Speech delivered by Ian Kaye, State Member for Greenslopes, in State Parliament on 21st November 2013.
The year 2013 has been an extremely busy year in Greenslopes, with many changes, from improvements to infrastructure as well as a couple of exciting new projects soon to begin. In the past year, I have been thrilled with a succession of announcements by the Newman government which will directly benefit the people of Greenslopes.
The Coorparoo transport oriented development will finally go ahead in 2014. Since 2007 residents have watched in horror as the old Myer building deteriorated and local businesses suffered, while the area became tired, neglected and rundown. Demolition of the old building will begin in 2014 with an expected completion date of 2019. There is a new buzz around Coorparoo and everybody is looking forward to our brand-new community hub. My thanks to the Premier for his can-do attitude.
This year saw another section of the bicycle veloway to Birdwood Road also completed. Mount Gravatt State Primary School can look forward to an improved pick-up and drop-off area, which should be completed by the time school returns next year. Every school in my electorate has benefited from much needed funding for their maintenance backlog. Two schools in particular are set for major funding to build new classrooms as a result of moving year 7 into high school. Cavendish Road State High School and Mount Gravatt State High School have received that funding. Local school students have continued to enjoy the additional safety provided by the flashing school zone lights installed outside the Cavendish Road High School.
The south side of Brisbane is home to several multicultural groups. It has been an honour and a privilege to join with our Muslim, African and Indian communities to celebrate their cultures and that we are all Australians. In 2013, I have met with schools, parents, students, P&Cs, P&Fs, neighbourhood watches, local businesses and other community groups to name a few. It has been a difficult few years but I am noticing new community confidence and a buoyancy that has been absent for many years. The people of Greenslopes are starting to see an improvement in the economy, improvements in their lifestyles and changes to the way our government is operating.
Changes to law and order to bring criminal gangs under control and to put more police into the community were vitally needed and in line with community expectations and as a result have been well received. After my representations, I would sincerely like to thank the Premier and the Minister for Education for the wonderful decision to transfer the spare Whites Hill State College oval to the Brisbane City Council to be preserved as much needed green space. The local community was very appreciative of this decision.
There is much more I could mention, but, unfortunately, I do not have the time. I am looking forward to what 2014 brings—more growth and change, but also more economic prosperity for the fantastic people of Greenslopes, whom I serve. I would like to take this opportunity to wish the community of the Greenslopes electorate, fellow members, parliamentary staff and, of course, my family a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.