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The Shires is a-buzzing


Not just a pretty label


Scott Emerson – the political life


Hiding in plain sight


David Curnow – more than just a great voice




Caffe Primavera – from morning to night


An artistic fusion

The Carrington Boating Club Inc



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Up and down Oxley Creek – Peaks to Point 2016

Arboretum – ‘a place grown with trees’


Time to relax and enjoy the prose


Romance and history – a tantalising mix

Pedal power


Charity begins at home

Early one morning, just as the sun was rising

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Harcourts recent sales activity

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The Shires is a-buzzing By David Gowdie


he Shires is a buzzing, vibrant part of Brisbane. There is so much happening here and I love bringing you all the stories in Living in The Shires. In this edition, Susan has done some digging around to find out about South East Queensland’s fledgling honey industry, which began in Oxley in the 1880s. She traces the industry’s history through to the present day. She looks at the Peaks to Point festival, a biennial event highlighting the importance of the water catchments south of the Brisbane River, and in particular the Oxley Creek catchment. And, if you ride a bike, there is a story about the Graceville Bike Company. There is a lot more in this edition, of course, so I do hope you enjoy reading it. On a different note, I’ve noticed a common theme with many residents I talk to is downsizing; people tell me they want to downsize, and they also want to stay in the Shires area. Downsizing for empty nesters can be a great idea. What use is it to have a large family home and all the attendant maintenance if you only use part of it? That empty space needs cleaning, the lawn needs mowing, and the garden needs tidying. The expense can be significant, too;

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higher rates, more expensive power bills are just the start. It doesn’t make sense. By moving into a smaller home, you free up your time – maybe you could revisit some hobbies that you gave away in the busyness of family life. With less maintenance to be done around the house, you could also consider locking the door and going on an overseas trip. Downsizing can also mean paying down that mortgage, or, better still, if you’ve paid off the family home, it could mean adding to your retirement nest egg. All in all, it adds up: less clutter, less maintenance, smaller bills. Some people may opt for a tree change or sea change when they downsize, and for them it may be the right choice. My advice would be to think very carefully about what you want. Be ruthlessly honest. Do you really want to leave your friends, family and social networks? Options for downsizing in the Shires are limited. But finally a few developers are cottoning on to the idea that not everyone wants to live in an apartment when they retire. Many retirees are looking for less maintenance, but they still want a small courtyard or minimal garden space. A townhouse may be the perfect answer. In Corinda, there is a new development at 141 Clara Street. Eight brand new townhouses, close to shops, transport, parks and all the other amenities you could possibly want. It is definitely an option worth considering. I’m sure there will be other developments coming online in the Shires in the near future, and, because we make it our business at Harcourts Graceville to know what is happening, we will know about them first. If you are considering downsizing, and you want some advice, or just a chat about the possibilities, give me a call.

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Not just a pretty label By Susan Prior

William Francis Lyon on his property at Tarampa, near Ipswich, ca 1905. Image No. 15461, courtesy of the Picture Ipswich, Ipswich City Council


t is interesting how a simple honey label, chanced upon while searching the John Oxley Library’s archives, can send you down a rabbit hole, to discover a fascinating story: that of a suburb with the distinction of being the home of beekeeping in South East Queensland. That pretty little label created a window through which to glimpse a small vignette of our past. I was attracted to the label’s design – you can see it over the page – so I decided to find out more about the man behind it, Mr WF Lyon. He established Oxley’s first commercial apiary. William Lyon, who arrived in the district in 1863, was an interesting man and an active, philanthropic member of the Oxley community. In 1891, for example, he built a weatherboard church to replace an old bark non-denominational one on the corner of Oxley Road and Bannerman

Street. He was also one of the gents who helped to build a school close by, again, to replace an older building. For a time, in 1891, he held the position of census officer for the district. In the floods of 1893, the same William Lyon, who was described variously as apiarist, undertaker, carpenter, landowner and member of the first Sherwood Divisional Board (1891 and 1901–2), resourcefully used a coffin as a canoe to ferry people to safety. But it is his honey business that most piqued my interest. Ethel Eva Crane, a world renowned expert on beekeeping, in her book The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting (published in 1999) says this: In Queensland, W.F. Lyon saw† bees arrive on the second immigrant ship* to Moreton Bay, in 1857. Writing in 1919, Lyon’s memory of beekeeping around


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William Francis and Ellen Lyon (nee Sutton), Ipswich, ca. 1910. Image No. 15460, courtesy of the Picture Ipswich, Ipswich City Council

1863 was that the standard box hive was a gin case – in which bottles of gin were transported from England – and that he was presented with a swarm in a tea chest by a timber cutter who had taken it. In 1869 ‘nearly every farmer in the district had a dozen or two hives … I used to go around the neighbouring farmers and take their honey from them … in those days there were no frames or extractors; combs were broken up and placed in bags to drain out … Honey was sold at 1d per  lb and bees-wax at 6d.’ When I searched the Queensland Government records, I found that the year of his birth was 1854, which would only make him three years’ old† by my calculations; although, his date of birth is also noted as being 1852, which would make him five years’ old. The second ship* to Moreton Bay arriving in 1857 was the Hastings, from Liverpool, England.

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7 According to Ralph Fones, in Oxley! A Mind of Its Own, William Lyon’s ‘quaint honey house remained a feature near Ipswich Road until the 1990s’. More on that later. In those days there was a level of altruism among the new settlers to the area. Again, from Ralph Fones: ‘The land on which Nixon Park is located was donated by William Lyon to the council for the use of the people of Oxley. The park is named after Sherwood resident Francis Octavious Nixon [1883–1955], well known as a “Save The Trees” campaigner.’ William Lyon married Ellen Sutton in 1874, and together they had 12 children. At some stage, William and his family must have also purchased a property called Tarampa, outside Ipswich. One of the photographs I found shows him outside this property in 1905. Another is a portrait of the couple dated about 1910. The description on this reads: William Francis Lyon had the first established commercial apiary in Queensland at Oxley. He was a member of the Queensland Beekeepers Association being elected at the first meeting held in 1887. He also was a judge with the RNA for 20 years in the early 1900s. He was born in 1852 and died in 1924. His wife Ellen (nee Sutton) was born in 1851 and died in 1926.

Micah Oberon at his stall on Cliveden Avenue with Allyson, who is buying some of her weekly veg supplies


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Ken Olley’s honey house

Honey label, courtesy of the SLQ, Neg: 190341

Recorded in the Brisbane Courier, on 3 June 1881, is another interesting bit of trivia: in May 1881 a ‘W.F. Lyon, Oxley’ donated a dingo to the Queensland Museum. It would have to be one and the same, surely? The ghosts of William and Ellen live on in the suburb of Oxley; William Terrace and Lyon Avenue are named after him, and Ellen Street is more than likely named after his wife. His hives were originally placed on Lyon Avenue, and later were moved to what is now known as Nixon Park. And all this information about one of our early pioneers came as a result of a chance observation of a rather pretty label for honey.

business in Oxley is Ken Olley, who established Olley’s Organic Honey in 1956. Ken is getting on in years but he, and his business, are both going strong. While writing this article, I spoke to Ken and asked him what he knew about Mr Lyon’s ‘quaint honey house’, and he told me that he still had it! Recognising its historical significance, when the Ipswich Road was widened, he removed it to his property in Clifton, south of Toowoomba, where it still stands outside his home. He also has, he says, the original extractor used by Mr Lyon. Ken is an incredibly busy man, still working. I didn’t manage to meet him face to face, but I did get up to Clifton to photograph his honey house. It is quite clearly the same structure as the one  represented on the honey label, as you can see above,

The honey tradition in Oxley Another beekeeper who started his

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although it is looking a bit dilapidated. Another honey producer also started in the area. Just ‘over the fence’ in Richlands is the well-known honey producer Capilano. JC (Tim) Smith and his brother HA (Bert) Smith began the business in 1953. To this day it is still 100 per cent Australian owned, and business is booming. In the last year its share price almost doubled. Straight from the farm The Oxley honey tradition is being kept alive today by Micah Oberon, a young farmer who sells his farm produce, including honey from hives located in Oxley, at the farm gate in Cliveden Avenue. Micah has set up a smallholding on Blackheath Road, in Oxley, with the help of a long-time local market


gardener Russell Osterfield. Russell has been producing honey here for years. The pair grow a variety of produce, including carrots, beetroot, celery, tomatoes, pumpkins and zucchini, all of which gets sold alongside the honey. He also sells free-range eggs. Some of you may have read about the latest in new hive technology – the Flow™ Hive – an Australian invention that has taken the amateur beekeeping world by storm. Micah tells me that he recently purchased a Flow™ Hive ( to give it a try – so now I officially have hive-envy! Some of Micah’s produce is organic and some is produced hydroponically. You can find his stall open on Fridays from 2.30 to 5.30 pm in his new-beaut, purpose-built shed. And he has an Eftpos machine.


David Curnow with one of his pet chooks

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David Curnow – more than just a great voice By Susan Prior


hen I sit down to have a chat with David Curnow, our very own ABC celebrity here in the Shires, I ask him, as I always do when interviewing people, if I can record our conversation. It saves me taking copious badly written notes, which I then have to decipher, sometimes weeks later. People can be a little suss, clearly wondering what I will do if they accidentally say something they may regret later. I can usually allay any fears pretty quickly. But with David there was no hesitation. After all, for him recording his voice is second nature. He works in the media, and specifically in radio. David Curnow is a senior journalist and presenter on 612ABC Brisbane. And his smooth mellifluous tones sound as good ‘in the flesh’ as they do on the radio. At the moment he hosts the weekday evening slot from 7 pm to 9 pm, covering a huge range of topics – all of which he needs to be abreast of and sound intelligent about while he is chatting. As Malcolm Turnbull might say, he has to be ‘agile, innovative and creative’! And focused! David is very generous with his time and we begin by chatting about his family; he has two girls and a boy – an eight-year-old, a six-year-old and a three-year-old –


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so he is right in the thick of full-on parenting. The two oldest are both at a local Shires school. He also has some family history associated with our area. His grandfather went to Sherwood State School, many, many years ago. And members of the extended Curnow family lived in the Shires until recently, although David didn’t realise this until he and his wife moved here. We agree that this is a really warm and welcoming community. As David says, ‘It’s a really good place to live, particularly when bringing up a family’. David, the son of two English teachers, was born in Stanthorpe and went to school in Toowoomba and, he says, he still feels a strong connection to the Granite Belt. The fact that both his parents were head of their schools’ respective English departments was a big factor in him becoming a journalist, although he says he doesn’t write creatively. ‘I occasionally might write a blog about looking after chickens, and how to put one down humanely without upsetting three children,’ he jokes. ‘I built the chook yard as an urban-man thing to do, just to prove I could do something practical! I’m a terrible builder!’ ‘Do the chickens have names?’ ‘The children name them – they’re always friends’ names and they’re always changing.

The latest batch are Olivia, Emma and Isabelle. But the friends don’t like it when they are told that their [namesake] is the naughty one! ‘I’ve found that by naming the chickens you like them that little bit more, and you begin to appreciate their very different personalities. We have one who likes to get up on the slide and slide down! Another one likes to bounce on the trampoline!’ We move the conversation back to David’s career. After leaving school he spent a year in India as an exchange student, courtesy of Rotary. When he returned, he studied journalism at QUT, which, he says, had a very strong broadcast element that particularly appealed to him. He also didn’t have to commit to either the broadcast or the print stream and was able to experience both. Even so, ‘I always wanted to go into broadcast,’ he says. ‘My strength was in spoken English – debating and public speaking, that sort of thing.’ In 1988, after uni, he applied for a cadetship with the ABC going through a barrage of exams, screen tests and interviews. That year 4000 people applied for six positions. Securing a place was and still is a tough gig. He has worked in several regional centres, including in outback New South Wales, Broken Hill, Port Pirie and Port Augusta.

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He moved back to Queensland in 2002, becoming the ABC’s permanent weekend newsreader in 2007, and moving to weekdays in 2009, which I freely admit I used to enjoy. In 2013, Karina Carvalho took over this role. I ask him if he misses it; he is very frank. ‘Yes, I do.’ As he says, it is the cruel hard world of television. Ever positive, though, David says there are advantages to hosting evening radio. ‘It’s the style of programme where you get to talk to people and really find things out.’ Often, radio shows are fastpaced, covering a lot of ground, but only superficially, he says, ‘[In the evenings] I enjoy the ability to spend half an hour on something and really delve into a topic.’ I ask David how difficult it is to interview people on air: ‘You would have to be able to think on your feet, wouldn’t you?’ ‘Yes, you always have to have four or five questions to hand in case the person you are speaking to stops talking. Sometimes they can finish unexpectedly and you need to have something ready. You also have to listen to them carefully


because they may mention something that you want to explore further. It needs to follow a natural flow,’ says David ‘How much preparation do you put into an evening show?’ ‘In terms of staff, there are two of us: me and the producer. We get into the office at about lunch time. The breakfast programme has a cast of thousands but in the evening there is basically just the two of us. Much of the programme will already be lined up with regular guests. There are always some spots where, every day, we need to find something new.’ One thing that becomes very clear from our conversation is that being a radio presenter requires a lot more than just a great voice. You need to be intelligent, enquiring and quick witted. David comes across as being all of these things. I enjoy my chat with David Curnow. He affable and easy going, and a joy to interview. And he doesn’t appear to mind, or is too polite to comment on, my lessthan-professional and rambling interview technique!

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Pedal power By Susan Prior

Bri, who is Graceville Bike Co ambassador, and Col, a very experienced rider photographed at Honour Expresso


ach Tuesday and Thursday morning, at 5.15, cyclists meet at the Graceville Bike Company for an organised bike ride. Shop owner Brendan Lloyd calls these ‘community rides’, and they aren’t just for the super-fit Lycraclad, either. The rides are really popular, with four different groups heading out, organised according to the cyclists’ speed. Brendan tells me that one of these groups in particular suits novice riders (no Lycra required); they complete a slightly shorter circuit. The carrot at the end of all that exertion is coffee at Honour Espresso, in Honour Avenue, Graceville, at about 6.40 am, which

has, by the by, just been voted ‘Cyclist Coffee Stop of the Year, 2016. That award is across the whole of Australia! But here I am digressing again! Brendan also has weekend shop rides, alternating each week between Saturdays and Sundays. Brendan believes that the new road rules giving riders a onemetre-wide berth, brought in by Scott Emerson when he was the State Transport Minister, has made a huge difference to the safety of cyclists. He says the number of participants in cycling as a sport and as a way of commuting just keeps growing every year. Brendan’s shop is in Graceville

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Left: Brendan Lloyd, owner of Graceville Bike Co. Top right: Graceville Bike Co riders on Laurel Avenue, Chelmer Bottom right: Nathan, the Graceville Bike Co shop manager

and has a comprehensive range of bicycles and cycling equipment for all levels of rider. He says the advantage of buying from a store like the Graceville Bike Co is the quality. ‘The bike will last. And we have a workshop for any repairs and maintenance right here in the shop.’ Brendan also has an official photographer, Leonie, who is out and about in the early mornings, although it is getting a little harder now these are drawing in. She takes photos of riders as they zoom past – a service that has proved very popular. Riders can get a complimentary photo of themselves in action through the Le One Photography website. You’ll need a password to access the photos, so go to the Graceville Bike Co Facebook page and ‘Like’ it for the instructions.

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Arboretum – ‘a place grown  with trees’ By Susan Prior


n a drizzly afternoon, I catch up with Dale Arvidsson, the curator of Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens, at the Joseph Street entrance to the Sherwood Arboretum. Even on such an overcast somewhat unprepossessing day, the vista is impressive; more than 1100 Australian native specimen trees in an almost European, ‘Capability Brown’, parklike setting sweep out before us. The Queensland heritage-listed arboretum is 15 hectares of inner-city green space, with freshwater wetlands and a frontage onto a decent stretch of the Brisbane River. It is important to draw a distinction between an arboretum, a botanical garden, and a recreational park. I confess, I haven’t given it much thought until now. • A n arboretum specialises in trees. In the case of the Sherwood Arboretum, it is Australian native timber trees, although some arboreta may contain exotic species as well. Think of it as being a bit like a zoo – but for trees. Some arboreta may specialise in, for example, conifers, or oaks, or even willows. • A botanical garden differs from an arboretum in that it has displays of all kinds of plants, including, for example, trees, shrubs, and herbs. • And a recreational park is just that: space set aside purely for ‘play’.

Winter Edition 2016 Arboreta are artificial constructs, places where trees are taken out of their natural ecosystems and are displayed and grown together to make studying them for scientific purposes easier. Sherwood Arboretum was originally conceived as a place to grow and scientifically study Australian native timber trees, but today its role has blurred and now it is also an important place for recreation. Dale wasn’t familiar with this side of Brisbane before he became curator of the arboretum in October 2015, alongside Brisbane’s two other botanical gardens – Brisbane Botanic Gardens (at Mt Coot-tha) and the City Botanic Gardens, which he took over in March 2015. He is now, and he loves it. Prior to this appointment Dale spent 12 years in Mackay at the Regional Botanic Gardens, most of that time as curator. And before that, he was in Bundaberg, as a marketing manager for the Bundaberg Region Ltd. Dale’s tertiary qualifications in Conservation and Land Management, and in Horticulture mean he has a unique combination of skills to offer Brisbane’s botanical treasures. He can’t speak highly enough of the

Serenity in the Arboretum. Photos kindly supplied by local photographer Heath Carney

17 efforts of the Friends of Sherwood Arboretum (FOSA). ‘I would really like to acknowledge the amazing enthusiasm of FOSA,’ which has allowed for the curatorship of the arboretum alongside Brisbane’s other two botanical gardens. He says that the amount of information they have collected about the arboretum is just incredible. I ask him about the Sir Matthew Nathan Avenue, an avenue of 72 kauri trees, planted on 21 March 1925 and named for the Queensland Governor at the time. It is impressive, but, clearly, some of the trees are under stress. ‘It really has happened since the 2011 floods, when the water table recharged after being so dry for so long. [Pre 2011] the trees had adapted to the dry by sending out their roots a long way searching for moisture. Once the water table rose again, and stayed up, some of the trees developed fungal problems in their roots. Kauris were probably not the best choice for this site. You can see how beautiful they are up here, but as you go down the hill they get smaller. So council is now beginning to do some work on that area, lifting them up higher, and treating


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the fungus. It is a multi-pronged approach.’ Historically, the trees in this avenue are important, so it will be interesting to see how they respond to the treatment. While we walk, we chat about the different, and sometimes conflicting roles of the arboretum. ‘Primarily,’ he says, ‘it is a place to teach. Yes, it provides recreation, but ultimately it is about education. We have to get the balance right, between it being a spectacular and scientific collection of trees, while also being a green space for the local community to come and enjoy.’ He says he is concerned about our children. Kids are becoming increasingly

urbanised and are not engaging as much with nature. ‘I saw that a lot when I was working in Mackay. Often, when children visited the botanic gardens it was their first exposure to nature.’ One of the ways he wants to encourage children to visit the arboretum is to add to the ‘amazing work’ done by FOSA, by providing a range of interpretative programmes, including digital apps that can be used to guide visitors through the arboretum. Dale believes it is important to get school children into the arboretum to learn about the importance of plants – for example, as food, as homes for wildlife, and how plants ‘talk’ to each other.

Did you know? Botany Bay was given that name by Captain Cook on account of the great variety of plants found there.

Top: 1931 view from Francis Lookout over the Arboretum. Bottom: Dale Arvidsson, curator of Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens

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The ‘Journey Home’ Sherwood Arboretum is home to one of the six plaques that were installed as part of the Stolen Generations Commemorative Plaques Project. The ‘Journey Home’ plaque is by the river near the Joseph Street entrance to the arboretum. Enter the arboretum and turn right, then walk diagonally left towards the river. The plaque faces the river. The arboretum was chosen as the site for one of these plaques because of the history of the area; there were a number of Salvation Army ‘Industrial Schools’ in Sherwood and Chelmer that accepted ‘stolen children’ at various times. One of these Captionwas ‘The Nest’ in Victoria Avenue, Chelmer, which later became Warrina village Nursing Home, and is now being redeveloped by the Salvation Army for retirement units – Regis Chelmer.

‘These are living places,’ says Dale, ‘and if we want to keep them open in the future we have to open the doors. We have to broaden their appeal.’ He also has plans to expand the collection of trees. ‘We are adding trees for the first time in a long time.’ He showed me all the little orange flags signposting where, at the time of writing this article, the new plantings will go. Many will be in place by 29 May, in time for the inaugural National Botanic Garden Day, which is being organised as a joint venture between the Brisbane Botanic Garden’s volunteers and FOSA. Next time you visit the arboretum it is worth contemplating its true raison d’être, its reason for being. Where else can you do a botanic tour of the whole of Queensland in a matter of minutes? We are very lucky that our forebears had the vision to create Sherwood’s arboretum. For more information visit:


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Early one morning, just as the sun was rising By Susan Prior

Angus Brown, aged 8


arly one bright, fresh Saturday morning, in late summer, I arrive at the Sherwood Arboretum to chat to Brian ‘Monty’ McMillan about the Sherwood Forest Runners. Monty has been involved from the get go, 34 years in fact. He used to run with a club called the Turramurra Trotters in Sydney, and he loved the idea so much he decided to start something similar here at the Sherwood Arboretum. A hip replacement means that these days he no longer runs, but that doesn’t stop him turning up each Saturday. Every weekend, and I mean every weekend, more than 100 runners, all ages, shapes and sizes, show up to tackle the 2, 4 or 6 km runs. That included the weekend immediately after the 2011 floods – they just altered the course slightly! They have never missed a beat. The 6 km run goes from the carpark on the southern side of the arboretum to the northern end of Laurel Avenue, return. The other runs share the same course, but the runners turn and head for home earlier. Monty tells me that Sherwood Forest Runners isn’t a club and there are no fees. He says, ‘If runners want to make a non-compulsory contribution they can do so. This covers any basic costs incurred in organising the

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Top: Suzanne Bertrand and Cate Ward, aged 8 Bottom: At the start

Right: Colin Woods and Jim Buchanan

events, with any residual going to a charity of choice each year.’ The current charity is the Fred Hollows Foundation. Sherwood Forest Runners has records going back to the inaugural race. Some very good runners turn up each week – as in, champion runners – but the lovely thing is there are also plenty of people who come just for fun and fitness. One of the things that strikes me, as I stand watching proceedings, is the encouragement given to the really young runners. Mums and Dads run with their 5-, 6- and 7-yearolds, and sometimes the dog runs, too. If you want to join in, all you have to do is lever yourself out of bed for a 7 am start – sharp. Pop your name in the book at the start of the race, and then when you cross the finish line listen for your time – someone will yell it at you (nicely, of course). Walk back to the desk and get it recorded in the book. All the records

are then entered into a digital spreadsheet. The 6 km course records are currently held by Pat Carroll in 16 minutes and 26 seconds, and Krishna Stanton in 19 minutes and 8 seconds. Jim Buchanan is the oldest runner, at 82 years old, closely followed by Colin Woods at 81, who has just recently returned from the Australian National Masters Games in Adelaide. Colin, along with other longtime regular Betty Menzies won five gold medals between them. Jim only began running with the group in his mid-70s. These guys are fabulous role models, who can attest to the benefits of keeping active. Sherwood Forest Runners is a real family event. As I decamp to a local coffee shop, post-race, I note a number of the runners also enjoying a convivial breakfast at a few of the local cafés as well. It looks like a great sociable Saturday morning routine to get into.


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Scott Emerson – the political life By Susan Prior


cott Anthony Emerson is a Queensland State Government politician and has been a State member since 2009. Until recently he held the Shadow Transport portfolio, now he is the new Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Small Business. A goodly sized chunk of the Shires are within the boundaries of his electorate. If you mention his name around the traps the general consensus seems to be that he is an allround ‘good bloke’. I decided it was time to meet him and see what he is about. We have a bit in common, both of us being RAAF (or in my case, RAF) kids. For those of you who had parents in the forces, you will know what this means: constantly moving, lots of different schools, endless goodbyes, and nowhere in particular to call home. It does force you to make new friends in the playground, quick smart – a skill that stays with you for a lifetime. And one that Scott clearly uses to good measure in his political life.

Scott and Robyn Emerson

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In the course of our conversation, Scott shows me an old photo of him trekking in the Himalaya (on the next page). The younger Scott has a mop of sun-bleached– blond curls. I tell him that if he let the curls grow back he would have instant appeal to a whole different demographic! He demurs; I think he prefers the smoother look! Scott studied law, economics and journalism at The University of Queensland before joining the ABC as a cadet. From 1988 to 2004, Scott worked as a broadcast journalist and then at The Australian, eventually becoming the Queensland Bureau Chief. He also had the enviable task of being the National Chief of Staff for The Australian during the Sydney Olympics. As for his own sporting prowess: ‘I’m very good at any sport that requires falling down. I can do parachuting, scuba diving, abseiling, no problems at all. Anything that requires standing up – skiing, surfing that kind of thing – I’m hopeless. But given all that, I was the schoolboy champion at a sport called the “plunge”.’ Apparently, the ‘plunge for distance’ was an Olympic sport, just the once, in


1904. Competitors dive in and remain motionless, as in no propelling themselves, their heads submerged, and glide as far as possible. The one who glides the farthest in 60 seconds, or before bobbing up for air – whichever comes first – wins. Sounds like an Olympic sport even I could do! Bring back the plunge! Post journalism, Scott owned a share in a PR company specialising in crisis management. When talking about having his own business, Scott says, ‘It’s the best education you can have … when you’ve got to employ people, when you’ve got to pay them out of your own pocket, it really teaches you to respect taxpayers’ dollars.’ I was very interested to know why he was tempted to enter the political fray, having experienced political life from the media’s perspective. Wasn’t he put off, knowing how you can get treated by the media? As he points out, he had the advantage of approaching the job with his eyes wide open. Throughout his career, he has been ably supported by his wife Robyn. They met at university during their salad days and, he says, she has been

Scott with the Dr Evil team at Graceville State School’s trivia night


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Left: A young Scott Emerson trekking in the Himalaya. Right: Scott and Robyn Emerson

by his side throughout his career. One of the lesser known facts about Scott is that he is a qualified dog trainer. He used to take his Airedale to the RSPCA for agility and training sessions, so when he was scouting around for a weekend volunteer role it seemed a natural fit. At the time, he says, he was working at The Australian, and was incredibly busy, so the experience of running a couple of sessions on a Saturday was a great diversion. Moving through the important issues for Shires’ residents, we touch on the matter of traffic congestion, particularly on the approaches to the Walter Taylor Bridge and around the local schools. Obviously, this is a Brisbane City Council issue, but Scott tells me that when the LNP was in government they were able to put the money aside for the Graceville Station upgrade. That upgrade should, at the time of publication, be underway or, if not, it will be ‘very soon’. The upgrade will mean easier access for passengers with mobility issues, which will be a huge boon. Council now owns the Witton Barracks site on the north side of the river and Nelson Place on the south. As he says, ‘Council now needs to work out how much

it will cost and the road configurations to access a new bridge. That is the challenge, but at least we can see they are making steps forward.’ Council has also compulsorily acquired the Moggill Road roundabout – a real bottleneck and source of many traffic jams, with implications for traffic right down Honour Avenue and Oxley Road. The idea is that this will become a T-junction and will, hopefully, lead to better traffic flows through Indooroopilly. We also talk about changing the commuting culture: for example, driving children to school. ‘It is extraordinary to see the difference

The word ‘Himalaya’ is derived from the Sanskrit words ‘Hima’ meaning snow, and ‘a-la-ya’ meaning abode. There’s no need for a plural, but if a plural is preferred (‘abodes of snow’) the rules of Sanskrit dictate that the word should remain unchanged.

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25 touch. You should be allowed, as much as possible, to live the life you want to live. It is simple for governments to pass laws. It is easy for them to do. But there is a social contract. In a society there has got to be certain restrictions, but do you have to chain everyone up? Do you have to restrict everything they do? That is the challenge of government.’ Scott doesn’t admit to any personal ambition, but you would have to think, in spite of his protestations, that he would be a future leadership candidate for the LNP. Publicly, all he will say is that he is committed to doing his job and to whatever the people of Indooroopilly want him to do. And federal politics? He doesn’t seem too keen to be commuting between Brisbane and Canberra, so, for my money, this seems a less likely outcome. He offers this: ‘Opportunities come when they come. But, as someone once said, never lose sight of the person who brought you to the party.’

Left: Scott with the Sherwood Girl Guides. Right: At the Magpies Lions Fan Day with Chris Dennis, past president


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Hiding in plain sight By Michael Fox


o you have a tawny backyard? Have a second look at that dead branch you don’t remember seeing before. Tawny frogmouths, formally known as Podagus strigoides, have adapted really well to our urban environment. Often hiding in plain sight, they sit very still, narrow slits for eyes, beak pointing skywards, and their grey-brown colours blending into the background. Sometimes they roost on a handy fence or clothes line. Daring us to disturb their rest, they will usually let you get close enough to really appreciate the stunning but subtle colours and patterns of their feathers – and to have a chuckle at their distinctive eyebrows. Tawny frogmouths are often called owls. However, they are just ‘owl like’, as their Latin name implies: strig means owl, and oides means form, so in other words, they are ‘in the form of an owl’. Frogmouths and owls have many similarities. Both are nocturnal. They also both eat insects, have large eyes, have soft feathers for silent flight, and have bristles or ‘whiskers’ around their bills. However, owls have a characteristic flat face with eyes in front while frogmouths’ eyes face mostly to the side. Also, while owls will eat insects, they also catch larger prey like bats and mice. For this they have large, powerful

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legs and talons, which they use to catch these small mammals. Frogmouths, instead, have fairly weak feet, preferring to use their wide (frog-like) beaks, which are ideal for catching insects in the air, or to scoop up a mouse from the ground. Tawnies form partnerships for life, usually staying in the same territory for ten years or more. Breeding season is August to December. Males and females work together to build an untidy and fragile nest, collecting twigs and leaves to drop into position on a horizontal forked tree branch. One to three eggs are incubated with one parent providing food for the brooding

Left: A young tawny frogmouth. Right: Adult tawny frogmouth

partner – the nest is rarely left unattended. December last year, my wife and I were lucky to find a newly fledged chick on our fence. It was a cute ball of soft feathers, with large staring eyes and a characteristic wide beak. Tawny frogmouths are one of Australia’s most effective pest control birds, consuming large numbers of moths, spiders, worms, slugs and snails, as well as mice. This makes them particularly valuable in our urban habitat. An obvious threat to tawnies is the domestic cat. Cats should be kept inside, particularly at night when the birds are active. However, a less obvious threat is the widespread use of insecticides and rodent poisons that remain in the target animal, and can be fatal to a tawny frogmouth that eats them. Consider finding alternatives to using pesticides, so we don’t kill one of our best natural pest controllers.


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Romance and history – a tantalising mix By Susan Prior


riter Christine Wells freely admits that she is a fortunate woman. She is a qualified lawyer, albeit no longer practising, a published, award-winning author, and, just for good measure, a mum of two boys – with a very supportive husband who has encouraged her in her writing. And she calls Corinda, in the Shires, home. Christine already has ten novels to her name, published by St Martin’s Press and Penguin, in the historical romance genre. With a global appetite for historical romance, Christine says they have been translated (variously) into German, Japanese, Dutch, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese. When I meet her to talk about her latest book, which has just been published here in Australia by Penguin, she tells me it is a slight departure for her, and she is very excited by its recent release. Romance readers, she says, tend to devour their books quickly and, as a writer you need to write at a fast pace, as well. After a while penning romance, Christine decided that a slower burn was needed; she wanted to do something more

right: Author Christine Wells

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Christine has very kindly given us a signed copy of The Wife’s Tale to give away. To go in the draw to win this book ‘like’ Living in The Shires’ Facebook page and tell us in 25 words or less why you like living in the Shires.

considered, requiring more thorough research. In this latest work, Christine has melded her interest in historical fiction with some of her real-life experience practising as a lawyer. The Wife’s Tale is ‘An unforgettable novel that transports the reader from modern-day Australia to the windswept Isle of Wight and the courtrooms of London in the 1780s.’ I won’t spoil it for you other than to say it is, according

to well-known author Kate Forsyth, ‘Captivating’. As a taster, you can read two excerpts from the book by visiting Christine’s website, details below. Being a writer myself, although not of fiction, I don’t think I can emphasise how hard it is to become a published author in today’s market. It’s a tough gig, and you have to be good at it to get a contract with a publisher such as Penguin. A writer’s life isn’t all sitting in front of a keyboard in pyjamas, having cat cuddles and cups of coffee, either. It takes meticulous organisation and planning, and an eye for detail – as well as having a way of getting your ideas down on paper in a way that draws the reader in. Christine is one talented writer who has managed to achieve the dream, and I was delighted to be able to meet her. The Wife’s Tale is available in all good book stores and online.

The cover of Christine’s latest book, The Wife’s Tale


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Photo by B Donaldson, Ipswich Enviroplan Photographic Competition 2015 entry

Up and down Oxley Creek – Peaks to Point 2016 By Susan Prior


xley Creek, flows from the northern slopes of Mount Perry south of Ipswich, winds through our area and empties into the Brisbane River, near the Pamphlett (also spelled Pamphlet) Bridge between the suburbs of Graceville and Tennyson. It plays second fiddle to the much larger Brisbane River that curls and meanders around the Shires, even so,  it drains an area of about 260 km2. In the early 1900s, when the Lahey family hopped into their motorboat to come down Oxley Creek to their timber mill in Sherwood, the water was crystal clear, and all the local children swam in it quite happily. (You can read about the Lahey family in the Living in The Shires Summer 2015 edition, available online.) Today, land use throughout the catchment is diverse: rural, residential, industry, sand extraction,

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waste facilities, and special uses such as Archerfield Airport and rail freight terminals. All this puts immense pressure on the catchment, resulting in poor water quality. Overseeing the management of the catchment is the Oxley Creek Catchment Association, not to be confused, like I did at first, with the Friends of Oxley Creek. OCCA coordinates efforts to care for the area. For example, in the catchment, there are 13 Bushcare groups actively involved in restoration work. OCCA is a non-profit joint government, industry and community organisation, and its activities are managed by a coordinating committee. One of the activities that OCCA assists with is the Peaks to Points Festival, which is held biennially. This year it is on for two weeks between the 16 and 31 of July, culminating in a Festival Family Day on 31 July between 10 am and 4 pm. The Festival used to be known as the Oxley Creek Water Festival, a singleday event held annually at Simpson’s Playground, which focused on Oxley Creek between Tennyson and Mount Perry. In 2008, it became the Peaks to Points Festival and now encompasses all the creeks in an area to the south of the

Creekcare team in action at Benarrawa Park


Brisbane River from Ipswich in the west to Redlands in the east. The Festival receives a grant from Brisbane City Council allowing it to showcase all the environmental and conservation groups that operate in the creek catchments and their activities. Each year the Festival’s events are slightly different and are held in as many as 30 different locations. On the calendar, you can expect to see, among other things, canoeing, bird watching, koala spotting, tree planting, platypus spotting, twilight concerts, orienteering, guided walks and tours of environmentally significant sites. Most of the events are free. The Festival Family Day on Oxley Creek Common gives all the groups involved in caring for the catchment an opportunity to set up a display and to explain what they do. There will also be plenty of entertainment and activities for the children. The Festival draws quite a crowd. The Peaks to Points Festival is a great educational experience and is really worthy of our support. So pop the date in your diary now. There will be a lot going on. You can find out all the details by visiting the website (details below).


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The Carrington Boating Club Inc By Susan Prior


he Carrington Boating Club Inc is tucked just out of sight at the end of Hilda Street in Corinda. Unless you take a stroll down through the grassy picnic area known as the Horace Window Reserve, by the river, you would be unaware that it is there. Horrie Window was the founding commodore of the club, and he lived just up the road in Hilda Street. He was also the club’s first commodore, a role he maintained for 25 years. According to the club’s website: The formal inauguration of the Carrington boating club was probably early in the summer of 1953, most likely late in November or early December. It goes on: The club raised money by acting as gatekeepers of the speedboat racing in the late 50s and early 60s. They used to clear debris from the river, to mitigate the danger to the boats. Tenancy of the site was granted on the 17th of November 1960, but an application to erect a building on the site was not granted until mid-1962. The first building was high set, with verandas on

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Top left: Looking towards Lone Pine from Carrington Rocks, Brisbane, SLQ Neg. No. 158293 Bottom left: The clubhouse. Bottom right: Vice Commodore Nick Newton

the first floor. There was a small flood in 1964, and the veranda railing made a convenient hitching point for Horrie’s boat, Sunset. The clubhouse was officially opened on the 21st of May 1966. In just eight years another flood carried the clubhouse away. Vice Commodore Nick Newton, who has been involved with the club since the 80s, told me that after the 2011 floods the clubhouse was wrecked and had to be rebuilt once more, but on the same footprint. ‘Now,’ he says, ‘it will withstand another flood because it has been designed with internal bracing to do just that’. Coming up on 9 July is the Carrington Classic, a boating event that the club members are hoping to hold annually.

Nick Newton 0412 711 487

The clubhouse is available for hire to members of the community, with a few considerations. For example parties must finish by 11 pm. It could be just the venue for a small wedding or party with its fabulous river frontage, all for a very reasonable price. The club members get together with each other for barbeques and other social events. There is a general meeting on the first Sunday of each month at 10 am. If you have a motorboat of any kind and you are at all interested in joining the club they are always looking out for new members. You can find all the details on their website. Full membership is just $60 a year, with a one-off $50 fee to join.

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Charity begins at home By Susan Prior In Nepal, education is key


orget Me Not Australia, a unique children’s charity, is now based here in the Shires. With a new office in Corinda, this charity fights for the rights of vulnerable and orphaned children across Nepal, Uganda and India. Established on the Fraser Coast in 2005, Forget Me Not became a model orphanage with awards and accolades from across Queensland and Australia. But, as Andrea Nave, CEO, tells me, it wasn’t easy, because in 2011 they learned that the 21 girls in their care were not orphans at all, as they had thought, but were victims of child trafficking for the tourist business trade. Andrea said that the effect on their work as a charity was devastating. Consequently the organisation had a huge shake up, and the team put measures in place to ensure something like this could never happen again. They also promised

the children in their care that they would get them home to their families. Instead of closing down operations, they set about rescuing the children from their former operating partner in Nepal. A lengthy legal battle ensured. Finally, the children’s custody was won and the search for family began. Remarkably, by 2012, all the children had been returned home with their true identities into the care of grieving loved ones. ‘When we first began, we believed that starting an orphanage was the answer for children, now we know better,’ says Andrea, ‘Life in an orphanage, no matter how well run does long term harm to children – an orphanage is an absolute last resort.’ Donations pour into orphanages every month from well meaning Australian sponsors. As many as 85 per cent of children in orphanages are not really orphans – they have one or both parents

Winter Edition 2016 alive. This undeniable statistic is the force behind the tidal wave of change confronting charitable organisations still operating orphanages. From local support with a global reach Forget Me Not’s groundbreaking work is bringing in a new dawn for children.

35 I admired Andrea’s frankness about the problems this charity has experienced. In the process they have become a force for good, leading the way in improving lives of children in Nepal, Uganda and India. To find out more you can check out their website, details below.

Left: Mohit, in a slum in India. Right: Asha, seven, rescued from an illegal orphanage is now safe and reconnected to her family.


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ed by the mother of an awardwinning Australian author, a group of ladies at Corinda’s newest premium retirement village – Kingsford Terrace – are keeping up with the latest literature as well as some of the classics as they meet for a monthly book club. Bev St George, whose daughter Jennifer has published a number of romance novels through Penguin, is clearly as passionate about reading as her daughter is about writing, and loves the chance to talk about what she’s read. ‘We take turns reading aloud short stories, poems and other pieces of literature, and everyone really enjoys getting together,’ Bev says. ‘We also talk about famous people from the world of literature, and ask why they are famous?’ Every fourth Thursday, the small group meets in the display suite in Kingsford Terrace’s Litchfield building. When the Southern Cross Community Centre is complete in 2017, Bev hopes the group will


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move into the library there, as they will need more space to meet as the group expands. Activities such as Bev’s reading group are exactly what Kingsford Terrace owner PresCare encourages their residents to get involved in. PresCare Chief Executive Officer Greg Skelton says that group activities keep seniors connected and often allow them to try things they haven’t had time to do before retirement. ‘PresCare is very much focused on creating a community at Kingsford Terrace,’ Mr Skelton says. ‘With generous communal areas, a $6M community centre and services provided by PresCare’s Day Therapy Centre and our community services team, there will be no reason for any resident at Kingsford Terrace to be at a loose end.’ The first stage of Kingsford Terrace includes 34 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, all with generous living areas and large balconies perfect for summer entertaining. With one- and two-bedroom apartments available to move into now, call the sales team on 1300 287 672 for details on how Kingsford Terrace could be your new home.


A Page or Two By Susan Prior


first met Linda Allen a year or so ago when she was manager at Marriott Books in Corinda. Marriott Books has been the only bookshop in the Shires for many years. Trading for nearly 35 years, it was originally one of three in Brisbane owned by the Marriott family. The Corinda shop was the last one still in business. Since then, a lot has changed for Linda. She worked at Marriott Books for nearly 15 years before taking over the business. Now called A Page or Two, in 2015 Linda won the Small Business Award organised by Tarnya Smith, State Member for Mount Ommaney, and the Centenary Chamber of Commerce. A Page or Two stocks mainly secondhand books; popular lines are Australiana, military, history and art. Linda says the military section is recognised as being very comprehensive. She also has quite a few antiquarian books, which appeal to collectors. She tells me that she once had a first edition book written, and signed, by General Custer in 1874! Another popular range are books about cars, and in particular car manuals. Keen car enthusiasts are finding her from all over Brisbane. Black Cat in Paddington used to be the go-to shop for local history books, but it closed a couple of years ago, so these are getting harder to find. Linda says that she is now stocking a number of local history titles and finds them to be popular sellers. For example, you can buy copies of local

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Linda Allen, owner of A Page or Two

real estate agent Nanette Lilley’s book Welcome to Laurel Avenue at A Page or Two. Laurel Avenue is one of our area’s most beautiful and historic streets. Linda has introduced some new lines, including Australian owned and manufactured giftware, so take a look if you are trying to find something a bit different for someone special. Linda also offers a great service sourcing hard-to-find books for customers. She says, ‘My greatest achievement was finding a copy of The Little Prince in the Icelandic language for someone!’ That’s pretty impressive! We discussed the demise of the local

indie bookshop; it is a tough gig, whether the shop is selling new books or secondhand. E-readers and online shopping have combined to reduce margins to barely sustainable levels. Having said that, indie book sellers are doing better here in Australia than they are in the United States and the United Kingdom, where they have all but been wiped out. We are very lucky to have A Page or Two in the Shires, because it really is a treasure trove with so many fascinating books tucked on the well-stocked shelves. And by shopping local you are helping to keep a fabulous resource – a bookshop – in our area.


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Caffe Primavera – from morning to night By Susan Prior


traddling the café and restaurant scenes, and offering full table service, is Caffe Primavera in Corinda village, run by Bruno and Chayleigh Orlando. Bruno is a likeable second-generation Italian-born Australian. When I talk to him late one afternoon about his café, he is most hospitable, offering me a glass of wine. If I hadn’t been going on to another engagement, I may well have taken him up on his offer! He started Caffe Primavera 17 years ago. After it had been running for a couple of years, he sold and moved on to open a

Bruno Orlando manning the espresso machine

café in Bardon, which he kept for three years. The opportunity then came for him to buy back Corinda, and here he has been ever since. ‘I like the Corinda crowd,’ he says. ‘They are always very appreciative [of the effort we make]. A lot of them are now friends of ours; they are regulars.’ The café opens from 7.30 in the morning and stays open all day into the evening, seven days a week for most of the year. During winter, he says, they close on Sunday evenings. On Wednesday evenings, Bruno offers a special pasta and wine deal for $25,

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with a choice of three pasta mains, and three types of wine. He says it is becoming a really popular evening. With 25 staff, including three chefs and three apprentice chefs, Caffe Primavera is a busy place. I ask Bruno what the favourite dishes are. ‘For breakfast, it would have to be the sautéed garlic mushrooms with goat’s cheese and spinach, served with toast and tomato chutney. It just flies out the door. The Canadian breakfast is another huge favourite – pancakes with bacon, eggs, hashbrown and maple syrup.’ And lunch? ‘We do quite a few lighter style meals. The duck and citrus salad is very popular, as are the seafood dishes.’ Bruno shows me a menu. It has a great comprehensive selection with something to please everyone at your table. It’s also licensed, so you can enjoy a pinot grigio with your pizza, or maybe a cab sav with your risotto salsiccia. Bruno says he likes to keep the prices reasonable and chooses his


wine selection carefully to ensure quality while still providing good value for money. For those readers who like their coffee, Bruno says they use Lavazza, which is now roasted locally in Australia. Bruno is rightly enthusiastic about his coffee, and knows his beans. ‘We are the first café in Brisbane to be using this new product. We like to start using it at about day 10 after roasting for it to be at its best,’ he says. With the new medium density developments around the Sherwood Corinda area, Bruno anticipates there will be greater competition in the restaurant trade with more eateries moving into the area. He sees this as a good thing, bringing more people into the shopping strip, exactly as has happened in the Bank Road precinct of Graceville. ‘Bring it on,’ he says. ‘The future is looking very good.’ If you haven’t been to Caffe Primavera, then now is a really good time to give it a try. It is the perfect place, whatever time of day for something a little more than run-of-the-mill café food.


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Tricia Smout with some examples of her craft

An artistic fusion By Susan Prior


ricia Smout is a crafty human dynamo. She describes her craft as ‘the artistic fusion of letters, threads, ink, paper, textiles and beyond’. Tricia has lived in the Shires area all her life, apart from two years in Mount Isa with her husband’s work. She is an old St Aidan’s Girl and has a background in science research studying entomology, and then as a science teacher. Now in her late 60s, she started doing ‘crafty things’ when she was at school. Like many people, she had a break from it while she was busy raising a family, but when she started creating again it was doing calligraphy – working with pen and ink –that she really got into. Since then she has branched out and incorporates her lettering into


different forms of textiles and paper-craft. Tricia was artist-in-residence in the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in 2012. Tucked away on her website is her resume with all the recent exhibitions she has taken part in. And the list is impressive. Alaska to Zurich, Illinois to Indooroopilly, she has exhibited there. She also conducts calligraphy classes at various venues – her contact details are on her website for more information. You can see Tricia’s amazing work, along  with three other wonderful artists, at the Shifting Seasons textile art exhibition held at the Richard Randall Art Studio in the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. On 27 and 28 August, from 9 am to 4 pm. Entry is free.

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Sales statistics at a glance Oxley






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Median price achieved  last 90 days vs 2015

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$1.6m $1.4m $1.2m $1m $800,000 $600,000 $400,000 $200,000 Oxley






* About this marketplace report. The above table and the following pages showcase recent sales activity, for confirmed settled sales, across Oxley, Corinda, Sherwood, Graceville, Chelmer and Tennyson. In compiling this report the author has relied upon information supplied by a number of external sources including CoreLogic RPdata. The publication is supplied on the basis that whilst every care has been taken in the preparation, no representation has been made and no responsibility is accepted for the accuracy of the whole or any part of the publication by the author. The transactions reported are for settled transactions reported at time of publication during the period and some properties have been excluded on the basis that the information could not be verified to the author’s satisfaction.


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‘Don’t risk under selling your home’ Sarah Bailey, our Oxley specialist

Recent sales: Oxley 9 Logan Avenue $188,000 607m2 3   1   2

6/100 Oakmont Avenue $332,000 152m2 3   2   2

53/11 Oakmont Avenue $282,000 113m2 3   1   1

39 Lawson Street $377,000 607m2 3   1   1

65/130 Jutland Street $354,000 80m2 3   2   1

4 Blackheath Road $450,000 607m2 3   1   –

25/90 Jutland Street $427,500 80m2 3   2   1

9 Bayford Street $495,000 607m2 3   1   4

2439 Ipswich Road $450,000 1543m2 3   2   10

11 Hazlehead Place $525,000 638m2 4   2   2

3 Selkirk Close $515,000 486m2 4   2   2

14B Lawson Street $560,000 483m2 3   2   2

55 Jutland Street $550,000 650m2 4   1   2

52 Ellen Street $595,000 810m2 3   1   1

11 Gladstone Street $580,000 1012m2 4   1   2

118 Fort Road $660,000 607m2 5   3   2

32 Strathburn Street $610,000 706m2 –   –   –

106 Englefield Road $772,000 506m2 4   2   2

44 Englefield Road $282,000 459m2 –   –   –

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Recent sales: Corinda 3/39 Martindale Street $335,000 344m2 2   1   1

20/55 Hassall Street $340,000 0m2 2   1   1

11 Allan Terrace $458,000 607m2 4   1   –

39 Marchant Crescent $470,000 450m2 –   –   –

6 Stanfell Street $470,500 733m2 3   1   2

4 Marchant Crescent $550,000 500m2 –   –   –

24 Walker Street $643,000 817m2 4   2   2

65 Pratten Street $721,000 615m2 4   2   1

736 Oxley Road $728,000 835m2 4   2   2

23 Ardoyne Road $733,000 810m2 3   1   1

5 Hodge Street $734,888 749m2 5   2   2

46 Lynne Grove Avenue $845,000 1229m2 2



58 Lynne Grove Avenue $880,261 614m2 4   2   3

Recent sales: Tennyson 57A Camelot Street $645,000 422m2 4   2   1

5202/205 King Arthur Tce $780,000

19 Merlin Street $855,000 405m2 4   2   2

42 King Arthur Terrace $1,875,000 1067m2 6   6   3




Recent sales: Chelmer 44 Leybourne Street $620,500 607m2 3   1   2

2 Queenscroft Street $625,000 1022m2 2   1   2

59 Glenwood Street $627,000 607m2 3   1   2

173 Honour Avenue $727,000 739m2 3   2   1

119 Leybourne Street $825,00 810m2 4   2   2

28 Sutton Street $903,00 779m2 4   2   2

8 Verney Road $1,900,000 450m2 4   4   4

Recent sales: Sherwood 3/30 Quarry Road $325,000 88m2 2   1   1

6/508 Oxley Road $334,000 62m2 1   1   1

7/508 Oxley Road $469,000 89m2 –   –   –

13/508 Oxley Road $499,000 127m2 2   2   1

12 Arbour Street $635,000 456m2 1   1   –

15 Jolimont Street $865,000 476m2 4   2   2

12 Joseph Street $925,000 607m2 3   1   –

41 Junction Street $950,000 810m2 4   2   1

14 Magazine Street $1,070,000 425m2 5   2   2

35 Primrose Street $1,300,000 875m2 4   1   4

Recent sales: Graceville 4/8 Gamble Street $390,000 107m2 2   2   1

21/95 Strickland Terrace $440,000 327m2 3   2   2

30 Sandon Street $580,000 405m2 3   2   -

21 Haldane Street $580,000 607m2 2   1   1

255 Oxley Road $621,500 405m2 2   1   1

11 Haldane Street $646,500 607m2 3   1   1

142 White Street $705,000 658m2 4   2   2

12 Haldane Street $821,000 607m2 4   2   1

251A Long Street $915,000 406m2 –   –   –

36 Acacia Avenue $920,000 405m2 3   2   –

17 White Street $945,000 405m2 4   3   3

81 Strickland Terrace $980,000 672m2 3   3   2

131 Graceville Avenue $1,175,000 405m2 4   4   2

15 Addison Road $1,300,000 708m2 4   3   2

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YEILD data is based on recent transactions and only takes into account the average per week rent when compared against recent sales results for the suburb. In the instances where there was insufficient data a NA is quoted.

Pullenvale 323 Grandview Road Space and serenity In Pullenvale locals enjoy the best of both worlds: a relaxed country atmosphere, and city convenience. Surrounded by prestigious homes this large parcel of land is ready for you and your family to take advantage of the space, serenity and beautiful panoramic views. Situated 15 km west of Brisbane’s CBD, Pullenvale is an idyllic rural location with easy access to excellent shopping options and

For Sale some high-performing schools. • 1.9 km to Pullenvale State School • 10 minutes to Kenmore Village Shopping Centre • 15 minutes to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Opportunities like these are rare. Contact us today to secure the idyllic lifestyle you have been dreaming about.

View by appointment Peter Edwards M 0490 035 890 David Gowdie M 0409 224 441

Graceville 47 Verney Road West




Architecturally inspired resort-style family home on 1862 sqm

For Sale

This expansive architecturally inspired threelevel family home is located on a large 1862 sqm parcel of north-facing land. This property has been meticulously designed to take full advantage of the stunning rainforest backdrop. The combination of modern, open-plan living and classic design features are breathtaking, and include well-designed separation of living

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spaces, elevated raked ceilings, cool natural finishes and a spectacular floor-to-ceiling feature window, which overlooks your very own rainforest retreat. The property lends itself perfectly for entertaining, with numerous indoor and outdoor living spaces providing flexible options for the host to entertain family and friends.


David Gowdie M 0409 224 441

Oxley 53 Blackheath Road


Unique, contemporary family home Looking for something a little bit different? Offering outstanding views across the treetops, this home, spread over three levels, has an abundance of space for your family. Positioned on 450 sqm in one of Oxley’s best streets, it is just a 700 m walk to Oxley train station, shops, cafés and restaurants. This home offers: • a huge open-plan lounge, kitchen and dining area, with a balcony overlooking the sparkling pool


View by appointment 656659/QSV160503

Sarah Bailey M 0415 591 103

Heathwood 64 Gardenia Circuit


Contemporary family home


For Sale (Offers over $749,000) • a modern kitchen, with plentiful storage, gas cooking and stone benchtops • a separate study • huge master suite with walk-in robe and an oversized ensuite incorporating spa bath and double shower • a rumpus room or parents retreat with polished floors leading out to the elevated paved terrace, ideal for a BBQ and taking in the views.

Located in the family friendly neighbourhood of Heathwood, only 20 km from Brisbane’s CBD, this stunning contemporary home has everything you could ever wish for. This home features: • four light-filled bedrooms, all with built-in robes, the master with an ensuite and walkthrough robe • a modern entertainer’s kitchen, complete with stone benchtops and Miele appliances • a large open-plan living and dining area




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a covered alfresco entertainment area swimming pool ducted air-conditioning throughout a 5 KW solar power system Crimsafe throughout and back to base security alarm. Situated on a generous 576 sqm parcel of land, this family home is just 140 m to the nearest bus stop, 500 m to shopping and local parks, and a few minutes’ drive from nearby schools.

View by appointment 656354/QSV160412 Peter Edwards M 0490 035 890 David Gowdie M 0409 224 441


Living in The Shires

As your federal member, I am very privileged to work with so many people who work hard to make our suburbs such a great place to live. I am honoured to represent you and work alongside our community.

Graham PERRETT MP Federal Member for Moreton (07) 3344 2622

Coming soon:

Boutique town-house complex Investors, home owners and first home buyers – coming soon is the grand opening of the brand new boutique townhouse development located at 141 Clara Street, in the highly desirable inner-west suburb of Corinda. Harcourts Graceville presents this opportunity to inspect these stunning properties, while speaking to some of our helpful industry professionals, including: • • • •

mortgage brokers depreciation experts real estate professionals financial planners.

Enjoy the complimentary coffee van while enjoying this unbelievable opportunity in the heart of Corinda. Do not miss this occasion, register today by contacting David Gowdie. Details below.

David Gowdie 0409 224 441


Property Management Graceville: The Key to Professional Property Management Contact our property management team Call 0487 006 222 or email to reserve your place.




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Living In The Shires Winter 2016 Edition  
Living In The Shires Winter 2016 Edition