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!

Read: Tarragindi Community Garden Helps Recycling Efforts, One Bottle Cap at a Time!

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 

The Green Retirement Site Adjoining Tarragindi Bowls Club To Open in Early 2023

Construction is well underway at The Green, the new retirement community that is also expected to rejuvenate the Tarragindi Bowls Club. The site is expected to open in early 2023. 

Since mid-2021, the Tarragindi Bowls Club has temporarily made the Salisbury Sports and Community Club its home following the start of the retirement village’s construction.

According to RetireAustralia, the bowls club will remain the central recreational site of the community, once it opens, and will feature a 10-rink championship-quality bowling green. 

All residents of The Green will automatically get a free membership to the bowls club, where they could also invite friends to play or enjoy great food at the cafe. The redevelopment will also see additional car parking areas for the visitors. 

“So whether you take bowls seriously or you just seriously want to have fun, you’ll be able to socialise over a friendly bowls match or establish your legendary status as a fierce competitor on the lawn.”  

The Green provides 92 units with at least a dozen carefully considered apartment designs. Emergency support will also be available 24/7, while professional home care services can also be accessed on your terms—occasionally or daily.

Meanwhile, the Tarragindi Bowls Club has been holding regular play days at the Salisbury Bowls Club every Tuesday (9:00 a.m.), Thursday (1:00 p.m.), Saturday (1:00 p.m.). The Brekky Bowls held every second Sunday of the month has also been maintained.

Revival of the Tarragindi Bowls Club Included in The Green

The Green, the residential retirement facility set for construction in Tarragindi, also includes plans to ‘revive’ the Tarragindi Bowls Club.

In 2018, the Tarragindi Bowls Club moved to the Salisbury Sports and Community Club because of the planned redevelopment. In August 2021, RetireAustralia, the developer behind the retirement village project, received approval from the Queensland Planning and Environment Court to bring back the Tarragindi Bowls Club as a full competition bowling green.

RetireAustralia plans to put a championship quality 10-rink bowling facility with a new clubhouse, cafe, and car parking spaces for visitors. The site next to a 94-apartment complex will include large green spaces for the children to play and for the grown-ups to establish a productive garden.  

The Green
Photo Credit: Retirement Australia/Google Maps

Brett Robinson, the CEO of Retire Australia, said that The Green will be “a landmark development with a shared community” alongside the Yeronga Services and Community Club. The club’s officials believe that the redevelopment will help Tarragindi Bowls Club diversify and survive with new revenue streams amid the changing needs of the locals. 

“All residents of The Green also enjoy free lifetime membership to the Tarragindi Bowls Club, which has been proudly brought back to life as the heart of this thriving community and neighbourhood,” RetireAustralia stated

“Open and accessible to all, the Club is the go-to place for your daily caffeine fix, sunset drinks, leisurely meals or a game on the championship-quality green.”

The Green’s construction timeline has not yet been detailed but it is projected to take place for 18 months. 

Follow the developments via the Tarragindi Bowl’s Club Facebook or the official site for the retirement village. 

Residents Dismayed Over Approved Tarragindi Bowls Retirement Village

The fight to save Tarragindi Bowls Club from being redeveloped into a retirement village is over and protesting residents, particularly ones under the Tarragindi Resident’s Alliance, have been left highly disappointed now that the Planning and Environment Court has given the go ahead for the project.

“A very sad day for my community and home . Despite objections by virtually the entire suburb , the council has approved a multi storey 100 room apartment complex amongst the homes of Tarragindi,” one resident wrote on Facebook.

In 2018, residents had lodged an appeal before Brisbane’s Planning and Environment Court against Brisbane City Council and RetireAustralia following BCC’s approval of the $80-million project.

Following the court’s decision, the Tarragindi Resident’s Alliance thanked the brave families who put their financial and emotional resources to help take the fight to court.

They also reminded the community “to vote for someone that will support the community expectations in regards to development.”

The alliance believes the only way to stop more inappropriate development is to vote for a council that does not disregard the Town Plan and the very people they represent.

Reasons for Locals’ Objections

Locals were opposing the planned development to protect the character and integrity of the suburb. The Tarragindi Resident’s Alliance noted that the scope and height of the planned development is out of proportion to the surrounding landscape.

RetireAustralia, in partnership with Yeronga Services and Community Club, initially proposed to build a huge 6-storey L-shaped apartment building containing 95 units for retirees.

When the Council asked them to adjust their plans in 2017, they reduced the number of storeys to five. The development application was revised and got an approval from BCC in January 2018.

Locals are not convinced that the development is suitable for Tarragindi’s low-density residential area and character housing, the main reason why many people have invested heavily in the area.

What’s Next for Tarragindi Bowls Club

According to RetireAustralia, the project will see the return of the Tarragindi Bowls Club to the site, following its closure in December 2017.

The new bowls club will feature a new, 10-rink championship-quality, turf bowling green, co-located with the retirement community, as well as a clubhouse and café.

RetireAustralia believes the co-location of the club with the new retirement community provides a convenient recreational and social option for their future residents and the Tarragindi community.

Although the Planning and Environment Court approved the retirement village in Tarragindi, it is still subject to changes.

These amendments will be confined to the northernmost part of the development and some to the western boundary, according to town planner Christopher Buckley.

Based on the agreed amendments, RetireAustralia should also increase the setbacks of the bowling green, acoustic window treatments and changes to landscaping. Other small changes include removing a footpath and moving a children’s play area.

RetireAustralia senior development manager Angus Spencer is confident that the project would revitalise the club.

A construction timeline has not yet been set, and RetireAustralia and YSCC look forward to providing  project updates including the start of construction.

Residents Launch Appeals Against the Approved Tarragindi Bowls Club Retirement Village Development

Residents are appealing the approved aged care facility development at the Tarragindi Bowls Club.

Since the Council has given the green light to RetireAustralia ’s development proposal for an aged care facility at the Tarragindi Bowls Club, residents have considered taking legal actions to stop the said development.

Read: Residents Consider Legal Action To Stop Approved Aged-Care Facility Development at the Tarragindi Bowls Club

Three separate appeals have been lodged in Brisbane’s Planning and Environment Court against Brisbane City Council and RetireAustralia on 28 February and 1 March 2018 for the plans to build the controversial $80 million retirement village development at the club.

The development includes six-storey 95 retirement village units, a new clubhouse, and other community facilities.

In the appeals filed by Urban Planners Queensland ( Anthony Greer; Barry and Judith White) and Catherine and Jeffrey Hume, the appellants emphasized that the development should be refused as it is in serious conflict with the City Planning.

The appellants cited that the development is not consistent with the community’s height, scale, and form expectations.

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Residents are concerned about the density and the number of storeys on the proposed development plans since the Council’s incentives relaxed the height limits on aged care facilities.

They also argued that the proposed development does not meet the physical, cultural, or social needs of the local or wider community and that it fails to protect the land, which is zoned for recreational use.

The assessment of the development plan took 18 months to be completed. Throughout the duration, 1,800 submissions against the development were made by the residents.

Despite the objections to the proposed development, the Council said that the development will be a win for the community as it will help in upgrading the recreational facilities while providing a place for the retirees.

Residents Consider Legal Action To Stop Approved Aged-Care Facility Development at the Tarragindi Bowls Club

After more than a year of controversy, adjustments, and uproar, the Brisbane City Council has approved RetireAustralia’s development proposal for an aged care facility at the Tarragindi Bowls Club. As a result, residents are considering legal action against the DA.

The council approved the DA in the last week of January 2018, following an 18-month assessment and 1,800 public submissions. The developer plans to build 94 units ranging from three storeys to five storeys, along with a U-shaped structure around a championship bowling green to house the amenities. The development will also feature a new clubhouse and a park.


Betrayed & Disappointed

Residents feel betrayed and disappointed that the council still approved the DA despite their objections. Most of them haven’t backed down and carefully considering taking legal action to stop the development.

One of the issues that the residents raised is that the project is too close to their homes. They also launched an online petition that has gathered 1,030 signatures so far. Cr Steve Griffiths has expressed support for the residents and disappointment over the council’s decision.


A Win for the Community?

Still, the council thinks that they did what will best benefit the community. Cr Krista Adams shares the same sentiment as the BCC and thinks that the development is a win for the entire community. According to her, it not only provides a place for retirees but it also revitalises the bowls club.

Also, the developer has adjusted their plans to accommodate people’s needs and has reduced the height of their buildings..

Construction will begin mid- or late 2018. This will be the first retirement complex to be built on a privately-owned sport and recreation land under the council’s Retirement and Aged Care Accommodation Incentives (RACAI).

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Fate of Proposed Tarragindi Bowls Club Still Uncertain

The Tarrigindi Bowls Club has been the subject of redevelopment plans has been the subject of redevelopment plans and protests for the past years. Up until this day, there has been no resolution yet. Residents are still actively voicing out their protests against any redevelopment to be done on the site.

The club has been struggling to survive as the city population grows. For the past years, developers have expressed interest in redeveloping a chunk of the land into unit complexes. However, due to zoning regulations, development proposals have been unsuccessful.

A silver lining has presented itself to developers.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced last year that they would cut down infrastructure charges and relax building height rules for retirement villages to attract retirees to inner suburbs.

According to the Lord Mayor, they can’t just have retirement villages and aged care facilities outside the city. Reports indicate that the aging population in the city has grown, which is significant to developers as it translates into big business.

Such reports have attracted the attention of developers. Retire Australia, a for-profit organisation, started to pursue a plan to build a six-storey senior housing complex in the bowls club. The proposal includes leaving two bowling greens to be retained along with new facilities, in favour of the bowls club.

Photo credit: Marchese Brothers

This has caught the attention of the residents. Tarragindi Residents Alliance has expressed their dismay over the proposal, specifically the project size. The president of the alliance, Liza Wieland, said that the project is too close to their homes. She also mentioned that the entire neighborhood is considered a low density zone under the council’s neighbourhood plan but the property is clearly meant for medium density. An online petition has garnered 1,031 supporters against the development.

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Council has responded to the cries of the residents by reaching out to the developer, who has resubmitted designs and lowered its maximum height to five storeys. Still, a resolution has yet to be seen.

In March this year, Lord Mayor Quirk has said that the next move now lies with Cr Krista Adams as she hasn’t made her submission to the redevelopment of the bowls club public. Mr Quirk said that Cr Adams has been engaging with the local community during the development approval process. Cr Adams has heard what people have to say, which is why it’s now up to Cr Adams to make her submission public.

Cr Adams hasn’t released a comment yet on the bowls club.