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ABOUT
JOHN SCHILLING

John Schilling was the elected candidate for Division 2 at both the 2012 and the 2016 local government elections.

John is owner/director of Mac Constructions (NQ), and was well known as the face of local home building companies such as Mac Homes, David McCoy, Homes and Lander Homes.

John was born in Bowen, and grew up in Sydney’s outer West. John moved to Cairns in 1979 after spending three years involved in farming and mining on the Atherton Tableland. John is married to Margaret and they have two adult children. John has held the position of Chair of Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee during a time when projects such as the Lake Street redevelopment, the Lake Street to Airport Drive extension, and the widening to four lanes of Aumuller Street.

John Schilling was the elected candidate for Division 2 at both the 2012 and the 2016 local government elections.

John is owner/director of Mac Constructions (NQ), and was well known as the face of local home building companies such as Mac Homes, David McCoy, Homes and Lander Homes.

John was born in Bowen, and grew up in Sydney’s outer West. John moved to Cairns in 1979 after spending three years involved in farming and mining on the Atherton Tableland. John is married to Margaret and they have two adult children. John has held the position of Chair of Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee during a time when projects such as the Lake Street redevelopment, the Lake Street to Airport Drive extension, and the widening to four lanes of Aumuller Street.

Division 2 Subscurbs

DIVISION 2 SUBURBS

  • EDMONTON
  • BENTLEY PARK
  • MOUNT SHERIDAN
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Projects

RECENTLY
COMPLETED PROJECTS

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MILL ROAD UPGRADE - EDMONTON

Looking east from the Hambledon State School roundabout shows the ongoing Mill Road upgrade and the new pathway connecting Hambledon Drive to Hartill St. The road widening with passing lanes, better lighting, improved safety and a new pedestrian crossing, further connecting our community. This new pathway from Hambledon Dr along Mill Rd to Hartill St Is making it a whole lot easier and safer for walkers and cyclists to get around. Connecting our Community for the better.

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Bicentennial Road - BENTLEY PARK

Council has been busy on Bicentennial Road, improving the safety at the northern end with traffic lights and turning lanes at the Robert Road intersection. Final road works will be completed in the new year and Ergon will finally turn on the power to complete the project.  At the southern end, users have noticed signage and bauxite resurfacing to the road to increase tyre adhesion at what has been a tricky curve in the wet, and the repositioning, for safety, of the existing bus stop. The lights are on and the traffic is flowing at the intersection of Bicentennial and Robert Rd. Well worth the wait, a great outcome for daily users. Improving Community outcomes.

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Robert Road Pathway

The view looking south from St Therese’s has changed, with a new footpath/bikepath, continuing along Robert Rd to the top end of Templar Crescent. The community now has walking/riding connections all the way down to the Highway at Edmonton, with the soon to be completed Mill Rd upgrade.

In the north, Todd Park path to Meteor St and up Adonis to Hardy, the linkage from Golden Grove Drive up Idalia St, along the creek to Hardy Rd, and the fill ins down to Robert Rd, have all improved connections for our local community.

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Todd Park Artworks - EDMONTON

A couple of weeks ago, I posted some photos of Daniel Wallwork with a group of our younger citizens, planning and executing a large mural in the skate park area. Here is the final product. A job very well done. 

Todd Park has been completely revitalised by the recent upgrade, with resurfacing and shade added to basketball court and a flying fox for those wishing to try something a little different.

Projects

PROJECTS
IN THE PIPELINE

A New Pool for
Sugarworld

A work crew from Saxon Drilling were at Sugarworld before Christmas, doing some preliminary work in preparation for the commencement of the new Edmonton Pool. I also received advice that the team from Community and Sport have lodged the Development Application with our Planning Department.

The new pool complex will feature a 25 x 25m “short course” lap pool, with disability access and a smaller program pool, suitable for Learn to Swim classes and rehabilitation programs.

Tom Murray Park
Activation Program

CRC will be building a car park and providing funding for Public Toilet facilities in partnership with AFL Cairns and Southside Cutters. AFL will upgrade the existing field and provide change rooms to cater for the growth in participation from Juniors, both male and female and the many adult female players now wishing to enter the sport. Over coming years as funding is available an exercise circuit will be installed at different points along the path to around the oval to encourage active participation by the Community.

White Rock
Recreation Precinct

Tiffany Street White Rock Sports Ground and Community Centre: Negotiations with White Rock School and the Education Dept. for tenure over land adjacent to Tiffany St began in 2013 and a 30 plus 30 year lease was finalised in 2017. Since that time Councillor Zeiger and I have worked on plans and funding for a sports facility with a rectangular field, tennis court, volley ball, netball/basketball and associated Community centre with meeting rooms, auditorium and kitchen facilities, storage toilets and change rooms. First stage funding is listed in 21/22 budget.

South Cairns
Gymnastics Expansion

A lot of work has gone into South Cairns Gymnastics recently, with the club spending some $80,000 on upgrades. With 500 or so members the current Clubhouse also needs a big expansion. The current depth front to back is around 18m, new plans completed last year will extend that to approximately 42m more than doubling the size of the facility. Between CRC and the Club over $1m has been committed to the expansion with the club due to apply for a further $750k funding grant in March to get things underway. Things are certainly happening in Div. 2

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Tom Murray Park
White Rock Recreation
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Achievements

JOHN’S
ACHIEVEMENTS IN COUNCIL

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City Wide Main
Achievements

Chairman of CRC Committee responsible for delivery of the following major projects: Cairns Performing Arts Centre. Munro Martin Park. Tobruk Pool renewal, Lake St opening to through traffic, Lake St connection to Airport, Aumuller St Nth - four lane upgrade Mulgrave Rd to Gatton St.

Achievements

Division 2 Achievements

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Edmonton Leisure Centre

Delivery on long term promise to the community for a multipurpose indoor facility in the Southern corridor ...

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Delivery on long term promise to the community for a multipurpose indoor facility in the Southern corridor with the PCYC installed as managers to run programs for all ages.

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Cairns Gokart Club

Following the purchase of a 20 hectare site on Thomson Road by CRC, the Cairns Gokart Club has been working on ...

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Following the purchase of a 20 hectare site on Thomson Road by CRC, the Cairns Gokart Club has been working on a track design suitable for their requirements. The track will also be suitable for driver training use and Criterion cycling events. The finishing touches have been put to the business case in readiness for an application to State and Federal agencies.

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Armstrong and Cattle St

This intersection at Armstrong and Cattle St saw an upgrade from Give Way to stop following numerous drivers ...

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This intersection at Armstrong and Cattle St saw an upgrade from Give Way to stop following numerous drivers failing to pay due care and attention. Making our Community safer.

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Green St in front of Piccone’s IGA

Green St in front of Piccone’s IGA saw a reduction in speed limit, and a narrowing of the road to slow traffic ...

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Green St in front of Piccone’s IGA saw a reduction in speed limit, and a narrowing of the road to slow traffic creating a safer environment for pedestrians. Another safety initiative for our Community.

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Walker Road Sporting Precinct

Delivery of the new home for Junior and Senior Softball and Junior Baseball. A new home for Mulgrave Cricket Club ...

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Delivery of the new home for Junior and Senior Softball and Junior Baseball. A new home for Mulgrave Cricket Club with two ovals featuring turf wickets and a large all weather indoor nets facility for training. Mulgrave Cricket now enjoy 3 new fields, 2 with turf wickets and the best indoor training facility north of the Sunshine Coast. It doesn’t get much better than this if Cricket is your game.

Southside Comets Football Club now have the best facilities in the region with two permanent full size fields and the potential, in the event of hosting a large regional carnival of scaling up to 6 – 8 fields.

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Petersen Park Upgrade

From purchase of adjacent site to discussions with stakeholders and project delivery of two extra rectangular fields ...

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From purchase of adjacent site to discussions with stakeholders and project delivery of two extra rectangular fields shared between Southside Crusaders Rugby Union and Edmonton Storm Rugby League. Subdivision of surplus land into 12 new allotments allowing CRC to return approximately $1,000,000 to ratepayers when all lots are sold.

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Cairns Indigenous and Multicultural Centre

I have been attending First Peoples Advisory Committee meetings where there has been much discussion around the ...

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I have been attending First Peoples Advisory Committee meetings where there has been much discussion around the progress towards an Indigenous and Multicultural Centre for Cairns and what form it should take and where it should be located. Talks are ongoing to bring this idea to fruition.

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New Edmonton Library

CRC has identified a prospective site for the construction of a new significantly larger Library facility in ...

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CRC has identified a prospective site for the construction of a new significantly larger Library facility in the Edmonton area to cope with future growth and will be proceeding with Community consultation in the near future.

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Edmonton Men’s Shed

Established Thomson Road Edmonton on approx. 40 hectare site purchased by CRC, now includes storage facilities ...

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Established Thomson Road Edmonton on approx. 40 hectare site purchased by CRC, now includes storage facilities for Cairns Museum exhibits with the Men’s Shed members taking on restoration duties in a win/win community partnership. Having been a foundation member of the Edmonton Men’s Shed a recent visit showed me just how far they’ve come. Hard work, numerous grant applications and support from CRC have certainly paid off. The Men’s Shed now works closely with the Cairns Museum at the Cairns School of Arts building in Shields St maintaining and restoring exhibits stored in the purpose built shed nearby.

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Walking/Cycling Pathways

Approximately 4 Kilometres of new walking/cycling pathways have been delivered in Div. 2 including Mount Peter ...

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Provision of Walking/Cycling Pathways: Approximately 4 Kilometres of new walking/cycling pathways have been delivered in Div. 2 including Mount Peter Rd to Graham St, Golden Grove Dr to Idalia St, through Todd Pk to Meteor St, Idalia St along the creek to Hardy Rd, Hardy Rd to Robert Rd, Adonis St/Meteor St connection to Todd Pk, from St Therese’s Robert Rd to Templar Cr, Hambledon Dr to Hartill St, Trafalgar Rd to Barnard Dr, connecting community from Mount Sheridan to Edmonton. Golden Grove Dr closes the loop connecting Idalia St, Hardy Rd and Robert Rd. allowing people to walk or cycle off rode almost all the way from one end of Div 2 to the other. In addition to the footpath on the Western arm of Golden Grove Dr the Eastern side has been the beneficiary of speed reduction devices as you turn left out of Idalia St heading South to Robert Rd. These safety measures appear to have stopped the damage being caused to properties on the left and right side of the road when drivers lost control due to excess speed. Keeping People Safe and Connecting Community. Works are ongoing with more paths planned in coming years.

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Cairns Motorcycle Club (Edmonton Motocross)

CRC assumed responsibility from the Qld Sate Govt. for land on Thomson Road and provided $100,000 in ...

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CRC assumed responsibility from the Qld Sate Govt. for land on Thomson Road and provided $100,000 in funding, surplus fill was sourced ( free of charge ) from a development in Gordonvale and with support from club sponsors $300,000 worth of work was carried out to redesign and rebuild the track.

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Trafalgar Road Park

New facilities upgrade at Trafalgar Road Park with full shade sale cover for the kids ...

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New facilities upgrade at Trafalgar Road Park with full shade sale cover for the kids who certainly are enjoying themselves.

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Lou Piccone Park

One of our newer parks for the more adventurous, Lou Piccone Park is situated on Outlook Drive in Timberlea ...

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One of our newer parks for the more adventurous, Lou Piccone Park is situated on Outlook Drive in Timberlea nestled into the hills and surrounded by forest.

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Boyce Street Park

Recent upgrades at Boyce Street Park have included a new kids playground and a “hot shots” keyhole basketball ...

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Recent upgrades at Boyce Street Park have included a new kids playground and a “hot shots” keyhole basketball court, but if basketball isn’t your thing, there is a set of dual Rugby/Soccer posts to sharpen up your goal kicking or making some diving saves.

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Edmonton Fuller Park

Right in the heart of Edmonton Fuller Park has been home to many sports and community groups over the years ...

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Right in the heart of Edmonton Fuller Park has been home to many sports and community groups over the years. With the Edmonton Cenotaph it plays a big part every ANZAC Day. Down the back there are BMX jumps and a bituminous bump track for many 2 wheeled sports and a great kids play facility, (yes the shade sail is on it’s way). There are 2 enclosed dog off leash areas, one for bigger dogs and one for smaller dogs and a recently resurfaced basketball court. The Park Master Plan shows 2 full sized rectangular fields and CRC is engaged with several proposed user groups. Watch this space.

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Sunrise Park

Sunrise Park in Bathurst Drive recently underwent a major upgrade with a new play area in this well ...

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Sunrise Park in Bathurst Drive recently underwent a major upgrade with a new play area in this well shaded part of Bentley Park.

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Todd Park Upgrade

Robert Road: New Skate facility, resurfacing and renewal of Basketball court including large undercover ...

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Robert Road: New Skate facility, resurfacing and renewal of Basketball court including large undercover shade area, Flying Fox line, Multipurpose Rugby/Football field and renovations to BMX jumps.

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DOWN PARK

If Tennis is your thing, then Down Park is the place to be. Home to Edmonton Tennis Club and Down Park Community Hall ...

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If Tennis is your thing, then Down Park is the place to be. Home to Edmonton Tennis Club and Down Park Community Hall, a great kids playground, basketball facility and outdoor picnic area. The Southern end of the park has been home to both Rugby League and Rugby Union.

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Logomeir Rd

When Logomeir Rd was completed so was the pathway connecting Bicentennial Rd and Ravizza Dr to Walker Rd making so many ...

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When Logomeir Rd was completed so was the pathway connecting Bicentennial Rd and Ravizza Dr to Walker Rd making so many Sporting and Community facilities in Edmonton, Timberlea, Bentley Park and Mount Sheridan more easily accessible to everyone. Connecting Community.