bike and scooter skills training, bus orientation and road safety training.

“There are plenty of incentives for students and parents with Active School Travel ‘passports’, competition and travel rewards offered as a way for schools to keep track of active travellers,” he said.

“This support extends to helping to organise school-wide events, broader community engagement and providing classroom materials to help schools realise the key benefits of the program.

The three-year Active School Travel Program is designed to educate and motivate students, parents and teachers to leave the car at home and actively travel, reducing traffic in and around school areas.

The schools participating in the Active School Travel Program in 2017 are:
· Moggill State School, Moggill (new)
· Robertson State School, Robertson (new)
· Mansfield State School, Mansfield (new)
· Belmont State School, Belmont (new)
· Holy Spirit School, New Farm (new)
· St Joseph’s School, Bardon (new)
· St Sebastian’s School, Yeronga (new)
· Petrie Terrace State School, Paddington (new)
· Ithaca Creek State School, Bardon (new)
· St Pius School, Banyo (new)
· Sandgate State School, Sandgate (new)
· Manly West State School, Manly (new)
· St Joseph’s School, Nundah (new)
· Greenslopes State School, Greenslopes (new)
· Oxley State School, Oxley (new)
· Norman Park State School, Norman Park (new)
· Windsor State School, Windsor (new)
· Ashgrove State School
· Pallara State School
· Holland Park State School
· Seville Road State School
· Mayfield State School
· St Flannan's School
· Our Lady Help of Christians
· Morningside State School
· Salisbury State School
· Our Lady of Dolours School
· St Mary of the Cross School
· Indooroopilly State School
· Carole Park State School
· Dutton Park State School
· Mitchelton State School
· Kelvin Grove State College
· Ferny Grove State School
· Aspley State School
· Brisbane Central State School
· Our Lady of Mt Carmel
· St Joseph's Primary
· Virginia State School
· Australian International Islamic College
· Newmarket State School
· Kedron State School
· Warrigal Rd State School
· Yeronga State School
· Zillmere State School
· Hamilton State School
· Jindalee State School
· Stafford State School
· St Dympna's School

For more information on the Active School Travel Program, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on (07) 3403 8888.

 

Sewer Relining In The Gap

23 February 2017

Sewer relining has commenced this week along Riaweena Street, The Gap. Sewer works will be undertaken Monday to Friday between 6.30am and 6pm for approximately two weeks.

Due to the proximity of the sewer line to nearby properties and the type of equipment needed for trenchless relining, this work will involve noise generating activities, including:
• construction vehicle movements
• noise from machinery

There may be some odour during these works due to the need to access various sewer maintenance holes.

The project team will manage impacts by:
· minimising reversing of trucks to reduce the noise of beepers
· using approved traffic management to ensure pedestrian and motorist safety where required
· odour will be monitored and mitigated, to the extent possible, without compromising safety
· fully restoring all work areas as close to original condition as possible, once the work is completed.

For more information please email community.feedback@urbanutilities.com.au
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

After hours Faults and Emergencies hotline on 13 23 64 (24/7)

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 ambulances and fire and rescue vehicles can move through traffic signals as efficiently and safely as possible,” Cr Quirk said.

“The initiative involves installing devices into emergency vehicles and then linking them to GPS and traffic management technology based at the Brisbane Metropolitan Traffic Management Centre.

“This can determine the location of an emergency vehicle, calculate estimated times of arrival at intersections, and sends a message to the traffic control system that an emergency vehicle is approaching.

“This then allows the lights to turn to green and remain green up to 25 seconds longer, ensuring traffic can clear an intersection efficiently.”

Cr Quirk said the Emergency Vehicle Priority (EVP) system technology had already proven successful in other areas of the State, with the Gold Coast trialling the technology in 2012.

“So far we have seen an initial improvement in emergency vehicle movements and from the learnings of the Gold Coast trial we know travel times can improve anywhere up to 20 per cent without impacting the traffic network,” he said.

“The EVP rollout has so far connected more than 300 intersections across 13 Brisbane road corridors connected to the system in the past year, with the potential to expand the rollout to more than 600 sites in the future.

“EVP devices have also been fitted to around 120 Brisbane ambulances vehicles and 23 fire rescue vehicles, accounting for more than half of the vehicle fleet.

“We have been rolling out the technology progressively and monitoring each location to ensure it is operating efficiently.”

The $1.1 million project is being jointly funded by Council and Department of Transport and Main Roads.

For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3403 8888.

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 night and weekend work required.

The community will receive further information, including the construction start date, relining impacts and work hours closer to the time.

What can the community expect?

Property access
If a customer has a sewer maintenance hole on their property, our contractor may need to enter their property to initially inspect, and then reline the sewer pipe.
Our authorised contractor will knock on the customer’s door and request permission to enter the property to inspect the maintenance hole. They will carry identification and an authorised person card issued by Queensland Urban Utilities.

If the customer is not home, they will receive a postcard in their mailbox informing them:

• An inspection was carried out and no further action is required.
• We were unable to access the property and could they please contact our contractor to arrange a suitable time to complete sewer inspection and relining.

Depending on sewer maintenance hole locations and traffic management plan approvals from the Council, road closures, diversions and short term delays may be experienced. If road closures are required we will notify our customers closer to the time.

Please contact  Queensland Urban Utilities contact centre for more information 13 26 57 (7am to 7pm Weekdays) or after horus faults and emergencies hotline on 13 26 67 (24/7)

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 public infrastructure that was damaged by graffiti vandalism,” Cr Quirk said.

“Much of the graffiti removed by Council’s Taskforce teams are offensive language and symbols that undermine our city’s reputation as a New World City.

“We are a city that embraces street art and public murals, but graffiti is where public or private property is painted without approval, and we are committed to putting a stop to it.

“Every dollar that is spent removing graffiti or replacing damaged public infrastructure is money that could have otherwise been invested in other benefits for Brisbane residents.

“Brisbane residents play a vital role in helping Council identify graffiti tags quickly, so they can be prioritised for removal, discouraging further graffiti.

“We have 11 graffiti management teams out across our city every day, keeping public spaces graffiti-free and working with businesses and private property owners to remove graffiti.”

Cr Quirk said the Taskforce had been delivering positive results through collaboration with Queensland Police Service, which had resulted in 115 graffiti vandals charged with 5,260 offences last year.

“Council also works closely with Police, Queensland Rail, Department of Transport and Main Roads and community groups such as PCYCs and the Brisbane Skateboarding Association to focus on prevention and removal of graffiti,” he said.

“We also have a comprehensive schools program and in 2016, Council undertook nearly 400 school visits to educate students about damages and risks associated with graffiti.”

In 2016 the top 5 graffiti hotspots were:
1. South Brisbane – 2518 Tags
2. West End – 2036 tags
3. Woolloongabba – 1702 tags
4. Kangaroo Point – 1314 tags
5. Paddington – 1246 tags

For more information, or to report graffiti, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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 by the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard,” Cr Quirk said.

“Our carbon neutrality has been achieved through investments in internal energy efficiency and emissions reduction projects, along with renewable energy and carbon offset purchases.

“As part of maintaining our carbon neutral status, Council will eliminate and offset around 800,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year, with an annual investment of $6 million.

“This involves continuing to monitor and measure emissions from all sources, including landfill, electricity use, fleet, buses and ferries, in order to determine Council’s ongoing emissions.

“In addition to continuing to implement solar technology and energy efficient lighting, Council will use electricity from renewable energy sources and purchase independently verified carbon offsets.

“Council is the only carbon neutral organisation in Australia with an operating landfill and a large public transport fleet and adds to its recognition as Australia’s Most Sustainable City (2014, 2016).

“This achievement is part of our broader commitment to a clean, green and sustainable Brisbane, which started 25 years ago when we commenced the Bushland Acquisition program to protect at-risk koala habitats.”

Cr Quirk said that it was important for Council to lead by example, encouraging Brisbane residents to all play their part by reducing their household greenhouse gas emissions.

“Through our sustainability arm CitySmart, we have a number of initiatives to help people understand their impact on the environment, through electricity usage, waste recycling and transport.

“Our Green Heart programs for homes and schools, Green Heart Fairs, Revive pop up markets, Tip Shops, Active School Travel and Cycling Brisbane are all designed to help the people of Brisbane reduce their impact on the environment,” he said.

For more information on Council’s carbon neutral status, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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 www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au

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 or preschool to take part in Schools Clean UP Day 2017.

Youth 

Sunday March 5 2017 / Friday 3 March 2017

Register your high school, university or youth group to take part in Youth Clean Up Day 2017

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

09 February 2017

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 need to continue delivering their valuable services,” Cr Quirk said.

“This grants package will give community groups, sporting clubs and not for profit organisations of all sizes and interests financial assistance to maintain their facilities, cover operational costs and upskill their volunteers.

“A funding pool of $2.5 million will be made available each year for the next four years, with grants covering three areas including refurbishing and upgrading club facilities such as canteens and function rooms, and organisational development such as management training and development for volunteers.”

Applications for the Building Stronger Communities Grants Program opened on 10 October, with applications for the program closing on 6 February 2017.

“Community groups and organisations play an integral role in enhancing lifestyle and leisure opportunities while strengthening ties in local communities across the city,” Cr Quirk said.

“Whether it’s a local sporting group or community social club, these organisations contribute to Council vision of a safe, friendly and inclusive city and we are committed to ensuring these important groups get the support they need.

“Relieving some of the financial burden for community groups through grant funding can help to make them more sustainable in the long term, which means residents have ongoing access to the many wonderful organisations currently operating.

“I encourage groups to check their eligibility for the Program and to submit an application online before the program closes.”

For more information on Council’s Grants Programs and how to apply, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/grants or phone Council on (07) 3403 8888.

Lolita Street, The Gap- Road Resurfaced

17 November 2016

Prepare for Severe Weather - Talk to Council

29 October 2016

Brisbane City Council and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services want you to be prepared for wild weather this season. Council is holding information sessions on Saturday 29 October at:

  • Upper Kedron Recreation Reserve, Upper Kedron from 10am-12noon
  • Walton Bridge Reserve, The Gap 1pm-3pm

Come along to talk to your local emergency services experts on preparing your property and family for bushfires and severe storms. 

FREE SAUSAGE SIZZLE AND GIVEAWAYS

For more information visist www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/beprepared or call Council on 3403 8888.

Green Waste Recycling Bin Special - Save in October

12 October 2016

Green waste recycling bins are an easy and affordable way to dispose of lawn clippings, prunings and leaves, especially as you clean up in preparation for storm season.

Your green waste will be collected fortnightly and taken to a green waste recycling facility where it is composted and mulched ready for reuse.

No establishment fees in October

Save $30 when you order a green waste recycling bin between 1 and 31 October. To help you clean up for storm season, Council is waiving the establishment fee for all new green bins ordered in October.
 
A maximum of two bins can be requested per household. The cost for each bin includes a quarterly charge of $19.99 ($79.96 per year) which will appear on your rates account. You must commit to the service for a minimum of 12 months. After this time you can end the service. 

House owners and unit owners can order a green waste recycling bin by phoning Council on 07 3403 8888, visiting a Council Ward Office or apply online through the Council website.  

Road Resurfacing Works - The Gap

12 October 2016

Preparation works including reconstruction of failed areas and profiling the road surface have been scheduled for the following locations. 

Lolita Street, The Gap & Dulzura Street, The Gap

Works will take place on the Thursday 13 October and Friday 14 October, with follow up works to take place in Dulzura St on Monday 17 October, weather permitting. 

Please assist Council by not parking your vehicle within the work zone during construction hours.

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 been selected for LED lighting in The Gap Ward.

For further information on this project and to view all streets across Brisbane that have been selected for the trial click the link below

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/environment…/be-clean-green-
brisbane/councils-green-commitment/led-street-lights-trial

 

Road Resurfaced- Kimruska Place, The Gap

09 September 2016

St John's Wood, Ashgrove- Memorial Park Equipment Upgrade

01 September 2016

 

The approved play equipment for the upgrade in St Johns Wood Memorial park is now on display on the noticeboard in St Johns Wood. Thank you to all the residents who provided feedback for this new piece of play equipment. A welcome addition and a great play space for the community. Installation, weather permitting, early November 2016.

Report A Fox!

25 August 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 speaker with more than 40 years of experience,” Cr Toomey said.

“14 seminars will be run throughout August in libraries across the city, and will focus on the skills and resources you can use when researching your family tree.

“Lady Teviot’s visit to Brisbane is a unique learning opportunity for residents and is part of Council’s commitment to help foster a smart and prosperous city and encourage reading and writing within our community.”

Councillor Toomey said any of Brisbane City Council’s 33 libraries would be a great place to start if you’re looking to begin researching your family history.

“Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from Lady Teviot on Civil Registration at Ashgrove library on Thursday 11 August 5-6pm which will be followed by a Q&A session,” he said.

For more information or to book visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/libraries or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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 website

  • A dedicated mobile enabled Brisbane Food Truck website- www.bnefoodtrucks.com.au
  • A BFT Information Kit, which consolidates the rules and regulations surrounding food truck operation on Council land; and
  • Availability and list of Council Sites, both premium and drive-up, for use by gourmet food trucks

Council endorsed food trucks will be entitled to use the website to trade from two types of sites:

  • Premium Sites- pre-endorsed sites that require booking using the Brisbane Food Trucks website online booking system. These sites accommodate two of three trucks and have guaranteed availability
  • Drive-up Sites- do not require pre-booking and utilise existing lawful on-street car parking spaces, subject to the restrictions outlines in the associated Brisbane Food Trucks Information Kit and availability

Council are conducting a 6 month trial of this initiative commencing 7 July 16.

For further information regarding sites, trading, rules and regulations, please visit the below websites

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/laws-permits/laws-permits-businesses/food-business-licences/starting-new-food-business/mobile-food-vehicle/brisbane-food-trucks-initiative

https://www.bnefoodtrucks.com.au/food-trucks

The Gap Ward Budget 2016/17

22 July 2016

The Gap Ward Budget – 2016/17

Moving Brisbane- Combined and Rolling Projects

    • Support Bus Services - Maroon CityGlider $5,314,000
    • Attacking Congestion - Waterworks Road $400,000

Your Brisbane- Combined and Rolling Projects

    • Community Capacity Building - Men’s Shed- $90,000
    • Sport’s and Aquatic Centres - Aqua Parks $1,324,000
    • Lending and Reference Services - Extend Library Hours on Saturdays
    • Maintain and Enhance Libraries - Library Refurbishment

Conservation Reserves Management Program - $400,000

Natural Area Fencing

    • Ross Road Park, Upper Kedron - $263,000

Fire Preparedness

    • Keperra Bushland, Keperra - $137,000

Park Access Assets Maintenance and Rehabilitation - $223,000

    • Keperra Picnic Ground, Ferny Grove - $223,000

Park Infrastructure, Gym Facilities and Landscape Upgrades - $76,000

    • Kings Park, Keperra - $56,000
    • Wilcannia Park, Ashgrove - $20,000

Play Safe Upgrades - $260,000

    • Corbie Street Park, Ashgrove - $125,000
    • Moses Adsett Park, The Gap - $135,000

Upgrade Neighbourhood Parks - $149,000

    • Keperra Picnic Ground Park, Ferny Grove - $149,000

Major Drainage Construction - $1,904,000

    • Gordon Road, Bardon - $1,904,000

Major Waterways Vegetation Management - $29,000

    • Jubilee Terrace- Ithaca Creek, Ashgrove - $29,000

Enhanced School Zone Signage - $48,000

    • Ashgrove State School- Waterworks Rd/Glory St, Ashgrove - $48,000

Road Construction Minor Traffic Density - $231,000

    • Greenlanes Road, Ashgrove - $231,000

Ward Footpath & Parks Trust Fund - $448,000

    • The Gap Ward (Various Locations) - $448,000

Major Traffic Improvements- Intersections - $2,308,000

    • Mt Nebo Road, Enoggera Reservoir - $2,308,000

Bridges and Culverts Reconstruction and Rehabilitation - $1,359,000

    • Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove - $155,000
    • Tennis Avenue Footbridge Replacement, Ashgrove - $1,049,000
    • Upper Kedron Road Bridge Replacement, Ferny Grove - $155,000

Footpath Reconstruction - $430,000

    • Kaloma Road, The Gap - $92,000
    • Simpsons Road, Bardon - $338,000

Kerb & Channel  Reconstruction - $227,000

    • The Drive, Bardon - $227,000

Roads Network Resurfacing - $2,011,000

    • Bunratty Street, The Gap - $93,000
    • Dulzura Street, The Gap - $56,000
    • Girraween Grove, Ashgrove - $164,000
    • Glencoy Street, Ferny Grove - $74,000
    • Gregsue Crescent, The Gap - $46,000
    • Grevillea Road, Ashgrove - $299,000
    • Kilmaine Street, The Gap - $74,000
    • Kimruska Place, The Gap - $63,000
    • Leckmy Street, Ferny Grove - $110,000
    • Lindsay Street, Ashgrove - $209,000
    • Lolita Street, The Gap - $51,000
    • Moira Street, Ferny Grove - $32,000
    • Moyry Street, The Gap - $41,000
    • Nakina Lane, The Gap - $25,000
    • Payne Road, The Gap - $292,000
    • Tarpon Street, The Gap - $73,000
    • The Drive, Bardon - $168,000
    • Woorama Road, The Gap - $141,000

Safety Fences and Guard Rails - $288,000

    • Guard Rail and Fence Rehabilitation, Various - $251,000
    • Mount Nebo Road, Enoggera Reservoir - $37,000

Suburban Corridor Modernisation - $280,000

    • McGinn Road/ McAlroy Road/ Tramway Street, Ferny Grove - $280,000

Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund - $55,000

    • The Gap Ward (Various Locations)- $55,000

 

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 flying-foxes are expected to go back to normal over the coming months.

· Council has received reports of dispersal activities of flying-foxes along Enoggera Creek. These actions are a breach of the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and Council is working with the Queensland Police Service and the State Government to investigate.

· The deliberate dispersal of the flying-foxes prevents them from roosting in their normal locations, the animals are forced to repeatedly take flight, causing them to fly around, make excessive noise and mess, and move into backyard gardens and trees.

· Once the dispersal activities cease, the flying-foxes will settle and Council can then undertake vegetation management and other actions to better manage the flying-fox colony.

· Council has increased footpath cleaning along the creek to clean up the bat droppings.

· If you see an injured or distressed animal, please contact the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL. Please do not attempt to catch or handle wildlife yourself.

Thank you for your consideration.

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 construction

For any issues or concerns about a nearby construction site, call Council’s Contact Centre on (07) 3403 8888 0or email the team’s dedicated email cpas-da-scmt@brisbane.qld.gov.au

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 Brisbane Metro subway system to cope with the demands on our public transport system and freeing up more buses for the suburbs and I look forward to making this a reality over coming years,” he said.

“The Brisbane Metro is the biggest project that will get underway during this term and I’m handing responsibility for its development to Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner.

“I want to recommit Council to addressing the important matters for our city – tackling traffic congestion, even better public transport and enhancing our lifestyle and leisure opportunities.

“My team will continue Council’s good work to ease traffic congestion by completing 90 new road projects across Brisbane over the coming four years, including the much needed Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade.

“I am committed to making our New World City the very best it can be and I look forward to working with all Brisbane residents to deliver on that vision.”

The Civic Cabinet team remains the same as during the previous term however every member has different portfolio responsibilities.

Civic Cabinet and Councillors will be officially sworn in next Tuesday at City Hall.

The Civic Cabinet membership is:

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner, Chairman, Public and Active Transport Committee with special responsibility for the development of the Brisbane Metro and International Relations

Cr Krista Adams, Chairman, Finance and Economic Development Committee

Cr Matthew Bourke, Chairman, Lifestyle and Community Services Committee

Cr Amanda Cooper, Chairman, Infrastructure Committee

Cr Peter Matic, Chairman, Field Services Committee

Cr David McLachlan, Chairman, Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee

Cr Julian Simmonds, Chairman, City Planning Committee

The Chairman of Council is Cr Angela Owen. [ENDS] APRIL 5, 2016

 

Local Government Elections - Polling Booths

19 March 2016

In case you are not already aware, the Brisbane City Council election will be held on Saturday 19 March 2016.

The Electoral Commission of Qld (ECQ) has released a list of polling booths for the election (listed below) for The Gap Ward. Polling booths will be open from 9am to 6pm.

Ashgrove (St Finbarr's Hall) Betheden Terrace, ASHGROVE
Ashgrove West (Ashgrove State School Hall), 31 Glory Street, ASHGROVE
Bardon (St Joseph's School), 41 The Drive, BARDON
Brisbane City Hall (Brisbane City Hall, Sandgate Room), 64 Adelaide Street
Dorrington (Oakleigh State School) Buxton Street, ASHGROVE
Ferny Grove (Ferny Grove State School Hall) Finvoy Street, FERNY GROVE
Ferny Grove West (St Andrews School), 89 Hogarth Road, FERNY GROVE
Hilder Road (Hilder Road State School) Kaloma Road, THE GAP
Newmarket (Newmarket State School) Banks Street, NEWMARKET
Payne Road (Payne Road State School), 171 Payne Road, THE GAP
The Gap (The Gap State School) Cnr Waterworks & Settlement Roads, THE GAP
If you are unable to vote at a polling booth within The Gap Ward on 19th March 2016 there are a number of alternative options listed below:

Pre Polling

Pre-polling will held be at 166 Settlement Road, The Gap (corner of Settlement Road and Tingward Street) and Brisbane City Hall (64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City) at the following times:

Monday 7 March - Friday 11 March - 9am-5pm
Monday 14 March - Thursday 17 March - 9am-5pm
Friday 18 March - 9am-6pm

Postal Vote & Electoral Visit Vote

An application for a Postal Vote or an Electoral Visit Vote may now be made to the ECQ.

Applications must reach the Commission or Returning Officer no later than 7:00 pm, Wednesday, 16th March 2016.

An Electoral Visit Vote is available if, you:
have a serious illness; a disability or are in an advanced state of pregnancy; or
are caring for a person who is ill, has a disability or is in an advanced state of pregnancy.
Please call 1300 881 665

An application for a postal vote or electoral visit vote can be obtained from The Gap Ward Office or online at the ECQ website.

For more information visit the ECQ website or telephone1300 881 665.

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 investment into river transport, with two new CityCats and 10 upgraded terminals delivered in the past four years, as well as a brand new terminal delivered at Milton.

The Queensland Reds CityCat joins the ranks of other Team Brisbane CityCats including the Queensland Firebirds, Brisbane Lions, Brisbane Broncos, Brisbane Bandits and Brisbane Heat.

“These Citycats help build the Team Brisbane Spirit and enhances opportunities for our modern CityCat fleet,” Cr Quirk said.

“Sport is a part of our identity as both Queenslanders and Brisbanites, so we are delighted to support this local team and clearly show their colours on our iconic CityCat fleet,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Queensland Reds are a long-standing team in the Rugby Union world and have done us proud over the last few years, winning the Super Rugby Grand Final in 2011.

“No one will miss the distinctive red and white Queensland Reds CityCat which will also have the koala logo emblazoned on its side with a montage depicting the club’s history inside the CityCat.”

Queensland Rugby Union CEO Jim Carmichael said he was delighted to see the Queensland Reds CityCat.

“To be represented on Brisbane’s busiest waterway is very exciting,” Mr Carmichael said.

“We’ve ensured that the artwork on the interior of the City Cat reflects the rich 133-year history of Rugby in this State.”

Cr Quirk also announced that the eighth CityCat to be wrapped will feature the winning Team Brisbane competition design and will be launched in the coming weeks.

“Balmoral resident Debra Hood has created the winning design which depicts Brisbane as a vibrant liveable city and with a serious of iconic ‘Queenslander’ style homes,” Cr Quirk said.

“This Team Brisbane initiative set out to show the world what our city has to offer and Debra’s design does just that. I look forward to seeing it out on the River in coming weeks.”

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 which targets 10 known accident hotspots to keep road safety heading in the right direction,” Cr Quirk said.

“Already the Quirk Administration has delivered critical safety improvements to Jack Flynn Memorial Drive in Morningside and is now completing projects in Holland Park West and at Kangaroo Point.

“I am kick-starting works at seven more sites including the Blunder and Reedy Road intersection at Oxley, as well as other accident hotspots in Algester, The Gap, Mt Coot-tha, Sumner and Durack.

“These projects include upgrades to traffic signals, upgrades to signage, removing road hazards and widening roads.”

The Quirk Administration has delivered more than $2.1 billion of projects tackling traffic congestion over the past four years.

Minister for Major Projects, Paul Fletcher said the upgrades are designed to prevent future accidents by installing or upgrading traffic signals, installing warning signage, removing hazards and road widening to improve safety for all road users.

“The Black Spot Programme is a key part of the National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan which aims to reduce the number of people who die each year on our roads,” Mr Fletcher said at an onsite inspection at Blunder Road in Brisbane today.

The Federal Government has supported Council’s road safety works with funding for these projects through its Black Spot Programme.

Roads projects in this program for The Gap Ward and surrounding Wards include:
•Mount Nebo Road (approximately 7.5km west of Brompton Road), The Gap
•Settlement Road (from Kilbowie Street to Yarrabee Road), The Gap
•Sir Samuel Griffith Drive (from Simpsons Road to Summit roundabout), Mt Coot-tha

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 since the program’s inception two years ago,” Cr Schrinner said.

“20.5 per cent of drivers were speeding when they entered the radar range, with 38.4 per cent of those caught speeding slowing down to the speed limit once becoming aware of the signage.

“While the technology is slowing drivers down, we can do better, and that’s why we have increased the number of speed warning signs from 26 to 55 to ensure our streets are safer for everyone.”

Cr Schrinner said Council was also continuing to crack down on congestion hot spots, with 20 projects completed in the past 10 months, and a further 28 projects scheduled to commence this year.

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 goods, plastics, gas bottles, batteries, mobile phones, electronics, and donations for tip shops,” Cr Quirk said.

“The project is part of my $8 million commitment to build four Resource Recovery Centres at Council’s existing transfer stations, and contributes to Council’s strategy to reduce waste in landfills.”

Cr Quirk said the new Resource Recovery Centre features a drive-through area for recycling, making it easier for people to unload their recyclables for free.

“This will result in less traffic queuing as customers who only have recyclables proceed straight through to the resource recovery centre once entering the waste transfer station, and can make a quick exit through a separate slip lane,” he said.

“It will also mean a reduction in the number of vehicles lining up to use the pit or green waste disposal area.

“These purpose-built venues will make recycling easier and faster by reducing queues, increasing access to facilities, removing recycling costs for residents and reducing processing times.”

A Resource Recovery Centre is also earmarked for completion this year at Nudgee, and similar centres were opened at Chandler (May 2015) and at Willawong (November 2013).

Field Services Chairman David McLachlan said the newly-established centres were already delivering results with hundreds of tonnes of waste diverted from landfill at Chandler and Willawong this year.

Chandler Resource Recovery Centre has been used by about 2300 residents each month, contributing to a 23 per cent increase in the amount of valuable resources saved from landfill,” Cr McLachlan said.

“More than 40 per cent of visitors have used only the resource recovery centre, avoiding waste disposal through the transfer station, which results in more recycling and quicker visits for everyone.”

Residents can also download the free Brisbane Bin and Recycling app onto their iOS or Android devices for information about Council’s waste and resource recovery facilities.

The Ferny Grove Transfer Station and Resource Recovery Centre can be accessed at 101 Upper Kedron Road, Ferny Grove and is open from 6.30am to 5.45pm every day of the year.

For more information on Resource Recovery Centres, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888. 

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 300 schools and increase awareness about school zone safety,” Cr Schrinner said.

“During the year we have been working closely with Brisbane schools to reduce congestion, stop illegal parking and improve safety.

“This dedicated school zone campaign is significantly improving awareness about safety and illegal parking, however number Council has still received more than 530 complaints about illegal parking this year and more than 2,100 drivers have been caught parking illegally in school zones since school resumed in January.”

Brisbane Lifestyle Chairman, Cr Krista Adams said Council was focusing on 23 schools for safety and parking enforcement in the final school term of the year.

“These schools are chosen based on reported illegal parking and complaints from the school communities,” Cr Adams said.

“Nearly a third of all urgent complaints received by Council relate to illegal parking, with people asking Council to enforce no-stopping zones, yellow lines, clearways, drop and go zones, particularly around schools.

“At schools’ request, Council officers are out in force at our local schools, with a very noticeable presence to encourage motorists to drive and park safely. We want to make sure all motorists are doing the right thing, for the safety of school students.” she said.

Cr Schrinner said that schools, parents, residents and P&C Queensland have been calling for better safety around schools, as well as solutions to traffic congestion and enforcement of non-compliance in school drop-off zones.

“In response, Council is working with schools to develop traffic management strategies tailored to the needs to each individual school, creating safer parking areas, implementing educational programs and conducting more parking enforcement.

“The key to Council’s strategy is involving schools to proactively manage traffic and parking through a templated traffic management plan, which would be submitted to Council for review.

“Our Traffic Management Plans will achieve a consistent approach to parking and traffic management at Brisbane schools, but importantly it will also give local communities the flexibility to address specific challenges,” Cr Schrinner said.

“The consensus from schools is that parking areas are not being respected and rules are not being enforced – a dangerous combination which is creating serious safety issues for students and other pedestrians.”

The schools that Council will be focusing on for safety and parking enforcement during Term 4, 2015 include:
• Calamvale Community College, Calamvale
• Bulimba State School, Bulimba
• Durack State School, Inala
• Sunnybank Hills State Primary School, Sunnybank Hills
• Mt Gravatt East State School, Mt Gravatt East
• Somerville House, South Brisbane
• Coorparoo State School, Coorparoo
• Our Lady of Mt Carmel Primary School, Coorparoo
• Loreto College, Coorparoo
• Wellers Hill State School, Tarragindi
• Windsor State School, Windsor
• St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane
• St Ignatius Catholic School, Toowong
• Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary, Sunnybank
• Grand Avenue State School, Forest Lake
• Sts Peter & Paul’s Catholic School, Bulimba
• Marist College, Ashgrove
• Kenmore South State School, Kenmore
• Upper Mt Gravatt State School, Upper Mount Gravatt
• Nundah State School, Nundah
• Indooroopilly State High School, Indooroopilly
• Brigidine College, Indooroopilly
• West End State School, West End
• St Ita’s Catholic School, Dutton Park

For more information about parking in Brisbane, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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 around 1100 vehicles each hour during morning and evening peak periods, and this figure will continue to grow as the area welcomes more and more people wanting to live and work in the area,” Cr Schrinner said.

“This is also a popular intersection for pedestrians, with around 1300 people currently using the un-signalised pedestrian crossing on Skyring Terrance each day.

“Council is committed to ensuring Brisbane’s road network is safe and accessible for all road users, and this project will go a long way in ensuring people travel more safely and freely through the area.

“This project will involve a range of congestion-busting measures including installing traffic signals at the intersection to improve safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

“Signalised pedestrian crossings will also be installed on Commercial Road, Skyring Terrace and Vernon Terrace and on-road bike lanes will be installed on all four approaches to the signalised intersection.”

Central Ward Councillor Vicki Howard said right hand turn pockets would also be installed on Skyring Terrace and Vernon Terrace to improve traffic flow.

“Eight crashes have been recorded at this intersection over five years with most occurring because vehicles failed to give way,” Cr Howard said.

“This will greatly improve the overall safety at this intersection, and improve access for people travelling to and from nearby facilities such as the Teneriffe ferry terminal.

“Council will also undertake turfing and landscaping works in the area, including planting 17 trees to replace five trees that need to be removed for the improvements to occur.

“Five trees including one small-leafed fig will be removed to make way for the upgrade, and to improve visibility for motorists.”

Hamilton Ward Councillor David McLachlan said the intersection was heavily utilised by local traffic, commercial vehicles and high frequency buses accessing Newstead, New Farm and Fortitude Valley.

“This project is part of Council’s commitment to keep Brisbane moving, by tackling traffic hotspots across the city and implementing common-sense measures to improve travel times and increase traffic safety,” Cr McLachlan said.

“Works to upgrade this busy intersection will generally take place between 8pm and 5am Sunday to Thursday when traffic volumes are lowest to ensure the safety of motorists and workers and to minimise traffic disruptions.

“Five on-street parking bays will also be removed to make way for the on-road bicycle lanes, and Council will be reinstating four of those parks following the project’s completion by relocating a nearby CityCycle station closer to the ferry terminal.

“I thank residents and commuters for their patience as we complete this vital works to make our roads safer and more accessible.”

For more information about the Commercial Road and Skyring Terrace intersection upgrade visit brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone 3403 8888.

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 than 380 suburban streets,” Cr Quirk said.

“Over time our roads have suffered some wear and tear, and this investment will help improve the longevity of the road surface and ensure we are delivering a value for money maintenance strategy for Brisbane.

“Brisbane has gone through a significant period of building new infrastructure to make sure our road network can cope with the projected population growth, so it’s vital Council continues to invest in projects such as these.

“They will also create jobs and boost our economy, while helping ease congestion across our road network.”

Local Councillor Steven Toomey said the project would greatly benefit local residents, and help ensure the suburb is better-connected for all road users.

“I also encourage people to help us maintain the progress we are making by reporting road maintenance issues through Council’s Eyes in the Suburbs hotline on 3403 8888.

“I thank the community for its patience while the project was being completed.”