June 22, 2018: Big Weekend of Events

Hi neighbours,

How’s it going? I can’t remember when I last sent out an email update. Maybe it wasn’t that long ago but I feel like a lot’s happened since then because I’ve spent the last few days in city hall debating the council’s annual budget.

It’s been a tiring and frustrating time, but we’ve also managed to secure a range of positive outcomes for residents of my ward and for the city as a whole. Next week I’ll be sending out more details on what projects and priorities did and didn’t get funding for the coming financial year. There’s a lot of investment in local park upgrades, but still relatively little emphasis on affordable housing or active and public transport. You can find my first blog post about local outcomes for the Gabba Ward in the Lifestyle and Community Services budget program at this link.

There’s a lot of stuff coming up this weekend, but I want to make special mention of the West End Film Festival. The 2018 program can be found at this link. I particularly recommend the feature film screening this Saturday evening at 5pm - ‘After the Apology’ by Larissa Behrendt.

My office showed a community screening of ‘After the Apology’ in Woolloongabba a couple of months ago. It’s an incredibly powerful and confronting documentary highlighting the ongoing and systematic forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families, which continues to this day. More Aboriginal children are in out-of-home care today than in the middle of last century. The Stolen Generations is not just a thing of the past - it’s still happening. Aboriginal children are still being forcibly removed from their parents and placed in non-Indigenous households rather than being placed in the care of Indigenous extended family members. If you don’t have other plans for Saturday evening, I strongly encourage you to check out this movie.

I also want to remind residents that tonight in Woolloongabba, I’m co-organising a screening of ‘Dominion’ - a new documentary about animal abuse and factory farming here in Australia. This documentary does not yet have a government classification. It contains highly disturbing images of animal cruelty, and I don’t believe it is appropriate viewing for young children or anyone who is likely to find footage of violence and abuse triggering. It’s an important documentary that I believe lots of people need to see, but I don’t think you should bring along anyone under the age of 15. This movie will be screening next to the Woolloongabba Substation on the corner of Jurgens St and Logan Rd after 7pm tonight. There’s no entry fee, but I encourage you to bring along a blanket and something to sit on. The Vegan Society is organising a vegan BBQ and various plant-based snacks for sale.

Tomorrow in Kangaroo Point, I’m also organising a free community BBQ from 12 noon at the clifftop park across from Paton St. We’ll have plenty of sausages and mushrooms, but you’re also welcome to bring along your own food to cook and/or share.

Sunday is also a big day over in West End, with the West End State School Fiesta running from 10am to 4pm. I’m also co-organising a community meeting at 4pm over at the Brisbane and GPS Rowing Club (108 Hill End Terrace). The rowing club are running out of room and would like to expand their facilities to take up slightly more land in Orleigh Park. This is a good chance to learn about their draft plans and offer your feedback. There’s a Facebook event at this link if you want to invite friends.

There’s a long list of other upcoming community events below. Remember to call the council on 3403 8888 if you see a local issue that needs addressing, and feel free to get in touch with my office if there’s anything I can help with. Please note that my office will be closed on Wednesday, 27 June, as we’re having a day of staff training and strategic planning.

See you around the neighbourhood!

Warm regards,

Upcoming Events


Dominion Documentary (Free Screening)

Friday 22 June, 7pm to 11pm

Woolloongabba Substation, 45 Logan Road, Woolloongabba

We're hosting a free screening of the new Australian documentary Dominion, which shines a light on the exploitation and mistreatment of animals in a range of industries including livestock, cosmetics and gambling. Facebook event ▸


Free Community BBQ in Kangaroo Point with Jonathan Sri

Saturday 23 June, 12pm (midday) to 1:30pm

95 River Terrace, Kangaroo Point

I'm putting on a free vegetarian BBQ at the top of the cliffs at Kangaroo Point to give residents an opportunity to meet one another and to raise local issues with me. Facebook event▸


Norman Creek Catchment: Nursery working bee 

Sunday 24 June, 8am to 11am

66 Baron St Greenslopes

Wear closed-in shoes, and a hat. Help sow seeds, pot up seedlings for planting at bushcare sites. Morning tea provided. Facebook event ▸


Community Meeting: Proposed Rowing Club Expansion

Sunday 24 June, 4pm to 5pm

Brisbane GPS Rowing Club, 108 Hill End Terrace, West End

The Brisbane and GPS Rowing Club are proposing to expand their premises and the management committee would like to share their redevelopment plans with residents and seek feedback. Facebook event ▸


Parent Leadership Training Institute: Taster

Sunday 30 June, 11am to 1pm

Wellspring Hawthorne, 28 Malcolm Street, Hawthorne

The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) empowers parents and kin by developing their knowledge, skills and tools to enable them become leaders for children and families. FREE event. Facebook event ▸


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. FREE entry, donations accepted. Facebook event▸


Canticum Chamber Choir: Hopes of Heaven

Sunday 1 July, 2:30pm

St John’s Cathedral, 373 Ann Street, Brisbane

Canticum Chamber Choir presents a programme of emotion-laden works including Brisbane-based composer Phillip Gearing’s Pro Patria Mori – a compelling choral cycle using texts of eminent soldier poets from the Great War. $30 / $22 / under 16 free. Website ▸


Film Screening: The Castle

Sunday 1 July, 6pm to 10pm

Bunyapa Park, Corner Thomas and Vulture Streets, West End

The Anti-Poverty Network QLD are screening the 1997 commedy 'The Castle' to raise funds to fight poverty. Dinner will be provided with donation, so bring along any spare change you have! Faecbook event ▸


Why not give everyone a home? A Housing Forum

Tuesday 10 July, 6pm to 8:30pm

Uniting Church West End, 111 Vulture St, West End

What would it look like to guarantee everyone in Australia a home? You’ve heard of a universal basic income. We guarantee everyone access to free or affordable healthcare and free public education. So why not housing? Facebook  event ▸


Anxiety and the Modern Age

Tuesday 10 July, 7pm

Langri Tangpa Buddhist Centre, 535 Old Cleveland Road, Camp Hill

Public talks for Buddhists and non-Buddhists. Bookings appreciated. Doors open at 6 pm. Tea and biscuits before and after the talks. By donation (suggested $20 but no set amount). Website ▸


Norman Creek Catchment: Maintenance Working Bee 

Saturday 14 July, 8:30am to 11am

66 Baron St Greenslopes

Help keep our lovely catchment centre in good condition! Learn a few handyperson skills and have a chat with friendly N4C members. Wear sensible work clothes, closed-in shoes, and a hat. Morning tea provided. Facebook event ▸


Brisbane biodiversity seminar series – Karawatha Forest

Tuesday 17 July, 6pm to 8:50pm

Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre, 149 Acacia Road, Karawatha

Join special guest speakers, Professor Darryl Jones, honours student James Cifuentes and the Karawatha Forest Protection Society as we explore the history and diversity of Karawatha Forest. FREE event. Tickets ▸


Buranda State School Centenary Gala Reunion Celebration

Sunday 28 July, 6pm to 11pm

The Gabba, Vulture St, Woolloongabba

Buranda State School Centenary: A chance to celebrate and recount the history of a hundred years of learning and community.
Tickets $59.82. Facebook event ▸