Strathpine Set to Shine as North Brisbane’s Family Entertainment Hub

Brisbane’s northside is poised for a major transformation with the announcement of a sprawling $70-million development in Strathpine.

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This exciting project promises to become the ultimate entertainment destination for families, boasting a range of attractions unlike anything seen before in the region.

Area 51, known for having Australia’s largest indoor family entertainment complex in Underwood, will run a massive play centre that will serve as the development’s focal point. This sprawling 6,000-square-metre space will offer boundless fun for children of all ages.

Thrill-seekers won’t be disappointed either. A multi-level go-kart track, meticulously designed by world-leading Slovenian specialists 360 Karting, will be a unique addition to Brisbane’s entertainment landscape. Adrenaline-pumping races across three levels are sure to provide an exhilarating experience for both seasoned racers and curious newcomers.

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The award-winning Comiskey Group’s development is not just for kids. The 3,500-square-metre hotel will cater to adults as well, featuring two restaurants, an arcade, eight bowling lanes, and an American-style sports bar. This creates a complete entertainment package for families, allowing parents to unwind while their children indulge in the play centre and go-kart track.

Adding to the diverse offerings, a dedicated food precinct will be established, with Guzman y Gomez already confirmed as a prominent tenant. This ensures a range of delicious dining options for visitors throughout the day.

“We wanted to create something truly unique,” said Rob Comiskey, director of the Comiskey Group.

The three-level go-kart track, which experts from Slovenia designed, is something Brisbane has never seen before, and the play centre will be the biggest on the northside.

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This project goes beyond mere entertainment. Mr. Comiskey emphasises the development’s role in addressing the northside’s lack of family-oriented attractions. 

“There’s a significant gap compared to the southside,” he acknowledges. “We’re thrilled to be creating a destination that draws families from across the entire north Brisbane region.”

The hotel itself will pay homage to Strathpine’s history. “The Country Club Hotel” moniker is a nod to a well-known establishment that once stood in the area.

“It was a local landmark,” Mr. Comiskey reminisces. “By reviving this name, we hope to honour Strathpine’s past while creating a vibrant new chapter for its future.”

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Construction is slated to begin later this year, generating a substantial number of jobs. The project is estimated to create a total of 476 positions, including both permanent roles and opportunities during the construction phase.

This development promises to breathe new life into Strathpine, transforming it into a vibrant entertainment hub for families across Brisbane’s northside. With its unique combination of attractions, dining options, and historical connection, the Country Club Hotel precinct is poised to become a landmark destination.

Published Date 07-May-2024

Queensland’s Pink Tide: Record $1.78 Million Raised for Breast Cancer

Did you know that the “Pink Tide” of the International Women’s Day Fun Run in Queensland raised $1.78 million for breast cancer, with a record number of participants in Brisbane and more online? Notable among the participants was Dr Rebecca Langdon of Strathpine, who honoured her friend’s memory through her inflatable breast costume.

This historic event, now in its 33rd year, witnessed a record turnout of 23,000 participants in Brisbane, alongside 3,500 people joining virtually from various Queensland communities, including Bowen, Bundaberg, and the Sunshine Coast.

Spearheaded by the Foundation Mater Group and presented by Queensland X-Ray, this year’s event saw people of all ages running, jogging, and walking through Brisbane CBD. Townsville contributed significantly with more than 750 participants at Cluden Park racecourse, echoing the event’s widespread appeal.

Andrew Thomas, Chief Executive of Mater Foundation, lauded the unprecedented community support. 

“This year’s turnout has not only been the largest in the event’s storied history but also a testament to Queenslanders’ commitment to combating breast cancer,” Thomas stated.

This year’s fun run was particularly poignant, with Dr Rebecca Langdon participating in memory of her friend Tara Simmons. Dr Langdon, known for her distinctive inflatable breast costume, has become a symbol of hope and awareness at the annual event.

Women's Day Fun Run
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With Mater hospitals treating one in every four Queensland women diagnosed with breast cancer, the funds raised are crucial. They will support life-saving medical research, procure state-of-the-art equipment, and enhance patient care services.

Health Minister Shannon Fentiman announced a $15,000 donation from the Queensland Government, underscoring the collective effort in the fight against this disease.

Donations remain open, with the organisers encouraging those who wish to contribute to the cause to visit

Published 13-Mar-2024

Strathpine Burger Bar Rises from Ashes 6 Months After Alleged Arson Attack

Grubbies Burgers and Hawaiian BBQ, popular Strathpine burger bar, has marked a remarkable comeback after enduring alleged arson attacks more than six months ago.

Owner Ben Niumata remains perplexed by the motive behind the fires that targeted two of his restaurants. His Strathpine establishment was almost destroyed, while the Redbank Plains location suffered damage as well. 

Despite the devastating setback, Mr Niumata discloses that authorities informed him of no bikie or organised crime involvement in the incidents, characterising them as “amateur” acts.

The chain of events began with a fire at Grubbies Redbank Plains on the morning of the 2nd of September 2023, which was swiftly extinguished by nearby patrons. Remarkably, it reopened on the same day. 

Only ten minutes later, while firefighters battled the Redbank Plains blaze, the Strathpine restaurant fell victim to another alleged arson attack. Authorities suspect a connection between both incidents, as they found evidence of toilet paper burning in several locations at Strathpine, with the fire primarily damaging the kitchen area, leading to substantial smoke damage throughout the establishment.

Perseverance and Closure

Mr Niumata shares his ongoing ordeal with insurance claims, emphasising the challenges faced in the wake of these incidents. Despite numerous inquiries from loyal customers about the reopening date, uncertainty persisted, causing frustration.

The sight of devastation initially tempted Mr Niumata to walk away from the Strathpine restaurant, which had humble beginnings in a carpark. The fires have taken a significant mental toll, but the reopening on Friday, 19th January 2023, marks a significant step. 

Throughout this challenging journey, Mr Niumata made it a priority to retain all 43 staff members, treating them like family. He highlights their dedication, as some commuted from Griffin and Deception Bay to work at the Logan restaurant, underscoring the strong sense of community within Grubbies.

To express gratitude to his loyal Strathpine burger bar customer base, Mr Niumata offered two enticing specials on the reopening day with $5 Big Grub Singles and heavily discounted loaded cream paua fries.

Legal Action

In September, a 20-year-old Gold Coast man named Josiah Lea was charged by the Ipswich Criminal Investigation Branch and Petrie Criminal Investigation Branch with two counts of arson, two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and one count of contravening a digital access order in connection with the arson attacks. Lea was denied bail during a court appearance last year and awaits sentencing.

Follow Grubbies Burgers & Hawaiian BBQ on Facebook for more updates and deals. 

Published 21-Jan-2024

Eatons Hill Hotel Developers Planning Massive Strathpine Development

Developers behind the iconic Eatons Hill Hotel have unveiled plans for a new hotel and club with indoor sport and recreation showrooms located opposite Pine Rivers Park in Strathpine.

Read: Eatons Hill Hotel Owners Bringing Massive Festival Venue To Sunshine Coast

Plans indicate that the 3,000-sqm building will be used as a licensed hotel and club whilst a 220-sqm building, which will be a stand-alone development, will be used as a drive-through food outlet.

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There will be two buildings for a showroom, with a total floor area of 8,530 sqm. The buildings will be used mainly for sports and recreation, which will accommodate a range of tenancies such as gyms and fitness studios, dance or martial arts studios, indoor sports courts, activity centres, amusement parlours, and bowling alleys.

Comiskey Group is also seeking to add a 1040 sqm restaurant precinct building that would be home to a variety of food tenancies.

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The food and drink outlets, based on planning documents, have been designed to provide sufficient car parking and drive-thru queuing areas to ensure the free flow of vehicle movements through the site is maintained.

Meanwhile, the proposed parking space will have the capacity to house up to 508 cars. Planning reports said “the proposed development has been designed with provision for 508 on-site car parking spaces, which equates to one car parking space per 25 sqm of GFA or use area.”

Public notification

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The proposal is currently undergoing public notification. As of writing, the proposal has received a number of submissions from residents, who are mainly concerned about the road impacts it might bring to the area, and the site being a flood-prone area.

One resident said the northern entry and exit ramps onto Gympie road are too small for the size of the car park and vehicles anticipated during peak event times. 

“This will cause backups and major disruption to traffic on Gympie road. The development must not impact the traffic along Gympie road,” the submission reads.

To learn more about the plans and submissions, visit Moreton Bay Regional Council’s website, with the reference DA/2022/1050.

Strathpine Streets Closed as Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Young Rock’ Begins Filming

Some Hollywood stardust is spreading across Strathpine as Bells Pocket Road, Dobson Drive and Fox Street have been ordered closed for the filming of the U.S. TV show Young Rock

Burke Street and Weston Street in Coorparoo will also be temporarily inaccessible because of the series.

Based on the life of actor and professional wrestler Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, Young Rock has been in production at the Hemmnant facility of Screen Queensland since the beginning of October. 

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The show was supposed to be filming in the U.S. before COVID-19. Production moved to Brisbane following a $19 million deal between the government and NBC. The series is expected to continue filming in Queensland’s southeast this month.

According to reports, Council representatives have knocked on houses and sent letters to homeowners in areas where access might be affected when the cameras are rolling.

Minister for Health & Ambulance Services Steven Miles also issued a clarification on rumors that the Hollywood superstar is in town. 

“Filming of the ‘Young Rock’ production did commence in Strathpine today,” Mr Miles wrote on Facebook. “All cast and crew have completed 14 days quarantine in a hotel environment under a quarantine management plan approved by the Chief Health Officer. 

“Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson is not part of the filming cohort and the production manager has confirmed he is not in Queensland. Rumours he has entered under an alias aren’t true. I’m told there is a driver that is part of the production crew who has some resemblance to ‘the Rock’ – this may be where the confusion has arisen.” 

Young Rock stars Australian actor Uli Latukefu as Mr Johnson in his college years, before he was recruited to play football for the University of Miami. The series will have 11 episodes charting the Hollywood superstar’s formative years. 

The show also stars New Zealand’s Stacey Leilua as Mr Johnson’s mother, Ata. Mr Johnson is one of the executive producers. 

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Peter Flannery said that there are over 100 cast and crew members from the show, which will help boost the local economy.

Strathpine Taco Bell Construction to Proceed After Denied Development

The planned construction of a Taco Bell outlet on Stanley East Street in Strathpine is going to proceed, following the approval of the appeal in September 2020.

The Planning and Environment Court has rescinded the development application’s denial, which happened in February, and ordered “the Development Application be approved subject to conditions.”

Documents under Development Application 2019 / 38756 / V24P showed that Moreton Bay Council refused because the proposal’s future land development wasn’t maximised. Complaints also stated that the construction would become a flood hazard around the areas on Gympie Rd, Stanley St East and Railway Ave.

ICP Developments Pty Ltd filed an appeal with a new building plan showing how the construction will be able to address and meet the conditions set by the Council. 

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Apart from Taco Bell, a service station with eight fuel pumps will be built at the corner of Railway Ave and Gympie Rd. The site will have around 19 carparks and ample access to the streets. 

The development application was first lodged in mid-2019. 

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This will be the second Taco Bell in the Moreton Bay region, after the opening of the North Lakes store in 2018. Another outlet is also being planned within a shopping centre expansion on Morayfield Rd. 

Collins Food Limited aims to have at least 100 stores in Australia within a four-year period.  

Strathpine Couple Bags Gold Lotto Prize, Celebrates With Upsized Coffee

A trip to Hawaii is definitely on this Strathpine couple’s wishlist to enjoy their  Gold Lotto winnings, but first, they’re celebrating by splurging on upsized coffee.

“I said to my wife this morning that when we go out for our daily cappuccino instead of getting it in a cup, I’ll splash out and get it in a mug,” the husband said revealing their modest way of celebrating after winning the division one prize of $1 million.

“I might also get a piece of cake too!”

The couple, who wished to remain anonymous, held the only division one winning entry across Australia in Monday & Wednesday Gold Lotto draw 3936 which was drawn on Monday 6 January 2020.

“Yahoo! Haha! Thank you!” the husband laughed. 

“It’s bloody great! Wahoo!” adds his wife.

The husband said his wife was still out when he checked his ticket after his morning walk and thought that he had won. He wasn’t sure at that time  “whether to text her and tell her to come home immediately or to wait.”

“When she walked in the door the first thing I said was ‘there is something you need to see here’.  We couldn’t believe it!

“I’m just so glad it’s true and it has been confirmed.

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The couple has been playing the same numbers every week since the game started and just chose them at random all those years ago.

“We’ve never won anything more than $100! This is our year!

The couple said that they’ll start writing their wishlist now that they are sure that they indeed win, and that includes a trip to Hawaii. 

“My wife wants to go to Hawaii and with this win, I think we’ll be able to manage that!

“We’ll be travelling at the front of the plane too – bloody oath we will!

“We’ll probably have to buy a shipping container for all the shopping my wife will do while we are there!”

The winning 12-game marked entry was purchased at Nextra Strathpine. The winning numbers were 16, 35, 5, 43, 26 and 11, while the supplementary numbers were 24 and 6.

The financial year, the Lott’s division one winning tally has so far totalled 212, including 53 won by Golden Casket customers.

Moreton Bay Multicultural Fiesta in Strathpine​ Stirs a Melting Pot of Activities

The annual Moreton Bay Multicultural Fiesta is here again and a melting pot of activities will be stirring up the fun and excitement at Pine Rivers Park in Strathphine

Happening on Saturday, the 31st of Aug 2019, Moreton Bay Multicultural Fiesta is kicking off at 1:00 p.m. with heaps of family-friendly entertainment and recreational activities. The kids are guaranteed to enjoy the rides whilst foodies young and old will get a kick out of the different food showcased at the food court.

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All throughout the afternoon until 6:00 p.m., there will be various songs, dances, musical acts and cultural performances on the main stage. Guests can also visit different cultural stalls where loads of activities will be underway. 

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Originally dubbed as the Caboolture Multicultural Festival, this event started off as small gathering to celebrate talents, customs and traditions in 1999. Over the years, the  Moreton Bay Multicultural Fiesta has ballooned with 6,000 visitors and it has helped raise awareness for the diversity and richness of the Moreton Bay community. 

Entrance to this event is free and open to all but guests are recommended to leave their pets at home. They may also bring picnic blankets and have fun on the grass as seating might be limited.