A REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING ON 5 FEBRUARY 2015 27
B HERSTON TO ENOGGERA BIKEWAY PROJECT 28
INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE 29
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – LEFT TURN ON RED 2014-2015 NEW SITES 32
PUBLIC AND ACTIVE TRANSPORT COMMITTEE 33
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – TOWARD AN ACCESSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE BRISBANE MULTIMEDIA VIDEO 34
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE 35
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – ARTFORCE AWARDS 2015 37
ENVIRONMENT, PARKS AND SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE 38
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – HYDROMETRIC TELEMETRY NETWORK 39
B PARK NAMING – FORMAL NAMING OF HOLMEAD ROAD PARK (D3118), 165 HOLMEAD ROAD, EIGHT MILE PLAINS, AS ‘MCKINLAY-DAVEY PARK’ 40
C PARK NAMING – FORMAL NAMING OF THE TENNIS REBOUND WALL AT HAWTHORNE PARK (D0037), 140 RIDING ROAD, HAWTHORNE, AS ‘FAY TOYNE REBOUND WALL’ 41
D FORMAL NAMING OF ASPIRE STREET PARK (D3757), 9 ALTITUDE STREET, ROCHEDALE, AS ‘KEN VANSTONE PARK’ 41
E PARK NAMING – FORMAL NAMING OF ROSCREA STREET PARK (D0762), 27 ROSCREA STREET, TINGALPA, AS ‘KEVIN WHITMEE PARK’ 42
FIELD SERVICES COMMITTEE 43
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – 2014 RECYCLING ART COMPETITION 45
BRISBANE LIFESTYLE COMMITTEE 46
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – MOBILE LIBRARY 48
FINANCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE 49
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – 2014 RECYCLING ART COMPETITION 49
PRESENTATION OF PETITIONS: 50
GENERAL BUSINESS: 51
QUESTIONS OF WHICH DUE NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN: 60
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS OF WHICH DUE NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN: 61
The Right Honourable the LORD MAYOR (Councillor Graham QUIRK) – LNP
The Chairman of Council, Councillor Margaret de WIT (Pullenvale Ward) – LNP
LNP Councillors (and Wards)
ALP Councillors (and Wards)
Krista ADAMS (Wishart)
Matthew BOURKE (Jamboree)
Amanda COOPER (Bracken Ridge)
Vicki HOWARD (Central)
Steven HUANG (Macgregor)
Fiona KING (Marchant)
Geraldine KNAPP (The Gap)
Kim MARX (Karawatha)
Peter MATIC (Toowong)
Ian McKENZIE (Holland Park)
David McLACHLAN (Hamilton)
Ryan MURPHY (Doboy)
Adrian SCHRINNER (Chandler) (Deputy Mayor)
Julian SIMMONDS (Walter Taylor)
Andrew WINES (Enoggera)
Norm WYNDHAM (McDowall)
Milton DICK (Richlands) (The Leader of the Opposition)
Helen ABRAHAMS (The Gabba) (Deputy Leader of the Opposition)
Peter CUMMING (Wynnum Manly)
Kim FLESSER (Northgate)
Steve GRIFFITHS (Moorooka)
Victoria NEWTON (Deagon)
Shayne SUTTON (Morningside)
Independent Councillor (and Ward)
Nicole JOHNSTON (Tennyson)
OPENING OF MEETING:
The Chairman, Councillor Margaret de WIT, opened the meeting with prayer, and then proceeded with the business set out in the Agenda.
An apology was submitted on behalf of Councillor Angela OWEN-TAYLOR, and she was granted leave of absence from the meeting on the motion of Councillor Ryan MURPHY, seconded by Councillor Kim MARX.
The Minutes of the 4460 meeting of Council held on 24 February 2015, copies of which had been forwarded to each councillor, were presented, taken as read and confirmed on the motion of Councillor Ryan MURPHY, seconded by Councillor Kim MARX.
Mr Alan Sherlock, OBE, OAM – The Men’s Shed, The Gap/Ashgrove.
File number: 137/220/701/213
Chairman: I would like to call on Mr Alan Sherlock who—
Councillor JOHNSTON: Point of order, Madam Chairman.
Chairman: Yes, Councillor JOHNSTON.
Councillor JOHNSTON: Madam Chairman, I seek clarification on a procedural matter, which I have tried to do through your office and had no response. I would like you to confirm publicly for all people in this Chamber that the kitchen area for Councillors is not included in the meeting place under the Meetings Local Law, and as I did two weeks ago, I seek an apology from you for your actions in the kitchen two weeks ago.
Chairman: Councillor JOHNSTON, I do not uphold your point of order. That is not part of today's agenda.
Chairman: I would like to call on Mr Alan Sherlock, OBE, OAM, who will address the Chamber on The Men's Shed, The Gap, Ashgrove. Orderly, would you please escort Mr Sherlock in?
Chairman: Mr Sherlock, you have five minutes. You may sit or stand. Please proceed.
Mr Alan Sherlock: Thanks very much. LORD MAYOR, Madam Chair and Councillors all. From the beginning, the Shed Happens for Men at The Gap and Ashgrove has been a success story, supported by the Lord Mayor's Suburban Initiative Fund. Just two years ago now, in April 2013, we held our first shed night, leasing The Gap's Scout den in the Council's Paten Park at The Gap. Since that time, more than 200 men have attended at least once, with a monthly attendance of about 50 to 70. Our lowest night was 32, State of Origin 2012, whilst our best night has been 105.
Shed night provides a great opportunity for men to get together for a generous barbeque, cooked by The Gap Venture Unit, and each month we interview two men about their life's experience. This technique allows the bloke who's not an accomplished speaker to still tell his story. The night concludes with a yarn over a cup of tea and a Tim Tam, and intentionally we don't serve alcohol that night.
Over the past two years, interviews have included a fighter pilot, a neurosurgeon, a priest working as a missionary in Afghanistan, a former Editor of The Courier-Mail, a Sheffield Shield cricketer and a local doctor and cattle breeder. We are a not-for-profit organisation with adequate personal accident and public liability insurance, and members' monthly donation of about $10 covers the cost of a good barbeque and the hall rental.
Without the assistance initially from The Gap Lions Club and The Gap Rotary Club, we would have struggled financially. Early in our life, at about that time, Councillor Geraldine KNAPP made us aware about the Lord Mayor's Suburban Initiative Fund and we secured a grant which allowed us to publicise our early shed nights with a letterbox drop in the whole area.
The Lord Mayor's Suburban Initiative Fund grant in 2014 allowed us to purchase some extra equipment, fairly useful like a gas heater for chilly nights, and promotional material as well as the establishment of our own website and Facebook page. Last year's grant also subsidised the admission price for our first community shed night in October. This is an innovation and a highly successful event which was held with the support of the Ashgrove Bowls Club and the Ashgrove and The Gap Lions and Rotary Clubs. Some 154 men and women attended this very successful evening. I interviewed Lisa Newman about her professional nursing career as well as her time as Chair of the Lord Mayor's Charity Trust.
Another interviewee that evening was the Rev. Gary Stone, and we spoke about his experience as a Chaplain in Iraq, Rwanda and East Timor. Gary spoke about life at Duntroon and where he met his wife, his escape from execution by militants in Iraq, and his current work with soldiers returning from harm's way who suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Barbara Laidlaw was born in a detention camp in Hong Kong, and she shared her poignant experience as a child as an internee of the Japanese. This highly successful community shed night, a mixed night, will be repeated in October this year, and this innovative and unique community event at the Ashgrove Bowls Club is situated right in the hub of Ashgrove, the hub of GPS Rugby and The Valley's Cricket Club, the largest cricket club in the world. It is a success in every way.
Last year's event produced a surplus which will sustain our budget for the whole of this year. There are a number of agencies that provide assistance to young people as well as to older folk. Our women generally are pretty good at getting together and sharing their concerns and simply men are not. The National Men's Shed Movement, our other counter movement, generally operates workshops during the day and Council is well familiar with those in many of our suburbs. They provide great opportunities for blokes with health benefits that are obvious to us all, particularly mental health.
We believe The Shed Happens for Men and our monthly shed nights with a convivial barbeque and a unique sharing with other blokes has obvious social as well as health benefits for men in the community. We plan to repeat our community shed night in October, providing our women folk and the broader community with a chance to join us. We are in the process of inviting the LORD MAYOR and the Lady Mayoress as our guests on that evening for an interview—I'll give him a heads-up on that—and our other interviewee that night will be Dimity Dornan who's the Founder of Hear and Say. Just this morning, Councillor KNAPP and I were present at their new premises unveiling at Ashgrove. She will talk about her work with children with Cochlear implants.
I firmly believe, Madam Chairman, that the way to build the social capital in the community is to give it away, and in giving support to the Shed Happens for Men at The Gap and at Ashgrove, the Lord Mayor's Suburban Initiative Fund is a positive example of building social capital in Brisbane's local communities. Thank you for the opportunity—
Chairman: Thank you, Mr Sherlock. If you would just like to take a seat please.
Councillor ADAMS: Thank you, Madam Chair, my pleasure to respond on behalf of the LORD MAYOR. Thank you, Mr Sherlock, for coming in this afternoon. It is wonderful to hear what's happening at Shed Happens, out in the western suburbs. I think you've given us an example of exactly what Men's Sheds are about. Each Men's Shed is slightly different.
You mentioned a lot of the Men's Sheds have the workshops where they do their carpentry or their metalwork or their music and everything during the day; you've obviously got more of a social side of it, having your meetings at night, which is fantastic. I'm glad to hear that you are having some mixed nights as well. But Men's Sheds are around men getting together and emotional wellbeing and social wellbeing, and having those discussions. I think it's very interesting that you've got people along chatting to show their background and show where people come from as well. So very, very interesting as well.
Thank you to Councillor KNAPP for all your support, too, for Shed Happens out there with the Lord Mayor's Suburban Initiative Fund. Obviously it's been a great help to you. Over 200 men means you are obviously doing the right thing, and obviously there is a need in your community for Shed Happens as well. So thank you very much for coming in and sharing. One hint; maybe you'd like to play the State of Origin next year at a Shed Happens night and you'll get over 200 men. Best of luck. Thank you very much for coming in.