A Clean, Green Nundah

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The 29th Clean Up Australia Day will be held on Sunday, March 4. With over 3,000 clean up sites registered across Australia, and sites registered in Nundah, Wavell Heights, Hendra and Nudgee there is no excuse for locals not to take part.

We asked Nundah local and eco warrior, Rachel Long, what Nundah locals can do to become more environmentally aware. Rachel, who documents her clean up efforts on her Instagram page @memoriesandmud, shared her top five tips to help our local area.

Five Tips to become more environmentally aware:

1. Educate yourself. Grab a copy of the Brisbane City Council Recycling Guide for Households from the Nundah library, your local council ward or via the council website. Visit one of Brisbane City Cofuncil’s environment centres.

2. Ditch disposables and invest in items that you can reuse. Start with one or all of the ‘big four’ – coffee cups, shopping and produce bags, bottles and straws. Find out which local cafes accept clean reusable cups for take-away orders by asking them – some places even offer a discount if you bring your own coffee cup. Be prepared for the Queensland bag ban, which begins on 1 July 2018. Remember to take your own reusable shopping bags, box or carry basket instead of relying on the single-use bags provided in-store. Did you know that there are also plenty of reusable produce bags available to carry loose fruit, vegetables and dried goods in?

3. Set a good example for others by ensuring you put your rubbish in the right bin. Go a step further by picking up litter that you find whether it’s in your street, at work, on the beach, near the park, in the school playground or along the local bikeway. Consider volunteering with Keep Queensland Beautiful, Sea ShepherdTake3 or a local catchment group.

4. Recycle your kitchen scraps. Consider starting a compost bin, worm farm or joining the community composting hub at the Nundah Neighbourhood Centre.

5. Support local community groups and organisations such as Bikes4Life (located at the Nundah Activity Centre), the Cystic Fibrosis bookstore, second hand stores and Boomerang Bags Nundah.

For more information about becoming more environmentally aware, visit Rachel’s Instagram page: www.instagram.com/memoriesandmud

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Cronin ‘The Barbarian’

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Local boxer, Kieran Cronin ‘The Barbarian’ is getting set to fight for the 2018 Queensland State Title in August.

Kieran, who is the current Australian Boxing Corporate Welterweight title holder, XFC am Flyweight title holder MMA, and XFC am Bantamweight title holder MMA, has been training with local Nundah coach, Todd Commons.

Todd, who has been a trainer at Nundah’s Northside Boxing for several years, has been working with Kieran on preparing for his upcoming fights.

‘Kieran is a Brazillian Ju-Jitsu expert, which focuses more on grappling, so I have been working with him on his striking to complement his existing knowledge,’ says Todd.

Kieran, who has a background in Ju-Jitsu, boxing and mixed martial arts, had his pro boxing debut in December 2017 and was victorious.

‘I love so many aspects of boxing’, says Kieran. ‘I love pushing my physical and mental capabilities – movement in boxing gives me a sense of freedom and self-expression. Ultimately, I want to promote being a champion for a fearless life. Whether it is for a personal achievement or making a difference to the people you love – all you need to do is take action.’

For the latest news on Kieran’s quest for the State Title go to www.facebook.com/toddcommonsboxing

Watch Kieran’s Upcoming Fights

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Barrow & Bear – Showcasing the Flavours of the World

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Barrow & Bear in Wavell Heights has launched a new breakfast and lunch menu with flavours inspired by famous locations across the globe.

Barrow & Bear Travel + Coffee, a joint travel agency and coffee shop, has a worldly inspired all day breakfast menu, and an equally exciting lunch menu starting from 11.30am. The menu features gluten free, vegetarian and vegan-friendly meals, offering both sweet and savoury options.

The Virginia (which can be made vegetarian for our veggie-loving friends), contains a mouth-watering combination of sweet corn fritters, feta and beetroot puree with poached eggs spiced with dukkah and panned fried chorizo.

For those smashed avocado lovers, fear not, Barrow & Bear offer their spin on the classic. Smashed avocado and mint, on toasted sourdough, topped with homemade marinated feta, macadamia nut dukkah and sugar snap peas. Partner these meals with Barrow & Bear’s organic coffee, or with a cold drink, including organic kombucha or a fruit frappe.

For lunch, we couldn’t go past the Worldly Tacos, a dish offering 3 different tacos. Featuring Hanoi (pulled pork and slaw taco), Athens (Greek chicken, feta, tzatziki, olives and lettuce taco) and Mexico (Mexican spiced beef, bean, corn, lime and avocado salsa), you get to try the tastes of the world in the one dish.

For gluten-free fans, the Tijuana is the dish to try. A burrito bowl filled with Mexican chicken, beans, corn, red onion, tomato salsa, avocado and lime. Delicioso!

With an acai bowl, classic eggs and bacon, breakfast rice pudding, homemade burgers and a gourmet pizza rounding out the menu, the flavours of the world are certainly captured at this welcoming Wavell Heights café.

Enjoy the menu from Monday to Friday 6am to 3pm, Saturday 7am to 3pm and Sunday 7am to 2pm.

Barrow & Bear Travel + Coffee | Shop 15, 216 Shaw Road, Wavell Heights | Ph 3260 7746
www.barrowandbear.com.au | Facebook: barrowandbear | Instagram: @barrowandbear

Flannel Flowers

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Flannel Flowers is a new boutique lane-way style florist to open in Nundah. Opening in the popular Ryans Road complex, which is also home to the Blockhouse Café, owner Kylie Bunting has realised her life-long dream of being a florist.

“Having been raised in the commercial flower industry, I had spent my childhood in the flower fields, warehouses and florist shops,” says Kylie.

“After having a long career as a vet nurse I decided now was the perfect time to launch my next career.”

Kylie fell in love with the village feel of Nundah and the strong sense of community.

“When I was searching for a venue, I knew it had to be Nundah. There is so much positive progress happening within the community and my unique little shop was the perfect fit for the alternate style that is emerging here,” says Kylie.

Kylie is passionate about working with other local businesses, and worked with Grand Ideas, a Northgate-based business on custom features for Flannel Flowers. The shelving used in the shop is made from old Tasmanian oak mechanic timber trays and the mosaic timber feature wall was salvaged from a local factory.

Kylie has created a beautiful, cosy space for people to browse her range of affordable gifts, homewares and flowers.

Offering a variety of bouquets and arrangements, Kylie also focuses on emerging trends in the area to accommodate what locals are interested in.

“I believe locals will continue to be conscious shoppers, putting thought into sustainability and where products come from. I also see a lot of interest in living arrangements, such as terrariums and moss balls,’ says Kylie.

Flannel Flowers will also host events, with Crafternoon events being planned, and the store will focus on supporting local crafters and markets.

Flannel Flowers has a range of Valentine’s Day presents and bouquets that are available now. Preorder your red roses for Valentine’s Day and receive a 10% discount.

Flannel Flowers | 3/130 Ryans Road, Nundah | 0404 944 001 | www.facebook.com/flannelflowersnundah

Local Artist’s Singapore Exhibition

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Contemporary impressionist, Vicki Corser, from Wavell Height’s Gallery Fifty One, has held her first solo exhibition in Singapore at the Australian High Commission.

“I was honoured to be given the opportunity to have a solo exhibition,” says Vicki. “The size of the space at the Australian High Commission was enormous, so extremely large art pieces were needed to fill the walls.”

Vicki, who normally produces large-scale art pieces, had to create her largest piece for the exhibition.

“The largest piece on display was 4m x 4m,’ says Vicki. ‘I had a sailmaker in Brisbane prepare the unstretched canvas for me.”

The exhibition features Australian flora and fauna, including fish, turtles and rainbow lorikeets, showcased in bold colours and textures.

“My love for flora made it so easy to create,” says Vicki. “The combination of vivid colour, lines and shapes that are found in flowers is fabulous.”

“My love for the beach is also an integral inspiration in my paintings. The colour, movement and compositions all reflect my energy for the outdoors, beach and reef.”

Since returning from Singapore, Vicki has not slowed down, and is busy with several pieces for new homes and producing a new range of art on silk scarves and fabric for upholstery and cushioning.

Gallery Fifty One | 200 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights | 0418 984 220

www.galleryfiftyone.com.auwww.facebook.com/galleryfiftyonebrisbane 

Growing Online

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Having an online presence for your small business is fast becoming a necessity.

Australia now has over 13.7 million Internet subscribers (as reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2017) and in 2015, Australians spent over $19 billion online (as reported by Australia Post, 2016).

The amount of people purchasing online will only increase as Australians become more comfortable with online shopping.

It is important for businesses to have an online presence so that clients – and potential clients – can easily find your webpage and understand your business.

Katrina O’Connell, from kmo, a full service digital agency that was established in 2007, understands the importance of having an online presence.

“A businesses website is your customers first point of call,” says Katrina. “No matter where they hear or see you, they’ll typically use your website to check you out further.”

kmo’s small, dedicated team of experienced developers specialise in website design, custom development and ecommerce and take the time to understand local businesses.

“We have been working with local Brisbane northside business Advanced Air, and really enjoy working with them to understand their requirements,” says Katrina.

Finding the right web designer for your business is important.

“Do your research and look at company reviews before selecting a developer,” says Katrina. “If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is!”

With a range of options available to suit all requirements and budgets, kmo Design can assist businesses with web design, ecommerce websites, mobile web design and digital marketing.

kmo Design | 1300 965 232 | www.kmo.com.au | www.facebook.com/kmowebdesign