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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.

Media Release: Build Houses not Fences

Local residents will gather in Kurilpa Point Park on Saturday morning to protest the installation of hostile landscaping under the Kurilpa Bridge, calling for stronger renters rights and more inves...

The Future of Ipswich Road

The following open letter was sent on 8 November, 2018 to Councillor Schrinner (Chair of Public and Active Transport), Councillor Bourke (Chair of City Planning) and Councillor Cooper (Chair of Inf...

Could More Wentworth-Style 'Upsets' Just Reinforce the Status Quo?

23 October, 2018 A lot of people around the country – myself included – have been psyched to see the Liberals lose the federal seat of Wentworth to Independent Kerryn Phelps (even the name of the e...

What should we make of the Brisbane Metro project?

23 October, 2018 Over the last year or so, a lot of people have asked me what my views are on the Brisbane Metro. Generally, my answer has been that I don’t have a strong view because there has bee...

Peaceful Assembly Act - Organising protests without getting fined

Here’s some basic advice on navigating the rules for holding public rallies and marches in Brisbane, which are governed by the Peaceful Assembly Act 1992. This is not a detailed guide on how to org...

High School Catchments, CityCat Terminal & Broadway Hotel

Dear residents, We have another busy weekend coming up, with lots of events here in the Gabba Ward and across the city. The annual Pride march will be kicking off in the centre of Fortitude Valley ...