Message From Nicole
Yeronga Dog Off Leash Area Grass Remediation
Draft Brisbane Industrial Strategy - Hyde Rd
Planning Brisbane's Future
Remembrance Day 2017
What's On - Local Events
Community Meeting on Future of Ipswich Rd
Grants Now Open
Portable Flashing Speed Signs
Brisbane Canvas
'Local Heroes' Australia Day Community Service Awards
Homeless Connect
Road and Construction Works
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Items marked with * require bookings.

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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


Facebook basics*
2-3:30pm, Friday, 17 November
Basic computer skills, internet skills and an email account are required.

iPad help*
2-3:30pm, Friday, 24 November
Bring your own iPad and Apple ID account.


Online family history resources*
1-2:30pm, Tuesday, 14 November
Beginners and more advanced participants are welcome.

Trove basics*
1-2:30pm, Tuesday, 21 November
Learn how to find and get access to more than four million Australian resources online.

Online safety and security basics*
10:30am-12pm, Friday, 1 December
Basic computer and internet skills required.

The spice garden*
10-11:30am, Saturday, 2 December
Learn how to grow your favourite spices in your backyard. Presented by horticulturalist Noel Burdette.

TV streaming on the internet*
1-2:30pm, Friday, 8 December
Basic computer and internet skills required.

Social media basics*
10-11:30am, Tuesday, 12 December
Basic computer and internet skills required.

Bazil Grumble: Fantastic Mr Fox*
10-11am, Friday, 15 December
Inspired by the delightful tale of Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, children will engage in an interactive drama and puppetry workshop. Ideal for children aged six years and older.

Aqua Aerobics
12-12:45pm, Saturdays
Until 25 Nov
Fun water workout suitable for all fitness levels
Yeronga Park Pool

Beginner Swimming Program for Adults*
12:45-1:45pm, Saturdays
Until 25 Nov
Yeronga Park Pool

Tai Chi
8-9am, Sundays
Until 3 Dec
Robinson Park, Fairfield

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

Skateboarding Masterclass*
6-7pm, Mondays
Until 4 Dec
All ages welcome
JF O'Grady Park, Fairfield

Yeronga Globe Trotters (walking group)*
7am, Tuesdays and Thursdays
To book call 3217 1027
16 Dublin St, Yeronga

Deep Water Running
8-9am, Sundays
Until 26 Nov
Yeronga Park Pool

Women's Only Cycle With Confidence*
8-10am, Sunday, 19 Nov
Brisbane Corso Park


Tai Chi
9-10am, Thursdays
Until 7 Dec
Brisbane Corso Park, Yeronga


Kindy Dance
9:30-10:30am, Tuesdays
Until 5 Dec
Ken Fletcher Park

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

Yeronga Bowls Club
Game Days - From 12:30pm, Wed and Sat
3848 1146 (3-7pm, Tues to Sun)
11 Querrin St, Yeronga

Seniors Morning Tea
10am-12pm, Mondays

Seniors Gentle Yoga
9:30am-10am, Mondays

Mindful Yoga
6-7pm, Mondays
$10 waged, $5 unwaged (held at Anglican Church Hall - 24 Killarney St, Yeronga)

Community Breakfast
7:30-8:30am, Wednesdays during the school term
Everyone welcome

Computer Assistance
10-11am, Wednesdays

Guided Meditation
10-10:30am, Thursdays

Craft Group
10:30am-12pm, Thursdays

Art Classes
10:30am-12pm, Thursdays

6-7pm, Thursdays
$10 waged, $5 unwaged

Yeronga Community Centre
3848 2285
Cnr Villa St and Park Rd, Yeronga

Community Breakfast
8am-9am, Thursdays

Community Garden
9am, Tuesdays

Annerley Hub
9am-12pm, Tuesdays

Swap Shop
9am-12pm, Tuesdays

Small Change Cafe
12-4pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays

1-2pm, Mondays

Computer Class
9am-12pm, Wednesdays

Annerley Community Hub
3848 2285
556 Ipswich Rd, Annerley

Centenery Theatre Group Performance Dates

There Goes the Bride
4-25 November

Items marked with * require bookings if not stated otherwise.

Contact the relevant library or
3403 8888.


Hi Everyone,

The Annerley Community Bookshop needs your help. Without a much needed cash injection they may be forced to close. A go fund me page has been set up at So far almost $8,000 has been donated with the aim of reaching $10,000.  We are so close. If you can help please donate online or stop into the Bookshop at Annerley Junction. We are so lucky to have a community bookshop in our area so let's get behind them to keep it alive. Some great new ideas, including a community café and artists space, and open mic events are being planned for the future.

A few residents spoke to me at the Ipswich Road town hall meeting about the adverse impact of electronic billboards. I recently voted against the Lord Mayor's proposal to allow more of them in Brisbane and more electoral signage. In the 10 years I've been the Councillor for Tennyson not one resident has said to me, "Nicole we need more political and commercial advertising". Yet that's what the Lord Mayor pushed through under the cover of the Melbourne Cup Council meeting on Tuesday. It is wrong and I've also said so both in Council and during a recent ABC 612 radio interview that you can listen back to here from 8 November.

Regards, Nicole.  

Ps. On Tuesday at Council, the Lord Mayor's Finance Chair, Cr Krista Adams, refused to say how many more millions of dollars will be spent on promoting another boxing fight. It was $1.7m earlier this year and no doubt millions more for the next round. That's your ratepayer dollars that could otherwise be spent on pedestrian safety projects around schools or better stormwater drainage.  There are so many basic projects that need doing locally and around the City and yet the Lord Mayor wants to waste millions subsidising prize fighting. It is wrong.


Council have released its plan for the $100,000 Yeronga DOLA upgrade, which will begin in coming months.

Major works will be undertaken to level the soil and improve its condition. New shade, drought and foot traffic tolerant turf will be laid to help prevent dirt patches forming - an issue raised with me during consultation.

Other proposed works include a new shelter, connecting concrete footpath, new fencing, creation of a small DOLA,  additional flood light and seating, and water to the new small DOLA.

I will undertake further consultation with residents before the new year to finalise the plans.


Brisbane City Council recently announced a review of industrial land uses around the City. Their timing is terrible as people are distracted by the State Election campaign. However, it is important that Yeronga residents speak up as this could affect any future use or development of the Hyde Rd industrial precinct. You can read the full strategy on Council's website here.

The owners of 115 Hyde Rd have stated that they intend to make a submission arguing for rezoning to allow their major residential development to proceed.

There are a wide range of views in the community about what should happen to this land. The review underway could recommend changes to zoning (which would only occur through an amendment to City Plan) or allow different uses and hours of operations on existing industrial land.  An individual development would still require a development application (DA) but any changes to zoning could allow some types of development to proceed as of right.

My view is that no rezoning should occur until a Neighbourhood Plan is done of the area, which involves all residents and landholders in a detailed and transparent consultative process.    

How to Have Your Say

Submissions must be lodged with Council by Friday, 8 December, 2017. Some suggestions about what to say are noted on my website here. The YDRA also prepared Precinct Vision last year that's very useful which is also on my website here.

You can email you submission to, post to Strategic Urban Planning (Brisbane Industrial Strategy), Brisbane City Council, GPO Box 1434, Brisbane Qld 4001, OR drop into my office at Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre.


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.

Make a submission to Council
You can email your feedback to the planning team at I have provided some suggested submission points on my website here that you may like to use. You may amend these however you like. 

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:

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

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 my 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 this survey, here are some two word suggestions you might like to include:

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

2017 marks the 99th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Every year at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, one minute silence is observed throughout the country in remembrance of those who lost their lives during war.

This year, Tennyson Ward will commemorate Remembrance Day with two local RSL services held by the Stephens RSL and the Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL.

The Stephens Sub Branch RSL 2017 Remembrance Day service will commence in Yeronga Memorial Park at 10.30 am, Saturday, November 11.

The Sherwood-Indooroopilly Sub Branch RSL 2017 Remembrance Day service will commence in the Croll Memorial Precinct, Corinda at 10.20am, Saturday, November 11.

All are welcome to attend these services to pay their respects to those Australians who lost their lives or suffered during war and armed conflict. This year, I am honoured to be speaking at the Stephen's RSLA service at Yeronga Memorial Park. I hope to see you there.



Saturday, 11 November
Bowls start 12pm, BBQ at 5:15pm
Open to all bowlers - prizemoney and raffles

Yeronga Bowls Club
11 Querrin St, Yeronga
3848 1146

Jamie's Ministry of Food 5-Week Cooking Course

Brisbane City Council is working together with Jamie's Ministry of Food to offer residents the opportunity to participate in a five-week cooking course in a state-of-the-art mobile kitchen as part of the Love Food Hate Waste movement. Participants will learn to cook fresh, nutritious food and make better food choices, helping to reduce the instances of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in the community.

Courses are ideal for beginners and intermediate cooks but even experienced cooks come away with new skills, techniques and knowledge. At the end of each 90-minute class, the meal cooked by the demonstrator is shared and participants take home their cooked meal to share with family or friends.

For more information or to book your spot, visit Council's website here. But be quick, as places are limited and filling up fast. 

Help Support Mojgan's Fight to Stay in Australia

Mojgan Shamsalipoor was three months away from graduating at Yeronga State High School when she was forcefully transferred to Darwin, away from her husband, school and friends. She has since graduated schooling and been released into the community with a bridging visa - but the government expects her to return to Iran on 14 Dec 2017. She is married to an Australian permanent resident and is seeking asylum after fleeing oppression in Iran.


The community meeting held at Junction Park State School on Saturday, 4 November was a great success, with 70 plus attendees eliciting 130 surveys submitted.

During the meeting, the community indicated that their biggest concerns were safety, vehicle speed/volumes, lack of infrastructure, illegal and dangerous driver behaviour and truck volumes. There was also overwhelming support for a Nundah style tunnel to divert through traffic under Annerley Junction and reclaim the surface streets for local traffic and community use.

The top five local  requests were:

  1. school zones with traffic reduced to 40kms (Mary Mac is underway for this year);
  2. pedestrian and cyclists improvements;
  3. intersection upgrades (Venner/Ipswich Rd, Villa St/Ipswich Rd, Waldheim St/Ipswich Rd);
  4. Annerley Junction Suburban Centre Improvement Project (SCIP); and
  5. public transport improvements. 

There were lots of individual ideas too, which I have raised directly with Council, including:

  • keep clear markings along Ipswich Rd at intersections with Waldheim St and Annerley Rd to prevent blockages;
  • extension of the refuge at the intersection of Annerley Rd and Fanny St to prevent illegal turning across double white line;    
  • clearer no left turn signage from Annerley Rd into Ipswich Rd; and
  • a review of distracting flashing advertising signage outside KFC, Ipswich Rd.

It was great to see so many Annerley residents turn out to talk about the future of Ipswich Rd, which has been neglected by the Lord Mayor for too long.

Council's grants programmes provide funding to individuals, local groups and not-for-profit organisations to develop and improve services for residents of all ages to enjoy. The grants list below will help you find the most suitable grant program for you or your organisation:
  • Housing Support Program: Community groups can apply for grants between $2,000 and $10,000 to respond to housing and social needs of people without homes or those living in social housing. Applications are now open and close on Monday 12 February 2018.
  • Healthy and Physical Activity Grants: Not-for-profit groups can apply for grants between  $5,000 to $20,000 to deliver community sport, recreation or physical activity and increase community participation. Applications are now open and close on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Creative Sparks Grants Program: Supports artists, arts workers and producers who live and work in Brisbane. Grants of up to $10,000 are available. Applications are now open and close on Monday 29 January 2018.
  • Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships: Young and emerging Brisbane artists and arts workers aged between 17 and 30 can apply for up to $20,000 for national or international training and development programs. Applications are now open and close on Monday 29 January 2018.
  • Innovation Grants Program: This program offers three $10,000 grants for individuals, organisations and small businesses who wish to realise their creative, unique and innovative ideas within the creative sector. Applications are now open and close on Monday 19 February 2018.

Council's flashing portable speed sign is now installed on King Arthur Tce, Tennyson - eastbound, between the ampitheatre and Tennis Centre.

The portable flashing speed sign is part of Council's programme to improve road safety around schools and other traffic hotspots. The sign shows a smiley face to vehicles travelling the speed limit and flashes a slow down warning to those speeding. The sign should help to quell speeding vehicles and make the area much safer.

The sign provides Council and the police with reliable information about traffic volumes and speeds. It has been shown to reduce traffic speeds in streets where it has been located to date by up to 10kms per hour.

The sign will stay at this location for approximately 6-8 weeks and will be continuously rotated throughout the ward.

This month, Council will undertake its Brisbane Canvas program. The program aims to deliver unique commissioned street art to walls, pillars and bridge structures around Brisbane with the aim of enlivening public spaces, while providing opportunities to local artists.
As part of this program, Council are searching for local artists to participate. If you would like to participate, or know someone who would, visit Council's website here to complete an expression of interest and submit a proposal. Council have already chosen a number of sites, but you may also suggest your own. Submissions are open until 24 November, 2017 with art projects to begin in early to mid-2018.

Nominations are now open for the 'Local Heroes' Awards that recognise the extraordinary contribution of volunteers, our local heroes, who work tirelessly in our community. Please nominate someone you know who works for our community.

The Awards are open to volunteers living in or active members of a community group based in Tennyson Ward and/or Moorooka Ward in the Brisbane City Council area. The Awards recognise the work of volunteers whose selfless efforts have helped to improve the lives of others and/or those who have helped to build community spirit, resilience and identity in our local area. Up to ten people will be recognised annually.

Nomination forms are available from my office or on my website here and must be submitted by Thursday, 30 November, 2017. Submit entries to and/or .

Recipients will be announced Friday, 26 January, 2018 at the Australia Day 2018 Pool Party, Oxley Bowls Club, Englefield Rd, Oxley.


Homeless Connect is, again, seeking donations for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Homeless Connect brings together business and community groups at a one-day event to give free services to people experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness. The project has helped more than 14,700 people since Brisbane City Council held the first Homeless Connect in Australia in November 2006.

Homeless Connect events provide the following:

  • volunteer medical and allied health care professionals including doctors, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists and massage therapists
  • housing support
  • haircuts by volunteer barbers and hairdressers
  • immunisation delivered by Council's immunisation team
  • personal grooming items such as towels and face washers, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant
  • clothes for adults, children and babies, including shoes
  • bedding.

The event will be held on Thursday, 23 November, 2017 at the Brisbane Racing Club, Doomben Racecourse (Hampden Street, Ascot). Guests can enjoy a meal, socialise, participate in activities and access much needed services.

You can assist by donating non-perishable food items until 17 November at my office at Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre, 180 Fairfield Rd, Fairfield.

Extended night works on Veloway 1 Stage D

Due to the recent wet weather, night works will continue until late November, from Saturday night to Sunday morning between 7pm to 5am.

Works will include installation of guardrails and general bridge works, such as concrete placement and installation of metal screening.

During these works, nearby residents will experience short term impacts, including noise, light, dust and vibration from construction equipment and activities onsite. 

The following closures will be in place:

  • 3 to 6 nights closure of the southbound Pacific Motorway left lane
  • Intermittent lane closure on Cornwall Street and Pacific Motorway Off Ramp to Cornwall Street.
  • Intermittent road closure on Marquis Street - between Cornwall Street and Juliette Street only.
  • Marquis Street residents (between Cornwall Street and Juliette Street only) will need to enter their properties via Juliette Street.

Detour signage and traffic controllers will be on site during all stages of the works to direct residents and traffic when required.