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  • August 2011

    Cover Photo by Joseph Byford

    Soccer club turns 25Page 10

    Craig swaps site hat for bike helmetPage 13

    new farm | fortitude valley | teneriffe | newstead | kangaroo point | spring hill | petrie bight

    Gary Balkin crosses paths with ArchbishopPage 8

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    Cutting-edge eyewear will be unveiled when cult French designer Jean-Franois Rey arrives in Brisbane this month.

    Expect the unexpected when haute couture meets industrial chic at 20|20 Optical on James Street, Fortitude Valley. Meet Jean-Franois and Joelle Rey for the launch of the JF REY 2011 eyewear collection.

    If you appreciate original design and adore gorgeous eyewear then this is a must see.

    20|20 Optical is the leading stockist of JF REY eyewear in Australia.




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    p. 3254 4965 e. PO Box 2551, New Farm Q 4005For advertising email:

    September Deadlines:Advertising: Aug 26 Artwork: Aug 31Distributed: Sept 05 Distribution: 20,000Published by: New Farm - Fortitude Valley Village News ABN 8833 0509 542September 09 audit 19,700 copies per edition

    A monthly magazine for the residents, workers and visitors of New Farm, Fortitude Valley, Teneriffe, Newstead, Kangaroo Point, Spring Hill and Petrie Bight. The Village News is personally hand-delivered to all homes, apartments and businesses in those areas.

    About the Village News

    NEW Farm is blessed with an abundance of birdlife. The parks and green spaces on the peninsula provide a safe haven and natural playground for the many species.

    The balconies on the many high-density residential apartment blocks in the area provide a great perch or two. They are also encouraged by the many people who feed them.

    One resident is 80-year-old Donal OSullivan from Mountford Road, where he has lived with his wife Una for 15 years: I am not a serious twitcher but do enjoy the birds that we have even in our urban situation.

    Donal said the most common birds on his 7th-floor balcony were butcherbirds and magpies but there were often mikis and parrots.

    We are frequently visited by a host of local birds on our balconies. Often they sing most beautifully for us especially early in the morning, Donal said.

    Just very occasionally, we do actually get a kookaburra or two maybe only once or twice a year.

    Most of the balconies in our (10-storey) building have been closed

    in with windows so there are only a few that are left for the birds to perch on so maybe we do get more than our share, he said.

    Donal said Graham Pizzeys book The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia helps the couple understand more about what we see and hear.

    At the recent Teneriffe, Donal bought a timber sign which had a kookaburra on it, which he thought would look good on his balcony. He was also attracted by the text Welcome to our deck. Sit long.Talk much. Laugh often.

    I liked the sign and bought it and spent some time giving it several coats of varnish to protect it from the weather and finally hung it on my balcony, Donal said.

    Imagine my surprise the next morning when I found four kookaburras on our balcony. Were they there to inspect the sign? What a lovely coincidence. How did they come to decide to come to our balcony just then? he said.

    Donal was able to take some pictures of his new feathered visitors and the sign which he decided to share with Village News readers.

    Amused kookaburras find Donals balcony sign no laughing matter

    A kookaburra on Donal OSullivans balcony

    NEW Farm Park has won the Pride Award at this years Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland awards.

    Announcements and presentations by the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to award winners took place in the rotunda in the iconic park last month.

    The Central Ward, which covers New Farm Park and is represented by retiring Labor councillor David Hinchliffe, was a finalist in the 2011 Brisbane Spotless Suburbs competition which Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland runs in conjunction with the council and SITA Environmental Solutions.

    Cr Quirk said the competition was a part of his commitment to keeping Brisbanes suburbs clean and tidy, including a further $8.7 million in this years Budget for sweeping local streets and cutting roadside grass.

    Ive also allocated almost $7 million in 2011/12 for litter patrols across the city and $3.6 million for graffiti removal and enforcement, Cr Quirk said.

    We will also be continuing our Eyes in the Suburbs program, rewarding people who take the initiative to let us know about issues in their area so we can fix them.

    KABQ chief executive officer Rick Burnett said the achievement was made all the more significant considering the damage caused to the area covered by Central Ward in the Brisbane River flood in January this year.

    The January floods proved challenging and, in this years competition, we have made every

    effort to recognise and reward any affected local communities, Rick said.

    Editor of Chris Derrick said the much-loved park was a worthy winner considering the commitment and involvement by a large number of people within the community with great enthusiasm in seeing the park continue to be the crowning jewel among Brisbane green spaces.

    He said a steady stream of visitors poured into the park on any given day but was especially popular at weekends. It was also home to a vast number of community-based activities.

    The award confirms the enormous community pride we have in New Farm Park, David Hinchliffe said.

    Thats also why so many people have complained to council about the ongoing saga of the edging around our magnificent rose gardens and the

    concern about whats happening with a kiosk.

    He said special congratulations should go to Chris Derrick for the amazing work he did on the website.

    For more details and photos log on to

    Park cleans up with pride award

    Chris Derrick with Cr David Hinchliffe YOUR SAY

    By Darryl Whitecross

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    WITH the use of additives in many everyday Australian food items becoming more widespread, peninsula residents are being encouraged to attend a free public seminar to find out what they are eating and feeding to their families.

    Holy Spirit School tuckshop convenor Carol Taylor said the seminar, titled Whats Really in the Food Youre Eating? would be on Friday, August 26, at the school, in Villiers Street, New Farm.

    Carol said the seminar was aimed at parents and anyone interested in their health and that of their family.

    She said the seminar was a first for Holy Spirit School and part of the schools commitment to promoting healthy local communities and. It is to be based on the Australian best seller Additive Alert: Your Guide to Safer Shopping by Julie Eady.

    The seminar is open to the public.

    Additive Alert says many Australians unwittingly each year consume more than 5kg of food additives.

    It says parents may not be aware that such additives may cause many problems in children such as asthma, irritability and sleep disturbance.

    Our food supply is constantly changing so we need to keep up to date on whats actually in the food we eat, Carol said. Food labels provide a wealth of information but it can be very confusing to make wise food choices.

    Queenslands Additive Alert community talks presenter Louise DAllura said everyone would take something away from the presentation.

    We hear so much about carbohydrates, proteins, fats (good and bad) sodium, sugar which are all really important in the health equation but what we aim to teach during the presentation is

    how we also need to learn a little bit more about food additives if we truly want to be healthy, Louise said.

    How to read and interpret labels, what the science-based research says about food additives such as artificial sweeteners, colours and preservatives founds in our foods, which to avoid and why are to be covered by the seminar.

    Youll also learn easy strategies to take to the supermarket the next time you go shopping, Louise said.

    Everyone who attends also receives a free label reader. The book Additive Alert - Your Guide to Safer Shopping is to on sale at the seminar.

    Additive Alert founder Julie Eady developed her interest in food additives and their effects on health after the birth of her first child, Louise said. It really began as a personal project to identify better food choices but became a much bigger cause as a result of the stories from other mums and families.To book, email Carol Taylor on

    Seminar on additives open to public

    Additive Alert: Your Guide to Safer Shopping by Julie Eady

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