Hiker Brewing in Salisbury Names New Beer After Olympia Kwitowski

Renowned Hiker Brewing Company in Salisbury is set to launch an exciting and unique creation dubbed the “Olympia” cherry coconut sour beer, named after Brisbane MC and Radio Announcer  Olympia Kwitowski.

Whilst many people dream of having parks, bridges, or grandstands named after them, Hiker Brewing is turning the tables on tradition. This new and distinctive brew is a testament to the vibrant character and local spirit of Olympia, known for her work as the Weekend Breakfast Host on 4BC Brisbane.

The Olympia sour beer is a sight to behold, pouring a captivating deep pink hue crowned with a slightly pink head. Crafted through a meticulous process, this delightful concoction is fermented on 180kg of cherry puree and infused with a generous helping of coconut. Upon first sip, a wave of cherry ripe flavours tantalizes the senses, followed by a crisp and refreshing sour finish that beckons for another taste.

So, how did this happen? Olympia had her eye on the emerging Hiker Brewing Company, which was making waves in the local beer scene just up the road from her residence.

As the voice of 4BC Brisbane’s Weekend Breakfast show, Olympia decided to bring attention to this exciting new venture by inviting the brewery’s owners, Phil and Dan, for a chat about their plans and ambitions on her program.

In the midst of several visits to the brewery, Olympia and the Hiker Brewing team hatched an idea that would forever change the beer landscape in Brisbane. “How cool would it be to have my own beer?” Olympia pondered during one of their conversations. And so, the journey began.

Fast forward to 1 Oct 2023, and the Olympia beer will be available for all to enjoy at Hiker Brewery’s Salisbury location, both on tap and in cans. This momentous occasion not only marks the inception of a unique beverage but also celebrates the vibrant synergy between local businesses and influential community figures.

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Prepare your taste buds and join Olympia in raising a glass to this unique achievement.

Follow the events of the launch on her Instagram.

Published 29-Sept-2023

Salisbury Farm-to-Door Innovator Food Connect Enters Voluntary Liquidation, Leaves Enduring Legacy

Pioneering farm-to-door company Food Connect has announced its voluntary liquidation, a decision made by fourth-generation dairy farmer Robert Pekin, who established the business after losing his farm. 

Founded in 2005 by Robert Pekin and his wife Emma-Kate Rose, Food Connect aimed to create a fairer food system for farmers and buyers by reconnecting consumers with local producers who farmed sustainably. Over the years, the company has worked with more than 120 farmers and producers.

In 2018, the couple launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $4 million in order to purchase the warehouse they had been renting for a decade on Textile Cres in Salisbury. The campaign received support from Australian gardening guru Costa Georgiadis, and the funds were successfully raised within 30 days. 

The warehouse, known as Food Connect Shed, became a central hub for the company’s operations.

However, declining customer orders and the increasing costs faced by farmers forced Mr. Pekin to start winding down the business in early 2023. Despite the challenges, he prioritised ensuring that all farmers and producers were paid before filing for voluntary liquidation. 

Food Connect Shed Limited, the public unlisted company responsible for operating the warehouse, is not affected by the liquidation and continues to operate as normal, along with its tenants.

Food Connect
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Food Connect Shed has become an essential space for various initiatives and organisations. It currently houses OzHarvest, Australia’s largest food rescue organisation, which diverts food that would otherwise go to waste to charities that support those in need. 

The warehouse also features for-rent commercial kitchens, hosts local bands, and eco-friendly community events, and supports micro-enterprises with a community or green focus. As Brisbane’s first community-owned food hub, it has provided a stable market for local growers.

Whilst the voluntary liquidation of Food Connect Pty Ltd marks the end of an era for Robert Pekin and Emma-Kate Rose’s pioneering venture, the impact and legacy of their farm-to-door business and community-driven initiatives, as exemplified by Food Connect Shed, will continue to thrive.

Published 28-June-2023

Investigation Underway On Fast Food Outlet Robberies in Salisbury and Other Areas

A major investigation is underway following a series of fast food outlet robberies in the south of Brisbane, including a shop along Kessels Road in Salisbury and elsewhere in Algester, and Rocklea.

Read: Shopper in Disbelief Over $18 Cabbage Sold in Tarragindi

The first incident happened on 15 January 2023, at around 9:30 p.m., wherein three people armed with a firearm and knives, entered a fast food outlet in Springfield and stole cash. They left the vicinity using a 2003 white Ford Falcon utility which was also stolen from Carole Park.

The same group robbed three more businesses across Salisbury, Algester, and Rocklea the next day, 16 January between 9:15 and 9:40 p.m.

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South Brisbane West Acting Detective Inspector Mick Manago said the three people involved are believed to be one male and two females and are suspected to be young adults. Police said they were accompanied by another offender who was waiting outside inside the Ford Falcon utility.

Authorities continue to remind fast food outlets to be extra vigilant and if they notice anything, anyone suspicious, or any suspicious vehicles, to lock their doors and immediately contact police.

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Ford Falcon stolen by the armed robbers (Photo credit: Queensland Police)

Although the employees in Springfield were threatened with a firearm and knives, police confirmed no one was physically injured during the robberies across South Brisbane. 

However, Inspector Manago said the staff who are working in these businesses, especially the young employees are still traumatised and shaken by what has occurred.

Meanwhile, the vehicle used which was a Queensland registration 120-FG7 was found abandoned near the intersection of Johnson Road and Stapylton Road, Heathwood.

Read: A Look Back at the Ekibin Hospital During WW2

Members of the public who have seen the vehicle in recent days are encouraged to contact Police by providing information as efforts to find the perpetrators of these fast food outlet robberies continue. To report any suspicious activity or provide information, please use the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting or call 131 444.

The Shed Community Fitness Inc in Salisbury Offers First Aid Training

Learn how to apply first aid during an emergency situation at the special training course offered by The Shed Community Fitness Inc, along Commerce St in Salisbury.

Whether it’s for a job requirement or learning a skill that may be useful one day. It’s good to be prepared during an emergency as first aid training can help save someone’s life. The session at The Shed Community Fitness Inc will take place on Saturday, 25 June 2022, and will be handled by a qualified trainer.

The instructors will be utilising nationally accredited First Aid/CPR training packages recognised by other training organisations, such as the Australian Resuscitation Council and ASQA Guidelines.

The session will cover:

CPR Course9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
First Aid Training
(including CPR & Defib)
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Participants may choose to join the CPR course only or as a first aid refresher. Coffee or tea will be provided but participants are expected to bring their own lunch.

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Learning first aid isn’t just for medical workers because accidents happen anywhere at any time. Someone with training can help families, loved ones, co-workers, or even strangers.

Trained individuals may fill the gap and prevent tragic outcomes by aiding victims of accidents, cardiac arrest, and heart attack before the first responders arrive.

First-Ever Outdoor Roller Derby Court to Open in Salisbury

Did you know that Brisbane will soon have the very first outdoor roller derby court in Salisbury? The sports and recreational site is currently under construction and will transform the unused netball courts at the Salisbury Recreation Reserve.

According to Cr Vicki Howard, the chair of Field Services, six outdated netball courts at the reserve will be transformed into two outdoor roller derby courts based on the community’s request. Speaking with ABC Radio, Ms Howard said that they have been working with the southside roller derby leagues to deliver this request as roller derby has become popular in recent years. 

The councillor also said that netballers have moved to other facilities, thus the site has not been used for many years. The remediation of Salisbury Recreation Reserve will also bring more green spaces in the area for the community to use when there are no roller derby practices or games.

Ms Howard expects that the facility will open to the public by the end of March 2022. Brisbane’s other roller derby court is in Stafford in the north but it’s an indoor facility.

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Councillor Steve Griffiths also confirmed the remediation work at the reserve. 

“Six of the existing netball courts, which are showing significant surface cracking and undulation, will be turned into two roller derby courts,” he said.  

“The remaining three netball courts closest to the creek require removal. Turf will be installed in their place, along with drainage and a seating mound within the turfed area.”

Per Brisbane City Council, “The entire hard court area in Salisbury Recreation Reserve will be closed to complete the works and to enable construction to proceed safely. Fencing and signs will outline and enclose the construction area and safe pedestrian access around the site will be maintained at all times.”

For feedback about this project, residents may phone the project team on 1800 669 416 (business hours) or Council at 07 3403 8888 (off-hours).  

Improvements Underway at Tarragindi Reservoir and Two Salisbury Parks

Upgrades and improvements at the Tarragindi Reservoir and in two Salisbury parks will start rolling out in January and February 2022.

Tarragindi Reservoir Bay Fire Shed Construction

Construction of a bay fire shed at the Tarragindi Reservoir will start in February 2022, according to Cr Steve Griffiths. The shed will house fire suppression units, equipment, and consumables.

Prior to the construction, work will be scheduled to trim down the weeds and emergent vegetation in order to mitigate the fire risks around the reservoir’s public spaces.

The location of the fire shed was specifically chosen to minimise tree loss. Nevertheless, at least three trees will be removed to make the space for the shed. However, these trees that have been scheduled for removal were determined to have faults that could bring about long-term risks. 

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The construction is expected to take three months. This includes the introduction of onsite native planting to replace the other trees. 

Tarragindi Reservoir is a heritage-listed site atop the Tarragindi Hill. Originally built in 1923, it is still a functioning water storage facility. 

Wilcox Park Fencing & Salisbury Recreation Reserve Remediation

Over at Salisbury, work has started for the construction of a cliff-edge protection fence, spanning 380 metres. This project aims to prevent pedestrian access to the exposed cliff face found at the boundary of Wilcox Park and the Toohey Forest.

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Meanwhile, remediation and repurposing of the hard courts at the Salisbury Recreation Reserve into two roller derby tracks and a lawn area have begun as well. This project is aimed at improving the sports and recreation facilities near the Rocky Waterhole, where the hard courts are in such a state of disrepair. 

The project covers the following scope: 

  • revitalising and resurfacing six of the netball courts and turning them into two roller derby tracks
  • removing the three netball courts closest to the creek as they are in disrepair
  • installing turf in the location of the three removed netball courts
  • installing drainage and a seating mound in the turf area

Visitors to the parks should expect some slight obstructions because of the ongoing work. There should be signs and fencing to ensure that the construction areas are safe for pedestrian access. 

For concerns and questions about these upgrades, phone Council at 07 3403 8888.  

Cross River Rail Project: Under Track Construction in Salisbury Begins

Intermittent civil works will be underway at the Salisbury Station, where an under track crossing area is being prepared for the Cross River Rail project. Residents and commuters are advised to expect some noise, vibration, dust and road closures during this preparation.

The under track construction will take place between 3 July to 5 July 2021 outside of working hours but access to Fairlie Terrace will be temporarily closed to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. A sign will be put up to redirect and manage the flow of traffic with this slight interruption. 

Work on Salisbury Station will entail the following:  

  • Under track crossing using a directional drilling rig
  • Installation of under track crossing conduits for services
  • Cable route and service trenching and installation
  • Installation of fencing

However, major construction of the Cross River Rail in this area will not start until mid-2022, per the official project page.

During this period, the Salisbury Station will be upgraded with a new building, a third platform, and an upgraded platform finish with a new canopy for weather protection. The new station will also feature an overpass, lifts and switchback stairs for accessibility, as well as a new bicycle storage shelter for 40 users.

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Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said that the Salisbury Station upgrade is part of the State and Federal Governments’ key investments for 2021–22 to 2024–25. 

“Train stations across southeast Queensland will become more accessible under our $500 million station upgrade program,” the minister said

“Construction of Cross River Rail is continuing, with that $5.4 billion project being delivered in addition to our record $27.5 billion transport and roads budget. Cross River Rail is on track to open in 2025.”

First Nations Birthing Program Established in Salisbury Gains International Recognition

A Salisbury birthing program focused on the best health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and babies has been recognised by a renowned international science journal. 

The Lancet Global Health featured the Birthing in Our Community (BiOC) program, which ran for more than seven years. The program saw a significant decrease in deaths during baby deliveries and admittance to neonatal care for high-risk First Nations babies. It also saw through the improvements of breastfeeding awareness among First Nations mums.  

The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane (ATSICHS Brisbane) worked with Mater Mothers’ Hospital to establish this program in 2013 in Salisbury, as the experts recognised that standard health services in the country are often unable to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

“Even though First Nations health is a national priority, there has been no change in babies being born preterm – or too soon – since Closing the Gap in 2008,” Charles Darwin University Professor in Midwifery Sue Kildea said in a statement on the Lancet Journal. “We have evidence, gathered over seven years, that culturally safe birthing services significantly improve the health of Indigenous mothers and babies.”

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Also involved in the program were dieticians and diabetes educators, aside from women’s health experts. There are also various staff members helping out the new mums who may need assistance from other departments, such as housing. 

Because of the success of the BiOC model, Indigenous women now have access to wider care to support their health and well-being. The study experts, however, recommended that health services for First Nations communities must be given Federal Government access like Medicare so mums and babies can benefit from the best midwifery services.

 IUIH CEO Adrian Carson plans to expand BiOC to north Brisbane, Logan and the bayside next before going national. 

Share Shed: Popular Salisbury Non-Profit Organisation Shuts Down

As of the 26th of March 2021, the Salisbury non-profit organisation Share Shed dedicated to lending the community everyday items has closed down. 

Share Shed, co-founded by Nicole Arby, first opened its services to the Salisbury community in 2017. It was a non-profit organisation that allowed people to borrow a wide range of items such as bread makers, kayaks, disco balls, and hundreds of others — and all people had to do was sign themselves up for an annual membership. 

One of the organisation’s key philosophies revolved around giving people the means to do more and own less. Borrowing items instead of buying them could help people save money and the planet. Proceeds made by the organisation would then go to numerous charities. 

Earlier in March 2021, however, Share Shed closed down due to the complications brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdowns that followed. Receiving funding became especially difficult. 

In one of the organisation’s Facebook posts, Nicole had written that the reasons for closing were “…various and interlocking, but in summary, there were too many battle-fronts to fight at the same time.” 

Hi Shed Family…Nicole here. That's me in the kayak about to run into the wheelbarrow. Hi 🙂 Along with the original…

Posted by Share Shed Inc on Sunday, March 7, 2021

Items that were previously donated to Share Shed were available for reclamation before the organisation shut down for good, with a special party hosted on the 26th of March 2021 to commemorate their four-year run. Leftover items were promptly sold at a garage sale a month later from the 9th to the 10th of April. 

Share Shed, which has now closed down, was located at Shed 7, 8 Chrome Street, Salisbury. 

How Salisbury Has Transformed Over the Years

Located just 10 km from the CBD, Salisbury nowadays is proving to be more than just the industrial estate that it used to be. Trendy cafes, studios, and community events are giving the neighbourhood a hip and creative vibe and attracting to consider the suburb their home.

With easy access to transport facilities such as the railway station, and the substantial number of open spaces, local shops, and well-established schools, Salisbury has become a worthwhile option for those looking for affordable, yet strategic, housing.

Glimpse of the Past

Salisbury Munition Factory
Rocklea Ammunition Factory
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Brisbane, specifically Salisbury, played an important role during the Second World War.

Given Salisbury’s expansive, rural and remote location, a large munition factory, named Rocklea Ammunition, was built along the area of Compo Road, currently named Evans Road, during the 1940s. Large-engine test cells were also placed within the vicinity of Compo Road.

Evidence of munition works in Salisbury can be seen at present time in the suburb’s street names, such as Assembly, Bearing, and Lathe Streets.

By 1943-1944, the Rocklea Ammunition factory had been terminated and its buildings were soon taken over by different groups, converting the entire estate into a base workshop, tank workshop, and an engine refurbish site.

From 1955-1959, series of road structures and extensions were made in order to connect Orange Grove Road, Lillian Avenue, and Evans Road all together. Salisbury was then linked to Tarragindi by September of 1959 via Toohey Road.

In these post-war years, Salisbury’s short distance from Brisbane safeguarded its urban settlement. What was once an industrial wilderness soon became a residential development site given its speedy growth from 1960s onwards.


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Present Day Salisbury

A large number of families have been recently seeking to make Salisbury their new home.

Salisbury Demand Market
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Read: Tarragindi Median House Price Rises to $777,000 Amidst Strong Demand

With more people dwelling into the neighbourhood, a few residents have opened up their own small enterprises in the area for a more sustainable living.

Different small businesses are now well-established in Salisbury, including coffee shops, brewery, organic restaurants and diners, art galleries, dance and yoga studios, and bookstores.

Salisbury receives an 8/10 rating on Lifestyle
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These businesses in town have further led the owners to assert themselves into fostering a sense of community amongst the people of Salisbury.

Salisbury Chrome Street Fiesta
Different kiosks geared up for Salisbury’s annual Chrome Street Fiesta.
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Gentrification has brought a newer, and more current “vibe” to the neighbourhood, further driving its growth. In what can be perceived as an attempt by residents to strike a balance between work and family living, today’s Salisbury has evolved to include trendier places where people can grow, enjoy, and feel a sense of belongingness.

Read: Tarragindi’s The Gindi Cafe Promotes Community Spirit

Salisbury Compo Road
Aerial view of former Rocklea Ammunition Factory in Compo Road (Evans Road) in 1946
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Salisbury Evans Road
Present-day satellite view of Evans Road
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