Centenary Bridge Upgrades In Jindalee Will Be Delayed

Plans to upgrade Centenary Bridge are still a bit far from reality, after it has been announced that the three-year project is not expected to commence until 2023, instead of starting in 2022.


Read: Congested Section Of Centenary Motorway To Receive Much-needed Upgrades


Based on the original projected timeline, the project is supposed to commence in 2022 and will be complete by late 2026, weather and construction conditions permitting.

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However, Transport Minister Mark Bailey announced that there is an alternate bid being submitted for the project and that thorough due diligence is needed before construction could finally get underway.

The budget for the project has remained at $244 million ($132 million from the Queensland Government and $112 million from the Australian Government), however, planners are still closely monitoring global inflation of construction materials. 

Whilst it’s an ‘unfortunate’ situation, Mr Bailey assured it’s not going to be a huge delay which means the upgrades will be built as soon as possible.

Benefits of upgrading the bridge includes improving safety to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes on the Centenary Bridge and increasing capacity to improve travel-time reliability and cater for current and future traffic needs.

Artist’s impression of Centenary bridge (Photo credit: www.tmr.qld.gov.au

Works for Centenary Motorway’s upgrades include remediation of the existing bridges to create three southbound lanes and a new three-lane bridge travelling northbound.

Active transport facilities will also be upgraded for pedestrians and people who ride bikes, with improved connections to the Western Freeway Bikeway and local destinations, including retention of the Jindalee Skate Park.

“While the Centenary Bridge upgrade does not include dedicated transit lanes, capacity and traffic flow will be improved by providing 3 lanes in each direction over the Brisbane River. This will increase efficiency and travel time reliability for public transport including buses travelling on the Centenary Bridge,” TMR said.

At present, around 85,000 vehicles cross the Centenary Motorway a day. But Transport and Main Roads’ current traffic modelling shows that by 2036, around 152,000 vehicles per day will want to cross the bridge. 

Visit Queensland Government’s website for further updates on the project.

Jindalee Local To Represent Country In Para-powerlifting At Commonwealth Games

Jindalee local Hani Watson is set to break Australia’s 16-year medal drought in para-powerlifting, after being named as one of the country’s representatives at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.


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Watson’s effort to lift 120kg in the 86kg+ class, on her first trip away from Australia, was considered outstanding given her relative inexperience in powerlifting. Watson has only been competing for less than a year and being ranked high is such a pat on the back for her.

Watson, 39, set a new Oceania record at the World Para-powerlifting Championships in Georgia in October 2021.

“I just want to keep competing and lifting my ranking until the rest of the world knows that there’s this female Aussie they should watch out for,” she said.

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Watson’s rise through the powerlifting ranks is a reward for the resilience she has shown after being born with bilateral metaphyseal dysplasia, which bowed her tibia and femur bones.

She underwent several surgeries in a bid to correct the problem and turned to weightlifting with the encouragement of her father, who was a bodybuilder, to build up their strength. But the condition eventually stopped Watson from being able to complete squats.

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Hani Watson with Coach Simon Bergner (Photo credit: Hani Watson/Facebook)

She was then approached by Australian Para-powerlifting coach Simon Bergner, who steered Watson towards a new goal.

“My Dad always told me, ‘Focus on your superpower’,” she said. “Bench pressing has made me feel empowered, especially as a woman.”

The last medal for Australia was given back in 2006, when Darren Gardiener took the bronze at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Watson will be competing with Ben Wright, 35, from Perth. He is an Oceania record holder in two divisions, and will become just the second Australian after Leigh Skinner to compete in Para-powerlifting at three Commonwealth Games when he goes to Birmingham.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from Thursday 28 July to Monday 8 August 2022 with the Para-powerlifting competition to be conducted on Thursday 4 August at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

Former Jindalee Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday With Trip Down Memory Lane

Former Jindalee resident Adeline, a resident at the Bolton Clarke Fairview Residential Aged Care community, recently celebrated her 100th birthday with a trip down memory lane.


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Adeline or simply ‘Addie,’ was born in Gatton as the youngest of seven children. She grew up on a farm at Lake Clarendon in the Lockyer Valley.

One of her fondest memories as a child was riding a pony named Queenie when going to school. During school hours, Queenie would be let out in the paddock and at the end of the day one of Addie’s friends would round the pony up so that she could ride home again. 

Addie’s granddaughter Erin shared that her grandma worked on the home farm in Lake Clarendon and at McWhirter’s department store in Fortitude Valley, where she met and married her first husband, Stanley, in 1947. He was based in Brisbane for a short time during the war. 

Addie and Stan had one child Ross, and now has three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

When Stan passed away in 1987, Addie re-married few years later. The man was Fred, who happened to be her first boyfriend.

“Fred was her boyfriend as a teenager, but they lost contact. They reconnected at a funeral, years later and soon got married,” Erin shared.

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Erin shared the two had three years together at Lowood until he passed away but in marrying Fred, she also gained stepchildren and all of their extended family who became like family to them.

After Fred died,  Addie returned to Brisbane and lived in Middle Park, Jindalee.

Erin shared that her grandma loved getting a chocolate milkshake and some chips from a popular fast food chain when they would go out to shop.

“She’s still going strong at 100 years old, and the family joke is that she will outlive us all!” Erin jokes, as Addie celebrates her 100th birthday and looks back at a lifetime of loving and living.

Motorists Warned Of Increased Risk Of Deer On Centenary Roads

Motorists are being warned to slow down and be on the lookout for deer on Centenary suburbs, especially in and around Mt Ommaney, Westlake, and Jindalee.


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This comes after a video emerged showing a herd of deer crossing Westlake Drive, Mt Ommaney in front of an oncoming vehicle at night.

Many residents pointed out that there seems to be a growing deer population in Brisbane’s southwest, as clearly seen in the herds of deer wandering the streets and blocking roads.

Aside from creating a traffic hazard on roads, deer also damage native vegetation through browsing and trampling and ringbarking.

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One resident quickly connected an urban legend with respect to the growing number of deer in these suburbs.

“Urban legend is that there was a deer farm in Brisbane back in the day and the wife divorced the husband and opened all the gates and let them out,” the comment reads.

Based on the popular urban legend, a couple once owned a large deer farm in Pullenvale. Following their divorce, locals said that the wife of the deer farmer apparently opened the gates to let the animals escape.

Locals who have had deer sightings, especially in the western suburbs, believe these animals are either from the herd or the descendants of the herd from the Pullenvale farm.

Whilst the story seems absurd, the Pullenvale deer farm owner confirmed in a radio interview that he used to own over 500 deer, but they escaped as a result of his marital woes.

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The farm owner, John, who now lives in Cairns clarified it was his former mother-in-law and not his ex-wife who opened the gates to his deer farm.

Meanwhile, collisions between deer and vehicles normally increase during winter, particularly around June, when they hunt for food or look for shelter. 

Brisbane City Council reminds motorists to slow down when driving and exercise caution when they see deer or deer warning signs. Locals can submit a feral animal sightings report or call Council on 07 3403 8888.

Jindalee Welcomes 14th ‘Hello Harry’ Burger Franchise Store in Australia

Did you know that DFO Jindalee is now home to the 14th Australian franchise of Hello Harry, a growing chain of burger joints that started in the coastal town of Maroochydore nearly eight years ago?



In late November 2021, Hello Harry opened its doors to Jindalee locals and the rest of Brisbane’s south-western residents at the recently renovated shopping centre.

Known for its “no fluff or fuss” menu and “funky & fun” dining environment, the burger joint offers carefully hand-rolled patties with locally-sourced ingredients for its fillings and side dishes.

Jay and Inga Robinson manage the Jindalee franchise and they hope to grow the market of burger lovers who enjoy freshly-made burgers in-house with local produce. However, Tony Kelly is the mastermind behind Hello Harry’s first store in the Sunshine Coast. He and his partners have a simple idea for their eatery — good burgers with good ingredients but made promptly upon order.

All Hello Harry outlets across Australia carry a standard menu with the Dirty Harry burgers as the crowd favourite. This meal is made of double beef patties, grilled chicken, double cheese, crispy bacon, pickles, American mustard, house tomato jam, and mayo. 

Vegan and vegetarians are not left out since the burger joint also offers four kinds of plant-based burgers. 

Hello Harry Jindalee
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Hello Harry Jindalee
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Hello Harry also runs a loyalty program, with a free sign-up, that allows members to earn points for discounts, freebies, and other privileges each time they dine at any of the outlets. 

Follow the restaurant on Facebook for updates.



Had a great meal here after the gym. Tried the naked chicken burger, and it did not disappoint. A generous serving of salad with avocado as the base made for a wholesome meal that was not heavy.

Julieann Ramsey

Can’t get a better burger than from here. Meat is super tasty and perfectly cooked, egg runny and bun just right. Service was also top-notch.

Nik Gresshoff

Great burger place. Offers a good variety of burgers. Their chips are amazing. Already a family favourite. There’s quite a bit of seating if you want to dine in. Staff are lovely.

Huong Nguyen

Strong Fundamentals Drive Double-Digit Growth in Jindalee Property Market

Jindalee house prices continue to climb, with the median increasing by double-digit percentages for the period covering October 2020 to September 2021, as strong fundamentals and interstate migration continue to drive the property market boom in suburbs all across the River City.


Highlights

  • Jindalee’s property market climbed by 13.27 per cent from October 2020 to September 2021 compared to the same period in the previous year.
  • The median house price has risen to $700,000 from $618,000 with most market listings racking up sales after 28 days in the market. 
  • 105 houses sold for this period with most buyers opting for three-bedroom homes in a tightly-held market.

House Price Growth

For the 12-month period ending September 2021, Jindalee experienced a 13.27 per cent growth compared to last year, with the median house price pegged at $700,000, per figures from Property Market Updates. Interest in the market has been brisk with house listings staying at an average of 28 days on market. 

More buyers are discovering that they’re getting their money’s worth by investing in properties on Brisbane’s western corridor, where the houses stand on bigger blocks of land for a more affordable price compared to other locations, including the inner cities. 

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There were 105 properties sold from October 2020 to September 2021 with most buyers picking out three-bedroom properties (56), while eight five-bedroom houses with a median house price of $895,500 found new owners, who are mostly upsizers on to their second or third home. 



About Jindalee

The riverside suburb 15 kilometres southwest of Brisbane City is part of six new suburbs developed for the Centenary estates. Jindalee came from the aboriginal word that means “bare hills.” 

Due to its proximity to the Brisbane River, Jindalee has been through some of the worst floodings in Brisbane. Yet the suburb is still one of the most desirable residential locations for families who want their children to grow in a peaceful environment with the earth’s natural beauty as their main playground. 

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Because Jindalee is close to good and reputable schools, parents with school-aged kids prefer to live in this suburb as it’s nicely tucked within the catchment areas. Most families who buy a property here tend to stay longer thus competition among investors is tight. However, due to its uneven high and flat grounds, the houses in the low-lying areas are more at risk for flood damage. 

For recreation, dining and shopping, Jindalee has the revitalised DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) and the nine-hole Jindalee Golf Club where many community events take place.



“Very accessible to both schools for my kids, has very good shops and has many sports clubs for all the different sports my kids have wanted to try out.”

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“You’ve got a very nice set of shops on the west, endless shopping on the east, and a very long bikeway/path for those inclined to exercise. It’s very safe as is evidenced by dry neighbourhood watch report that comes out quarterly and rarely reports anything apart from some low level break-ins with little stolen. There’s a police station, plenty of parkland, good cafes, restaurants, doctors, pharmacies, swimming pools, fuel stations, and of course the highway going north and south. Superb spot.”

Benpower

“This is without doubt the best suburb in Brisbane, considering I have rented and lived in ten + over the years. Just brilliant in so many ways.”

Mazta

Jindalee Property Market Triples Its Growth in 12 Months

Lifestyle changes and migration from interstate or overseas have driven house prices in Brisbane to record-high numbers, with the property market in Jindalee tripling its growth from 7.11 percent to 21.4 percent within the 12-month period from July 2020 to June 2021.



Latest data from Property Market Updates shows that Jindalee’s median house price increased from $640,000 to $784,000 in 12 months, with the highest sale closing at $1.68 million.

Prior to the pandemic, Jindalee’s median house price was at $587,500 (July 2018 to June 2019) and $597,500 (July 2019 to June 2020).


Highlights

  • The Jindalee property market posted a 21.4 percent growth from July 2020 to June 2021.
  • The median house price increased from $640,000 to $784,000. The median unit price went from $505,250 to $567,500 for the same period.
  • Three Jindalee houses sold above the $1-million mark from April to July 2021. 

About 105 properties were sold in the first quarter and 28 in the second quarter, as house listings stayed on the market for 25 to 31 days. Inventory in the $580,000 to $940,000 range moved faster, spending an average of 19 days on the market.  

Unit Price Growth 

Meanwhile, unit sales in Jindalee exhibited a 12.32 percent growth in the 12-month period ending June 2021. The median price for units was at $567,500 in June 2021, up from $505,250 in June 2020. Some 10 units were sold during the same period, with the highest sale closing at $735,000.



Steady Rise After the 2011 Floods

Brisbane River in flood at Jindalee at the Centenary Bridge, 2011
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The years since the devastation wrought by the 2011 floods have seen Jindalee recover steadily.

Just two years after the floods, house prices in the suburb started to rise, a trend that hasn’t stopped despite the coronavirus pandemic.  

An investment opportunity after the 2011 floods.
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Although prices dropped by as much as 10 percent for houses with severe flood damage, many savvy and educated buyers saw an opportunity for investment, backing up their purchases with insurance premiums to cover their risk.  

Kooringal Rd & Burrendah Rd during the 2011 floods.
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Kooringal Rd & Burrendah Rd, February 2021.
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Jindalee’s steady recovery is a strong indication of continued buyer confidence in the suburb’s liveability.

About Jindalee

Statistics from Experian Australia show that older couples and families make up the largest percentage of people living in Jindalee. The suburb is also slowly attracting a throng of professionals who want to set their roots in a place with plenty of parklands, dog off-leash areas, public swimming pools, and a very long bikeway, all for less the cost it would take to buy a house or unit in Paddington or Indooroopilly.

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Though lacking in bars or nightlife, Jindalee has a growing cafe culture for professionals and adults, as well as a good number of good primary and secondary schools. A reliable Neighbourhood Watch group also helps keep the community safe.

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The boat ramp and the shopping centres are popular neighbourhood hubs, along with the newly-opened DFO Jindalee within the Reading Cinemas complex.

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
  • ASICS
  • 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