Message From Nicole
Robinson Park Tree Replacement Kicks Off
Portable Flashing Speed Sign Gets Results
Ekibin Lions Members Honoured in Robinson Park
Local News and Events
Hyde Road Dog Park Rehabilitation
Remembrance Day 2016
New Bus Stop
Turley Street Park Playground Removal
Road and Construction Works
Brisbane Storm Warning Alerts
Young Queenslander of the Year Awards
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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

Sherwood Street Festival
5:30 - 9:30pm, Friday 11 November
Sherwood Rd, between Hedges St and Hedges St

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

Facebook basics*
1 - 2:30pm, Friday 11 November
Basic computer skills, internet skills and an email account required. Bookings essential.

Android tablet basics*
10 -11:30am, Saturday 12 November
Bring your own Android tablet. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Twitter basics*
1 - 2:30pm, Friday 18 November
Basic computer skills and an email account required. Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

Book to movie event: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them*
4 - 5:30pm, Friday 18 November
Ideal for those aged 10-14 years old. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Internet safety and security*
10 -11:30am, Saturday 19 November
Basic computer and internet skills required. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Book chat
1 - 2pm, Wednesday 23 November
In November, read and discuss The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks. New members welcome.
Fairfield Library

Ozobot treasure hunt*
3:30 - 4:30pm, Thursday 24 November
Participants will work in pairs to create a simple program for an Ozobot miniature robot to navigate a maze and get to the treasure. Ideal for children aged 8-12 years. Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

Pinterest basics*
1 - 2:30pm, Friday 25 November
Basic computer skills and an email account required. Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

10:30am - 12:30pm, Saturday 26 November 
Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

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

Aqua Aerobics
12:45 - 1:30pm, Saturdays
Yeronga Park Pool

Deep Water Running
8 - 9am, Sundays
Yeronga Park Pool

9 - 10am, Wednesdays
Yeronga Memorial Park

8 Week Weight Loss Challenge
7 - 8am, Saturdays
Fairfield Park

Tai Chi
8 - 9am, Sundays
Robinson Park, Fairfield

Evening Orienteering
6:15 - 8:15, Wednesday 9 November
Leyshon Park, Yeronga

Aqua Aerobics
12:45 - 1:30pm, Saturdays
Yeronga Park Pool

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

Please visit the Council website here for more information

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

Kinder Dance
9:30 - 10:30am, Tuesdays
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson

Fairfield Writers' Group
Every second and fourth Saturday
Please call Helga on (07) 3848 1492 for more information.
Fairfield Library

Southside Community Craft Circle
Every first Tuesday
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
Every third Monday
Activities and outings for over 50's.
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

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3403 8888.


Hi everyone

I have some wonderful news.  A koala has been sighted in Paringa Park, Yeronga.  This is a great sign of the health of our local bushland and neighbourhood.  A big thank you to the Irwin Family for sending in this photo, which they kindly agreed to share. Their boys have named our Koala as "Chippy-Chippy".

Council has undertaken some great work to clean up this stretch of the Brisbane River so it is great to see the wildlife returning. The Park is looking the best it has in many years.

Let's keep an eye on our newest resident to make sure he/she stays safe.

Regards, Nicole.

PS... At the upcoming Fairfield Family Picnic on Sunday 19 November, I will be hosting a 'Bling Your Bike' competition to kick off the festival at 12:15pm. Decorate your bike and you can win fabulous prizes. See you on the day. 


It's been a battle with Council to recognise the importance of rehabilitating our parks following the loss of thousands of significant street trees in the November 2014 super cell storm. However, two years on it seems Council is finally listening with planting to commence this month in Robinson Park and the adjacent J F O'Grady Park,  Fairfield.

Six mature trees (five Weeping Figs and a Hawaii Pine) will be planted along the pathway in Robinson Park and two (figs) on the Brougham St side of the Skate Bowl.

The planting will be delivered using Council's new method, which is to build a mound, supported by rock gabiens and then plant the tree.

Why? Most parks in the ward are contaminated land, ie improperly capped old tip sites with asbestos and other nasties underground. Also the actual top soil layer is very thin, meaning the roots are close to the surface and don't grow down to give them strength. As a result, trees are to be planted above the current soil to avoid contamination and give the roots a chance to flourish and take hold.

You can check out how the new plantings will look at the trial site in Orient Rd Park, Yeronga (Orient Rd end).

Site works start late Nov 2016 (after the Fairfield Family Picnic on 19 November) and planting will occur in January 2017 when the mounds are established.

Other Parks still in need of planting  are - Jacaranda Park, Yeronga; Hyde Rd Park, Yeronga, Leyshon Park Yeronga, Turley St Park Fairfield, Yeronga Memorial Park, Yeronga, Fairfield Park Fairfield.

I asked the Lord Mayor during question time in Council about the slow replanting rate in Council last week and he says there will be further Parks this year. I will hold him to this promise.


Brisbane City Council's portable flashing speed sign on Kadumba Street, Yeronga has produced some clear results.

Kadumba Street is posted as 50km/h. The sign collected data for an approximate two month period from April to June 2016. During this time 215,037 (av. 3,644 cars per day) passed through the portable speed sign zone.

77,940 or 36.2% of all drivers were recorded travelling above the posted speed limit. Of the vehicles speeding, 85% were travelling at or below 59km/hr. When prompted, 35,350 speeding vehicles reduced their speed by an average of 7kms to 48km/hr within the speed camera range.

The portable flashing speed sign is being rotated around traffic hot spots in Tennyson Ward and is now located on Ardoyne Road, Oxley.

The service of three life members of the Ekibin Lions Club has been recognised through plaques and a newly painted shelter in Robinson Park, Fairfield. Neil Doherty, Donald Keast and John Menzies, who all passed away recently, served over one hundred years of service between them through decades of contribution to the community. The plaques are on display now and provide details on each of the three extraordinary members.
Get Crafty at Braille House
Come down and help support Braille House at their craft-a-thon on Saturday, 19 November anytime between 8am and 6pm. Entry is only $5 and includes tea, coffee and a pizza lunch. If you have a creative spark and would like to participate, please contact Kay at and get together friends and family to sponsor you during the event to help raise some much-needed funds for Braille House. 
Lions Dinner and Show
Join the Brisbane Macgregor Lions Club and the Lions Prostate Cancer Foundation at a dinner and show at The Newnham Hotel, Upper Mount Gravatt on Saturday 12 November at 6:30pm to help raise funds for the treatment and diagnosis of prostate cancer. The night will include entertainment from folk music group Cloud Street, followed by a carvery buffet. Tickets are $40 and also include a lucky draw prize for a weekend away at the Sunshine Coast. Please contact 0438 748 963 for more information or to book your tickets. 
Fairfield Christian Family Christmas Carols
Save the date for Sunday 4 December from 4:15pm for Fairfield Christian Family's Christmas Fair and Carols at Robinson Park, Fairfield. All activities are completely free and include a rock climbing wall, pony rides, an animal farm, face painting, food stalls, huge slides, jumping castles and more! Then, from 6:30pm get out your rugs or chairs and relax while the Church choir plays all of your favourite Christmas carols. In case of wet weather, carols will be held in the Church Hall. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Early notice of planned works. 

I have good news and bad news. The good news is Council will undertake rehabilitation of the Hyde Road Dog Off-leash Area early in 2017. The works will include re-turfing of the degraded central area, re-profiling and levelling of the park, and removal of the vexatious dog weave poles. 

The bad news is the central area with the DOLA will be closed for approximately ten weeks to allow the turf to regenerate. The Eastern access gate will be temporarily closed for site works and access will be via the Western gate on Hyde Road. All taps and bins will remain available for use.

The park will remain open during the works with a 10-15m ring around the outside of the park available for dog recreation. 

These works are complex due to the fact that the DOLA is an old tip site and the remediation involves our contaminated land team to ensure it's done safely. 

I will be posting more details prior to the commencement of works to keep people up to date. I apologise for the disruption that this will cause, but I hope the community understands that the DOLA will be significantly improved following the works. 


2016 marks the 98th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Every year at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, one minutes silence is observed throughout the country in remembrance of those who lost their lives during war.

This year, Tennyson Ward will commemorate Remembrance Day with two local RSL services held by the Stephens RSL and the Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL.

The Stephens Sub Branch RSL 2016 Remembrance Day service will commence in Yeronga Memorial Park at 10.30 am, Friday, November 11.

The Sherwood-Indooroopilly Sub Branch RSL 2016 Remembrance Day service will commence in the Croll Memorial Precinct, Corinda at 10.20am, Friday, November 11.

All are welcome to attend these services to pay their respects to those Australians who lost their lives or suffered during war and armed conflict.

I have been advised that due to safety concerns, Council are required to remove all play equipment and the shelter in Turley Street Park, Fairfield. The play equipment is over 25 years old and no longer meets Australian Safety Standards. While this is bad news, it is necessary, as the equipment poses serious risks and is far too dangerous to use. However, Princess Street Park is close by and has just received an upgrade! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
The draft Dutton Park - Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan notes that a number of playgrounds in Fairfield require upgrading. I will ensure that Turley Street is included in the Neighbourhood Plan for replacement as a future capital works project. 

From December, the great circle line 599 / 598 will have a new bus stop at the Sherwood Bus Depot. 

The stop will be located in the cul-de-sac heading into the entrance of the Sherwood Bus Depot.

This stop will be available to members of the public, workers from nearby Rocklea businesses and Council bus depot staff. It also means people from all over Brisbane can now easily get to the magnificent Oxley Creek Common.

No extra buses though.

Manmeet Sharma

On Friday, one of our city's bus drivers, Manmeet Sharma, tragically lost his life in the senseless incident at Moorooka. Manmeet's family live overseas and whilst Council is supporting the family financially, as well as establishing a permanent memorial in future, Council has set up a fund to which members of the community can donate:

Account Name: BCC Manmeet Sharma Trust Fund
BSB: 064 000
Account Number: 14715982

Our bus drivers take great pride in their work and provide a vital public service in our community. This tragedy has left them shocked and many are upset at how random and awful the incident was. If you are catching a bus, please stop and thank our drivers and lend your support. 



Remediation works will begin on the embankment at Lagonda Street Park, Annerley to remove overgrown vegetation and then reshape and replant the area.


The following streets are undergoing Kerb and Channel reconstruction works:

  • Castle St, Fairfield between Newcastle and Inscape Sts
  • Mildmay St, Fairfield between 79 Mildmay St and Ashby St
  • Brougham St, Fairfield between Fairfield Rd and Home St

Residents may experience some restrictions to through traffic, dust and noise, possible minor delays to accessing properties, equipment and materials left on site during the project, and limits to on street parking at times. Your patience is appreciated during this much-needed work.

Storm season is upon us, so now is the time to register for storm warning alerts. Brisbane City Council's Early Warning Alert Service now let's you receive an alert for up to three specific addresses. You can also download the App to receive warnings for your current location. If you'd like to sign up for this very useful service, click here.
Nominations are now open for the 2016-17 Young Achievers Awards. The Awards aim to recognise the positive achievements of those aged 29 and under in the following categories: Create Change Award, Arts and Fashion Award, Online Achievement Award, and Community Volunteer Award.
If you know of someone who you think should be nominated in one of these categories, follow this link  to nominate them for their hard work. Winners receive $2000 and a trophy, which will be presented at an awards gala on 5 May 2017. Nominators also go into a draw for a $200 voucher!