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A new free bus loop for the Kurilpa Peninsula!

Here’s some great news for West End/South Brisbane businesses and residents… Brisbane City Council has confirmed it is planning to trial the introduction of a new free bus loop to link South ...

A public toilet block in Highgate Hill Park?

Looking for the online poll to vote on the proposal for a toilet block in Highgate Hill Park? Click here. Highgate Hill Park already gets a lot of use from people who live immediately around the pa...

Call for Applications: Videographer at the Gabba Ward Office

1 day/week role 6 month contract with possibility of extension $280 per day (standard work day is 8 hours with half-hour lunch break) Starting in early December (negotiable) but with a break over C...

Dutton Park trees and parkland under threat from Metro charging infrastructure

Brisbane City Council is currently planning its location for new charging infrastructure to support Brisbane Metro vehicles travelling to the UQ Lakes bus stop. (Some very basic 'official' info abo...

Yes, big developers do get special treatment – particularly in terms of safety and environmental regulations

Residents often complain to me that they feel like Brisbane City Council has one set of rules for big developers, and another set of rules for everyone else. If a local resident wants to renovate t...

How could you enforce a vacancy tax in practice?

Australian cities have a high proportion of empty homes - both apartments and free-standing houses. These aren't homes that are temporarily empty after a long-term owner dies, or homes that are lef...

What's the likelihood of a new green bridge between Bulimba and Teneriffe?

I’m one of six members of Brisbane City Council’s ‘Public and Active Transport Committee’ (which although it sounds like it might have a bit of influence, is actually a relatively powerless rubber-...

Density is not intrinsically 'good' - it depends how you do it

I’ve gotten sick of responding to the same simplistic comments on social media over and over again, so I thought I’d just write a quick blog post about it. In conversations about urban planning and...

5 Dudley Street, Highgate Hill: A new battle-line in the gentrification of South Brisbane?

With the property industry redeveloping and gentrifying so much of the Kurilpa peninsula, and rents and property values climbing through the roof (even if the roof is in poor condition and leaks du...

It's time to step up the push for genuinely affordable housing

Our most recent printed newsletter included a brief discussion about housing policy, titled "Why Are Homes So Expensive?" The text of that newsletter is reproduced further below for the benefit of ...

West End Bridges Consultation Results

Over the past few months, my ward office has undertaken a local consultation process in partnership with Amy MacMahon MP and Michael Berkman MP regarding BCC proposals for new active transport brid...

Podcasts and Radio Interviews

Unfortunately the mainstream media doesn’t always give us enough of a platform to go into detail on the important issues affecting our community, but over the years Jonno has also agreed to longer-...