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Deagon Ward E-News

May 2017

With the winter months upon us, it's important to think of those in our community who are doing it tough and may be sleeping rough through this cold time. Council's Homeless Connect program is currently collecting items through Libraries and Ward Offices. You can donate non-perishable food items at my office and toiletries at Libraries until June 2. Click here to find out more about the Homeless Connect program.

SANDBAG are launching an exciting joint venture with footprints & onevoice to provide a shower and laundry bus in our local community which will also offer free medical checks and wi-fi for those accessing the services. This bus will launch in Sandgate in the coming months. Click here to find out more.    

I have launched a new survey to gather important information on how mosquitoes are affecting local residents. Council keeps data on the number of complains received from each suburb relating to mosquitoes, but not on specific area within suburbs. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey here so I can collect this important information and continue to fight for more action on mossies.

You will see construction of the new water play area at the Sandgate Pool occurring over the winter months. This $500,000 investment will see the children's water play area expanded with new equipment including a tipper bucket and new slide. There will be some changes to the existing wading pool area but most of the existing equipment will be retained. The funding for a full upgrade for the aquatic centre remains in the budget and the lessee is currently working with Council to lodge a new DA soon. This will include a new heated 25m pool, new facilities and a small gym.  

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


Jared Cassidy

Out and About in the Community

SANDBAG Peaceful Walk 

SANDBAG's annual Peaceful Walk against domestic and family violence was bigger than ever this year. This special occasion is a unique way for our community to come together and speak with one voice to say 'Not Now, Not Ever'. It was great to see people of all ages and walks of life, particularly students from local schools participate. One of the key messages from the night was to know how you can practically help those in need. Click here to see how to contact DV Connect and refer friends and neighbours in need.   

Mosquito Spraying 

Council's Mosquito spraying program has been targeting tidal areas in our local community to spray for saltmarsh mosquitoes. There have been eight aerial (helicopter) sprays so far this year coinciding with higher than normal tides. Residents may have noticed an increased presence of biting midges (sand flies) recently also. 

Over the last month Council have received calls about substantial biting midge activity from a number of places adjacent to tidal creeks and drains, including for example Noman Creek, Bulimba Creek and Lota, as well as the Deagon area.  There is likely to be more than one species involved and often there is a peak of activity in autumn, and this season appears to be particularly suitable for them.

The bad news is Council cannot spray for biting midges as the immature stages are in the mud around mangroves that is covered at high tide and exposed at low tide, and it is neither environmentally feasible nor legal for any chemical to be applied into that habitat. If you would like more information about biting midges please contact my office for a fact sheet. 

Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal

I sponsored the launch of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal at Taigum recently. This launch was attended by representatives of local schools who will participate in this year's Red Shield Appeal. The Doorknock Appeal will happen over the weekend of the 27th & 28th May but you can donate online by clicking here if you missed out. 

The students heard from people who have been helped by the services provided by the Salvation Army through their drug and rehabilitation services. These services can only operate through the generosity of others, so please give generously.  


ANZAC Day in our Community

Last month we marked ANZAC Day once again and the services that both the Geebung Zillmere and Sandgate RSL Sub Branches run are always moving reminders of the reason we pause to thank all of those who have given their lives for us. Crowds at Geebung, Zillmere, Sandgate and Brighton were bigger than most years with record numbers of school students participating in the marches and services. Lest we Forget. 


Boondall Barracudas Swimming Club awards

Congratulations to all of the swimmers at the Boondall Barracudas Swimming Club on another fantastic season. While the club has had some difficulties with facilities this year, they carried on and completed the season with great success. With the vast majority of Australian's living on or near the coast and with a great culture of swimming, the learn to swim programs that our community swimming clubs operate are so important. Please contact my office if you want to find out more about our local swimming clubs at Sandgate, Boondall and Zillmere. 

Protecting Shorebirds. 

The Brighton / Sandgate / Shorncliffe foreshore is home to residential shorebirds and for a period of each year home to migratory shorebirds also. 

Residential shorebirds are those that already live here in Australia. There are already thousands of residential shorebirds within the Moreton Bay region.

Migratory shorebirds visiting Australia come from their breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere countries such as Siberia, Korea, China or Japan. Migratory shorebirds travel along the East Asian-Australasian flyway and when they arrive in Brisbane, many will have travelled 13,000 kilometres. Approximately two million shorebirds visit Australia during spring and summer, with over 40,000 arriving in Moreton Bay each year.

You will see three new informative signs along the foreshore at Brighton, and Sandgate.

What's Coming Up...

Dogs Day Out at Brighton - tomorrow (May 28)
Join us with your four-legged friends for the Dogs Day Out at Brighton! We will be gathering at Decker Park from 8.00AM with information stalls from theAnimal Welfare League QldGreyhound Adoption Program QLDShamroq - Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute Rescue of Qld Inc. and 4Paws Dog Groomers Sandgate. 

At 8.30AM we will participating in a group dog walk along the foreshore for a gold coin donation, will all proceeds going to the Animal Welfare Leage of Queensland who run the rehoming centre at Bracken Ridge for Council. 

Welcoming the Babies

Wayne Swan's annual Welcoming the Babies Ceremony will be held at Taigum Square shopping centre this year and will be bigger than ever! 

The Welcoming the Babies ceremony publicly recognises the significant role parents, grandparents and guardians play in raising the newest members of our community.

It’ll have everything, entertainment and face painting for the kids and plenty of community informational stalls and free bounty bags and more for the parents.

Click here to register online. 


Gold & Little Star Reading at Libraries 

Children from all over Brisbane are invited to take part in reading programs at Council libraries this winter. The 2017 Gold Star Reading Club program for children aged 6-12 years will again be joined by the literacy program for young children, the Little Stars Reading Club program. Designed for children aged 0-5 years and their carers, the Little Stars Reading Club program is a wonderful way to connect and bond with your child while developing their early literacy skills.

Click here to find out more.



Sandgate State School Medieval Carnivale 

Juggling, minstrels, archery and puppetry... experience medieval merriment, at Sandgate State School’s June 11 Carnivale!

Begin the day with an espresso coffee and treats from the fabulous homebake stall and pull up a seat at one of the many activity tents. Choose from face painting, free paper crown making, or design and decorate your very own shield and sword set. Get into the theme and join the free juggling workshop in your finest medieval threads. Best costume prizes for children and adults, means men-in-tights sightings are likely!

I'm prod to be sponsoring Sandgate Carnivale once again and look forward to the festivities. To find out more check out the event page here.  


Shower and Laundry Bus

SANDBAG have partnered with Footprints and Onevoice to offer free shower, laundry and medical outreach services in the local community for those are doing it tough. Contact SANDBAG to find out more. 

The bus will include:

  • 2 Hot Showers: 2 private shower cubicles, that will provide more showers every time the shower bus goes out!
  • Connector.Laundry Services: On-board washing machine and dryer, so our friends can wash their clothes while they enjoy a shower!
  • Health Checks: Private consultation area for health checks.


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