Message From Nicole
Walter Taylor Bridge Duplication
Council Grants Now Open
DA 35 Halan St, Chelmer
Portable Flashing Speed Sign for Yeronga SHS  
What's On - Local Events
Camphor Laurel Tree Update
Olympic FC Petition
Road and Construction Update
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Items marked with * require bookings.

Contact the relevant library or
3403 8888.

Babies, Books and Rhymes
Fridays 9.30
Corinda Library

Toddler Time
Wednesdays 9.30
Corinda Library

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


Science in the garden: Seed bombs*
3:30-4:30pm, Tuesday, 15 August
Satisfy curious young scientists at a workshop where they can learn about the secret life of worms, crazy creepy crawlies, insect hotels, guerrilla gardening or making 'kid' bird nests.

Meet Yvonne Matta*
10:30-11:30am, Saturday, 26 August
Join Yvonne as she shares her insights to writing and researching her book No Stone Unturned.

Library ebooks for Androids and iPads*
1:30-3pm, Saturday, 26 August
Basic device skills required. 

Keeping safe for seniors*
10:30am-12pm, Saturday, 2 September
Learn basic first aid and preventative strategies to safeguard your health.

BYOB (Bring your own baby) book club*
9:15-10am, Monday, 4 September
BYOB book club is a baby-friendly book club for parents and caregivers who are interested in joining a book club without having to organise a babysitter.

Facebook basics*
10-11:30am, Tuesday, 5 September
Basic computer skills, internet skills and an email account are required.

Smartphone skills*
10-11:30am, Tuesday, 12 September
Perfect for the first time user. Bring your own smartphone.

Roald Dahl Day*
1-2pm, Monday, 18 September! Join the fun with games and activities based on some of this much loved author's most famous books. Ideal for children aged 6-11 years.

Book-to-film event: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie*
10-11am, Tuesday, 19 September
Join in to celebrate all things Captain Underpants. Ideal for children aged 7-10 years.

Rock Pool Secrets workshop with Megan Daley*
1-2pm, Monday, 25 September
Join Megan Daley as she takes participants through her fantastic story, shares some of the unique and mysterious creatures in the book and teaches skills such as paper cutting, collage and texture to create their very own rock pool scene. Ideal for children aged 5-9 years.


Drop in and meet NAO*
4-5pm, Thursday, 17 August
NAO robot is visiting the library and looking forward to meeting you. Ideal for all ages.

Computer skills one*
2-3:30pm, Friday, 18 August
Perfect for the first time user.

Meet Christine Wells*
2-3pm, Saturday, 19 August
From the streets of Seville, Paris and London in the thirties and forties, to the modern English countryside, join author Christine Wells as she discusses her captivation novel of passion, intrigue and betrayal The Traitor's Girl.

Seniors Week Literary tea and trivia*
10-11am, Thursday, 24 August
Make friends and test your literary knowledge with trivia questions. Individuals and groups welcome.

Email skills one*
2-3:30pm, Friday, 25 August
Basic computer and internet skills required.

FBI: Fairfield book investigators kid's club
3:30-4:30pm, Wednesday, 30 August
In August, the club will read King Flashy Pants by Andy Riley. Ideal for children 6-11 years.

Internet skills one*
2-3:30pm, Friday, 1 September
Basic computer skills required.

Chickens, ducks or quail in your backyard*
2-3:30pm, Saturday, 2 September
Having chickens, ducks or quail in the backyard is easier than you think. They eat scraps, improve your garden, become backyard pets and produce fresh eggs.

Library e-books for Androids and iPads*
2-3:30pm, Friday, 8 September
Bring your own device, Apple or Google Play Store details, library card and email account details.

Facebook basics*
2-3:30pm, Friday, 15 September
Basic computer skills, internet skills and an email account are required.

Roald Dahl Day*
2-3pm, Wednesday, 20 September
Join the fun with games and activities based on some of this much loved author's most famous books. Ideal for children aged 6-11 years.

iPad skills one*
2-3:30pm, Friday, 22 September
Bring your own iPad. Bookings essential.


Meet Yvonne Matta*
10:30-11:30am, Tuesday, 22 August
Join Yvonne as she shares her insights to writing and researching her book No Stone Unturned.

Android skills one*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday, 23 August
Bring your own Android tablet.

Android skills two*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday, 30 August
Bring your own Android tablet and Google Play Store account details.

First Friday craft group
1:30-3pm, Friday, 1 September
Drop into our First Friday craft group and bring your favourite craft to work on and share.

Picnic at Hanging Rock discussion*
2-3pm, Saturday, 2 September
Now due for release as a newly adapted TV mini-series, we invite all fans to join us for a celebration of this cultural icon and its creator, Joan Lindsay.

Smartphone skills*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday, 6 September
Perfect for the first time user. Bring your own smartphone.

Second Saturday book club*
2-3pm, Saturday, 9 September
For September, read and discuss Days Without End by Sebastian Barry.

Happy soil, happy garden*
2:30-4pm, Saturday, 9 September
This workshop investigates the practical aspects of understanding and improving your garden soil to make a more productive and healthy garden. Presented by horticulturalist, Brian Sams.

Computer skills one*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday, 13 September
Perfect for the first time user.

Roald Dahl Day*
3:30-4:30pm, Thursday, 14 September
Join the fun with games and activities based on some of this much loved author's most famous books. Ideal for children aged 6-11 years.

Computer skills two*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday, 20 September
Build on your skills by learning how to create basic Word documents, find useful programs, and manage files and folders on a Windows computer.

Maker space*
2-4pm, Friday, 22 September
Drop into the libray to try your hand at crafts using picture book covers. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years.

Meet Ruth Bonetti*
10:30-11:30am, Tuesday, 26 September
Join Ruth Bonetti as she discusses her second instalment of the Back family saga Midnight Sun to Southern Cross.

Library e-books for Androids and iPads*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday, 27 September
Basic device skills required.

Fitness for Mums*
9:30-10:30am, Mondays
10 Jul-11 Sep
Sherwood Arboretum

Tai Chi
8-9am, Tuesdays
11 Jul-5 Sep
Sherwood Arboretum

Low impact fitness and pilates*
9:30-10:30am, Thursdays
13 Jul-7 Sep
Bring a yoga mat.
Graceville Riverside Parklands

7:30-8:30am, Saturdays
15 Jul-9 Sep
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Aqua Aerobics
11-11:45am, Saturdays
15 Jul-2 Sep
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Beginner Swimming Program for Adults*
11:45-12:45am, Saturdays
15 Jul-2 Sep
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Aqua Aerobics
11-11:45am, Saturdays
15 Jul to 2 Sep
Fun water workout suitable for all fitness levels
Yeronga Park Pool

Beginner Swimming and Water Safety for Adults*
11:45am-12:45pm, Saturdays
15 Jul to 2 Sep
Yeronga Park Pool

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

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

Skateboarding Masterclass*
3:30-4:30pm, Mondays
10 Jul to 11 Sep
All ages welcome
Fairfield Skate Park

Bike Maintenance and Free Tune Up*
2-4pm, Saturday, 5 August
Sherwood Arboretum (near the playground)

Yeronga Globe Trotters (walking group)
7am, Tuesdays and Thursdays
16 Dublin St, Yeronga

Kayak Explore*
11-11:45am, Saturday, 26 August
Simpsons Playground


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

Tai Chi
9-10am, Thursdays
Brisbane Corso Park, Yeronga

NIA Dance*
1:30-2:30pm, Wednesdays
23 Aug to 13 Sep
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre


ACT-ivate Children's Club (Junior 3-4 years)*
3:30-4:30pm, Wednesdays
26 April - 14 June
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
26 April - 14 June
Bookings essential. 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
11 Jul to 12 Sep
Ken Fletcher Park

All items marked with * require bookings. Please visit Council's website here to view event information and requirements.

Fairfield Writers' Group
Every second and fourth Saturday
Please call Helga on (07) 3848 1492 for more information.
Fairfield Library

Southside Community Craft Circle
Every first Tuesday
This craft group makes clothes, rugs and toys to support disadvantaged children in Queensland. New members welcome. Please call Wendy on (07) 3341 2039 for more information.
Fairfield Library

Yeronga Friendship Club
Every third Monday
Activities and outings for over 50's.
Yeronga RSL
391 Fairfield Rd, Yeronga
Ph: 3278 5720

Yeronga Men's Shed
9am 12pm Monday and Wednesday
Yeronga Uniting Church
Kingsley Pde, Yeronga

Organic Gardening Group
9am Tuesdays
Annerley Community Hub
556 Ipswich Rd, Annerley

Annerley Stephens History Group
Meets first Thursday of the month from 6.30pm
Annerley Community Hub
556 Ipswich Rd, Annerley

For more info contact
Stephen: 0417 770 176 or email
Bill: 0417 713 200 or email

Seniors Morning Tea
10am-12pm, Mondays

Seniors Gentle Yoga
9:30am-10am, Mondays

Mindful Yoga
6-7pm, Mondays
$10 waged, $5 unwaged (held at Anglican Church Hall - 24 Killarney St, Yeronga)

Community Breakfast
7:30-8:30am, Wednesdays during the school term
Everyone welcome

Computer Assistance
10-11am, Wednesdays

Guided Meditation
10-10:30am, Thursdays

Craft Group
10:30am-12pm, Thursdays

Art Classes
10:30am-12pm, Thursdays

6-7pm, Thursdays
$10 waged, $5 unwaged (held at Anglican Church Hall - 24 Killarney St, Yeronga)

Yeronga Community Centre
3848 2285
Cnr Villa St and Park Rd, Yeronga

Community Breakfast
8am-9pm, Thursdays

Community Garden
9am, Tuesdays

Annerley Hub
9am-12pm, Tuesdays

Swap Shop
9am-12pm, Tuesdays

Small Change Cafe
12-4pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays

1-2pm, Mondays

Computer Class
9am-12pm, Wednesdays

Annerley Community Hub
3848 2285
556 Ipswich Rd, Annerley

Centenery Theatre Group Performance Dates

Good Grief
9-30 September

There Goes the Bride
4-25 November

Social Group
10am-12pm, Mondays
$3 per session
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre

Graceville Social Soccer
Friday mornings from 6am to 7am
Graceville Memorial Oval
Players of all standards welcome for an easy going kick around (no hard tackles!).
Contact Paul if you would like more information: 0414 228 736

Nature Babes
9:30am - 11:30am Wednesdays
0-5yrs Playgroup
Benarrawa CDA
79 Waratah Ave, Graceville
Ph: 3379 9925 or email

Oxley Chelmer History Group Meeting Dates
11 August
15 September
20 October
1 December (at another venue)
Sherwood Indooroopilly RSL, Corinda

English Classes
Advanced: 10am -11:30am Tuesdays
Beginner: 10am - 11:30am Thursday
Acacia Ridge Community Centre

Parenting Conversation Corners
1:30 - 2:30pm Thursdays
Indooroopilly Uniting Church

Western Suburbs Asperger Support Group
7pm on the 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month
Jane 0448 909 863
St Matthews Church Hall, Sherwood

Chelmer Speakers Group
Learn to speak in public and enjoy it
Sherwood AFL Club
41 Chelmer Street East, Chelmer Brisbane Qld 4075

Ukulele Community Group
2pm - 4pm Sundays
Ph: Ian on 0439 715 144
Corinda State School

Sherwood Senior Citizens' Club
9am-12pm Every Thursday
Uniting Church Hall, Cnr Sherwood Rd and Thallon St, Sherwood

Morning tea at 9am followed by group meeting and activities
For more information ph: Margaret 0407 075 446

Rotary Club Taylor Bridge
Tuesdays 6:30pm
Corinda State High School
Ph: 3379 2002 for more details.

Chelmer and District Probus Club
9.45am Every fourth Tuesday of month
Corinda Bowls Club, Hall Avenue
Kathy - 3379 7237 for more details

Sherwood Probus Club
Every 3rd Friday of month
Magpies AFL Club
Chelmer St E, Chelmer
3372 7525 for more details

Oxley Creek Common Carers
Tuesdays 7-9am
Volunteer weeding group
Meet at the red shed
Sherwood Rd, Rocklea
Ph 0429 911 555

Gardening Club
10am every second Tuesday
Acacia Ridge Community Centre

Sherwood Arboretum Working Bee
8am - 10am every third Sunday of the month
Joseph Street Garden Shed, Sherwood

Graceville Community Garden
Sundays 7am
Benarrawa Community Centre
79 Waratah Ave, Graceville
Ph: 3379 9925

Items marked with * require bookings if not stated otherwise.

Contact the relevant library or
3403 8888.


Hi everyone

I wanted to start with some good news for Vegemite lovers.  Over the past week there have been two studies reported in the media showing Vegemite helps reduce stress and helps make healthy babies. Apparently its all those B group vitamins in the 100 year old Australian favourite.

Council grants are now open for a range of environmental and community groups and more will be progressively opening in coming weeks. Keep an eye on them on Council's website here.  If your group needs a letter of support please do not hesitate to let me know.   

Please join me on Sunday at 10.50am at the Sherwood Indooroopilly RSLA Sub-branch for the annual Kokoda Day memorial service. This special event recognises the service of the brave Australians from the 49th Battalion and the 2/14 and 2/16th AIFs who served in PNG defending our country.    

Next Tuesday the Stephen's RSL Sub-branch also hosts Victory in the Pacific or VP Day which commemorates the end of WW2. 10am, Tuesday 15 August, Stimpson Park, Cnr Ipswich Rd and Beaudesert Rd, Moorooka.  

Regards, Nicole.

Over recent weeks there has been a lot of discussion about the duplication of the Walter Taylor Bridge. As I am sure you know, a fair bit of this is being driven for political purposes in the lead up to the State Election. I'm thinking based on the flurry of activity its sooner rather than later! 
It is fair to say however, that the Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, simply refuses to be transparent about future planning for duplication of the Bridge and any road related upgrades. Neither the duplication of the Walter Taylor Bridge nor the upgrade of Oxley Rd is on Council's infrastructure plans for the next 10 years to 2026.  Worse, the Lord Mayor has deliberately hidden an Oxley Rd planning study called the South West Corridor Study, refusing to publicly release it, even after the Queensland Ombudsman called on him to do so. In my view this is because the problem is all on the northside of the River in Indooroopilly, in Walter Taylor Ward, held by Cr Julian Simmonds, part of the Lord Mayor's "team". 
In fact, when I spoke about the need for better consultation on planning for any future Bridge last week in Council, which I encourage you to read here (it's short) Cr Simmonds, not only the Councillor for Walter Taylor but a member of Graham Quirk's Civic Cabinet responsible for City Planning did three things. Shook his head constantly as I called for more consultation, called me a "liar" and poked his tongue out at me. I am not kidding. This is the Councillor in charge of planning for the City. It was dreadful behaviour on what is a vitally important issue to our community.  For those interested, he was not ejected from Council.
My position has been clear for many years. We need a holistic plan to deal with the low rail Bridge at Sherwood/Corinda (widen not raise), a clear plan for the Oxley Rd upgrade and any new Bridge. There are pros and cons to a major upgrade of this type and we should be talking about it and any plans for the future. Options should be released by Council with a future time frame for delivery, so our community understand the extent of the project and when it is expected.  I spoke up recently as part of the Witton Army Barracks consultation process, about the importance of proper consultaiton and you can read my submission to Council here.
In the interim I have stepped up calls for Council to undertake key intersection upgrades to improve safety and bottlenecks along Oxley Rd at the Graceville Fiveways and Cliveden Ave, Corinda. Thank you for signing the postcards and making a submission to the LGIP process a few weeks ago. If the Bridge is another 10, 20 or 50 years away we need to know and smaller, critical safety projects that will improve the flow and capacity along Oxley Rd need to be done as a priority. This includes a 50:50 funded Council and State Government project to deal with the low rail Bridge, one of the worst sources of congestion along the corridor.  
The future of Oxley Rd and any duplication of the Walter Taylor Bridge is a complex and difficult one that has huge traffic implications for our district.  Already approx 32,000 vehcile a day use Oxley Rd and the Bridge. In my view, we deserve a fair and transparent public policy planning process that is not riven with politics by any level of government.   


The Lord Mayor's Community Sustainability and Environmental Grants program 2017-18 supports community groups, non-profit organisations and registered native wildlife carers to deliver environmental and sustainable projects.

  • Native Wildlife Carer Grants: Registered wildlife carers (both individuals and non-profit organisations) can apply for grants from $200 to $5000 for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native wildlife originating from within the Brisbane Local Government Area.
  • Cultivating Community Gardens Grants: Community groups can apply for grants from $1000 to $2500 to establish, develop and maintain community gardens on Council-owned and other land.
Applications for the two grants above are now open and close on Monday, 4 September 2017. For more information including the online criteria and application forms click here.
Council also provides a range of grants programmes providing funding to help local not-for-profit organisations to develop and improve facilities and services in Brisbane.
  • Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program: helps all residents including seniors, parents with young children and people with disability and their carers to access community services and facilities such as sport, recreation, cultural and social activities. Grants of up to $50,000 are available to eligible not-for-profit community organisations.

Applications are now open and close on Monday, 11 September 2017. For more information including the online criteria and application forms click here.

  • Community Support Funding Program: offers financial assistance to not-for-profit community groups facing financial hardship and affordable housing providers in Brisbane.

Applications are now open and close on Monday, 4 September 2017. For more information including the online criteria and application forms click here.



A development application has been lodged over 35 Hanlan St, Chelmer proposing a sub-division, relocation and partial demolition of the heritage listed house, and a modern extension. 'Leswell' is a heritage listed house that was built in 1889 for the Cannan Family. It is one of the most significant remaining early dwellings in the district, having been designed by notable Queensland architects Oakden, Addison and Kemp. The house is an important example of the pattern of early settlement in the district, is of architectural merit and has played an important cultural role during its 130 year life in our community.

The house is proposed to be moved lower to the current tennis court area. A new small lot block of 407sqm would also be created off Hanlan St.

This proposal is Impact Assessable under Council's City Plan 2014 and residents can make objections. You can do this now and when the black and white notice sign is erected on the block in coming weeks. You can view all materials via Council's PD Online website here.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact my office. 


Council's flashing portable speed sign is scheduled for installation in coming weeks on Villa St, Annerley outside Yeronga State High School. 

The portable flashing lights are part of Council's programme to improve road safety around schools and other traffic hotspots. The sign shows a smiley face to vehicles travelling the speed limit and flashes a slow down warning to those speeding. Safe driving practices are extremely important around our schools, so the sign should help to quell speeding vehicles and make the area much safer for students.

The signs provides Council and the police with reliable information about traffic volumes and speeds. It has been shown to reduce traffic speeds in streets where it has been located to date by up to 10kms per hour.
The sign will stay at each location for approximately 6-8 weeks and will be continuously rotated throughout the ward.
A sign is also located on Kadumba St, Yeronga near the Uniting Church and prior to St Sebastian's School.


Sherwood Arboretum Birdwalk with Prof Hugh Possingham
Join Australia's leading ecologist to learn more about the 170 species that make their home in the Arboretum
7am Sunday, 13 August
Sherwood Arboretum, Jolimont St entry
Followed by Morning Tea $5

Queensland Seniors Week 2017
Sherwood Place by Prescare
Thursday, 24 August 2017
From 9.30am
Activities, Guest Speakers, Lunch

Graceville State School Fete
Saturday, 26 August
Graceville State School


You are invited to attend the Lord Mayor's Seniors Gala Cabaret, an afternoon of entertainment with Brisbane's talented seniors and celebrity guests. The Lord Mayor's Seniors Cabaret Showcase program recognises and celebrates the contribution our senior residents make to a vibrant, creative and inclusive Brisbane.  This year the gala is themed around the magic and music of movies, and will feature Rhonda Burchmore, Simon Gallaher and selected senior participants.

Time: 1:45pm for a 2-2:30pm performance
Date:Sunday, 26 August, 2017
Venue: Brisbane City Hall

To book call QTIX on 136 246. Tickets are $5.00.


Save the date for Oxley Creek Catchment Association's Community Tree Planting Day which will be on Saturday, 14 August. More details to come. Visit OCCA's Facebook page here for updates.

Graceville Uniting Church and Milpera State High School invite you to attend the opening of a major art exhibition by Milpera students.

To be opened by Cr Nicole Johnston, Councillor Tennyson Ward.

9.45 am, Friday 1 September 2017 at
Graceville Uniting Church
215 Oxley Road, Graceville

Celebrate the exuberant work of this unique school vibrantly displayed in this iconic heritage listed cathedral. Please join us afterwards for morning tea with the students (approx. 10.15 am) in the church grounds.

Half a Dozen Group of Artists

Annual Exhibition and Fun Day
11am Sat 9 /Sun 10 September
Hives Park, Quarry Rd, Sherwood


Oxley Movie in the Park
The Secret LIfe of Pets
Saturday, 23 September
Oxley Bowls Club

Long-term Laurel Avenue residents will recall that several of the heritage listed Camphor Laurel trees died or were subsequently removed as a result of a gas pipeline leak, which occured 3-4 years ago. The affected trees were in the vicinity of numbers 30-80 Laurel Avenue. Given the character of the area and the cultural significance of the trees, Council replaced the trees following completion of the repairs to the gas pipeline. 

However, in February, I received advice from a resident that the trees were, again, in decline. Council are now undertaking further investigation into the tree health in the Street. A full audit and assessment of all trees on the street was undertaken by Council, who are currently developing a management strategy for this historic street and its trees. I will update you once I receive the outcome of this investigation.

Help Save the Olympic FC's Womens Team 
Olympic Football Club needs your help to ensure our talented women can continue to play in the Football Queensland PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland.
Olympic FC has been a supporter of women in football for a long time, dating back to 1981. The decision by Queensland Football to refuse to licence the Olympic Football Club's Women's Team for 2018-2022 will directly affect much of our community, and will result in a decline of community engagement and sporting participation. Olympic are a local club, for local people based at Yeronga. They need your support. The female football program gives our girls the opportunity to pursue excellence in a sport they love. More importantly than that, it helps our girls to develop self-esteem, friendships and resilience. Olympic FC provides this, and so much more. Click here to sign the petition.


Cosker Street, Annerley
Repairs to the centre rockwall
Due for completion by end August 2017


Works are drawing to a close on the Graceville Rail Station Accessibility Upgrade. Barriers are being progressively removed with Appel St works still underway.

Over coming weeks Council will be reinstalling signs and lines along the new Honour Ave frontage for the bus stop, drop off zone and timed parking areas.  


The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will be undertaking nightworks between 15 August and 15 September from 7pm to 5am on the new Veloway bridge over Cornwall St,  These works will take place alongside Marquis St and over the intersection of Cornwall St and Marquis St, Greenslopes. These works will be noisy.

Works will be undertaken in two stages:

1. delivery and installaiton of the steel brige trusses
2. delivery and laying of concrete decking and general bridgeworks.

During the works temporary road closures will occur on the:

  • Cornwall St off -ramp
  • intersection of Cornwall St and Marquis St under the motorway
  • full road closure of Marquis St between Cornwall and Juliette St

Traffic controllers will be onsite to assist residents entering and exiting their properties. Detours will be posted.