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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


Literary event: Murder on the Orient Express*
10:30-11:30am, Tuesday, 7 Nov
Join in with trivia, facts and discussion a must for every murder-mystery fan!

Internet skills one*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday, 8 Nov
Basic computer skills are required

Internet skills two*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday, 15 Nov
Basic computer and internet skills are required

Tai Chi
8-9am, Tuesdays
Sherwood Arboretum

Aqua Aerobics
3-3:45pm, Saturdays
Until 25 Nov
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Beginner Swimming Program for Adults*
2pm-3pm, Saturdays
Until 25 Nov
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Aqua Yoga
9:30-10:30am, Fridays
Until 15 Dec
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Aqua Dance2BFit
5-6pm, Wednesdays
Until 29 Nov
Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks

Deep Water Running
9:30-10:30am, Sundays
Until 26 Nov
Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda

Low Impact Fitness and Pilates*
9:30-10:30am, Thursday
Until 7 Dec
Graceville Riverside Parklands


Swiss Ball and Pilates*
9:30-10:30am, Mondays
(not on school or public holidays)
Low intensity, easy workout. Contact Jenny on 0410 010 316 to book.
Chelmer Community Centre


ACT-ivate Children's Club*
3:45-4:45pm, Wednesdays
Until 29 Nov
Sherwood Arboretum

Kindy Dance
9:30-10:30am, Tuesdays
From 3 October
Ken Fletcher Park

Items marked with * require bookings if not stated otherwise.

Contact the relevant library or
3403 8888.


Council is currently seeking feedback from the community about what residents want to see in Brisbane.

This phase of the community consultation will run until 8 December. This feedback will be used to guide future planning and decision making.

Here's how you can be involved.

Speak to a Planner

You can speak with both myself and Council planners at the Sherwood Shops on Saturday, 25 November. Alternatively, you can also visit the below nearby locations:

  • Indooroopilly Shopping Centre - Saturday, 4 November
  • Moorooka Shopping Centre - Saturday, 18 November
  • Sherwood Shops - Saturday, 25 November
  • Greenslopes Mall - Thursday, 30 November

I will have a petition on hand to stop further five storey buildings in Tennyson Ward. Please come along and sign the petition. 

Online Survey

In the meantime, you can fill in Council's online survey here. Completing the survey gives you the chance to win prizes, including a trip to Tangalooma Island Resort, entry to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, a Story Bridge Climb, a ride on the Wheel of Brisbane and tickets to the Wizard of Oz. In mt view, it's an appalling survey, as it is extremely general and then in two words asks you for your views about development. This is restricting your say. If you fill out tjis survey, here are some two word suggestions you might like to include:

  • stop over-development
  • protect heritage
  • protect character
  • more infrastructure
  • local infrastructure
  • smoother roads
  • more drainage
  • connected bikeways
  • school safety
  • public transport

Intergenerational Forum

Participate with residents of all ages in Council's one-day forum to discuss future planning that effects everyone. Register online here before 17 November to take part in the event, which is held from 9am-3pm, Wednesday, 22 November at City Hall, King George Square.

School Activities

Council will be undertaking a film competition for Brisbane high school and university students who can create a film that shows your favourite place in Brisbane. Online voting expected to occur by mid-December. Check Council's website here for more information.

A postcard competition will also be undertaken at Brisbane Primary Schools. Ask your school for the postcard and use it to express your favourite place and what you love about Brisbane. One of 50 gift cards to be won. Submissions due by Friday, 24 November.



Brisbane City Council is currently undertaking a 'feel good' consultation about planning for the City's future. It is not statutory consultation and will not lead directly to changes to City Plan 2014. 

As in the 2005 City Shape process, the feedback will be used to justify future changes to City Plan. This is what the Lord Mayor does now. For example, the feedback from the 2005 City Shape survey is used by the Lord Mayor to justify high rise in the suburbs.

Here are my top tips.

  1. Be specific about what you want for your neighbourhood.
  2. Give examples of what you want and don't want.
  3. Give examples of what works in other areas that you like.
  4. Don't forget to say what infrastructure is needed - planning shouldn't be done in a  vacuum.
  5. Know your  zoning - your zoning is critical when it comes to the type of development in your neighbourhood.

Here are my top cautions.

  1. If you say development should be around rail lines or bus routes that means all suburbs with rail lines could be at risk from high rise!
  2. If you support development, it does not mean that Council will improve infrastructure to support additional growth!
  3. Council town planning generally fails to link growth areas with improved infrastructure eg Sherwood Corinda Medium Density - no new infrastructure planned!

Here are my suggestions to include in your submission (please use or amend them at will).

  1. Designated principal, primary and secondary planning areas should be the focus of new development in accordance with Council's general planning principals and proposals not consistent with zoning outside these areas should be restricted. These areas are:
                a. Principal - CBD and CBD fringe suburbs
                b. Primary - Indooroopilly, Chermside, Mt Gravatt, Carindale
                c. Secondary - Toowong, Nundah, Mitchelton, Wynnum.
    This would help stop high rise in the suburbs and stop sport and recreational or community zoned land being used for residential development!
  2. Developments that do not meet the acceptable solutions of the City Plan 2014 Codes should be Impact assessable and subject to public notification and community consultation. Residents should be notified when development happens in their neighbourhood!
  3. Infrastructure delivery should align with planning. Infrastructure charges should be invested in the community where the development is occurring in accordance with local infrastructure plans - this is not happening now.
  4. Parking ratios for units must be increased to stop the proliferation of on-street parking causing congestion.
  5. Certification of developments should not be allowed privately - all developments should be approved by independent certifiers oversighted by Council.  
  6. Gross Floor Area (GFA) controls should be reintroduced into City Plan Codes to stop massive increases in the bulk and scale of developments that are occurring.
  7. No more five storey units in Sherwood and Corinda.
  8. All pre-1911 and pre-1946 character houses should be mapped and protected under City Plan 2014. Many are at risk of demolition, as they are not protected.
  9. There should be consistency between City Plan 2014 and the Queensland Development Codes to stop poor planning outcomes.
  10. No building in known high risk flood areas and Land Use changes should be identified in high risk flood areas consistent with the Flood Royal Commission Recommendations.  

You can download a copy of these suggestions from my website here  and personalise them. Please email your reply to me at by 8 December so I can submit them. Council has failed to provide an email for you to reply on their website that is seeking to limit your feedback and that is not good enough.



Council has now released its draft Brisbane Industrial Strategy for community feedback, which aims to ensure land currently in an industrial zone is kept for industry in the future.

To facilitate the strong demand for Brisbane small supply of designated industrial land, Council will employ such means as making development of the site easier, changing work hours, encouraging public and private collaboration, providing companies more flexibility, and establishing worker-friendly precincts.

To find out more and have your say, visit Council's website  here. You can provide feedback by making a written submission, including what you do and don't support and why, and any suggestions or changes you would like to see incorporated. Submissions are open until 5pm, Friday, 8 December.