May 23, 2018: Woolloongabba Park Upgrade and Community BBQs

Dear neighbours,

Last week I supported a large group of residents in a protest at the intersection of Montague Rd and Victoria St, West End calling for the installation of traffic lights. It was a successful action, generating a lot of media coverage and attention to this major pedestrian safety issue. We’re now waiting to see whether funding for lights will be included in the council’s next annual budget, which is due to be released on 13 June.

There are dozens of dangerous pedestrian crossing points around our ward that need improvements, and I am lobbying council regularly for more funding to improve road safety. The highest-priority danger-spots on my list include:

  • Vulture Street East near Norman St, East Brisbane
  • The intersection of Ganges St, Dornoch Terrace and Hardgrave Road, West End
  • The intersection of Boundary and Russell Streets, West End (near the lizard statue)
  • The zebra crossing on Gladstone Rd near Park Road West, Highgate Hill
  • Gladstone Rd near Lochaber St, Dutton Park
  • Tribune St near the South Bank train station
  • The zebra crossing on Stanley St East near Withington St, East Brisbane

There are many more crossing points around my ward where I believe pedestrian safety upgrades are needed, but sadly the Lord Mayor gives local councillors very little input into road redesign priorities. I do, however, have control over an annual budget of $400 000 for park upgrades. For the past two years, I’ve used a community voting process to allocate most of this local parks budget.

This coming financial year we want to trial a different form of community involvement, where we allocate most of the parks budget towards upgrading a single public space - the park at the corner of Carl St and Tottenham St in Woolloongabba - and facilitate a multi-stage community design process to make decisions about how the money is spent.

We’re holding our first community design workshop in the park on the afternoon of Saturday, 2 June from 3 to 5pm, and I’d love to see you there. There’s a lot of info about the park design process at this link as well as a form to RSVP. You can invite your friends to the workshop via the Facebook event.

I’m also participating in a few other community events this coming weekend that you’re warmly invited to attend. This Saturday evening, my office is co-organising an Iftar Dinner - a community meal - over at Ashgrove Bowls Club. This is an opportunity to build relationships between different ethnic and religious communities, and learn more about different cultures.

The Iftar is a family-friendly event, kicking off  at 4:45pm and running until 8pm. The event will also include a keynote address from Dr Nora Amath, and I’ll be facilitating a panel discussion about how Islam relates to progressive values and philosophies such as feminism, environmentalism and egalitarianism. Details and RSVP options are available at this link.

East Brisbane residents are also welcome to join me this Sunday in Heath Park for a free community BBQ. We’ll be hanging out near the playground from 12pm to 2pm. If you’d like to bring snacks or drinks to share, you’re very welcome to do so. I’ll be cooking up some vego sausages and taking the time to chat to residents about local issues. You can RSVP via this link to help me with catering, or just rock up on the day.

Other community events and issues are listed below. If you have friends or neighbours who might be interested in local news, please forward this email to them and remind them they can sign up for updates via

Warm regards,



1. In Conversation, Clare Land & Bogaine Spearim

Thursday 23 May, 6pm to 8pm.

Institute of Modern Art, Ground Floor, Judith Wright Centre 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Hear activist and writer Clare Land in conversation with activist Bogaine Spearim, presented in conjunction with Tom Nicholson’s exhibition at the IMA 'Drawings and correspondence'. Land is the author of the book 'Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles' (2015). Bogaine Spearim, Kooma & Gamilaraay person, is a member of Warriors Of The Aboriginal Resistance. Free event. Facebook Event. Tickets.

2. Community Iftar Dinner

Saturday 26 May, 4:45pm to 8pm

Ashgrove Bowls Club, Yoku Road, Ashgrove

In a collaborative attempt to build stronger bridges across faiths and non-faith communities, we are excited to invite you to a community Iftar dinner. A night to meet people from around the world, over a simple shared meal. This event is open to people of all walks of life. Everyone is welcome to come along, whatever your religion or cultural background. This is a family friendly event. $10 waged, $5 unwaged, $20 family. Facebook event. Tickets.

3. Free Community BBQ in East Brisbane

Sunday 27 May, midday to 2pm

Heath Park, East Brisbane

I’m organising a free vegetarian community BBQ in Heath Park, East Brisbane to give residents a chance to get to know each other, and to meet up with me to ask any questions you might have about local issues.

Everyone's welcome to come along. Facebook event.

4. The Kurilpa Poets present: ATMOSPHERICS

Sunday 27 May, 2pm onwards

91 Cordelia St, South Brisbane

This month the Water Rats take flight as the Kurilpa Poets present the Fourth in their Elemental Themed events, Investigating in their Poetical/Alchemical Fashion the Properties and Collective Cultural Concepts of the ancient & Primal Element of the AIR. $5 entry. More details.

5. Easy help with friends & neighbours - children, pets, home, garden & more!

Thursday 31 May, 9.30am to 10am & 10am to 10:30am

Just Earth Café, 29 Vulture St, West End

Mind for Me invites you to learn how you can avoid the cost and pain of organising childminding, pet sitting and around the home and garden! Bring your friends and neighbours, anyone that wants a better and easier way to ask friends, family or others for help. Become a positive part of your local community. Free event. Facebook Event. Booking Info.

6. Logan Community Action Workshop (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)

Friday 1 June, 10.30am to 1pm

Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland, 11 Watland St, Springwood

This workshop will introduce the tools and strategies to have value-based conversations with family, friends and people of influence about the issues impacting people seeking asylum.  It will also be a chance to meet like-minded people who may want to take a collective approach in your area. Free event. Facebook Event.

7. Community Design Workshop for Woolloongabba Park Upgrade

Saturday 2 June, 3pm to 5pm

43 Carl St, Woolloongabba

Please join us for a community design workshop regarding possible upgrades for the park at the corner of Carl St and Tottenham St in Woolloongabba. I'm also taking suggestions for a name for this park. Everyone's welcome to attend this community workshop, regardless of whether you live right next door, or only visit the park occasionally. Facebook event.

8. Dutton Park State School P&C Trivia Night

Saturday 2 June, 6pm onwards

Junction Park State School Hall, 50 Waldheim St , Annerley

This 80s themed trivia night is a major Fundraiser for DPSS, lots of prizes to give away including best dressed. 10 to a table, bring your friends or make new ones. $25 a ticket. There will be dancing and lots of fun to be had. Tickets.

9. Midwinter's Night Tour Fundraiser: South Brisbane Cemetery

Friday 22 June, 7pm to 11pm

South Brisbane Cemetery, Annerley Rd, Dutton Park

Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery will be presenting two special night tours at the South Brisbane Cemetery on (almost) the longest night of the year! ALL profits from these tours will be donated to Women's House, a local organisation that works to help women who have experienced violence. Facebook Event.

10. Renters Rights Campaign Launch Party

Sunday 30 June, 6:30pm to 11pm

Kurilpa Hall, 174 Boundary St, West End

Brisbane Renters Alliance is launching a new campaign for stronger renters' rights in Queensland. They’re also planning to use this launch event to reveal the first real estate agency targeted for naming and shaming. Entry is free, donations accepted. Facebook event.