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<ul><li><p>August 2011</p><p>Cover Photo by Joseph Byford</p><p>Soccer club turns 25Page 10</p><p>Craig swaps site hat for bike helmetPage 13</p><p>new farm | fortitude valley | teneriffe | newstead | kangaroo point | spring hill | petrie bight</p><p>Gary Balkin crosses paths with ArchbishopPage 8</p></li><li><p>villagenews August 20112</p><p>villageadvertorial</p><p>Birdies</p><p>JAMES STREET49 James StreetFortitude Valley</p><p>Brisbane Q 400607 3852 2020</p><p>Mon-Fri 10am-5pmSat 10am-4pm</p><p>20/20 OPTICAL STORE</p><p>Millenium Bridge, London Kevin wears Mykita, Kylie wears J.F.Rey</p><p>THE BARRACKS61 Petrie Terrace Brisbane Q 400007 3367 2020Mon-Sat 9am-5pm</p><p>MAP20_20.indd 1 25/11/10 11:38:04 AM</p><p>Cutting-edge eyewear will be unveiled when cult French designer Jean-Franois Rey arrives in Brisbane this month.</p><p>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.</p><p>If you appreciate original design and adore gorgeous eyewear then this is a must see. </p><p>20|20 Optical is the leading stockist of JF REY eyewear in Australia. </p><p>CULTFRENCHEYEWEARMAESTRO</p><p>Timsandro</p><p>sHUss</p><p>sanPeFrencH designer Jean-Franois rey</p><p>IN AUSTRALIA your invitationJoin us for and view this years exciting new collection in its entirety. Thursday 11 August 4 - 7 pm20|20 OPTICAL 49 James Street, Fortitude Valley </p><p>3852 2020</p></li><li><p>villagenews</p><p>August 2011 villagenews 3</p><p>p. 3254 4965 e. PO Box 2551, New Farm Q 4005For advertising email: </p><p>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</p><p>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.</p><p>About the Village News</p><p> </p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Donal said the most common birds on his 7th-floor balcony were butcherbirds and magpies but there were often mikis and parrots.</p><p>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.</p><p>Just very occasionally, we do actually get a kookaburra or two maybe only once or twice a year.</p><p>Most of the balconies in our (10-storey) building have been closed </p><p>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.</p><p>Donal said Graham Pizzeys book The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia helps the couple understand more about what we see and hear.</p><p> 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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Donal was able to take some pictures of his new feathered visitors and the sign which he decided to share with Village News readers. </p><p>Amused kookaburras find Donals balcony sign no laughing matter</p><p>A kookaburra on Donal OSullivans balcony</p><p>NEW Farm Park has won the Pride Award at this years Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland awards.</p><p>Announcements and presentations by the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to award winners took place in the rotunda in the iconic park last month.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p> 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.</p><p> 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.</p><p> 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.</p><p> The January floods proved challenging and, in this years competition, we have made every </p><p>effort to recognise and reward any affected local communities, Rick said.</p><p> 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.</p><p> 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.</p><p>The award confirms the enormous community pride we have in New Farm Park, David Hinchliffe said.</p><p>Thats also why so many people have complained to council about the ongoing saga of the edging around our magnificent rose gardens and the </p><p>concern about whats happening with a kiosk.</p><p>He said special congratulations should go to Chris Derrick for the amazing work he did on the website. </p><p>For more details and photos log on to</p><p>Park cleans up with pride award</p><p>Chris Derrick with Cr David Hinchliffe</p><p> YOUR SAY</p><p>By Darryl Whitecross</p></li><li><p>villagenews August 20114</p><p>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. </p><p>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.</p><p> Carol said the seminar was aimed at parents and anyone interested in their health and that of their family.</p><p>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.</p><p>The seminar is open to the public. </p><p>Additive Alert says many Australians unwittingly each year consume more than 5kg of food additives.</p><p>It says parents may not be aware that such additives may cause many problems in children such as asthma, irritability and sleep disturbance. </p><p>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.</p><p>Queenslands Additive Alert community talks presenter Louise DAllura said everyone would take something away from the presentation. </p><p>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 </p><p>how we also need to learn a little bit more about food additives if we truly want to be healthy, Louise said.</p><p>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.</p><p>Youll also learn easy strategies to take to the supermarket the next time you go shopping, Louise said.</p><p>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. </p><p>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</p><p>Seminar on additives open to public</p><p>Additive Alert: Your Guide to Safer Shopping by Julie Eady</p><p>Cars not stoppingI LOVE receiving the Village News each month. It is a great way to keep up with what is happening in the local community.</p><p>Since having a baby earlier in the year, I have been making a conscious effort to be responsible and cross at pedestrian crossings. I am appalled that cars stopping at pedestrian crossings seem to be a voluntary action rather than the law. At the crossings on Commercial Road and James Street, I regularly watch 2-3 cars speed past before a car actually stops. </p><p>Thanks for putting together a great magazine.AmandaNew Farm</p><p>Death to stir actionREGARDING the Merythr Village Crossing (July issue): Its only a matter of time until a pedestrian is killed there. Perhaps then council will do something.Adam MeyerBrisbane </p><p>Park has magicPETER of Teneriffe writes (July issue) that the magic of New Farm Park has vanished. I can only urge him to look up from the red concrete garden edges and see the real magic in the park the people enjoying themselves. The park is a meeting place, a picnic spot, an exercise and fitness venue, a live music venue, a romantic retreat, a sports field and a fabulous playground for children. On any Sunday, Saturday or public holiday people come from all over Brisbane to enjoy this inner city oasis. Things may change they always do but I urge Peter and everyone else hung up on garden edges and a burnt down cafe to look around them next time they are in the park and see the enjoyment on the faces of park users. That is the unchanging magic.L.M.WrightNew Farm</p><p>We get great feedback from the community. Please email us at </p><p>villagevoice</p><p> YOUR SAY</p></li><li><p>villagenews</p><p>August 2011 villagenews 5</p><p>GYROTONIC is an exercise system based on yoga, swimming and dance on a pulley based tower.</p><p>This monTh for Village news readers we are offering an iniTial consulTaTion and </p><p>3 sessions for $300! (saVe $240!)</p><p>Our sessions are run by physiotherapists or exercise physiologists and are claimable through private health insurance.</p><p>ARE YOU BORED WITH YOUR OLD EXERCISE ROUTINE?WORKOUT*FREEPOWER PLATE.</p><p>In the time it takes to enjoy a coffee, you could have finished your free workout.</p><p>OCTOBER GyrtonicSPECIAL*</p><p>This month present this advertisment and bring a friend to trial the benefits of POWERPLATE for free.</p><p>Contact the Studio for more details.* Valid until 31st October 2010WHY NOT TRY GYROTONIC</p><p>MANY thought the reddish colour of the edging around the historic rose beds in New Farm Park was set in concrete. It wasnt and cracks have appeared in Brisbane City Councils plans to spruce up the beds.</p><p>After community anger at the beds being edged in the first place and the distasteful colour chosen, council has moved to change the colour.</p><p>The edging stays but the red has been replaced by a shade of green - a heritage colour, closer to that used on light poles and fencing around the park.</p><p>Collingwood Concreting from Ipswich was contracted to paint over the original colour at a cost of more than $20,000.</p><p>The Village News believes it cost council $25,000 to put in and paint the edging earlier this year.</p><p>The business owner, Sam Evola, from Collingwood Park, said he and his son, Patrick, expected to take 10 days to finish the job which involved two coats of paint and a lacquer which would give the edging sheen.</p><p>The original colour faded and was touched up with a bright red which annoyed locals further.</p><p>Now, after dozens of complaints, the colour has been changed to Cottage Green which Con said was chosen because the heritage green council wanted had been discontinued.</p><p>Lord Mayoral candidate Ray Smith and retiring Central Ward councillor David Hinchliffe said all this colour-changing was going on at a time when basic services for parks could not be provided. </p><p>Some parks havent even yet been restored after the flood six months ago and yet the amount of money is being wasted on edging that local New Farmers didnt even want, Ray Smith said.</p><p>Cr Hinchliffe said residents were ropeable about the ugliness of the garden beds.</p><p>Labor candidate for Cr Hinchliffes ward, Paul Crowther, labelled the situation as the edging fiasco.</p><p>Whats wrong with this council that it takes six months to fix playground equipment but wastes money on edging that wasnt even needed. The rose beds looked perfectly fine with a trench dug around the bed, he said.</p><p>Garden beds find its not easy being greenBy Darryl Whitecross</p><p>Sam Evola puts on a coat of Cottage Green to one of the rose garden beds in New Farm Park</p><p>villagenews</p><p> YOUR SAY</p><p>Photo by Darryl Whitecross</p><p>BRISBANE City Council has agreed to meet with a group of peninsula residents concerned about its plans to turn the old ferry terminal at the end of Brunswick Street into a cafe.</p><p>Deputy mayor and councils Economic Development Chairman Cr Adrian Schrinner said that, although council had held four community consultation sessions at the site, which is on the edge of New Farm Park, he was prepared to formerly meet with the reference group.</p><p>The meeting was planned for August 3.Central Ward councillor, David Hinchliffe, said a </p><p>resident reference group made up of three or four people would meet with the deputy mayor.</p><p>Cr Schrinner said people could put any views on the planned refurbishment and redevelopment of the terminal through the councils website.</p><p>Already more than 180 people had attended the sessions and/or provided feedback, he said.</p><p>Council believes the majority of residents and New Farm Park visitors are in favour of the refurbishment and planned cafe.</p><p>Cr Schrinner said nearby residents had express...</p></li></ul>