Federal Member for Bowman and Labor Candidate for Bonner, Con Sciacca MP has urged Bayside residents to give up using plastic shopping bags for a whole weekend on August 21-22, 2004
“National Science Week and Planet Ark are hosting a nationwide Plastic Bag Famine. All Australians are invited to take part, and see if they can get through an entire weekend without using a single bag.
TAKING IT TO THE STREETS
Taking the opportunity to get out into the community and learn about the issues that are affecting Baysiders, Federal Member for Bowman and Labor Candidate for Bonner, Con Sciacca will be holding several listening post meetings in and around Manly and Lota on Friday 2 July.
Together with State Member for Lytton, Paul Lucas and Councillor for Wynnum Manly, Peter Cumming, Mr Sciacca will be on the corner of Gordon Pde and Mountjoy Tce at Manly between 8.30 and 9.00 a.m., at the corner of Hindes St and Whites Rd, Lota 9.15 and 9.45 a.m and at Lota Park on the Esplanade at Lota between 10.00 and 10.30 a.m.
Federal Member for Bowman and Labor Candidate for Bonner, Con Sciacca MP, has congratulated two local students who have been awarded the Australian Students Prize.
Mr Sciacca said, “The Australian Students Prize helps to reinforce the value of academic excellence, both for individuals and the community as a whole and to show our young people that we value their contribution, seeing them as an important part of our community.”
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Past Politicians: Mark Latham MP, will be visiting our local area
Newly elected Leader of the Federal Labor Party, Mark Latham MP, will be visiting our local area next week to campaign for the re-election of Con Sciacca.
Mr Sciacca, presently the Federal representative for Bowman, has indicated that he is standing for pre-selection as the Labor Party candidate in the newly created seat of Bonner. The new seat includes the wider Wynnum-Manly district, Gumdale, Tingalpa, Belmont, Murarrie and Carindale, Mansfield, Wishart and Mt Gravatt. Read More for details..........
Federal Parliament has rejected a proposal to introduce a 25 cent levy on plastic shopping bags, but may reconsider if retailers and shoppers don’t take greater responsibility for the way they use and dispose of shopping bags.
Federal Member for Bowman, Con Sciacca said, “Australians use about 6.9 million shopping bags a year. That’s about one bag per person per day.
“It is estimated that between 50 and 80 million bags enter the environment as litter every year.
“Particularly living so close to the Bay, locals need to be mindful that careless disposal of plastic bags and other plastic packaging can have dire effects.”
Federal Member for Bowman, Con Sciacca will again be holding listening post meetings around Wynnum-Manly on Friday 21 November.
Together with State Member for Lytton, Paul Lucas and Councillor for Wynnum Manly, Peter Cumming, Mr Sciacca will be at the corner of Malabar St and Sibley Rd, Wynnum West between 8.30 and 9.00 a.m. and at the corner of Hannam St and Wynnum North Rd, Wynnum North between 9.15 and 9.45 a.m, before heading to Primrose Park between 10.00 and 10.30 a.m.
September is a popular time for families to go away - the kids are on holidays, and the weather is getting warmer. But nothing ruins a great holiday more than coming home to the unpleasant discovery that you’ve been burgled.
Federal Member for Bowman said, “An empty house is an attractive target for intruders. But there are some simple things families can do to give their house a “lived-in” look and reduce the risk of a break-in.
“That’s why I’ve prepared a free information kit Safe & Secure: at home and on holidays to help families make sure they keep themselves and their property safe during the holiday period.
“The kit includes useful hints on personal safety, protecting your children, protecting your car, having a safe holiday and safety in the water.”
The Safe & Secure Kit is available by phoning: 3245 5777.
Australian Hearing Services is offering free screening to all over 60s, as part of Hearing Awareness Week (August 24-30).
Federal Member for Bowman said, “There are many people in our community who are not aware that their hearing could be greatly improved with the assistance of a hearing aid.
“Hearing devices make life much easier for people experiencing hearing difficulties, which could be as many as 2.7 million people across Australia according to Australian Government Hearing Services.”
Past Politicians: 2004 Senior Australian of the Year Award
There are only a few days left to get nominations in for the 2004 Senior Australian of the Year Award.
Federal Member for Bowman, Con Sciacca said, “I am sure there are many people in the Redlands who can think of a local, who is over the age of 60, who makes them proud, and through their contributions makes our country a better place to live.
“It doesn’t have to be someone famous – in our community there are many ordinary people who do extraordinary things to help others, and their efforts deserve recognition.
“All nominees will receive a certificate and will be in the running to receive the Senior Australian of the Year Award which will be announced on Australia Day next year.”
Nominations close on August 29 and forms are available from local Commonwealth Bank branches. You can also nominate online at: www.australianoftheyear.gov.au.
Past Politicians: Envirofund – Up to $30 000 available
Applications are now open for the Australian Government Envirofund, which makes available grants of up to $30 000 for projects aimed at conserving bio-diversity and sustainable resource use at a local level.
In the Redlands we are fortunate to enjoy the wonderful weather and the vast array of leisure and recreation choices that living on the bay offers. But if we want to protect our way of life, it is vital to work actively to protect our environment.
Federal Member for Bowman, Con Sciacca will again be holding listening post meetings around Wynnum-Manly on Friday 9 May.
Together with State Member for Lytton, Paul Lucas and Councillor for Wynnum Manly, Peter Cumming, Mr Sciacca will be at Lota Park on the Esplanade between 8.30 and 9.15 a.m. and at the corner of Whites Rd and Hindes St, Lota between 9.30 and 10.00 a.m.
Past Politicians: Bayside Families Will Pay, Medicare
The Howard Government’s decision to restrict access to bulk billing means Bayside families will pay more to visit the doctor, Federal Member for Bowman, Con Sciacca said today.
“Bulk billing doctors are already hard to find. The latest figures released by the Health Insurance commission reveal that Bowman area experienced a 13.9% drop in the availability of bulk billing between December 2001 and December 2002. During that time local patients were exposed to a 16.2% increase in the cost of Medicare services.
Past Politicians: Make Road Safety a Priority Over the Long Weekends
School holidays and three long weekends in a row mean that this is a great time of year to get away with the family. Federal Member for Bowman, Con Sciacca has urged Bayside families who are setting off in their cars for a well-earned break, to take the time to reflect on how each of us can contribute to increasing road safety reducing the death toll on our roads over the Easter period.
“Drivers must heed road safety messages about speeding, drink driving, fatigue and the need to wear seat belts to take more responsibility for their safety and that of their passengers and other families using the roads,” Mr Sciacca said.
Past Politicians: Volunteer Nominations Close Soon
Federal Member for Bowman, Con Sciacca MP, is encouraging local residents, community groups and service organisations to get involved in the inaugural Bowman Volunteer Awards.
Mr Sciacca said, “The Bayside owes a lot to the many volunteers who give of their time and talents to make life easier and more enjoyable for others. In fact, it is estimated that each family relies on the work of more than 20 volunteers every week.”
Taking the opportunity to get out into the community and learn about the issues that are affecting Baysiders, Federal Member for Bowman, Con Sciacca will be holding several listening post meetings in and around Wynnum on Friday 21 March.
Together with State Member for Lytton, Paul Lucas and Councillor for Wynnum Manly, Peter Cumming, Mr Sciacca will be on the corner of Edith St and Tingal Rd, at Wynnum Central between 8.30 and 9.00 a.m. and at the corner of Stradbroke Ave and West Ave, Wynnum, between 9.15 and 9.45 a.m.