President’s Report – 2015-2016

It has been a great and social year.

Thank you to all members for their ongoing support and involvement with the association.

A particular thank you to Glen Maymann, our treasurer for his continued commitment.

Thank you to Wilson Accountants for preparing and lodging our financials again in gratis.

Thank you to Councillor Helen Abrahams, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad MP, and our federal MP Terri Bulter.

This year the association’s membership has been steady. The association has focused and achieved an increased number of social networking events, and alternated between meeting venues to provide equitable access to both sides of the Gabba.

We have found a new base for future meetings being the Morrison Hotel. Social networking evenings have definitely been well received with the quantum being two thirds of the dates.

The year in review has been somewhat quieter than the year previously however our venues have been spectacular with two rooftop events, at the Quest Apartments and the Sebel at South Brisbane.

Yellow Jersey hosted an evening with a dual gold medallist inspiring the gathering and giving all an insight to the pursuit of excellence and life after the Olympics.

Our social networking evenings throughout the year have been made possible by our members hosting these events. So, thank you.

The Christmas Party in November celebrated an end of an era for The Chalk Hotel, who formerly closed their doors a few days later on December the 10th. The theme “Make a Spectacle” was embraced enthusiastically by members and the photo booth provided great creativity to the theme.

It is sad to see the demise of the Chalk Hotel. The Association acknowledges and is very gratefully for the many years of supports that Steve Hammond provided us by providing a venue for meeting and celebrating. His initiative of exploring the idea of Gabba Fest is now realised by others, as the End of the Line Festival. His contribution to the community and our association is acknowledged.

To begin 2016, we invited Gabba Legend, Gail Austen from Goodtime to speak at our February meeting about doing Business in the Gabba. Her business has been around for 45 years and it was wonderful to hear the history of the area. Gail exudes passion and emphasised that beyond passion, if businesses are to succeed they need to change and grow in response to market demands, be innovative and fearless. Never take a No and never be afraid to make a tough call. At this meeting we also farewelled our local councillor, Helen Abrahams. Helen was in this position for 12 years and her dedication and enthusiasm has seen the ward transform. Helen’s presence at our meetings over the years, providing us with updates, support and local knowledge has been greatly appreciated and a testimony to her dedication to her civic role. Both these women contributed such change toBrisbane and the conversation between the two, reminiscing the Jim Soorley era, and their personal contributions was remarkable.

March’s meeting continued the focus on business with a networking workshop on “How to add value to your Business.” Our three speakers delivered a dynamic, engaging and educational insight.

Thank you to Adrian Coyne of Sell your Business ASAP, David Angel from Mint Social and Stuart Murray from Red Bean Productions.

As president I have been actively engaged behind the scenes and facilitate the social calendar for the year. I have high expectations on delivering value to our members through networking events, and this year already has some great things lined up.

Through October and November last year, I was actively engaged as part of the consultant team to assist with developing a Masterplan for the GABBA Stadium. As the community liaison representative it was critical to integrate the demands of our constituents and their concerns: business opportunities, education facilities, green space, recreational areas and historical trails. This is a wonderful opportunity to realise some of the ideas explored by the masterplans developed with the University students in the previous year.

Our support and sponsorship of $1000 to the Canon Garland Memorial Society will be formally recognised in the realisation of the memorial on April 22. This project for us was an addition to landmarks within the area and also adding to a heritage trial. The association has been linked and promoted through social media with the Canon Garland Society. The society itself has received worldwide recognition given 2015 was the 100 year anniversary of Anzac DAY .

The idea of the Picnic at the Gabba from 2015 to fundraise for the Homeless has been recrafted into a solution that provides a real and tangible outcome. 2016 has kicked off with conversations between all tiers of government and community groups to develop a brief for a crisis and refuge centre for the victims of domestic violence. We are focusing on the re appropriation of the soon to be former Ronald Macdonald House and another site. We are looking forward to working with Rotary to raise funds to equal state and federal funding initiatives that will be sourced later this year. This project is gathering momentum and I am very proud to be a part of it representing our Association.

I have also approached the operators of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre who are keen to deliver a world class and unique entertainment & convention solution within the bounds of the Brisbane CBD. I have offered an invitation to discuss a partnership in delivering such as solution on the Go Print site. Keyed in with the recently announced commitment to the Gabba Train Station it appears that the area will transform significantly in response to the vast number of residential towers that are emerging from the ground. The traffic situation will be resolved and the greater masterplan for the area will be realised with these co current major infrastructure projects. It’s exciting times.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Association and it’s endeavours. I am looking forward to a prosperous and fulfilling 2016- 2017.

Ms Suzanne Bosanquet. President

President’s Report April 2014

Thank you for the opportunity to once again be President of this Association. This will be my last year as President of the Association. I will be succeeded by our VP from last year Suzanne Bosenquet. Suzanne is well known to regular meeting attendees and is the mastermind behind the Association’s latest project which I will speak about shortly.

The Association has once again had a busy year. The Association has continued to monitor business activity in the Gabba and provide a forum for business to unite to advance the interests of business in the Gabba. Steve Hammond and your executive team have continued working on Gabbafest to make it a reality but unfortunately the date has had to be moved again. We have seen the feasibility study for the cross river rail link now named the BAT Tunnel which the Premier says will proceed even though there is no money for it at the moment conclude. We have seen the completion of the sewerage upgrade and the vacant site in Gibbons St is up for sale. We have contested the inclusion of the Gabba in the CBD framework in an attempt to ensure business is not adversely affected by the new arrangement.

The BT Group, operators of the Chalk Hotel, has approval for its plans for development of their site behind the Hotel after a challenge in the Courts. The development will change the skyline in Hawthorne St. Reid St and Hubert St whilst the streetscape in Stanley will look unchanged. Approval has been given to the development to be made up of 4 towers containing some retail at ground level and one and two bedroom apartments above. The hotel will also undergo some remodeling with the old Joe Richards store making way for an extension to the Hotel with a car parking podium above. The project will be developed over the next five to ten years depending on the state of the property market.

Mater has been active acquiring property around Annerley Rd and Stanley st intersection as well as constructing the extensions to the hospital. Pellicano has been active in Logan Road with two projects and now Stanley St with “Trafalgar Lane”. The site including Ford service Centre and the car yards in Ipswich Rd is progressing and we are seeing changes at No 1 Deshon St. So the Gabba is seeing something more than infrastructure being built, but what we are not seeing is the growth of small businesses in the Gabba. The Association hopes that with the new residential construction, growth in the service industries in the Gabba will come.

In November we had the Association Xmas party and the Treasurer reported that he had a good time. We have upgraded the website and conducted networking meetings at various members businesses. The next networking meeting will introduce the next project the Association hopes to lead to provide an exciting entrance to the Gabba off the Freeway and to utilise and link up the green spaces and pedestrian accesses and interlink green space architecture and projects involving neuroscience and entomology.

We have had a successful year thanks to my Treasurer Glenn Maymann, Vice President Suzanne Bosenquet and the committee of Paul Hey and Paul Ryan and the support from the Chalk Hotel, Councillor Helen Abrahams and our web site sponsors and networking meeting sponsors. Thanks also to our auditors Wilsons Accounting for their professional service.

Glendon Young

President

2 April 2014

Presidents Report 2014

Thank you for the opportunity to once again be President of this Association. The Association has once again had a busy year.

The Association has continued to monitor business activity in the Gabba and provide a forum for business to unite to advance the interests of business in the Gabba. Steve Hammond and your executive team have continued working on Gabbafest to make it a reality but unfortunately the date has had to be moved again. We have seen the feasibility study for the cross river rail link now named the BAT Tunnel which tha Premier says will proceed even though there is no money for it at the moment conclude. We have seen the completion of the sewerage upgrade and the vacant site in Gibbons St is up for sale. We have contested the inclusion of the Gabba in the CBD framework in an attempt to ensure business is not adversely affected by the new arrangement.

The BT Group, operators of the Chalk Hotel, has approval for its plans for development of their site behind the Hotel after a challenge in the Courts. The development will change the skyline in Hawthorne St. Reid St and Hubert St whilst the streetscape in Stanley will look unchanged. Approval has been given to the development to be made up of 4 towers containing some retail at ground level and one and two bedroom apartments above. The hotel will also undergo some remodeling with the old Joe Richards store making way for an extension to the Hotel with a car parking podium above. The project will be developed over the next five to ten years depending on the state of the property market.

Mater has been active acquiring property around Annerley Rd and Stanley st intersection as weel as constructing the extensions to the hospital. Pellicano has been active in Logan Road with two projects and now Stanley St with “Trafalgar Lane”. The site including Ford service Centre and the car yards in Ipswich Rd is progressing and we are seeing changes at No 1 Deshon St. So the Gabba is seeing something more than infrastructure being built but what we are not seeing is the growth of small businesses in the Gabba. The Association hopes that with the new residential construction growth in the service industries in the Gabba will come.

In November we had the Association Xmas party and the Treasurer reported that he had a good time. We have upgraded the website and conducted networking meetings at various members businesses. The next networking meeting will introduce the next project the Association hopes to lead to provide an exciting entrance to the Gabba off the Freeway and to utilise and link up the green spaces and pedestrian accesses and interlink green space architecture and projects involving neuroscience and entomology.

We have had a successful year thanks to my Treasurer Glenn Maymann, Vice President Suzanne Bosenquet and the committee of Paul Hey and Paul Ryan and the support from the Chalk Hotel, Councillor Helen Abrahams and our web site sponsors and networking meeting sponsors. Thanks also to our auditors Wilsons Accounting for their professional service.

Glendon Young

President 

An Evening under the Stars at Sudima Suites

lucky business card drawOn Tuesday 30 July 2013, The Woolloongabba Business Association hosted a networking evening with Mayoor Thakeria, the CEO OF Sudima Suites.

The evening was made more intimate by a number of fire places causing the 36 persons attending to congregate together to stare in wonder at the view from atop the Sudima Suites. There is an almost 360 degree view of Brisbane but most amazing was the view of the heavens. Up above the city lights the stars were clearly shining and it was reliably reported that shooting stars were seen in the heavens.

Our VP Suzanne organised for Blue Gulabi, Brews Brothers and Vespa Pizza to cater for the evening. The ginger and chilli beer paired remarkably well with the beef vindaloo lifting the ambient temperate for all consumers. The pizza caused somewhat of a stir with all the men disappearing from conversation to snatch up the tasty morsels. Thank you to the proprietors of those businesses as the food was excellent and in good supply.

gabba drinking buddiesA business card draw was held with prizes supplied by Sudima Suites, Snow Scene and Yellow Cabs. After drawing his own business card for first prize (a night at Sudima Suites) Mayoor generously had a redraw and Tracey Walsh won the main prize. The SnowScene prize went to the most unlikely snow bunny Glenn Maymann and the third draw saw John from Muscillo Romano win Cab Vouchers from Yellow Cabs. Thank you to all those businesses for donating their prizes.

A cameo appearance was made by Councillor Helen Abrahams who made time in her busy schedule to mix and mingle with the rest of us.

After a suitably short introduction by the President Glendon Young our VP Suzanne Bosenquet thanked the businesses and attendees and Glendon thanked Suzanne for her effort in organising the night. Everyone appeared to enjoy the opportunity to meet and network with some of their fellow business men and women

Glendon Young

President.


View photos of the night on our photos page


 

An Evening with Kevin Rudd MLA

Kevin RuddOn Thursday 8 November 2012, The Woolloongabba Business Association hosted an evening with Kevin Rudd federal member for the electorate of Griffith.

The evening was made more intimate as the number of members attending was less than expected. Kevin move amongst the members talking to each personally. After a suitably short introduction by the President Glendon Young (Kevin does not need much introduction) he spoke of the initiatives by the government to help small business after which he fielded questions from the audience.

He spoke on Federal State co –operation, the effect of the high Australian dollar, the move in Asia to bench mark against the Chinese RMB instead of the US dollar, the position with funding for the cross river tunnel and sundry other topics.

The Association provided drinks and nibbles catered by the Chalk Hotel.

Glendon Young
President.

President Report – September 2012

The Association held a networking evening this month instead of its regular meeting. All Bathroom Gear sponsored and hosted the evening.

Thank you to Maureen and Henri Van Roden for the use of their fabulous showroom and their hospitality. It is certainly worth a visit to All bathroom Gear and to talk with Maureen or Henri about the range of services they provide. Thank you also to Paul Ryan from ANZ for his organization of the networking evening.

Prior to the function the Executive Committee of the Association held a meeting. At our meeting we discussed engaging someone to manage our website and we decided to discuss this with our Web Designer Val Cassimatis. We will arrange for a speaker to update the association on the sewerage upgrade.

We have received a response from Councillor Helen Abrahams concerning the planning thesis submitted to her for consideration. We have asked Councillor Abrahams to speak to the Association about her views on the comments in the thesis for future development of the Woolloongabba precinct and requested that she pass on the thesis to the planning department and Councillor Cooper who is the Councillor responsible for that department.

We also discussed progress with the proposed Street Festival. You will recall that Wendy Lacey from Team Lacey Consultancy and Steve Hammond have been investigating a Woolloongabba Festival. The Festival is planned for next year about April or May and planning is now ongoing. We would like to form a small committee to assist Steve and Wendy and people interested should email us to notify of your interest.

We have continued to monitor the Cross river Link and the development of the Go Print site but there has not been any significant developments there.

Glendon Young

President

27 September 2012