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State Government-Approved Changes to Mowbray Park, East Brisbane

5 June, 2018 Great news! After a strong pushback from the local community, Brisbane City Council and the State Government have backed down on plans to clear the vegetated under-storey from the bush...

Email to Lord Mayor re: need to masterplan Riverside Drive Parklands

Below is the content of an email I sent on Monday, 9 April asking the Lord Mayor to conduct detailed community consultation in the development of a new masterplan for the Riverside Drive Parklands ...

Who Gets a Say in the Design of Public Space?

Different residents often have different, conflicting views on how particular public spaces should be used. These disagreements can be tricky to resolve in inner-city areas, where the ratio of publ...

Draft Plans released for Dock St Bike Link

Council has released further info about what it's referring to as the 'Kangaroo Point Bikeway Project'. I think the title is a bit misleading, because the project actually falls within the suburb o...

Summary Report from First UQ Renters Rights Forum

Last week at UQ we held the first of many public forums about renters rights. We had a solid turnout (about 30 in total) of both local and international uni students, as well as other residents who...

Who's Really Planning Your Brisbane?

Brisbane City Council is currently running a ‘consultation’ process called ‘Plan Your Brisbane’ where they seek resident input into future trajectories for the development of our city. Their market...

Media Release: Residents Blockade Major Intersection to Call for Pedestrian Crossings and Public Transport Infrastructure

On Saturday morning (3 March) from 8:30am, frustrated West End residents will blockade the intersection of Vulture St and Montague Rd for 90 minutes, calling for more investment in pedestrian cros...

Open Letter to Minister Steven Miles re: Destruction of Mangroves as part of the Queens Wharf Mega-Casino Development

Dear Minister Miles, I write to you in your capacity as Minister for the Environment and Heritage Protection to request that you publicly oppose plans to fill in part of the Brisbane River and dest...

What Should We Make of the Vision South Bank Report?

Business South Bank has just released a new report called ‘Vision South Bank’, sketching out possible future trajectories for the South Bank precinct. As the local councillor for the ward which enc...

Thinking Critically About Current Proposals for the New Inner-South High School

The State Government has finally released a bit more info about the proposed new public high school for Brisbane’s inner-south side. I’ve written previously about overcrowding issues at Brisbane St...

Why I’ve Decided to Name and Shame Real Estate Agents

Under Queensland law, landlords and real estate agencies are required to maintain homes to a reasonable standard, carrying out repairs in a timely manner. They’re also required to provide advance w...

How We Helped Stop an Eviction into Homelessness

  Brisbane, Australia, 2018 On Wednesday, 7 February, a woman reached out to my office in Woolloongabba for help. She’d come back to her home in Highgate Hill after being out of town for a while vi...