Grandmother Terrified After Youths Broke Into Mt Ommaney Home

A grandmother was left terrified after a gang of armed youths broke into her home in Mount Ommaney while she was inside.



The incident occurred at Mozart Place, where Veri Kostidnovac and her husband have resided for 55 years.

“I don’t know what they were chasing,” said a visibly shaken Ms Kostidnovac, who now fears being on her own property.

Video footage shows the gang attempting to break into homes before police arrived on the scene. The group managed to escape in a car before the police could apprehend them.

The driver of the stolen car, a 15-year-old youth offender, drove so dangerously that the police had to suspend the pursuit.

Queensland Police Detective Inspector Wayne Frances described the situation as “extremely dangerous”, posing a risk not only to the police officers involved, but also to the community and the offenders themselves.



The police are still searching for the youth offenders in Mt Ommaney.

Published 20-March-2024

Mount Ommaney Property Market Shows Over 30% Median House Price Growth

The median house price in Mount Ommaney rose by over 30 per cent during the 12-month period ending September 2021. Mt Ommaney, dubbed the “unofficial retirement community for the moderately wealthy” by locals, is benefiting from strong demand and low inventory, as people spend more time at home and look for larger properties and a suburb offering a more laid-back lifestyle.


Highlights

  • The median house price in Mount Ommaney showed a 32.96 per cent uptick between the period of October 2020 to September 2021, at $1,250,000 with only 31 properties sold within the period.
  • The unit market, however, is down by 1.83 per cent with just 14 properties sold during the 12-month period.

House Price Growth

According to Property Market Updates, Mount Ommaney experienced a 32.98 per cent growth from October 2020 to September 2021, resulting in a remarkable median house price uptick to  $1,250,000, up from $940,000 in the previous period. Thirty-one homes were sold during this period within an average of 48 days on market. Among these houses sold, 17 of them were five-bedroom properties in the million-dollar range.  

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Off an elevated section on Becker Place, a five-bedroom house standing on an expansive 1,348-square metre lot pulled the highest sale, changing hands for $1,850,000. 

Designed as a modern Tuscan villa, this house has the Mount Ommaney Bushland Reserve in its backyard, the home to kangaroos and many of Australia’s rich wildlife. 



The family residence also boasts spectacular views of the city and the McLeod Country Golf Club. Its location is within two kilometres of the Mount Ommaney Special School and Mount Ommaney Centre. 

Buyers are seeing the value of houses in the western corridor, where the homes set on larger blocks of land are now more desirable, as buyers look towards more spacious homes outside Brisbane’s inner-ring area.

Unit Price Growth

Mount Ommaney’s unit market, however, has gone down by 1.83  per cent for the period October 2020 to September 2021. Both stock and demand are down, as the median year-on-year remains largely flat. Only 14 properties were sold during this 12-month period with listings going for an average of 79 days. 

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Granted, the majority of dwelling options in Mount Ommaney are detached homes while townhouses and serviced apartments, mostly for occupancy by downsizers and retirees, make up just under one per cent of the stocks.

About Mount Ommaney

Mount Ommaney is located 13 kilometres southwest of Brisbane CBD. Developed as a part of the Centenary Suburbs residential project in the 1960s, Mount Ommaney has attracted residents who love the area’s natural diversity with the Brisbane River by its doorstep. 

Dubbed the “unofficial retirement community for the moderately wealthy” by the locals, this suburb has a large, protected forest and stone quarry that both lend a unique beauty to the surroundings. The air and atmosphere around Mount Ommaney’s neighbourhoods deliver the countryside vibe, where residents live in solitude and have much more space to work, live, and play. 

However, Mount Ommaney locals also have everything they need within their reach as its sole, massive shopping centre has over 170 specialty shops and some of Australia’s largest chain stores. 



“I have lived in Mount Ommaney for 7 years now. I chose it because the homes were on larger blocks and it has a medium sized shopping centre close by with the major department stores. It’s a short drive to Indooroopilly if you are looking for more upmarket shops. The CBD is within 15km. There are good playgrounds, three closeby primary schools including an excellent Lutheran private school.”

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“I moved here when new houses were still being constructed, there was no high school, no police station and Mount Ommaney Centre was a strip mall basically with a small Coles. It’s grown up since then. It’s safe, kids still walk to school and ride bikes. The trees have grown to form an impressive canopy which supports an ever expanding assortment of wildlife and birdlife. I’ve seen echnidna in my yard a few times. It is important to identify the streets with traffic noise though. One end of Mount Ommaney Drive is quite busy, the other end towards Jindalee is very quiet. I live in one of the private Courts, it’s so quiet at night that the only thing that disturbs my sleep are the possums running across the roof. Be warned though, lots of trees and vegetation means lots of gardening tasks. If you’d rather not be in the garden, there are other suburbs that might better suit.”

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Challenge Extended to Cinnabon as it Plans to Open Mount Ommaney Store

When word got around that Cinnabon is planning to open a store in Mount Ommaney, MP Jess Pugh extended a challenge to the American bakery chain to aim for its annual business award under the franchise category in 2020. 

Ms Pugh welcomed the news of Cinnabon coming to Mount Ommaney. She believes that the brand will be a great addition to competitive awards. 

“I’m pretty sure it’s because they want to win the Franchise award next year,” she said in jest on Facebook. “May the best franchise win!!” 



Bansal Group plans to open an initial four Cinnabon stores in Brisbane in the next few months as it advertised job opening for store managers. The company confirmed that it will be opening its very first location around Christmas time whilst the second shop will be operational by January 2020.

“Our first two locations will be in Nundah and Mt Gravatt. Get ready for the goodness,” a  post on Cinnabon Australia Facebook‘s page stated. 

Bansal Group has yet to reveal the exact locations of its first Cinnabon stores. 

However, the Nundah outlet is reportedly going to be at the Toombul Shopping Centre, whilst the Mt Gravatt spot is speculated at either Westfield Garden City or Mt Gravatt Plaza Shopping Centre. 

The other two locations are said to be planned at Westfield Chermside and Mount Ommaney Centre.

The Cinnabon outlets will be taking over vacant kiosks at the shopping centres. A rendering of the first store was posted on its Facebook page. 

Photo Credit: Cinnabon Australia/Facebook

Bansal Group has projected to open 50 Cinnabon stores around Australia in the next five years. The U.S. bakery, dubbed the “world’s greatest cinnamon roll,” has over 1,500 outlets globally in its nearly 35 years of operation. 


Cast Your Votes for 2019 Mount Ommaney Small Business Awards

Who will win at the 2019 Mount Ommaney Small Business Award? You have the power to decide the outcome if you cast your vote for your favourite small business and employee.

Over 3,000 have already picked their choices and the online selection will continue until Sunday, the 13th of Oct 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

The CCIQ Centenary & Districts Chamber of Commerce and MP Jess Pugh are behind the 2019 Mount Ommaney Small Business Award, which is in its second year. Some 2,000 establishments were nominated in nine categories recognizing businesses for their excellent management and customer service.



This year, a few awards have been added to the categories to include the Milton Dick Most Popular New Business and Professional Service awards for accountants, consultants and solicitors. 

Photo Credit: Jess Pugh MP for Mount Ommaney/Facebook


Ms Pugh relaunched the awards to acknowledge the businesses that drive the local economy. She said that the recognition should also be a boost for the “quiet achievers” around Mount Ommaney.

Nominated businesses may also pick up voting cards from Ms Pugh’s office so that their customers may be able to cast their votes when they are at the shop. 

Meanwhile, voters also have an additional incentive as their name will be entered into the raffle draw where they could win a Taste of Mount Ommaney Prize Pack. 

For more information on the 2019 Mount Ommaney Small Business Award, phone 3737 2120.

Work Begins on the New $7.7 Million Building for Mount Ommaney Special School

Mount Ommaney Special School (MOSS) is getting a new $7.7-million state-of-the-art, multi-storey building. Minister for Education and Industrial Relations Grace Grace facilitated the groundbreaking ceremony on 28th of June 2019 with MP for Mount Ommaney Jess Pugh, Principal Wayne Wilkinson and the architects.

The new building will have four classrooms on the second level, a therapy space, multi-skills rooms, an industrial kitchen and laundry section, an outdoor learning area, staff area, a commercial kitchenette, a store and other amenities. An undercroft area on the ground level will also be allotted for additional classrooms and further expansion. 

The outdoor learning area is particularly special as it will have sensory gardens and a food garden, which will cater to the school’s vocational programs. These facilities have been designed to create a better environment for the students to learn and develop their skills, as well as experience new things. 

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The new school building will also create more engagement between the school, the students and the community. It has a target completion date of March 2020.

“This learning centre will be a game-changer for the school and I can’t wait to see the smiles on the students’ faces when it opens next year,” Mr Pugh said.  



Deicke Richards (DR) has been commissioned to develop and build the new MOSS learning centre. Architects of the firm have closely consulted with school officials to integrate facets that will provide for the students’ needs. 

“This facility will add significant value to our school, assist with enrolment capacity and greatly assist our ever-growing vocational education programs,” Mr Wilkinson relayed. 

Proposed Mt Ommaney Entertainment and Leisure Precinct in Details

A more vibrant and lively Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre could become reality in the near future should the application for the Mt Ommaney Entertainment and Leisure Precinct be approved by Council.

Mt Ommaney Entertainment and Leisure Precinct
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The development application for the expansion of the shopping centre is currently being reviewed by Brisbane City Council. Vicinity Centres, owner of Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre, intends to create what the designer describes as a sculptural entertainment precinct. The sculptural area will be formed with cinemas in cubic forms and linked to the main mall via a serpentine bridge.

Mt Ommaney Entertainment and Leisure Precinct
Photo credit: Brisbane City Council

 

Mt Ommaney Entertainment and Leisure Precinct
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Along the sides of the serpentine bridge will be food and beverage outlets. There will also be open areas designed as gathering spaces for the community. Part of the open spaces will incorporate play structures for children, BBQ facilities and lawn mounds.

Mt Ommaney Entertainment and Leisure Precinct
Photo credit: Brisbane City Council

Landscaping along Dandenong Road will also be intensified as part of the proposed plan. From the cinema foyers, people will have a view of the green spaces.

Mt Ommaney Entertainment and Leisure Precinct
Photo credit: Brisbane City Council



Retail Spaces and Community Hub

Under the plan, some 11,000 square metres of dining and entertainment space will be added to the existing shopping centre. The expansion plan includes seven cinemas, food outlets, lifestyle and leisure spaces and a pub.

The proposal also involves the integration of the council’s library into the shopping centre. The DA also proposes to build a new community hub and a town centre to encourage after-hours activities. The existing community hub will be demolished and replaced by the new community centre under the plan.

Mt Ommaney Entertainment and Leisure Precinct
Photo credit: Brisbane City Council

 

Mt Ommaney Entertainment and Leisure Precinct
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Should the DA be approved according to schedule, construction should start before the end of the year. Completion is expected at the end of 2019 or early 2020.

Find out more about the proposed Mt Ommaney Entertainment and Leisure Precinct (DA A004984677).

 

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

Jindalee

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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.

Riverhills

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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.

Westlake

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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

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.

Mount Ommaney Special School Celebrates Its Silver Anniversary

Mount Ommaney Special School will be holding its 25th anniversary on the 13th of November starting at 9:30 a.m.

Established in 1992, the school now has close to a hundred students. In celebration of their Silver Anniversary, the school will also pay tribute to their principal, Ian Lowe, who has presided over the faculty for almost 20 years. To recognise his dedication and service to the school, a playground will be named after him, to be officially launched in his honour on that day as well.

There will also be a showcase of photos and artefacts that show the school being built. The current Principal, Susan Christensen, is excited for their anniversary and very eager to see what lies for them in the future.

The school has won numerous awards through the years. In 2015, the school was awarded a regional Award for Inclusive Practices by Showcase Awards. In 2014, they also won an award for Excellence in Community Partnerships in recognition for their drama program.

Part of the school’s vision for the future is to have each student communicate independently through a system where technology will play a significant role.

Mount Ommaney & Other Centenary Suburbs Finally Get the Sumners Road Upgrade

After years of being stuck in traffic on Sumners Road, motorists will be glad to know that the road will now finally get an upgrade.  An LNP Government will build the Sumners Road overpass upgrade to ease traffic congestion and also help improve the traffic flow on the Centenary Motorway.

LNP’s local MP Tarnya Smith has been lobbying for this upgrade for three years and now she has reached victory. It wasn’t an easy battle.

In 2016, residents signed a petition that gained more than 3000 signatures. However, there was no allocated funding for the project then, although a Transport and Main Roads study in 2010-11 supports the idea. There is a study that says that a duplication of the overpass would help reduce traffic congestion. The overpass serves the residents of Sumner, Jamboree, Riverhills, Middle Park, and Darra.

Residents have been trying their best to avoid the overpass when going to work or school because it would take you a long time to get to where you’re going if you go by this route. A lot of Centenary residents would drive to Oxley or Darra train stations instead of taking the buses as well.

Left Out of State Budget, Centenary Motorway Will Continue Peak-Hour Crawl – RACQ

“Always the bridesmaid, never the bride,” that’s how RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith described Centenary Motorway as it once again missed out in this year’s State Budget.

The state’s peak monitoring body was calling on the Palaszczuk Government to make the Centenary Motorway a priority before the 2017-18 State Budget was announced. But the State Budget turned out to be a disappointment to Centenary when the major highway did not receive funding for upgrades.

Because of the budget snub, motorists would have to wait yet another year for their hope of improvements to the main thoroughfare.

The RACQ spokesperson noted how for several years, there have been planning studies but no money for actual construction.

“Since 2004, there has been money put aside for planning for the major thoroughfare but the State Government has fallen short of providing significant funds to improve choke points along this vital road,” said Ms Smith.

The government allocated $700,000 for planning research that started in 2016. By the looks of it, that would continue up to this financial year.

RACQ stressed that leaving Centenary Motorway as is would mean that drivers will continue with the crawling speed during peak hours.

Latest studies from RACQ revealed that some section of Centenary Motorway registered the slowest traffic speed during peak hours in Brisbane. Motorists are travelling way below the average speed compared to last year. From Warrender Street and Sumners Road, for instance, traffic speed dropped by as much as 26 percent in the hours between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

“It’s waited long enough – let’s reward the Centenary and its thousands of commuters for their patience, with actual funding commitments to improving this major corridor,” Ms Smith said.

Mount Ommaney Ignored

Mount Ommaney MP, Tarnya Smith also voiced out her disappointment at how Mount Ommaney was ignored in the State Budget.

Ms Smith wrote on her Facebook page how the budget was a complete let-down for Mount Ommaney residents. She expressed dismay that there was no funding for upgrades of Sumners Road and Centenary Highway.

“Once again for the third year running, the elephant is still in the room. Sumners Road is left without funding and worse still, commuters are still stuck in traffic,” Ms Smith said.

Read Ms Smith’s Facebook Note.

Find out more about Queensland Budget 2017-18.