Message From Nicole
Sherwood ALDI Site Update
State Consults on Oxley Secondary College Site
Graceville SCIP Parking Campaign
Kerbside Collection
Local Events
Graceville Station Upgrade Update
Gold Star Reading Program
Road Closures and Construction Works
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Babies, Books and Rhymes
Fridays 9.30am
Corinda Library

Toddler Time
Wednesdays 9.30am
Corinda Library

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

Library e-books
11am - 12pm Wednesday 11 May
Basic computer skills required. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

Songs of our Homeland: Barbod Valadi Trio
10:30am - 11:15am Saturday 14 May
This trio's unique style merges intricate Iranian melodies and rhythms with the modes, forms and harmony of Jazz music traditions.
Corinda Library

Gumtree and eBay Basics
11am - 12pm Wednesday 18 May
Corinda Library

Meet Wendy Waters
10:30 - 11:30am Tuesday 24 May
Corinda Library

Internet Safety and Security
11am - 12pm Wednesday 25 May
Corinda Library

National Simultaneous Story time
11 - 11:30am Wednesday 25 May
Corinda Library

World Kitchen: Tastes of India
12:30 - 1:30pm Saturday 28 May
Corinda Library

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

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

Gardening Club
10am every second Tuesday
Acacia Ridge Community Centre

Tai Chi
8am Tuesdays from February 2 - March 22
Jollimont St Car Park, Sherwood Arboretum

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.

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

ACT-ivate Children's Club
3.30pm - 4.30pm Fridays
Juniors (3-5yrs) and Seniors 6-10yrs
Contact 0411 246 487 for more info
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson

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

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

Oxley-Chelmer History Group Meetings 2016
17 June
19 August
16 September
21 October
2 December
RSL rooms, Clewley St, Corinda
Ph: 3379 1967 for more info

Sports for Little Kids
3:30pm - 4:30pm Wednesdays
Our coach will build confidence in sport for 3-5 year olds through learning basic physical skills (throw, catch etc.) while improving their social skills.
Sherwood Arboretum

Tabata and Cardio
5:30pm - 6:30pm Wednesdays
Full body workout
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyon

Tai Chi
8am - 9am Tuesdays
Sherwood Arboretum

Mums Fit Camp
9:30am - 10:30am Wednesdays
Graceville Riverside Parklands

9:30am - 10:30am Thursdays
Sherwood Arboretum

Boxing and Fitness Circuit
9:30am - 10:30am Wednesdays
Dunlop Park, Corinda

Fitness Circuit
3:30pm - 6:30pm Wednesdays
Sherwood Arboretum

Balance Bikes
9:30am - 10:30am Wednesdays
Children will have fun playing games and doing challenges, all while on two (or three) wheels.
Sherwood Arboretum

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

Chelmer and District Probus Club
9.30am Every fourth Wedneday of month
Corinda Bowls Club, Hall Avenue
3379 7540 for more details

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

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

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 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

GOLD: Tai Chi
1:30pm - 2:30pm Mondays
Sherwood Neigbourhood Centre

GOLD: Strength for Seniors
10:30am - 11:30am Mondays
Dunlop Park, Corinda

GOLD: Sculptural Ceramics
10am - 12:30pm Monday 18 April
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre

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3403 8888.
Hi Everyone

Work is almost complete on the handball court at Strickland Terrace Park. The concrete is in and the surfacing and line marking will be done in coming days. The court is located near the seat and tap which I hope encourages children to play with each other and get a round robin competition going. 

Thank you to residents who have signed the petition to fix the parking bays at the Bank Rd shops. Hundreds have signed but I want to leave Council in no doubt that they need to act to fix the safety and convenience issues associated with the narrow bays. More details are in the story below.  Please download and sign the petition here if you have not already. 

It is my favourite time of year with Fete season kicking off this Saturday with the traditional Sherwood State School Mother's Day Fete from 9am - 4pm! Don't miss all the fun and fabulous food. All the funds go back into our fabulous local school, so please do come along. I'll be there between about 10 and 12 noon, so please say hi.

Regards, Nicole.

P.S. our annual kerbside collection is on next week. Read on for details. 


Public notification has now commenced regarding the ALDI site at Sherwood (9-25 Lahey Close) next to the Bus Depot.

You can make a submission online until 20 May 2016. Click here, follow the prompts and enter either the street address or this application number A004271562.

The single biggest problem remains the adverse traffic impacts that are likely to occur from placing a major trip generator at this location. Access into the site will be via the bus depot entry and the turning lane over the rail bridge is limited.

The traffic estimates provided show an expected 266 (Thursday 4.15pm-5.15pm) and 443 (Saturday 10.15-11.15am) additional vehicles PER HOUR using the current intersection.  Even on a conservative estimate adding around 3,400 extra vehicles a day into an already highly congested road corridor is not safe or practical. Even if only half came towards Sherwood, that's 1,700 extra vehicles a day either rat-running through the back streets of Sherwood and Corinda or stuck at the Sherwood / Oxley Rd intersection. 

Within a one kilometre stretch there would be major retail shops at the Rocklea Markets (now under construction) and the existing shops at Sherwood and Corinda.

I appreciate that everyone would like an ALDI to provide another shopping alternative but the location is very problematic.

I urge residents who are concerned to make an online submission. Please contact my office if you would like further information.

The State Government has announced a round of public consultation including meetings and a survey to seek community feedback about the future of the Oxley Secondary School site. The site is under the control of Economic  Development Queensland (EDQ), the State's development arm. It seems likely that the State is planning to undertake a master planning project, usually involving rezoning for high rise units such as the recent Yeerongpilly Green or Northshore Hamilton sites.

EDQ will be hosting two community information sessions:

Thursday 12 May
6pm 7:30pm

Tuesday 17 May
2:30pm 4pm

Oxley Bowls Club
24A Englefield Road, Oxley

I know this is a big issue for local residents and many people spoke with me about the site during the Council elections. The good news is the State has agreed to consult the community, so it is now critical that local residents speak up about what sort of future uses would be supported by Corinda and Oxley residents living around the site.

The site is 19ha and is currently zoned for community use.

Some key questions you might like to think about:

  1. What zoning should the site have? Should it change? (Other options are parkland, sport and rec, low density residential or multi-purpose).
  2. What portion of the site should be set aside for parkland and/or sport and rec uses?
  3. What impact would zoning have on traffic and already congested local streets?
  4. Can the site be divided into separate parcels of land for different purposes?
  5. What is the future of the Kindergarten?

I urge residents to attend and speak up at one of the community consultation sessions. Be clear about what you do not support, keeping in mind the current constraints around flooding and traffic impacts. You can also make suggestions about what you think would be a good future use or mix of uses for the site.

In addition, you can  complete an online survey here to have your say.  



Brisbane City Council's $3.75 million Graceville SCIP is well underway. Currently, Council are undertaking major structural works, which are noisy and invasive.  You can read more about the current work schedule here

Parking Problems

Over the past few weeks many residents have spoken with me about safety and access concerns with the new car parking arrangements at the Graceville SCIP. In particular, the width and angles of the indented spaces in Bank Road and Honour Avenue. Council made these changes without consulting me or the business owners and traders about the parking specifications. 

For the past few weeks, I have been working with Council to make the changes based on the feedback I have received to date. Council has refused to do so, saying the traders support the current arrangements. You can read their response here. This is certainly not the feedback I have had from them. Like me, they are concerned about access and manoeuvrability and want to ensure it is safe and convenient for shoppers. 

As your spokesperson to Council, I have drafted a petition that you can download here calling on Council to widen the spaces and to change the hours to allow night time parking. We need to speak up as a community to let Council know that the current arrangements are not working and need to be changed. 

Everyone wants the SCIP to succeed, but it will be pointless if people cannot conveniently and safely access our popular local shops. 

To discuss this further, I will be holding a public meeting outside Graceville Superior Fruit on Bank Road on Wednesday, 11 May between 6pm - 7pm. Peter will remain open during this time. 

If you could sign the petition and ask your friends and neighbours to sign the petition, and return it to me by email here (a scan or photo is sufficient), or post your form to Tennyson Ward Office PO Box 6438 Fairfield QLD 4103 by Friday, 13 May 2016. Copies will be available at shops within the precinct as well. 

With your help, and a strong combined voice, I know we can convince Council to make these improvements. 


Commencing Monday, 16 May 2016, Council will be conducting a Kerbside Large Item Collection Service for Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood, Corinda and Oxley.

Items can be left on the kerbside one day prior to the collection commencement date.

Please ensure the following guidelines are observed when placing items on the kerbside for collection:

  • the piles are tidy so the footpath and/or roadway is kept clear;
  • piles are no larger than two cubic metres (equal to a small box trailer load) or individual items are not more than one metre long;
  • doors must be removed from refrigerators and cupboards;
  • no sharp or dangerous objects;
  • items must be able to be easily and safely lifted by two people.

Unacceptable items include the following:

  • vegetation, dirt, stone, bricks, potted plants;
  • construction waste;
  • asbestos;
  • car parts and tyres;
  • general household waste;
  • liquids and hazardous waste (paint, chemicals);
  • gas bottles;
  • glass and mirrors.

I look forward to seeing you at Sherwood State School's 2016 Mother's Day Fete on Saturday 7 May from 9am - 5pm for food, rides and fun. Bring your family and friends for a great day filled with stalls, performances and activities.

For more information on how you can contribute or donate items, please contact Sherwood State School on 3716 2111 or visit their facebook site here.







Join Friends of Oxley Creek Common for an Autumn Bird Walk at 7am, Sunday 22 May. Hugh Possingham will lead the walk, concluding at the RED Shed around 9:30am followed by morning tea and a short AGM. All positions will be declared vacant and nominations are welcome on the day. RSVP and gold coin donation are appreciated to assist with caterinng. Click here for more info. 


Come along and support Graceville State School at their 2016 Trivia Night on 4 June at 6:30pm. Tables are in groups of ten, but there is a maximum of 25 tables, so get in quick! Tickets are $25 each or $200 per table and include light nibbles in the foyer and a bottle of wine or beers for the table. Additional drinks and pizzas will be available for purcahse. Contact Graceville State School on 3716 2777 for more info. 


Volunteers are sought for gardening activities in Strickland Terrace Park, Sherwood. Help maintain our beautiful park and the banks of Oxley Creek. The group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9am -11am. For more information please contact Jocelyn on 3379 6021. 



The Queensland State Government's Graceville Station universal access upgrade is now underway. As a result there has been some construction impacts. While the station will remain open for regular services, some platform and station access changes have occured during a mix of both day and night time works. Commuters will be given notification of construction activities likely to cause impacts.

Night works will occur from 8pm Friday 6 May - 5am Saturday 7 May to upgrade overhead machinery. This will begin again from 2am Saturday 7 May - 3am Monday 9 May and then again from 11pm - 5am from Monday 9 - Thursday 12 May  (over four nights). This will result in a partial lane closure in Appel Street between Randolph and Evadne Streets to allow for machinery and vehicle parking.

Residents adjacent to Graceville station may experience some noise from truck movements and light pollution from mobile lighting towers.

The following streets will also receive some temporary changes to on-street parking:

  • Appel St btwn Verney Rd E and Connors St, adjacent to site compound
  • Appel St btwn Verney Rd E and Evadne St, adjacent to rail corridor
  • Honour Ave btwn Verney Rd W and Bank Rd, adjacent to station

While there have been some impacts caused by the works, measures have been taken to ensure disruptions are kept to a minimum. Your patience and cooperation is appreciated during this time.


Children across the city will discover the joys of reading when the Gold Star Reading Club program commences in Council libraries on Tuesday 3 May 2016. The Gold Star Reading Club is designed to encourage and develop reading and literacy skills in children aged 6-12 years.

Gold Star members will receive a Gold Star Reading Club activity book that includes progress charts, reading suggestions, competition entry forms and heaps of fun activities. By reading just three books of their choice and completing a reading activity each month before recording the details in their activity book, children can collect nine gold stars and monthly incentives.

Children who collect all nine gold stars are eligible to:

  • enter the major prize draw at the end of the program to win a $200 book voucher for themselves and another one for their school
  • attend their local Gold Star Reading Club awards ceremony with their families
  • receive a medallion and a certificate of achievement

This year, for the first time, the program also includes the Little Stars Reading Club, which aims to help improve the language and literacy of children aged from birth to five years. Visit your local library for more information. 

Join your local library at Corinda, Fairfield or Annerley to participate.

Please take note of the following closures and construction works:

Appel Street, Graceville
Temporary road closure
Detours in place and local access maintained 
5am - 5pm, Saturday 7 May
5am - 9pm, Sunday 8 May

White Street, Graceville
Btwn Chanter and Seng Sts
Temporary road closure - Energex works
18 May 2016

Honour Avenue, Graceville SCIP
Private works to replace awning
Cnr Rakeevan Rd and along Honour Avenue

Construction works
7pm - 5am, Sunday - Thursday

Sherwood Arboretum
Raising of Kauri Pines Concrete Planter Beds
Until Mid-May