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Deagon Ward E-News

June 2019

Special Budget Edition

The Lord Mayor handed down his yearly budget on Wednesday, June 12. I have included below a summary of some of the outcomes for the Deagon Ward.
Favourable outcomes for Deagon Ward residents are few and far between. Nevertheless, I am pleased to report some good news.

The community’s persistence has paid off in securing funds for traffic calming in Boondall and Brighton. For the past five years or more residents have been calling for Council to act on dangerous rat-running in the streets east of Sandgate Road in Boondall including Aberdeen Parade, Normanhurst and Lyndhurst Roads.
The efforts of you, the local community, through the petitions, surveys, community meetings and media pressure have finally convinced Council to allocate some funding to get this project started.

We have secured $189,000 in Boondall and $61,000 in Brighton for these projects.

Our community and multicultural festivals make our community a vibrant place and I’m very glad my request for festival funding for Christmas in Sandgate, Einbunpin Festival, Music by the Sea, Sandcliffe Writers Festival, Bluewater Festival, Pacific Islander Christmas and Zillmere Festival will continue.
Unfortunately, aside from the few positive results, the Lord Mayor’s 2019-20 Council Budget has once again focused on inner city projects at the expense of the forgotten suburbs.  

Unfortunately major projects like funding for the Brighton Foreshore upgrade and fixing the Einbunpin Lagoon and progressing the masterplan for O'Callaghan Park at Zillmere seem to have been put in the slow lane. 

Deagon Ward residents paid an incredible $35 million in rates in the last year and yet we only saw a return of $13.9 million in Council spending. That means $21 million has been paid in rates, but not returned in projects. 

There is no question that your rates are disappearing to the inner-city, while projects like the Brighton Foreshore, Einbunpin Lagoon and O’Callaghan Park languish.
Despite the need for more funding for basic services like road resurfacing, this budget will see a significant reduction in the number of roads to be resurfaced.
In the 2018-19 financial year there were over 30 streets resurfaced in the Deagon Ward but in the 2019-20 financial year we will see that reduced to just 16.
This amounts to over $1.1 million less in road resurfacing than last year and what’s worse is that the suburbs of Taigum and Shorncliffe won’t see one single road or street resurfaced this financial year.  

Road resurfacing projects this year include:
  • Barclay Street, Deagon
  • Beams Road, Zillmere
  • Brighton Road, Sandgate
  • Farrell Place, Boondall
  • Handford Road, Zillmere
  • Jalomy Street, Boondall
  • Kirkhill Street, Brighton
  • Macs Street, Brighton
  • Meriden Place, Boondall
  • Midyim Street, Zillmere
  • Nathan Street, Brighton
  • Paul Street, Brighton
  • Silvan Road, Deagon
  • Speight Street, Brighton
  • Wiltshire Street, Brighton
  • Zillmere Road, Zillmere
Brisbane’s forgotten suburbs haven’t fared much better when it comes to reconstructing damaged footpaths. Just 45 footpath reconstructions will occur this year and with a backlog of 750, this barely scratches the surface.

The total budget for footpath reconstruction in this year’s budget is $9,695,000. The Deagon Ward will get just $81,000 in funding to repair one footpath. This amounts to less than 1% of the budget.

Unfortunately, the Lord Mayor has allocated just four park upgrades in Sandgate, Brighton and Boondall. This means Deagon, Shorncliffe, Taigum and Zillmere have missed out on capital expenditure from the Lord Mayor on parks this year. 

Overall, I believe this budget is a bad outcome for our community. However, I will continue to consult with the community about how to best to allocate the $560,000 in park and footpath funding allocated to each Councillor to ensure small projects can continue to roll out.  

Keep an eye out on my Facebook page to keep up to date with local news and events.

If you are part of a local community group and want me to feature an upcoming event in my e-news please contact my office to arrange this. 


Jared Cassidy

Out and About in the Community 

Free Outdoor Movie - Zillmere State School

The State Member for Aspley, Bart Mellish, and I held a free outdoor showing of Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle at Zillmere State School.

Locals enjoyed a fine selection of food, put on by the Zillmere SS P&C. The cheese toasty was my personal favourite!

Thank you to the local community for coming down and enjoying a great family night out!


Taigum Mobile Office

Join our new Federal Member Anika Wells, Stirling Hinchliffe and I held a mobile office at Taigum Square Shopping Centre recently.

Mobile Offices are a great opportunity for locals who are unavailable during our regular office hours to come and say hello.


Bluewater Classic at Brighton Bowls Club

New Federal Member for Lilley, Anika Wells and I enjoyed a cracking day at the annual Wetlands Wander hosted by the Sandgate Paddling Club Inc. 

Over 120 paddlers from right across South East Queensland converged on the VMR Brisbane Inc for the day.

Zillmere PCYC 3 on 3 Basketball Comp - Brisbane Youth Week

I joined Anika Wells at Curlew Park for St Patrick's College Back to Shorncliffe Day!

It was great to cheer on both the First Football and First Rugby teams as they took the field.



What's Coming Up...

Dogs Day Out (Saturday - June 15)

Come along and join us for our annual Dogs Day Out community dog walk, raising funds for the Animal Welfare League QLD (AWLQ).

The dog walk will take place on the Brighton Foreshore, beginning at Decker Park on Saturday June 15 from 8am.

- Free goodie bags for walk participants
- A free BBQ kindly provided by the Bramble Bay Lions
- Coffee available from Kings of Coffee
- Get the chance to meet new furry friends from the AWLQ



Men's Health Week Walk (Sunday - June 16)

Come and join Stirling Hinchliffe and I for a free breakfast and a Sunday morning stroll along the Brighton Foreshore, starting and finishing in front of the Brighton Health Campus, as part of Men's Health Week.

This event is partnering with Brighton Health Campus, the Heart Foundation Walking and proudly supporting Beyond Blue.


Einbunpin Festival (Sunday - July 28)

The highly anticipated Einbunpin Festival will be returning to our community next month!

Since 1992, the Einbunpin Festival is a celebration by and for the community about those things that make the Sandgate district special – the village atmosphere, the environment and the diverse talents and cultures that make up the community.

The Einbunpin Festival continues to provide an opportunity for the community to come together and show-off the vibrancy and artistic talents found in the district. It’s a great chance to learn more about our local community, and catch up with friends.

Stay tuned for more information as this event approaches!



Deagon Ward Legend Award Nominations

Do you know someone who you would consider to be a Deagon Ward legend?

Deagon Ward is made up of the suburbs of Brighton, Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Deagon, Boondall, Taigum, most of Zillmere and the townships on Moreton Island.

Nominate someone who lives in one of these suburbs who you think deserves the title of “Deagon Ward Legend”.

Do they volunteer countless hours to local groups, or have achieved great things in sport, academia or business?

In 200 words or less, let me know why you think this person is a local legend.

Last year's "Deagon Ward Legend" was Pat Duff. Pat was not only a highly successful racehorse trainer; he has always been generous with his time and support for others in the local racing industry over the years including other trainers and jockeys.

The winner of the second annual “Deagon Ward Legend” will be presented with a trophy at the Deagon Community Race Day hosted by the Deagon Racing Club on Sunday 7 July. Finalists will be given free tickets to the event too.

Email your nominations to me at

The nomination period closes on Friday 28 June at 4:30pm.

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