The cool sounds of jazz will waft through the trees at the $6.5 million Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre grand opening on Sunday, 8 December.
There will be music, a sausage sizzle, traditional ceremony, guided walks and the opportunity to get up-close to native animals as Brisbane City Council unveils the new facility.
Flugelhorn player, Jason Nyenhof, will be part of a music quartet performing on the day.
“We’re looking forward to being out in the open air and being part of one of the council events,” Jason said.
“Jazz is a good match for any occasion; it brings people together – so it’s the perfect scenario musically.
“We have been studying at JMI (Jazz Music Institute), and playing together for two years, but only came together as a quartet about six months ago.
“(Our performance) is all straight ahead jazz which means it’s jazz standards and originals; we’re inspired by the cool sound of West Coast jazz.
“I have not been to the wetlands since they’ve built the new centre, so I’m looking forward to playing there.”
Along with the jazz performance there will also be a wildlife expert on site, and a gentle guided walk is planned for around the Billai Dhagun circuit, to learn about the shorebirds who call the wetlands home.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the new facility will create more for residents and visitors to see and do, while protecting the natural environment.
“BCC worked closely with residents and local businesses throughout the consultation process, to create a family-friendly destination that can be enjoyed by the whole community now and into the future,” he said.
“The new centre aims to showcase the ecological significance and values of Brisbane’s northern wetlands and its connection with Moreton Bay.
“The centre will have plenty of new features, including flexible activity spaces and interactive educational displays, and Council has updated on-site facilities, including the entrance road and car park.”
It took two years for planning and consultation, with construction starting on the project in April this year.
Boondall Environmental Centre Grand Opening
Sunday, 8 December 8am-1pm
31 Paperbark Drive, Boondall