Message From Nicole
Marked Parking Bays Graceville
State Consults on Oxley Secondary College Site
Portable Flashing Speed Sign Gets Results
Local Events
Thomas Street Traffic Counter 
Road and Construction Works
Multicultural Business Awards
Help for Sporting Clubs
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3403 8888.

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

Christ the King Fete
10am - 3:30pm Sunday 12 June
Christ the King Primary School
7 Randolph Street, Graceville

St Joseph's Fete
9am - 3pm Sunday 17 July
St Joseph's Primary School
28 Clewley St, Corinda

Email Basics
11am - 12 pm Wednesday 8 June
Corinda Library

iPad Basics
11am - 12pm Wednesday 15 June
Corinda Library

Growing an Edible Garden*
12:30 - 2:30pm Saturday 18 June
Morag Gamble from SEED International will share with you some ideas for how to produce more food than you ever thought possible from your back yard. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

Internet Basics
11am - 12pm Wednesday 22 June
Corinda Library

Meet Jodie Lane*
10:30 - 11:30am Tuesday 28 June
Join Jodie Lane as she discusses her book The Siege of Masada - an exciting time travel adventure based on the real events of Roman conquest in Ancient Judea. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

Children's Storytime: My Two Blankets with Irena Kobald*
2 - 2:30pm Wednesday 29 June
Join Irena as she shares her beautiful book in this special storytime. Ideal for children aged 4-8 years. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

iPad e-books
11am - 12pm Wednesday 6 July
Corinda Library

Introduction to MaKeyMaKey*
2 - 3:30pm Wednesday 6 July
Learn how everyday objects can be turned into touchpads that control games and animations using a MaKey MaKey invention kit. No prior experience required. Ideal for children aged 9-12 years. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

Wordpool Workshop with Sophie Tarrant*
2 - 3:30pm Friday 8 July
WordPool workshops inspire participants to splash around with words. Ideal for children aged 8-13 years. Bookings essential.
Corinda Library

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

Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30pm
Not sure what sports club your child should join? Come along and experience a different sport each week.
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
Bookings required
Dunlop Park, Corinda

Low Impact Fitness and Pilates*
9:15 - 10:15am Thursdays
Bookings required
Graceville Riverside Parklands

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

Tai Chi
8am Tuesdays
Free except for public and school holidays, which incur a charge of $5
Jollimont St Car Park, Sherwood Arboretum

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Everyone

I want to thank the almost 1,100 residents who signed the petition to fix the parking bay widths and angles at the Bank Rd / Honour Ave shopping precinct.

I tabled the petition several weeks ago and since then I have pushed in Council for this to be urgently resolved. To date there has been silence from the responsible Chairman Cr Julian Simmonds, who has the power to authorise the necessary changes. Personally, I think their failure to address legitimate concerns raised by the traders, residents and myself, especially after we were NOT consulted about the parking changes, is negligent.

Even on Monday I suggested to the project engineers that while Council was undertaking the new Bank Rd refuge, with heavy machinery onsite, they could undertake the carpark widening works at the same time saving time, money and minimising disruption. My suggestion was simply ignored. It's worse than an episode of Utopia in Council on some days.

My observation is Council has a bad plan and are sticking to it, despite the obvious failings. I haven't given up and will push as hard as I can as your local Councillor for the sensible and practical changes we all know are needed.  

It is important people do stick with our wonderful traders and keep shopping in the precinct, as this Council stuff is not their fault.

Regards, Nicole.

Ps..see you at the Christ the King Fete on Sunday, 12 June from 10am for some great food and fun and to support a wonderful local school.


For some time residents in Graceville have been raising concerns with me about parking congestion and illegal parking around the Faulkner Park netball courts and at the rear of Graceville State School. Council inspectors do patrol the area and issue fines during netball season and school term.

After speaking with the active school travel committee at Graceville State School, a suggestion has been made to ask Council for marked parking bays in the streets closest to the netball courts and school. A map and list of streets can be found below.     

In other parts of the City, Council has introduced a marked parking bay system, which delineates and organises car parking spaces. The marked bays do not restrict parking at any time, but are designed to help drivers park appropriately and safely on the street. At the moment, I know it is often difficult for residents to access curbside parking at or around their properties. The situation is exacerbated by illegally parked vehicles across driveways.

A few years ago, I lobbied Council for consideration of a regulated parking area that allows parking for residents only. However, in the parking review, Council confirmed regulated schemes are only allowed around major educational, medical, and sporting facilities, such as hospitals and said no to a local scheme.

This week a survey is being issued to each household in the following streets. Surveys should be retruned to me via email or my office at 180 Fairfield Rd, Fairfield Qld 4103 by 8 July 2016.

If you live in these streets, I look forward to your feedback.


With the future of the Oxley Secondary College site being considered by the State Government right now, it is important that local residents have a say.

Following a wet weather wash-out last weekend another community meeting has been scheduled on Saturday 11 June from 1 - 2:30pm at the Oxley Bowls Club  and I wanted to let you know that I will be attending to ensure I am aware of community concerns.

The 'consultation' undertaken by the State Government at the Oxley Bowls Club last week was really minimal. Hopefully though, we all put our red dots on the worst proposals and green dots on those we supported. 

To further ensure local residents have their say in the future of the site, the Oxley Secondary Site Community Group (OSSCG) has also released their own community run survey. A link to this survey can be found here

I have also written to the Lord Mayor about two key issues residents have raised with me and asked him to work cooperatively with the State Government to ensure positive outcomes. The first is a request to protect the significant bushland and wildlife habitat on the site. Council aims to ensure 40% of the city is preserved as green space. The addition of a large tract of bushland on the college site would link with the existing Fort Rd Bushland and Brisbane River Corridor. The second is to ensure the ovals on the Cliveden Ave frontage remain available for recreational and sporting use by the community.

A copy of my letter to the Lord Mayor can be found on my website here.



Brisbane City Council's portable flashing speed sign on Oxley Road near Graceville State School has produced some clear results.

Oxley Road is posted as 60km/h, except for during school zone hours Monday to Friday 7-9am and 2-4pm. The sign collected data for an approximate four week period from March to April 2016. During this time 215,033 (ave 7,964 cars per day) passed through the portable speed sign zone. 

During school hours 23,037 vehicles pased through the sign with 4,263 or 18.5% of all drivers were recorded travelling above the posted speed limit. Of the vehciles speeding, 85% were travelling at or below 50km/hr. When prompted, 1,865 speeding vehicles reduced their speed by an average of 6kms to 44km/hr within the speed camera range.

During normal hours, 191,996 vehicles passed through the sign with 9,793 vehicles or 5.1% of all drivers were recorded travelling above the posted speed limit. Of the vehciles speeding, 85% of speeding drivers were travelling at or below 66km/hr. When prompted 3,324 speeding drivers reduced their speeds by an average of 11kms to 63km/hr within the speed camera range.

I have written to the Sherwood Police with these results, as it is clear drivers both in school and non-school times are unnecessarily speeding. 

The portable flashing speed sign is being rotated around traffic hot spots in Tennyson Ward, and is now located on Oxley Road near Corinda State School.

Hopefully these results will highlight the need to slow down around our schools. 



This year's Christ the King Primary School Fete is being held on Sunday, 12 June from 10am - 3:30pm. Come along and enjoy all the fun of the fair with their many stalls, displays, activities, performances and amusement rides for all ages. Highlights include chips and drinks, toasted sandwiches, delis stall, raffles, silent auction, cake stall, book stall, bar, pony rides and much more.

For more info, please contact Christ the King Primary School on 3379 7872 or visit their Facebook page here.


I also look forward to seeing you at the St Joseph's Primary School Fete from 9am -3:30pm Sunday 17 July  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 St Joseph's Primary School on 3379 6937 or visit their website here.


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.


Volunteers are sought for gardening activities in Strickland Terrace Park, Sherwood. Help maintain our beautiful park and the banks of Oxley Creek. The group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9am -11am. For more information please contact Jocelyn on 3379 6021. 


Join Oxley Neighbourhood Watch and Brisbane City Council at Bands on the Green on Sunday 12 June for a wonderful afternoon of music, food and entertainment at Oxley Bowls Club. Bring a rug and laze on the green as local bands Kate Street Mob and The Cage play a mix of jazz and Ukulele songs. There will also be face painting, a balloon twister and a jumping castle for the kids. So come on down for a great afternoon!


Audtions for The Mayne Inheritance - A Play will be held by the Centenary Theatre Group at the Chelmer Community Centre on Saturday 25 June at 1:30pm. The production requires four men and two women, A list of parts can be found here. For more infortmation, please contact Director Rod Felsch on 0416 164 064 or via email.


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:

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

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

For more information, please visit the MDA website here.




As you may be aware, I asked Council to conduct a survey, which included the installation of a black tube counter to measure the volume, type and speed of traffic using Thomas Street, Sherwood. The traffic count was conducted from 6 - 12 May, 2016. A summary of the survey results is detailed below:

  • average weekday traffic volume 321 vehicles per day
  • speed of 85% of traffic surveyed  49k/h

Thomas Street is classified as a 'Local Access Road' and these types of roads generally carry up to 1200 vehicles per day. Given this, and taking into consideration the nearby land use, the recorded traffic volumes and speeds do not suggest a large number of motorists speeding.

As the traffic volumes and speeds on Thomas Street are within acceptable levels, traffic calming measures will not be going ahead. I have attached a copy of the results below for your information.

Driver behaviour is something only the police can enforce. If you observe motorists speeding or driving in a dangerous manner on Thomas Street, please contact the Sherwood Police on 3716 4000.


Please take note of the following closures and construction works:

Construction works
7pm - 5am, Sunday - Thursday

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.

As you may be aware, King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson has been undergoing resurfacing works for the past week. The final stage of these works will commence on Sunday 12 June from 7am - 11am when the final asphalt layer will be laid.

While residents and visitors are asked not to park their vehicles on the road during construction hours, there may also be some noise and dust from machinery, limited or no access for through traffic and detours in place.

I understand that so far these works have been quite disruptive, but I appreciate your cooperation during this much-needed resurfacing work.



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.


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