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Council readies Brisbane for storm season

31 October 2017

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is calling on residents to get prepared for the upcoming storm season, with Brisbane City Council launching its annual storm season awareness campaign.

Cr Quirk said Council undertook a comprehensive management program to ready the city for the traditional severe weather season, which included supporting the city’s State Emergency Service.

“Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax, but we all know our beautiful subtropical climate means our city is prone to severe weather, including flash flooding, storms and bushfires,” Cr Quirk said.

“A significant part of our storm season preparedness program is supporting the Brisbane City State Emergency Service, which is integral in preparing our city for wild weather, and helping us bounce back if Mother Nature strikes.

“This year Council is investing more than $5.4 million to support Brisbane SES operations in our city, which involved around 880 volunteers across 9 stations.

“These volunteers work around the clock to undertake a range of activities for the people of Brisbane including fire preparedness activities, tree trimming, stormwater drainage maintenance, and supporting residents to prepare their properties.”

To mark Council’s 2017 storm season awareness campaign, Council has handed the Brisbane SES keys to six brand new four-wheel-drive vehicles to aid its city-wide operations.

The vehicles, which were purchased by Council and Brisbane SES fundraising efforts, will replace the current fleet and are fitted with canopies and roof racks to carry a fully-equipped SES storm damage team to wherever they are needed this storm season.

Cr Quirk said Council would offer a range of events and initiatives over the next few months and encouraged residents to ensure their family and property is equipped for storm season.

“Council regularly hosts community and school events in partnership with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Rural Fire Brigade, Queensland Police Service and the SES to make sure our city is prepared,” he said.

“Council will also offer free green waste weekends 23-24 September, 7-8 October and 21-22 October to help residents dispose of any green waste collected from their properties.

“Every day Council works with residents and local communities to help make our city what it is today, with a long-term vision for the future, and I encourage residents to take those simple steps to ensure the safety of themselves and their families.”

Residents can get storm-ready using the following tips:
• clean up the yard, clean gutters and downpipes of leaf litter, and check the roof and skylights are in good condition.
• if a storm is approaching, secure loose items in your backyard or on your balcony.
• if flooding is likely, ensure valuables are stored up high
• prepare an emergency kit, which should contain a torch, portable radio, spare batteries, first aid kit, emergency contact numbers and important documents such as insurance papers.
• sign up to the Early Warning Alert Service at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/beprepared

To find out more information on preparing your home and property, view the ‘Be Prepared’ checklist online at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/beprepared

Brisbane continues campaign to stop graffiti vandalism

27 June 2017

The Lord Mayor has today put graffiti offenders on notice, launching a crackdown on the vandalism after a one-third rise in the number of tags appearing in Brisbane last year.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that graffiti vandalism on public infrastructure was costing the city millions in repairs each year, diverting funds away from other potential facilities and programs for Brisbane residents.

“Last year Council spent $4 million removing more than 83,000 graffiti tags and replacing public infrastructure that was damaged by graffiti vandalism,” Cr Quirk said.

“This is up from 60,000 tags the previous financial year, with the suburbs of West End, Brisbane City and South Brisbane experiencing the largest numbers of tags.

“Every dollar that is spent removing graffiti or replacing damaged public infrastructure is money that could have otherwise been invested in other benefits for Brisbane residents.”

Cr Quirk said that thanks to Council’s Taskforce Against Graffiti, offenders were being made to pay for their crimes. 

“Last year, 119 vandals were charged with 3,774 charges and Council continues to record tags that are used as evidence by Police,” he said.

“We are a city that embraces street art and public murals, but graffiti is where public or private property is painted without approval, and we are committed to putting a stop to it.

“Last year Council installed seven large murals on public infrastructure such as overpasses, rail stations and on graffiti-prone buildings.

Cr Quirk said that residents could play their part in helping keep a vibrant graffiti-free city.

“Brisbane residents play a vital role in helping Council identify graffiti tags quickly, so they can be prioritised for removal, discouraging further graffiti,” he said.

“Unfortunately in some of our graffiti hotspots like West End and South Brisbane, residents are simply not reporting graffiti, however, in suburbs like Bowen Hills and Forest Lake, residents have been very proactive.

“We have 11 graffiti management teams out across our city every day, keeping public spaces graffiti-free using tip-offs from residents and working with businesses and private property owners to remove graffiti.”

“Council also works closely with Police, Queensland Rail, Department of Transport and Main Roads and community groups such as PCYCs and the Brisbane Skateboarding Association to focus on prevention and removal of graffiti,” he said.

For more information, or to report graffiti, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

Rocks Riverside parkrun - Weekly Free 5km Timed Run

31 January 2017

Rocks Riverside parkrun - Weekly Free 5km Timed Run

What is Rocks Riverside parkrun?

It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.

When is it?

Every Saturday at 7:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place at Rocks Riverside Park, Counihan Street, Seventeen Mile Rocks, 4073.

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing - it's free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time.

How fast do I have to be?

We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

Rocks Riverside parkrun needs you!

It is entirely organised by volunteers - email rocksriversidehelpers@parkrun.com to help.

We're friendly!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in a local café - please come and join us!

More information?

Visit our website www.parkrun.com.au/rocksriverside

 or facebook page https://www.facebook.com/#!/RocksRiversideparkrun