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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



Aspley Office Relocation PDF Print E-mail




I’d like to inform Aspley residents that the Aspley electorate office will soon be moving.


Our office on Gympie Road, Aspley, will be temporarily relocated to the Carseldine Government Precinct – Block B, 532 Beams Road, Carseldine.


Our current office will continue to be open until close of business, Thursday September 25, and reopen with our new temporary office on Monday September 29 at Carseldine.


More information will be sent to your letterbox shortly, however please don’t hesitate to call 3263 6703 if you need any assistance.

Local Update August - September PDF Print E-mail


Bridgeman Downs outstanding young ambassador


Inspiring young leader Alexander Palmer, from Bridgeman Downs has been selected as one of the six Queensland Youth Strategy Ambassadors for 2014–15.


I have had the great pleasure of congratulating Alex on his success, who will represent the area of Health and Wellbeing as part of the Queensland Youth Strategy.


The Queensland Youth Strategy outlines the Queensland Government’s commitments to providing young people with the connections they need to reach their potential and lead healthy, fulfilling lives.


For more information about the Queensland Youth Strategy Ambassadors and program visit:



Pictured with Alex Palmer and St Paul's Principal Paul Browning


Robinson Road & Telegraph Road Overpass Opening


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It was great to visit the new Robinson Road pedestrian overpass in Geebung on Tuesday (09.09.14) to announce great news for Aspley residents: Telegraph Road overpass is almost complete and is being delivered months ahead of schedule.


The LNP Government is working hard to cater for our area’s needs as part of our strong plan for a brighter future. We’ve delivered on our commitment to alleviate congestion with this project and already we’ve seen a significant improvement in traffic flow.


We've also delivered the project months ahead of schedule. Two lanes of the Bracken Ridge overpass opened to traffic in May, with finishing touches on the additional two lanes expected to be completed in the coming weeks.



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 Pictured from left with Minister Scott Emerson, Kerry Millard MP, Jason Woodforth MP and Premier Campbell Newman



Public Transport Boost - Have Your Say


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Our Government is building the roads and public transport our growing state needs. We’ve already delivered an extra 3000 train and bus services, but now we’re doing more and asking Queenslanders whether they want savings invested in reduced fares or more services. Have your say on the Translink website or by calling my electorate office on 3263 6703.


2014 Multi-Disability State Bowls Championships

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After successfully hosting the Queensland Multi-Disability State Bowls Championships last year, Aspley Bowls Club once again has the terrific honour of hosting the Championships for a second year in a row.





Not only is it a great credit to the tireless efforts of the Club in hosting such a prestigious competition, but I believe it is a true testament to the wonderful community spirit and warm hospitality we here in Aspley have to offer. Competitors from all across the state – from the Gold Coast to Dalby, and all the way up the Queensland coast including Gympie, Rockhampton and as far north as Cairns –  have come to our little community to compete over four days.




I wish to sincerely thank the Aspley Bowls Club for inviting me to officially open the Championships, including the honour of bowling the ceremonial ‘first bowl’, and I wish the best of luck to everyone who will be competing throughout the week.



Seniors Week 2014 Aspley Achiever Awards


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On August 16-24 Queensland once again celebrated Seniors Week, recognising the valuable contribution older people maker make to their communities. To celebrate this week, I was delighted to host a series of Aspley Achiever Seniors Week Award presentations, with 300 guests attending from across four of our retirement home and aged care villages, including Aspley AVEO, Aspley Compton Gardens, Bridgeman Downs AVEO and Holy Spirit Home Carseldine.


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The role seniors play in Aspley cannot be overstated, with many quietly going about their business as they volunteer their time – be it with our established community groups or individually helping with ad-hoc jobs – which is why the inspiring and tireless work of our seniors deserved to be recognised. As the local member and the Minister for Seniors it was particularly special for me to be able to present 35 awards to some of our outstanding residents and carers last week, who, true to form, were all so humble and gracious in receiving their awards. 



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I’d like to thank the wonderful staff across our retirement and care homes who were so generous with their time and helped make each event the great success that it was, and I’d also like to thank Luke Howarth, the Federal Member for Petrie, who kindly joined me in celebrating our senior constituents. After the fun and excitement of Seniors Week 2014, I only look forward to celebrating Seniors Week 2015. 



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Congratulations Northisde Junior Sports Academy

It was great to catch up with Kerry McLean from the Northside Junior Sports Academy and present him with a Gambling Community Benefit Fund certificate for more than $30,000. As a successful recipient of this funding, Kerry and the Academy will soon be able to start construction on a much-needed new sports shed for the club.




Don’t forget if you’re part of a community or sports club there are still plenty of funding opportunities available that may help to build new infrastructure or bring in new members. For more information feel free to contact my office on 3263 6703 and arrange for one of my Aspley Grants Guide packs. 


Victory in the Pacific Day, 2014


On August 15 I was honoured to visit the Kedron-Wavell Sub Branch RSL and lay a wreath at this year’s Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day commemorative service. Reflecting on the surrender of Japan, which signalled the end of World War II, this years’ service paid a beautiful tribute to the service and sacrifice of so many young Australian soldiers throughout the pacific, especially in Papua New Guinea.






I was particularly proud to see our local school children play a pivotal role in the service, ensuring that the memory of our soldiers will continue to live on. As we continue to build towards commemorations for the Centenary of the ANZAC, it would be wonderful to see as many of our younger generations as possible take part and honour all Australian servicemen and women, both past and present. 




Local Update: May - July 


Guide Dogs Open Day



The GDQ annual Open Day was held on Sunday 6 July from 10am‐3pm at the Guide Dogs Queensland Breeding and Training Centre, 1978 Gympie Road, Bald Hills.


This was a great chance for vistors to go behind-the-scenes of one of Australia’s most loved charities and see our canine friends in training to be the next generations of working Guide Dogs.


With Guide Dog and puppy demonstrations, kennel tours, dog displays from organisations like the Police and defence force, as well as a heap of food and fun activities for the kids, there was plenty to do for a fun family day out.


 For more information on Guide Dogs Queensland, please call 1800 810 122

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At the Guide Dogs Queensland open day with Kerry Millard MP



Craigslea State School Carnival 



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Last Saturday Craigslea State School hosted their bi-annual School Carnival and as always it was a roaring success. It was great to attend the Carnival and see so many families not just from Craigslea but from the greater North Brisbane area swing by and have fun. In addition to a spectacular evening fireworks display, arguably the highlight for many students would have been the opportunity to have their chance at ‘dunking' their principal, Hugh Goodfellow. 


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I’d like to congratulate Craigslea Carnival Convenor Michelle Roberton for putting on a wonderful day, and thank all the parents, students and staff who helped make the carnival a fun event for all.



 Prince Charles Hospital Visit 


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Recently I paid a visit to the Prince Charles Hospital where Michael Hornby, CEO Prince Charles Foundation, gave me a tour of their amazing research facilities and provided an update on the outstanding work they’re doing. I really enjoyed being able to have a chat with some of our brightest minds as they continued their ground-breaking work on new and innovative ways to treat a variety of illnesses.



This year the Prince Charles Hospital will mark 60 years of serving the community. Stay tuned for a series of events that will not only celebrate this amazing milestone, but importantly raise funds to help sustain the Hospital’s research. For more information or to donate, please visit



 Kedron Art Group Exhibit - Aspley Hypermarket 


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On Friday I popped down to the Aspley Hypermarket Shopping Centre to have a look at the wonderful art and craft exhibition hosted by the Kedron Art Group. On display were a number of incredible paintings done by their members, with everything from still-life to landscapes. There was also a great collection of crafts and hand-made tea towels available for sale, with proceeds going towards Tough Love Queensland; a program for families and communities that struggle with adolescent behaviour.



I’d like to thank the ladies of the Kedron Art Group for taking me through the exhibition and wish them all the best for their next display, due soon in Stafford. For more information on the Tough Love program, please visit



 Free "No Door-To-Door Traders" Stickers and Do Not Call Register Forms


A number of residents have recently expressed their frustration at the high level of door-to-door salesmen and telemarketing calls they continue to receive.


My office now has “No Door-to-Door Traders” stickers and information/application forms for the “Do Not Call Register” available for collection from my office.


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Education Accord Announcement at Aspley State School


It was wonderful last week to have Premier Campbell Newman and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek visit Aspley State School to announce the Queensland Education Accord. This is an opportunity for everyone to have their say in developing a 30 year vision on the future of education that delivers for our students.


I’ll be consulting locally with members from our school communities in the lead up to a day-long summit, where delegates from around Queensland will develop the Accord. I am pleased that three representatives, a teacher, parent, and principal, will be able to attend the summit on behalf of our local community.


Details of my community consultation will soon be announced, however if you would like to register your interest early, please contact my electorate office on 3263 6703.


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With A.S.S Principal Andrew Duncan, Premier Campbell Newman, Education Minister John-Paul Langrboek and students


Telegraph Road Overpass Bridge walk over


It was great to join so many families out on Sunday May 18 for a walk over the Telegraph Road Overpass Bridge before it officially opened for traffic.


With this important milestone now reached, 16,000 northside motorists will enjoy a much-safer journey as they travel to/from work.


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At the walk over with Kerry Millar MP and Councillor Amanda Cooper



Successful Community Grant Recipients share in more than $210,000


Local groups throughout Brisbane’s Northside have received a funding boost through the latest round of State Government community grants.


The much-needed injection has delivered more than $210,000 to North Brisbane charities and not-for-profits through the Gambling Community Benefit fund, ensuring invaluable frontline services continue to be delivered to the local community.


Whether it’s bringing residents closer together, assisting disadvantaged youth or promoting greater cultural diversity, these groups are the backbone of our local communities and need our support.


Successful organisations from Aspley are:


Y-Care & YMCA Aspley received $26,931 to purchase of equipment


Brisbane Malaylee Association received $5,925 for their festival in January 2015


Congratulations to  Y-Care & YMCA Aspley and Brisbane Malaylee Association!


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Presenting Y-Care - YMCA Aspley, located at the Aspley Special School, with their Grant Certificate



Aspley Orchid Society Mother's Day Show


I was very pleased to recently attend the annual Aspley Orchid Society Mother’s Day Show.


The aim of the Aspley Orchid Society is to foster a knowledge of the cultivation, care of orchids and to promote good fellowship amongst its members and other orchid growers.


The Aspley Orchid Society meets monthly (except January & December) in the Community Hall, Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights.


For more information on the Aspley Orchid Society feel free to visit their webpage at www., email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or feel free to post a letter to President Glenys Kent at:


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Thank you to all the members for putting together a wonderful event and giving me the opportunity to view the amazing works of our local orchid growers.


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With Janine Hussey at the Aspley Special School stand at the Aspley Orchid Society show



Northside C&K Annual Twilight Market and Art Auction


The rain did not deter the coordi-nators, educators & families as well as nearby residents from attending the Annual Northside C&K Twilight Market to raise money for Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia.


The event started at 3.30pm and finished at 7pm. The market stalls included Fifth Avenue Jewellery, Medicare Local, Tupperware, Global Kidz Multi Cultural Resources, Aussie Home Loans, Phoenix Cards and Silver Forge Jewellery.


A big thank you to Christine Wright for inviting me to the event! I am very happy the fundraiser was a great success where approxiamately $1200 was raised, congratulations!


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Artworks by students of the C&K Northside which were auctioned in the Silent Art Auction



Front left to right, Coordinators Neva Hoffman, Ali Dwyer & Admin Lisa Hay.

Back left to right, Coordina-tors Kath Doherty, Amanda Roggenkamp, CEO Michael Tizard, MP Tracy Davis & Lead Coordinator Chris-tine Wright.



Local Update March & April PDF Print E-mail

 Strong Choices


Residents now have the chance to have their say and contribute to a “People’s Budget”, by telling the State Government how they would like to tackle the $80 billion State debt.


You can go online at or visit a local shopping centre information booth in coming weeks to use the People’s Budget Tool and make a submission.


Already there has been an incredible response from Queenslanders with 20,000 submissions and 85,000 unique website visitors in the first week alone. I’d encourage all residents to have their say by going online, or contact my office on 3263 6703 for more information or to request a hard-copy submission form.

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It was a great honour to attend our ANZAC services and join with locals as we commemorated the service and sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women. I’m a firm believer that is through personal stories where we gain the greatest insight into the meaning of the ANZAC spirit, something which was proudly on display.


This year I was delighted to have the opportunity to address the Geebung, Pinnaroo and Bald Hill services and share with the community excerpts from the diaries of two World War I soldiers who fought in France.


Every year I’m always encouraged by the ever-growing number of residents that take the time to pause and reflect on the contribution our soldiers have made, particularly the younger members of our community. It was similarly a terrific sight to see our school communities commemorate ANZAC Day in their own special way, holding services throughout the school week.


I’d like to thank Craigslea State High, Aspley State High and Bald Hills State schools for having me last week as you carried on the ANZAC tradition.


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C&K Bald Hills Community Kindergarten


Recenty I dropped in to C&K Bald Hills Community Kindergarten, where they have recently celebrated their second anniversary.


In just two years C&K Bald Hills has grown to become an integral part of our community, with children from some 44 families accessing education and care, all from various backgrounds and abilities.


C&K Bald Hills has recently applied for a grant under the state government’s Gambling Community Benefit Fund to purchase additional learning equipment and resources.


If your organisation is considering applying for a similar grant, please don’t hesitate to contact my office on 3269 6703 where we can arrange a letter of support.

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Aspley Memorial Bowls Club Fashion Parade & Morning Tea


I paid a visit to the Aspley Memorial Bowls Club where the ladies put on a fantastic fashion parade, high tea, and craft auction. It was a wonderful morning and it was great to be able to catch up with some of Aspley Bowls’ finest.


I’d like to thank all who were involved in making this a great day out, and stay tuned for a another fashion parade to be held at the Bowls Club later in the year.

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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 Chelsea!


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Pictured with Chelsea, the 2014 YMCA Youth Parliament Aspley representative



Local Update January & February PDF Print E-mail


Niranlee House Visit


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Recently I had the pleasure of joining Niranlee House residents for a morning tea. Opened in 1989, Niranlee 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 Niranlee 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



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



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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 or

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 or feel free to contact my office to arrange for a free storm pack. Limited packs available.




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.


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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'




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. 


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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


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 .




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 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 or call 3263 1515.






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!





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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