Welcome to the July Newsletter of the Darra Community Group. The year is certainly travelling along at a rapid pace. We are starting to see a lot of changes in the local area, not only with new buildings going up but proposals to change existing buildings, new businesses moving into the area and new infrastructure being proposed by the council.
On top of this the committee is in the middle of preparation for the 2015 street Festival. Feedback from last year’s event was great and we are making some adjustments to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever before.
We have had a number of local residents attend meetings for the first time in the past couple of months. It is great to see some new faces and make some new friends with our very own neighbours.
Stay Up to Date with Darra Goings On
To stay up to date with everything going on in the suburb, especially as we approach the Street Festival, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DarraStreetFestival.
New Web Page Coming Soon
We have been working hard behind the scenes to update our web page to better reflect the local community. This work will continue in the coming weeks and we expect the site to be operational by the end of August. Key to our page is highlighting why Darra is a great place to live, what businesses and services we have and the great facilities the local area has to offer. Keep an eye on www.darracommunitygroup.org for more information.
2015 DCG AGM
This year the DCG Committee has decided to shake up the Darra Community Group Annual General Meeting. AGM’s can be boring even at the best of times so this year we have decided to do an AGM with a difference.
We would like to invite you and your family to Ducie Street Park at 4pm (near the kid’s playground) on Saturday the 16th of August for a FREE family BBQ. Bring the kids down to play in the park, bring the dog, come and say hello and find out what we get up to as a committee.
We promise not to bore you with a “normal” AGM with lots of reports and procedures. We also promise a bunch of friendly smiles, plenty of food and drinks and friendly conversation.
BTP Westlink Green Darra Street Festival
The 2015 Darra Street Festival is being held on Friday October 16th from 5-10pm. This year we welcome back BTP Westlink Green as naming rights sponsor for the event. BTP are fantastic local supporters and continue to provide direct support for our annual event. Based in next door to the Bowls club, BTP Westlink Green continue to grow and are already planning further developments in the Cementco area. This will mean more jobs and opportunities for residents in Darra, this can only be a good thing.
This year we also welcome Jetts Darra as our rides sponsor. Jetts Gym is based next door to the Monier Hotel and provide a gym with no lock-in contracts and 24/7 access, so you can work out on your terms, at a time that suits you.
All Jetts Members have every club across Australia and New Zealand, so everywhere you go, there we are! Whether you’re visiting friends, family or working away from home you will find one of our 250+ clubs just around the corner.
Part of the feedback from last year’s event was that there wasn’t enough food options and not enough for the kids to do if they didn’t want to watch the bands on stage. We have listened.
At this year’s event we have locked in 11 food stalls, with each one representing a different nationality. From the Great Aussie BBQ, to Swiss Sausages, East Timorese, Fijian Curry, Transylvanian Pancakes, Vietnamese, Mexican, Pizzas, Churros and Indonesian, there is sure to be a food item or 2 to tempt your tastebuds.
Further to this we are introducing our own little sideshow alley, with laughing clowns, a lob choc and whack a frog the kids will love the entertainment. Couple this with the team from Extreme Virtual Reality who provide you with an experience unlike any you have had before and the night should be a whole heap of fun for young and old alike.
We know that attending festivals such as ours can get expensive for the family. To help with that, this year we are introducing a rides band for the kids to purchase. For only $5 (yes that’s right – not $30 or more that you see at other events) you can purchase an unlimited rides pass. Bands will be available on the night from the Darra Community Group stall and we are working on a number of pre purchase sites prior to the event.
Ever wondered what happens to all the money raised at the Festival? The Darra Community Group runs this event as a low cost, non-profit event, however, we encourage many other local community organisations to participate and use the event as an opportunity to raise their profile and fundraise a little. Last year we estimated that over $10,000 was raised by these groups with almost all of that put back into the local community in the form of better services or other local events.
This year we have extended our community reach and have community organisations joining us from Rotary, Montrose Access, Buy a Bale, Canossa Hospital, Darra State School, Our Lady of Sacred Heart School, Crime Stoppers, Australian Breastfeeding Association and the Inala History Group.
Whats happening in Darra?
We are often asked how we know what developments are going on in our suburb. There isn’t a big secret to how we find out. Simply go to https://www.planningalerts.org.au and register to receive notifications about planning applications in your immediate surrounding area. This is a free service.
In early May the Brisbane City Council announced a new bikeway for Darra to finally connect the suburb up with the Centenary Highway Bikeway by running along the railway line across to Bullockhead Street, with work commencing in and finishing the year. This is great news for the suburb and those people who want the option to ride to work. Importantly it removes bikes away from Sumner Road interchange.
The Sumners Road exit from the Centenary Highway and the Centenary Suburbs is a major entry into Darra and is often a major source of traffic congestion especially during peak hours in the morning and afternoon. Darra Community Group is aware of at least 2 separate petitions asking the state Government to find funding to duplicate the Sumner Road Bridge. Tarnya Smith, State Member for Mt Ommaney has a petition running (https://tarnyasmithmp.typeform.com/to/rNBC2S) as does the Jamboree Residents Association (http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petition?PetNum=2396). If you have the opportunity please voice your opinion and sign the petitions. We encourage you to do so as the traffic predictions for Darra are not good with the increased number of businesses and families taking up residence in our suburb.
- Tuesday August 11th 6:30 pm – Community Meeting
- Sunday August 16th 4:00 pm – AGM – Ducie Street Park – FREE BBQ
- Tuesday September 8th 6:30 pm – Community Meeting
- Friday October 16th 5:00 pm – Darra Street Festival
Next meetings and Location
The Darra Community Group meets on the second Tuesday of each and every month. We meet at 21 Wau road at 6:30 pm. Meetings usually take 60-90 minutes.
We encourage all residents, business of Darra to join us for a chat and a cup of coffee whilst we discuss issues that are directly affecting our suburb.