2nd June, 2017
This week we meet Brett, who among other things is a Marine Biologist and ultramarathon runner. He just completed the ultra trail 100km event in the Blue Mountains a couple of weeks ago!
One area of Brett’s work that I find fascinating is in the area of Coral Reef Damage assessment and restoration. Think where a ship has run aground, and the damage needs to be contained and the best restoration plan put in place.
Brett was also kind enough to coach me through to my first marathon, 2 years ago, for which I am very grateful!
I caught up with Brett for a coffee and then a look at his new boat he is fitting out, and a short sea trial across to St Helena Island. It is amazing how good you feel after being on the water, even if for a short time, I was buzzing for the remainder of the day!
It is amazing how they can pick up boats so effortlessly!
Flying Fish 1 – ready for take off
What brought you to the area?
We moved to the area when I did a stint in the biotech sector. We needed somewhere handy to the airport & public transport, where we weren’t fighting the morning traffic north and south of the city, and it had to be by the sea. But that’s not really why we’ve stayed. We fell in love with the Wynnum-Manly community. So many things to do & so many great community groups.
Rack to water in a couple of mins!
Do you have any interesting or memorable experiences in Wynnum that you would like to share?
Lots of good times, but hard to pick one that stands out. But one aspect that is very strong for Brenda & I is running along the foreshore between the mangrove boardwalks at each end of Wynnum & Lota.
Leaving the Harbour
Love to see a cinema and a little more critical mass in the local population so that more of our cafes and restaurants can stay open weekdays and evenings.
Any link to a website that you would like to share?
Well, if you’ve gotta get on the water you can’t go past Seabreeze https://www.seabreeze.com.au/weather/wind-forecast/brisbane for planning your weekend
Garmin kit everywhere, the charts were amazing!
Who or What would you like me to cover in future posts on When in Wynnum?
I think there’s a lot of our locals, and certainly a lot of Brisbane, who don’t know that we have such a vibrant marine services industry based out of Manly Harbour. With four different marinas, five cafes/restaurants (plus a handful more opposite the harbour on the Esplanade), and about a dozen specialist marine service companies within the harbour precinct focussing mainly on supporting recreational boaters, we’ve got an awesome hub for marine leisure.
Tied up after a lovely run out and back to St Helena
Thanks for the catchup Brett!