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As your local State MP, this website allows me to directly communicate with you about local issues, events, and other things of interest in Brisbane’s Northern suburbs.

 

I look forward to meeting you at some stage in the future, and if I can be of any assistance, please let me know.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Tracy

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MyPolice Brisbane North Launch

 

I was proud to recently attend the launch of  the latest blog on the myPolice network, at the Carseldine Police Station, with North Brisbane District Officer Chief Superintendent Brent Carter and the local community.

 

 

New technologies, such as myPolice Brisbane North will provide officers with the opportunity to reach further into the community to provide information, assurance and assistance. No matter where local North Brisbane residents are in the world and no matter the time of the day they will be able to find out about the local issues that affect them, as well as keep up-to-date with information from the QPS newsfeeds. myPolice Brisbane North is the latest arsenal in the myPolice network as we continue the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour with a police presence both online and off.

 

 

 

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Pictured with North Brisbane District Officer Chief Superintendent Brent Carter and Aspley Gardens NHW President Brian Jones.

 

 

Seniors Concert Morning Tea at Parliament House

 

Last week I had the great pleasure of hosting the Craigslea State High School String Quintet at the Seniors Concert and Morning Tea, held at Parliament House.

 

In front of nearly 200 seniors, family members and Aspley locals, our students had the honour of opening the concert, playing a wide range of classical and popular pieces. The performance was a great success, particularly their rendition of the Mary Poppins hit ‘Feed the Birds’ which had everyone singing along.

 

On behalf of our community, I’d like to thank school conductor Ms Amanda Jerram and instrumental music teacher Ms Christine Jabs, and the whole String Quintet:, Alicia Baker, Violinist, year 12; Richard Kraatz, Double Bassist year 11; Bre-Anna English, Violinist, year 12; Steven Co, Violist, year 10; and Alex Gray, Cellist, year 9. Plans are already underway for the next Seniors Concert at Parliament House and I’ll be sure to update via this column when more information is available.

 

 

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 With the Craigslea State High School Quintet at the Premier's Hall, Parliament House

 

 

2014 Queensland Inspiring Women Speaker’s Awards

 

Congratulations to Melanie Pope who received a Queensland Inspiring Women Speaker’s Award in recognition for her outstanding personal achievements and strong dedication to assisting others.

 

Held at Parliament House as part of Queensland’s International Women’s Day celebrations, it was wonderful to be at the Inspiring Women Speaker’s Breakfast where Melanie received her award. Her generosity and exceptional leadership qualities have been demonstrated time and again through her work with many community and non-profit organisations, making this a very well-deserved award.

 

 

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 Pictured with Mel at the Breakfast Awards

 

 

Justice of the Peace Service Certificate Awards

 

On Friday 14 March 2014 I was able to present Bridgeman Downs local Colin Noller with a certificate recognising his 50 years of distinguished service as a Justice of the Peace for Queensland.

 

Congratulations Colin on this remarkable milestone!

 

If you or a family member would like to similarly have a Justice of the Peace years of service certificate, or even congratulatory letters for special birthdays and wedding anniversaries, please feel free to give my office a call on 3263 6703 and we’ll be happy to help arrange one for you.

 

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Presenting Colin with his 50 Year Service Certifcate

 

 

 

Chelsea to represent Aspley at the 2014 YMCA Youth Parliament

 

 

Chelsea Simmons of Chermside has been selected to represent the seat of Aspley in the 2014 YMCA Youth Parliament.

 

This year’s youth parliament will kick off with a forum from 4-6 April in Brisbane, including a formal launch at Parliament House.

 

About 90 young people aged 15 to 25 have been selected to discuss the issues facing our youth and develop legislation that they will debate later in the yearThese young parliamentarians are selected to represent the 89 Queensland electorates based on their enthusiasm, ability to represent their communities and interest and passion for issues affecting Queensland.

 

 

Congratulations and Good Luck Chelsea!

 

 

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Pictured with Chelsea, the 2014 YMCA Youth Parliament Aspley representative

 

 

 
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Niran House Visit

 

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Recently I had the pleasure of joining Niran House residents for a morning tea. Opened in 1989, Niran House provides a home environment for people with high support needs that is professionally run, safe and caring. I’d like to thank Marion Chisholm for her invitation to showcase Niran and share a cuppa – keep up the amazing work.

 

 

 Great Result for Northern Suburbs Pony Club 

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Vic Summers, President NSPC, Dudley and his owner Hannah Jones, and Tracy Davis

 

It was fantastic to visit the Northern Suburbs Pony Club during their sign-on day to present a cheque for $27,200 under the Get Playing initiative. This funding will go towards the installation of new flood lighting at the equestian arean in Bridgeman Downs to allow the riders and horses to train at night. 

 

It'll come as no surprise to many (particularly with the last summer we've been through) just how hot it can get out in the area during the day, so to be able to practice at night when it is considerably cooler for horses, riders and trainers alike will make a huge difference and hopefully give them the upper edge. 

 

I'd like to congratulate the Club for recieving this funding and wish not only their current, but future junior memebers all the sucess for the 2014 season. I can't wait to see the new lights in action. 


 

Open Level Crossing Replacement Project Hits Milestone

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On Saturday February 1, I joined Lord Mayor Graham Quick, Cr Amanda Cooper and Kerry Millard MP to celebrate a key milestone for the Telegraph Road Open Level Crossing Project. The $82 million project reached the all-important landmark of 17 bridge support beams being craned in over the North Coast Railway line at Bracken Ridge. This mmilestone ensures that we are on track to open the new bridge mid-year and complete the entire project by the end of 2014 - truly a terrific result for motorists.  

 

 

Boost for School and Road Safety

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Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Principal Andrew Duncan at Aspley State School to see first-hand the new flashing school zone lights that have just been installed. I'm delighted that the school has received these lights as it gives an additional boost to the safety of all residents on our roads - particularly our littlest ones as they travel to and from school.

 

In addition, following feedback from concerned residents further road safety improvements are being made in the electorate. I'm happy to report that soon, new pedestrian-crossing signs are to be erected at the Aspley Hypermarket and on Stafford Road, Bald Hills. 

 

 

 

$1.85M for Great Results in Aspley

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Seven schools in the Aspley Electorate will receive a share of more than $1.18 million, following the announcement of a new $131 million education program, Great Results Guarantee.

 

This is a fantastic result for our schools, where students, parents and teachers will see real and measureable outcomes. Schools, in consultation with parents and the wider school community, will be able to invest their allocation as they see fit, meaning the funds can be tailored to each school's individual need, including school programs such as numeracy tutoring, reading workshops for parents, employing coaches to improve teachers’ skills in delivering programs for students with a disability, to name just a few.

 

I look forward to seeing the positive outcomes that this program will deliver, and for more information please visit www.education.qld.gov.au/resultsguarantee.

 
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 Business discount scheme helps seniors and carers save money  

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Seniors and carers across the state can stretch their dollars further thanks to the Queensland Government’s Business Discount Scheme that offers discounts to eligible card holders at more than 7000 businesses across the state.

 

The scheme gives holders of a Seniors Card, Seniors Business Discount Card or Carer Business Discount Card access to great savings on a wide range of products and services.

 

The scheme offers seniors and carers discounts at a range of retailers such as gift, electrical, jewellery and home furnishing stores as well as services including mechanical, cleaning and home improvements.

 

Participating businesses can be found in the recently released 2013-2014 Business Discount Directory, available from council libraries, government service centres, Centrelink offices, Salvation Army Service Centres, or local members’ electorate offices.

 

For a full list of directory pick-up points and to locate business discount providers using the searchable database, visit www.qld.gov.au/seniorscard or www.qld.gov.au/carercard

The website is compatible with smartphones, enabling seniors and carers to find local discount providers from wherever they are in Queensland.

 

2014 Storm Season - 'Get  Storm Ready Queensland'

 

 Storm season has arrived and I would like to remind residents to ensure their storm season kits are up-to-date and households are prepared.

 

To assist residents, my office will be distributing free storm safety packs.The packs contain important guidelines and information on emergency plans, emergency kits, community planning and more.

 

For more information on storm preparedness, please visit http://getready.qld.gov.au/ or feel free to contact my office to arrange for a free storm pack. Limited packs available.

 

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2013 Aspley Christmas Card Design Winners

  

I’d like to congratulate the winners of my 2013 Aspley Electorate Christmas Card Design Competition. Students from around the electorate were asked to draw ‘My Christmas Day’ and the response we received was overwhelming. More than 320 students submitted their drawings and as residents will have noticed, the top three were selected to feature on the front of our Christmas Card this year.

 

Ava Martin from Aspley State School, Year 5F, won first prize for her ‘My Christmas Day’ rendition and received a family movie pass as well as a pizza party for her class which I threw earlier this month. It was wonderful to congratulate Ava and her very proud parents in person.

 

Wakana Urayama from Aspley East State School, Year 7C, won second place followed by Aidan Brent, from Aspley Special School, who won third.

I’d like to give a big thank you to all the students who took part this year and thank you to all the schools that helped make this happen.

 

With so many entries it was always going to be a difficult decision, that’s why I’d also like to extend a very special thank you to Mrs Eileen Rossi and Mrs Maureen McElwee from the Aspley Art Group who helped to judge this year’s entries. I can’t wait to see what our students have in store for us next year.

 

2013 Aspley Christmas Card

 

Aspley State School Pizza Party

 

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2013 'Decorate a Christmas Tree' Competition

 

Last week, I had the honour of judging Aspley Hypermarket’s ‘Decorate a Christmas Tree’ competition. Local schools were invited in November to participate by decorating a Christmas Tree that would be placed on display in the shopping centre until Christmas. I was very impressed with the quality of every school’s efforts, and selected ‘Aspley Angels’ by Aspley State School as my choice. If you haven’t had the chance to yet, I encourage you to visit Aspley Hypermarket before Christmas to view all the trees!

 

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 This year's winner - Aspley State School's 'Aspley Angels'

 

Thank-you

 

On behalf of the entire Aspley community, I'd like to extend a very big thank-you to the tireless efforts and dedication of all our community organisations. I'm always heartened to see the work that our groups do year-round, nto only in promoting safer communities but in encouraging greater interaction with our fellow neighbours. The efforts that these groups put in is beyond measure and i would encourage anyone who has ever thought of joining thier local community group to give it a go in 2014.

 

I'd also like to extend a special thank-you to Shelley Klienhans and Jeff Sheverton from Medicare Local, who stopped by the office last week to drop off thier office donations for this year's Kids in Care Christmas Appeal. Their very generous donations went towards the more than 16,000 gifts that were collected this year, a truly wonderful result.

 

 

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 Shelley Klienhans, Tracy Davis and Jeff Sheverton with the latest toy donations

 

Aspley Ladies Bowls Luncheon

 

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the Aspley Ladies Bowls Luncheon at the ever-vibrnt Aspley memorial Bowls Club. As always the ldies put on a fantastic afternoon and it was great to catch u with everyone and hear how the teams have been going. I'd particularly like to congratulate Marie Behan, who has been awarded the Ladies Division 2013 Player of the Year. i wish everyone at the Bowls Club well for the 2014 season and look forward to hearing more stories of your success.  
 

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Hamper Appeal

 

It was with great pleasure that I was able to donate a hamper to this year's Aspley Neighbourhood Watch Christmas Hamper Raffle Appeal. The funds raised from the raffel will go towards a number of  vital, upcomping community projects. Congratulations to the recipients of this year's hampers, I hope you enoy all the goodies inside!

 

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Multicap Aspley

 

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet clients and staff at Multicap's facility at Aspley and inspect their fruit and vegetable program, Multifresh. 

 

Multifresh provides clients with new skills and opportunities to socialise by helping to pack and deliver produce to customers in the community.  This is a wonderful initiative for people with disabilities and I would encouarge members of the local community to support this program.  Orders are taken until 12noon on Wednesdays and cost $20 per box. 

 

For more information, please call 3340 9000 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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Visit to Chermside Housing Service Centre

 

I visited the Chermside Housing Service Centre with the Minister for Housing and Public Works, the Hon Tim Mander MP recently. The Chermside Housing Service Centre provides social housing assistance for eligible individuals, and this was a great opportunity to talk with staff and learn more about public housing issues around our local area. For more information, please call the Centre on 3896 9900. 

 

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Discount Directory for Seniors and Carers 2013-14

 

I am pleased to announce that the Business Discount Directory for Seniors and Carers 2013-14 is now available. The discounts are provided voluntarily by a range of businesses, from vehicle repairs to travel services.

 

To access discounts, please ensure that your Seniors or Carers Card is valid through to June 2014. Copies of the Business Discount Directory are freely available at all electorate offices, Council libraries and Centrelink service centres.

 

For more information, please contact my electorate office on 3263 6703 or visit www.qld.gov.au/concessions.

  

Visit to Burnie Brae Centre 

 

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Burnie Brae Centre in Chermside.  Openin in 1984, Burnie Brae offers care and support for seniors and people with disabilities. 

 

The Centre provides a wide range of services and activities for its members, with an onsite gym and regular trips to various destinations. 

 

For more information, please call 3624 2100 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  

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Aspley Student Leaders Luncheon

 

Recently, I hosted a luncheon at Parliament House for student leaders from schools in Aspley.  It was great to have the opportunity to talk to these fine young men and women, who are sure to be role models for other students.

 

Congratulations on their appointments, and I wish them all the best for the future.

 

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Aspley State High School Jubilee Celebrations

 

It was an honour to attend Aspley State High School's '50 Years of Learning' Jubilee celebrations. The day began with school tours, culminating in an official ssemby and roll call where everyone was served birthday cake to commemorte the outstanding achievements made by Aspley State High over the last 50 years. It was great to see generations of former and current students and teachers catching up with one another.

 

I congratulate Aspley State high on their Golden Jubilee, and look forward to seeing thier continuing growth in years to come.

 

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Zilmere Community Centre 'Sharing our Culture' Get-Together

 

I recently attended Zillmere Community Centre for the North East Community Support Group's 'Sharing our Culture' Get-Together. 

 

The get-together was held to acknowledge the great work that the Indigenous community has done for Brisbane's northside.  Events like these help to raise greater awareness of Indigenous culture across the wider community, and showcase it to all generations and cultures.

 

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Get Ready for Storm Season

 

With summer now here, I urge Aspley residents to take simple steps to prepare themselves for storm season. This could include steps as simple as cleaning up the backyard, gutters and loose branches.

 

It’s also useful to purchase a first aid kit, make up an emergency kit and keep a list of emergency numbers. Don’t forget to also lend a hand for your neighbours, especially if they are disabled or elderly.

 

For more information on storm preparedness, please visit http://getready.qld.gov.au/ or feel free to call my office on 3263 6703.

  

 

Visiting Hydrotherapy Brisbane

 

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Brisbane’s largest dedicated hydrotherapy facility, located here in Aspley. Hydrotherapy Brisbane was officially opened last month, and is located at Aspley Village Shopping Centre.

 

For more information, please visit www.hydrotherapybrisbane.com.au or call 3263 1515.

 

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Bracken Ridge Tavern Successful in QHA Awards

 

During the recent Queensland Hotels Association awards, Bracken Ridge Tavern was voted the Best Redeveloped Licensed Premises under $2 million for the new Phoenix Bar and Lounge.

 

After 18 months of planning and refurbishment, the Bracken Ridge Tavern now has new function facilities for meetings and weddings. Additionally, the Sports Bar has been updated to include larger TV’s, along with TAB and Keno Facilities. Congratulations to the team at the Bracken Ridge Tavern.

  

Bald Hills State School Fete

 

I had a great day recently at the Bald Hills State School Fete.

 

The students, parents, teachers and school personnell created a fantastic day for all of those who attended.

 

Thank you to the school and particularly Brenden McClennan for inviting me to participate in a great day!

 

 

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Visiting the Crime Stoppers stand at the Bald Hills State School Fete. 

 

  

Aspley to Gain Three Independent Public Schools

  

I am also pleased to announce that three Aspley schools that have been successful in their applications to become Independent Public Schools next year. Aspley State School, Aspley East State School and Craigslea State High School are among 54 Queensland state schools who were selected, and will join Aspley State High School in adopting the Independent Public Schools model in Queensland.

 

With greater input from parents, teachers and the community, these schools will have more freedom to shape their own direction and make decisions that will directly benefit their students. My congratulations to the three schools, and very best wishes for this exciting new chapter for them.

  

 

Carers Week Morning Tea

 

There are currently 2.6 million unpaid carers in Australia, and the contributions they make in our communities are invaluable.  I had the pleasure of meeting with many extraordinary carers during Carers Week at an information session and morning tea with Kerry Millard MP, Member for Sandgate.

 

This was an excellent opportunity to better understand the priorities and challenges faced by carers today.

 

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Aspley Classes for Seniors Annual Luncheon PDF Print E-mail

 

I was pleased to join 140 members of the Aspley Classes for Seniors at their annual luncheon.

 

This year’s luncheon was held at Aspley Hornets Football Club, and everyone had a great time.

 

Aspley Classes for Seniors organises over 40 courses, including Mahjong, French and Russian language programs and even line dancing.

 

For more information, please visit http://aspleyuc.org.au/groups/classesforseniors/about or call 3863 4170.

 

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Italian Catholic Seniors Morning Tea PDF Print E-mail

 

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the ‘Enjoying Life After Maturity’ morning tea at St Gerard Majella Catholic Church on Maundrell Terrace, hosted by the Italian Catholic Federation. The morning tea was one of over 300 events across the state to celebrate Seniors’ Week. Special thanks to Bianca Frangiosa, President of the Italian Catholic Federation and Connie Massadi for organising such a wonderful event.

 

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