Labrador Retrievers Reign Supreme as The Gap’s Top Dog

Labrador Retrievers are firmly in the spotlight in The Gap, where recent data reveals an abundance of these beloved canines, solidifying their position as the top dog in the leafy enclave.

According to recent data compiled by Ray White analyst Jemima White from Brisbane City Council animal registrations, Labradors is the city’s top dog, with a remarkable presence in several suburbs, particularly in The Gap.

The report highlights The Gap as a Labrador haven, boasting 2085 registered Labs, showcasing the breed’s popularity in sprawling house blocks. However, Labradors aren’t solely confined to The Gap; they’re a beloved presence stretching across various suburbs from Alderley to Annerley and beyond.

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The analysis also sheds light on other popular breeds in Brisbane, revealing that while Labradors dominate, breeds like Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Border Collies also enjoy substantial representation. These insights not only provide a glimpse into Brisbane’s dog culture but also reflect the preferences of residents and the housing dynamics of different areas.

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Jemima White noted that suburbs with higher populations of young families and relatively affordable median property prices tend to be the hotspots for dog ownership. These areas offer amenities like parks, schools, and easy access to the city, making them ideal for families with furry companions.

Real estate agents are also witnessing a shift in priorities among house hunters, with many considering their pets’ needs when searching for a new home. For instance, Ray White Sherwood agent Lisette Schults-Rand highlighted the importance of accommodating pets like her office companion, Steve, who contributes to a positive work environment with his friendly demeanour.

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However, amid this canine craze, there’s a sobering reality. The housing crisis in Brisbane has impacted pet owners, leading to an increase in surrender rates at animal shelters like the Animal Welfare League Queensland. Rising living costs and limited rental options have forced some to part with their beloved pets, underscoring the challenges faced by both humans and their furry friends in these uncertain times.

As Brisbane continues to evolve, so does its relationship with its four-legged residents. While Labradors may reign supreme for now, the ever-changing landscape of pet ownership reflects broader societal trends and challenges, reminding us of the importance of compassion and understanding in our communities.

Published Date 25-March-2024

Create A Vertical Garden & Learn How To Turn Garden Waste Into Rich Nutrients In The Gap

The Brisbane City Council is dedicated to helping residents turn their kitchen scraps into nutrients for soil for more sustainable communities. They have partnered with several community gardens and have been giving free workshops.

In The Gap and elsewhere, sustainable gardening is rapidly gaining a foothold in many home gardens as residents join the community’s efforts to reduce waste, improve one’s carbon footprint, and lead a green lifestyle.

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At the Yoorala Street Community Garden on 20 May from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., join like-minded locals use recycled pallets to make vertical gardens as taught by Vertical Garden specialist, Shane Sadkowsky. He will teach simple design techniques and principles so you can easily do it at home.

Event goers are instructed to bring their own PET bottle for use in the workshop.

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On 27 May, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., head on over to the Paten Park Native Nursery for the council’s compost and worm farming workshop. Immerse yourself in the beauty of turning your garden waste into rich nutrients for your soil to feed your plants.

Bookings are essential for both events. You can call 3403 8888.

New Military Vehicles to be Based in Gallipoli Barracks at Enoggera

Rheinmetall Defence Australia has announced their successful tender for the $5 billion LAND 400 Phase 2 contract. Under this contract, Rheinmetall  is set to deliver up to 225 combat reconnaissance vehicles to the Australian Army, with over 100 of the new military vehicles to be based in Lavarra Barracks, Townsville and Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera.

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Opportunities are expected to grow in Queensland after Rheinmetall Australia’s big win in the hotly-contested LAND 400 Phase 2 program. The first 25 military vehicles will be built in Germany. Australians will be put into teams to learn the necessary skills in Germany before coming back to Australia to build the remaining 200 CRVs. Most of the military vehicles will be built in Queensland.

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In a statement, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said, “The LAND 400 Phase 2 contract to deliver the next generation of combat reconnaissance vehicles to the Australian Army is a catalytic project, and attracting a global defence giant like Rheinmetall to Queensland will create opportunities for local industry for decades to come.”

The project is expected to be an economic game-changer since it will create 450 advanced manufacturing and engineering jobs for Queenslanders. It is expected to contribute $1 billion into the state’s economy in the first 10 years.

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Three Brisbane businesses that had teamed up with Rheinmetall will particularly benefit from this project. These are NIOA based at Brisbane airport, G & O Kert at Acacia Ridge, and Hilton Manufacturing at Wacol. These companies will hugely benefit from the transfer of technologies and skills, making them even more competitive. This opportunity also opens up more work for locals in Brisbane and nearby suburbs, and provides more highly-skilled jobs in the local community.

Following the successful bid for the LAND 400 Phase 2 program, Rheinmetall will establish its manufacturing hub, the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Brisbane.