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Holy Spirit parent Janet Leach gets in the spirit with face painting. PHOTO by Ria de Leon-Gamboa.

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Thousands of tenants to suffer following service cuts By Vanessa Fang THE Queensland branch of Tenant Advice and Advocacy Services and Tenants Union are to be axed across the state at the end of October, following budget cuts made by newly elected Premier Campbell Newman. The announcement was made by Housing Minister Bruce Flegg in July, citing that the money saved could be better allocated to help the 30,000 people on the waiting list for public housing. Co-ordinator of TAAS Inner North Brisbane Janice McDonald said she believed the “ill advised” decision was a “step backwards” for Queensland, which would become the only state without Tenant Advice Services. Funded by 10 percent of interest on residential tenants’ bonds, the 22-year-old program was the only paralegal service of its kind, privately or government funded, that helped residents understand and enforce their rights as tenants over the telephone and face-to-face. “TAAS throughout the state deals with 80,000 households throughout the year with around 100,000 contacts,” Janice said. “Just this branch alone helps between 30004000 people and one-third of those are disadvantaged people often suffering from severe mental health issues, literacy issues or disabilities.

Member for Brisbane Central Robert Cavallucci “This area (inner north Brisbane) has 20 percent of the state’s boarding houses and these residents will not have any services to help them. “You could try to get into legal aid or find a solicitor but they don’t usually have expert knowledge in tenancy laws unlike TAAS. “People don’t know they need us until they need us. The amount of public housing the State Government wants to build is very small compared to the amount of people we keep in their public housing alone.

“Lots more people are going to be homeless and on that 30,000 waiting list if they’re not supported across the state by TAAS,” she said. While the Residential Tenancy Authority is to continue receiving funding, it only provided basic information and cannot deal with tenants face to face or assist them in eviction disputes at tribunals. Janice, alongside one other full-time and one part-time worker, are to lose their jobs on October 31 when the service closes its doors at the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, which she said would undoubtedly affect its viability. Member for Brisbane Central Robert Cavallucci said the “disgraceful legacy” left by the former government has resulted in the current government having to prioritise those waiting for social housing. “While it is acknowledged that the TAASQ program has assisted many tenants over the years, the Government is committed to ensuring the limited resources available are used in a way that maximises assistance to people with the greatest housing need and that includes those who have no home,” Rob said. “The culture of ‘unless the government pays for it, a service won’t be provided to the community”

is unsustainable and has resulted in the $65 billion debt and a $4.2 billion deficit. This is why we are having to make the tough decisions in this area,” he said. Queensland Law Society president Dr John de Groot said the axing of TAAS services would put extra pressure on already struggling community legal centres. “(It) will create an additional caseload for other community legal centres they can ill afford, especially since the Government has already axed funding for court diversionary programs for the Special Circumstances Court and removed all state funding from the Environmental Defenders Office,” Dr de Groot said. “Queensland Law Society urges the Government to consider the negative effect the removal of these vital services has on the community and community service providers,” he said. Janice encouraged the community to continue lobbying for TAASQ by writing to their local Members of Parliament, as well as to Dr Flegg.


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THE Teneriffe Progress Association is to host a Teneriffe Twilight Long Dinner at a yet-to-be announced “exotic Teneriffe location” on November 24. Event organisers, Catherine and Elodie Scally, the directors of Teneriffe-based fine French food import company, Mondoports International, said the dinner would be a “unique opportunity” to showcase “the businesses and magic” of the suburb. Full details are to be published in next month’s issue of Village News. People interested in attending should register their interest now at www. Seats will be limited.

Library initiative has tummies rumbling THE My Mother’s Kitchen culinary series is to be launched in Brisbane City Council libraries to promote culinary knowledge from different cultures. Central Ward councillor Vicki Howard said the series aimed to highlight the vast array of multi-cultural cookbooks available in council libraries across the city. “There are 14 events in the My Mother’s Kitchen series, including traditional coffee ceremonies, family recipe sharing and a closer look at some of the best cookbook resources available in our libraries,” Cr Howard said. She said it was important to ensure libraries were stocked for people to learn and share cultural skills. For further information on My Mother’s Kitchen events, telephone 3403 8888 or log on to

Toothbrushes take Maddie on Borneo project

NEW Farm teenager Maddie D’Adam is to travel to Borneo later this month as part of a Greenpeace education project on the impact of deforestation. As part of the project, the 19-year-old nutritional-medicine student has been working to fund the trip by selling environmentally friendly toothbrushes to remain consistent to her personal environmental values. She leaves on September 28. Maddie said the “panda friendly” bamboo toothbrushes were made with no animal products or plastics and were 100 percent sustainable and biodegradable. Maddie’s colleague Taylor at This is the second time Maddie has volunteered Sun and Earth Organics is also a to be part of a similar project following a short fan of the toothbrushes stint in Thailand earlier this year at a Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre. The toothbrushes are available at Sun and Earth Organics, 845 Brunswick Street, New Farm, for $3.50. For further information, telephone Sun and Earth Organics on 3358 2299 or log on to

Club coach competes FORTITUDE Valley’s Commercial Swimming Club coach Sam Armstrong is to take part in the Australian Short Course Championships in Perth later this month. Sam is in the unique position with the club of being an active coach and a competitive swimmer. She is to compete against the nation’s best swimmers in the open women’s 50m and 100m butterfly. It is to be the fourth time she has competed in the championships. Commercial Swimming Club caters Coach Sam Armstrong for junior swimmers through to masters. For further information on becoming involved in the club, telephone Carolyn Carsley on 0414 776 543 or log on to


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Scouts are back after 20 years

Giant duck promotes fundraiser

By Vanessa Fang

THE new Brisbane Central Scout Group was launched last month in traditional scout style with a sausage sizzle, followed by a formal parade with Australian and Scout flags flying high. It has been almost 20 years since there has been a scout group in the area. The group has 25 members with more signing up weekly. Group leader Elizabeth West said there was a rich history of Scouting in the central Brisbane area, with the Valley group having been originally established in 1923. “Our Chief Commissioner, Kirsty Brown OAM was a leader at the second Valley group a number of years ago. It closed around 20 years ago but, over recent years, there has been an influx of young families and a growing demand for Scouting to return to the area. They have been keen to join up and are having a great time,” Elizabeth said. The troop still is to get the gear it needs for camping and other activities but Elizabeth said several members of the community had donated money and gear which the group appreciated. The group is running programs for Joeys, Cubs and Scouts. Elizabeth said the Scouts already had been on their first camp where they learnt about camping and bushcraft. Her 15-year-old has been a Scout for nine years and went on the camp. “With my family’s recent relocation to New Farm and with a five-year-old just about ready to start Joeys, I was very keen to see a new group

Allan Mortensen “Baloo” who is the District Advisor Cub Scouts, Charles S Snow District, with Brisbane Central Scout’s Group Leader Elizabeth West at the Cub Scouts investiture ceremony started,” Elizabeth said. The original den was in Teneriffe Park in 1954 but it was handed back to the Brisbane City Council when the group closed in the early 1990s. Elizabeth said the Brisbane Central Scout Group hoped to work with council to regain access to the den which is leased out to a theatre group. The familiar face of former second Valley group leader Richard Pearson has been rewelcomed to the group support committee for Brisbane Central. For further information on the Scout group, telephone Elizabeth on 0416 053 739 or email

THE giant yellow duck (above) tied up at the Sydney Street Ferry Terminal at New Farm is part of the promotion for next months Great Brisbane Duck Race which is the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Research Foundation’s annual signature fundraising event. The event is to take place on Sunday, October 14, from 10am-3pm. It is a great family fun day filled with live entertainment. It is billed as Australia’s largest charity duck race with about 40,000 rubber ducks expected to be taking a dive into the Brisbane River to help raise funds for cancer research at the PA Hospital. The idea of the event is that people buy a duck to “compete” in the race. Duck owners can win a new car. The foundation hopes to raise more than $300,000. For further information on the foundation, its cause and how to play a part in the day, log on to

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Speaker to ignite fiery interest NEW FARM was one of the earliest suburbs to have its own volunteer fire brigade. Members would dutifully present themselves, first at an address on Bowen Terrace, then from 1889 at the station on the corner of Langshaw and Moray streets. The station’s strategic site was provided by James Campbell and Sons, whose sawmill was nearby, close to the Brisbane River.

historicalsociety by Gerard Benjamin Fires could be spotted from the station’s tower and its shed housed firefighting equipment such a quadricycle (two bicycles-built-for-two in tandem) on which four volunteers could hastily dash to an outbreak towing a hose reel. The fire risk was a perennial threat in a suburb of largely timber houses complete with fireplaces, wood-fired stoves and the backyard for burning-off rubbish. The New Farm station still was operating in 1917. Incidentally, volunteers kept fit by competing in cycling races. In 1904, nine members cycled to Wynnum, with the first having arriving in the recorded time of 1:40.5.

There also was a brigade for Fortitude Valley on the corner of Chester and Harcourt streets (now Teneriffe). It was a substantial brick structure that was built in 1905. After 1928, it became a milk depot and eventually converted into flats. The Matthews family of New Farm loaned their name to a breakthrough in fire alarm technology. The enduring problem was how to notify headquarters with quick and accurate details of the location of a fire. Dotting the suburbs with dedicated call boxes for use in the event of a fire, would have been uneconomical. Ernest Matthews, an inventive New Farm electrician, came up with the concept of a fire alarm: a button inside a red box to which access was gained by breaking the glass. Pushing the button enabled the location code of the box to be transmitted to Fire Brigade Headquarters. In 1914, the brigade installed 39 of the alarms. The Matthews family already was prominent in the area. Matthews plant nursery stood on the corner of Merthyr and Brunswick streets in the late 1800s and their later nursery in Annie Street was popular. With the encouragement of the Brisbane Fire Brigade’s first superintendent, Ernest Matthews patented Matthews Automatic Fire Protection System which was installed in

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The 1929 Model A Ford fire engine to be on display at the coming meeting of the NFDHS businesses throughout Queensland and other states. Teneriffe and Newstead have gone down in Brisbane fire-fighting history. The 1984 Dalgety wool store fire at Teneriffe was the biggest seen in 20 years. The destruction of Mactaggart’s wool store at Newstead (now Nouvelle Apartments) on January 18, 1990, was considered one of the biggest fires in Brisbane’s history. Many of the stories of Brisbane’s fire brigade would have been lost but for the enthusiasm of long-serving fireman Kevin Calthorpe to document the brigade’s history, characters and achievements. Mr Calthorpe’s premature death in 1996 meant that the job needed to be completed by his brother-inlaw Ken Capell, a retired University of Queensland maths lecturer. The

The 1990 destruction of Mactaggart’s wool store on Skyring Terrace was one of Brisbane’s biggest fires. (QPS, Ken Darch) result has been two substantial books, Brisbane on Fire (1997) and Brisbane Ablaze (2000). Ken Capell is to be the speaker at the next meeting of the New Farm & Districts Historical Society on Saturday, September 22, from 2pm-4pm at the Uniting Church Centre, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm. What would a talk about Brisbane’s fire-fighting history be without a fire engine? Ralph Challenger of Forest Lake has agreed to exhibit his bright red, restored 1929 Model A Ford fire engine for the occasion. It is to be parked on Merthyr Road at the entrance to the centre. All are welcome and afternoon tea is to be provided. For further information, telephone Ross Garnett on 0409 498 402 of details, log on to www.

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EVERY year, Australians lose millions of dollars to scammers who bombard us with online, by mail, door-to-door and on the telephone.

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Lanterns to light up South Bank

By Vanessa Fang FIREWORKS Gallery at represent the traditional Newstead has been bustling folklore dance, ‘kolo’ as with more than 20 Serbian well as Tesla stencilled in volunteers making lanterns by Cyrillic to pay tribute to one hand as part of the Lantern of the world’s most influential Garden to be held at South scientists and inventor of AC Bank from September 8-29. (alternating current), used to The group had light up houses been at work today.” since July. The volunteers The plastic were from shoeboxes used seven Serbianhave resembled Australian a traditional form families with of a Byzantine each family with Orthodox Church their own story of design while the how they came lanterns’ big and to call Brisbane bold adornments home one even represented dating back to The lanterns Serbian culture. 1949. Workshop The lantern facilitator Danica Majstrovic display is to be part of the Eather said the festival was a annual Brisbane Festival and chance to involve the young is to showcase 1000 big and and old from the Serbian colourful lanterns from all community in the area. over the world. “For the adornments, we The Lantern Garden is wanted to show the arts, to be held at the South humanities, nature and Bank Cultural Forecourt science side of Serbia,” from 6pm-midnight nightly Danica said. “We chose from September 8-29. motifs like the sunflower, Admission is free. For further people in the traditional information, log on to www. ‘nosnja’ holding hands to

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Kokoda veteran launches book on experiences on the trail By Vanessa Fang RENOWNED Teneriffe adventurer Brian Freeman is to launch his new book this month, The Lost Battlefield of Kokoda, outlining the discovery of a historical war site near the Kokoda Trail, in Papua New Guinea. Brian, who is the record holder for the making fastest one way and return crossing of Kokoda, said the site had played host to one of the bloodiest battles between Australian and Japanese forces in World War II (1942), where 79 Australian soldiers were killed and 220 wounded. He is a former captain with the Special Forces in the Australian army. He said it was a privilege to be shown the battleground by people from the village of Alola after almost 10 years of having lead Kokoda treks for his travel company Adventure 1000. Incorrect scales on historical maps allowed the battlefield to be hidden for more than 60 years, where 69 Japanese soldiers as well as Australians and numerous artefacts remain buried. “(seeing it) was very eerie because you don’t expect to walk into a battlefield and see everything including war dead where it was left. The book was then four years of research, two full archaeological surveys of the site, pouring through war diaries, records, mapping and historical documentation,” Brian said. “There’s still lots of undiscovered

artefacts there. So far, we’ve only done non-evasive surveying and even no digging has uncovered a 30km road that ran parallel to the Kokoda Trail. We couldn’t find any reference to it in any history books but it was a community route for the Japanese to transfer their dead back,” he said. Brian recently completed his 48th return crossing of the treacherous 96km trail and has raised more than $250,000 for children’s organisation Bravehearts. Brian, 48, said he still felt the “mystique” of Kokoda after having taken more than 1000 people, including former prime minister Kevin Rudd, Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey and former Test cricketer great Allan Border. Safety remained the top priority. Everyone going on the trip is required to go through three to four months of prior cardiac, lower back and strength training. At least one doctor and Brian go on each of the trips. “You would struggle to find a trek over that distance in the world,” Brian said. “It is just mountain after mountain, toppling steep ridges and then up another one. “I know the trail very well now but I’ve taken people 13 years to 75 years up the track. “As part of their rehabilitation, we also sponsor physically or mentally

Teneriffe adventurer Brian Freeman. (Right) The cover of his book being released this month wounded soldiers and parents, close friends or relatives of deceased soldiers to go. It helps them mentally and physically prove to themselves capable despite their terrible injuries and it’s a healing process for families because it’s a shared experience,” he said. Since 2000, Adventure 1000 has run treks along the Kokoda Trail and adventure courses around the world, including Torres del Paine in Patagonia, Kimberley’s in Western Australia, Mt Kilimanjaro and the Sahara desert in Africa. “We haven’t been to Antarctica yet but we have plans to take a women’s project down there,” Brian said. “For people with lower leg problems and amputees, we plan to kayak from Sydney to Brisbane and also have a

boat for the Sydney to Hobart (yacht race) next year. “We’ve also got a 2015 team of wounded soldiers in training for the 100-year anniversary of Gallipoli and the Anzacs to climb Mt Everest,” he said. Brian said he looked forward to reaching many more Kokoda Trail milestones, including his 50th trek and taking his twins – aged three – on a trek. The Lost Battlefield of Kokoda is to be launched on October 1 and be available in major book stores. Adventure 1000 is at 17b Skyring Terrace, Teneriffe. For further information on adventure experiences, telephone 3257 3825 or log on to

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Help in time of need a blessing THANK you for the accurate article on the passing of my husband Noel. I was walking with Noel, returning to our apartment, after a most enjoyable day with Rotary friends at the Teneriffe Festival, when suddenly Noel became dizzy, sat down and, soon after, his life ended. I want to sincerely thank all the young people who came to my assistance. I do not know any of you nor your names but I want you to know how much your kindness and time spent trying to assist Noel meant to me and also to my family. To the two young people who immediately ran to me and commenced CPR on Noel – followed by a male doctor walking his dog, closely followed by another lady doctor – all worked very hard until paramedics arrived. To the young woman who suggested she would dial 000 for me; Also the young woman who said: “I will get St John Ambulance from the festival”, then ran off quickly. The two police sergeants, who were so kind with their support and drove us to the RBWH. The RBWH social worker, staff and doctors for their professionalism, kindness and consideration for my family and me. St John Ambulance staff was so supportive; paramedics who worked so hard on Noel and anybody else who assisted in any way, I sincerely thank

you all. The most amazing happening that afternoon was when a young man performing CPR on Noel phoned his dad and asked him to come quickly to a man really in trouble. His dad quickly did as his son asked and also began working on Noel. It was not until he came to speak with me that I realised he was a doctor who I know very well and hold in the highest esteem, specialist anaesthetist Dr Patrick See. Dr Patrick volunteers his professional skills to work on Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children, a project that Noel and I have been heavily involved with for over 10 years. ROMAC assists children from the poorest areas in the Asia/Pacific region who have life-threatening illnesses. Because I have such high respect for Dr Patrick, to have him there to explain to me what really happened, exactly as it was, was such a comfort to me that words cannot explain. This prepared me for the message I was later to receive from the doctor at RBWH. Thank you, Pat. To those who helped me on that day, I wish I knew who you all were and I hope you all read this message. I was surely blessed to have every one of you come to help and I get comfort knowing that no more could have been done to try to save Noel’s life. Blessings to all and thank you sincerely. Elaine Morgan

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Festival causes hearts to flutter COMMENT Vanessa Fang YEAR after year, I look forward to August as it not only mark the welcoming of Spring but also the rumbling of sewing machines, the clack clack of high heels and the excited creak of a marquee being set up. Yes, I’m talking about fashion week season and the sixth annual MercedesBenz Fashion Festival, hosted by Treasury Casino and Hotel sounded like an absolute treat. Opening night started off on a bad foot, due to “technical” issues resulting in both shows from Fortitude Valley designers Easton Pearson and Paul Hunt being postponed . . . but how the wait was worth it. The Mercedes-Benz Group Show saw veteran designers Lydia Pearson and Pamela Easton wowing audiences with their vibrant, Spring collection. Those familiar balloon smocks, exotic and playful prints exploded on the runway with a splash of oranges, reds and greens. The clashing prints from the emerald tank top trimmed with colourful pom poms and sequins paired with the straight floorlength orange skirt with a bold, floral print was clever, sleek and quintessentially Easton Pearson. Block colours seemed truly in vogue in this collection, with several chequered and floral two pieces showcased in red, yellow and brown. The colour trend flowed over to the Brisbane Arcade Group Show, with renowned label Tengdahl adding a more classical touch to the use of silk and pom poms. After having been in the fashion

industry for more than 10 years, Julie Tengdahl shows no sign of wear. A bright assortment of sorbet-coloured lace tunics, pencil skirts, silk scarves and light jackets paraded past, adding a touch of elegance to Summer night dreams, while the lemon jumpsuit with matching pom pom trimmed scarf conjured fantasies of long hot days by the sea, sipping on banana milkshakes and ice cream sandwiches. When it came time, the Treasury Casino and Hotel Group Show was the only thing on my mind. One man that I wait to see year after year more enamoured than the last; whose legacy has set the benchmark for all couturiers in Brisbane; whose creations make my heart skip two beats: Paul Hunt. Ethereal, feminine and sophisticated; gown after gown of silk, jewels and tulle flowed down the runway emulating goddesses. From the iconic 1950s style A-line quartz-coloured dresses or the cap-sleeved number encrusted with jewelled stripes to the floral peplum ivory mermaid gown, Paul Hunt captured the true essence of woman, the timelessness of style with effortless precision. When he finished with a strapless gown whose jewelled encrusted bodice and floral embellishments made the hearts of the audience sing, they could not but erupt in a roar of cacophonous applause. It is incomprehensible how overwhelmed I become with the sheer beauty he subjects me to every year and I’m sure the audience agreed.

Kelly now banking on jewellery investment WHEN Village News last spoke with wire and semi-precious stones, she investment banker Kelly Taylor, she said her taking a course in jewellery mentioned a desire to pursue a life manufacturing had opened in jewellery making. more doors for working with new Little did she know that, within materials such as a few months, she would be made metal and learning how to make redundant, earrings and necklaces. which “The ultimate forced her to gain is to get contemplate enough experience her future in order for sooner than she me to get an thought. apprenticeship “I took the at a jewellery redundancy as designer and a blessing in using those skills disguise. It was to open my own an opportunity store. The metal for me to follow smith work allows my dreams me to expand my 100 percent repertoire,” Kelly rather than just Banker and now designer Kelly Taylor said. a hobby,” Kelly She boasted said. “I couldn’t bear the idea of Radio DJ Sarah Howells and going from one job to another rather television presenter Georgina than doing what I really wanted.” Parker, who recently wore one Fast forward to two years later, of Kelly’s creations to this year’s Skiddae had expanded its stockists Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in from two stores to five, which now August, as fans of her work. includes Stone and Metal Fortitude “Isn’t it funny how things work Valley, We Live Like This Paddington, out?” Kelly said, palpably giddy at Miss Savage Stones Corner, Don’t what the future may be in store for Tell Fanny Gold Coast and Lush her creative edge. Wardrobe Mooloolaba. For further information on stockists While Kelly had initially focussed and to shop online, log on to on making rings with sterling silver

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Winton’s riding into the future on the back of dinosaurs

By Liza Armstrong MY young daughters and I headed out from Teneriffe recently to follow the dinosaur trail in western Queensland. After a 17-hour drive, we arrived at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs which lays claim to having Australia’s largest collection of dinosaur bones and fossils and to some of the most complete dinosaur skeletons in the country. The AAOD is about 20km southeast of Winton, home of the Waltzing Matilda story. Falling down shearing sheds dot the countryside, which remind us of a past when the area rode on the sheep’s back. These days, however, it’s riding on the dinosaur’s back. Rich discoveries of the fossilised remains of the gigantic prehistoric creatures have given rise to the AAOD and palaeotourism. The AAOD site is dramatically beautiful. It sits on top of a ‘jump-up’ which is the local name for the flattopped plateaus or mesas that occur in the region. The jump-up is banked with rugged cliffs, giant boulders and deep gorges and stands 75m above the Mitchell grass plains that stretch as far as the eye can see. It’s from the black soil of these grasslands that theropods and sauropods like the Australovenator wintonensis “Banjo”, the

Diamantinassaurs matildae “Matilda” and the Wintonotitan wattise “Clancy” have risen from the dead and are now on display at the AAOD. In 1999, grazier David Elliott found a dinosaur fossil when he was mustering sheep on his Winton property. This discovery sparked an enduring passion. He became a self-taught palaeontologist with a dream of building a museum of natural history right in the midst of where it all happened – an ambitious undertaking considering the remoteness of the location. For the past 10 years or so, David Elliot and his wife, Judy, have devoted themselves to creating the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. The Elliott’s moved their growing fossil collection from their property to the beginnings of the museum – a large tin hanger built up on top of the jump-up (a site donated by a nearby neighbour) in 2009. About 500m from the fossil shed, linked by a winding bush track that hugs the cliff edge, is the second stage of the project – a newly completed reception centre designed by Brisbane architect, Cox Rayner of James Street Markets fame. “Michael Rayner flew out and we took him to the jump-up to see the

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site and he fell in love with it,” AAOD founder and chairman, David Elliott said. “Initially, all I gave Michael was a list of the spaces and functions we wanted but it didn’t include the way it was to look,” David said. “They came up with a couple of designs and we liked one particularly. “We had the idea of creating a building which seemed to fold up out of the red earth and as it evolved in design, to also stretch out and taper back into the landscape. This concept generated a series of raking and angled walls, made using the rough texture of the ground from being poured on site and giving the museum an aged quality; even a sense of an old Pueblo ruin,” Michael Rayner said. The result is a building that looks like natural fragments of the rocks and boulders of the jump-up’s surrounds. Walking through the entrance feels mysterious; a little like slipping through a crevice in a cliff wall. The girls and I were on a mission to see the centre because we’d heard so much about it from the man in our household, Teneriffe resident Chris Battersby. He worked on the project in his role with Woollam Constructions, the company entrusted with building Cox Rayner’s design. “Building in remote locations such as this has its challenges, especially with when the project is a sophisticated piece of architecture. All 39 concrete wall panels – all slightly different shapes, all impressed with latex moulds to recreate the weathered rock surface – were made on site, which is no mean feat in the heat of Summer. I am proud to say our guys did an amazing job in difficult circumstances,” Chris said. We noticed some of things Chris had told us about, such as the scatter of rocks artfully pushed up around the base of the entrance walls by a bulldozer and the heavy steel door handles made by David Elliot’s sons, shaped to reflect the area’s natural weather patterns. There were some surprises as well. The girls were

intrigued by the uni-sex bathroom and the quirky cut outs on the corners of the toilet doors; I loved the rubbish bins – hot orange plastic tubs sitting inside boxes made of rusted metal, perforated with holes patterned from the landscape. I even thought the car park looked great with its anthill-like bollards discretely cordoning off an area of rock and gravel. The reception centre welcomes about 200 visitors a day during peak season (April to September). It also contains an exhibition gallery for some of the more complete dinosaur skeletons such as Banjo, Matilda and Clancy; a shop and a cafe (with coffee to rival New Farm’s) that spills out to the plateau’s edge. Dinosaur buffs can train on-site as volunteer palaeontologists. The museum’s annual three week “dinodigs” have been so successful there’s a fossil backlog that could take 35 years to clear. Guided tours of the museum are offered throughout the day. Despite being 1400km from Brisbane, we bumped into New Farmers Rob Quinn and his children and Peter Lynch and his son. They’d just finished a tour of the fossil shed where they’d learnt all about where and how dinosaur bones are found, how they are dug up and how they are cleaned and prepared to be put back together like pieces of a gigantic jigsaw puzzle “The experience for us was very hands-on. The kids had the thrill of touching a dinosaur fossil that was millions of years old,” Peter Lynch said as he explained how impressed he was with the museum’s approach. As the girls and I waited for our tour to start, we sat on a wide flat rock at the edge of the cliff and looked out at the countryside. It was not hard to imagine it’s prehistoric past. The reception centre has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards to be judged in November. For further information on the Australian Age of Dinosaurs, log on to


Out with the old, in with the Vue By Vanessa Fang

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Alexa Nice designed the new look Vue cafe THE change of seasons has brought a number of transformations for New Farm cafe, Vue Lounge, as new renovations inspired mouth-watering new menu options. Owners Matt and Dan Jefferis have braced customers for an indulgent new burger bar, with 20 gourmet options as part of the revamped dinner menu. “We’ll have some more salads and introduce Australian boutique beers and ciders to accompany the chefprepared burgers,” Dan said. “We’re only using premium ingredients to make flavours like eight-hour scotch fillet, pork belly and veal but there’s also the classic beef patty ones too. “We’ve kept some our most popular pasta dishes, calamari and scallops. We’ve worked hard in the kitchen to try to get the chefs able to produce a large menu consistently so that everyone who comes in is happy.” Head chef Dan said that customers were becoming more educated about their food, which brought about a higher expectation for raising the quality of their service. “We’re still really popular for breakfast,” Dan said. “Our chefs make everything, including the pastries, freshly in-house, except for the bread which we get from a local bakery.” The success of the macaroons – the raspberry, rose and milk chocolate and passionfruit milk chocolates have become huge favourites – had been a

product of blood, sweat and tears for Dan, whose mission to perfect them included a trip to France to see how they were prepared. “When I got back to Australia, I couldn’t find many that were actually good. It took me a long time to train myself to get them right because they’re well worth it now. We’ve sold more than we ever have,” Dan said. After seven years of having been located at Merthyr Village, the cafe underwent renovations last month to complement the changes happening there. “Daniel and I were down in Melbourne a fair bit last year and we got inspired by the cafes there,” Matt said. “We were looking at doing renovations anyway and wanted to recreate that feeling so we contacted Alexa Nice. She’s based in Melbourne but was from Brisbane and knew what kind of feel we were going for because she had done a few other venues around Brisbane, like Oh Hello bar in the Valley. “We’re a day and night place so we wanted to keep the casual, cafe feel that flowed over into the night so we used lots of warm colours and warm timbers, then added some artwork on the counter,” he said Vue Lounge is at Merthyr Village, New Farm. For further information, opening hours and menus, telephone 3358 6511 or log on to

Happy first birthday, Pablo FOLLOWING the success of Pablo’s first 12 months at New Farm, Mike and Amy Bates have their eyes on bigger fish for their quaint, Brunswick Street cafe. Since having opened their doors last August, Pablo has grown into an institution for lazy Sunday “brunchers”, express diners onthe-go, that Mike has hinted at the prospect of opening for dinner trade. “We’re really happy with how things are going,” Mike said. “We tried some different things and customers have really embraced it. It’s gotten bigger than what we ever imagined. “We started out just us two. Now we’ve got eight (staff) altogether and four full-timers. “It’s exciting. We really get wrapped up in that and we want to keep the energy going so we’re looking at doing dinners and getting licensed. “I’m wanting to get an old apprentice of mine who has since gone to some very high-calibre places in London and gotten lots of experience. We’re really excited about starting that,” he said. While dinner trade has been set for February, a little closer up the pipeline is the new Summer menu, on which the kitchen had been

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Owners Amy and Mike working overtime, experimenting with new recipes. Mike said the ever-popular dishes, such as avocado on toast, would receive some fresh twists; incorporating the use of seasonal ingredients. A highlight of the new menu included brioche french toast with a brown sugar baked apple, homemade chai tea ice cream and smashed pistachio brittle, which has already been given a test run with great success. Pablo is at 893 Brunswick Street, New Farm. For further information, telephone 3254 4490 or on to www. for a full menu.

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villagenews Good sports show Games enthusiasm By Paula Lazzarini

Plenty of spirit shown at school fete

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Holy Spirit School students taking part in their annual sports carnival PEOPLE living near New Farm Park may have been forgiven for thinking the Olympic Games were still happening on Friday, August 17, with the amount of enthusiastic cheering and determined sprinting from Holy Spirit School students taking part in their annual sports carnival. The children put on their house colours Villiers (gold), Merthyr (red) and Brunswick (blue) and took part with all the enthusiasm of Olympic Games champions. There was a spirit of fun and support from the little Prep children, who were having their first sports carnival race, right up to the Year 7 students. The parents’ race was also fun to watch with many mums and dads showing from where the good genes come. Brunswick was the winning house but there were no losers on the day with many tired but smiling children finishing up the day with ribbons on their chest and happy memories in their heart.


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(Top) Walter Joseph with his face painted as ‘The Joker’ (above) Sarah Snape trying her luck with the clowns

Jam and chutney stall co–ordinators Bronwen Coote and Andrew Campbell Mackenzie and Lily

THE Holy Spirit School fete on Sunday, September 16, is to be filled with just that . . . plenty of spirit. The parent army has been busy preparing for months and are counting down to the final launch of the fete itself. Fete co-ordinator, Karen Searle, said the effort going on behind the scenes was fantastic and the fete was promising to be the biggest and brightest yet. “Part of Villiers Street will be closed to host the rides and there will be lots of activities for the children including face painting, lob-o-choc, tombola and a toddler’s play area,” Karen said. “The adults will also be happy with stalls ranging from art and craft, flowers, wonderful plants and the fete favourites – cakes and jams,” she said. For Bronwen Coote and Andrew Campbell, the fete is to be their third as co-ordinators of the jam and chutney stall. They claim their secret ingredients are friendship and a good sense of humour. “Like all the stall holders, we put in a lot of hours to get the produce together and will probably have over 300 jars of jam and chutney on sale at the fete but we get through it with a few laughs along the way,” Andrew said. “People can’t go past a good orange marmalade and the savoury condiments, like mango chutney, are also popular,” he said. There will be a variety of food stalls, a cafe and a bar. The fete auctions are to be a highlight of the day and provide a great opportunity for the community to buy something special for a bargain. Karen said there was about $50,000 worth of goods on offer at the fete auctions – all donated by local and school family businesses.

“We have been truly overwhelmed by the generosity of New Farm businesses,” Karen said. “They have been incredibly supportive of our school fete and I am sure that their donations will create some enthusiastic bidding at the auction.” There is to be a silent auction. At 3pm, the fete is to finish with a bang – the live auction. Items to be auctioned off include holidays, sports memorabilia, art, beauty packages, restaurant dinner vouchers and lots more. It is to be a day of good, oldfashioned family fun – from 10am to 4pm. All money raised is to be put towards furnishing the two new classrooms being built at the school. For people who can’t make it to the fete: Don’t panic. The fete can go to them. The school is to host an online auction to give everyone an opportunity to take part in the fete even if they can’t be there on the day. The online auction closes at 9pm on Friday, September 14. To find out what is for auction and how to make a bid on the items, log on to store/holyspiritnewfarm/ First prize in the fete raffle this year is to be a Coffee Appreciation Breakfast for 10 people hosted by Merlo’s owner (and Prep Dad) Dean Merlo. The second prize is a WiFi iPad and third prize a $400 Coles voucher. The tickets are $2 each or seven tickets for $10. Tickets for the fete raffle are being sold by the parent army on Saturdays at Merthyr Village, James Street Markets and the Powerhouse Markets. They are also available at the school office. For further information, log on to


Wine retailer makes move to Gasworks

Wine emporium owner, Tim Kelly, right, and Buzz cafe owner Peter Kedwell . . . expanding into the Gasworks precinct at Newstead. BOUTIQUE fine wine retailer, Wine Emporium, is to build on its success at the Emporium precinct in Fortitude Valley by opening an outlet at FKP’s $1.1 billion Gasworks development at Newstead. The Wine Emporium joins another Emporium stablemate, Buzz cafe, in committing to space in the Gasworks’ new dining and shopping precinct known as Gasometer 1. The store, which sells a range of premium Australian and imported wines, opened at the Valley address in 2005. Owner Tim Kelly said the new Wine Emporium would follow a similar model as the established store at Emporium mid next year.

He has signed a seven-year lease. The Buzz plans for Gasworks is to complete a trilogy for co-owner Peter Kedwell after a second Buzz was opened on King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson. FKP says tenants, including Woolworths, Terry White Chemists, had already committed to more than 80 percent of the 8000sq m Gasometer 1 available retail space. Tim said the Wine Emporium was a niche store with “very few stores left in the Australian retail landscape that offer what we do”. For further information, telephone Julian Musial, on 0400 008 008, or Peter Rossi, on 0407 179 389 or log on to

Boat show first sees river’s Queens auctioned Owner Capt Jim Kelly announced the plan on the Kookaburra Queens website that the vessels were to be auctioned on October 7. Jim, who has been involved in the marine industry since 1987, said the decision to sell was “a tough one” but, should they not be bought, it would be business as usual. He said he had wrestled for some months over the decision to sell his beloved “Kookaburras” – launched in 1986 and 1988 respectively – but believed it was time to step aside. “The Queens have operated on the Brisbane River since 1987 – the same time as me – and I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with them for the past five years,” Jim said. “They are part of Brisbane folklore and I intend to find a new enthusiast Queenslander to keep the ships here in Brisbane,” he said. The vessels, crafted mainly from Queensland timbers, have continued to play a major part of the River City water tourism after having a significant role in the successful 1988 World Expo on the Brisbane River banks at what is now South Bank Parklands. That began an “association” with royalty which was rekindled again last year. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, the Duke of

Edinburgh, were in Brisbane for the opening of the expo – sailing in on the Britannia. The Queen and the Duke returned to Brisbane last year and were taken on a tour along the river to see some of the areas affected by the January floods. The Kookaburra River Queens, Jim’s other vessel, the MV Lady Brisbane were given special permission to run spectator cruises, falling in behind the royal barges. Jim has said the business had not hit muddy waters but he was ready to step out of the wheelhouse and allow someone else to steer the ship. It was intended that the business, which operates from berths at the Eagle Street Pier, be sold “as a going concern” and that the Kookaburras continue to operate as restaurants and function centres and that all bookings for planned events and functions would be honoured. Jim stressed the sale did not mean the business was shutting down but “merely a potential change of ownership” which should have “little or no effect” on staff and clients. The auction is to be held on Sunday, October 7, as part of the Rivergate International Boat Show at Murarrie – Brisbane’s first on-water boat show. For further information, log on to

Place New Farm receives top awards

Sherrie Storor receives her award

Place New Farm director Judy Goodger presents Anissa Lamond her award

THREE agents at Place Estate, at New Farm, won three of the real estate agency’s top awards at Place’s annual conference and gala awards held on the Gold Coast last month. Among the agency’s top performers was Sherrie Storor who won the top auction agent award well as a gold award, while Simon Caulfield received a platinum award. Anissa Lamond, who swept the title of Place’s 2012 rising star, said she and Sherrie were “absolutely thrilled” to receive the awards and looked forward to an exciting year ahead. Agents Garry Jones, Heath Williams and Ann-Karyn Fraser also received gold awards alongside Ben White and Aaron Woolard who picked up silver. The New Farm branch was place third overall for sales business of the year. The evening began with addresses from marathon runner Pat Farmer and Rea Group’s Greg Ellis. P:3254 4965


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People watching is a part of the theatre of Jan’s markets FOR those who enjoy live theatre, the next time you go to one of Jan Power’s Farmers Markets, become a people watcher.

villagepeople by Gary Balkin

Take your shopping list of fresh produce but go specifically for an enjoyable social occasion and to watch the interaction between the customers and the farmers and other little groups there for the Main Event of their week. Jan Power says it’s pure theatre; better than going to the footy, the big shopping malls . . . even the Ekka. It’s a day out for many people. They dress to the occasion. Those who turn up in old jeans and a sloppy-joe shirt are not creating theatre; not playing the game. Jan Power loves theatre and theatrical productions – and we aren’t talking Cultural Centre theatre. I went to Jan Power’s home to talk about her; not so much the markets but the entities are intertwined. Here’s what I mean . . . “You said you like this house:” Jan had seated me at her admirable timber kitchen table and we were facing each other. Indeed, I had marvelled at the decor, the warmth and multi-coloured cushions and curtains; walls exquisitely adorned with her favourite things – memorabilia for her no doubt but a wonder for any visitor to behold: the perfect lived-in look for a nook, with a busy green garden outside that was not only scenic but uttered a myriad of sweet and bitter aromas wherever one walked in its midst. “Well, it’s theatre, too,” she said. “Homes are theatre sets where we all act badly or well according to the day. How people decorate their rooms dictates and interprets their mood. Kitchens are the glamour pusses of the day because of the massive TV


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coverage of cooking – once it was an odd thing to say you were a cook. Now they’ll break open the bubbly for a good cook. “Cooks are now the heroes,” she said. I spoke out, because this was a favourite topic: “One can read histories of the world where explorers like Columbus, Captain Cook, Magellan and soldiers like Napoleon, Nelson, Hannibal and bards like Shakespeare, Byron, Burns were the heroes of Europe. Now of course, sportsmen and cooks are the ones to whom people aspire.” “Yes,” Jan said, with that twinkle in her eye; the fixed gaze and the slightest whimsical smile: “Every dog has his day.” She then had an after-thought: “Who would have thought cooks could beat cricketers and footballers?” Jan is a high achiever and a philosopher extraordinaire but doesn’t dominate conversations – see, she inspired me to talk about perceived “heroes”. She is adept at making acute observations about the subject matter that makes one smile, wonder, think; then she waits for a reaction, with her steady, soul-searching gaze. Jan was born at Stanthorpe, south of Brisbane, of grazier parents John and Doreen Bergin. She was educated at Stuartholme – where its chapel had been endowed by her Gran with its stained glass windows – and had two younger sisters and a brother. John Bergin was a rifle shooter-marksman and represented Australia at the 1952 Olympics Games held in Helsinki. Doreen (nee Hooper) is the eldest grand-daughter of Brisbane department store icon TC Beirne. John met some other riflemen in the Indian team and, in later years he, Doreen and Jan, then 20, were invited to homes in India and Afghanistan. From there it was suggested that Mr Bergin travel to a village near Hyderabad “where a massive maneating tiger was eating its way through a whole village”. In pride of place in Jan’s home is a photo of her father and

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Jan Power at Jan Power’s Powerhouse Farmers Market his shooting party with the slain tiger at their feet. In those days, “great, white hunters” took such trophies home to display in their lounge as a rug by the hearth. Jan said: “In the end, moths ate that amazing piece of history. No one had ever enjoyed walking on it. “Mother and I were left behind to travel up into Kashmir, where cashmere clothes, scarves and rugs were made and we received many gifts of cashmere pyjamas and the like.” Jan said her father was always interested in doing things that hadn’t been done before and credits him with pioneering the now humble frozen pea packet as a first in Australia. She said the idea to produce frozen peas came to him one night while looking for challenges to his inventive streak. “I would say that Father kept us all in expensive boarding schools, thanks to the frozen pea. Of course, being such a successful pioneer in all he tried, I think he would understand me and my own spirit in wanting to be the first to try new ideas: like the Farmers Markets. “He inspires me. The only thing I have not done that he tried to teach me was parachuting. He had been a parachutist during the war.” Long before the Farmers Markets were established in 2000, Jan had first studied to be a theatre sister in Sydney at St Vincents Hospital, near Kings Cross. “I married at 22; went to London and, in between having my two baby daughters Astrid (born in Belgium and named after their Queen), who has three daughters, lives in Sydney and works in banking, and Sammy (the former radio star and now my PA) who has ‘hundreds of cats’, I studied cordon bleu ‘cooking school for debutantes’ – well, that’s what it said in the paper. This school lit a flame in me as I learnt cooking with good ingredients, seasonal produce – which all ended up where I

am now!” Not quite. Jan Power became a household name first on ABC Radio, started a restaurant at the rear of Her Majesty’s Theatre, in Elizabeth Street, naming it Her Majesty’s Behind, (to her father’s disapproval), then started the Loaves and Fishes catering business in an old butcher shop at Paddington. Jan wrote a social column for the Sunday Mail newspaper, kept up appearances on Brisbane radio for more than 20 years, gained a huge reputation as a pioneer Brisbane foodie, worked as a marketing consultant for hospitality venues (including my then new The Melbourne Hotel in 1975) – all the while thinking up a new idea that would take Brisbane by storm. A favourite quote of Jan’s: “The nicest thing you can do for your friend is to cook dinner for them. Sharing food is more interesting than sharing beds and the most interesting part of your life is the choosing of your kitchen table. You can talk to friends over the table; put food on the table; write your plans on the table.” After the New Farm Powerhouse Farmers Markets every second Saturday came other venues but a favourite is the weekly Wednesday Queen Street Markets, in front of the Treasury Casino, off George Street. “It’s a massive timing of traffic operation,” Jan said. “The farmers arrive with their current crop to set up by 7am and must be departing by 7pm. Again, this is real theatre watching all this.” According to Jan Power, the modern term “age-ism” has to be smartened up and there has to be more respect for our tribal elders; but it doesn’t exist in the “theatre” that is the Wednesday Markets: “You should see these people interact. I watch other people walk around my markets. It’s like watching

villagenews actors. I might see a girl in amazingly high heels stumbling around – why would she wear them? It’s like a cocktail party without the grog. They have a great time meeting and greeting each other. “There are a couple of ladies who get really dressed up to go to the markets, wearing hats and gloves – some of them seem straight out of the 1950s. A quaint one, these Wednesday markets. “You know, we must be the only capital city that does not have a really grand Food Hall. What happened to the smaller ones we’ve had: in DJs, Myer, McWhirters and, in the 1950s, we had Finneys? There are now 22,000 people who live in the actual CBD, the interior city. Where do they go to get their milk? “Some, like my aged aunt, catch the ferry to North Quay, under the bridge there, come to the markets to meet their old cronies. They all have something in common to chat about. Then they get back in the ferries to go home, having had a fabulous day out. “Farmers lead an isolated life. They’re out ploughing and fencing, planting and reaping so they arrive here and enjoy having a chat with city folk who are genuinely pleased to see them. They all have their regulars. Here, they have an audience. It’s brightened up their lives. In fact, it’s brightened up their shirts. They are doing well this year after the earlier rains and they look good in their denims, their big hats, their buckled belts. “ ‘Where are you from mate?’ they get asked. ‘Have you got any pictures of your farm?’ So some farmers now bring in their photos of their farms. Some now do farm tours for their customers. They might have a big poster at their booth stating: ‘If you’d like to see my farm, book in here. Morning tea provided with home-cooked scones.’ The customers love these tours, particularly when the animals are beginning to foal – is that in the Spring?” Any young person fortunate enough to enjoy such a conversation as this with this eminent “tribal elder” would learn much about life and how to fulfil aspirations. I am sure, that if John Bergin, grazier, Olympic marksman and successful entrepreneur is his daughter Jan’s guiding light, then he must be very proud of his equally famous daughter.

Pet Profile: Alice a show stealer on Ekka catwalk By Darryl Whitecross ANIMALS are synonymous with the Ekka – from the massive beasts in the cattle pavilion, to the prim and proper entrants in the equestrian arena, to the pampered pooches in the dog shows. It was a sign of the times a few years back to see a fish in a bowl being marched around as part of the grand parade on People’s Day in the main showground. At this year’s launch for the Ekka, the media and sponsors were given a sneak peek at what they could expect at the traditional event and it was the animals that stole the show from the black-and-white kid held by RNA president David Thomas for Olympic Games gold medallist Tatiana Grigorieva to drape ribbons over to launch the show to a little dog named Alice. Along with the Ten Tenors, the Crackup Sisters, the death defying mini-bike stunts and the official speeches were the models of the wool and cotton fashion parades – and Alice was right at home among them, all the while keeping a watchful eye on her owner in the crowd as he snapped photographs. Matt Sticher took Alice along to the launch and she stole the show with her gorgeous eyes and silky smooth grey coat – a perfect match for Kate Dillewaard and the outfit she modelled from Brisbane-based label Alexis Dawn. This month, Matt has taken the time to reveal more about Alice and how she fits into his life: What is your dog’s name? Alice What breed is Alice? Pure bred cocker spaniel What made you choose that breed? I have owned cocker spaniels since I was 11 years old and just love their waggy tails and loving loyal nature Is Alice an inside dog? Yes. She sleeps on the bed How old is your dog? Eight years old How long have you had Alice? Six years Where did you get Alice from? A show kennel in Cooma, New South

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Alice shows poise and grace on catwalk Wales What sort of personality does Alice have? Merry, loving, gentle, playful What activities do you do together? Walks, car rides, dog shows Can your dog do any tricks? She can play dead on her back for up to 30 minutes and can catch tossed dog treats into her mouth What’s the naughtiest thing Alice has ever done? She loves her food and has eaten her way into bags of dog food and pulled down rubbish bins Have you always been a dog person or are you a cat person, too? I love my cats too. I have a male ginger cat called Strayer If you could compare your dog to a celebrity, who would that be and why? I would say Elle Macpherson for her superstar looks If your dog could speak, what would it say about you? This is the guy who spoils me with treats How did your dog get to be part of the Ekka launch and how did it go during the show? A friend of mine was organising some dogs to participate and I knew Alice would be good in a crowd of people and loud music. Alice won first place in her class and reserve challenge.

Alice with model Kate Dillewaar at the Ekka launch What would you tell anyone else considering owning your breed of dog? That they make a great family dog and will give you many happy years of enjoyment if raised, trained and bought from a reputable breeder that breeds for sound temperaments What else can you tell us about Alice? That she has just been awarded the title in August of Supreme Champion and she spends her days sleeping in the sun and greeting all the customers at Manunga Meadows Boarding Kennels in her spare time

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BUILDINGS and structures around Brisbane, including the Story Bridge, are to be drenched in pink again next month as part of Pink Ribbon month to raise breast cancer awareness. They are to be among several other monuments and landmarks in cities around the world to be light up as part of the campaign. Following the success of last year’s sell out event, the annual Global Illumination night in Brisbane has been moved to a larger venue – the Victoria Park Golf Complex. Organiser Danielle Fox said Global Illumination had changed from originally being a cocktail event into a sit down, three-course Gala dinner. The dress code is black tie with a splash of pink. “There’s going to be beer, wine, plus lots of entertainment including the Swinging Martinis and a string quartet,” Danielle said. “We have sold out for the past three years and this year we will hopefully do it again. “It is a fantastic event with great entertainment, raffles and auctions. 100 percent of the money raised goes to fund breast cancer research,” she said. For the third year running, television presenter Liz Cantor is to MC the night. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer among women in Australia. Statistics show

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