Meet Jeff Dunne, The Teen Sensation Competing for Breaking at the Paris Olympics

Jeff Dunne, a 16-year-old former resident of Mount Gravatt East, is set to represent Australia in breaking at the Paris Olympics.

Read: Olympians and Paralympians Challenge Venue Decision on QSAC in Mt Gravatt

This opportunity comes after Dunne’s stunning victory at the Oceania Breaking Championship held at the Sydney Town Hall last November, where he triumphed over 37 contenders from Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, and Australia.

Born in Davao City, Philippines, Dunne was adopted by an Australian family as a baby. His journey in dance began early in life and took a significant turn when his family moved from Mount Gravatt East to Casuarina, just south of the Queensland border, when he was seven. 

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Dunne’s passion for breaking ignited when he was just five years old, sneaking into breaking classes while his older sister attended hip hop lessons at a Brisbane dance studio. Initially content to watch from the corner, Dunne soon began showcasing his moves, demonstrating a natural talent for the art form.

Jeff Dune back in 2018 (Photo credit: Jeff Dune/Instagram)

Dunne began private lessons on the Gold Coast with renowned local b-boys Gaz Griffiths and Liam Masters, eventually joining their dance crew, Team Cream. Together, they participated in numerous dynamic and energetic battles.

In 2019, Dunne, competing as “J Attack” claimed his first Australian Youth Championship and has since accumulated titles worldwide, with victories in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, Holland, and the US. 

Photo credit: Jeff Dune/Instagram

By 2022, he was ranked ninth globally and finished within the top 16 at the world under-18 championships. His achievements in breaking were further recognised in 2023 when he became the first breaker to receive a Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship.

Breaking at the Paris Olympics

Breaking, a dance style rooted in 1970s hip hop culture in the United States, is distinguished by its acrobatic movements, stylized footwork, and the integral roles of the DJ and master of ceremonies during battles. Known also as breakdancing, it will make its Olympic debut at Paris 2024.

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The Olympics will feature two breaking events: one for men (B-boys) and one for women (B-girls). In these events, athletes will compete in dance battles, judged on creativity, personality, technique, variety, performativity, and musicality. Success in breaking demands a blend of dance moves from three basic categories: top rock, down rock, and freeze.

At Paris 2024, 16 B-boys and 16 B-girls will compete in solo battles. Athletes will combine power moves and improvisation to the beat of the DJ’s tracks, striving to win the judges’ votes.

Read: Upgrades Foreseen at the QSAC in Nathan for the 2032 Olympics

As Jeff Dunne steps onto the Olympic stage, he brings with him not only his exceptional talent but also the dreams and support of a community that has watched him grow from a young boy sneaking into dance classes to a world-class athlete representing his country on the biggest stage in sports.

Published 19-June-2024 

Vultures vs Cats: Broadbeach Overpower Determined Mt Gravatt in the QAFL

Saturday’s highly anticipated QAFL Match of the Round saw the Broadbeach Cats get the better of the Mt Gravatt Vultures in a high-scoring showdown. Vultures vs Cats kicked off last Saturday, June 1, at Southside Toyota Oval.

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Vultures vs Cats

The Cats seized control early, racing to a commanding lead in the first half. Tasmanian forward Thomas Reeves was unstoppable, booting five of his seven goals before halftime. It finished 1.3 (9) to 18.6 (114) in favour of Broadbeach at the break.

Despite trailing by a daunting 105 points at the halfway mark, Mt Gravatt refused to wave the white flag. Veteran Matthew Hardess and Kaeden Corboy led an inspired fightback after the break, with the Vultures’ pressure making it a more even contest after halftime (26 to 36 in favour of Broadbeach in the third).

While disappointed with the 28.18 (186) to 7.6 (48) loss, Vultures coach Hamish Mitchell took plenty of positives from his young team’s second-half resurgence against their more seasoned opponents. “When going up against a bigger and more experienced side, it’s challenging,” Mitchell said, “The second half was 10 goals to six, much more even than what we played in the first half.”

Read: Fashion Enthusiasts Flock to Westfield Mt Gravatt for Grand Opening of Uniqlo

Brisbane Lions stars visit training

Kai Lohmann and Harry Sharp
Photo Credit: Facebook/Mt Gravatt Vultures AFC

In other news, Brisbane Lions players Kai Lohmann and Harry Sharp were special guests at Mt Gravatt training during the week. The duo shared valuable advice with the club’s players before dining with them after the session.

Published 07-June-2024

Mount Gravatt Set to Score Hole-in-One with Holey Moley and Hijinx Hotel

Get ready to putt your way through pop culture and puzzle your way out of a quirky hotel—Mount Gravatt is about to unleash a one-of-a-kind entertainment wonderland!

Holey Moley and Hijinx Hotel, two popular entertainment venues, are set to open their doors at Westfield Mt Gravatt Shopping Centre on Friday, 26th of July, 2024.

This 350-person precinct will feature a unique blend of activities, including an 18-hole mini golf course with a pop culture theme, ten themed challenge rooms, karaoke facilities, and two bars serving cocktails and food. This will be Holey Moley’s fourth location in Brisbane and Hijinx Hotel’s second.

A Look at the Brands

Holey Moley is known for its nostalgic, pop-culture-themed mini golf courses and playful cocktails. The Mt Gravatt course promises to be no exception, with themes like 742 Evergreen TCE and Moon & Pars taking players on a trip down memory lane.

Hijinx Hotel, on the other hand, offers an immersive experience with its escape-room-style challenge rooms. Each room is uniquely themed, drawing inspiration from The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Shining’s Overlook Hotel, and Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. The Mt Gravatt location will feature games like Zig-a-Zag ah Ball Pool, Candy Ball Pit, and Poke-the-dot.

Funlab’s Growing Footprint

Both Holey Moley and Hijinx Hotel are brands under Funlab, a company that specialises in creating entertainment venues. With existing locations across Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the Mt Gravatt precinct marks a continued expansion for both brands.

Funlab has been pairing putt with adult beverages since 2016, creating spaces that appeal to those looking for a fun night out with a touch of nostalgia.

A New Entertainment Destination for Mt Gravatt

The opening of Holey Moley and Hijinx Hotel in Mt Gravatt is expected to add a new dimension to the area’s entertainment offerings.

With its unique combination of mini golf, challenge rooms, karaoke, and bars, the precinct promises to be a popular destination for groups, parties, and anyone looking for a fun and different night out.

Published Date 05-June-2024

Fashion Enthusiasts Flock to Westfield Mt Gravatt for Grand Opening of Uniqlo

Hundreds of eager shoppers flooded the newly minted Uniqlo store at The Westfield Mt Gravatt last week, marking its grand opening at the shopping centre.

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The buzz surrounding Uniqlo’s launch on 30 May was noticeable, with crowds of fashion enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the chance to immerse themselves in the brand’s iconic puffer jackets and other distinctive apparel offerings. 

According to Westfield Mt Gravatt Centre Manager Nathan Bond, Uniqlo’s arrival perfectly aligns with the centre’s demographic, promising an unparalleled shopping experience characterised by diversity, quality, and the unmistakable allure of a globally renowned brand.

Photo credit: UNIQLO Mt Gravatt/Google Maps 

This momentous occasion not only heralded the arrival of Uniqlo’s fifth Queensland outpost and the 38th nationwide but also signalled the first for Brisbane’s vibrant southside.

For many devoted fans like one shopper who took the day off work to secure her coveted spot at the front of the line, Uniqlo represents more than just a brand – it’s a lifestyle. 

Photo credit: Ryosuke/Google Maps 

Expressing her excitement at having a Uniqlo store within easy reach, she spoke of her long-standing affinity for the brand and her eagerness to explore its offerings firsthand. Arriving early in the morning, she was determined to be among the first to step foot inside the eagerly anticipated store.

Another shopper underscored the convenience of having a major shopping destination nestled outside the bustling CBD. For her, Westfield Mt Gravatt offers the perfect blend of accessibility and variety, catering to her diverse needs, whether it’s stocking up on groceries, refreshing her wardrobe with Uniqlo’s latest collection, or indulging in a literary escape at the nearby library.

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Uniqlo at Westfield Mt Gravatt is located on Level 1 near Rebel.

Published 4-June-2024 

Seton College in Mt Gravatt East Set to Close, Sparking Concern Among Parents and Students

Seton College, a cornerstone school in Mount Gravatt East for students with disabilities, is scheduled to close at the end of 2024, raising concerns about future educational provisions for its current students.

Established in 1964, Seton College has long been a sanctuary for students needing specialised education due to disabilities. However, a 2020 review initiated by Brisbane Catholic Education led to a decision to close the school, citing better outcomes for students with disabilities in inclusive learning environments. 

Despite starting the year with 224 students, the school’s enrolment dwindled to just 23 students in its final year, all of whom are in Year 12.

Many parents are grappling with mixed feelings as the school year concludes. While one mum is grateful her son could complete his education at Seton, she is saddened by the loss of such a unique educational institution. 

Reflecting on her son’s experiences, the mother highlighted Seton’s transformative impact on him, contrasting it with his challenging times in mainstream schooling. 

Seton College to close
Photo Credit: Seton College/Renae Droop/RDW Photography

Another parent echoed these sentiments, praising the school’s tailored approach, which significantly aided her son’s development into a successful artist and soon-to-be-published author.

The closure has not been without controversy or challenge. Parents and advocates formed the Save Our Seton group, leading efforts to contest the decision. Their initiatives included petitions and protests, aiming to reverse the closure. 

Frustrations were fueled by perceived shortcomings in the school’s final-year offerings, which some parents felt did not meet the educational needs or expectations of Brisbane Catholic Education. As the school prepares to close, the final batch of students will not receive traditional high school certificates due to insufficient credit points resulting from the reduced curriculum in the transition period, adding to the disappointment of parents.

A spokesperson for Brisbane Catholic Education reiterated that the closure is part of a planned five-year transition strategy to integrate students with disabilities into mainstream educational settings.

They assured that the current Year 12 students would experience a customary graduation, and that staff from Seton College would be offered redeployment within the network, aiming to preserve the community and expertise developed over the school’s long history.

Published 2-June-2024

Upper Mt Gravatt Volunteer Denise Lewis Celebrates 25-Year Milestone at Mater

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Denise Lewis, a 75-year-old grandmother and bowel cancer survivor from Upper Mt Gravatt, marks 25 years of volunteering and over 6,500 hours of service at Mater Private Hospital Brisbane.

Denise has become an emblem of resilience and dedication at Mater Private Hospital. As one of the longest-serving volunteers among the 450-member team, she has spent a quarter-century providing comfort and assistance to countless patients. 

Diagnosed with bowel cancer just a year into her volunteering, Denise’s personal battle with the disease only strengthened her commitment to helping others.

“I was working in the oncology ward at Mater when I first began volunteering in 1999, so it was quite ironic to have been diagnosed soon after becoming a volunteer,” Denise recalled. After six months of rigorous chemotherapy, she embraced the role of a cuddle carer at the former Mater Children’s Hospital. 

“Doctors told me I came close to not being here,” she said, reflecting on her close call with cancer’s spread to her lymph nodes.

More Than Just a Volunteer

Denise’s volunteering extends beyond her initial roles. After 13 years with pet therapy programs, she now serves as a ward assistant. This position allows her to engage directly with patients and staff, offering practical support and a friendly face during difficult times. 

Upper Mt Gravatt Denise Lewis Mater Volunteer
Photo Credit: Renae Droop/RDW Photography/Supplied

“What I enjoy about the many volunteering roles I’ve had at Mater is being able to help in any small way,” Denise expressed.

Her dedication is visible through her actions and the collection of service badges adorning her Mater lanyard, each representing years of commitment and countless stories of kindness. “Many people comment on my badges, mostly when I am in lifts or escorting patients upon discharge. It creates a conversation and inspires others to think about volunteering,” she shared.

Life Beyond the Hospital

Living in Upper Mt Gravatt, Denise balances her volunteer work with an active lifestyle that includes playing tennis, coordinating a walking group, and spending cherished time with her family. 

“I actually don’t have a lot of spare time, even at my age,” she laughed. Her enthusiasm for volunteering reflects a deep-seated joy in helping others, “I absolutely love volunteering and helping others, it gives me great satisfaction.”

Denise’s enduring service has made her a treasured member of the Mater community. 

Upper Mt Gravatt Denise Lewis Mater Volunteer
Photo Credit: Renae Droop/RDW Photography/Supplied

“When you volunteer for 25 years you can build meaningful relationships with staff and earn their trust,” said Judy Johnson, Senior Manager of Mater Volunteers. 

Denise’s experience is invaluable, not only in her day-to-day duties but also in training and mentoring new volunteers. 

“There is not much about Mater that Denise doesn’t know,” Ms Johnson added.

Contact details for those interested in volunteering at Mater are available via phone at 3163 8599, email at, or by visiting the Mater website at

Published 21-May-2024

Mt Gravatt QSAC Eyes Metro Lifeline For 2032 Games Legacy

Griffith University is proposing to build a high-frequency Metro link to its Nathan campus and the nearby Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre in Mount Gravatt, as part of a plan to present initiatives that would leave a lasting legacy to the community even after the 2032 Olympics.

Cities Research Institute at Griffith University is in charge of the initiative that aims to tackle concerns about public transport access to the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (QSAC), a key athletics venue for the Olympic Games.

The State’s decision to ditch the Gabba rebuild and reject other stadium proposals has sparked debate about the long-term benefits and transport links of the $1.6-billion QSAC redevelopment.

Photo Credit: Facebook/QSAC – Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre

Brisbane LM Adrian Schrinner, who previously threw his support behind the Victoria Park option, has left the issue of transport around QSAC to the government.

Professor Matthew Burke from the Cities Research Institute believes there’s a more cost-effective solution. He is proposing a Metro route that would run from the South East Busway into the university campus. This would make it easier for students to get around, improve logistics for the Games, and boost public transport options for the QEII Jubilee Hospital.

The plan would involve turning existing parking lots into Metro stations, which could lead to fewer people driving. State Development Minister Grace Grace says the government is keen to explore all options that will ensure the Games’ success and leave a positive legacy for the community. This includes improvements to transport links between QSAC, the hospital, and Griffith University.

Griffith University Vice Chancellor Carolyn Evans emphasised the importance of better connections between the campus, QSAC, and the hospital. She said a well-integrated precinct would benefit the wider community.

While the specifics of the Metro proposal are still being considered, Cindy Hook, CEO of the Brisbane Organising Committee, has acknowledged the value of fresh ideas in shaping the Games infrastructure.

Photo Credit: Facebook/QSAC – Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre

As discussions continue, there’s also a focus on the potential environmental impact. Professor Burke says there would be minimal disruption to the nearby koala habitats.

In the midst of these developments, the upcoming launch of the Metro system later this year highlights the city’s commitment to improving its public transport network, with further expansions planned.

While QSAC has been chosen as a Games venue, the ongoing discussions show the complex interplay between building infrastructure, considering the environment, and leaving a positive legacy for the community.

Published Date 12-April-2024

Mercure Brisbane Garden City Hotel in Upper Mount Gravatt to be Demolished for New Apartments Project

Melbourne-based diversified investment group and property developer, Salter Brothers, is set to make its first development play in the Queensland capital with new apartments right in Upper Mount Gravatt.

The project involves the demolition of the Mercure Brisbane Garden City Hotel in Upper Mount Gravatt and the development of a new 17-level apartment building at 18 Macgregor Street, Upper Mount Gravatt. The 5,356 sqm site is ideally located a mere five-minute walk from Garden City Westfield, one of Brisbane’s largest shopping centres.

Mercure Brisbane Garden City Hotel
Photo Credit: Google Maps

The plans for the mixed-use building, created by Bates Smart, a firm with a rich history dating back to the mid-1850s, include 101 apartments above a four-level podium. This podium will house a 90-space childcare centre and parking for 107 cars.

Photo Credit: Bates Smart

The residential apartments, starting from level six and running through to level 17, are designed as “gently undulating petals,” according to Bates Smart’s submission to the Brisbane City Council. The design is inspired by the native indigenous Tea Tree Flower and Wallum Banksia, two species of flora endemic to the region. Each apartment is expressed as an individual ‘petal’ with a curved edge, spatially and visually separated from the adjacent apartment.

Each floor will house eight apartments, six two-bedrooms, and two three-bedrooms. The living rooms and balconies capitalise on the views and solar access.

A rooftop communal terrace, conceived as an extension of the nearby Toohey Forest Park, will span the entirety of level 18. The rooftop will feature a pool, mineral spa, and a landscaped seating area oriented to the north, offering a primary view outlook towards Mount Gravatt. Additional amenities include a resident gym, an amenity room, and a landscaped barbecue area.

Photo Credit: Bates Smart

Bates Smart drew inspiration from the local Turrbal and Jagera Peoples’ name for Mount Gravatt, ‘kaggur-madul’, meaning the ‘Place of the Echidna’, or ‘Where Echidnas Rest’, when designing the external shading system. The design mimics the delicate fine grain repetition of echidna spikes, reminiscent of traditional indigenous jewellery making.

Meanwhile, down in its native Melbourne, Salter is currently developing Candela Ivanhoe, a project comprising 62 one, two, three, and four-bedroom apartments in Melbourne’s northeast.

Published 26-April-2024

Daly’s Native Plants in Mansfield Flourishes with New Low-Cost Water Initiative

Daly’s Native Plants in Mansfield is among the recipients who received a collective total of 100 megalitres of low-cost water, as part of a statewide initiative to support small businesses and community groups.

The recent release of low-cost water has been tremendously helpful to the nursery in sustaining its operations amidst the challenges of drought and the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.

This initiative is part of a broader strategy to support local businesses by providing affordable resources for their survival and growth.

 “The allocation of low-cost water was an emotional moment for us. It’s not just about business survival; it’s about keeping our community green and supporting the local ecosystem with our native plants,” Owner Robin Daly shared. “This support helps us continue our mission of environmental stewardship and community service.”

Support and Benefits

“Supporting Daly’s Native Plants is a key example of our commitment to easing cost pressures on Queensland’s small businesses,” Water Minister Glenn Butcher expressed enthusiasm about the support extended to Daly’s Native Plants. “This initiative is about more than just financial relief; it’s about fostering a sustainable local economy and promoting environmental well-being.”

Corrine McMillan, Member for Mansfield, emphasised the initiative’s importance for local businesses, noting that access to low-cost water is alleviating the substantial financial and operational challenges faced by small enterprises like Daly’s Native Nursery. This assistance is crucial for the survival of such businesses and benefits the broader community by enhancing environmental health.

Photo Credit: Supplied

Encouraging Future Participation

With 67 megalitres of water still available for allocation, the government is encouraging other local businesses and community groups to apply. This ongoing initiative supports eligible entities until May 2025, aiming to distribute the remaining water to aid local development and sustainability further.

Daly’s Native Plants promotes sustainable practices by cultivating native plants, contributing to local greenery, biodiversity, and fighting climate change.

Published 22-April-2024

Veteran Support Expanded with New Open Arms Office in Mount Gravatt

Veterans and their families in Brisbane’s east now have improved access to free mental health services with the opening of a new Open Arms counselling office in Mount Gravatt earlier this month.

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The new facility was officially opened on April 16 by Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Thistlethwaite, marking an expansion of Open Arms’ services in the Brisbane region. It joins another new office opened simultaneously in Stafford.

“Brisbane is home to one of Australia’s largest veteran communities and Open Arms is the Australia’s leading specialist mental health service for veterans and their families,” Minister Thistlethwaite said.

“Our veterans sacrifice much for the service of this country, they put their lives on the line to protect the rest of us. This is an unpayable debt, but veterans can rest assured that Open Arms is there for them when they need support.”

Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Thistlethwaite MP with Emma Griffith, Open Arms Peer & Community Engagement Coordinator and  Leonie Nowland, Open Arms Division First Assistant Secretary (Photo credit: Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling/Facebook)

With over 60,000 veterans residing in the city, the new southside location will make it more convenient for those in Mount Gravatt and surrounding suburbs to access their free and confidential counselling, group programs, and peer support services.

The Mount Gravatt office will be staffed by specialists with military backgrounds and trauma-informed training to provide military-aware care tailored to the unique experiences and needs of the veteran community. Many counsellors are veterans or come from military families themselves.

The facility joins Open Arms’ network of over 30 counselling centres nationwide. With its convenient location, the new southside Brisbane office will help reduce barriers and encourage more members of the area’s veteran community to seek the free, confidential assistance they deserve after serving the nation.

 Their Mount Gravatt office is located at Level 2/96 Mt Gravatt Capalaba Rd, Mt Gravatt.

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About Open Arms

With roots dating back to 1982 when it was founded by Vietnam veterans as the Vietnam Veterans’ Counselling Service, Open Arms has an extensive history supporting the mental health needs of Australian military personnel and their families. Over the past four decades, the organisation has delivered more than 2 million free counselling sessions to over 300,000 veterans and their loved ones nationwide.

Today, they offer specialised, confidential mental health support services across the country at no cost to veterans, reservists, and their family members. Their free counselling, group programs, and peer support initiatives are accessible 24/7 by calling 1800 011 046.

Those seeking more details on their comprehensive services and eligibility can visit their website for additional information on this vital resource for the veteran community’s wellbeing and continued care.

Published 22-April-2024