I'm pleased to advise the new playground construction is scheduled to commence Monday 12 March.

After extensive community consultation at the end of 2017, and feedback from local residents; the Urban Play proposal will be installed.

Given the community interest in this initiative, I would like to take this opportunity to clarify some points that arose during the consultation process:

  • The new playground will be located on the higher level area near the basketball court at the north-west corner of the park.  This area has a number of large trees around its perimeter.
  • The old playground will be removed except for the large A-frame swing which will be retained in its current location.
  • The area of the old playground will be reinstated with new turf except for around the trees.
  • Council Parks Officers have advised that the new playground will be located in a more shady area, and no shade sails will be provided initially.  This will be reviewed upon installation of the equipment, when the impact of shade can be more appropriately assessed.
  • The existing shade sails at the old playground will not be reused because of their age and condition.

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Council is trialling the flying of drones in designated parks due to their increasing popularity. Commencing in December 2017, the trial will run up to six months.

Ten Council parks have been chosen to include designated areas for flying drones and other remotely piloted aircraft with the following conditions:

•  you are flying for recreational purposes; and

•  your aircraft weighs no more than 2 kg; and

•  your aircraft is electric; and

•  your aircraft has propeller guards (drones only); and

•  you are flying in a manner that does not endanger, interfere with or cause nuisance to the park, park users or adjoining properties; and

•  you follow Civil Aviation Safety Authority's (CASA) safety rules for flying drones and other remotely piloted aircraft recreationally.

View the Parks involved in the trial here.

For all other parks not involved in the trial, individuals can fly drones and other remotely piloted aircraft from any Council park without Council consent if:

•  the drone is a children's toy, or weighs less than .5 kg; or

•  the drone weighs less than .1 kg when flown in Council parks located within 5.5km of the Brisbane Airport or Archerfield Airport*; and

•  the drone is being flown for recreational purposes; and

•  the drone is being flown in a manner that does not endanger, interfere with or cause nuisance to the park, park users or adjoining properties; and

•  the operator follows the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's (CASA) safety rules for flying drones and other remotely piloted aircraft recreationally.

*CASA requires that drones and remotely piloted aircraft that weigh more than .1 kg must not be flown within 5.5km of the Brisbane or Archerfield airports.

For more information about flying drones, filming and taking photos from drones, and any noise related issue, please visit flying drones in Council parks or phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Belong is the new brand and trading name for Acacia Ridge Community Support Inc. (ARCSI), first established in 1989 as a not-for-profit community-based organisation that provides services and support to the communities of Acacia Ridge and nearby suburbs.

The centre of the catchment area on Brisbane’s Southside ranges from Moorooka southwards to Larapinta, and from Inala eastwards to Eight Mile Plains.

I am pleased to announce that both the Moorooka State School and St Pius X Catholic Primary School, Salisbury were successful with their applications for Council’s Active School Travel Program for 2018.

It's on again! Brisbane City Council's libraries are getting into the Christmas spirit by waiving outstanding library fees during December.

All you have to do is present your overdue library book at a library in exchange for a donation of canned food.

Fines waived include overdue fines, processing and hold fees.  If you have already returned your books, but have incurred fees, you can also have these fees waived in exchange for a can of food.

This year Council's library amnesty will donate all food to Foodbank Queensland, an organisaiton that distributes food to charities and community organisations who assist those in need.

Please note:  perishable food items cannot be accepted and lost library items are not covered by the amnesty.

You may not be aware but there is a little piece of Italy right in the middle of Moorooka. Giardini Lane!

It’s the previously unnamed lane that joins Wall Street to Goodwin Terrace. 

This lane is now the major access point for unit owners in the recently completed two-storey development along its northern side, but also serves as a convenient access point from Mayfield Road, Wall Street to Goodwin Terrace.

It has been difficult to establish the exact derivation of the name but it has been attributed to the Italian word ‘Giardini’ meaning ‘gardens’ in English.

Material change of use: Development Permit - Child Care Centre (80 child care places)

The Development Application for 135 Keats Street, Moorooka (A004764412) has now been advertised. This application is impact assessable.

Residents who wish to prepare and lodge a submission (for or against) need to do so during the public notification period from Friday 24 November 2017 to Friday 15 December 2017.