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Clifton Hill Peace Park Playground
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Babies, Books and Rhymes
Mondays 11.30am
Annerley Library

Wednesdays 11am
Fairfield Library

Toddler Time
Mondays 10am
Annerley Library

Wednesdays 11am
Fairfield Library

Children's Storytime
Tuesdays 10am
Annerley Library

Fridays 11am
Fairfield Library

iPad Basics*
10 - 11:30am Tuesday 6 September
Bring your own iPad. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Android Tablet Basics*
1 - 2:30pm Friday 9 September
Bring your own Android tablet
Fairfield Library

Brisbane Writers Festival in the 'Burbs: Meet Rajith Savanadasa*
11 -12 Saturday 10 September
Rajith Savanadasa visits Fairfield Library to talk about Sri Lanka and a family torn apart by civil war in his debut novel, Ruins. 
Fairfield Library

iPad Settings*
10 -11:30am Tuesday 13 September
Bring your own iPad and Apple ID account details. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Ozobot Treasure Hunt*
4 - 5pm Thursday 15 September
During this workshop, participants will work in pairs to create a simple program for an Ozobot miniature robot to navigate a maze to get to the treasure. Ideal for children aged 9-12 years. Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

Facebook Basics*
1 - 2:30pm 16 September
Fairfield Library

One Million Stars to End Violence: Weaving Workshop*
3:30 -4:30pm Thursday 22 September
Learn traditional weaving techniques to make beautiful stars. These stars will contribute to the One Million Stars to End Violence community project.
Fairfield Library

Twitter Basics*
1 - 2:30pm Friday 23 September
Fairfield Library

Pinterest Basics*
1 - 2:30pm Friday 30 September
Fairfield Library


Please visit the Council website here for more details

Kinder Dance
Toddlers and pre schoolers can enjoy moving to music, while you watch their confidence grow.
9:30 -10:30am Tuesdays
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson

Tai Chi
8 - 9am Sundays
Robinson Park, Fairfield
FREE except on public and school holidays

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

Deep Water Running
8am - 9am
Yeronga Park Pool
Costs pool entry*

Tabata and Cardio
Full body work out
5.30pm -  6.30pm Wednesdays
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson

Zumba Fitness
9am -  10am Wednesdays
Yeronga Memorial Park

Move for Health
Thursdays 9:30am -10:30am
Choose from Tai Chi or Stretch Strengthen and Balance Exercise classes
Contact Pam on 3895 8395 for more information
18 Denham St, Annerley

Tabata and Cardio
Full body work out
5.30pm -  6.30pm Wednesdays
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson

Zumba Fitness
9am -  10am Wednesdays
Yeronga Memorial Park

Aqua Aerobics
11am - 11:45am Saturdays
Yeronga Park Pool

Beginner Swimming Project for Adults
11:45am - 12:45pm Saturdays
Yeronga Park Pool

Please visit the Council website here for more information

Fairfield Writers' Group
Every second and fourth Saturday of the month
New members are welcome. Please call Helga on (07) 3848 1492 for more information.
Fairfield Library

Southside Community Craft Circle
Every first Tuesday of the month
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
Meets 3rd Monday of each month. Caters for both males and females over the age of 50. Activities include morning teas, concerts, demonstrations, guest speakers and bus trips.
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

Dancing Fun
Thursdays 1-3pm
Learn a different dance style every month

Community Garden
Wednesdays 10am

Community Breakfast Program
7am every Wednesday during the school term
Everyone welcome

Computer Class
Wednesdays 10-11am

Yeronga Community Centre
3848 2285
24 Killarney St, Yeronga

Community Garden

Art Journeys
10am -12pm
First and third Monday of the month

Creative Jam
10 -11am
Second and fourth Monday of the month

Resume Help
9am -12pm

Computer Class
Wednesdays 9-12pm

Annerley Community Hub
3848 2285
556 Ipswich Rd, Annerley

Items marked with * require bookings if not stated otherwise.

Contact the relevant library or
3403 8888.

Hi Everyone

A big thank you to our local RSL Sub-branch, Stephen's RSLA, for hosting a service to commemorate Victory in the Pacific on 15 August, or as it is known, VP Day (pictured). This date commemorates Japan's acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender 14 August 1945. For Australians, it meant that the Second World War was finally over and our nation was at peace.

With Spring upon us I am hosting a range of free, family movie events in coming weeks. 

I hope you can join me at Junction Park State School, Waldheim St, Annerley TONIGHT, Friday, 2 September for a screening of the children's classic, Paddington from 6pm. A big thank you to the JPSS P&C for hosting a BBQ and drinks which will be available for purchase from 5pm.

The following week on Saturday, 10 September you are welcome to come along to the lawn at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Clewley St, Corinda for a 7pm screening of Zootopia.

Bring a picnic or purchase dinner or snacks on the night to support our local schools. 

But wait there's more.... save the date for the upcoming Movie in the Park at Yeronga State School on Saturday, 29 October. 

You can check out what other wonderful community and Council events are on locally on my community calendar here.

Regards Nicole.


I have received great feedback from residents regarding the allocated $120,000 Clifton Hill Peace Park playground upgrade. Thank you to all  who provided your comments - this has been a truly consultative project from the namechange through to the park upgrade. 

I received overwhelming support for option three, which included a larger fort and less stand-alone equipment. You can find a copy of the design on my website here.

Some changes were made to the design after consultation, which include:

  • a baby seat included in the swing set, so it will include a basket, normal seat and baby seat
  • the balance beam be swapped for a see-saw
  • the spinner bowl be swapped for a spinner

Other suggestions received were:

  • the fort be oriented to the shelter sheds
  • a recycling bin to go into the park next to the existing general waste bin
  • water runoff be diverted from the playground into the garden
  • new trees planted 
  • extra seat between the playground and Eric Cres either to capture shade from sail or under the tree between the shelter and Eric Cres

Council is currently costing resurfacing of the footpath within the park and I know this is a priority from a safety point of view. I am hoping we can find a way to include the upgraded footpath this year. At this stage there are not enough funds in the current year for additional seating but we can make this and the adult exercise equipment part of a stage two upgrade in future years.

The upgrades should be completed by Christmas. Thank you again to all those who gave feedback.




The museum is not-for-profit and relies solely on the help of volunteers and donations to continue to operate as one of Australia's largest maritime museums. Volunteers are sought to help man the ticket booths, reception and shop allowing the museum to open seven days a week. If you would like to volunteer or offer any assistance to the group, please contact the Queensland Maritime Museum on 3844 5361.


Are you interested in playing or learning how to play indoor bowls? The Kadumba Street Bowls Club at Yeronga Uniting Church are looking for new members to join their games every Thursday night from 7pm. The nightly cost is only $2 and players of any ages are welcome to come along and try. Games generally go until 9:30pm and are followed by tea, coffee and biscuits. Enquiries are encouraged! For more information please contact Judy on 0407 027 504.


The Fairfield Family Picnic is on again this year on Saturday, 19 November 2016 from 12 - 4pm at Robinson Park, Fairfield. The Event is kindly hosted by the Moorooka Lions and coordinated by the Yeronga Community Centre. The day will include fun activities and events for the whole family and proceeds go towards supporting local community groups, kindys and schools, so come along and join in the fun!




There are a great range of school holiday events on at Council libraries and parks this school holidays. Check out the highlights below. Please note, some events are free while others have a cost attached and bookings are necessary for some events.

Comic Workshop with Cartoon Dave
11:30am - 12:30pm Monday 19 September
Cartooning workshop. Bookings essential.
Brisbane Square Library

Literary Event: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children*
3 - 4pm Monday 26 September
Celebrate the film release of the bestselling debut novel by Ransom Riggs. Ideal for those aged 12-17 years. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Remote Control Mania with Bricks 4 Kidz*
9:30 - 11am Tuesday 27 September
Participants will love seeing their creations in motion using LEGO® wireless remote controls.
Ideal for children aged five years and older. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Welcome Home Parade
9:30am Sunday 17 September
Brisbane's Welcome Home Parade for the 7th Brigade - Over 800 Queensland-based defence force personnel will be honoured and officially welcomed back to the city, after being deployed in operations overseas in a march through Brisbane CBD.
Adelaide Street, Brisbane City

Brisbane City Hall Clock Tower Tour
10am - 5pm Daily
Take a ride up to Brisbane City Hall's Clock Tower and explore the most iconic feature of this much-loved, heritage-listed building. 
Brisbane City Hall

Brisbane City Hall Heritage Tour
10am - 5pm Daily
Join a tour of Brisbane City Hall and explore the much-loved, heritage-listed building, which is seen as the heart of Brisbane. 
Brisbane City Hall

Riverside Gardens Market
7am - 3pm Sunday 18 September
The Riverside Markets have moved to the beautiful surrounds of the City Botanic Gardens.
City Botanic Gardens

Drama workshops & Showcase (3 sessions)
9:30am - 12:30pm 19 - 22 September
Drama workshops for 9-13 year olds presented by Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble.  Participants will take part in three sessions (on 19, 20 and 22 September) which will develop their acting skills before presenting a Showcase on the final day (22 September) to their friends and family. Bookings essential.
Roma Street Parklands

Circuit training
10 -11am Monday 19 September
Bring a friend along and enjoy a mix of high and low impact training.
Fehlberg Park, Yeronga

Moon Festival lantern making workshop
10am 1pm Monday 19 September
Create your own lantern as a celebration of peace, prosperity and family. Suitable for children aged 4 and over.
Museum of Brisbane

Roald Dahl Day
10 -11am Tuesday 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. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

1 - 2pm Wednesday 21 September and Tuesday 27 September
Zap opposition players and hidden interactive targets. The thumping sound track and light show add to the experience at Laserforce.
55 Ipswich Rd, Wooloongabba

Reverse Garbage Craft - Little Days Out
9am - 1pm Thursday 22 September
Come along and have a positive experience of creating your favourite "Under the Sea" creature in this crafting workshop with Reverse Garbage.
The Central Cafe Lawns, South Bank Parklands

Poke-tanical Hunt
10am - 2pm Thursday 22 September
Come play Poke-tanical the plant and animal hunting game in the Botanic Gardens. Safely hunt through the gardens to find our special specimens and "battle" to win badges. 
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

Treasure Hunt
10am - 2pm Thursday 22 September
Race against the clock - crack the clues to discover the natural treasures hidden within the Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha. Two levels of clues available, one suitable for children aged 5-12 years and a more challenging hunt for those 12+ years.
Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha

Movies in the Valley Malls @ Chinese Moon Festival
7 - 9pm Thursday 22 September
Enjoy a free screening of Night at the Museum - Secret of the Tomb, starring Ben Stiller. 
Chinatown Mall

7pm Saturday 24 September
Sunsuper Riverfire is Queensland's ultimate fireworks display, wrapping up Brisbane Festival with a bang. Spectators will also be wowed by aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force with RAAF Super Hornet and Army helicopter displays.
South Bank Parklands

11am - 12pm Thursday 27 September
Come and learn fun dance routines and have fun and laughter with your friends.
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson

Discovery walk bird feeder making
2 - 4pm Tuesday 27 September
Participants will go for a discovery walk around Karawatha Forest to see what wildlife calls the area home and then everyone will enjoy the opportunity to make a unique bird feeder to take home to encourage native birds to feed in their own garden or balcony.  Bookings essential.
Karawatha Forest Park and Discovery Centre

Wild things drama
2 - 4pm Wednesday 4 September
Starting with a reading of the book Where the Wild Things Are, we then offer a drama workshop based around the story. Bookings essential.
Karawatha Forest Park and Discovery Centre

11am  - 12pm Thursday 29 September
Experience cheerleading and see your spirit and pride come to life.
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson

For more school holiday events, please visit the Council website here



The developer has made further revisions to the proposed unit complex at the old RSPCA site at 295 Fairfield Rd, Yeronga.

The number of units has been reduced to 195 but the site still includes multiple five storey buildings in the centre of the site. For those who are interested, a new flood report has also been provided by the Developer. It still doesn't address the displacement impacts for the surrounding homes.

I have made a further objection to the revised plans, which still do not adequately address traffic, parking and flooding issues.

You can review my further objection and the revised plans here.

We now await Council's decision.


No development application has been lodged with Council yet for the old paint factory site at 115 Hyde Rd, Yeronga. I appreciate there is a high degree of interest in this site and I will let everyone know if/when a development is lodged.


Last month the Yeronga Bowls Club sold (under contract) their Querrin Street green to developer Lennium Group who have now lodged a development application for a large, four storey unit complex on the site.

The School Road green and historic clubhouse are to be retained.

The Bowls Club land is zoned for sport and recreation and is a heritage listed site. The application is contrary to the zoning intent, which is green space for community sporting purposes. Sadly, this type of application is allowed under the new City Plan 2014, which I have strongly opposed as your local Councillor.

The proposal includes:
  • 4 storeys plus underground parking;
  • 50 units (9 x 1 bedroom / 41 x 2 bedroom);
  • 61 car spaces;
  • 60% site cover;
  • 5% communal open space.
The application is impact assessable and residents will be able to have their say when the large black and white notice board goes up on site. This could be several months away.

Further details are available on my website here,  including a draft objection you are welcome to use.


Council is currently undertaking refurbishment works at Yeronga Pool to improve accessibility for all pool users.

The works will include replacing the roof of the building, installing new flooring and wheelchair accessible reception desks in the entry and refurbishing the change rooms including installing new tiles, fixtures, basins, toilets, showers and benches that are accessible, and improving access within the change rooms.

Works will be undertaken between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Yeronga Pool is the busiest pool in Brisbane, so the works will be undertaken during winter to minimise disruption to pool users during construction.

Construction began in mid-July 2016 and be completed by late September 2016, weather permitting.


Council's portable flashing speed sign is now located on Venner Road, Annerley. 

The portable flashing speed sign is part of Council's programme to improve road safety around schools and other traffic hotspots.   

The sign 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 the location for about 4-6 weeks and should hopefully result in improved motorist behaviour along the busy street.



I know many sporting clubs are increasingly under financial and governance pressures, with limited resources and a dwindling pool of members taking on executive positions.

The Queensland Fitness, Sport and Recreational Alliance are a general industry body that provide advice on grants, governance and employment matters to sporting and recreational clubs in Queensland. They recently briefed me on their activities and I think that they can offer useful advice and guidance to our local Clubs.       

The Skills Alliance has offered to host a free workshop for Tennyson Ward sporting clubs covering areas such as grants/funding, organisational management and governance. I invite you or any member(s) of your Club to attend and to make an ongoing connection with Skills Alliance as well as obtain useful information about grants and governance matters. I will be hosting the event and will be able to speak about Council grants and community facilities issues.

Who:                 Sporting and Recreational Clubs (any club representative)
When:               6.30pm for 6.45pm - 8pm, Wednesday 14 September 2016
Where:             Front room, Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre, Thallon St Sherwood
What:                Workshop on grants, funding and governance

RSVP to or 34038605 by Wednesday, 7 September, 2016.

I hope you will take up this opportunity to attend and learn about what assistance is available for sporting clubs in the district.  I look forward to hearing from you.



There are a range of Council grants programs opening in the coming months for schools, community and sporting groups. Grants range from $250 to $50,000.

The grant programs now open are below:

  • Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program - supports projects that improve access and inclusion for those with a disability or impairment, seniors, and parents with young children. Closes 11:59pm  Monday 12 September
  • Community Support Funding Program - offers financial assistance to community groups facing financial hardships and providers of affordable housing. Closes 11:59pm Monday 5 September
  • Native Wildlife Carers Grants - provides financial assistance to groups and individuals involved in rehabilitating and releasing orphaned, sick and injured native wildlife within the Brisbane City Council area. Closes 11:59pm Monday 5 September
  • Cultivating Community Gardens Grants - provides funding to local non-profit community groups and organisations to establish, develop and maintain community gardens on Council-owned and other land. Closes 11:59pm Monday 5 September

For an overview of all the community grant programs offered by Council, please visit the Council website here.

If you need a letter of support for your grant application, please do not hesitate to contact my office via email at or telephone 3403 8605 and I would be happy to assist.



Council have approved for the next stage of works to begin on Ipswich Road, Annerley's Boulevard Shadeway Planting.

In order to minimise traffic disruptions, the work will be undertaken at night. While most work will be conducted on the footpath, there may be small traffic disruptions.

Ten existing trees between 758 and 816 Ipswich Road, Annerley will be removed and replaced with a total of 21 garden beds containing 12 Grevillae Bailyania trees.

Garden bed installation is scheduled to begin in coming weeks and should be completed within 2 - 3 weeks with the trees to be planted six weeks after the garden beds are installed, weather permitting.


Concrete footpath reconstruction works are to begin on Fairfield Road between Paragon and Yeronga Streets, Yeronga on Sunday 4 September 2016 and will continue for two weeks, weather permitting.

Some temporary inconveniences may occur, which include the following:

  • restrictions to through traffic
  • dust and noise
  • possible minor delays in accessing property
  • equipment and materials left on the site during the project
  • limits to parking on the street at times.

To avoid major traffic disruptions and to ensure the safety of workers and motorists, work will be undertaken between 7:30pm and 5am.

Your patience is appreciated during these works.


The Habitat Brisbane program helps community groups restore natural habitats in parks, remnant bushland, wetlands and along waterways through the following activities:

  • removing weeds and rubbish
  • establishing native plants
  • reporting new sightings of wildlife including squirrel gliders, koalas, wallabies, microbats and boobook owls
  • reducing illegal dumping through community awareness and education
  • improving the attractiveness of natural areas for visitors
  • drawing people together to create an increased sense of community

If you would like to help keep our city healthy and beautiful, please see the list below for all bushcare groups in Tennyson Ward:

  • Benarrawa Bushcare Group Allen Street Corinda Team leader Noel Standfast  PH: 3379 8008. Working bee every last Saturday
  • Caesar's place Bushcare group Queenscroft St Park Team Leader David Holdom Mob: 0431 293 813. Working bee 3rd Sunday of month
  • Cliveden Avenue Reserve Bushcare Group Cliveden Ave Reserve Carole Bristow Ph: 33791453. 1st Saturday of each month
  • Faulkner Park Bushcare group. Nadine St Graceville Team leader Jane O'Sullivan Mob: 0427 420 743. Sundays as families are available contacted via email.
  • The Fort Bushland Reserve Bushcare Group Corner of Fort Rd And Cliveden Ave. John Lahey 0408 554 082. 1ST Sunday of month
  • Francis and Augustus streets Bushcare group Bushland behind 102 Hilda Road to Horace Window Reserve Team leader Georgina Walker 0435 376 372. Saturday as families are available and work onsite during the week.
  • Friends of Sherwood Arboretum Bushcare Group. Jolimont Street Sherwood. Jeda Palmer Mob: 0421 486 326. 3rd Sunday of month
  • Lagonda Park Bushcare Group Lagonda St Park Greg Church 0422 277 978.  Last Sunday of month
  • Nosworthy Park Bushcare Group Nosworthy Park Corinda Marie Hollingworth  Mob:0408465591. 1st Saturday of month
  • Pennywort Creek Bushcare Group Pratten St Parkland Trevor Armstrong Mob: 0414 691 264. 3rd Saturday of month
  • Strickland Tce Bushcare Group Strickland Tc Parkland Ph: 3379 6021. 2nd Saturday of month

The Lord Mayor's 2017 Australia Day Awards are now open for nomination. Help us celebrate what's great about our community by nominating someone that has made a significant difference to your life and to the lives of others.

If you feel like someone you know has helped to make Brisbane an even better place, nominate them before Monday 7 November 2016

Award categories include:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Corporate Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year
  • Australia Day Cultural/Arts Award
  • Australia Day Sports Award
  • Australia Day Achievement Award
  • Green Heart Award - Individual
  • Green Heart Award - Organisation

You can complete your nomination online here.

For more information regarding the award and nomination process, visit Council's website or phone Council on 07 3403 8888.