A message from Amanda

It’s no secret that Bracken Ridge Ward residents are some of the biggest dog lovers on Brisbane’s northside with 5,179 dogs currently registered. In recent years this has also seen the growing popularity of Council’s dog off-leash parks, enabling owners to let their pets stretch their legs and interact with other dogs at the same time. Many owners may be interested to know that many parks also feature a dedicated ‘small dog’ area too.

Another great addition to these parks is the installation of dog agility and training equipment. Given the overwhelmingly positive response to the planned training and agility equipment for Barrett Street Reserve, Bracken Ridge, we will undoubtedly see this featured in more locations to come. If you have any suggestions, please contact me.
On the topic of all things fur-friendly, it’s worth keeping an eye out for Council’s discounted microchipping events where owners can have their pets microchipped at heavily discounted rates, so you can be reunited with them faster in the event they get out or lost.
If you're looking for a new four-legged best friend, pop into Animal Welfare League's Warra Re-Homing Centre, behind the Emily Seebohm Aquatic Centre on Telegraph Road. 

For details on where to find your nearest off-leash area or an upcoming microchipping event please check Council’s website at

Out and About
It was a great afternoon spent at the Brisbane Multicultural Taste of the World Festival held at Keong Park. A big Thank you to the Brisbane Malayalee Association for hosting a terrific event with great food and fantastic performances.
There was a large number of keen residents who came along to help plant trees in Zillmere at the Community Tree Planting event. These new trees will make our community even more attractive and shady over the years ahead. Treescape do a wonderful job preparing for the planting as well as cooking up a fabulous sausage sizzle for all the workers afterward!
A great effort by Bald Hills Scout Group on Clean Up Australia Day. The parklands surrounding the scout den were not only free from rubbish but made safer for local wildlife too!
It was fantastic to see such community spirit and engagement at Neighbour Day celebrations. It always serves as a great opportunity to get to know your neighbours and those who live nearby!
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!

The Bracken Ridge Library hosts an array of free and interactive activities, workshops and events. While these are free, some workshops and events may require bookings as noted below. For further information on upcoming events or to secure your booking, please contact the Bracken Ridge Library on 3667 6060.

For the kids..
Babies Books & Rhymes
Every Thursday

Toddler Time
Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

Children's Storytime
Every Friday

First 5 Forever Children's Storytime
Every Thursday 3:30-4pm
Every Saturday 9-9:30am

Homework Help

Every Wednesday throughout the school term
No bookings required.

For seniors..
Northside Spinner & Fibre Crafters
Every Tuesday
No bookings required.

Computer Basics
Wednesday 17 May, 2-3:30pm
Bookings essential.

Special Interest Groups & Events
Bracken Ridge English Conversation Group
Bracken Ridge Library
Friday 5 May, 2-3pm 
Suitable for adults

FREE and no bookings required.
For further information call 3667 6060

Bracken Ridge Family History Group
Tuesday 9 May, 1-4pm 
Bracken Ridge Library
FREE and no bookings required.

Backyard Bonanza Reminder
McPherson Park
Sunday 28 May, 9-1:30pm
*Food Trucks
* Reptile Show
*Miniature Train Rides
* Science Workshops
*Great Entertainment

Major Projects Update
Telegraph Road Corridor Upgrade- Stage 1b 
Activities undertaken in April 2017
  • Continued earthworks on southern side of Telegraph Road
  • Installation of leachate management system to capture and manage flow from the adjacent landfill site at Bill Brown Sports Reserve
  • Drainage works including installation of pre-cast culvert components and concrete pours for in-situ components including a major culvert extension across Telegraph Road
  • Asphalting works started on the new westbound carriageway
Upcoming activities for May 2017
  • Continued asphalting works, installation of kerb and channel and landscaping works on the southern side of Telegraph Road
Traffic switch in late May, weather permitting – traffic will be switched over to the new westbound carriageway to enable works on the northern side of Telegraph Road to get underway. Further information will be provided to the local community in advance of these works occurring
Recent Improvements
Wakefield Street, Bald Hills
Council have replaced large amounts of kerb and channel on the western side of Wakefield Street, Bald Hills over the past month. These works will continue with replacement of the eastern side now underway.
Bracken Street, Bracken Ridge
Thank you for your patience during the Bracken Street widening project. Council widened Bracken Street between Hornick and Lydin Streets in Bracken Ridge. These works are now at practical completion with some minor works to line marking and footpath ramps to be finalised. 
Chris Brunton Park, Bald Hills
Council have recently completed the installation of gym and fitness equipment, a measured walking track around the park and extensive planting works. 
Silkyoak Circuit Park, Fitzgibbon
Upgrade works to install a BBQ, picnic table and shelter in Silkyoak Circuit Park, Fitzgibbon are now complete. Perhaps a perfect place to celebrate a birthday or enjoy a family get-together?
A local community hero!
This month I would like to recognise what will be a familiar face to a number of families in our community- Mr Keith Gridley. Keith is currently President of the Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club and has been actively involved with the club now for 8 years. Among many of the Lions Club activities is the ever-popular miniature steam train rides offered at McPherson Park on the fourth Sunday of each month and of course the annual Bracken Ridge Ward's Backyard Bonanza.

In addition to his work with the Bracken Ridge Lions, Keith is also President of the Bracken Ridge Scout Group which he has now been involved with for 20 years. Keith spends countless hours working to get kids outdoors developing a sense of independence, life skills and teamwork while having fun at the same time. Through his work in both the Lions and Scouts, Keith has brought joy, a lending hand and unknowingly mentored many of those around him. 
Community Corner
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