Message From Nicole
State Government Consults on Future of Yeronga TAFE Site
Lloyd Rees Park Signage Now Installed
Portable Flashing Speed Sign for Yeronga SHS  
What's On - Local Events
It's Magpie Season!
Don't Miss the Garage Sale Trail
Brisbane International - 31 Dec to 7 Jan
Road and Construction Works
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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


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.

Sphero robots in space*
9:30-11am, Wed, 27 Sep
Ideal for children aged 9-12 years.

Growing indoor plants successfully*
9:30-11:30am, Fri, 6 Oct
Learn which plants will do well in different situations, the best potting mixes and fertilisers and how to acclimatise new plants for a long and happy life indoors. Presented by horticulturalist, Brian Sams.

BYOB (Bring your own baby) book club*
9:15-10am, Mon, 9 Oct
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. Join in to discuss great books in good company.

Internet skills one*
10-11:30am, Tues, 10 Oct
Basic computer skills are required.

Internet skills two*
10-11:30am, Tues, 17 Oct
Basic computer and internet skills are required.


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.

Book chat
1-2pm, Wed, 27 Sep
In September, read and discuss The Promise Seed by Cass Moriarty. New members welcome.

FBI: Fairfield book investigators kid's club
3:30-4:30pm, Wed, 27 Sep
In September, read and discuss Marge in Charge by Isla Fisher. Ideal for children 6-11 years.

Social media basics*
2-3:30pm, Fri, 29 Sep
2-3:30pm, Fri, 6 Oct
Basic computer and internet skills required.

Live performance: Red Rocket 3*
2:30-3:30pm, Fri, 29 Sep
Enjoy live music, sing-a-longs, interactive games and a whole lot of fun. Ideal for children aged 3-10 years.

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

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

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

Lantern Making and Sunset Adventure Walk*
3-5pm, Sat, 16 Sep
Come and enjoy the great outdoors and make your own unique lantern. 
Yeronga Memorial Park


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


Kindy Dance
9:30-10:30am, Tuesdays
Ken Fletcher Park

Fitness Bootcamp*
9-10am, 16 and 22 Sep
Fehlberg Park, Yeronga

Revolutions Skateboarding Clinic
10:30am-12pm, 20 and 27 Sep
Learn to skateboard in a fun, safe and easy environment.
J.F. O'Grady Park, Fairfield

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-9am, 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

Items marked with * require bookings if not stated otherwise.

Contact the relevant library or
3403 8888.


Yesterday the High Court approved the commencement of the postal plebiscite for marriage equality. Over the next month, you will be sent a letter from the Federal Government asking you to vote yes or no to the following question "should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?".

I encourage everyone to have their say in the plebiscite and consider voting yes. I strongly believe that human rights should not be restricted by a person's gender, race, age or sexual orientation. Everyone should be equal before the law and the fact that two people of the same gender who love each other can't marry because a Federal Government law, the Marriage Act, says they can't in my view is wrong. I will be voting yes and I hope you do to.  

25 countries around the world have recognised marriage equality, including our nearest neighbour New Zealand and conservative nations, like Ireland. Brisbane City Council, is one of more than 40 Council's around Australia that also supports marriage equality, giving real meaning to one of our Council's core values, inclusivity.  

I would much rather our Federal parliament simply voted, as they have done more than 20 times since the Marriage Act was introduced in 1961 and saved taxpayers the $122m cost of the survey, but it's going ahead and it's now time to speak up.

On a much sadder note, I am sorry to say there was a vicious dog attack at Graceville two weeks ago involving two wandering dog with no collars. I am sure the owners of these dogs, who killed another resident's beloved family pet would never have thought such a thing could happen. Dogs are required to be on leads at all times unless in a designated dog-off leash area. Council does conduct patrols from time to time and you can be fined. Please also take the time to check your fence and ensure that your dogs cannot get out of your yard. I thank you for your assistance with this matter.

Regards, Nicole

The State Government has commenced public consultation on the future of the Yeronga TAFE site on the corner of Villa St and Park Rd, Yeronga.
The following two public consultations are scheduled:
  • 10am-12pm, Saturday, 9 September
  • 6-8pm, Thursday, 14 September
You can also have your say online here.
The good news is that initial discussions with EDQ indicates that additional land will be provided to Yeronga State High School for their future needs and that the Yeronga Community Centre could be permanently housed on site. This would be a great outcome for our community. The site is currently zoned for educational purposes and, prior to the School and TAFE uses, it originally formed part of Yeronga Memorial Park.
I am strongly in favour of retaining the site for Yeronga State High School's needs and broader educational purposes, and as a permanent home for the Yeronga Community Centre. Some extra parkland would be a great outcome too. I do not support further residential development on the site, especially more high rise units. I encourage you to go online or attend the upcoming public consultation sessions and proudly support the local high school and Community Centre.

The park name sign and history panel is now installed in newly named Lloyd Rees Park between Stevens and Paragon Streets, Yeronga.

The renowned artist, who grew up in Yeronga, is best known for his landscapes featuring the built environment and the effects of light. He won numerous art prizes from 1950 and was awarded an Order of Australia in 1985. Despite failing eyesight, Rees painted until he died in Hobart, Tasmania aged 93.

Thank you to everyone who joined me at the naming celebration and to those who gave feedback on the park name.

Council's flashing portable speed sign is now installed on Villa St, Yeronga 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 slowdown 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.



The bi-annual St Sebastian's Primary School Fete is on again with all the attractions you love to experience at your local school fete. Bring your family and friends and come for lunch, stay for dinner and enjoy the gourmet and street food on offer. There will be rides and activities for kids of all ages, vintage treasures, a 2nd hand book store, a bar and cafe, live entertainment, raffles, games, craft, animals and more. Don't miss the FUN! I hope to see you there.


The Yeronga Bushcare Group has been re-establishing native habitat along the Brisbane River. So far, around 500 plants have been planted.  Our next working bee is to establish butterfly habitat and encourage butterflies and other native pollinators.  We have an expert (Helen Schwencke) on establishing gardens for our native butterflies in backyards and in bushland. Come along for her practical advice, a short, guided walk of the riverbank area, plus help plant species especially selected for attracting butterflies.

When:  Saturday, 23rd September, 8.00am (2 -3hrs).
Where: Corner of Anita St and The Esplanade, Yeronga, along the riverbank and parkland strip.
What to bring:  Yourself, and if you have them, gardening gloves and/or a small trowel.  Wear suitable clothing and shoes.   We will be providing: Refreshments (tea, coffee, water, biscuits), gardening reference books, basic tools.

Come along to the Oxley Movie in the Park for a FREE screening of The Secret Life of Pets on Saturday, 23 September at Oxley Bowls Club, Englefield Rd, Oxley. Live music, food and drinks will be available from 5pm with the movie starting at 6:45pm. I hope to see you there!

Between July and December some of Brisbane's native bird species, particularly Magpies, may become defensive and swoop people who venture too close to their nesting site.

Most magpies and other swooping bird species will accept the presence of people within their territories, however when attacks do occur, they usually take place within a one hundred metre radius around the tree containing the nest.

While Magpies are a nuisance, they are protected under the State Wildlife Legislation (Nature Conservation Act 1992) and therefore, cannot be moved or harmed by Council. If you notice a Magpie or other bird species is swooping, please let my office know and we can ask Council to erect warning signage at the location. My office can be contacted on 3403 8605 or, after hours, contact the Council Call Centre on 3403 8888. 

In the meantime, there are several things you can do to try and discourage magpies from nesting in your yard. Ensure you:

  • do not feed magpies, ensure no scraps of food or rubbish are left lying around
  • remove unnecessary sources of water from the backyard (if magpies are causing a nuisance)
  • do not remove nests or eggs and never touch a young bird. If you are concerned for the safety of the young, phone Council's Native Animal Ambulance on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625)
  • do not disturb the birds when there are fledglings in the nest
  • do not throw objects, at the bird or destroy the nest as this will increase their defence efforts
The Garage Sale Trail is on again this year from Saturday, 21 to Sunday, 22 October.
Garage Sale Trail allows those looking to sell their items to register their address, opening times and items for sale online, so those looking to buy can map out their route for a weekend of bargain hunting!
Garage Sale Trail is run by Australian not-for-profit, Garage Sale Trail Foundation, which is on a mission to create positive social and environmental change. Big change begins with small actions and sustainability is best when it's fun and social.
So, if you're looking to sell or buy some pre-loved goods, visit the Garage Sale Trail website here to register and/or keep up to date. 

The Brisbane International is being held from 31 December to 7 January, 2018. All residential streets within 1km of the stadium will be subject to 1hr parking restrictions, residents and their visitors excepted.

This affects residents in Tennyson, Yeerongpilly and Yeronga who live within the Qld Tennis Centre Parking Area. Each street within the Parking Area is delineated via the newly installed yellow signs under each street sign and the existing signs on major roads. You can also see a map of the precinct here.

If you reside within a designated street, you can apply for a permit from my office at Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre, 180 Fairfield Rd, Fairfield during December. When applying, please bring a copy of the current vehicle registration certificate for each vehicle registered to the property and a rates notice or utiility bill. 



From August to November, Council will begin investigation works associated with the proposed Juliette Street and Ipswich Road intersection upgrade in Annerley.

The works will involve:

  • topographic and environmental surveys
  • geotechnical investigation and testing
  • identification of public utility service locations, which may involve potholing.

Investigation works are planned to be carried out intermittently from August to November, from Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 5am. These works will predominantly be undertaken at night to meet traffic permits and when traffic volumes are lowest to ensure safety and to minimise disruptions. Where day works are required they will take place between 7am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Residents and businesses close to the intersection may see surveyors on site and hear some noise from the investigation works, which may include potholing, saw cutting and jack hammering. Council will make every effort to complete the noisiest works by 11pm where possible, to minimise disruption while these investigations are taking place.

Further information will be provided to the local community about the design and construction, as the design progresses.


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 bridge 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.