DFO Jindalee Stage 2 Completed with 60 Retailers, New Cinema and Fresh Markets

Residents of the suburbs around Centenary have a new and convenient lifestyle precinct to regularly visit as the second stage of DFO Jindalee has been completed. 

On Boxing Day, DFO Jindalee marked the completion with the opening of the six-theatre, state-of-the-art leisure site, Reading Cinemas. It’s the first cinema complex to open in the suburbs in 60 years.

The expansive movie house features a TITAN LUXE cinema with immersive Dolby Atmos surround sound, a reclining option on every seat in every auditorium facing a 23m screen, wider platforms throughout the cinemas for added customer comfort, and a bar and lounge area.

Reading Cinemas is the wonderful trimming complementing the cafes and restaurants at DFO Jindalee’s dining precinct and a suitable segue for shoppers at the retail sites, who might want a few hours of respite at the movies.

“DFO Jindalee was originally created to focus on outlet shopping, but this redevelopment has improved the centre to deliver premium leisure, sports and fashion brand outlets, plus an entertainment and dining precinct that will offer so much more to the customers who travel as far away as Toowoomba to regularly visit and shop,” Development spokesperson Michael Tree, Director of Asset Management for Trident Advisory Group, said. 

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“Stage 2 will complete the centre with the new Reading Cinemas complex; new lighting and skylights over a simplified floor plan and redirected shopping flow; the first fresh food retailer at the centre in Amazons Family Fresh Markets; plus a new dining precinct with fresh external green space/landscaping; to result in 60 specialty and dining retailers plus four major retailers (Nike, Goodlife, BCF and Reading Cinemas) and over 900 car parks.“

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In early 2021, DFO Jindalee is set to open Yiros Shop, whilst a few more cafes and restaurants will fill up the remaining leases. As of January this year, the shopping centre has some of these fully-operational establishments:

  • Adidas
  • Amazons Family Fresh Markets
  • BCF
  • Bendon
  • Billabong
  • Bonds
  • Connor
  • Converse
  • Goodlife
  • itradegolf
  • Jaqui E
  • Jay Jays
  • Kaisercraft
  • Kathmandu
  • Nike
  • Novo
  • Oakley
  • Off the Pallet
  • Puma
  • Reading Cinemas
  • Rivers
  • Rockwear
  • Sketchers
  • Standbags
  • Tarocash
  • Vape Cloud & Lotto
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More establishments will be finalised and announced in the coming months. 

Score Great Deals at the New Amazons Family Fresh Markets in Jindalee

A new fruit and vegetable store has opened at the redeveloped DFO Jindalee site this summer and it’s named after a popular water park that used to be on the property. Amazons Family Fresh Markets is a 650 square metre supermarket offering heaps of fresh produce and pantry staples at reasonable prices.

Led by General Manager Nick Koutsis, the store officially started trading on 10 Dec 2020 with truckloads of fresh food and a selected range of grocery items. It’s open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. seven days a week.

“I was down Coffee Club and saw people walking out with fruit and veg,” one local said a few days following the store’s opening day. “I didn’t know any fruit mart.”

In the 1980s, this site near the Amazons Place Park was known as the Amazing Amazon’s Waterpark, which was frequented by families and groups, especially during the summer. 

In 2001, however, the theme park was turned into the Direct Factory Outlet (DFO) that didn’t quite live up to the expectations of the residents until the Wen family took over a few years ago.

Along with the Amazons Family Fresh Markets, DFO Jindalee has retailers like Adidas and Nike, as well as the new six-screen Reading Cinemas, which opened on Boxing Day. 

For updates on Amazons Family Fresh Markets amazing deals, follow their Facebook page

Reading Cinemas to Open Most Advanced Complex in Jindalee

For the past six decades, Centenary locals have driven to neighbouring suburbs like Indooroopilly, Graceville or Redbank for movie time as there hasn’t been any cinema opening in this part of the suburban westside. That will soon change when Reading Cinemas opens on Boxing Day in Jindalee!

Dubbed the most advanced cinema complex in Australia, Reading Cinemas in Jindalee will be the very first movie house in Queensland to feature fully reclining seats in every auditorium.  

The Jindalee cinema site, found inside the redeveloped DFO property, will have six screens, the latest digital projection equipment, and reclining seats that will make the viewing experience a lot more enjoyable.  

The premium cinema seats deliver options for food and drinks to be ordered once the moviegoers are seated inside the theatre. 

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Mark Douglas, the managing director of Reading Australia, said that they are proud to open this new site despite a disruptive time, as going to the movies allows for some bonding time with friends and families.  

Interested movie watchers may now book tickets online for Wonder Woman 1984, which will screen on Boxing Day, along with Superintelligence, The Croods: A New Age and The Witches.

For updates on Reading Cinemas Jindalee, follow their Facebook page

Centenary Highway Traffic Flow Back to Normal After Sewer Main Burst

The Sinnamon Rd onramp and all inbound lanes of the Centenary Highway have reopened, after the completion of repairs to a burst sewer pipe and related road restoration works.

Northbound traffic on the Centenary Highway had been reduced to one lane for two days, after a sewer main burst that resulted in a sinkhole in Jindalee. One inbound lane of the highway was reopened at around 9:00 a.m. of 7 February. The Sinnamon Road onramp was opened at 7:00 a.m. although diversions remained in place until the road restoration works were completed before midday of 8 February.

In a statement, Urban Utilities revealed that the Jindalee repair is a complex job as it involves a large pipe under the medium strip, 7.1 metres below the ground.

Despite the ongoing repairs, Urban Utilities said that there is no interruption to sewerage services and that customers can continue to use their toilets and showers as normal.

“We’re managing flows by diverting wastewater through other local sewer pipes and are supporting the network with tankering.”

Overnight torrential rains may have contributed to the sewer main burst beneath the Centenary Highway, although authorities are also looking into other possible causes to help prevent similar instances from occurring in the future.

Sundayz Market In Jindalee Starts 2020 With More Amazing Bargains

What do you do to nip a boring, lazy Sunday in the bud? Here’s a suggestion that could potentially become the highlight of your weekend — why not visit the Sundayz Market at The Jindalee Hotel? 

On the 2nd of February 2020, the Sundayz Market is kicking off the year with more bargains, old favourites and new finds. Open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Sundayz Market is where you can score some amazing arts and crafts items, fresh produce, plants, and heaps of gift items for yourself, your family and your friends.

This family-friendly boutique market boasts of premium local traders, artisans and creatives. 

Nazy Facepainting

Nazy and her team do face art, body painting, temporary tattoos, pregnancy belly art and other designs for all ages and backgrounds. They’re a hit at parties and events and they will be returning to the Sundayz Market at the kickoff.

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Jo’s Handmade Treasures

Jo will be selling special crocheted Super K (Koala) stuff toys to help raise funds for WIRES. Her adorable creations come with a removable cape and mask. 

Stomping Elephants Brisbane South

If you’re crazy over accessories, buttons, pins and knick-knacks, look for the Stomping Elephants Brisbane South for some uniquely designed pieces. Their items are all handmade and fitted with hypoallergenic surgical steel.

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Carmi’s Creations

A new addition to the Sundayz Market, Carmi’s Creations delivers gorgeous quality succulents and garden decorations. This up-and-coming business has a really talented person behind it — a great reason to support local! 

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In addition to shopping, you’ll be able to try delightful food trends as stalls serving food like burgers, grills, pizza, sandwiches, as well as gluten-free options, will be setting up at the Sundayz Market. Some buskers are also going to provide music and entertainment whilst you shop. 

Seniors can avail of their 20 percent benefit if they present their card upon payment. 

Sundayz Market happens every first Sunday of the month. For interested stallholders on succeeding market day, send an email to sundayzmarkets@gmail.com for inquiries. 

Jindalee and Westlake are Big Winners at 2019 4KQ Christmas Lights Contest

If you’re planning on going around West Brisbane to see some of the best Christmas light displays, then you shouldn’t skip a visit around the neighbourhoods in Jindalee and Westlake. Every year, residents from these suburbs set up the most colourful, impressive and magical Christmas display that it’s no surprise Jindalee and Westlake were big winners of this year’s 4KQ contest.

2019 Best Lights Display in West Brisbane

The annual 4KQ contest cited the house of Shane & Debbie Horswill at 20 Curragundi Road in Jindalee as the Best Display in West Brisbane for 2019. The Horswills are not first-timers in this competition as they also won the People’s Choice Award in 2018. Incidentally, the family is also vying for the same recognition this year, which is awarded by 7News. You may vote for the Horswills online

2019 Best Neighbourhood Display

Meanwhile, a number of houses on Everard Street in Westlake were also big winners for the overall Best Neighbourhood Display. According to realestate.com.au, Everard Street is a popular strip for weekend cyclists. For years, however, Everard Street turns into a Christmas Wonderland filled with astounding light displays. 

Here are the complete names and addresses of the 2019 4KQ Contest Winners from Jindalee and Westlake:

Shane & Debbie Horswill20 Curragundi Road, JindaleeBest Lights Display – West
Ian Wright18 Mankinna Street, JindaleeJudges Commendations
Shaun McFadder28 Raeside Street, Westlake Judges Commendations
Timothy Evans2 Gillen Close, WestlakeWinner Neighbourhood
Westlake Wonderland
Riley Mackenzie18 Everard Street, WestlakeWinner Neighbourhood
Westlake Wonderland
Laurence Cole17 Everard Street, WestlakeWinner Neighbourhood
Westlake Wonderland
John Milner16 Everard Street, WestlakeWinner Neighbourhood
Westlake Wonderland
Jeannette Watson21 Everard Street, WestlakeWinner Neighbourhood
Westlake Wonderland
Dannielle Robson20 Everard Street, WestlakeWinner Neighbourhood
Westlake Wonderland
Reid Moran14 Everard Street, WestlakeWinner Neighbourhood
Westlake Wonderland

Christmas Lights Tour Bus

You can still view these Christmas lights display by joining the tour bus organised by Brisbane City Council. Secure the tickets online and then head to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre (Stop C) before 7:00 p.m. The Christmas Lights tour bus will be servicing the public until the 20th of Dec. 2019. 

If the tour bus isn’t the best option and you’d rather arrange your own trip, download these resources below to map out your drive carefully. These includes all the other participants and winners of the 2019 4KQ Christmas Lights Competition: 

The displays may be viewed from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. until Christmas eve.

What to Expect from the Jindalee Village Precinct Project

Locals will soon enjoy a more vibrant neighbourhood shopping precinct on Curragundi Road, Jindalee now that the construction for the Jindalee Village Precinct Project is ongoing and nearing its completion.

With the Jindalee Village Precinct Project, there will be a realignment of existing pedestrian crossings, adding cautionary tactile paving to existing kerb ramps where possible and reconstructing existing ramps to improve accessibility.

There will also be upgrades to the footpath for improved accessibility, maintenance and visual amenity. Residents would also see more trees, that will provide shade in the area whilst improving the precinct’s visual and physical amenity.

Other improvements include ground cover plantings to new and existing garden beds, standard street furniture and unique seating.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the delivery of new street furniture such as seating, bins, bike racks and drinking fountains as well as upgrading footpaths can dramatically change the accessibility and feel of a local shopping street.

“Combine that with new trees and gardens, public art and community events and a suburban shopping street can be transformed into a popular and welcoming high street for residents and visitors to enjoy,” Cr Quirk said.

The Brisbane City Council worked with local residents and business owners through a project launch to find out what they want and the amenities they need for their local area.

The BCC committed $450,000 to the improvement project which aims to enhance the amenity, connectivity and safety for locals and residents, contribute to and encourage local economic development and the community’s sense of place at the neighbourhood centre.

“We have already seen significant improvements to the public realms at Chermside and New Farm and now Council is getting on with creating liveable places and welcoming neighbourhood centres for the local community and visitors to enjoy elsewhere across the city,” Cr Quirk added.

Depending on weather and site conditions, the construction for the Jindalee Village Precinct Project should be complete by April 2019.

The Council said local residents and businesses will be invited to an activation event to celebrate the completion of the project and also promote the upgraded neighbourhood centre. More information will be provided in the coming months.

Latest Land Valuations Show Centenary Suburbs’ Median Land Value Increased

Land values in the Brisbane City Council area increased by 6.8 percent overall since the last valuation in 2017. This overall land value increase is also reflected on Centenary suburbs, notably Jindalee and Sinnamon Park, according to the latest land valuation report published by the State of Queensland.

The latest land valuations report shows median land value in Jindalee increased 20.7 percent to $350,000 and Sinnamon Park’s climbed 20 percent to $420,000. Other Centenary suburbs also recorded moderate median land value increase: Mount Ommaney – $590,000 (9.3%), Middle Park – $365,000 (10.6%), Jamboree Heights –  $350,000 (9.4%), Westlake – $410,000 (5.1%), Riverhills – 305,000 (10.9%), Sumner – $255,000 (10.9%), and Seventeen Mile Rocks – $340,000 (9.7%).

Queensland property is showing continued signs of strength in some areas, according to the recently released Valuer-General’s 2019 Property Market Movement Report. Based on the economic indicators, Queensland Treasury advise “dwelling investment in Queensland is entering a ‘recovery phase.’” This follows a 4.8 percent decline in 2017-2018, Queensland’s Valuer-General Neil Bray said.

“While approvals and construction have declined, the substantial amount of work remaining in the pipeline indicates dwelling investment is headed for a ‘soft landing’ compared with previous housing cycles,” he said

A total of 18 local government areas, representing 1.03 million properties, received new valuations this year: Brisbane, Burdekin, Cairns, Etheridge, Gympie, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Longreach, Moreton Bay, Noosa, North Burnett, Redland, Somerset, South Burnett, Sunshine Coast, Weipa, and Western Downs.

Of the 18 local government areas that have been valued, 16 recorded an overall increase ranging between 4.9 (South Burnett) and 42.5 percent (Etheridge). There were nine LGAs with increases of 0-10 percent, five areas with increases of 10-20 percent, and two areas with more than 20 percent increases. Burdekin and Longreach, on the other hand, recorded overall decreases of 2.9 percent and 14.8 percent, respectively.

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Majority of suburbs across Brisbane have recorded increase in residential land values, with most showing increases between five and 15 percent. Residential sector is the largest market sector in Brisbane, about 304,000 valuation. The median residential value has risen 7.1 percent as the overall median value increased to $455,000 from $425,000.

Thirty-seven residential suburbs remained unchanged, whilst 126 increased by up to 15 percent and 16 suburbs increased by more than 15 percent. Inner-city suburbs Woolloongabba (26.1%), Auchenflower (19.6%), Paddington (19.4%), and Milton (19.2%) have the largest median valuation increases.

The new valuations will become effective 30 June, however, landowners who have additional or new evidence to justify the need to alter the new valuations should provide such information through the online objections process via www.qld.gov.au/landvaluation or at the address shown at the top of their valuation notice, by 7 May 2019.

Bellbowrie and Jindalee Homes Win Big at the 2018 4KQ Best Christmas Lights Competition

This year, Bellbowrie and Jindalee homes were amongst the big winners of the 2018 4KQ Best Christmas Lights Competition.

Grabbing the top spot of the West category is the lights display by Evan and Myfanwy Jones of 45 Church Road, Bellbowrie. Their family’s magnificent Christmas lights display is truly one-of-a-kind. Their winning display features a swan lake, gingerbread man, polar bears, and more.

Check out the photos below and see why the Bellbowrie residence is the Best West winner.

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The runner-up for this year’s West Category is a family who has already made the  4KQ Best Christmas Lights Competition an annual tradition. Shane and Debbie Horswill from 20 Curragundi Road, Jindalee started joining the Christmas lights competition 15 years ago.

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Apart from being the runner-up, their creative Christmas lights display is also a strong contender for the People’s Choice Award.

Three more homes captivated the judges this year. The following participants in the West Category got the Judges Commendation:

  • Let It Snow Christmas Lights, 1 Moncrieff Court, Mount Ommaney
  • Melanie and Len Watson, 5 Kaputar Close, Riverhills
  • Michael Mader, 207 Graceville Avenue, Graceville

Christmas Lights Tours

A total of 23 homes joined this year’s 4KQ Best Christmas Lights Competition in the West. If you want to have a look at these bright and colourful display of Christmas lights, check out the line-up of the Council’s Christmas lights bus tours.

The tours will be running until Friday, 21 December 2018.  Take note that each tour departs at 6:45 p.m. sharp and will go for approximately three hours. Refreshment stops are included.

You may also opt to have your own Christmas lights trip. Check out the list of the complete participants for this year’s competition and make the most out of your trip.


The Rich History of How Centenary was Formed

Centenary, as it is known today, consists of several suburbs namely, Jindalee, Mount Ommaney, Jamboree Heights, Middle Park, Westlake, Riverhills, Sumner, Sinnamon Park, and Seventeen Mile Rocks.

Do you know how and why Centenary was formed? Let’s take a look back at the historic past of Centenary and the origins of the names of its suburbs.

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In 1959, Queensland’s Centenary Year, a  land developer named Hooker Rex planned the Centenary project. The project was a suburban development proposal that included a number of neighbourhoods with their own services and facilities that are capable of providing for all the needs of its residents.

The development started with the purchase of farmland in 1960. The contract for 1,416 hectare-development was agreed upon by the Council in 1961.

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The Centenary Bridge and Highway were among the most important parts of the development as it provided access to and from the city and the northern suburbs. Officially opened on 14 October 1964, the Centenary Bridge was financed by the developers while the Centenary Highway was built by the Brisbane City Council still at the developers’ expense.

The suburbs and industrial estates that were planned to be a part of the Centenary project were Jindalee, Jamboree Heights, Mount Ommaney, Riverhills, Westlake, Middle Park, and Sumner. Meanwhile, Seventeen Mile Rocks and Sinnamon Park were developed separately.

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The development was under the management of a public company called the Centenary Estates Limited for six years. In October 1967, the private shareholders were bought out by the Hooker Corporation Limited and the entire project was once again owned by the corporation.

The Establishment of the Centenary Suburbs


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Jindalee is an Aboriginal word which means “bare hills”. The establishment of the suburb in September 1962 brought the first public transport in the area, a bus going to and from Oxley Station.

Among the earliest establishments in the district were the Jindalee Golf Course, Swimming Pool, Bowls Club and the Looranah St. shopping centre. With its well-established golf course, swimming pool, and sporting facilities, it wasn’t long before Jindalee became a centre for sporting activities.

Jamboree Heights

Jamboree Heights was initially a part of Jindalee. When the Boy Scout held it’s Eighth Australian Pan-Pacific Scout Jamboree in Brisbane, Hooker Centenary provided the site. Later on, the place came to be called Jamboree Heights.

The 50th Anniversary of that historic Jamboree was celebrated in Jamboree Heights in January 2018. During that time, the participants learned more about the first Queensland Jamboree in 1967-1968.

Read: Celebrate Jamboree’s 50th Anniversary in Jamboree Heights  

Mount Ommaney

Mount Ommaney is considerably larger than Jindalee and Jamboree Heights. Despite the sloping nature of the terrain in the area, Hooker Centenary was able to develop a number of “Private Courts” in Mount Ommaney in January 1970, a feat considered a first in Australia.

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Each private court contains approximately seven homes, each with their own private entrance and shared private ownership of internal roads and nature strips.

Mount Ommaney became a prestige homesite that offers excellent views of the mountains and the city.

The suburb is also home to the first women’s golf club in Australia, the McLeod Country Golf Club, which was completed in 1969. The original golf club was comprised of 9 holes and a clubhouse. It was later extended to a full complement of 18 holes in 1971.


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Riverhills is named for its ideal location offering sweeping panoramic views of the Brisbane River. In January 1973, it was mainly marketed by the developer as a suburb for young people with young families, designed with a cul-de-sac concept that focuses on having a quiet environment with lots of privacy. Many of its streets were named after rivers, lakes, and other waterways of the world.


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Westlake was named by the developers in June 1973 for its nine-hectare freshwater lake. The developers maximised the landscape to give most of its homesites a view of the vast lake.


Sumner was named after the Sumner family who had been farmers and landholders in the area. Though the name was originally given to a road, the suburb later adapted the name in 1969.

Seventeen Mile Rocks

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The Seventeen Mile Rocks suburb used to include Sinnamon Park in 1975 as it extended farther west. With the development of Sinnamon Park, the boundaries of the suburb changed and currently, part of the Edenbrooke Estate is in Seventeen Mile Rocks and part in Sinnamon Park.

Seventeen Mile Rocks have gone through several developments under different estate developers namely ECOSSE Investments Pty Ltd, BMD Constructions, Baldwin-Riverlands, and Verandah.

Middle Park

Middle Park was strategically named by the developers in July 1976 to reflect its location in the middle of the Centenary Suburbs. The area offers northerly views of the McLeod Country Golf Club.

Sinnamon Park

In 1989, Sinnamon Park was developed originating from the suburb Seventeen Mile Rocks. The new suburb was named after the family of James Sinnamon and Margaret, who were the pioneer European settlers in the area.

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Today, Sinnamon Park houses a memorial dedicated to Thomas Macleod to celebrate his historic flights on 22 December 1910.

Read: Thomas Macleod and the Birth of Queensland Aviation in Sinnamon Park  

These are the historical origins of the names of the Centenary Suburbs. To have a deeper grasp on the history of Centenary, visit Centenary Suburbs Historical Society Inc.