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BrisAsia Festival 2017
Gold Star Reading Program
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Kerbside Collections 2017
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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

Sensational herbs*
10am-12pm, Saturday 14 January
Learn how to grow a range of different herbs in Brisbane's subtropical climate. Presented by horticulturist, Brian Sams. Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

iPad basics*
Bring your own iPad and Apple ID account details. Bookings essential.

11am-12:30pm, Wednesday 18 January
Corinda Library

1-2:30pm, Friday 20 January
Fairfield Library

eBay and Gumtree basics*
10-11:30am, Tuesday 24 January
Basic computer and internet skills required. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Ozobot treasure hunt*
4-5pm, Wednesday 25 January
Participants will work in pairs to create a simple program for an Ozobot miniature robot to navigate a maze and get to the treasure. Ideal for children aged 9-12 years. Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

iPad apps*
11am-12:30pm, Wednesday 25 January
Basic iPad skills required. Bring your own iPad and Apple ID account details. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

Library e-books*
Bring your library card and email account details. Basic computer skills required. Bookings essential.

1-2:30pm, Friday 27 January
Fairfield Library

11am-12:30pm, Wednesday 1 February
Corinda Library

Chickens, ducks or quail in your backyard*
10:30-12pm, Saturday 28 January
Having chickens, ducks or quail in the backyard is easier than you think. Presented by Ingrid Dimock from My City Garden. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Catch up TV on the internet*
10-11:30am, Tuesday 31 January
Basic computer and internet skills required. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Harry Potter Book Night*
5:30-6:30pm, Thursday 2 February.
Come dressed as your favourite witch or wizard and share in themed activities, games and quizzes. Ideal for children aged 5-10 years. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Computer basics*
1-2:30pm, Friday 3 February
Perfect for the first time user. Computers provided. Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

Tea and trivia treasure hunt*
1-3:30pm, Saturday 4 February
Enjoy an afternoon of fun as you test your general knowledge with trivia questions. Individuals and groups welcome. Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

Social media basics*
Basic computer and internet skills required. Bookings essential.

10-11:30am, Tuesday 7 February
Annerley Library

11am-12:30pm, Wednesday 8 February
Corinda Library

Internet basics*
1-2:30pm, Friday 10 February
Basic computer skills are required. Bookings essential.
Fairfield Library

Researching the history of your house*
1-2pm, Saturday 11 February
Come along and learn about the places to look and the things you might find. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

Pigeon wants a story - a special storytime celebrating the books of Mo Willems*
3:30-4:15pm, Monday 13 February
Explore the wacky and wonderful characters created by Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus author, Mo Willems, with stories and craft. Ideal for children aged 5-8 years. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Library Lovers Day book chat*
10:30-11:30am, Tuesday 14 February
Do you have a favourite book or author? Come and share the books you love with us and other reading enthusiasts over morning tea. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

CPR awareness*
10-11:30am, Saturday 18 February
Presented by qualified trainers from the Queensland Local Ambulance Committee, in partnership with the Queensland Ambulance Services. Bookings essential.
Annerley Library

Survival Day Ceremony
7:15-8am, Thursday 26 January
Join with BenATSI Solidarity Group members in a simple ceremony to celebrate the survival of the first peoples of this country.
Simpsons Playground

Apology Day
Monday 13 Febraury
Join with other Solidarity and Reconciliation groups around the country to celebrate this historic day. Please contact Reconciliation Queensland Inc. for details of local events.

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

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

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

Parenting Conversation Corners
1:30 - 2:30pm Thursdays
Indooroopilly Uniting Church

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

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

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

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.

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

Sherwood Probus Club
Every 3rd Friday of month
Magpies AFL Club
Chelmer St E, Chelmer
3372 7525 for more details

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

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

Fairfield Writers' Group
Every second and fourth Saturday of the month
New members are welcome. Please call Helga on (07) 3848 1492 for more information.
Fairfield Library

Southside Community Craft Circle
Every first Tuesday of the month
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
Meets 3rd Monday of each month. Caters for both males and females over the age of 50. Activities include morning teas, concerts, demonstrations, guest speakers and bus trips.
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

Hi everyone
Happy new year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas break and are enjoying the school holidays.
Don't forget to check out the great free and low cost parks and library activities, which are perfect for keeping the kids entertained during the school break. Check out the list below or visit my website calendar for further details.
Kerbside collection is also beginning at the end of the month, starting with Annerley on Monday 23 January. This is a good opportunity to dispose of your large, bulky items that are gathering dust. 

Writing workshop: A day in the life of a superstar*
2-3:30pm, Thursday 12 January
Escape your everyday life to take on the persona of a world famous superstar! Create a new star name for yourself and record the day's amazing events. Illustrate yourself as your superstar and decorate with WordArt, designs and stickers. This session is created and run by award-winning author, Aleesah Darlison. Ideal for children aged 7-12 years. Bookings essential. FREE!
Fairfield Library

Create your own drawing diary with Mark Guthrie*
2-3pm, Friday 13 January
Create a historical snapshot of the school holidays with some out of this world twists where the only parameter is your imagination! Ideal for children aged five years and older. Bookings essential. FREE!
Corinda Library

2-3pm, Friday 13 January
10am-11am, Monday 16 January
Zap opposition players and hidden interactive targets. The thumping sound track and light show add to the experience. $9 (plus a $2.20 membership fee for first time attendees). Suitable for ages 10-17.
Laserforce, 55 Ipswich Rd, Woolloongabba

Funky Chicken: Chooks in Space with author Chris Collin*
Meet local author Chris Collin and his puppet friends! Ideal for children aged 3-8 years. Bookings essential. FREE!
3:30-4:30pm, Monday 16 January
Annerley Library
2-3pm, Thursday 19 January
Fairfield Library

Miss Mon's music workshop: Outer space adventures*
9:30-10:30am, Monday 16 January
Enjoy original educational songs that explore rocket ships, planets, aliens, astronauts and walking on the moon. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years. Bookings essential. FREE!
Annerley Library

Cats' tales writing workshop*
2-3pm, Tuesday 17 January
This highly interactive, let's-pretend workshop with author Angela Sunde engages participants as they collectively create their own fractured fairytale based on the ten fairytale rules that are made to be broken. Ideal for children aged 9-16 years. Bookings essential. FREE!
Corinda Library

Canoe Games*
1-4pm, Thursday 19 January
Get a group of friends together, or come on your own for three hours of fun with water games and activities. $5. Suitable for ages 10-17.
Simpsons Playground, Graceville

The Moo Crew with Blue Gum Farm TV
2-2:45pm, Thursday 19 January
The Moo Crew is a fun and interactive show for children about life in the Australian bush, presented by Blue Gum Farm TV. From tending the vegetable garden at the homestead to driving your tractor to plough a new paddock, this authentic bush story is a must-see for children everywhere. FREE!
Ideal for children aged from six months to six years. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

Miss Mon's music workshop: Fairytales revisited*
11am-12pm, Friday 20 January
Enjoy original educational songs and fun games to accompany them, including singing games, a clapping game, an action song and fun dance movement games. Each activity will explore a fun and new way of looking at popular fairytales. Ideal for children aged 5-12 years. Bookings essential. FREE!
Corinda Library

Kids bike riding fun*
11:30am-1pm, Saturday 21 January
Come and discover what fun can be had on a bike. We will ride around a short course featuring terrain such as pavement, grass, hills and conquer obstacles that may require the riders to dismount and carry their bikes around, over or through! Any type of bike is welcome. FREE! Suitable for ages 10-17.
Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks

Items marked with a * require bookings


The State Government has announced that from 12 December, there will be some changes to bus timetables around Brisbane.

CBD buses have changed due to road closures on William Street and Queens Wharf Road for the Queen's Wharf Brisbane Integrated Resort Development, resulting in some buses, including the 105, 107 and 108, stopping at a different location or travelling an alternate route through the CBD.

Despite the State Government's assurance that the changes would be 'minor', many services have been completely cancelled and time changes by up to 30 minutes are affecting school students and workers. I recently wrote to the Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe asking for a review of these changes given the impact to local residents who rely on bus services. You can read a copy of the letter here.

New bus timetables are available in my office, or via Translink's website here.

Zones have also changed with Translink's Fairer Fares program. These changes include the following:

  • Reduced fares for all zones, including reducing the cost of one zone local trips to $3.20 (adult go card).
  • Reduced number of zones from 23 to 8 wider zones, making local travel more affordable.
  • Weekday morning off-peak period extended to 6am.
  • Free weekend travel for children aged 5-14 travelling on an orange child go card.
  • Introducing an '8 paid journeys and 50 per cent off subsequent journeys per week' incentive to replace the existing '9 and FREE' scheme.

To view these changes in more detail, click here.


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.

Kingsford Tce Retirement Village

A development application for a second multi-storey building has been lodged for Kingsford Terrace Retirement Village at 260 Cliveden Ave, Corinda. The application is Code assessable, so does not require public notification. However, submissions can still be made. To view the plans and make a submission, visit Council's website 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 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


Sherwood Arboretum Working Bee
Sherwood Arboretum's working bee is back on again this Sunday, 15 January from 8am until 10am, followed by morning tea.

The Friends of Sherwood Arboretum Association works to help ensure the wonderful collection of Australian native trees has a bright and sustainable future and are helping improve the 'green corridors', which are vital to the safe movement and care of the excellent birdlife and other wildlife in the Arboretum.

If you would like to get involved in the care of the Sherwood Arboretum, you can join the group every third Sunday from 8am, meeting at the Joseph Street garden shed.

For more information, email the group here.

Switch Radio Needs Your Help!
Due to recent federal government funding cuts, Switch 1197, Brisbane's only dedicated youth community radio station, needs your help to continue broadcasting on Digital Radio.

Switch Radio are now running a Go Fund Me campaign in order to continue their program that has been in operation since 1999 and provides opportunities for young people in Brisbane to gain experience in the media.

If you would like to contribute to Switch 1197, please visit their Go Fund Me page here.

New Yeronga Habitat Brisbane Group
If you feel as though you would like to contribute to keeping our Riverbank clean and green, then join the new Yeronga Habitat Group.

The work of the habitat group is extremely important in helping to enhance wildlife habitat, control bank erosion, and improve amenity. The river edges support a diversity of wildlife, including wedgetail eagles, buff-banded rails (rare in Brisbane), wrens, kingfishers, lizards, frogs, butterflies and bandicoots.

If you would like more information, or to join the Group, please email them here  For information on other Habitat Groups in Brisbane, visit Council's webpage here.



Work is complete on the $120,000 upgrade at Clifton Hill Peace Park, Annerley and the park is now open for use.

All play equipment, including the new large fort, swings and see-saw have been installed, as well as the new tap, bubbler and dog bowl combination. 

The shade sail and BBQ are to be installed at a later date.

Thank you again to all those who gave feedback. The playground looks great and will be a wonderful space for local children. 

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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 February 2017, when 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.


Public consultation has begun on the Archerfield Airport Preliminary Draft Masterplan 2017-2037. The public have been given 60 business days since consultation began on 9 November 2016, to make written comment on the Draft.

There are no material changes between the draft master plan and the current master plan, however, there are refinements to the way information is presented in the report.

Copies of the plan are available on Archerfield Airport Corporation's website 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.

The following events are taking place in the Tennyson Ward:

Tai Chi
Sundays from 29 January - 12 February
Robinson Park, Fairfield

Tai Chi
Tuesday from 31 January 14 February
Sherwood Arboretum, Sherwood

For more information, click here.


Council's Summer Reading Program will begin again in coming weeks and runs until July. It is open to children aged 12 years and under.

By participating in the program, children collect stickers over the summer to complete a Summer Reading Postcard. They are eligible for a sticker (issued by a Council library staff member) each time they attend a Summer Reading event or finish reading a book.

Children who complete their postcard are eligible for a prize as a reward for effort.

Click here to view a list of summer reading events.



Orcades Rd, Yeronga
23/1/17 - 31/1/17
Road resurfacing

Dunlop Tce, Corinda
14/1/17 - 16/1/17
Road closure - full detour - resident access via Oxley Rd


Work has resumed on the Graceville Station Accessibility Upgrade.

A planned track closure is scheduled at Graceville Station from 6am, Saturday 14 to 6am Monday 16 January. The station, including all platforms and the subway, will be closed and ticketing equipment will not be available. A courtesy shuttle bus will be provided for pedestrians wishing to cross the rail corridor. 

Night works will occur at the Station during awning refurbishment works from Sunday 8 to Thursday 12 January. Continuous works will occur from from 6am, Saturday 14 to 6am, Monday 16 January 2017. 

During these works, customers and residents may experience noise from heavy machinery, use of reversing beepers, changed traffic and parking conditions, mobile lighting towers, increased vehicle movement, and temporary changes to access paths throughout the station precinct. Residents will be given advanced notice of construction activities likely to cause impacts.


Between November 2016 and April 2017, Queensland Urban Utilities are undertaking water main upgrades in Railway Terrace, Corinda. Works can take anywhere from four to twelve weeks to complete, depending on the length of the pipe and weather conditions.

Work will be undertaken between 6am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Some night works may be required, but residents will be notified of this. 

Water services will be maintained throughout the works through a temporary bypass pipe. However, some night works may cause disruptions. Residents will be notified 48 hours prior to any planned outages. 

Residents can expect some dust and noise during excavation, some limits to footpath access and on-street parking, changed traffic conditions, lighting during night works, some temporary water outages during connection works, and some driveway impacts.

Queensland Urban Utilities will temporarily repair any damages caused during construction and will return upon completion to fully restore any disturbed roads, driveways or footpaths to their original condition.

Some trees may have been removed before the process began, but will be replaced once work is complete.



Commencing Monday, 23 January 2017, Council will be conducting a Kerbside Large Item Collection Service for Tennyson Ward residents.

Items can be left on the kerbside one day prior to the collection commencement date.
Please ensure the following guidelines are observed when placing items on the kerbside for collection:

  • the piles are tidy so the footpath and/or roadway is kept clear;
  • piles are no larger than two cubic metres (equal to a small box trailer load) or individual items are not more than one metre long;
  • doors must be removed from refrigerators and cupboards;
  • no sharp or dangerous objects;
  • items must be able to be easily and safely lifted by two people.

Council will not collect unacceptable items placed on the kerb and illegal dumping fines may apply if unacceptable material is not removed. Unacceptable items include the following:

  • vegetation, dirt, stone, bricks, potted plants;
  • construction waste;
  • asbestos;
  • car parts and tyres;
  • general household waste;
  • liquids and hazardous waste (paint, chemicals);
  • gas bottles;
  • glass and mirrors.

Week commencing 23 January

Week commencing 30 January
Tennyson, Yeerongpilly, Yeronga, Faifield

Week commencing 29 May
Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood, Corinda, Oxley