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Matthew attended St Peters Lutheran College in Indooroopilly
Prior to being elected as the local Councillor for the Ward of Jamboree as part of Lord Mayor Campbell Newman’s team, Matthew was the proud owner of a small business, Matthews Quality Meats in the suburb of Sherwood.
As a butcher and small business owner, Matthew quickly became involved in community issues. His clientele of local residents soon found that Matthew was not only willing to listen to their concerns but that he was also keen to become involved in having local issues dealt with. He was passionate about the area and more than happy to assist wherever possible.
Whilst Matthew has only recently been elected to Council, he has already shown a keen enthusiasm for the job and tasks ahead of him. He has been appointed Deputy Chairperson of the newly formed Infrastructure Committee and also sits on the Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment Committee.
Matthew is a keen participant in all aspects of the local community. He regularly attends meetings with resident groups, working bees conducted by one of the many local bushcare groups and even volunteers with the Jindalee Rotary Club to assist with the removal of unwanted graffiti.
In particular Matthew is a keen member of the Centenary Suburbs Historical Society, he has had a long association with the Sherwood Meals on Wheels and the Jindalee Rotary Club where he has been inducted as an honorary member. He also attends the Jindalee State School and Centenary State High School Parents & Citizens Association meetings on a regular basis.
Matthew is keen to make contact with all community groups regardless of their size.
Results Delivered for Ward
In the short time since being elected, Cr Bourke along with the Lord Mayor has committed to deliver to the Jamboree Ward on the following issues:
Two crucial missing links in the Horizon Drive to John Magee Park Bikeway
An allocation of $50 000 towards general improvements, upgrading and maintenance of the natural habitat managed by the Fort Road and Cliveden Avenue Bushcare Groups
Councillor Bourke has re-secured the funds which were allocated to the Jamboree Ward several years ago for the purpose of building a community centre.
Requested and assisted with the replanting of streets trees in many of the streets in the Jamboree Heights area.
Lobbied Council to fast track the development of the Wolston to Wacol extension road creating a much needed second exit out of Sumner Park industrial area.
Lobbied the State Government to delay the closure of the Bullockhead Road off/on ramp
Provided funding through the Lord Mayors Suburban Initiative Fund to the Centenary Rowing Club for much needed marquees and a new trailer.
Secured funding to assist with the Centenary Rocks festival
First Speech in CouncilClick here to download.