Here in Lilley we enjoy a wonderful quality of life. Our electorate has abundant natural landscapes and good public transport, sporting facilities and parks, quality education institutions, restaurants and many local businesses.
Our population is made up of hard-working families, young students, workers, retirees, pensioners and a strong Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander community.
Bordered by Kedron Brook to the south, Moreton and Bramble Bay's to the east and Everton Park to the west; Lilley comprises residential areas, light and heavy industry, the Brisbane international and domestic airports and is also the gateway to the picturesque Moreton Bay.
We have strong sense of community in the electorate and as I visit people and places in Lilley I am constantly amazed at the wonderful work organisations are doing. My annual Lilley Australia Day Awards, held at the Kedron Wavell RSL every Australia Day, are a reminder of the spirit of volunteerism that is alive here. Each year we recognise dozens of inspirational volunteers who are the real heroes of our community, serving in programs like Meals on Wheels or at the Burnie Brae Centre at Chermside. Then there are the volunteers who give their time to run sporting teams, foster the arts and maintain our local history or keep young people engaged through the PCYC and many active Guides and Scouts groups. Another valuable service in Lilley is our Pricewatch team, who do important work detecting price rises in 27 supermarkets across the electorate to help give locals a better deal at the checkout. All these services, organisations and volunteers make our community a richer place to live.
The growing Brisbane airport precinct is a major employer with more than 130 businesses and nearly 8,000 people working there every day. We have many emerging national and global industries which are based in Lilley and add to the vibrant business sector including the iconic Golden Circle plant at Northgate, established in 1947.
In the northern suburbs we really are blessed with an attractive and diverse natural environment. From Sandgate's lagoons and Shorncliffe's magnificent foreshore, to the remnant bushland at Chermside Hills and one of the most striking features, the Boondall Wetlands Reserve located on the edge of Moreton Bay. Locals are doing wonderful things in these green spaces through organisations like the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre and the Keep Sandgate Beautiful Association.