#39 – Cheryl Hughes

March 22, 2019

This week we meet Cheryl Hughes, the station master at Wynnum North railway station. She has had this role for 27 years, and still loves it, as do the people who meet her each day.

I was contacted by Sonya, letting me know about the wonderful person that Cheryl is, and she was not mistaken. I enjoyed popping by for a few photos and a chat.

I have dropped my son at this station numerous times when he is running late for school / uni, as it has the shortest distance from car door to train door in the area.

25+ years of service!

What brought you to the area?

I was born in Hemmant, my grandfather was a prawn trawler man in the bay, and my father was a fruiterer selling fruit door to door. I was raised in the area and attended Wynnum West primary school then Wynnum North state high.

I took a few odd jobs and then joined railways at aged 20. I have been station master Wynnum North since 1992. I love my job and love the interaction each morning with my customers.

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

I love to be able to link people together, which I’m often able to do, as different people share what they do, ie tech support, child care, house cleaning, teaching / tutoring…. I love it.

Every 15 minutes during peak hours, on the platform

I love the opportunity to share peoples lives for a short time every day, hearing how the babies have grown, started daycare, gone to school… you don’t get that everywhere, so many people change jobs so frequently, but I am a stay put person.

Customer service PLUS!

One customer told me I had “stickability”. I am humbled by the respect I have in the community. It’s a rare and precious thing. I love how people come together and pull together to support one another in the area, that’s something that has never changed in the Wynnum area.

We have the beach, we have our parks, we have our local markets. I love local family businesses going ahead. Such as Little Gnome bookstore, or Monty’s place, local families who invest their money and their lives In the area to make it great. What makes Wynnum special to me? Local people working together to keep our local area thriving and growing.

Cheryl gets to witness the sunrises, starting very early each day

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

More places for kids and our youth to meet and interact together. Let’s get our youth off the streets and channel their energies into growing as young people, in self esteem, and self worth.

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

None at the moment

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

Bel Ellis owns and runs Little Gnome book store. She’s battled breast cancer for the last twelve months and yet continued to keep her store open. She’s a hero in my eyes.
[we covered Bel in a previous post and she is a great supporter of the community]

A couple of others that would be good:

  • Monty’s place in Glenora street
  • Men’s Shed
  • Narelle Potter is the owner of Narelle’s hair and beauty
  • Aiden Gannon owner of Gannon’s coffee
Friendly banter with the commuters

I really loved my catchup with Cheryl, and whilst my regular train stop is one stop further along, I keep my eye out and give a wave as I pass through, and I am not alone in doing this.

#38 – Wynnum Table Tennis Association

March 18, 2019

This week we meet some of the people from the Wynnum Table Tennis Association. I had the pleasure to pop down for a couple of their regular sessions.

Signs off Whites Road so you won’t get lost

The club has been running for 74 years and there was an obvious sense of community amongst the players I watched.

A great facility, which may be extended in the near future.

The skill across all ages was quite amazing.

The juniors before their Friday session
President (Vanessa) and Coach (Franck)

The juniors had amazing skills and listened to the coach’s tips and guidance.

It was a really supportive environment

The group on Tuesday were having a lot of fun and I was asked when I turned up if I would like to play a game by one of the group.


The social catchup on Tuesday was well attended, and some great skills were on display.

You can find more information about the club at their website and facebook page.

#37 – Ty Clint

February 8, 2019

This week we meet Ty Clint, from The Bay Today along with his Pop, and his cute labrador, Sadie. I contacted Ty through his community page last year about doing a post on him, as he has some amazing videos from the bay. That along with his daily weather conditions reports makes for a great community page.

Ty and Sadie take in the morning light

What brought you to the area?

Okay well.. I started caring for Pop about 3 and a half years ago. Pop was just starting to show signs of getting old (he’s 89) I was going through a bit after being glassed at a pub and became a homebody… Then I got a call from Royal Queensland yacht squadron about a boat they were going to dump and they asked if I wanted it. So I thought it would be a great way to keep mine and pops minds active by rebuilding it.. (pop was a sailor from the age of 16 when he lied about his age and went to serve with her majesty’s royal navy).. 6 months later I had turned the boat into a nice little no fuss toy that let me get out on the water and actually enjoy life again..

The three Amigo’s

Pop gets out of the house some days during the day, so I can get out on the bay and take the boat to places people don’t know about, I started doing short vids and taking heaps of pictures to show poppy what I got up too out on the bay.. 6 month’s after the boat was completed, pop and I moved back to his house on the Esplanade and having the bay on my doorstep just made getting out on the water so much easier.. Pop has been my father figure since I can remember (coming from divorced parents) and I thank Pop for that, is why I look after him now and is why he is my best mate.. so yeah… that’s how The Bay Today came about…

Someone wants the spotlight!

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

My grandfather Jim Mackie (Pop) worked on the tug boats at the port of Brisbane and brought the property around 1979. My mum, sister and I moved to Lota after my parents divorced and I started at lota preschool, then lota primary school.

A few other memories of fishing from the pipe with Mumma (grandmother), walking the flats looking at what was in the mud.. oh and the spring parade! There was always a water fight with guns and water bombs etc.. Bring the spring parade back!

Ritual of walking the pipe

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

What I would love to see in Wynnum and what Wynnum needs is the bandstand park being used as a day long music festival. Food stalls, local seafood, bars, etc. Nothing heavy, bay music, jazz, blues etc.. and the Spring parade.. haha.. don’t forget the Spring parade.

A great place to start the day

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

No website, but I have a facebook page, The Bay Today

We had 2 cats and 1 dog at our shoot at one stage. Walkers and runners were stopping by
Sadie is so well behaved. She won’t chase birds, when they are right in front of her.

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

Maybe Elizabeth and William Armstrong, they own the old horse police station near the Wynnum creek, and it has been in their family for 104 years. They have a history not many would know about. Their son is Busty, a local fisherman.

Getting muddy at the creek
Sadie showing off her muddy under carriage

Give them a wave or hello if you see them along the esplanade.

#36 – Wynnum Manly Boomerang Bags

January 31, 2019

This week we meet the wonderful people from Wynnum Manly Boomerang Bags. You may have seen shoppers sporting their boomerang bags at the grocery store, well now we can see a little bit more about where they came from.

The Wynnum Manly Boomerang Bags group is a fun group of volunteers working to create bags from scrap material and help make Wynnum plastic bag free! 

Different stations where all the tasks come together to a finished bag

I met with the group last year at their library location for their Saturday working bees. They now have another location at the Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre, where they meet on Thursdays at 12:30.

A display case of items created by the group
My favourite bag, I love the repurposing of tea towels

The group also make produce bags, one of mine is shown on the right in the picture below.

I purchased the bags above, and always keep an eye out for fellow boomerang bag holders

The group is free and we welcome everyone regardless of their sewing ability and 

In a library meeting room on a Saturday

Donations of fabrics, ribbon or elastic are very welcome.

Cutting out from donated material

The bags are available to purchase on the 4th Saturday at the library, as well as
Joan Pease office, Crystal Rose Gallery, Frankies Coffee shop, Wynnum 
Heritage Society and Bike Obsession in the city.

You can see some great information and even better pictures at the groups facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/WynnumBoomerangBags/

Pop in and say hi to the crew, I can attest that they are a very welcoming group!

#35 – Robbie Porter

January 19, 2019

This week we meet Robbie Porter, a Wynnum local, who is driving the oyster reef restoration in Moreton Bay.

Robbie is the type of person that you love having a cold drink with, whilst telling stories. I always come away from our catchups feeling great, as well as a little inadequate as Robbie is an accomplished chef, house restorer, landscaper, film set designer, fisherman, … I jest, but he is seriously talented at whatever he turns his hand to.

When he told me of his vision to restore the naturally occurring shellfish reefs that were prevalent before the cement industry decimated them, I wanted to help in any small way.

Robbie outside the oyster shell drying out facility

What brought you to the area? 

I had grown up in Brisbane’s west and lived in Sydney for a few years . My brother in law is a keen sailor. He moved here to be close to his hobby. My wife and I visited him often and we saw how glorious Wynnum is. We quickly realised that we had found our home. The bay was like a magnet. We bought and renovated our first house on Tingal Rd opposite the old Paint Place. We could never move away now. 

Collecting shells that would have been landfill
The oyster shells dry out for a minimum of 4 months before becoming new reef structures

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share? 

One that is relevant to Wynnum; We bought a block of land at Wynnum North with the plan to move a Queenslander to it. It was tricky to find one but we got lucky and found a developer that was going to demolish one in Cedar St. We cut it in half and moved it one night via the water front. All the power lines were very low and needed to be lifted one at a time to get the 2 pieces of house under them. At one stage the house hit one of the large fig trees on the waterfront. It ripped off the gutter and damaged the front of the house. We had to scramble around and pick up all the roofing screws and gutter before we could continue. It took all night but finally we parked the house up near the roundabout on Wynnum North Rd and Pritchard St. The next day we moved it to our block and put it back together. We love our home now. It is strange but it feels like is was always here. 

Robbie with Joan Pease and Matthew Hayden who supported the Wynnum Fishing Classic, which raised money for the oyster reef restoration.

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

I would love to see a fantastic bar and restaurant on the water. I dream about owning the one on Wynnum Creek and turning it into a seafood restaurant and wine bar. I have this dream that I could build a large floating pontoon that we could lower into the water so that you can have your feet in the water while you have a drink on a hot day. However I’m sure it would be a hot spot for drowned phones. 

Robbie and Pipi at Rose Bay

Any link to a website that you would like to share? 

I have been lucky enough to be involved with OzFish Unlimited. We are working to restore the lost oyster reefs of Moreton Bay. We would love you to join us. Find out more at www.ozfishmoretonbay.org.  

Pipi has her own instagram, sharing her morning walks https://www.instagram.com/pipis_morning_mangroves/

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum? 

Annette and Lachlan, My brother in law and his fiancée.

Judy and Rob, My mother and father in law.

The old fish and chip shop on Wynnum Creek.

Enjoying time on the water
Pipi the neck warmer

#34 – Ang

June 8, 2018

This week we meet Ang, who runs the B-K Barber, near the foodworks on Randall and Wynnum Rd.  Ang has been cutting my hair, and altering my clothes for the last 10 years or so, and it has been great chatting about our kids of similar ages, as they have grown up.

That’s right, he also does clothing alterations, and is great at both!

The overflow chairs can fill up!

What brought you to the area?

The business was located here.

What do you like about the area?

Wynnum is a good place to be, close to everything !  Lots of good people and beautiful view of the bay.

The people are so friendly!

Ang won’t let me wear the spaceships one 

Lollies for the kids, small and big

Magazines for the wait

Alterations available

Great chair!

Pop in a say hi to Ang, it’s always great to share some banter with him.

#33 – Doug Tanner

May 25, 2018

This week we meet Doug Tanner, who was introduced to me through a mutual friend, and I am so glad I got to (officially) meet him, thanks Liz.  We got talking on the phone before we met up, and I realised that I do know him, at least to say hello to when I shuffle or walk along the waterfront.

I met with Doug after he had completed a particularly hard session with his running group, and we grabbed a coffee for a chat with some of his exercise buddies.  They were a great bunch of people and I got to meet John, Snakey and a number of others.

Where you will often see Doug

Doug has been running for near on 50 years, which by my reckoning means he must have started in the womb.  He has also been very active in the armed services for a lot of his life.

What brought you to the area?

We moved here in Feb 2003 and have enjoyed the lifestyle that the bayside offers.

Lots of smiles and laughs around the table post training session

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?

Getting involved with the Bayside Triathlon Club and the Toby Somerville running group plus the people at Manly Pool. I’ve been in a few sporting clubs in my time but none as good and as friendly as this one. A real mix of great people.

 After moving to here I found out that my Grand Father lived here in the 1930’s.

A great spot for a coffee and a chat

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

To stay as it is. Plus, can’t wait for the picture theater to open. I am a real movie buff. My Great Aunt used to own the theaters in Wynnum.

Beautiful morning at the harbour

Any link to a website that you would like to share?

Anything to do with Sir John Monash (our greatest Australian in my opinion) or Australian involvement in WW1.

Wikipedia page

John Monash Foundation

Doug and his mate Snakey, a swimming buddy

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?

Just articles on interesting people.  There are enough of them down here. Little snippets of local history.

Many laps have been done in this pool

Thanks for your time, and the coffee Doug!

Doug offered to take me trail running with him, which I am very much looking forward to!

Give Doug a hello when you next see him out.

See you out there along the waterfront Doug

#32 – ScooterBike Adventures

March 2, 2018

Today we meet Danny from ScooterBike Adventures, where I caught up with one of his regular group activities.  Today’s was a group of school mum’s getting active after school dropoffs.

Danny has always had an interest in our area, and been active in sport, including a sports scholarship to the USA.  I had seen the ScooterBike’s near the Manly pool, and wondered what was the story behind them, and I am so glad someone reached out and suggested I do a post about Danny (thanks Sonja!)

We met at Wynnum Creek, as the crew were heading North to the boardwalk today.  They cover various routes from Wynnum North to Lota, and the many detours along the way.

You can read more about ScooterBikes on their facebook page.

Danny checking all is good before the crew arrives

What brought you to the area?


 I grew up in Wynnum at Jayben  St Wynnum West. Attended Wondall Heights State School and then Brisbane State High School. After 8 years in the USA I returned to the Gold Coast then back home to Wynnum. I now live at Lota and love being close to the bay.

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?


My most memorable experience in Wynnum was when Wynnum Manly won the Brisbane rugby league comp for the first time – Great Team. Growing up in Wynnum I have a life time of great memories, my first fishing experience at about age 7 from the end of Wynnum Jetty, pumping yabbies at Lota with my brother Shaun and the mud fights that always seemed to occur , rowing our bond wood fishing boat to the leads out from Manly Harbour and catching heaps of big whiting.

Setting up ready for the session

Warm up

What would you love to see in Wynnum?


 I would love to see in Wynnum a genuine cycleway that separates walkers from other moving traffic, a water park area as good as Southbank, Redcliffe, Cairns. Eco Tours that show locals and tourists our beautiful bay and wildlife.

Drop by Frankie’s and rope Sarah into the photo

Any link to a website that you would like to share?


If you could link to Manly Creative Markets, that would be good.

Not sure what the collective noun is for ScooterBikes??

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?


I would like you to profile Cafe Le Mer at Manly. It is a hidden gem and one of my favourite chill-out coffee and eating cafes.

 I enjoyed meeting Danny and the ladies, and it looked a great way to explore our area whilst earning those Friday evening treats 🙂

#31 – Bethania Street Community Garden

February 22, 2018

Today we visit the Bethania Street Community Garden, located in Cox Park, Bethania Street, Lota.  I was welcomed by Linda and the rest of the group at their weekly get together on Wednesday mornings.

I had heard about the garden but never visited, and it was a wonderful spot, with a variety of fruit trees, vegetables and herbs.  The garden was started in September 2011 and is operated under a licence from Brisbane City Council.

Council supporting the group

Signing in for the day

Today’s plan

The crew that were available for a photo

I am a hopeless gardener, though I wish it wasn’t the case. I received some great tips when I asked specifics that could help us at home, including the homemade fly trap recipe, vegemite, who knew?  The group had a great feel about it, and it is a great community initiative.

It was time to get into the work for the morning.



Composting is an important part of a great garden, and the group takes their composting very seriously!

Local businesses such Dramanti and Perry’s fruit market, pass on their organic waste for compositing. Some even leave nice messages with the pickups.

There is a fruit orchard, which is quite impressive.

When you stop and take in the garden, there really is a lot going on in this space!

The friendly group

You can find out more about the garden on their facebook page and website links below.



There are some great events coming up, have a look on the events page of their website, hope to see you there!

#30 – Wynnum Central street art

January 12, 2018

This week we look at some art about our area, with the focus on a few sculptures in Wynnum Central.

The first is a drinking fountain on Bay Terrace, near edith street.

The next is a bench on Edith Street, that has the most amazing detail.

Finally, across the road from the bench, is a sculpture with birds adorning it.