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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 ...

Sandgate Hawks score funding to help women and girls kick more goals

04 Jun 2018

Women and girls at the Sandgate Hawks are set for a win with the announcement of $497,482 in funding to go to the Club as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s new Female Facilities Programme. State Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said he was excited to see the Hawks benefit from the Female Facilities fund, after having long advocated for the need to help improve female facilities at local clubs. “For quite some time I have campaigned on the need for funding to support female participation in sport, and have used the Hawks as a case study into why we need to help upgrade female facilities”, Mr Hinchliffe said. “With a rapidly growing membership of female players, the fund will contribute to providing a more practical and inclusive space for both male and female players at the Hawks, “The Hawks will use the funding to upgrade 11 showers, 14 toilets, two change rooms, an officials room, amenities for people with a disability and a parents' room to support female participation. ...

Local intersection works to benefit Deagon residents

18 May 2018

Deagon residents will benefit from a $2 million upgrade to signalise the intersection of Braun and Biarra Street to compliment to the finalisation of the Gateway Upgrade North project. Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, it was a positive outcome for Deagon locals, after having led a community campaign calling upon the State Government to fund the intersection. “As part of the removal of the Sandgate Road on ramp, there was a strong likelihood the right hand turn option from Biarra street would be removed”, Mr Hinchliffe said. “I made it clear that any plan to remove the right hand turn provision from Biarra Street was not in the best interests of the Deagon Community. “The only alternative was to install a signalised intersection. “That’s why over the past month, I have been engaging with Deagon locals by asking them to sign a petition, which was tabled in Parliament, calling for a consolidation of the current signalised pedestrian crossing on Braun Street into a signalised i ...

Safety improvement on Deagon Deviation northern section

04 May 2018

Safety improvement works on the northern section of the Deagon Deviation will start in May with a $600,000 guardrail upgrade.Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the works would be on the northern section of the Deagon Deviation, between Bracken Ridge Road on-ramp Bracken Ridge and the Houghton Highway Bridge, Brighton.“When it comes to our roads, safety is the number one priority of the Queensland Government and I am pleased that, on Road Safety Week, we have announced this busy arterial road will be made safer for all users,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “About 40,000 vehicles travel the northern section of the Deagon Deviation each day.“Works will include upgrading guardrails and installing new ones.” Work is expected to start in mid-May to be completed by late September, weather and construction conditions permitting.Night works will be carried out Monday to Thursday, between 7pm and 5am.Mr Hinchliffe said this project was funded by the Queensland Government’s Safer Roads Sooner P ...

Maintenance blitz for schools in North Brisbane area

21 Apr 2018

Local schools in the North Brisbane area are benefiting from the Palaszczuk Government’s continued investment in school maintenance.Member for Aspley, Bart Mellish said maintenance and refurbishment works were underway at local state schools over the recent Easter holiday period. “I’m pleased to say schools in Aspley, Sandgate, and Nudgee have shared in over $500,000 for improvements to classrooms and other facilities,” he said.“Work crews undertook as much work as possible during the holiday period to minimise disruption during school term. “We want our state school students to have the best possible classrooms to make the most of their education.”Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to delivering world-class educational facilities for all Queensland students. “Our Government is delivering a state wide Infrastructure Investment programme valued at more than $778 million during 2017-18,” he said.“This funding will help state schools cont ...

Sandgate creative awarded funding for new musical inspired by The Go-Betweens

14 Apr 2018

A Sandgate based writer and director has been awarded $40,680 to stage the world premiere of a new musical inspired by the songs of legendary Brisbane band The Go-Betweens.Kate Wild of Now Look Here theatre company has received the funding through the Queensland Arts Showcase Programme. “The Sound of a Finished Kiss features four friends remembering their lives in Brisbane in the 1990s, and the songs of The Go-Betweens that shaped them,” Ms Wild said. “It will highlight the brilliant songwriting partnership of Grant McLennan and Robert Forster.” The Sound of a Finished Kiss will premiere at the Brisbane Powerhouse in June.Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, said QASP aims to develop and grow a vibrant and diverse arts sector in Queensland.“QASP investment supports and celebrates local arts and culture and promotes our talented artists, writers and performers,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “These newly funded projects are a great example of how QASP continues to support the development of ...

Sandgate Bowls Club embrace Commonwealth Games Spirit

07 Apr 2018

Members and supporters of the Sandgate Bowls Club spent this week cheering on the Australian Lawn Bowls Team playing at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, in the lead up to their very own ‘Corporate Challenge’ on April 18. Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, joined in on the excitement alongside some of the Corporate Challenge teams as they prepare to go head to head in a night of what is set to be competitive but fun lawn bowls. Mr Hinchliffe, a sponsor of the event, said holding the Corporate Challenge just after the Commonwealth Games gave the event a unique edge, and urged local businesses and community groups to embrace this opportunity. “This is a great time to capitalise on the excitement of the Games and promoting the Sandgate Bowls Club’s ongoing connection with the community,” Mr Hinchliffe said. “Having played in several similar events held by the Club, I can say from experience that initiatives like the Corporate Challenge build connections and friendships that l ...