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Sherwood Street Festival
Ken Fletcher Park Remediation
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Tree Planting Update
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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

3:30 -4:30pm, Thursday 6 October
Corinda Library

10 -11am, Saturday 29 October
Annerley Library

Discover traditional Indian folk art and create your own Rangoli artwork. Ideal for children aged 5 12. Bookings essential.

Computer basics*
1 -2:30pm, Friday 7 October
Perfect for a first time user. Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

Literary event: The Girl on the Train*
6 -7pm, Monday 10 October
A literary event focussing on  crime writers and their female lead characters. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Email basics*
11am -12:30pm, Wednesday 12 October
Corinda Library

1-  2:30pm, Friday 21 October
Fairfield Library

Basic computer and internet skills required. Bookings essential.

Internet basics*
1 - 2:30pm, Friday 14 October
Basic computer skills required. Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

10 -11:30am, Saturday 15 October
Learn how to make a macramé plant hanger using different knots and techniques. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

Food trivia with Alison Alexander*
10:30am -12:30pm, Saturday 15 October
Test your food knowledge and learn interesting and quirky facts about everyday food. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

iPad apps*
10 -11:30am, Tuesday 18 October
Annerley Library

11am -12:30pm, Wednesday 26 October
Corinda Library

Bring your own iPad. Bookings essential.

iPad basics*
11am -12:30pm, Wednesday 19 October
Corinda Library

1 - 2:30pm, Friday 28 October
Fairfield Library

Perfect for a first time user. Bookings essential.

1 Million Stars to End Violence: Weaving workshop*
3:30 -4:30pm, Thursday 20 October
Learn traditional weaving techniques to make beautiful stars. Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

eBay and Gumtree basics*
10 -11:30am, Tuesday 25 October
Basic internet and computer skills required. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Halloween digital storytime*
2 -2:30pm, Friday 28 October
Enjoy some not so scary stories and a themed craft activity. Dress up in your favourite costume. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

Library e-books*
1 -2:30pm, Friday 4 November
Basic computer skills required. Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

Local history night*
6 - 7pm, Thursday 10 November
Hear the history of St Luke's Parish and other local churches of the Stephens Shire. Presented by The Annerley-Stephens History Group Inc. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

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

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

Yeronga Park PoolSports 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 

GOLD: NIA Dance*
1:30 - 2:30pm Wednesdays, 5 - 26 October
NIA sessions encourage body awareness, balance, strength, and flexibility.
Bookings required.
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre

GOLD: Excellent Eye Sight*
1:30 - 3:30pm Tuesday 25 October and 1 November
Learn about your visual system and easy ways to maintain the health of your eyes and improve eyesight through simple physical activities. Bookings required.
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre

GOLD: Painting - Oil Pastels* 
9:30am - 1pm, Monday 10 October
Lots of colour, easy to use pastels. You will be guided to create a fantastic art piece to take home. Bookings required.
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre

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

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

Oxley-Chelmer History Group Meetings 2016
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

Despite hundreds of submissions and an application contrary to City Plan 2014 and the draft Neighbourhood Plan, Council has approved the RSPCA development.

I know a lot of people will be confused about how this can happen. I am very frustrated that this Council continues to ignore planning and zoning rules and community feedback.

In my view, Council's decision to approve multiple five storey buildings and almost 200 units on the old RSPCA site is a shocking decision. Council's own planning scheme does not support high rise in Yeronga.

The development takes away valuable green space used by our community and will simply jam more units into an area that lacks appropriate drainage and into a road network already under pressure. That's not even mentioning the future flooding issues.

As your local Councillor, I have strongly opposed this development from the start and it shows just how far out of touch The Lord Mayor's administration is when it comes to appropriate development in the City. He welcomed the decision in a public announcement today. They are out of touch with our community and our needs and simply are not listening.

The only option now is an appeal to the Planning and Environment Court, which is a complex and costly process. If anyone is interested in appealing you will receive a letter in the mail from Council in the next few days outlining the timeframe and process.

I am sorry to be the bearer of this bad news.

Regards, Nicole 



Save the date for the 21st Annual Sherwood Street Festival to be held on Friday 11 November 2016 from 5:30 - 9:30pm on Sherwood Road, Sherwood, between Oxley Road and Hedges Street.

The festival is free to enter and offers an array of fun for the whole family including a variety of food and market stalls, free rides for the kids, a petting farm, live entertainment and a nativity play complete with live camels!

Secure your chance to win some great prizes by entering the raffle. Tickets can be purchased on the night at the information desk, or beforehand outside Sherwood Woolworths  on 22 and 29 October and 5 November.  For more information, please visit the event website here.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Council have approved tree planting and rejuvenation of the unsightly power station foundations in Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson.

The project will see River Lillys to feature at the centre of the foundations with the following vegetation to be planted in surrounding garden beds and along the bottom pathway:

  • Hardenbergia Violacea
  • Liriope 'Stripey White"
  • Callistemon 'Little John'
  • Anigozanthos  Red Flowered, Kangaroos Paw
  • Anigozanthos  Yellow Flowered, Kangaroos Paw

These plants have been specifically chosen due to their low maintenance, lack of interference with the foundations and resistance to waterlogged soils.

Thank you to Tennyson Reach residents for your suggestions and hard work in maintaining the precinct.

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
Two development applications have been lodged for 27 and 32 Primrose St, Sherwood to build more multi-storey units. Primrose Street is under siege from developers and these two new development applications are a step too far.

I have objected as your local Councillor and have included draft objections that you and your neighbours might like to sign, which you can view on my website here along with the plans.



I know many residents are frustrated at the slow tree replacement rate following the November 2014 super cell storm.

We did have a fantastic street tree planting day in Yeronga earlier this year and dozens of trees have gone back in along the Brisbane Corso Parkland. I have asked for one in Fairfield as well and will let you know when this can be scheduled.

However most of our big parks, particularly in Fairfield and Yeronga, are still missing trees. Part of the problem is most parks are built on contaminated land, such as old tips that were never properly filled and capped many years ago. As a result, not far below the surface, is asbestos and other hazardous materials. It poses no risk when undisturbed, but planting trees means digging up unsafe soil and materials.

As a result, Council has trialled a new mound style planting, a sort of raised garden bed. You can see the trial site at Orient Rd Park, Yeronga, Orient Rd end.

Next up will be Robinson Park and J F O'Grady Park, near the skate bowl. Five or six mature trees will be replanted this year. Not enough I know, but the Lord Mayor has only provided limited funding in the budget. Plenty for the Olympics, fountains and the Metro apparently, but not enough for replacement trees to re-green our local parks.

I am as frustrated as you about the speed of the replanting given we are almost two years on from the super cell storm in November 2014. I am keeping the pressure on and will keeping working until the job is done.


There are a range of Council grant programs opening in the coming months for schools, and community and sporting groups.

The grant programs open now or in the near future are below:

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


Work is still underway on the accessibility upgrade to Graceville Rail Station.

To date, the original stairs on platforms 3 and 4 have been removed, excavation works for new lifts shafts have been completed, concrete cutting has commenced to modify subway walls for lift access, and concrete has been poured for new light pole footings.

The following work will commence in coming weeks:

  • Further work on lift entrances
  • Continuing excavation works for new lift shafts
  • Concrete pours for new stairs and lift shafts
  • Night works from Sunday to Thursday night through October

Commuters 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 total of 11 Pongamia trees between 24 and 34 Appel Street, and Verney Road and Connors Street, Graceville. I understand that these are very significant trees, however, severe damage was caused from Energex trimming works that the trees are just unable to recover from. Be assured that these trees will be replaced with 16 Callistemon trees.

In coming weeks, works will be undertaken to replace the kerb and channel on Gowrie Street, Annerley, between View and Harewood Streets.

Residences may experience some impacts from the works, including the following:

  • Some restrictions to through traffic
  • Dust and noise
  • Possible minor delays accessing properties
  • Equipment and materials left on site during the project
  • Limits to on-street parking at times

Work will mostly occur from Mondays to Fridays, between 7am and 4pm, but work outside these areas may be necessary. You will be notified of any work that will directly affect your property.

I understand these works are an inconvenient and appreciate your patience during these much-needed works.



The National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program will be conducting bait treatment for fire ants within the Tennyson Ward.

Treatment will occur until May 2017 and will include distribution of granulated bait over lawns, garden beds and other open areas either by all-terrain vehicle, by foot personnel, or by aerial contractor. There may be up to three treatments applied, depending on location.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, authorised officers are able to access a property to undertake treatment action. A notification will be mailed out to affected properties to advise activities are to be undertaken at that location.

Fire ants are one of the world's most invasive species. If they establish permanently in Queensland, they will have serious health, environmental and agricultural impacts. I appreciate your cooperation.