Which local road just had its speed limit reduced for road safety? In this email, you’ll find out. You’ll get an update on our Fix A Footpath Blitz, get news about community gardens, and a crime alert from Indooroopilly Police.
Community Gardens – progress continues
Stage 2 of the St Lucia community garden is nearing completion. The second stage of the earthworks to create a second tier is all but complete. Next stop: planter boxes.
The Taringa Community Garden is currently fenced off. Council is rolling out Stage 2 at this garden, too. This involves putting down gravel beds, making flat spaces and preparing for the storage shed, which is a specially designed shipping container (coming very soon). I’m thrilled to be able to deliver the funding for our community gardens, through Brisbane City Council.
As you may know, we had to cancel our Compost Hub launch because of a COVID scare, but we will reschedule. Meanwhile…
We have free plants in the office (unused promos from the compost hub launch) to give away. Please call for your free plant: 34070005.
Indooroopilly Police have issued a Crime Alert: in just two weeks, our local area had 42 cars either stolen or broken into.
Remarkably, of the 35 cars that were broken into, 26 were left unlocked. Unremarkably, the Police urge everyone to lock their cars and to hide valuables.
This alert reminded me of a crime wave in San Francisco, where a car was broken into every 23 minutes. Watch the video.
Fix A Footpath Blitz
We’re on a blitz to fix local footpaths.
Since the blitz began last month, hundreds of trip hazards, dips, breaks, and missing sections have been fixed. Most of the fixes seem to be in Taringa, but residents in all suburbs are encouraged to get involved and report broken footpaths.
Check out the before and fixed photos from Lambert Rd. Don’t be shy! Call in broken footpaths: 34070005.
Meanwhile, more footpaths have been constructed: Toowong’s Gower Street, and Gunnin Street, Fig Tree Pocket (closes a long-endured missing link).
Watch out for…
There’s plenty happening locally. In the next few weeks:
• It’s back to school time, so remember to do 40km/h in school zones
• Storm season is approaching! If your street needs a sweep, please let us know. And if you have a minute, please make sure the stormwater drain in your street isn’t blocked. Let us know
• Sir John Chandler Park (Long Pocket) is getting some nice new park benches so you can enjoy the wonderful river view. If you would like to see a seat, bench or bubbler somewhere, we’re all ears.
• Nominate a hardworking local resident for a Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Award!
• Keating Park Memorial is getting a garden makeover in time for Remembrance Day.
• The brick wall on the corner of Burbong St and Moggill Rd is getting painted a lovely blue. We did extensive consultation through Chapel Hill, and that was easily the most popular colour.
Local improvements and upgrades
Brisbane City Council officers have been hard at work delivering the projects that we’ve been working on for some months. Locally, we’ve:
• Seen three more local streets resurfaced as part of Council’s capital works programs. Rennie and Lohe Streets in Indooroopilly and Carmody Rd in St Lucia are the latest smooth streets. Toowong’s Lodge Street also got resurfaced.
• Got the car park at Taringa Playground Park (opposite Bob Jane T-Mart) resurfaced (well, surfaced for the first time, actually) so now you can park there and not get covered in dust.
• Been thrilled that a new accessible footpath has been built in Hillsdon Road (Taringa). This involved removing two small trees and constructing a flexible path to allow pedestrians, cyclists and stroller-pushers to more easily access the area.
• Watched the first stage of construction of McCaul Street’s Avenue of Shade. This will assist Indooroopilly State High School students for their pick up and drop-off.
• Delivered a Flow Hive (Australian-designed and manufactured special beehive) to Vera Street Garden in Toowong. Now they can have bees pollinate their crops and enjoy delicious honey!
• Been notified that major drainage works are about to start on Gailey Rd (call 3407 0005 for details)
• Seen the pedestrian crossing on Swann Rd near completion.
• Secured a bus stop upgrade on Sherwood Rd, Toowong. It’s near Miskin Street and will include an extension to the turn-in, a shelter, and making it more accessible.
• Extended the life of the Walter Taylor Bridge by conducting essential road surface works. Thanks for your patience while the bridge was closed last week.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner runs a tight ship so it’s pleasing to be able to deliver so much while still maintaining responsible fiscal management.
• Owning your first home is now easier under Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner: Brisbane City Council is making it easier to buy your first home by providing a 50% rates rebate for eligible first homeowners of up to $1000. Eligible first home buyers who buy or build a new home can now receive a 100% rebate of up to $2000. The applicable rebate will be provided over a 12 month period from the build completion date.
• Green Bridges Designs Popular: The proposed designs for the Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek Green Bridges have received overwhelming support from thousands of Brisbane residents who had their say on the latest design.
• New KittyCat catamarans to purr along Brisbane River: A fleet of mini catamarans, dubbed ‘KittyCats’, will sub in for Council’s suspended old timber ferry fleet while they undergo a lengthy assessment for restoration.
Speed limit reductions and reviews
In huge news for Indooroopilly, I’m pleased to say that our 12-month campaign to reduce speeds on local streets has had a win:
The speed limit on Harts Rd and Meiers Rd will be reduced to 50km/h to improve road safety.
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback about safety in the area, specifically calling for a speed limit reduction. This is a huge win for our area and I sincerely appreciate your input in helping to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.
The speed limit changes will come into effect on 27 October 2020. You will see portable electronic signs in the week preceding the change, so drivers will have ample opportunity to see the new speed limit before it is introduced.
Also, a concurrent campaign to reduce the speed on Russell Terrace and Chapel Hill Road has been running for about a year, too. While there’s been no official notification regarding the outcome of the speed limit review for these roads, I’m hopeful (based on the Harts Rd outcome) that we’ll see safety improvements near the Green Hill Reservoir, too.
A big shout out to all the locals who signed the petition for increased road safety in Chapel Hill! It’s been great working with Pullenvale Ward Councillor Greg Adermann for these changes.
Something for seniors
• The Lord Mayor’s Seniors Christmas Parties are always very popular and tickets open soon.
• Seniors groups are eligible for “Seniors Celebration Donations” of up to $300 per member (depending on applications).
• Council’s free off-peak travel for seniors is always very popular. if you haven’t signed up, you should!
If you’d like details on any of these things, please call our office for info: 3407 0005
I look forward to being able to let you know if our long campaign to get the speed limit reduced on Chapel Hill Rd and Russell Tce is successful. We should have a new date for the launch of the Taringa Composting Hub, and we should have news about rugby posts and cricket nets.
Cr James Mackay
Councillor for Walter Taylor
PS: Do you know what an Avenue of Shade is? This video explains the new one going in at Indooroopilly State High School.
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