Message From Nicole
Dutton Park Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan Update
Robinson Park History Panel
Book Launch - Angela and Her Boys by Helga Parl
Esplanade Riverbank Maintenance
Pre-1911 Home
Local Events
Road and Construction Works
Help for Sporting Clubs
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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

Evening Book Club
6 -7pm Thursday 16 June
Fairfield Library

Cloud Basics*
10 - 11am Friday 17 June
Annerley Library

Email Basics
1 -2 2pm Friday 17 June
Fairfield Library

Refugee Week Storytime
9:30 - 10am Saturday 18 June
Ideal for children aged 2-5 years.
Annerley Library

Book Chat
1 -2pm Wednesday 22 June
Fairfield Library

iPad e-books
10 - 11am Friday 24 June
Annerley Library

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime*
9:30 - 10:15am  Saturday 25 June
Ideal for children aged 3-7 years
Annerley Library

Fairfield Writers' Group
10:30am - 12pm Saturday 25 June
Fairfield Linrary

Wordpool Workshop with Sophie Tarrant*
3 - 4:30 Monday 27 June
Ideal for children aged 8-13 years
Annerley Library

Literary event: The BFG*
9:30 - 10:30am Tuesday 28 June
Ideal for children aged 7-10 years
Annerley Library

Manga Workshop with David Lovegrove*
2 - 3pm Wednesday 29 June
Ideal for children aged 10-14 years
Fairfield Library

Children's storytime: My Two Blankets with Irena Kobald*
Ideal for children aged 4-8 years

3:30 - 4pm Wednesday 30 June
Fairfield Library

9:30 - 10am Friday 15 July
Annerley Library

Android Tablet Basics
1 -2pm Friday 1 July
Fairfield Library

Make Your Own Bean Sprout Farm*
10:30am - 12pm Tuesday 5 July
Annerley Library

Make some Mindful Magic with Lea McKnoulty*
3:30 - 4:30pm Wednesday 6 July
Ideal for children aged 6-10 years
Fairfield Library

Facebook Basics
 1 - 2pm Friday 8 July
Fairfield Library

NAIDOC Week Storytime*
9:30 - 10am Saturday 9 July
Ideal for children aged 2-5 years
Annerley Library

Internet Basics
10 - 11am Tuesday 12 July
Annerley Library

Indigenous Insights: Songs and Stories*
2 - 3pm Wednesday 13 July
Ideal for children aged 3-8 years
Annerley Library

Twitter Basics
1 - 2pm Friday 15 July
Fairfield Library

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

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

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

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

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

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
Yeronga Park Pool

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

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

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

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

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.

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Contact the relevant library or
3403 8888.

Hi everyone

One of the most frequent issues raised with me is speeding and rat-running through local streets in the ward. While speeding is an issue that can only be addressed by the Queensland Police, Council has looked at ways to voluntarily encourage better driver behaviour. Two years ago Council created a portable flashing speed sign programme - advisory signs that warn motorists to slow down if they are speeding or flash a green smiley face if you are doing the right thing. So far this year, the sign has been located on Waterton St, Annerley, Ferndale St, Annerley (outside Mary Immaculate), Brisbane Corso, Fairfield, and Kadumba St, Yeronga. This week the sign moves to Hyde Rd, Yeronga near Cansdale St, a speeding hot spot. Hyde Rd is a busy pedestrian hub around the park, shops and retirement village, so please slow down when prompted.

Council has provided funding for an additional sign in the Budget this year and additional locations will be added along Venner Rd, Annerley and Annerley, Rd Annerley. The sign also rotates around various locations along the western corridor of the ward.  

Regards, Nicole.

Council has endorsed the draft Dutton Park Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan which has been sent to the State Government for consideration. Later this year another round of public consultation will commence and I will write to all residents in the Plan area about how you can have your say.

104 people, including me, made submissions to the draft strategy,  raising issues including greater protections for pre-1946 houses, better connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists, park improvements, more retail amenities, and better drainage and back flow valves.

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan has both good and bad elements. Most of the major changes Are to the Dutton Park, South Brisbane area of the plan.

The good:

  • some pre-1946 houses in Fairfield and Annerley will be rezoned as Character residential two
  • pedestrian and streetscape improvements along Annerley Rd between the Mater and new Boggo Rd Precinct

The bad:

  • some pre-1946 houses in Fairfield will be removed from the protected area
  • the RSPCA site is to be rezoned for residential development
  • NO infrastructure, parks or community service improvements are proposed at all. 

Really the Draft NHP is a lost opportunity to plan for the future needs of Fairfield residents, businesses and facilities. My aim will be to push for what is called a Local Government Infrastructure Plan which most other Neighbourhood plans get. The plan supports new infrastructure for the neighbourhood plan area and it is outrageous given the feedback to Council to date that one has not been included in this draft.

You can read more on my website here.

I will be in touch when public consultation commences on the Neighbourhood Plan in a few months time.


67 years since its official naming, Robinson Park has received a history panel to acknowledge its namesake, James Nicol Robinson (1868-1956). After being filled, Fairfield swamp was renamed in honour of James Robinson in 1949 in appreciation of his contribution to Brisbane.

Robinson was Mayor of the Municipality of Brisbane in 1900 and a prominent citizen, being Brisbane's longest practising solicitor in 1949. He had a dairy farm at Maleny and was President of the Queensland Jersey Cattle Society, a member of the Queensland Horticultural Society and on his death at age 88, was President of the Queensland Acclimatisation Society.

Many of James Robinson's descendants still live locally in or nearby to the Tennyson Ward. I am pictured with his grandchildren Tim and Wendy and great-great-grandchild Lydia. 



Please join me and local author Helga Parl at Fairfiled Library on Saturday 18 June at 10:30am, as she launches her latest novel Angela and Her Boys - a contemporary women's fiction/romance novel that follows a struggling young Brisbane mother and recent widow, Angela, and her second chance at love. Free admission and all welcome! Light refreshments will also be served.

Since self-publishing her first novella Brisbane, Bach and Brandenburg in 2006, Helga has become an avid member of the local Fairfield Writers' Group, contributing to their four anthologies - Beginnings, Queensland Stories, Life's a Roller Coaster, and Crime Stories. In 2014 she again published her own book of short stories, Pixels.

The Fairfield Writers' Group meets every second and fourth Saturday of the month at Fairfield Library. If you would like to become a member of the Group to learn from the author herself, please contact Helga on  3848 1492.


Work has now been completed on stage one of a major project to remove weeds, vines and woody species along the river bank at the Esplanade, Yeronga. 

I was onsite with Council officers this week and walked the site and it looks great! 
Stage two of the works will include further vine removal from the bank, rubbish collection, poisoning of the vines in the trees on the river edge, bank stabalisation in some places and installation of markers/bollards to demark the new mowing area. 
It's clear that the work has been very worthwhile, as several metres of parkland have now been reclaimed and in places grass is shooting.
The next phase of work is likely to occur in late July and August. 
Under the vines, a pontoon was found beached in the park and Council is working on removal of this most likely 2011 flood debris. 
The site has also been added to the Brisbane River Corridor weed programme for maintenance in the new financial year to assist with the treatment and maintenance of the woody and vine species along the bank.
Thank you to everyone who helped to achieve this much needed maintenance to the Esplanade river bank. It looks great.
Recently at Council, a range of amendments to  City Plan 2014 were proposed and supported by the Lord Mayor and his team who have the majority in Council. I did not support these changes and voted against them.

Buried deep in the changes is the removal of a pre-1911 house at 567 Fairfield Rd, Yeronga. The house itself is old but is in remarkable shape given the neglect by the owners over many years. I am given to understand that the house is a pre-1911 house that was transported to the site during construction of the Storey Bridge. 

This is a controversial proposal, as the owners want to develop this site, which under the current pre-1911 protection of the existing house on the block, they are in principle not allowed to do.

In July last year a developer lodged an application to knock the pre-1911 house down and build a huge five storey, 28 unit apartment complex. A month ago this was reduced to three storeys but still presumes, to knock down the pre-1911 house that is currently protected. Public notification for community feedback has not yet started, but I did object to this DA last year. You can view the development application and make a submission here.

It seems now, by seeking to remove the pre-1911 protection, the Lord Mayor is giving the developer the green light to knock the house down while a DA is being considered. Only in April did the Lord Mayor claim in Council that he wanted to protect pre-1911 homes, asking for the communities' help in identifying these properties. Yet, he doesn't seem to acknowledge the communities cries to protect this significant home in Yeronga.

I have serious suspicions about why this is happening, given the Lord Mayor has claimed in recent weeks he wants to protect pre-1911 homes. It does not add up.

The black and white notification sign should appear on the property imminently. Please help me to protect this significant and important character landmark in our community.




12 -4pm every Wednesday and Thursday
Coffee, drinks and sweet treats with payment by donation
In the Hall behind Annerley Community Hub


The 100+ hectare precinct in Hyde Road Yeronga, which is mainly light industrial, has generated much interest over the past 6 months. Come along to a community forum facilitated by the Yeronga District Residents Association on Tuesday 12 July from 7 - 9pm at the Yeronga RSL, Yeronga  to contribute to a vision for this significant area that will benefit Yeronga and its community.
For more indo, please contact the YDRA via email.


Yeronga Community Centre is currently facilitating a process to establish a Community
Garden in the district and would like to hear from people interested in being involved in this
exciting project. For more information please contact: PJ Humphreys
on 3848 2285, 0488 084 633 or via email.


The 2016 Peaks to Point Festival will be held from Saturday 16 July to Sunday 31 July. This year the Festival Family Day will be held on Sunday 31 July at the Oxley Creek Common, Sherwood Road, Rocklea. If you would like to organise an event in your area or advertise an existing event or activity, contact OCCA by email or phone 3345 5541.

Go to the website here to find out about some of the activities that will be on offer.


To celebrate World Refugee Week from 18-26 June, join MDA and the Brisbane City Council in discovering Brisbane's vibrant and emerging multicultural communties. With many events taking place throughout Brisbane, the following are in Tennyson Ward:

Annerley Junction Jumble Goes Global
9am - 2pm Saturday 25 June
Annerley Junction

Culture on the Green
3 - 6pm Sunday 19 June
Oxley Bowls Club

Welcome to Country and Bush Tucker Garden Tour
9:30am - 12:30pm Tuesday 21 June
Graceville Community Garden

For more information, please visit the MDA website here.

Beginning in early June, Energex will install underground cable between the Tennyson and Sherwood substations as part of works to upgrade the network. This will require some road work and possible delays along King Arthur Terrace, Camelot Street, Vivian Street, Plumer Street and Lockwood Street.
Residents can expect traffic control around work areas, large machinery operation, intermittent higher noise levels and minor trenching works around joint bays.

The majority of works will be conducted between 7am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, occasional weekend work will be required.

While some disruptions are expected, your cooperation and understanding during these necessary works are appreciated.
The works are due to be completed in late 2016. For more information, visit the Energex website here

Nominations are now open for the Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards for Business, which recognise business leaders from a multicultural background who have made a significant contribution to Brisbane. If you, or someone you know are from a multicultural or culturally and linguistically diverse background with at least one natural parent born in a country other than Australia, consider nominating or applying.

Nominations will be accepted until 5pm, Wednesday 15 June 2016. Award winners will be recognised at the 2016 Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Dinner on Friday 29 July 2016 at City Hall. For more info and how you can nominate, click here.