Message From Nicole
Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay
Australia Day Awards
New Footpaths for Graceville State School and St Joseph's
What's On - Local Events
Parking Permit Review
Boer War Service 2018
Special Olympics Australia National Games 2018
Sherwood Place
Clean Up Australia Day 2018
Road and Construction Works
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Items marked with * require bookings.

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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


eBay and Gumtree basics*
11am-12:30pm, Wed, 7 Feb
Basic computer and internet skills required.

Second Saturday book club*
2-3pm, Sat, 10 Feb
For February, read and discuss The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood.

Internet skills one*
11am-12:30pm, Wed, 14 Feb
Basic computer skills are required.

Library Lovers' Day*
2:30pm-3pm, Wed, 14 Feb
Join us for a cuppa and share your love of books and reading at a celebration of libraries and all the wonderful things your local library contributes to the community.

Internet skills two*
11am-12:30pm, Wed, 21 Feb
Basic computer and internet skills are required.

Meet Janet Akroyd-Stuart*
10:30-11:30am, Tues, 27 Feb
Join Janet Akroyd-Stuart as she discusses her experiences researching and writing Half a World Away. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Janet to sign.

Library e-books and downloads*
11am-12:30pm, Wed, 28 Feb
Bring your own device, library card and email account details.

Smartphone skills*
11am-12:30pm, Wed, 7 March
Perfect for the first time user. Bring your own smartphone.

Aqua Yoga
9:30-10:30am, Fridays
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Aqua Dance2BFit
5-6pm, Wednesdays
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Beginner Swimming Program for Adults*
1:15-2:15, Saturdays
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Aqua Aerobics
2:15-3pm, Saturdays
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Deep Water Aqua Running
9:30-10:30am, Sundays
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Fitness 4 Mums*
9:30-10:30am, Mondays
Sherwood Arboretum

Tai Chi
8-9am, Tuesdays
Sherwood Arboretum

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

Senses Alive: see, hear, touch nature*
10am-12pm, Wednesday, 28 February
Sherwood Arboretum


NIA Dance
1:30-2:30pm, Wednesdays
From 21 Feb
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre

Kayaking - Paddling Moon River*
6-9pm, Monday, 26 February
Graceville Riverside Parklands

Swiss Ball and Pilates*
9:30-10:30am, Mondays
Chelmer Community Centre


ACT-ivate Children's Club (Junior 3-4 years)*
3:45-4:45pm, 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)*
3:45-4:45pm, 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
Ken Fletcher Park

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

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

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

Some exciting news for sports lovers! The Commonwealth Games Baton Relay will be heading along Oxley Rd from Gordon Thomson Park, Chelmer to the Sherwood Arboretum on Good Friday, 30 March 2018.

There will be major road closures along the route between approx 4-6pm and a fun event with music, food and games for the kids in the Sherwood Arboretum. More details about the event, road closures and baton runners are noted below. You will need to plan ahead to view the baton being carried along Oxley Rd or come down to the Sherwood Arboretum to see local resident and Olympic and Commonwealth Games legend, Susie O'Neill, run the torch into the Arboretum. There's a few other sporting superstars and local residents who have made a significant contribution to the community who will be running along the route too.

I am partnering with the Sherwood AFL Club to host a Movie in the Park on Friday, 23 March, 2018. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will start at sunset. You are welcome to bring a picnic and the Club will also be hosting a BBQ with drinks available to purchase from the bar. Help support one of our fabulous local sporting clubs and have a great night out with your family and friends. 

I hope to see you at both events.

Regards, Nicole.


As part of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018, the Queen's Baton Relay will be travelling through Tennyson Ward.

As the baton travels through the Ward, road closures will be in place between 4pm and 6pm on Good Friday, 30 March from Gordon Thomson Park, Chelmer along Wharf St, Oxley Rd, Sherwood Rd, Dewar Tce and Jolimont St. You can view a map of the baton's path and road closures here. Please ensure you plan ahead and take into account any road closures on the day.

While the baton is travelling through the Ward, residents are more than welcome to view the Baton bearers along their route. Baton bearers comprise local residents, distinguished Queenslanders and sporting legends, including Olympic swimmer and local Suzie O'Neill who will run the last leg into Sherwood Arboretum. Paraolympian Gerrard Gosens will run through his local suburb, Graceville and there are a few special guests, including Olympic great, Tracey Wickham and Professor Ian Frazer. You can view a list of the Baton Bearers and their schedule here.

As part of the event, a community celebration will be held at the Sherwood Arboretum from 5-7pm on Good Friday where the local community can view the baton and engage with baton bearers, while enjoying food, music, stalls and games for the kids. 

If you live east of Oxley Rd, to access the Sherwood Arboretum on the day, you will need to divert via Jerrold St, Quarry Rd and Dewar Tce, Sherwood to avoid the road closure at Sherwood Rd, between Oxley Rd and Dewar Tce, as well as part of Dewar Tce and Jolimont St. Plan ahead, so you don't get stuck!

The Queen's Baton Relay takes a message from the Queen through the Commonwealth to the Opening Ceremony of the Games. The QBR will travel 129 kilometres through Brisbane, starting on Good Friday 30 March, 2018 travelling from Brighton to Sherwood and finishing on Easter Saturday, 31 March, 2018 travelling from Chandler to South Bank.



The 'Local Heroes' Australia Day Community Service Awards were held on Australia Day at the Oxley Bowls Club to recognise the relentless work of our prominent local volunteers.

There are so many unsung heroes from all walks of life in our community who work behind the scenes to build and strengthen their neighbourhood and our district, and this award was created to ensure they are recognised in our local community for their efforts.

This year, I had the honour of presenting the following extremely hardworking community members with their award:

  • Anele Kanas, Sherwood Community Festival
  • Jane Leonforte, Asperger Services Australia
  • Sonia Reis, Sherwood Scout Group
  • Frank Sauter, Oxley Bowls Club and Rotary Club of Oxley
  • Pauline Sinclair, Sherwood Scout Group
  • Alexander and Elizabeth Dewberry, Brisbane Motorcycle Street Feed
  • Maurice Murphy, contribution to naming 'Ed Kuepper Park'
  • Brian Tovey, Oxley Neighbourhood Watch and Sherwood Meals on Wheels

A big thank you to all the volunteers from Club Oxley, Rotary, Lions, Oxley NHW and CWA for helping make the Australia Day Pool Party such a success.


I would also like to congratulate all those who received a Lord Mayor's Australia Day Award that recognises those who have gone above and beyond to help contribute to a friendly and strong community. This year, two hardworking volunteers making a difference in the Tennyson Ward were recognised - Una Gray who received Senior Citizen of the Year for years of dedication to the Inala Meals on Wheels and Pillowcases for Oncology Kids and for her participation in the local Rotary Club, Probus and National Seniors Australia.  Dee Douglas also received an Achievement Award  for her work with Toastmasters and the  Rotary Club of Brisbane Taylor Bridge.


The Tennyson Ward was honoured to have two residents awarded with the Order of Australia this year. Congratulations to:

  • Mr David Bevan for significant service to public administration in Queensland through oversight, accountability and administrative justice roles, and to the law; and
  • Ms Suzie O'Neill for significant service to swimming at the elite level, as a mentor and role model, and to the community through support for charitable organisations.

St Joseph's

A new footpath has been installed along Martindale St, between Railway Tce and Clara St outside St Joseph's Primary School, after a disabled resident raised the lack of safe access and the school crossing. The remaining section will be done when future funding is available. 

Graceville State School

I am pleased to have funded a new, wider footpath outside Graceville State School to allow for easier access to the drop-off zone and crossing. The School is an active travel school and the wider footpath will improve safety for children walking to school. We are still fighting for refuges around the school. Now that the new State Member has been appointed as the Transport and Main Roads Minister, I'm hoping he will help me to pressure Council into funding this important project. 

Sherwood Football Club Movie in the Park
Come along for a free screening of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 at Sherwood Football Club from sunset on Friday, 23 March. Bring a rug or a chair and enjoy food and drinks while watching a movie under the stars. I hope to see you there!

Meet the Melbourne Rebels
As part of the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens Carnival, UQ Junior Bullsharks will be hosting the Melbourne Rebels on Thursday, February 8th from 4-7pm.

There will be a variety of food, drinks and games available on the day including a Spiderman Jumping Castle, Westside BMW car display, a photobooth, Essential Care Dental taking mouth guard impressions, and a BBQ. Yummi Fruit Ice-Creamery will be selling ice creams and drinks, and Fire'N'Dough will be selling woodfire pizzas.

Uniforms will be available for collection on the day from the clubhouse, but you MUST have signed up online beforehand, and bring along a copy of the confirmation. Sign up online before Thursday 8th February to go into the running to win a $100 Boucher Bistro voucher!


Council has announced a review of the by-laws regarding parking permits in regulated parking areas.  In Tennyson Ward this mean parts of the suburbs of Annerley, Fairfield, Tennyson, Yeronga and Yeerongpilly.

The new rules will be open for public consultation between 12 February and 2 March, just three weeks. The Lord Mayor refused my request to extend the consultation timeframe for a few weeks to ensure all residents are aware of the changes. 

There are some really good aspects to the new rules, but also some changes that are likely to have adverse impacts in some areas. You can view the details on Council's website here from Monday or contact my office for more information.

Here are some of the key changes:

  • parking permits will be digital (no paper permit or sticker issued)
  • parking permits can be applied for online, by phone or over the counter
  • new permits for carers and health workers will be available
  • new short term permits (3 months) for construction will be allowed
  • permits for businesses in residential areas will be allowed
  • residents in new unit developments built after 31 March, 2015 in regulated parking areas will be ineligible for parking permits.

Here are some issues you may like to include in your submission:

  • the permits should be free - residents should not have to pay to park in their own streets
  • suburb wide permits (rather than nominated streets) may cause adverse parking impacts in streets near busy major institutions and businesses
  • suburb wide permits (rather than nominated streets) may impact on residents who live on a suburb boundary
  • no online temporary permit process has been announced while an application is pending approval
  • residents in units built after 31 March, 2015 will not be eligible for parking permits and many do not have on-site parking, due to the inadequate provision of parking for units under City Plan 2014.

I encourage all residents who live in the Dutton Park/PA Regulated Parking Area and the Tennis Centre Regulated Parking Area to review the new rules and speak up. You can email your feedback to Council or send your views to my office at by close of business Friday, 2 March. I look forward to hearing from you.


The Annual Boer War Memorial Service was held on Thursday, 1 February to commemorate the 115th anniversary of all who lost their lives during the battle of Onverwacht, South Africa, during the Anglo Boer War in 1902.

Sherwood has one of the oldest Boer War Cemeteries in Australia, honouring the 13 men from the local community who lost their lives in the battle. Every year, the students from Corinda State High School and Ermelo High School in South Africa exchange letters and messages to commemorate veterans on both sides of the conflict.

Each year, the Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL conducts an essay competition for Corinda State High School Students. This year's winner of the competition is Anh-Thu Tran and you can read her essay online here.

Congratulations to Daisy Brown and Willow Hersant who have been invited to the 2018 Special Olympics Australia National Games for equestrian! Both Daisy and Willow have trained extremely hard over the years at EquusTerra in Yeronga and I wish them all the best. To help support the girls, you may donate to Daisy here and Willow here.
From 16-20 April 2018, 1,000 athletes with an intellectual disability will come together in Adelaide to demonstrate their sporting skills in 11 sports and 1 demonstration sport. EquusTerra operates from Brisbane Corso, Yeronga and provides therapeutic horseback riding for people with physical and social disabilities to interact and bond with the horses in a fun, nurturing environment. To become involved in the program or to find out more, please visit EquusTerra's website here.

For over 20 years, Sherwood Place, formerly Sherwood Respite Service, has delivered vital services to people aged 65 and over in our community. Funded  under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), the service offers assistance with social activities, outings and domestic chores to keep local residents connected in their community by promoting independence and wellness. Sherwood Place is now part of the Prescare organisation.  

Vacancies currently exist at the day centre located at 23 Thallon Street, Sherwood on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  If you, or someone you know, is lonely or not getting out as much because of mobility issues, the staff at Sherwood Place can assist by providing friendly hospitality, activities, morning tea and lunch.

Sherwood Place also provide transport to and from home for people living in the suburbs of Chelmer, Corinda, Fairfield, Graceville, Oxley, Rocklea, Sherwood, Tennyson, Yeronga and Yeerongpilly. 

Referrals to Sherwood Place are through My Aged Care on 1800 200 422. Staff at Sherwood Place can assist you to navigate through My Aged Care should you require. Please contact Coordinator Jan Kennedy on 3379 1051 for further information.


Every year thousands of Australians take part in Clean Up Australia Day, helping to clean up our local parks, streets, beaches and bushland, and conserve our beautiful environment.

Clean Up Australia Day 2018 Dates:

  • Community Clean Up Day Sunday, 4 March, 2018
  • Schools Clean Up Day Friday, 2 March, 2018
  • Business Clean Up Day Tuesday, 27 Feb, 2018

You can register a clean-up site or join an existing site online here. Residents registering their own site will be sent a clean-up kit, additional equipment can be purchased via the website.

At this time, the following local clean-up event is scheduled in the Tennyson Ward:

Graceville East Parks, Corner Nadine St and Graceville Ave 7:45am -10am, Sunday, 4 March
For any further enquiries, contact Brisbane's Clean Up Australia Day Event Coordinator via


Yeerongpilly Green Update

The State Government's Yeerongpilly Green development is underway and will see the existing alignments of King Arthur Terrace and Mooney Street altered during coming months. This will result in temporary changes to the way in which users circulate in the streets and surrounding areas. 

The roll out of the construction program has been designed to occur in a series of stages, which will run from late January 2018 until August 2019. 

As construction works progress, there will be major changes to the road and cycle network:
  • Mooney Street will be closed to traffic, cyclists and pedestrians;
  • Changes to vehicle access to and from Paragon and Ortive Sts;
  • A temporary cycle and pedestrian path has been constructed linking King Arthur Terrace and Ortive Street; and
  • Access to King Arthur Terrace will remain open from Softstone Street and to motorists accessing the Queensland Tennis Centre and Tennyson Reach.

The following additional network changes are planned during February and March, 2018.

  • The eastern end of King Arthur Terrace will be temporarily closed while construction of the
  • King Arthur Terrace realignment is underway.
  • Motorists travelling east along King Arthur Terrace wishing to access Fairfield Road will travel from Softstone Street via Tennyson Memorial Avenue
  • Motorists travelling south along Fairfield Road wishing to access King Arthur Terrace will do so via making a right hand turn into Palomor Road, then on to Tennyson Memorial Avenue and Softstone Street
  • Motorists travelling north on Fairfield Road wishing to access King Arthur Terrace will make a left hand turn via Palomar Road, then on to Tennyson Memorial Avenue and Softstone Street
  • A temporary vehicle access to the South Regional Business Centre will be constructed from King Arthur Terrace.
  • A new pedestrian access will be built from King Arthur Terrace to the South Regional Business Centre and Yeerongpilly Station; and
  • The temporary cycle and pedestrian path linking King Arthur Terrace and Ortive Street will remain in place until road alignment is complete.

For more details, view the construction website here