There is something very unique about Annerley, it is that sense of community that is lost to much of our cities and towns.
Walk down the streets of this old suburb and feel a sense of belonging, of diversity and friendliness.
The eclectic mix of shops, offices and homes ensures Annerley retains its vibrancy and character reminiscent of a bygone era.
So many of our businesses have been an integral part of the Annerley precinct for decades. The longevity of family run concerns on the high street is a rare find in the modern world of franchises and neon signs.
One iconic landmark is RE/MAX Colonial, smack bang in the middle of The Annerley strip on the corner of Dudley Street and Ipswich road.
This agency has been selling homes and managing rental properties for decades, previously as Colonial Real Estate and prior to that a small independent agency for many years.
Colin Jeffery and his wife Lorene, owners of RE/MAX Colonial since 2001, have loved, married, lived and worked in Annerley since the 80’s with Colin starting his real estate career at Batchelor Realty, previously just a few doors down.
True animal lovers, Colin and Lorene have been supporting the RSPCA for 20 years and as well as holding a their annual cupcake fundraiser for RSPCA Qld, they organise several other fundraisers for a cause very close to their heart. This wonderful couple also ensure that a percentage of ALL property sales to go The Make-A-Wish Foundation making dreams come true for sick kids.
Major sponsors of The Annerley Christmas markets for the last two years, RE/MAX Colonial love their Community and are strong supporters of keeping this suburb vibrant and thriving.
Colin hand picks his sales professionals, and only hires the very best in the business. Collectively, there is well over 100 years of experience on offer, with an unrivalled local knowledge of the Inner Southside. This highly regarded agency has been rated number 1 in Annerley,Yeronga and Moorooka by Rate My Agent for 2017.
It’s hard these days to find a professional business with genuine people offering an authentic, honest customer centric experience. You won't find flashy signs, gimmicks and high rise car parks amongst the long standing businesses of Annerley, like RE/MAX Colonial, you will find ethical, hardworking people offering a quality, bespoke service.
What are your experiences with Ipswich Road?
It's the 'arterial' road which runs through the centre of Annerley and it can be a dangerous and loud stretch of road with cars racing along and big trucks roaring on their way through.
A lot of locals drive, ride their bicycle or walk along the road (either to shop, commute or get their kids to school) and they feel like it's a pretty dangerous space whether you're in a vehicle or not.
What are the solutions to our big, scary road?
Do you have something in your mind which makes you think you could help solve this puzzle?
We are holding an Annerley Town Hall Meeting so we can all chat together, hear your ideas and get your input.
No question or solution idea is too crazy!
TOWN HALL MEETING:
Saturday 28th October, 2017
1 - 3pm
Venue to be advised
If you want to see Ipswich Road become a safer, greener and altogether more accessible space, join us!
Things are a little bit different for this year's Junction Jumble with groups joining forces to make the event a stellar success!
The Annerley Arcade Market, Annerley Community Hub and Annerley Junction Trader's Association have joined up to create a more low-key and community-friendly event coming up on Saturday 1st July at 9am - 1pm.
The usual sausage sizzle and craft stalls will be there along with some great arts & crafts tables for you and the kids to enjoy.
There will be great coffee and food as usual but also a fun food truck with exciting new food to try.
You can see all our sponsors on the Home page who have made this event possible!
Southside Eyewear has been nestled in the heart of Annerley Junction since 1989 and owner and Optometrist, Peter Uttley, has a strong interest and commitment to providing his patients with comprehensive eye examinations and service.
Stepping inside his beautiful practice, you'll notice that this is not a chain store but there is such an air of professionalism and style that you'll feel confident in finding the right pair of spectacles right there instore.
While Southside Eyewear is not a chain store, they are a proud member of Provision, which is a network of over 420 Australian owned, independent Optometrists who share the same principles of quality clinical care and quality products.
You will get a comprehensive eye examination and optical solution whether it be spectacles and / or contact lenses with Peter and he has a broad range of both certified non prescription and prescription safety glasses to suit you both for work and in the home workshop.
If you're in need of an eye check or you need to update your glasses frames, look no further than Southside Eyewear for service, style and value for money.
After the success of their Pop Up Cafe event last October, Annerley Community Hub are doing another event on Wednesday 18th May to test drive their idea of a comfortable and welcoming space, open to all people in the afternoons with food and drinks available by donation.
In this one-of-a-kind cafe space, you will be able to 'pay what you feel' is right for your coffee and cake as well as meet your neighbours and relax in the light and bright hall behind the Hub. There will also be outdoor seating under umbrellas as Brisbane heads into the cooler weather.
This cafe will operate with the assistance of volunteers from around the local neighbourhood who will be able to make you a barista-style coffee, tea or there will also be cold drinks available. Cakes and other sweet treats will be made by locals and donated to the event with all proceeds going to the community centre.
Annerley Community Hub is part of the non profit organisation, Community Plus which services the inner south of Brisbane via centres in West End, Yeronga and Annerley. They give support to all people, especially the most marginalised and vulnerable.
Bring your loose change for this beautiful community event, or if you would like to volunteer your time or baking skills to the organisation, you can email them to get more details: email@example.com.
Annerley resident, Kath Chown is the voice of the Annerley blog and she writes about her experiences along with any events happening in the local area.