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Current health directive for Hamilton Ward Office
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! My office is back but due to a work from home directive, our office doors are closed to the public. You can contact us via email at hamilton.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au or by phoning 3403 1095.

If the matter is urgent, please call Council's 24/7 Contact Centre on 3403 8888. (If you need waste vouchers, please contact us and we'll arrange for these to be posted.) Thank you for your understanding.
Tony Elliott - Lord Mayor's Australia Day Awards recipient
The 2022 Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards recognise Brisbane’s unsung heroes and pay tribute to the people in our community who have gone above and beyond to help improve the lives of others and make the Brisbane of tomorrow even better than the Brisbane of today. In the Hamilton Ward, we see every day the unsung contributions of our residents to improve the community in which they live. We nominated Tony Elliott for the Lord Mayor's Australia Day Awards to recognise his contribution to advancing the cause of the sport of rowing for young girls and women.

Tony organised a one-off rowing race between two schools almost 30 years ago that would become the start of an elite rowing competition and the beginning of the Brisbane Schoolgirls’ Rowing Association (BSRA). Mr Elliot is still present at training and regattas every week and is committed to further improving the program and winning more head of river titles.

His recognition in the Lord Mayor's Australia Day Awards - the Sports Award - is well deserved.
Artforce Brisbane - People’s Choice Award
It’s time to cast your People’s Choice Award in Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner's Artforce Brisbane awards! We have had many additions in our local area and it's up to you to vote and choose which 2021 Artforce box you like the most!

Check out the Artforce gallery to see all the options from 2021 at https://www.artforcebrisbane.com.au/  with entries from across Brisbane! To vote - click on the artwork you wish to vote for and scroll down to the vote button at the bottom of the artwork description. Let’s get in and support our community's artists!

Artwork names in order on photos below (left to right):
  1. Among the trees
  2. Hamilton Forest
  3. Hamilton Forest Community
  4. Flocking Ibis
  5. Happy Life
  6. Caretakers
  7. The way Albion moves me
  8. Celebrating Newstead's transport history
Economic relief for businesses, sports clubs and community groups
The Schrinner Council will be waiving $5 million in fees, rents and charges for Brisbane businesses and community groups being heavily impacted by the spread of coronavirus.
This relief package will benefit more than 5000 Brisbane businesses, sports clubs and community bodies by eliminating a significant number of fees and charges for the first quarter of 2022. You can visit Council's website for more information with the button below.
More information here!
Free native plants program
FREE NATIVE PLANTS! Available for property owners and tenants alike!

For those interested in participating contact the ward office via email at hamilton.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au with the below details:
- For property owners: your name, address, and rates number
- For tenants: your name, address and rates number with written confirmation (email is fine) from your landlord or real estate agent with approval for you to receive the free native plants is required.

For more information, you can go to Council's website to find out what nursery to pick your plants up from and even find a helpful video of how to plant your new trees.
More information here!
Apply for plants here!
Locals and visitors to Eat Street will soon arrive in style.
I have received advice from the State Government that works to provide the permanent driveway to car park #2 (for Eat Street) were scheduled to begin on Monday 24 January. As per the current traffic arrangements during construction along MacArthur Avenue, directional signage will be in place to assist with safe traffic movements in and around the area.

The new driveway is expected to be open on Friday 28 January 2022 for weekend use only until construction works along MacArthur Avenue are completed in early March.

Local traffic will be able to access car park 2 via this new driveway from 3pm on Friday 28 January 2022 to 7am Monday 31 January 2022, and each Friday afternoon to Monday morning thereafter until the new MacArthur Avenue road is opened, where the driveway will then be open 24/7.
Mowing schedule interruptions due to Coronavirus impacts
Unfortunately, Council is not immune to the impacts of coronavirus and I know some of you may be experiencing issues with grass cutting around your area as a result.
Lord Mayor's City Hall concerts
The Lord Mayor's City Hall Concerts book up so fast! This just goes to show what fantastic performances are offered to Brisbane residents. In the coming weeks and months, you've got Cigany Weaver, a Neil Diamond Superhits Concert, and a Beatles Rooftop Concert with The Honeysliders Book now so you don't miss out! 
Book your tickets now!
Crosby Road Bushcare Group
We have a mighty bushcare group looking after the pocket of bush down from the Bartley's Hill Reservoir and lookout so my office gave a little morning tea for their last working bee in 2021. 

They have their first working bee for the year this Saturday 29th January (tomorrow) from 8am. Follow their Facebook page for dates each month and updates 
 
Please only attend if you:
  • do not have any COVID symptoms - fever, cough, tiredness, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, headache, aches and pains
  • are currently not isolating due to a positive COVID test
  • are not awaiting test results
  • are not considered a close contact of confirmed COVID case
Upgrades around the Hamilton Ward
Night Work Footpath upgrade Racecourse Rd, Ascot

The Schrinner Council will be upgrading the footpath on Racecourse Rd, Ascot between Rossiter Pde and Windermere Rd.

Works will be from 7 pm to 4 am (night works) starting Sunday 30th January 2022 and are planned to be completed Thursday 3rd March 2022. However, these works are weather dependent and, in the case of rain, may need to be rescheduled to a later date.

This work will be completed at night to minimise impacts on the local community and keep road and footpath users safe. Excessive noise such as jackhammering, concrete saws, etc. should cease at 11 pm. For more information about these works or the project, please phone:
• Council's Contact Centre on 3403 8888
• Supervisor Rodney Hogg on 3403 8888 (during work hours)
Kerbside Collection 2022
Kerbside Collection has been going on in our ward for the last couple of months but there is only one suburb left to collect!

As always, do not put items out until the week of collection in your suburb and to see acceptable and unacceptable items click the button below.
 
Bowen Hills - Week starting 31 January
More information here
Seniors - Council's Cabs Service
The Council Cabs service organises shared taxis at scheduled times for residents who find it difficult to get to their local shops to do essentials such as grocery shopping, banking and using post office services.
 
You can use Council Cabs if you are:
- over 60 years old, or
- mobility impaired, or
- a Pensioner Concession Card or Centrelink Seniors Cardholder.

To book a Council Cabs service, phone 07 3403 2227. Reserve your seat up until 12 noon the day before using the service or request that your booking is made permanent, at the time of booking, passengers will be advised of the pick-up and collection time. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are available on request.
More information here
2022 January - June GOLD programs available
The much loved GOLD Brochures are back for 2022 and though the office is closed to the public, if you would like a booklet, you can call us on 3403 1095 or email us at hamilton.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au and we can post one to you for you to see all the exciting events planned for 2022 January to June!

You can also check out all of the fun seniors in our city can have via the button below for Council's website. = Please be aware that due to the current COVID19 climate, some events have been cancelled.
More information here
Have you downloaded the Brisbane App yet?

There's now an app for that! The New Brisbane App is yours to download!

For Residents:

Experience Brisbane like never before with the new free Brisbane App powered by The Schrinner Council.

Discover the best of Brisbane's eateries, outdoor experiences and events not to be missed. The Brisbane App is your one-stop shop to find and plan everything Brisbane has to offer. Tailor your search based on your interests and location, or create and explore guides curated by locals to discover Brisbane's hidden gems.

For Businesses:
The Brisbane App offers free promotion for local businesses to connect with more customers, helping our city’s economic recovery. Add your business ahead of the planned citywide launch this Thursday.

It’s quick and easy to sign-up and there are so many benefits.

  • It’s free – there are no sign-up costs or ongoing fees.
  • It’s easy – use it on the go and have control over what’s featured.
  • It’s effective – connect your business with thousands of potential new customers.

Hit the ‘Get started’ button now to add your business.

Get started now!
Log a pothole
Notice a pothole that needs filling?
Have you noticed a pothole on your way home that needs filling? The Council Call Centre can take reports 24 hours a day. The operator will ask for an exact address if you can identify it, so if you notice a pothole that needs filling, please call Council's call centre on 3403 8888 or log a report through Council's website here.
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Have a problem to report?

BCC Call Centre

Phone: 07 3403 8888
24 hours a day
7 days a week

 
This is the best contact method for issues such as potholes, rubbish bin problems, tree maintenance, trip hazards, dangerous dogs, lost property, stormwater drainage problems and public safety concerns.
Need to contact my office?

Hamilton Ward Office

Hours:  9am - 12:30pm, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Monday to Friday*
Phone: (07) 3403 1095
Email:
hamilton.ward@bcc.qld.gov.au
Address: 42 Racecourse Road, Hamilton QLD 4007
*Excludes public holidays
Do you run a business?

BCC Business Hotline

Hours:  24 hours a day
7 days a week
Phone: 133 BNE
(133 263)
This is a dedicated hotline to support business in Brisbane. Businesses can access information on a range of Council topics including licensing, development applications, business opportunities and procurement.
Community Corner

Care Kits For Kids

The Hamilton Ward Office accepts donations for Care Kits for Kids, an organisation doing great work to make a difference in those children's lives.

Care Kits for Kids Qld Inc is a not-for-profit registered charity whose volunteers distribute free Care Kit backpacks to Queensland children in out-of-home or crisis care. There are currently over 10,200 children in out-of-home care in Queensland alone. (Dept of Child Safety, Youth and Women, 2019). 

New backpacks are filled with age-appropriate new donations of clothing, toiletry and educational items for distribution to government and non-government child protection services agencies, foster agencies, domestic violence agencies, and police child protection units to help support children in crisis or out-of-home.

How you can help:
  • Donate backpacks or items at my ward office
  • Financial Donations: Westpac, BSB 034-108, Account 652559
Anti-Theft screws

In order to help as many members of the community as possible to properly secure their vehicles’ registration plates, the North Brisbane District Crime Prevention Unit has developed packs containing anti-theft screws.
Anti-theft screws are a special type of ‘one-way’ screw which when used to attach your registration plate to your vehicle, can only be removed with a specially designed tool.

This special removal tool is not sold to members of the public and can only be used by police officers. With this simple step, you can save yourself the cost and trouble of having to replace stolen number plates.

If you are a North Brisbane resident, not only can you pick up free anti-theft screws from your local police station, but you can also order them online using a simple form. You can find out more information below.

More information here
Brisbane Seniors Online (BSOL)
Brisbane Seniors Online (BSOL) is a not-for-profit group that provides in-home tuition on a one-on-one basis for seniors and over 50s who would like to become computer savvy and confident in using modern technology through volunteer mentors (tutors).

Be able to surf the internet safely, keep in touch with family and friends across the World and learn how to recognise and avoid scams. For more information contact Brisbane Seniors Online on 3393 2225 or www.bsol.asn.au.
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