Message From Nicole
Australia Day 2017
Graceville Playground Update
Boer War Service 2017
Corinda State High School Parking Enforcement
Local News and Events
Development Updates
BrisAsia Festival 2017
Clean Up Australia Day
Tennis Centre Parking Signage
Road and Construction Works
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Items marked with * require bookings.

Contact the relevant library or
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

Researching the history of your house*
1-2pm, Sunday, 11 February
Learn about the places to look and the things you might find.
Corinda Library

Library Lovers' Day book chat
Share the books you love with other reading enthusiasts over morning tea. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

Internet safety and security*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday 15 February
Basic computer and internet required.
Corinda Library

eBay and Gumtree basics*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday 22 February
Basic computer and internet skills required.
Corinda Library

Meet Janice Gallen
10:30-11:30am, Tuesday 28 February
Join author Janice Gallen as she shares her experiences of writing the Meg and Clyde Mystery series and enjoy short readings from her latest cosy mystery, Brink of the Blue.
Corinda Library

Computer basics*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday 1 March
Perfect for the first time user.
Corinda Library

Blending edibles and ornamentals*
1-3:30pm, Saturday 4 March
Find out how to successfully blend edibles and ornamentals in your garden design to create an aesthetic and productive garden. Presented by Paul Plant, editor of subTropical Gardening magazine. Corinda Library
Corinda Library

Email basics*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday 8 March
Basic computer and internet skills required.
Corinda Library

Internet basics*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday 15 March
Basic computer skills are required.
Corinda Library

Fitness 4 me
3:45-4:45pm, Wednesdays
An outdoor exercise class that includes a mix of cardio, strength and core stability. Mums, dads and bubs welcome.
Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks

Aqua Dance2BFit
5-6pm, Wednesdays
Aqua Dance2BFit is a dance based aqua class which provides a full body workout.
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Tai Chi Qigong
9-10am, Thursdays
This dynamic activity is invigorating, works with both your body and your mind and will help you feel relaxed, refreshed and calm.
Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks

Low impact fitness and pilates*
9:30-10:30am, Thursdays
Easy movement and fitness exercises including a warm-up, strength, pilates and warm down. Bring a yoga mat. 
Graceville Riverside Parklands

7:30-8:30am, Saturdays
Stretching and strengthening exercises targeted at functional movement and core muscle strengthening.
Sherwood Arboretum

Womens only swimming & water safety*
2-3pm, Saturdays
An opportunity for women to learn the basics of swimming, become water safe and get ready to conquer other water activities.
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Womens only Aqua aerobics
3-3:45pm, Saturdays
A fun water workout for women only and is suitable for all fitness levels. Suitable for non swimmers, people with arthritis and other medical conditions.
Dunlop park Pool, Corinda

Fit 4 mums
9:15-10:15am, Mondays
A great way to workout in the outdoors with or without your children.
Sherwood Arboretum

9:30-10:30am, Tuesdays
Dance2BFit is a high energy dance fitness class which provides a full body workout.
Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks

All items marked with * require bookings. Please visit Council's website here to view event information and requirements.

Fun soccer coaching*
4-5pm, Mondays
Fun, safe, soccer games using balls, goals and cones. This is the perfect mix of fun physical activity and instruction that is sure to please all. Suitable for 5-10 years of age.
Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks

Kindy dance
9:30-10:30am, Tuesdays
Children will learn different movement patterns and dance moves, along with plenty of fun dance based games.
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson

ACT-ivate Children's Club (Junior 3-4 years)*
3:45-4:45pm, Wednesdays
Using balls, hoops, parachutes, tunnels, jumping sacks, puppets, storybooks, costumes and music, participants will explore all the different ways their growing bodies can move.
Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks

ACT-ivate Children's Club (Senior 5-10 years)
3:45-4:45pm, Wednesdays
Bookings essential. Come and play ball games, brave the obstacle courses and relays, enjoy sack and egg and spoon races, participate in drama based interactive games and much more!
Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks

Kerbside Collection
Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood, Corinda, Oxley
Week commencing 29 May

Apology Day
Monday 13 February
Join with other Solidarity and Reconciliation groups around the country to celebrate this historic day. Please contact Reconciliation Queensland Inc. for details of local events.

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

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

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
Without consultation last year, the Lord Mayor cut Council's long term water rebate to pensioners. This has hit many older people on fixed incomes very hard. A petition of more than 1,000 people went to Council on Tuesday calling for the rebate to be reinstated. I supported their calls. Cr Adams, the Council Finance Chairman, justified the cuts by saying that Council couldn't afford to keep paying the rebate or, as she said, "absorb the costs".

I had never heard a more disingenuous argument in my life. Council is an 85% stakeholder in Queensland Urban Utilities and last year received a $170 million, yes a $170 million, dividend, which went straight into Council coffers.  Cr Adams thinks a better way to spend Council budget funds is on international trips for her to look at fairy lights in Taiwan. I am not kidding, this was an official trip she went on that cost ratepayers $5,000, which it seems is more important than supporting pensioners or even investing in vital stormwater drainage or backflow valves on the Southside, which have been neglected for years. 

In my view, this administration has lost touch about ensuring fairness in the way budget funds are allocated for the vulnerable, the essentials, like drainage, but also geographically around the City. It is not good enough in my view. I said so at Council on Tuesday and thought you should know too.

Regards, Nicole.


Congratulations to the 96 residents from 30 different countires who became Australian Citizens on Australia Day. I was delighted to undertake the formal citizenship requirements, as the presiding officer, as part of the annual ceremony hosted by the Moorooka Lions at Yeronga State School.
It was a wonderful day with many families joining to celebrate our new citizens. Each new citizen received a native Australian plant to commemorate the event, which I'm sure will find a lovely place in the garden or home to symbolise the wonderful occasion of becoming a citizen. A big thank you to Rob Johnson and all the Moorooka Lions for making the morning such a success.
The Moreton Awards were held on Australia Day to recognise the relentless work of our prominent local volunteers. This year, I had the honour of presenting some extremely hardworking community members with their award, including:
  • Trevor Armstrong: Coordinator of Pennywort Creek Bushcare Group
  • Pamela Dale: Combined Probus Club of Sherwood
  • Lucian Goonetilleke: Brisbane Ekibin Lions Club
  • Rev Heather Griffin: Vigil of Manmeet Sharma
  • Barry Harding: Stephens RSL
  • Annette Harper: Oxley Girl Guides
  • Helen Hynd: Garden Rescue
  • Colin James and Pamela Ann Lelay: Brisbane Ekibin Lions Club
  • Wayne Lucas: Stephens RSL
  • Greg Nelson: Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre and Principal of Sherwood State School
  • Helga Parl: Fairfield Writers' Group
  • Craig Tobin: Craig Tobin Aquatics
  • Jessica Walker: Yeronga State School
  • Audrey Wise: Yeronga Meals on Wheels
I would also like to congratulate all those who received a Lord Mayor's Australia Day Award that recognises those who have gone above and beyond to help contribute to a friendly and strong community. This year, two residents of the Tennyson Ward were recognised - Michael Bischa, who received an Australia Day Achievement Award for his years of hard work with the Pamphlett Sea Scoutts and Emma Betts, who was named Young Citizen of the Year for her valiant efforts in raising awareness and funds for Cancer research.
Thank you to everyone who gave feedback on the new playground at Graceville Memorial Park.

During consultation, the overwhelming feedback was for the playground to be retained in its current location or as near as possible to natural shade.

Council have agreed to retain as much of the existing playground footprint as possible (near the basketball /carpark end) and extend away from the fig trees, which would require removing three smaller, non-significant trees near the edge of the basketball court. 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. At this stage, we are waiting for formal sign-off from the State heritage department, but in principle, approval has been given.

The playground itself will contain the following equipment:

  • urban play fort with equipment for small and older children 
  • swings to include a baby seat, normal seat and basket seat
  • supernova blue spin wheel
  • springer toy
  • root barriers to replace fencing as needed (these are expensive but will be useful for the long term viability of the playground location);
  • 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.  

Stage Two will follow in late 2017 and will include shade sails and additional play equipment, possibly a flying fox or climbing apparatus, space permitting. I will do this earlier if funds permit.

I am hopeful that we have found a good compromise that means some shade can be retained and a new playground installed. At this stage, building work for the new playground is planned for May 2017. I will keep you updated when final timeframes and plans are available. 


The Annual Boer War Memorial Service was held on Thursday 2 February to commemorate the 115th anniversary of all who lost their lives during the battle of Onverwacht, South Africa, during the Anglo Boer War in 1902.
Corinda has one of the oldest Boer War Cemeteries in Australia, honouring the 13 men from the local community who lost their lives in the battle. Every year, the students from Corinda State High School and Ermelo High School in South Africa exchange letters and messages to commemorate veterans on both sides of the conflict. The Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL conducts an essay competition each year for Corinda State High School Students. This year's winner of the competition is Maria Kilipati and you can read her essay online here
After additional enforcement requests from local residents, parking patrols will be undertaken around Corinda State High School during term one.
Dangerous and illegal parking around Corinda State School is problematic in a congested residential area. Please be aware, Council cannot distinguish between visitors to the area and residents, so it is essential that everyone is parking in accordance with street signage and road rules.
Corinda State Primary School will be patrolled during term two.

Sherwood State School Fete and 150 Year Anniversary
I look forward to seeing you at Sherwood State School's 2017 Fete on Sunday 13 May from 8.30am - 4pm for food, rides and fun. Bring your family and friends for a great day filled with stalls and activities.
For more information on fete details or how you can contribute, please contact Sherwood State School on 3716 2111.


Sherwood Uniting Quilting Group Needs Members
The Sherwood Uniting Quilting Group is open to all people who are interested in creating things with fabric, whatever your skill level. They work on projects together, while learning new skills and getting together. This work can include patchwork, applique, hand embroidery or whatever you'd like to put your mind to. The work is often given to a good cause or sold at local markets. The group meets a couple of times a month and is open to anyone. If you would like any more information, or to join, Contact Estelle on 3379 1001.


Kingsford Tce Retirement Village
A development application has been lodged for a revised retirement complex for Kingsford Terrace Retirement Village at 260 Cliveden Ave, Corinda. The proposal increases the number of buildings on the site and the height of some buildings up to six storeys, well in excess of the maximum two storeys in the surrounding low-density residential area. Under changes the Lord Mayor made to City Plan 2014, the application is Code assessable, so does not require public notification. I did not support these changes to City Plan and voted against them in Council.
Even though public notification is not required under the Act, submissions can still be made. I have objected as your local Councillor and you are welcome to use my objection to help prepare one of your own. To view the plans and make a submission, visit my website here
Sherwood Kindy Extension
A development application has been submitted to extend the Sherwood Kindergarten into the vacant block next door at 16 Thallon Street, Sherwood. I have written to Council asking for consideration for safe, on-site pick-up and drop-off facilities, as there are none proposed. To view the plans online, visit my website here.

The BrisAsia Festival is on again this year from Friday 27 January until Sunday 19 February. The Festival will feature over 80 events to celebrate Asian arts and culture in Brisbane including theatre, music, dance, film, talks and visual arts.

The following events are taking place in the Tennyson Ward:

Tai Chi
Tuesday from 31 January 14 February
Sherwood Arboretum, Sherwood

For more information, click here.


As you may know, street signs were finally installed around the Queensland Tennis Centre Parking Control Area in parts of Yeerongpilly, Yeronga and Tennyson. Once the signs went up, there was a clear problem, as they read Queensland Tennis Centre Parking Area. As several residents have pointed out, the signs could be misconstrued by visitors to the area as allowing parking. Obviously this is not what is intended, but to someone unfamiliar with the area, it could be an easy mistake to make. 

I wrote to the Lord Mayor seeking a review of this signage to ensure there is consistency with other regulated parking areas, such as Lang Park and The Gabba, which read:

  • Lang Park Traffic Area
  • The Gabba Traffic Area

I have now received a reply from Cr Amanda Cooper, on behalf of the Lord Mayor, advising that, as the signage complies with the local law and Australian Standards, it will not be changed. This is a disappointing outcome, as it seems a lack of common sense has been applied to this decision. 


Appel St, Graceville
Rail works
18/2/17 and 19/2/17

Allan Tce, Corinda
Energex works
One day only between 3/2/17 and 3/3/17

A planned track closure is scheduled at Graceville Station from 6am, Saturday 18 to 6am Monday 20 February. The station, including all platforms and the subway, will be closed and ticketing equipment will not be available. A courtesy shuttle bus will be provided for pedestrians wishing to cross the rail corridor.

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.

Appel Street, Graceville, between Verney Road East and Evadne Street, will also be closed from 6am to 6pm Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February. Traffic management and detours will be in place, while local access will be retained.