Explore your own city first! Head to Brisbane’s entertainment hub, Fortitude Valley for brunch, lunch or to shop.

Why travel when you can explore your own city first? Here’s the latest news from Fortitude Valley and Valley Chamber of Commerce president Robin Maini lists some things to check out for yourself.

Valley Fiesta

The long awaited big event for November will be what is deemed as “Brisbane’s biggest street party” – the Valley Fiesta, starting Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November. Presented by Brisbane City Council in partnership with over 40 local venues, this is an event not to miss. There will be three public stages and an array of special events, three jam-packed days and nights of headliner entertainment and activities.  Hope to see you there. www.valleyfiesta.com

Renovations in the Brunswick St Mall

The Brunswick St Mall or what has become known as ‘The Valley Mall’ is slated for a complete revitalisation with renovations to the mall from end to end from Anne St to Wickham Street. Construction, which commences early January, will include a complete resurfacing of the pavement from the old pavers to pattern concrete. There will be a “de-cluttering” of some areas while kiosk type pods will be strategically placed in other areas where retail, food or art will be for sale or display. The long awaited revamp will be designed to boost the day economy, by attracting people from the local offices and residences as well as tourists visiting the River City. Keep you posted on the progress.

Cranes galore

As you can see by the numerous cranes strewn from one end of the Valley precinct to the other, there is lots of development happening. In fact there are currently 23 commercial, residential and retail developments underway right now that are in different stages of construction. This includes no less than three, four-or-five star hotels being built during the next year before the G20. That equates to thousands of more people moving into, working, eating or shopping in the Valley over the next few years. The Valley precinct is definitely a destination you should check out regularly for entertainment, a night out on the town, car or retail shopping or the next place to live. Especially with the array of new restaurants and bars that have recently opened or the good old ones you have become a regular at.

Trading hours for bars

Speaking of bars, a contentious issue being discussed right now is the possibility of the Queensland Government reducing the trading hours for bars from 5am to 3am. In an economy where we are trying to boost business in every way possible, increase employment and draw more people into the Valley, especially on weekends, this change will most likely have a negative impact on sales to many Valley businesses. Not to mention mayhem between 3am and 3:30am when thousands of people have to leave all the premises at once and converge onto the street looking for transportation home. If you want to have your say and support leaving the trading hours alone, go to the “No Curfew” Facebook page


Asian ethnic festival

Every month there is an Asian ethnic festival in China town where you can watch and participate in cultural music, dance and entertainment while trying the foods of other countries. After Valley Fiesta this month, the next festival is Thai Constitution Day on Saturday 14 December.