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New Farm residents asked to fund improvement plan By Felicity Moore A PLAN to improve the streetscape on Brunswick St at the Barker St intersection in New Farm, funded partially by residents, has been pitched by council in a series of information sessions to locals. The New Farm Suburban Centre Improvement Plan will cost $3.5 million and, if adopted, residents will fund 30% or about $1 million, to be paid over 10 years. The charge to residents will be a Special Benefited Area Levy included on their rates bill. A vote will decide if the SCIP is adopted, and residents must lodge a vote with council by February 15. If council does not receive a vote, then that resident is marked as a no vote. A majority of 51% is needed for the SCIP to be adopted. There are about 100 residents in the SCIP boundary. Cr Howard said the SCIP would offer private and commercial residents the opportunity to add improvements that aren’t within council’s usual scope. It is also an opportunity to address issues in the area that aren’t being met. “For example, in the recent Greenslopes SCIP, they fixed some pedestrian issues. Every area will have different needs,” she said. If the community votes to adopt the SCIP a committee of residents will form and discuss what is needed

in the area. They will then work with council to come up with a plan that council will then execute. The committee decides how the money is spent and as long as the designs fall within council’s neighbourhood plans, there is no limit to possibilities. “The Greenslopes one includes a statue of a AFTER BEFORE small boy and a small girl looking towards the city. It’s high quality street art SCIPs in Banyo and Clayfield have improved the streetscape with additional gardens and street furnishings. and furnishings that you “Council already does (beautify the successful SCIPs, in areas including wouldn’t see normally,” streets). We spend a considerable Merthyr Village, Banyo and Clayfield. Cr Howard said. amount of money on footpaths and “In Greenslopes people were However, the plan has not on our basic road maintenance, on initially not too sure about it, but appealed to all residents. Kevin our parks - all of those things that towards the end there were people Moran was cautious about paying for ratepayers across Brisbane pay who wanted to join in who didn’t want things that perhaps should fall under for. This is something extra that to at the beginning,” Cr Howard said. council’s existing responsibility. we believe is owner-pays. It’s an By coincidence, Cr Howard has a “I’m not sure we should pay for additional beautification and the cost unit within the SCIP boundary but is (improving the streetscape),” he said. is borne on a shared basis,” she said. unable to vote. “This was all decided “And what about when we sell our She also said the levy for residents before I was even elected, before I property in less than 10 years? We was small and the way the levy was was even a candidate,” she said. “I have to declare this additional fee calculated charged commercial had no input!” that is an obligation for purchasers,” residents at a higher rate than he said. private residents. No interest would Cr Howard said the SCIP was an be charged and the levy will not be opportunity to get additional work indexed for inflation. done that council would never SCIPs are not new to Brisbane and normally do. council has already executed several


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Are you planning something special for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? While master florists, Campbell & Bradley will ensure we have a stunning selection of roses and flowers in store, why not add something a little bit thoughtful and gluttonous to your partner’s gift this year? Pick all your favourite gourmet food and snacks from our selection of luxury cheeses, cured meats antipasto delights and artisan chocolates in a hamper to enjoy at New Farm Park or even just on your own back deck. Picnic hampers are such a fun way to enjoy an array of good food. See Jon in our deli for some creative ideas and then just add some chilled wine and kick back and enjoy!

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Our friends at New Farm Soccer Club are holding their sign-on days this month on February 3 and 9. We’ve worked closely with the club over the past few years, and as one of our beneficiaries on the My IGA Card program, we look forward to continuing that support. In fact, our staff will be on hand at the sign on days to assist locals with explaining how they can support their club just by shopping at IGA New Farm.


The poinciana tree was a central part of the George Group development application. Heavy winds split the trunk THE development at 76 Commercial the arborist and Brisbane City Council Rd, Teneriffe, by George Group, took it was determined that the tree was a dramatic turn on January 12, when unsound and required removal,” the a tree central to the redeveloped site, spokesperson said. split down the trunk and crashed onto “We also acknowledge that this nearby railings. tree was a substantial part of the A George Group spokesperson said streetscape and hope the community the tree was removed in consultation has enjoyed the tree, decking and with council. public space that the George Group “We became aware of it when one of built in around 2001, or 2002.” our employees, who lives nearby was Teneriffe residents had previously driving by,” the spokesperson said. voiced concerns about the tree’s George Group called in an arborist to future when the site was re-developed, assess the tree before proceeding. (Village News, January, p16). “Previous assessments of this tree Landscape architect and Teneriffe showed no visible signs that the tree resident Jill Butler said: “(A) big would fail at this point. Investigations concern is with this beautiful tree here. have been made into the hollow at How are they going to guarantee that the base of the tree and from this they can maintain this in a healthy investigation the conclusion was that state? What happens when you get the tree was structurally sound at that these really tall buildings is the street time,” the report stated. starts to get a lot more shade.” George Group spokesperson said the George Group is meeting with council tree had undergone an ultrasound in to discuss the consequences for the 2012 to investigate the level of decay development application now that a or the cavity within the tree, but every central part of the design feature no assessment found the tree to be safe, longer exists. before it split and broke on January 12. Following a lengthy meeting between “The tree was assessed by an council and George Group, it is believed arborist on Sunday (January 13) and the development application is still again on Monday. At that time it was on track, but it is understood council discovered that a sheer split had is requesting further information and opened on the northern side of the potential amendment to the DA specific tree and after much consultation with to the loss of the tree.

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Boost to daylight trading top priority for new president LOCAL businessman Robin Maini has declared his primary goal, as new president of the Fortitude Valley Chamber of Commerce, is to revitalise flagging day trade. The state manager of Winning Appliances was elected by chamber board members less than a month ago and he was enthusiastic about his plans to “revitalise” the day economy of the area. “We have aligned ourselves with the Valley Malls Advisory Committee and have come up with ideas on how we can drive the day economy in the Valley and improve surrounding Brunswick St and Chinatown malls. Amongst the various areas of improvement to be implemented this year, lighting is definitely on the short list,” he said. Mr Maini has witnessed first-hand how Winning Appliances has made a positive impact on the area, after the company spent $2 million in 2011, under his direction, renovating a 2200 sq m, 105-year-old building on Brunswick St to make way for what is now Australia’s largest kitchen and bathroom showroom. “When we decided on the Valley for a large appliance and bathroom showroom, people looked at me puzzled and asked the same question, ‘why the Valley?’. Well, we can proudly say that Fortitude Valley was the best decision we could have made for expansion into Queensland. The first year of trading was far beyond our expectations,” he said.


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New president of the Fortitude Valley Chamber of Commerce, Robin Maini “The precinct has clearly been attracting the upmarket establishments such as luxury car dealers and home furnishing stores, so we wanted to be a part of that equation as we cater to that same market. We have in fact partnered up with a number of the local retailers in a co-operative marketing effort.” Mr Maini also hoped to ensure that local business owners would continue to support one another through their involvement with the chamber. With only 10 per cent of the Valley’s small and medium businesses members, Mr Maini said there was significant potential for the chamber to follow through his vision of becoming a strong and influential force in the area. “My other focus is building

membership. We currently have 240 members but we want 500 by the end of the year. We want to show the value of being a member. Whether it’s a new or existing business in the area, we can help with all aspects of retail, alignment with council and the media,” Mr Maini said. “It isn’t about attending networking drinks once a month as it is to have a strong voice about the issues that affect us as a group. We can integrate businesses with each other and connect them with relevant speakers from our economic development luncheons that will help grow their business.” Robin can be contacted on: 0411 709 339 for suggestions on how to improve the Valley or robin@winningappliances.

TENERIFFE’S historic woolstores precinct is filled with people biking, jogging or strolling along its streets. Yet, in the not-too-distant past, steam trains busily chuffed their way along Macquarie St, and rolled in and out of the woolstores and other industrial businesses along the way, or even took trainloads of molasses away from the CSR sugar refinery. The old Bulimba branch, as it was known by Queensland Railways, was an important line in the central business area that linked the bush to the Brisbane River. Queensland Rail historian Greg Hallam will address the first meeting of the New Farm and Districts Historical Society for 2013. “I plan to fill in some of the blanks in the railway history of this unique area, and also touch on the large steam locomotive depot at Mayne, started 100 years ago,” Mr Hallam says. The Historical Society will meet Saturday, February 23, at Merthyr Rd Uniting Church. For more information, please contact Ross Garnett on 0409 498 402.


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Let’s clean up our peninsula SPRUCE up an eyesore and help with the Clean Up Australia Day efforts on March 3. Areas that are registered for a clean-up include New Farm Park, several spots in Teneriffe and the boardwalk at Freshwater Apartments. Freshwater manager Denise Buckby, who has registered the site for the past four years, said it was a great opportunity to clean up their environment after the floods. “I’ve been involved with Clean Up since 2002 and recently I just joined the New Farm Rotary Club so now we’ve got a very active and committed group from there and the loyal supporters of Freshwater that will join in. We’re going to meet at the end of Merthyr Road and focus our efforts on the boardwalk and surrounding streets. We’re expecting 20 people, but all members of the community are welcome to join our group.” Ms Buckby said it was always “amazing” how much rubbish was collected every year when the streets usually looked so pristine. “And now, initially after the flood waters, it is a great opportunity to clean up our environment,” she said. “We will finish with a barbecue. It’s quite nice to be around nice people while benefiting the community. Cr Vicki Howard (Central Ward)

Foreign coin drive to help children in need

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Teneriffe Progress Association President Ben Pritchard (pic left) will be leading the way in this year’s clean up. See has also registered New Farm Park as a site and the Teneriffe Progress Association will be posting details about the clean-up of Teneriffe on Visit and search 4005/4006 postcodes to search for other sites or register your own.

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Dickie departs New Farm home AWARD-winning investigative journalist and community activist Phil Dickie and his family have finally sold their last connection with New Farm and Brisbane. The small cottage in Sydney St, wedged between two apartment blocks, will stand for a while longer as a symbol that progress could not have it all. Phil and his wife Susan Brown bought the small cottage 25 years ago, with the proceeds of The Road to Fitzgerald, his bestselling novel about police corruption and the investigation leading to the landmark Fitzgerald Inquiry in 1987. Dickie first moved to New Farm when he started work at The CourierMail in the early ‘80s. A few years later, and after writing a series of articles about corruption in Fortitude Valley, Four Corners produced “Moonlight State” which led to the formation of the Fitzgerald Inquiry and the rest, as they say, is history. Dickie wrote The Road to Fitzgerald after the Inquiry, in 1988, and said it was still used as a textbook in journalism courses today. He was also awarded a Gold Walkley, the country’s highest award for journalism, for his investigative work leading up to the Fitzgerald Inquiry. The Dickie family now lives in Geneva where Dickie works for the

World Wildlife Fund International and although friends have urged him to come home to Brisbane, it was felt there were not enough employment opportunities here, and so the decision has been made to sell the family home. Dickie was back in Brisbane briefly last year to hand over all of his notes and writings about the Fitzgerald era to the State Library. The Phil Dickie Collection now forms part of the State Library of Queensland’s Politics and Persuasion exhibition and is regarded as a significant record marking a pivotal point in Queensland’s history. The Village News caught up with Dickie as he was cleaning up the family home, preparing to hand over the keys. The Queenslander cottage, which is a renovator’s delight, was full of books, enough to fill a bookshop. The cottage has had an extension added that won a HIA building award. Dickie proudly boasted he and his wife designed the extension. The house was listed for auction by Raine and Horne, New Farm, but was sold prior to auction. Principal Lee Paul said they had received several offers for the 506 sq m property ahead of the auction. She said the new owners were New Farm locals. Considering the house is between two apartment blocks, it

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Phil Dickie cleaning out his former home manages to offer a lot of privacy, Paul said. The Village News was especially keen to discuss the successful campaign, led by Phil Dickie, to stop building of a new Summerhouse Function Centre & Café in New Farm Park . “That campaign was run by my wife, but for obvious reasons I lent my name to it,” he said. Dickie suggested it was now a simple case of rebuilding the original Summerhouse that was destroyed by fire in 2000. He was surprised to learn the Brisbane City Council had decided not to rebuild. Council cited one reason as a reluctance to rebuild

in a heritage style. Dickie seemed surprised and said, “They do it all the time in Europe”. Dickie added that he and Brown were also very active in the unsuccessful campaign to stop the building of the Cunningham Apartments on the park, on the corner of Welsby and Lamington streets, New Farm. Phil Dickie is permanently etched in Queensland’s history, as a corruption fighter and pillar of justice. Maybe his former home will be stand as a reminder in New Farm that progress does not win every battle. Upon hearing this notion, Dickie simply smiled.

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UK family’s memorial war scroll returns home HAVE you ever considered that a seemingly inconsequential photo, document or letter among your heirlooms may one day prove to be an invaluable piece in another family’s historical jigsaw?

historicalsociety by Gerard Benjamin When CBD-dweller Andrew Mason was sorting through his late mother’s remaining effects, he rediscovered the framed World War I memorial scroll commemorating the 1916 death of British soldier Private Charles Reynolds. It appears that Mr Mason’s mother had come across the item while working at a charity shop in her hometown of Dereham in the UK and when she came to live with her son in Australia in 1997 she brought it with her. “It sat for years in a wardrobe,” Mr Mason says, “and when, just weeks ago, I found it while looking for something else, I resolved to trace Private Reynolds’ present-day family and to return it to them.”


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The handing over of the scroll, the high point of Mr Mason’s week-long flying visit to the UK in December, took place at the King’s Head Hotel in Dereham, Norfolk, when he presented the scroll to three of Charles Reynolds’ many grandchildren. It was also an opportunity to thank two local newspapers along with the Norfolk librarian who had helped to track down the soldier’s descendants. “I am absolutely gobsmacked that this has all happened, because a month and a half ago I hardly knew a thing about him. It has been an amazing journey for me and I feel fantastic,” Mr Mason said to the gathering in Dereham. One of the children of Private Reynolds’ daughter Irene responded by saying, “It is marvellous. It was so good of Andrew to bring it back here”. By a cruel twist of fate, Private Reynolds, a one-time Metropolitan Police officer and farm worker who volunteered for army service in 1915, accidentally drowned in France, apparently going overboard on May 2, 1916, while travelling by barge with Norfolk Regiment comrades. A corporal dived in after him but could not find him. Among their other keepsakes, the family showed Mr Mason a letter,

Andrew Mason (right) presents the original wartime memorial scroll of Private Charles Reynolds to Tom Rix (left) and Peter and Mary Woodcock. Picture: Archant Norfolk. written in pencil to his widow by a second lieutenant, that noted the tragic event. It stated: “It seems sad enough when a poor fellow meets his death in the trenches, but it is even more so when he meets it by accident, having been facing death daily for several months.” A father of three girls, Private Reynolds, 38, was buried in Daours Communal Cemetery near Amiens.

Private Charles Reynolds, 38, died in France in 1916. Mr Mason believes his mother took charge of the scroll because she feared it would end up being thrown away. Andrew Mason will address the New Farm and Districts Historical Society in March, and will show photos from Expo 88.


Historic Inglenook House DA approved By Felicity Moore

HISTORIC Inglenook House, on the corner of Moray and Sydney streets, New Farm, will be subdivided into four lots and two small buildings demolished after council’s decision on January 11 to grant the development application. Council received 10 objections to the development application on the 125-year-old property, mostly based around the increased traffic and congestion that would result on Herbert St, a no-through road, and also the impact on the council heritagelisted property. “I believe that this development will not only negatively impact a Heritage Place but will contribute to traffic and parking issues in Herbert St, presenting increased noise, road safety and liveability issues for nearby residents,” wrote one objector, whose reasons were typical of those lodged. “Whilst Herbert St is a short no-through road it already carries significantly more traffic than would have ever been envisaged when it was originally planned due to many nearby properties requiring access via this street.” In its decision summary, council responded to the traffic objection stating that any new houses built on the lots would be required to include off-street parking. It also answered concerns about new houses

failing to reflect the “ambience and graciousness” of the heritage-listed Inglenook. “All future development on the lot will be subject to Impact Assessable applications, and will need to comply with the requirements of the Heritage Place Code,” the summary stated. “The impact of further development on the cultural significance of the house will be assessed on further Impact Assessable applications for new houses, as the heritage listing will remain over the entire site until all adjoining houses are approved and constructed.” The council summary also explained that with the site falling within the low-medium density living precinct of the New Farm/Teneriffe Hill Neighbourhood Plan, then the “proposal aligns generally with the intent and development principles of the plan, and there are no specific provisions in the Code which relate to subdivisions”. Inglenook, or GFS House as it is sometimes referred to, was built in 1888 and was a hostel for girls run by the Anglican Church and the Girls Friendly Society. Brisbane barrister Shane Doyle and his wife Margaret bought the property in 2009 for a reported $6.2 million. It is believed Mr Doyle plans to demolish

two smaller buildings attached to the main house in preparation for the subdivision. It is believed there is a plan to restore the house and speculation is that by selling off the subdivided lots at the back of the property, Mr Doyle is able to fund an extensive and expensive restoration and renovation of the property. Specialist conservation architect Robert Riddel told Village News (December 2012, p3) a house as historically significant as Inglenook should be listed on the State Heritage Register, rather than the Council Heritage List as the level of protection afforded the house was considerable with a state listing. He was concerned that council’s protection only covered the exterior of the building, while a state listing would protect the interior also. The development application, although granted, is subject to an appeals process before work can begin. Only those who submitted objections to the application before December 13 are able to appeal council’s decision to grant the application.


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Old and new meet over technology Community noticeboard trashed

THERE is a myth that older members of the community are slow to embrace technology, such as computers or a mobile phone. Certainly, when there

seniorsvoice by Tony Townsend is a problem, we turn to younger members of the family for help. But seniors are taking to the internet in ever-increasing numbers – in some cases seniors are noted as the fastestgrowing segment of the population. Journalist, publisher and Australian of the Year Ita Buttrose, when talking about her new venture – an online media company – enthuses about more older people using new media and technology. For some, it’s the desire to stay in touch with extended family, such as Eva turning 101 with 30 cards in the post and 800 messages on Facebook! Too old to sign up for Facebook, she had to lie about her age and now uses social media to keep tabs on her five children, 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Or the grandmother in Sydney babysitting her grandchildren in Melbourne via Skype while the parents enjoyed a night out.


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The Federal Government came to the party some years ago with funding to establish computer training nodes, including the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre. I am reminded of the movie clip of the 103-year-old war widow learning how to use the net from the 86-year-old computer-savvy teacher, and exclaiming that it was all so easy, that age was no barrier to technology and that you are never too old to learn! There are many similar inspiring stories of older people using technology to advantage – reading to their grandchildren over Skype, running a small business, or a not-for profit organisation. National Seniors is well aware of the need to engage with the new generations who have grown up with computers, as well as promoting use of the internet to older members. National Seniors Australia - New Farm Branch now has its own website, www. The branch will host dinner at Merthyr Bowls Club, Oxlade Drive, at 6pm on Friday, February 15. Guests interested in National Seniors who are not able to attend daytime meetings are welcome. The monthly general meeting at the Merthyr Uniting Church at 9.30 for 10am on Wednesday, March 6, will be our 23rd birthday and we host a fashion parade by Portofino. To RSVP or to find out more about NSA, please contact Tony Townsend on 33152523.

A BRISBANE City CouncilPhoto by Vanessa Fang managed community noticeboard at Merthyr Village that hosts personal classifieds and community notices has been covered over by nightclub promotional flyers. The noticeboard, with flyers even plastered around the legs, is one of many light poles and public fences in the peninsula to be invaded by entertainment promotional flyers. But the activity of plastering flyers is not Merthyr Village community noticeboard illegal. Cr Vicki Howard (Central offensive,” Cr Howard said. “If Ward) said that the content residents have concerns about on the publicly accessible the noticeboard they should noticeboards was up to the contact my office on 3403 0254.” community to manage. “This is the first time anyone has raised this issue with us about the community noticeboard being used for information they do not feel appropriate or


Talented tot exhibits art The C Gallery, in Fortitude Valley, is hosting an exhibition of work produced by a two-year-old, local media has reported. The collection of paintings, done by Vinnie Macris, drew attention when Vinnie’s mum posted them on Facebook. Troy Williams from C Gallery at Emporium saw them and said the child was clearly advanced beyond his years. For more information visit

villagevoice Letters to the editor Clinic rejection saddens

I was saddened to read (Village News, January, p3) about the outcry from some residents about the New Farm Clinic and its impact on their neighbourhood. Saddened because isn’t that what we value about New Farm and what differentiates it from the suburbs - diversity? And doesn’t diversity mean a whole range of people living close to each other - young, old, rich, poor, black, white, well, unwell? If we want sameness, New Farm is not the place. People who are unwell and need the New Farm Clinic are not monsters. They are people like us, who are unwell. They could be our daughter or our son, our sister or our father, our best friend. They need our support, not our condemnation. None of the examples struck me as particularly alarming or intrusive. Most people in New Farm live near a half-way house, a rehab clinic, a refuge, or some organisation catering for residents with special needs. And all New Farm streets are over-parked with visiting cars. Please, let’s try some simple kindness and understanding. Surely there’s room for us all here. Mary Philip, New Farm


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What’s brewing in Helen st?

The ‘quiet’ revolution brewing in Helen St, Teneriffe (Village News, January, p11) should stay quiet and not be brewing at all, according to some unhappy residents of Helen St. Some residents do not see a micro-brewery as an asset for the area or something that residents need. Furthermore, it is the wrong business in the wrong location as Helen St is predominantly a residential street. Andrew Sydes mentioned, in the article, that there is a ‘very strong community vibe around here’. This is true. It is well-established and has nothing to do with the microbrewery, but rather the area of Teneriffe with its historical past and the need to preserve what is left of it. This kind of business should be located in areas that do not affect people’s lives. Many surveys have shown that people do not wish to live next to or near a brewery. As tax-payers we expect better outcomes from our elected representatives when making decisions that impact the community. C.Fauvel, Teneriffe

Win a dinner for 4 on Vicki TO help celebrate Chinese New Year, Cr Vicki Howard is giving away a dinner for four at one of her favourite Chinese restaurants, Green Tea. “Part of my plan for Central’s inner north is to further promote and celebrate our inclusive and accessible lifestyle,” Cr Howard said. “We’re so lucky to have our vibrant hub – the Chinatown Mall – right on our doorstep and with fabulous art, entertainment, food,

and community events organised here in the Valley there is something for everyone,” she said. “So, whether you greet the lunar new year at a banquet with family and friends, delight in a cultural performance, or simply jump on a bus into Chinatown, you’ll be part of celebrating our city’s extraordinary diversity.” To enter the draw for dinner for four in Chinatown, just visit www.

villagenews Scouts teach life skills BRISBANE Central Scouts are looking for adventurous boys and girls aged 6 – 14 years who like to have fun. Scouting activities include learning how New Farm scout to tie knots, Gibson Gray fish, abseil, bushwalk, camp, canoe, sail, use a map to navigate and other great activities in the outdoors. Scouts learn to be self-reliant as well as work harmoniously in a team. Leadership skills flourish in those who have Scouts experience and the organisation offers valuable life skills for those involved – parents and kids alike. Brisbane Central Scouts is holding a sign-on day on Saturday, February 9, from 10am to 1pm at New Farm Park. Learn more about scouting and how you and your children can join. There will also be a sausage sizzle. We look forward to you and your children discovering the outdoors and all the amazing joy that Scouting offers. For more information contact Elizabeth West on 3355 2826 or email brisbanecentralscouts@gmail. com.

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Carlyn thrives on prioritising By Felicity Moore CARLYN Cavallucci arrives in a poised swoosh through the door, carrying Kewpie-cute daughter, Mila. She is greeted by her husband with a quick kiss and in one fluid motion Robert has his daughter in his arms. Carlyn may have delivered her third baby just 12 weeks ago, but there are none of the typical outward signs of maternal weariness on her fine boned features. For a great many mothers, a four-year-old (Rocco), a two-year-old (Allegra) and a 12-week-old infant would bring a certain level of chaotic tiredness into their lives. But Carlyn appears to be a woman revelling in motherhood, as though she has finally found her raison d’être. “I always wanted to have children. I never wanted to have a career,” she reveals, echoing the modern sentiments found in the latest wave of feminist thought. Just because women can have it all, is no reason to go mad trying to do it. Choose one path at a time - career or motherhood - and by all means tread more than one path as you travel through life, but only ever one at a time. Carlyn, with half-Chinese heritage, and Robert with indomitable Italian blood in his veins, were raised in the thick of strong familial connections and are setting about raising their own children the same way. They are

a couple who focus on prioritising their time and sticking to their goals. And so far they have succeeded in keeping Robert’s demanding political career from interrupting their steady construction of the family unit. “He’s not away from home a lot, but he comes home late, after 7.30pm,” Carlyn says. “And when the kids are at that age, they’re in bed before 7pm,” she adds. “We’re lucky because Robert’s mother is really helpful and my mum’s really helpful as well,” she says. “If it’s a parliament sitting week, he’s gone all week and the kids won’t see him from Monday to Friday. He’ll try to make sure the weekend is free just for them.” Robert interjects: “We’re both really organised people - OCD types!” Carlyn agrees. “I’m obsessive!” she concedes with a smile. “We’re both that personality type. We’re really structured and pretty rigid about how we like to organise our days and we make sure we have time, make sure we have good quality time,” Robert says. Initial impressions paint a picture of a blissed out mother who, perhaps in the Italian way of her in-laws, could go on having more children. “This is my last!” she laughs with her declarative statement. “I would hope so!”.

Robert Cavallucci, state LNP MP for Brisbane Central, with wife Carlyn and baby daughter Mila, 12 weeks “I did enjoy the first and second times (I was pregnant) but this time I found it really hard,” she pauses. “It was like my body went into shock.” Like many mums on their second or more pregnancy, Carlyn found she was exhausted a lot of the time. And that took a lot of the joy from the pregnancy. “It’s amazing. You look at pregnant women and you think they’re the most gorgeous things you’ve ever seen and then you look at yourself...” She trails off and glances up at her husband as if seeking reassurance. “Everything is hard and your clothes are so...” she waves her arms making the shape of an enormously obese silhouette. Looking at the slim, exotically beautiful young woman it’s hard to imagine she suffers body image issues or self doubt, but it’s clear she’s not immune any more than the rest of the sisterhood is. Carlyn reveals Rocco, is painfully shy. “He’s like me,” she says. “I got a lot better when I had kids because I had

to speak up for them, had to be there,” she says. And for a brief moment, the steel in her spine is on show. Once again, it is clear, motherhood is her centre. “I just have to learn to relax; don’t orry about the cleaning, don’t worry about the washing up. You realise how quickly they grow up and if I worry about the other silly stuff...” Again, she trails off as though the thought of missing even one second of her children’s lives is too abhorrent to utter aloud. She looks adoringly at Mila, who by this stage has fallen asleep in her father’s experienced arms. For a moment it looks like she may something more, reveal something deeply personal as though confiding in an old dear friend. But then the moment passes, she collects herself and smiles. A politician’s wife and mother to three young children - it’s not an easy path to tread, but for the moment this is her bliss.

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School’s back

ONE of Brisbane’s oldest primary schools, St Joseph’s Primary School, in Kangaroo Point, has once again started the school year on a high with strong enrolment rates. Principal Michael O’Sullivan said there were still vacancies for Prep 2014 and limited availability for other grades this year. He said the school had introduced a contemporary arts program to the school, with a visual arts specialist coming in for the role. “St Joseph’s continues to offer high quality inclusive Catholic education with all classrooms fully airconditioned and fitted with interactive whiteboards. All students will benefit from a 1:1 Laptop Program, banks of iPads and an excellent sports and performing arts program staffed by high quality professionals,” Mr O’Sullivan said. “We have an exceptional wellresourced library which is accessible to all students across the week. Students will access all aspects of the Australian curriculum as well as participating in initiatives encompassing our edible garden project.” St Josephs is to hold their annual open day on April 23, where families are invited to have a tour of the school. Please telephone enrolments secretary Donna Swan or principal Michael O’Sullivan on 3391 5397 for more information.

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FREE yoga classes have opened up for the whole community at the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre. Manager Fiona Hunt said the classes were free of charge thanks to generous benefactors in the community who donated to the centre as part of the Patrons of New Farm program. “With the addition of these classes we hope to develop a real yoga community at the centre that is not only encouraging healthy minds and bodies, but is accessible to all people, regardless of income,” she said. She said the classes, which are taught three times a week by qualified and experienced instructors, boosted the centre’s health and wellbeing program. The one-hour classes are taught on Sunday 8:30am, Tuesday 10am and Thursday 6pm at the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre on 987 Brunswick St, New Farm. Telephone 3358 5600 or visit All fitness levels welcome.

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Luxury car showroom adds new level of service to sales JAPANESE luxury car maker Infiniti has landed in Australia, making James St, in Fortitude Valley, home to its most impressive showroom in the country. Dealer principal Marco Kim said the Infiniti brand, the luxury division of Nissan, rivalled other long-standing dealerships in the area not only because of its reputation for delivering solid, well-designed cars, but also for its impeccable ‘omotenashi’ – a Japanese term for service. “It is comforting, proactive and unexpected – all the things you’d expect from any hospitality location in Japan that has moved over to the way we approach the luxury car market,” Mr Kim said. Infiniti is already established and highly popular in Asian and North American markets. Four performance focused luxury models were chosen for Australia, including an SUV, V6 petrol, 3L diesel and 5L V8. Mr Kim said that what set Infiniti apart was the mark of true luxury – features that are purchased as optional extras with other brands were standard with Infiniti, including the sun roof, touch-screen satellite navigation, electric tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, Bose sound systems and heated and air-conditioned seats. “The only other car maker that incorporates all options as standards is Lexus, who are Japanese as well. But

we like that we can compete with them. Just those common options alone are about $20,000 worth of adjustments that are standard and all part of the way we see luxury. It’s omotenashi,” he said. The most special and impressive feature of Infiniti cars however, was Scratch Shield – a patented selfhealing paint that was the brainchild of Nissan technology. “The paint on cars often gets little scratches across it just from wear and it’s especially visible with black cars, which stops a lot of people from choosing that colour. All Infiniti cars

December. “Every Infiniti showroom in the world is identical. Everything has been designed for the customers; all the furniture was designed by Infiniti architects and we have a feature glass wall that looks like a curtain, but it’s actually a pattern that has been incorporated in the glass,” Mr Kim said. “It piques their curiosity when passers-by look inside and they can make out what it is but the rest is a mystery.” With a showroom entrance designed to emulate a hotel lobby, every customer is greeted in a lounge

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It is comforting, proactive and unexpected – all the things you’d expect from any hospitality location in Japan that has moved over to the way we approach the luxury car market. and luxury Nissan models, like the 450Z, have this self-healing paint that actually repatches its own scratches. You can just leave it out in the sun and special molecules in the paint will heal any minor marks,” Mr Kim said. Mr Kim said that the omotenashi ethos extended to all parts of the business, down to the very last meticulous detail in its customdesigned showroom, which opened last

area before a manager takes them to the gallery. “Customers are often surprised when they come in, but it’s the little things like this that make us different. We have a lounge in the consulting area so customers can feel relaxed and comfortable,” Mr Kim said. “We even have a menu of light lunches that we’ve partnered with local businesses to supply and a coffee machine which

all of our staff are trained to use. Even our water is from Cape Grim in Tasmania, which is the purest water in the world.” Another three Infiniti showrooms in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth are to open and a new model is to be released later this year. Infiniti Brisbane is located at 5 James St, Fortitude Valley. Visit www. or telephone 3000 5999 for more information.

Valley’s Homemaker City flagged for $100m sale QUEENSLAND billionaire John van Lieshout was poised to buy Homemaker City, Fortitude Valley, for around $100 million from GPT, Property Observer and BRW reported last month. Homemaker City is home to several bulky goods retailers including Harvey Norman, Domayn, Nick Scali and Freedom. According to BRW last month, there is an emerging trend in snapping up centres such as Homemaker City for their ‘bargain’ prices, citing almost-billionaire retailing giant Brett Blundy who

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recently bought Homemaker City at Jindalee for $50.5 million, about half what van Lieshout is apparently going to pay for the Valley Homemaker City. Van Lieshout made his fortune with the Super Amart chain of stores and has since expanded into other retailing brands. Jones Lang LaSalle’s Australian head of retail investments, Simon Rooney, is negotiating the sale of the Homemaker City portfolio and said more than $486 million of bulky goods centres sold in 2012, which is “double the value of 2011”.

A journey from casual jogger to an Ironman champion By Felicity Moore

IT began as a way to meet people in a new town, but when Alicia Newman joined a triathlon club little did she know she would become a fierce competitor and go on to win third place in one of the toughest tests of endurance and fitness - Ironman. Newman moved to Brisbane from Melbourne five years ago and while she had always kept herself in shape, her fitness levels were not extraordinary. She joined a triathlon club and did their beginner course. “It was always something I wanted to do and I thought it would be a good way to meet new people,” she said. “It’s a six-week course and you learn the basics of triathlon.” Through the club, Newman met new people and when she finished her beginner training was soon asked, “What will you do next?”. “It’s the constant question we’re always asking each other - what are you training for, what’s coming up next?” she said. “I did a year trying to build up from really small distances to a bigger distance. And through that I met a girl who said, ‘I think we could do a halfIronman’. So we signed up for that,” she said. For the uninitiated, a half Ironman

consists a 1.9km swim, a 90km bike ride and a 21km run. The half Ironman went well and Newman was soon asking herself, “What’s next? What am I training for now?”. She and a friend decided they would have a crack at Ironman. The Ironman consists a whopping 3km swim, a 180km bike ride and a 42km run that’s marathon distance for anyone who’s interested. And that comes after the 3km swim and the 180km bike ride. Over three years Newman steadily increased her endurance and her fitness. The next step became obvious full Ironman. “The training program is a 20-week block of training and you build up (your fitness levels) doing that,” she said. “Five months of training means that all you’re really doing is sleep, eating and working, and training. Then you get to the race and you just hope that on the day everything goes to plan.” Tri-Alliance, the club Newman runs with, has coaches on staff who guide competitors with training programs. Newman swims at the Valley Pool and loves running along the Brisbane River. Cycling training usually takes place at Mt Coot-tha or Mt Glorious. She signed up for the Western

Newman competing in the Ironman race in Bussleton, WA Australian Ironman competition, held in so you learn a lot about yourself. You Bussleton. push yourself,” she said. “Everyone “My goal was to go under 12 hours,” thinks Ironman is physical and physically she said. it’s difficult, but also mentally it’s very Not only did Newman achieve her hard.” goal, finishing in 11.58.19, but she “In a five-year period I’ve gone from came third in her age group 40-45 not being able to run a kilometre years! without dying, like most people, to doing “I missed out by one spot to qualify Ironman,” she said. for the World Ironman Championships “I’m pretty proud of myself and also in Hawaii,” she said. “Obviously I was a bit surprised that I could put my mind a little disappointed, but I achieved my to do that,” she said. I’ve become pretty goal and I was really happy with that,” passionate about it.” she said. For Newman, the love of And when asked that inevitable Ironman is obvious. question, “What’s next?” Newman “You see a different side of yourself, paused. “I’m not sure,” she said.

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Summer’s heat conjures up shimmering mirage of beauty

On a hot Brisbane summer’s day the air-conditioning struggles but a society queen’s icy demeanour makes lunch a very cool experience. Folding the newspaper with extra emphasis the elderly woman fixes me with a determined glare. “Ridiculous, all this hysteria from the media regarding the heat wave. What do they expect? A constant 20 degrees? It’s summer, after all!” At first I wasn’t sure if her statement was rhetorical, or indeed if there was an expectation for me to respond. Fortuitously, the awkward moment is interrupted by the arrival of the waiter. “Your sandwich, Sir.” I smile a vague apology in her direction and give the meal my full attention. I’m sitting in New Farm Deli. It’s lunch time and it’s packed to the rafters. Most of the diners are sheltering inside, endeavouring to escape the full blast of the hot summer day; although it must be said the air-conditioner isn’t proving quite up to the task. The press of such a large number of bodies giving it more a feeling of a hothouse than a cool space, perhaps it would have been prudent to take a chance on dining outside. At least there, a zephyr-like breeze was in evidence, enough to lift lank fringes from perspiring foreheads. In spite of the oppressive humidity, the old lady looks coolly elegant, her white hair piled high atop her head. It’s held fast by a clasp bedecked with fragrant frangipanis. She wears a linen shift the colour of watermelon and waves a silk fan languidly back and forth in front of her face. ‘’Well?” she demands, the imperious tone betraying her impatience at my cautious evasiveness. Reluctantly I abandon my lunch. The face before me is finely boned and austerely beautiful. Why is it I seem to attract the ire of irascible old ladies? I would wish myself anywhere other than being seated here in the company of a determined old bully. “It does seem to be a lot hotter than normal, at least, for such an extended period of time,” I


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pleasure I received from the eating of it. Moments pass in awkward silence before my tormentor speaks in much softer accents. “Why, I remember as a girl, summers so hot the bitumen would melt, the heat of the sun turning it to a gooey, sticky mess. You would lose your shoe to it if you weren’t careful. Some days the heat was so intense that crows lacked the energy to caw and the only sound

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say unthinkingly. My interrogator interprets this unfortunate response as a deliberate challenge to her point of view.

heard was the angry whirring of a grasshopper in flight.” I find myself smiling at her reminiscences for I, too, remember the western summer sun liquefying the tarmac of the roads. It was great sport to chase one’s terrified sisters with great oozing lumps of tar, the

Shoving a microphone under his nose, she enquired breathlessly, “How are you managing in this heat wave?”. The old fellow smiled and after moment of thoughtful consideration, said, “I’ve seen worse love. It’s just weather, sometimes good and sometimes bad”. My amused reverie is rudely interrupted. “You young ones need to toughen up and employ some common sense at staying cool,” says the old lady with a return of her usual asperity. I’m back in the New Farm Deli. The woman, not done with her forceful opinions, continues. “It’s been my observation young people don’t wear enough clothing in summer. All that flesh exposed to the relentless and ravaging sun. Small wonder you’re discomforted by the heat.” Perhaps sensing my patience and good manners are almost at an end, she suddenly stands and in preparation for departure, begins rummaging through her Chanel tote. She is remarkably tall and

Why, I remember as a girl, summers so hot the bitumen would melt, the heat of the sun turning it to a gooey, sticky mess. You would lose your shoe to it if you weren’t careful.

“Nonsense!” cries the old lady snapping shut her fan, then thinking the better of it, immediately opens it again with a graceful flick of her wrist. Fanning her flushed angry face with vigorous staccato movements she continues, “As I said, it’s summer and a Queensland one at that. It’s always hot”. Not wanting to incense her further, I remain silent and give my hero sandwich the full attention it deserves - although I may well have been ingesting sawdust for any

threat of depositing it in their hair causing them to run shrieking to our mother for protection. Perhaps the woman had a point. Those summers of my youth were long and hot, regularly reaching an energy-sapping 110 degrees Fahrenheit, 43 Celsius by today’s measure. The only respite from the sun’s intensity was wide, shaded verandas and the delicious sweetness of cold watermelon. No one had the luxury of airconditioning, and the great vulgar halls dedicated to Mammon – also known as shopping centres – where the great unwashed gather in overwhelming numbers to escape the summer heat, were horrible things of the future. Perhaps society has become more effete and we are less robust than our parents and our grandparents, therefore more susceptible to the vagaries of climate. Maybe we are too ready to accept the lurid headlines in the papers and the televised news, screaming “the end is nigh” and that global warming or (to use the more modern description) climate change is responsible for every hot day, cold day, drop of rain and falling snowflake. On the televised news last night, I saw a young reporter approach an old man in the Queen Street Mall.

with her long attenuated limbs, I’m suddenly struck by her resemblance to the octogenarian model Carmen dell’Orefice. After a few moments of fussing, she pulls forth a pair of sunglasses and car keys. Smiling broadly she says, “Well, thank you for indulging an old lady in the grip of bad temper and for not telling her to bugger off for being an opinionated old bore”. I am immediately and completely disarmed, for her smile is wonderful and belongs to a woman who, despite her advanced age, is confident of her beauty and the ability to still charm. “Not at all. It’s been most interesting,” I protest untruthfully. I’m surprised how transformative a beautiful smile can be and how quick one is to forgive or overlook the boorish behaviour of an attractive person. “Oh! I don’t believe you,” she says laughingly and then shockingly an eyelid drops slowly over a brilliant blue orb. She affects a roughish wink. “Just between you and me, this relentless sun is for exoskeletons. We endoskeletons should stay inside with a cold drink. Lots of them and, in my opinion, all of them gin and tonic.” And with those words and a wicked laugh I’m left mercifully alone.


Fitness takes off as Jetts adds Prioritise and you’ll create more time Valley gym FITNESS company Jetts is opening a new 24-hour gym in Fortitude Valley on February 15. Owner John Hall said that the location, on St Pauls Terrace, represented a “connecter” between neighbouring suburbs. “If you think about where we are in relationship to the area, towards the river in New Farm and Teneriffe, they already have enough gyms and personal training studios but what we’re servicing is really the new growth part of town, including RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, Herston and CBD which is really exciting to Jetts Gym trainers see,” Mr Hall said. “There’s parking out the back which is wonderful and 5-star CANSTAR rating for customer the location isn’t in an industrial area service and he enjoyed being part of a so people will feel comfortable coming profession that helped people. here at all hours.” He said that communication was the The Queensland-based company most important aspect with members, has featured in the top 10 of BRW’s by establishing their needs and training Fast 100 list of growing Australian goals before working on the right companies for two fitness plans for years, with the them. Fortitude Valley “Not many Jetts adding to people actually Every new member who joins an expanding list get themselves before February 15 will NOT pay of 240 gyms in in a role that they the $148 dollars it usually costs Australia and New can actually make Zealand. to join, only $23.90 for the physical changes to In addition to people and benefit fortnight. There are no hidden standard gym their lives in a fees. Suspend or discontinue equipment, Jetts positive way. Some at any time. After that, it Fortitude Valley of our managers is a no-contract fortnightly plans to run several also manage other membership that they can group fitness personal trainers suspend at any time. courses with five and in that way, male and female they’re lucky to be personal trainers, able to help people including boxing, boot camps, martial help people make good changes,” Mr arts, body building and circuit work in a Hall said. unique location. Jetts Fortitude Valley is also career “We also chose this site because partner manyTeacher local training Level 1for200hr Training we have a rooftop exercise area that’s organisations by assisting Course starting April with 2013the unique. We will hold some external development of students aspiring to training classes on the roof with views careers in fitness. all over Brisbane. We’re also going Jetts Fortitude Valley is located to be offering nutritional advice and at 356 St Pauls Terrace. Email sports massage,” Mr Hall said. or Mr Hall said that Jetts was one of telephone 1300 JETS 247 to become a few gyms in the country to have a a member.


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BUSINESS owners often lament, “I don’t have time!”. Realistically, this is rarely true. When someone says they don’t have time, it’s usually more accurate to say, “It’s not a priority”.

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The remarkable Alice Taylor About 50 years ago there was a movie made, A Town Like Alice about Alice Springs. One day maybe there will be a movie made, A Woman Like Alice about the remarkable Alice Taylor. It would be a movie about a romantic Brisbane couple, the Burleigh Heads beach and three local landmarks of war-time Brisbane

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(1940-45), two of which no longer exist in that original essence – Cloudland, which was on a big hill adjacent to Newstead -- Somerville House, on the boundary of Kangaroo Point and South Brisbane; and Teneriffe Woolstores ships’ wharf, which was demolished (in the late 20th century) in the woolstores residential re-urbanisation projects. Alice Robson, now 92, will never forget the first time she met Brisbane soldier and Burleigh Heads lifesaver Charlie Taylor, the man who was to become her husband five years later. It was at a Saturday night dance at that most treasured of 20th century Brisbane dance halls, Cloudland. But more of that later in this story – a story of love, drama, romance and war-time Brisbane, a Brisbane almost unrecognisable from the bustling capital city of today. Alice Taylor has been the Burleigh Heads Surf Life Saving Club’s leading matriarch for more than 50 years and is a much beloved member. She has been a second mum and a second grandmum for all that time, and has endeared herself to hundreds of members over the years with her kindly, caring nature. Alice takes a genuine interest in all of “her boys”, even after their departing the club, on their return visits to Burleigh. Her efforts in working to raise funds for the club, her early days cooking


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for the members when no cook was available, her specially made pickled onions, her co-hosting with Charlie for pie-cart parties by their caravan parked next to the old boatshed on the beach-front. Alice has been the ultimate volunteer for helping her club. Back to Cloudland. Charlie went to the Eagle Farm Races that day (he had never been to the races before) and won quite a bit. He rolled up in army uniform at Cloudland somewhat “tired and emotional” and a bit cheeky. He spotted Alice, then 20, and asked her for a dance. Alice had been working with the Australian Army, and after several refusals she asked two guards (MPs), who she knew, who this cheeky guy was. They replied: “Oh, that’s Charlie Taylor. He is one of the best fellows in the army.” So Alice took him out into the night air for a talk, to freshen him up, and gave him an orange drink. They soon hit it off, and went out together for 12 months prior to Charlie

Above: Alice with Charlie & Noela in 1998. Right: Alice recently

So Alice took him out into the night air for a talk, to freshen him up, and gave him an orange drink. They soon hit it off, and went out together for 12 months. being sent to Singapore with the allied forces. Charlie said it was not a good idea to marry beforehand in case he did not return. Alice got a great job at the Somerville House (the famous Girls’ College was turned into an American Officers’ base) and restaurant for three and a half years, the same period of time that Charlie was a POW in Changi, following the Japanese takeover of Singapore, not long after Charlie had arrived. Charlie had written daily to her from Singapore until his capture, and suddenly Alice had no idea where he was, although she never lost faith, until she heard the famous/infamous Tokyo Rose on radio one day saying: “Alice Robson, we have a message from Charlie Taylor saying he is a prisoner in Changi but is alive and well.” What Alice didn’t know was that

Charlie and his co-POWs were being badly treated nutritionally and medically, were regularly bashed, (many died through murder, malnutrition, malaria and disease) and there was little in the way of drugs such as penicillin for Allied medicos to treat the prisoners. An Australian officer Captain Adrian Curlewis and others commenced the “University of Changi” to allow professionals in his ranks to further the education of soldiers for post-war vocations. Curlewis (in later years he was knighted, became national president of Surf Life Saving Australia, and became a Supreme Court judge) also instigated the “Changi Surf Club” made up of 40 Aussie lifesavers to do drills, and to imagine they were home on their club beach: “Think of the blue skies, rolling surf and white sand of home,” he would say, “and think you are on a wave, riding it homewards.” Changi was many miles from the nearest beach but imagination played a crucial part in Curlewis’ psychology. Charlie and the others dwelt on this inspiring advice to stay alive, despite some hairy moments, and reach their home beach intact. Charlie also credited his sole possession, a photo of Alice, for his inspiration. Charlie’s hairiest time came when he fell by the wayside while working the Burma-Thai railway. He had a badly infected hand and had dysentery, and he was left to die, until an English doctor came by, rubbed his hand with charcoal, and told Charlie he had enough penicillin for one patient, but another soldier, a Pom, needed it as well.

It came down to the doc cutting cards for the pair. Charlie drew a seven of spades, and he thought all was lost. Then the Pom drew a five. Charlie survived and the unlucky Pom died the following day. Alice has some happy memories of working in the Somerville House restaurant or officers’ mess. She recalls meeting American visitors such as actors Gary Cooper and John Wayne and General MacArthur and Colonel Donaldson. I asked Alice what Gary Cooper or “Coop” as he was often called had to say? “Yup!” she replied. Then good news for Alice – the war had ended and Charlie was coming home! Charlie Taylor told me in his own words more than 50 years later, in about 1997: “Following the Japanese surrender in August 1945, it was three to four weeks wait before we’d get home. We went by ship, arriving in Darwin. Then it was around the Gulf and Coral Sea down to the Great Barrier Reef. What beauty! Look at that --white sand, blue sky, and, well, a bit of surf. Not quite home, yet. Then Moreton Bay. You beauty! “Coming up the river, alongside Kingsford Smith Drive, passing my old Burleigh clubmate Jack McMaster’s riverside home, up to the Woolstores at Teneriffe. There was an official welcoming party on the wharf, but no civilians I could see. Suddenly: “Hey! There’s three sheilas over there! It’s Alice and her two sisters!” “Hey!” I yelled. “It’s my girl! Alice!” “There was a bit of protocol here, quarantine, health hazards, all that. We couldn’t get too close, only laugh


Artists add a touch of drama to the Gasworks BRISBANE-based artists Adrian Davis and Lubi Thomas have been commissioned to provide the artistic component of the new Gasworks project at Newstead. The artists have created a 14m x 13m steel sculptural facade that will screen the dining and shopping precinct in Stage 2 of the $1.1b development. A spokesperson for the development said the screen would “create shade over the area and provide a dynamic optical effect”. Mr Davis said the aim of the innovative sculptural facade

intangible nature of gas, flame and light,” he said. “We have designed a sculptural form with elements embodying ideas of both functionality and fluidity, affording an intimate experience for the diner, without obscuring the view of the Gasometer frame and city surroundings.” “We are loosely using the Moire Effect within this work which is a visual perception that occurs when viewing a set of lines or dots superimposed on another set of lines or dots,” he said. “The piece will appear to shimmer

We have designed a sculptural form with elements embodying ideas of both functionality and fluidity, affording an intimate experience for the diner, without obscuring the view of the Gasometer frame and city surroundings. was to create a visual link to the heritage of the site, with the historic gasworks frame at the heart of the precinct. “The Gasometer frame was a key driver behind the piece, which has been designed to express the

and flicker, creating a sense of movement, even though it is a static object - it will be a very dynamic piece.” Gasworks, which is the largest urban renewal project to be undertaken in Brisbane, is set to

and cry and wave and, be helpless. We must have looked a bit skinny (I was 83kg when I joined the army. At my lowest point, working on the Burma-Thai Railway, I was under 38kg. At least Alice didn’t see me getting on the boat at Singapore. I’d put back on 19kg in the few weeks since. “We were placed in open cars and paraded through town, on the way to Greenslopes Hospital. I saw another Burleigh clubmate Tom Boast’s sisterin-law Joan Craig cheering in the crowd. “On the lawns at Greenslopes Hospital we were met by parents and families at last. “Well, of course, Alice and I got married pretty quickly (24 November, 1945) and went off to the old Burleigh Hotel for a few weeks’ honeymoon, and then to the caravan area. The beach forefront camping areas was still there. Nothing much had changed. Only me. But I was home.” Charles Taylor was not only home, he was back serving his Burleigh Heads Surf Club with renewed enthusiasm and vigilance. He later became captain, then was president for 14 years, with the beloved Alice by his side, and Alice enjoyed her new life at Burleigh immensely, becoming a volunteer worker to help the club. Charlie worked as a sales manager in Brisbane and they went to the beach every weekend. They had two fine healthy children John and Noela,

and until Charlie’s sad passing in 2003 their family had grown into Burleigh folklore, joining the Boasts, the McMasters, Imries, Pratts and others as the firm base of Burleigh’s reputation as one of Australia’s greatest family clubs. Alice and Charlie started playing bowls together, first at Yeronga in Brisbane, then at Burleigh Heads until Alice’s retirement several years ago. Alice was a really good bowler, winning several club titles in pairs, triples and fours, along with awards for consistency and club work. At the surf club, she has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Somerville House returned to normalcy 1945-46 but relics of the history of the wartime base of the US Army command centre remain. The Americans erected a large flagpole in the school grounds on the high ground near Vulture Street. It is still there today. There were up to 350,000 American troops stationed in and surrounding Brisbane during wartime. MacArthur Chambers Museum, on the eighth floor of MacArthur House on Queen and Edward Streets is worth a visit. Photos even include Alice’s (Somerville House) dining guest Gary Cooper. Alice Taylor, 92, lives at Burleigh Heads and is grandmother to KerriLyn, Trudy, Kim, Tammy, Brendan, Belinda, David and Danielle, and greatgrandmother to 12.

change the face of the resurgent riverfront suburb of Newstead with luxury apartments, open spaces and a vibrant retail and leisure precinct. Developer FKP director of development Mark Jewell said the former industrial precinct was

Artists Lubi Thomas and Adrian Davis have created art for Gasworks being transformed into an urban community and artists Davis and Thomas had successfully drawn on the history of the Gasometer to create an inspired site-specific sculpture. “We see the historic Gasometer frame, which has been synonymous with Newstead since the 1860s, as the centrepiece for the development and once restored, it will become the focal point of an open air public plaza,” he said.


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Flickerfest a feast Starring two of the greatest stage and screen legends of all time, Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, this classic drama about an unlikely friendship and love between a wealthy white woman and her black workingclass driver is coming to Brisbane’s Playhouse Theatre, QPAC. Tickets through qtix on 136 246 or www.qtix.

Carole King Brisbane Entertainment Centre: Feb 13 She’s more than the voice of a generation, she’s the voice of several generations and with toe-tapping hit songs that resonate with mothers, daughters, and even granddaughters, Carole King has achieved an everywoman appeal that only comes to artists with longevity. I Feel The Earth Move, and A Natural Woman,

Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens: Feb 23

Australia v W. Indies T20 The Gabba: Feb 13

Swan Lake Flickerfest, the short film festival that has taken over the world, is touring and will once again screen at the Judith Wright Centre for Performing Arts. Two Queensland films will feature in this year’s national tour. Huge, by Darling Downs-born filmmaker S.P. Krause, follows comedian Barry Branch (John Batchelor) on the cusp of a big break that could make him a movie star. Captive by Michael Noonan features Brisbane’s own Margi Brown Ash in a story where a confused old man realises that everything he thought he

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Few cricketing rivalries match the Australia and West Indies for passion and drama, a rivalry that stretches back decades. Catch the new generation as they engage in a pitched battle in the smash and crash Twenty20 at the Gabba in what is hoped to be a masterful display of strategy and skill. Tickets via Ticketmaster.

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Lyric Theatre: Feb 22 - Mar 2 Swan Lake, the world’s most beloved ballet, returns to its roots in a new, traditional production by The Australian Ballet. Commissioned especially for the company’s 50th anniversary, it has everything a good Swan Lake should - a troubled prince, an enchanted swan, a malevolent magician and doomed love. Choreographer Stephen Baynes is renowned for his intense musicality and classical purity. Together with designer Hugh Colman, he’s created a ballet of unprecedented magnificence. Tickets through


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The Queensland Begonia Society is marking 25 years and will celebrate with a spectacular annual show, featuring begonias that originated in various parts of the world, along with many beautiful hybrids introduced by keen Queensland begonia growers. Visit the Auditorium at the Mt. Coottha Botanical Gardens on Saturday, February 23, from 9am – 4pm. Admission $3. Sale plants and refreshments will be available. Contact Shevanti Seneviratne for more information: shevantis@ or Peter Henderson 07 33594319.

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Australia Day Honours go to ChaplainWatch program By Vanessa Fang

CHAPLAINWATCH’S Lance Mergard was named Citizen of the Year for his 11 years of service to protecting public safety in Fortitude Valley at the Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards, held on January 24. Cr Vicki Howard (Central Ward) said it was important to acknowledge the “remarkable individuals” who were quiet achievers, and she was “over the moon” that she was the one who nominated Mr Mergard in his category. “These winners have each in their

In partnership with other official services such as police, ambulance, council, venue management and security and taxi operations, NightWatch has made a huge impact on “declogging” emergency rooms by offering first aid and other nonemergency assistance from a relief station on Chinatown Mall. Extreme drinking “On a really busy night we have had 30 people come through, whether it’s needing a Band-aid or an injury so serious we need to

I’m not a do-gooder, I am here with purpose to be able to respond, and I suppose as a chaplain, I see this as my parish and these are my people. own way selflessly reached out to others in our community and in doing so, they have not only made a significant difference to the lives of individuals but have also helped enrich our city,” Cr Howard said. Driven to help others A senior chaplain in the NightWatch program – one of three programs that operate under the umbrella of ChaplainWatch - Mr Mergard said that although it was nice to receive the gratitude, that wasn’t what motivated his work. “The thing that drives me is that I have this belief that every person was made in God’s image and that’s not a creation/evolution argument,” he said. “It’s just looking at people in the wonder of who they are and part of that is that they have a Godgiven destiny and bad decisions can thwart or divert that destiny and one fuel-driven moment can release a war.” Every Friday and Saturday night, from 11pm until 5am, Mr Mergard and his team of 14 volunteers work tirelessly to help maintain the peace in Fortitude Valley, the CBD and Caxton St, Paddington. Fortitude Valley hot spot for trouble More than 65 per cent of incidents occur in Fortitude Valley, where the NightWatch team has managed a range of difficult situations, from excessive drunkenness to defusing potential assaults and domestic arguments. Mr Mergard said that if he could stop even one person from doing something “so stupid” that it destroyed their future, then he had succeeded. “That is the core motivation that I have. I’m not a do-gooder, I am here with purpose to be able to respond, and I suppose as a chaplain, I see this as my parish and these are my people.”

call an ambulance. Where we are situated on the mall allows the ambulance, police and taxis to drop people off,” Mr Mergard said. “We have stretchers available if people need to sleep it off and all our volunteers are first-aid qualified, hold Blue Cards and have received training in operating a sobering shelter. Mr Mergard has witnessed the demographic of visitors to the precinct in the past five years cultivate extreme drinking attitudes, where the meaning of a fun night out was to get “as wasted as possible”. “The new culture now involves things like heavy spirits where I’ve seen people down six or 10 shots within a space of an hour. Because our bodies can’t handle that, people are dropping quickly. The amount of emergency and public safety services absolutely needs to be maintained so they are equipped to handle these situations,” Mr Mergard said, hoping to add another 10 people to the NightWatch team. Newman cuts funding Despite facing a governmentfunding cut from the newly elected Newman Government in September, Mr Mergard was confident the value that ChaplainWatch has brought to the local area would ensure its operations were continued through business sponsorship or generous community donations. He said that, with the number of people equivalent to a small town like Bundaberg or Gladstone visiting the Valley every weekend, demand for the volunteers in the easily recognisable purple highvisibility uniforms will continue rising indefinitely. To donate to all ChaplainWatch services or to become a night chaplain, visit www.chaplainwatch. com or telephone 0418 667 250 for more information.

Cr Vicki Howard (Central Ward) with ChaplainWatch’s Lance Mergard Founder of the Teneriffe Bushland Park Group Rodney Chambers received the Lord Mayor’s Individual Green Heart Award for his tireless environmental efforts in the area while New Farm resident Sharon Keating picked up an Achievement Award for initiating Unit Watch, a program that offers support to residents of government-funded housing.



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They were huge in the ‘70s before Pinochet exiled them. Now Illapu has reformed CHILEAN folk band Illapu is playing at the Tivoli, March 7, bringing the unique and compelling sounds and songs of Latin America to Brisbane. Illapu formed in 1971 and in 1976 the band released what was to become a huge radio hit in Argentina and Chile. The band quickly rose to fame, known for their guitar-based songs featuring strong vocals, pan flutes and enrapturing rhythms. Exiled by the Pinochet dictatorship in 1981, band members lived in France and Mexico until their return to Chile in 1988, where they were cheered by throngs of fans at

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ANNA Davies, a UK resident, has been delving into her family history and is appealing to New Farm residents for help to track down an ancestor. “I’m looking for Margaret E. Davies, born in April 1946 in the UK,” Ms Davies said. Genealogy and tracing family trees has been a popular pastime that is growing increasingly so with successful television programs such as Who Do You Think You Are. Ms Davies has discovered many details about her ancestor but then the trail runs cold. “Margaret E. Davies lived in Trelogan, near Holywell in North Wales for a time in 1964 and by 1968 she was living in London,” she said. Ms Davies has some letters belonging to her missing relative, dated 1983, that reveal an address in Rockbourne Terrace, Paddington. “Her last known address is 182 James St , New Farm, in 1991,” she said. “If there is anyone who has any information that might help me find Margaret, it would be greatly appreciated,” Ms Davies said.

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DESPITE the new year seeing us ringing in headlines about fiscal cliffs and rising unemployment rates, one Brisbane property agent is bucking the trend and recording six consecutive months of growth in their premium-property rental market. Move Property Management, based in Brisbane’s inner city suburb of Teneriffe, continues to thrive by renting executive and premium quality apartments and houses despite the rest of Brisbane experiencing depressed letting rates in the higher end of the market. Move senior property manager Lyndal Devery puts the success down to a unique but sustainable set of circumstances. “We have a significant database of beautifully appointed, premium properties in close proximity to the CBD,” Ms Devery says. “These properties range from large riverfront apartments to fully furnished houses. Either way, our listings serve a variety of clients, from the corporate executive being relocated for mining projects right through to the relocation of families from overseas.” Ms Devery says Move’s success in this high-end niche can be attributed to the strong relationships they have built with local and interstate relocation companies. For more information please contact Lyndal Devery on 07 3257 0015 or

Teneriffe penthouse released LUXURY Teneriffe development Como, on Wyandra Street, has released its last available penthouse to the market. The 93-apartment property had finished construction in 2012, but the decision to release the last of its three penthouses was made last month. Developer Damien Cavallucci said the design inspiration for the 156 sq m penthouse paid homage to Teneriffe woolstore and New York loft design, boasting high ceilings and warehousestyle living. “We tried to get that warehouse feel. I live in Winchcombe-Carson Woolstore and I love the 8m ceilings and I felt I needed to be a bit more creative with the furniture and artwork on the walls to bring the two together,” Mr Cavallucci said. Mr Cavallucci said no luxury was left out in the design process, with the penthouse boasting Brisbane River views, New York-inspired furniture, a pop up and rotating television, three bedrooms with ensuites, Miele appliances and coffee machine, marble bathrooms, a wine fridge and two car spaces. “Everything, down to the lighting, is something we’ve considered. I prefer

Como’s luxury penthouse with warehouse feel in Teneriffe not to have down-lights so we created has its own identity,” Mr Cavallucci said. ones that shoot up into the ceiling and Mr Cavallucci said that people creates a great feel during the night. We were drawn to Como and Teneriffe as have window spaces in the bedrooms a whole because it was Brisbane’s so natural light can flow through and number one DINK (double income, no create that feeling of space,” he said. kids) hotspot. After coming across a Michelin-star The DINK demographic comprises restaurant in Barcelona which had its 15 per cent of all households in the own vegetable garden, Mr Cavallucci suburb, which is in keeping with created Como’s own communal Melbourne’s Cremorne at 19 per cent vegetable garden – a feature thought and Sydney’s Erskineville at 18 per to be among the first of its kind in cent. Brisbane with apartment blocks of this He attributed this to the many capacity. popular venues in the area, including “The next thing was creating the recently opened bars such as Sixes and great Australian backyard so we have Sevens on James St and Green Beacon a 15m pool, gym and a communal Brewing Company on Helen St. vegetable garden. It’s funny because “This building has been a huge the other night three residents were in success,” Mr Cavallucci said. a lift together going downstairs to get Como is located at 47/53 Wyandra St, chillies. Something like this creates Teneriffe. Contact Jenny Kazoullis from great community spirit. The building Teneriffe Realty



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Sydney on Sydney is the Metro Church redevelopment PLANS to transform the old Metro Church in Sydney St, New Farm, into a modern complex of 57 apartments, comprising a mix of three- two- and one-bedrooms, were moving forward with council approving the demolition and redevelopment of the site. Demolition is expected to begin late February to early March on the Sydney on Sydney development and the careful process will leave some historical elements of the building in place so they can be included in the new building. Kenlynn Properties group hotels

and development manager Andrew Travers said the tender process for contractors had not yet begun but once that process had been completed, construction should begin around April. The build would take around 12 months, Mr Travers said. Kenlynn Properties director Peter Flynn told Village News (December 2012, p13): “The developers have kept an original saw-tooth truss natural brick wall that was built in 1945. It will help immeasurably to shield the people in Welsby St from the view of the back of the units.�

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This contemporary converted lounge room and another generous warehouse offers a casual chic balcony, making this an ideal family lifestyle for the inner-city lover. home and great for entertaining. This 381sqm, The lower level three-storey consists of a home in New secure sideFarm features by-side double a simple colour garage and a palette and private yet grand clean, modern entrance. lines; offset The picture is by the existing completed for heavy-timber this beautiful and exposed contemporary brick shell. home with The house floor-to-ceiling offers openwindows, plan design that airconditioning uses soaring and polished ceilings and a solid timber double height floors. void to dramatic In a quiet effect. The living suburban street area leads out in the heart to a large, tiled of the Cutters outdoor terrace. Landing precinct, New steel this converted This chic inner-city apartment offers cantilever warehouse is convenient location stairs connect beside New Farm the living space with the three large Park and 300m from the Brisbane bedrooms upstairs. The master Powerhouse. bedroom has an ensuite and large For more information contact Jason wardrobes. There are also two Bond at Style Estate Agents on 0407 bathrooms, a powder room, a second 489 992.

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240 Wellington Rd 289 Harcourt St 760 Brunswick St 166 James St 549 Brunswick St 758 Ann St 32 Kent St 10 Bailey St 447 Bowen Tce 121 Oxlade Dr 56 Moreton St

417 Bowen Tce $360.00 172 Oxlade Dr $380.00 819 Brunswick St $440.00 Maxwell St $1,350.00 417 Bowen Tce $290.00 219 Moray St $490.00 38 Cowlishaw St $420.00 36 Stopford St $370.00 693 Brunswick St $510.00 145 Arthur St $375.00 145 Moray St $520.00

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Thank you for the recent sale of our Teneriffe unit. We truly appreciate your ability to sell our property in a short period of time and for a price that was above recent values in our building. Your professionalism, and great customer service made the whole process less stressful than it could have otherwise been. Your willingness to get a great result for both parties kept everyone involved in the process happy. We would be more than happy to use you again, and will recommend you to anyone looking for an agent in the area. - Mr C. Williams

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February 2013 Issue  

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February 2013 Issue  

This is the Valentines Issue