COUNCILLOR’S COLUMN by Cr Bob Millar

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Cr Bob Millar

CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST UPON US

By the time this edition of the Grapevine is on the streets, we will be within a few weeks of yet another Christmas and I’m sure like me, you all wonder where the past 12 months have gone.  There is also no doubt that they seem to be coming around faster each year.  It has been another year of considerable achievement both locally and around the Region and I look forward to continuing to work with you up until my retirement from this role in late March.

As this is the last edition of the Grapevine before Christmas, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your families a holy, enjoyable and safe festive season and a hope that the New Year is kind to you all.  Despite this busy time of the year, I hope to see some of you at Swaggies on 12 December.  Dayboro Combined Churches will again be hosting Christmas Carols through town finishing at the Uniting Church for supper and fellowship on 19 December.  I am pleased to continue to support both these activities to help offset costs.  Access to Council services continues to be available over the holiday period on 3205 0555 (This number also contacts the Council’s Out of Hours Service for emergency matters) or mbrc@moretonbay.qld.gov.au.

COUNCIL DELIVERS MORE THROUGH COMMUNITY GRANTS

In the last round of Community Assistance Grants to community groups, council received a huge 84 applications totalling almost $570,000 of which the total available funds of $327,000 has been allocated to 63 lucky groups and individuals.  This brings the total amount provided through the two rounds of this programme from the 2015/16 budget to $665,000.  (These numbers including 16 applications for $63,000 under the joint State and council funded Regional Arts Development Fund- RADF).  In Division 11 some 12 groups and individuals were successful with the Mt Nebo Residents’ Association being successful with an application for $5,000 to host a Small Halls concert (Sat 5 December) featuring some of the international talent who will perform at the Woodford Folk Festival.  The Riley Car Club were successful with a facilities development grant of $15,000 towards a storage facility adjoining the Samford Mens Shed and the Qld Steam and Vintage Machinery Society based at Old Petrie Town win a little under $5,000 to assist in restoring a 1923 steamroller.  Other recipients include the Mt Glorious Residents Association and the Spadewerx Theatre group for audio visual equipment, the Samford Commons to conduct a community event early next year and the Samford Valley Target Archers for a linemarking machine.  A RADF grant has also been provided to a Narangba indigenous leader to develop a Gubbi Gubbi language book for children.  All of these grants go to building stronger and better equipped groups and individuals across our Region.  The next round of grants opens on 1 February 2016 with details available from Councils website www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au

SHAFT – Super Holiday Activities for Teenagers

Shaft is a program conducted by Moreton Bay Regional Council for students who reside in or attend high school in the Moreton Bay region.  The exciting range of activities are subsidised by Council, making them more affordable and accessible for students. Activities are grouped into categories of Accelerate (Not for the faint hearted), Active (Fun and physical activities) and Arty (Creative and cultural).  The next program runs from Monday 11 January to Friday 22 January 2016.  Bookings open from Tuesday 8 December at 9.00am.  More information is available on:

 www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/shaft

or by phoning (07) 5433 2052,

or email recreationprograms@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

DID YOU KNOW?

That more than 34,000 local residents have registered for MoretonAlert which can send thousands of alerts to mobile phones, emails and landline telephones about storms and other disaster threats.  Call 3205 0555 or search MoretonAlert on Council’s web page www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au

For all your general council enquiries call 3205 0555 or email:

mbrc@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

If I can assist further please contact me.

Councillor Bob Millar

Independent – Division 11

bob.millar@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

Office:  3480 6455.

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