Tuesday, 16 April 2013 11:03
Last month I attended the official opening of the new ambulance station at Vyner Street, Pinjarra Hills and I thought people might appreciate knowing a bit more about this facility
In the first month of operation, Pinjarra Hills paramedics responded to more than 150 cases in the area.
One third of these cases were classified as life-threatening emergencies.
The building has provision for four ambulance vehicles, a clinical practice area, a fully equipped kitchen and day room for paramedics.
The current ambulance fleet consists of two Mercedes Sprinter ambulances and the station is staffed by an officer-in-charge and four full-time paramedics.
The service is also closely supported by the dedicated people of the Bellbowrie First Responder Group.
As Queensland Ambulance Service Commissioner Russell Bowles said at the opening ceremony, the worth of an ambulance station was not in the building itself but is measured by the skill and commitment of those who work beneath its roof.
Whilst the location for this station was not my ideal choice, the local community can rest assured that in their time of need, they will be receiving the finest quality service from ambulance personnel, responding from one of Queensland’s newest stations.
I am confident that this station will meet the needs of the community and deliver nothing short of the best in terms of efficient response.
There is no doubt from the high number of cases already attended that these paramedics will remain very busy in the months and years to come.
Bruce Flegg and Minister for Police and Community Safety Hon Jack Dempsey opening the Pinjarra Hills Ambulance Station
Thursday, 11 April 2013 11:30
For some time I have been concerned about the problem that local commuters have topping up their Go Cards as there is a lack of convenient top-up facilities in the area.
Whilst Go Cards can be topped up over the internet, this is not an option for everybody and many people have concerns about entering their credit card details and other personal information.
I have made strong representations to Translink and the Department of Transport and Main Roads to try to obtain top-up facilities for a couple of local newsagents who are located close to well-used bus stops. In fact, in the last couple of years I have given the Transport Minister petitions signed by over 300 people at two newsagencies.
Unfortunately, under the contract signed by the previous Labor government there are significant costs in installing and operating the current Go Card top-up machines.
The deal they signed means that Go Cards can only be topped up on machines supplied by the card supplier, a company called Cubic. I understand that these Cubic machines can cost thousands of dollars each to install, which makes it very expensive to expand the current network of places where Go Cards can be toped up.
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 11:04
Moggill schools are set to benefit from the Newman Government’s commitment to provide a further $100 million to revitalise Queensland state schools.
The Fixing Our Schools Fund will be put towards schools with the biggest maintenance backlogs and is on top of the $200 million committed in last year’s budget.
Last year, the Newman Government announced that it would spend $200 million to provide every state school in Queensland with up to $160,000 to fix existing maintenance issues inherited from the previous Labor government.
Thanks to that funding, 5 schools in the Moggill electorate had their maintenance backlog cleared. They were Kenmore State School, Moggill State School, Mount Crosby State School, the Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre and Upper Brookfield State School.
A further 5 schools received $160,000 each to help clear their maintenance backlogs. These schools were Brookfield State School, Chapel Hill State School, Kenmore South State School, Kenmore State High School and Pullenvale State School.
Monday, 25 March 2013 00:00
Entries are now open for the Office of Fair Trading’s Buy Smart Competition 2013.
Open to all Queensland students in years 4 to 12, this is a wonderful opportunity for young people to develop their consumer awareness skills and become wise with money.
To enter, students need to research a consumer issue and develop a presentation to share their new knowledge with their peers in the most creative way possible.
Possible topics include:
- mobile phones
- spending wisely
- buying and running a car
I strongly encourage all our students in Years 4 to 12 to consider taking part. Last year’s competition saw rap songs, posters and drama presentations so I am excited to see what students will come up with this year.
Thursday, 21 March 2013 15:58
Since the release of Translink’s bus review I have stressed to Translink and the Transport Minister just how critical bus services are to our area.
I have made sure that all of the feedback I have received has been passed on and have applied a lot of pressure in the fight to maintain our services.
I am delighted that as a result the government has decided that there will now be NO CHANGES to any Brisbane bus routes without the approval of the Brisbane City Council.
This means there will be no changes to any of our local bus services unless the Brisbane City Council decide a change is needed.
The public consultation period is still open until 7 April and all feedback will be passed on to the Brisbane City Council.
I am seeking a meeting with Councillor Margaret de Wit as soon as possible and will make sure that all the feedback I have received is passed on.
I will also maintain the petition at my office and encourage anyone who has not yet done so to sign it before the end of the consultation period.
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