October eNewsletter

A message from Amanda

Council Pools Summer Hours
We are slowly moving towards Summer which means increased temperatures and longer days. With this change in season it is a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy our subtropical climate.

With this in mind, I am pleased to announce that Council pools have now moved into Summer operating hours! These extended hours will take effect across all 22 Council pools. The Emily Seebohm Aquatic Centre, Fitzgibbon will operate across the following hours: 
  • Monday-Friday: 5.30am-7pm
  • Saturday: 6am-6pm 
  • Sunday: 8am-6pm 
  • Public Holidays: 9am-5pm

New Bracken Ridge BMX Facility
Council has recently released a draft concept plan for a new world-class BMX facility to be constructed. The facility will be located next to the Bracken Ridge skate park. 

To help shape the project, Council is calling upon the local community to have their say. You can assist this process by viewing the draft concept plan and sending your feedback to the project team at by 4 November 2017. I have attached the draft plan at the bottom of this eNewsletter for your persual. 
Yours sincerely,
Swooping Birds
As we move into October, some of Brisbane's native bird species may become defensive and swoop pedestrians and cyclists who travel close to nesting sites. Swooping is a normal defensive behaviour  and is used as a warning to ward off intruders from nesting sites. This behaviour is typically seen between July and December.

To stay safe during swooping season, wear a hat or carry an umbrella when walking and  if swooped, leave the area as quickly as possible without running.

If you are aware of a particular location where swooping is occurring please contact my office and Council will install warning signs.
Out and About
Over the September School Holidays I was excited to host an excellent morning of activities for local families at Hidden World Playground. It was fantastic to see so many families from the local community enjoy a morning relaxing in the park! 
I had a fantastic time again this year at the Brisbane Malayalee Association's Onam Festival which provided great food and entertainment. Cr King, Tracy Davis MP and I always enjoy the opportunity to wear saris as part of the celebrations.
Massive thank you to the Brisbane Telangana Association for inviting me to their Bathukamma Festival. As you can see, Bathukamma is a very vibrant and colourful festival and it was incredible seeing so many beautiful flower stacks. 
I was excited to open a brand new $500,000 aqua park at the Sandgate Aquatic Centre! The aqua park creates an impressive and fun water playground for children. 
Visiting the Carseldine Markets (located at 532 Beams Road) is a great start to your weekend! The Markets operate every Saturday betwen 6am and 12pm. Head down to the markets and check out great produce and foods, all sourced from South East Queensland.   
Bracken Ridge Ward Office
Cnr Bracken and Barrett Streets
Bracken Ridge QLD 4017

 (07) 3667 6000

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What's on in the ward!
77 Bracken Street, Bracken Ridge 
Events marked with an asterisk* require bookings.
Thursdays 9.30-10am
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays 
Fridays 10-11am
Saturdays 9-9.30am
Homework Help
Help is available for primary school students during the school term every Wednesday.
Library e-books and downloads
Discover the wonderful range of free online resources available through libraries. 
Saturday 7 October 1-2.30pm*

Internet skills two

Build on your basic internet skills by learning search strategies and exploring a range of online resources.
Wednesday 11 October 2-3.30pm*

Email skills one
Connect with family, freinds and organisations using email. 
Wednesday 18 October 2-3.30pm*

Email skills two

Learn how to manage your email more effectively by organising your inbox, creating folders and managing attachments.
Wednesday 25 October 2-3.30pm*
Northside Spinner & Fibre Crafters
Tuesdays 9-12pm

Bracken Ridge Family History Group 
Tuesday 10 October and 24 October 1-4pm
Meet Jeff Apter 
Join Jeff as he talks about his latest book High Voltage: The Story of Angus Young, AC/DC's Last Man Standing.
Saturday 12 August 10-11am
Active & Healthy Activities
Council provides a range of free or low cost activities to improve your health, fitness and well-being.
Breathe in the fresh air and outdoors while actively participating in  a full body workout at the Bracken Ridge Library.
Saturdays 7.15-8.15am

Skateboarding Workshops

In August free skateboarding classes will be held at the Bracken Ridge skate park for all ages.
Saturdays 9-10am
        Bookings required - 1300 918 531.

Mums and Bubs Soccer
Fun, safe soccer games with the perfect mix of fun and instruction at Hidden World Playground.
Mondays 9-9.30am (2-3 years) & 9.30-10am (3-4 years)
Bookings required -  3890 3338

Tai Chi Qigong
This dynamic activity is invigorating, works with both your body and your mind to make you feel refreshed and calm. Located at the Aspley Rotary Park.
Thursdays 8.30-9.30am
Activities for residents aged 50+
Fish Wise
An introduction to fishing and opportunity to meet new friends at Deepwater Bend, Wyampa Road.
Saturday 7 October 8.30am
Bookings required - 0403 713 820

Strengthen your core muscles with abdominal exercises at Barrett Street Reserve. 
Tuesdays 7am
Recent Improvements
Telegraph Rd Upgrade - Stage 2
The realignment of Cabbage Tree Creek is currently taking place in addition to road widening works along the Southern side of Telegraph Rd.
Barbecue Facilities - Macaranga Crescent Park
A new barbecue has been installed into the park on Macaranga Cres - perfect for an afternoon in the sunshine!
Local community hero!
Aspley Rotarian Brian Strickland is leading the charge against litter in our local community. Mr Strickland independently runs a clean-up every week along Aspley walkways and bikeways. The weekly clean-up has been embraced by the Aspley Rotary club with other rotarians now regularly joining Mr Strickland on clean-up walks.

Council encourages all residents to work together to keep Brisbane clean. Recently, Council has announced the "104 or More" campaign which encourages residents to pick up at least 2 pieces of litter per week. This small weekly contribution will ultimately make a significant contribution toward ensuring a cleaner, greener Brisbane.

Thank you Mr Strickland for your dedication to keeping our suburbs clean. For more information about how you can get involved in reducing litter visit
 Facts about the Bracken Ridge Ward
The Bald Hills community has maintained a strong commitment to ensuring that local children receive a high quality level of education. School classes have been held in this area since 1864. At this time, the Bald Hills State School was still 2 years away from being declared officially open. This meant that the first school classes were actually delivered in the Presbyterian Church. Pictured above is the school's 'new' main building which was constructed in 1913 to replace the school's original building that had been constructed in 1866. 
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Queensland 4034

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