I rise today to speak on what’s in store for the Bonner community in the year ahead. All across Bonner I’ve listened to what locals want. I’m committed to delivering to them what matters most.

My flagship commitment is to the Wynnum Manly Seagulls, one of the bayside’s most iconic institutions. The club will have their dressing sheds and gymnasium fixed, giving them and the bayside sporting community the playing facilities they deserve. Other local sporting clubs that will receive vital upgrades to their facilities include:

• Mt Gravatt Youth and Recreation Club;
• Bayside PCYC;
• AAMA Karate-Do Club;
• Manly Bowls Club;
• Mt Gravatt Bowls Club; as well as
• Wynnum Bugs, to help them cover the costs of installing solar.

Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed will also receive funding to install a new solar PV system. I’ve always been proud to support local men’s sheds and their important work for the community. Wynnum and Manly Districts Men’s Shed will also receive assistance to help them install and fit out their new place at Wynnum North.

Wynnum-Manly Meals on Wheels is another organisation that does a great service to the community. They will receive funding to go toward new kitchen facilities at their Kitchen and Community Centre at Wakerley. I want to thank President Ken Edwards for his hard work on this. The new Centre is going to be a huge boost for Wakerley and surrounding areas. I can’t wait to be there on opening day.

Other local community groups that will continue to thrive under this Coalition Government include:

• Eastside Community Church;
• 215 Squadron AAFC;
• St Agnes Catholic Primary School, and
• The Moreton Bay Discovery Centre.

Under the Coalition, Bonner will receive more support through grassroots funding of community organisations than ever before.

I will continue to support my community by supporting this Government’s agenda to grow jobs and deliver real results for our local economy.

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A re-elected Turnbull Coalition Government will assist with the construction and fit-out of the Moreton Bay Discovery Centre on William Gunn Jetty at Manly Harbour Village with $450,000 in funding.

Making the announcement today, Liberal National Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta said the Discovery Centre would act as a vital gateway to the Bay for locals and visitors to the area.

“The Moreton Bay Discovery Centre will be a high-profile environmental education, tourism and community facility that will greatly benefit the local region,” Mr Vasta said.

“It will help the community and visitors to this area understand and appreciate Moreton Bay, its waterways and beaches and the greater coastal region.”

“It will grow local and regional tourism while helping keep Moreton Bay healthy and attractive for generations to come.”

Chair of Moreton Bay Discovery Centre, David Farley welcomed the funding announcement.

“This is a significant project for the city of Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Wynnum-Manly,” Mr Farley said.

“This funding will help complete stage 2 of the project. It will enhance the viability for a number of commercial tourism ventures on Moreton Bay, creating investment and employment for this region.”

Mr Farley said the new Wynnum Manly Visitor Information Centre and Jetty Café at William Gunn Jetty had been operating successfully and the funding would assist efforts to extend the building to house the Moreton Bay Discovery Museum, which would accommodate displays showcasing the natural, social and cultural history of Moreton Bay.

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A re-elected Turnbull Coalition Government will provide Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club with $8,000 in funding to go towards the upgrade of their existing radio antennas.

Making the announcement today at Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club with Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Liberal National Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta said the project would increase safety for the local boating community.

“This is a highly valuable project that will help keep local boat users safe,” Mr Vasta said.

“These upgrades will ensure the club continues to be able to support local recreational boating groups in Bonner as well as adding to the vital safety infrastructure on the coast of Bonner.”

Commodore of the Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club Committee, Gerald Grubwinkler welcomed the funding announcement.

“This project will upgrade an existing HF marine radio antenna and relocate the automatic tuner to suit at the base of the antenna; also to be upgraded are three VHF antennas,” Mr Grubwinkler said.

“The club covers a vast central bay area and the integrity of the antenna is essential.”

“The club makes roughly 6500 calls each year, providing logging on and off procedures, weather forecasts, security broadcasts and general boating information on air. The club also receives mayday and assist calls to vessels in distress on a regular basis.”

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