Notice of August Meeting

Paul Murdoch writes

Good afternoon all,
The next regular meeting of the CBD BUG will be held on Friday 24 August 2007, at 12.30 pm in the Brisbane Square Communikty Meeting Room, on the ground floor of the BCC administration building. An agenda will be circulated early next week. Please note that unlike normal meetings, this month’s meeting will be held on a Friday owing to the Ekka public holiday.
1. CBD BUG meeting minutes
The minutes of the most recent meeting (held on Wednesday 18 July 2007) are attached for information and action (as well as being available on our website http://cbdbug.googlepages.com/).
2. Website updates
Don’t forget that you can keep informed of CBD BUG correspondence and the activities of the various CBD BUG representatives by regularly checking the website. Some of the material recently added to the website includes the latest minutes of the May meeting of the State Cycle Committee; letters to relevant Ministers in support of cycling facilities being included on the bus bridge over Ipswich Road; a press release sent to us regarding improved bike parking in Reddacliffe Place; and the draft new constitution for the CBD BUG (due to be adopted at next week’s meeting).

We regularly receive extremely positive feedback regarding the website. If you have any suggestions for additional material, deletions of material or any other improvements to the site, please contact Sebastian Tauchmann on Sebastian.Tauchmann@dpi.qld.gov.au.
3. New draft constitution
As reported in the latest CBD BUG minutes, a Review Committee examining the structure, operations and priorities of the BUG in light of its growth and wide range of activities over the last several years developed a number of proposals for consideration. Amongst these were a draft constitution for the CBD BUG, which currently has no formal constitution or modus operandi. This constitution was endorsed in principle, and can be viewed at http://cbdbug.googlepages.com/constitution.pdf . Please have a look at the draft prior to the next meeting, and forward any proposed changes or comments to Leslie Martin on Leslie.Martin@tpg.com.au.
4. QCC Walk against warming
The Queensland Conservation Council have advised of a Walk against Warming being organised for 12.30 pm on Saturday 25 August. The walk will commence from Queens Park, Brisbane (next to the casino) and proceed through the CBD to the Riverstage. Further information is contained in the attached leaflet, which you may wish to distribute to contacts and publicise.
5. Election survey
The July meeting of the CBD BUG decided that the next BCC election (to be held on 29 March 2008 ), and the forthcoming Federal election offer excellent opportunities to elicit candidates’ views on cycling as a legitimate form of transport and also to attempt to obtain firm commitments to increase the level of cycling in Brisbane. Within the next week or so, CBD BUG will be emailing you for assistance in identify ing your issues of importance . The survey results will be used to develop policy suite for provision to election candidates for their response. Prior to the elections, candidate responses (or non-responses as the case may be), will be communicated to all members and publicised as widely as the CBD BUG can manage.
Your assistance in quickly responding to the survey will be much appreciated. Any questions or comments on the proposed survey and lobbying can be raised with Paul French on sfpf@optusnet.com.au.
6. Eagle Street Boardwalk bridge closure
CBD BUG has been advised today of the temporary closure of the timber bridge linking the Botanical Gardens to the Eagle St Boardwalk for maintenance repairs. These works are being conducted by the Stamford Plaza Hotel from Monday 20th August to Saturday 25th August. All the wooden planks across the bridge will be replaced.
Stamford Plaza have agreed to undertake the work between 8:00am and 4:30pm and will ensure the bridge is open during the other times. While the works are being undertaken, a detour will be in place guiding cyclists from the Eagle St Boardwalk along Margaret St and Edward Streets to the Botanical Gardens. The Stamford Plaza Hotel can be contacted on (07) 3221 1999 for any concerns regarding the works when they have commenced.
Further, please ensure you do not to lock your bicycle to the bridge as of next Monday to allow the maintenance works to occur.
Regards

Paul Murdoch
Co-convenor, CBD BUG

Ph (07) 3815 9403
Fax (07) 3815 9412

Mobile 0419 663329

Paul.Murdoch@dva.gov.au or cbdbug@yahoo.com

[and apologies for the dead air since April - Seb]

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