Locals Petition Speed Limit Change for Main Avenue in Wavell Heights

A group of concerned families in Wavell Heights have lodged a petition to change the speed limit on Main Avenue, as well as implement “proper traffic calming measures” to keep the neighbourhood safe.

The petition, shared on both the Council’s e-petitions page and on Change.org, was initiated by Tunui Tuahiva Ote Tonohiti, who explained that non-residents use Main Avenue to speed up and cut through the traffic building up on Hamilton Road. However, Main Avenue is not a wide street and has plenty of vehicles parked on both sides.

As a result of the speeding, Mr Tonohiti said that cars parked on the streets, owned by families who live there, have had some damages. But it’s not just vehicles that are at risk as many residents have almost been victims of hit and run, and some are caught on video.

“Numerous residents have nearly been hit while crossing the road with a pram or a dog and trying to access parked cars on the street has become a nightmare. We have footage of vehicles during school pick-up and drop-off hours doing 80km/h, if not more down Main Avenue. It is rampant and daily.”

Main Avenue’s speed limit is at 60km/h and the signs are located in just two streets, along the intersection of Bilsen Road and Newman Road. 

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“The former is hidden and attached to an electrical pole high up behind a tree. Using a 24/7 security camera, we have thousands of hours of recordings of the street and we have observed at least two-thirds of the vehicles travelling Main Avenue do well over the 60km/h speed limit. Some vehicles reaching speeds of 80km/h.” 

The petition calls for a speed reduction to 50km/h and the installation of speed bumps in critical areas. Mr Tonohiti also hopes that the Council will put up a pedestrian crossing near the playground on Main Avenue so that children and families walking their dogs can cross safely. 

“The footpath on Main Avenue starting from Newman Road travels on one side then stops at the children’s playground and continues on the opposite side of the street with no safe way of crossing over.”

To monitor this development, residents may join the local Facebook group. 

Locals Express Concern Over Worsening School Drop-Off at Wavell State High School

School drop-offs in Wavell State High School have changed in recent years, according to the parents of the students or the residents living nearby. Frustration has been mounting as both children and adults display inconsiderate behaviour, making the regular drive to this area such a stressful experience.

The most dangerous time to be on the road is from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., according to an official from the Transport and Main Roads (TMR), because that’s when most school kids are out. 

In Wavell Heights, concerned locals said that they’ve experienced a rise in speeding, congestion and other traffic inconveniences at busy intersections near the state high school.

Driver behaviour has gone downhill as well with more rude and entitled people at the wheel, prompting some to fear that they might be involved in a tiff. 

To make matters worse, some school children do not seem to have the sense to exercise care and caution when walking on busy streets. It’s an accident waiting to happen, according to the locals.

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Brisbane has over 2,000 crossing supervisors at school zones but they, too, have had rude encounters with drivers. However, only serious incidents are reported to TMR.

An official said that they have relied on the help of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) for proper traffic enforcement, which regularly monitors speed camera trailers installed at school zones. In 2020, TMR have sent out 4,500 speeding fines within the school zones of suburbs like Wavell Heights, Eatons Hill, Mansfield, Mount Gravatt and Wishart.

The QPS reminded motorists to be mindful, attentive and patient, especially if they are near school zones. 

Kim Marx, the chair of the Brisbane City Council Community Health and Safety, said that the incidents on the road can happen within a “split-second” and a small number of errant drivers or misguided students can cause unnecessary risks to the public. 

Ms Marx encouraged locals to report what they deem unsafe either to the QPS or the Council as this will also help with enforcement and prevention. 

Hundreds Sign Petition to Bring Back Nudgee Beach Off-Leash Privilege

Dog owners who regularly let their pooches play and exercise off-leash at the foreshore of Nudgee Beach are still challenging the Council order that brought the site back to an on-leash area in November 2020.  

Northgate resident Clare Murray lodged a petition for the Council to reverse the cancellation, citing that “a large number of Brisbane dog owners who were unaware of the ‘trial’ nature of the off-leash dog area at Nudgee Beach and are now extremely upset by the change.” 

Ms Murray’s petition, which will run until 28 Feb 2021, has gained nearly 400 signatures from local dog owners and even those from Coorparoo and Eight Mile Plains.

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But another resident also opened a petition to keep the on-leash rule and has nearly 50 signatures. 

“[Off-leash] would be very destructive for these shorebirds as they need a safe place to feed and rest. Otherwise, these birds would have nowhere to go which would result in a decline in species population,” the petitioner, Jessica Shipley, wrote. 

Brisbane City Council discontinued Nudgee Beach’s off-leash dog trial, whilst retaining Manly and Sandgate’s status. In a statement, the Council said that there are alternative off-leash sites at the Kedron Broo, the Tuckeroo Park on Nudgee Road and the Sandgate foreshore.  

A spokesperson acknowledged that Nudgee Beach was a popular destination for dog owners and their pets but the decision was precipitated by an increase in the disturbance of migratory shorebirds in the area, as backed by scientific evidence.

Wavell Heights Doctors Oppose Planned 24-Hour Medical Centre

A group of medical doctors from Wavell Heights and Kedron is not in favor of the plan to turn an old bowling site into a 24-hour medical facility. 

In late October, the Council approved the application of Carbone Developments to turn the old bowling centre on Gympie Road into a medical hub. The application, however, has been appealed with more than a hundred people signing a petition to cancel the plan. 

The petitioners, consisting of mostly GPs, said that there are enough qualified, family-oriented and well-established medical centres, health clinics and pharmacies within the radius of Wavell Heights, Gordon Park, Nundah, Chermside Kedron and Stafford. 

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Dr Conor Calder-Potts, from the Shaw Road Medical Centre in Wavell Heights said that this North Brisbane section does not need a “big super clinic.”

The other practitioners said that there is no demand to increase medical services in the area since the community is at maximum capacity when it comes to doctors.

The new medical centre will apparently create a space for 10 doctors’ offices, 120 new doctors, operating rooms, and a large 100 sqm pharmacy. 

“As an employee of a business within a close vicinity of the proposed development, it is important to note that we are already experiencing significant issues with parking, traffic and congestion within this area. In this area we already have an established medical centre, pathology collection, pharmacy, cafe and three schools. Adding another ‘Super Centre’ style medical centre into the mix along with more providers would be a recipe for disaster,” a local said.

Carbone Developments originally planned to develop the defunct AMF bowling site into a food hub, which the residents prefer. However, the company could not find the right tenants to fill the space thus the shift to a medical facility.

Edinburgh Castle Road Park Footpath in Wavell Heights Now Completed

Access to the Edinburgh Castle Road Park in Wavell Heights just got better after the completion of a new footpath on Fourteenth Avenue, leading up to the dog park.

Councillor Adam Allan shared photos of the new footpath that will bring “an easier connection from Edinburgh Castle Road to the shared pathway further down the road.”

Families with babies on prams and people on bikes or scooters will no longer have to risk their safety as the new pathways will keep them off the roads. 

This park is part of the Shaw Estate Park connecting different community hubs. This site is home to the bowls club, the scout group, the tennis precinct,a few playground and picnic areas, the skate facility, sports complex and the dog off-leash area near Murray Duus Park. It is also near Wavell Heights Kindergarten.

The smooth pathway comes as Brisbane City Council is set to deliver 2,000 e-bikes to bring more travel options for residents and visitors alike. 

“We want more people to be getting out of their car and using active transport and the introduction of e-scooters has shown us people love e-wheeling and want more of it,” Public and Active Transport Chair Ryan Murphy said. “We are now taking the steps to open a tender for e-mobility which will introduce a shared, public-bike scheme in Brisbane.”

This move will eventually phase out the 10-year-old CityCycle in the next 12 months. 

“Residents have voted with their feet and are opting for more modern transport options, like e-scooters and it’s up to Council to continue to innovate to meet the needs of today, not 10 years ago,” Mr Murphy further said. “We’re a hot, humid, sub-tropical city so when it comes to traveling that last mile from transport hub to home, e-wheeling can make it so much more comfortable.” 

Wavell State High School: Tracing Back its Rich History

Wavell Heights was initially known as West Nundah and mainly consisted of dairy farming and pineapple growing.

With its ideal location near the Nundah Railway Station, a portion of the farmland was subdivided into small lots in the 1920s for residential development and more houses were built in the area during the interwar period.

History of Wavell Heights

Waiting at the Railway Station, Nundah, ca. 1910 Photo credit: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Negative number: 99234

In the early 1940s locals recognised the need for the suburb to be officially defined and to have the name changed. Suggested names for the suburb included Beverley Heights, Avon Hill, Inala, and Wavell Heights.

Locals voted for their preferred name for the locality and Wavell Heights was the most popular choice. The name Wavell Heights was officially adopted in 1941.

Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell

Archibald Percival Wavell. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Wavell Heights was named after British Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell. He was the Commander-in-Chief of British and Dominion Forces in the Middle East. Many Australians have served under his command during World War II, especially in North Africa, Greece, Crete and Syria.

Archibald Percival Wavell was born in Colchester, England in 1883. He had served in a number of battles in the early years of the twentieth century.  It was, however, in June 1915 when he won a Military Cross during their fight against the German Army at Ypres in Flanders. The recognition was perhaps bittersweet since it was in that fight that he had the misfortune to lose an eye.

Wavell was a well-known officer within the army and outside it between the two World Wars. He was known for being an exceptional trainer of soldiers and a great commander.

Wavell’s Excellent Leadership

Portrait of the Viceroy of India, Field Marshal Sir Archibald Wavell at his desk. Photo credit: Imperial War Museums TR 842/Wikimedia Commons

Wavell became Commander-in-Chief in India in July 1941 and by 1943 he was promoted to Field Marshall, appointed Viceroy of India and earned the title Viscount Wavell. As its Viceroy, Wavell worked hard towards granting independence to India as well as improving the welfare of its people.

Upon his retirement from public office in 1947, Wavell became an Earl, with the additional title of Viscount Keren. After serving the army, he was committed in literature and became president of several societies including the Royal Society of Literature. He had published several works about military subjects as well as poetry.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Wavell is, despite his misfortunes during the Second World War, he never complained of his circumstances. Instead, he retained the confidence of his troops and his reputation remained high.

Post-WWII Wavell Heights

Queensland Housing Commission streetscape, Webster Road, Stafford, September 1949.Photo credit: CC-BY/Queensland State Archives/Flickr

With the rapid population growth in Wavell Heights after WWII, there has been a need for delivering services and infrastructure, including schools. The housing project for Wavell Heights included features such as the development of a shopping centre, parks, sports ground, state school, and child welfare centre.

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The first school to open in the area was the Wavell Heights State School which opened by 1950. This was followed by the opening of a Catholic primary school.

Governments were slow to establish state secondary education in Queensland before because it was considered non-essential in an industry-based economy.

After WWII, however, secondary education was generally accepted as essential and was more supported by the government.

Establishment of Wavell State High School

In September 1958, the Director-General of Education announced the construction of six new high schools for Queensland which includes Wavell State High School.

The Department of Public Works was responsible for producing the master plan for Wavell State High School. The plan involved the development of a central core of buildings and playing field.

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Furthermore, the plan consisted of a central administration building with four classroom buildings radiating out from it. The buildings had north facing verandahs and south facing classrooms. These are also connected to the administration building via covered links.

Construction work began on the first building on site which was the Manual Training Building (Block B) in November 1958. Although the school is set to receive its first student in 1959, Block B was not complete by then.

Because of this, a timber school building was moved from Oakleigh State School to Wavell State High School. The temporary building consisted of three classrooms and an office.

Wavell State High School opened under the leadership of its founding Principal, Mr C.E. Anstey. Photo credit: environment.ehp.qld.gov.au

Wavell State High School officially opened on 27 January 1959. Initially, there were 122 students and five teachers. Due to the lack of facilities at this time, science classes were held in the principal’s home garage located beside the school in Childers Street.

By May 1959 classes were already held in the completed Manual Training Block. Other buildings in the school were subsequently built thereafter.

Wavell State High School Expansion

Block F WSHS Photo credit: environment.ehp.qld.gov.au

Following the completion of its buildings, the new school was officially opened on the 14 May 1960. The opening ceremony was well attended by the school community and dignitaries, including the Minister for Education, Jack Pizzey.

Moreover, several building work was done in 1960 and 1961, with the construction of two general classroom buildings (Block H and Block J).

The demand for more classrooms increased in the 1960s as enrolment numbers grew. With this, construction for more buildings was done and a new Science wing (Block E) and another General Classroom wing (Block F) were completed by 1966. Works on the school’s playing field were also completed by the late 1960s.

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Furthermore, a 25-metre swimming pool, located between the school buildings and the playing field was also added to the school in 1969. Other sporting facilities have been added to the site over time, including basketball courts.

Other buildings have been constructed on the school site, including the library building, the music block, and the assembly hall. The former Oakleigh State School timber building was then removed from the school in 1966.

Wavell State High School was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 27 July 2018.

The state high school has and continues to play a major role in Wavell Heights and the local community. Apart from teaching generations of students since its opening, the school has also hosted many social events ever since. The school continues to serve as a centre for social, sporting and community events.

Heritage Listing

Wavell State High School is listed in the Queensland Heritage Register as a significant structure that shows the evolution of state education in Queensland.

The heritage-listed institution is important for its contribution to the educational development of Wavell Heights and is a prominent community focal point. The school also helps in describing the need for secondary education in booming suburbs across Queensland in the 1950s. Such is a time of pronounced population growth.

First published as Discover the Rich History of Wavell State High School

Norths Junior Rugby: Enlist Your Kids To Enjoy A New Social Sport

Is your child ready for a social sport like Rugby? Norths Junior Rugby is opening its registration for the next breed of players who will enjoy and grow in the game.

Norths Junior Rugby is a family-oriented sports club that trains kids from the ages of six to 18. If you’ve got a son or daughter showing an interest in the sport, you may register them for the 2020 season on the 6th, the 21st and the 28th of March at 150 Shaw Road, Wavell Heights 4012.

For an easier registration, parents may also download the Rugby Explorer App on their mobile.  Create an account for each child by clicking on “Register” at the bottom right-hand corner of the app.

For Norths Junior Rugby, registrations are currently open for the following participants:

U6 to U18s XVs Juniors 
U12 to U18 Girls Only10s Junior Girls (Term 1)  7s Junior Girls (Term 2 and 3)

You may also explore the app for any upcoming registrations by searching “Norths Junior Rugby” and then selecting “Get Into Rugby Participant/Get Into Rugby.” Follow the prompts to see other opportunities. 

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A social and contact sport like Rugby keeps children active whilst having heaps of fun on the field. This game is also a character-forming activity that can equip children the skills to apply in real life, as they form lifelong friendships and learn teamwork. 

Members of the club train every Friday evening and play every Saturday morning. There are no matches and training during school holidays.  

Please take note that the app registration will not go through unless payment has been completed. For enquiries about the registration, matches and payment,  email registrar@northsjuniorrugby.com.au.

The Baristorian: You’ll Love This Cafe’s Community-Focused Vibe

Trendy, modern restaurants may impress diners with discriminating tastes but an eatery that evokes a homey feeling will always win anyone’s heart. If a charming community-focused restaurant appeals to you, then you’ll love The Baristorian in Wavell Heights. 

The Baristonian stands at the corner of Newman Road and Main Avenue, taking over the site of what used to be Shutter & Brew. This neighbourhood cafe offers a seasonal menu for brunch, with choices of gluten-free and vegan-friendly meals. 

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This restaurant also provides a range of alternative refreshments from various local companies like Simara, Margaret River Chai Teas and Kakadu Organic Bush Teas. Their coffee is sourced from Syndicate Coffee, which specialises in sustainability. 

But what makes The Baristonian more impressive is its commitment to the community building. The cafe has regular activities — for kids and adults alike — for de-stressing and winding down, and for forging friendships with like-minded people.

For instance, this January, The Baristonian hosted a social sewing club for women, an educational Minecrafting session for young boys, a cupcake decorating workshop for children and a teen book club.

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The restaurant also helps local artists sell their creations of mostly Aboriginal-inspired art in its dedicated art gallery. These are commission-free work so all profits go to the artists who made them. 

At one corner is a nook filled with relishes, jams and other items for gifting to friends and family if you don’t have time to shop elsewhere. These items are from small businesses and local entrepreneurs, further boosting The Baristorian’s goal of supporting the community.

Suffice it to say, it’s more than just the food or coffee at this charming restaurant. 

The Baristonian is open from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Tuesday through Friday and at 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

“Great service and food.. simple but stylish menu with normal portions not over the top.. great selection of coffees, gift ware and small gifts..absolutely a gem and great find.”

~ Benjimen Olsen, Facebook 

“A light but cosy atmosphere, great coffee and wonderful proprietors. There’s a water bowl and fake grass mat out the front to park your pooch at (please don’t let them on the lovely comfy chairs, it’s bad form) and they’re more than happy to bring your order out to you.  They have a nice selection of hand made products and art by local and Indigenous artists, the perfect gift or treat stop off.” 

~ Julia Moore, Google Review

Dear Deer Cafe in Wavell Heights Welcomes Every Kind of Food Lover, Including Dogs

A cosy cafe in Wavell Heights, which opened in early 2019, could be your next favourite hangout. Dear Deer Cafe in Hamilton Road is a family-friendly eatery that serves every kind of food lover, including their dogs.

The place might be quite small but Dear Deer Cafe delivers the kind of service you’d expect from a tight-knit community like Wavell Heights. The warm and friendly staff will entice you to visit again.  

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Your brunch cravings are easily sorted out at this restaurant with its sprawling menu. It will be hard to resist their all-day breakfast choices, featuring the Dear Food Coma (bacon, chipolatas, house hash, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, sauteed spinach, free-range eggs, a side of fresh garden salad and a toast of your choice).

The lunch selections are a simple but nonetheless satisfying, featuring the Dear Deer Burger (slow-cooked pork belly on a bed of spinach, American cheese, home-made tomato relish and red onion with mustard. Served with a side salad and chips). Groups dining with children are given the easy option to order Breakfast for Fawns, which comes with a juice box in every order.

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To perk up your mornings or energise the rest of your day, Dear Deer Cafe serves coffees from Toby’s Estate.  

This cafe is pretty convenient for dropping in with your furry pets for some time to chill, for enjoying a social brunch, or for bringing your family for a hearty meal to celebrate a special occasion. 

The cafe is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For the 2019 Christmas and New Year break, be sure to check their Facebook Page for the closed dates beginning the 24th of Dec to avoid inconveniences.

“I loved my experience at Dear Deer, the quality of service was superb, just like the food. There is a sense of a tightly-knit community at Dear Deer, they accommodate for all kinds of food lovers, will definitely be recommending to my friends!”

~ Kian Burke, Zomato

“I went to Dear deer and it was delish! We ordered the veggie food coma and dear food coma. So many fresh ingredients – Homemade hash browns, REAL freshly squeezed orange juice. Food was quick, friendly service. A great local cafe I’d be happy to visit and support again.” 

~ Bell Silverthorne, Google Reviews

The Home Collective Market in Wavell Heights Is Back for Your Early Christmas Shopping

Did you know that plants can be such a powerful and versatile design tool? If you are keen on updating your home decor with some greens then drop by The Home Collective Market in Wavell Heights on Sunday, the 13th of Oct 2019. 

Over 50 stalls will be open at the Wavell Heights Community Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to sell heaps of stuff you’ll need to spruce up your home. Houseplants and gardening needs will flow at The Home Collective Market but there will also be choices of ceramics, homeware, artwork, furniture, wall hangings, rugs, candles and so much more to check out. 

As any garden lover will tell you, you can never have enough plants to update your home design. You’ll have a wonderful time rummaging through the items on sale as you find pieces that may bring some life and colour into the rooms of your house. 

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If you don’t need to buy for yourself, there’s still another reason to visit The Home Collective Market. Start your Christmas shopping early and find unique gift items for family, co-workers and friends.

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Coffee and snacks from The Collective Kitchen will be available for guests who may need nourishment in between shopping. Dogs are allowed just outside the venue provided that they are leashed and well-behaved. 

As with previous market events, the gold coin entry fee will be collected from visitors to help raise funds for the Animal Welfare League.