Toowong business owners are coming together to form a local shopping community, facilitated by Our Toowong.
An info session is being held on 17 May from 3pm at Sun Fay Seafood Restaurant, Taringa, that will showcase how a popular loyalty card will quickly increase your sales.
The 90 minute info session will answer the following questions:
- What exactly is this Loyalty card ?
- How will my customers benefit ?
- What are the benefits for my business ?
- How much will this cost to set up ?
- Who’s currently using it in Toowong ?
- How fast is this growing ?
- What if I don’t want to join – but still want to use the card ?
- Are there any future info sessions coming ?
Feel free to stay and ask questions after the presentation, or take advantage of the wonderful seafood and crack a cold one under the roof once we’re done.
To join the meeting, ask a pre-meeting question or simply to learn more about the community, log onto our Our Toowong Facebook Page and drop us a line.
Renovations have started on the $50 M Toowong Village Transformation, which commenced in January. However the reno’s have meant a number of our favourite and useful shops have had to close their doors – and not just temporarily.
Amongst the businesses that are reportedly not coming back are:
- Toowong Jewellers
- Toowong Post Office
- Robins Kitchen
- Rebecca’s Lingerie
- Liz Davenport
Other shops on the eastern side are closed during the renovations and will be open afterwards, including Wallace Bishop.
Shops that remain open are Fruity Capers, Coles, K-mart, Terry White Chemists, Zarraffas, Telstra, Vodafone, Optus, Conner, Cue, Stefan, Sports Girl, DJ’s, Daisy’s Florist, Ella Bache, Toowong Library, S&S Hair and Beauty, Pillow Talk, Persian Bazar, OPSM, BWS, Mister Minit, EB Games, Happy Foot Massage, Zombster, Sizzler and others.
All the shops in the food court appear to be open, although around one third of the seating area has been closed off due to the site works, so it can be a bit tricky finding a seat at lunch time.
The toilets near Terry White Chemist are closed during renovations, with the only other set of toilets on the ground level at the back of the food court.
Various ATM’s including one from Suncorp and Bank of Qld have been shut down, or are not reliably available at this time.
There are apparently 10.6 Million annual shoppers at the Village, and with the renovations it “is expected to become a high-end shopping hub.”
The Facebook hashtag for news updates and the like is #yourvillageistransforming, although it appears that the only thing that they are reporting is the number of car parking spaces available on the upper level. “There are currently 114 car park spaces available on the upper levels.” Updates are occasionally posted on the Facebook webpage.
Eight and a half year old Brisbane dining institution, Brent’s Restaurant, will serve its last meal on December 24, 2013. Chef owner Brent Farrell today announced the decision to evolve the much loved restaurant to make way for a new venue, 85 Miskin St.
Brent’s Restaurant was made famous for its somewhat different style of modern French cuisine; however 85 Miskin St will embrace interesting flavours and styles from different parts of the world to sidestep pigeonholing the restaurant to one style of cuisine.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported the Brent’s Journey. For nearly a decade, every day I have woken up and cooked for my customers and it has never been a chore. I want to share my love of food with more people, more often and this new style of venue will allow me to do that”, said Farrell.
Farrell is set to establish a more contemporary, earthier and slightly edgy diner.
“My vision for 85 Miskin St is a comfortable, approachable and inviting place where people will come together to share great tasting exciting food and a drinks list with a quirky approach. 85 Miskin St will move away from the traditional entrée, main and desserts format to embrace a model of dining where the guest determines how they would like to eat from the menu”, said Farrell.
The focus for the menu will constantly capture the changing seasons on the plate and produce will be handpicked by Brent at the markets on a day to day basis. Farrell aims to continue to use his garden at the rear of the restaurant for growing all his own herbs, flowers & to produce native stingless bee honey.
“The essence of refined service – our personal touch – will be more present than ever”, said Farrell.
“If Paris is the overbearing parent, then Brent’s is the insolent teenager, rebelling with a menu that acknowledges its origins but embraces its freedom with an individuality that is hard won and worn with pride”, wrote De Groots Media.
Now Farrell prepares for the birth of 85 Miskin St and if one thing is for certain, the insolent teenager definitely has a few tricks up his sleeve yet.
The venue is slated for refurbishment in January and will reopen as 85 Miskin St from the end of January 2014.
by KATE RAWLINS
THE Toowong Bowls Club has seen many changes in 2012, now boasting modern facilities for local residents.
After recovering from the 2011 January floods, the Club has now undergone vast renovations to provide members and guests with a greater social and bowling experience.
The Club’s deals are tailored to suit the varying demographics across the local Toowong area.
Thursday night is ‘Student Night,’ boasting a DJ or live band, along with discounted beverages available from the bar.
Whilst Seniors can enjoy a variety of lunch specials from $8.90 on a Thursday.
On a Friday night, patrons who pre-book a table for 10 or more people are rewarded with a $50 bar tab for all to enjoy (conditions apply).
However ‘Super Soaker Sunday’ is by far the most flamboyant Club event of the week.
For $2, patrons can play barefoot bowls in their bikinis on a Sunday to add an extra fun twist to the traditional game.
Bowls can be played at the Club on all other days for $10 when playing after dark or $8 for a daytime game.
Locals can become Life Members of the Club for just $1, and will enjoy not ever having to sign in, or be spammed with electronic newsletters.
The Club’s restaurant now also caters for lunches and dinners seven days a week, with the kitchen opening from 11am.
Along with an ATM, 35 gaming machines, and the facilities to host functions such as weddings, birthdays and conferences, the Toowong Bowls Club is a fine establishment for locals and visitors to enjoy.
Toowong’s sports and remedial massage therapists Back on Trak are on the move.
Having been located in another arcade in Toowong for eight years now, they are taking up a new lease inside the former Thrift Shop.
Back on Trak Toowong’s practice started in 2002 and has survived the challenges of the GFC.
With their new office fitout under way, doors are already opened and they are taking clients.
The new spacious premises host the floatation tank and an infra-red sauna, which aim to alleviate pain and renew and invigorate the body after the stresses of sports injury.
UNDER WAY: The acoustic shed by the Western Freeway at Toowong will shield noise and dust as Legacy Way tunneling is completed. Picture: Tim Marsden Source: The Cairns Post
ONE of the biggest sheds to be built in Australia is taking shape at Toowong in Brisbane’s west.
The six-storey-high, 89m long acoustic shed is being built at the Legacy Way tunnel worksite.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the shed would house the tunnel boring machines and shield motorists and residents from noise and dust.
“I have a plan to deal with Brisbane’s traffic congestion and we’re getting on with the job of upgrading our most congested suburban roads and building vital new transport infrastructure,” he said.
Cr Quirk said the acoustic shed made of Colorbond steel and measuring 89m long, 77m wide and 29m high would be a temporary feature beside the Western Freeway.
It will be taken down late next year when the tunnel is completed.
“The acoustic shed is made with more than 1000 tonnes of structural steel, and in terms of floor space, is nearly 500 times bigger than your average backyard tool shed, so it’s no small feat to construct,” he said.
The tunnel boring machines (or TBMs) would operate 24 hours.
When completed the acoustic shed will be fitted with a series of travelling cranes, which will be used to assemble the two TBMs.
Legacy Way is the council’s 4.6km road tunnel from the Western Freeway at Toowong to the Inner City Bypass (ICB) at Kelvin Grove. Once open, Legacy Way will almost halve peak-hour travel times between the Centenary Bridge and the ICB.
Cr Quirk again acknowledged the Federal Labor Government’s support for the project through $500 million in funding.
Toowong Councillor Peter Matic said the location of the Legacy Way Tunnel Control Centre, which will be next to the existing Clem7 Tunnel Control Centre at Bowen Hills, would have less impact for residents.
The Disaster Recovery Payment: A one-off payment for people who have been adversely affected by a disaster, for example, if your home has been damaged, you haven’t been able to access your home for 24 hours or more, your home has been without electricity, water, gas, sewage or another essential service for at 48 hours, or you have been seriously injured. If you are eligible you will receive:
- $1000 per adult and $400 for each child (under 16 years of age).
The Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy Flooding and Severe Weather Payment: Financial assistance for employees, small business persons and farmers who have experienced a loss of income as a direct result of the flooding, for example, if your income is derived from the area affected by the disaster. If you are eligible you will receive:
- $469.70 per fortnight for a single adult
- $424.00 per fortnight per adult who is a member of a couple
- $508.20 per fortnight for a single adult with a dependent child
- $388.70 per fortnight for a person who is under 21 years of age.
Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Grants available are:
- Emergency Assistance grants – a grant of $170 per person, up to a maximum of $780 for a family of five or more is available. This grant is available to people experiencing hardship due to the disaster who require assistance to meet their basic needs such as food, clothing, accommodation and medical supplies.
- Essential Household Contents grants – assistance of up to $1,660 for individuals and $4,980 for families.
- Repairs to Dwelling grants – assistance of up to $10,250 for individuals and $13,800 for families can be provided.
Business Assistance: Grants are available to small businesses that have been affected by flood damage. An initial claim of $5,000 is available to assist you with immediate early recovery and up to $20,000 to recover costs you have paid to repair
Volunteers are still required and I urge anyone wishing to volunteer their time to check-in with my office on 3403 2520 to receive the latest information on where their efforts are required.
Energex (Loss of Power): 13 62 62
Red Cross: 1300 554 419
Centrelink: 180 22 66 or www.centrelink.gov.au
SES: 132 500
Insurance Council of Australia: 1300 728 228
Qld Flood Information Hotline: 1800 173 349
General Enquiries & Assistance: 13 74 68
Brisbane City Council Call Centre: (07) 3403 8888
Community Recovery Line: 1800 173 349
Disaster Recovery Hotline: 1800 173 149
Salvation Army: 1300 363 622
QLD Department of Communities.: 1800 173 349
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Fedelta is a Point of Sale software package that boasts speed, ease of use, reliability and an extensive range of powerful features.
The Fedelta solution has the variety of POS software solutions to suit to bars, restaurants, hotels, resorts, casinos, stadiums, fast food and general retail of all sizes. These can all be accommodated from the one tailored solution.
The Fedelta system is reliable and robust to ensure your business is operational at all times.
If the network or server fails, the POS terminal will continue to run offline until the problem is resolved, at which time all data is automatically synchronised, updated and stored on the server.
Address: Level 1, Data 3 House, 80 Jephson Street, Toowong, QLD 4066
Phone: 1300 652 029 (sales) +61 7 3870 9705 (int’l)
Fax: 1300 136 451
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Office hours: Normal business hours
Range of Products
Point of Sale
Fedelta is a Point of Sale software package that boasts speed, ease of use, reliability and an extensive range of powerful features. The touch screen solution provides the flexibility to customize the POS terminal to suit your individual needs.
Fedelta Backoffice comprises detailed management features including Product and Pricing Control, Stock Control, Staff Management, Point of Sale Configuration, Loyalty Rewards, Accounts, Audit Control and a comprehensive set of Reports and Analysis Tools.
Fedelta Orderman revolutionises the dining experience by serving more customers more efficiently. Customer orders can be processed straight to the kitchen and tables bills printed and payed for right in front of the customer.
Fedelta Custmer Loyalty module allows you to track, reward and communicate with your customers. Customers are able to signup for the rewards program at the Point of Sale to immediately start receiving Rewards Points, Special Pricing and Discounts.
PDT Stock Module
Fedelta’s Security module empowers management to enforce integrity into the information recorded at Point of Sale. By tying transaction records to live and recorded video footage you can quickly identify both inaccurate and fraudulent Point of Sale usage.
Fedelta’s Security module empowers management to enforce integrity into the information recorded at Point Of Sale. By tying transaction records to live and recorded video footage of the transaction you can quickly identify both inaccurate and fraudulent Point-Of-Sale usage.
Fedelta links directly into industry leading software that caters specifically for Reservations and Customer Relationship Management. The core of reservation systems is much more than the timing of custom and the collection of sale trends. It’s about adding that personal touch to service.
Fedelta integrates with numerous third-party gaming solutions. Integrating your Gaming and Point of Sale system allows customers to accrue reward points not only on the gaming machines, but also at Point of Sale locations throughout your venues.
Fedelta’s Accounting module provides an invaluable integration into Accountancy packages. The integration eliminates tedious manual entry and data translation by taking your business transactions and posting directly to pre-defined accounts.
The Fedelta Kitchen Monitor is designed for Quick Service environments and is specifically targeted at increasing efficiency and accuracy by delivering orders to visual displays. The system can be configured to send selected items to designated preparation areas.
Property Management System
Fedelta Integrates with third party Property Management Systems to ensure a seemless link between your guests accomodation bill and any other spending that might occur at your venue.
Online Stock Ordering
Fedelta integrates with online suppliers to provide automated ordering and invoicing. The proven import process avoids the pain involved in double entry of purchasing information lodged with suppliers.
Sharp Styles Barber was established in 2002, and is located in the centre of the Toowong business district.
Over the past 7 years we have been providing “unique traditional barber” services for young men and those who are young at heart.
With each of our services we include a neck shave and hot towel. Here’s what you can expect on your next visit:
- Men’s Style cut
- Crew Cut
- Beard Trim
- Face Shave
- Style Cut & Bear Trim
- Style Cut & Shampoo
- Head Shave Using Straight Razor
Our fees are kept modest levels. But to meet the growing demand from our local resident population, we provide concessions for Pensioner and Senior Card holders, University, High School and Primary School students.
Address: Sherwood House, Shop 2, 39 Sherwood Road, Toowong.
Phone: (07) 3371 0923
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Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am to 7:00pm