Message From Nicole
ANZAC Day Services 2016
Sherwood Aldi Update
Graceville SCIP Parking Campaign
Local Events
Federation Cup
Graceville Station Upgrade Update
Gold Star Reading Program
Road Closures
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Western Suburbs Asperger Support Group

7pm on the 3rd or 4th Thursday of the month
Jane 0448 909 863
St Matthews Church Hall, Sherwood

Babies, Books and Rhymes

Fridays 9.30am
Corinda Library

Toddler Time

Wednesdays 9.30am
Corinda Library

Children's Storytime

Thursdays 9.30am and Saturday 9.30am
Corinda Library

Email Basics
11am -  12pm Wednesday 20 April
Basic computer and internet skills required. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

Literary Event: Charlotte Bronte's 200th Birthday
10:30am -11:30am Tuesday 26 April
Share your favourite Brontë book and learn more about the sisters in this special event. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

iPad Basics
11am -12pm Wednesday 27 April
Learn how to find your way around an iPad. Discover apps, connect to wi-fi and search the internet. Perfect for the first time user. Bring your own iPad. Bookings essential.

Introduction to e-book Publishing
10am -11:30am Saturday 30 April
Queensland Writers Centre introduces the opportunities for authors in the digital world and explores the technology available to become an amplified author. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

Pinterest Basics
11am -12pm Wednesday 4pm
Basic computer, internet skills and email account required. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

Library e-books
11am - 12pm Wednesday 11 May
Basic computer skills required. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

Songs of our Homeland: Barbod Valadi Trio
10:30am - 11:15am Saturday 14 May
This trio's unique style merges intricate Iranian melodies and rhythms with the modes, forms and harmony of Jazz music traditions.
Corinda Library

Yacht Rules Training
6:30pm - 9pm Friday15 April 
Oxley Sailing Club

Snap Fitness Sherwood Open Day
8am - 1pm Saturday 16 April
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre

Sherwood Arboretum Working Bee
8:30am Sunday 17 April
Sherwood Arboretum, Josephs St Entry

Advocacy and Mental Health Info Session
10:30am -12:30pm Tuesday 19 April
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre

English Classes
Advanced: 10am  -11:30am Tuesdays
Beginner: 10am - 11:30am Thursday
Acacia Ridge Community Centre

Chelmer Speakers Group
Learn to speak in public and enjoy it
Sherwood AFL Club
41 Chelmer Street East, Chelmer Brisbane Qld 4075

Gardening Club
10am every second Tuesday
Acacia Ridge Community Centre

Tai Chi
8am Tuesdays from February 2 - March 22
Jollimont St Car Park, Sherwood Arboretum

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.

Nature Babes
0-5yrs Playgroup
9:30am - 11:30am Wednesdays
Benarrawa CDA
79 Waratah Ave, Graceville
Ph: 3379 9925 or email

ACT-ivate Children's Club
3.30pm - 4.30pm Fridays
Juniors (3-5yrs) and Seniors 6-10yrs
Contact 0411 246 487 for more info
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson

Graceville Community Garden
Sundays 7am
Benarrawa Community Centre
79 Waratah Ave, Graceville
Ph: 3379 9925

Ukulele Community Group
2pm - 4pm Sundays
Ph: Ian on 0439 715 144
Corinda State School

Oxley-Chelmer History Group Meetings 2016
19 February
18 March
15 April
17 June
19 August
16 September
21 October
2 December
RSL rooms, Clewley St, Corinda
Ph: 3379 1967 for more info

Sports for Little Kids
3:30pm - 4:30pm Wednesdays
Our coach will build confidence in sport for 3-5 year olds through learning basic physical skills (throw, catch etc.) while improving their social skills.
Sherwood Arboretum

Tabata and Cardio
5:30pm - 6:30pm Wednesdays
Full body workout
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyon

Tai Chi
8am - 9am Tuesdays
Sherwood Arboretum

Mums Fit Camp
9:30am - 10:30am Wednesdays
Graceville Riverside Parklands

9:30am - 10:30am Thursdays
Sherwood Arboretum

Boxing and Fitness Circuit
9:30am - 10:30am Wednesdays
Dunlop Park, Corinda

Fitness Circuit
3:30pm - 6:30pm Wednesdays
Sherwood Arboretum

Balance Bikes
9:30am - 10:30am Wednesdays
Children will have fun playing games and doing challenges, all while on two (or three) wheels.
Sherwood Arboretum

Oxley Creek Common Carers
Tuesdays 7-9am
Volunteer weeding group
Meet at the red shed
Sherwood Rd, Rocklea
Ph 0429 911 555

Chelmer and District Probus Club
9.30am Every fourth Wedneday of month
Corinda Bowls Club, Hall Avenue
3379 7540 for more details

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 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

GOLD: Tai Chi
1:30pm - 2:30pm Mondays
Sherwood Neigbourhood Centre

GOLD: Strength for Seniors
10:30am - 11:30am Mondays
Dunlop Park, Corinda

GOLD: Sculptural Ceramics
10am - 12:30pm Monday 18 April
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre

Items marked with * require bookings.

Contact the relevant library or
3403 8888.

Hi Everyone

I want to thank residents for their support at the recent Council election. The final result was a resounding win with 76.25% of the vote!

The Lord Mayor and his team have retained a huge majority of wards, 19/26, but with much reduced margins across most of their wards. I suspect this means that not much will change when it comes to inappropriate over-development but I am still fighting those proposals that are outside the planning scheme. 

I have been elected to the Environment, Parks and Sustainability and Field Services Committees, both of which are very practical Council committees focused on operational works. (I did ask for Planning and/or Public Transport but no was the answer!).  If you notice that things are not being done right (eg long grass or potholes) or not being done within the timeframes you have been given for repairs please do please let me know.  

For me it is business as usual and I look forward to working with all of our wonderful schools, community groups and organisations over the next four years on a range of projects and initiatives to make our community an even better place to live. 

First cab off the rank will be addressed the unsatisfactory parking situation at the Bank Rd, Graceville shops. I have had a huge number of complaints about the width and angle of the new carparks. Council has refused to make any changes to date, so I have drafted an online petition you can sign here  or pop into a local business and sign a hard copy. 

The new handball court at Strickland Tce Park is due to be completed this month. It's great to see families enjoying the new equipment.

Thank you again for your support.

Regards, Nicole.

PS.. ANZAC Day is just around the corner. There are a range of local services in almost every suburb. Please join me at one of these services to pay tribute to our service men and women, particularly on the 100th anniversary of many significant battles on the Western Front in WW1.

I hope you will be able to make it to one of the following local ANZAC Day services on April 25 to honour the courage of our service men and women:

DAWN SERVICE AT CORINDA - Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL Sub Branch

  • 4:50am - Marchers Fall In; Croll Memorial Precinct, opposite Sherwood Services Club, cnr Browne & Clewley Sts, Corinda
  • 5:00am - March off
  • 5:15am - Service at the Kokoda Memorial Stone, opposite Sherwood Services Club, cnr Browne & Clewley Sts, Corinda

After the Dawn Service, breakfast will be served in the Sherwood Services Club

SHERWOOD BOER WAR SERVICE - Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL Sub Branch

  • 6:25am - Assemble at Boer War Memorial, Sherwood Cemetery, cnr Egmont St & Sherwood Rd, Sherwood
  • 6:30am - Service at Boer War Memorial commences

YERONGA SERVICE - Stephens RSL Sub Branch

  •      6:50am - Assemble at Junction Hotel car park, 413 Ipswich Rd, Annerley
  •      7:00am - March off to Yeronga Memorial Park
  •      7:30am - Service at Yeronga Memorial Park, Honour Ave, Yeronga

GRACEVILLE SERVICE - Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL Sub Branch

  • 7:00am - Assemble in Appel St, Graceville outside the Graceville Railway Station
  • 7:15am - March off to Graceville Memorial Park
  • 7:30am - Service at Graceville War Memorial, Graceville Memorial Park, 173 Oxley Rd, Graceville

TENNYSON SERVICE - Pamphlett Tennyson Sea Scouts

  • 7.45am - assemble Brisbane Golf Club, Tennyson Memorial drive, Yeerongpilly
  • 8.00am March off to Tennyson Memorial, Myla Tce
  • 8.15am Service at Myla Tce Memorial Tennyson

DUTTON PARK SERVICE - Yeronga-Dutton Park RSL Sub Branch

  • 8:20am - Assemble at Heffernan Park, Annerley Rd, Annerley
  • 8:30am - March off to Gair Park
  • 8:45am - Service at Gair Park, Gladstone Rd, Dutton Park (NJ to speak about Centenary of the Western Front WW1 battles) 

OXLEY SERVICE - Sherwood-Indooroopilly RSL Sub Branch

  • 10:00am - Assemble at shopping centre, cnr Bayford St & Oxley Rd, Corinda
  • 10:15am - March off to Bannerman Park
  • 10:30am - Service at Oxley Memorial Stone, Bannerman Park, Bannerman St, Oxley



Brisbane City Council's $3.75 million Graceville SCIP is well underway. Currently, Council are undertaking major structural works, which are noisy and invasive.  You can read more about the current work schedule here

Parking Problems

Over the past few weeks many residents have spoken with me about safety and access concerns with the new car parking arrangements at the Graceville SCIP. In particular, the width and angles of the indented spaces in Bank Road and Honour Avenue. Council made these changes without consulting me or the business owners and traders about the parking specifications. 

For the past few weeks, I have been working with Council to make the changes based on the feedback I have received to date. Council has refused to do so, saying the traders support the current arrangements. You can read their response here. This is certainly not the feedback I have had from them. Like me, they are concerned about access and manoeuvrability and want to ensure it is safe and convenient for shoppers. 

As your spokesperson to Council, I have drafted a petition that you can download here calling on Council to widen the spaces and to change the hours to allow night time parking. We need to speak up as a community to let Council know that the current arrangements are not working and need to be changed. 

Everyone wants the SCIP to succeed, but it will be pointless if people cannot conveniently and safely access our popular local shops. 

To discuss this further, I will be holding a public meeting outside Graceville Superior Fruit on Bank Road on Wednesday, 11 May between 6pm - 7pm. Peter will remain open during this time. 

If you could sign the petition and ask your friends and neighbours to sign the petition, and return it to me by email here (a scan or photo is sufficient), or post your form to Tennyson Ward Office PO Box 6438 Fairfield QLD 4103 by Friday, 13 May 2016. Copies will be available at shops within the precinct as well. 

With your help, and a strong combined voice, I know we can convince Council to make these improvements. 

Council has issued some preliminary advice to ALDI about their proposed supermarket and convenience stores next to the Sherwood Bus Depot at 25 Lahey Close. Council has advised that it does not support the development for the following reasons:
  • traffic safety, sight lines and congestion in the turning lane over the rail bridge
  • contrary to the low impact industrial zoning
  • DTMR requires 20ms of land is required for future rail widening
  • landscaping and connectivity with Sherwood Rd
  • noise from 24/7 operations
  • stormwater concerns
  • adverse impacts on the heritage listed Lahey Sawmill.
The developer now has six months to respond to the issues raised by Council. Public notification is required, so residents will get a chance to make a direct submission. Watch out for the large black and white notice sign on Sherwood Rd. I know many people are keen to see an ALDI in the district but there are some real traffic and access concerns with the proposed site. You can read more about the DA here.

I look forward to seeing you at Sherwood State School's 2016 Mother's Day Fete on Sunday 7 May from 9am - 5pm for food, rides and fun. Bring your family and friends for a great day filled with stalls, performances and activities.

For more information on how you can contribute or donate items, please contact Sherwood State School on 3716 2111 or visit their facebook site here.


The Federation Cup is on this weekend from Saturday 15 - Sunday 17 April at the Pat Rafter Arena, Tennyson. This will result in the closure of King Arthur Terrace, from Fairfield Road to Softstone Street to allow for increased foot traffic.
The Queensland Tennis Centre Parking Control Area will also come into effect, which will limit parking in the area to one hour. Residents in this area must display a residential parking permit to park on their street for longer than one hour, which can be obtained at my office. While both Paragon and Ortive Streets will remain open, a parking permit will still need to be displayed by residents. Parking inspectors will be enforcing these restrictions during the event. To find out if your property will be effected by these time restrictions, please click here.
To receive a free temporary parking permit, please visit my office at Fairfield Gardens Shopping Centre before Friday at 5pm with a copy of your vehicle registration, driver's licence and proof of residency. Alternatively you can visit the Souths Regional Business Centre at 665 Fairfield Rd, Yeerongpilly to recieve a parking permit on the spot. This will require a fee of $10.

The Queensland State Government's Graceville Station universal access upgrade is now underway. As a result there has been some construction impacts. While the station will remain open for regular services, some platform and station access changes have occured during a mix of both day and night time works. Commuters will be given notification of construction activities likely to cause impacts.

Night works will occur between Sunday 17 April to Thursday 21 April 2016 and from Sunday 24 April to Thursday 28 April, between the hours of 11pm and 5am to upgrade overhead machinery. This will result in a partial lane closure in Appel Street between Randolph and Evadne Streets to allow for machinery and vehicle parking. Residents adjacent to Graceville station may experience some noise from truck movements and light pollution from mobile lighting towers.

While there have been some impacts caused by the works, measures have been taken to ensure disruptions are kept to a minimum. Your patience and cooperation is appreciated during this time.


Children across the city will discover the joys of reading when the Gold Star Reading Club program commences in Council libraries on Tuesday 3 May 2016. The Gold Star Reading Club is designed to encourage and develop reading and literacy skills in children aged 6-12 years.

Gold Star members will receive a Gold Star Reading Club activity book that includes progress charts, reading suggestions, competition entry forms and heaps of fun activities. By reading just three books of their choice and completing a reading activity each month before recording the details in their activity book, children can collect nine gold stars and monthly incentives.

Children who collect all nine gold stars are eligible to:

  • enter the major prize draw at the end of the program to win a $200 book voucher for themselves and another one for their school
  • attend their local Gold Star Reading Club awards ceremony with their families
  • receive a medallion and a certificate of achievement

Join your local library at Corinda, Fairfield or Annerley to participate.

Please take note of the following closures and construction works:

Waratah Ave, Graceville
Between Richards St and end of Waratah Ave
Energex Asset Maintenance
19 April to 21 April 2016

Sherwood Arboretum
Jollimont St End
Hedge Removal and Turf Lay
11 April to 15 April 2016 then fenced off until establishment

Sherwood Arboretum
Raising of Kauri Pines Concrete Planter Beds
Mid-April to Mid-May 2016