Message From Nicole
Council Releases Future Infrastructure Plans - Have Your Say
Yeronga DOLA Upgrade
Development Update
Local News and Events
Road Safety Initiative - Hyde Rd, Yeronga
Hyde Rd Puppy Park Now Open
Yeronga Community Centre is Moving!
Cleaner Suburbs Award
Qld Community Achievement Awards
Road and Construction Works
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Babies, Books and Rhymes
Mondays, 11:30am
Annerley Library

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11am
Fridays, 12pm
Fairfield Library

Toddler Time
Mondays, 10am
Saturdays, 9:30am
Annerley Library

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am
Fairfield Library

Children's Storytime
Mondays, 3:30pm
Annerley Library

Tuesdays, 12pm
Fridays, 11am
Saturdays, 9:30am
Fairfield Library

Fairfield Library

Toonworld workshop*
1:30-2:15pm, Thursday, 29 June
Ideal for children aged 5-8 years

2:15-3pm, Thursday, 29 June
Ideal for children aged 9-12 years
meet fun characters and design wonderful heroes while defending the lands against the evil Rubbix and his rampaging stickmen army. 

NAIDOC Week storytime*
11-11:30am, Friday, 7 July
Enjoy a special storytime celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.  Ideal for children aged 2-5 years.

Eric Carle creatures*
3:30-4:30pm, Friday, 7 July
Create your own creepy crawly artwork exploring the collage techniques used to illustrate Eric Carle's picture books. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years.

Android help*
2-3:30pm, Friday, 14 July
Bring your own Android device. Basic Android skills required.

TV streaming on the internet*
2-3:30pm, Friday, 21 July
Basic computer and internet skills required.

Online safety and security basics*
2-3:30pm, Friday, 28 July
Basic computer and internet skills required.

Annerley Library

Dudley Doo's Big Fishing Adventure*
10-11am, Tuesday, 27 June
Join author Karyn Jane Handran as she shares her book Dudley Doo's Big Fishing Adventure in this special storytime and then make your own mouse ears. Ideal for children aged 4-7 years

Drop in and meet NAO*
10-11am, Friday, 30 June
See how this amazing humanoid robot can sense its environment and interact with people using surprisingly lifelike gestures and movement.

NAIDOC Week storytime*
3:30-4:30, Monday, 3 July
Enjoy a special storytime celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Ideal for children aged 2-5 years. Presented as part of Black History Month celebrations.

Comic workshop with Cartoon Dave: Rockin' robots*
10-11am, Friday, 7 July
Join Dave when he shares the secrets to comic cartooning during workshops at libraries across Brisbane these school holidays. Ideal for children aged 6-12 years.

iPad help*
10:30am-12pm, Saturday, 15 July
Bring your own iPad and Apple account details. Basic iPad skills required.

Beatrix Potter's birthday*
3:30-4:30pm, Friday, 21 July
Share in the fun and games celebrating Beatrix Potter's beloved characters. Ideal for children aged 4-8 years. 

Social media basics*
10:30am-12pm, Saturday, 22 July
 Basic computer and internet skills required.

Fandom haven: Harry Potter*
5:30-7pm, Thursday, 27 July
Get your friends together and join us for trivia, games and giveaways to celebrate the world of Harry Potter and author, JK Rowling's birthday. Ideal for those aged 12 years and older.

Beginner Swimming and Water Safety for Adults*
11:45am-12:45pm, Saturdays
15 Jul to 2 Sep
Yeronga Park Pool

Aqua Aerobics
11-11:45am, Saturdays
15 Jul to 2 Sep
Fun water workout suitable for all fitness levels
Yeronga Park Pool

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

8:45-9:45am, Fridays
Captain Burke Park, Kangaroo Point

Skateboarding Masterclass*
3:30-4:30pm, Mondays
10 Jul to 11 Sep
All ages welcome
Fairfield Skate Park


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

(For ages up to 17 years)

Decorative Clay Masks*
1:30-3:30pm, Friday, 7 July
Use natural materials from the park to create your own clay mask. $5.00.
Yeronga Memorial Park

Revolutions: Skateboarding Clinic
10:30am-12pm, Wednesdays 28 June and 5 Jul
Learn how to ride a skateboard!
JF O'Grady Park, Fairfield

ACT-ivate Children's Club (Junior 3-4 years)*
3:30-4:30pm, 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.
Sherwood Arboretum

ACT-ivate Children's Club (Senior 5-10 years)*
3:30-4:30pm, Wednesdays
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!
Sherwood Arboretum

Kindy Dance
9:30-10:30am, Tuesdays
11 Jul to 12 Sep
Children will learn different movement patterns and dance moves, along with plenty of fun dance based games.
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson

Items marked with * require bookings.

Contact the relevant library or
3403 8888.

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.

Contact the relevant library or
3403 8888.
Hi everyone

Congratulations to the Annerley Stephens History Group who won the 2017 John Oxley Library Community History Award for their Frank Corley House photo project. This prestigious award recognises excellence and innovation in preserving, recording and sharing Queensland History by community groups. Well done to Bill Elliott and all the members, especially Dennis and Pauline Peel, who has been so instrumental in collating and sharing these wonderful photos of the Southside that records our district's architectural history and culture from the 1970s. 

The Annerley Stephens History group meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Annerley Community Hub on Ipswich Rd at 6.30pm. They also hold a range of special events including one this Saturday from 2-4pm at the Tarragindi Uniting Church, 24 Pope St, Tarragindi with a special focus on Frank Corley photos in Tarragindi. You can read more on their website here 

Regards Nicole.

Ps. to all those worried about the future of the Yeronga Community Centre they have  a new home at the Yeronga Scout Hut, cnr Villa St and Park Rd, Yeronga Memorial Park. Read on for more details, below.



Brisbane City Council has released a key plan that will guide major infrastructure upgrades to stormwater, transport, parks and community facilities over the next 10 years.

The Local Government Infrastructure Plan, known as an LGIP, outlines around 1000 projects valued at $2 billion across the City. This does not include smaller, local projects but upgrades to trunk infrastructure on a suburb-wide level. The upgrades reflect population, employment and dwelling projections provided by the State Government.       

It is critical that the necessary infrastructure for Tennyson Ward is firstly, on the LGIP list, and secondly, prioritised to meet the needs of our community.  Council keeps jamming more and more units into our district but is not supporting growth with the necessary new infrastructure and parklands.

I need your help to make sure key infrastructure upgrades are listed for future funding. Now is the time to speak up.

Listed below are the projects proposed in the LGIP and a list of what's missing. Suggestions must be made to Council by 5pm, Friday, 21 July 2017 and can be made via email or by post  to Infrastructure Coordination,  City Planning and Economic Development, Reply Paid 1434, Brisbane, Q, 4001 (no stamp required).

You can view the LGIP and maps via the hotlink on my website and click through to the Council website.


Of the 1000 projects city-wide in the LGIP just two are proposed in your local area over the next ten years. All are worthwhile but nowhere near enough to support our growing community.

Yeronga, 22 stormwater pipe upgrades, $3m in 2016-2021

Ipswich Rd/Cracknell Rd/Villa St, Annerley intersection upgrade, $1.6m in 2016-2021
The Lord Mayor has removed the following projects from the current long term infrastructure plan:

1. Fairfield Rd upgrade
2. Community Arts and Leisure Centre, Yeerongpilly land acquisition and site preparations $1.7m   
3. Land acquisition for district parkland, Tennyson $2.4m
4. Oxley Creek Bikeway, Oxley, Corinda, Sherwood and Rocklea $2.4m
5. Moolabin Creek Bikeway, Yeerongpilly, $1.3m
6. Yeronga Bikeway, Orient Rd Park to Brisbane Corso, $257,000
7. Annerley, 5 stormwater pipe upgrades $454,664
8. Fairfield/Yeronga, 5 stormwater pipe upgrades $537,521
9. Yeronga, 50 stormwater pipe upgrades $1.7m



There are some key projects needed in your local area that are not included in the LGIP. In addition to those removed above, you might like to email Council and ask for these key projects to be included and feel free to add your ideas as well.

New Road Projects

1. Venner Rd Freight Bypass, new road overpass from Moorooka to Yeerongpilly (to divert trucks off Venner Rd and Fairfield Rd)

New Parkland

1. RSPCA site, Yeronga acquisition of parkland for recreational and sporting use
2. Acquisition of Yeronga Bowls Club for recreational and sporting use

Ferry Terminals

1. New ferry terminals to extend City Cat upstream to Fairfield,  Yeronga, Tennyson and Graceville


1. Annerley Rd, Annerley separated, off road Bikeway connecting Annerley Rd, Dutton Park with Ipswich Rd, Annerley in 2016-2021
2. Yeronga Bikeway, Orient Rd Park to Brisbane Corso, $257,000
3. Sherwood Rd, Sherwood-Rocklea, bikeway

Stormwater - fight for your suburb!

All those listed in bold, above, for Annerley, Fairfield and Yeronga.

To view more on the LGIP, visit my website here.



Thank you to everyone who suggested their ideas for the future upgrade of the Yeronga Memorial Dog Off Leash Area (DOLA).

Last month I surveyed surrounding residents asking them to indicate their top three preferences for upgrades to the DOLA. Of those who responded, the top three responses were:

  1. grass remediation,
  2. shelter and seating,
  3. more/improved lighting,

Requests for a small DOLA, dog bowl and tap, DOLA extension and dog agility equipment also received votes. Other suggestions made were for a community noticeboard, 'no smoking' signage, fence repairs and a code of conduct for dog owners.

I have provided this feedback to Council and will consult further once the design has been finalised.

Whilst I did not receive any funds in the 2017-18 Budget, I am hoping we will have a budget of around $100,000 from the local Parks Trust Fund. While this sounds like a lot, fencing and electrical works are expensive. 

Thank you again to everyone who participated.


There are two intriguing DAs that have been lodged in the local area, both for new childcare centres.

567 Fairfield Rd, Yeronga
This is the site at the corner of Nelson St and Fairfield Rd, Yeronga with the old pre-1911 house that has been allowed to deteriorate. This site has a current approval for demolition of the pre-1911 house and a large three storey unit complex. The site is zoned for residential not community use.  If the pre-1911 house was to be retained and sympathetic extensions undertaken this could be a good application to support working families in our district. If you have strong views on this DA I would be happy to hear them.
You can read more on my website here

720-724 Ipswich Rd, Annerley
A proposal has been made to convert one of the old car yards on Ipswich Rd to a childcare centre and medical centre.  This site is also zoned residential not community or multi-purpose.  There are pros and cons with the proposal with a number of very serious safety issues that are poorly addressed. For example, the children's play area is located at the front of the complex, adjacent to the driveway and rubbish collection point, just metres off Ipswich Rd.  A small scale child care centre with plenty of open space and safety precautions may be a worthwhile addition to the community. In its current form I have concerns though about the size of the proposal and safety issues around the childcare centre design.  Again, if you have strong views on this DA I would be happy to hear them.

You can read more on my website here.


Save the date for the Stephen's RSL VP Day Memorial Day Service at 10am on Tuesday, 15 August to commemorate the Victory in the Pacific during WWII. The service will take place at the Stephen's RSL Memorial at Stimpson Park, Moorooka. I look forward to seeing you there.


ReachOut have launched their new Parents Coaching Program to assist parents worried about their relationship with their teenager or their wellbeing or behaviour. Parents can access up to four free confidential, one-on-one phone sessions with a professional parenting coach, as well as perosnalised digital resources. To find out more, visit ReachOut's website here.



Council is rolling out its $3.2 million road safety initiative at traffic and accident hotspots.

The signs, at fixed  locations, will flash a  Queensland road safety sign combined with a 'Slow Down' message designed to alert drivers about an upcoming intersection, crossing or     traffic hazard.

The sign on Hyde Rd, Yeronga has now been installed and will flash with a pedestrian warning for drivers in proximity to the pedestrian refuges and nearby shops and retirement village.
This site has been chosen based on strong community feedback about speeding. As there is a large retirement village, dog park and school nearby, it is crucial that drivers are aware of young and elderly people crossing  busy Hyde Rd. The most recent portable flashing speed sign results on Hyde Rd indicated that the average speed of 25% of all vehicles was more than 60km/h.


Work has been finalised on upgrades to the Hyde Rd Puppy Park and it is now open for public use.

Upgrades included grass remediation, new shelter and seating, dog bowl and tap, new footpaths and removal of the weave poles.

The Puppy Park looks great and I hope it's put to good use in future.


The Yeronga Community Centre is moving from its current location at Killarney St, Yeronga to the Kurilpa Scout Hall in Yeronga Memorial Park, cnr Villa St and Park Rd.

New opening hours will be 9am-1pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. All other contact details, including phone number, will stay the same.

The community garden, as well as composting hub, will also be moving with the Centre to the Scout Hall and will be open from the afternoon of Wednesday, 28 June. 

Keep an eye on the Community Centre's Facebook page here, as more detailed information will be released next week.

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to keep Brisbane clean and green? Nominate them for Council's 2017 Cleaner Suburbs Award, giving them the chance to share in $4,000 worth of prizes.

The awards are presented in the following eight categories that aim to recognise individuals, community groups, businesses, workplaces and schools for their contribution in the areas of litter prevention, waste management and resource recovery, and waterways catchment health:

  • Innovation in Litter Prevention Award
  • Councillors Choice Award
  • Litter Prevention Award
  • Recycle and Recreate Award
  • Location Clean Up Awards
  • Clean Schools Awards
  • Catchment Champions Awards
  • Litter Prevention Champion Award

Nominations can be submitted on the Cleaner Suburbs website from Monday 29 May until Friday 28 July.

The public will also have the opportunity to vote on a winner for the overall Litter Prevention Champion Award between Monday 14 August and Thursday 31 August before the award ceremony is held at Brisbane City Hall on Tuesday 10 October.

Fairfield Rd, Yeronga
Road resurfacing