Speeches/General

Speeches/General (65)

Councillor MARX: Yes, thank you, Mr Chair. I rise to speak on Program 4, Future Brisbane. It’s got a couple of project areas to that program that I’m particularly interested and excited about. City of Lights is one of them.

I do want to mention that there’s quite a few shopping centres out my way particularly in that Sunnybank precinct that have actually gone ahead and done the fairy lights as we call them or bud lighting, whatever you want to call them, in the trees along that particular intersection. It looks very good and it’s very impressive and I’m very happy that the shopping centres have gone ahead and done that. I look forward to seeing what Market Square do once they’ve finished developing their site.

We did have the unfortunate issue though of a particular shopping centre who put some light bulbs in the trees. They weren’t by any stretch of the imagination bud lights. They were probably the size of soccer balls. Unfortunately they chose to put red bulbs in these lights which meant when residents were coming along to the traffic lights they would suddenly see a red light and then they would stop and realise it wasn’t actually the traffic light that was red, it was the actual light in the tree.

We negotiated with the owners of the shopping centre and they’ve changed the colour of those light bulbs which has made a much better outcome for everybody concerned.

Village Precinct project, I know that Station Road at Sunnybank has been mentioned as a location for one of these projects to occur. My understanding from this is that a variety of things can happen in a Village Precinct project from sidewalk resurfacing, accessibility ramps, tree planting, garden beds, any number of things, perhaps furniture, chairs, whatever.

This particular precinct where this is destined to happen is actually quite a busy little shopping centre. There’s a number of shops there. There’s the Sunnybank Chemmart Pharmacy, there’s the Sunnybank Vet Clinic which is not long recovered from an unfortunate fire incident, Café S152 and then the Seoul Bistro which is world renown I might add for its chicken. I know that you can go there pretty much any night of the week and you’ll find that there is plenty of customers if not in the restaurant certainly queuing outside the door to get in.

I look forward to working with Councillor BOURKE, the officers and the owners of these shops here at this little precinct to find out what it is that they would like to see to improve their precinct in that area, how we can assist them in making it that much nicer and more attractable to everyone to come along and that much more accessible for everyone. I look forward to working with them and finding out what the outcome will be.

Councillor MARX: Thank you, Chair, and I rise to speak on Program 3: Clean, Green and Sustainable. I thank both Councillor HAMMOND and my own Chair, Councillor Vicki HOWARD, for all the work that they’ve done in both these programs. Program 3 covers quite a number of different areas. One of them is about their delivering the Sport Parks for Brisbane project that will plan and develop new sport parks to provide district level sporting facilities that will contribute to building an active and healthy city.


So, for the ward of Runcorn, the residents of Runcorn, the Wally Tate Park in Kuraby will be receiving more than $1 million which will help finalise the detailed design and commence construction of a district sports park infrastructure which will include a new junior cricket field, an upgraded senior cricket field, some lighting, some new car parking, an internal road upgrade and entry way improvements. This was a project that was identified through the LGIP. At the moment there is the Kuraby Knights cricket played down there. They have a seniors cricket field. It could do with a fair bit of work, so they’re looking forward to getting that upgraded.

There’s also what we call an official DOLA—a dog off-leash area, which there’s quite a large community use. There’s an unofficial DOLA down there as well, which is where a fair amount of the community do let their dogs run free, despite it not actually being an official DOLA. But that is also an area where we have the Queensland Lure Coursing. They meet, and have a meeting there once a month where their dogs do their lure coursing and that.
So there was a fair bit of concern with local residents that were initially contacted and asked for their feedback about the DOLA being decreased in size. We asked officers to go back to the drawing board and look at where they could potentially change the car park to, and I know that a couple of residents contacted Councillor SRI with the same concern about the DOLA and also the potential for some trees having to be removed to make way for this car park.
So I’m quite pleased to announce that, after consultation with the Council officers and the LORD MAYOR, that design has been redesigned. The car park will now be put into a separate, a different area, so that the DOLA itself won’t necessarily be changed in size, and the birds that actually nest in the DOLA, they’re kind of a unique bird that actually nest in the ground and then they fly up out of the ground. It’s quite interesting having that, and we have it in a DOLA area, but anyway, the dogs seem to leave the birds alone, so everyone lives happily along, so that’s pretty good.
So the car park has been moved to a new area. There’s the internal road upgrade which is desperately needed. It’s a bit of an issue with this park, while the park area is huge, the problem we have is that there’s actually some State land right in the middle of it, which is the spoil left over from when they did the train line upgrades and that. There’s also a couple of car parks there that are owned by Council which we lent to Queensland Rail to use for residents who were catching the train.

We’ve now since taken that car park back, so we can upgrade it and fix it and make it a more useable friendly area.
I do note that the State Government did offer to give us that hill of spoil in exchange for the car park that we had, which I didn’t think was a particularly great bargain, given that we were giving them a car park and they were giving us a big hill of—I’ll use a polite word, rubbish. It is contaminated land. I’m quite happy to take the land off them, but obviously we would have to spend some millions of dollars rehabilitating that land. So hopefully they may be able to come to the party. Once that hill of dirt is actually removed, then there would be much easier CPTED issues through there for everybody concerned.

We’ll also be able to make that roadway entry a lot easier to use, and we’re also working on some entry improvements as well in conjunction with Kuraby Mosque which is right there at the entrance of the park. That will help the residents as well, because it’s a very well used park. We’re in the middle of building the outdoor gym; that’s just about nearing completion, and then there’ll be a multi-use games court also going into that space. So once that’s all finished, it’s going to be a great area for all the residents to use.

Another part of the program is the Parks Maintenance and Renewal, in particular the lakes that we have in our parks. I have Les Atkinson Park, which is not actually a lake but it’s what you’d call a water body. So this work that they do there focuses on mechanical harvesting of the aquatic weeds. They do the releasing of the biological controls. They include algae reducing agents, and of course the water quality monitoring. The problem I have with this particular body of water of course is that there’s a lot of ducks that like to fly and land and swim and live in the Les Atkinson Park water area. Unfortunately, despite many attempts at educating the public about not feeding the ducks bread, they continue to do so.
Left over bread, or bread given to ducks, that is potentially not fresh—which is why I’m guessing they’re throwing it away to the animals—can actually be very dangerous for the ducks and can actually be poisonous for them. Any leftover bread that’s just left lying around in the park becomes mouldy, and that’s also very dangerous to them. Of course, the other problem with the leftover bread is it does trigger the algae blooms to grow within the water body.

So if I could put it on the official record that if residents are wanting to feed ducks, they need to use something friendly like corn or seeds or even duck pellets if they feel that way inclined. We also have a fairly large bat colony there at the Les Atkinson Park, which also obviously has some effect on that water as well.

Park upgrades continue as always across every single suburb in the city. We all have access to our own fund that we know that the LORD MAYOR gives us kindly every year. It’s the same amount; it doesn’t matter whether you’re LNP, ALP, Greens Party or an Independent candidate, we all get exactly the same dollar amount. It’s always nice if you get an upgrade as well that you don’t have to pay out of that fund. So I’m delighted that I’ve got Franquin Crescent in Kuraby. It’s a very old playground that obviously the original developer put in many, many years ago on a hill, which is not obviously DDA compliant. So we’ve started the process by paying out an engineer to give us a costing to do some design work on how we can actually do something about that park upgrade.

The other thing that’s another big area in my ward is we call it the Comley Street drain in Sunnybank. It’s a drain that runs through and ends up in Bulimba Creek. It’s half private land and half Council land. I’ve always had a problem with this drain. It’s quite smelly; a lot of the rubbish collects there, and everything like that. For some unknown reason, the private owners have put some barbed wire along the bottom of a fence that runs across this drain which is not only unsightly and dangerous, but actually collects all the rubbish as well. So the officers had suggested a thing called a squid, so I’m delighted that the LORD MAYOR has put money in the budget that we can actually put this squid in place into Sunnybank, and that will take care of a lot of the amenity and also the odour from this drain as well.

Kuraby bushland, while I lost the Karawatha Forest in the last redistribution, I still do have some of it left in this Kuraby bushland. So I’m delighted that there’s more than $100,000 in the budget to regrade the SHIPP circuit—can I just spell that out for the Clerks, S-H-I-P-P Circuit, not up Shit Creek—at Kuraby bushlands, and that will repair the eroded drainage cross banks and also regrade the track surface. So I’m very happy about that. There’s also work at various points along Bulimba Creek at Altandi in Runcorn and Naldi Street, Sunnybank.

So as far as Program 3 goes for the residents of Runcorn, I have to say I’m delighted for what the LORD MAYOR has handed down to them in this budget. I know that once they get my newsletter they’ll be just as happy as I am. Thank you very much.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 10:04

SPEECH IN COUNCIL - 6TH AUGUST 2019 - ALGA CONFERENCE

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Councillor MARX: Yes, thank you, Mr Chair. I rise to speak briefly on the ALGA conference that I had the privilege of attending back in June—16, 17, 18, 19 June this year. As always, the ALGA Convention is attended by many Councillors from across Australia—their needs are wide and varied.


There were many different stallholders this time. In fact, there was 74 booths including to name a few, the Green Frog Systems. They deal with the solar lighting and I was able to collect some information and give that to Councillor COOPER in her role as Infrastructure.

They had some stuff on recycling tyre program initiatives and I was able to give that to Councillor HOWARD in her role as Field Services and there was other bits and pieces of different information that I was able to give out to all the relevant Chairs. There was a couple of other interesting ones that I want to talk to briefly about today.

One was old friends of mine that I haven’t seen for a long, long time that I dealt with way back in the days when I was with the P&C which was called QCPCA back in the day with Charles and Tracy Alder. I think they’re residents of Calamvale

who created the Buy A Bale or Rural Aid program and I’ve encouraged them to perhaps come along and speak in Chambers about what they’re doing in that space.
They’ve got a couple of things also about Spare a Musical Instrument—talking about a gift of music that you can potentially get involved in so hopefully they’ll take that offer up and come along and address the Chamber on that good work that they’ve been doing. It’s amazing the different paths that people take.

Also, there was the Planet Ark was there—Australasian Recycling Label Initiative. I did bring back some brochures for everybody I thought that might be interested in. This is about a recycling label that goes on all the products and it lists here some of the programs that have participated in this. How it works is it actually physical shows you what part of the packaging or component that you can do with.

So there’s bits there that maybe the lid of say of a coffee actually goes into the bin and then there’s bits that might talk about the wrap and what that symbol is that you return that to the store. As you know we have the soft plastic wrap which I now have bags of in the bottom of my pantry and then you have the other recycling symbol which means it can go into your recycling box and stuff like that. So I thought that was really interesting.
There’s not—there’s a few here, companies, Coles, Arnott’s and Blackmores. Some companies I’ve never heard of but I think it would be incumbent on us to perhaps get more and more companies involved in that recycling label. I know that’s something that I certainly hesitate when I stand here in front of a rubbish bin and a recycling bin which bit goes where.
They actually also had this pretty cool coffee recycling little station where you can tip your liquid and then you’ve got the bits where the cups could go into and then the other bit where the lids could go to because as we know, not all parts of a coffee cup are able to be recycled.

The other thing that was relevant at the time, it was the World Continence Week on 17 to 23 June and they were talking to me about bins for blokes. So apparently this is something that needs more and more support through local Councillors. We have websites which show you where the local public toilet map are but they’re encouraging us to look at putting bins for blokes who suffer incontinence as well and updating our public mapping system with that too.
So I’m not sure, who looks after incontinence for men in our area? I’ll have to find the Chair, the relevant Chair to give that to—deals with—Lifestyles maybe with Chairs, yes. Anyway, we’ll find that out because it’s something we certainly need to look at because you know it’s obviously—you know it’s always been a female oriented area that’s of concern but apparently males or as this article says men leak too. So I think we need to take that seriously and deal with the men and help the men in our community in whatever we can as well.

There was, like I said, there’s many varying speakers and stuff. There’s two other Councillors that went along with me and they all speak on different aspects of the convention but as always, I want to say thank you to the LORD MAYOR who entrusted me to go along as a delegate for Brisbane City Council to these conventions every year and bring back all sorts of information that we can spread and potentially bring into our community for the better of our residents too. Thank you

 

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 09:54

SPEECH IN COUNCIL - 28TH MAY 2019 - ALGWA

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Councillor MARX: Thank you, Chair. I rise to speak on the 2019 National ALGWA Conference that I was invited to attend as the Brisbane City Council representative. I also want to make mention Councillor OWEN that having gone through difficult times we all appreciate that. I think a number of us have been accused in this place of being arrogant, out of touch, lazy because God forbid we took a couple of days off to visit with our family. So we’re all feeling where you’re in that space because we’ve all had it happen to us at one time or another.


I want to say thank you to the LORD MAYOR for sending me down to the ALGWA conference which was held in Blacktown in Sydney that was on 16 July (sic – May). I have to say it was quite an interesting conference. We started with, as usual, a welcome ceremony. We had a smoking ceremony which I have to admit I’ve done—I’ve been a part of a couple of them but I’ve never been at one with quite so much smoke involved before. The asthmatics had to all go inside. It was pretty impressive. Even this woman put her baby through the smoke, but anyway, didn’t seem to be bothered by it.

There were a couple of very good workshops there. One of the ones I attended was dealing with difficult people which I felt would be very relevant for us in the position that we have. They very kindly gave us a booklet that we could all take home. I’ve been reading that every day and learning how to deal with difficult people. So it’s here if anyone else would like to use it. It’s a good-to-know. We had a couple of speakers there that were quite interesting. In particular, we had Deborah Thomas. I don’t know if many people potentially—maybe the males in this room might not be aware—but she was actually the editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly for a number of years so quite revered and held in very high esteem in that role.

Put a lot of work into her life in that particular one. One thing I didn’t know, she was actually a former Councillor as well with the Woollahra Municipal Council. So that was something I wasn’t aware of. But more tragically she was the CEO involved when the Dreamworld tragedy happened. She did relate that story back to us, what happened and how it was all dealt with, the media and everything like that. There were a few tears involved so I can say that it still affects her to this day.


There was another lady who spoke about the—she was the director of planning and development with Blacktown City Council having held that position for quite some years back in the day when they used to hand paint the maps apparently. So who knew that? She mentioned about reports, how they used to be typed on this thing called carbon paper. I had to admit I knew exactly what she was talking about. It was a bit of a shame. So yeah everything had to be in duplicate with a carbon paper. So that was interesting. But I had never heard of the hand-painted maps done before.
The other thing of note that happened while we were down there was a guy by the name of Bill Shorten turned up to this hall that’s there in Blacktown—apparently it’s the same hall that Gough Whitlam did some sort of speech—

Councillor interjecting.
Councillor MARX: No it was Gough Whitlam—did some sort of famous speech. I don’t know what it was. It’s well before my time—so in the same hall apparently. So there was a lot of talk about that. But unfortunately he didn’t see fit to come and visit us even though there were 30 or 40-odd women there from—all representing our local government Councils. So that was a bit of a shame. It would have been nice to say hello. The only other thing of course is we have, as always, they finish with a gala evening which was a 1920s theme. So that was quite nice. But we had an early start again the next morning as usual.

Our MC for the whole event was Jessica Rowe. I think she did a brilliant job. So again I want to say thank you to the LORD MAYOR for sending me down there. We get a lot of stuff out of these particular conferences. It’s always to bring back—especially a work book, Dealing with Difficult People. Thank you.

Councillor MARX: Yes. Yes. Thank you, Mr Chair. I just rise to speak on item A, the Committee presentation, which was about the use of a resin based concrete in the field. This was to do with footpaths. As we know traditionally, when we have a problem with a footpath, it needs to be repaired; Council officers will need to go out there, fence it off, so it becomes unusable to residents.


They then have to rip up the old concrete and then they have to traditionally—depending on the size, they put in reinforcing and then they have to lay the concrete and then they have to wait for it to set and then they come back a week or so or two weeks later and remove all that piece of infrastructure around, so the footpath is then usable for residents to walk on. With this new resin-based concrete that the officers are trialling, most of that procedure is now not necessary.

They are able to go out there, just grind the footpath down to the suitable level, fill it with the resin and then it’s pretty much able to be walked on within minutes of being finished. In fact, that was demonstrated by the use of a video as part of the presentation, which show the truck backing over a piece of concrete that had actually not long been fixed up with this resin base. So it was quite timely. It wasn’t a planned demonstration. But it happened nevertheless and I think it was very timely to show us just how great this product is. The other product that they talked about was the fibre.

So I don’t know if anyone’s ever done concreting. I’ve actually had the misfortune of having to do some concreting with my husband over the years. It’s not a nice job. It’s pretty hard yakka, especially in the sun, because the concrete is going off faster than you can work. But basically the reo goes down and you have—as the concrete’s being poured, you have a hook that you have to lift the reo up to a certain depth within the concrete and this fibre now that you don’t need to use that reo bar. It’s a great innovation and my hats off to the officers for all the work that they do in this field. Thank you.

Councillor MARX:    Thank you, Chair. I rise to speak on two topics briefly, one is the Warrigal Road, Bellmead Road and Plum Street intersection upgrade and the Gold Star, Little Star Reading program. I just want to start by saying a huge thank you to all the Council officers that were involved in the massive undertaking of the Warrigal Road, Bellmead and Plum Street intersection upgrade. This was a more than a $4 million upgrade which was jointly funded with by Council and the Australian Federal Government as part of a Roads to Recovery program.

I know that the Council officers experienced some difficulties and I want to thank them for all the effort they put in in handling those difficulties with great aplomb and I take my hat off to you. I don’t think anything further needs to be said other than that all the work is pretty much done and the residents that actually live in the area and are partaking through that area are extremely pleased and happy with the work that was undertaken.

The other one is the Gold Star, Little Star Reading program. I want to thank Kylie who’s the Librarian Council Officer out there—what do they call them—Team Leaders—that’s it, that’s the new word—Team Leaders at Sunnybank Hills Library for her and her staff and how they have handled the reading programs that we’ve had over—we’ve had two so far and we’ve got a third to come. We have had over 900 participants register to take part in that program in the Sunnybank Hills Library which I think is pretty much a record.

I’m really thrilled with how many children still love to read and particularly the parents who take the time to listen to or read to their children—I make a point of thanking them every single time. But again mainly Kylie and all your staff out there, you just handle these huge crowds with wonderful ease and I appreciate all the work you do. Thank you.

Councillor MARX: Yes, thank you, Mr Chair. I rise to speak on item B and C which are the same thing, Petition 1 and Petition 2. They’re both petitions against a development application for 1 Trudgian Street, Sunnybank. The first petition was done by a local resident who actually lives next to the property and had 22 signatures. The second petition was brought forward by the Our Lady of Lords P and F which had 193 signatures. Now before the DA was actually officially lodged as always there were rumours swirling around the community once this fairly large block of land was sold, about what was going to happen on the site.


I had a number of phone calls from local residents about what was going on in that space. At that point no DA had been lodged so there wasn’t anything we could do at that point in time. But people wrote their submissions anyway. So then the DA was actually officially lodged on 6 August 2018. At that point is when—because it was impact assessable and with all impact assessable DAs I write to all my local residents letting them know about this DA being lodged. I sent a letter out to all my residents on 22 November telling them that the public notification was now open and was being carried out between 28 November and 18 December.

Now the reasons I specify these dates specifically into Hansard is for one very upsetting reason. It’s because I was accused of being arrogant and out of touch with my community because I dared to take three days out of my leave from work to fly to New Zealand to see my sick father. So I think to be accused of being arrogant and out of touch and then those words to be repeated by another Councillor in this place, was extremely upsetting. I was back in Brisbane on 21 December. So I didn’t even get to spend Christmas with my father. My staff were there at the office. So the office was open and was more than capable of taking the submissions.

The person however chose not to do the right thing and decided to go the other way and go onto social media and make those accusations. I want to also make the point on my letter that it went out to the residents on 22 November that—telling them specifically when the submissions were. I wrote, if you have previously sent an objection you must resubmit it now, during this time frame, to make it a valid objection. Because people do not understand unless they get it in the specific time frame it doesn’t count. I needed to make sure that everybody’s voices counted and were heard.

The DA was assessed against the requirements of City Plan and in accordance with the Act. After taking all matters into consideration including concerns raised by the petitions and other submissions, of course one of which was my own, the Council’s delegate refused the application on 11 July 2019. I’m pleased to say I was able to write to the residents and tell them about that decision. In fact I actually hand letterboxed dropped that decision to those residents in that street.

On that note I’m also writing to my residents regarding the amendments to the City Plan that their LORD MAYOR has got underway at the moment telling them that submissions close on Monday 26 August, which will restrict townhouse development from single home area which would be this exact scenario. So again I’m writing to my residents in those local areas making sure they do put in a submission to let the minister know that that’s their feeling. I encourage everybody else to do so. Thank you.

 

 

 

Councillor MARX: Yes, thank you, Mr Chair. I want to just speak very briefly on the month of August for the Multicultural Month; to echo Councillor OWEN’s words about what an extremely busy month that was.

I know in the last census that it showed that Runcorn Ward was the most multicultural ward in Brisbane followed by McGregor and then Calamvale. So the three Councillors on the southside we’ve been extremely busy. I know in fact that I actually did 27 days and nights in a row, but I won’t bore everyone with all those events that I went to.

I just want to mention one that I went to in particular that was very dear to my heart, which was actually the Multicultural Awards for Queensland the State Government holds. That’s purely and simply because quite a number of my residents were listed as finalists, and then in particular my very good friend, Nadia Saeed who was a school leader, a prefect, at the ICB when I was there as a Councillor. She actually won my Karawatha Community Award two years in a row, and she’s now gone on to do even bigger and better things.

The fact that she won the Multicultural Queensland Award and Minister’s Multicultural Award, was very satisfying and I was very pleased to be there to share her night with her and her friends. Thank you very much.

Thursday, 18 April 2019 08:05

SPEECH IN COUNCIL - CHRISTCHURCH TRAGEDY

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Councillor MARX: Yes, thank you, Madam Chair, it is with a heavy heart that I stand today to speak on this motion of condolence. This is a tragedy of enormous proportions that has affected both the country of my birth and my adopted country. Growing up in New Zealand, the police did not carry guns, and to this day they still do not carry guns. I saw my very first policeman with a gun when I arrived in Brisbane in 1986.
Not long after the tragedy took place, I received a text message from one of my children asking if I had any family in Christchurch. I assured her I didn’t; only to find out sometime later that in actual fact one of my aunties was in Christchurch at the time and was caught up in the lockdown of the city. To say I was shocked was an understatement.


Some of you will be aware that on Sunday there was a large prayer gathering organised by a young lady by the name of Nadia. Nadia was a recipient of my Karawatha community award two years in a row when I had the good fortune of being the local Councillor for the Karawatha Ward, and she was a school captain at ICB and was also on the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.
With less than 24 hours’ notice, Nadia had created a Facebook page community group and organised a prayer meeting which then took place at the ICB on Sunday. Councillor OWEN, yourself as Chair and the Councillor for Calamvale, and myself were both in attendance along with some many hundreds of people—some say 1,000, some say 3,000. I have no idea. The LORD MAYOR spoke very eloquently on behalf of the residents of Brisbane, and I’m extremely grateful that he was able to attend that event on behalf of all of us.


I’d have to say that every person that attended the event would have to be pretty hard-hearted not to be moved by the proceedings. At one point the leaders of every faith stood on the stage for a minute’s silence. There was a large contingent of New Zealanders there, and they performed for the traditional haka. I’m sure many people in this place have seen a haka, either at a sporting event or on TV. I myself have witnessed many. They occur at weddings, 21st and any other large gathering or events of joy.


However, Sunday’s performance sent a chill down everybody’s spine. It was particularly moving because it was so emotional and it was for such a sad reason. They then spontaneously burst into song and sang How Great Thou Art in Maori. At the end of the event, many of the people actually did not want to leave the event and stayed on for some time afterwards at ICB.


As the Councillor for the Runcorn Ward, I have a large Muslim community that live in Kuraby, and it was heart-breaking and uplifting at the same time. I had a number of residents contact me privately via Facebook wanting to go but were concerned about their safety and security. I assured them that, with the Premier, the Commissioner of Police, the LORD MAYOR and everybody else there, there would be no other safe place to be in Brisbane than at the ICB on Sunday. The lady who asked me then contacted me afterwards and said she was very, very grateful and grateful that she had decided to attend.


It was a hot day, but they didn’t put the air con on because they had to keep the doors open because there was so many people outside. I spoke privately to Nadia after the event and congratulated her and said that she had done an extremely well done job. She had managed to get so many people there at such short notice, and I am aware that there is another prayer meeting being held at Logan tomorrow afternoon.
So, Madam Chair, can I close by saying: kia kaha te kaha o oku whanau – stay strong, my families. Thank you.

Councillor MARX: Thank you, Mad m Chairman, I just rise to speak very briefly on two topics that have been mentioned here tonight, that's the Librarians with the Gold Star Reading program and some rugby. So just wanted to mention in particular a big shout out to Kylie and her team out there at Sunnybank Hills Library.


They all got dressed up on the Thursday and the Saturday when we had the two Gold Star Reading programs. There were 1,090 students were registered in my library over those two days which is 10% of the whole city. So it's a huge effort by the library and their staff.


Obviously, not all of those children turned up on those two days to get their certificate and medal but there was enough that we have three huge cakes so that's really good. I always enjoy cutting the cake for all the students and that to eat and they always love lining up and eating the cake as well.


So the other thing was I was going to talk quickly about the Bledisloe Cup. Councillor TOOMEY mentioned some football game that was played some time recently. Yes, Bledisloe Cup was also played recently. I'm hearing—I was reading a story which I've just lost on my phone, it was talking about 14th year in a row apparently that the Kiwis have won this cup and—
Councillor TOOMEY: Point of order, Madam Chairman.
Chairman: Point of order, Councillor TOOMEY.
Councillor TOOMEY: I don't see the relevance of bringing up how the All Blacks seem to be consistently whopping the Wallabies in Chambers.
Chairman: That's not an appropriate point of order during general business.


Councillor MARX: It did mention in the same article, Madam Chairman, that the Australians do have the opportunity to win the Bledisloe Cup. It's just going to take a lot of hard work and determination and potentially they will win it back again in maybe 15 years' time was the quote.

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