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Oxley-Chelmer History Group Releases 15th Book
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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

St Joseph's Fete
9am - 3pm Sunday 17 July
St Joseph's Primary School
28 Clewley St, Corinda

St David's Church Fete
10am - 2pm Saturday 30 July
St David's Anglican Church

eBay and Gumtree Basics
11am - 12 pm Wednesday 20 July
Corinda Library

Meet Jennifer Burge*
10:30 - 11:30am Tuesday 26 July
Join Jennifer as she discusses experiences in writing her books The Devil Wears Clogs and Singapore Salvation
Corinda Library

iPad Apps
11am - 12pm Wednesday 27 July
Corinda Library

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

Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30pm
Not sure what sports club your child should join? Come along and experience a different sport each week.
Sherwood Arboretum

Mums Fit Camp
9:30am - 10:30am Thursdays
Sherwood Arboretum

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

Low Impact Fitness and Pilates*
9:30 - 10:30am Thursdays
Bookings required
Graceville Riverside Parklands

Tai Chi
8am Tuesdays
Free except for public and school holidays, which incur a charge of $5
Jollimont St Car Park, Sherwood Arboretum

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:Swiss Ball and Pilates
9:30 - 10:30am Mondays
Low intensity, easy workout that includes a mixture of strength, balance and pilates exercises
Chelmer Community Centre 

1:30 - 2:30pm Wednesdays
NIA sessions encourage body awareness, balance, strength, and flexibility.
Bookings required.
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre

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

Fast, Fun and Funky
2:30 - 4:30pm Thursday 22 September
Play a range of fun games that will make you healthy and active. Ages 5+
Sherwood Arboretum

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

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

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
9.30am 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

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

Hi Everyone

Something surprisingly good happened recently, Council refused a large six storey apartment complex in Primrose Street, Sherwood. It is not often that Council have done the right thing by our community, given massive oversupply of units in the district and additional pressure this is putting on local infrastructure such as roads, but they got this decision right.

There are some wonderful local events on this weekend. 

  • For gardeners, Corinda SHS event with Costa Georgiadis about urban farming and sustainability in the City on Saturday, 10 September. 
  • If you prefer food, wine and shopping check out the Graceville Spring Fling, with the Honour Ave traders offering a range of special offers, entertainment and music between 10 and 2pm also on Saturday.
  • And on Saturday night, bring the little ones along to a free screening of Zootopia, in the grounds of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Clewley St Corinda with the movie screening at 7pm.

There is no excuse to be sitting at home this weekend. Check out all the details for this weekend and the upcoming school holidays, below.

Regards, Nicole.


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.
Souths Little Athletics is back for a fresh season on Friday nights at 6.30pm. Children aged 5-16 years are welcome to come along to J.F. O'Grady Memorial Park to try all types of track and field events, including running, jumping, throwing, and walking. For more information, including registration fees and details, visit the South Little Athletics website here.
Corinda State School is partnering with gardening guru Costa Georgiadis who will run two workshops to educate on soils, urban farming and sustainabilty in the city on Saturday 10 September.
Both events will be held at Corinda State School and will involve:
Community workshop
9 -11am at the Corinda State School's Farm 
Understanding soils as an urban gardener
$30 pp
12 - 2pm in the hall
Three courses with all food locally sourced. Costa will also interview a local farmer whose produce has been served as part of lunch. 
$70 pp

Quite a few residents have contacted me about the proposed extension 307 Honour Ave, Graceville. The development application includes a new building at the rear of the site, extension to the rear of the existing heritage building and a new outdoor dining area. Sadly, in recent days, the developer has knocked down all the established vegetation on the site.

Of greatest concern is the lack of car parking and other facilities needed to manage the adverse impacts upon neighbouring residents and businesses. The scale of this development is out of keeping with the Centre's character and heritage and is not supported by many in the community.

If you would like to make a submission, a copy of my draft objection can be downloaded, here. Feel free to personalise this submission in your own words.


Council also recently refused the application for a major new shopping centre (Aldi and speciality stores) adjacent to the bus depot, at 25 Lahey Close, Sherwood.

While Aldi would be very welcome in the district, the traffic safety and congestion concerns with the shared entrance point with the Bus Depot was a big factor.

The traffic survey provided submitted with the DA estimated an additional 266 to 443 vehicles per hour (based on peak times, Thursday evening 4.15 - 5.15pm Saturday 10.15am - 11.15am) would be generated.

The intersection is already carrying almost 8,000 vehicles movements per day to which an additional 3,400 vehicles a day might be added (presuming vehicle movements of 50% of peak between 6am and 9pm for staff, deliveries and customers).  Even on a conservative estimates the additional traffic would result in thousands more vehicles per day and hundreds per hour using an already highly congested part of the road network. 

I do hope Aldi can find another suitable location.


A new development application has been lodged for 32 Primrose St, Sherwood. In 2014 Council approved construction of a three storey apartment complex, which has been built by the RAAF Trust for retired servicemen. Unfortunately the trust has now submitted a new development application for a huge five storey building that woill significantly impact on the adjoining heritage listed church. 

I will be circulating information about how residents can object in coming weeks. In the interim you can review the plans online here



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

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

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

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. Cost involved.
55 Ipswich Rd, Wooloongabba

Maker Space
2 - 4pm Thursday 22 September
Drop into the library to try your hand at a variety of fun crafts including basic origami.
Ideal for children aged 5-12 years and their carers. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

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

Kayak Games
1 - 4pm Thursday 22 September
Get a group of friends together, or come on your own for three hours of fun with water games and activities. Bookings required.
Simpsons Playground, Graceville

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

Story creation workshop with Chris Thompson
2 - 3pm Thursday 29 September
Join Irish storyteller, Chris Thompson as she shares imaginative worlds and her puppet friends during this special workshop. Ideal for children aged 3-6 years. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

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


Brisbane City Council has partnered with the Australian Defence Force to recognise Brisbane streets that share their name with people, places and events of historical significance to the First World War fought from 1914 to 1918. Types of street names considered range across a number of themes including battles/campaigns, training camps, hospitals, cemeteries, troop and fighting ships and VC winners.

To date 241 street signs have been installed around the City under Council's 'Streets of Remembrance' project.A full list of the all previously commemorated streets can be found on Council's website here

Streets in Tennyson Ward that will be honoured:

  • Aubigny Street, Annerley -  Aubigny-en-Artois is a town on the Somme in France that became an important base for Allied troops.
  • Arras Street, Yeronga 

Streets that will be nominated in Tennyson Ward:

  • Kitchener Street Sherwood - Lord, Field Marshal, Secretary of State for War, WW1.
  • Menin Road, Corinda - after the battle of Menin Road and the Menin Gate memorial.
  • Plumer Street, Sherwood - after General Herbert Plumer, later Field Marshal.
  • Honour Avenue, Chelmer and Sherwood, and Honour Ave Yeronga. 
  • Churchill Street Graceville - named, particularly as its neighbouring street Randolph would seem to refer to Winston's father who died in 1895, so it may have been pre-World War I.

I am seeking your suggestions for street name nominations that would commemorate the great significance of the Great War in this special way. If so, please let me know by either emailing my office at or by phone at 34038605.



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
  • Creative Sparks Program - supports artists, artsworkers and producers who live and work in Brisbane, to ensure the city develops as a New World City and centre of creative activity. Closes 11:59pm 24 October 2016
  • Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships - supports young and emerging Brisbane artists and artsworkers aged between 17 and 30. Closes 11:59pm 24 October 2016
  • Brisbane History Grants - supports projects that increase the community's access and appreciation of Brisbane's history and heritage. Closes 11:59pm 24 October 2016
  • Innovation Award - artists, artsworkers, producers, curators, collectives and arts or creative organisations, working in any artform or creative industries to pitch a new idea or an idea in development. Opens  26 September 2016 and closes 11:59pm 7 November 2016
  • Lord Mayor's Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History - supports history students and independent researchers undertaking history or heritage projects which have a focus on informing or educating the public about local history or heritage. Closes 11:59pm 24 October 2016
  • Seniors Celebration Donation - supports senior citizen groups towards the cost of activities such as social outings and Christmas parties. Closes 11:59pm 4 October 2016

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


To celebrate their 20th Anniversary, the volunteers of the Oxley-Chelmer History Group have self-published their 15th publication, From Tents to Townhouses: A Short History of the area from Oxley to Chelmer.

From Tents to Townhouses, edited by Harry Thompson and Marian McKenzie, is series of stories about the development of our shire from its earliest white settlement, under canvas, through to the modern high rise units blighting the landscape today. It is a story that chronicles the challenges and successes of our early pioneers, that in many ways we still face as a modern community today.

My congratulations to all the authors - Ted, Ralph, Noel, Hilary, Marion, Lyn, Shirley, Harry and George  - for their research and thoroughly enjoyable writing. Special thanks must go to Harry and Marion for their editorial expertise.

The Oxley-Chelmer History Group meet monthly at the Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL Sub-Branch, 2 Clewley St, Corinda. For more information on how to purchase the book or join the group, please contact Marion on 3379 1967.

The book will be on sale at the Graceville Spring Fling on Saturday 10 September. Come along and check it out. 



From September to October, night works will occur to upgrade the platforms at the Graceville Rail Station. Noisy works will be scheduled before 10pm. 

Works will occur from 6:30pm to 4:30am Sunday to Thursday each week in September and October. Customers and residents may experience noise from heavy machinery, use of reversing beepers, changed traffic and parking conditions, mobile lighting towers, increased vehicle movement, and temporary changes to access paths throughout the station precinct. Residents will be given advanced notice of construction activities likely to cause impacts.

I understand that there are impacts associated with this work and appreciate your patience and understanding during this important and much-needed upgrade.


Council have approved the removal of a heritage listed Cottonwood Tree in Graceville Memorial Park due to safety hazards created by the dying Tree. The Tree has lost 50% of its leaves and the trunk has split in two, which is now overhanging the footpath and could fall at any time. Unfortunately the Tree cannot be saved. As this is a significant tree, cuttings will be taken and passed on to the local nursery for propogation. 


Council has announced rehabilitation works are to be undertaken on the Walter Taylor Bridge, which will see repairs to the concrete and cable anchors. As this work is still in prelimary planning and design stages, specific details are not yet available. However the works should be completed in this financial year. I will keep you updated about any works programmed.


Council recently released its latest Corridor Report (Jan to June 2016), outlining congestion levels on key arteries around Brisbane. According to the Lord Mayor, congestion is getting better. This might reflect the fact he doesn't get out our way much, as the stats show that the Oxley Road and Fairfield Road corridors are getting worse.

In the report you can see how many vehicles in total and per peak hour use each road, as well as their average speeds. These figures are shown below for the key corridors in Tennyson Ward

  • Oxley Road: 31, 464 up 1.6% from 30,966 previous 6 months
  • Ipswich Road: 50,395 down 0.9% from 50,884 previous 6 months
  • Fairfield Road: 27,402 up 2.2% from 26,794 previous 6 months

You can view the full report here.


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 that 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.