The Ferny Report

A monthly update from your State Member for Ferny Grove Mark Furner MP

Mark Furner M.P. with gentlemen from the Arana Hills Men’s Shed on a visit to Queensland Parliament.

Would you like to see bunting banned at election time?

Every election there seems to be more signage and bunting along every fence line as far as the eye can see.

I have noticed myself the amount of plastic waste after every election seems to be out of control and getting worse.

When you walk into a polling station it can be difficult to even figure out where to actually vote because of the riot of colours and slogans – to say nothing of finding the P&C sausage sizzle half-hidden behind an obnoxious billboard.

The Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath has suggested getting rid of bunting altogether and limiting signage to two A-frames per candidate at each entrance to a polling station and at pre-polls.

I strongly support these proposed changes – but I am keen to hear from you so please email my office at to let me know what you think about these proposed changes. I will be happy to provide your feedback to the Attorney General. To fill in the survey go to:

Ferny Grove community groups share in over $100,000

Round 101 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund has been announced with Ferny Grove Electorate groups awarded over $100,000 in one-off funding.

Volunteer groups are the backbone of our community and the benefits of these grants to local organisations are invaluable. The Round 101 recipients included GVK Lions and Westside Sports Club among others.

The Fund provides one-off grants of up to $35,000 for projects which would otherwise be very difficult for some groups to finance. Round 103 is open until 31 October for all registered not-for-profit groups in the Ferny Grove Electorate.

Arana Hills Men’s Shed Queensland Parliament Visit

I had the great pleasure of recently hosting the Arana Hills Men’s Shed for a visit to Queensland Parliament. Brisbane turned on typically delightful late winter weather for the day and the blokes had an interesting time checking out the heritage-listed building and century-old fixtures before heading up to the riverside deck for a BBQ.

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