Southside Update


August 30, 2019

Our market book stall will be back this weekend!

The book stall is all about supporting national book week (20th to the 26th) and encouraging people to pick up a book and have a go.

All the pre-loved books have been kindly donated by members of the local community, so if you have any books lying around that you feel like donating feel free to come down on Saturday. Alternatively, you can drop them off at the South Brisbane electorate office.

If you missed our stall last time or have already finished the book/s from the last stall, please come around for a coffee and a chat. We would love to see you there.

Also, during book week I had the opportunity to meet some avid readers at East Brisbane State School. It was very special getting to know the 2019 Prep class, I’m sure there was some future authors in the mix and I’m looking forward to my next visit.

Below are some updates from State Conference, Parliament and some great local events.

Hope to see you at the markets on the weekend!
If you have any other questions, or if I can be of assistance with any other state government matters, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Update from Parliament & State Conference

The Queensland Labor Party State Conference was held last week. It was an opportunity to get involved in debate, form future policy, share new ideas and elect party leaders.

Unlike other political parties, the conference is open to the greater public and the media, so I’d encourage any interested locals to come along next year.

There were some major policy outcomes from the conference, including:

The reestablishment of QBuild, which was scrapped by the previous LNP Government.

Fully-funded apprenticeships for Queenslanders under the age of 21 and free TAFE for school leavers.

All these initiatives were proudly backed from the party’s grassroots members. It is our position that securing safe jobs, and providing opportunities for employment, for younger members of our community is essential to safeguarding their standards of living.

Overall, the weekend was an amazing example of what a Labor government and the party can achieve when we come together.

It also reaffirmed our support for the vast majority of hardworking Queenslanders by providing equal opportunity for people within South Brisbane and the state to reach their potential.

Lastly, a big thank you to all the volunteers, delegates and staff of the Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre for putting on a great event.


Kurilpa Derby 2019

This year marks the 12th anniversary of the much-loved Kurilpa Derby, the day will start off with the parade down Boundary Street and will be followed by a packed afternoon of races, prizes and music.

It is one of the best family fun days that Brisbane has to offer and what a better place to have it than in our backyard. Hopefully everyone can make it out this Sunday and make it the best one yet, I will be around for most of the afternoon.

If you also get the chance the Kurilpa Beggars Banquet is also occurring on Sunday night following the Derby. It’s a great initiative where members of the community share dinner. If you would like to find out more or register just head over to the event on Facebook or follow this link.


Road Safety Week

We are currently in Queensland Road Safety Week (26th to the 30th) and is part of our broader StreetSmarts initiative (you may of seen some social media advertisement) and is aimed at highlighting the role that we all have to play in looking out for one another. Last year, 245 people died on our roads and a further 6,700 people were hospitalised due to crashes.

Addressing these horrifying statistics has become a priority of the state government and we are delivering an extra $900 million to fund road safety initiatives.

If you would like to get involved in Road Safety Week the community cycle event ‘The Big Push for Road Safety’ is on this Sunday (1st of September).

They will be setting off from Kurilpa Point Park at 10:00am and going over the Victoria Bridge for a loop of the city.

More information can be found here.