Lights on for Rothwell Intersection

A State Government announcement over the long weekend has confirmed funding for an upgrade to the Rothwell roundabout.

The announcement has come following Luke Howarth MP’s year-long campaign, which culminated with a visit from State Opposition Minister for Main Roads, the Hon Fiona Simpson MP.

“I invited Fiona to Rothwell to help me pressure the State Government to confirm funding and get the project started,” said Luke Howarth MP.

“This funding announcement is fantastic news – it’s exactly what we were calling for, and it’s all thanks to the hundreds of locals who joined my campaign.”

Luke Howarth MP said the Federal Government committed $11.7m to a Rothwell Intersection upgrade in December last year.

Moreton Bay Regional Council has committed $3.2 million, with the State Government to now fund the remainder of the $37.5 million project.

“The Rothwell Roundabout it’s a dangerous intersection for both motorists and pedestrians,” said Luke Howarth MP.

A signalised intersection would relieve traffic congestion by increasing capacity and efficiency for motorists, while providing a safer intersection for all road users.

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More local news in the Messenger May 7


New Council for Moreton Bay Region

The Moreton Bay Region’s newly elected council was formally sworn in at a post-election meeting at the Strathpine Community Centre last week, and included the highest number of female councillors ever elected to serve the Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said the increase in female representation was a milestone the region should be proud of, and looked forward to continued and increased representation of women on council.

“I was very pleased to see the number of female councillors double, bringing a greater level of community representation and diversity into council chambers,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“Diversity is important in Local Government, because your council is charged with the responsibility of representing the interests of everyone in the region.”

“I believe this new council team represents a broad section of our community with school teachers, small business owners, tradesmen, sign writers, land valuers, event organisers, and community volunteers,” he said.

“Seven councillors who served in the previous term have been returned to represent their divisions, and we have also welcomed five new representatives.”

“Our new councillors come from very diverse backgrounds and I know that those who have been returned will help the new councillors to learn the ropes of local government and hit the ground running in what is a very busy and exciting time for our region.”

Mayor Sutherland said he welcomed the mix of experience and new energy and was keen to get back to the business of governing for the region.

“I’m confident that we have a very good team of councillors who will be able work well together to achieve great things for the Moreton Bay Region,” Mayor Sutherland said.

Article continues in the Messenger April 30


Lest We Forget - April 25

Traditionally, ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of Australia’s first major military action, the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian New Zealand Army Corps, and April 25 remains our nation’s most significant military day of remembrance. In more recent times however, ANZAC Day has come to symbolise the noble sacrifice of Australians who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Each year Dawn Services are held in capital cities and regional communities around the country at 6am on ANZAC Day. This powerful ceremony commemorates the time that our troops landed at Gallipoli.

The Dawn Service is followed by an ANZAC Day March which is led by veterans and serving personnel. Both the Dawn Service and march vary in size and length based on location. In Melbourne for instance, over 40,000 people are expected at the Shrine of Remembrance this Dawn service and these numbers swell three-fold for those participating in, and watching the ANZAC Day March.

ANZAC Day provides all Australians with the opportunity to honour the courage, resilience and spirit of the men and women who have served, and who continue to serve, our country in conflicts around the world.

Find out where the local services are the Messenger April 23


Queensland's new Cycling Strategy

• What do you think about riding in Queensland now?
• What needs to change in the future to make it easier for you to choose your bike over any other way of getting around?
• Have your Say

Back in 2013, the former state government introduced safe cycling laws that reduced cyclist casualties on our roads from 13 in that year, down to nine in 2014 and four in 2015. The laws worked and were adopted in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

Now, Queenslanders are invited to have their say on initiatives to be included in a refreshed cycling strategy for the state.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the updated cycling strategy for Queensland to get more people cycling more often.

“We want to hear from a range of cycling stakeholders and interest groups to ensure the views and needs of all Queenslanders, including those living in regional locations, will be adequately represented,” Mr Bailey said.

“The strategy will set the direction for cycling in Queensland over the next 10 years and be accompanied by a two-year action plan."

“We face a lot of challenges on our journey to make cycling an attractive, comfortable and safe option for all Queenslanders. This is our chance to overcome these challenges and plan for the future."

“I encourage people to view the website and participate to help to shape the strategy’s direction and make Queensland the cycling state."

Article continues in the Messenger April 16


Person of Interest
Michael Conolly Artist, Educator, Cultural Leader

Michael Connolly is a well-known figure in our region. He owns Dreamtime Kullilla Art which he and wife Jo have built from a humble travelling market stall into the region’s foremost cultural precinct. Michael is a Muruwari (Mother's side)/Kullilli (Father's side) man but for twenty seven years has called the peninsular home.

During this time Dreamtime Kullilla Art has grown into a space not only for authentic Indigenous art but for education, cultural leadership and art not just for the region's Indigenous but for the wider community as well. Michael's personal ethic is inclusive of all people, he's a passionate man with a lot to say.

Dreamtime Kullilla Art is currently celebrating their 20 year anniversary, so we thought it was a good time to sit down for yarn with Michael to discuss current Australian and regional matters.

Read the interview in the Messenger April 9


Update on Boundary Rd Interchange Upgrade

The contract to build the new Boundary Road interchange on the Bruce Highway at Narangba has been awarded to BMD Constructions.

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth MP said the $100.4 million project would involve the construction of a new six-lane bridge over the Bruce Highway, with four through lanes for Boundary Road traffic.

“The bridge will feature a dedicated pedestrian and cycle pathway, and left-slip lanes to provide free flowing access to the highway on-ramps,” Mr Howarth said.

“The extended on and off-ramps will improve safety for motorists entering and exiting the highway.

“These ramps will also enhance the interchange’s ability to efficiently handle increasing traffic flows.”

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said BMD Constructions was selected after a competitive tender process involving four shortlisted companies.

“We are a step closer to commencing this important infrastructure project, which will improve capacity and safety for motorists and pedestrians in this rapidly growing area just north of Brisbane on the Bruce Highway,” Mr Chester said.

The construction phase will bring more than 160 jobs and further growth to the region.
Major construction works are scheduled to commence in mid-2016, once the contractor sets up on-site and completes preparatory works.

The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($80.3 million) and the Queensland Government ($20.1 million), and will be completed mid-2018, weather and construction conditions permitting.


Old Paper Mill begins transformation into uni hub

Moreton Bay region’s transformation into a university hub is well under way.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk joined Member for Kallangur Shane King and Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd to tour the site of a new University of the Sunshine Coast campus on the old Petrie Paper Mill site.

Ms Palaszczuk said demolition work would soon be finished as the university moved towards its first intake of students by 2020.

Ms Palaszczuk said the university project would provide a major boost to education and jobs, both key priorities for the Government.

“The Moreton Bay university campus will cater for up to 10,000 students in the first 10 years, with the site expected to lead to the creation of 2800 ongoing jobs,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“The Moreton Bay Region is experiencing strong growth, so the addition of new jobs is essential to maintaining a strong economy.

“The addition of higher education places will ensure the economic strength of this important growth corridor well into the future and is very much in line with the Government’s Advance Queensland agenda.”

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said State and Federal funding and support were essential to the delivery of the university precinct.
“The Moreton Bay Region is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the country, with a predicted population growth of 40 percent over the next 20 years,” Mayor Sutherland said.

"It’s imperative that we are putting plans in place now for jobs and education places that will service the future residents of this region.

Article continues in the Messenger March 19


New $75 million retail development for North Lakes

25,000 square metres of large format retail space in the heart of the North Lakes

The first sod was turned last Monday on a new $75 million retail development for North Lakes, which will support long-term employment and economic growth for the region.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning welcomed the start of works by developers Primewest, which will transform the 11,350 square metre location into high quality, large format retail space to attract a number of high profile brands.

“The first stage of North Lakes saw a number of high profile tenants move to the region including The Good Guys, Pillowtalk, Super Amart, PetStock, Baby Bunting and Godfreys, which have all reported strong trading in their first few months,” Ms Trad said.

“Stage 2, kicked off today, will introduce a range of new tenants to the area including
Spotlight, Anaconda, Supercheap Auto, Bedshed, Beacon Lighting and WA based retailer Kitchen Warehouse.

“We are continuing to see rapid growth in the Moreton Bay region, and by 2031 we expect the population will have increased from its current 375,000 to more than 500,000.

“It’s important this type of growth is supported with job creation, and so I welcome Primewest’s vision to expand North Lakes’ already popular retail centre which will deliver long-term employment opportunities for the local community.

“Once the new Moreton Bay Rail Link and six new stations between Kallangur and Kippa-Ring open mid this year, it will be even easier for locals and visitors to the region to travel to and from the centre.

“Once opened, we also expect to see the Moreton Bay Rail Link act as a catalyst for further growth for housing, business and employment right along the rail corridor.”

Primewest director David Schwartz said demand for Stage Two was extremely strong with more than 90 per cent of available space already snapped-up.

Article continues in the Messenger March 19