BUG Calls For Support as New Proposal May Improve Centenary Cycleway Access

The Brisbane West Bug is enthusiastic over the development application submitted by Westpoint Autos on Sinnamon Road in Jindalee. The development could provide cyclists with better bicycle access and improve the safety of riders.

Photo credit: Chris Cox for South West Brisbane

Chris Cox, BUG’s spokesman has said that the bicycle access to the Centenary Bikeway via Sinnamon Road is troublesome during peak hours with vehicles blocking the path.

Should this new development be approved, a new bridge will be built across Jindalee Ck for site access. The cycling group thinks that this is a great opportunity to include an off-road cycle way connected to that bridge that links to the Centenary Bikeway.

The site is zoned as sports and recreation, which means that it must be re-zoned as commercial use hence needing public consultation.

The group has already put in a submission. An excerpt:

“(We) request additional requirements added to this development that any new bridge to provide access to the development site must provide off road cycle access to connect to the Centenary Cycleway and signals located at Sinnamon Road/Centenary Highway intersection, avoiding the current conflict situation with general traffic on Sinnamon Road.”

They also submitted a photo of the site that includes their cycle path suggestion, which they posted on their Facebook page.

Photo of the site from above and a vague suggestion of where a cyclepath could be put through. Photo credit: Brisbane West Bug / Facebook

The group thinks this is the perfect opportunity for the local cyclists to lodge a submission via the PD Online website before it closes on 7 February.

Jindalee Included in Top 10 Sweatiest Suburbs

Queensland is getting hot and certain areas in the state are becoming even hotter than ever. The Queensland University of Technology has just released the Top 10 Sweatiest Suburbs and Jindalee is one of them.

A study by QUT faculty of health associate shows that people in these Top 10 suburbs are at a higher risk of heat-related hospital admissions. This list is affected by several factors such as the average age in the suburb, income and landscape.

The Top 10 suburbs are:

  • Bowen Hills
  • Northgate
  • Brisbane City
  • Jindalee
  • Deagon
  • Archerfield
  • Robertson
  • Camp Hill
  • McDowall
  • Kuraby

The study also shows that suburbs with lower risk of heat-related illnesses have a lot of green space whilst wealthier suburbs can afford air conditioning units to combat the heat.

Queensland Ambulance Service reminds locals to keep cool and stay indoors away from direct sunlight. Children and elderly are the most vulnerable to the summer heat, which is why they advise locals that with any signs of heat exhaustion seeking medical attention right away is important.

Signs of heat exhaustion include headaches, nausea, dizziness and cramping.

Save Jindalee’s Waterways & Creeks by Taking Photos at The Monitoring Post

The Brisbane Catchments Network in collaboration with Brisbane City Council and local group Wolston and Centenary Catchments (WaCC) is encouraging locals to take photos to save Jindalee’s creeks and waterways.

Jindalee Boat Ramp 2002 Photo credit: Queensland Government

They have recently installed a new monitoring point at a pedestrian bridge at Jindalee Recreation Reserve on Wongaburra St., which can help save the local environment. This is why they are encouraging the locals to take photos and create a time-lapse digital record of the waterway.

Jindalee Boat Ramp 2017 Photo credit: Google Maps

According to the network, the photos provide a visual representation of vegetation change over time.

The other monitoring post has been installed on Osborne Road, Mitchelton. This project allows locals to contribute towards the ongoing care of local catchment groups and Habitat Brisbane Bushcare Groups restoration works by taking photos.

You can email your photos at bcn_monitoring@outlook.com

Herd of Deer Roams Jindalee Neighbourhood At Night To Feed

Deer seem to be roaming the night in Jindalee. A resident spotted a herd of deer snacking on her neighbor’s gerberas.

It seems like the deer hopped over the fence and just started feasting on the neigbourhood lawns. Residents are not actually surprised because this dry season has urged deer to take advantage of watered lawns.

However, they are concerned with the damage that the deer can bring to their properties. The deer are known to destroy foliage and spread a seed of weeds as well as trample on seedlings.

According to the Glen Alchin, the director of All Critter Pest Control, trapping is the best option and there’s little one can do to prevent the deer from coming, especially when they are hungry.

The Brisbane City Council has also set some guidelines to control deer from coming into people’s property. They urge residents not to feed or attempt to befriend them. Also, collecting fallen fruit from trees from around your property as well as the removal of bird feeders will help prevent deer from getting inside your property.

Exclusion fencing will also keep them out. Lights can also deter deer especially the ones that flash a red light strobe but this has to be moved frequently so the deer doesn’t get used to it.

Centenary Meeting at Jindalee to Discuss NBN ‘Crisis’

Concerned citizens experiencing problematic NBN service are gathering at a meeting at Jindalee Bowls Club on Tuesday, 29 August 2017.

The promise of NBN connection was for superfast broadband connection allowing users to browse the web, stream movies and do other activities online all at one time. But the current experience of users in the Centenary area falls short of the promised superfast connection.

The event will be hosted by Oxley MP Milton Dick, who said he organised the meeting due to significant demand from Centenary locals complaining about the NBN rollout.

A number of residents in the western suburbs have been reporting drop-outs and poor customer service from the NBN service provider. This is the second meeting of its kind. The first was one held at Springfield Lakes last month and attended by around 100 people.

Steven Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Services, and State Labor candidate for Mt Ommaney, Jess Pugh, will also be at the meeting.

The meeting will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided during the meeting.

Signify intention to attend here.

All Roads Lead to Inala Dental Clinic After Jindalee School Dental Clinic Closes

The Jindalee School Dental Clinic has decided to close its doors following the recent maintenance issue involving the air conditioning system in January. Due to the air conditioning failure, the clinic wasn’t able to reopen until the unit was replaced.

According to Metro South Health acting chief executive Robert Mackway-Jones, the maintenance issues caused by the recent air conditioning unit failure as well as the replacement were too costly for a clinic that wasn’t being used at full capacity. In fact, the clinic only opens six months per year.

Since 2015, only a total of 2,337 children had appointments at the dental clinic. It was also recorded that most of the families in the suburb prefer to set appointments at the Inala Dental Clinic because of its better facilities and longer opening hours.

The closure may seem like a sound decision when viewed from a business perspective but some people weren’t happy with this decision. According to Tarnya Smith, a Mt Ommaney state LNP MP, the community wasn’t consulted about this. Ms Smith said that the dental clinic has been providing services for 30 years. It has become an institution in the community. She expressed disappointment that the dental clinic did not consult the local community prior to closure.

However, Mr Mackway-Jones denied that they neglected to consult the community. He said that they have discussions with the school community and patients about the planned closure.

The closing of the dental clinic means that patients from Jindalee, Jamboree, and Middle Park state schools to travel further for their dental appointments. The Inala Dental Clinic seems to be a popular alternative choice. To know if your child if eligible for free dental care at this clinic, you can click here.

New 24-Hour Animal Hospital Set to Open in Jindalee

Pet owners in Jindalee and nearby suburbs can look forward to getting better care for their pets as a new 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital is scheduled to open in Jindalee.

(Photo credit: Animal Emergency Service (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) / Facebook)

The new emergency animal care facility will open in late June at the Jindalee Homemaker Centre at 34 Goggs Road. It will service suburbs in the western side of Brisbane as well as those in Ipswich.

With the opening of the animal care hospital, residents in Jindalee and Brisbane’s western corridor will not need to drive for at least an hour to get emergency medical service for their pets.

The veterinary service is a joint initiative by Animal Emergency Service (AES) and Veterinary Specialist Services (VSS). The facility will specialise in treating critically ill and injured animals. Just like the other Animal Emergency Service facilities, the Jindalee animal hospital will provide emergency veterinary care every night and will be open 24 hours during weekends and public holidays.

Proximity is key when it comes to saving the life of a pet. It could be risky to transport a critically injured or sick animal. This is what AES and VSS are addressing with the establishment of the new $4-million veterinary hospital.

(Photo credit: Animal Emergency Service (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) / Facebook)

Dr Gerardo Poli, director of AES in Underwood, will head the emergency critical care division of the emergency animal hospital. Up to 15 doctors will be providing animal care services in the new hospital. If necessary, the Jindalee facility can be assisted by more than 100 staff from AES Underwood.

The new Jindalee animal hospital will accord all hospital services available in human hospitals. It will provide complete medical services, including surgery, critical care and oncology. It is also possible that the hospital will provide dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine and behavioural medicine.

Find out more about the after-hours veterinary services at www.animalemergencyservice.com.au/jindalee

Watch the promotional video of the new Jindalee hospital.

(credit: Veterinary Specialist Services)


Let Your Dogs Run Free at Off-Leash Dog Parks in Centenary

Every dog lover knows how much their dog wants to have some freedom to run carefree without the restraint of the leash. Brisbane dogs are lucky as there is a host of parks where they can roam and play freely off the leash.

Brisbane has over a hundred dog off-leash parks. (Photo credit: (Forest Lake Off-Leash Dog Park / Facebook)

In the Centenary area, there are several parks that allow dog owners to let their dogs loose. These dog parks are fenced areas where dogs can run around and socialise with other dogs and park visitors.

The use of the dog parks comes with some responsibility on the part of the owner. Brisbane City Council reminds dog owners of their obligations when releasing their dogs in the park.

Before they can use any Centenary designated dog park, the dog must be registered with the City Council, wormed regularly and should have updated vaccinations. The dog owner must also have full control of his or her dog.

The Dog owner should make sure that the dog does not have behaviour issues and can socialise well with other dogs and humans in the park. Dog owners should also take care of any dog droppings and dispose of them properly in poo bins provided inside the dog park.

Here is a list of dog parks in the Centenary area where you can go and set your dogs loose and give them an enjoyable time.

Thomas Macleod Park, Sinnamon Park

Thomas Macleod Park in Sinnamon Park provides the largest dog off-leash area in the Centenary area. The park is located at 40 Sinnamon Road and allocates 6,512 sqm of dedicated off-leash area for dogs.

(Photo credit: Centenary Pet Sitting / Facebook)

Visitors can feel relaxed and comfortable as there is a picnic shelter, benches, table with benches, tap, dog water, trash bin and poo bin to help them clean up after their furry friends.

Jindalee Boat Ramp Park, Jindalee

In Jindalee, locals can bring their pets to the Jindalee Boat Ramp Park at 99 Mt Ommaney Drive. This park has good facilities for its 912-sq-m dog off lease area, with bench seat, dog water, bubbler, poo bin and regular trash bin.

Phil Denman Park, Jamboree Heights

The Jamboree Heights dog park is at Phil Denman Park located at 56 Loffs Road. The park, which has a basketball/netball court, provides 2,298 square metres of dog off-leash area. The Phil Denman Park has a picnic shelter, bench and table, bubbler, dog water and poo bin. The park also includes a dog agility and exercise equipment.

Wolston Creek Bushland Reserve, Riverhills

(Photo credit: Centenary Pet Sitting / Facebook)

Located in Riverhills, Wolston Creek Bushland Reserve has an off-leash dog area of 2,621 sqm. The dog park is off Sumners Road and has regular park amenities such as benches and tables, picnic area and tap.

The dogs are provided with dog water and there is a poo bin for dog droppings.

Tigris Street Park, Riverhills

There is also a dog off-leash park at 22 Tigris St in Riverhills. Dogs can run and play around the dog park of 1,516 square metres. Aside from benches, picnic shelter and tables, there is a bubbler, tap and poo bin at the dog park.

Barcoorah Street Park, Westlake

Dog owners can opt to bring their dogs to the Barcoorah Street Park, located at 88 Barcoorah St in Westlake. The area is a bushland with a dog off-leash park on Loffs Road.

Delapine Place Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks

Delapine Place Park at 6 Delapine Place provides an off-lease dog park with an area of 3,399 square metres. There are bench seats in this dog park.

Locations of off-leash dog parks in the Centenary area. (credit: Brisbane City Council)



Giant Borer ‘Kenji’ Burrows Through Brisbane River for $17-Million Pipeline Project

Local kids get to name and design tunnel borer.

Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU) is preparing for larger utility demand in the future and is using a giant borer to do just that.

Dubbed ‘Kenji,’ QUU’s tunnel borer weighs 45 tonnes and is capable of tunnelling through rocks 10 metres below the river. The gigantic machine will create a tunnel starting from the Kingfisher Park in Kenmore and will pass underneath the Brisbane River before reaching the other side of the river near the Jindalee Scout Hall.

Kenji will bore a total length of 560 metres, equal to five football fields, to pave the way for two new pipes. The tunnelling project will be completed in around nine weeks, provided that there are no adverse weather or ground conditions.

QUU’s cross-river pipeline project will accommodate two pipes, one for water and another for sewage. With this project, the utility company should be able to effectively service a growing population in the western suburbs. The pipeline construction is also intended to ensure that the area’s water and sewerage network is built strong enough to withstand the elements.

Local Kids Participate

As part of the $17-million cross-river pipeline project, QUU invited kids from four local schools to give the giant borer a unique name and design. Of the more than 200 entries that the utility company received, Luke Lau from Kenmore South State School and Olivia Harm from Jindalee State School won the prizes.

Olivia came up with ‘Kenji’ name for the tunnel by combining Kenmore and Jindalee. Luke designed the colourful look of the tunnel borer.

See ‘Kenji’ in action. (Credit: Queensland Urban Utilities / Facebook)