According to a local Neighbourhood Watch update, there have been several break and enter offences in the Upper Mount Gravatt area in the last week. Offences have occurred in Remsen Street, Wolcott Street, and Mayfair Close.
Carindale Library Team Leader, Jennie Keppell welcomed the group and spoke about the birthday milestone and praised the library staff. She welcomed the government representatives in attendance – Cr Adrian Schrinner, Steve Minnikin MP and Ross Vasta MP.
Cr Schrinner read out some statistics for the Carindale Library. In the last 12 months there have been half a million through the doors and 550,000 loans.
“The number one thing that we get positive feedback about in our office across the road is the library and the staff in the library. That is something that we will never forget, we appreciate everything that you do in your team,” Cr Shrinner said.
“They work so hard, they love dealing with people, they love this library community. Not just the book component of it, but also the fact that this is about community and it’s about engaging with our local residents and making sure they have the services, the education and the facilities that are here.”
Sharan Harvey, Manager of Library Services told the audience that the way the community has embraced the library has made it successful. She said patrons, staff and Cr Shrinner have played a huge part in the success.
“In his role as deputy mayor, he is champion of a world class modern library service for the whole of Brisbane. We need champions like that. And this library has become a bit of a role model for other libraries, not just across Brisbane, but across other cities around Australia,” Ms Harvey said.
She said if there was one thing they would do differently, it would be to have built a large space to park all the prams.
Carindale local, Nell (pictured in the image slideshow below), came along and was described by one of the librarians as “one of the library’s best patrons” and by another librarian as “part of the furniture”. She said she loves reading the magazines and attending various events including art workshops and author talks. Nell, now a great-grandmother to a total of 19 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, says she discovered libraries when she was 10 years old and has been a regular ever since.
Cliff Wood (pictured in the image slideshow) was in attendance with his wife and friends. He is a visual artist based in Carindale who has had his artwork exhibited in the library.
The Carindale Post Office is still relocating to the Metropol Shopping Centre. That move looks to be happening ahead of schedule with plans to move over the weekend on 13 – 14 April 2013.
The ‘Community Postal Agency’ provides a more limited offering of Australia Post products and services. It will provide stamps, prepaid satchels, Express Post satchels and weighing and sending of mail and parcels.
We haven’t been aware of a Neighbour Day event in this area before and we’ve been wanting to run one for a while. The national day (on the last Sunday of March) has been running for 10 years now. Its origins are important.
One of the great things I noticed at this event was the interaction between people. Unlike a market, the stalls here had a focus on ‘activities’ not buying stuff. Not that markets or buying stuff is wrong, but we thought Neighbour Day needed to be more than that. And it was!
Australia Post will now be opening a shop front at Terry White Pharmacy (lower level) at Westfield Carindale.
As reported in January, the post office was forced out of Westfield and is moving to the Metropol centre (on the border of Mount Gravatt East, Carina & Carindale). Ross Vasta MP said that the move was due to a clash of egos unable to come to a better arrangement.
“You will all recall that I lobbied Australia Post on behalf of Carindale residents for Australia Post to retain a presence at Westfield Carindale and they have done so,” Mr Vasta says.
“A big thank you to Australia Post for listening to the residents of Carindale, this is a big win for the community.”
Dr Bill Glasson is the Federal LNP Candidate for the seat of Griffith.
The seat, currently held by Kevin Rudd MP, includes the suburbs of Balmoral, Bulimba, Hawthorne, Morningside, Norman Park, Seven Hills, Camp Hill, Carina Heights, Coorparoo, Greenslopes, Highgate Hill, Woolloongabba and sections of Cannon Hill, Carina, Holland Park, Holland Park West, Mount Gravatt East, Murarrie, Tarragindi, and West End.
I asked Bill about his political background, motivations and what he likes about where he lives.
Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Senator Jan McLucas has been running several National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) forums around Australia. Senator McLucas is now coming to Brisbane to run the forum with Labor Senator for Queensland Claire Moore at Mount Gravatt Bowls Club.
Senator Moore, on her Facebook page, said: “These forums will be a great opportunity to hear the results of the senate committee inquiry (which I had the honour of chairing) and Jan’s insights into the process of bringing an NDIS to all Australians.”
The legislation to set up the NDIS was passed today by the House of Representatives.
National Disability Insurance Scheme Forums
Monday 25 March 2013
Carson Room, Mt Gravatt Bowls Club, 1873 Logan Rd, Upper Mt Gravatt
The draft new City Plan has been approved by the Brisbane City Council and is now at the stage of being checked by the Queensland State Government. You can start providing your feedback now, but there is a formal statutory period of time coming up for submissions by the public.
There are a number of events around Brisbane where residents can find out more and ask questions.