Tarragindi Residents: Declutter Responsibly with Kerbside Collection

Tired of that old couch hogging space in your living room? Kerbside collection comes to the rescue in Tarragindi!

Here’s how it works:

Schedule: For Tarragindi and neighbouring suburbs like Nathan and Salisbury, kerbside collection will run on the 20th of May 2024.

Reminders: Download the Council’s Brisbane Bin and Recycling app for free reminders and push notifications.

Preparation: Check the Council’s website to see what qualifies for kerbside collection and explore alternative options for usable items.

Collection Day: Place accepted items on the kerbside in front of your property by 6:00 a.m. on the first day of the collection period.

Think Twice Before You Toss:

The Council encourages residents to donate usable items to friends, family, charities, or reuse organisations like GIVIT or Charitable Recycling Australia. The Endeavour Foundation runs Brisbane’s Treasure Troves, which also accepts donations in good condition.

Acceptable: bathtubs, bicycles, carpets, electronics (minus batteries!), furniture, appliances, mattresses, small appliances, and wood under 1.5 metres.

Unacceptable: hazardous materials, garden waste, construction debris, car parts, liquids, batteries (dispose of them at Council’s resource recovery centres!), and large piles exceeding two cubic metres.

Important Tips:

  • Ensure easy and safe lifting for collection crews by keeping items manageable.
  • Remove the refrigerator and cupboard doors for easier handling.
  • Secure items during bad weather forecasts.

The council won’t collect unacceptable items left on the kerb, and illegal dumping fines may apply.

By utilising the kerbside collection service responsibly, Tarragindi residents can declutter their homes and contribute to a more sustainable environment.

Published Date 07-May-2024

Honouring Passchendaele: The Legacy of a Tarragindi Street Named for Battle and Bravery

Passchendaele Street in Tarragindi is named to commemorate the Third Battle of Ypres, often referred to as the Battle of Passchendaele, serving as a reminder of the significant Australian involvement and the devastating losses they suffered in one of the war’s most brutal battles of World War I.

Detailed Battle Accounts

The Battle of Passchendaele, officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres, took place in the Ypres Salient area of the Western Front, near the town of Passchendaele (modern Passendale), Belgium. Australian troops faced not only the entrenched German defences but also the horrendous conditions of mud and rain, which turned the battlefield into a marshland, impeding movement and contributing to the high casualty rates. 

Photo Credit: Australian War Memorial

Key dates during this prolonged battle include:

31 July 1917: The battle begins with initial British attacks.

September 1917: Australian forces join the battle, achieving critical gains at Menin Road and Polygon Wood.

4 October 1917: Australians capture Broodseinde Ridge, marking a significant but costly victory.

12 October 1917: The first major attempt to capture Passchendaele village resulted in heavy Australian and New Zealand casualties. About 6,405 Australians were killed in action or dying of wounds in less than a month near Ypres. Additionally, a further 19,194 were wounded.

26 October to 10 November 1917: The battle’s final phase involved further Australian support, but primary efforts transitioned to Canadian forces who captured Passchendaele on 6 November 1917.

This battle was part of a series of battles in this region, characterised by its strategic importance due to the elevated ridge that offered the occupier significant tactical advantages.

Heroism in the Face of Adversity

On the sombre morning of 12 October 1917, Captain Clarence Jeffries demonstrated extraordinary leadership and courage under dire conditions. Before the assault, the battlefield’s transformation into a muddy marsh posed severe challenges. Jeffries, commanding B Company, took proactive steps with Captain T.G. Gilder to locate the battalion’s starting line, ensuring their unit was correctly positioned for the attack despite the obliterated direction tapes.

As the attack commenced under a British artillery barrage, Jeffries and his men faced intense machine gun fire from German strong points, particularly around Hilside Farm. The German defences included fortified pillboxes and entrenched positions, significantly hindering the Australian advance. 

Captain Clarence Jeffries
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Displaying quick thinking and bravery, Jeffries organised a small bombing party to outflank and capture these enemy positions. His group succeeded in taking control of multiple machine guns and capturing several prisoners, briefly reviving the Australian advance.

However, the German resistance was fierce, and as Jeffries attempted to push towards further objectives, he was mortally wounded by machine gun fire during a bold maneuver to neutralise another enemy position. His actions, though costly, marked a significant moment in the battle, showcasing the determination and sacrifice of the Australian forces. 

Jeffries’ leadership paved the way for temporary gains and exemplified the spirit of the Australian soldiers who fought at Passchendaele.

Despite their efforts, the Australian units faced overwhelming odds, and the intense enemy fire forced them to retreat, leaving behind many wounded and fallen soldiers, including Jeffries. 

Photo Credit: Australian War Memorial

His bravery at Passchendaele was later recognised with a posthumous Victoria Cross, commemorating his bravery and leadership in one of the most challenging battles of the First World War.

Cultural and Memorial Impact

The battles at Passchendaele left a profound impact on Australian military history and are memorialised in various forms, including street names like that in Tarragindi. This serves as a perpetual memory of the sacrifices made by the Australians, illustrating the deep connections between local landscapes and global history.

Passchendaele St Tarragindi
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Published 28-April-2024

Heartwarming Mothers Day Markets in Tarragindi

As Mother’s Day approaches, the community of Tarragindi is gearing up for a celebration that goes beyond mere tradition – the Tarragindi Mother’s Day Markets.

This annual event, which will be held on May 4th, 2024 at Wellers Hills Bowl Club, has become a symbol of community spirit and creativity. It’s also a great place to honour and enjoy the amazing women in our lives.

The Tarragindi Mother’s Day Markets have been an important part of the community’s calendar for years, and people from nearby neighbourhoods look forward to them every year. As a heartfelt tribute to mothers, grandmothers, and all other maternal figures, this beloved custom shows appreciation for their unwavering love, devotion, and sacrifices.

Photo Credit: Facebook/ Mothers Day Market 2022

A Showcase of Local Talent and Creativity

The event focus on creative and talented people from the area. From jewellery made by hand to chocolates made by hand, each stall shows a different side of the creative scene in Tarragindi and the nearby places. People can find one-of-a-kind gifts here that not only honour mums but also help local artists and companies.

Photo Credit: Facebook/ Mothers Day Market 2022

A Culinary Journey of Delight

There aren’t any celebrations that are complete without tasty treats, and the Tarragindi Mother’s Day Markets take this very seriously. There’s something for everyone, from fancy food trucks serving delicious treats to stands selling homemade cakes and pastries. The food at the markets is sure to please, whether you’re looking for a relaxing lunch with your family or a sweet treat to give mum as a gift. 

Photo Credit: Facebook/ Mothers Day Market 2022

A Day of Family Fun and Entertainment

This event has a lot of fun things for the whole family to do besides shopping and eating. The air is filled with the joyful sound of live music, making it a great place to enjoy the day. The event is fun for kids of all ages because there are lots of different things to do, like face painting and craft classes.

Photo Credit: Facebook/ Mothers Day Market 2022

A Testament to Community Spirit

The Tarragindi Mother’s Day Markets are a celebration of community spirit and getting to know each other. On this day, neighbours honour the important women in their lives by getting together and making memories that will last a lifetime. The friendly people of Tarragindi will make a mark on you, whether you’ve lived there for a long time or this is your first time visiting.

As Mother’s Day approaches, mark your calendars for a day of celebration, appreciation, and community spirit at the Tarragindi Mother’s Day Markets. Whether you’re shopping for the perfect gift, indulging in delicious food, or simply enjoying the company of loved ones, this beloved event promises a day filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable moments. Come join us as we celebrate mothers and the bonds that unite us all.

Published Date 07-April-2024

Tarragindi Church Sets Record Straight on Alleged High School and Latin Masses by Ancient Catholic Sect

The Brisbane Oratory In Formation, located in Tarragindi, has denied rumours of plans to establish a Prep-Year 12 school run by an ancient Catholic movement on Messines Ridge Rd.

The unconfirmed reports were fuelled by flyers distributed anonymously and shared on social media, suggesting that the Oratory intended to expand the site to accommodate up to 600 additional attendees at four weekly Latin Masses.

However, the Oratory, tracing its roots back to the 16th century under St. Philip Neri, maintains that these claims are unsubstantiated.

Since its introduction to Brisbane in 2015, the Oratory has expanded its presence, receiving care from various parishes, including Tarragindi and Annerley, from Brisbane Catholic Archbishop Mark Coleridge.

While plans for a new school, tentatively named St. John Henry Newman College, have been accredited, the Oratory clarified that the site has long been zoned for educational purposes.

Contrary to rumors, the primary school set to open in 2026 on the Messines Ridge Rd property will cater initially to Prep-Year 3 students, with eventual plans for expansion to high school grades on a separate site. The Oratory assured that any assertion of purchasing the St. John Fisher land is inaccurate.

Photo Credit: Google Maps

The proposed school has sparked concerns among locals regarding increased traffic congestion and its potential environmental impact. Some residents worry about the strain on already limited parking availability and the loss of green space.

Additionally, there are fears that the development process could bypass community input through Ministerial Infrastructure Designation, limiting public notification and appeals.

State MP Mark Bailey has pledged to monitor the situation closely, emphasising the need for development to align with the residential character of Tarragindi. However, the Archdiocese of Brisbane clarified that St. John Henry Newman College operates independently, catering to families seeking a classical education model, regardless of religious affiliation.

Published Date 01-April-2024

Sabo Skirt Founders List Their Luxury Home

Celebrity fashion label Sabo Skirt founders, Thessy Batsinilas and Yiota Kouzoukas, have listed their luxury home in Tarragindi.

The sisters-in-law, who have made a name for themselves in the fashion world, are now making waves in the property space under their company, Ature Group.

Their latest residential project, a Mediterranean-inspired house located in the inner Brisbane suburb of Tarragindi, is now on the market.

The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home, known as ‘Ilios’ at 92 Fingal Street, is listed with Michael Bacon of Place Kangaroo Point. The home features high-end finishes, a neutral colour palette, and sleek curves that emulate the liveable luxury of their Greek roots.

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“Ilios is a modern-Mediterranean home inspired by the aesthetic of my personal home, ‘Grece’,” said Mrs Batsinilas.

Photo Credit: Domain

“We mimicked the iconic facade of my home, using natural stones and textured walls. We really wanted to encompass a contemporary, Mediterranean-style home that exudes a timeless charm.”

Photo Credit: Domain

The two-storey home features a grand entry foyer that leads to a spacious open-plan living and dining area adjoining a kitchen with a breakfast bar, a butler’s pantry, stone bench tops, and quality appliances. Outside, a covered al fresco area has a full outdoor kitchen with a built-in barbecue and overlooks a pool, a fully-fenced lawn, and established gardens.

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Upstairs is a second living area, plus a study nook, and four of the bedrooms, including a master suite with a walk-in robe, makeup table, and luxurious connecting ensuite.

Photo Credit: Domain

“We have grown to love textural walls, crazy pave travertine and brushed brass finishes,” Mrs Batsinilas said.

“We particularly love the whitewashed colour palette that allows you to bring your personal style through the decor. These tones and textures are becoming a trademark of our work.”

Photo Credit: Domain

Ature Group is cementing itself as a rising presence in the luxury development space, having also recently launched a Gold Coast multi-residential project, featuring 20 full-floor residences — each with their own private lift entrance and fashion-inspired interiors. The tower, called ‘Sola’, is set in Broadbeach and features three-bedroom residences priced between $2.75m and $4.65m.

Photo Credit: Domain

The group is also close to unveiling the new headquarters for Sabo Skirt, which the girls developed themselves. This move further solidifies their growing influence in both the fashion and property development sectors.

Published 27-March-2024

Tarragindi: Where Love for Labradors Stands on Four Legs

Did you know that the labrador retriever is Brisbane’s most popular dog breed and Tarragindi has 127 of these charming and affectionate pooches? 

A detailed analysis by Ray White data analyst Jemima White shows that there are currently 127 Labrador Retrievers in Tarragindi.  The data is based on the number of animal registrations by breed from the current BCC animal registration dataset. With spacious backyards and lush surroundings, Tarragindi’s more active and friendly dogs love it here.

Tarragindi’s Labradors are just a small part of the larger story of Brisbane’s love for dogs. The city has a preference for a certain breed, which happens to be the Labrador. From the leafy suburb of Alderley to the busy streets of Annerley, Labradors have become a popular choice for dog owners in Brisbane.

Much like their human counterparts, the Labradors of Tarragindi are cherished by their family units for their sociable nature. During sunny spells or between showers, the parks of Tarragindi and other parts of the suburb become a happy hunting ground for dogs and their doting owners alike.

Top Dogs of Brisbane

1 Labrador Retriever 9,605

2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 7,019

3 Border Collie 6,995

4 Maltese 6,712

5 Staffordshire Bull Terrier 5,534

6 Poodle 4,760

7 Golden Retriever 4,223

8 Dachshund 4,127

9 Australian Kelpie 4,016

10 Jack Russell Terrier 3,365

The Labrador’s status as the top dog among Tarragindi dog-owners has influenced the suburb’s housing profile. There is a higher percentage of larger blocks to accommodate families and their pets.

Tarragindi Labrador Retriever
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Brisbane’s typically smaller block sizes in the inner city have proven less conducive to Brisbane’s dog owners’ canine ambitions. So it seems that families have, by and large, sought housing and the park-and-play space accompanying it so that every member of the family could enjoy a little peace.

In Tarragindi, Labradors are more than just pets; they represent companionship, joy, and the simple pleasures of owning a pet. These dogs embody community, family, and the unspoken bond between two and four-legged creatures. From Brisbane’s top dog to beloved family companions, Labradors contribute to the friendly and warm atmosphere that surrounds this unique suburb.

Published 15-March-2024

Tarragindi Bingo Night at Wellers Hill Bowls Club: Prizes, Food, & Community

Tarragindi, get those dabbers ready for a neighbourhood night of bingo that’s bigger and better than your average game night!

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On March 23, the Tarragindi Community Garden will be hosting its first ever charity Bingo Night Fundraiser at the Wellers Hill Bowls Club. Along with over $1,000 in awesome prizes, they will have food trucks and the bar will be flowing all night long. 

Even better, every dollar raised goes directly towards supporting Ride West and the Royal Flying Doctors Service’s mental health programs.

Photo credit: Tarragindi Community Garden/Facebook

Ride West, an annual 1200 kilometre cycling fundraiser from Brisbane to Longreach. Ride West benefits the Royal Flying Doctors Service’s mental health outreach programs in rural Queensland. Inspired to impact regional mental healthcare, Ride West has raised nearly $2 million over 13 years for the RFDS’ Wellbeing Out West initiative.

Entry to Tarragindi’s inaugural bingo evening will directly support the continuation of this life-changing rural program. Every dollar raised during the fast-paced, engaging games of bingo will go towards providing accessible mental health services across Queensland’s remote communities.

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Organised by Tarragindi Community Garden founder Renae McBrien, the bingo fundraiser promises an entertaining evening for all ages. Attendees can anticipate a formal yet lively night of bingo benefiting organizations expanding critical access and support across Queensland.

Bring your family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues for a whopper of a night. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. on March 23 with games commencing at 6:00 p.m. sharp. 

Read: Get To Know Renae McBrien, Founder of Tarragindi Community Garden

Secure your table early by booking through the Wellers Hill Bowls Club’s website. It’s an ultimate friends and family night out whilst supporting great causes right here in the local community. Food and drink will be available for purchase all evening.

Published 29-February-2024 

New Build Home in Tarragindi Breaks Record

A newly constructed residence in Tarragindi has shattered previous records in Brisbane, marking a defining moment in the area’s property market dynamics with a staggering sale price of $3.7 million.

The newly built five-bedroom, three-bathroom home located at 53 Chamberlain St has clinched the title of the suburb’s highest-priced property. Surpassing the suburb’s record in 2023 by an impressive $250,000 margin, this remarkable achievement highlights the enduring appeal of Tarragindi’s real estate market.

The property, meticulously built by Mondo Constructions, embodies executive living and resort-style entertaining on a spacious 771 sqm allotment. Despite spending over 100 days on the market, the home garnered immense interest, with 214 groups acknowledging its exceptional quality and design. 

53 Chamberlain St Tarragindi
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Denis Najzar, a director at Place Woolloongabba, underscores the significance of the sale, attributing it to both the property’s construction excellence and the burgeoning demand for new homes in the market.

Mr Najzar further said that newly built homes command premium prices due to the cost and time associated with construction or renovation projects. He highlights consumer sentiment as a key driver, noting that in an era where convenience reigns supreme, many prospective buyers opt for newly constructed homes to streamline the process and alleviate the complexities associated with renovation endeavours.

The home’s expansive living and dining areas afford breathtaking views of the poolside oasis and verdant surroundings. Boasting a triple-car garage, multiple living spaces, an alfresco terrace, and a sparkling pool, this residence exudes opulence and functionality in equal measure.

Looking ahead, Mr Najzar predicts a robust real estate market in Brisbane, buoyed by the city’s international status and increasing interstate migration. However, he cautions that rising interest rates may introduce uncertainties for prospective buyers, particularly those seeking stability amid a competitive market landscape.

Published 9-Feb-2024

Griffith University’s N82 Building: A Green Oasis Inspired by Toohey Forest

Construction is on the horizon for a groundbreaking addition to Griffith University’s Nathan campus, a structure poised to redefine the campus landscape. The new N82 building is designed with a strong emphasis on sustainability and inclusivity, drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of the nearby Toohey Forest.

To earn a prestigious five-star Green Star Building V1 rating, the project also aspires to set new standards in responsible construction and procurement.

The N82 building is slated to become a campus centrepiece, distinguished by a central outdoor atrium created through a series of elevated terraces. The facility is set to introduce a host of innovative features, with a special focus on catering to a diverse range of needs.

The building’s internal colour palette will mirror the vibrant fauna and flora of the forest, offering a serene and harmonious environment for its occupants.

Toohey Forest
Photo Credit: Toohey Forest/Google Maps

Griffith University’s Chief Operating Officer, Peter Bryant, is at the forefront of this visionary project.

Inclusivity at its Core 

Of particular note is the inclusion of a Changing Places facility on the ground level, specially designed to accommodate individuals living with disabilities. This facility will boast essential amenities such as a hoist, a change bed, and an accessible toilet. 

Beyond accessibility, the N82 building will encompass formal and informal teaching spaces, comfortable lounge areas, and integrated teaching spaces seamlessly merging with research and staff accommodation.

A Shared Commitment

In an exciting collaboration, the N82 project team is partnering with Griffith University’s engineering academics to propose the installation of geotechnical and structural real-time sensing into the building. These sensors will measure critical data, including movement, deflection, and groundwater fluctuations, further enhancing the building’s functionality.

Jerome Johnson, General Manager Construction Queensland/Northern Territory at Lendlease, expressed their enthusiasm for partnering with Griffith University on this project. Beyond construction, the collaboration reflects a shared commitment to enhancing the educational experience for students, staff, and the research community.

Scheduled for completion in 2026, N28 will undoubtedly stand as a shining example of what can be achieved when nature, technology, and academia converge in harmonious synergy.

Published 4-Jan-2024

Body Stretch Studio: Tarragindi’s New Destination for Health and Wellness

Tarragindi just scored a brand new wellness destination, Body Stretch Studio. Located on Weller Road, this inviting studio focuses on using therapeutic stretching techniques to help clients unwind, release muscle tension, enhance flexibility, and support overall wellbeing.

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The studio seeks to help clients rejuvenate and revitalise their bodies through the power of stretching. The experienced and certified stretch therapists are dedicated to providing each client with a personalised and holistic approach to wellness.

Stepping into the tranquil studio allows one to leave the hustle and bustle of daily life behind. The serene and inviting atmosphere instantly puts guests at ease, creating the perfect environment for a truly transformative experience.

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Whether one is an athlete looking to improve performance, an office worker seeking relief from muscle tension, or simply someone who wants to enhance overall well-being, Body Stretch Studio strives to have something for everyone.

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The innovative stretching techniques are designed to target specific muscle groups, release tension, and improve flexibility. Through gentle, guided stretches, the studio helps clients lengthen and strengthen muscles, improve posture, and enhance range of motion. 

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Guests feel stress melt away as they experience benefits like improved circulation, increased energy, and greater mobility.

At Body Stretch Studio, client comfort and safety are prioritised above all else. The skilled stretch therapists are trained to assess each individual’s unique needs and tailor sessions to suit specific goals and limitations. A combination of assisted stretching, active stretching, and relaxation techniques aim to provide a comprehensive and rejuvenating experience.

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Book an appointment and discover for yourself how amazing it feels to stretch stress away and embrace a balanced, relaxed body and mind.

Published 23-December-2023