Message From Nicole
Australia Day 2017
Neighbourhood Plan Update
Parks Updates
Local News and Events
Development Updates
Robinson Park Tree Planting
City Cat Route Extension Petition
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

1 Million Stars to End Violence: Weaving workshop*
3:30-5pm, Tuesday 14 February
Learn traditional weaving techniques to make beautiful stars. Ideal for those aged 10 years and older.
Fairfield Library

Internet safety and security*
1-2:30pm, Friday 17 February
Basic computer and internet skills required.
Fairfield Library

CPR awareness*
10-11:30am, Saturday 18 Febraury
This workshop will give you the confidence to help keep someone alive using CPR while the ambulance is on its way.
Annerley Library

Facebook basics*
10-11:30am, Tuesday 21 February
Basic computer skills, internet skills and an email account are required.
Annerley Library

Email basics*
1-2:30pm, Friday 24 February
Basic computer and internet skills required.
Fairfield Library

Library e-books*
1-2:30pm, Friday 3 March
Bring your library card and email account details. Basic computer skills required.
Fairfield Library

Dr Seuss's birthday storytime*
3:30-4:15pm, Friday 3 March
Ideal for children aged 3-7 years.
Annerley Library

Floral design for beginners*
1-2:30pm, Saturday 4 March
During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of creating a floral arrangement for home, gifts or functions.
Fairfield Library

Floral design for beginners*
1-2:30pm, Saturday 4 March
Learn the basics of creating a floral arrangement for home, gifts or functions.
Fairfield Library

Storytime: Celebrate the books of Mem Fox*
3:30-4:30pm, Monday 6 March
Join in a special storytime as we read favourite books from Mem Fox. Ideal for children aged 4-8 years.
Annerley Library

Computer basics*
10-11:30am, Tuesday 7 March
Perfect for the first time user. Computers provided.
Annerley Library

iPad basics*
1-2:30pm, Friday 10 March
Bring your own iPad.
Fairfield Library

Meet Costa Mukendi*
10:30-11:30am, Sunday 11 March
Join Costa as he shares his remarkable story I Could Have Been a Street Kid, in which Costa reveals his life from DR Congo to a Zambian refugee camp to finally re-settlement in Australia. Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

Introduction to littleBits*
3:30-5pm, Wednesday 15 March
Using littleBits, children will design and create machines while learning about the basics of circuits, motors and motion. Ideal for children aged 9-12 years.
Fairfield Library

Harmony Day afternoon*
Come dressed in your traditional costume and share an afternoon of craft, games and stories celebrating Australia's cultural diversity. Ideal for children ages 5-10 years.
3:30-4:30pm, Tuesday 21 March
Fairfield Library
3:30-4:15pm, Monday 20 March
Annerley Library

Email basics*
3:30-4:15pm, Monday 20 March
Basic computer and internet skills required.
Annerley Library

Library laboratory*
3:30-4:30pm, Thursday 23 March
To celebrate World Science Festival, join library staff as they share their favourite science experiments. Ideal for children 6-10 years.
Fairfield Library

Create a Kaleidoscope*
10-11am, Saturday 25 March
To celebrate the World Science Festival, create your very own
kaleidoscope. Ideal for children aged 7-10 years.
Annerley Library

Skateboarding Masterclass*
3:30-5pm, Wednesdays from 22 Feb-29 March.
weekly coaching sessions you will learn the skills of skateboarding in an exciting, social and safe environment.  All ages welcome.
Fairfield Skate Park

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

Aqua Aerobics
12:45-1:30pm, Saturdays
Fun water workout suitable for all fitness levels
Yeronga Park Pool

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

New Year 8 Week Challenge*
5:30-6:30pm, Mondays
Intense exercise and clean eating program that suits all fitness levels.
Fehlberg Park, Yeronga

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

9-10am, Wednesdays
Yeronga Memorial Park

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

Little Ones Investigate Art*
10am-12pm, Friday 10 March
Work both individually and as a team to get active and healthy and engage in a range of art forms. 3-5 years. $5.
Yeronga Memorial Park

Cycle with Confidence*
8-10am, Sunday 26 March
Gain some hints and tips to build confidence on the bike through a 20km ride from Tennyson to the City and back.
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson


Tai Chi
9-10am, Thursdays
Brisbane Corso Park, Yeronga

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

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

Items marked with * require bookings if not stated otherwise.

Contact the relevant library or
3403 8888.

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 countries 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 hard work of  some of our 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.
Council has now released the draft Dutton Park Fairfield Draft Neighbourhood Plan for public consultation. In Tennyson Ward, the plan covers the suburb of Fairfield and several streets in Annerley and Yeronga.

Key aspects of the Plan include:

  • 593 properties rezoned from Low-Medium Density Residential to Character Residential 2 (infill) - this type of zoning still allows units and boarding houses to be built in backyards and beside character houses;
  • removal of character protections for 74 'tin and timber' houses in parts of Fairfield and along Cornwall St, Annerley;
  • conversion of the industrial land on Cornwall St (and in Princess St behind) near the cemetery to medium density;
  • retention of the Yeronga TAFE site as community use; and
  • major development centred around the Boggo Rd and South Brisbane hospital precincts.

Sadly, the Draft Plan fails to deliver any infrastructure or service improvements to our area and does not recommend any upgrades over the next ten years. The disconnect between zoning/development and infrastructure is the biggest shortfall of the Plan. Most Neighbourhood Plans are supported by a Local Government Infrastructure Plan, known as an LGIP, which identifies and prioritises infrastructure upgrades over the life of the neighbourhood plan. Despite clear feedback to Council about the need to upgrade pedestrian and cycling routes, parks, drainage and library services during previous consultation, Council is proposing not one single improvement. This is not good enough.

I need your help to send a message to Council that investing in community infrastructure and services is vitally important, especially given increased development is occurring now and will continue in future. I have enclosed some ideas you might like to include in your submission on my website here

I have also started a petition calling on Council to immediately develop an infrastructure plan, to ensure vital infrastructure including stormwater drainage, backflow valves, parks, roads, and pedestrian and cycling routes, and library services are incorporated into a Local Government Infrastructure Plan for delivery over the next 10 years. You can access the petition online here or via a hard copy at my office at Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre.

Council is holding several public information sessions and I encourage you to attend and make your suggestions known to Council.

  • Talk to Nicole  --  Robinson Park  --  Sat 25 Feb  --   9.30-10.30am 
  • Talk to Council  --  Yeronga Services Club  --  Thurs 16 Feb  --  2-4pm and 5-7pm
  • Talk to Council  --  Diana Plaza Hotel, 12 Annerley Rd, W'gabba  --  Wed 22 Feb  --  4 -7pm

Last year, the Lord Mayor spent thousands of dollars on a letter to Brisbane residents criticising under-investment in infrastructure by the State Government while the Lord Mayor and his administration now neglect planning for future infrastructure in our community. Send the Lord Mayor a message that neglecting our local area is not on.

You can email your views to Council or in writing to BCC, GPO BOX 1434, Brisbane Qld 4001. Submissions must be in by 5pm, Monday 13 March.
Public Cricket Nets South Cricket
Work will commence on 20 February to replace the public cricket nets at Souths Cricket, Yeronga. These nets were damaged in the 2014 super-cell storm and funding is available this year to undertake the work. Two brand new pitches, run-ups and cages will be constructed and a third concrete pitch will be kept to allow portable netting to be used.

These nets will be available for South Juniors and members of the public at any time. I am delighted to be able to fund this important upgrade for our community out of the local parks trust funds. A big thank you to Souths for their input and patience as we get this project underway.

Hyde Road Puppy Park
Last year I advised that Council were undertaking work in the Hyde Road Puppy Park that would require partial closure of the dog off-leash area. However, during their scoping works, Council has discovered more complex soil issues than first expected. As a result, the dog park will be fully closed for approximately ten weeks from early March. A temporary dog off leash area will be established nearby for puppy park users. The good news is, the whole area will be re-turfed and improvements to the facilities, including the shelter location, will be made. I apologise for the disruption, but hopefully we will have a much better facility in coming weeks.


Clifton Hill Peace Park
The new playground has now been completed and looks absolutely fantastic. I hope that local families are enjoying the new facilities. There was delay with Energex installing power to the BBQ, but Council contractors are due on site this week to install and connect the BBQ. Commissioning must be done by Energex after the BBQ construction and I hope it is online for use in the next month.

Rowlinson Park
Following a resident request, I have been advised by Council that additional tree plantings will be undertaken in Rowlinson Park, Yeronga. Council are currently scoping the area to determine suitable tree locations and species. I will keep you updated on the process. 


Junction Park State School Fete
I look forward to seeing you at Junction Park State School's 2017 Fete on Sunday, 7 May from 9:30am - 3pm 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 Junction Park State School on 3426 4333 or visit the Fete website here.

Yeronga State School Fete
Come along to Yeronga State School's 2017 Fete from 12pm, Saturday, 27 May for great entertainment, food, music and rides. This year includes a fireworks show at 6pm.

For updates and more information, please contact Yeronga State School on 3426 0333 or visit the Fete website here.


Annerley Neighbourhood Watch Safety Seminar
The Annerley 5 NHW Safety Seminar has been rescheduled to later in the year. Originally scheduled for later this month, the interactive seminar will partner with the Red Cross to deliver short courses in First Aid and CPR, as two of the breakout sessions during the Are You Safe? event.  The seminar will cover all of the following topics:

  • Emergency preparedness
  • How to get organised - Completing your safety checklists
  • Safety in your community - What you should know
  • How to secure your home from opportunistic thieves
  • How to make your home safe for you, the kids and the elderly
  • How to spot elderly, spousal and child abuse
  • Cyber security & parents control basics
  • Regional resource directory & critical numbers

Yeronga Bushcare Group Working Bee
The brand new Yeronga Bushcare Group are having their first working bee for 2017 on Saturday, February 25 from 7.30 - 9am. The group will work to continue habitat restoration work along the banks of the Brisbane River, at the corner of Anita St and Esplanade, Yeronga. The Group hopes to also have a Council botanist present, who will have undertaken an ecological survey of the site plus their Habitat Brisbane officer who will outline the plan for the area. All are welcome. Bring a hat and wear suitable clothing. Refreshments provided.

Regular working bees will be on the 4th Saturday of each month from 7.30 - 9am.
For more information contact Michael on or the group on

Art Exhibition at Fairfield Library
During the month of February, Corinda based artist Renate Martini-Jacobi exhibits her mixed media pieces at the Fairfield library. The pieces find their origin in prints and are worked over with textile techniques resulting in multi layered pieces.

The Dutch-born artist moved to Australia in 2007. Her mixed media pieces try to find the balance between what she has found in the place she lives now: Brisbane and the memories of her native home and family in the techniques she learned from her mother and grandmother.

For more information please contact: Renate Martini-Jacobi 044 928 6160 or

Yeronga Bowls Club Appeal
Developer Lennium Group has lodged an appeal against Council's decision to refuse their development application for a four storey, 50 unit complex on the Yeronga Bowls Club's old Querrin Street green. 
I have joined as a co-respondent on the case to support Council's decision to refuse the development. I will keep you updated on the issue as it progresses. 
Yeerongpilly TOD (Yeerongpilly Green), 681 Fairfield Rd Fairfield
The State Government / Consolidated Properties has submitted a revised state master plan (SPRP) to Council for the Yeerongpilly Green, next to the Tennis Centre.

Any member of the public can make a submission during the public notification period from 2 December, 2016 to 27 February, 2017. Click here to access the detailed plans and make an online submission.

I have prepared a draft submisson regarding the impacts of the TOD, which you are most welcome to use in preparation for your own submission. You can download a copy of it here.

Sizzler to Fast Food Restaurant
A development application has been submitted to convert the Sizzler at 594 Ipswich Rd, Annerley into a fast food restaurant. This site is actually zoned residential.

This application is classified as Impact Assessable, as it has some potential adverse impacts and is subject to public notification. A large black and white sign will be erected on the site in coming weeks with the date submissions are due.

To view the plans online and make a submission, visit Council's website here.

Work is well underway at Robinson and J F O'Grady Parks, Fairfield to replace the trees lost in the November 2014 super cell storm. 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. These mounds have now been built and turfed and will be maintained until the weather is cooler and the trees can be planted on top of them.

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).

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 month and he says there will be further Parks this year. I will hold him to this promise.


An online petition has been launched, calling upon Council to establish a CityCat Terminal at Tennyson Reach. 

The river is certainly a wonderful environmental, recreational and public transport asset for the people of Brisbane. I support extension of the City Cat up river. It was one of my election commitments in 2012 and again in 2016. However, the Lord Mayor has consistently ruled out extending the City Cat network.

To let Council know there is a need for a Ciy Cat terminal further up-river, you can sign the e-petition 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.

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. 


Orcades Rd, Yeronga
From Anita St to Orlando Rd
02/02/17 - 13/02/17

Day works from 7am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday
Occasional night works from 8pm - 5am
Construction of Bridge over Cornwall St
Traffic diversions on Cornwall St, Greenslopes