Friday, 15 November 2013 11:47

21st May 2013 Council Speech - Karawatha Family Fun Day Featured

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Thank you, Madam Chairman. I rise to speak this afternoon regarding the Karawatha Family Fun Day which was held in my ward on Sunday and I have to say the weather was picture perfect. There wasn't a cloud in the sky so that was wonderful. Easily 2,000 people turned up for my first Family Fun Day so I was very pleased with that. There were many, many families with lots of young children taking part in all the activities that my staff and I organised with the help of the Lord Mayor's Suburban Initiative Fund.

The children, we had free fairy floss, snow cones, face painting, Life Be In It games. There was pedal cars, both the for young and old, arts and crafts, jumping castle and for the adults, of course, we had a free coffee van. So the line up for that, as you can imagine, was fairly huge. We had a few community groups there. We had the Forest Protection Society who were conducting walks through the forest. I think their third and final walk, they had something like 40 people taking part which I think is always a wonderful thing to see.

Sunnybank District History Group were there, which is a group that was started when I was a candidate back in 2010 and that continues to this day. While the group is small, only small numbers of locals, we continue to meet on a monthly basis and we're looking forward to getting lots of projects done through that and I know they spoke to many local residents about that at the time.

Kuraby community gardens people were also there selling their worm juice, which they like to make and they get a living out of that and that keeps their group funded. I had people from SES, St John's and the police were there, all of who commented how much community engagement they had on that particular day, something which apparently doesn't always happen at these events.

In actual fact, I actually even had emails back from those groups and even the police saying what a wonderful day it was. So I'm very pleased to get positive feedback like that. I do need to thank some Council officers, Rachel and Matt who are both part of the Karawatha Forest, one the areas that they look after.  They do a magnificent job and of course they did a huge job leading up to the day, making sure that everything looked smicko and it did and they did a wonderful job.  Andrew and Jan, of course, were there. That was part of the discovery centre which is a huge commitment that this Council is making to the Karawatha Ward.

Community engagement took place there on the day and I know they were extremely pleased with the consultation and feedback that they had from the local community.  Councillor Huang was able to attend briefly between his functions. The Lord Mayor was there and also Councillor Matic managed to make it across there for a few minutes as well. So it was wonderful to see them. I had two of my Lions' groups there doing the sausage sizzle for me and they made over $1,000 on the day. That was the only thing we charged for because, of course, that money goes back into the community so that was wonderful.

So I just want to thank the officers and my staff, particularly Laurel. She put in many, many hours planning that day and we absolutely are looking forward to having another one next year. Thank you.

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