Kath talks Brisbane
EVERYONE who lives in the beautiful city of Brisbane and has watched its evolvement over the past couple of decades, will know 2018 will bring more excitement to the city by way of innovations, entertainment, culture and infrastructure.
Kath Rose has lived in Brisbane for 25 years and has been at the forefront when it comes to seeing Brisbane emerge as a city to easily rival its southern counterparts - and with a better climate.
As founder and operator of PR company Kath Rose & Associates, there is nothing Kath has not witnessed as our lovely river city has blossomed and grown.
"Wow, where to start talking about Brisbane," she said.
"The food scene is an excellent barometer of any city's cosmopolitan nature and Brisbane has a superb one.
"The restaurants, cafes and bars that now call Brisbane home are brilliant - local flavours are celebrated by Michelin-starred chefs, while food truck adventures keep street flavours on-point.
"The city has a real sense of business now, it's a happening city and you can really feel a great vibe, from the CBD to any of the suburban villages.
"And excitingly, Brisbane is now firmly inked on the touring routes of the world's biggest shows and performers. This is a real mark of a city.
The wonderful approachability of Brisbane people remains though, and that's important."
The new buildings and precincts being created in and around the CBD have changed Brisbane's landscape, but to most locals and almost all visitors, South Bank remains one of the world's leading open and green spaces in the heart of a city.
"It is a major tourist attraction and a local hub," Kath said. "This is terrific for a city, and quite rare."
Fortunately, Brisbane Airport has kept up with the infrastructure to support the city's rapid growth with the city link train service but it is also an area for development and business. And as far as the senior person goes, Brisbane has now become a very liveable city.
"I think the precincts being built will prove excellent - Queens Wharf, Brisbane Live and the Howard Smith Wharves will all be inclusive areas, perfect for exploring or calling home and much more. And the transport systems will be improved for these areas (making them more accessible for seniors who do not like to drive in the city.)"
With an ageing population, it is vital Brisbane keeps up with health care and infrastructure.
"One of the most exciting developments I've seen is Aveo Newstead," Kath said. "This is a 19-level premium residential building that is really unique. It's the first for the city and will offer one, two and three-bedroom apartments through the various independent living levels and also care and hospital-style services and assisted living. One entire floor is dedicated to recreation and little luxuries (day spa). It's a reflection that older living now means really living, that retirement is exciting and life is meant to be lived."
As far as culture and activities to suit seniors, Brisbane brims with excess.
"We have a spectacular arts centre, the internationally award-winning GOMA and South Bank - all in one precinct, perfect for walking, enjoying family time with the grandkids. Dining is a pastime that never discriminates against age. And Brisbane has a huge range of great dining areas and restaurants. Eat Street is a fabulous place to adventure around and taste.
The new year brings many entertainment highlights. One of the most original and mesmerising live performances on earth is headed to Brisbane: The Manganiyar Seduction.
"It's a visually and musically stunning masterpiece, where 40 musicians from three generations of Manganiyars perform in a 36-windowed 'jewel box', with the songs slowly building to giddying heights. Celebrating the music of the Manganiyars, a caste of desert musicians from the heart of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan, The Manganiyar Seduction will be performed twice at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on March 1 and 2."
Kath Rose' enthusiasm for Brisbane is infectious and exciting and gives us much to look forward to in this year of 2018.