The Ferny Report – July 2021

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

Each year I have the privilege of hosting school leaders at Queensland Parliament for a BBQ and tour. There were some highly focused future leaders in this first group from last month. I look forward to hosting the rest of our schools in the coming months.

2021/22 State Education Budget

This year’s state budget continues to deliver on the strong record of investing education Ferny Grove constituents have come to expect.

All of our state schools will share in the $9.76 million announce in the budget with a range of classroom renovations and repairs at the top of the list.

Mitchelton Special School comes in for special attention with the provision of new, much-needed specialty classrooms and time out areas. Early planning for the new building is now well underway with final plans expected later this year. This is something the Mitchie Special School Parents and Citizens have been crying out for and something I am proud to deliver on.

Round 108, Gambling Community Benefit Fund

Congratulations to Grovely State School P&C who are one of three Ferny Grove electorate not-for-profits who have shared in over $75,000 in Round 108 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

Grovely State School will put the $35,000 they have received in this grant round to replace their aging school playground. The fund is offered to registered not-for-profits five times per year. For more information, please call my office on 3535 7100.

TOD construction to commence in July

The long-awaited Ferny Grove TOD will use the footprint of the existing Ferny Grove Railway Station carpark to construct the multi-level carpark as well as new retail, dining spaces cinemas, and even a new day-care centre.

Construction will commence in late July and will inject around $140 million into our local economy and will boost local employment by more than 1,400 full time jobs. Over 700 of those jobs will be during the build with over 700 extra ongoing jobs in the precinct once the build is complete.

It is important to note that around 230 car spaces will be unavailable during the multi-level carpark build – which is expected to take around 13 months. Once complete, commuter parking at the station will increase by more than 40%.

Hills Chamber of Commerce Big Breakfast

The Hills Chamber of Commerce is back to hosting its annual Big Breakfast charity fundraiser after last year’s COVID-enforced hiatus. This is a great opportunity to network with other business and community leaders while raising some much-needed funds for worthy organisations. There will be multiple raffles with fabulous prizes and a generous plated breakfast. To book tickets, go to: https://bit.ly/3xAT1Sf.

Queensland Day Sponsorships

Each year on 6 June, communities across the State celebrate Queensland Day – the day Queensland officially separated from New South Wales in 1859.

Applications are now open for the 2022 Queensland Day Sponsorship Program. Grants of up to $15,000 (exclusive of GST) are on offer to not-for-profit, non-commercial associations, local governments and school P&Cs that are running initiatives to promote social, cultural and economic benefits to the community, encourage public participation and showcase our great State.

For more information, or to download the 2022 QDSP guidelines, visit the Queensland Day website at www.qld.gov.au/queenslandday. Applications close 5pm, Tuesday 31 August 2021.

Each year I have the privilege of hosting school leaders at Queensland Parliament for a BBQ and tour. There were some highly focused future leaders in this first group from last month. I look forward to hosting the rest of our schools in the coming months.

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