Cr Charles Strunk

I want to start by thanking everyone who has signed the “Bring Back Kerbside Collection” petition. As many of you would know, Forest Lake Ward residents will miss out on three consecutive kerbside collections. Last month, I held numerous mobile offices, phoned many residents, raised my concerns in city hall, and helped many Forest Lake ward residents who are being adversely impacted by the cancellation of this scheme. To participate, residents are encourage to contact the Forest Lake Ward office to find out more about how they can have a say.

I’m extremely proud of the Inala Lions Club Inc. who kindly came to the aid of Forest Lake Ward locals, Dirk and Maureen who had unwanted bulky household items they needed to get rid of but couldn’t due the cancellation of the kerbside collection. They were disappointed to find out they didn’t meet the criteria for the “Good Neighbour Clean-up Scheme after contacting the Brisbane City Council contact centre. I’m pleased they raised their disappointment about the scheme with me. After hearing about their experience, I quickly organised the removal of the unwanted goods’ with the help of the Lions Club Of Inala Inc.

Special thanks to President Les Josiah, Former President Rangi Ross and members who paid for Forest Lake Jim’s Lawn mowing service to take the unwanted items to the tip. Great to see such wonderful community spirit and I encourage you to call my office if you want to raise any local government matters with me on the below number.

I would like to acknowledge the incredible work of Forest Lake State High School year 7 student Luan Sejdi. Last month, he was commended in the Ekka Day Photo competition and Mono Awards which is Australia and New Zealand’s largest competition dedicated to the art of monochrome and black-and-white photography.

The Lake Parklands is looking to be a hit with many local photographers, especially now that the water is so clear, the black swans are back and pelicans are having a grand time feasting on the fish. Thank you to everyone who makes time to forward me photographs of how good the lake is looking and representing our community in competitions across Brisbane. I truly believe we have the most talented photographers in Brisbane City.

On Sunday 6 September we celebrate Fathers Day. I know many residents will be having a picnic in the park, a BBQ at home or even making a call to a loved one they think is a wonderful role model to say “thank you”. I know that this day is also a time for many to remember the memory of a father or father-like figure who is no longer with us. So, I wish everyone a nice day that is full of much joy and fond memories.

R U OK? Day 2020 is back Thursday 10 September! I will be making sure that I’m checking in with many residents to see they are well and okay. I encourage you to make it a goal to ask at least one person if they are okay this month.

I want to hear from you. There are lots of interesting and exciting things being done this month and next month by our local community groups. Please give my ward office a call if you want to know more about what is happening in our community or you are thinking of hosting an event. I would like to hear your thoughts and discuss how I can help!

If there’s anything I or my staff (Pam or Nayda) can do on these or any other council matters, please contact my office at Forestlake.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au or on 3407 1211. I look forward to seeing you when I’m out and about in our delightful community.

To view my ad about the petition in the latest edition of The Lake News, click here.