Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:35

24th February 20145 - Speech in Council - Karawatha Ward Activities Featured

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Thank you, Madam Chair, yes, I rise to speak on a number of different issues that are happening in my ward and have happened in the last week or so. Meals on Wheels Open Day, Stretton Leadership Awards, Islamic College P&C, Calamvale 1 Neighbourhood Watch, Clean Up Australia Day and some Chinese New Year functions so I'll be brief on all of them.

Firstly the Meals on Wheels Open Day which was supposed to be on Saturday which encompasses—they have clients from my own ward, the Macgregor ward and the Moorooka ward, where they were planning to introduce a variety of new meals on their menu and particular halal food into their existing menu. Unfortunately that had to be cancelled due to the rain because a lot of that would have been outdoor. So hopefully I can bring an update to the Chamber when that event actually takes place.

The other thing was the Stretton College Leadership Awards which was also held last Tuesday. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it because I'm here in committee and Chambers. I did pass on my best wishes to the new leadership team and I congratulate them on their new roles. I look forward to working with them through the coming 12 months.

The Islamic College P&C was held on Sunday just gone and I want to pass on my congratulations to the new committee there. We've got a new chair, a chairperson, secretary and treasurer. So once again I look forward to working with a new team with their various issues that they face as any school P&C does.

Calamvale 1 Neighbourhood Watch had their AGM also and they also have a new chair and a treasurer to work with the existing secretary. We're very, very grateful that we have a new chair for this neighbourhood watch. It's not only my own personal neighbourhood watch but it is one of the more active ones in my ward. It would have been a real shame for it to close down as a lot of the neighbourhood watches seem to be—while people want neighbourhood watches they generally don't want to be involved in meetings and they don't want to come out at night-time. So I'm very grateful that this particular resident took on the role of chair.

I also attended the Chung Tian Temple over the week to celebrate the Chinese New Year which we're welcoming, the year of the goat. I know there's some confusion as to whether it's the year of the goat or the year of the sheep. I think it depends which country you come from as to what it actually is officially called but generally here in Australia we'll call it the year of the goat. Yes, if I was in New Zealand Councillor CUMMING it probably would be the year of the sheep but I'll settle for goat.

The other event which we all know that's been touched on by Councillor McLACHLAN here in the Chamber tonight is Clean Up Australia Day which is happening this Sunday. I will have a report on that in the Chamber next week but I do want to say at this point that so far I've had more than 70 people ring and contact my office about volunteering. So we've now got a bit of an effort happening to marshal people out into various areas. I look forward to bringing the report next week to the Chamber on that. Thank you very much.

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