Kangaroo Point Cliff Repairs Cause Temporary Detours for Pedestrians

Pedestrian access at Kangaroo Point is undergoing temporary changes due to essential cliff remediation works.

The Brisbane City Council has announced that the stairs adjacent to Joey’s, leading down to the cliff base, will be closed on weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from 3rd to 17th July.

Alternative Routes and Assistance Available

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To accommodate these necessary repairs, a detour has been established via the southern stairs located opposite Llewellyn Street. The council has assured the public that clear signage and traffic control will be in place to guide pedestrians and minimise disruption during this period.

Project Timeline Subject to Change

While the council aims to complete the remediation works within the specified timeframe, it is important to note that this is contingent upon weather conditions and any unforeseen circumstances that may arise on-site.

Council Urges Patience and Cooperation

As these works are crucial for the safety and preservation of the Kangaroo Point cliffs, the Brisbane City Council requests the understanding and cooperation of residents and visitors during this temporary inconvenience.

Published Date 03-July-2024

$22.5 Million Boost for Riverwalk at Kangaroo Point Enhances Brisbane’s Active Transport Network

A $22.5-million investment is set to complete the Riverwalk at Kangaroo Point, creating a continuous bike and pedestrian pathway to Mowbray Park.

The $22.5 million investment is part of a larger $315-million commitment over the next four years to enhance cycling and walking paths throughout the state. 

This initiative falls under the expansive $37.4-billion Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (QTRIP) for 2024-2028, which is set to bolster active transport facilities across Queensland significantly.

Economic and Health Benefits

The investment in active transport infrastructure is expected to deliver considerable economic returns. Studies show that every dollar spent on bike infrastructure brings nearly five dollars in economic benefits, including improved health, reduced congestion, and lower transportation costs. Walking infrastructure is even more lucrative, returning $13 for every dollar invested.

Key Projects Under QTRIP

Several projects have been highlighted under this initiative:

– The construction of a $36.1 million velobridge over Birdwood Road on the Veloway 1 in Greenslopes.

– A $41.5 million allocation for the Cairns Southern Access Cycleway, with joint funding from the Australian Government.

– $20 million for a cycleway accompanying the Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3.

– Enhancements to the active transport facilities on Moggill Road, with an investment of $10.4 million.

– The development of a network of bike-friendly streets in South Brisbane, West End, and Highgate Hill, receiving $9.6 million.

– An allocation of $9.4 million towards stage 2 of the New England Highway Bikeway.

These infrastructure improvements are complemented by initiatives aimed at promoting cycling and walking, including education, safety improvements, and economic stimulation through active transport. The broader strategy also involves using research and data to guide decision-making and improve the effectiveness of these initiatives.

Ongoing Developments

Meanwhile, the first stage of Kangaroo Point bridge works is now complete, with more than 200 meters of new pathways constructed underneath the Story Bridge between Main St and Deakin St. This development provides a seamless link improving accessibility for those who walk, ride, or scoot from the Gabba and eastern suburbs into the CBD.

In addition to the Riverwalk project, Brisbane City Council is actively improving other parts of the Kangaroo Point Bikeway, especially between Captain Cook Bridge and Thornton Street. This includes enhancing connectivity, safety, and accessibility along this vital corridor. A recent community consultation has provided valuable insights, which will help shape future improvements in the area.

 Captain Cook Bridge and Thornton Street
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Future Prospects

Looking ahead, further enhancements are planned for Kangaroo Point’s active travel infrastructure. This includes the detailed design and upcoming construction of the Shafston Avenue Bikeway, which aims to connect existing routes to the new Kangaroo Point Green Bridge, creating an important link for Brisbane’s active travelers. This project is contingent upon a funding agreement between the local and state governments.

The extensive investments and ongoing projects underscore a robust commitment to enhancing Brisbane’s active transport network, fostering a healthier, more connected city.

Published 24-June-2024

Silent Guardians in Kangaroo Point: Echoes of WWII Air Raid Shelters

Amidst the lively atmosphere of Raymond Park lie two unassuming structures that whisper tales of a bygone era. Unbeknownst to many, these seemingly ordinary shelters hold a secret history, serving as vital lifelines during the tumultuous days of World War II.

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Constructed as part of Brisbane City Council’s extensive air raid shelter network, these Kangaroo Point shelters are a testament to the city’s resilience and preparedness during WWII. Strategically placed throughout the city, these shelters provided safe havens for residents during times of crisis.

The Kangaroo Point shelters, one nestled near Baines Street behind the iconic Pineapple Hotel and the other situated towards Wellington Road, are among the few remaining examples of this wartime architecture. They are a poignant reminder of the challenges and sacrifices the community faces during global conflict.

Photo Credit: Australia at War

Interestingly, the Brisbane City Council adopted an innovative design for its public air raid shelters, ensuring their continued usefulness even after the war. The brick walls surrounding the shelters could be easily removed, leaving behind a sturdy cantilevered roof structure that could be repurposed as bus shelters or general shade providers.

While many of Brisbane’s air raid shelters have been lost to time, those in Raymond Park have endured, their original purpose often overlooked by passersby. However, for those who know their history, these structures serve as a tangible link to the past, a silent tribute to the courage and resilience of those who lived through WWII.

Today, as residents and visitors enjoy the park’s amenities, these unassuming shelters stand as a quiet reminder of a time when the world was at war. They are a testament to the enduring spirit of Kangaroo Point and a tribute to the generations who came before.

Published Date 10-June-2024

High Vacancy Rate in Kangaroo Point Amid Queensland’s Housing Crisis

Kangaroo Point has been identified as one of the Queensland suburbs with a high vacancy rate where many homes are sitting empty, amid a growing housing crisis in the State.

Read: Decade-Long Vision Realised for Riverside Gaia Apartments in Kangaroo Point

Kangaroo Point reported an 18 percent vacancy rate, highlighting a glut of empty units in the city. This was based on the latest Census, which also revealed that on average, 34 percent of homes in various suburbs in Queensland were unoccupied.

In remote coastal towns and small resort communities, some suburbs resemble ghost towns due to high vacancy rates. The most extreme case is Kooringal in Moreton Bay, where a staggering 91 percent of residences were unoccupied based on Census, far exceeding the national average of one million vacant homes across Australia. 

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What’s Causing These Vacancies?

Several factors contribute to this high number of empty homes:

  • Short-Stay Rentals: Properties used for short-term rentals may be vacant when not booked.
  • Land Banking: Developers may keep properties empty, waiting for their value to increase.
  • Renovations and Sales: Homes may be vacant whilst being renovated, sold, or waiting for new tenants.

Aside from Kangaroo Point, both the CBD and South Brisbane exhibited significant vacancy rates in Brisbane, with 25 percent and 20 percent of homes respectively sitting empty. These figures underscore the widespread challenge of housing availability in both regional and urban areas.

Experts point out that these figures don’t necessarily mean these homes are empty all the time. However, they stress that increasing the number of long-term rental properties could help ease the housing shortage.

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Housing Crisis in Queensland

Queensland’s housing crisis is multifaceted, affecting both tenants and homeowners. The struggle to afford rising rents and mortgage repayments is a common concern. 

According to realestate.com.au, the median rental price in Kangaroo Point from June 2023 to May 2024 was $710 per week, marking a 7.6 percent increase over the last 12 months. Whilst not the highest in Brisbane, this figure surpasses the city’s average rental price of $649 per week as of 2024.

Read: Kangaroo Point Penthouse Achieves Record $14 Million Sale, Sets New Benchmark in Brisbane’s Luxury Market

Addressing the housing crisis will require efforts from various sectors to make sure people can find affordable and secure housing. The recent data highlights the challenges and the need for comprehensive solutions.

Published 17-June-2024

Stolen Tour Boat Ends Up in Kangaroo Point After Alleged Joyride

A river tour ferry was discovered lodged on the rocks at Kangaroo Point, with police investigating reports the vessel was stolen from South Bank overnight whilst people were partying on board.

Police confirmed they were investigating an overnight break and enter on a commercial vessel at South Bank. The police statement said initial information indicated unknown offenders had forced entry to the vessel and stolen items from onboard. It is believed the engine was started and the vessel left its berth. 

The engine then failed, and the vessel drifted towards the ferry terminal near Ferry Street, Kangaroo Point, where it rested in the morning.  

Owner’s Account

Lindsay Jones, the owner of River Tours ferry MV Neptune, believed his ferry, operated as a charter boat on the Brisbane River since 1966, had been broken into overnight. He said the other vessel next to theirs was also broken into, but it was harder to get into and was much better locked up than theirs. 

Mr Jones said they were waiting on the tide to rise to dislodge the boat from the rocks, as the engines would be burnt out without the water coolant.

The MV Neptune is usually moored at the Cultural Centre public pontoon in South Bank and offers sightseeing, onboard lunch packages and sunset cruises for passengers. The cruise line has won the Travellers Choice award and best of Queensland experience in 2023.

Impact on Operations

River City Cruises posted a statement on its website, saying the boat had been severely damaged and was currently out of operation due to unforeseen circumstances. No cruises would depart until further notice.

Photo Credit: River City Cruises

The statement said several staff members and crew were at the scene, and the owner, Jones, was uncertain when operations would resume as he awaited assessing the damage. It said the MV Neptune would be towed later that day and transported to a repair shop.

Eyewitness Reports  

It was understood three men were seen at the dockside terminal, with one man yelling he would never be caught and that he had been up all night running at a group of people. A River City Cruises worker reported they had thrown books, opened the alcohol cabinet, and helped themselves to snacks. 

Debris and a broken railing from the side of the boat were visible on the ship’s top deck after it had smashed into glass windows along the dockside terminal. The anchor was seen dangling from the front of the boat, with the chain coiled outwards.

A local resident said he saw the boat travelling along the river overnight with what seemed to be a party onboard. He said he saw it going downstream, close along the marina’s edge. He wondered what it was doing at the time because the boat and route seemed unusual.  

Published 12-June-2024

Dami Im Begins Jazz, Soul, and Blues Tour at Brisbane Jazz Club in Kangaroo Point

Australian singer-songwriter Dami Im has launched her Jazz, Soul, and Blues Tour at the Brisbane Jazz Club in Kangaroo Point, marking a return to her musical roots with exclusive performances alongside her dynamic Jazz Quartet.

Dami Im’s Jazz, Soul, and Blues Tour will commence with an engaging two-night performance on June 14th and 15th, 2024, at the Brisbane Jazz Club, located at 1 Annie Street, Kangaroo Point. This opening act promises to deliver an unforgettable experience in Dami’s hometown, setting the tone for the rest of her nationwide tour. 

Following these initial performances, the tour will continue to prominent jazz clubs across Australia, with dates and venues to be announced, offering fans multiple opportunities to witness Dami’s musical evolution in a cozy, inviting atmosphere.

Starting her tour in her hometown of Brisbane, Dami Im’s latest venture showcases a decade-spanning career filled with diverse musical achievements. Dami has continuously evolved her musical style from her chart-topping participation in Eurovision to her collaborations with notable artists like John Legend and James Morrison. 

Dami Im
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Now, she’s returning to the genres that ignited her passion for music: Jazz, Soul, and Blues. This tour promises a mix of retro jazz and soul classics, contemporary covers, and her original compositions, performed in an intimate quartet setting. 

Audiences can expect a night of deep musical exploration, from heart-wrenching blues to upbeat jazz tracks that showcase Dami’s versatility and command over her art.

Early Life and Career Achievements

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Dami moved to Brisbane at the age of nine, where she began her journey in music. A graduate of the Young Conservatorium of Music program at Griffith University, she gained widespread recognition by winning the fifth season of “The X Factor Australia.”

Her subsequent music releases, including the platinum-certified album “Dami Im,” have seen significant success, culminating in performances at prestigious venues and events worldwide. Dami’s impressive trajectory in the music industry is also highlighted by her significant contributions to music education and her efforts to promote musical diversity.

Dami Im
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Personal Insights and Future Endeavours

Residing in Queensland with her husband and son, Dami continues to explore her musicality. She remains committed to her role as a Compassion Australia supporter, frequently engaging in charity events and concerts. As Dami revisits the genres that shaped her early music career, she also celebrates the skill and artistry of her band, expressing her excitement about performing in renowned Jazz venues across Australia. Her personal connection to these genres is deeply rooted in her musical and cultural upbringing, influenced by a mix of Korean and Australian musical traditions.

Dami Im’s Jazz, Soul, and Blues Tour is not just a musical event but a personal homage to the genres that shaped her as an artist. For fans and new listeners alike, this tour offers a unique opportunity to experience Dami’s profound musical talents up close, in the storied environment of the Brisbane Jazz Club at Kangaroo Point.

Landmark Queenslander Fetches $6.6 Million at Auction

A historic Queenslander in Kangaroo Point has sold for $6.6 million at auction. The sale of “Rockfield” at 19 Leopard Street was one of 86 auctions scheduled in Brisbane on Saturday, June 8, 2024.

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Place Bulimba agents Sarah Hackett and Lauren Marmotta marketed the property, which attracted significant interest during its campaign. Ms. Hackett reported that over 100 families viewed the home, with four registered bidders participating in the auction held on a balcony overlooking the Brisbane River.

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“The opening bidder actually ended up with the property,” Ms. Hackett said. “It’s going to be their family home.” The winning bid came from a local buyer, securing what has been described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

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The marketing strategy targeted local schools and three major hospitals due to their proximity. “We had a couple of doctors registered to bid due to the convenience of being around the corner from the hospitals,” Ms. Hackett added.

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Rockfield, an immaculately renovated Queenslander, offers panoramic views of the Brisbane River, city skyline, and Botanic Gardens. The property combines historical charm with modern conveniences, making it a highly sought-after residence.

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Linda Butler, the seller, has owned Rockfield since 1997. “It’s one of those houses that you drive past and when it came on the market, I just knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Ms. Butler said, reflecting on her initial purchase.

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This sale comes amid a surge in Brisbane’s auction market. PropTrack data indicates that 124 properties were set for auction this week, marking a 20% increase compared to the same period last year. The market also features entry-level homes and properties attractive to developers and investors.

Published 7-June-2024

Key Construction Milestone Achieved: Kangaroo Point Bridge Nears Completion with Final Span Installation

The last 25-metre span weighing 100 tonnes has been securely installed, bringing Brisbane’s new Kangaroo Point Bridge to 85 per cent completion.

Construction crews achieved a major feat by positioning the final span using a crane from a nearby barge. This final installation marks a pivotal moment in the bridge’s construction, which spans a total length of 182.7 metres. The bridge is set to feature unique viewing platforms offering panoramic 360-degree views of the cityscape.

Brisbane City Council and the federal government jointly fund this project, which has entered its final stages. With the structural framework nearing completion, attention is turning to the remaining tasks including concreting the deck and installing balustrades, seating, and lighting.

Kangaroo Point Bridge
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Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner highlighted the bridge’s anticipated impact, stating that it could divert 84,000 cars from roads annually, potentially halving pedestrian travel times between Kangaroo Point, The Gabba Stadium, and the CBD. The project has generated over 1,400 construction jobs and once completed, it will be the second major pedestrian and cycle bridge opened in Brisbane this year.

Significant developments adjacent to the bridge include the installation of lifts and stairs at the Kangaroo Point landing and the nearing completion of an above-water restaurant. On the CBD side, efforts are underway to establish a riverside café and a welcoming plaza.

Future Attractions and Dining Destinations

Upon its completion, the Kangaroo Point Bridge will serve as a crucial link between the CBD and Kangaroo Point and a vibrant hub of activity and leisure. The bridge’s design includes two exclusive dining venues offering unique experiences and stunning views of Brisbane’s riverscape.

Stilts Dining – An Elevated Experience: Positioned above the water, Stilts Dining pays tribute to Queensland’s architectural heritage by resembling a Queenslander home on stilts. This restaurant will offer a menu focused on locally sourced steaks and seafood, catering to both casual diners and those seeking a more formal atmosphere. With a private dining room available, Stilts Dining aims to provide a world-class culinary experience, enhanced by panoramic views of the CBD, Brisbane River, Story Bridge, and the Kangaroo Point Cliffs.

Stilts Dining
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Mulga Bill’s – Riverside Café: Inspired by Banjo Patterson’s poetry, Mulga Bill’s will integrate the active transport theme of the bridge. This café will serve a variety of dishes including wood-fired pizzas and seafood, alongside quick grab ‘n go options such as pastries and coffee. Mulga Bill’s will also offer picnic boxes, perfect for enjoying in the surrounding parklands. Located at the city entrance to the City Botanic Gardens, this café will capitalize on its scenic location at the nexus of Edward and Alice streets meeting the Brisbane River.

Mulga Bill’s
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These dining venues are part of Brisbane City Council’s vision to transform the Kangaroo Point Bridge into a must-visit destination.

The project aims to deliver a quintessentially Queensland experience, blending culinary delights with breathtaking views, thereby enhancing Brisbane’s appeal as a city that beautifully merges urban living with riverside charm.

Published 3-June-2024

Inside Lamb House: Owners Share Story Behind Multi-Million Dollar Restoration

Steve and Jane Wilson, owners of Lamb House in Kangaroo Point, graciously opened the doors of the meticulously restored house for a special tour, providing an intimate glimpse into the exquisite 1902 estate after their multi-year renovation efforts.

Read: Renovation of Lamb House into ‘Home’ Finally Complete

In a special episode of ABC’s Restoration Australia, the couple gave an eagerly-anticipated first look inside the heritage-listed villa, now called “Home” after completing their ambitious restoration project.

Steve and Jane Wilson with Restoration Australia host Anthony Burke (Photo credit: ABC)

When the Wilsons purchased the dilapidated property in 2021 for $12.75 million, they committed a further $15 million to restoring every facet of the early 20th century residence to its original glory. Their goal was to accurately recreate architect Alexander Brown Wilson’s celebrated design vision down to the most intricate heritage detail.

Photo credit: Alex Chomicz – Home_Kangaroo Point/Instagram

The owners proudly showcased the incredible lengths taken to forensically examine and replicate each historical element, from colour schemes to light fittings. Mr Wilson revealed they had even hired security after purchasing to stop potential break-ins.

Photo credit: Alex Chomicz – Home_Kangaroo Point/Instagram

A show-stopping highlight is the kaleidoscopic laylight window in the entrance foyer, meticulously reconstructed pane-by-pane with over 1,000 individual glass pieces by conservation artisans Gerry Cummins and Jill Stehn. Mr Wilson marvelled that it creates “an aquarium of light” in the wonderful room as rainbow-hued patterns danced across the space.

Photo credit: Alex Chomicz – Home_Kangaroo Point/Instagram

Uncovered from beneath decades of grime, wood carvers precisely replicated original timber detailing whilst specialist plasterers shaped intricate ceiling roses and cornices using authentic techniques like “running the cornice.”

Photo credit: Alex Chomicz – Home_Kangaroo Point/Instagram

Mrs Wilson noted the garden surrounds were just as crucial to recreating the estate’s early 20th century character, saying they are “just as important as the house itself in respecting the heritage.”

Photo credit: Alex Chomicz – Home_Kangaroo Point/Instagram

After removing layers of graffiti and surveying archival photographs, the interiors have been utterly transformed from dilapidation into a pristine time capsule of 1902 design. 

Whilst some modern touches are still to come, the couple are thrilled to have already moved in, believing Alexander Brown Wilson would be “very pleased” to see his celebrated early 1900s design so impeccably revived.

Read: Lamb House Set to Return To Its Former Glory

The Wilsons look forward to sharing this spectacular historic gem by opening Lamb House’s doors for charity events, immersing visitors in Brisbane’s opulent colonial past.

Published 28-May-2024

Shows Before The Zoo Shuts Its Doors on July 8th

As the iconic Brisbane music venue The Zoo shuts its doors for the final time on July 8th, music fans are being treated to a stacked lineup of shows spanning genres and artists from around the world. It’s a bittersweet farewell for The Zoo, which has been a launchpad for local acts and a must-stop destination for international touring bands for decades.

The venue is going out with a bang, with names like Kirin J Callinan, Ball Park Music, British India, Donny Benet, Cheap Fakes, Bad Dad Orchestra, Lithe, and Closure in Moscow gracing the Zoo’s hallowed stage.

International acts are also getting in on the farewell festivities, with legendary American metal band Cirith Ungol making their first and last appearance in Australia, and genre-defying San Francisco band Deerhoof supporting their new album Miracle Level.

In true Zoo fashion, the venue is representing all corners of the musical map in its final weeks, from the Taylor Swift tribute show Reputation to Thai pop stars Ham Tua and Meena Intira to Kendrick Lamar covers from The JP Collective. Beloved local figures like Katie and Tyrone Noonan are even playing a special performance of their 2002 album Polyserena.

It’s a diverse and stacked calendar befitting of The Zoo’s iconic legacy. Music fans would be wise to make the trip to Ann Street sometime in the next seven weeks to experience the magic one last time. Because after July 8th, the Brisbane scene will be a little quieter without this beloved haunt.

Between You & Me – Sh!t Yeah tour (w/ Towns)

Saturday 25th May

Banks Arcade – Death 2 A Muse tour (w/ Earth Caller, Closure, and Heartline)

Sunday 26th May

Cirith Ungol – for the first and last time in Australia! (w/ Night Demon)

Wednesday 29th May

Reputation: The Ultimate Taylor Swift Show (w/ Ella & Sienna (The Voice 2022)

Thursday 30th May

Alice Phoebe Lou – SOLD OUT (w/ special guests)

Friday 31st May

Closure in Moscow (w/ HARTS and Toehider)

Saturday 1st June

Underscores (w/ special guests)

Sunday 2nd June

Unleash the Archers (w/ Firestorm and Revenger)

Saturday 8th June

ZOOLOVE – presented by Joc Curran

Friday 7th June

Alain Johannes (w/ special guests)

Wednesday 12th June

Deerhoof – Miracle Level tour (w/ special guests)

Friday 14th June

Donny Benet – Infinite Desires tour (w/ special guests)

Saturday 15th June

Kendrick Lamarr performed by The JP Collective (feat. music from Good Kid Mad City, To Pimp A Butterfly, DAMN, and more)

Sunday 16th June

British India – Threshold American tour (w/ special guests)

Friday 21st June

Lithe – What Would You Do tour (w/ special guests)

Saturday 22nd June

Katie and Tyrone Noonan – playing Polyserena in full! (w/ Jack Carty)

Sunday 23rd June

Narrow Head (w/ special guests)

Monday 24th June

Club Angel (w/ Kelbin)

Friday 28th June

Pierce Brothers (w/ Flynn Curry)

Saturday 29th June

Alice Ivy – Do What Makes You Happy tour (w/ special guests)

Friday 5th July

Sly Withers – Everything tour (w/ Smol Fish and Talk Heavy)

Saturday 6th July

Published 24-May-2024