Queensland State Government

Queensland Government


The Grove falls  within the Queenland State Electorates of Ferny Grove (not the same as the suburb of Ferny Grove) and Everton.

The electorate of Ferny Grove includes:

  • The Grove suburbs of  Arana Hills, Ferny Hills, Ferny Grove, Keperra, and Upper Kedron
  • Other suburbs : Bunya Riverside and the half of Mitchelton south of Samford Road, Bunya, Cashmere (west of Pinedale Road), Camp Mountain, Cedar Creek, Clear Mountain, Closeburn, Draper, Highvale, Mt Glorious, Mt Nebo, Mt Samson, Samford, Samsonvale, Wights Mountain and Yugar.

The electorate of Everton includes:

  • The Grove suburb of Grovely, parts of Keperra and Arana Hills.
  • Mitchelton, Gaythorne, Everton Hills, Oxford Park, Albany Creek, Bunya, Eatons Hill, McDowell. North-western suburbs of Brisbane between Kedron Brook and the South Pine River.

Electorate profiles

The current profiles can be found on the Australian Electoral Commission's website

Elected representatives

  • Mark Furner MP
  • The Hon Tim Mander MP
  • The Premier of Queensland is Anastacia Palaczuk

Electoral Office

Ferny Grove electoral office is in Ferny Grove Shopping Village, Ferny Grove.

Everton electoral office is at 510 South Pine Road, Everton Park Qld 4053

How to contact your State politicians

  • Premier Anastacia Palaczu
    • Postal address: PO Box 15185, City East QLD 4002
    • Phone: 07 3224 4500
    • Fax: 07 3221 3631
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    • Contact email: http://www.thepremier.qld.gov.au/tools/contactform.aspx
    • Website: http://www.thepremier.qld.gov.au/

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Voting for Queensland State representatives

Voting is compulsory in Queensland. If you don't vote in a State election or by-election you may be fined.

Queensland State elections are always held on a Saturday. Polling booths are open from 8.00am to 6.00pm on polling day for electors to cast their votes.

Electors who are unable to make it to a polling booth in their electoral district may visit any other polling booth in Queensland and cast an Absent Vote. There are voting options for special circumstances.

Optional Preferential Voting (OPV) has been used in Queensland State elections since 1992. OPV is a unique voting system giving voters a choice to vote for one candidate, more than one or, all candidates on the ballot paper. Voters can cast a valid vote by either:

• expressing a single primary preference for one candidate only (marking only one square, leaving all the others blank)
• expressing a partial distribution of preferences by voting for some, but not all candidates on the ballot paper (marking some but not all squares)
• expressing a full distribution of preferences (marking each and every square in order of preference).

Ballot papers are counted in each polling booth after the close of polling at 6.00pm on polling day and included in the election night count.

After polling day the Returning Officer for each electoral district counts all types of votes including absent, postal and pre-poll votes. These are all added to the official count by the Returning Officer.

The counting of the votes is done in stages;

• Firstly ballot papers are sorted into formal and informal votes. Ballot papers without a clear first preference are set aside as informal votes and are not admitted to the count.
• The first preferences for each candidate are then counted. A candidate is declared “elected” if they have an absolute majority of the formal first preference votes (an absolute majority is more than 50 per cent of the formal votes).

If no candidate has an absolute majority the transfer of preferences is done by:

• Eliminating the candidate with the least amount of first preference votes. That candidate’s second preference votes are then distributed amongst the remaining candidates. Ballot papers with no second preference are set aside as “exhausted”.

This process is continued until a candidate has an absolute majority of the votes and that candidate is then declared “elected”.

Political parties active in The Grove

  • Where and when are their meetings held? Are any held in The Grove?
  • How are people selected from each of the parties to be put up for elections?
  • Could you join a local political party and nominate or be part of voting for one of the branch members to stand for State election?
  • Who are their candidates for the next State election?

Policies, aims for The Grove, and achievements directly benefiting The Grove

  • What are the policies of each of the parties and political candidates on key issues of importance to you and to the future?
  • Are you aware of what they are doing that might lead to real improvements in resilience and facilities in The Grove?

Governor of Queensland

His Excellency Paul De Jersey


Queensland Housing Affordability Strategy: Greenfield Land Supply in South East Queensland Development Hotspots

  • Upper Kedron is classified as a 'committed greenfield site'. It is classified as 'broad hectare'.
  • In short-to-medium term 30,000 new dwellings are expected to be delivered into the 3 suburbs of Upper Kedron, Rochedale, and Lower Oxley Creek
  • Committed areas have a combination of the following characteristics:
    • established or committed infrastructure
    • urban zoning
    • existing development approvals
    • advanced planning in place
    • limited development impediments
    • consolidated land ownership or agreements
    • short term development time frame(0–5 years)
    • an average net density of 12 dwellings per hectare and 2.5 persons per dwelling proposed
    • Greenfield areas must be planned and delivered as integrated communities with access to employment opportunities
    • The planning approval process will be managed by the relevant local government (Brisbane City Council)
    • Development will provide a mixture of housing needs and contribute to reducing regional housing affordability stress.
    • The Queensland Government will facilitate the release of committed greenfield areas by immediately:
      1. Appointing a dedicated implementation team within the Department of Infrastructure and Planning. This implementation team will be set the task of working with local government, state agencies and industry to remove any regulatory hurdles to committed areas coming to market within six months.
      2. Prioritising government consideration of planning scheme amendments that facilitate development of committed greenfield areas.
      3. Actively monitoring the development assessment program, construction and land release time lines of key sites. The focus of the implementation team is to accelerate the development of committed greenfield areas by actively removing bottlenecks. The implementation team will use a variety of mechanisms to deliver outcomes. These will include site-by-site consultation with landowners, local government and state agencies, establish delivery time frames, and utilise the Ministerial powers of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 to ensure delivery time frames.
    • New greenfield areas must achieve high standards with regard to neighbourhood design, public transport accessibility,
      environmental sustainability and housing yields, choice and affordability in order to meet the needs and expectations of people moving into these areas. Our communities should be designed as a coherent pattern of neighbourhoods,
      with each neighbourhood focussed on a centre serviced by public transport and supported by a legible street network, quality open space, community and cultural facilities, and mixed use development in appropriate locations. Structure planning is fundamental to delivering the higher standards for emerging urban communities. Structure plans address core issues such as: land use mix, including residential densities employment locations infrastructure, including public transport open space and conservation areas development sequencing and future master planning areas. Structure planning will become an increasingly important tool for establishing the broad layout, land use mix and infrastructure requirements for the identified greenfield areas.

South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031

South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031

The regional vision for SEQ is a future that is sustainable, affordable, prosperous, liveable and resilient to climate change, where:

  • communities are safe, healthy, accessible and inclusive
  • there are diverse employment opportunities and quality infrastructure and services, including education and health
  • urban and rural areas are mutually supportive and collaborative in creating wealth for the community
  • development is sustainable and well designed, and where the subtropical character of the region is recognised and reinforced
  • ecological and culturally significant landscapes are valued, celebrated, protected and enhanced
  • the community has access to a range of quality, open space, recreational opportunities.
    • the D'Aguilar Ranges that The Grove backs on to are identified as a core landscape area (an area of highest confluence of multiple regional landscape values and ecosystem services)with a concentration of multiple landscape values, functions, ecosystem services and community benefits
    • the Kedron Brook-Cedar Creek part of The Grove is included in the Mountains to Mangroves Corridor linking the D'Aguilar Range to Moreton Bay, and is identified as a  landscape corridor (lineal areas with current or potential high confluence of landscape values and ecosystem services that have the capacity to improve connectivity between the core landscape areas, people, places, infrastructure and ecosystems  Benefits: increased connectivity, resilience and sustainability of multiple regional landscape values and land use efficiency)
    • Brisbane Forest Park, reaching into The Grove, is identified as greenspace as part of South East Queensland Greenspace Strategy.
    • The South East Queensland Regional Plan 2005-2026 Implementation Guidelines No. 8: Identifying and Protecting Scenic Amenity Values has relevance for parts of The Grove.
    • South East Queensland Outdoor Recreation Strategy
    • South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan 2009–2031
  • The framework recognises 28 ecosystem services:
    • food
    • water for consumption
    • building and fibre
    • fuel
    • genetic resources
    • biochemicals, medicines and pharmaceuticals
    • ornamental resources
    • transport infrastructure
    • air quality
    • habitable climate
    • water quality
    • arable land
    • buffering against extremes
    • pollination
    • reduced pests and diseases
    • productive soils
    • noise abatement
    • iconic species
    • cultural diversity
    • spiritual and religious values
    • knowledge systems
    • inspiration
    • aesthetic values
    • effect on social interactions
    • sense of place
    • iconic landscapes
    • recreational opportunities
    • therapeutic landscapes.
  • South East Queensland Regional Plan 2005–2026 Implementation Guideline No. 5: Social Infrastructure Planning
  • Supporting rural production: Strong and viable rural communities are to be maintained so that they continue to contribute to not only the state’s economy, but to the health, character, liveability and self-sufficiency of the region. Rural production lands will be protected from further fragmentation and urban encroachment.
  • Future residential growth will be accommodated through a combination of redevelopment and use of:
    underutilised land within the broader urban framework and established urban areas
    • remnant broadhectare land
    • broadhectare development
    • limited rural living.
  • Future employment growth will be accommodated within urban areas through a combination of activity centres, specialised employment precincts and limited home-based business.
  • SEQ is to be managed in a sustainable way by reducing the region’s ecological footprint while enhancing its economy
    and residents’ quality of life.The SEQ Regional Plan aims to protect biodiversity, contain urban development, build and maintain community identity, reduce car dependency, and support a prosperous economy. Communities are to be built and managed using contemporary measures to conserve water and energy, with buildings designed and sited to take advantage of the subtropical climate.
  • SEQ communities and industries are vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The challenges are to
    mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the effects of climate change by
    developing adaptation strategies and protecting areas at risk, such as low-lying areas vulnerable to flooding from higher sea levels.
    The increasing vulnerability of oil supply will progressively affect liveability and
    affordability in SEQ. New development must substantially reduce the need for fuel by reducing car dependency. A more compact urban form is preferred. This will be achieved through increased densities and mixed-use developments that support public transport, close to the city and activity centres.
  • SEQ’s rural and natural landscape areas support environmental, rural production, recreational, cultural and scenic functions. They underpin the region’s liveability and viability, and will be protected from urban development and rural residential subdivision. The enhancement of bioregional corridors outside planned urban and rural production areas will help to protect biodiversity and achieve carbon offsets from urban development.
  • The SEQ Regional Plan emphasises building strong and well-serviced communities with distinct local character and identity.
  • The Urban Footprintdefines the extent of urban development to 2031 by using cadastral or other clearly defined boundaries. The Urban Footprint does not imply that all included land can be developed for urban purposes. For example, national parks and state forests will continue to be protected and managed under state legislation such as the Nature Conservation Act 1994 and the Forestry Act 1959, and remnant vegetation will continue to be protected under the Vegetation Management Act 1999. Land in the Urban Footprint may be unsuitable for urban development for other reasons, including constraints such as flooding, land slope, scenic amenity, and the need to protect significant biodiversity values.
    • promote cohesive communities that support a wide range of services and
    • include or have access to existing or planned employment centres.

South East Queensland Infrastructure Plan and Program

Towards Q2: Tomorrow's Queensland

Towards Q2: Tomorrow's Queensland

The Queensland Government has framed a 2020 vision with 5 ambitions for communities in Queensland:
  • Strong: Create a diverse economy powered by bright ideas
  • Green: Protect our lifestyle and environment
  • Smart: Deliver world-class education and training
  • Healthy: Make Queenslanders Australia’s healthiest people
  • Fair: Support a safe and caring community.

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