Cr Charles Strunk

As we start the new financial year, June was rather busy with the Brisbane City Council 2020/21 budget being handed down. The Brisbane Lord Mayor announced that there will be no kerbside collection for the next two years. However, the important thing is how we continue to band together as a community to overcome any challenge that life sends our way.

With kerbside collections cancelled for the next two years I’m encouraging residents to stand with me, sign and share a petition to have kerbside collections reinstated immediately. Please visit this link to have your say.

Forest Lake Ward residents who need waste vouchers can contact the Forest Lake Ward office on 3407 1211 or BCC contact centre on 3403 8888. A copy of your recent rates notice and/or ID is required for administrative purposes. Anyone who needs assistance can also contact Devicentrix on 0487 409 199. This team have a wonderful history of helping the most vulnerable in our community by providing a free lawn mowing service and helping with small jobs.

The Free Back to School backpack has been an absolute success. I handed out more than 30 backpacks to students who live and study within the Forest Lake Ward. After receiving countless messages of support for this initiative, I have decided to continue to co-ordinate similar initiatives. Feel free to contact my office staff or follow me on Facebook for more information. And watch this space.

The Forest Lake Mens Shed directional sign is now installed for all to see. I was delighted to be at the grand opening of the Forest Lake Mens shed Inaugural art and craft exhibition at the Inala Art Gallery. Congratulations to the Forest Lake Mens Shed painters group: Will Brandford, Ray Baines, David Edmunds, John Johnson, John Fisher, Ray Mundy and all. 

Inala Elders will be hosting an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art exhibition to recognise our First Nations people and the journey, experiences and culture at the Inala Art Gallery with the support of Brisbane City Council. I was delighted to sit down with the Inala Elders to co-ordinate an Art Exhibition that would highlight the importance of equality, justice and reconciliation. The photos and paintings on display will tell the story through the eyes of local artists. The exhibition will start on 5 to 12 July. For more information, please contact Terri Hill on 0448 063 394.

Continuing to support our local community is key to why I’m proud to be your local Councillor. This month, I have approached many organisations to see how we can work together. I would like to congratulate Hosanna Church, Forest Lake Uniting Church, Touch of Compassion, Inala Citipointe West Church and Inala Church of Nazarene to name of few who were the recipients of much needed Brisbane City Council funds. Anyone interested in hearing more about what funding options, please contact me at the Ward office.

Well done to Jesse McDonald and his staff for serving countless Dagwood dogs to Forest Lake Ward residents in Doolandella. I’m pleased that Brisbane City Council staff worked tirelessly to help Jesse and his family during these difficult times.

As always, if your see anything in the community or in this article you’d like to learn more about, please contact me on 3407 1211, or by sending an email to forestlake.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au.