From the Park’s patron – Claire Moore

From the Park’s patron – Claire Moore2019-11-15T04:49:24+10:00

Claire Moore is an Australian politician who was an Australian Labor Party Senator for Queensland from 2002 to 2019, having been elected in the 2001 Federal Election, and the Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific. Claire retired from federal politics in 2019,  after 17 years in the job.

Claire has been involved in many community organisations, including Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR), the Australian Republican Movement (ARM), Friends of the ABC, EMILY’s List, and the Australian Workers’ Heritage Centre, the last two of which she was a founding member.

A long-time New Farm resident, Claire shares a love of New Farm Park, and has kindly agreed to become Patron of The Park from 2019.

Patron’s Post – The Sandakan Memorial

From the Park’s patron – Claire Moore

I thought about the Sandakan Memorial near the Brunswick Street entrance, and  reading the names of the Queensland prisoners of war lost in the  horror of the death marches in Borneo. I cannot just walk past monuments, and my friends and family are often frustrated by my need to read inscriptions, particularly when I am truly annoyed by the poor quality of some of the plaques !

Fortunately , the beautiful Sandakan memorial, featuring a sculpture with the route of the 1944/1945 marches in a bronze ribbon, has very clear plaques with a history of the events, and terrible loss, as well as the names of all the Queensland men and the home regions. From across the State , men went to war and did not come home to their families. On this  Remembrance Day, I went back to the monument ,and read the names of men from New Farm, Toowoomba, Townsville, and across the State. I wondered how many of them had walked through New Farm Park, under the Jacarandas, maybe listening to some music , perhaps even dancing and creating memories to take with them .

Patron’s Post – Jazz and Jacarandas

From the Park’s patron – Claire Moore

Yesterday I wandered through New Farm Park to  share in the wonderful Jazz and Jacaranda event around the beautiful Rotunda. Many people supported the event and , despite the heat and the smoke, our Park was energised by the joy and energy of great musicians playing captivating jazz classics. There was even encouragement to sing along to the familiar and much loved classics, though this was not compulsory !

Sitting under the beautiful Jacarandas surrounded by happy people enjoying a peaceful afternoon, I found myself thinking about the history of this area; this often happens to me , and I feel connected to our past..how many people over the years have gathered in the Park , around the Rotunda, to listen to music, picnic, maybe even dance, creating special memories? While the classic jazz music from the 1930s, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart were in my mind. I also visited the nearby Sandakan Memorial. More on that on my next Posting.

Patron – Claire Moore

Claire Moore is an Australian politician who was an Australian Labor Party Senator for Queensland from 2002 to 2019, having been elected in the 2001 Federal Election, and the Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific. Claire retired from federal politics in 2019,  after 17 years in the job.

Claire has been involved in many community organisations, including Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR), the Australian Republican Movement (ARM), Friends of the ABC, EMILY’s List, and the Australian Workers’ Heritage Centre, the last two of which she was a founding member.

A long-time New Farm resident, Claire shares a love of New Farm Park, and has kindly agreed to become Patron of The Park from 2019.

Claire recently submitted the following report – with regular posts to follow.

“Hello to the Friends of New Farm Park. I live close by. I’m Claire Moore, recently retired Senator from our Federal Parliament. I have been active on a number of Community and Social issues, and will continue to do so in my retirement. I’m quite looking forward to my new involvement in New Farm and its famous Park.

There will be much more later, but here are details of a Motion I voted on back in September of this year.

That the Senate …..

(a) notes:
(i) that just one week after winter, Queensland is experiencing unprecedented and devastating bushfires and facing what the fire service has described as the most catastrophic bushfire season in recorded history,
(ii) that hundreds of people have been affected by the devastating fires—to date, 80 properties have been reported as damaged or destroyed, including the heritage-listed Binna Burra resort, and prior to these bushfires, a total of 40 properties had been lost to bushfire in Queensland in the previous 130 years,
(iii) the critical role that firefighting and emergency services personnel play in the frontline response to emergencies and climate-related disasters,
(iv) that the Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre’s latest Seasonal Bushfire Outlook, August 2019, confirmed that Queensland fire seasons have been starting earlier and persisting longer since 1990,
(v) that drought conditions and severe water shortages in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt are expected to make fighting bushfires even more difficult across the summer, and
(vi) that, unless urgent action is taken to reduce harmful emissions and stop further global warming, bushfires, drought, and heatwaves will become more frequent and severe, putting Australian lives and properties at risk; and
(b) calls on the Federal Government to:
(i) urgently take action to address climate change and manage the risk and severity of bushfires,
(ii) invest in community adaptation efforts to build resilience to climate change in moderate and high risk areas, and
(iii) commit to action to progress a rapid and just transition to clean and renewable energy sources to reduce the harmful emissions driving climate change.”

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