Sara Whitmee Local Area Update - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views


Suburban Enhancement Fund Update

Wynnum Manly is set to receive some new elements thanks to the Suburban Enhancement Fund (SEF), a vital tool for making improvements that directly benefit our community. Funding decisions through SEF are at the Councillor’s discretion.

I have had many conversations with the staff and parents of Manly State School regarding pedestrian safety during pick-up and drop-off times. As a result, I approved $ 30,000 to install a new, full-width footpath on Ernest Street outside the school.

Exciting news is on the horizon for Darling Point Lower Esplanade Fitness Trail. Recognising the importance of outdoor fitness options for our residents, I’ve allocated $ 26,000 to upgrade the trail. This enhancement will provide a more enjoyable and effective workout experience for those using this beautiful location.

The initial plan for Don Randall Park at Lota was to fence the playground. However, after extensive consultation with Bayside United Football Club, it became clear that the presence of a playground posed challenges to the club’s insurance and long-term sustainability. As a result, we jointly decided to remove the playground, paving the way for the transformation of the space into a vibrant community area in the future.

Local Access Network Update

The Local Access Network Improvements program focuses on important upgrades to ensure our suburbs are safe and accessible for all road users, particularly pedestrians.

Fairlead Crescent at Manly will receive some upgrades, including a raised pedestrian crossing, yellow ‘No Stopping’ lines, and upgrades to the lighting, kerb, footpath, and turfing. 

This design was chosen to ensure the most suitable safety solution for this intersection. Pedestrian safety is improved by providing a safe crossing point and improving sightlines and awareness of the pedestrian. It also aims to encourage slower and safer vehicle movements.

Gigs on Greene

Nearly a year after its first afternoon, Gigs on Greene is still going strong! I was so happy to provide one year’s sponsorship of this delightful free musical event. Pop it in your calendar for Sunday, 14 April, from 2pm. Christopher Palmer features as musician, while Jack’s Ice Cream and OMG Decadent Donuts will offer sweet treats.

Re-unite Pilot Trial

I was excited to hear about the Brisbane City Council Animal Service’s Re-unite program. The Animal Services division is dedicated to ensuring the welfare and safety of animals throughout the city, which includes responding to animal-related complaints, as well as operating rehoming facilities in conjunction with the Animal Welfare League Australia.

The Re-unite program involves officers working to reunite lost pets with their owners, while testing new approaches to addressing wandering animal and dog call matters. The pilot trial is currently happening in Wynnum Manly.

Black Belt Kids 

What do a teddy bear and martial arts have in common? They both feature in Black Belt Kids at Martial Arts, a recently released children’s novel by Kim Williams. Last month, I was lucky enough to attend the book launch and ask the author some questions.

Black Belt Kids at Martial Arts is a heartwarming story that follows a young boy and his teddy bear as they embark on a journey of learning new skills and embracing bravery.

Kim Williams, the owner of a Matt Fiddes Martial Arts franchise, showcased her expertise in martial arts with her board-breaking display at my Australia Day Community Breakfast. With her firsthand experience in the field, Kim brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the topic of martial arts.

Wynnum Manly Ward Office
3a/212 Bay Terrace (Cnr of Pine Street), Wynnum Qld 4178
Office hours: 8.30am-4.30pm, Monday-Friday
Phone: 07 3403 2180
Email: [email protected]

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