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.