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Brisbane City Council is rolling out a range of designer dog registration tags following a spike in dog ownership, to ensure pups can look fetching while owners keep them safe.
City Standards, Community Health and Safety Chair Kim Marx Brisbane said nearly 40 per cent of Brisbane households now owned a four-legged family member, jumping 10.6 per cent in 2020.
“We know more and more residents sought creature comfort during the pandemic and we’re encouraging responsible pet ownership with our new, stylish dog registration tags,” Cr Marx said.
“Featuring a range of colours and sizes, the aluminium dog tags are as unique as our pets themselves – colourful and with personality – and durable enough to withstand ‘ruff’ play.
“From crystal bling to pink and blue, the tags are a great incentive to get Brisbane residents to register their dogs as only around 50% of dogs are registered with Council.
“We want to ensure all dogs in Brisbane are registered because it really is the most reliable and effective way to confirm a lost pet’s ownership and identification so we can quickly reunite them with their owner.”
Cr Marx said while ownership was on the rise, some things were still the same for dog lovers.
“It seems we’re all drawn to the same names and breeds in Brisbane, with Bella and Charlie our favourite dogs’ names in 2020 – a consistent theme for the past 10 years,” she said.
“Labradors, Maltese and Border Collie’s are consistently our most popular breeds, but there’s certainly rising popularity of breeds with poodles and the floppy-eared Cavaliers.
“Whatever your choice of breed or name, we want to encourage all owners to register their dog with Council, so we can continue offering new initiatives to help everyone be a responsible pet owner.”
Depending on the level of bling residents choose, the new tags will cost between $20 and $30 in addition to registration fees.
Discounted registration for desexed dogs was introduced last year, with these fees, as well as the cost of dog tags, invested into Council’s 24/7 Lost and Found service, upgrading and enhancing more than 150 dog parks and maintaining two animal rehoming centres.
Council invests $6.9 million annually into managing domestic animals and pets in Brisbane, including the funding of two Animal Rehoming Centres at Bracken Ridge and Willawong, which have both recently received upgrades.
1. Labrador Retriever
2. Maltese
3. Border Collie
4. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
6. Poodle
7. Australian Kelpie
8. Jack Russell Terrier
9. Australian Cattle Dog
10. Golden Retriever

1. Bella
2. Charlie
3. Molly
4. Max
5. Ruby
6. Buddy
7. Coco
8. Rosie
9. Daisy
10. Archie

A hit of holiday cheer will be the remedy to a challenging year, with Acting Mayor Krista Adams unveiling the 2020 Christmas in Brisbane program, while the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust sorts 3000 toys for children in need.
Cr Adams said Brisbane will be one of the few places in the world where residents can get out and experience the magic of Christmas with family and friends in a COVID-safe way.
“We have delivered a reimagined Christmas program this year to lift community spirits and give our battling local businesses a boost,” Cr Adams said.
“While it may look a little bit different with COVID-safe precautions, we have a range of events and old favourites that will ensure Christmas will most definitely be in the air in our city.
“The Lord Mayor’s Lighting of the Christmas Tree will be done virtually on 1 December this year with residents able to tune in from wherever they are to see the countdown.
“Our beloved Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols will return to Riverstage as a free-ticketed event where people can sing along to their favourite carols with some of Brisbane’s finest performers. Tickets will be available from Tuesday 24 November.
“A special new format will take the place of the Christmas Parade, with Christmas on Queen livening up the shopping strip with live pop-up performances, acrobats, choirs, and all your favourite Christmas characters.
“A crowd favourite, Gold Lotto City Hall Lights will run from 4 to 24 December and will light up City Hall every 15 minutes from 7:30pm with an exciting light and animation Christmas tale set to capture the hearts of kids and adults alike.
“Kids can take their own socially-distanced Santa photo with Mr and Mrs Clause at South Bank Parkland’s Flowstate and Santa’s elves will be reciting their favourite Christmas tales and helping with arts and crafts.”
Cr Adams said for vulnerable and disadvantaged Brisbane residents, this Christmas would be one of the hardest they would ever have to experience.
“This year’s Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust Christmas Grant Round, which provides Toys, food vouchers and funds for Christmas celebrations, is more important than ever as the need for support in our city has never been greater.
“The effects of coronavirus have left our small, grassroots charities with fewer funds, sparse resources and depleted volunteers and we have seen a significant increase this year in those seeking assistance.
“To ease the burden on charities, we are sorting over 3000 toys today for 36 charities which will make their way to families and children who would otherwise go without presents under the tree this Christmas.
“These small acts of kindness go an extremely long way in giving hope and happiness to people who need it the most and I encourage people who can to dig deep and donate to the Trust’s Christmas Appeal, which will provide extra relief to Brisbane charities providing front-line services.”
1. 1 Dec: The Lord Mayor’s Lighting of the Christmas Tree which will see the 22m tall tree illuminate via a special virtual cross to the countdown that families can enjoy from their home – via the Brisbane City Facebook page. Households are encouraged to turn their tree on with us on 1 December and share it via #MerryBrismas.
2. 4-24 Dec: The Gold Lotto City Hall Light Show will project a Christmas tale onto Brisbane City Hall every 15 minutes via an exciting light and animation show.
3. 4-24 Dec: The reimagined Christmas on Queen will include lots of live pop-up performances and entertainment throughout Queen Street Mall, with acrobats, choirs, and all your favourite Christmas characters.
4. 5 Dec: The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols will be held at the iconic Riverstage and will be a ticketed event to ensure the safety of those attending.
5. 18-23 Dec: The Christmas Tree Spectacular – Supported by ABC Radio Brisbane is a Christmas production featuring song, dance and circus acts at the South Bank Piazza.
6. 18-23 Dec: Pull up a rug on South Bank Parklands’ River Quay Green & delight in a free cinematic experience at the outdoor Christmas Cinema – presented by eatSouthBank
7. 18-23 Dec: Santa’s Stopover at South Bank Parkland’s Flowstate will have socially-distanced Santa photos for the kids, with Santa’s elves reciting their favourite Christmas tales and helping with arts and crafts at Kids Craft & Storytelling.
8. 18-23 Dec: Festive Beats – Presented by eatSouthBank will deliver the Christmas soundtrack at South Bank with original tunes and Christmas covers, with no one artist performing twice across the program.
9. 18-24 Dec: Santa’s Stable will see Santa’s reindeer surprise and delight shoppers in the Queen Street Mall for a limited time each night.
This program is in addition to other fun events across the city including:
10. The Lord Mayor’s Seniors Christmas Concerts at City Hall (30Nov–9Dec)
11. Collective Markets: Christmas Edition in South Bank (18-23 Dec)
12. The Enchanted Garden in Roma Street Parkland (4 Dec – 17 Jan)
For more information, visit or share your experience on social media by using #MerryBrismas. To donate to the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, visit

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From Wynnum to Wavell Heights and everywhere in between, enter your postcode and a new online hub will link you up with the best Brisbane has to offer in cafes, restaurants, retailers and recreation.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the BrisBetter Local online hub launched today in a bid to stimulate local economy and support businesses following a year of pandemic hardship.
“In September, we launched a suite of Brisbetter local videos, profiling hidden gems and new places to discover in your local area,” Cr Schrinner said.
“These videos were just the tip of the iceberg and BrisBetter Local is now expanding on the initiative with detailed blogs to inspire great days out in our own backyard.
“Postcode-to-postcode, this hub is all about getting out and exploring your own backyard with a focus on life in the suburbs and the friendly faces and shopkeepers who give each area its own unique sense of community and togetherness.”
Cr Schrinner said Brisbetter Local was an initiative of the Economic Recovery Taskforce to support Brisbane’s small businesses that contribute colour, community and services to the city
“The economic effects of coronavirus will linger for years to come and getting people back in stores, supporting local jobs is key to fast-tracking Brisbane’s recovery,” he said.
“We want to keep this momentum going by featuring more than 200 small businesses on our new BrisBetter Local hub, with more to be added all the time.
“Brisbane has really come together throughout the pandemic but if we don’t support our businesses now, one day they’ll be there and the next day they may be gone.
“From the $7.9 million business relief package delivered earlier this year, to our ongoing commitment to buy local; we’re committed to being there with small businesses every step of the way so that they can keep their doors open and Brisbane residents in jobs.”
Visit the Brisbetter Local hub on Council’s website at and search for fun by postcode.
The hub is constantly refreshed with new videos, so ensure you check in regularly to uncover more hidden gems and thing to see and do close to you.

Brisbane is set to become home to one of the largest bonsai collections in Australia, with the Japanese city of Kobe declaring their support for an upgrade to Brisbane’s Bonsai House on the 35th anniversary of the Brisbane-Kobe Sister City relationship.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said more than 50 bonsais were currently on display in the existing Bonsai House at Mt Coot-tha, with the collection expected to double to become Australia’s largest within years.
“Bonsai growing is a centuries-old art form and our beloved Brisbane Bonsai House has been putting a sub-tropical spin on this tradition by housing a growing collection of native Aussie plants for more than 20 years,” Cr Schrinner said.
“We want to celebrate our longest Sister City relationship by creating a world-class destination for people to visit some of the country’s most treasured bonsai trees, including some that are nearly 70 years old and are valued at thousands of dollars.
“Once complete, the new Bonsai House will be able to display up to 100 bonsai and feature one of the oldest trained Australian native fig trees.
“This provides the capacity for Brisbane’s collection to surpass the size and importance of the National Bonsai Collection in Canberra, which includes approximately 75 trees.”
Cr Schrinner said the design of the new Bonsai House would pay homage to Japanese design, featuring distinct wooden panelling and stone walls, as well as an area for bonsai workshops and teahouse for cultural ceremonies.
“Through our Sister City relationship with Kobe, Brisbane’s ties to Japan continue to strengthen and I thank them for continuing to support our city through this initiative,” he said.
“This type of support between Brisbane and Kobe has been the cornerstone of our long-standing relationship and is highly valued.”
Construction on the new Bonsai House is expected to begin in 2021.
For more information visit or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

Community groups to benefit from $3.3 million cost-cutting plan
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner is helping hundreds of community groups reduce their running costs with a $3.3 million plan to help them reduce their water, energy and maintenance bills.
Community, Arts and Nighttime Economy Chair Vicki Howard said the global coronavirus pandemic had hit our community groups incredibly hard, and that these tough times were being long felt.
“We have waived the rent for all Council lessees and tenants until the end of 2020, but we know the water and energy bills keep coming, so we are launching a Resilient Clubs Program to help cut the operating costs for our much-loved community organisations,” Cr Howard said.
“This $3.3 million, two-year initiative follows feedback gathered from residents as part of the Economic Recovery Taskforce Survey which found our community clubs and organisations were facing uncertain times due to the pandemic.
“We will deliver maintenance works and upgrades at up to 180 sites to help cut water usage and costs, help more than 30 clubs install solar systems and energy efficiency measures to help cut their energy bills and provide additional support at community organisations with a water and energy coaching program.
“It’s great to see a lot of our clubs starting to reignite and thrive post coronavirus, and these new measures will not only help clubs now, but well into the future.
“This multi-million-dollar initiative doesn’t deliver a short-term solution. We are investing in the tools to help these groups have reduced operating costs for many years into the future.
“We don’t want to see our community groups go anywhere, so are doing everything we can to future-proof them and help them thrive.
“The Resilient Clubs Support Program will also have flow on effects to local Brisbane businesses like electrical and plumbing trades. We want these local upgrades to be delivered by local businesses.”
This new program follows $11 million in COVID support, including $3 million offered through a community assistance program which provided not-for-profit lessees funding of up to $10,000 to cover operating expenses and maintenance works during forced closures.
The three-category program would be available to select eligible community-leased facilities, including sports clubs.

What’s happening with the old Toowong Bowls Club? In this email, you’ll get an update on that, news about basketball courts, cricket nets, park upgrades, and more. There’s also advice about a dividend payment to you, from Council.

Indooroopilly roundabout upgrade
The upgrade of the notorious roundabout at Moggill Rd and Coonan Street is now one step closer after the business case backed the safety, usability, and congestion-busting ability of the proposed upgrade.

Council just released the business case, which will see the current roundabout replaced with an overpass and traffic lights. When completed, residents in the west, such as Fig Tree Pocket and Chapel Hill, will be able to travel home with an underpass and no traffic lights.

After a thorough consultation process, changes were made to the design to better accommodate cyclists and pedestrians.

You can read more about the project, get the business case, and watch the project video on the Council website.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the upgrade. Please reply to this email with any comments you’d like passed on to the project team.

Perrin Park, Toowong
This is easily one of our most popular local parks, and it continues to get upgraded:
• The walking track is getting fixed. I’ve had a few reports of the concrete not being perfectly smooth, which is no good for littlies learning to ride and a bit dangerous for elderly walkers. We’re getting it fixed to make it smooth again.
• The basketball court is getting a fence. Neighbours have noted that people seem to want to play on the court as late (early!) as 3am. We put up signs but they didn’t work. We’re building a fence to encourage people to use the court in hours that are more respectful for neighbours.
• Some of the shelter sheds are being upgraded so more families can use and enjoy the park. There are electric BBQs so better shelters will make it even better.
The old Toowong Bowls Club building
As you may know, this facility was handed back to Council in December 2019. The good news is: this great facility is looking for a new community group!

Council is now accepting tender applications for the site. It must remain used for sports and recreation.

Why not check out the tender information and send this email to someone who might be interested in leasing this amazing facility from Council.

Schools turn 150
It’s incredible but true: one of our local state schools turned 150 this year and another achieves the same milestone next year.
• Ironside: the school community celebrated the anniversary in October with a ceremony and the unveiling of a time capsule. We also planted a special tree (Brachychiton Belladonna) and erected a boulder at the Central Avenue intersection to mark the occasion.
• Fig Tree Pocket: This school will also pass the 150 mark next year and I look forward to working with the school to celebrate the significant anniversary.
Getting it done: local improvements and upgrades
There’s never a dull moment in our neck of the woods, and you may have noticed lots of activity as we work to deliver projects locally.
• Achieved the speed limit reduction for road safety on Harts and Meiers Roads, Indooroopilly. This will certainly help improve safety, and feedback from residents has been positive.
• Delivered 6 beehives to schools and community groups. Encouraging bee populations helps with pollination and promotes healthy ecology. Queensland Academy of Science, Maths, and Tech has already put theirs together and is super excited about getting the honey!
• Got funding approved for a new public toilet at Carinya Street Park, Indooroopilly! Stay tuned for details, but this is a great outcome for the locals who helped me campaign for the facilities.
• Erecting road safety banners at local schools to encourage parents to think about road safety when picking up and dropping off students. We’ve seen kids hit by cars in the last year and plenty more near misses, so taking a moment to improve driver behaviour can only be a good thing. See the banner.
• Fixed the ever-popular flying fox at Toowong’s Anzac Park, so kids and grown-ups alike can enjoy a bit of an adrenalin rush.
• Continued the Slow For SAM (Speed Awareness Monitor) program through St Lucia and Indooroopilly. The monitor on The Esplanade showed reductions in the speed of 6km per hour, proving how effective these signs are at reducing speed.
• Watched Council’s Sports Field Improvement Program come together at Jack Cook Park, Jack Speare Park, Moore Park, and Oakman Park. I made a little video to tell you about it.
• Watched the first stage of the Avenue of Shade at Indooroopilly State High School, following on from the successful avenue we created at the primary school earlier this year. These projects provide a shady, safe place for students to wait for their afternoon pickups.
We’ll continue to “get it done” locally. If you see something that needs fixing, improving, replacing or upgrading, drop me a line. I’m on 3407 0005.

What’s getting done
Work never stops! There are a number of projects underway:
• Trying to get a shuttle bus to run from Taringa Station to QASMT
• Planting hundreds of trees in Indooroopilly
• Indooroopilly Riverwalk (the cycleway along the river) progresses well and is on track for completion end of 2021
• Fix a Footpath Blitz continues with hundreds of fixes already made in our local area.
• Suburb signs being erected at roundabouts and intersections. These popular art pieces add a lovely amenity to our neighbourhoods.
There’s much, much more so please follow on Facebook for daily news.

Council Goings-On
• Brisbane City Council has confirmed its commitment to prudent financial management: The Lord Mayor just announced a dividend for all ratepayers because the Kingsford Smith Rd upgrade came in under budget.
• Council also just announced the Brisbane Carbon Challenge, and you’re invited to participate (hint: prizes to be won!)
• Valley Fiesta 2020 is back and better than ever with a four-day line-up of live gigs across 14 venues from Thursday 19 November to Sunday 22 November.
• Brisbane City Council runs QUBE Effect: a program to provide promotion, mentoring, and professional development opportunities for young musicians. Places are strictly limited. Find out more information or apply now, or forward this email to someone who might be interested!

Traffic calming and road safety
I’ve been working with locals in Indooroopilly Woods (west of the freeway) for many months, addressing their rat-running, congestion and road safety concerns.

We’ve conducted community consultation and Brisbane City Council traffic engineers have undertaken studies and evaluations of the area.

The good news is this: funding has been allocated to provide traffic calming in this notorious rat-running precinct.

Local residents will soon be delivered a consultation pack, which will include a map and some explanation. You are invited to submit your feedback so the traffic engineers can understand your thoughts on the matter.

If you live in Indooroopilly Woods, please keep a close eye on your mailbox in the coming weeks.

Next time
I’ll be able to share some photos of the new cricket net in Indooroopilly, show you some more community garden progress, and tell you how the traffic calming consultation in Indooroopilly Woods is progressing. Hopefully, you’ll be able to read about the draft community consultation protocol we’re developing, too.


Cr James Mackay
Councillor for Walter Taylor

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