Wavell Heights Bromeliads Extravaganza Returns for Bargains and More

Twice a year, the Wholesale Bromeliads of Australia hosts a Wavell Heights Bromeliads Extravaganza where plant lovers can purchase directly from growers. If you’ve been anticipating the next event, you’d be pleased to know that it is coming up on Saturday and Sunday, the 28th and 29th of Sept 2019.

On the said dates, Wavell Heights Community Hall will be turned into an indoor garden with heaps of Bromeliads for sale. These plants, which belong to a family with over 3,000 species, can propagate outdoors as a stump or tree in areas with a warm climate. However, it’s also cool to put broms in pots indoors, where they can grow into a decorative plant with patterned foliage or flaming red blooms.

You’ll know more about growing and tending to Bromeliads when you visit the extravaganza. Expect to be in awe of the selection from growers, which includes mini Neoregelias, Alcantareas, Aechmea gracilis and Tillandsias, among others.

Photo Credit: Wholesale Bromeliads of Australia/Facebook

Happening from morning to early afternoon, you may also enjoy a bountiful breakfast, tea or lunch at the Wavell Heights Bromeliads Extravaganza as bacon, egg rolls, burgers and drinks will be available. In addition, 20 plants will also be raffled off to lucky guests.

Take note of these trading hours if you’re planning to drop by. 

28 Sept 20198:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
29 Sept 20199:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Unwind at Retroespresso, a Red-and-Black-Themed Cafe in Wavell Heights

At the corner of Edinburgh Castle Road in Wavell Heights is this attractive red-and-black-themed cafe called Retrospresso. Located just 12 kilometres from Brisbane CBD, this coffee house is not just a local favourite but also a convenient dining place for many commuters.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Retroespresso baristas start their day early at 5:00 in the morning. Locals easily fill up the tables to order coffee with their usual and always satiating brekkie choices like banana bread, avocado on sourdough, or toast filled with gourmet fruit while other people drop in to order their takeaway wraps along with their preferred beverage.

Photo Credit: Retroespresso/Facebook
Photo Credit: Retroespresso/Facebook

The cafe and bar also serve vegetarian meals and gluten-free beer options.

The place has both indoor and outdoor seating so there’s plenty of room for its diners but Retroespresso also has a lovely courtyard seating on its second floor, which makes unwinding even more pleasurable.

This is a dog-friendly cafe and there are water bowls outside and at the courtyard.

Photo Credit: Retroespresso/Facebook
Photo Credit: Retroespresso/Facebook

“What a little gem! Great light breakfast options for a quick, cheap and easy meal! The bagel was light and freshly made. The huge mug of coffee was exactly what I needed! There are also heaps of lunch options available as well! Thanks for the nice surprise, I certainly recommend this joint.”

~ Melinda Jenny May Salter, via Zomato 

“Been going to this coffee shop for the last few months, service has been excellent, and the staff always friendly. Have always enjoyed the coffee. They have a good selection of cafe style food and today I had one of their brownies which was possibly one of the best I’ve had in a long time. Access and parking is easy. Opening hours are awesome to especially for myself who does shift work in the area.”

~ Go657753, via Tripadvisor 

We had a 21st Birthday party on the weekend at Retroespresso and it was the perfect venue. The court yard upstairs is covered and the area is very private and cosy. We were able to decorate the space with lights and balloons.Serena was so helpful during all of the planning process and on the night of the party. Everything was so well organised and our party goers had a wonderful time. The food was also of a high standard. A big Thank you to Serena and her team. We were 100% satisfied with every aspect of of our party. We would highly recommend a party at this venue.

~ Claire Bell, via Facebook

Discover the Rich History of Wavell State High School

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.

History of Wavell Heights

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

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.

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.

Photo credit: Wavell Heights State School/Facebook

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.

Photo credit: wavellshs.eq.edu.au

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.

Photo credit: Wavell Heights State School/Facebook

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.

Wavell Heights Shopping Strip to Get a $400,000 Upgrade

As part of Brisbane City Council’s 2018-19 budget, the Wavell Heights shopping strip at Hamilton Road will undergo a $400,000 transformation.

Council’s investment for the upgrades of the shopping strip follows Councillor for Northgate Ward Adam Allan’s petition to secure the funding.

Photo credit: Councillor Adam Allan/Facebook

According to Cr Allan, upgrades to the shopping strip will include upgraded footpaths, gardens, trees, artworks, street furniture, and more.

Cr Allan also said that the project will provide an improved amenity for the community and improve awareness and accessibility of the location. Furthermore, the project will help to support the businesses in this location.

Village Precinct Projects

Shopping precinct upgrades are being delivered under the Council’s Village Precinct Projects.

Village Precinct Projects is a new public realm improvement program. It supports Brisbane City Council’s commitment to creating a city of neighbourhoods, a key principle of Brisbane’s Future Blueprint.

Completed Alderly Village Precinct Project Photo credit: CC-BY/Brisbane City Council/Flickr

A Village Precinct Project specifically aims to deliver improvements to the precinct’s attractiveness, amenity, safety, accessibility, and identity. Overall, these elements will improve the commercial vitality of the precinct.

Under the improvement program, the Council will also invest $450,00 for Curragundi Road shops at Jindalee and $500,000 for local upgrades at Biota Street, Inala.

For the Wavell Heights shopping strip upgrade, residents may provide input to the project via an on-site kiosk.

Proposed Townhouse Development in Wavell Heights Turned Down by Council

A development application for the construction of 15 townhouses at 209 Rode Road and 27 Spence Road, Wavell Heights has been refused by the Council.

Prior to the decision, more than 100 submissions were received by the Council from local residents who were not happy about the development proposal.

As stated on the Council’s decision notice, “the proposed large-scale multiple dwelling is incongruous with the existing low  density, detached dwelling character of the locality, with no community or economic need demonstrated, that warrants a distinct and visible change in character of the locality within the life of the current planning scheme.”

Suitable Developments for Wavell Heights

Proposed development site Photo credit: Brisbane Planning and Development Online

The suburb of Wavell Heights is located between the suburbs of Chermside and Toombul. Such neighbourhoods are characterised by higher density residential development due to their proximity to Gympie Road and Northern Busway transport corridor, Brisbane North-east Rail transport corridor, Chermside Shopping Centre, and the Toombul Shopping Centre.

Since Wavell Heights is not situated near a transport corridor, a growth node, a Principal or a Major Centre, the Wavell Heights neighbourhood’s residential density and associated built form vary significantly from its neighbouring suburbs.

Photo credit: Brisbane Planning and Development Online

One of the reasons for the refusal of the proposed development is that it would result in a built form that is not suitable to the existing and intended built form character of the neighbourhood.

The Council cited that the built form of the development is more consistent with the type of development expected in the neighbouring suburbs of Chermside and Toombul.

Whilst the proposed development was refused, Wavell Heights is set to have a new Indoor Swim School as works for the development of the project has already begun.

Petition to Secure Funding for the Hamilton Road Shopping Precinct Upgrade in Wavell Heights Launched

A petition has been launched urging the Council to include Wavell Heights’ Hamilton Road shopping precinct on the Village Precinct Projects for 2018-2019.

With the hopes of securing government funding for the upgrades on Hamilton Road shopping strip, the petition was lodged by Councillor for Northgate Ward Adam Allan.

As part of the Council Annual Plan and Budget 2018-2019, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has allocated $5.2 million for the Village Precinct Projects which aims to enhance and beautify local village precincts.

To help build the economy and support local businesses, the multi-million Village Precinct Projects may include precinct enhancements such as gardens, lighting, seating, footpath upgrades, street art, and more.

Photo credit: www.northgateward.com

Cr Allan is working to secure the funding for Wavell Heights shopping strip at Hamilton Road since improving suburban shopping strips is one of the key principles of “Brisbane’s Future Blueprint“. The blueprint is the outcome of the resident feedback from the Council’s “Plan Your Brisbane” consultation.

It might be time for the Wavell Heights shopping strip at 159 Hamilton Road to have some upgrades to support local businesses in the area. Read more about the online petition here.


Lovelea Designs In Wavell Heights Turns Trash Into Treasure

Dive into the world of upcycling in Wavell Heights. Lovelea Designs offers a variety of workshops for locals who want to learn how to turn scrap into furniture pieces.

Owned by Lea, the workshop is located at the bottom floor of her home. All of the tools that you’re going to need are here – from chainsaws, to upholstery, to paint.

The owner’s mission is to find preloved furniture and turn it into a beautiful work of art. They scour city streets during the Brisbane City Council’s kerbside collection and pick up pieces of furniture.

There are so many things to do here. You can learn how to upcycle furniture, or if you wish to learn how to do upholstery, they have workshops for that as well. The workshops teach basic skills such as painting, stenciling and basic decoupage.

Photo credit: Lovelea Designs / Facebook

Lovelea Designs also conducts workshops for kids during the school holidays.

The workshops take three hours and happen during the weekends. You will be provided with everything that you need here. The items that will be used came from kerbside collections, council top shops, garage sales, and even from existing customers.

Photo credit: Lovelea Designs / Facebook

The place is also open for private events. So, if you feel like doing something different for your family gathering or birthday, this is a great spot.

They also offer repair or furniture refurbishing should you have any pieces of furniture you want to put to good use in your home.

The cost of the workshops is $60 for three hours.

Address: 16 Highlands Street, Wavell Heights

To Bob or Not to Bob in 2018: Where to Get A New Hairstyle in Wavell Heights

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, donned a new look on the 13th of November with her faux bob during the Remembrance Sunday Service which she attended with other members of the royal family.

US reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” fame also debuted a shorter hairstyle in the same day in a new photo she uploaded on her Instagram account.

don’t worry, i ordered a new phone case last night

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With this two influential style icons sporting the bob just a few short months before the New Year, is 2018 going to be the year for the “short, but sweet” hairstyle again?

Here are hair salons in Wavell Heights that can help the ladies out in deciding whether to bob or not to bob.

Eltajada Hair Face Body

This salon has just rebranded after 20 years in service. At present, it offers full hairdressing services – colouring, foiling, balayage, upstyling, and other hair treatments. The owners have also added two new beauty rooms where clients are treated to a complete day spa experience for unwinding and relaxing.

Happy clients
Credit: Eltajada Hair Face Body


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Katrina’s Beauty Works

The salon now boasts a total of 10 branches across Queensland. It also currently employs 100 hair and beauty experts.

Its services, however, are not limited to styling alone. It also operates two schools under the programme called Katrina’s School of Hair & Beauty. Trainers and staff under the programme have been behind the success of hundreds of students. The business even offers various online courses that interested students across Australia can take. The school is a registered training organisation and all courses are nationally recognised.


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Cameo Rose Hair Boutique

This salon boasts of personalised service and promises to pamper not just the ladies, but men and toddlers as well. Its stylists are also trained to give professional advice on latest hair trends.

Try a new hairstyle today!
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Why go for the bob?

Short Hair
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Cutting one’s hair short has always been perceived as a bold move among ladies. It has always been associated with “freedom” and getting a haircut has been informally regarded as a way of symbolically letting go of heartaches and other distressing life experiences. Many have attested that it can be liberating and can boost a women’s confidence.

Aesthetically, short hair can emphasize delicate and commonly unnoticed features of the face, as well as the neck and the collarbone. It can make women look years younger than their actual age.

Short hair also proves to be economical. It can save women on expensive hair products. It is also time-efficient as fewer tangles mean less time preparing. Bobs and other short styles also dry much quicker and are perfect for those looking for a wash-and-wear style.