Monday, November 24, 2008

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk meanders it's way through the mangroves at Wynnum North, giving walkers a wonderful experience right near the sea.

It is well away from traffic and human noises and the only sounds are the birds and sea life. Sometimes the little waves can be heard, but often it is quiet and at low tide there is little water on the sea floor. Sometimes there are noisy birds, strange clicking noises in the pools of water.

It is not easy to see the sky from along the boardwalk, but it is not uncommon to see pelicans flying overhead, along with sea eagles, seagulls and other birds.

It is a good idea not to walk here alone if you can - if you need help it is unlikely to be close by as often you will be the only person in the area.

Mangroves on the foreshore

Mangroves grow along the waterfront from Tingalpa Creek right along to the Brisbane River. Around Tingalpa Creek and Lota there is a forest of them. They form an important part of the ecology of the area but are not always popular, particularly with many who live close by.

The trees trap debris and it is often stinky. As well it is a haven for mosquitoes.

At Wynnum North there is a boardwalk through the mangroves, which is usually a pleasant walk despite the mosquitoes and the occasional odd odour from the area. It is a good idea to cover up and use some insect repellent, especially in summer, but it is a pleasant walk.

There are several approaches to the area, but a good walker can walk along the walking path right on the water's edge from anywhere along the foreshore and keep walking past the sports fields, up over a rise near the dog off leash park. There are several maps in shelters along the foreshore with information.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Wynnum Creek

It is hard to believe that once this Creek was the scene of a thriving fishing industry. Many years ago there was a huge fleet of fishing boats that worked out of the creek. It was over 100 years ago, when the creek had good water flow, and fish were plentiful in Moreton Bay. The catch as transported into Brisbane city via the railway.
Many things have changed. The boats are bigger and need more water under them. The creek is silted up badly, and there are few fish in the bay.
The creek often required dredging in those heady days of the lucrative fishing industry, but it is many years since it has been dredged and at low tide many of the boats sit on the muddy bottom.
Mostly recreational fishing is done from the creek, with many a weekend boaty taking their tinny or larger boat down to the creek from the northern side of the little waterway. There are still fish in Moreton Bay, but certainly constant professional and recreational fishing has depleted the stocks.
Anglers trying their luck from the jetties or waterfront around the Bay can still catch something, but many go home empty handed.
What is the future for Wynnum Creek? Should it be dredged and opened up?


Around Wynnum Creek, where it flows into the Bay, there are quite a few pelicans. Of course their main attraction is the fish from the Fish Shop adjacent to the creek. This is where the commercial fishermen bring their catch, and this is where I understand the pelicans are provided with fish pieces as the fish are sorted or prepared.

They are fascinating birds, and each time I see them I remember the words "his beak can hold more than his belly can" as they have an amazing beak which is floppy on the underside of the beak and can expand and hold quite a large fish.

They glide gracefully in the sky, and usually do an awkward landing, and on the sand or mudflats they walk with a slight swagger.

They tend to congregate in groups along the mudflats, and often squabble amongst themselves.

In mouth of the Wynnum Creek, often they are found sitting on one of the large poles that the bigger boats are tied up to, and they seem to rest quite comfortably on the poles.

Perhaps someone should train them to receive food from the hand, could be a good tourist attraction.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Art in Florence

The next Art in Florence will be held on Saturday September 6th from 8 am in Florence Street Wynnum. Artists are invited to display their works for sale on the school fence. There is a small fee, and it is a good idea to let Wynnum Manly Arts Council know that you are attending. For more information phone 3348 2369 or email

This event started in December 2007, and despite some issues with wet weather, it is a popular event.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Jan Power's Farmers Markets at Manly

Sunday Markets have been at Manly for years - but there's a new face in town. Jan Power's famous Farmers Markets have arrived in Manly - much to the joy of the many folk who have attended her markets at other venues around Brisbane.

While not all local traders are happy, it appears that the overwhelming majorty of people want the markets to continue. Many folk do travel to the markets at other venues - particularly those at the Powerhouse at New Farm, and are thrilled that they don't have to go so far, especially with the high price of petrol these days.

One of the drawcards is the fresh produce (fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, bread) and people do like to support the farmers, and meet those who grow the fruit and vegetables. Other food items such as olives, pate, jams, spreads, herbs, spices - many of which are not easily accessable locally are featured in the many stalls.

There is a variety of other quality items as well, and all in all the markets at Manly on the one Saturday a month that these particular markets take up their place near the Manly Pool, are very popular.

Certainly many people are local folk, but many are from suburbs some distance away, and one would hope that they spend a little time looking to see what other shopping is available in the Manly and Wynnum areas.
The markets are on a "trial basis" at the moment, while negotiations continue with the Brisbane City Council. Many of the locals and visitors are hoping that these markets, which will be on the third Saturday of each month, will become a regular feature.
The next Farmer's Markets will be held on September 20th.
For more information contact Jan Power's Office. Market Information: 0439 999 009 recording only. Jan Power 0417 720943

Thursday, February 14, 2008

CBD Draft Plan

There's been a lot of talk, and we know there has been consultation with various groups with interst in the area, but at long last the draft Wynnum Manly Neighbourhood Plan has been released.

Business owners and residents in and around the Wynnum CBD will be keen to see the plans to develop Wynnum and surrounding areas. We know it is needed - for some reason Wynnum seems to have been left behind and is in urgent need of a revamp.

I'm interested that the grounds of the Wynnum Central School are listed as a possible green space for Wynnum.

There is a lot of work to do, and probably a lot of inconvenience before the Wynnum CBD is "up to scratch" and that business in the area improves so that the small business owners who have been loyal to Wynnum despite the difficulties in recent times, wil flourish.

We need to read the 17 page report and respond - let the Brisbane City Council know what the locals see as important.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Fishing at Wynnum

Wynnum Creek at high tide (February 5th, 08)

It's funny - I'm only a short drive from the waterfront, I love fishing, but in 15 years I think I've only tried to fish from the "front" as the esplanade is often called, just once.

Yesterday I drove into the car park beside Wynnum Creek to get a photo. The sky was moody and threatened rain, and because of the heavy rain that we have had the bay is full of debris washed out of the creeks and rivers, and it was a high tide. Good for fishing.

There was a man fishing - standing under the cover of the fishing facility near the creek - where the fishermen pull in their boats, and clean and gut any of the day's spoils. He was well protected if it would rain. He's a regular and he and his mates, he told me, often catch a good feed from this spot. On the high tide - an hour before the top of the tide, and an hour afterwards the fish bite.

He was quite an interesting fellow and we chatted for a while as I took some photos.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Boat Ramps around Wynnum Manly

Boat Ramp at Wynnum Creek

This is one of the many quality boat ramps around the Wynnum Manly area to cater for the many fisher folk and boaties that use Moreton Bay. There is one towards Fisherman Island, this one at the Wynnum Creek, several for small boats along the esplanade and several at Manly where the bigger boats are launched. As well there is one further down at Lota - but you'll need to watch the tides here as at low tide it can present some challenges!

As well there are many little shops that provide bait, or accessories for fisher folk and boaties of all kinds. With several large and popular yachting and boat clubs with their bases around the Manly Harbour it is a great place for those who like to venture out - especially as Moreton Bay is a relatively safe waterway, being protected by some large islands.

Dawn at Wynnum

Dawn at Wynnum

All along the waterfront from Wynnum North to Lota in the south is a wonderful pathway which is a very busy place most fine mornings as the energetic strut their stuff and walk to enjoy the scenery.

This morning I joined them, and as I usually do, took my camera. The sun was peeping through some amazing cloud formations and the water was as its calm best at that time of day.

It was going to be a hot steamy day - and there was no breeze. I could sit on a seat (if I had the time) and just take in the view............................ but there are things to do.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Greenspace in Wynnum

There is some discussion regarding a proposal to close part of Edith Street (between Bay Terrace and Akonna Tce) to create a greenspace, as there is no other "green" area near the Wynnum CBD.

However, there is another proposal being considered - that the school grounds of Wynnum Central School be the green space for the Wynnum CBD. As part of the Schools of Tomorrow plan by the State Education Department, it is thought that Wynnum Central School may be closed due to lack of students, and the possibility that other nearby schools will be upgraded to provide better education facilities for primary school students.

As well as using the school grounds to provide a greenspace, there is a proposal that the school buildings - some of which are heritage listed, to provide the venue for an Arts College/Precinct.

An art gallery? Studio for musicians to record? Drama and art classes?

What do you think?

Art in Florence

Weather permitting, local artists will display their work on the fence of Wynnum Central State School next Saturday, February 2nd from 8.30 am. This event is staged on the first Saturday of each month, with local artists showing their work. You are invited to purchase (haggle with the artist first, or discuss the art work with him/her), and join in the fun of this event.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Chaos on the Railway line.

Yesterday morning there was a problem with the overhead powerlines associationed with the trains, and all trains between Cleveland and the city were disrupted all day. What chaos! Train travellers were transported by bus from stations beyond Murarrie, to Murarrie to catch the train from that station. There was quite a deal of confusion.

Late in the day there was also a gas leak emergency situation at Fortitude Valley and the Brunswick St Station was closed too. So I'm sure there are a few QR people trying to get over the dramas today.

It is always good to know how quickly the system operates to provide alternate transport so quickly. Of course many folk who heard about it early chose to take their cars to the city and there was excessive traffic on the roads too.

It would be nice if we could get a ferry into the city from somewhere in this neighbourhood!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

More sunshine

The sun is out! But there is still rain about - and plenty of showers. The holiday makers though can get out and about, even if they have to keep one eye on the weather.

The heavy rains have pushed a lot of debris out of the creeks and there is much debris floating on the sea and being washed up on the beaches. The Gold Coast beaches are badly affected but no major problem locally.

Hopefully the yachting races can proceed without any problems, other than catching up for lost time.

The markets on Sunday were interesting. Few of the stall holders appeared - apparently they tend to have January off and return in February. But because the weather was better in the morning it seemed that everyone was walking along the Esplanade.

So many parents were glad to get the children out to run off their spare energies after being cooped up for so long!!

Marketers watched the weather as every now and then a dark patch of clouds would appear but until 1.30 pm disappeared without dropping any rain on the area. But at that time great black clouds rolled accross the sky and it was obvious that heavy rain was going to fall.

So for many it was a quick retreat - and sure enough there was nearly an hour of very heavy rain. Wonderful soaking rain again.

But the sun was out again the next day!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

What lousy weather.

The weather has been "bad" for over a week now. A huge low developed off Fraser Island, north of here, which resulted in huge seas which necessitated the evacuation of many campers on the island, and the closing of beaches on the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

As well we have endured windy conditions, and frequent rain showers. Not a lot of rain - not the heavy rains that we were familiar with at this time of the year in the past. Enough to dampen spirits and cancel outdoor activities.

Usually summer time brings many picknickers along the Wynnum Manly foreshore, and this time of the year there are a number of yachting regattas out of Manly - but the weather has played havoc with all these plans. It has not been safe for yachting, and who wants to have a picnic in the rain.

As well the food shops along the foreshore have suffered - as the weather drives away their noral clientele.

Still not a lot of rain has fallen, and only slight improvements have been made to our water catchments.

Another low - a potential cyclone is around. We will have to wait and see.