RAW (Real Adventure Women) is a Brisbane City Council Active and Healthy Lifestyle program that offers fantastic value for money activities across Brisbane. The program delivers activities that encourage women from 16 years to stay active and healthy, develop new skills and form new friendships. For further information visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/activeandhealthy or phone Council's 24/7 number 3403 8888. A brochure of the full calendar of events in Brisbane is available from Cr Peter Cumming's office in Wynnum.
Following is an outline of activities in the Wynnum Manly district:
Saturday, 24 July - Boat & jet ski licensing is a relaxed fun time course with emphasis on safety and skills attainment. During the day you will learn boating skills through theory and practical sessions in the boat/jet ski. 8am-5pm at Brisbane Coast Guard, Trafalgar Street, Manly ($150). Contact Allstate Boat Licensing Darryl 3822 4432 or email@example.com
Sunday, 29 August - Dragon boating paddling in Manly Harbour. Club members will take you through the warm up exercises, safety demonstration and then onto the water for a good dose of adventure and fun. 9am-11.30am ($30). Relax and compare notes over morning tea. 542 Royal Esplanade, Manly. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0418 716 177 or email@example.com or 0417 726 512.
Sunday, 29 August - Half day sailing course - 8am-12noon or 1-5pm ($70). Learn to steer a yacht, work the sails and winches while sailing around Moreton Bay. Contact Southern Cross School of Yachting Jenny 3396 4100 firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Thursday - Ladies dinghy sailing on Moreton Bay in 18 foot dinghies from 11am-2.30pm. No prerequisites and aimed at all skill levels. Contact Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Sailing School Tom 3396 8666 email@example.com
Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 September - Weekend sailing course from 9am Sat to 4pm Sun ($360). Learn the basics of yacht sailing including night sailing and sleeping on board. Meals and on-board accommodation provided. Contact Southern Cross School of Yachting Jenny 3396 4100 firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents should be aware of this great news. The Manly Swimming Pool Fairlead Crescent Manly is now heated to 27 to 28 degrees. It will be open all winter. Congratulations to the new lessees for complying so quickly with council’s requirements as part of the new lease to heat the pool. Enjoy !
The Queensland Government is rolling out school swine flu vaccination clinics across the State, with the vaccine to be available not only to all Queensland school children, but all members of their family and any other member of the public who wishes to be vaccinated for free.
As part of this initiative, free Vaccination Clinics will be held at Brisbane Bayside State College - 13 March, 2010, 9am to 3pm.
If your child has a personal health record book, please bring along to the clinic. If your child is under 10 and requires a second dose, please contact 13HEALTH, in three weeks for details of second dose availability.
Councillor Peter Cumming has announced that
the Brisbane City Council is hosting a series of Personal Safety Seminars for women across Brisbane in coming months.
These Personal Safety Seminars are two-and-a-half hour sessions delivered by personal safety experts and specialists. Cr. Cumming said the aim of the seminars is to break through some of the myths relating to violence, improve self esteem, and increase personal empowerment for participants. Basic self-defence techniques will also be covered briefly.
These free seminars are available to all Brisbane residents aged 14 years and over. Places are limited to 50 people for each seminar – and bookings are essential.
Suzanne Daley Violence Minimisation Alliance (SDVMA) will be facilitating the seminars. SDVMA is a non-profit, non-government, self-funded organization that was set up in 1984 to work in the short and long term solutions to violence. Suzanne’s group has provided Safety Seminars previously to local residents.
Suzanne Daley, the founder of SDVMA, has studied and trained in health, fitness, nutrition, martial arts, combat philosophy and practice, peaceful and positive conflict resolution, and street management, for the past thirty years.
Bookings are essential – please contact the Brisbane City Council Call Centre (open 24 hours 7 days a week) on 3403 8888. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Councillor Cumming said sessions will be held at the Waterloo Bay Leisure at the following times:
Cr Peter Cumming has announced that the committee which decides on Brisbane City Council grants in the local area has had its first meeting for this financial year. The following grants were approved:
$8,195.00 to the Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre for recovering the floor in the activity room
$6,418.18 to the Wynnum Croquet Club for a new mower
$5,000.00 to the Manly Chamber of Commerce for the Manly Harbour Festival to be held on 5 to 7 September
$5,000.00 to the Wynnum Manly Jazz Festival to be held on Sunday, 14 September
$3,690.00 to the Lions Club of Moreton Bay for a trailer
$3,213.00 to Wynnum Manly Physical Culture Club for competition leotards
$3,000.00 to the Bayside National Servicemen’s Association for a stone with plaque to commemorate National Servicemen
$2,667.00 to the disabled sailing organisation Sailability Bayside for an outdoor motor for their largest sailing boat
$2,585.00 to the Manly Dragon Boat Club for a shade structure
$1,227.27 to the Rotary Club of Wynnum and Manly for barbeques
Cr Cumming said that over $40,000 had been given out at the meeting. He said the next meeting would be held in September. He urged local community groups to put in applications now as he anticipated the $120,000 available for distribution would have been distributed before Christmas.
The wading pool is now completely filled with bay water and the filtration system is being progressively tested this week. To date there have only been minor issues with the system and these have been easily rectified.
The pool will be open to the public on the 12th of July. The official opening is scheduled for 11am on 13th July. Invitations will be sent shortly.
The whales water-play area will also be operational for the weekend of the opening only, before being switched off again until the summer season.
The six toilet cubicles on the northern side of the amenities building were opened for public use on the weekend, in time for the school holidays.
Councillor Peter Cumming has announced that the Brisbane City Council is likely to close the little used Council funded Personalised Public Transport ( PPT ) service. This service has been running since September 2006. A Black and White Maxi Cab drives around a fixed route from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The cabs can be hailed down by any passengers standing anywhere on the route. The cost of the trip is only $ 1. The cabs visit the Esplanade, the Manly shops in Cambridge Parade, Wynnum Hospital, the Leagues Club, Wynnum Plaza and travel close to the RSL and Wynnum Central shopping area.
Unfortunately patronage has been poor with only 492 people using the service this from July 1 2007 to 18th May 2008 which meant the subsidy for the service has been $ 35.53 per head.
Unless patronage rises substantially the service will be scrapped after Sunday 29th June.
Councillor Cumming said he can supply a route map to anyone requiring one.
Councillor Peter Cumming has expressed doubts about the merit of the "Village Green" suggested in the Wynnum Manly Neighbourhood Plan. Councillor Cumming said that if the green involved closing Edith Street between Bay Tce and Akonna Street he believed it would lead to much higher volumes of traffic along Florence and Clara Streets. He said that while Edith Street residents might like the idea, he could not imagine residents in Florence or Clara Streets being too enamoured of the idea.
He also expressed concern about loss of parking and difficulties in gaining access to any new buildings built near the corner of Bay Tce and Edith Street.
Councillor Cumming said that if the Village Green involved kerb build outs covered with grass, they would also result in a loss of parking as the street would no longer be wide enough to allow parking on both sides of the street.
However, Councillor Cumming urged local residents to comment on all the suggestions included in the Neighbourhood Plan when public consultation starts around the middle of the year.
The Wynnum Baptist Church at 287 Kianawah Road Wynnum West are holding Christmas at Kianawah tomorrow ( Saturday 15th December ) from 2pm on. Markets and free activities such as a rock climbing wall, baby animal farm, jumping castle, facepainting , live nativity and a giant slide. Carols by Candlelight starts at 7pm.
The Brisbane City Council Livability Committee provided a grant of $ 3 000 towards the event.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Cr Cumming has announced that he has approved nearly $150,000 in expenditure from the Wynnum Manly Ward Parks Trust Fund on the following projects in local parks:
1. Shade structure on the Bandstand on the Esplanade at Wynnum $ 9.862
Cr Cumming said this structure would provide much needed shade for the local brass band when it was performing on the Bandstand on the Esplanade. The structure will also be of use to other local groups who use the Bandstand, such as the Spring Festival.
2. Playground upgrade and replacement of CCA treated play equipment
at Wynnum memorial Park, Buderim Street, near Wynnum High School $47,495
Cr Cumming said the previous playground equipment had deteriorated to the extent it had to be removed.
3. Wynnum Rugby Union Club Lighting Project approximately $65,000
Cr Cumming said that at present the Club only had one senior field for over 200 junior players to train on. This meant that space is very restricted and the likelihood of collisions between players was substantially increased. The lighting project would allow training lights to be installed over a much larger area of the park which would give junior players more room to stretch out and practise their skills at training.
4. Shelter shed at off leash area at Bill Lamond Park, Lota $23,000
Cr Cumming said that the shelter shed would provide relief from the sun for dog owners and their pets. This park was the one where Council staff had removed trees from the park because they were considered dangerous. However, this had meant there was no longer any shade in the off-leash area.
5. Park fencing at Reg Cossart Park, Wynnum $ 2,923
The fencing provided would fence off the playground equipment in the park, which is near the corner of Pine Street and Barnham Street in Wynnum Central.
Baysiders should be looking forward to spending this Summer lazing by the pool – the Wynnum wading pool that is.
As part of the $12m Wynnum Foreshore Upgrade, the Wynnum wading pool is undergoing a $5.5 million facelift to significantly improve the water quality.
Councillor for Wynnum Manly Ward Peter Cumming said the pool’s upgrade includes the installation of a filter that will remove dirt particles from the incoming sea water and a brand new sand lining.
“This pool is more than 100 years old and is a Bayside icon – it’s wonderful that we’ve been able to keep this facility operating for residents for so long,” Cr Cumming said.
“However, there are concerns within the community that the pool’s upgrade should have included a concrete bottom.
“Right from the outset of this project I’ve represented the community’s views about this project.
“What residents told me is that they would like a Redcliffe-style pool with a concrete floor – and that’s what I relayed to the project team.
“Unfortunately though, when the project team took this proposal to the Lord Mayor two years ago, he rejected it because of the cost.
“The Lord Mayor allocated $5.5m towards the refurbishment of the pool and would have had to find more money to have a concrete bottom installed.
“It’s disappointing to hear him attack me publicly about this, when he’s the one who made the decision not to have a concrete bottom for the pool two years ago.
“The Lord Mayor even said in March this year that “it has taken some time and a great deal of effort to find the appropriate solution for this historic icon, but I believe we have come up with a solution that will provide the community with a visible improvement to this much-loved facility”. **
“But I’m not going to play the blame game and the Lord Mayor is not going to get a fight from me.
“I would like to focus on getting on with the job of delivering a great facility that will be enjoyed by all.”
Cr Cumming said the $5.5m upgrade involved the installation of a new pool shell inside the existing shell, in keeping with Heritage Council requirements, to stop leaks.
A foam fractionator filtration system that will separate sediment and ensure the water is filtered every 9.5 hours will also be installed.
“As the pool is naturally fed by the tides of Moreton Bay, chemicals can not be used to further treat the water,” Cr Cumming said.
Councillor Peter Cumming said the latest Moreton Bay Catchments Report Card showed water quality in Waterloo Bay, which was the bay off Wynnum Manly, had improved from B- to B+ over the last 12 months. This made Waterloo Bay the third best of the 20 bay and river areas measured. It was behind only the Eastern Banks and Eastern Bay areas which are just west of Moreton and North Stradbroke Island.It was a long way ahead of the D+ rating of Bramble Bay which was the bay off Sandgate/Redcliffe.
Councillor Cumming said the recently completed upgrade to the Wynnum Wastewater Treatment Plant would further improve the quality of the bay beacause of the massive reduction in nutrients entering the bay.
Councillor Peter Cumming helped members of Wynnum High's Enviro Club celebrate Arbor Day on Tuesday 9th October. A new bottlebrush tree was planted in the grounds of Wynnum High. Councillor Cumming congratulated local schools who were involved on the day. "With South East Queensland's growth air pollution will get worse, " Cr Cumming told students. "Planting trees is one of the main ways anyone can try to minimise the reduction in air quality as well as using public transport as often as possible".
When the curator of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens gave away 2000 trees to local schools in 1890 for Queensland’s first Arbor Day, he probably wouldn't have imagined his simple gesture would continue in the city more than 100 years later. Arbor Day History click here.
Cr Peter Cumming: Growing Older and Living Dangerously
Council’s GOLD (Growing Older and Living Dangerously) program is about to start up again in the Wynnum Manly area. Bookings for activities can be made by telephoning Council on 3403 8470.
On Wednesday, 3 October, from 10-12noon, or Sunday, 7 October from 1-3pm at Manly, the Gold ‘n Kids program will have interactive games and activities for grandparents and their grandchildren. The instructor is Life Be In Funworks.
As part of the GOLD program, from Monday, 8 October to Monday, 26 November from 9am until 12noon the Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre will host a course on parchment craft. This involves making cards using vellum paper. Tools and equipment are supplied. The cost is $3.00 per session.
Every Tuesday, from 9 October until 27 November from 9-11.30am the Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre will host a course on leatherwork and soft toys. Participants will create inexpensive and unique gifts for Christmas. Tools and equipment are supplied and the cost will be $3.00 per session.
Every Thursday from 11 October until 29 November, from 9.30-10.30am, a gentle exercise program will be run at Wynnum at a cost of $5.00. It will be a fun and effective fitness session that develops body strength and conditioning. The cost is $5.00 per session and is run by Queensland Busy Bodies.
Also on Thursdays, from 11 October till 29 November, between 10am and 12noon the Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre will host a course on paper toll which is a unique paper craft that can be used to create 3-D pictures. The cost is $3.00 per session.
To round off Thursdays, again from 11 October until 29 November, from 1.30-4pm, table tennis can be played at the Leisure Centre. The cost is $3.00 per session.
The Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre is 241 Tingal Road, Wynnum, across from Patterson’s Produce.
I urge anyone over 50 to consider getting involved in one of these activities.
Cr Peter Cumming has congratulated Iona College on achieving a massive reduction in water consumption at the school. The college is waiting on the most recent quarterly figures but on a recent daily check, the water consumption had been reduced by 94%. The most recent quarterly figures showed a reduction in consumption in the last 4 years from 12,126Kl per quarter to 4,956Kl per quarter, which is a water saving of 59%.
The college has adopted a number of initiatives designed to reduce water consumption. They are putting 100% bore water on their playing fields . Bore water is pumped into a 250,000 litre tank during the day and each of the 6 ovals are watered one night per week with that amount of water.
The school has converted all urinals to waterless urinals. They use a desert cube microbiological device instead of water in the urinals. This system has been operating for several months. All the toilets have been converted to a smaller cistern which uses 6 litres per flush instead of 12 litres.
All twenty showers have been fitted with low-flow shower heads. Restrictors have been placed on the water troughs so students get just enough water for a drink.