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