Forde left out of Budget sweeteners

THE Forde electorate got completely side stepped by Jim Chalmers and his Budget. The Treasurer, whose electorate of Rankin neighbours Forde, “should know what our region needs, yet decided to overlook us” according to Forde MP, Bert van Manen. “Roads, sporting clubs, community groups and public safety measures were front and centre on my wish…

Community heroes recognised at inaugural awards

MORE than 50 local legends were recognised at the inaugural Forde Volunteer Appreciation Awards on Friday night. Despite the nature of volunteers to steer clear of the limelight, Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP, wanted to highlight the incredible work of local individuals and community groups through the awards night on Friday, May 24.…

Paddock to Plate 2023

Congratulations to all Beenleigh State High School students involved in putting on a fantastic Paddock to Plate lunch for 2023! Working alongside renowned chefs, Dayan Hartill-Law & Grant Parry, the students produced some wonderful dishes for their guests in the school’s brand-new Sports Hall. Already looking forward to 2024!

Phillip Thompson MP Electorate Visit

Fantastic to have the Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence, Phillip Thompson OAM MP – Serving Our Community, in Forde today to join me in meeting some of our local defence manufacturers! First stop was a tour from Wade Mellish at transportation & bulk liquid storage manufacturer, Holmwood Highgate Aust Pty Ltd, followed by a visit to…

A-Leagues at Parliament House

Following the CommBank Matildas‘ success, there is more Football just around the corner! Fantastic to be part of the A-Leagues seasons launch at Parliament House this week, in my role as Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of A-Leagues. I was even lucky enough share stories with fellow goalkeepers, Melbourne City FC‘s Melissa Barbieri & Adelaide…

2023 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards

An amazing night for educators in Forde at the 2023 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards, presented by Australian Schools Plus, last week! Our community was lucky enough to have not one, but three fantastic teachers recognised. Congratulations to: – Kiri Griffiths, from Loganlea State High School, on your 12-month Teaching Fellowship – Sara Curtis, from Marsden…