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Email to Brisbane's New Mayor

For anyone who's interested, here's the text of an email I've sent on 1 April, 2019 to Cr Adrian Schrinner, who the LNP have chosen to be the new mayor of Brisbane after Graham Quirk announced his ...

Changing the system or is it changing us?

When we look at the dumpster-fire that is mainstream Australian politics, it’s obvious that the system itself is broken, regardless of who happens to be on top of the shit-heap at any given point i...

A Different Trajectory for Brisbane's Future

I originally wrote this article for the Courier Mail's 'Future Brisbane' series in September, 2017, but since they put it behind a paywall, I thought I'd repost it here so everyone can read it. BR...

Local Survey 2018: Results Summary

This year I conducted a local issues online survey to drill down into detail about what residents’ views and priorities are. I mainly wanted to use the survey results to: Understand what residents...

Priorities for the Gabba Cross River Rail Station Redevelopment

The State Government is just beginning its next round of ‘consultation’ regarding the Cross River Rail project, with a particular focus on future options for the new station in Woolloongabba, immed...

Climate change will kill millions: Time for a general strike?

Let’s start with some hard truths. With a few notable exceptions, the Australian movement for action on climate change has struggled to achieve big tangible wins in recent years. We’ve had a few i...

What does "good development" look like?

As well as objecting to over-the-top developments, I wanted to highlight positive examples. The projects featured below certainly aren’t perfect, but they do include elements that we can learn from...

Queensland Needs Stronger Renters Rights

The State Government’s rental law reform is focussing on issues like whether tenants are allowed to have pets, or hang pictures on the walls. These are important questions that impact greatly on w...

Redesign of Davies Park

Council has finally released proposed plans for the partial redesign of Davies Park…Here’s what they’re spending money on:- Roughly $200 000 on a large new toilet block (six cubicles including 2 wh...

Improving transparency with video streaming of council meetings

Since becoming a councillor in March 2016, I have advocated consistently for greater transparency and accountability, including calling for video recordings of Brisbane City Council meetings to be ...

BCC Pedestrian Safety Report

Recently the council announced further changes it will be making in response to pedestrian safety concerns. They do not go anywhere near far enough, and in my view are manifestly inadequate. But at...

West End Riverside Parklands improvement works: Forbes Street to Victoria Street

Council has allocated $2 million to enhance the West End Riverside Parklands on Riverside Drive, between Forbes Street and Victoria Street, West End.