BNE March/April 2015 |
One of Brisbane’s oldest hotels is new again. The New Inchcolm Hotel &
Suites was actually built in the 1880s to be the home of a prominent doctor
who named it after Scotland’s Inchcolm Island. Later it became home to a
number of medical practices where the first link to its current owner began.
It was in these medical rooms that Peter Flynn was born but it wasn’t until
decades later that he would return as a successful developer to give the building
a new lease on life. It first opened as The Inchcolm Hotel in 1998, becoming
part of the Flynn family’s portfolio of properties that now also includes Novotel
Brisbane Airport and Clear Mountain Lodge and Spa on Brisbane’s outskirts.
The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites has retained its historical architecture
and 20s and 30s charm following an $8 million contemporary reinvention with
eclectic interiors created by Gold Coast-based Robertsons Design International.
A fully restored cage lift sits in the heart of the hotel. Facilities include
Thomson’s Reserve Restaurant and Socialites Bar also open to casual visitors.
The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites, 73 Wickham Terrace, is the first in
Brisbane to join Accor’s boutique MGallery collection of hotels, bringing
the total to 10 properties across Australia and New Zealand. To find out
As an artist for more than 20 years Robert Brownhall has
provided a quirky birds-eye view of urban life in Brisbane, from
sweeping panoramas to gritty street scenes and architectural
portraits. A stand-out piece in his first show for 2015 is a three-
metre by one metre work capturing ‘Morning Shadows on the
River’. Brownhall spent a weekend high up in the city’s 37-storey
Evolution tower to get his perspective for the work which will be
one of 22 paintings in the exhibition at Philip Bacon Galleries,
2 Arthur Street, Fortitde Valley, from 3 to 28 March. Brownhall
doesn’t work from photographs but prefers to sketch his subjects
first and complete the works from memory, often adding his own
imaginary narrative and a spark of his sense of humour along the
way. The works are a visual diary of what Brownhall sees in his
daily life and in subtle ways chronicle events happening in the
city. “The city has so many stories to tell,” he says.
for a cause
National Australia Bank business researchers estimate
Australians spent $16.4 billion shopping online in 2014 and
entrepreneurial Brisbane couple Sarah and Arunava Chatterjee
) have created a way to channel some of those
funds to charities.
The pair have pooled their talents in business, IT and public
relations to create the Generous Shopper, a website and plug-in
that allows shoppers to direct a portion of their spend to the
selected charities. The Chatterjees spent a year developing their
platform before launching online late last year and have more
than 900 participating retailers.
Shoppers with a conscience either download the plug-in
which automatically recognises when they are shopping at
a participating retailer’s site (and it registers their charity
preferences) or they can link to shopping sites through the
Generous Shopper website. The Generous Shopper has
selected a list of charities to try to maximise funds raised for
each organisation. So far that list includes beyondblue, Assist
a Sista, Destiny Rescue, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
and several others. Donation amounts are pre-determined by
the retailers and range from 1 per cent to 35 per cent of the
purchase price. Seewww.thegenerousshopper.com
years of Anzac spirit with
a sleepout at Brisbane
Showgrounds on 24 April.
BYO swag (no tents).
entertainment from 5pm,
then an early wake up call
for the dawn service on
Anzac Day. Profits from
ticket sales will go to RSL
and Legacy. For details seewww.campgallipoli.com.au
by Robert Brownhall