Stafford Heights Residence Restoration Strikes the Perfect Balance

Updating an old home is a balancing act of adding modern elements while retaining the charm of its original character. The Stafford Heights Residence is the perfect example of a restoration process that strikes the balance effectively.



After acquiring the property eight years ago, Lisa has decided to restore the home’s retro charm. The house suffered from maintenance issues such as utility problems, peeling paint, and roofing concerns. It’s about time for a much-needed restoration.

The house suffered from maintenance issues such as utility problems, peeling paint, and roofing concerns.
Photo Credit: Paul Butterworth Architect

Lisa turned to Paul Butterworth Architect to breathe new life into the decaying structure.

Paul’s direction was simple. He retained most of the existing home with fresh coat of paint, refinished floors, and a new roof to ensure the longevity of the house. The living space was expanded to accommodate an open, spacious dining area.

Photo Credit: Paul Butterworth Architect

The mid-century terrace at the entrance sets the tone for the home. Breeze blocks and V-shaped steel beams mimic the geometric blue triangles painted on the garage below.

Photo Credit: Paul Butterworth Architect

Lisa loves the mid-century style, and it clearly reflects on the project. Inspired by iconic residences such as the Rose Seidler House and the now-demolished El Dorado Motel in Gold Coast, she aimed for the same playful elements.

Yellow became the central theme, with the front door sporting a vibrant chartreuse hue. Similarly coloured square creates striking accents.

Photo Credit: Paul Butterworth Architect

The outdated kitchen received an overhaul. The floating island remained with a lively yellow laminate countertop, but the real eye candy of this space is the abstract mural done by local artist, Drapl. This area seamlessly connects the indoors to the outdoors, capitalising on the views of Morton Bay, refreshing sea breezes, and the subtropical climate.

Photo Credit: Paul Butterworth Architect

Paul emphasises the value of preserving historical homes. “They are a legacy for memory and a testament to the people that built them & the families that were born & raised in them,” he says. He believes that even if the owner has the budget to demolish and rebuild, he wouldn’t still have done it.



“Lisa didn’t know how to ‘fix’ her home, but we helped curate her initiative into an outcome that fulfils her needs and enriches her lifestyle. The opportunities to create interesting outcomes for existing homes and homeowners are endless, we just need to ask the right questions.”

Published 27-April-2024

New Open Arms Counselling Offices Open in Stafford to Support Veterans

A new Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling office was officially opened in Stafford, significantly enhancing mental health services for Brisbane’s veterans and their families.



This facility, along with another site in Mount Gravatt, will provide free counselling, group programs, and peer support to the mental well-being of over 60,000 veterans and their families in the Brisbane area.

Each new counselling office will host specialist staff, many of whom are veterans or members of veteran families, equipped to offer military-aware and trauma-informed care. This initiative ensures that the services provided are finely tuned to the specific needs of the veterans and their families.

Established initially by Vietnam veterans as the Vietnam Veterans’ Counselling Service, Open Arms has been a pivotal part of veteran mental health support since 1982. To date, it has provided over 2 million free mental health sessions to more than 300,000 veterans and their family members.

Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling
Photo Credit: OpenArms-Veterans & Families Counselling/Facebook

The Albanese Labor Government’s commitment to the mental health and welfare of ADF personnel, veterans, and their families is demonstrated through the expansion of Open Arms counselling services across Brisbane. 

Assistant Minister for Veterans Affairs Matt Thistlethwaite highlighted Brisbane’s significant role as one of Australia’s largest homes for veteran communities and noted the facility as the leading specialist mental health service for the demographic. 

“Our veterans have given much in the service of our country. Although we can never fully repay them, we can ensure robust support systems like Open Arms are readily available,” he stated

Open Arms offers specialised, free, and confidential support across Australia and is accessible 24/7 at the contact number 1800 011 046. For more information, individuals are encouraged to visit the Open Arms website.



Published 26-April-2024

La Familia – Coveted Coffee and Freshly Baked French Pâtisserie Everyday In Stafford

Baking their French Pâtisserie on site every day whilst serving specialty coffee in a pet-friendly indoor and alfresco seating area, Mark Fletcher and Amelia Chan have brought a sanctuary to local people.

“Oh my goodness! Why is the whole of Australia not talking about this place. The food is awesome. The desserts sublime and the coffee amazing.
Not sure really if I want to share about this place because as people hear about it, my favourites will be gone 😭 ”

S TNOYB

When Mark and Amelia established La Familia six months ago, they were committed to three very specific goals:

  • To unearth the very best specialist coffee
  • To offer Delicious Fresh Fayre from freshly baked Vegan Raspberry Croissants to French Butter Croissants to Almond Croissants to French Chocolate Croissants along with scrumptious Portuguese tarts and a range of other pastries.
  • To train and employ the underprivileged and give them a go.
La Familia Coffee Stafford
Photo Credit: Supplied
La Familia Coffee Stafford
Photo Credit: Supplied

Mindfulness & Gratitude

Beyond providing customers with a delicious chapter to their day, Mark and Amelia also hold mental health high on their priority list, “Through initiatives like the Big Blue Table, we raise funds for Beyond Blue while fostering a safe haven for community connection,” says Mark.



As passionate advocates of Mental Health, they have established a wall of gratitude, “the wall of gratitude provides recognition to those who have contributed to our journey, while our cherry blossom tree of gratitude invites personal reflections on the meaning of family,” says Amelia.

At the end of the year, they express their thanks by drawing cards of heartfelt messages from the cherry blossom tree of gratitude with Bunnings and IKEA gift cards.

“We take the time to connect with each customer on a personal level, creating a friendly atmosphere making every visit memorable,” says Mark and the reviews of La Familia certainly prove he isn’t just making that up.

Minimine Street Making a Comeback After Covid Decimation

La Familia is located on Minimine St, off Webster Road in Stafford.

Minimine Street is famous for the annual Christmas Lighting competition when several thousand locals attend the houses that make a special effort.

Before Covid, Minimine Street had developed a thriving retail community that was decimated by the pandemic but La Familia is leading the comeback and the community feel is returning.

Painting by Noreen Walsh- Artist/Supplied

Mark asked a local artist to produce this painting and La Familia also educates its customers on the different taste notes of the current beans on offer.

“Genuinely the best coffee I’ve had in my entire life. The smoothies, pastries and sandwiches are also a solid 10/10. Everyone is super friendly and my days are always better after walking through the door.”

Andrew

“Great music and great coffee, super croissants 🥐 hope you locals know how lucky you are?”

Malcolm

“Amazing coffee!!! Every food item I’ve tried has been great especially the Portuguese tarts which are perfect. Friendly, knowledgeable service.”

Jess

La Familia can also cater to large groups.

“We are championing mental health awareness and building a stronger, more connected community, one conversation at a time”, says Mark.

These guys really deserve your support!



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Oscar Retrospective: ‘Oppenheimer’ Triumphs and Continues to Captivate at Hoyts Stafford

“Oppenheimer,” a monumental cinematic portrayal directed by Christopher Nolan, celebrated an impressive triumph at the Oscars while continuing to captivate audiences at Hoyts Stafford.



This masterpiece, delving into the complex life and pivotal contributions of J. Robert Oppenheimer to the Manhattan Project, has been lauded for its profound narrative, stellar performances, and Nolan’s unparalleled vision. 

Cillian Murphy, in the titular role, a distinguished cast including Robert Downey Jr., and the expert cinematography by Hoyte van Hoytema, have brought to life a historically significant and deeply human narrative.

At the Oscars, “Oppenheimer” clinched seven awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Nolan, Best Actor for Murphy, and Best Supporting Actor for Downey Jr. This sweep is a testament to the film’s impact, which resonated well beyond its narrative through its technical brilliance and dynamic storytelling.

 

Oppenheimer at Hoyts Stafford
Photo Credit: IMDb

The awards night was particularly memorable, highlighted by producer Emma Thomas’s heartfelt acknowledgment of the collaborative effort behind the film’s success, and the significant support from IMAX and theatres worldwide that believed in Nolan’s vision.

What makes “Oppenheimer” stand out is its Oscar wins and its universal acclaim. From a nearly unanimous critical approval to a significant box office success, the film has proven to be a cultural and cinematic landmark. Despite its three-hour run time and R-rating, it approached the $1 billion mark in global ticket sales, underscoring Oppenheimer’s story’s universal appeal and timeless relevance.

“Oppenheimer’s” ongoing showing at Hoyts Stafford offers film enthusiasts a rare opportunity to experience this Oscar-winning spectacle in a cinematic setting, reaffirming the timeless allure of movie theaters and their communal experience.



Published 15-March-2024

Unexpected Closure: Stafford City Tavern Shutters Doors Abruptly

Stafford witnessed a sudden turn of events as the renowned Stafford City Tavern, a beloved local hotspot, announced its permanent closure.



Within hours of the announcement on Friday, 9 February 2024, the tavern’s doors were shuttered for the final time, marking the end of an era for the venue that had been a fixture in the Stafford City Shopping Centre since its opening in 2005. 

The staff and loyal customers scrambled to come to terms with the sudden loss of a beloved gathering spot. 

Swift Closure

Star Group’s decision to close the doors of the Stafford City Tavern came after efforts to negotiate a new lease, which had been ongoing since September 2023, were unsuccessful. The closure not only leaves a void in the local community but also raises questions about the future of the space within the shopping centre. 

“Love going in there, best steak sandwich ever!!! I hear it’s because the shopping centre put the rent up too high. They did it to Australia Post & Bubble Car Wash. Started shopping at Stafford Heights on Rode Road now. Wishing the team at Stafford Tavern All The Best, going to miss the place,” a local said on the tavern’s Facebook announcement.

“I’m so sorry to hear this. My mum, dad and I enjoyed lunch there on 9 February, with no knowledge that it would be the last time we would be able to do so. Our meals were fabulous and such great value (including the largest chicken parmigiana we’d ever seen, which even my dad – who doesn’t believe in wasting food – couldn’t finish). What stands out the most though is the wonderful, friendly service from the staff, who made our visit so enjoyable. Thank you to you all, and I wish you all the best of luck for the future.” 

“So devastated to hear this news tonight. It’s been our regular weekly family Snitzel Friday night for so long…. Even before this iteration. Perfect placement, parking readily available, not too loud, not too quiet. Amazing food! I have never had a bad meal there. Staff have always been amazing. You will most definitely be missed. I know you have the same menu at West End… but that’s a little too far for us. Stafford Shopping Centre will feel your absence!”



The  Stafford City Shopping Centre remains optimistic about finding a new tenant but the loss of the tavern leaves behind a legacy that will be hard to replace.

Published 15-Feb-2024

Stafford Tavern Offers Free Meals for Kids

Stafford Tavern delights families every day of the week with its “Kids Eat Free” deal, where children can choose from a range of delicious options including steak, chicken nuggets, calamari, and pasta.



The “Kids Eat Free” promotion, offered with a purchase of a full-priced adult meal, is a highlight of Stafford Tavern’s dining specials. It’s designed to cater to families, providing a cost-effective way to enjoy a meal out. The Tavern’s friendly atmosphere, combined with this deal, makes it a go-to destination for family dining.

Lunch and Dinner Timings at Stafford Tavern

  • Lunch: Available 7 days a week from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
  • Dinner: From Sunday to Thursday from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, and on Friday & Saturday from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

Beyond the main meal times, Stafford Tavern offers an all-day bar menu from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Whether it’s for a casual meet-up, a family dinner, or a work event, the Tavern’s indoor and outdoor dining settings cater to every occasion.

Kids Eat for Free Stafford
Photo Credit: Stafford Tavern

Other Places Kids Eat for Free in North Brisbane

The Royal Hotel, Nundah

  • Offer: Free kids meal with any adult main meal purchase every Monday (kids aged 12 & under)
  • Not available: On public holidays
  • Contact: 3051 7619
  • Address: 1259 Sandgate Rd, Nundah QLD 4012

Everton Park Hotel, Everton Park

  • Offer: Kids under 12 eat free every Monday night
  • Not available: On public holidays
  • Contact: 3051 7606
  • Address: 101 Flockton Street, Everton Park


Tips for Accessing Free Kids Meal Deals in Australia

Check the Day: Kids eat free offers vary by day and establishment. It’s crucial to check in advance which day the deal is available.

Check the Age Requirements: Age limits for “kids” differ per eatery. Some might cap it at 10 years, while others extend to 12. Always verify the age limit beforehand.

Look Closely at the Requirements: Terms for kids eat free deals can vary. Some require the purchase of a full-priced adult meal, others may have different conditions. Always read the fine print.

Asking Never Hurt Anybody: Don’t hesitate to ask about free kids’ meal deals. Some establishments might not advertise these offers widely, so inquiring can uncover hidden deals. Remember, using these promotions can lead to enjoyable family meals at a fraction of the cost.

Published 21-Jan-2024

How Repair Cafe Workshops Foster Community Connections

At Repair Cafe Stafford, the focus isn’t just on fixing broken items—it’s about fostering connections. The free workshops aim to reduce waste, build skills, and strengthen community bonds along the way.


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Run by volunteers, the community workshops aim to reduce waste and costs by reviving damaged and dysfunctional belongings. At each workshop, people can bring in anything from faulty electrical appliances to ripped clothing to be assessed and repaired with the help of volunteers.

The Repair Cafe provides the workspace, tools, and materials. Attendees learn handy repair skills in the process, building self-reliance and contributing to a circular economy.

Photo credit: Repair Cafe Stafford/Facebook 

For many volunteers, the sessions often lead to meaningful conversations and connections. There’s a real spirit of collaboration. People chat whilst working on projects and end up making new friends.

The workshops also provide an opportunity for knowledge transfer between generations. Jon, one of the young volunteers, enjoys learning from the experienced helpers, many of whom are retirees with a lifetime of practical expertise.

One of those were Roy, who once worked for hours to repair a set of antique drawers, carefully measuring and cutting, reconstructing the deteriorated runners so the drawers could slide properly again. It was only after they were successfully mended that their long history was revealed.

Volunteer Roy (Photo credit: Repair Cafe Stafford/Facebook)


The English oak dresser was a wedding gift to the current owner Jennifer’s great-grandmother in 1901. It immigrated with the family from England to South Africa in 1911, passing down through generations of women. When Jennifer moved to Australia, the heirloom made the journey too.

Photo credit: Repair Cafe Stafford/Facebook 


Jennifer was so appreciative she wrote Roy a thank-you letter. Roy admits had he known the drawers’ provenance, he would have been more nervous about repairing the 130-year-old treasure.

Stories like this are common at the workshops, where strangers collaborate to fix sentimental possessions—and end up fixing connections within the community too.

More Workshops in 2024

Due to an overwhelming response from the community, the Repair Cafe workshops in Stafford will be held more frequently starting in the new year, giving locals more chances to join together and mend their damaged possessions.

Photo credit: Repair Cafe Stafford/Facebook 

The organisation decided to hold workshops the first week of every second month, starting 3 February 2024. The upcoming workshop on February 3 already has a waitlist for spots. Bookings open one week prior on January 25 for the 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. session. Walk-ins are also welcome.


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The Repair Cafe hosts their community workshops at The Community Place on 33 Teevan Street in Stafford. See their Facebook page for news and updates about their initiative.

Published 27-December-2023 

More Workshops Coming Soon to Repair Cafe Stafford

Due to an overwhelming response from the community, the Repair Cafe workshops in Stafford will be held more frequently starting in the new year, giving locals more chances to join together and mend their damaged possessions.


Read: Effinity Proposes Bold Stafford Heights Development


Run by volunteers, the free community workshops aim to reduce waste and costs by reviving damaged and dysfunctional belongings.

At each workshop, people can bring in anything from faulty electrical appliances to ripped clothing to be assessed and repaired with the help of volunteers. The Repair Cafe provides the workspace, tools, and materials. Attendees learn handy repair skills in the process, building self-reliance and contributing to a circular economy.

Photo credit: Repair Cafe Stafford/Facebook 

For many volunteers, the sessions often lead to meaningful conversations and connections. There’s a real spirit of collaboration. People chat whilst working on projects and end up making new friends.

The organisation heard fascinating stories behind items brought in for repair, including 130-year-old wooden drawers that had travelled from England to South Africa to Australia. They sharpened an antique pair of nursing scissors and partially fixed a musical box silent for over 40 years. 

Photo credit: Repair Cafe Stafford/Facebook 

Given the enthusiastic community response from the community, the organisation decided to hold workshops the first week of every second month, starting 3 February 2024. 

Photo credit: Repair Cafe Stafford/Facebook

The upcoming workshop on February 3 already has a waitlist for spots. Bookings open one week prior on January 25 for the 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. session. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The Repair Cafe is always looking for new volunteers interested in registrations, hospitality, and fixing various items.


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The Repair Cafe hosts their community workshops at The Community Place on 33 Teevan Street in Stafford. See their Facebook page for more information and updates about their initiative.

Published 27-December-2023 

Stark Reminder of Road Safety: Police Arrest Man for Reckless Riding & Drug Influence in Stafford

A recent incident in Stafford served as a stark reminder of the dangers posed by reckless behaviour on the roads as Queensland Road Safety Week concluded.



On the evening of Thursday, 24 Aug 2023, at approximately 4:40 pm, the police were alarmed by the sight of an unregistered motorbike being ridden at high speeds along Webster Road in Stafford. The rider was conspicuously not wearing a helmet, raising immediate concerns about his safety and the potential danger posed to others on the road.

Responding swiftly, the police initiated patrols to locate the individual. Ultimately, the man was spotted standing alongside the motorbike on Heilbromm Street in Stafford Heights. Subsequent investigations conducted by the authorities unveiled a series of alarming revelations about the rider’s behaviour.

In a disturbing turn of events, it was discovered that the motorbike operator was not only unlicensed but also allegedly under the influence of drugs. These findings led to the apprehension and arrest of a 19-year-old Chermside man, who now faces a litany of charges.

The man was booked for driving under the influence of liquor or a drug, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving without a license, failing to wear a motorbike helmet, and possessing tainted property. The accused is slated to appear before the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 27 Sept 2023. 

Authorities emphasize that the ramifications of the rider’s thoughtless decisions could have been far graver. Motorcycle riders represent one of the most vulnerable groups of road users, and statistics from Queensland highlight a concerning trend of increasing motorcycle fatalities. 

Due to the inherent lack of protection offered by motorcycles compared to other vehicles, riders are at an elevated risk of severe injury or worse in the event of a collision.

Law enforcement agencies and safety advocates stress the importance of motorists remaining acutely cautious and vigilant regarding motorcycle riders. This involves actively scanning for riders, checking blind spots, using indicators when changing lanes or making turns, adhering to road rules, and exercising additional prudence during adverse weather conditions.



For those who might have pertinent information related to this incident or any other criminal activities, authorities urge them to reach out to Policelink. Information can be submitted through the online suspicious activity form available 24 hours a day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting or by calling 131 444. They can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or submit information online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

Published 30-Aug-2023

Stafford’s Sweetheart Confectionery Announces Retirement And Search For New Owners

After more than 20 years of running Sweetheart Confectionery in Stafford, the owners have decided to retire and are seeking new owners to take over the business.


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The owners of the confectionery store took to social media to announce their retirement and that they are actively seeking a quick handover of their business. They also shared that a new lease is available to take over, with the stock included.

“Sadly we are letting go of our iconic store, in The Stafford City Shopping Centre, opposite The Hoyts Theatres, Stafford,” the post reads.

Photo credit: Sweetheart Confectionery/Facebook

In response to the announcement of the owners’ retirement, customers have been sharing their memories and expressing their appreciation for the products and services provided by the candy shop through the years.

“Sad news for me! I have enjoyed the sweet treats and lovely service ever since you opened. Wishing you a happy and enjoyable retirement. You’ve earned it!” one wrote.

“This was my favourite place to go growing up,” another one commented.

Photo credit: Sweetheart Confectionery/Facebook

“Been coming in since I was 7, will be a sad day, but hopefully the new owners keep the sweet in the heart and continue the tradition.”

Since the early 2000s, the shop has been a go-to spot for those looking for a diverse selection of sweets and snacks, including cereals, lollies, and chocolates.


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The owners of the beloved lolly store have displayed a sign in the store expressing gratitude to their faithful customers for their support throughout the years.

Sweetheart Confectionery will be open for business until April 2023, allowing customers to continue enjoying their products until then.

The shop operates daily at Shop E11 of Stafford City Shopping Centre.

Published 14-April-2023