#43 – Al & Verne Lowson

Al and Verne

This week we meet Al & Verne Lowson, who started a running group that has grown from strength to strength, called Blood, Sweat and Beers. You may have seen the shirts around the area.

It is a wonderful group of people of all capabilities that enjoy organised runs and training together (pre-covid). They are also qualified coaches that assist you with your goals, whether getting a little quicker, running with less injuries and pain and the get to a distance you don’t think you can make. All with a caring attitude.

They are very selfless people, who in the early days were paying for drinks, lollies, and food out of their own pocket for the joy of seeing people coming together, exercising in our beautiful surrounds, all with a smile [I know, I didn’t think I could ever enjoy running, but this group taught me I could]

At the start of the Jetty

What brought you to the area?

Born in Zimbabwe, we left when we got married and ended up living in New Zealand for 10 years. We had always planned to have kids and settle somewhere family friendly, but when we realised we couldn’t have children, we decided to make the most of our circumstances and move somewhere exotic! Exotic ended up being Airlie Beach in North Queensland. We spent six months in Airlie Beach (Al loved it, Verne … not so much!) and then moved down to Brisbane to be near Al’s sister, who was pregnant with her second child.

She lived in Manly, so we looked for a house within a certain radius, ended up in Wynnum and have never looked back! Best decision ever.

2015 Early days of BSB
Whilst Al and Verne help oldies like me, they love helping the younger crew improve

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

It would have to just be all the wonderful interactions with the local community. When we first started running, we’d see a few familiar faces that we recognised from parkrun (the incentive to start BSB and bring us all together!) and now we can’t go far around Wynnum without seeing someone we know. We are both lucky enough to work fairly locally (Al couldn’t get much closer to home at Iona and Verne is at 99 Bikes in Capalaba) and just being part of this wonderful community brightens every day.

You will see them at the waterfront, do say hi!

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

Al’s first choice is a cinema (so that’s good, coming soon) and for Verne it would have to be a running track. He would even settle for a grass track, so if anyone influential is reading, the area up by the softball fields at Wynnum North would be great 😉

Best time of the day!

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

There is a website in progress (but it’s been in progress for a while, so …) and in the meantime: www.facebook.com/bloodsweatandbeer

matchy matchy

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

Would love you to interview the wonderful Trish & Neil from Lime & Myrtle and more recently The Running Duck Effect.

Thanks Al and Verne, a couple of final things, BSB is free, yep just turn up and join in with the other members from our community.

And I needed to share this, we had one of the BSB crew spot us as he ran by, I managed to capture Adam in the 3 seconds he was there for 😂

Adam the photo jogger

#42 – Curtis Canham

This week we meet Curtis, who makes, repairs and restores woodwork pieces. We met at his workshop and I got to see what a craftsman he is, as well as hear the obvious love for the area.

What brought you to the area?

We came from Sydney in 2000, looking for greener pastures. We came to the Bay with a thought of ‘if we don’t like it, we’re renting, we can move on. Shop different suburbs until we find a place we liked’.

Six weeks after arrival, walking our dogs on the esplanade one sunset and realising that we had found exactly what we hoped for. The bayside location, the friendly locals, the sense of community, the climate (although January/February humidity take getting used to).

Great selection of tools

Little things like buying the Sunday paper would turn into a 20min chat about where the fish were biting. We used to joke to Sydney friends it felt like we were living on the ‘Home & Away’ set but without the drama. We bought a house within 12 months and never regretted it.

Skills at the table saw

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

There’s so many!

Simple everyday things that you really notice when you’re not from the area., like walking on the esplanade and losing count of the head nods or ‘g’days’.

Twenty years on and I remember this like yesterday. Day 1 of relocating to Wynnum, (we were renting a raised Queenslander on Tingal Road) and arrived in town, picked up the keys, met the truck and spent the day unpacking. That afternoon, ready for a break, we hopped in the car to have a location look-see, we turned from Tingal road onto I think it was Warra street and as we came up over the crest of the hill the open view of the Bay just unfolded in front of us. Luckily we had no traffic behind us because we sat in that spot for a good minute or two, just taking it in. That was our ‘wow’ moment, I guess. Whenever we have visitors from overseas we always start our little local tour from that same spot.

In terms of memories, as a dad to a young one at the time, I found myself as a resident Santa at the Montessori Pre School, that was always fun. The costume must have been especially convincing because even my then 3yo son didn’t recognise me!

Finishing a piece

I also spent some years with the Bayside Sea Scouts and that was a great experience. Becoming a cub leader and then a district leader I have happy memories of teaching cubs how to sink a canoe (there’s a back story there, haha!) taking cubs fishing off the jetty, touring the Southern Passage at manly, getting the cubs up in the air in a Cessna, camping and hiking. A personal favourite memory was leading the cubs on the 100 year Anzac Day dawn service at Wynnum, that was quite an experience with such a huge crowd! Those kids always made me proud and the relationships built with families during that time are still with me today.

Being in the Bayside has given me the lifestyle I wanted. Being part of a community. Buying my own home. Giving my son a great childhood. Taking a boat out on the bay early in the morning. Starting a business doing something I really love. I really believe the Bayside is a great place to raise a family. Great schools and local facilities. Idyllic mornings at the whale park, late summer afternoons at the wading pool, fishing off the jetty, cafe lunches along the waterfront. I love that there are more diverse options for eating out than there were twenty years ago and if we want to meet friends for a drink in the evening, we have more options on where to go. The Bayside has a lot to offer people, the waterfront, the bay, the parks, the markets. What’s not to love?

Great selection of aged timber

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

I think Wynnum is growing in a positive way and on the whole, is supportive of small businesses. I would like to see the town centre more lively after 2pm on a weekend, I like to spend my money with local businesses and am hopeful the new cinema will help with that. I would love to see a pier or jetty have a take on an old fashioned family friendly spot on the waterfront with pier lights, ice creams, maybe a carousel or other fun fair activity. It would be great to see more access to the islands from Wynnum/Manly or close by.

I remember when I first came to Wynnum there was a huge deal about the Spring Parade. I know it had adverse weather for a few years running but I’d love to see the return of the Spring Parade, down Bay Terrace.

The workshop is a happy place!

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

Our links are:

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

People with heart and who are building the community for the future. We have some great stories here in Wynnum, fine characters and a lot of quiet achievers.

If you’re looking for a great group, I’d suggest the Bayside woodturners club. Grab a coffee and settle in for some yarns.

Obviously being a furniture restorer I have an interest in history. Nazareth House and the shire clerks office would have an interesting story. I’m interested in how WW2 and subsequent conflicts played out in Wynnum. I know we have a strong number in local Nashos, a catch-up with a couple of them would be interesting

The old and the new shed dogs

Thanks for Curtis and his wife Sonya for hosted me at their workshop!

#41 – Julian and Tim

This week we meet Julian and Tim, and Ollie and Ruby their delightful dogs. I meant Julian (virtually) through instagram, as he shares beautiful imagery of our local area, along with destinations that his work takes him to.

Julian and Tim were kind enough to let me tag along for one of their usual strolls along the esplanade. Julian answers my questions posted below.

What brought you to the area?

Many things brought myself and my partner Tim to Wynnum. Firstly we were looking to buy a home. In 2016 we were first home buyers and Wynnum along with Nundah, Virginia and Sandgate were some of the areas we were looking at. Since we both moved to Brisbane in mid 2009 and met shortly after, we’ve both lived on the Southside and mostly eastern suburbs so it was great to stay south of the river and in the east.

In 2010/11 I had previously lived in a share house in Astley St in Wynnum west with a bunch of girls who I affectionately dubbed my ‘Wynnum wenches’. I converted the garage into a massive room and paid only 50 bucks a week!  I was never home much and always staying at Tim’s share house in Kangaroo Point but it was a fun base to have with all us youngsters. I remember some drunken kebabs, binge watching many trashy tv shows and lots of laughs in that house.  

Decided to move back to Wynnum in 2016 because of its proximity to the airport where I work, and also because of the many cute houses in the area and lifestyle of living close to the water. House prices were also better value and could really see the potential of the area as growing and having a real sense of community and downtown ‘hub’ compared to other suburbs.

Both of us grew up close to the water in New Zealand and Northern NSW so it’s really having the best of both worlds. Tim works in the city as the front office manager at Hilton and it’s easy enough to get into the city and even thought at first I thought it was ‘far out’ it’s pretty easy to get to the Northside and all the attractions via the gateway. Also great having three train stations.  I would love to see the city cat extended to Murrarie like they are pitching for.

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

Well apart from buying our first home in 2016, selling it and then being luckily enough to get our second home just this June, I’ve had a lot of little experiences about living in the area as a lot of my friends grew up here and told me what corner house was – I thought it was a historic home at first. Turns out it’s an area of the suburb where lots of good takeaways. Also my family has a longer history with Wynnum that I first realised. Back in early 2000s my brother was the head chef at the now demolished pub and hotel (can’t remember the name) on Fox street, opposite Greene park. I remember then as a teenager visiting Brisbane for the day and going for lunch there and thinking what a great spot it was. It’s a shame the pub is no longer there.
It’s probably not interesting or memorable but every day I just being able to walk my two dogs along the waterfront. Such a great sense of space and fresh sea air!

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

It’s so great to see some of the things I have previously wished for Wynnum coming to fruition such as a Vietnamese restaurant just opened and a cinema too.  But of course there’s always more things I want! Would love the old seafood co-op on the creek to be converted into something useful sooner rather than later. It’s a prime position overlooking the bay – would be epic with a bar and music. As much as the area is changing needs to be a bit more for young people. Also would be great to have more connections to Stradbroke Island from the port or Wynnum/manly, without going to Cleveland. Also less bakeries, more cosmopolitan dining options. It’s coming slowly but surely. It’s great to have such a charming central downtown area to accomodate stuff like this. So many suburbs just have a shopping centre marketplace with franchised options and no individual businesses.

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

I’d love to cover some more of the activities – as random as they could be – for people to pursue in Wynnum. Apart from the obvious wading pool and waterfront it could be about historical buildings in the area, how to get started kayaking in Moreton bay, and even a run downs on past and upcoming events. Always love reading the stories from locals and about their businesses as well.

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

As well as working as an international flight attendant, I have a freelance writing business where I sometimes take on work to help small businesses, but mostly write for my own enjoyment. I blog about things to do in Brisbane at weekendnotes.com/

I really enjoyed catching up with Julian and Tim, as well as Ollie and Ruby who are adorable pups. Saw hello if you see them out enjoying this wonderful part of the world we live in!

#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.

#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.

#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

#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

#28 – Ken Kunin

October 13, 2017

This week we meet Ken Kunin who is a musician, Personal Trainer, gym owner and the writer/performer of only the second song I have heard with Wynnum mentioned in it. Ken’s Living in Wynnum song is linked below.

Ken Kunin and his wife Kathy Sharp started Revolution Fitness 15 years ago. They predominantly focus on one on one personal training and Pilates. Every program is tailored to the individual as there is never a one size fits all solution. They work with everyone from young athletes to an older population with health issues that require a watchful eye.

Ken started On Song International this year which is a TV show in development featuring songwriters and not a karaoke elimination based show.

Ken is in pre-production with Ken Kunin & the Crooked Sky to release his 9th studio album next year.

It was great whilst chatting during the shoot, to have some great tunes being played,  I particularly enjoyed Matinee Cowboy.

I do enjoy my music, and we spoke about various bands, band members around the LA scene in the nineties, as Ken was amongst this scene in at the time. I mistakenly said I used to play, and noted a couple of chords and changes that I was enjoying while Ken was playing.  Then the hammer dropped when he said “you know you are not getting out of here without playing”. Oh, crap! You really need to learn to shut up Sean!  So I had a play on a beautiful Larrivee guitar, playing as badly as I remember, and Ken was ever so polite. I like polite people.

What brought you to the area?

My wife who lived in LA with me for 10 years is originally from Lota. After living in LA for 3 decades and being in a pretty tough music industry, I decided a sea change was in order and after several visits to Australia, it seemed a good idea at the time. It was also great moving to a place where you have family built into the equation.

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

I think it was memorable or at least different living in a small community where I would bump into people that you know so frequently. Being a trainer I would often bump into clients in the supermarket that would see me and say things like “You really made my arse sore this week” which in turn would get half the line turning around wondering just what it was I did for a living.

Using his love of fitness and music to make a living

What would you love to see in Wynnum?

I would love to see Wynnum come closer to reaching its potential in many ways. There are way too many shops empty,  we also have a council that absolutely acts like a mafia and basically aims to extort small businesses at every chance possible, and a night life that is borderline non existent. It is time to try some new things to modernize the area and just putting up more units isn’t the be all and end all solution. To do the same thing year in and year out expecting a different result doesn’t show too much intelligence. It is time to recruit some forward thinking people to shake things up and invest in a more progressive future.

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

I am pretty excited about the direction of https://www.facebook.com/onsongaus/ as it is really taking flight giving songwriters a chance to shine. Also for Revolution Fitness, please visit revfit.com


The gym is very well equipped with quality gear.

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

I would like to see you continue to do what you do which is cover people who aim to make the neighbourhood we live in a better place.

Get in contact with Ken for your fitness requirements

#19 – Wilson and the horseman on the hill

21 July, 2017

This week we meet this trio: Wilson, Sally and Norm.  I have spotted them around the area for a while now, whether stretching their legs on the parkland across from Iona in the early hours of the morning, or along the waterfront on a Sunday morning.  It was a rainy Sunday morning when we caught up, but that didn’t stop them enjoying getting out and about.

The rain was coming down!

Setting up for the day, and there’s Wilson!

What brought you to the area?
We needed a place to live after we were married, 1972.

Heading along the waterfront

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?
 It’s always good to stop and have a chat. One that comes to mind is when I  stopped and chatted with Old Bill, on Kianawah Road, who worked with a team of 16 draught horses when working out west building bore drains in the 1950’s.

People are attracted to the trio!

What would you love to see in Wynnum?
It’s pretty good as it is.  I did think many years ago, if some land could be reclaimed, from the Wynnum Creek wall to the south, it would be a great parkland for families to use.

Any link to a website that you would like to share?
Our facebook page

Heading through Wynnum Central

Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
Old Bill mentioned above or the Greenhill family would have some stories about the fish markets / industry.

See you out there Wilson, Sally and Norm!

#16 – John McIntyre

30 June 2017

This week we meet one of my favourite people to see down the waterfront.   Each time I see John running towards me, hand up, saying hello to those coming towards him, I smile widely and feel great for some time.

Around 18 months ago, I saw John in the local Coles, and I walked up and introduced myself, saying that I saw him running down at the waterfront.  We chatted for a while and went on our way.  Since that day, I am greeted with my name as we pass each other, and stop and chat if we aren’t running.

John let know me that he has parkinsons, and a little over 3 years ago he had an implant put into his chest, with 2 electrodes going into his brain to assist with his tremors, which thankfully it has.

I find John to be such an inspiration, getting out there and putting in solid k’s a few times a week, as well as weights on the other days.  I hope I am half as fit and happy in life when I near the 70’ish years as John is, heck I wish I was a fit as him now!

John is out, as the sun is starting to light the waterfront

What brought you to the area?
I grew up in the Indooroopilly area and finished my work with Main Roads as a draftsman in Gympie.  When I retired I wanted to live somewhere that was close to the shops and transport.  Being close to the sea also helps to moderate the temperature.


Coming around Darling Point

Showing the implant that is helping with his Parkinsons

Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?
On new years day a couple of years back, I went for an early morning run down to Lota and back.  Some young people had a new year’s eve party and were waiting for the sunrise, when they saw me coming they formed a tunnel, with their arms up, for me to run through.  I thought I may have been drenched by beer, but they were great and were just cheering and giving encouragement.


John does some exercises and stretches after his run

What would you love to see in Wynnum?
Nothing more, everything that I want is here.


Air Time!

Any link to a website that you would like to share?
Not really, I have a computer, but I am not on the internet.


Such a great character

People were constantly saying hi to John


Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
 Nothing comes to mind at the moment, but I will let you know.


 See you out there John!