Learn to Maintain Your Bike: A Workshop at Kalinga Park Exclusive for Women

Women 16 years old and above are invited to attend a free workshop on “How to Maintain Your Bike for Free” at Kalinga Park, Clayfield on 14th January from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The course will teach women how to change tyres and keep their bikes rolling with basic maintenance tips that will save them from spending. All interested females may attend the workshop with or without their bikes.

Bike maintenance is important to ensure the safety of riders whenever they are out cycling. Both loose and stiff bike parts can lead to accidents, including damage and corrosion. All of these could lead to unnecessary expense, or worse, injure the rider. All bike parts need to be tightened, inspected, and properly lubricated.

Another benefit of learning how to properly maintain bikes is that regular safeguarding avoids major bike damage. Learning to maintain bikes on your own will help you troubleshoot small problems as they arise and save you from bigger and more expensive repairs or buying a brand new bike.

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The “How to Maintain Your Bike for Free” is presented by the Brisbane City Council as part of its Active and Healthy & Cycling programs. One of the Council’s Brisbane Vision 2031 themes is an active and healthy city. To support this initiative, the Council provides different recreational events that will promote healthy lifestyle for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. One of this is the Cycling Brisbane which holds regular activities that are similar to the How to Maintain Your Bike for Free workshop.

Regular cycling provides health benefits such as strengthening the cardiovascular and other muscles of the body. It also improves the joint mobility, posture, and body coordination. Furthermore, biking decreased stress and body fats, prevent many diseases, and reduced anxiety and depression.

St. Rita’s College in Clayfield Proposed Plans for New Arts Building

Professional planning firm John Gaskell Planning Consultants (JGPC) lodged a development application to the Brisbane City Council (BCC), in behalf of St. Rita’s College, for a new Arts Building. The proposal is still awaiting the Council’s approval to move forward.

The new Arts Building is seen to provide the students a “state-of-the-art” facility to develop their raw talents in music, drama, film, and television. The facility will help the College community to deliver their art programs that are included in their curriculum and to have an efficient place to hold their co-curricular programs.


Proposed Plans for the New Arts Building

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M3Architecture, a Brisbane-based architecture firm, designed the proposal for the new building. The plan seeks a construction of a five storey building, positioned on the south western area of the school grounds. However, it will only appear as a three storey building on the northern side due to the sloping.

The design indicated that there will be 13 general learning areas to accommodate the students and teachers. To further support the students’ talents in performing arts, the new building will feature music, rehearsal, drama, film, and television studios and a multipurpose theatre for performances.

The plan also includes a “Long Room” that will directly link the Arts Building to the courtyard spaces of the Kennedy Centre and Sacred Heart. This will help the students to access the buildings easily, whilst providing social spaces.

Photo credit: D.A. No. A004754429, Brisbane City Council

Development Details

The development application for the school’s new Arts Building includes:

  • New building with maximum height of 22.5 metres;
  • New Stafford Street access;
  • Landscape works to the Kennedy Centre;
  • Two-metre wide landscape buffer along the southern boundary;
  • Lane widening along the southern site boundary and Hunter Lane driveway crossover;
  • Modifications of facade; and
  • 28 new car park spaces, adjacent to the proposed building.


Several Buildings to be Affected

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Based on the proposal, several buildings will be affected. This includes demolition of the existing Trinity Hall and the old pantry. Sacred Heart Building’s Level 1 classrooms will also be demolished, once approved.

Although Kennedy Building’s south wing together with the stairs, walkways, and garden, will be removed, the building will be redeveloped. Refurbishments of its existing ground and second floors will also commence to accommodate a new pantry.

The development will also require some demolition works of covered walkways, driveways, and courtyards to give way to the new facility.

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Further details about the development application can be viewed on the BCC PD Online.

Get Your Piles Ready for Kerbside Collection Day in Clayfield

The countdown is on for Clayfield’s Kerbside Collection Day on Monday, the 14th of August. It’s the time of the year again for the neighbourhood to get rid of their unwanted clutter and those pieces of furniture and appliances that are too big for their wheelie bins. The Brisbane City Council recommends that all items should be taken out this weekend.

Here are some important points that you should keep in mind before the collection.


List & Limit

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Be mindful of the items you will take out. There is a list of acceptable and unacceptable items. The Council will not collect household waste that normally goes into the waste and recycle bins. Failure to remove these unacceptable items within seven days will result into illegal dumping fines.

If there’s a list, there’s also a limit. Kerbside Collection only happens once a year, but that does not mean you can haphazardly dump all of the items that you can for this day. The Council will only collect piles that are not larger than two cubic metres, or the equivalent of a small box trailer load to cater to the whole neighbourhood.


Get Organised

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You have a few more days left to pack and think of all the items that you want to take out to the kerb. After sorting your disposables, place items like carpet, rugs, and electronic waste into boxes and trash bags. Use trash bags for unbreakable items like carpet and rugs as they can be compressed together to maximise the kerb space. Don’t forget to put labels on them.

Be courteous to the collectors; do not leave sharp objects in your pile. All items should be easily and safely lifted by two people. The doors of appliances and furnitures like refrigerators and cupboards should be removed.


Make Nice and Neat Piles

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The items that you put out on the kerb may be unwanted items that you consider rubbish, but make sure you pile them up neatly and with care. Keep the piles tidy to avoid blocking the footpaths and driveways. Be sure to secure the items properly to avoid damage or scattering in case of adverse weather conditions.

If you plan to go scavenger hunting this weekend, respect your neighbours’ piles. Leave their piles tidy after rummaging through them. They followed the rules in keeping their piles organised and neat, so it’s your obligation to keep things that way, or even leave their piles neater than when you started.


Got Excess? No Problem.

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If you have items that are not on the approved collection list, take them to any of the various Resource Recovery Centres in Clayfield’s neighbouring suburbs. Recovery centres accept both recyclable and green or general waste. There are centres located at Nudgee, Willawong, Ferny Grove, and Chandler.

Vehicles that are under 4.5 tonnes Combined Gross Vehicle Mass (CGVM) can use the drive-through recycling area for free, whilst vehicles above 4.5 tonnes CGVM can still recycle, but with fees applied.

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If you have reached the Council’s kerb limit and you are left with items that are still usable, consider donating them. The Council’s Tip Shops and various charities around Brisbane will accept these items with open arms. You may have missed the limit, but you will not miss helping the people who really need the items.

Visit the BCC’s official website to know more about waste management disposal.