Message From Nicole
What's in the Budget Locally
City-Wide Budget Update
What's not in the Budget Locally
Graceville SCIP Parking Petition Update
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Chelmer Station Kindy Lantern Parade
Friday, 16 June
Faulkner Park Netball Courts, Graceville

Chelmer Station Community Kindy Open Day
Saturday, 17 June
6 Halsbury St, Chelmer

Chelmer-Graceville Kindy Open Day
Sunday, 18 June
40 Acacia Ave, Graceville

Corinda State School Festival of Nations
10am-4pm, Saturday 29 July
Corinda State School

St David's Church Fete
10am-2pm, Saturday 29 July
St David's Church, Chelmer

Midwinter's Family Day
10am - 3pm
Saturday, 18 June
South Brisbane Cemetery

Oxley Creek Catchment Assoc General Meeting
5:30pm, Tuesday, 27 June
Oxley Creek Common, Sherwood Road, Rocklea

Babies, Books and Rhymes
Fridays 9.30am
Corinda Library

Mondays 11.30am
Annerley Library

Wednesdays 11am
Fairfield Library

Toddler Time
Wednesdays 9.30am
Corinda Library

Mondays, 10am
Annerley Library

Wednesdays, 11-11.30am
Fairfield Library

Children's Storytime
Thursdays 9.30am and Saturday 9.30am
Corinda Library

Tuesdays 10am
Annerley Library

Fridays 11am
Fairfield Library

Chelmer Station Kindy Lantern Parade
5pm Friday 17 June
Faulkner Park Netball Courts, Graceville

Book Launch - Angela and Her Boys by Helga Parl
10:30am Saturday 18 June
Fairfield Library

Friends of Sherwood Arboretum AGM
10:30am Sunday 19 June
Meet near Joseph Street garden shed
Sherwood Arboretum

Chelmer-Graceville Kindergarten Open Day
9 - 11:30am Friday 17 June
Chelmer-Graceville Kindergarten
40 Acacia Ave, Graceville

St Joseph's Fete
9am - 3pm Sunday 17 July
St Joseph's Primary School
28 Clewley St, Corinda

Fairfield Library

Superstar Grandmas and Mega-rad Grandads storytime
10:30-11:30am, Thursday, 15 June
Bring a grandma or a grandad along and share in this great story and craft. Ideal for children aged 3-5 years and their grandparents

Library e-books for Androids and iPads*
2-3:30pm, Friday, 16 June
Basic device skills required

iPad help*
2-3:30pm, Friday, 23 June
Bring your own iPad and Apple account details. Basic iPad skills required

Toonworld workshop*
1:30-2:15pm, Thursday, 29 June
meet fun characters and design wonderful heroes while defending the lands against the evil Rubbix and his rampaging stickmen army. Ideal for children aged 5-8 years

Annerley Library

iPad skills two*
10:30am-12pm, Saturday, 17 June
Bring your own iPad and Apple ID account details

Children's literary film tie-in event: Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul*
3:30-4:30pm, Friday, 23 June
Join in the fun and test yourself with trivia and activities to celebrate the film release. Ideal for children aged 8-12 years.

Eric Carle creatures*
3:30-4:30pm, Monday, 26 June
Create your own creepy crawly artwork exploring the collage techniques used to illustrate Eric Carle's picture books. Ideal for children aged 3-8 years

Dudley Doo's Big Fishing Adventure*
10-11am, Tuesday, 27 June
Join author Karyn Jane Handran as she shares her book Dudley Doo's Big Fishing Adventure in this special storytime and then make your own mouse ears. Ideal for children aged 4-7 years

Drop in and meet NAO*
10-11am, Friday, 30 June
See how this amazing humanoid robot can sense its environment and interact with people using surprisingly lifelike gestures and movement.

Corinda Library

Email skills one*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday, 21 June
Basic computer and internet skills required

History talk: Year of (forgotten) disasters - Brisbane 1864*
1-2pm, Saturday, 24 June
Join historian Duncan Richardson in this fascinating talk about Brisbane in the year 1864

Meet Stephanie Bennett*
10:30-11:30am, Tuesday, 27 June
Stephanie Bennett, author of The Gatton Murders and The Murder of Nellie Duffy will talk about these murders and her current research into other Queensland historical crime

What's the Joke with Andy Jones*
2:30-3:30pm, Tuesday, 27 June
Using guitar, drums and fun props, Andy will show you how to deliver a punch line, create a joke, use gross humour and laugh until your sides ache!

Internet skills one*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday, 28 June
Basic computer skills are required

Sphero robots in space*
2-3:30pm, Thursday, 29 June
Create your own solar system by programming Sphero to orbit the sun. No prior programming experience required. Ideal for children aged 9-12 years

Maker space*
2-4pm, Friday, 30 June
Drop into the library to try your hand at crafts using picture book covers. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years

Tai Chi
8-9am, Tuesdays
Sherwood Arboretum

Low impact fitness and pilates*
9:30-10:30am, Thursdays
Bring a yoga mat.
Graceville Riverside Parklands

Womens only swimming & water safety*
11:45am - 12:45pm, Saturdays
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Deep water Running/Aqua Aerobics
11-11:45am, Saturdays
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

7:30-8:30am, Saturdays
Sherwood Arboretum

Beginner Swimming and Water Safety for Adults*
11:45am-12:45pm, Saturdays
Yeronga Park Pool

Aqua Aerobics
11-11:45am, Saturdays
Fun water workout suitable for all fitness levels
Yeronga Park Pool

9-10am, Wednesdays
Yeronga Memorial Park

Tai Chi
8-9am, Sundays
Robinson Park, Fairfield

8:45-9:45am, Fridays
Captain Burke Park, Kangaroo Point


Swiss Ball and Pilates*
9:30-10:30am, Mondays
(not on school or public holidays)
Low intensity, easy workout. Contact Jenny on 0410 010 316 to book.
Chelmer Community Centre

NIA Dance
1:30-2:30pm, Wednesdays
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre

Cycle Through History*
9:30-11:30am, Mon, 19 June
Enjoy a 10km cycle through time, learning about historic homes and interesting places and people in the Graceville area.
Gordon Thomson Park, Chelmer

ACT-ivate Children's Club (Junior 3-4 years)*
3:30-4:30pm, Wednesdays
Using balls, hoops, parachutes, tunnels, jumping sacks, puppets, storybooks, costumes and music, participants will explore all the different ways their growing bodies can move.
Sherwood Arboretum

ACT-ivate Children's Club (Senior 5-10 years)*
3:30-4:30pm, Wednesdays
Come and play ball games, brave the obstacle courses and relays, enjoy sack and egg and spoon races, participate in drama based interactive games and much more!
Sherwood Arboretum

Kindy Dance
9:30-10:30am, Tuesdays
Children will learn different movement patterns and dance moves, along with plenty of fun dance based games.
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson

Items marked with * require bookings.

Contact the relevant library or
3403 8888.

Hi everyone 

The Council budget for 2017-18 was handed down today and it is slightly better than last year in terms of local projects. 

The City-wide budget focuses on road resurfacing and a number of local streets will be resurfaced next year. 

However, there is no money for new drainage or backflow valves, no money for traffic safety projects, no money for new bikeways, and only a small amount for parks projects.

However, there is one glimmer of hope and I want to thank every single resident who spoke up about the pedestrian safety projects around our local schools. One of the three we requested, at Corinda State School, has been funded. I will continue to fight for upgrades to Graceville State School, Christ the King and Yeronga State School next year.  

As always, I will ensure that the small amount of discretionary funds, for footpaths, parks and community groups are stretched as far as possible. 

More details about what is in the budget and what wasn't funded are noted below. 

Regards, Nicole


Safe School Travel

  • Corinda State School $64,000

Road Resurfacing

  • Allambi Crt, Corinda $37,000
  • Athol St, Yeronga $48,000
  • Brisbane Corso, Yeronga $318,000
  • Davison St, Graceville $41,000
  • Douglas St, Yeronga $63,000
  • Gilbert St, Fairfield $50,000
  • Halsbury St, Chelmer $139,000
  • Honour Ave, Graceville $543,000
  • Kingman Lane, Corinda $20,000
  • Moolabin Cres, Yeerongpilly $39,000
  • Neata St, Corinda $74,000
  • Oriana Cres, Yeronga $26,000
  • Otaki Rd, Yeronga $64,000
  • Polly St, Annerley $24,000
  • Strickland Tce, Sherwood $118,000
  • Sydney St, Fairfield $56,000
  • Taunton St, Annerley $66,000
  • Tennyson Memorial Ave, Yeerongpilly $370,000
  • Tiverton St, Annerley $54,000

Kerb and Channel

  • Eversley Tce, Yeronga $93,000
  • Mearns St, Fairfield $47,000

Festivals and Grants

  • Sherwood Community Festival 
  • Peaks to Point Festival
  • Lord Mayor's Suburban Initiative Fund $55,000

Parks and Footpaths

  • Faulkner Park, Graceville toilet refurbishment $43,000
  • Sherwood Arboretum access and tree projects $203,000
  • new footpaths (including widening of the Acacia St footpath outside Graceville State School), playground and minor parks improvements $448,000
  • Fairfield Rd, Yeronga footpath upgrade $91,000

Vegetation Management

  • Hall Ave, Oxley Creek Corinda $16,000
  • Pratten St, Corinda $29,000

Oxley Creek Vision

Secrecy still surrounds the Lord Mayor's promise to spend $100 million developing economic precincts along the banks of Oxley Creek. As locals know, Oxley Creek is highly degraded and neglected by Council. If this funding was going into rehabilitating and revegetating the Creek, to improve the health of the waterway corridor, this would be positive. 

Instead, to date, the Lord Mayor has established a private company, that is not accountable to Council, and is comprised of three developers/property professionals and our own Anne Clark from OCCA, to manage the project. This year, $5.4 million has been budgeted for unknown works. Every week in the Parks and Environment Committee, I ask questions about this project, but it is shrouded in secrecy and the Chairman, Cr McLachlan, refuses to answer questions or provide any details. I am pursuing this matter, as the future of Oxley Creek is a huge issue for our community.


  • New watersport activities along the Brisbane River, including a new precinct at Dutton Park $8million
  • Juliet St, Ipswich Rd, Annerley intersection upgrade $1.86 million
  • Oxley Rd/Oxley Station Rd, Oxley intersection upgrade $378,000
  • Sherwood Rd at Abercrombie St, Rocklea intersection upgrade $133,000



Budget at a Glance

  • average rates increase 2.4% (owner occupier households) or $9.41 per quarter
  • pensioner rates rebates - full pensioners $990 and part pensioners $462
  • $90 million for road resurfacing
  • $69 million for libraries
  • $123 million for public transport
  • $49 million for the Brisbane Metro
  • $94 million for drainage
  • $130 million for suburban parks
  • $131 million for waste management
  • $223,000 for Kingsford Smith Drive
  • $9.5 million for Inner City Bypass widening
  • $30 million for Lytton Rd/Wynnum Rd widening
  • $81 million for Telegraph Rd widening
  • $1.8 million for flashing warning signs
  • $18 million for suburban intersection improvements
  • $10 million for Mt Cootha Adventure Precint
  • $8 million for river projects, including new non-motorised water sport precinct at Dutton Park
  • $5.9 million to maintain Council's 100% carbon neutral footprint
  • $2.4 million for Koala Research Centre at Lone Pine Sanctuary

Click here to view the budget online.

Comparative Budget at a Glance

Projects City-wide
Average per ward
Dog off-leash areas 544,000 0 21,000
Bikeways 27.6m 0 1m
Drainage and backflow valves 22.4m 0 861,000
School safety projects 989,000 64,000 38,000
Kerb and channel 13.4m 140,000 515,000
Footpath repairs 6.5m 91,000 250,000
Playgrounds and Parks 9.8m 250,000 376,000
Suburban traffic projects 28.2m 0 1.08m
Road resurfacing 90m 2.15m 3.46m



Each year, as your local Councillor, I put together a budget submission based on feedback from local residents, community groups, schools, Council officers and my own observations.

Some of the projects the Lord Mayor has refused to fund, in some cases for several years, include:

  • dozens of local road safety projects;
  • safe school travel projects including around Graceville and Yeronga State Schools;
  • footpath repairs to major pedestrian thoroughfares including Sherwood Rd and Oxley Rd;
  • a new Sherwood Rd dedicated off-road bikeway and footpath;
  • Annerley Junction and Graceville Fiveways shoping centre improvements;
  • backflow valves and local drainage for Yeronga, Fairfield, Graceville, Chelmer and Tennyson;
  • additional local bus services;
  • intersection upgrades - Oxley Rd / Cliveden Ave, Corinda, Graceville Fiveways,  and Ipswich Road/Venner Road;
  • Widening (not raising) the low rail bridge at Sherwood/Corinda; and 
  • the Venner Rd freight bypass.

I will keep fighting for important local projects in next year's budget. A full copy of my local budget submission is available upon request from my office.