Shovels Hit Ground for Mental Health Hospital in Nundah

Work is well underway to transform a commercial building site in Nundah into a state-of-the-art private mental health hospital.

Read: 60-Bed Mental Health Facility Proposed for Nundah

Real estate investment firm Real Asset Management (RAM) has settled on the site at 20 Nellie Street, inking a 25-year lease deal with healthcare operator iMH to anchor the precinct with a 58-bed private mental health facility offering a pioneering new model of care.

According to iMH director Julia Strickland-Bellamy, Nundah Private Hospital will introduce an integrated private mental health services approach never before seen in Brisbane when it opens in the second half of 2024.

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She said this new model of care is a first for the Brisbane area, with the hospital set to open this October.

Ms Strickland-Bellamy added that the Nundah Private Hospital would allow Aurora Healthcare to expand its services to Brisbane’s northside, utilising a new model of care while also drawing upon the organisation’s decades of expertise specialising in private mental health care.

The major development comes as Queensland grapples with a shortage of mental health beds, estimated between 400 to 2,100 according to RAM.

Originally approved for office and childcare use, RAM filed revised plans with Brisbane City Council late last year to convert the site into a dedicated $60 million medical precinct featuring a five-story, V-shaped hospital building with consulting suites.

Artist’s impression of the new mental health hospital in Nundah (Photo credit: Z Architects)

Designed by Z Architects, the pioneering Nundah health precinct will feature more than just the integrated mental health hospital building. Plans call for the hub to also include space for additional complementary health services, food and beverage offerings, office suites, and indoor sports facilities.

RAM had unlocked around $18 million in value through strategic planning and pre-leasing, reaching 68 percent occupancy before settlement. The firm’s funds management director Sam Wood highlighted the significant demand for mental health infrastructure driving the investment.

The unlisted RAM Australia Healthcare Opportunity Strategy underpinning the Nundah project provides greater flexibility to pursue healthcare assets, complementing the firm’s listed Essential Services Property Fund portfolio.

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Meanwhile, the facility would maintain 24-hour operations, with the busiest periods occurring each day between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. to accommodate patient admissions, outpatient appointments, visitor hours, and any required deliveries.

Published 21-May-2024

Nundah by Night Twilight Markets Set to Ignite the Senses

Nundah is preparing for an evening of sensory delights as the 3rd annual Nundah by Night Twilight Markets descends on Station Street. 

On the 1st of June 2024, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., attendees will be treated to a curated selection of international street food, tantalising desserts, locally brewed beverages, and traditional Gluhwein to ward off the winter chill.

Nundah Twilight Markets
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Foodies can anticipate a culinary adventure, with menus spanning continents and vendors like Baked Spuds and Choco Bliss promising to satisfy every craving.  

Entertainment will be in full swing across two live stages, featuring the talents of Levi X and Dave’s Acoustic Music, while families can enjoy the Old Macdonald’s Travelling Farm, stilt walkers, Bubble Fairy, and a host of other kid-friendly activities.

Nundah Twilight Markets
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With over 120 stalls offering gourmet eats, a Stone & Wood pop-up bar, live music, roving entertainment, and activities for all ages, Nundah by Night is shaping up to be an unmissable event.

This twilight celebration, which Nundah Markets and Goodwill Projects organised, is evidence of their dedication to providing the neighbourhood with vibrant and memorable experiences. 

Nundah Markets is already a beloved Sunday destination for fresh produce and coffee, and Nundah by Night promises to be an equally enticing drawcard.

Entry to the markets is $3, with free parking available.  For more information and to RSVP, visit the Nundah By Night Facebook page.

Published Date 20-May-2024

Zion Aged Care in Nundah Celebrates Resident’s 107th Birthday

Mavis Radcliffe, one of Lutheran Services’ Zion Aged Care residents in Nundah, has recently celebrated her 107th birthday.

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Mrs Radcliffe, whose maiden name was Wolfgramm, was born in 1917 in Brisbane. Whilst her birth certificate lists May 18 as her birthday, she grew up believing it was May 16 and has celebrated on that date her entire life. Born during the tumult of World War I, Mrs Radcliffe’s childhood was shaped by the hardships of the Great Depression era.

Her daughter Beverley O’Malley recounts how Mrs Radcliffe faced poverty and lack of luxuries like many others during that time period. As one of seven children, the family resided in the inner-city Petrie Terrace neighbourhood and kept a horse in their backyard. 

Mavis Radcliffe during her birthday in 2021 with daughter Beverley (Photo credit: Lutheran Services/Facebook)

Mrs Radcliffe formed close friendships with peers at Petrie Terrace School and through her local Lutheran church. Though an excellent student, the need to financially support her widowed mother and siblings forced her to leave school at age 14 in the midst of the Depression, according to Mrs O’Malley.

Mrs Radcliffe in 2018 (Photo credit: Lutheran Services/Facebook)

Whilst employed at a fish shop in Brisbane’s CBD, Mrs Radcliffe met the man who would become her husband, a plumber named Walter Radcliffe. The couple wed in 1941 and purchased a home in Fairfield, where they raised their two daughters Beverley and Gloria. 

A significant portion of her life revolved around her unpaid duties as the receptionist for the family’s plumbing company, which was operated out of their residence.

In her 50s, Mrs Radcliffe gained a newfound sense of independence after obtaining her driver’s licence, a freedom she maintained well into her 90s, continuing to drive herself during that stage of life. She attributes her longevity to her robust German ancestry, noting that one of her uncles lived to be 102 years old whilst her elder sister reached the age of 97.

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Mrs Radcliffe remained independent well into her 90s, only moving to Zion Aged Care after a fall on her 97th birthday. Though over a century old, staff remark she maintains a keen sense of humour and has formed many friendships among residents.

Published 17-May-2024 

Man Falls onto Tracks at Toombul Station Causing Major Delays

A man in his 30s fell from his wheelchair onto the railway tracks at Toombul Station around 4 pm today, May 1, 2024.

The Queensland Ambulance Service has confirmed the man suffered a head injury as well as injuries to his shoulder and elbow in the fall. He has been transported to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for treatment.

The incident resulted in all train services being initially suspended in the area while emergency responders attended to the scene. While trains are now running again, severe delays are being experienced across Brisbane’s rail network.

According to Queensland Rail, delays of up to 30 minutes should be expected on northern lines in both directions due to congestion caused by the incident. Other lines throughout the city network are also experiencing residual delays as the ripple effects move through the CBD loop.

Commuters are advised to factor in extra travel time this evening or seek alternative transport where possible as crews work to get services back on schedule.

Queensland Rail and emergency services are investigating the circumstances around how the man came to fall from his wheelchair onto the live tracks at the busy suburban station.

Published 1-May-2024

Pinkenba Quarantine Facility Repurposed as AFP Training Hub

The Pinkenba quarantine facility is set to be converted into an Australian Federal Police (AFP) training centre, sidelining a $10 million state commitment to transforming the site into crisis accommodation.

Initially established for Covid quarantine measures, the facility will now serve as a dedicated training hub for the AFP, as confirmed by Australian Finance Minister Senator Katy Gallagher and Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus. 

Senator Gallagher underscored the strategic decision to enhance AFP capabilities by adapting the Pinkenba site, formally named the Centre of National Resilience Brisbane. She noted that the decision followed thorough discussions with multiple government levels, ensuring the site’s optimal use aligns with national interests.

Despite previously announced plans by Housing Minister Meaghan Scanlon to convert it into a 500-bed emergency housing unit, the federal directive aligns with the AFP’s operational expansion needs. This move has sparked considerable backlash from local and state officials who argue that the facility could better serve the acute housing shortage affecting thousands across Queensland.

Mix Reactions from Officials, Advocates and Community

Premier Steven Miles expressed frustration over the decision, highlighting the federal ownership of the site as a determining factor in its utilisation, and criticised its initial use as a quarantine centre. 

Meanwhile, Housing Minister Scanlon, who had heralded the state’s financial commitment last June, voiced disappointment over the federal pivot, which effectively dismisses efforts to address the housing crisis at a time when the state faces significant accommodation shortages.

The reaction from community leaders and housing advocacy groups has been sharply critical. Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Queensland Opposition Leader David Crisafulli described the decision as a missed opportunity to mitigate homelessness. Advocacy groups like Q Shelter and the Queensland Council of Social Service, along with the Salvation Army, have all lamented the federal government’s prioritisation of police training over urgent housing needs, criticizing the lengthy deliberation period that led to this outcome.

Housing advocates have consistently pointed out that the facility, whilst not ideal for long-term living due to its layout and lack of essential amenities like kitchens and laundries, could still have provided temporary relief for the homeless, especially during extreme weather conditions or other crises.

Pinkenba Quarantine Facility
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Karyn Walsh, CEO of Micah Projects, a social advocacy group, argued that while the facility was not a perfect solution, the urgent need for housing should have overridden concerns about its suitability for long-term residence. 

Financial Implications and Resource Allocation

The decision to repurpose the facility involves significant financial outlays, with the federal government committing additional funds to modify the site for AFP training. 

This has led to criticism about the allocation of resources, particularly in light of the existing commitments from state and local governments intended for housing relief. Critics argue that this reflects a misalignment of priorities at a time when public funds could be directed towards more pressing social needs.

Published 29-April-2024

Devils vs Clydesdales: Norths Seek Redemption from 2023

The Norths Devils are gearing up for a crucial clash against the Western Clydesdales in round 7 of the Hostplus Cup this Saturday, April 26. After a challenging game on the road, the Devils are eager to capitalise on their return to familiar territory and reclaim their winning form. Devils vs Clydesdales kickoff  at 5:00 p.m. at Bishop Park.

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Lessons from Cairns

Devils vs Pride 2024
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Last week’s performance against Northern Pride in Cairns highlighted areas for improvement for the Devils. Despite moments of excellence, defensive lapses and errors plagued their gameplay, resulting in a 38-12 loss.

With a 3-3 win-loss record built on fluctuating results, the Devils recognize the need to develop consistency as a squad with fifteen new players.

Devils vs Clydesdales, redemption on the agenda

The Norths Devils lost their only matchup 42-34 so far against Clydesdale, who returned to the QRL just last season. This sole defeat came at the most crucial time, denying the Devils a chance to compete in the 2023 finals round. A win this Saturday would help redeem last season’s woes and assert the Devils among the league’s top teams this season.

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Looking forward, the Devils will have a bye before returning to Bishop Park on May 12 to face the Brisbane Tigers. With a challenging start to the season against a tough schedule, the Devils are determined to find their stride and secure a strong foothold in the league standings.

Published 26-April-2024

Nundah Shopping Centre Incident Sparks Increased Police Patrols Across North Brisbane

Nundah and other areas in North Brisbane will see heightened police presence under a new initiative dubbed Operation Whiskey Dolma.

This heightened police presence comes after a concerning incident at a Nundah shopping centre on Monday, 15th of April 2024.

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Just after 10:30 a.m., reports emerged of a young male allegedly wielding a knife and threatening another individual. The police swiftly responded to the situation, apprehended the suspect, and recovered the weapon without further incident. 

A 16-year-old from Zillmere now faces charges of going armed to cause fear and possessing dangerous drugs after his appearance on the 19th of April at the Brisbane Children’s Court.

“Operation Whiskey Dolma reflects our commitment to maintaining community safety and public confidence,” declared a spokesperson for the Queensland Police Service. “Highly visible patrols will be deployed across shopping centres, with a focus on deterring criminal activity and ensuring a sense of security for residents.”

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The initiative will encompass increased police presence at major transportation hubs in Chermside, Stafford, Nundah, and Northgate. This includes proactive “wanding operations” authorised under Jack’s Law, which empowers officers to conduct weapon searches on public transport and designated areas.

Authorities urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. Emergency situations require dialing 000, while non-urgent concerns can be reported through the Queensland Police Service website or by calling Policelink at 131 444.

Anonymous reports can be made to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or visiting their website.

Published Date 21-April-2024

Nudgee State School: A Long and Proud History and an Enduring Legacy

Established in 1874, Nudgee State School was a cornerstone of the community for more than 125 years, providing education to generations of local families and playing a crucial role in the development of the area. Now a community centre, the old building is a constant reminder of how important the school was to the North Brisbane community.

Nudgee State School started as a temporary school on Nudgee Road in a simple slab hut. In 1875, it quickly became a state school with its own house and a place for the teachers to live. The school had its ups and downs, and over the years, the number of students changed.

When the school moved to a more central spot on Earnshaw Road in 1928, it was a big change. This new building had modern features to meet the needs of the growing number of students.

Photo Credit: Website/ Brisbane Local Heritage Places

Even though it had a long history, things changed in 2000. The Queensland government wanted to combine this school with the nearby Banyo High School to make a P-12 school. The city supported the idea, and money from the sale of Nudgee State School went towards paying for the new structure.

A Timeline of Events


Nudgee State School (initially named Nudgee Provisional School) opened on April 6, located on Nudgee Road. The first teacher, Arthur Percival Hancock, started teaching in a slab hut with a shingle roof. The school was built on a two-acre block donated near Toombul and Nudgee Roads.


Due to dissatisfaction with the initial structure, a new building with a school room and a two-bedroom teacher’s residence were completed on June 28.


Nudgee Railway Station and Goods Shed opened on May 11, boosting local transport and services.


A local deputation requested a new school from the Minister for Public Administration on March 29 due to population growth and cramped conditions.


The teacher’s residence at the original site was sold and moved in March.


New school building (now ‘A’ Block) erected on Earnshaw Road, opened in June at a cost of ₤1,785, coinciding with the school’s 50th Jubilee celebrations. The new location was near Banyo and Nudgee townships, chosen for its proximity to local railway stations.


School commenced at Banyo State High School in January with 320 students.


Nudgee School featured in the Banyo Nudgee Heritage Trail book as a site of local heritage significance.


Nudgee School closed in June. The school, including its preschool and primary sections, was amalgamated into the new “super school” of Earnshaw State College (formerly Banyo High School).

Photo Credit: Website/ Brisbane Local Heritage Places

The story of Nudgee State School shows how education needs to change over time and how important it is for communities to be involved. The school is no longer there, but its dedication to learning and love for its children lives on in the hearts of people today and tomorrow.

Published Date 13-April-2024

Discover a Haven of Relaxation and Recovery at Merse Wellness Spa in Virginia

Virginia just scored a new oasis of relaxation with the opening of Merse Wellness Spa. Nestled on Sandgate Road, this luxurious spa offers a sanctuary for those seeking to prioritise self-care.

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Founded by Nathan James, Grace Donnelly, and TJ Groot – the visionaries behind Fitness Cartel Health Clubs – Merse Wellness Spa is rooted in a commitment to helping individuals embrace life to the fullest. 

Recognising that the demands of modern life often leave people in need of relaxation, recovery, and rejuvenation, the founders have created a holistic sanctuary in Virginia.

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Step inside the tranquil, indoor space and you will be greeted by a serene array of heated spa pools and cold plunge pools, set amidst lush greenery and comfortable seating areas. The stunning interiors alone are enough to melt away the stresses of the day.

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But the wellness offerings at Merse go far beyond just soaking. Visitors can indulge in contrast therapy sessions, moving between the heated pools and invigorating cold plunges. Traditional and infrared saunas, magnesium float pools, and compression therapy rooms provide a multi-sensory experience tailored to individual needs.

For those looking to complement their relaxation, Merse also offers massage services, spray tanning, and body contouring treatments. 

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Their facilities, including saunas, cold plunge pools, compression therapy rooms, massage treatments, and more, offer guests a range of wellness options to choose from.The holistic approach to wellbeing ensures that guests leave feeling rejuvenated in both body and mind.

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Whether you’re seeking a moment of zen, a revitalising hydrotherapy session, or a comprehensive self-care experience, Merse Wellness Spa in Virginia has something to offer everyone in search of a little time for themselves. Visit their website to learn more about their services.

Published 9-April-2024

Suminoe Oysters Pest Alert: Invasive Species Detected in Pinkenba & Surrounding SEQ Waterways

Biosecurity Queensland has discovered Suminoe oysters (Magallana ariakensis) in Moreton Bay and several Brisbane waterways, including Pinkenba and Kedron Brook. This marks the first known presence of the species in Australia.

The Suminoe oysters were first spotted in 2023, with its presence confirmed at locales such as Bribie Island, Boggy Creek, Kedron Brook and Pinkenba, near the Brisbane River’s mouth. 

Impact and Characteristics

According to Michael Reid, Queensland’s acting chief biosecurity officer, the Suminoe oyster poses a significant threat to local ecosystems and industries. As a highly invasive species, it not only competes with indigenous oyster populations but can also displace native oysters, severely impacting commercial oyster culture.

This large rock oyster species is fast-growing and can be found in both submerged and floating structures, such as pylons and boats. It typically thrives in disturbed habitats, including shallow subtidal sites and the muddy creeks of warm estuaries, by fouling these structures.

Suminoe Oyster
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The Queensland Oyster Growers Association, in collaboration with Biosecurity Queensland, is taking steps to mitigate potential impacts on both the environment and the oyster industry. 

Although invasive species are present, the quality and supply of commercial oysters in Moreton Bay have not been affected. Oyster production in Queensland is considered safe for consumption. 

However, invasive species can foul infrastructure and adapt to disturbed habitats, which highlights the importance of detecting and reporting them early to protect Queensland’s natural environment.

Suminoe Oyster
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Community Call to Action

Mr Reid is urging the Queensland community, especially those who are involved in fishing, boating, and recreational water activities, to remain vigilant and report any suspected sightings of the Suminoe oyster to Biosecurity Queensland. 

Watercraft owners are encouraged to thoroughly inspect, clean, and dry their equipment to prevent the spread of this species. The community’s compliance with these guidelines plays a vital role in protecting Queensland’s biosecurity and ensuring the safeguarding of its waterways and marine life.

Published 5-April-2024