Clayfield Cafe Closure Leaves Patrons Stunned, New Possibilities Hinted

The abrupt announcement of the closure of My Mistress Cafe in Clayfield surprised loyal patrons. Speculation swirled among the community after its owners, Natalie Vostok and Rhiannon Redmond, shuttered the popular cafe’s doors without notice.



On  Thursday, 22, Feb 2024, an air of uncertainty loomed as customers arrived at the cafe only to find the establishment inaccessible. 

Well-loved for its delectable fare, My Mistress Cafe boasts a substantial social media following. However, there were no indications that the site had closed, prompting concern and confusion among its dedicated clientele.

Despite the sombre atmosphere surrounding My Mistress café, a glimmer of hope emerged on Friday, 23 Feb 2024, with the appearance of a mysterious message in the café’s window. 

My Mistress Cafe Clayfield
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Alongside the customary “Sorry, we are closed” notice, a new message written in bold red ink captured the attention of passersby. 

“The door has not closed. In fact, it has now opened to new possibilities,” the cryptic message declared, hinting at a potential shift in the café’s future direction.

Despite repeated attempts, the owners have remained elusive, leaving patrons and observers eager for further insight into the unfolding narrative of the café’s next chapters.



Published 27-February-2024

Intensified Mosquito Spraying Planned for Clayfield, Hendra and Other High-Risk Areas As Ross River Virus Alert Goes up

Health authorities are sounding the alarm over a looming surge in Ross River virus infections, a concerning mosquito-borne illness. The rising number of infections has prompted mosquito spraying initiatives in high-risk suburbs, such as Wooloowin, Clayfield, Gordon Park, and Hendra in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, among other areas.



Chief Health Officer John Gerrard revealed a very high number of Ross River virus detections in mosquitoes across nine different council areas stretching from Mackay to South East Queensland. 

And the number of infected mosquitoes — at 31 positive traps of the 700 tested across the state — is higher than what was detected during the horror 2019-2020 summer, ultimately leading to a whopping 3381 Ross River infections for that year. 

There were 699 cases of the Ross River virus in 2023. As of the end of January this year, 64 people have been infected. 

Efforts to increased mosquito spraying are underway in Wooloowin and other North Brisbane areas.

About the Ross River Virus

There is no cure nor vaccine for Ross River virus, and whilst most people recover in a few weeks some people experience joint pain and fatigue months after infection.

Origin and Spread

Ross River Virus (RRV) is a mosquito-borne alphavirus that is endemic to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands. The virus primarily spreads through the bite of infected mosquitoes, notably those in the Aedes and Culex genera, which are common in these regions.

Symptoms and Treatment

RRV infection can lead to a range of symptoms, from mild to debilitating. Common symptoms include polyarthritis, rash, fever, fatigue, and muscle pain. These symptoms can significantly affect an individual’s ability to perform daily activities and, in some cases, can persist for months or even years. While there is no specific treatment for RRV, management of symptoms is possible through medication and physical therapy.

Epidemiology

The virus has shown a notable propensity for causing large outbreaks, particularly in coastal regions. The incidence of RRV infection varies seasonally and geographically, with the highest rates typically observed in areas with warmer climates and in proximity to bodies of water where mosquito populations thrive.

Prevention

Preventing RRV infection centres on controlling mosquito populations and minimising individual exposure to mosquito bites. Public health measures include community education on the use of insect repellent, the importance of wearing protective clothing, and the need to eliminate standing water around homes and communities to reduce mosquito breeding sites.

Global Health Perspective

RRV is considered a significant public health issue within its endemic regions. With climate change and increasing global travel, there is a potential for RRV to expand its geographical reach, making it a subject of interest for global health monitoring and research

Ross River Virus
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Elevated Risk and Intensified Efforts 

Dr Gerrard expressed concern over the significant increase in Ross River virus detections in mosquito populations early in the usual season, particularly across a wide geographical area. This surge indicates heightened virus activity. 

Typically, Ross River virus infections begin to surge with the arrival of rain and warm temperatures in December, reaching their peak in February and March. Moreover, it’s common to observe a notable increase in Ross River virus cases every three to four years, indicating a potential spike in infections. 

With the current high mosquito numbers and recent surveillance findings, there is an increased risk of human exposure to mosquitoes carrying the virus throughout Queensland.

Metro North Public Health Unit entomologist Jon Darbro said in the past month it had been either wet or hot which added to the extra mosquitoes around. 

Mr Darbro explained that the increased rainfall this season provides mosquitoes with additional breeding sites for laying eggs and larval development, resulting in larger mosquito populations.  Warmer temperatures also contribute to heightened mosquito activity, accelerating their growth and the drying process of eggs. These conditions create an ideal environment for multiple mosquito species to thrive, as observed by many.

Metro North covers areas like Wooloowin, Clayfield and Hendra, which has intensified its spraying efforts in late January 2024. 

More Mosquito Spraying for Brisbane and Gold Coast

Swarms of mosquitoes have inundated nearly every suburb across South East Queensland, with wet weather and warm temperatures creating the perfect breeding grounds for the flying pests. The unwanted buzz and bites have forced Brisbane City Council to spray an extraordinary 2,400 sites a week – a 140 per cent increase on the normal mozzie spraying schedules including seven aerial attacks in the past nine weeks.

Across Brisbane, 136 of 190 suburbs have been targeted and 24 on the Gold Coast. Redland City Council have increased their aerial treatments of mosquito larvae by 60 per cent making it the biggest year on record since 2016-2017. While Logan City Council, Sunshine Coast Council and Gold Coast Coast have also increased their spraying schedules. 

According to the Queensland Health notifiable notifications data, dozens of mosquito-borne disease cases have been confirmed, including 29 cases of Ross River virus and three of dengue in the first three weeks of January.



Prevention Measures Urged

Dr Gerrard reiterated that people needed to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases. 

  • Any mosquito could potentially carry Ross River virus; increased bites raise the likelihood of infection.
  • Mosquitoes are active throughout the day, with some species most active at dusk and dawn.
  • It’s advisable to avoid outdoor activities during peak mosquito activity times.
  • Preventive measures include regularly applying insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Wear loose, light-coloured clothing to cover up arms, legs, and feet to minimize exposure to mosquito bites.

Published 12-Feb-2024

Clayfield College, 3 Other SEQ Schools to Enjoy New Scenic Rim Retreat

Students from Clayfield College, Brisbane Boys’ College, Somerville House, and Sunshine Coast Grammar School are poised to experience a unique blend of leadership and teamwork development at a newly acquired rural retreat in the Scenic Rim. 



The Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA), which governs these four prominent South East Queensland schools, has recently purchased a significant property near Lake Moogerah.

This acquisition represents a strategic shift from the previously planned Outdoor Learning Campus at Mount Moon, as the PMSA seeks to provide more diverse and enriching educational experiences for its students.

Embracing Nature and Leadership

Located in the serene backdrop of Lake Moogerah, the new retreat promises a host of outdoor activities designed to foster practical and active learning. 

Clayfield College
Photo Credit: PMSA Schools

The PMSA envisions this space as not just a site for physical activity but as a hub where students can connect with nature and each other, away from the distractions of technology. 

This aligns with their broader objective of holistic student development, emphasizing Christian values and behavioural characteristics such as resilience, confidence, and leadership.

PMSA Schools
Photo Credit: PMSA Schools

A Community-Oriented Approach

The PMSA’s decision to acquire this new property was driven by a desire to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities available to students and their families. 

“Through this purchase, we will now have our own dedicated outdoor education facility that will support the delivery of a PMSA outdoor education experience,” PMSA Board Chair, Margaret Berry said.

This vision extends beyond the PMSA schools, as the facility will also be available to other schools and private groups after the completion of building works.

Building Towards the Future

Under the guidance of the PMSA, the new retreat will undergo refurbishment and remodeling to become a state-of-the-art outdoor education center. 

Expected to be operational by 2025, it will serve as a dynamic environment for students to learn, adapt to changes, work collaboratively, and become better versions of themselves. 

“Camp Moogerah gives us the capacity to operate a purpose-built facility that will enable us to facilitate a robust and comprehensive outdoor education program to meet the holistic needs of our students and support the long term needs of schools,” PMSA Chief Executive Officer, Shane Coppin said.



The PMSA schools regularly engage in a range of collaborative activities, from Christian fellowship to debating, sports, and leadership programs. These activities, now further supported by the new retreat, underscore the association’s commitment to building caring school communities and delivering exceptional education.

Published 7-Dec-2023

Clayfield’s Christmas Cracker: St Mark’s Christmas Tree Festival

Here’s the scoop for all you festive fanatics and Christmas cheer chasers: St Mark’s Clayfield is running a Christmas Tree Festival, and guess what? You’re invited! 



Mark your calendars for 25 Nov 2023, because from noon until the stars come out at 7:00 p.m., it’s going to be a holly jolly hullabaloo.

Tree-mendous Displays and Market Madness

First up, prepare to gawk at Christmas trees that are more dressed up than a penguin in a tuxedo. These aren’t your average, everyday festive firs; we’re talking about a forest of fabulously fanciful trees that’ll have your eyes popping. 

And for those of you who love a good rummage, there’s a market that’s more packed than Santa’s sack. Local artisans are bringing their A-game with gifts and crafts so unique, even the elves would be jealous.

High Tea and Carol Capers

Feeling peckish? St Mark’s has got you covered with a high tea that’s so fancy, you might start speaking in Shakespearean English. Pinkies up, folks! And for the carol enthusiasts, warm up those vocal cords because there’s going to be carol singing. It’s the perfect chance to show off those shower-singing skills in public.

Sausage Sizzle and a Light Spectacle

What’s a party without food? There’s a free sausage sizzle, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love free food? These sausages are hot off the grill and ready to jump into your belly. As the evening draws in, prepare for the grand finale – the Christmas lights turning on. It’s like an early New Year’s Eve spectacle but with less ‘bang’ and more ‘twinkle.’

Join the Festive Frenzy!

So, Clayfield folks and nearby dwellers, don’t be a Scrooge and miss out on this festive fiesta. It’s a chance to kick off the holiday season with a bang, or at least with a lot of twinkling lights and a belly full of tea and sausages. 



For more info, hit up St Mark’s website or drop them an email at admin@stmarksclayfield.org

Published 16-Nov-2023

Broncos Star Kobe Hetherington Buys First Home in Clayfield

Brisbane Broncos lock Kobe Hetherington, 24, has bought his first home in the inner-city suburb of Clayfield.



Modern, executive style

Broncos Star Kobe Hetherington Buys First Home in Clayfield
Photo Credit: Atlas Property

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse has high-end finishes such as stone countertops and soft-close cabinets that add to its modern, executive style. It also features spacious indoor and outdoor living spaces, a multi-purpose room and a large balcony.

Broncos Star Kobe Hetherington Buys First Home in Clayfield
Photo Credit: Atlas Property
Broncos Star Kobe Hetherington Buys First Home in Clayfield
Photo Credit: Atlas Property

The townhouse is within walking distance of Harris Farm Markets and is located in the sought-after suburb of Clayfield, close to Brisbane’s CBD.

The transaction highlights the strong demand for townhouses in Brisbane, which agents say are popular because of their relative affordability compared to houses.

Broncos rising star Kobe Hetherington

The purchase follows Hetherington’s appearance with the Brisbane Broncos against the Penrith Panthers in this year’s NRL Grand Final. Although the Panthers won the match 26-24 to complete their three-peat, Hetherington’s new townhouse gives him a cause for celebration.



With more than 50 NRL games under his belt, Kobe Hetherington is one to watch for the Broncos faithful. The son of former Australia and Queensland representative Jason Hetherington, Kobe won the Broncos Rookie of the Year award back in 2021.


Published 28 October 2023

Police Tracks Stolen Vehicle, 3 Juveniles Arrested in Clayfield Incident

Law enforcement agencies successfully tracked and apprehended three juvenile suspects involved in the alleged theft of a black Mercedes. The incident unfolded in the Clayfield and Ascot areas, following a collaborative effort between aerial and ground units.



The chain of events began on Friday, 18 Aug 2023, at 10:50 p.m. when Polair, the Queensland Police Service’s airborne support unit, initiated the tracking of a black Mercedes believed to be stolen. The vehicle was reported missing from Mein Street in Hendra, approximately 48 hours earlier, on Thursday, 17 Aug. 

Polair’s advanced tracking capabilities guided police officers on the ground as the stolen Mercedes navigated through the M1 northbound and the intricate backstreets of Clayfield and Ascot. The pursuit led the authorities to Dublin Street in Clayfield, where the vehicle came to a stop. At this point, three young males were spotted leaving the vehicle and entering nearby residential properties.

Responding swiftly, multiple police units, including the dog squad, converged on the area. Two of the suspects were successfully apprehended at the intersection of Liverpool Street and London Road in Clayfield. However, the third youth reportedly managed to evade capture by driving away in the stolen Mercedes.

The pursuit continued as law enforcement officers engaged the fleeing vehicle. Utilising strategic measures, the police executed a successful tire deflation device deployment along the Inner City Bypass. This led to the immobilisation of the stolen Mercedes and the subsequent arrest of the driver.

The Queensland Police Service said the detained individuals were male juveniles. A 16-year-old from Cherbourg was charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and attempting to enter the dwelling with intent at night. His case is set to be heard in the Murgon Children’s Court.

Additionally, a 16-year-old from Wynnum West is facing charges of entering a dwelling with intent to commit an indictable offence, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and attempting to enter the dwelling with intent at night. His case is scheduled to appear in the Brisbane Children’s Court.

The third suspect, a 15-year-old from Pallara, was charged with entering a dwelling and committing an indictable offence, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, and driving without a driver’s license. His appearance in the Brisbane Children’s Court is expected at a later date.



As investigations continue, law enforcement authorities are urging anyone with information related to the incident to come forward. Tips and leads can be submitted through the online suspicious activity form on the Queensland Police website or by calling 131 444. Individuals wishing to provide anonymous crime information can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

Published 23-Aug-2023

Owners of Clayfield’s ‘Wonga Villa’ Upset by New Units Being Built Too Close

The owners of Wonga Villa, a colonial Queenslander on Bonney Avenue in Clayfield, are expressing concerns over a new development being built adjacent to their property, so close that they can almost touch them.


Read: First Residents Move into Former Retirement Village in Clayfield


The home, located at 194 Bonney Ave, was built in the early 1900s and purchased by the Bird family back in 2001. The family had hoped to sell the property in 2018 to downsize but still remain the owners up to this day.

An original development approval (DA) was granted in 2019 for the construction of a new two-storey complex next door. This DA outlined a 750mm boundary gap, matching the current space between the Wonga Villa and the fence line. 

Wonga Villa, a colonial Queenslander in Clayfield (Photo credit: realestate.com.au)

However, when construction started in April 2023, Wonga Villa’s owner Peter Bird claimed the concrete slabs were being placed much closer than approved.

Project perspective for 196, 196A & 198 Bonney Ave (Photo credit: Jazz Designs)

The new development application, designed by architects from Jazz Designs, has since received approval for proposed minor changes, including extending walls nearer to the southern boundary and squaring off unit shapes. 

Developers of the multiple dwellings at 196, 196A & 198 Bonney Avenue, also received a go-ahead to add block walls to each side, increase all finished floor levels by 300mm to allow stormwater discharge to be technically feasible, and configure window and door changes to all units.

The owners of Wonga Villa said they reached out to authorities but were reportedly told the issue was “beyond their authority.”

Photo credit: eBIMAP2

In response to the issue, Brisbane City Council noted that they investigated all concerns raised by Mr Bird but found the development complies with City Plan requirements and is being built per the approval. The application did not require public notification or referral to any agencies.


Read: Renovated Clayfield Home Enchants Buyers at the Auction


The Bird family remains upset by how close the new buildings are to their home, to the point they can almost touch the new units from their property. They had hoped authorities would have protected the original boundary gap outlined in the first DA, as attempts to halt construction have so far been unsuccessful.

Published 31-July-2023

Renovated Clayfield Home Enchants Buyers at the Auction

A beautifully renovated five-bedroom, three-bathroom residence on Craven St in Clayfield went under the hammer, capturing the attention of enthusiastic buyers from all over South East Queensland. 



The property, which underwent a meticulous 12-month renovation under the watchful eye of an interior designer, became a standout gem in the region’s real estate market.

The previous owners, Bronwyn Pitt and her husband Tony, were overwhelmed with the response from potential buyers as the auction came to a close at the end of July 2023. Whilst the specific details of the auction outcome have not been released yet, it was evident that the transformed property attracted considerable interest from individuals eager to secure their dream home.

Designed by the esteemed Bevan Lynch, the three-level family retreat exudes uncompromised contemporary excellence, offering an abundance of light-filled living spaces and high-quality luxury inclusions throughout. 

The northeast facing family living areas, framed by floor-to-ceiling picture windows, provide an impressive view of a large private entertainer’s terrace complete with a swimming pool, water feature, and a spectacular outlook to Moreton Bay.

Craven St Clayfield
Photo Credit: YouTube

Inside, brush box floors create a warm and inviting atmosphere, harmonizing with the modern and spacious layout. The open-plan contemporary kitchen, boasting top-of-the-line appliances, stone benchtops, and a walk-in pantry, stands as the heart of the home.

Craven St Clayfield
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The property also features a private study with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, a media room leading to a serene back courtyard, and five bedrooms with built-in wardrobes.

The master suite serves as a tranquil sanctuary with his-and-hers walk-in robes, a full ensuite, spa bath, and a private terrace offering breathtaking views. The lower level provides added versatility with a rumpus/home office featuring a separate entry and internal access through the double auto lock-up garage.



The soaring demand for premium residences in South East Queensland and the unparalleled craftsmanship displayed in this renovated Clayfield home set the stage for an exciting and competitive bidding process.

Published 31-July-2023

First Residents Move into Former Retirement Village in Clayfield

In a bid to address the issue of a housing shortage in Brisbane, the first residents of a repurposed former retirement village in Clayfield have moved into the property. 



Partnering with Bric Housing and Communify Queensland Ltd., the project for 37 homes aims to provide long-term accommodation for older Queenslanders who are downsizing or facing homelessness. With the first residents safely in their new homes, the Clayfield property marks a significant milestone in the government’s efforts to tackle the housing crisis.

Housing Minister Meaghan Scanlon expressed her confidence in the new tenants’ well-being.

“I know the new tenants will be well supported in their new homes by Bric Housing and Communify Queensland, who will manage the property and deliver on-site supports.”

The 37 self-contained units offer safe and secure housing options, particularly for older individuals who may be experiencing or at risk of homelessness or seeking smaller homes. The Palaszczuk Government has been proactive in acquiring or leasing vacant former retirement villages to cater to the pressing housing needs of Queenslanders. Alongside the Clayfield property, the government has purchased a vacant former retirement village in Toowoomba and leased another in Redland Bay.

To ensure the successful integration and support of residents, the Palaszczuk Government allocated $14 million in funding over two years in the latest budget. This funding will go towards providing on-site supports at the Clayfield property, as well as the former retirement villages in Toowoomba and Redlands.

Minister Scanlon emphasized the government’s commitment to providing immediate housing solutions.

“The Palaszczuk Government is leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to find new ways we can provide immediate housing for Queenslanders.”  

The acquisition and repurposing of vacant former retirement villages serve as part of these ongoing efforts, with over 120 households set to benefit from the combined housing solutions offered by the three locations.



For individuals in need of housing assistance, the Palaszczuk Government encourages contacting their local Housing Service Centre during business hours or reaching out to the 24/7 Homeless Hotline at 1800 474 753.

Published 5-July-2023

Community Warning: Clayfield Residents Urged to Secure Motorcycles Against Theft

Local authorities are urging Clayfield residents to exercise greater vigilance and take preventive measures to reduce the risk of their motorcycles being stolen.


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This comes after two incidents of motorcycle theft were reported in Clayfield during the early hours of Tuesday, 9 May 2023, prompting a warning from the police.

One of the stolen motorcycles, which had been parked on Montpelier Street, suffered damage to its steering lock and ignition before being transported to Oriel Road. 

Photo credit: Queensland Police Service

The alleged thieves, however, were interrupted in their attempt to load the vehicle into a white van, resulting in the motorcycle being dropped and sustaining significant damage as they fled the scene.

Meanwhile, the second motorcycle was reportedly taken from a driveway on the same street. Despite ongoing efforts, the stolen Yamaha MT07 with Queensland registration 259XQ has yet to be recovered.

Law enforcement officials suspect that the same culprits are responsible for both thefts, given the close proximity and similarity of the incidents. As a precautionary measure, the police are urging the public to remain alert and report any suspicious individuals or the presence of a white van near motorcycles.

Sergeant Constable Kim Richter stressed the importance of taking necessary precautions, as stolen motorcycles are often repurposed through the replacement of licence plates and sold, or dismantled and sold as separate parts. Owners are strongly advised to ensure their motorcycles are stored securely and appropriately.

clayfield residents
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“Their smaller size and weight allows them to be physically picked up and loaded on or into another vehicle,” said S/Con Richter. 

In light of these recent thefts, the police are intensifying efforts to apprehend the perpetrators and safeguard the community from further incidents. Clayfield residents are encouraged to cooperate with the authorities and remain vigilant to help maintain a safe and secure neighbourhood.


Read: Police Warn Of New Scam Targeting Businesses In North Brisbane


Individuals with relevant information are urged to contact Policelink. They can provide information via the online suspicious activity form, accessible 24 hours a day, at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting. Alternatively, they can call 131 444 to report any information they may have.

Published 15-May-2023