Welcome to Cr Helen Abrahams's Website
Helen is the Councillor for The Gabba Ward on Brisbane's inner south-side. She is the Shadow Chairperson of Council's Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment Committee.
Helen, a former medical doctor and former Council officer (Manager of Active Transport), is committed to ensuring Brisbane grows sustainably so that our grandchildren inherit a healthy, clean and green city.
Ms Amber Morgan and Jan Paff addressed the Council meeting on 14th May 2013 to give insight to the impact that proposed development would have on their street, their amenity. Amber spoke of two 12 storey towers at Buchanan Street, West End while Jan spoke of two 11 storey towers at 115 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo. Both development have significant non compliance with the neighbourhood Plan for the local area. If you wish to read their speeches and my comments - edited to improve the English expression click here
As always the Greek hospitality was everywhere for this years Paniyiri festival. While some take photos of the dancing and the crowds, my photos are of all the volunteers who have worked for months preparing the food. This festival is the main fundraiser for many of the different community and sporting groups. The Hellenic Dancer excelled this year with a new routine that had simply amazing steps. Congratulations everyone involved particularly Chris Kazonis, Bikko and all the sponsors of which include BCC, State Government and The Coffee Club.
The most colourful workers were the Womens Auxillary. To see more photos click here
Buranda SS attempt to win the Budgie Cup
Wheeling Wednesday became a Budgie Cup Day with children encouraged to wear the colours of their favourite sport team. As usual, lots of children met at Panityra Street and walk, cycled and scootered to school. There was time to climb the spider net before the walk.
Brisbane Free University
Brisbane Free University's topic for tomorrow is Native Title - Three Critical Viewpoints
Westpac Carpark at 6.30 pm. For more information go to Whats on page
Labor Day 2013
The turnout was huge. The unionist committed to fighting the repressive laws and job cuts. On a personal level, three generations of my family walked today - one of the joys of being a grannie.
It really was a family day but the ETU are serious about privatisation of the power industry
new City Plan formal consultation commences
The statutory notification period will run from Monday 6 May to midnight on Tuesday 30 July, a period of 60 business days, well above the 30 business days required by legislation. This is the time to have your say on the draft new City Plan and make a formal submission.
How to make a formal submission
• submit your comments in writing, either by email, letter or complete the online submission form on Council’s website
• state what aspects of the plan you support and/or oppose and why
• include the name, address, and signature of each person who is listed as supporting the submission (signatures are not required for email submissions)
• send submissions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
• send submissions via mail to new City Plan, Brisbane City Council, Reply Paid 1434, Brisbane Qld 4001
Further information sessions
Staffed Information Sessions
West End Davies Park Market Saturday 6 July 6am-2pm
Brisbane CBD City Hall Monday 15 July 9am-4pm
Brisbane CBD City Hall Tuesday 16 July 9am-4pm
Brisbane CBD City Hall Wednesday 17 July 9am-4pm
Brisbane CBD City Hall Thursday 18 July 9am-4pm
Brisbane CBD City Hall Friday 19 July 9am-4pm
Brisbane CBD Brisbane Square Library Monday 29 July 9am-1pm
Talk to a Planner Sessions:
Brisbane CBD City Hall Tuesday 11 June 12pm-2pm & 4pm-6pm
Brisbane CBD City Hall Wednesday 24 July 12pm-2pm & 4pm-6pm
These sessions are excellent if you have a specific question to be answered. They are not designed to give an overview of all the changes. For example they do not mention the change to 9.5 metre dwelling height and the new provisions for dual occupancy. It is worth asking about these and can they happen in your street
Buddha's Birthday Celebrations
The three days of celebrations at SouthBank concluded with Fireworks on Sunday night.
I attended the Official Festival Ceremony and the performances were spectacular. The Buddhist community of Brisbane donated $20 000 to local charities which is a great achievement.
Just a few scenes of the dancers
Parents rally for local park
On Sunday 28th April, parents in the Woolloongabba Hill area, Woolloongabba held a picnic to show me and Council how many children live in this small area and the need for a local park. The lookout park in the Boggo Road Precinct is the only suitable land for kilometres. I gave a commitment to support a playground and to work with local residents to achieve this very reasonable outcome. There were 25 children at the picnic when I was there and several families had already left.
A number of the 25 children are in this photo it seems
Inaugural Local Legends Awards
The Inaugural Local Legends Awards for the West End Peninsula were held at Lock 'n' Load on Saturday 27th April. The winners were:
Environment Award Rachael Chapple Brisbane CleanUp Project
Business Award George Mourginos Gladstone Rd Garage and Workshop
Resilience Award Sam Goddard West End Community House, Be Prepared Kurilpa
Youth Award Fern Thompsett, Anna Carson, Briohny Walker Brisbane Free University
Creativity Award Fiona Stager Avid Reader
Undiscovered Award Karyn Murphy and Renae Kunst Australian Women’s Rugby League Team
The Westender Award Kayrn Walsh MICAH, Common Ground
George Mourginos was not able to attend. His story was the trigger for the Local Legend Awards.
Karyn Walsh, MICAH receives her Westender Award at the office as she was unable to attend
Kevin Rudd MP Griffith, Jackie Trad Member South Brisbane and Cr Helen Abrahams presenting the award to Karyn Murphy
LOCAL LEGENDS AWARDS SYNOPSIS OF NOMINEES
LOCAL ENVIRONMENT AWARD
Richard and Joan Cassels local newsletter, weeding days and social gatherings
Fran Thomas Member of N4C for work at Moorhen Flats, East Brisbane
Winner RACHAEL CHAPPLE
Rachael has single-handedly created and personally funds a local community organisation called ‘The Brisbane Cleanup Project’.
She empowers residents to volunteer to clean-up environmental spaces and has instigated dozens of clean-ups focusing on the Brisbane River mangroves.
Rachael surveys and data captures the forms of litter retrieved from the river and educates through public information sessions.
Just last week, Brisbane CleanUp Project was hard at work cleaning up Orleigh Park, West End. A worthy winner, I encourage you to review Rachael’s passion and commitment to the environment by going online and searching ‘The Brisbane Cleanup Project’.
LOCAL BUSINESS AWARD
John Diacopanagiotis George’s Seafood
Jools Charmed Boutique
Michael and Michelle Fatinos Café Eros
Fiona Stager Avid Reader
Paul Fish Market, Dutton Park
George Mourginos Gladstone Road Garage and Workshop
Winner GEORGE MOURGINOS
George Mourginos owns the Gladstone Road Garage and Workshop located at 22 Gladstone Road, Highgate Hill. George supported the local community who were vehemently opposed to a mobile phone tower being established on his service station site which is in proximity to a closely settled residential area, the Brisbane State High School and other schools. The mobile phone tower proposal was in conflict with established guidelines and to George’s great credit, he rejected significant monetary incentive by way of lease payments on his site, and stood his ground in the face of legal threats from the tower operator, rejecting their proposal. George is to be commended as a respected business operator in our community. His garage is the last remaining garage in the West End Peninsula.
Winner BRISBANE FREE UNIVERSITY
In late 2012, co-founders Anna Carlson, Fern Thompsett and Briohny Walker combined their initiative and vision and launched the Brisbane Free University in which teaching and learning belongs to everybody. In a short time, speakers were attracting over 100 participants to the free, fortnightly public lectures held in the car park of Westpac Bank, 91 Boundary Street, West End. The three women met at university and through friends. They are law student, a graduate in Philosophy, and an anthropologist interested in Aboriginal rights movements. They are passionate about open and critical discussion and debate within a community. The Brisbane Free University is described as being “between the sandstone and the street corner, and remembers the sheer, simple joy of learning for its own sake”.
The discussion topics have included: Cognitive Justice, West End Shrinking Public Realm, Australia: The Lucky Country? Capitalism and its Discontents.
Also the three women hold a regular session on 4ZZZ radio giving a political analysis on the myriad of current issues facing Australians and Westenders.
Winner SAMANTHA GODDARD
For over two years, local business woman, mother and volunteer within our community, Samantha Goddard (or Sam) was a tireless contributor to the local community recovery following the 2011 flood of the Brisbane River. Sam personally volunteered at the Community Recovery Centre to support businesses that were flooded and then successfully lobbied to establish a business support desk at the Centre. Sam used her own resources to survey local businesses who were coping with the impacts of the disaster and provided information and referral to supports from Government and within the community. Sam also supported a group of QUT students to undertake a study of the impacts of the natural disaster which resulted in a detailed report being prepared outlining a framework for support for local businesses in future natural disasters. Sam continues as a member of the ‘Be Prepared Kurilpa’ project group. Sam currently also serves as a Board member of the West End Community House where her business acumen and common sense are respected.
Robert Eastcott for his work with the Mens Choir, SWARA’s annual concert
Sally Mollay and Scott Russell for the West End Twilight Markets
Lesley Synge poet, volunteer with Afghani refugee community, organiser of Torbreck’s 50 years celebrations
Richard and Joan Cassels for their local newsletter, weeding days and social gatherings
Fiona Stager for her support for the creative writers
Winner FIONA STAGER
Co-owner of the Avid Reader Bookshop in Boundary Street, West End, Fiona Stager has created a place to meet, learn, share, stimulate and discuss ideas. She frequently hosts in-store events and discussions on timely and topical issues for the benefit of public engagement. Fiona actively promotes creativity as she employs and engages with budding writers, promotes authors and commentators as well as reading clubs. Fiona has financially supported most, if not all, community events held in Boundary Street. She was the instigator and financial supporter of the West End Making History group that has produced two street walker guide booklets of West End and she has participated in the guided tours.
Winners KARYN MURPHY & RENAE KUNST
Karyn Murphy and Renae Kunst are members of the South Logan Magpies and also represent Australia in Women’s Rugby League Team. These Westenders have played for South’s for the past 5 years and have won the Brisbane District Premiership in the last four years.
Karyn began playing Rugby League in 1998. Karyn is the current Queensland and Australian halfback and has represented Australia for the past 15 years. Karyn is Captain of the Australian team, The Jillaroos, for 2013 Women’s World Cup in Leeds, London from July 2nd-18th.
Renae began playing the game 15 years ago at school in Mackay and has represented North Queensland from which she was chosen for her first state team in 2007. She represented Australia in 2008 and has continued to do so ever since, playing in the 2nd row. Despite all these honours Renae has said by far her greatest achievement in life is being a mother to her 7 year old daughter.
Karyn and Renae are part of the Women’s Rugby League State of Origin Team which has defended the title for Queensland 14 years in a row. Karyn and Renae have many awards such as the MVP, Best and Fairest and Most Consistent Player and the Players’ Player Awards. Finally, Karyn was named in the Women’s Rugby World Team following the 2012 World Cup game.
It would be no surprise to hear that the Australian Team members are underfunded and team members must pay a levy to travel to the World Cup.
THE WESTENDER AWARD
Auntie Mulinjalie activitist for aboriginal people WECA, support community events in the peninsula, conducted aboriginal culture talks focused on reconciliation.
Mark McDonnell for his amazing work establishing Community Friends which distributes frozen food, clothing, blankets and personal products to the homeless on a voluntary capacity.
Mary Maher for outstanding work for community involvement, inaugural President WECA, three years as president of WECH establishing the Croquet Hall as a community facility, pivotal role in flood recovery.
Joe Hurley Social worker at Caxton Legal service and been the coordinator of WECH for 15 years. He is a quiet achiever for the disadvantaged in our community
Marilyn Trad Recognition of three years as President of the WESSP&C, flood recovery work and fund raising
Winner KARYN WALSH
Karyn Walsh epitomizes what it means to be a ‘Westender’. With more than 30 years’ experience working in the community sector and as the Co-ordinator of MICAH Projects, Karyn is an inspiration and a committed and tireless worker. She is dedicated to both the local and extended community through her co-ordination of people, resources, personal involvement and advocacy so that and I quote from Karyn “every child and adult has the right to a home, an income, health care, education, safety, dignity and connection within their community of choice.” The Common Ground building in Hope Street is Karyn’s exceptional achievement. Karyn saw the benefits of the Common Ground model of supported accommodation when in America. She skilfully managed to negotiate funding for the Brisbane Common Ground Project during the time Kevin Rudd MP was Prime Minister. She then juggled the development approval, funding details and construction process involving three tiers of Government, and the 2011 flood, to make Common Ground a reality in our community. MICAH successfully tender and won the contract to deliver the on-site support services for the 146 residents. In between organisational commitments, media or crisis responses, Karyn can be found happily doing the dishes following a common meal at Common Ground.
Adopt a Road Group for Deshon Street
Several weeks ago, The Gabba MEC carried out their inaugural Adopt-a-Road clean up of Deshon Street, Woolloongabba. The vest and the red Tshirts meant they could be seen. It was amazing how much rubbish was there waiting to be picked up.
I was accompanied by Michael Foster, Angus Sutherland, Fin Sutherland and Tom Richman
King Kong Development comes to Kangaroo Point
A resident action group titled Kangaroo Point Neighbourhood Forum are objecting to a 23 tower building at 36-48 Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point. The current City Plan prescribes an acceptable height limit of 10 storeys. This building consists of 253 units with 60% being one bedroom units. The tower does not meet side boundary set backs as well as bringing longer that acceptable and so the development will have an adverse impact on the existing community of Kangaroo Point.
2013 Anywherefest starts 8 May
A group of committed actors and performers will improvise, astound, stun you when the perform over 40 performances at more than 30 different locations over 12 days.
If you do not know this theatre, dance, cabaret group make sure you go to one event during Anywherefest . Check out the website http//anywherefest.com
The photos is a snap of Shakespeare being performed at the EcoScience Building, Boggo Road during the official launch of the festival.
Commemorating Naval Centenary Memorial
On Sunday 7th April, the parish of St Mary's Anglican Church Knagaroo Point and members of the naval family celebrated with a Sung Eucharist service the Naval Centenary Memorial. This church is one of Brisbane's finest and has a long historical assoication this the Navy. The memorial fits snugly into the gardens overlooking the River and the CBD.
I am joined by Senator Claire Moore and Commander Jim Burrow
Father Steve Redhead, Peter Harris and Capt Bob Hume look very official in front of the memorial
Lord Mayor's Bus Review Proposals
The Lord Mayor has announced his changes to our bus services. The can breathe again.
There were 21 services to be changed by the Premier. Only five of those are subject to changes with the Lord Mayor’s review. A new service is proposed for the Kangaroo Point peninsula.
# 198 Hail and Ride Service
This service has been reduced to a 50 minutes service between 8.50 am to 2.40 pm on week days.
#199 West End to CBD and Teneriffe Ferry
This service will now use the Ivory Street tunnel. This means the loss of a direct service to the Valley.
#475 Rainworth to City and PA Hospital
This route is now two routes with the #234 service from Woolloongabba Busway Station via Kangaroo Point to CBD. The new route will have bus stops at the Pineapple Hotel and the Story Bridge Hotel.
#109 City to UoQ via Eleanor Schonell Bridge
This routes becomes #66 which travels from the City to University of Queensland via the Busway and Eleanor Schonell Bridge. It would operate between 6:00am – 10:00pm weekdays, with a 5 minute frequency between 6:00am and 9:30am and 3:00pm-6:00pm, and a 10-15 minute frequency at other times. On weekends this service would run from 7:00am – 7:30pm with a 15 minute frequency
#204 Carindale to City along Logan Rd
There is no change to this service and it will continue along Logan Road.
There is no further information regarding the frequency of any of the services. However, the information states “ if a route number is not listed, there are not proposed changes in the review”.
If you wish to review the changes the link is http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-transport/public-transport/buses/bus-network-review/index.htm.
Congratulations everyone. Your immediate and loud objections to the proposed changes have worked. The vital community service routes in The Gabba Ward have survived with only #198 services having a reduction in frequency.
Brisbane City Council's Role in Translinks Bus Review
You may be aware that late on Thursday 22 March, Scott Emerson MP, State Minister for Transport and Main Roads announced the Newman State Government would hand control for the current Bus Services Review within Brisbane to the Brisbane City Council.
On hearing this news, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has said “Brisbane's bus services were not broken with annual patronage increasing from 48 million passengers to 80 million since 2004 - so a major overhaul was not required” and that he “only wants to see sensible change and if there are to be any changes we will consult closely with the community”.
The Lord Mayor has announced that Council consultation with residents will be from April 22 to May 20, 2013.
I have written to Lord Mayor Quirk advising I will work with him and local residents to ensure vital bus services for seniors, the ill and people with reduced mobility and school children are retained and strengthened. Opposition Councillors are seeking a unanimous position for all Councillors on proposed changes.
Ultimately though, no matter what Brisbane City Council recommends to the State Government, the final and ultimate decision on what services are funded will be a decision for the State Government, so we are not out of the woods yet.
I urge all local residents to continue to make their voices heard on this very important issue. Your submissions should be to the Lord Mayor at email email@example.com but please send me a copy as well. This will help me develop a very clear understanding about people’s views on their local bus routes.
Please be assured I will continue to update you on this very important matter as things progress.
Dornoch Terrace Bus Service Restored
Minister Scott Emerson has heard the outcry from residents and has restated a bus service on Dornoch Terrace.
The specific words in this press release are “A new service connecting Dornoch Tce, West End with the PA Hospital”.
This is a great example of people power as the cuts of the two services along Dornoch Terrace was excessive and impossible to justify. I will continue to lobby with my colleague Ms Jackie Trad to ensure the new route provides good access to all households served by the axed 198 and 192 routes.
Newman’s Government cuts Bus routes
By now you may be aware of the State Government’s announcement to cut 25% of Brisbane Bus routes. I provide you a synopsis of the cuts and changes to the bus routes and services in The Gabba Ward.
Bus Routes in The Gabba Ward Affected by the SEQ Bus Review
To view the Bus route map please click on the Route number.
Route Description Proposed Change
107 Yeronga/CBD Routed along Gladstone Rd/Edmondstone St/Melbourne St not SEBusway
108 Yeronga/New Farm Routed along Gladstone Rd/Edmondstone St/Melbourne St not SE Busway
109 UQ / RBH Same route but extended from CBD to RB Hospital
112 Mt Gravatt /CBD Route no longer using Annerley Road
116 Garden City/CBD Route no longer using Annerley Road
172 Garden City/City Route cut but reinstated by Minister Emerson
174 Garden City/City Route no longer using Logan Road
175 Garden City/CBD Route no longer using Logan Road
184/185 Garden City/CBD Same route now called #16
192 UQ to CBD Route cut
196 New Farm/Fairfield Route extended to Yeronga
198 Hail and Ride Route cut
199 Teneriffe/West End No change
204 Carindale/City No longer using Logan Road
210 Cannon Hill/City New route #
212 Carindale/City New route #
230/235 Balmoral/City New route # 13a, 13b
City Glider West End/New Farm No change
Marron Glider Ashgrove/Stones Corner No change
202 Carindale/City No longer using Dorchester and Stephens Road
475/476 Rainworth/PAH Route cut alternative route S99
I also provide petitions and weblinks so you can have a say.
The focus of the Translink SEQ Bus Review was commuter travel not community travel needs. The aged, people with chronic illness wishing to travel to our hospitals, friends and local shops and school students suffer the brunt of the cuts with the cutting of #192 and #198.
I will be objecting to these proposed changes by the closing date 7th April 2013 for submissions to Translink
I have attached a table of the affected routes and the relevant maps for your convenience.
If you wish to comment directly to Translink the link is https://www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/gi/consultation/754/survey/950/view.html
Be warned this survey restricts what you can say.
I also attach a summary of the changes for the bus routes in The Gabba Ward taken directly from the Translink website to view CLICK HERE
Residents Numbers Show Strong Objection to Lambert Street Development
Approximately 120 local residents attended a public meeting on Saturday 16th March to discuss the 253 unit apartment building proposed in Lambert Street, Kangaroo Point - DA A003511428. The residents listed their concerns at the meeting. They are keen to let Council’s town planners and Cr Amanda Cooper, Chairperson, Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment know what they think of this proposal.
I attach for your convenience notes taken at the meeting and my synopsis of the town planning issues related to this development. You might wish to monitor the assessment of this application on Council’s pdonline website. If you wish to make a submission you must wait until the public notification period commences if you wish appeal rights.
Actions for individual residents
- Talk to your neighbours to encourage them to support a building that meets the City Plan
- Send an email to the Lord Mayor and local Councillors of family members – Graham.Quirk@brisbane.qld.gov.au
- Send an email seeking their support to Ms Jackie Trad Member for South Brisbane – firstname.lastname@example.org and Mr Kevin Rudd – Kevin.Rudd.MP@aph.gov.au
- Apply to address a Council meeting
- Ring up a talk back radio program – it is only the first time that is hard. The interviewers are only hard on politicians, never with listeners who have something to say on their “soapbox”
- Monitor what is happening on Council’s pdonline site each week
- Attend a body corporate meeting to see if you can assist this community structure
To view the attachments below, please click on them
Bling your Bike East Brisbane State School
On a Friday before Easter, East Brisbane State School organised a Bling your Bike day as part of their Active School Program. The bikes and scooters were obviously all decorated by their owners. Some were very proud of their efforts while of the owners of some of the outstanding contributions were shy of their achievements.
It is great to see how many pupils ride or scooter to school especially when they are surrounded by some many busy roads. Well done everyone
A local resident has provide me a graph showing the impact of the cutting the #192 and #198 bus routes.
No wonder that I am objecting so strongly with Ms Jackie Trad, member of South Brisbane and Mr Kevin Rudd, Member for Griffith.
PETITION – SAVE OUR LOCAL BUS ROUTES #198 & #192
The Translink reveiw of bus services was released on Thursday. It is significant cuts for The Gabba Ward and frequency of the #199 BUZ serivce may be reduced.
Cuts are proposed for all bus services that run along Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill. This leaves at least 21 streets in this suburb more than 400 metre (a State Standard) from a bus route and possibly another 200 metre from a bus stop. The removal of the #198 and #192 services are proposed.
The #198 is the Hail and Ride service that takes some many people to the Princess Alexandria Hospital, Buranda Centrol and the Mater Hospital.
The bus services along Annerley Road are also cut.
19% of dwellings in The Gabba Ward do not own a car, compared to 9.5% for Brisbane dwellings. I believe residents who are doing the right thing for congestion levels and the environment of our planet are being punished by having their community bus services cuts.
To view and print a copy CLICK HERE.
I attach a more generic petition as the cuts to bus services are across South East Queensland. To view it click here. Finally there is an epetition that you might wish to sign
Public Information Session - Upgrade to Two Commuter Bikeway Corridors
I wish to alert you to a public information session that Council is holding to gain feedback on the upgrade to two commuter bikeway corridors.
The website link to a map of the two corridors is http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/traffic-transport/roads-infrastructure-bikeways/bikeway-and-pathway-projects/commuter-bikeway-corridor-studies/index.htm/
I am sure that some of you might wish to attend the session so that you might discuss the ‘missing link’ of the Riverwalk between Mowbray Park and Cairns Street Kangaroo Point.
It may be possible to change the indicative route through Lambert and Thorn Streets from a long term option as shown on the map to a short term option.
Also the map shows a bikeway along Stanley Street, presumably two ways, to Main Street, Woolloongabba. It is shown as a secondary bikeway yet I know that many of you would think this route needs to be a primary route.
The only remaining sessions are
• Monday 18 March – 4pm – 6pm, Carindale Library
• Saturday 23 March – 9am – 11am, Norman Park Bowls Club
Photomontague of Chalk Hotel Development
Will this be the impact of the three tower development behind the Chalk Hotel on Hawthorne Street and the surrounding suburb?
Clean Up Australia Day Kingfisher Creek Woolloongabba
Twenty-four people donned gloves and braved the mud to collect 12 bags of litter from Kingfisher Creek on Sunday morning. In one hour of hard work the creek was transformed. There is always rubbish along this stretch and so I am determined to convince Council to install a SQUID so the litter is 'trapped" before it enters the waterway.
The before and after photos
The workers. For more photos click here
Trees wilfully damaged again
The street trees in Deakin Street, Kangaroo Point came off much for the worse after a group of allegedly drunk people damaged 7 of 12 street trees. Council's street tree team have been caring for these three for three years and they were being to thrive and grow. Yet in just a few minutes and for no purpose other than to destroy, these trees were damaged beyond hope. This has happened more than a dozen times in the past.
Actions like this make it difficult to justify further effort on the part of Council to provide a shady, leafy streetscape amongst the highrise buildings. Yet they are desperately needed as our summers become hotter.
PETITION – SAVE OUR LOCAL BUS ROUTES
For a copy of the petition click here
Stop Press Consultation on New City Plan announced
Council has announced formal consultation, which commenced on Tuesday 12 February 2013 with information stalls throughout the City.
The Gabba Ward will host the following
West End Library – Saturday 13 April 2013 - 9am to 1pm
Talk to a Planner Session:
Coorparoo – Easts Leagues Club – Wednesday 15 May 2013 – 2.00pm to 3.30pm and 5.30pm to 7.00pm
it is my understanding that the Information Kiosk sessions will discuss the broadchanges proposed while the Talk to the Planner sessions will focus on specific property or street matters.
There are two additional Information Kiosks just outside The Gabba Ward. These are
Greenslopes Mall Shopping Centre – Tuesday 16 April 2013 – 9am to 1pm
Brisbane CBD - Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane - Tuesday 5 March 2013 - 11am-2pm.
Further a Talk to the Planner session will be held at
Brisbane CBD - City Hall, Adelaide Street - Wednesday 10 April 2013 - 2.00 pm-3.30 pm or 5.30pm to 7 pm
SouthBank Sunday Criterion
Sunday morning saw hundreds of elite cyclists competiting on a tough course that included the Merivale Street hill. The event was organised by QSM Sports, Mr Michael Crawley and the event went without a hitch. I was particularly pleased to see the number of spectators some of whom were enjoying their Sunday at South Bank and stopped to watch. As a sponsor of the event, I got to have a photo with Robbie McEwen.
New look for Jane Street Community Garden
The members of the Jane Street Community Garden with the assistance of a number of volunteers had a busy weekend preparing to shift to sheds from under fig trees into a more open space. Unfortunately the roots of the trees were suffering and so the storage area needed to go.
The only way to move the two sheds was by human power due to the gardens. So on Monday afternoon the group below carried the sheds down the footpath to their new location. My heartfelt thanks to Chris Economidis and his staff, two guys from Souths Leagues and the local gym operator who were cajoled into assisting.
57 Vulture Street, West End
I have had a number of residents contact me about the application of a five storey mixed use development on Vulture Street between Cambridge and Exeter Street. I understand that a number of residents wish to make a submission therefore I have upload my submission for their reference, to view it CLICK HERE.
Kangaroo Point Rotary Club cleaned Cpt Burke Park
A newly formed Kangaroo Point Rotary Club held a Clean Up Day at Captain Burke Park on Sunday 9th December. While Council contractors remove the large items, the 20 Rotary members picked up thousands of cigarette butts, lolly wrapers and bottle tops. The park looked so much cleaner after their hard work on a warm morning. The real task is for everyone to take responsibility for all their litter. The smaller the litter the harder it is to clean from public spaces.
Well done everyone you contributed on the day.
Opening of the Vietnamese Memorial
Sunday 2nd December, the Vietnamese Community of Australia, Queensland Chapter celebrated the opening of a memorial to their countrymen and family who lost their life when escaping the Vietnamese war in boats.
It was a magnificant celebration with dignitaries from all mainland states in attendence. The memorial was funded by the local Vietnamese community with some additional funding from the Lord Mayor and myself. I would encourage everyone to take the time to go and have a look at the memorial as it is very symbolic and emotional.
If you wish to view more photos click here
East Brisbane State School pupils shine in Bike Riding Classes
East Brisbane State School is conducting bike riding lessons for pupils as part of their involvement in Council's Active School Program. I was impressed with the riding skills of the students which included riding slowly and evenly with a heat pack on their helments and that is not easy.
some of the pupils being told it easy to ride safely
Carols Nights at Local Schools
Carols nights at local schools are one of the joys of my job. It is uplifting to see the children perform while proud parents look on. Sometimes it is the same songs but never the same performance as the children personalities are clear to see as they sing and perform.
The St Joseph's Primary School pre-class performance.
East Brisbane Neighbourhood Watch Christmas Party
The East Brisbane Neighbourhood Watch held it Christmas Party in Williamina Park on Sunday 2nd December. It was well attended and everyone shared the friendship of a strong community group. The Yellow Cabs Redcliffe Band was in attendance to provide music for the event. I enjoyed myself thoroughly.
The photos show the relaxed, low key enjoyment
Opening of Extension to Kurilpa Child Care Centre
On Sunday 25th November, the Kurilpa Child Care community celebrated the extensions to the Child Care Centre. These include a lunch room/quiet room for the staff and new entrance and storage space. It was a suprised for me to see just how many families are associated with this great community resource.
A snap shot of some of the Kurilpa families with Ms Jackie Trad in the foreground.
Weekend Storm fells Davies Park fig tree
The weekend stormes 17-18 November felled one of the huge fig trees in Davies Park. The tree was one that had been badly infested with the Phellinis Noxious. The goal post of the scoocer club were narrowly missed.
Buranda State School has a double win
Buranda State School has won Brisbane City Council's Golden Boot Award two months in a row. This is an outstanding achievement. I congratulate all parents, students and teachers who participate particularly Mrs Carmel Newman who is a strong advocate for this program.
As well, Buranda State School won the Bugdie Cup in a local competition between East Brisbane State School and Greenslopes State School.
Carmel Newman and the two Active Travel Awards
Principal Simon Vaseo, parents Erimina Janssen-Skripic, Sally Dillon and Carmel Newman. This small group has played an important role in Buranda State School success.
Opening of Noah's Ark Extension
On Wednesday 7th November, Minister John-Paul Langbroek opened the extension to Noah's Ark Resource building in Norman Street, East Brisbane. The refurbished building is named after Mr Jim Lowe who for decades has created new electronic toys and maintain all of the toys in this section for Noah's Ark. He is truely a remarkable man who speech just hit the mark and emotional moved everyone at the event.
Noah's Ark provides toys for children with disability or learning difficulties.
Mr Lowe giving his speech and the new extension with all this storage for toys.
Guiness Book Record
I was delighted to be the independent scrutineer of the Mater Hospital's successful attempt to enter the Guiness Book of Records for the greatest number of pregnant women at one event on Sunday 4th November.
486 pregnant women registered at South Bank Piazza and created an Australian Record. Well done to everyone who attended including a woman on duty cleaning the Piazza.
A proud mum and a working mum
a section of the 486 mothers at Piazza
South Bank Park Run Group
On Saturday 3rd November, I launched the inaugural Park Run Group at South Bank. Approximately 200 runners gathered at 7am to run across the GoBetween and Goodwill Bridges and the riverside path linking these two bridges.
Park Runs are organised on a voluntary capacity by Gareth Saunders and number of volunteers. SouthBank Park Run group is the fourth group in the Greater Brisbane area.
It is a free event that anyone can join into so long as they register before hand. So if you are thinking about it, every Saturday at 7 am at SouthBank is the time and place
Ready to run
The crowd and organiser Gareth Saunders at the start of the run.
Mollison Street Fig Tree Poisoned
The Figus Hillii outside of The Jazzy Cat Coffee and Teahouse and Kafe Meze has been poisoned. Leaves are falling everywhere and there are numberous drill holes around the base of the tree used in inject the poison.
Council has erected a huge sign calling for anyone to come forward if they know anything about the incident. Council's investigation staff will persist with their enquiries till they discover who carried out this illegal action.
In the meantime, the tree is fighting for its life and the Tree Doctor is not optimistic
The shame sign
Community garden reaps benefits
On Saturday 27th October, I visited the community garden at Wilton Street and I was really impressed with what I found. Before, the election, I doorknocked this block of units and was shown the community meeting space. It was well designed by unloved. Now that there is a community garden immediately outside, the meeting space is more homely and lively. It was great to see the pride several unit owners had for the garden. Just look at these vegies.
East Brisbane State School hope to win Budgie Cup
East Brisbane State School is competing with Greenslopes and Buranda State Schools over two weeks for the most children using Active travel to school. It was great to see the support from the parents who enjoyed the toast and fruit once they got to school. Ms Gale Brackenreg, Library Staff does a fantastic job with promoting the Active School Travel Program.
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Buranda State School's Golden Day
On Wednesday 24th October, Buranda State School held a Golden Day for Active Travel. As a result 92% or 166 of 180 students travelled to school by bike, scooter, walking, bus, train or car share. This is the best result ever and I hope the school wins the Golden Boot award.
Children were encouraged to wear something golden on their uniform. I took photos of some of the golden decorations. Check out the golden shoe laces by clicking here.
Cr Helen Abrahams with a wonderfully golden student and the Golden Boot Award
Laneway Name Suggestions
All of the names for the lanes received by the Ward Office to date are attached. Click Here to view.
I have highlighted just a few that I fancy. I am seeking your feedback and am asking Jackie Trad, State Member for South Brisbane, to assist me in the final decision.
Please let me know your thoughts by emailing email@example.com
River Edge Strategy and Bike Loop Consultation
Council has called for comments from the community on two local planning strategies. The River Edge Strategy is seeking input from the community to guide development of the Brisbane River from Dutton Park to Mowbray Park. Click here to view my submission for your reference.
The Bike Loop consultation is calling for comments on how to improve the safety of the Bike Loop. This is an important document as there are a number of hazards for cyclists in the section along Gladstone Road and Dornoch Terrace. Again, click here to view my submission for your reference.
Walk for Awareness
On Sunday, 7th October, I joined approximately 450 people who walked from Capt Burke Park through the CBD, across the Story Bridge back to Capt Burke Park to raise awareness about mental illness issues especially in young people. I undertand $800 was raised to assist GROW and Mates in Construction, two charities that work with people with mental health problems. Congratulations to Tudor and Wesley Vasile for organising this event.
Tudor, Wesley, Mrs Vasile and a great group of supporters who raised funds to assist with mental illness in young adults throught their Walk for Awareness event.
Name a Lane and local history
There are four lanes in West End without a name. Yes the number is growing as more lanes are nominated by residents. I am told that Council will name and sign the lanes on request so I am calling for suggestions for names to the lanes.
The lanes link Gray Road to Dornoch Terrace; Gray Road to Barnsley Street, Hardgrave Road to Crowther Street and St James Street stair link to Monto Street.
While making a suggestion for a name, a local resident provided me this history of the large body of water between Miller Street and Daventry Street. It is a sad but really interesting read. click here to read the story.
King of Coops Skate Comp
The King of Coops Skat Comp was organised again by Ben and Dave Ventress at The Common, Cooparoo. There were lots of skaters who enjoyed the nwe widened half pipe that was finished just in time. It is great to be able to direct funds into this facility. Congratulations the King and all participants.
The skaters and the King with the five runners up and Ben Ventress
12 Storey buildings approved for West End
On Tuesday18th September the LNP used their majority to approved 12 storey building heights in West End south of Davies Park and west of Montague Road.
You might be interested in reading the debate in the Chamber if so click here
On Saturday, 8th September, at short notice approximately 160 people rallied to show their objection to the proposed 12 storey height limit in West End. Expert town planners, community organisations and Ms Jackie Trad, member ofr South Brisbane addressed the rally. This was more people than the 120 submissions the LNP were using to justify the higher density.
Kurilpa Derby 2012
The Kurilpa Derby was a great success with more children's races and events. All the color, creativity and multiculturism was on display for the afternoon. The day gives so much joy but only due to the hard copy of Darren Godwell and other members of WECA. I am delighted to be able to fund this annual event.
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Queensland's first Nissan Leaf electric car lives in West End
If you see this vehicle you are looking at a 100% electric car. Its owners live in West End and tell me it may be one of the first 100% electric cars in Australia privately owned.
The problem is that it looks just like any other car. It is very well fitted out and to ride in it is just like my Prius car. The real benefit is the cost and the service costs are very low as there are no "oily" bits to clean and to replace. Well done Helen, Rob and family.
Wonderful Home Festival
The Home Festival, Raymond Park, Kangaroo Point was a hugh success. The day started with Council's officers going the extra mile to mow the clover to prevent bee stings and the general vibe just got better.
As usual the childrens cubby house with boxes galore to build a cubby with Mums and Dads was very popular. The excellent local performers and the wide range of workshops meant that people came for the day and enjoyed the event.
Congratulations everyone involved particularly the local community groups who made it a real Home Festival. The festival organisers need a medal.
The bike was a huge success
Annie Tewhai enjoying Home festival event
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15th Anniversary of Sea of Hands
On Sunday 25th July, ANTAR held an event to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Sea of Hands display of solidarity with aboriginal peoples of Australia. It was on the lawn outside the State Library.
It was a great event and I was delighted to attend. The photos captured the feeling of the day.
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NAIDOC FAMILY FUN DAY 2012
The 2012 NAIDOC Family Fun Day was held once again in Musgrave Park on Friday 6 July 2012
I was able to see more dancing and the crowd of people watching was even more this year than previously.
Uncle Des Sandy and Auntie Valda Coolwell spoke passionately about the need for the long promise Cultural Centre in Musgrave Park. An initiative that has my total support. The State Government and Brisbane City Council have given a commitment to fund the Culutral Centre. The supporters of the Sovereign Embassy will make sure this commitment is delivered.
Aunti Valda with members of the Sovereign Embassy in the foreground.
The MultiCultural Community Festival 2012 celebrate World Refuge Day
The MultiCultural Development Association held a successful MultiCultural Community Festival at Annerley. The food stalls were more inticing and the dancing, singing and football meant there was much to enjoy while learning more about the traditional and customers of our newest residents
The seniors and elders tent was a place to sharing veiw, news and common interest. It is a huge task to put on an event of this magnitude so congratulations to everyone involved. This event is a "must go to" on my calender.
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Open Day, West End Greening Group
On Sunday 27 May, the West End Greening Group held an open day at the revegetation site, Dauphin Terrace, Highgate Hill.
Approximately 30 people attended to hear of the efforts of the revegetation group and to learn more about the native trees growing in this riparian gully. Sarah LeJeune led the group through the site, assisted by butterfly expert Frank Jordan.
The West End Greening Group is keen to work with the other newly formed revegetation groups in Highgate Hill. Cr Abrahams offered her support to these groups
Sarah Lejeune sharing her knowledge of the site
On a freezing morning, Saturday 26 May, about 100 people gathered to recognise Sorry Day at a breafast at Hill End Terrace, West End. The event was organised by Link-Up and wonderfully catered by MICAH projects. Council installed two river rocks with a plague identifying this place as a sorry site and the second containing former PM Kevin Rudd's apology speech.
Uncle Sam Watson speaking at Orleigh Park, West End
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Later the same day, another Sorry Day celebration was held at King George Square with the Noonuccal Dancers giving a wonderful performance. Uncle Des Sandy and Uncle Joe Kirk recognised country and the history of aboriginal people displaced from their families and home lands.
Cheryl Sandy, Link-Up CEO, Kim Kilroy Link-Up Board Member, Uncle Des Sandy and Cathy with Uncle Sam Watson at the King George Square Sorry Day Celebration
Paniyiri 2012 was bigger and better than ever. The number of people dancing was more than the dance floor could manage. The weather was superb for a day outdoors. The food was as better than ever making 2012 one of the best Paniyiri Festivals. It was truely a day where people attending the Festival could immerse themselves in "everything Greek".
The Noonuccal Dance Group did open to country with a number of dances culminating with the fire ceremony. It was a day of harmony in contrast to conflict of earlier in the week. I congratulate the Greek community keeping an open dialogue with the Aboriginal Soveign Embassy.
The Saturday crowd, the cooks with wide smiles and members of The Ladies of Philoptchros Society of St George
Road Closure Celebration
On Sunday 11 March more than 100 people came to celebrate the closure of Riverside Drive.
West End Community House provided the food, and Paul Rees, body corporate member of Regatta Apartments, was master of ceremonies for the day.
Megan Cusack, from West End Veterinary Surgery on Boundary Street, provided the prizes for the dog entries.
Justine, a Community Development Worker with Brisbane City Council, was there to provide information about the flood. The three-legged races were also much fun with children of all ages joining in, but the dog parade was serious business.
The overwhelming mood was one of celebration that hooning and noisy car radios have been banned from this park.
Some of the dogs and their owners on the parade
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