Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta said it had been a productive and successful year for the Bonner electorate, with his constituents benefitting from a number of projects and initiatives he had fought for and delivered in the area.
Mr Vasta said he was pleased that many local projects he had delivered Federal funding for had been completed this year:
• Wynnum Manly Seagulls Clubhouse dressing sheds upgrade ($400,000);
• Manly Bowls Club second green enclosure ($1.15m);
• Mt Gravatt Bowls Club new surface and shade system ($178,000);
• Wynnum Manly Men’s Shed installation and fitting out of new sheds ($100,000);
• Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed solar panels and facility upgrades ($22,612);
• Eastside Community Church fencing, shade sails and path upgrade ($20,000);
• Hope Foundation new equipment and supplies ($70,000).
Mr Vasta said works were now underway, or were soon expected to be underway, for several more important infrastructure projects in Bonner:
• Rickertt Rd-Green Camp Rd intersection upgrade ($10m): construction expected to begin mid to late 2018;
• M1-Gateway Motorway merge upgrade at Eight Mile Plains: construction to begin early 2018 after the Commonwealth Games;
• NBN rollout: over one-third complete in Bonner, with all premises to have access by 2020;
• Moreton Bay Discovery Centre extension to house Moreton Bay Discovery Museum displays ($450,000);
• Australian Academy of Martial Arts Karate-Do Club Dojo training hall ($185,000).
Mr Vasta also secured funding for the following projects under Round 3 of the Stronger Communities Programme:
• Moreton Bay Girl Guides flooring upgrades ($8,901);
• Silky Oaks Children’s Haven multi-purpose community hub area makeover ($9,475);
• C&K Tingalpa & District Kindergarten toilet upgrades ($2,574);
• Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia Belmont gravel car park upgrade ($20,000);
• Manly Community Kindergarten sensory garden ($2,521);
• Wynnum General Gordon Community Pre-School and Kindergarten outdoor play space upgrade ($6,750);
• EDit (Ex-Defence Integration Team)’s work helping local ex-defence personnel back into the workforce ($6,000);
• Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed new awnings over verandah ($6,630).
In 2017 Mr Vasta launched the inaugural Bonner Volunteer Awards as well as the inaugural Bonner Bright Star Awards, both of which attracted many nominations and helped recognise outstanding local volunteers and local students in the electorate.
Mr Vasta held the first Bonner Seniors’ Expo to provide a helpful and entertaining event for older people who live in the electorate. The Expo was a success with hundreds of locals attending on the day.
Mr Vasta’s Coffee with a Cop community safety events also proved popular, with locals benefitting from the opportunity to chat face-to-face with local police and other organisations about keeping their homes and businesses protected from crime.
Mr Vasta said fixing the Lindum intersection would be one of his top priorities in 2018, and encouraged locals to sign his petition online. His petition, to be presented to Federal Parliament in February next year, has attracted over 2,500 signatures in a short amount of time.
He said he would continue to fight for important projects in his electorate and thanked those who had helped him deliver vital funding for the area.