Minister for Veterans' Affairs
The Australian Minister for Veterans' Affairs is The Hon. Darren Chester, since 5 March 2018. Chester serves as the Minister for Defence Personnel and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC following a rearrangement in the second Turnbull Ministry. In the Government of Australia, the minister oversees income support, compensation and commemoration programs for more than 400,000 veterans and their widows and dependants; the minister is responsible for the following agencies: Australian War Memorial Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission Office of Australian War Graves Repatriation Commission Repatriation Medical Authority Review of Service Delivery Arrangements Specialist Medical Review Council Veterans' Review Board Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service The portfolio was created by Billy Hughes. It was called Minister for Repatriation from the appointment of the first Minister, Edward Millen on 28 September 1917 to deal with ex-soldiers returning from World War I.
Stanley Bruce chose not to include a Minister for Repatriation in his ministry, but his successor James Scullin restored it, it has continued since, under different names. Gough Whitlam changed the portfolio title to Minister for Repatriation and Compensation in 1974; the following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Veterans' Affairs, or any of its precedent titles: Notes 1 Barnard was part of a two-man ministry that comprised Barnard and Gough Whitlam for fourteen days, until the full ministry was commissioned. 2 Malcolm Fraser chose Senator Glen Sheil for the portfolio, he was sworn in as a member of the Federal Executive Council. But before he was sworn in as a minister, Sheil professed his support for the South African apartheid regime, much at odds with the Fraser government's position. Fraser decided not to proceed with Sheil’s appointment to the Ministry, his appointment as an Executive Councillor was terminated. Garland was appointed in his place. Between 1932 and 1938 there was a Minister in charge of War Service Homes.
This position was revived with Herbert Collett's appointment as Minister without portfolio administering War Service Homes in 1939, but was subsumed by Bert Lazzarini's appointment as Minister for Works and Housing in 1945. The following individuals have been appointed as Minister in charge of War Service Homes, or any of its precedent titles: Department of Defence Department of Veterans' Affairs Minister for Defence Minister for Defence Materiel Minister for Defence Science and Personnel
Electorates of the Australian states and territories
A State Electoral District is an electorate within the Lower House or Legislative Assembly of Australian states and territories. Most state electoral districts send a single member to a state or territory's parliament using the preferential method of voting; the area of a state electoral district is dependent upon the Electoral Acts in the various states and vary in area between them. At present, there are 409 state electoral districts in Australia. State electoral districts do not apply to the Upper House, or Legislative Council, in those states that have one. In New South Wales and South Australia, MLCs represent the entire state, in Tasmania they represent single-member districts, in Victoria and Western Australia they represent a region formed by grouping electoral districts together. There are five electorates for the Legislative Assembly, each with five members each, making up 25 members in total. There are 93 electoral districts in New South Wales. There are 25 single-member electoral divisions in the Northern Territory, 17 former divisions.
There are 93 electoral districts in Queensland, for the Legislative Assembly of Queensland. Information about the QLD electoral districts for the 2006 elections can be obtained from the Electoral Commission of Queensland website. There are 47 single-member electoral districts in South Australia, for the South Australian House of Assembly. There are 15 electoral divisions in Tasmania for the upper house Legislative Council. In the lower house the five federal divisions are used, but electing 5 members each There are 88 electoral districts in Victoria, for the Victorian Legislative Assembly. There are 59 single-member electoral districts in Western Australia for the Western Australian Legislative Assembly. 42 are in the Perth metropolitan area and 17 are in the rest of the state. Divisions of the Australian House of Representatives Local government in Australia Parliaments of the Australian states and territories
Strathpine Honour Board
Strathpine Honour Board is a heritage-listed memorial at 1347 Anzac Avenue, Moreton Bay Region, Australia. It was crafted in 1921 by Ernest Gunderson, it was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992. This honour board was designed by leading Brisbane metal worker, Ernest Gunderson in 1921, it was commissioned by the Strathpine Patriotic League and hung in the Pine Rivers Shire Hall until 1980 when it was moved to the local RSL club. The board lists in alphabetical order the 76 names of local men who served in World War I; some of the letters are missing and others were replaced in 1984 when a local, Fred Williams, refurbished the board. Located near this honour board are other memorials to honour the districts service men. In 1985 the First World War Memorial Gates from the Lawnton Agricultural Show Grounds were relocated to Anzac Avenue and the area between the gates and club have been constructed as a memorial garden; the Brisbane-based Gunderson firm manufactured cast bronze honour boards which were quite distinctive as the dark bronze background contrasted with the polished brass lettering and ornamentation.
Gunderson's honour boards are unique to few remain as intact as this example. This World War I Honour Board is wall mounted in the old foyer of the Pine Rivers RSL and Services Memorial Club; the honour board is made of bronze on a marble background with timber edging. Predominantly rectangular in shape, the board has a panel to either top corner featuring a cavalryman with the Queensland state emblem and a soldier below. There are two enamelled flags at the top in the centre, the current Australian flag and the Union Jack, on either side is the emblem of the AIF. At the bottom in the centre is a plastic replica of Brittania, with the words "For king and country", in each of the bottom corners is a cannon; the roll of honour features names on separate beaten plates screwed to the board with lettering beside indicating whether the person was killed in action, died of illness or returned home, many of which are missing. The lettering is in gold and the background is a dull brown metal finish; the board has a handcrafted quality but the figures appear to have been cast.
In the same foyer is a timber honour board for North Pine State School. It has two columns supporting a curved timber gable with a central carved wreath in relief. Names are listed in two vertical panels and all lettering is in gold. There is a cast metal plaque dedicated to the RSSAIAL featuring a crown with a sailor and airman in a centre circle. Depicted are the Irish clover, Scotch thistle, English rose, Welsh leek and Australian wattle; the foyer opens to the north to a memorial garden. There is a paved central path with a low brick plaque with the words Lest we forget. Two brick side walls with plates bearing the names of deceased members and three plaques with the emblems of the RAN, the AIF and the RAAF. There is a flagpole and four rocks with plaques commemorating the US Army presence in Pine Rivers, the Vietnam War, all wars and all those lost at sea; the gardens contain two guns and World War I memorial gates. The gates have painted carved stone gateposts with decorative wrought iron gates.
The two central gates roll on wheels for opening. The posts are square in plan with carved stone capitals; the centre two are larger with carved wreaths at the top front, all the posts have marble memorial plaques attached commemorating the Great War, World War II, Malaya and Korea. Strathpine Honour Board was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992 having satisfied the following criteria; the place is important in demonstrating the pattern of Queensland's history. The honour board is evidence of a widespread social movement expressing the imperial loyalties of the period; the place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places. The honour board member of a class of commemorative structures erected as a record of the local impact of a major historical event and intended to endure; the place is important because of its aesthetic significance. The honour board has aesthetic quality and craftsmanship, while the memorial gates are recognised for their aesthetic quality and streetscape contribution.
The place has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in Queensland's history. The honour board is a rare example of the work of Brisbane craftsman Ernest Gunderson; this Wikipedia article was based on "The Queensland heritage register" published by the State of Queensland under CC-BY 3.0 AU licence. The geo-coordinates were computed from the "Queensland heritage register boundaries" published by the State of Queensland under CC-BY 3.0 AU licence. Media related to Strathpine Honour Board at Wikimedia Commons
Gympie Road, Brisbane
Gympie Road is a major road in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. The road forms part of the main road route from the Brisbane Central Business District to the northern suburbs, Sunshine Coast and east coast of Queensland. Gympie road is designated A3 from Lutwyche Road, Kedron to Bald Hills; the road continues as State Route 58 to Dayboro Road, Petrie. Gympie Road is named after the town of Gympie, north of the Sunshine Coast. Gympie Road is lined with many shops, fast food outlets, car yards, motels, caravan parks and schools including: Kedron Park Hotel Kedron Brook Lutwyche Cemetery Top Taste Edinburgh Castle Hotel Westfield Chermside Marchant Park Bunnings Warehouse Bald Hills Primary School St Paul's School Pine Rivers Park Westfield Strathpine Pine Rivers State High School Strathpine Primary School The first private land sale occurred on Gympie Road near Kedron Brook in 1857. Farms, slaughter yards and tanneries were common sites along Gympie Road prior to World War I; the tram line from the Brisbane CBD was extended to Kedron Park Hotel in 1914, Lutwyche Cemetery in 1925 and Chermside in 1947.
The tram service was replaced with diesel buses. In 1922, there was a proposal to build Anzac Avenue as a memorial to those who died in World War I; the memorial avenue was to run from Brisbane CBD to Redcliffe. This proposal would use and rename Gympie Road for the northward part of the route and extend it eastwards towards Redcliffe. However, in its final form, Anzac Avenue commenced at Petrie rather than Brisbane and so Gympie Road was only renamed from Petrie onwards; the first segment of Anzac Avenue from Petrie to Kallangur was Gympie Road. However, at Kallangur, Anzac Avenue left Gympie Road to go east, leaving parts of Gympie Road going north through Kallangur to Burpengary disconnected from the Brisbane to Petrie section; the segment from Kallangur to Burpengary was renamed Old Gympie Road. The first integrated shopping mall in Queensland opened on the corner of Gympie Road and Hamilton Road, Chermside in 1957. Called the Chermside Drive-in Shopping Centre, it has extended on many occasions and is now Westfield Chermside.
The route was part of the Bruce Highway and carried the designation National Route 1 until the Gateway Bridge opened in 1986. The route has since had the designations of Alt Route 1 and Metroad 3. TransLink is planning for the Kedron to Bracken Ridge section of the Northern Busway that will follow Gympie Road. Gympie Road has the following interfaces with the Airport Link tunnel: Northbound carriageway - traffic from either direction exiting the Airport Link can enter Gympie Road about 650 metres north of its southern end. Southbound carriageway - traffic wishing to proceed in either direction on Airport Link can exit Gympie Road about 500 metres from its southern end. Southern end - traffic proceeding north from Lutwyche Road and wishing to travel east on Airport Link can cross the southbound carriageway under traffic light control and exit Gympie Road at its southern end. Australian Roads portal List of road routes in Queensland for more details on some of the state routes that intersect with or follow Gympie Road.
Brisbane Tramway Museum - Tramway Time Line TransLink - Northern Busway - Kedron to Bracken Ridge "Kedron". BRISbites. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. "Chermside". BRISbites. Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008
Redcliffe Peninsula railway line
The Redcliffe Peninsula line is a 12 km stretch of heavy gauge dual-track railway between Petrie and Kippa-Ring on the Redcliffe peninsula. The new line is part of the QR Citytrain suburban network, branching from the Caboolture line, it starts 200 metres north of Petrie railway station. The line has six stations: Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Mango Hill East and Kippa-Ring. Funding for the project consisted of $742 million from the Commonwealth Government, $300 million from the Queensland Government and $105 million from the Moreton Bay Regional Council; the line was opened on 3 October 2016, about 130 years after it was first proposed. The first train to depart from Kippa-Ring was SMU 285 and 295, with the Prime Minister, Queensland Premier and the first train ballot winners on board. A rail line to Redcliffe was first proposed in 1895 when the Queensland Government's Minister for Railways, the Hon. Robert Philp, considered three proposals, preferring a route via North Pine. In more recent times, the route for a Redcliffe railway was identified in the 1970s, the required land was purchased and preserved as a transport corridor by the state government in the 1980s.
The issue of the proposed railway line seemed to be a recurrent theme during state elections, leading to scepticism the line would be constructed. In 1999, the newly elected state government commissioned an investigative study into the transport corridor between Petrie to Kippa-Ring, conducted by GHD Group. Key components under investigation included the mode of transport, the route and location of stations, future public transport usage, the timing of construction; the study was conducted in two parts. The first was completed in June 2000, it aimed to meet the state government's obligations to identify or forgo rights to a transport corridor running through the North Lakes residential development. This first stage was to decide on the preferred mode of transport, the viability of public transport along the corridor, the preferred alignment of the corridor. Four modes of transport were investigated: heavy rail, buses or a busway, light rail, monorail, it was decided that heavy rail was the preferred mode of transport along the existing preserved corridor as it was the only option to give an acceptable level of economic efficiency.
The study found that heavy rail had a benefit-cost ratio of 1.46, would generate the highest levels of patronage due to its integration into the existing Citytrain network, requiring no change mode. The second part of the study was completed in October 2003, it looked at the route of the corridor between Petrie railway station and Kallangur railway station at Goodfellows Road. The original, preserved route was recommended. On 17 December 2001, the Minister for Transport announced public transport improvements between Petrie and Kippa-Ring, planned as part of a staged development of a new rail line in the area, following the release of the recommendations of the draft report of the Petrie to Kippa-Ring Public Transport Corridor Study; the Minister said that the government was investigating private sector involvement in the construction of the project. On 11 July 2003, the Minister said that the government had not made a commitment on the proposed line, that it may not go ahead because interest from the private sector in the project was negligible.
This was at a time when similar passenger rail public-private partnerships such as the Airtrain to the Brisbane Airport and Airport Link to Sydney Airport were faltering. In June 2004, Queensland Transport released the Petrie to Kippa-Ring Public Transport Corridor Study's Impact Assessment Study, it claimed that the Impact Assessment Study only looked at costs of the Petrie to Kippa-Ring corridor, did not take into account commercial-in-confidence costs involved in operating the trains, integrating the services with the rest of the Citytrain network, higher maintenance costs, the costs of increasing capacity between the Brisbane central business district and Petrie. Based on these higher costs, Queensland Transport deemed the construction of the railway by 2007 could not be justified; the report said possible savings from a public-private partnership were small and would not provide value for money. Queensland Transport said. On 15 June 2004 the government announced $3 million for improving existing bus services along the corridor between Kippa-Ring and Petrie "in the short to medium term".
However, it again announced the continuing preservation of the reserved corridor for future public transport use. Frustrated by a lack of action by the Government, the Redcliffe City Council unanimously moved on 4 July 2005 to support a campaign to have the Petrie to Kippa-Ring railway built, to write to the Minister for Transport to express concern over the decision to not proceed with its construction. In 2007, the Pine Rivers Shire Council purchased the old Tulip Town shopping centre land at Kallangur for $6 million, with the potential for it to be used with the proposed Kippa-Ring railway line; the site is nearby, but not adjacent to, the location of a Murrumba Downs railway station. On 11 August 2008, the state member for Murrumba through whose electorate the proposed line runs, said that there were no plans to construct the railway in the foreseeable future; the South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009–2031, released in December 2008, identified the preserved corridor in its Transport Infrastructure Network Pla
Griffin is a suburb in Moreton Bay Region, Australia. It is north of the state capital; the origin of the suburb name is from the Griffin family who migrated to Australia from the Orkney Islands off the northern coast of Scotland. Griffin contains both residential and agricultural land usage as well as recreational and fishing facilities along the northern shore of the Pine River. Further inland the Pine River diverges into the North South Pine rivers. Osprey House is an environmental centre located in Griffin along the Pine River; the centre features boardwalks, a bird hide and other visitor facilities. In the 2011 census, Griffin recorded a population of 2,358 people, 49.1 % male. The median age of the Griffin population was 28 years, 9 years below the national median of 37. 73.6% of people living in Griffin were born in Australia. The other top responses for country of birth were New Zealand 6.9%, England 4.7%, South Africa 1.2%, Philippines 0.6%, Fiji 0.6%. 89.3% of people spoke only English at home.
University of Queensland: Queensland Places: Griffin Osprey House - Environmental Centre
Thomas Petrie was an Australian explorer, gold prospector and grazier. Petrie was born at fourth son of Andrew Petrie and brother of John, his family travelled to Sydney, arriving in October 1831 and his father entered the government service as a supervisor of building. They moved to the Moreton Bay penal colony in 1837, where Thomas was educated by a convict clerk and allowed to mix with Aboriginal children, he learnt to speak the local language and was encouraged to share in all Aboriginal activities. He was witness to convicts labouring in chains on the government farms along the river and saw numerous floggings of convicts on Queen Street. Petrie was in the crowd that watched the first hangings at the settlement in 1841, that of the Aboriginal men Nungavil and Mullan at The Old Windmill. At 14 he participated in a walkabout to a feast in the Bunya Mountains, he was accepted by the Aboriginals and was used as a messenger and invited on exploration expeditions. He learned about surveying and the local geography while travelling with his father.
In 1851 Petrie prospected for gold in the Turon region of New South Wales and spent the next five years on Victorian goldfields known as'finding only enough gold to make a ring!' since it was their motto. He returned to Brisbane a number of times and saw the botched public hanging of Dalla man Dundalli in 1855 at Wickham Park. Petrie married Elizabeth Campbell in 1859 and shortly after the marriage, Petrie sought the advice of a local Aboriginal elder named Dalaipi for a good place to start a cattle station. Dalaipi's son, Dal-ngang offered it to Petrie. Dal-ngang expressed indignation when told this land had been acquired by the Griffens as part of the Whiteside station. Petrie, after consulting with Mrs Griffen bought a ten square mile section of the property in the Pine Creek district and named it Murrumba, an Aboriginal word meaning "good place". Aboriginals helped him to build his farm buildings. On 26 June 1861, Thomas Petrie appeared at the proceedings of the Select Committee on the Native Police Force to give evidence.
Petrie's views on Aboriginals had hardened by this stage as he was supportive of both the composition and continuation of the force though he admitted that many Aboriginals around his residence had been shot by the detachment under Frederick Wheeler based at Sandgate. He said that Aboriginals were cannibals and that they should be forbidden to go into Brisbane unless they had "a pass or accompanied by their masters", he claimed that he paid Aboriginals that worked for him in clothing only, as they would otherwise spend money on alcohol and that it was commonplace for Aboriginals to be paid for their labour with rum. Petrie places suitable for European settlement. In 1862, he headed to the Maroochy River area with a group of 25 Aboriginals that included Ker-Walli and Billy Dingy. On this journey, he became the first white man to climb Buderim Mountain and ventured up the tributaries of the Maroochy River looking to exploit the large cedar growing there. At Petrie's Creek, he established a logging camp, run by Aboriginal labour.
At this camp, Petrie branded his original 25 Aboriginal workers with his logging symbol by using a piece of glass. He surveyed a route from Cleveland to Eight Mile Plains, he arranged for some Aboriginals to welcome the Duke of Edinburgh in 1868. In 1877 the Douglas ministry established Queensland's first Aboriginal reserve on Bribie Island with Petrie as its chief adviser and overseer, but the reserve was closed in 1878 by colonial secretary Palmer. Petrie died at Murrumba, survived by his wife who died aged 90 on 30 September 1926 and by two sons and five daughters of their nine children. Though Murrumba had been reduced to 3000 acres the family kept the property until 1952. In 1910 the name of the North Pine district was changed to Petrie in his honour and the next year a free-stone monument was erected in the township and unveiled by Sir William MacGregor. There is a new suburb in the area named Murrumba Downs. In 1904 Tom Petrie's Reminiscences of Early Queensland was published, written by his daughter, Constance Campbell Petrie.
The book is regarded as one of the best authorities on Brisbane's early days. Murrumba Homestead Grounds, the heritage-listed remains of Thomas Petrie's homestead Petrie, Queensland Petrie, Tom. Tom Petrie's reminiscences of early Queensland. Watson, Ferguson. Retrieved 15 January 2018. Full text available online