The Ferny Report – August

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

Palaszczuk Government Invests In Local Education

Education Minister Grace Grace was on hand recently to inspect the new construction of the Centre of Excellence at the Ferny Grove State High School.

Executive Principal John Schuh and newly elected P&C President Cameron Wearing, were pleased to show the Education Minister and I, just some of what the new investments will mean to students at the school next year.

Mitchelton State High School is also the beneficiary of heavy new investment by the state government with plans now complete for a new Information Technology Design Hub. This is in addition to hall refurbishments, canteen upgrades and coverage for the new double basketball courts to make them available in all weather – both to the school and local sporting groups.

With over $50 million being invested by the Palaszczuk Government in local schools in this term alone the future looks bright for our next generation.

New SES Facility

The Arana Hills SES now has a new home at the Bunya SES Hub. The facility is now operational awas constructed by the Moreton Bay Regional Council with the assistance of the Palaszczuk Government through a $1 million Local Government Grant.

Our local SES volunteers have served our community for many decades without complaint and in the most difficult of circumstances. It is high time the SES was able to work out of a headquarters which will provide a safer workspace and larger scope for training.

TOD Update

I have been advised by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) that a decision by the Brisbane City Council (BCC) on the Development Application for the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) at Ferny Grove Railway Station is expected in the next couple of months.

I have been lobbying TMR for increased parking on stations along the Ferny Grove Line to cater for the increased demand in rail passengers. With the new Monday to Friday timetable – including the addition of 44 extra services on the Ferny Grove Line – patronage is likely to increase again.

The Palaszczuk Government allocated $9.1 million in the 2017 budget to increase parking by hundreds of car spaces as part of the larger $100 million TOD being developed by Honeycombes Property Group. Honeycombes is keen to begin construction as soon as practicable if and when BCC approval is given for the Development application for the site.

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