Trace Supporting Community Plus+

TRACE 2015

Nick Goding, owner of Box Vintage sitting with Madeleine Kelly’s ‘Broken Memories’.

TRACE is a biennial exhibition and art auction in unexpected West End venues. You can visit a fruit shop, a barber, a record store, a bakery, book stores and lots of other unlikely venues along Boundary and Vulture Streets in West End then bid for the work online, with proceeds supporting the indispensable Community Plus+ and their work with marginalised and vulnerable community members.

Established as West End Community House over 30 years ago, Community Plus+ is a vital contributor to West End’s well-being and resilience. Community Plus+ also provides active centres for strong communities in Annerley and Yeronga.

The artists in TRACE are among Australia’s most important and many have strong connections to West End. The exhibition concludes next Tuesday 9 June with online bidding finishing at 9.00pm on Friday 12 June. Come on down to West End or look online at TRACE


Talking West End History

IMAG1269A bit of parochial history – The history of public toilets, community notice boards and welfare agencies in West End (Brisbane)

The Public toilet in Boundary St. West End, Brisbane now boasts a tenancy advice service, community internet access and a health service.

Here is the nearly absolutely accurate modern history of the public toilets in Boundary Street, the community notice boards in Boundary Street and the West End Community house

This is a conversation that has stalled but needs to be continued. Please join the comments!!

Supporting Brisbane Common Ground

Support Brisbane Common Ground

Brisbane Common Ground

Brisbane Common Ground is an innovative, supportive housing development under construction at 15 Hope Street, South Brisbane. The design and function of the apartment complex is adapted from a model of supportive housing first pioneered by Roseanne Haggerty in New York City 20 years ago.

When it opens in mid-2012, Brisbane Common Ground will provide 146 studio and one-bedroom units for people on low incomes and people who were formerly homeless.

There is a nationwide impetus to address homelessness in real, measured terms.

The Australian Government in its White Paper on Homelessness, The Road Home, has set nationwide targets, to be achieved by 2020, of reducing overall homelessness by half and offering housing to all people who sleep rough.

The Queensland Government has committed to these targets and together, through the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, governments are funding housing and support services focussed on providing permanent solutions to homelessness for individuals and families.

Through creative design, services, affordability, and social mix, Brisbane Common Ground aims to meet the needs of people who have lived on the streets. People will have a permanent home providing safety and security, and the services required to sustain their tenancies and be active members of the community.

In the spirit of ‘homelessness is everyone’s responsibility’, Brisbane Common Ground is being delivered through a government-business-community partnership. The capital cost and support services are being funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments and the building constructed by Grocon at cost. The onsite support services to tenants will be provided by not-for-profit organisation Micah Projects. A not-for-profit property and tenancy manager will also be part of the partnership.

Streetwise – a U2charist with Peter B & friends

St Andrew's outh Brisbane

a U2charist with Peter B & friends

St Andrews Anglican Church South Brisbane

Sat 21 Jan 2012 … 7pm

Streetwise is a musical, narrative and spiritual stirring out of the posture of terra nullius, which occupies our silences about who we are, how we got here, where we live, and what we do here in Brisbane. As Australia Day approaches, Peter B & friends bring the music of U2 into contact with the lives and movements of all who gather at St Andrews Anglican Church on Saturday evening on the 21st January, 2012.

A local post-modern take on the age-old eucharist, The Streetwise way to St Andrews in January reveals one of the creation narratives of Brisbane city. From Brisbane City Hall, cross the Victoria Bridge. Pass the Art Gallery, up Melbourne St, and be sure to use Merivale St and Vulture St.

Come on a journey with us and you may travel these streets the same way again. This one is for U2 fans, lovers of local history, and those who still haven’t found what they’re looking for.

Here’s a few fast Streetwise facts…

Daphne Mayo’s sculpture over the Brisbane City Hall portrays “The State protecting the citizens’, ‘native life… dying out before the approach of the white man’, and ‘the early explorers discovering the possibilities of the new land in its industries’.

Queen Victoria sent a message in the sloop, ‘Cordelia’, declaring the formation of ‘Queensland’ in 1859.

The Queensland Art Gallery is built on the land which Queen Victoria originally gave to the Anglican congregation of South Brisbane before they moved away from the flood-prone river bank area to the higher land between Cordelia and Vulture St.

The 2nd Viscount of Melbourne, William Lamb, was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom just before the transformation of the penal settlement of Brisbane into a colonial settlement.

Herman Merivale was influential in British politics at this time of transition, delivering lectures at Oxford University on subjects such as “Examination of some subjects connected with the disposal of land in new colonies” and “Policy of colonial governments towards native tribes, as regards their protection and their civilization”

The HMS Vulture was a warship which visited Moreton Bay, along with the HMS Leopard. Vulture St was formerly known as the Southern Boundary Road

This event is free and all is welcome

Hope you can join us

Peter B & Greg Manning

South Brisbane Station

Melbourne Street Railway Station South Brisbane

Melbourne Street Railway Station South Brisbane

The “grand old lady” South Brisbane Rail Station is having a facelift. It was closed for six weeks during November-December 2011 and you can read an update here.

Almost dwarfed by the extensions to the Brisbane Convention Centre the red brick rail terminus carries the history and stroies of a bygone era.  In its heyday it was known as the Melbourne Street Railway Station Why of all places did Brisbane choose to use the name of another major capital city so close to one of its main transport hubs? Melbourne and Sydney do not even have a Brisbane Street, yet  you can find Sydney Street as one of the wharfs for Brisbane City Cats!!!

So, back to the station renovations. What do you think they should “restore” of the old  girl? Perhaps the grand dining area and luggage halls? Should we bring back porters and the G&S style uniforms? Should a “Macca’s” be invited to set up shop for a contemporary look?

Stories about South Brisbane Railway Station

South Brisbane station shut down for 40 minutes by alleged bomb hoax

The 1957 South Brisbane Railway Smash

The Torres Strait Islands: A Celebration.

The Torres Strait Islands: A Celebration.

The Torres Strait Islands: A Celebration was an unprecedented celebration of Torres Strait Islander culture and history is taking place at the Cultural Centre, South Bank, Brisbane from 1 July – 23 October 2011.

The Torres Strait is a vast region of Australia that is still largely unknown to the majority of the Australian populace. Located between the northern tip of Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the Torres Strait comprises over 270 islands. 17 are inhabited by a number of Torres Strait Island peoples – Australia’s other Indigenous culture, very different from mainland Aboriginal cultures.

Visit Tony’s Images celebrating the Opening of this  exhibition