Developers Seek Approval for Six-Storey Mixed-Use Project in Greenslopes

Developers have submitted plans for a six-storey mixed-use development in Greenslopes, which aims to transform the site into a vibrant hub offering a diverse range of amenities.

Read: Greenslopes to Witness Urban Renewal with New Commercial Building Development

The subject site is located at 730-742 Logan Road and 11, 11A & 15 Plimsoll Street.

At the heart of the proposal is a 5045 sqm gross floor area, catering to office spaces, healthcare services, a food and drink outlet, and a gym. 

This blend of functions, designed by Wiltshire Stevens Architecture, reflects a modern approach to urban development, promoting both productivity and leisure within the same space.

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According to planning documents, the proposed building is envisioned as a contemporary marvel, boasting sleek design elements and versatile spaces. Its strategic location on a prominent corner holding further enhances its visibility and accessibility.

One of the standout features of the development is the 24-hour gym, providing round-the-clock fitness opportunities for patrons. Meanwhile, the rooftop pool deck and garden offer an exclusive retreat for members, elevating the concept of leisure amenities to new heights.

“The development capitalises on the site’s location and access to social and transport infrastructure to provide additional housing choice within a key inner-city location and represents the efficient use of the of the land,” planners stated.

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With 147 car parking spaces spread across two and a half levels, convenience is prioritised for visitors and tenants alike. The remaining four levels are dedicated to accommodating the food and drink outlet, healthcare services, indoor sport and recreation facilities, and office spaces, ensuring a dynamic blend of activities within the building.

The project is the brainchild of Brisbane-based office park developer Bill Henderson of OPD, in collaboration with Capital Transactions’ David Watson. 

If approved, the food and beverage establishment, healthcare services, and office spaces will adhere to the designated operating hours outlined in the Centre’s code, spanning from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., inclusive of deliveries. 

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Conversely, the proposed gym plans to operate continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Group classes will start daily at 5:00 a.m. and conclude by 8:00 p.m. Moreover, access to the rooftop garden will be exclusive to gym members, open from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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In summary, the proposed six-storey mixed-use development at Greenslopes represents a fusion of innovation, functionality, and luxury. It embodies the evolving needs of modern urban communities while setting a new standard for mixed-use developments in Brisbane.

Published 16-May-2024

$750M Redevelopment of Buranda Village Meets Delays, Leaving Traders Anxious

Two years after approval of a $750 million redevelopment of the ageing Buranda Village shopping precinct, shop owners say they are still in the dark about when or if the major project will proceed.

Read: Buranda Village Redevelopment in Woolloongabba Includes Massive Residential Project

The ambitious plan, submitted by site owners Vicinity Centres, called for transforming the 1970s-era centre in Woolloongabba into a modern urban village with over 620 new apartments, up to 50,000 square metres of office space, retail spaces, subtropical landscaping and community spaces.

The proposed redevelopment calls for the complete demolition of the current Buranda Village shopping centre to make way for an entirely new mixed-use precinct billed as “world-class.” It would include residences, workplaces, and shopping/dining areas all in one space.

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The master plan is divided into three phases. Phase one would involve constructing four 15-storey residential buildings designated for renters within a lifestyle-oriented precinct. Phases two and three focus on commercial development – two 15-storey office buildings and one 10-storey building comprising a working precinct.

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Construction was originally slated to begin in early 2024 according to Vicinity. But with that target now slipping away, traders who have operated at the centre for decades say communication from the developers has been scant.

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The traders at Buranda Village report being informed that the redevelopment project has been postponed indefinitely, with no new timeline provided. Whilst the site’s owners, Vicinity Centres, acknowledge they cannot confirm specifics at this point, they claim to be making progress toward finalising the redevelopment plans.

Read: Greenslopes to Witness Urban Renewal with New Commercial Building Development

The shopping centre first opened its doors in 1978. It was purchased by Vicinity Centres in 2000, and underwent its most recent renovation and expansion in 2005.

Published 14-May-2024

Musical Healing Resonates as Greenslopes Doctor Conducts Cancer Choir

Dr Andrew Nicol, a leading Greenslopes haematologist and oncologist, has launched a virtual cancer choir, providing a harmonious refuge for patients undergoing gruelling cancer treatments from the comfort of their own homes or hospital beds.

Dr Nicol spent over 20 years leading cutting-edge haematology-oncology research at the Greenslopes Private Hospital, testing innovative lymphoma, myeloma, and leukaemia therapies. His Brisbane Clinic for Lymphoma, Myeloma and Leukaemia ensures rapid access to specialist care and seamless coordination with other medical experts. 

However, he recognised the need for a more holistic approach, one that addresses the emotional and psychological toll of cancer treatment. 

Thus, the idea for Hope Sings was born.  The project was officially formed in 2023.

Collaborative Healing Melodies 

Hope Sings is a virtual choir that allows patients to record themselves singing from anywhere in the world, with their voices merged into a unified performance by music technicians.

The project is a joint effort between Dr Nicol’s Exercise, Music and Art in Medicine charity, Queensland’s renowned Voices of Birralee community choir, cancer survivor and podcaster Jacqui Cowan, and the support of university composers.

Voices of Birralee, under the guidance of musical director Paul Holley, has provided backing tracks and a repertoire of uplifting songs tailored to various vocal abilities. Patients can download the tracks, sing along while recording themselves on their smartphones, and optionally submit video performances.

Ms Cowan is a patient of Dr Nicol, who has been in remission for 10 years. She hosts the “Cancer Culture” podcast on Spotify.

Harmonising Hope 

Dr Nicol explained that cancer treatment often involves extended periods of isolation or being bedridden, leading to feelings of boredom and depression. Their research consistently demonstrates the positive effects of singing, collaborating, engaging in art, and exercising for individuals undergoing treatment.

The therapeutic power of music is already evident among the choir’s first participants. 

David Taylor, undergoing leukaemia therapy, has experienced the emotional benefits of choir singing firsthand.

Terry Ryder, a 76-year-old lymphoma patient and music lover, sees the choir as a source of solace and hope during his cancer journey. For Nerida Rienecker, a mother of four, the choir is a source of comfort and relief from the stresses of cancer as her son battled stage 4 Wilms tumour.

As the virtual choir expands, participants can collaborate with university composers, share their stories on podcasts, and eventually participate in hybrid concerts streamed online. Hope Sings aims to bring hope and healing to cancer patients worldwide with an inclusive and innovative approach.

Learn more about this program here.

Legacy Moves Headquarters to Greenslopes Hospital to Enhance Veteran Support

Legacy is relocating its head office to Greenslopes Private Hospital to support veterans undergoing treatment and to provide comprehensive assistance to their families

A troubling statistic revealed by the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research indicates a veteran contacts emergency services every 16 hours in Queensland due to suicidal thoughts. This data, forming part of the evidence for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide, highlights a critical need for better support mechanisms.

Between 2014 and 2017, 1625 Queensland veterans had interactions with police or paramedics, showing a 24% higher likelihood of suicide-related contacts compared to civilians.

Legacy’s Response and New Initiatives

In response to these alarming figures, Legacy Brisbane is moving its headquarters and planning to construct Legacy House at the Greenslopes site. The new facility aims to be a sanctuary for veterans and their families, offering both clinical and non-clinical support to address the complex mental health consequences of military conflicts.

Brendan Cox, a 26-year veteran and the CEO of Legacy Brisbane, emphasised the need for community and governmental support to realise this vision.

The project, valued at $9 million, has successfully raised $8.3 million so far, with Legacy Brisbane spearheading the Bring it Home campaign to secure the remaining funds by Anzac Day. The community’s involvement is seen as pivotal in bringing this project to fruition, providing a lifeline to veterans and their families.

Dr. Annabel McGuire, the new president of Legacy Brisbane and the spouse of a Queensland war veteran, shared her personal experience to illustrate the everyday challenges faced by returning soldiers and their families. Her account of her husband’s struggle with post-traumatic stress after serving in Iraq underlines the profound impact of war on mental health and the dire need for accessible support networks.

Legacy Brisbane encourages the community to engage with and support the Bring It Home campaign, stressing the importance of such initiatives in providing crucial services to those affected by military service. 

Published 29-April-2024

Greenslopes Mums Urged to Donate Breast Milk

A plea has gone out to mothers in Greenslopes and across South East Queensland with excess breast milk to help critically ill babies.

The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is facing a critical shortage of donated breast milk, essential for premature and low birthweight babies in the state’s Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs).

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“Donated breast milk is liquid gold for premature or very sick and small babies,” says Chris Sulfaro, Lifeblood Milk Service Manager. When a mother’s own milk isn’t available, donated breast milk provides vital nutrients and antibodies, helping these fragile infants fight off infections and grow strong.

Currently, Lifeblood supplies 120 litres of milk to 19 Queensland hospitals each month, but with demand on the rise, their freezers are running low. “We’re reliant on milk donations from other states to meet Queensland’s needs,” says Sulfaro. “Ideally, we’d triple the number of donors in Brisbane and the South East to ensure a consistent supply.”

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Lifeblood is specifically looking for mothers residing in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Ipswich who have an excess of three litres of frozen or expressed milk that are less than 10 weeks old, and meet eligibility criteria.  

The donation process is designed to be convenient for mothers.  Milk can be expressed, frozen, and stored at home or in the hospital, with Lifeblood coordinating pick-up directly.

“Many mothers in NICUs need a temporary bridge of support while their milk supply establishes,” explains Sulfaro. “Donated breast milk fills that gap, providing the best possible nutrition for these vulnerable babies.”

Milk donor Isha Thanki with her full fridge.
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Lifeblood’s national milk service distributes donated breast milk to 35 hospitals across Australia. With demand expected to rise from 5500 litres to 6000 litres this year, increasing the donor base in Queensland is crucial.

Mums interested in becoming lifesavers for Queensland’s tiniest patients can find more information and eligibility details at

Published Date 21-April-2024

IGA Greenslopes Swaps Self-Serve for Manned Registers to Combat Shoplifting

IGA Greenslopes is taking drastic action to combat a surge in shoplifting, announcing it will be abandoning its modern self-checkout system in favour of good old-fashioned manned checkouts.

Read: New Owners Revive No More Knots in Greenslopes

According to a sign posted in the store, the controversial change is a direct response to a “massive spike” in theft. 

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On a positive note, some customers welcomed the change, suggesting it would likely lead to the creation of more jobs. One shopper said they were happy about the change, adding that they hate the self-serving areas, because the machines don’t have the same personal touch as traditional manned checkouts.

The Cost of Living and Rising Crime Rates

Meanwhile, theft is a problem that is plaguing retailers across the country – the National Retail Association estimates retail crime, including shoplifting, robbery and vandalism, costs Australian businesses up to $9 billion each year.

Even more alarmingly, the retail group says less than 20 percent of these crimes are reported to police. 

In recent months, major chains like Coles and Woolworths have been ramping up their anti-theft efforts, implementing AI-powered cameras, security gates, and other technologies at self-serve checkouts. But for the IGA Greenslopes, these measures haven’t gone far enough.

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The move comes at a time when many Australians are struggling with the rising cost of living. A financial expert highlighted that the current economic climate is driving some people to desperate measures.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows the living costs for employee households rose 6.9 percent in the year to December 2023, with essentials like insurance, housing and food seeing sharp increases.

Michelle Marquardt, head of prices statistics at the Australian Bureau of Statistics stated that employee households recorded the largest annual rise in living costs, though the increase this quarter has eased from a peak of 9.6 percent in the June 2023 quarter.

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Whether the return to old-school checkouts will succeed in stemming the tide of shoplifting at supermarkets remains to be seen. But with the cost of retail crime spiralling, stores like IGA may have little choice but to try radical new approaches to protect their bottom line.

Published 18-April-2024

Innovative Cancer Therapy Trial Unveiled at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Woolloongabba

Did you know that The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Woolloongabba launched a pioneering clinical trial for advanced prostate cancer, offering new hope through Targeted Alpha Therapy that attacks cancer cells while preserving healthy tissues?

A New Weapon Against Cancer

Traditional oncology treatments, while effective, can have harsh side effects due to their impact on surrounding healthy cells. Targeted alpha therapy takes a different approach. It utilises radioactive isotopes that bind directly to cancer cells, delivering a potent dose of radiation with minimal damage to healthy organs.

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Leading the Charge in Theranostics

PA Hospital’s Integrated Theranostic Centre, established in 2023, is one of the few facilities in Australia offering this cutting-edge treatment. Theranostics combines diagnostic imaging with targeted therapy, allowing doctors to precisely locate and eliminate cancer cells.

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Hope for the Future

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The TheraPb clinical trial for prostate cancer is just the beginning.  This three-year study aims to enrol up to 100 patients and paves the way for further theranostic trials targeting various cancers.

PA Hospital Medical Oncologist Dr. Aaron Hansen emphasises the potential of theranostics to improve cancer treatment across various types of the disease.

This pioneering trial at PA Hospital signifies a significant advancement in cancer treatment. Targeted alpha therapy offers a potential future with fewer side effects and more effective cancer management.

Queensland Investment in Cancer Care

The Queensland Government is heavily invested in improving cancer care for its residents. Their 10-year Research Strategy, funded for $73 million, directly supports innovative research like the one at PA Hospital.

Additionally, the government’s 10-year Queensland Cancer Plan consultation survey, which ended 17 April 2024, sought public input to shape the future of cancer treatment in the state.

Minister for Health Shannon Fentiman applauds Queensland’s world-class research and highlights the importance of public participation in shaping the new Cancer Plan.

Published Date 17-April-2024

Tigers vs Clydesdales: Brisbane Look to Continue Momentum Against Winless Foes

On April 6, Saturday, defending premiers Brisbane Tigers will host the Western Clydesdales at Totally Workwear Stadium for a crucial Hosplus Cup matchup. Tigers vs Clydesdales kickoff at 3:00 p.m., with the women’s teams facing off at 1:20 p.m. for the BMD Premiership.

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The Tigers (1-2) come into this game looking to build on their first win of the season, a dominant 24-0 victory over the Jets on March 24. Ricco Falaniko, Marion Seve (twice), Treigh Stewart, and Leivaha Pulu all crossed the line for the Tigers, who held a 4-0 lead at the halftime break.

Tigers vs Clydesdales in 2023

Clydesdales vs Tigers 2023
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Last season, the Tigers had the Clydesdales’ number, winning both the home and away fixtures. On April 23, the Tigers edged the Clydesdales 32-28 at home, before securing an 18-34 victory on the road on July 8.

The defending premiers will be looking to build momentum against the winless Clydesdales (0-2). The visitors have struggled to find their form in the early stages of the season, and the Tigers will be aiming to capitalise on their opponent’s troubles.

Search for the new CEO

In other news, the Tigers organisation has announced that they have begun the search for a new Chief Executive Officer, following the March 18 news that current CEO Brian Torpy will be stepping down from the role after 8 years.

Torpy will remain in the position until August 3, where he will oversee the completion of Stage 2 of the Langlands Park facility before his departure.

“The time is right for a change and to pass the baton on to my successor”, Torpy said. “It’s been a privilege to have served the Club and I am proud to have been part of such a great team that has put the Club in a position to hopefully move into the NRL.”

Read: Sweet (and Savoury) New Spot for Souffle Pancakes in Greenslopes 

The Tigers will be hoping to provide their fans with a positive result on Saturday as they look to climb the Hosplus Cup standings and build momentum ahead of the remainder of the season.

Published 05-April-2024

Stones Corner Festival 2024: Where Music, Beer, and Charity Collide

Prepare to groove with electronic music icons The Potbelleez headlining Stones Corner Festival 2024, joined by 19 breweries serving up all day! This free, urban festival is back for its ninth year, offering music, food, and community fun—all for a good cause.

Stones Corner Festival 2024 is all about good vibes, good brews, and supporting a worthy cause. While entry to the festival is free, organisers encourage attendees to donate to the MND and Me Foundation. Every gold coin you toss in helps fund research towards a cure for Motor Neuron Disease (MND) and provides essential support services to those battling the condition.

Music aficionados can look forward to a diverse range of performances headlined by Australia’s own electronic dance music maestros, The Potbelleez. Joining them are an ensemble of crowd-pleasers, including Screamfeeder, Never Ending 80’s, Vixens of Fall, Lontano, Later Daze, and John Hanley with Don’t Shoot The Hurricane. From pulsating beats to nostalgic tunes, the festival promises an unforgettable musical journey for attendees of all ages.

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But the festival isn’t just about the music; it’s also a celebration of Brisbane’s thriving craft beer scene. With 19 breweries on tap, including fan favourites like Green Beacon, Stone & Wood, Aether, Gages Road, 4 Pines, Better Beer, and CBCo Brewing, beer enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike are in for a treat. From robust IPAs to refreshing lagers, there’s a brew to satisfy every palate under the Queensland sun.

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And let’s not forget the food! A myriad of food trucks and stalls will line the streets, offering everything from juicy burgers and crispy tacos to cheesy pizza and aromatic paella. While perusing the vibrant market that The Market Folks have curated, which features a variety of handcrafted, eco-friendly treasures, festival-goers can indulge in a culinary adventure.

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And for those seeking retail therapy, The Market Folks will be setting up shop, offering a vibrant selection of market stalls to peruse. With the Labour Day long weekend right around the corner, the Stones Corner Festival is the perfect way to kick off the festivities and support a vital cause. So grab your mates, throw on your dancing shoes, and head to Stones Corner for a day of community, music, delicious food, and top-notch craft beers.

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For more information and updates, visit the festival’s official website. Let’s make this year’s party an unforgettable experience for all!

Stones Corner Festival 2024
Date: Sunday, 5th of May, 2024
Time: 12:00 p.m.– 10:00 p.m.
Location: Logan Road, Stones Corner, Brisbane
Website: Stones Corner Festival

Published Date 30-March-2024

Tigers vs Jets: Defending Premiers Looking to Roar Back After Shaky Start

The defending premiers Brisbane Tigers have a chance to shake-off a 0-2 start as they take on the Jets at Totally Workwear Stadium. The Tigers fell 24-30 to the Falcons in their home opener before suffering a 38-12 drubbing at the hands of the Northern Pride in Cairns. Tigers vs Jets kick off this Sunday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m.

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Brutal loss against Northern Pride

As the Pride match progressed, the home team’s superior conditioning and game plan seemed to give them an edge over the tiring Tigers.

“The first 60 minutes was a real grind. We were able to go into half time with a narrow lead [14-12]. We showed a lot of resolve in our defensive line and that really set-up the second half performance,” said Pride coach Eric Smith.

Smith credited his team’s fitness for allowing them to take control late in the contest against the talented but flagging Tigers.

“With 20 minutes to go I thought physically we were able to put the foot down. They started to look tired and we were able to accelerate away.”

Last year’s Tigers vs Jets matchups

Last year’s Tigers vs Jets matchups
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The Tigers, loaded with current and former NRL talent as well as experienced Queensland Cup players, will look to get their groove back against a team that they dominated twice last season. They handed the Jets a 54-20 thrashing at home, while also cruising to a 24-46 victory on the road.

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After their sluggish start, the defending champs are surely hungry to kick-start their title defence with a strong performance in front of their home fans.

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Published 22-March-2024