As we start the new financial year, June was rather busy with the Brisbane City Council 2022/23 budget being handed down. The budget this year will give me the opportunity to bring more new council facilities to families in the ward.
The new financial year will bring a number of road resurfacing works in Forest Lake and Ellen Grove, upgrades and additions to the Doolandella Recreation Reserve, Kathleen Street Park and Peacock Street Park and there will also be new footpaths installed on Brookside Street, Doolandella and Brooklands Circuit connecting to Joseph Banks Avenue, this will give local residents much needed access to local shops and bus stops.
Waste Vouchers and Free Native Trees
As we enter the new financial year residents will once again be receiving waste vouchers with your rates notices. Please check your rates envelops to ensure you receive your vouchers, if not please make sure you contact Brisbane City Council call centre on 3403 8888 or the Forest Lake Ward office on 3407 1211. Your new rates notice also allows you to claim 2 free native plants. The council offers these plants to help the community to cultivate a greener and more sustainable Brisbane. Community groups that lease council land can also apply for a number of native plants and trees, please contact the ward office for more information on this wonderful program.
Rectifying Grass Cutting Services
Thank you to everyone that signed the petition to rectify the grass cutting services in the Forest Lake Ward. This petition has now been lodged with Brisbane City Council for response, however your voices have started to be heard as we see grass cutting services starting to get back on track across the ward. If you have a local area that is still being neglected by council please let us know at the ward office so that we can alert council to the problem.
Litter is continuing to be an issue that is tarnishing our local area. I encourage everyone in our community to ensure that the council bins on footpaths and in our parks are used for rubbish and dog droppings. Some local groups have shown some wonderful initiative in helping to clean up our suburbs, including the Lions Club of Forest Lake St John’s Leo’s members who did a massive litter clean up session along Forest Lake Boulevard from the shopping centre to the lake. I would like to thank all of the wonderful students and volunteers that helped to make our suburb a cleaner place to live.
If there’s anything I can do or my staff (Pam or Nayda) on these or any other council matters, please contact my office at Forestlake.email@example.com or on 34071211. I look forward to seeing you when I’m out and about in our delightful community.