1. GREETINGS from Jimboomba Neighbourhood Watch. After a lengthy dry spell, the recent rain is most welcome.
2. CRIME STATS: The crime stats from January to July 2017 are now on the website. Go to jimboombaneighbourhoodwatch.org/ and go to the crime report page. A big thank you to Officer Mark Petersen who has also included a map and an analysis of the break and enter data for Rural Watch 2. Whilst the break and enter offences are spread throughout, there appears to be small clusters in the Mountain Ridge Road area, the Flagstone area and the Jimboomba Woods area. Offenders appear to be most active during the late afternoon on Mondays and Fridays. March and May were particularly busy months. However, the analysis is telling us that offenders never take time off and residents need to be vigilant at all times.
3. STORM SEASON - RACQ ADVISES TO KEEP YOUR LOVED ONES SAFE. The October RACQ enewsletter makes reference to a survey in which 79 % of respondents had taken measures to protect their property whilst just 35 % had considered how they would protect family members. It is suggested that families should take 5 minutes to discuss where to go if they needed to evacuate and how they would stay in contact with each other. "Having an emergency plan and an emergency kit can mean the difference between life and death"
4. HIGHWAY TO HELL!! Although the terminology may be somewhat emotive and provocative, I am sure that most residents can imagine why the RACQ has classified Mt. Lindesay Highway amongst the worst roads in Queensland. The Logan Country Safe City committee, chaired by David Kenny, is using the upcoming state election to place the upgrade of the Mt. Lindesay Highway fairly and squarely on the political agenda.
To date, two community meeting have been held which have been well attended by residents, local council representatives, state members of parliament and candiates from all political persuasions for the next state election. From these meetings, the issues that have emerged are:
Firstly, all members and candidates see the upgrade of Mt. Lindesay as top priority and, whilst some spending commitments have already been made, all will advocate strongly for additional funding on behalf of our community if they are elected.
Secondly, Logan City Councillors have expressed frustration that they have been disempowered by planning regulations that have prevented them from presiding over a more controlled and orderly development of housing estates within our area.
Thirdly, there is overwhelming agreement that an overarching plan is needed involving highway upgrade, Beaudesert to Salisbury passenger rail development, enhancements to public transport and provision of local infrastructure to keep pace with our rapidly expanding population.
Fourthly, TMR is already in possession of a report titled the West Mt. Lindesay Highway Growth Corridor- Major Network Study which could be used as a useful reference/starting point for an overall plan.
Finally - A business case is needed to attract Federal funding. Whilst Mt. Lindesay is a state highway, its designation as a national freight corridor, due to the emergence of the Bromelton industrial estate, opens up possibilities to attract more generous federal government funding. To this end, a business case is being prepared as a matter of urgency.
NEXT HIGHWAY TO HELL MEETING: TUESDAY 14 NOVEMBER AT JIMBOOMBA HALL COMMENCING AT 5:30 FOR 6:00.
KEEP UP TO DATE: GO TO HIGHWAY TO HELL FACEBOOK PAGE.
5, MT. LINDESAY HIGHWAY - WHAT IS CURRENTLY IN PLACE? To date, work has commenced on the Logan Enhancement Project, ( loganenhancementproject.com). The North Maclean precinct upgrade will commence as soon as plans are finalised,(http;//www.tmr.qld.gov.au/) whilst the four lane upgrade from Rosia Road to Stony Camp Road will commence in either 2019/20 or 2020/2021..
KEEP UP TO DATE: GO TO MT. LINDESAY HIGHWAY FACEBOOK PAGE.
6. DEMAND RESPONSIVE TRANSPORT. Translink and Yellow cabs are combining to offer a promising public transport initiative in the suburbs of Boronia Heights, Chambers Flats, Hillcrest, Logan Reserve, Munruben, Park Ridge and Park Ridge South. The pre-booked service is designed to take residents on short trips to major local shopping centres and public transport hubs. The trial will provide good information as bus sevices are considered for these suburbs in the future. Hopefully, the trial will be well patronised and become successful so that it can be extended in to the Jimboomba Rural Watch area. Go to translink.com.au/drt for more details or book your first trip on 13 11 90.
7. KEEP A LOOKOUT FOR our next Jimboomba Neighbourhood newsletter. Very soon, it will dropped in letterboxes and will be available for collection from retails outlets around Jimboomba.
8. INTERESTING INFORMATION FROM SENIOR SERGEANT PETER WAUGH.
BIG AND GETTING BIGGER : With a total area of 644 square kilometres, the Jimboomba Police District comprises just under half of the total Logan Police District. Now with population growth outpacing all other police districts, Sen Serg Waugh is using existing data, maps and growth projections to justify his advocay for additional officers and resources for Jimboomba.
GRANT FOR MOTORCYCLE REFRESHER COURSES: A grant of $4500 has been received to conduct refresher courses for riders returning to motorcycling after lengthy periods away from it. If you are one of these riders, or know someone who is, keep you a lookout for information.
COST OF ROAD FATALITIES: The monetary cost to our community for each road fatality has been extimated to be in the vicinity of $8million. Sadly, a total of 6 fatalities occurred in the Jimboomba Police District over the past 12 months.
9. DON'T FORGET TO VOTE. The State Government elections will be held on Saturday 25 November. Neighbourhood Watch extends best wishes to all candidates and give an assurance that we will cooperate fully and work closely with whoever is elected. Pre-polling opens on Monday 13 November. For all other information, including postal voting, go to ecq.qld.gov.au
10. AND DONT FORGET SCAMWATCH. To keep up to date with the latest scams go to scamwatch.gov.au
11. LOGAN CITY COUNCIL SAFETY SURVEY: Completion date has been extended to Sunday 12 November. Please support our Safety Team members who work hard to keep our community safe. Go to logan.qld.gov.au
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13. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR. Whilst, it is still a few weeks away, our festive season will soon be upon us. Neighbourhood Watch extends best wishes to all for a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year.