Residents Evacuated After Shed Fire in Manly

Manly residents were evacuated from their homes Thursday evening after a shed caught on fire, authorities report.

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The fire broke out around 5:40 pm in a shed located at a residence on the corner of Ernest Street and School Lane. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services rushed multiple crews to the scene after receiving reports of explosions coming from the burning shed.

There were initial reports of explosions which prompted an immediate evacuation of surrounding homes as a safety precaution.

A Queensland Ambulance Services spokeswoman confirmed that no injuries were reported from the incident. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control by 7:05 pm, nearly an hour and a half after the first calls came in.

Fire crews remain on site investigating the cause of the shed fire.

Authorities have not released any details about potential damage to surrounding properties or the suspected origin of the flames. More information will be provided as it becomes available from emergency personnel.

Published 14-March-2024

The Manly Hotel Celebrates Its Centennial with $7M Renovation

The historic Manly Hotel is undergoing a $7-million renovation and expansion ahead of its 100th anniversary celebrations this year. The historic seaside pub, owned by The Endeavour Group, will reopen in late March or early April with five new bars, 50 taps, a restaurant, gaming room, courtyard, and more.

The Manly Hotel upgrade led by hospitality giant

After taking over The Manly Hotel in 2021, The Endeavour Group is leading the venue’s revitalization. The Australian hospitality corporation already operates over 330 venues across the country. The renovation project began last March and is on track for completion this spring.

When finished, The Manly will feature five bars with 54 taps in total, a full-service restaurant with an a la carte menu, al fresco terrace dining, an outdoor courtyard, a dedicated sports bar, over 20 rooms of accommodations, a gaming lounge, and a bottle shop. The variety of offerings aims to appeal to a wide patronage.

Community support for historic pub

According to Manly Hotel manager Antoinette Simic, the bayside venue has always been the “heart of the community” with a loyal local following. She says the community response on social media during the renovation has been “overwhelming” and buzzing with excitement. The goal is to make patrons feel part of the iconic pub’s history.

The extensive renovations have also created approximately 50 new employment opportunities at The Manly. Recruitment is underway to fill the new roles ahead of the reopening.

The newly renovated Manly Hotel plans special events and offerings to celebrate its 100th birthday this year. After half-a-century under the McDonald family, the pub will welcome its next century with The Endeavour Group at the helm.

Published 21-February-2024

MA Financial’s $33 Million Acquisition to Deliver Manly Harbour Expansion

MA Financial has made a significant move in the maritime sector by acquiring East Coast Marina in Manly Harbour for $33 million amidst a surge in development within the alternative asset class.

The purchase of East Coast Marina, located 20km south of Brisbane CBD, was facilitated through an expressions-of-interest sale conducted by McVay Real Estate in August 2023. This acquisition, the 13th marina purchase for the group, expands its portfolio significantly. 

The site includes 330 berths, dry storage for 240 vessels, 595 sq m of commercial buildings, and 160 carparks, making it a substantial addition to MA Financial’s holdings.

East Coast Marina Manly Harbour
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MA Financial already holds marinas at Rushcutters Bay, The Spit, Batemans Bay, Port Macquarie, and Cabarita Point in Sydney Harbour, as well as two near Melbourne CBD.

This latest transaction underscores the company’s commitment to diversifying its portfolio and capitalising on the growing investor interest in alternative real estate assets.

Government Support for Maritime Development

The acquisition coincides with government initiatives to bolster maritime infrastructure. 

The Queensland Government recently announced funding for a new 42-berth marina at Morningside near the Gateway Bridge, aimed at supporting marine tourism operators affected by floods and waterfront developments across Brisbane.

Additionally, plans for a $200-million expansion of the Rivergate marina, transforming it into a superyacht shipyard, are underway.

Rising Interest in Alternative Real Estate Assets

Originally established as Moelis & Company in Australia in 2009, MA Financial was listed on the ASX in 2017. 

MA Financial joint chief executive Julian Biggins highlighted that the East Coast Marina acquisition aligns with the firm’s strategy, catering to the increasing investor interest in alternative real estate assets. 

The MA Marina Fund, which targets an annual distribution yield exceeding 7 per cent and a 13 per cent plus internal rate of return, aims for further growth through value-add projects and additional acquisitions. 

Published 19 February 2024

Wynnum Manly Legend Ross Nunn Reflects on Decorated Career

After winning the 1971 grand final with the Booval Swifts, talented player Ross Nunn headed to the bay to join the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in 1972. This kicked off an illustrious career with the Seagulls, where Nunn contributed greatly before returning to Ipswich later in his career.

Tough early years at Wynnum Manly

In the early 1970s, Wynnum Manly was struggling, winning just two games in 1972 and three in 1973. Nunn recalls that coach Jim Lewis, father of future star Wally Lewis, was fantastic but results were not there yet.

Under new coach Tom Berry in 1975, Wynnum Manly finally broke a 16-year finals drought. Nunn has fond memories of their incredible upset win over favourites Easts Tigers late in the season. However, they could not replicate this performance against the Redcliffe Dolphins the following week.

Nev Hornery’s brutal style transforms club

Nev Hornery
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According to Nunn, the arrival of “Nasty Nev” Hornery in 1977 was transformative for Wynnum Manly. Hornery brought a new level of ruthlessness and winning mentality. Nunn never played against Hornery but understands why he struck fear in opponents.

Fond memories of talented teammates

Wynnum Manly Seagulls
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Nunn looks back fondly on the many great players from Ipswich he got to play alongside in Brisbane. Talented players like Jeff Denman, Ian Robson, and John Crilly made the transition easier. He particularly recalls Tony Obst as one of the best he played with and against.

Ross Nunn is proud to have played a role in Wynnum Manly’s journey from strugglers to powerhouse. His fondest memories are of the club’s incredible supporters and the strong parallels with his hometown of Ipswich.

Published 30-December-2023

Tragic Turn in Manly: A Storm, a Capsized Boat, and a Community in Mourning

Tragedy struck off the coast of Manly on Boxing Day after a boat carrying 11 friends capsized in a violent storm, claiming the lives of three men who were all set to enjoy their annual fishing trip to Moreton Bay.

The victims were Robert Holden, Stephen Tait, and David “Mario” Logan, whose untimely deaths have left a profound void in the hearts of many.

Robert, 48, a resident of Alexandra Hills, was a revered figure both in his professional and personal life. He was a devoted family man, married to Michelle for 19 years, and a father who was the bedrock of his family. 

Stephen, a former Queensland rugby player who taught at Iona College, was known for his larger-than-life personality and his immense contribution to the rugby community. As a father, he was deeply cherished, remembered through his daughter’s poignant social media tribute as “the most selfless person” she knew. 

Mario, another rugby icon, was a figure deeply entrenched in the Queensland rugby scene. His playful nature, coupled with his passion for the sport, made him a beloved character. 

As the boat succumbed to the tempestuous seas, heroism surfaced as recounted Michelle, who received a distressing call from her husband, leading her to alert the coastguard. The survivors, eight in total, were brought to safety at Manly Harbour, though the three men tragically did not survive.

The aftermath at Manly Harbour was a poignant scene of collective mourning. The community, along with the families of the deceased, grappled with the sudden loss.

This boating disaster was part of a larger destruction caused by the supercell storm that battered South East Queensland during the Christmas holidays. The toll of seven lives lost in just two days, including those in Moreton Bay, underscored the severity of the weather’s impact. 

Published 29-Dec-2023

Manly State School Grapples with Devastation Following Boxing Day Storm

Families returning to Wynnum and Manly after the festive holidays have been confronted by scenes of destruction int he wake of the Boxing Day storm. Among the affected areas, Manly State School bears significant damage, with one of its buildings losing its roof.

Shocking photos reveal the extent of damage in the area, prompting a surge in calls for assistance from the State Emergency Service.

Manly State School Recovery Update

Despite the structural damage, the school is grateful that no injuries were reported and is determined to rebuild and continue serving the community.

Manly State School officials expressed gratitude to the Manly community for their support and kind wishes. The school reported that builders are already on-site to assess and repair the damaged building. A future working bee is planned to involve the community in the recovery effort.

Builders are working diligently to make the damaged area safe and to isolate the solar system on the damaged roof. Safety fencing will be erected to allow limited access to the school grounds for vacation care, to fully reopen to the public in a few weeks. 

Local Community Initiative

Residents rallied to clear debris and trees blocking roads. Iconic trees along the foreshore were also uprooted, adding to the post-storm challenges faced by the community.

Regrettably, the wild weather also led to the tragic death of three individuals, including a local teacher, in a boating accident off the coast of Manly.

Some local businesses, such as Mate’s restaurant and bar in Wynnum, sustained damage from the storm. Cracked ceilings and water damage were reported, causing disruptions to operations.

SES Response and Ongoing Assistance

Local Controller for the Brisbane City State Emergency Service Unit, Lowry Boyd, reported a continuous stream of requests for assistance as the storm barrelled the city. SES units from other regions have also offered help, but resource constraints have limited their capacity to assist.

Mr Boyd emphasised that many of the storm-related issues could have been prevented with proper preparation, such as clearing gutters of debris, securing loose objects, and trimming overhanging tree branches before a storm.

Meanwhile, Brisbane City Council is offering support to residents affected by the storm by providing free sandbags at various locations and allowing free green waste disposal until 31 Jan 2024.

Boyd also asked for patience from the community during major events, as the SES primarily relies on volunteers who may also be affected by the storms. Response times may be extended, but every effort will be made to address all requests for assistance.

Published 28-Dec-2023

Firefighters Respond To Gas Main Rupture In Manly

A gas main rupture was reported in Manly, which caused a fierce blaze. Fire crews acted swiftly, preventing a potential explosion. Over a dozen firefighters worked for two and a half hours.

Just after 10:45 am on November 22, it was believed that construction workers inadvertently struck a gas line, igniting a fierce blaze that engulfed the surrounding area.

Fire crews found themselves in a race against time, hosing down a tree affected by the gas main rupture leak as they worked tirelessly to contain the escalating inferno.

Despite the intensity of the blaze, the concerted efforts of the firefighters helped in cooling down the area, preventing what could have been a devastating explosion.

Reports indicate that a young man in his twenties sustained minor burns in the chaos and was swiftly transported to Northern Beaches Hospital for treatment.

Published 28-November-2023

Developers Seek to Transform Retirement Community in Manly into Modern Oasis

A retirement community in Manly could soon enter a new era of modern luxury and amenities if an extensive masterplan for upgrades and expansions is approved.

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Designed by O’Neil Architecture, the proposal at 162 Oceana Terrace in Manly would replace seven outdated independent living units across two new buildings, numbered 5 and 6, adding 87 contemporary residences.

This transformation would build upon previously approved plans for 100 high-quality units in four buildings at the southern end of the sprawling grounds. Those approved plans call for two four-story and two six-story buildings, connected by a porte cochere entrance and anchored by over 1,500 square meters of communal facilities. The first stage would focus on the six-story buildings paired with shared amenities.

Photo credit: O’Neil Architecture

The proposed community facilities will include a dining hall and café, a cinema, gym, and library for entertainment and activity spaces. Medical suites will provide on-site healthcare services. For social gatherings, plans call for a club, lounge, and bar. Recreational amenities will include a swimming pool and bowling green for residents to enjoy. 

Photo credit: O’Neil Architecture

The new proposal would take the total number of residential units to 287 within a nearly 28,000 sqm development. It would modify the previously approved buildings by lowering their base to the ground level, removing the porte cochere, and relocating community facilities to the new proposed buildings 5 and 6. An internal road with southern drop off would improve access and circulation.

The positioning of new construction on the exterior of the grounds allows Lota House, classified as a Queensland Heritage Place, to remain undisturbed at the heart of the community. Careful heritage assessments could enable approval for necessary demolition and maintenance work on the surrounding non-protected areas, if the plans are greenlit.

Drawing inspiration from Lota House’s architecture, the design incorporates rendered masonry walls, metal cladding, glass balustrades, and color banding that lightens towards the upper floors. This would help blend the modern forms into the landscape and heritage context if approved as envisioned. The end result could be a seamlessly integrated expansion with all the amenities today’s residents expect.

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The multi-phase project would ensure continuous comfortable living for all residents at the retirement community during construction, if given the go-ahead. When complete, the new Lota House could provide premium senior living options and uphold the site’s rich 135-year history.

Published 10-November-2023

Manly Pays Tribute to War Heroes on Remembrance Day

Manly is gearing up to pay its respects to those who have served and sacrificed for their nation on the annual Remembrance Day services. 

On Saturday, 11 Nov 2023, the Manly-Lota RSL Sub Branch invites the local community to join their Remembrance Day service at Richard Russell Park, Cnr Ferguson St & Carlton Tec.

The event is a poignant commemoration of the Armistice that ended World War I, and an opportunity to remember all who have given their lives in service, be it in wars, conflicts, or peacekeeping operations.

Honoring the 11th Hour

The significance of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month cannot be overstated. It marks the anniversary of the Armistice that brought an end to the devastating conflict with Germany during World War I. 

In remembrance, a touching ceremony in Manly will encompass various elements, including the solemn laying of wreaths, the haunting sound of the Last Post, and a minute of silence observed at 11 a.m. 

This day is a time for the community to come together and pay their respects to the brave souls who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Supporting Veterans and Their Families

RSL Queensland, a steadfast supporter of veterans and their families across the nation, recognises the invaluable contribution of Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel. 

This event is open to all veterans, serving members, and members of the community, providing an opportunity to come together, share stories, and show solidarity with those who have served our country.

State Remembrance Day Ceremony at Brisbane’s Shrine of Remembrance

For those who wish to participate in a larger-scale Remembrance Day ceremony, RSL Queensland is extending an invitation to the State Remembrance Day ceremony, which will be held at Brisbane’s Shrine of Remembrance. This solemn event serves as a city and national-wide remembrance for all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

Attend a service, wear a poppy, or observe a minute’s silence at 11am, and help keep the legacy of our service people alive. Lest we forget.

 RSL Queensland

Published 8-Nov-2023

Entries Open for 2023-2024 Australian Hobie Cat National Championships in Manly

Excitement is building across Australia as the highly anticipated 2023-2024 Australian Hobie Cat National Championships, hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly, open for entries.

The championship tour follows the grand success of the 50th Australian Championships held in late December 2022. Expectations for this year’s event are sky-high, making it the highlight of the Australian summer sailing calendar.

Australian Hobie Cat
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The Queensland Hobie Cat Association has been working hard to make sure this year’s championships are a big success and has enlisted help from Yacht Share, Sunstate Watersports, Cat Covers, and Gill to make it all happen.

Prior to the Brisbane event, the Championship Tour is set for several exciting stops: 

  • Cat Classic: Nedlands Yacht Club, WA | September 24-25, 2023
  • Bill Cheal Memorial Regatta: Toukley Sailing Club, NSW | September 30 – October 1, 2023
  • Phil Johnston Memorial 14ft Regatta: Mannering Park Amateur Sailing Club, NSW | October 14-15, 2023
  • NSW State Championships: Top Gun Regatta, Kurnell Catamaran Club, NSW | November 4-5, 2023
  • Beware the Bullets: Palm Beach Sailing Club, NSW | November 18-19, 2023
  • Victorian Catamaran Championships: McCrae Yacht Club, VIC | November 26-27, 2023
  • Sail Brisbane: Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, QLD | December 10-11, 2023

With a lineup of such thrilling events leading up to the Australian Hobie Cat National Championships, sailors and sailing enthusiasts alike are in for an action-packed and unforgettable season of competitive sailing. 

For those eager to participate, all the registration details and important information regarding the Australian Championships can be found on the Hobie Cat Nationals’ official site. This includes the Notice of Race, a schedule of events, and information on local accommodations. Prospective entrants can easily register for both Series 1 and Series 2 by visiting the homepage, which will redirect them to RQYS. 

Published 29-Sept-2023