What’s Happening on Australia Day in Our Community
Australia Day is coming up in a couple of weeks' time and there are plenty of ways to celebrate it right here on the northside. Here are just some of the events happening in our community that I'll be attending,
Lilley Australia Day Awards -
My annual Lilley Australia Day Awards will be on from 1pm-3pm at the Kedron Wavell Services Club and will recognise the hard work of people in our community who devote their time to serving others through volunteering, places are limited so if you'd like to attend please contact our office on (07) 3266 8244 for more information.
Australia Day by the Bay -
Grab your picnic rug and bring the family along to Upper Moora Park, Shorncliffe and enjoy some live music, cricket, an Aussie BBQ, Billycart Races, a jumping castle, a citzenship ceremony, and plenty more at ‘Australia Day By The Bay', sponsored by myself, Councillor Jared Cassidy, and Stirling Hinchliffe MP, from 2pm - 6pm.
Nundah Rotary Citizenship Ceremony-
Every year I have the privilege of welcoming new citizens to our great country will again be doing so at the Nundah Rotary Clubs Citizenship Ceremony at the Nundah Activity Centre from 9am-10am.
Toombull Bowls Club Australia Day Get Together -
The Toombull Bowls Club will be having their annual Australia Day Celebration starting at 7am, with a free community BBQ, live music, entertainment and stalls.
If you know about any other events or street parties happening locally on Australia Day, please let me know in the survey below.
Your Views -
I'd also like to hear from you in my community survey if you had any ideas about how to make our community even stronger,
Christmas Card Competition Winners
Congratulations to the winners of my annual year 3's Christmas Card Competition, this year we had a record number of schools and students participate, receiving entries from over 900 year 3's from 24 different schools sending their drawings in.
The drawings were of outstanding quality, making it very hard to narrow down the winning designs.
The six winning entries will be featured on my Christmas Cards this year which will be sent to organisations and businesses not only across our local community but across the country.
Thank you to all the students and their teachers and schools across the electorate who took the time to participate and make this our biggest and best Christmas Card Competition yet.
Congratulations to the winners,
Briana from Earnshaw State College
Quinn from Northgate College
Lily-Rose from St Anthony's Primary School
Sian from McDowell State School
George from Queen of Apostles
Mats from St Kieran's Primary School
Where's Our NBN?
Before the election Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull promised that all Australians would get the NBN "sooner" - by 2016.
After the election they broke that promise and now they won't tell us when we will get the NBN or what sort of NBN the people of Lilley will get.
NBN Co has only committed to releasing a 12 month rollout schedule "sometime next year."
That means that many Australians could have to wait up to five years to find out when they will get Turnbull's second-rate NBN.
This isn't good enough.
I've started a petition to demand that Malcolm Turnbull needs to tell everyone in our community when they will get the NBN, and what type of NBN they will get.
So please sign the petition below to lend your voice to our campaign.
RECORD CROWDS FOR THE ANZAC CENTENARY
It was incredible to see massive crowds turnout all over the Northside for the biggest Anzac Day services in history.
It was especially good to see the large numbers of young people turning out to pay their respects to our Anzacs.
I had the honour of addressing the dawn service at the Geebung-Zillmere RSL Club, where I spoke of the importance of ensuring we acknowledge and pay respect to our veterans at all times, not just on Anzac Day.
Thank you to the Kedron-Wavell Services Club Inc., Banyo RSL Sub - Branch & Citizens' Auxiliary, Geebung-Zillmere RSL Club, Sandgate RSL, and the Nundah-Northgate RSL for their tremendous work in commemorating the Anzac Centenary.
Local schools also did a terrific job in commemorating the Anzac Centenary, their work in ensuring younger generations remember the sacrifices of the Anzacs
Thank you to Sandgate State School, Brighton State School, Mt Alvernia College, St Kieran's, Taigum State School, Craigslea State High School, and Nashville State School for giving me the honour of being involved in your ceremonies and for all your hard work in putting them together.
TONY ABBOTT'S BUDGET THREATENS THE AUSTRALIAN WAY
This is the Budget Tony Abbott promised he wouldn't deliver. This Budget cuts to the bone in health, education and social security payments including the age pension.
Disturbingly, it seeks to undermine the principles of Medicare through co-payments and reductions in payments to doctors to deter them from bulk-billing.
It smashes education payments to the states and health grants to hospitals by withdrawing at least $80 billion from the states. This will flow through to every school in the country and to every hospital.
It looks very much like the Federal Government is washing its hands of supporting schools and moving out of the hospital system as an attempt to set up an agenda to lift the GST as a new source of funding for the states.
When it comes to pensions, the changes to indexation and the new eligibility criteria will slice the incomes of millions of low income families and low income pensions.
The fuel tax increase is going to hurt people on lower incomes, this in addition to cuts to family payments.
Last year, Abbott and Hockey doubled the deficits over the forward estimates by $68 billion and now they're claiming to have halved them.
The cuts to health and social security payments are unnecessary and represent a Tea Party agenda that is now part of the DNA of Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party.
Tonight's Budget is not dissimilar from Campbell Newman's first budget and what it means for Queenslanders is an ongoing smash and grab in health and education.
There is plenty to campaign on in this Budget - school to school, hospital to hospital, doctor surgery to doctor surgery, shopping centre to shopping centre.
See Chris Bowen's media release here: http://www.chrisbowen.net/media-centre/media-releases.do?newsId=6820
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