Message From Nicole
Clifton Hill Peace Park Playground Update
Venner Road Resurfacing
Esplanade Riverbank Maintenance
Local Events
New Salvation Army Store Opens
Help for Sporting Clubs
Gold Star Reading Program
Road Closures
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Babies, Books and Rhymes
Mondays 11.30am
Annerley Library

Wednesdays 11am
Fairfield Library

Toddler Time
Mondays, 10am
Annerley Library

Wednesdays, 11-11.30am
Fairfield Library

Children's Storytime
Tuesdays 10am
Annerley Library

Fridays 11am
Fairfield Library


Literary Event: Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass
3:30 - 4:30pm Friday 13 May
Ideal for those aged 10 years and older
Annerley Library

Twitter basics
1 -2pm Friday 13 May
Fairfield Library

Facebook Privacy
2 -3pm Monday 16 May
Annerley Library

Introduction to littleBits
4 - 5:30pm Tuesday 17 May
Children aged 9-12 years
Fairfield Library

Pinterest Basics
1 - 2pm Friday 20 May
Fairfield Library

National Simultaneous Storytime
11 -11:30am Wednesday 25 May
Children from all over Australia will meet at libraries, book stores and schools at 11am on Wednesday 25 May to share in the telling of Jol and Kate Temple's I Got This Hat.
Fairfield Library

Computer basics
1 - 2pm Friday 3 May
Fairfield Library

Keeping Native Stingless Bees
10:30am - 12pm Saturday 4 June
Learn how easy it is to own and position a native bee hive in your garden.
Bookings essential
Fairfield Library


Souths Rugby Union Club Ladies Day
2pm - 5pm, Saturday 14 May
104 Frederick St (off Villa St)
Ph: 3848 3215

Yeronga Devils Football Club Ladies Day
12pm - 4pm, Saturday 21 May
Yeronga Devils Junior Football Club
Email for more info


Tai Chi
8 - 9am Sundays
Robinson Park, Fairfield
FREE except on public and school holidays


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


Brisbane Churches Touch Winter Season
Commenced 12 April 2016
Click here for more details


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


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
Mondays

Annerley Community Hub
556 Ipswich Rd, Annerley - Ph 3255 9982 for info.


Computer Class

Wednesdays 10-11am
Yeronga Community Centre
24 Killarney St, Yeronga

Wednesdays 9-12pm
Annerley Community Hub
556 Ipswich Rd, Annerley

Have your computer questions answered at this free, informal class.
Phone 3848 2285 for info.


Organic Gardening Group
9am Tuesdays 
Annerley Community Hub
556 Ipswich Rd, Annerley


Yoga
6pm -7pm Thursdays
Contact 3848 2285 for more information
Yeronga Community Centre
24 Killarney St, Yeronga


Deep Water Running
8am - 9am
Yeronga Park Pool
Costs pool entry*


Move for Health
Thursdays 9:30am -10:30am
Choose from Tai Chi or Stretch Strengthen and Balance Exercise classes
Contact Pam on 3895 8395 for more information
18 Denham St, Annerley


Tabata and Cardio
Full body work out
5.30pm -  6.30pm Wednesdays
Ken Fletcher Park, Tennyson


Zumba Fitness
9am -  10am Wednesdays
Yeronga Memorial Park


Aqua Aerobics
11am - 11:45am Saturdays

Beginner Swimming Project for Adults
11:45am - 12:45pm Saturdays

Deep Water Running
8am -  9am Sundays

Yeronga Park Pool


Community Breakfast Program
7am every Wednesday during the school term
Anyone is welcome
Contact 3848 2285 for more information
Yeronga Community Centre
24 Killarney St, Yeronga


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


Computer Class
Wednesdays 10-11am
Have your computer questions answered at this free, informal class
Yeronga Community Centre
24 Killarney St, Yeronga
Phone 3848 2285 for info


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


Items marked with * require bookings if not stated otherwise.

Contact the relevant library or
3403 8888.
MESSAGE FROM NICOLE
Hi Everyone

A few weeks ago Council approved a six storey, 100 unit apartment complex at 11 Aubigny St, Annerley, which faces on to the vacant block next to the light shop on Ipswich Rd. It is an appalling decision, as this area is zoned for two to three storeys, not six. Council ignored my formal objection and dozens made by nearby residents against this development. This kind of decision, made by a Council officer, contrary to the intention of the planning scheme, demonstrates to me how clearly this Council has lost its way on sensible planning for character suburbs like Annerley. Sadly, I fear developers will now use this as a precedent for further inappropriate development.   

Council officers have also failed to make a decision about the old RSCPA site, leaving our community in limbo. On Tuesday at Council I asked the Lord Mayor to bring the DA to full Council for decision and he flat out refused. As a result unelected Council officers will make the decision, or avoid making one as they are doing now, behind closed doors. We are left to wait.     

On better news, it is my favourite time of the year with Fete season kicking off this month. Don't miss all the fun and fabulous food at the Junction Park State School Fete 'Dreams, Heroes and Hearts' on Sunday 22 May from 9:30am. I look forward to seeing you there.

Regards, Nicole.

CLIFTON HILL PEACE PARK PLAYGROUND UPDATE

The results are in and a big thank you to residents who participated in the survey to upgrade Clifton Hill Peace Park.

The top five suggestions were a shade sail over the children's playground, a new sensory playground and fort, a gas BBQ, additional seating, and an upgraded pathway. Also strongly supported was adult exercise equipment.

We will be working with a budget of around $100,000 and, while this seems like a lot, shade sails and a new sensory playground and fort is likely to cost about $80,000.

It would be great if we could achieve all six popular suggestions. However, if this year's budget doesn't permit this, we can look at stage two at a later date.

This feedback will now be provided to Council who will then create a draft design, which I will circulate to residents and post at the park for a final round of feedback. Construction is planned to take place in the second half of 2016.

 

VENNER ROAD RESURFACING

After months of neglect and repeated promises to fix Venner Road, Annerley repairs are finally underway.

A year to fix what was a pothole and now a major road failure on a busy road is just disgraceful.  Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are all at risk from what it is a dangerous failure due to its location,  the camber of the road and the huge volume of heavy / high vehicles that use Venner Road.

I have submitted seven requests in the past year to Council to properly fix the dangerous section of road:

  • four requests made in writing through Asset Services South;
  • two requests in writing to the CEO; and,
  • one to the Field Services Committee, which went unanswered. 

Thanks to the City South News, whom I copied in on the last request, as I think media interest helped get attention. 

 

ESPLANADE RIVERBANK MAINTENANCE

A number of residents have been in touch with me over recent weeks regarding the weed encroachment along the river bank in Esplanade Park, Yeronga.

I was onsite with Council officers a few weeks ago and walked the site, and they now (finally) acknowledge the weed encroachment is significant and advancing.

After much community pressure, I can advise that Council will undertake a major project to remove weeds, vines and woody species along the river bank.

Funds have been secured to undertake the initial cut in the current financial year and work is scheduled for mid-May and will take about four days. The work will be undertaken with a slasher mounted to an excavator. The time is related to both funding availability and to work best with the end of the growing season.

After the initial cut is undertaken, the usual mowing contracts will be advised to maintain the new cleared area. I have been asking Council to install a couple of markers so the creep back does not occur again.

The site has also been added to the Brisbane River Corridor weed programme for maintenance in the new financial year. 

The following year Council have advised that they are likely to extend the river bank weed removal project further around to the Ormadale river bank reach of Yeronga.  

This is good news but we need to see the project in action in a few weeks time and ensure it delivers the improvements needed.

Work is due to commence in the week beginning 23 May. 

 

LOCAL EVENTS
JUNCTION PARK STATE SCHOOL FETE

I look forward to seeing you at Junction Park State School's 2016 Fete on Sunday 22 May from 9.30am - 3pm for food, rides and fun. Bring your family and friends for a great day filled with stalls and activities.

For more information, or if you would like to donate any items, create some crafts or contribute homemade jams and chutney, please contact Junction Park State School on 3426 4333 or visit their facebook site here

 

Gumtree in the Park

Come along to Clifton Hill Peace Park from 10am - 12pm on 22 May 2016 to buy and sell your pre-loved items and join Annerley Neighbourhood Watch 5 at their community BBQ. To sell your items and book a table, please email Annerley NHW5 here.

 
 
 
NEW SALVATION ARMY STORE OPENS
The Salvos, who do so much to help people in need, have opened a new store at 450 Sherwood Rd, Sherwood, just near Oxley Creek (opp Komatsu near the bus depot). It is a beautiful and welcoming store with pre-loved clothing, homewares and furniture, as well as new items like discount toiletries.  You can also make donations directly on-site. The store is open from Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, with parking on-site.
HELP FOR SPORTING CLUBS
Queensland Fitness, Sport and Recreation Skills Alliance is a non-profit organisation that offers affordable support and advice for local sporting and recreation clubs.
 
Through e-learning resources, training workshops and consultancy services, the Qld Skills Alliance provides information and advice on club managment, including the following:
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Financial management
  • Committee management
  • Fundraising, sponsorship and grants
  • Risk management
  • The law and insurance
  • Event management
Qld Skills Alliance also offer free assistance  in the repair and maintenance of club faciltiies through their skilling workshops. 
 
To find out more about how Qld Skills Alliance can assist your club, please visit their website here
GOLD STAR READING PROGRAM

Children across the city will discover the joys of reading when the Gold Star Reading Club program, which commenced 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

This year, for the first time, the program also includes the Little Stars Reading Club, which aims to help improve the language and literacy of children aged from birth to five years. Visit your local library for more information.

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

ROAD CLOSURES
Please take note of the following road closures:

Ipswich Rd, Annerley
from 724 Ipswich Rd to Clifton St
Road Resurfacing
6/5/16 - 13/5/16