Crime Prevention Grant for Suburban Businesses

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will launch Council’s Suburban Businesses Crime Prevention grants (SBCP), on Tuesday October 2 to enable local businesses to implement crime prevention measures and improve community safety in their area.

Cr Quirk said Council would provide $1 million in SBCPG grants to small businesses over the next four years, so they could introduce measures to act as crime deterrents such as CCTV cameras, improved lighting, security fences and anti-graffiti paint.

“As part of our shared Living in Brisbane strategy for 2026, we want this city to be a place where everyone feels safe, without fear for their personal safety or property security,” he said.

“Over 2012-13 we have made $250,000 available through two grant rounds to Brisbane businesses who apply for funding for a crime prevention project.

“Suburban businesses can often attract anti-social or illegal activities during the day or night and this funding will empower them with the ability to help make Brisbane’s suburbs safer places to live, work and play.”

Cr Quirk said grants will be awarded to businesses looking to reduce opportunities for crime, improve the perception of safety in their suburb, educate local residents on personal safety or implement effective graffiti prevention, removal and management strategies.

“Individual grants will range from $1,000 to $10,000, with Council providing 50 percent of the funding needed for the project with the remainder to be provided for by applicants,” he said.

“I encourage businesses to apply for these grants so we can work in partnership to help resolve safety concerns in their local community.”

Applications for the Suburban Businesses Crime Prevention grants close in November 2012.

To find more information about the grants and to assess your eligibility, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/grants or phone Council on 3403 8888.

President Report – September 2012

The Association held a networking evening this month instead of its regular meeting. All Bathroom Gear sponsored and hosted the evening.

Thank you to Maureen and Henri Van Roden for the use of their fabulous showroom and their hospitality. It is certainly worth a visit to All bathroom Gear and to talk with Maureen or Henri about the range of services they provide. Thank you also to Paul Ryan from ANZ for his organization of the networking evening.

Prior to the function the Executive Committee of the Association held a meeting. At our meeting we discussed engaging someone to manage our website and we decided to discuss this with our Web Designer Val Cassimatis. We will arrange for a speaker to update the association on the sewerage upgrade.

We have received a response from Councillor Helen Abrahams concerning the planning thesis submitted to her for consideration. We have asked Councillor Abrahams to speak to the Association about her views on the comments in the thesis for future development of the Woolloongabba precinct and requested that she pass on the thesis to the planning department and Councillor Cooper who is the Councillor responsible for that department.

We also discussed progress with the proposed Street Festival. You will recall that Wendy Lacey from Team Lacey Consultancy and Steve Hammond have been investigating a Woolloongabba Festival. The Festival is planned for next year about April or May and planning is now ongoing. We would like to form a small committee to assist Steve and Wendy and people interested should email us to notify of your interest.

We have continued to monitor the Cross river Link and the development of the Go Print site but there has not been any significant developments there.

Glendon Young

President

27 September 2012

Small Business Grants Available

Minister Brendan O’Connor has announced that applications are now open for Small Business Advisory Service grants to eligible not-for-profit organisations like Business Enterprise Centres and Registered Business Organisations and TAFEs.

Under this program, small businesses and those starting a small business will be able to access high quality, low cost business advisory services. The funding is $27.5 million of funding over 4 years and there are grants of up to $100k. Closing date for applications is 25 July.

http://www.ausindustry.gov.au/programs/small-business/sbas/Pages/default.aspx

Let me know if you need anymore information on this.

Regards.

Wendy Bourne
Office of the Hon. Kevin Rudd MP
Federal Member for Griffith
Wendy.Bourne@aph.gov.au

P: 07 3899 4031 M: 0418 697 743
PO Box 476, Morningside QLD 4170
www.kevinruddmp.com

President’s Report – May 2012

We had a great turnout of members attend our networking meeting on Tuesday 26 May 2012. Some 30 members and guests enjoyed the hospitality of Panther Data and learned how to navigate our new web site. We had one accidental guest speaker Robert Bauman. Accidental in that the arrangements for him to speak were mixed up but Robert took it like a trooper and adlibbed for our members and guests on “5 steps to financial independence”.

All members who attended will have received their username and password and we have introduce a corporate membership with the benefits that 5 employees or guests can attend functions and meetings and get to advertise on our website.

If you are not a member and have a business in the Gabba or commercial interests in the Gabba consider joining and benefit from being part of the Gabba business community.

Next month the meeting will be chaired by Glenn Maymann as I will be overseas. We will be looking at progress with the GABBA FESTIVAL and another networking night in September.

Until next month Successful Trading

Glendon Young

President