By transforming our city, we transform ourselves

Dear neighbours,

We had a glorious little community festival on Saturday in the unnamed park on Carl St in Woolloongabba. You can see a video of some of the action here.

I’d like to thank all the volunteers and community groups who put their time and energy into this event. It was wonderful to see so much great stuff happening in what is sometimes a bit of a dull and lonely public space.

The next stage of the process to redesign and improve this park will be a couple of community design panel meetings where we go through all the feedback we’ve received so far and pull together a rough concept design. Please send us an email with ‘Carl St Park’ in the subject line if you’d like to volunteer to be part of this community design panel.


Boundary Street Petition
I’ve started a petition calling for upgrades to the Boundary Street commercial precinct, which you can sign at this link. Usually I don’t bother with petitions like this because I don’t think they make much difference, but there’s currently a few million dollars in council’s annual budget for ‘Village Precinct Upgrades’ which hasn’t yet been allocated, and I’ve noticed some of the LNP backbench councillors are submitting petitions for their electorates to receive money out of this budget (they obviously think petitions will have an impact), so I thought I’d do the same.

Please sign the petition if you can spare a minute or two (remember that after signing, you have to confirm your details via a verification email, so check your junk folder if you don’t receive it).


Better lighting for Musgrave Park
As many of you know, I have a discretionary budget for footpath and park upgrades (around half a million dollars per year), which over the past few years we have allocated via a community voting process. This financial year, a fair chunk of that budget will go towards the upgrade of the Carl St park in Buranda/Woolloongabba. There’s still a couple hundred thousand left to be allocated from this budget, and I am proposing to put some of this towards improved safety lighting in Musgrave Park.

Park lighting is expensive, and isn’t something we would normally use the discretionary parks and footpaths budget for. Council officers have told me that to light the whole of Musgrave Park to current standards (in terms of lighting that is bright enough, weatherproof etc) would cost approximately $380 000. Just to light the footpath between Edmonstone St and Cordelia St would cost around $120 000.

Every year I write to the Lord Mayor to ask him to fund better lighting for Musgrave Park in his annual budget, and every year he fails to do so. I’m now at the point where I’m seriously considering funding the lighting for the Edmonstone-Cordelia path out of my discretionary budget. This means that money which would otherwise be spent on footpath upgrades and other kinds of park infrastructure will be chewed up by lighting.

I’d like your feedback as to whether you support the decision to allocate around $120 000 towards lighting the path through Musgrave Park, which would otherwise be spent on footpaths and other parks throughout the Gabba Ward. You can vote via this online poll (we are checking names/emails to avoid multiple votes).


Rally in support of multiculturalism
Hopefully by now you’ve heard that I’m co-organising a large public rally and community meal in response to rising racist rhetoric in the political sphere.

Everyone’s warmly invited to attend to show your support for a multicultural society. If you can bring along some food to share, that would be even better, but obviously you should still show up even if you don’t have time to cook anything.

When: Saturday, 8 September, 11:30am
Where: King George Square, marching down to the Immigration Department, then back to the square for lunch.

This will be a positive, family-friendly event. Rather than lots of speeches, the majority of people at the microphone will be poets and performing artists.

If you use Facebook, you can invite friends via this page. If you’re interested in some thoughtful commentary about this issue, I recommend this great read in the Saturday Paper by Ruby Hamad.


Brisbane State High School Zone
We’ve had a modest win in our advocacy for safer streets, with Brisbane City Council agreeing to install 40km/h school zone signage on all the major roads surrounding Brisbane State High, including Vulture St, Cordelia St, Merivale St, Gladstone Rd and Ernest St in addition to the existing school zone on Edmonstone Street. As you probably know, I’ve been pushing hard (some would say perhaps a little too antagonistically) for lower speed limits in order to improve safety for pedestrians and bikes, and this seems to be working.

The council’s announcement is a marked departure from their position in 2016, when council officers told me there was no chance of lowering the speed limits during peak period on such busy main roads due to the negative impacts on traffic flow. Happily, it seems like we’re slowly wearing them down.


Get ready for some jam-packed weekends
Finally, I wanted to remind you that the first weekend of September is a big one for community events. Several are listed below, including the East Brisbane State School Car Show on 1 September, but I particularly wanted to highlight the Kurilpa Derby and Beggars’ Banquet on Sunday, 2 September. This is a massive event celebrating art, urban culture, active transport, sustainability and public space. The derby is all about walking and pedal-powered transport, with a massive colourful parade down Boundary Street followed by an afternoon of various wacky races and relays. The Beggar’s Banquet is a chance to meet and share food with neighbours. We’ll be setting up tables in the middle of Boundary Street for a massive community meal, followed by some raucous dancing and live music from the Mouldy Lovers.

Mark it in your diaries!

See you around the neighbourhood.

Warm regards,

P.S. By the way, a couple of residents have said they had trouble filling out our local issues survey. If that’s you, please send us an email at [email protected] to let us know and we’ll try to help you access it. If you haven’t already,
you can fill out the local issues survey here.


Upcoming Events


Migration and multiculturalism forum: stories from the frontline

Sun, 26 Aug, 2:00 - 5:00pm
Newmarket Bowls Club, Ashgrove

Despite the central role people of refugee and migrant background play in so many social, economic and cultural aspects of our communities, their legal and human rights are continually under attack, and racist commentary from politicians and the media is increasing in frequency and vitriol. Join Senator Mehreen Faruqi, Sharon Orapeleng, Navdeep Singh and Marianne Dickie to examine the current system and ways to fight back. Tickets $5-10 ▸ | Facebook event ▸


EBSS Car Show

Sat, 01 Sep, 9:30am - 4:00pm
East Brisbane State School, 56 Wellington Road

Car Show to raise funds to purchase brand new playground equipment for the school oval. Tickets at the gate: $10 Family (2+2), $5 Single. Credit card facilities available. Kids Zone with 2 Jumping Castles + Games, Amazing Food, Fantastic drinks and more! ▸ | Facebook event ▸


Change the Rules for Refugees Benefit Concert

Sat, 01 Sep, 7:00pm
Kurilpa Hall, West End

Change the Rules for Refugees Benefit Concert. All proceeds to refugee assistance and advocacy through the Romero Centre and Refugee Action Collective. Featuring Rivermouth, The Hinterlanders, Phil Monsour, speakers and more. Tickets $10-20 ▸ | Facebook event ▸


The Big Push for Road Safety

Sun, 02 Sep, 10:00 - 11:45am
Kurilpa Point Park

The last weekend of Road Safety Week, will see hundreds of people slow rolling around the Brisbane CBD on all manner of bikes. Part protest, part celebration we want you and your friends to ride with us!  Facebook event ▸


Kurilpa Derby 2018

Sun, 02 Sep, 1:30 - 5:00pm
Boundary St, West End

The 11th Kurilpa Derby is a community celebration of life on wheels. It is a FREE community celebration of everything that is great in Kurilpa (West End, Highgate Hill, South Brisbane,Hill End & WOMO) hosted by the West End Community Association as part of West End Festival's program of events! The Derby is open to ALL that have a connection to the Kurilpa community.  Facebook event ▸


Kurilpa Beggars Banquet 2018

Sun, 02 Sep, 5:00pm
Boundary St, West End

Join in with the Kurilpa (West End and surrounding suburbs) community for dinner in the street at the fourth annual Beggars' Banquet! While the street is still closed after the Kurilpa Derby, marvellous cooks and beggars alike will descend on Boundary Street for a mighty feast... the ultimate community potluck!  Facebook event ▸


Rally Against Racism - Yes to Multiculturalism, No to Xenophobia

Sat, 08 Sep, 11:30am - 12:45pm
King George Square, Brisbane CBD

In the next few months, the federal government will try to change citizenship and immigration laws. Without strong public opposition to these changes, anti-immigrant policies will become the new normal, and refugees will continue to languish in offshore concentration camps.

Please join us at a positive, family-friendly public rally to say no to racism and imperialism, and yes to unity and multiculturalism. This will be a short rally and march, featuring poets and performing artists but not too many speeches. After the poetry, we'll be marching down Adelaide St to the Immigration Department building, then back up to King George Square.  Facebook event ▸


Statement Jewellery and Salvaged Steampunk Eco-Art Workshops

Sat, 08 Sep,
Reverse Garbage Co-op, 20 Burke St Woolloongabba

Jewellery making is a beautiful way to turn salvaged treasures into wearable art. Statement jewellery is a unique way to capture your personal style. In these workshops, we'll teach you key techniques for making your own jewellery piece

Statement Jewellery Workshop - 9:30am-12:30pm: 
Tickets $40 ▸ | Facebook event ▸

Salvaged Steampunk Jewellery workshop - 2:00pm-4:00pm:
Tickets $40 ▸ | Facebook event ▸


Springtime Spectacular

Sat, 08 Sep, from 6:00pm
East Brisbane Bowls Club, 38 Lytton Road

Get ready to party in the spirit of spring. Dance under the stars to Brisbane DJs leading the underground. Witness the wonder of our city's brightest talents, from gravity defying aerialists to sideshow specialties, interactive projection artistry, roving performers, delicious food and treats and ethical market stalls, all while supporting a great cause. Tickets via Eventbrite ▸ | Facebook event ▸