Clifton Hill Peace Park Update
307 Honour Ave, Graceville
Portable Flashing Speed Sign Gets Results
Road and Construction Works
Brisbane International - Don't Forget Your Parking
Tennyson Ward Office Closure
Kerbside Collections 2017
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Contact the relevant library or
Babies, Books and Rhymes
Thursdays 9.30am and Saturday 9.30am
10 - 11:30am, Tuesday 13 December
Basic computer skills
required. Bookings essential.
Basic iPad skills required. Bookings essential.
Basic computer skills, internet skills and an email account required. Bookings essential.
eBay and Gumtree Basics
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday 28 December
Basic computer and internet skills required. Bookings essential.
Beginner Swimming Project for Adults
11:45am - 12:45pm, Saturdays
Yeronga Park Pool
12:45 - 3:30pm, Saturdays
Yeronga Park Pool
8 - 9am Sundays
Robinson Park, Fairfield
on public and school holidays
- 9am Tuesdays
Free except for public and school holidays, which incur a charge of $5
St Car Park, Sherwood Arboretum
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
Basic Bicycle Skills
3 - 5pm, Saturday 3 December
Brisbane Corso Park
GOLD:Swiss Ball and Pilates
Low intensity, easy workout that includes a mixture of strength, balance and pilates
Chelmer Community Centre
Friday mornings from 6am to 7am
Graceville Memorial Oval
of all standards welcome for an easy going kick around (no hard tackles!).
Contact Paul if you would
like more information: 0414 228 736
9:30am - 11:30am Wednesdays
79 Waratah Ave, Graceville
Ph: 3379 9925 or email
10am -11:30am Tuesdays
Beginner: 10am - 11:30am Thursday
Acacia Ridge Community Centre
Parenting Conversation Corners
1:30 - 2:30pm
Indooroopilly Uniting Church
Asperger Support Group
7pm on the 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month
Jane 0448 909
St Matthews Church Hall, Sherwood
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
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
Corinda State High School
Ph: 3379 2002 for more details.
Chelmer and District Probus
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
Oxley Creek Common Carers
Volunteer weeding group
Meet at the red shed
Sherwood Rd, Rocklea
10am every second
Acacia Ridge Community Centre
8am - 10am every third Sunday of the month
Joseph Street Garden Shed,
Graceville Community Garden
Benarrawa Community Centre
79 Waratah Ave, Graceville
Ph: 3379 9925
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.
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.
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.
Ph: 3278 5720
Yeronga Men's Shed
9am 12pm Monday and Wednesday
Yeronga Uniting Church
Kingsley Pde, Yeronga
Organic Gardening Group
Annerley Community Hub
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
Learn a different dance style every month
7am every Wednesday during the school term
Yeronga Community Centre
24 Killarney St, Yeronga
First and third Monday of the month
Second and fourth Monday of the month
556 Ipswich Rd, Annerley
With Christmas approaching I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very joyous
Christmas and happy New Year in 2017.
It has been a pleasure to
attend the many school graduations in recent weeks and hear about the many academic, sporting and musical
successes of our primary and secondary school students in the district. We live in a truly beautiful part
of the world.
My office will close from midday, Friday, 23 December,
2016 and reopens 9am on Wednesday, 4 January, 2017. In the event of an emergency over this period, the
Council call centre will be open 24/7 on 3403 8888 and the SES can be reached on 132 500.
The State Government has announced that from 12 December,
there will be some changes to bus timetables around Brisbane.
CBD buses are changing due to road closures on William Street and Queens Wharf Road for the Queen's
Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development, resulting in some buses, including the 105, 107 and 108,
stopping at a different location or travelling an alternate route through the CBD.
Despite the State Government's assurance that the changes would be 'minor', many services have been
completely cancelled and time changes by up to 30 minutes are affecting school students and workers. I
recently wrote to the Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe asking for a review of these changes given the impact
to local residents who rely on bus services. You can read a copy of the letter here.
Brisbane City Council is also directly funding additional buz route
services over the Christmas period to assist with activities and shopping in the CBD, such as the 196,
which now includes the following additional stops:
- Fairfield, Stop 5, Brunswick Street, 12.22am
New Farm, Cultural Centre Station, 12.10am
New bus timetables
are available in my office, or via Translink's website here.
BRISBANE CITY CHRISTMAS EVENTS
City Hall Light Spectacular
15 minute shows from 7.30pm-midnight King George Square
With its enchanting narrative and creative
flair, The Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular has fast become a highlight of the festive season. Watch
a playful Aussie Christmas tale come to life via animation onto City Hall every 15 minutes from 7.30pm.
The Enchanted Garden
9-18 December, 6:30
- 9:30pm Roma Street Parkland
Come and explore the magic of the Enchanted Garden at Roma
Street Parkland this Christmas where a wonderland of glittering lights will mesmerize and delight all
members of the family over eight nights.
in the Park
10-16 December from 5:30pm Roma Street Parkland
We all love our
Christmas movies and picnicking in the park with family and friends. What better way to combine the two
with Christmas Movies at Roma Street Parklands! Bring a rug to sit on and pillow to get comfy. Food trucks
meals will be available.
Wednesday 14 Dec: Elf
15 Dec: Santa Clause
Friday 16 Dec: Search for Santa Paws
16-24 December, nightly at 7pm Queen Street Mall to King
George Square via Albert St
Brimming with music and merriment, this year's Christmas Parade
comes complete with a nativity scene, Santa and dozens of performers to entertain and delight all ages.
Christmas Beach Cinema
16-23 December Streets
Beach, South Bank
Forget snowmen and make a sandman instead at South Bank's Christmas Beach
Cinema at Streets Beach. Snuggle up on a picnic rug under the stars or dive-in to the cool waters and
enjoy Christmas family favourites on the silver screen.
Bank's Christmas Markets
16-23 December Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank
a range of traditional Christmas gifts, keepsakes, delicious fare and ornaments accompanied by the festive
sounds of live music and carollers, South Bank Christmas Markets make gift shopping a merry experience.
South Bank Christmas Carols
performances at 6.45pm and 8.15pm South Bank Piazza, South Bank
Over four special nights, The
Courier-Mail Piazza will come alive with Christmas carol concerts guaranteed to have the whole family
singing along and tapping their feet.
December vantage point best from Clem Jones Promenade, South Bank
Electric fireworks displays
will light up the night sky over four nights this December. Bring the whole family along to the Clem Jones
Promenade to enjoy a dazzling array of pyrotechnics that will take you on a magical Christmas journey.
in the City
27 December, 4-8:30pm - Reddacliff Place
Chanukah is the Jewish
festival rejoicing the triumph of light over darkness. Celebrate with the Jewish community in Reddacliff
Place, as a six-metre tall sacred candelabrum with nine branches, called a Menorah, is lit. Enjoy live
music, community stalls, food, children's entertainment and rides in the heart of Brisbane City.
David's Christmas Festival
18 December, from 5pm - St David's Church
will include traditionals Nativity scenes, Christmas stories, children's games and activities, and food
and drink stalls, all followed by carols at 7pm.
This year, the event aims to raise awareness for
the valuable work that Anglicare do within our community. Anglicare provides services to the aged, children
and families, foster care and disability support.
Cheeky Monkey Club: The Frosty Rescue
December, 10-10:45am - Fairfield Library
20 December, 10-10:45am - Annerley Library
With Christmas celebrations underway, everyone is super excited about the festive season. Everything stops
when Cheeky Monkey receives a message from Santa saying that Frosty the snowman is missing from the North
Pole! Can Cheeky Monkey and his friends find Frosty and get him back to the North Pole before he melts?
Ideal for children aged eight years and younger.
16 December, 11-11:45am - Indooroopilly Library
Join in a special storytime and craft based on modern Australian Christmas stories and yarns. Ideal for
children aged 3-7 years. Bookings essential.
Music Workshop: Christmas Music Games
22 December, 1-2pm - Indooroopilly Library
Enjoy original songs about Christmas and fun original games to accompany them. This workshop features
two circle singing games, an Australian Christmas action song, a Christmas tree clapping song and dance
movement games to up-tempo traditional Christmas carols.
Ideal for children aged 5-12 years. Bookings
2-2:45pm - Corinda Library
24 December, 10-11am - Stones Corner Library
to special Christmas stories and create lovely Christmas craft. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years. Bookings
'Twas the Night Before Christmas storytime
December, 1-2pm - Indooroopilly Library
Join a special reading of the classic story 'Twas the
Night Before Christmas and holiday craft. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years. Bookings essential.
For more great Christmas and holiday events, visit
Brisbane City Council's 2016 Christmas Events page here.
To find out more about what's happening throughout Brisbane, you
can also follow Council's What's On Brisbane Facebook page here.
CLIFTON HILL PEACE PARK
Work has begun on the $120,000 upgrade to the park and
play equipment at Clifton Hill Peace Park, Annerley.
The upgrade includes the following:
a new large fort
will also include the replacement of the existing drinking fountain with a combination of a tap, bubbler
and dog bowl. The footpath has also been approved for resurfacing, which is great news.
Work on the park began on Thursday 8 December and should be completed by Christmas. Thank you again
to all those who gave feedback.
GRACEVILLE MEMORIAL PARK
Thank you to all those residents who attended a consultation
session, emailed and facebooked me with feedback about the proposed new playground at Graceville Memorial
The overwhelming feedback was for the playground to be retained
in its current location or as near as possible to natural shade. In response to this feedback, I have
asked Council to retain as much of the existing playground footprint as possible (near the basketball
/carpark end) and extend away from the fig trees. This would require removing three smaller trees near
the edge of the basketball court. These trees were ad hoc plantings for playground shade some years ago
and are not significant memorial trees.
This would retain
some shade from the fig for the future playground, keep the playground away from the road, within sight
of the clubhouse and near the other children's facilities - the basketball court and steam engine. I hope
that this request can be accommodated.
In addition to location,
there were two other general issues raised. Firstly, a large number of toddlers and younger children use
the playground, so the equipment needs to cater for young children as much as possible. Secondly, the
equipment should be as natural as possible to reflect the environment (hence the suggestions regarding
fort materials below).
With respect to the playground design,
based on resident feedback, I have provided the following feedback to Council:
urban play fort (natural green and grey, timber posts)
swings to include a baby seat, normal seat and basket seat
supernova blue spin wheel
bee springer toy
cup or snail springer / unicorn springer
to replace fencing as needed;
netball half court markings
to be added to the basketball court (and existing basketball lines refreshed)
additional seating and/or relocation of existing seating to either side of the new playground location
hopscotch markings and or snakes and ladders on one of the old
soft fall pieces where equipment has been removed, if possible.
Once the location and playground design has been finalised in the New Year, I will circulate a flyer
to residents. I am doing everything I can to keep the playground near the shade and away from the road.
It's time to hope for a Christmas miracle now.
Stage Two will follow in late 2017 and will include
shade sails and additional play equipment, and possibly a flying fox or climbing apparatus, space permitting.
YERONGA BOWLS CLUB, 11 QUERRIN STREET
Good news. Council has refused the DA at the Yeronga Bowls Club,
11 Querrin St Yeronga.
Council has made the right decision to
preserve the historic Yeronga Bowls Club and green space from development for high rise units. This is
a win for our community.
The Yeronga Community Centre are looking
for a permanent home and I hope that the Bowls Club executive will consider another (non-commercial)
partnership that preserves the Club, its green space and benefits our local community.
307 HONOUR AVENUE, GRACEVILLE
now the bad news. Council has approved a major extension to the rear of the shops at 307 Honour Ave, Graceville,
despite mine and significant resident objections.
The new homewares
shop and café did not comply with a significant number of criteria, including parking and set-backs
to the adjoining homes and business. However, as the Lord Mayor's City Plan 2014 makes so many applications
Code Assessable, residents do not get formal notification, submission or appeal rights.
This is a poor decision in my view that will increase noise, traffic and parking impacts in the
surrounding residential streets near the Honour Avenue shopping precinct.
URGENT UPDATE - YEERONGILLY TOD (YEERONGPILLY GREEN), 681 FAIRFIELD ROAD, YEERONGPILLY
Consolidated Properties has submitted a revised development application
to Council for the Yeerongpilly Green, next to the Tennis Centre. It is truly appalling that they have
put the plans out for consultation over the Christmas - New Year period.
These changes must be approved at two levels, via the State Government's planning
system, which does require public notification.
of the public can make a submission during the public notification period between 2 December 2016 and
27 February 2017. Click here
to access the detailed plans and make an online submission via email.
The major changes include:
partially demolishing and
relocating the heritage listed stock experiment station, the veterinary centre and its surrounds;
increased high-rise density in the south-western side of King
Arthur Tce and an extended residential footprint in Ortive Street;
reconfiguration of the internal roads and pathways (with significant impacts on the King Arthur
the loss of parkland and green space
reuse of the heritage buildings for commercial purposes not community
purposes, as promised.
Basically, development on the site
is now bigger, the heritage buildings are being adversely impacted and we are losing the green space and
community use buildings we fought so hard for during consultation.
Plus of course, not a single road improvement to Fairfield Rd, the old section
of King Arthur Tce, Softstone St or Graceville Ave to manage the huge influx of commercial, retail and
residential traffic THE SIZE OF A WHOLE NEW SUBURB.
the application is Code Assessable under Council's City Plan 2014, meaning no public notification is required.
However, as the proposal requires changes to the masterplan residents can make a submission at any time.
You can view the development application A004540905 online here
or in hard copy at my office.
Help Save Living in the Shires Magazine!
Living in The Shires is a free quarterly
publication with a run of 12,000 copies covering an area that includes the suburbs of Chelmer, Graceville,
Sherwood, Corinda, Oxley and Tennyson. It features exclusively local stories on businesses, community
events, residents, artists, and history. It was even shortlisted for a national Publish Award.
However, one of the creators has decided to step back from the publication of the much-loved magazine,
leaving Susan Prior, the editor to take the reigns on the project.
The magazine is now selling advertising spaces and sponsorships to fund the next four editions through
a crowd-funding page here.
Please help keep this wonderful local publication going. The magazine is well-loved throughout the
community and provides a great focus on our local suburbs.
Switch Radio Needs Your Help!
Due to recent federal government funding cuts,
Switch 1197, Brisbane's only dedicated youth community radio station, needs your help to continue broadcasting
on Digital Radio.
Switch Radio are now running a Go Fund Me campaign
in order to continue their program that has been in operation since 1999 and provides opportunities for
young people in Brisbane to gain experience in the media.
would like to contribute to Switch 1197, please visit their Go Fund Me page here.
New Yeronga Habitat Brisbane Group
you feel as though you would like to contribute to keeping our Riverbank clean and green, then join the
new Yeronga Habitat Group.
The work of the habitat group is extremely
important in helping to enhance wildlife habitat, control bank erosion, and improve amenity. The river
edges support a diversity of wildlife, including wedgetail eagles, buff-banded rails (rare in Brisbane),
wrens, kingfishers, lizards, frogs, butterflies and bandicoots.
If you would like more information, or to join the Group, please email them here
For information on other Habitat Groups in Brisbane, visit Council's webpage here.
Graceville State School Pool Turns 50!
Officially opened on 22 October 1966, the Graceville State School Pool has become a wonderful facility
for students to learn about and enjoy the sport of swimming.
fundraising for construction of the Pool was spearheaded by the Ladies Auxiliary of the P&C Association.
Through school fetes, street stalls, morning teas, lamington drives, fashion parades, sports day stalls,
Melbourne Cup parties, art unions, and fancy dress stalls, the Ladies Auxiliary was able to cover half
of the $28,833.88 it cost to construct the Pool (a lot different to what it would cost today!).
The Pool now has over 220 registered swimmers, making it one of the largest in Brisbane and continues
to offer fantastic facilities to local swimmers and students.
PORTABLE FLASHING SPEED SIGN GETS RESULTS
Brisbane City Council's portable flashing speed sign on Venner Road, Annerley
has produced some clear results.
Venner Road is posted as 60km/h.
The sign collected data for a two month period from 17 August to 28 October 2016. During this time 271,863
vehicles (ave 3,776 per day) passed through the portable speed sign zone. 13,290 vehicles or 4.9% of all
drivers were recorded travelling above the posted speed limit. Of the vehicles speeding, 85% were travelling
at or below 66km/hr. When prompted 10,141 speeding drivers reduced their speeds by an average of 5kms
to 61km/hr within the speed camera range.
Council's portable flashing speed sign on Clewley Street, Corinda has also produced
some interesting results.
Clewley Street is posted as 50km/h,
except for during school zone hours Monday to Friday 7-9am and 2-4pm. The sign collected data for an approximate
2 month period from 16 August to 12 October 2016. During this time 89,503 vehicles (ave 1,570 per day)
passed through the portable speed sign zone.
During school hours
15,362 vehicles passed through the sign with 913 or 5.9% of all drivers recorded travelling above the
posted speed limit. Of the vehicles speeding, 85% were travelling at or below 46.2km/hr. When prompted,
575 speeding vehicles reduced their speed by an average of 3.2kms to 43km/hr within the speed camera range.
During normal hours, 74,141 vehicles passed through the sign with
529 vehicles or 0.7% of all drivers recorded travelling above the posted speed limit. Of the vehicles
speeding, 85% of speeding drivers were travelling at or below 56km/hr. When prompted 311 speeding drivers
reduced their speeds by an average of 3kms to 53km/hr within the speed camera range.
While these results show that vehicles are slowing down when prompted, there is still an issue with
speeding around our local streets. Please remember to slow down around our schools.
The portable flashing speed signs are being rotated around traffic hot spots in Tennyson Ward, and
are now located on Ardoyne Rd, Oxley; Oxley Rd, Sherwood; and Quarry Rd, Corinda. They will be relocated
to Annerley Rd, Annerley; Waterton St, Annerley; and Brisbane Corso, Fairfield in coming weeks.
ROAD AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS
Quarry Rd, between
Oxley Rd and Primrose St
20/12/16 20/01/17 (one day only date unconfirmed)
GRACEVILLE STATION ACCESSIBILITY UPGRADE
weeks, Qld Rail will undertake further lift shaft construction works, refurbishment works and resurfacing
on platforms 3 and 4. Night works will occur at the Stations, Sunday to Thursdays between 6:30pm and 6:30am
on 4-8, 11-15, and 18-22 December.
Works will cease over Christmas between Friday 23 December
and Tuesday 3 January.
During these works, 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.
No further road closures
to Honour Avenue are planned until mid-February.
WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT CORINDA
Between November 2016 and April 2017, Queensland Urban Utilities are undertaking water main upgrades
in Railway Terrace, Corinda. Works can take anywhere from four to twelve weeks to complete, depending
on the length of the pipe and weather conditions.
Work will be undertaken between 6am and 6pm,
Monday to Saturday. Some night works may be required, but residents will be notified of this.
Water services will be maintained throughout the works through a temporary bypass pipe. However, some
night works may cause disruptions. Residents will be notified 48 hours prior to any planned outages.
Residents can expect some dust and noise during excavation, some limits to footpath access and
on-street parking, changed traffic conditions, lighting during night works, some temporary water outages
during connection works, and some driveway impacts.
Queensland Urban Utilities will temporarily repair
any damages caused during construction and will return upon completion to fully restore any disturbed
roads, driveways or footpaths to their original condition.
Some trees may have been removed before
the process began, but will be replaced once work is complete.
KERB AND CHANNEL
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
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 worthwhile work.
BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL - DON'T FORGET
YOUR PARKING PERMITS!
The Brisbane International is being held again from 1 to
8 January 2017. All residential streets within 1km of the stadium will be subject to 1hr parking
restrictions, residents and their visitors excepted.
This affects residents in Tennyson, Yeerongpilly
and Yeronga. You can see a map for the precinct here.
You can apply for a permit and be issued with a temporary pass from
my office at Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre up until lunchtime on 23 December 2016.
addition to a parking permit, residents living in Ortive and Paragon Streets will also need a pass to
access their street. Please visit my office to apply for a parking permit and street pass if needed.
The new yellow sign in each Street within the parking
precinct should be useful for visitors and residents alike to raise awareness about where the restrictions
TENNYSON WARD OFFICE CLOSURE
The Tennyson Ward Office will be closed over Christmas
from lunchtime Friday 23 Dec 2016.
will re-open on Wednesday, 4 January 2017 with the standard operating hours of Monday
- Friday, 9am-5pm.
For any emergencies over the Christmas break,
please contact Brisbane City Council's 24/7 call centre on 3403 8888.
From myself and my staff, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and enjoyable new year.
Do you have overdue library books?
This December Brisbane City Council libraries will waive any fines for overdue library books.
Customers who present their overdue books will have their overdue
fees waived in exchange for a donation of canned food.
food will be donated to Foodbank Queensland and be distributed to needy families for Christmas. Perishable
food items cannot be accepted.
Lost library items are not covered
by the amnesty.
for more information.
Commencing Monday, 23 January 2017, Council will be conducting a Kerbside Large Item Collection
Service for Tennyson Ward residents.
Items can be left on the
kerbside one day prior to the collection commencement date.
Please ensure the following guidelines
are observed when placing items on the kerbside for collection:
the piles are tidy so the footpath and/or roadway is kept clear;
piles are no larger than two cubic metres (equal to a small box trailer load) or individual items
are not more than one metre long;
doors must be removed from
refrigerators and cupboards;
no sharp or dangerous objects;
items must be able to be easily and safely lifted by two
Council will not collect unacceptable items placed
on the kerb and illegal dumping fines may apply if unacceptable material is not removed. Unacceptable
items include the following:
vegetation, dirt, stone, bricks,
car parts and tyres;
general household waste;
liquids and hazardous waste
glass and mirrors.
Week commencing 23 January
Week commencing 30 January
Yeerongpilly, Yeronga, Faifield
Week commencing 29 May
Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood, Corinda, Oxley