Female skateboarders shred stigma

Indigo Willing at Rock Up and Rip

ASHLEE STENNER Girls of all ages around Brisbane are proving that skateboarding is not just a sport for boys, thanks to local group Girls Skate Brisbane. The group was created by three female skateboarders - Indigo Willing, Evie Ryder and Tora … [Read more...]

Flexitarians drive growing vegan scene

Minced plant-based 'mince'

JAKE DAY Veganism is becoming more popular in Brisbane, but ‘flexitarianism’ is the main reason you’ll see more meat-free options in supermarkets and restaurants. Flexitarians are people who primarily eat a more traditional diet of meat and … [Read more...]

Country musician trades tools for touring

Brad Butcher

DANICA STREADER Mackay-born singer-songwriter Brad Butcher is turning heads in the country music industry. Butcher, who has been making music for most of his life, was the winner of the Golden Guitar for New Talent of the Year at the 2018 … [Read more...]

Music helps people with a disability

Music therapy with children

MICAELA ABOODY Music is a powerful thing. It can make your happy when you’re sad and arouse memories of particular times, places and moments that you thought you’d forgotten. But, for people living with physical and intellectual disabilities, … [Read more...]

Gamers return to dungeon in droves

JANELLE MILLER Renee Booker, a photo-lab assistant at Tweed Heads Big W, has a secret fantasy life. Every Saturday night Ms Booker gathers with her friends to become a blue-skinned healing cleric with vampire-like teeth and ram horns. Ms Booker is … [Read more...]

Swapping the boots for a whistle

SAMUEL SWIFT When the final whistle blew on the 2017 season, Daniel Schwass was overcome with the raw emotions attached to winning the Gold Coast Rugby League A-Grade grand final. But after celebrations had died down, and the elation of winning … [Read more...]

Cruelty free cosmetics rise in popularity

EDEN PARKES People use makeup to feel good, but the rising issue of cruelty in animal testing is threatening that feeling for many.  Animal testing submits mice, rabbits, dogs, monkeys, birds and other species to a scientific process that may … [Read more...]

Brisbane zombies head to the coast

Fest-Evil Zombie Walk

EMILY STEIN AND STAFF WRITERS Zombies of all shapes and sizes will be leaving Brisbane in their hordes and heading to the “Ghouled Coast” this month for the inaugural Surfers Paradise Fest-Evil event. The three-day Halloween-inspired event runs … [Read more...]

Doors open to Brisbane’s hidden gems

Archerfield Airport

JACOBBE McBRIDE AND STAFF WRITERS This year’s edition of Brisbane Open House promises to be bigger and better than ever, giving visitors the chance to explore a treasure trove of buildings and places that are normally hidden from the public … [Read more...]

Supportive housing aids city’s vulnerable

Common Ground Queensland’s apartments

JASON NYKIEL In Brisbane’s West End is an apartment complex with a difference. Unlike the multitude of other new housing developments that seem to be filling the suburb’s streets, this complex has a special mission: To provide safe and affordable … [Read more...]