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Christmas comes early for Northside Community Groups

15 Nov 2018

Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said Christmas has come early for community groups across the Sandgate electorate, which are set to share in over $86,000 as part of Round 97 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. “In this latest round of funding announced, the Brighton Bulldogs Soccer Club, All About Living Inc. and Koobara Aboriginal and Islander Family Resource Centre Inc. were big winners benefiting from grants to help them improve their facilities,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “This is exciting news for these groups and allows them to fund projects that would have otherwise been out of reach. “It is wonderful to see these groups receiving funds that will allow them to improve the services they provide to the local community here across the Northside. “These groups are the backbone of the community and am I proud to be part of a Government which is committed to supporting them as much as possible,” Mr Hinchliffe said. The Gambling Community Benefit Fund is the state’s largest o ...

Sandgate thanks local stars

03 Nov 2018

The local stars who upgraded the grounds of Aspley Special School and rejuvenated the Sandgate Bowls Club are ready for new jobs after graduating from their Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects.Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe presented certificates to each of the team members at the graduation, held at Brighton Roosters Junior Rugby League Club.“Seeing local people who are rightly proud of their new skills and the positive impact their work has made in our community is wonderful. Each of these participants will make a great new team member for any local businesses that are looking,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “In fact, businesses may be eligible for a Work Start incentive payment, which is another part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, if they hire one of these participants as an apprentice or trainee.”Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said community organisation SANDBAG organised the Building Our Community and Greening North Brisbane p ...

Exchange your containers for change

20 Oct 2018

Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, is urging 4017 locals to swap their containers for change as part of Queensland’s container refund scheme Containers for Change which begins from 1 November. The scheme will allow Northsiders to collect and return eligible containers for recycling, in exchange for a refund payment. This will help to reduce the amount of drink container litter that enters our precious Bayside environment, while increasing recycling rate locally. Mr Hinchliffe said Containers for Change is also a great opportunity to support our local community groups and charities by donating the 10 cent refund from each container. When you return your containers, you can choose to donate your refund to an organisations registered with the scheme.“We know that recycling not only benefits the environment, but also provides opportunities for our community as well”, Mr Hinchliffe said. Local container drop off points include:Vinnies, Brighton (229 Beaconsfield Terrace, Brighton)Sa ...

Boost for Bald Hills boaties

05 Oct 2018

The Deep Water Bend boat ramp at Bald Hills has reopened after a $230,000 upgrade to improve the facility as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Marine Infrastructure Investment Programme. Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe said the works to resurface the existing boat ramp and repair the toe had been welcomed by boaties across the region. “It is little secret to Bald Hills locals that Deep Water Bend is a terrific spot on the Pine River to have a picnic and put the boat in, so these works will ensure the facility meets current standards and will improve safety,” Mr Hinchliffe said. Member for Aspley Bart Mellish said the timing of the reopening of the boat ramp could not have been better, with Northsiders set to get out and enjoy the water during the warmer months. “I would like to thank the local boaties and the community for their patience throughout these works, and I look forward to seeing the facilities get put to use,” Mr Mellish said. Works were done by North Brisbane con ...

Sandgate playgroup finds new space

18 Sep 2018

Sandgate State School’s playgroup ‘Little Pippis’ Playgroup’ is set to benefit from a new space, with the transformation of the school’s old prep building on the corner of Keogh and Lagoon Street to be used exclusively for the space. Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said that after having put the suggestion to the school community, he was excited to see the space being transformed for exclusive use by the playgroup. “This is a terrific outcome, using a great space in the heart of Sandgate, to connect local families, enhancing the school community,” Mr Hinchliffe said. Sandgate State School Acting Principal, Tracey Douglas, said that Pippis’ is a terrific way for future Sandgate State School students to make friends with each other and become familiar with the school grounds before commencing Prep. Mr Hinchliffe also said he had a personal connection to the building after it was revealed that it was his preschool building.“My earliest memories of this space was walking down to ...

Improved safety in the zone for Bracken Ridge State School

08 Aug 2018

A hugely successful road safety programme is on track to deliver safer school journeys for students at 1000 Queensland schools by 2020.The Palaszczuk Government’s Flashing School Zone Signs program has identified 100 new schools that will receive flashing speed limit signals in 2018/19.Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said he was excited to her that Bracken Ridge State School is set to directly benefit from the latest round of safety funding. “This is terrific news for the school community, which will make trips to and from the school gate safer for not just the students, but for the parents and teachers too,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “After having campaigned on the need to improve road safety around our local schools, I am pleased to announce that over the next 12 months this funding will deliver flashing school zone signs at Tomah Road. “This funding will provide peace of mind to local students, their families and to the school community more broadly by encouraging motorists to s ...

Sandgate embraces Multicultural Month

19 Jul 2018

August is Queensland Multicultural Month, the State’s largest celebration of our cultural and linguistic diversity. There are few better examples of this remarkable diversity than our local community. According to the 2016 Census almost one-in-four people in the Sandgate electorate were born overseas. 10.7 percent were born in an English Speaking Background country, the top five being New Zealand, England, South Africa, Scotland and Ireland. Whereas 13.7 percent were born in a non-English Speaking Background country and the top five are India, Philippines, Fiji, China and Papua New Guinea.14.6 percent of Sandgate residents speak a language other than English at home. The most common are South Asian languages like Punjabi, Southeast Asian Austronesian languages like Tagalog, Chinese languages, Italian and Samoan. Our beliefs are just as diverse. 57.4 percent of locals are affiliated with a Christian religion, 6.3 percent identify with other religions including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, ...

Full steam ahead for $6M Shorncliffe station restoration

26 Jun 2018

Works are beginning to notch up on the $6 million heritage restoration of Shorncliffe station.“Following the planning and design phases and significant community consultation, it is very exciting to see the works gaining traction on the restoration,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “A temporary ticket office and alternate platform entrance have already been constructed, which will service customers while the existing station building is closed for renewal works. “From next week, construction will begin on the new traincrew facility located west of the station building, which will incorporate solar panels on the roof and tall plants to screen the building.“Throughout the consultation process, it was clear to me that a lighter colour was preferred for the facility rather than the dark grey initially chosen. Which is why I am pleased to advise that after having listened to this feedback, a lighter shade of grey has now been selected.“I want to thank everyone who took the time to share their thoughts ...

HINCHLIFFE WELCOMES BUDGET

13 Jun 2018

Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe welcomed the 2018-19 State Budget as one that delivers on the Palaszczuk Government’s election commitments and particularly invests in local infrastructure. “This budget is focused on delivering frontline services and the infrastructure our State needs,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “That key issues in last year’s election have so promptly been addressed is important and meet my priorities.” Highlights include $45 million in 2018-19 to complete the $1.143 billion Gateway Upgrade North (GUN) Project widening the Gateway Motorway to six lanes between Nudgee and Bracken Ridge. Other important infrastructure projects effecting the local road network receiving funding include:• a feasibility study into a potential overpass at Beams Road over the train line at Fitzgibbon,• detailed design work of a new Gympie Arterial Road-Hoyland Street interchange at Bald Hills, and • completion of design of a dedicated left-turn lane and on-ramp at the Gympie Arterial Ro ...

Sandgate multicultural group cooking up cohesion

09 Jun 2018

The Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group Inc (SANDBAG) will receive a grant of $10,000 to set up a ‘Global Kitchen: 2nd Course’ project to engage people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.Member for Sandgate and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Stirling Hinchliffe, congratulated SANDBAG on its important local project.“The aim of this project is to engage people in our community from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in a series of cooking classes to enhance their English language skills, self-confidence and social networks,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “Wonderful projects like this will make a real difference to the lives of many Queenslanders and the organisations and community groups delivering them must be applauded.“Projects like these promote inclusive and welcoming communities and bring people together to celebrate our diversity and social cohesion.”SANDBAG CEO, Maggie Daunt, said the project will play an important role in reducing social isolati ...