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Mobile Phone users may not be able to call triple 0 (are you affected)

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Mobile phone users in three Brisbane suburbs may be unable to contact triple-0 for weeks as upgrades to a local shopping centre will cut power to telecommunications infrastructure.

Telstra customers across three suburbs in Brisbane's north will not be able to call, text, or use data at times over the next two months, as shopping centre upgrades affect all networks.

Telstra texted customers in Gaythorne, Mitchelton and Everton Park last week warning of network disruptions between January 30 and March 7.

Meanwhile, Vodafone and Optus customers can expect slower data speeds and reduced reception at times, but not complete blackouts like Telstra phones.mobile phone reception cuts

Photo: Henry Zwartz

The Brisbane suburbs which will experience mobile signal disruptions have a combined population of more than 20,000 people.

 

Mitchelton's Brookside Shopping Centre will be upgrading a cooling tower on top of the building from Tuesday until March 7, which will mean all phone providers with towers on the shopping centre's roof, will have to cut off their signal as well.

A Telstra spokeswoman said on Monday that customers in Gaythorne, Mitchelton and Everton Park would lose reception at times while the repairs were underway.

But the spokeswoman said the phone provider had taken necessary steps to minimise the impact on customers in the affected areas.

"We have numerous base stations around the area which will take over ... so that the impact should be minimal," she told ABC Radio Brisbane.

In separate statements, Optus and Vodafone said other sites in the area would provide overlapping coverage during the upgrade works.

"Optus has made changes to nearby sites to ensure they are best positioned to handle the additional traffic," an Optus spokeswoman said.

"Vodafone operates from several other sites in the Mitchelton and surrounding area which will provide overlapping coverage during the works," a Vodafone spokeswoman said.

In the event of an emergency, Telstra phones that can't pick up a signal will switch to another provider's network in order to call triple zero.

According to a statement on the Telstra website, the disruptions to mobile services were expected to occur from Monday to Friday 6am-6pm but not weekends.

The Telstra spokeswoman said a temporary Cell on Wheels will be sent to Mitchelton and payphones in the affected areas would be available to use free-of-charge during the next two months.

She added some customers will be able to receive and make calls using the internet through Telstra Wi-Fi Calling.

More than 20,000 residents live in the affected suburbs, according to the 2016 Census.

Gaythorne mobile users will be affected from Tuesday until February 9, Mitchelton will experience patchy coverage from February 12-22 and Everton Park customers can expect disruptions from February 23 to March 7.

We would like to know what you think about this situation.  Please let us know below.

 

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Don’t Sell Your Home in 2018 (UNTIL You Read This!)

Don't Sell Your Home in 2018 (UNTIL You Read This!)

Don't Sell Your Home in 2018

2018 is here! For anyone who is considering selling their home in 2018, we are going to dive into a great list of tips that will help your home sell fast and for the highest price possible.

One of the first things you should do is discuss in detail your options with whoever is involved in the selling of the home. Look at the homes for sale in your neighbourhood to give you a rough idea of the anticipated sales price. A lot of locals are shocked at the value of their home in Everton Park and surrounding suburbs thanks to the high level of demand and low stock levels.

Don't Sell Your Home in 2018 (UNTIL You Read This!)

10 Steps to Selling Your Home in 2018

Make Sure You're Ready to Sell

Many people begin to consider selling long in advance of actually putting a for sale sign in their yard. If you're considering selling, it doesn't hurt to start familiarizing yourself with the process by doing research. That being said, don’t put your home on the market until you are 100% ready and committed to selling. Take your time to get prepared!

The listing price for your home is going to determine if it sells. The correct amount is one that the market decides, not one that the seller decides themselves. Your Madeleine Hicks Real Estate agent will review the comparable sales and together you will determine an appropriate selling price for your property!

Knowing you are 100% ready to sell is one of the most important parts of selling your home. If you're considering selling it doesn't hurt to start growing familiar with the process. Many people begin to consider selling long in advance of actually putting a for sale sign in their yard.

Many people don't have a choice. Selling their home is a necessity commonly because they've already purchased another home, are being relocated to work in a new area and sometimes dramatic life-changing events.

Sometimes selling your home isn't so black and white. Sometimes you sell as a part of a growing family or an investment opportunity. Maybe you want to liquidate your assets and move your investments around. Either way, you don't want to sell your home without making sure you are ready and have discussed the options.

Interview Local Real Estate Agents to Help Prepare

Preparation is key to getting your home sold in 2018.

Maintaining a spotless and presentation-ready home for any last minute showings is crucial because it could be the deciding factor in a purchase. A buyer that walks into a home that is messy will walk right back out without having a second thought. Buyers are driven by their ability to picture themselves living in the home that they are being shown. If your house isn’t prepared or appealing, they won’t feel the comfort that is required for them to purchase. Real Estate agents with experience can do a tremendous job of assisting you preparing your home for a sale. They will make many recommendations and offer advice on how you can keep your home clean and charming.

It starts with curb appeal. Before potential buyers even step inside the house, they will have a front view of the property as they are pulling into the driveway. In this moment, the buyer begins to judge whether or not they are interested in looking inside. As soon as they get out of their car, you want their first thought to be, “Wow this home is beautiful.” In order to get them excited to see the home, you need to maintain an appealing yard. Be sure to have healthy mown grass in the summer, and tidy well kept bushes in the winter.

Next, make sure that the inside is swept, vacuumed, dusted, mopped, etc. When your home is sparkling and spotless, the potential buyers are more likely to leave with positive thoughts. If you can maintain a clean home throughout the selling process, you will have a much higher chance of selling.

Once you've discussed the idea of selling your home in greater detail and everyone involved is in agreement, you'll likely want to begin interviewing local Real Estate Agents. We pride ourselves on having some of the best real estate agents in Everton Park and surrounds! This will help you understand some things you can do before you list your home that may help increase your return on the sale. There are a lot of great Listing Agents out there and some that are not so good as well, so you will want to find one that you can work well with.

One of the best things you can do as a Seller is put yourself in the buyer's shoes. What made you want to buy the home? Would you buy your own home?

Your Real Estate agent will be able to see your home through the eyes of a potential buyer. Most sellers have grown emotionally attached to their home and they may have a differing opinion as to how valuable their home is compared to potential buyers... Sometimes it's worth more, sometimes it's worth, less. The only way to truly determine is to let the market decide!

Improve the Home

Selling your home in 2018 is going to give you a great opportunity to make a great return on your investment.

When it comes to selling your home, you want to get the most profit back possible. Repairing or upgrading different details of your home is very beneficial for your return on investment. If your home is worn down, it would be wise to pay for improvements because the home would be placed at a much higher value with these renovations. To start, check the landscaping around your home. Does your house have a positive curb appeal and look beautiful from out front? If not, it might be time to plant some fresh grass seeds or have a professional landscaper come by to make improvements.

You may also want to remodel the bathroom or the kitchen. These two rooms are very important because many people search for a beautiful kitchen and a gorgeous master bathroom when determining which home to buy. Find out what designs would look best in your setting and make the improvements! For the bathroom, this could be new flooring tiles, polishing the bathtub/shower, and remodeling the sink. For the kitchen, you could start by upgrading the countertops to a finish that is more modern, such as granite or marble.

There are other rooms you should also look at and see if they need any improvements as well. Whether it is a room inside or even adding a patio or deck, you will want to choose renovations that will be well worth the investment. Getting a good listing agent can help you find any red flags and help prepare your home for when it is time to hit the market. All of these additions and improvements will make your house stand out and be more likely to sell when competing against other homes. In addition to this, these renovations will tremendously increase the value of your home, giving you a more profitable return on investment.

Determine the RIGHT Listing Price

Determining the best listing price for your home can be a stressful part of the selling process. Since we tend to grow emotional attachments, everyone believes that the home they have lived in is worth more than it really is. However, any good real estate agent will tell you that it is not the seller who determines the price of the home, it is the market. To get a better idea of what your home would be valued at, research what price homes in your surrounding neighborhood have been sold for.

If you list your property in the spring and summer months, you will experience more buyers searching for a home. Since the demand to purchase would be high, you would have the option to test the market for a few prices. If your first listing price doesn’t draw in buyers, you can decrease the amount and repeat this process until you have a sale! If you’re selling during the winter month, usually you would have less leverage to test the market since there are fewer buyers during these months. At this time, you should list your property at a value that similar homes are selling for so that your home isn’t overlooked by buyers for being overpriced.

Real estate agents assist in determining the best pricing point. Their expertise will guide you through the process and they will find other homes that you can compare yours to. After analyzing a few comparisons, the value of your home should be more clear. As long as you don’t let your emotional attachment get in the way of deciding a price, you will be all set and ready to sell your home!

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Getting your home out on the market for everyone to see will attract a much larger crowd. Since professional real estate agents have access to a greater network than non-agents, they can get your home sold faster than if you were to sell it yourself (for sale by owner).  Listing your home on the MLS will increase your chances of getting potential buyers to see that your home is active. Your real estate agent will also do marketing on their own to make more buyers aware of your listing. For example, they may use billboards, their own website, open houses, flyers, direct mail marketing, and their network with other real estate agent to promote your home. When you have a listing agent, they are extremely determined to help you sell.

Using pictures is another effective way to draw interest in your home. We love to show off your property with images and videos. After capturing all of the rooms, we put the media online and potential buyers can take their own virtual tour of your house. This way, your home is being exposed to numerous people not only who are checking out homes on MLS, but also people who are on the edge of buying in general. This can motivate them to buy and set up a showing for your house if they like what they see.

Have the RIGHT Selling Strategy

There are plenty of different strategies that work for selling homes. For example,  depersonalizing your home, decluttering it to make it look bigger, and letting in more light by opening up blinds and shades are all effective selling strategies. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes, what is it that they want to get out of taking their time to see your home? They want to walk into a clean home and need to be able to envision themselves living in it one day. Depersonalizing your home is a nuisance but it will help your chances of selling. You can do this by taking out family pictures and replacing them with neutral pieces of artwork. This makes it easier for the buyers to imagine putting up their own family pictures if they purchase the home.

Another selling strategy is removing any pets for showings. Whether you have a dog, cat, bird, hamster or something more exotic, take them out of the home for the day since not every potential buyer will be an animal lover. Be sure to clean up any water bowls, toys, litter boxes, hamster wheels and fur because buyers don’t want to walk out covered in hair. By removing the animals, you also create a safer environment for cleaning supplies and air fresheners to make your home even more appealing.

Let your home shine! Getting as much natural light in through the windows is a smart move to show just how ‘alive’ your home looks. A buyer that walks into a dark home in the middle of the day can leave unsatisfied, without a desire to purchase that property. Natural light makes a home look much nicer and more pleasant. When you have time, walk around the house and determine what is causing light to be blocked from entering the windows. If bushes are causing the unwanted darkness,  cut them down.

Negotiate Professionally, NOT Emotionally

Negotiating can get tricky at times because you have to be careful when it comes to receiving offers from buyers. It is important to not let your emotions take control when you are looking for an offer or if you are making a counteroffer. Remember to always stay professional when you are negotiating, as this would give you the upper hand. Your Madeleine Hicks Real Estate agent will help make sure that you aren’t letting your emotions get the better of you. At the end of the day, you, the buyers and the agents involved are all working toward the same goal:  To sell your house!

When you receive an offer, do not respond right away. Instead, take your time looking it over and review your options. If you are in a multiple offer situation, you will be less stressed out since you have fallback options. When there is only one offeror, that’s when things tend to get hectic. As the seller, you may begin to get unmotivated and worry that you aren’t going to get the best deal. Take a deep breath and take your time looking for the offer to think over your options. Before sending an offer, be sure to debate the pros and cons of making that deal to make sure that it is a smart move.

Let the Buyers Feel As Though They Won

If a potential buyer isn’t constantly showing excitement for the purchase, they may back out at any time. By ensuring that your buyers feel that they are getting a deal of a lifetime, they will remain interested throughout the whole process. As the seller, show that you are excited for them to take this new step!

When it comes to negotiating, it is always important that you make the buyers feel as if they won. When they think that they have received the best deal, they will accept it and the both of you will be heading for a settlement. Similar to negotiating professionally and not emotionally, it is also important that you negotiate strategically. Let the buyers gain as much ground as you think they will need in order to feel like they are getting the better end of the deal. When they are satisfied with the deal in front of them, they will accept it and you both will finally close!

Prepare for your Move-out

Now that you are settling,  all of the stressful steps of selling your home are over and you can let the transactions run their course. Keep in mind that after all of the signing and initiating, you still need to move your belongings out of the house before you are completely finished. Anything that you do not convey with the title will have to go. This may include the refrigerator, the washer and dryer, and anything you specifically jotted down and disclosed to the buyer that would be coming to you after you sold.

Sellers who have already relocated usually have their home completely move-in ready for the buyers throughout the process. This is when a house is entirely empty and vacant when potential buyers are walking through it. If you are a seller that still lives in the home and have not yet relocated, be sure to get pre-approved to purchase a new home ASAP.  You don’t want to be left out in the cold because you don’t qualify for the home you were planning on purchasing. Make sure that you are financially ready to move out so buyers can move in.

Any garbage that is left in the house while moving out must be removed and thrown. Don’t be those sellers who make your buyers clean up your messes for you. Gather your belongings to pack them so that you are ready to move to your new home. If you have many items that you don’t want to keep, two helpful options can be a garage-sale or selling on Gumtree or eBay. By doing this, you are cleaning out the house and making, even more, money at the same time.

Whether you still live in the home or you have already relocated, always remember to leave the utilities on until after the home is settled!

Close and Congrats!

You’ve made it! You have followed all of the steps listed above and you’re finally ready for the last one! The offers are on the table and you have accepted the most appealing one! Congratulations, you now get to move on to closing!  If the buyer’s lawyer and agent approve all paperwork and the bank approves the transactions, there’s nothing much more to worry about. It is a long process for most, and even more, a stressful one. But you did it! Congratulations on officially selling a home!

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Enoggera Reservoir (have you visited yet?)

enoggera reservoir recreation

enoggera reservoir activitiesIn 1976, the concrete spillway was added and the embankment raised for flood mitigation. Enoggera has a two level spillway. The lower level has two rectangular culverts that tunnel under the concrete crest. When the full supply level is reached, water flows through the culverts and out of the dam. The upper spillway has a concrete ogee crest.During major floods, water will also flow over the upper spillway.

Although Enoggera Reservoir is not currently used for water supply in South East Queensland, it could supply drinking water during drought and is also a unique and much loved recreation destination in the heart of Brisbane.

It is an un-gated dam, meaning that when it reaches 100 per cent capacity, water flows over the spillway and safely out of the dam. If you would like to be notified when Enoggera Dam begins to spill, please sign up to our free dam release notification service.

Enoggera Reservoir celebrated its 150th year anniversary in 2016. Download a copy of A celebration of Enoggera Reservoir

For residents living downstream of Enoggera Dam, click here to read more about how the dam has been designed and constructed, what Seqwater does to manage the dam and how the dam performed during the heavy rainfall associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.

enoggera reservoirRecreation

Mountain biking is permitted at Enoggera Reservoir, with trails linking to the national park tracks. There are also walking tracks that link to the national park in the surrounding forest.

As a result of our Recreation Review, a designated swimming area and paddle craft launch point are available at the reservoir. The new facilities can be accessed via the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre at 60 Mount Nebo Road, The Gap.

Read the Enoggera Reservoir Recreation Guide* for more information.

 

Key facts

Name:Enoggera Dam
Watercourse:Enoggera Creek
Location:The Gap
Catchment area:33.0km 2
Length of dam wall:380.0m
Lake surface area:75.0ha
Year completed:1866. Upgraded in 1976.
Type of construction:Concrete & rock-face earth & rockfill dam
Full supply waterline:74.3mAHD (above sea level)
Fully supply capacity:4567ML
Current capacity:4,577 (100.2% full) at 16-01-2018 2:56am
Spillway level:80.4mAHD
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Village Buzz Christmas Lights 2017

36-Sugarloaf-St-Wavell-Heights

Finding the best Christmas Lights in Brisbane all depends on where you live, how much time you have and often how old your kids are.  The kids are the best at finding them.

At Village Buzz we are trying to make it easy for you, simply download the map to your phone and you will be on your way

You can use the map at the bottom of the page to find lights near you or use the list below (the map is easier) – we have kept things fluid as we will be updating if you let us know about any other good ones.

 

 

9 Blackwood Ave Mitchelton
10 Longreef Ct Albany Creek
36 Sugarloaf St Wavell Heights
146 Maundrell Terrace Chermside West
123 Dorrington Dr Ashgrove
30 High St Ashgrove
115 Horn Rd Aspley
1/123 Samford Rd Enoggera
12 Bowers Rd S Everton Hills
7 Greenfern Pl Ferny Grove
48 Daisy St Grange
 19 & 16 Barokee St Stafford
27 Minimine St Stafford
7 Minimine St Stafford
34 Ashley Rd Chermside West
146 Maundrell Tce Chermside West
36 Sugarloaf St Wavell Heights
16 Kosta Pl Albany Creek
8 Calhoun St McDowall
6 Calhoun St, McDowall
2 Coleridge St, Stafford Heights
2 Pimelea St, Everton Hills
16 Kambala St, Everton Park
 Please let us know in the comments if you can find any that are not on this list.
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Are you sitting on a Splitter Gold Mine?

Splitter blocks brisbane

Splitter blocks are once again becoming popular as investors try to get the most bang out of their buck or you may be already sitting on a goldmine if your existing property can be split.

 

The term splitter block applies to properties where: there are two or more lots on one title.

A recent example was a Fallon Street, property at Everton Park.  It was a 1225 square-metre block, already on two titles but with the option to reconfigure to three titles, it created a frenzy when it was listed.

The listing agent said, "It went nuts. I can’t give you an exact sale price as it’s not unconditional yet, but I can tell you it went for over $1 million,” he says.

The inner city Brisbane suburbs such as Newmarket, Wavell Heights, Nundah, Virginia, Bald Hills, Deagon, Sandgate, Banyo, Boondall, Northgate, Mitchelton, Enoggera have been popular spitter block locations over the last decade.

These inner city suburbs in Brisbane typically are lots of 10m by 40m or 405sqm so if your property is 809 or higher you may find it is already split into two lots and you don’t have to worry about spending money on subdivision approvals or waiting for the approvals to be processed.

There is a downside like the need to demolish or move an existing house and in some cases the house may be heritage listed or in a demolition controlled zone.

As soon the lot has been split into the two titles the site is cleared and two new houses can start construction.

Splitters are where investors take advantage of old town planning methods. In the 60?s and 70?s around Australia, most residential blocks were subdivided at a ¼ acre or 1000m2. Today Local, State and Federal  Governments all know the value of a more dense population. Governments save billions of dollars in infrastructure by encouraging the community to live closer together. They even encourage the development of smaller blocks of land today that are in some cases less than 250m2.

When developing splitter blocks in Brisbane there is a lot of things you need to consider:

Below is the process we go through to determine if the project is viable when splitting a block for development.

To determine the costings of a splitter block you need to look at:

  • Cost of the site
  • Demolition approval
  • Demolition costs
  • Services (Server and water)
  • Location of services on the block
  • Other associated development costs
  • Transfer and legal costs
  • Subdivision costs (e.g. civil design, town planning, public notices, council fees and any council contributions).
  • Building construction costs
  • Associated site costs (Leveling and retaining)
  • Marketing on finished products

If all the figures add up to a profitable project….an educated decision can be made.

After identifying the block could be suitable as a splitter block, we check:

  • The demolition control Precinct (DCP) if the house is built pre 1946
  • if the block is on the flood map or any overland flow issues.
  • Dimensions of the block and if it is suitable for sub division into a splitter block

and then run through the costing of the project.

Do you have any questions about splitter blocks and or sub division in Brisbane or surrounding areas? Don't hesitate to call our the team at Madeleine Hicks Real Estate who know all about the best areas to acquire splitter blocks in our area.

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Suncorp blacklists your suburb!

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Big banks are set to announce tougher measures to crack down on high rise apartment purchases including blacklisting more than 100 Brisbane suburbs, doubling the minimum apartment size to qualify for funding, evidence of rental cash flows and tough new valuation criteria.

Lenders such as Adelaide Bank are introducing "minimum funding requirements" requiring apartments to have their own bathrooms, kitchens, laundries, and windows in key rooms, such as bedrooms and lounge rooms.

Others, such as Suncorp Bank, the nation's fifth largest mortgage lender, are circulating a list of 39 Brisbane postcodes covering more than 100 city and metropolitan suburbs where the new lending restrictions will apply from next Monday.

"Our settings have been adjusted for postcodes based on recent weakness in the investment unit market in Brisbane, with evidence of a reduction in prices," a Suncorp Bank spokesman said.

suncorp restricts lending to local suburbs

McDowall and Everton Parks No 1 rated real estate agent Madeleine Hicks said "suburbs like McDowall, Stafford, and Everton Park, are really a victim of what has been happening in neighboring suburbs Chermside and Nundah.  A lot of units have been built in those suburbs and we are paying the price"

 

"Whilst there has been some unit development in our main suburbs it has been nothing compared to our neighbors," said Hicks.

Nervous lenders are turning the screws on apartment buyers amid growing concerns about over-supply, falling prices, restrictions on foreign buyers and potential risk from combustible cladding widely used on high rise apartment exteriors.

For example, new apartment sales in the Queensland capital have reportedly collapsed by more than 70 percent in a year, prompting desperate developers to offer lucrative incentives to attract buyers.

Developers, such as Consolidated Properties, claim Brisbane has been cruelled by restrictions on financing set up to ease speculative buying in Melbourne and Sydney.

Other developers, such as ForceOne Development, have been using incentives like a free Toyota Yaris to encourage apartment sales.

AdelaideBank, a division of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, will today (Wed) announce stricter controls on apartment lending that include bigger sizes, better design, identifiable cash flows for investor/lands and more stringent calculations of a borrowers' capacity to repay.

 On the Plus side

"Now presents a great opportunity for cashed-up investors to get into the growing Brisbane market and take advantage of bargains that exist.  We know that the population in Brisbane will continue to increase and that will mean there will always be strong demand for homes in the inner suburbs," said Madeleine Hicks

In fact, Ms. Hicks called for "greater investment in infrastructure in the Stafford, McDowall and Everton Park suburbs to better reflect the increase in population that is moving into these suburbs.  This only seems fair as the Council is collecting greater revenues but not spending the money here."

The Minimum requirements for high-density apartments to obtain funding include windows in bedrooms and living rooms, separate bathrooms, and their own laundries and kitchens. High-density apartments are complexes of more than 50 units or five stories.

Minimum sizes for two bedroom apartments have been doubled to 60 square meters and timeframes for off-the-plan valuations have been reduced from six to three months to "better the risk" and "align acceptance of applications and valuers' professional indemnity cover".

Last month Australia and New Zealand Bank also issued a blacklist imposing tougher terms requiring borrowers to have a 20 percent deposit.

The value of apartments has fallen by about 1 percent in Brisbane during the past 12 months, according to SQM Research, which monitors property prices.

Several recent reports by independent consultants have warned demand will be exceeded by the estimated supply of new apartments in Brisbane, which will add to downward pressure on prices.

There is also growing investor concern about the outcome of current investigations into the widespread use of inflammable cladding on apartments, particularly who will be liable for its replacement.

 Under Suncorp's new rules, it will no longer accept investment loan applications for apartments that do not have a minimum deposit of at least 20 percent.

What do you think are the banks right to restrict lending in certain suburbs only?

Source Brisbane Investor

National servicemen branch meeting

Members of 8 platoon, C Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, in the battalion lines at Enoggera, Queensland, prior to deployment to Vietnam in May 1966

Calling all Nashos

By Dave Livett

The Brisbane North West branch of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Queensland) meets at Gaythorne RSL on the third Sunday of every month at 10.15. Meetings will be held on October 15, November 19, December 17. Visitors and new members are welcome.

Membership of the association is open to former Australian nashos who served in the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973 and wives and widows thereof. Conscripts who served countries other than Australia are welcome as associate members.

For advice about the benefits of joining the association or to apply for the two medals available to Australian nashos, phone 3324 1277, email officeadmin@nashoqld.org.au or write to Box 7014 Holland Park East Qld 4121. For further information about Brisbane North West Branch, phone Dave on 3366 3191.

 

Story by Allan Jackson

 

The Enoggera Historical Society

Here at Village Buzz we’re interested in the history of our area and we decided it would be a good idea to visit local historical societies to learn more. Putting the thought into action, I went along one Thursday morning recently to Enoggera Memorial Hall where I met Dave Livett who is president of the Enoggera Historical Society.

The society was formed in 1994 at the instigation of Kate Perry, an English migrant, to preserve the history of the area including Upper Kedron, Gaythorne, Ferny Hills, Enoggera, Alderley and Newmarket. This is more or less the area covered by the former Enoggera Shire which was absorbed into Brisbane in 1925.

The society has 85 members and collects historical photos and manuscripts relating to the area. Its archive is located in the Enoggera Memorial Hall, parts of which date back to World War I.

The archive is open every Thursday from 9 AM to 1:30 PM (at other times by arrangement) and researchers or members of the public are welcome to come along to browse through the available material.

Dave explained that the society depends on local people to provide photographs and documents which are copied and handed back. The collection of material is not fully digitised as yet but the process has begun and will hopefully move into top gear soon with the support of the Brisbane City Council.

The society has a number of publications on sale at a nominal charge at the Memorial Hall including the Enoggera District Heritage Trail, The Michie Picture Show, Between Kedron Brook and Taylor Range and Davidson's Paddock Heritage Trail.

The society also plays an active role in giving presentations on local history to schools and other groups. They are very interested in gaining new members and particularly anyone with the skill and confidence to help with this important service to the community.

I learned many interesting facts during my visit and while browsing through some of the society’s publications which were lent to me.

 

Did you know?

 

  • There has been a military presence in the Enoggera area since the mid-1880s and that a contingent of troops left from here to fight in the Sudan.
  • The railway reached Enoggera in 1899 and was extended to Rifle Range Station, now known as Gaythorne Station, in 1916.
  • Enoggera Barracks, later renamed Gallipoli Barracks, dates back to 1916.
  • Horses for the military were accommodated in the region of Mitchelton Park during World War I.
  • Gas street lighting began in Brisbane in 1865 and there was apparently a gas light in South Pine Road opposite Enoggera State School and one on the corner of Pickering Street and Samford Road. Gas lights in the city were replaced by electricity from around 1925.
  • There was not only a large presence of Australian and US troops at Enoggera during World War II but also a number of camps spread along the railway line housing enemy aliens who had been interned for the duration and Italian, German and Japanese prisoners of war.
  • There was once a picture theatre in Mitchelton adjacent to where the Mitchelton Sportsground is today. It was established in 1916 by the Nugent family and ran more or less continuously through both wars and the great depression. It also boasted one of the finest dance floors in Brisbane and was a centre of the community for many years. Proprietors of picture theatres were immune from call up during World War II but a portion of every ticket sold in the theatres went to support the war effort. The theatre closed soon after the beginning of TV broadcasts in Brisbane in 1959 and was converted into a roller skating rink which lasted until the mid-1980s. The building is still there in Osborne Street and currently houses Pet Barn.Village Buzz Enoggera Historical Society

 

    Story by Allan Jackson