We are a family of 4 - My wife, Sabine, our children Maia (13) and Felix (11) and myself, Peter. Oh and there is our dog too, a gorgeous Labradoodle. We live in a Queenslander in the heart of West End just across the river from the City. Sabine is German (and recently naturalised) and I am Australian
Our kids reckon they have a lot to teach adults so that's a start.
Sabine and I are professional and long time residents of Brisbane and so know the area well. West End is interesting being very culturally diverse.
West End is also an area experiencing significant urban redevelopment due principally to it's proximity to infrastructure and the city which is interesting from a social and planning perspective.
We are about to build a new house on the river at Highgate Hill which is 5 minutes from where we live.
Our immediate goal is to landscape the block with includes planting trees and ground covers, installing irrigation and erosion matting, perhaps retaining walls and general maintenance.
There is also the opportunity to provide help at an environmental education establishment situated in the rainforest of the Border Ranges about 90 minutes south of Brisbane. We have been closely involved with this wonderful community for a decade.
English and German
Our house is a big Queenslander with views north east to the city. A volunteer will have a spacious room and will share a bathroom with the kids. Our hope is that we will all be as a family so where possible we will eat together and keep the house sip-shape together.
Our place is very close (3 minute walk) to the heart of West End with restaurants, night clubs and shops. The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), the Queensland Museum,the Queensland Art Gallery and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) are in South Brisbane (the adjacent suburb). Public transport is excellent and includes train, bus and ferry.
We have had a workaday volunteer stay with us previously which was a delight. He integrated seamlessly with our family and lifestyle.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4 hours a day, 4 days a week