Ex­cit­ing times for lo­cal fire sta­tions

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS - STIR­LING HINCHLIFFE MP

IT was ter­rific to be out door knock­ing res­i­dents across Bracken Ridge re­cently, shar­ing with them the im­por­tant news about the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s de­vel­op­ment of a new, $5.8m Fire and Res­cue Sta­tion on Bracken Ridge Road. To be com­pleted by 2020, this state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity will ac­com­mo­date for to 40 staff and three ap­pli­ances to meet the cur­rent and fu­ture needs of the com­mu­nity. The ex­ist­ing sta­tion on Brighton Road will re­main fully op­er­a­tional un­til works are com­pleted at the new sta­tion. I have se­cured a com­mit­ment for the ex­ist­ing site to re­main a com­mu­nity as­set through a closed ten­der process for lo­cal com­mu­nity groups. I very much look for­ward to work­ing along­side our com­mu­nity groups through this process. I also wel­come your ideas and thoughts mov­ing for­ward. Con­tact my of­fice on 3639 9100 or via email at Sandgate@par­lia­ment.qld.gov.au to be part of the dis­cus­sion.

WE all know that ev­ery dol­lar spent on lo­cal busi­nesses con­trib­utes to grow­ing our lo­cal econ­omy. That’s why I’m urg­ing all lo­cals to join me in sup­port of the ‘Go Lo­cal, Grow Lo­cal’ cam­paign part of the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing our lo­cal com­mu­nity is the place for small busi­ness to start, grow and em­ploy. By help­ing our small busi­nesses suc­ceed, we are also help­ing to build a stronger lo­cal com­mu­nity. More in­for­ma­tion on the ‘Go Lo­cal, Grow Lo­cal’ cam­paign can be found at: www.busi­ness.qld.gov.au /start­ing-busi­ness/ad­vice -sup­port/sup­port/small-b usi­ness/go-lo­cal.

IF you need some more ideas for the young ones to keep them en­ter­tained then head over to SANDBAG who are hold­ing a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties over the hol­i­day break. On Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 27 they are hold­ing wood­work­ing work­shops where chil­dren can make a ro­bot or name board at the Sandgate Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 153 Rain­bow Street. On Thurs­day Septem­ber 28 there is free totem paint­ing and a bar­be­cue at the Fitzgib­bon Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 545 Roghan Road, Fitzgib­bon. Book­ings are es­sen­tial so RSVP to Kylie Lamb on 3869 3244 or at klamb@sandbag.org.au

FI­NALLY, I would like to thank all read­ers for their in­ter­est in read­ing this col­umn from your lo­cal State Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment over the past few years. It has been a priv­i­lege to have shared with you the sto­ries of our unique com­mu­nity and the pos­i­tive im­pact the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment has had on our lo­cal com­mu­nity.

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