The new Rickertt Road Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge, Ransome was officially opened Thursday of last week and Sunday 30th July marked the celebratory community opening with an organised community bike ride across the newly established path. The shared pathway runs from Thorneside Rd and over Tingalpa Creek to connect the Moreton Bay Cycle way between Brisbane and Redland Shire. The project was jointly funded by Brisbane City Council, Redland Shire Council and the Queensland Government over the last two financial years.
It was great to see both young and old taking part. Amongst the ‘back markers’ of the group was three year old Holly who did exceptionally well completing the 7k ride.
A large and diverse crowd of people met at the bridge entrance on at the park opposite Thorneside Train Station. Professional cyclists, councilors, adults and children had bikes at the ready, all geared up and rearing for a 10:30am start.
The ride ran at a leisurely pace following the 7km route across the new Bridge and along the Moreton Bay Cycleway to arrive at the Manly Harbour Rhythms Festival around 11am.
A wholesome and active event was the perfect means to celebrate the bridges new life and many families took up the opportunity to come together and join in the beneficial and invigorating activity.
After working up an appetite all participants were treated to a free sausage sizzle as they made their way up to the festival ready to relax to the soothing rhythms of Manly.
Cr Helen Abrahams, Chair of Environment and sustainability is a regular four day commuter cyclist often making the decision to ride to work and back. Cr Abrahams believes bike riding to be an excellent and reliable mode of transport.
“It’s good for the planet and great for your body as well. It’s a great way to keep healthy and fit”
The future of the pathways looks long as council have plans to expand the path to cover the whole of the Moreton Bay area, with hopes to run right to the Goldcoast.
The bridge also incorporates two fishing platforms for added usability and to properly utilize the excellent fishing area.
Community: Congratulations RSL and Ramsay Health Care
Cr Peter Cumming has congratulated the Wynnum RSL and Ramsay Health Care for providing a free courtesy bus service from Monday to Friday to commute patients, carers and visitors to and from the Greenslopes Private Hospital. The bus is driven by volunteer drivers from Wynnum.
Leaving from Manly Village, the bus stops at several locations before its final destination at the hospital.
Cr Cumming said that bus bookings may be made by telephoning 3394 7033.
For further information contact Greenslopes Private Hospital, Ramsay Health Care or the Wynnum RSL.
It’s become a sad routine. Recently, BABI Youth and Family Support was forced to turn away three more young people seeking crisis accommodation.
The young people aged 14, 17 and19 were given a single night’s supervised accommodation in a local motel, while BABI workers desperately sought a transfer to the nearest refuge at Mt Gravatt. No vacancy was available, and alternative accommodation is still urgently required.
Crisis accommodation is scarce because it is expensive to operate, requiring 24 hour staffing. BABI is only funded to provide medium term accommodation under the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP).
“In 2004/2005 we were forced to turn away 440 young people with 129 dependent children. Some 73 of those children were under five years of age,” said Di Fletcher, President of BABI.
“Let me be clear about this. These are not young people leaving home on a whim. Typically, they’re young people from our local community dealing with traumatic personal situations. Many have children of their own.”
The Australian Secutities Investment Corporation (ASIC) though its web site www.fido.gov.au is looking for owners of lost money.
Some listed owners include L J HOOKER Wynnum Superanuation fund, Wynnum District Soccer Club Juniors, Wynnum Manly Tourist Development, Tingalpa-Belmont Heights Progress Association Inc, BELMONT DISTRICTS GIRL GUIDES, Thornside Soccer Club Ladies Auxiliary, CAPALABA YOUTH & RECREATION CLUB, CAPALABA TAVERN SOCIAL CLUB, Capalaba Real Estate Trust Account, Capalaba and District BMX Club to name a few.
Might be worth a search - you never know what might come up.
David Maynard is the single father of three young kids as well as the founder of the newly established, Single Dads Group. The idea came about after his unproductive search for a playgroup that consisted of other single dads just like him. After a trail period of many playgroups in the area, he found them all to be dominated by women and, like many other single dads have before him, found this to be an intimidating experience. Discovering there were no actual single dads groups available in Queensland, he took the matter into his own hands.
The group has grown steadily with a number of dedicated regulars, this being only his fourth meeting for the program. His huge response from fathers in similar situations shows what a large demand there actually was. The support from companies such as Workforce Solutions, who funded a lot of their BBQ’s and outings, has been very encouraging. Their most recent event was a Single Dad’s fishing trip in which fathers brought their children along to partake in a days-fishing excursion. All the boats and a lunch were provided free of charge for the day.
The group has also organised trips to Movieworld and various other activities.
His next meeting is to be held tomorrow (Tuesday), 3:00pm at the Silky Oaks venue, Manly Road. All single dads are welcome and encouraged to come along and share in the organisation of the next outing. For more information phone David on 0415 304 689.
With the Christmas spirit working it’s way into everyone this time of year, Wynnum Manly Online decided it was time to do a little giving of it’s own. “Linx- Wynnum Youth Space,” is a rising new local organisation devoted to giving a voice to our youth of today. With that in mind, Wynnum Manly On-Line was proud to present Shadni Bonett of Linx with a $500 cheque.
A community based organisation, the youth space provides a place for young people to hang out and interact with other youth of around the same age. Focusing on young people between 12-25 years of age, the group runs a broad range of activities and workshops aimed to entertain and occupy youth. Many learning programs are also available, for example, photography workshops and Microsoft publisher training.
Sponsored by the Brisbane City Council, the group aims to generate a positive image of today’s youth and to provide a variety of interesting opportunities to the youth of our area. “Youth Drop-In Days” are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on 34 Bay Terrace, Wynnum. Contact Linx- Wynnum Youth Space on 3393 6677 for more information on holiday workshops and events.
Pictured below - Shandni Bonett, Emina Ajanovic, Josephine Ellis and our reporter Nadia Butler
Councillor Peter Cumming said around 400 local residents enjoyed the movie " The Pacifier " at Little Bayside Park Manly on Saturday 5th November. Rain held off and feedback was that the show was very enjoyable.
Watch Out For Cumming Calender
Councillor Peter Cumming's 2006 Calender will be distibuted by Australia Post to all residential and business addresses and post offices in the Wynnum Manly Ward. Delivery should take place by the end of November.
Community: Business Goes Barefoot for Homeless Youth
Bayside Recruitment’s gala Corporate Barefoot Bowls Day on Sunday October the 16th is a great way for businesses to show support for those in our community who are doing it tough.
We’re planning a FUN day where laughter is more important than skill, and there are plenty of opportunities for networking & team building.
We’ll have lots of great prizes and giveaways, a delicious lunch … and someone will take a gleaming golden trophy back to their workplace.
All proceeds will help fund the vital work BABI Youth & Family Support does for homeless and disadvantaged young people and families in the Wynnum Manly /Redlands area.
Team of four: $220. Individuals: $55.
To book your team in call Ursula at Bayside Recruitment on 3348 4722
or Ann at BABI on 0423 142 822.
The Waterloo Bay Lapidary Club presents the 38th Annual Gem Show on Saturday 3rd September from 9 am to 3 pm at the Baptist Church Hall, Bay Terrace, Wynnum.
Items on sale will include faceted and polished gem stones. Lapidary Supplies - Opals - Slabbed Stones - Jewellery - Handcrafts.
Displays of work completed by club members will also be available for viewing.
Light refreshements also available.
Community: Formation of Wynnum West Progress Association
A PUBLIC MEETING will be held on Wednesday August 3rd, at 6.30 pm at the Wynnum Manly Workers Sports Club, Bognor St, Tingalpa to discuss the formation of a WYNNUM WEST Progress Association. Any residents of the Wynnum West area who may be interested are invited to attend to discuss the proposal of forming this group.
Generally the concept of a Progress Association is an organisation that can
· act as liaison between residents and official bodies concerned with the development of the area;
· to raise funds for area improvement; and
· to assist in development and progress of other community organisations in the area.
Anyone interested is invited to attend, or if you would like further information contact Mrs Hill on 3396 1493.
Community: National PM's Award for Wynnum Partnership!
It’s official: BABI and Bayside Recruitment have Australia’s best partnership between a community organisation and a small business.
On April 13th the Minister for Family and Community Services, Kay Patterson, presented the two Wynnum organisations with the 2004 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Community Business Partnership (Small Business Category), overcoming stiff competition from finalists in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
The Prime Minister’s Awards recognise partnerships that actively contribute to greater social cohesion and stronger communities through shared commitment, energy and creativity.
Ursula Wilkinson believes passionately in BABI and the power of community-business partnership. Since Bayside Recruitment opened in 2003 she has donated $10 per job placement to BABI Youth and Family Support. When the total amount donated recently hit $7,000, staff of both organisations united in celebration.
“The whole Bayside Recruitment team is 100% behind BABI. On top of the buzz we get every time we place someone in a job, we have the pleasure of knowing we’re doing something positive for the local community. It’s an unbeatable combination,” said Ms Wilkinson.
Draped in blankets to highlight the plight of homeless people forced to sleep rough every night, BABI staff recently joined hundreds of other homelessness workers and activists from around South East Queensland to rally against funding cuts.
With a quarter of the nation’s homeless population, Queensland receives only 16.6% of Commonwealth funds for accommodation and support.
BABI fears this funding may be further reduced, forcing Wynnum Manly’s only local provider of accommodation for the homeless to cut vital services.