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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 ...

Where to Next for the Broadway Hotel?

LATEST UPDATE: Here's an email I sent out after our community meeting on Saturday, 22 September. Further below, you can find a longer write-up about the hotel... Dear residents, I'm sending this to...

12+ storey Development Application for 107 to 117 Jane St, West End

A development application has been lodged for the site at 107 to 117 Jane St, West End, directly opposite Davies Park. In some respects, this proposal actually achieves reasonably good outcomes fro...

Upcoming community meetings and events

Dear residents, I’m organising quite a few meetings and activities over the next few weeks, so I wanted to make sure these are all on your radar. If you can’t make it along to this weekend’s meetin...

Another fire in the Broadway Hotel, next steps for Carl St

Dear residents, We’ve just had an extremely busy weekend, packed with amazing local events including the East Brisbane Car Show, the Serbian Festival, great shows at Kurilpa Hall, the Sideshow and ...

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 v...

July 31, 2018: Park Upgrades ⛲ Survey Update, Kangaroo Point and 📅 What's On

Dear neighbours, Sadly, it’s all too rare in Brisbane for residents to be given a meaningful say in how our neighbourhoods change and evolve. But right now, you have the opportunity to influence ma...

July 17, 2018: Local Issues Survey💡and New Developments

Dear neighbours, I want your feedback. One of the most consistent complaints I hear from residents is that councillors/the council administration doesn't listen to them. The big difficulty I have a...

BCC Budget 2018/19 - Transport Projects in the Gabba Ward

3 July 2018 The general tendency of the current LNP-dominated council administration is to spend too much on mega-projects and too little on smaller value-for-money upgrades that actually improve ...