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Fire Bans in place from midnight tonight.🚫 FIRE BANS APPLY FROM MIDNIGHT 🚫

Dry winds will raise the fire risk in the next few days so Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - QFES have declared local fire bans for Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Logan and Gold Coast areas.

All permits to light fires have been cancelled from midnight tonight until Sunday morning.

Power tools can be used only if fire extinguishing equipment is nearby.

☎️ If your life is at risk, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

ℹ️ Details of the ban: ab.co/2PH359A

🤷 If you're not sure what to do if a bushfire threatens, visit our website for advice: ab.co/2JMlw9f
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The State Government again shows its disregard for the Ipswich region with announcement of a $40million greyhound racing facility to be built at Yamanto.
This is not the infrastructure that is desperately needed in the region.

Instead it embraces revenue from gambling in an industry which still battles with animal cruelty concerns much like the horse racing industry.

Peter Gleeson states in the QT 17/10/19 “… gambling turnover on the dogs is at an all-time high and hundreds of millions of dollars in wagering tax goes into Queensland hospitals, schools and police numbers.”
Where will that revenue end up? Probably a safe bet is not where it’s needed in the greater Ipswich area….

Logan hospital this week started it's $460 million expansion.
The health minister states “The Palaszczuk Government is building and expanding at Logan to ensure that locals receive the best care, and we continue to keep up with demand.”
Yet Ipswich hospital continues to limp along trying to cope with the increased demand. Why?

The lack of interest by state government in infrastructure investment and forward planning in greater Ipswich/Western Brisbane is incomprehensible in a region expected to double its population in 20 years….

There is reluctance in bringing forward railway corridor extension from Springfield to Ipswich, no investment in Cunningham highway upgrades on a roadway that cannot cope with current needs.
Yet both of these will be much needed with the proposed new facility bringing amalgamation of Brisbane and Ipswich racing clubs together. Anyone seeking to travel there might have second thoughts…

So here’s a thought…with the wagering taxes raised from racing being generated in Ipswich - spend them there.
There are schools, hospitals and transport needs screaming for investment…

www.qt.com.au/news/world-first-green-light-40m-greyhound-complex/3857050/
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Considered whether you might like to become a volunteer firefighter?

Come along to the Bushfire Community Safety meeting Thursday 17th October 6-9pm Mt Crosby Bowls Club.

Members of Brookfield Rural Fire shall be there to discuss formation of a new rural brigade for the greater Mt Crosby region or expansion of Brookfield.

Life is busy for everyone and obviously people have concerns of time commitment to this cause.

One of Brookfield RFS members, Andrew Mckenzie, stated that "basic training is a two day course with brigade training 2 sessions per month...(There are) burn offs and fire calls but it’s at your pace and family friendly as we understand that family life and work life are priorities and balance is needed in all things. It costs nothing - all gear is supplied and it can be enjoyable"

Look forward to seeing a supportive attendance by our wonderful community at this much needed and long called for meeting.

Link to a new group calling for a new RFS brigade for the greater Mt Crosby region www.facebook.com/groups/2363225527249552/
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After much follow up there is a Community Meeting arranged for the greater Mt Crosby region.

Have you thought about what you would do in an emergency fire situation?

Find out how to be prepared - how to prepare your home, your evacuation plan including pets and neighbours, your escape route, emergency pack, important documents, medications, where to find emergency information, what do the warnings mean… Prepare.Act.Survive

All are welcome to attend a community engagement session.
There will be time for discussion and questions.After much follow up there is a Community Meeting arranged for the greater Mt Crosby region.

Have you thought about what you would do in an emergency fire situation?

Find out how to be prepared - how to prepare your home, your evacuation plan including pets and neighbours, your escape route, emergency pack, important documents, medications, where to find emergency information, what do the warnings mean... Prepare.Act.Survive

All are welcome to attend a community engagement session.
There will be time for discussion and questions.
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Waste, its disposal, processing and recycling is an issue that should be of concern for all of us.

I attended Willowbank Area Group residents meeting last week to understand community concerns regarding 4 potential waste sites. Jeebropilly mine is only 710m from homes with a proposal to extend dumping to 50 years.

There are currently 8 applications awaiting assessment by ICC across various sites in Ipswich, some new and some amendments to current usage.
Current applications should be assessed on their cumulative impact.

The current state and federal governments have waste policies that place priority on reduction of waste to landfill and this should be a priority.

Investment in a circular recycling industry needs to be far more intensive to cope with increased demands and create employment in the process.
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This Saturday (28 September), Fire and Rescue stations and Rural Fire brigades across the state will open their doors to the community.

Follow link to find your closest brigade open day. www.qfes.qld.gov.au/Pages/Open-Day.aspx

A great way to show support for our emergency service firies who work in some extreme conditions and Find some very relevant safety information.What’s better than a fire station open day? Dozens of fire station open days! 🤩 🚒

This Saturday (28 September), Fire and Rescue stations and Rural Fire brigades across the state will throw open their doors to the community as part of the QFES Open Day – Stronger Together. It’s your opportunity to learn about bushfire preparedness and share experiences with many of the staff and volunteers on the frontline of recent blazes. There will be station and truck tours, the chance to meet QFES mascots and personnel, photo opportunities, fun kids’ activities, safety information/demos, and more! Please check our website to find your local event and share it with your family and friends! Link in comments 👇
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Karalee community forum drew over 200 people last night. Updates on Mt Crosby Warrego Hwy interchange, Mt Crosby Water Treatment works, Policing, Ipswich City Council and was hosted by state member for Ipswich West.

Disparity was noted between Dept TMR and state MP description of ’readiness’ to proceed with Mt Crosby/Warrego Hwy interchange.
TMR states formal community engagement is waiting to occur to progress concept designs further dependent on business proposal and federal gov funding.
State government states the project is ‘shovel ready’ to proceed….
Community sentiment seemed to show that further design improvements are necessary and are tired of waiting for investment in the region.

2017 concept plans sought to improve capacity, clear ramps faster and provide pedestrian and cycling bridge as roundabouts are problematic for pedestrians.

TMR states $22mil cost and this interchange is their highest priority of the $400mil Warrego Hwy upgrades.

It was stated that the Warrego is part of the national network and there is federal government responsibility to fund on an 80:20 split. Qld Gov have committed $4.4mil.
Ipswich West member states recent ‘question on notice’ to his own party leader/Premier to provide an update as to result of meeting with Fed Gov at COAG 9/8/19 requesting funding to proceed.

And still we wait….queued in traffic….fearful of tragedy.
TMR acknowledges there are increased accidents due to traffic queues.

With regard to the Mt Crosby Water treatment area - it supplies 50% of SE QLD water and forecast to be 60% in years ahead.
New substation to be built for flood resilience.

New kindy is not likely to be built/finished until end of 2020 and is awaiting BCC DA approval, before moving out of it’s current home that shall become a much needed local community centre.

The weir bridge is not likely to built for at least another 5 years…will be 2 lane downstream of old bridge that will become pedestrian access.

Some of the beautiful old homes being restored are seeking addition to the State heritage registry.

There were many comments to QPS and ICC regarding local issues and questions fielded from the floor.
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Succinctly and sensibly put Kerrie O'Brien.

Enough of the fake news and blatant misinformation that is being shared by climate denialists especially the likes of one orange political party.
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If you are interested in being a volunteer for collections or delivery please follow the link below.
Thanks to our emergency services for their efforts over the recent days.BAKED RELIEF STAND DOWN MESSAGE (WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER)

Our drop off points have been overwhelmed with the support and baking love and will spend the next couple of days distributing your lovely baking where it needs to go. If we see a further need for additional baking in coming days we will report back.

See where you baked relief is heading out to here:
www.facebook.com/bakedrelief/photos/a.148946485161815/2570109746378798/?type=3&theater

BAKED RELIEF ACTIVATED FOR BUSHFIRE SUPPORT

BRISBANE & SUNSHINE COAST COLLECTION POINTS, QLD

More than 100 fires are continuing to burn in rural NSW and QLD. More than 20 homes have been lost since Friday and it is unlikely many residents will be able to return home for a few days yet.

Our wonderful Baked Relief baking angels have once again rallied and ask what they can do to help emergency services and those who have been affected.

Baked Relief Chief Sally is coordinating Baked Relief in Brisbane to go to areas in need.

DROP OFF ADDRESS:

SUNSHINE COAST:

Noosaville
Munna Beach Appartments
291 Gympie Terrace
Toni (who has been displaced from their home in Peregian Springs will be returning home today and can take donations to neighbours)

Lake MacDonald
47 Forest acres drive
Baked Relief Sunshine Coast Coordinator - Natalie

Mt Coolum
64 Boardrider Cres
Baked Relief Angel Leah

BRISBANE:

Seventeen Mile Rocks
61 Argyle Street
Monday - Saturday
7am - 7pm
Baked Relief COO Sally

Yeronga
26 Devon St Yeronga
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 1pm
Wednesdays from 6.30am to 1pm
Baked Relief Angel Melinda and her team at Yeronga Community Centre who helped us all so much after the 2011 floods will take your baked goods

New Beith (Greenbank)
Message Nat on 0412 142 053
She will then provide address and coordinate a drop off time.

Spring Hill
15 Astor Terrace
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 3:30pm
Call Baked Relief Angel Samantha 0431 226 314 and she can let you in.

Grange
179 Days Road
Monday - Friday
Anytime
Baked Relief Angel Nickia can help you.

Bardon
64 Lugg Street
Monday - Thursday
7am - 7pm
Angel Helen is accepting baking.

Upper Kedron and Samford
Please message our Baked Relief angel Angela for address - 0408717835.

Lawnton
Monday - Thursday
9am - 7pm
Please message or phone the lovely Alison for address on 0416 745 904.

Nudgee
10 Kurraree Place
Monday - Friday
7am - 7pm
Saturday
7am - 4pm
Angel Lisa is accepting baking

Raceview (Ipswich)
118 Anna Drive
Monday - Friday
7am - 7pm
0411 801 175
Baked Relief Angel Kirsty is accepting baking.

Taringa
Monday - Friday
7am - 7pm
Please message Sally on 0414 337 868 for the address.

Upper Caboolture
Monday - Friday
7am - 7pm
Contact Baked Relief Angel Rachel on 0400 265 795 for the address.

Shailer Park
10 Yeeda Court
Monday - Friday
7am - 7pm
0409 102 875
Baked Relief Angel Neysha is accepting baking.

Lota
335 Whites Rd
Monday - Thursday
7am - 6pm
Baked Relief Angel Chrissie is accepting baking.

WHAT TO BAKE:
Goods which will travel well and will be enjoyed by emergency services, those in recovery centres and those helping those in need. More information on what to bake: www.bakedrelief.org/new-page-2

WANT TO GIVE OTHER ITEMS:
Please contact GIVIT - Goods For Good Causes to assist with other items.

Love Sally & Danielle
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Local fire bans are currently in place across SE Qld.
Understanding your risks and being prepared is vital.

Given the difficulties encountered in organising a community safety meeting for the Greater Mt Crosby region it is important to have people aware of the risks.

Please note the closest NSP (neighbourhood safer place)for the greater Mt Crosby area is Brookfield Showground.
There are no defined NSP’s for the Ipswich Council area.
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A beautiful connection between young and old and bringing community together.

No centres are currently listed in the Blair region as yet...this could be a lovely initiative.

Visit www.agelessplay.com.au for further information.
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