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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



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Have Your Say on Domestic Violence






I'm urging all Queenslanders to have their say on tackling domestic and family violence in Queensland. As Shadow Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, I have released a consultation paper that will begin a discussion on a proposed scheme modelled on the United Kingdom’s Clare’s Law, currently being trialled in New South Wales.



Clare’s Law allows access to vital information about someone’s violent past and crimes. It means a person, their friends or family members who have a concern about his or her partner, would be able to make an application to the police for information on whether that person has a history of domestic violence or sexual offences.



Clare’s Law was initially set up in the United Kingdom after a woman named Clare Wood was murdered by her former partner. In the course of the investigation it was discovered he had a violent past that had it been known by the victim or her family may have saved her life. “The statistics around domestic and family violence are frightening with on average, one woman killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence.



We need to find ways to increase the safety of people at risk of domestic violence and through preventative measures, potentially saving lives.



To provide your feedback please complete the on-line form:


Alternatively, please feel free to contact my office on 3263 6703 to arrange for a hard-copy. 



New Books for the Pyjama Foundation

Written by Aspley Author





Recently I had a lovely visit from Bronwyn Sheehan, CEO & founder of The Pyjama Foundation, Pyjama Angel Carina and local Aspley writer Jennifer Poulter.
The Pyjama Foundation, through their incredible ‘Pyjama Angel’ volunteers, help children in care improve their literacy and numeracy skills through reading. I was delighted to purchase a collection of Jennifer’s Children’s Books which will be added to the Foundation’s library.
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Thank you so much to Bronwyn, Carina and Jennifer for a lovley morning and for the great work you do to get more of our children engaged with reading. 


Aspley Hornets Football Club: 
Family Fun Day and Season Launch


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Over the weekend I had a terrific time at the Aspley Hornets Football Club for their Family Fun Day and Season Launch. Throughout the afternoon I ran into some very friendly faces, including Brian Jones from the Aspley Gardens Neighbourhood Watch and Ian 'Reevesie' Reeves AOM from the Hornets (above).  


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Complete with food stalls, a beer garden with live music, multiple rides, and a petting zoo, there really was something for everyone yesterday. Fingers crossed the Club can go back-to back and take our this year's NEAFL competition. Best of luck to all teams this season!


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Aspley Rugby League Football Club:
Under-6 Gala Day


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On Saturday I visited the Aspley Rugby League Football Club for thier Under-6 Gala Day. In total, 14 teams from eight clubs across North Brisbane came to Aspley for a morning full of friendly competition, including plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Well done again to the Aspley Devils Under-6s for such a great start to the season. 



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Aspley Memorial Bowls Club:
High Tea and Fashion Parade




Had an absolutely lovely time at the Aspley Memorial Bowls Club High Tea and Fashion Parade on Friday March 20. The unseasonably warm weather couldn't keep away the more than 180 ladies that came along for a morning full of great fun, including a number of contemporary outfits being modelled by the Club's very own members. Thank you again ladies for being such wonderful hosts as always. 



Kookaburra Habitat Boxes Program



With school teacher Greg Richardson (far left), members of the Men's Shed, 
and students (from left-right) Brian, Tyson, Dom and Dylan


At Aspley Special School there is currently a terrific collaboration involving Aspley's local Ridley Road Men Shed for students to construct Kookaburra habitat boxes.




Recently I joined members of the Men's Shed to see first-hand the boxes being made and the results were just outsanding. With the expert direction of school teacher Greg Richardson, students assemble the boxes from scratch and, once completed, will be later be installed locally in the North Brisbane area. 





Brisbane Comes Together for the

'Multicultural Taste of the World' Festival




It was wonderful visit and take part in the second-annual Multicultural Taste of the World Festival, hosted by the Brisbane Malayalee Association. With a diverse range of cultures showcasing amazing dance, food, and music, last Saturday's festival was a great community event with something for everyone. 






Congratualtions once again to all members of the Brisbane Malayalee Assosication for making the festival the success that it was. I can't wait to see what's in store for next year!


Congratulations Aspley Bowls Club!


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Congratulations to the Aspley Memorial Bowls Club for becoming the latest recipients of the Queensland Government's Get in the Game funding program. 


Under the program's Get Playing initiative, local clubs can apply for funding to help with the development or rejuvenation of their facilities; helping clubs attract new members and ultimately getting more Queenslanders involved in sport.


It was great to visit the bowls club and present a cheque for $100,000 which will go towards the redevelopment of one of thier bowls greens to synthetic grass. Congratulations again to all Aspley Bowls Club members, I can't wait to see the new green in action this year!


Get Ready for Storm Season


Southeast Queensland’s heavy storms recently were a timely reminder to have your home kits up-to-date in the event of an emergency.



A great initiative by the State Government is the 'Get Ready' wristband that contains a USB. Do you have copies of your insurance policies, passports or other important information in case they get destroyed in a natural disaster? You can store copies of these documents (up to 1GB) on the USB and wrap it around your wrist in the case of an emergency.



The USB wristbands are available for collection from my electorate office. If you would like one, please drop into my office at Block B, 532 Beams Road, Carseldine and 'Get Ready' or feel free to call my office on 07 3263 6703 to request your checklists and a free ‘Get Ready Queensland’ memory stick, so you can safely and digitally store your important documents.



 For help with preparing an Emergency Kit and Evacuation Plan you can visit the website






Morning Tea With Minister McArdle


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Recently I was delighted to host a morning tea at the Holy Spirit Home Carseldine with Mark McArdle, Minister for Energy and Water Supply. It was a great opportunity to sit down with residents and talk about issues of interest to our seniors.


Thanks once again to the management at Holy Spirt for providing their venue, and to the wonderful residents who took the time to come along and share a cuppa with the Minister. 



Bald Hills Art Fair 2014


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It was great to pop down to Bald Hills State School at the start of the month and see thier Art Fair in full swing.


With craft stalls, dance and ensemble pieces across all year groups and of course, plenty of student artworks, there was no way the rain was going to dampen the spirits of the community. I


t was wonderful to see plenty of locals still come out and show their support, and I'd like to congratulate Principal David Turner and the P&C Comittee for putting on an amazing Fair. 



Lights Switch On For Northern Suburbs Pony Club


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In late October I attended the official Lights Opening Ceremony at the Northern Suburbs Pony Club to see the club's new facilities in full display.


Earlier this year, the NSPC received more than $27,000 from the State Government's Get Playing program to install floodlighting at the equestrian arena. 


Now that the lights are ready to go, riders and horses alike will be able to escape this summer head by training later in the evenings; a win-win for all! Congratulations again to Club President Vic Summers and all Pony Club members, and thank you for hosting such an entertaining evening.



Flashing Lights For Craigslea Schools


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I'm delighted to announce that new, 40km/h Flashing Lights have now been installed along Hamilton Road for our Craigslea State, and Craigslea State High schools.


Already I've received feedback from many residents and members of the Craigslea schooling community welcoming the lights and noticing the positive impact this is having for the safety of students as they travel to and from school each day.


 It was great to visit Craigslea State High School shortly after the lights were installed, and along with Principal Mark Farwell see the lights in action. 



2014 Student Leaders Luncheon


Recently I hosted a luncheon at Parliament House for the senior student leaders of Aspley's secondary schools.


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.


Thank you to Josh, Vivien, Brandon, Emma and Head of Senior School Paul Sullivan from Saint Paul's School, Isabel, Martha and Head of Senior Schooling Wendy Jackson from Craigslea State High School and Max, Tamika and Principal Jacquita Miller from Aspley State High School for attending.


Congratulations on the student leaders for their 2014 appointments and I wish them all the best for the future.


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Noise barriers Old Northern Road secured


After years of lobbying the Minister for Transport and Main Roads, I'm pleased to announce that I have secured funding for the construction of sound barriers along one of the noisiest sections of Old Northern Road.


Tim Mander, Member for Everton and I continued to fight for the necessary funding for this project to commence. We have been working closely with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to ensure these sound barriers would be delivered to the community. Now that the Government has brought our state finances under control, we are now in a position to commence the construction of the noise barriers.


I understand this has been a frustrating process and I would like to thank you for your patience.


To progress this project in a quick timeframe, the design and construction of the noise barriers will be undertaken in two stages. Stage one will be between the Jinker Track and Harpuila Place on the western side and between Sunningdale Court and Galaxy Street on the eastern side of Old Northern Road. Detailed design and construction is being completed and TMR will go out to tender in November 2014 to engage a contractor to undertake these works.


Stage two will involve noise barrier works between Galaxy Street and Hamilton Road on the eastern side and Allamanda Crescent and opposite Goodman Close on the western side of Old Northern Road.


Construction of stage one of the project is expected to commence in late January 2015 with stage two to follow in early to mid-2015. A map outlining the location of the barriers is attached overleaf for your information.


TMR will ensure property owners and the community are informed as the project progresses.


I’m sure you will agree this is a fantastic result for local residents.

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Carers Week 2014

This week (12/10/14) marks the start of the 2014 Carers Week celebrations.
Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation. Anyone at any time can become a carer.
Carers Week is an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles. Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy, and Carers Week provides you with a chance to take time out to learn about carers and caring in Australia.
Carers Week 2014 will be celebrated throughout Australia from 12 –18 October.


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It was wonderful to launch Carers Week in Queensland with Val French, who founded the state's carer's association 25 years ago.



Seniors Concert tickets now on sale!   


Seniors concert tickets for Aspley are now available for sale through my office.


They have been widely popular in the past so don't leave it to the last minute to secure your ticket. This is a great opportunity to visit Parliament House, listen to our young local talent and taste Parliament's famous scones.


Please call 3263 6703 to arrange your ticket.


Date: Tuesday, 18 November

Time: (Doors open at 9:30am) 10:00am - 12:00pm

Venue: Premiers Hall, Parliament House

Cost: $13

RSVP: Tuesday, 11 November



Queensland Youth Strategy Ambassadors


I recently had the opportunity to meet our six Queensland Youth Strategy Ambassadors and present them with certificates of recognition at Parliament House.

These young people are already role models for their peers and it is wonderful to see them stepping up to the challenge of being an ambassador for their particular area of connection. 

For more information about the Queensland Youth Strategy Ambassadors and program visit the
Queensland Government’s youth website.


Aspley Office Relocation PDF Print E-mail




I’d like to inform Aspley residents that the Aspley electorate office has moved.


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


Our new postal address is - P.O. BOX 857, ASPLEY, QLD, 4034.


More information will be sent to Aspley electorate letterboxes however please do not hesitate to call 307 263 6703 if you need any assistance.

Local Update August - September PDF Print E-mail


Queensland Education Accord Summit


More than 450 delegates attended the 2014 Education Accord to voice their ideas and those of their communities, and contribute to shaping Queensland’s 30-year vision for the future of education.

Special thanks to Sharon Krohn, Carolynne Hassal and Andrew Duncan for representing the electorate of Aspley at the summit and helping shape the future of Queensland Education.

A summary of the day, the results from the session activities, and next steps in the consultation process are set out in the Queensland Education Accord Summit Communique. You can read the Communique and find out more about the Education Accord here: See More.
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 School Funding Boost


Seven schools in my Aspley electorate are set to receive an extra total of $429,900 to repair paths, replace carpet and repaint.
Our kids will have the best possible learning environment thanks to the third round of the Newman Government’s $300 million Fixing Our Schools Fund (FoS).
The FoS initiative continues the momentum originated by the $200 million Advancing our Schools Maintenance (AoSM) initiative which commenced in 2012-13 to reduce the 2011-12 maintenance backlogs in Queensland state schools. The FoS provides a further $100 million in 2014-15 to ensure that state schools are fully funded to clear all remaining 2011-12 maintenance liability and address emerging planned maintenance.



Albany Creek Excelsior Football Club Junior End
of Season Presentation Day & new facilities opening



I recently had the  great pleasure of attending the Albany Creek Excelsior Football Club's junior end of season presentation day and the opening of the club's new change room facilties located at the South Pine Sporting Complex in Brendale. 


I was honoured to officially open the new facilties with the Hon Tim Mander MP, Minister for Housing and Public Works and I would like to express a large thank you to the Albany Creek Excelsior Football Club for a great afternoon of celebration.


Albany Creek Excelsior Soccer Club caters for players of all ages, gender and ability from juniors through to senior men's teams.


They offer: Soccer clinics- these operate during the school holidays for football and junior players and are run by expert coaches in coaching and developing high quality football players. Kindy football-for juniors 3-5 years old. 5 A Side Outside Competition-small field competion for ages 6 to over 35's. Football Carnivals-at least 3 carnivals per year for the junior teams in the club.


The Albany Creek Excelsior Soccer Club website contains extensive information about the club or for more information you can email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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Aspley Hornets Football Club Youth Presentation Day


On behalf of all Aspley locals I would like to extend my congratulations to the Aspley Hornets for their incredible NEAFL grand final victory on Saturday (13 September 2014).


It was an outstanding team effort throughout all four quarters, capped by Daniel Smith’s on-the-siren goal to beat the Sydney Swans 102-100. A terrific result to see!


Earlier that morning I was delighted to take part in the Aspley Hornets Football Club Youth Presentation Day.


As always it was great to see so many of our talented youngsters receive the recognition they deserve for their sporting achievements and for really getting out there and having a go.


Congratulations once again to all of our Aspley Hornets Football Club members, from the junior teams all the way to the NEAFL, and good luck for next year!


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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


Brisbane Malayalee Association Grand Onam Celebration


Indian culture came alive in Bracken Ridge last weekend as the Brisbane Malayalee Association hosted their Grand Onam Celebration.


Celebrating the cultural heritage of the Indian Kerala community, the day was full of traditional festivities including music and dance, as well as wonderful exotic foods.


I’d like to thank Brisbane Malayalee Association President John Mathew for his invitation to join in the festivities, and congratulate him and all Malayalee members for hosting such a vibrant and successful festival.


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White Balloon Day 2014


Assistant Minister for Child Safety Tarnya Smith MP and I are proud to be getting behind the #whoRUprotecting campaign as part of #whiteballoonday.


We're protecting Qld Kids!


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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



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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