Cr Charles Strunk

It’s hard to believe that Christmas and the new year is upon us. I wish you and your family lots of joy over the festive period and I hope you enjoy a much needed break after what has been a very challenging year. Council has not finished and I’m working hard supporting lots of community groups. I encourage you to give my office a call if you would like to help those less fortunate than you this Christmas—whether that means donating some toys or volunteering your time at a local event. 

Council has begun dropping the water level of the lake. This is exposing the high sediment areas of the lake and has allowed for the first round of new planting to begin. While the water levels are lower, the council will be further investigating the sediment levels and finalising plans for desilting works next year.

Planting, which will improve the health of the lake during the summer months by reducing the nutrient levels, will take approximately six weeks. During the wet season at the end of 2020 and early 2021, we expect rain will help gradually return the lake to its normal level. This will assist the plants to establish and naturally balance the ecology in the lake.

If you would like further information on the lake management plan please go to www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and type Forest Lake Management Plan in the search bar.

Join in the Christmas Spirit with the parkrun Christmas Fun Run on Saturday 19 December at 7am. Participants are invited to wear their best Christmas outfit with best dressed receiving a fantastic prize. For further details, please see Shelley or her team. I encourage people to continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene practises. See you there!

Touch of Compassion, Inala and Forest Lake Salvation Army, Elorac Place Community Centre and Forest Lake Uniting Church are collaborating to provide Christmas Gift giving for children. Please register by 18 December for a hamper via the Forest Lake Ward Office, Salvation Army, Santa’s Box at the Uniting Church, or Touch or Compassion. For more information please call Rev. Russell on 0429 472 567.

All are welcome to join The Elevate Church who are holding their Christmas at the Lake Carols this December. They have put together a fun-filled afternoon, with a carols play telling the story of Christmas. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/elevatechurch.org.au

My very best wishes to you for the festive period. The Ward office will be closing from 21 December until 10 January 2021. Urgent local government concerns can be raised with the Brisbane City Council contact centre on 3403 8888 (24/7) or non-urgent matters can be emailed to my ward office at Forestlake.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au. In the meantime, feel free to contact me or my staff (Pam or Nayda) about any local council matters at Forestlake.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au or call on 3407 1211.

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