Wednesday, December 14, 2011
To receive the messages, residents need to Register.
Brisbane City Council residents have had access to similiar scheme called Brisbane Early Warning Alert Service since 2009.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Two public information sessions are planned:
- Saturday 3 December, 1:30-2:30pm, Samford CWA Hall, Main Street
- Monday 5 December, 7pm-8pm, Old Catholic Church, Samford Road.
ABC has a some reporting I found on their AM radio show page quoting Mr Wilson:
The more I have thought about it, about what I personally believe in according to my faith, unfortunately I can't support the bill.Labour allowed a conscience vote*, but LNP voted as a bloc. Possibly this answers the question of how Dale Shuttleworth, LNP candidate for Ferny Grove would have voted.
* In theory a sitting member of parliament can vote however they choose on an issue at any time, but they risk the ire of their party apparatus if they do. A 'conscience vote' is one where the party acknowledges that party unity must occasionally take a back seat to the personal beliefs of the members. I wonder when sitting members vote solely on the needs (or majority views) of their electorate.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Ratepayer's Action Group is hosting a public forum to gauge community support on Sunday October 30th at the Community Centre on Dawson Parade commencing at 2pm.
Having just moved not too far from Ferny Grove (in Brisbane City Council) to Ferny Hills (in Moreton Bay Regional Council) it will be interesting to see how the two councils really compare.
On a side note, the Ratepayer of Moreton Bay website (home of the Ratepayer Action Group) looks to be interesting site for the civic minded in the Moreton Bay Council area, especially in the lead up to the local government elections.
UPDATE: This topic was also covered on ABC Radio's breakfast show, which you can listen to online.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
If you are looking for a local dog park the list below might help:
- Thomsett Park on Olakuna Cres Ferny Hills
- Arbor Street Park on Tramway St Ferny Grove
- William Scott Park on View Cres & Bunya Rd Arana Hills
- Sylvia Gibbs Park on Nyora St Everton Hills
- Wittonga Park on Alutha Rd The Gap
Sunday, September 4, 2011
On the other hand I have had a very busy month in my personal life (including buying my first house - in Ferny Hills!) If you know of anything interesting going on in our area that you would like me to publicise, feel free to send me an email or leave a comment.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Interestingly, the accompanying photo shows Mr Wilson and Councillor Bob Millar (from the Moreton Bay Regional Council) at the end of the old rail line track, hinting that the new bikeway may follow that route and not simply follow Samford Road. No affirmative statement either way has been made, however.
After the detailed design work Mr Wilson says that the construction of the new bikeway will commence next financial year.
(It is good to see the contents of the Wilson Update appearing in a more online-friendly blog format on geoffwilsonmp.com. The character of the writing as also improved, putting Geoff in the first person and reading a lot less like media releases. I'd previously written that our politicians and political hopefuls should better leverage the internet to engage us, and it looks like they are taking their first steps.)
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Up to one million dollars has been allocated to the design and detailed planning of the bikeway in the budget (which means money to actually construct the bikeway still needs to be found). The story goes on to quote Wilson extolling the synergy with the Ferny Grove station upgrade, whose improved bike facilities and new shower facilities will provide more options to Samford-valley commuters.
The possibility of a bikeway to Samford will no doubt please potential cyclists, but it is a poor substitute for improving existing rail services or facing up to the long term inevitability of a railway line extension to Samford.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Ferny Grove State School has their fete this Sunday June 19th between 9am and 3pm. I don't have any further information about what activities or attractions will be present (I only found this page - thanks to Nappy Cakes by Lynne for tipping me off)
Thursday, June 16, 2011
PS. Geoff also now has a Facebook page.
Translink has posted a notice that trains will not be running this weekend (7:30pm Friday 17th June to last service 19 June) and will be replaced by buses between Ferny Grove and Bowen Hills. A similar service disruption has also been announced for the weekend commencing July 22. No road closures were mentioned.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The Ferny Grove line will be reviewed in stage 2 consultation starts later this year. Will review waiting times at same time
There you go.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
will highlight apparent council and state government inefficiencies and wastage in the Moreton Bay area.To be honest I had trouble finding a succinct purpose of the group on their website, and had to pull the above quote from their history page.
We want to represent every ratepayer in the Moreton region whether you are a homeowner an investment property owner, a retail, industrial or other business premises owner, a unit owner, bed and breakfast property or motel owner or even a renter.
The Westerner goes on to quote a Moreton Council representative defending the exclusion of the Ratepayer Action Group, saying that it was not an appropriate place for a political platforms or campaigns. Of course, current elected representatives were welcome, as long as they did not display political signs.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
The data supplied on our website are not supplied in any other format. This is to prevent the data being manipulated into league table type formats.Taken along with their FAQ, QSA is unambiguously against the construction of school league tables. Similarly, the national My Schools website is completely structured around preventing any mass comparison of schools.
Are we really leveraging public information as effectively as possible?
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
For each school, the report includes information on the number of students awarded certificates and qualifications, the proportion of OP-eligible students with OP 1 to 15 and the proportion of QTAC applicants receiving a tertiary offer.An associated FAQ mostly attempts to dissuade anyone from using the statistics to compare schools. Direct comparison of schools is also made more difficult by the formatting and file format of the document.
I pulled out some figures from local schools* and made some graphs. Broadly all the schools compared were comparable:
Also on the QSA website is a report showing NAPLAN 2010 outcomes.
Monday, May 23, 2011
This newsletter contains a brief update on the new train station design for Ferny Grove, including one of the computer graphics on display at the recent Hills Carnivale. The interesting and in my experience unusual feature of the station is the plaza entry and what the newsletter describes as Central-Station style automated ticket gates.
(North West news issued a fluff piece about the progress of the Rail Upgrade last week.)
The newsletter contained some information about national local awards:
- National Disability Awards nominations are open (close June 31)
- Premier's Awards for Queensland Seniors (close June 17)
- Ferny Grove Champions awards have been extended to July 1
- National day of thanksgiving at a Samford Church on May 28
- Dawn Ceremony at Teralba Park Commemorative Plaque Site at on Thursday 26 May
You could normally find the Wilson Update on Geoff's publications page but for whatever reason this month's newsletter isn't being served. Until the Geoff's publishing system is fixed you can find it here. If you want to receive future editions of the newsletter in your email, you can also subscribe on his website.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I asked the question Who is Dale Shuttleworth? in April. I've since asked Who is Geoff Wilson? My argument in both posts was that the sitting member for the State electorate of Ferny Grove (Geoff Wilson) and his opponents (in this case Dale Shuttleworth for LNP) could be doing a better job of letting us get to know them online.
Dale originally left a comment on the April story that he was looking into ways to improve his online visibility, but a recent Blogger issue seems to have removed this comment and my own reply. Hopefully they will be restored soon.
Setting up the Facebook page was a good start for Dale. Notice that his entries so far are informative and give us a window into what he is up to and how he interacts with people. This is exactly the visibility that I would like for all candidates for Ferny Grove in this election. Well done Dale and please keep it up.
(In case you are wondering, I am currently politically undecided, and don't want to take any particular political slant on this blog. So any candidate who wants me to give a shout out to their online efforts is welcome to contact me.)
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Unlike Dale, Geoff has his own website and distributes PDF newsletters from his site and via email. Geoff definitely does have internet presence. I teased in the post that Geoff's internet strategy was not necessarily something Dale should emulate, and I will take the opportunity to explain what I mean.
To be clear, Geoff might be an excellent Member for the seat of Ferny Grove. But I have no way to come to understand that.
Geoff's website hosts monthly or bi-monthly stories which seem to center on photo-opportunities at the sites of road upgrades and school building openings. These good news stories tell us very little about what Geoff actually did to make them happen (if anything) or how they came to be. They don't tell us anything about Geoff, what he does on a typical day, how (if) he responds to members of the electorate, what problems he thinks the electorate has or how he thinks we should fix them.
The monthly newsletter has some interesting community news, along with a summary of the recent photo-opportunities that have been published on the website. I'm not sure how much time is spent creating this PDF file for print, but perhaps it would be much better spent making the news available as an RSS news feed, on Twitter or on Facebook. If the community news was directly on the website it might even be findable with a Google search (lest someone not know about Geoff's site).
Those are slightly technical complaints, however, and I don't want to overshadow the larger point - That Geoff's website and newsletter misses the opportunity provided by the internet.
The event does not seem have its own website, so I was interested when the ABC radio breakfast show (Family Affairs) described the event in their blog. I was going to quote their colorful description until I realised that both the ABC and Our Brisbane copied their description straight from the performer application form (probably with permission, but the lack of disclosure irks)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Over the past month Queensland Rail has been conducting an agressive rail safety awareness campaign with the slogan 'Who would you miss?'
Hopefully QR has procedures in place to offer effective counselling to the woman's family and friends as well as the unfortunate train driver.
During the service disruption, Queenland Rail characterised the problem as a 'police incident'. Some commuters, myself included, will have more reason to pause the next time a service delay is described as such.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
What might have been obvious in retrospect but was not advertised was that Arbor street - linking Ferny Grove to Samford Road near the Ferny Grove train station - will also be closed for some or all of the period. It was tonight, at least.
|Arbor Street closed at the rail crossing on Friday, 22 April|
- Confirmation that there will be pedestrian and cyclist access between Archdale Road (Lanita Road end) and the upgraded train station when it is complete.
- News about the Hills Carnivâle, which is a cultural festival to be held at Leslie Patrick Park on Saturday 21 May. There will be fireworks! Check out the flyer for more information.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Who is Dale Shuttleworth? I've been trying to research Dale but information about him is spread thin on the internet. I found a LinkedIn profile and a Facebook page. And this story published in the Westerner from 2009. In terms of recent content, I could only find another Westerner story I linked to in a recent blog post and LNP's own anemic candidate page.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Queensland Rail will be using the closure to perform track maintenance and rail upgrades along the route.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Some specifics about parking at the train station were provided, including 135 dual-use tavern/commuter basement parking places forming a part of the plans for the new tavern, and help boost total car parks at the train station to the goal of 1000.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
I will highlight a couple of news items from the newsletter that might be of interest:
- An announcement about a flood fund raising lunch at Arana Leagues Club on Friday March 4th. Geoff recommends you ring his electorate office for more information (38511570)
- Free Indonesian, Chinese and Japanese language lessons are being offered at Ferny Grove State High School. the lessons will run from 7:30am to 8:30am weekly at the school.
Monday, January 24, 2011
I'm not sure how so many people received the message, but looking around the northwest suburbs clearly many people have. Piles litter the curbs and the cars of people out for a lucky find prowl the suburban streets. I am amazed the council is in the position not delay the collection in the wake of the floods, but this is good news for most of us.
Perhaps it is time to clear your garage and get rid those old appliances and furniture. The maximum allotment is one trailer-full per household and should not include chemicals, batteries, organic matter or anything dangerous.
Friday, January 14, 2011
I have not seen any predictions about when fresh produce will again flow into the area but commentators agree that prices will rise sharply. If you have not already, now is a good time to consider whether maintaining your own vegetable patch might pay dividends for the household budget (Transition the Grove has some local resources about growing and selling excess produce).
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
State Government Flood Resource Page
Translink has the status of Public Transport (rail, buses, ferry)
Brisbane City Council site (shows list of endangered suburbs)or their twitter account
I'll update the post as I find new resources.
Ferny Grove, Ferny Hills and Arana Hills seem to be withstanding the weather okay, with no flooding in evidence. According to this North West News story, both Mt Nebo Road and Samford Road near the Camp Mountain intersection have experienced closures due to landslides.
Last night the Ferny Grove train line was disrupted for a couple of hours after a truck misjudged the clearance at the Gaythorne underpass.
Our thoughts are naturally with friends and loved ones living in more seriously affected parts of the state.
Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of any local impacts from the weather.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The Ferny Grove Tavern property has been acquired by the State Government to provide more commuter parking as part of the Ferny Grove Railway Upgrade Project. Ironically, plans for the Ferny Grove precinct development (post upgrade) include a possible location for a new tavern.
I will miss the Ferny Grove Tavern as a cheap place to eat and convenient place to meet my friends for a drink. Hopefully the affected staff do not have too much difficulty in finding new employment.