Kallangur’s future is looking up!


In Screen_Shot_2016-07-28_at_5.37.11_AMthe latest MBRC Planning Scheme the above mentioned parcel of land has been rezoned and can now have buildings as tall as 21 metres! That’s 7 storeys! I know right?! But wait, there’s more!

On the opposite side of Anzac Av, down to Sheehan St, Old Gympie Rd, and sections as far down as Brickworks Rd along Duffield, the newly allowed building height is 12 metres! That’s 4 storeys!

So expect things to change, land value will no doubt go up, but as people sell, homes will be demolished and apartment/unit complexes will go up..and up..and UP! Kallangur will be a very different place.

Why is this happening? Well, It’s Kallangur, people just can’t wait to move in right? Obviously there is the new train line, but more importantly as most people know, there is a new university being built down on the old Petrie Paper Mill site, the demand for student housing will likely rise significantly.

Will this make a for a better Kallangur? For some it will, for others perhaps, not so much.

It will bring more traffic to the area on roads which are already congested, thankfully Dohles Rocks Rd has been widened and hopefully will take the bulk of the traffic in peak hour. The other problem with high density housing in an area like this is that the new complexes usually have limited parking, which means on street parking could become a problem not to mention driving along those streets.

However with this increase in the local population, one group of people will not complain, business owners. More people means more opportunity. Not just for business owners to make money but with increased demand for goods and services this may also translate into more job opportunities.

For more information visit the links below:

MBRC Planning Scheme

Interative map with zone and local plan overlays

November 18, 2016 |

University education not just for those with wealthy parents: Shadow education minister Tanya Plibersek


MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: The shadow education minister, Tanya Plibersek, will outline Labor’s plan for the higher education sector in a speech in Melbourne later today.

She’ll argue removing inequality in education is the key to economic prosperity and job security.

This comes at the same time Labor is embroiled in a row with the Government over the granting of 457 visas for foreign workers.

Labor wants to crackdown on the visas as part of an Australia first strategy.

The shadow education minister and Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek joins me now from our Sydney studio.

Tanya Plibersek, good morning.

TANYA PLIBERSEK: Good morning.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: You’re outlining Labor’s principles for higher education today, as I said, including extra funding for universities, helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds get into uni, more support for students to finish their degrees.

Isn’t this basically the same plan you took to the last election?

TANYA PLIBERSEK: Well, we are reinforcing what we said at the time of the last election which is Labor will never support $100,000 university degrees and that universities are not just a benefit for the individual student who is more likely to go out and get a better paid job in the long run if they do post-secondary qualifications, but it’s also an investment in our national prosperity.

We know that investment in education is a driver of economic growth and one of the commitments that Labor has always had is to make sure that we’re not just offering a university education to kids who have got wealthy parents but that a university education is available to anyone who is prepared to work hard enough, to take on the responsibility of going to university, without ending up with a $100,000 debt at the same time as they’re trying to start a family and buy a home.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: And you’ve been education minister now since the election. Have you consulted with, sorry…

TANYA PLIBERSEK: Well, I wish I had been. (Laughter)

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: … shadow education minister, sorry about that.

TANYA PLIBERSEK: Things would be running so much more smoothly if I had been.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Have you consulted with the universities and TAFE colleges about what they want?

TANYA PLIBERSEK: Yeah, absolutely. I’ve been visiting university campuses, meeting with university chancellors and vice-chancellors, staff and students.

And I guess one of the things that I’ll be talking about today as well is making sure that our university or post-secondary school education system is much more fit for purpose for a rapidly changing economy.

One of the things that we’ve talked about for many years is lifelong learning but we’re not really doing a lot of that.

We need to make sure that our university sector and our vocational sector are working much more closely together so people can get the sort of theoretical knowledge and practical skills that they need to keep up with the changing workplace.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: You say in your speech today that one of the lessons from Donald Trump’s election win in the US is that if people need to feel the benefits from economic growth and one way to ensure that happens is by providing an education for everybody, but the world has already changed, hasn’t it?

TANYA PLIBERSEK: Well, the point I’m making is that university is both a driver of economic growth – we know that the research that happens in universities is really important to our national prosperity – but it’s also a benefit of economic growth.

Being able to share the benefits by investing in our people, making sure that we’re not leaving anyone behind, making sure that a university education is available to people irrespective of their parents’ income – that is one of the benefits of a strongly growing economy.

We need to make sure that we are investing in education both as a driver of growth and as a shared benefit of our prosperity.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: And one of the reasons clearly for Donald Trump’s victory was the feeling by a lot of people that they’d been left behind, that they had no, they didn’t have proper jobs, that they didn’t have the sort of future that they might have hoped for.

Is that one of the lessons that you’ve taken from the Trump victory and is that behind this 457 visa crackdown?

TANYA PLIBERSEK: Well, the fact that people need to feel that they are the beneficiaries of the economic policies that government pursue, that’s no secret. We’ve been saying that for a long time.

Wayne Swan has done a lot of good work on this even while he was treasurer but since he’s been treasurer as well on the international stage saying that we need to share our prosperity better across our community so that people feel that they have a stake in the economic policies that governments are facing.

I mean, right now in Australia we’ve got inequality at 75 year highs, we’ve got the three richest Australians who own as much as the million poorest Australians, and yet even with those very high rates of inequality in Australia, we’re still doing better than they are in the United States.

What we say is we don’t want to follow a path like they have in the United States where real wages have fallen over the last 20 years, where the middle-class has shrunk over the last 20 years.

We need to share our prosperity. We all benefit from greater equality in our nation.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: It is politically opportunistic, though isn’t it, to be talking about it in those terms at this point, just after the Trump victory?

TANYA PLIBERSEK: Well, we’ve been talking about it in these terms for many years now. Actually the only time we’ve seen the wealth gap shrinking in Australia is during the Rudd-Gillard years so it has been a focus of ours for some time.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: But you were big backers of 457 visas too. We know that.

TANYA PLIBERSEK: Yeah, well, our immigration system has to respond to the economic circumstances of the time.

We’ve seen 100,000 full-time jobs lost since the beginning of this year.

And I’ll just say this about temporary skilled migration: Yes, it’s important not to hold up business development because you’ve got a temporary shortage of a particular skill.

But we shouldn’t be easily providing these visas for low skilled jobs that could be filled by Australians when we’ve got, we’ve lost 100,000 full-time jobs, we’re worried about rising unemployment, we’re particularly worried about youth unemployment.

We do need to be training Australian workers. We’ve seen 130,000 fewer apprentices today than when we left office.

We’ve seen $2.75 billion cut from vocational education and apprenticeships.


TANYA PLIBERSEK: We need to continue to invest to make sure that our young Australians feel like they’ve got a stake in our future.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: This is not just vocation, this is not just cooks and car mechanics and nurses though, is it?

This is also 457s, a lot of 457 visas go to tech engineers and software specialists. These are drivers of the new economy, part of our commitment to an open competitive economy.

TANYA PLIBERSEK: Yeah, of course, and no-one’s, no-one’s suggesting that we will never have temporary skilled migration.

What we’re saying is we can’t have a large program of temporary skilled migration which at the moment is weighted to low skilled jobs, and at the same time cutting the guts out of the programs that would train young Australians to undertake those jobs themselves.

We need to do proper labour market testing and if the jobs can be filled by Australians, that’s our first stop.

If we’ve got shortages of particular skills, we should be making sure that we’re training people to fill those shortages.

Of course, temporary skilled migration will always be a part of our immigration program. It can’t be a substitute for training young Australians.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Labor is also this morning talking about the implications for Trump on the region, sending a clear signal that you want to take a more considered view of the US relationship.

I note Penny Wong writing today that we’re at a change point, that Australia needs to consider a broader range of scenarios than was previously within contemplation. What does that mean?

TANYA PLIBERSEK: Well, the US alliance has always been a very important part of Australia’s foreign policy but there have been times when we’ve made mistakes because of the alliance.

We shouldn’t have, we shouldn’t have supported the invasion of Iraq in the early 2000s, we shouldn’t have. We shouldn’t have been part of that.

And it is absolutely important that we make a decision case-by-case on what’s in Australia’s national interests and the global interest.

The foreign policy that President-elect Trump has described has a lot of, well, some lack of clarity about his intention particularly in our region, so I think it is very wise for us to take a cautious approach and decide on a case-by-case basis what is in our national interest.

And I think that’s just, I think that’s what Australians expect of us.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Sure, we’re also seeing potentially a significant military expansion in the Pacific under Donald Trump according to reports that are coming out already from his administration.

Would a more hawkish administration, more focussed on checking Chinese ambition, will that change things for us? Would that be one of the things we’d be looking at?

TANYA PLIBERSEK: Look, this is all hypothetical because we haven’t had a clear articulation that that’s the US position.

We’ve got a US that seems to be getting closer to Russia. I don’t know, is that official policy or is that something that President Trump has just said in interviews? Will that be part of their foreign policy?

They’ve talked about a trade war with China with tariffs up to 45 per cent, but they haven’t talked about China’s territorial ambitions and certainly the change in the Philippines position on the South China Sea.

I mean there are so many unanswered questions, Michael, that it is, I think, just very wise for us to take a little bit of time to actually examine what becomes US official policy when the president-elect in inaugurated and make our decisions then, always with the prime consideration of what is in our national interest and of course, what’s in the interest of global peace and prosperity.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Okay, Tanya Plibersek, thanks for joining us.


MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Deputy Opposition Leader, Tanya Plibersek.

November 18, 2016 |

University Precinct awarded Queensland’s ‘Best Planning Idea’

Petrie University

Moreton Bay Region’s University Precinct has been awarded Queensland’s Best Planning Idea for 2016.
Mayor Allan Sutherland said the project had secured the top honour at the 2016 Awards for Planning Excellence held last night in Brisbane.
“Moreton Bay Regional Council is transforming the old Petrie paper mill into a bustling new precinct that will generate thousands of local jobs and study opportunities for the people of our region,” Mayor Sutherland.
“Known as The Mill at Moreton Bay, this state-of-the-art project will feature a major new university, a train station, and host community, sporting and commercial activities onsite.”
Mayor Sutherland said it was a huge honour to win the state-wide award and also go into the running for the national awards next year.
The Mill at Moreton Bay was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA) in September 2016 by Queensland Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad MP.
The PDA is approximately 460 hectares in total and encompasses the suburbs of Petrie, Kallangur and Lawnton, including:
Revitalised Petrie town centre
New retail and commercial space and residential development
University of the Sunshine Coast Petrie campus with 10,000 students by 2030
More than 100 degrees including law, business, science, engineering and speciality courses such as mechatronics
More than 6,000 ongoing jobs
Sporting facilities, parklands and shared pedestrian and cycle pathways
110 hectares conservation land, including 16 hectares of lakes.
Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Manager of Strategic Planning and Economic Development, Kate Isles was also recognised as Queensland’s Planner of the Year at the 2016 Awards for Planning Excellence.
“Since joining Moreton Bay Regional Council, Kate has helped spearhead Moreton Bay’s first region-wide planning scheme, a new economic development strategy, a master plan and activation strategy for the Redcliffe foreshore area, and development of an incentive policy and new customer service charter for council.
“Kate has been part of the changing face of council’s planning department and has helped lead a number of significant reforms to make council more customer-focused, streamlining approval processes and encouraging more face-to-face contact with council’s town planners.”
Mayor Sutherland said Moreton Bay also received impressive commendation awards for Bee Gees Way and for Cutting Edge Design.
“Bee Gees Way has been a huge hit with people from all over the world, securing the number one spot for things to do in Redcliffe on TripAdvisor,” he said.
“Since completing Stage 1 and 2 of the now internationally famous walkway, the number of tour bus visitations has tripled from 20 per year to over 70 per year.
“We are extremely proud of Bee Gees Way which has become one of our region’s most iconic tourism products.”

November 18, 2016 |

$327,000 in grants to bring community projects to life

Moreton Bay Community Grants

More than 50 community projects, events and initiatives will be brought to life across the Moreton Bay Region, with the help of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s latest round of community grants.
Mayor Allan Sutherland said from Men’s Sheds to sporting clubs, artists and local charitable organisations, a total of 58 applicants would share in more than $327,000 in the first round of council’s Community Grants Program for 2016-17.
“Council’s Community Grants Program is about empowering community organisations to take pride and ownership in making the Moreton Bay Region an even better place to live and visit,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“From sporting facility upgrades to community clean up days, we have been extremely impressed by the projects and events which have been put forward for funding right across the region.
“I’m extremely excited to see these projects, events and initiatives brought to life and benefiting our local communities.”
Under this round of grants, a wide variety of community projects and events have received funding, including:
Bribie Island Soccer Football Club – $15,000 for canteen upgrade
Caboolture Historical Society – $15,000 for period roof and awning over 1955 ‘Spirit of Outback’ Queensland Rail carriage
Pine Rivers Men’s Shed – $15,000 for shed dust extraction and collection system
Young Men’s Christian Association of Brisbane – $15,000 for restoration of Henry Day Farmhouse in Old Petrie Town – one of the last remaining original Pine River settler buildings, dating back to the 1860s
Mt Nebo Residents Association – $14,000 for improved kitchen and toilet facilities with wheelchair accessibility
Koala Action – $5,000 for replanting project on Williamson Road Park, Morayfield including removing exotic weed and grasses and planting natives and koala food trees
Ocean Crusaders Foundation – $5,000 to host four clean up days along Bribie Island shores
Multicultural Association of Caboolture and Surrounds – $3,000 towards 2017 Moreton Bay Lunar New Year
St Peter the Fisherman Anglican Church – $2,650 towards inaugural ‘Floral and Arts Festival’.
“We’ve also been able to assist two community groups with interest-free loans through the program including $35,293 for Caboolture & District Lawn Tennis to undertake a lighting upgrade for their eight tennis courts, and $28,855.90 to assist Arana Hills Church of Christ with their renovations including car park resurfacing, external door, outdoor blinds, and kitchen servery window. These loans will be paid back to council over 10 years, interest-free.”
Mayor Sutherland congratulated all successful applicants and encouraged other community groups and individuals interested in applying for the next round of the Community Grants Program to visit council’s website for more information.
“Applications for the second round of the 2016-17 program will open on 1 February 2017,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“Council’s grants webpage lists all the funding options available to community groups and individuals across the Moreton Bay Region, and provides information on what you need to include in your application.”
The Community Grants Program is offered in two rounds each year, across a range of categories including facility development, community events and organisational development.
For more information see council’s Community Grants Program

November 17, 2016 |
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