Lilley's Welcoming the Babies

Ms WELLS (Lilley—Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Sport) (09:45): The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms what my community on the Northside of Brisbane already know: there is a rapidly closing window for real climate action both at home and around the world. Global warming has increased at an unprecedented rate over the past decade.

By the 2030s, every region in the world is expected to face increasing risks from climate change. We know that this will have a devastating impact on our communities, just as my community saw last year during the unprecedented February floods.

After a decade of denial and delay, Australia finally has a federal government that is committed to taking serious action on climate change – not just talking about it.

As part of our Powering Australian plan, the Albanese Government is investing in the decarbonisation of existing industries and creation of new clean energy industries through our $1.9 billion Powering the Regions fund. At least $600 million of this will assist safeguard facilities in reducing their emissions through energy efficiency upgrades, shift to lower carbon processes, or fuel-switching to electrification, hydrogen and biofuels.

The Safeguard Mechanism laws are the first chance to implement the transformative climate action my community has been begging for.

Real action that actually gets us towards net zero, after a decade of delay and dysfunction.

Northsiders are always quick to step forward when a friend or neighbour needs a helping hand. Volunteers are the backbone of our community and their selfless contributions make all of our lives better. While we know these volunteers do not do their work for the credit, but their hard work deserves to be recognised and appreciated.

If you know a Lilley resident, business or community group who deserves to be recognised for their volunteer work and community spirit, please nominate them for a Lilley Volunteer Award. Award recipients will be announced during National Volunteers Week in May.

Northside families are getting excited for Welcoming the Babies, a proud annual tradition in our community. The Pram Pro Am - Running of the Babies is back, hopefully with a drier track than last year. If you’re taking up the challenge, make sure to bring your A-game and strap your baby into their pram as there will be prizes up for grabs for the winners.

Free activities will be available for the kids, including a petting zoo, jumping castle, face painting, and arts and crafts. There will also be early education information stalls for mums and dads and, I  hear a visit from the Easter Bunny!

See you there.