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26-27 October 2019
"The Wild and The Beautiful"

Opening Night from 6pm, Friday 26th October ($10 entry, for wine and cheese).
Art Show weekend
, 26th to 27th October, 9.30am till 4pm (free entry).

THECA will hold its second Art Show on 26th to 27th October 2019, with opening night on Friday 25 October from 6pm. The theme focuses on Australian native flora and fauna the enormous diversity of animals, plants amd natural environments that surround our communities.

Artists are invited to enter art (drawing, watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel, mixedmedia) to the THECA Art Show. The theme of the show will be ‘The Wild and The Beautiful’, Australian Native Flora and Fauna. Art work that focuses on our beautiful wildlife, native plants and natural environment will be accepted.

Entry fee is $5 per artwork (a maximum of 2 entries).  There will also be a 'People's Choice' prize. Entries will close on 11 October 2019.

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Refer to the Conditions of Entry below for entry details.

A “People’s Choice” prize will be awarded on Sunday afternoon, 27th October 2019.

ART SHOW ENTRY: Click this link to download a hard copy entry form to complete and post to THECA before 11th October 2019. 

Art Show dates: Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October 2019, 9.30am - 4pm.

Entry opens: Entries open on 22nd July 2019. Completed entry forms, including entry payment, can be posted to:  the THECA Art Show, PO Box 804, Kenmore Qld. 4069.

Entry fee: $5 per art work, and a maximum of two (2) art works per artist. No commission will apply.

Entry closing date: 11th October 2019

Art delivery: Saturday 19th October, from 9.30am - 11am, to THECA, The Hut, 47 Fleming Road, Chapel Hill Qld. 4069.

Collection of art: Sunday 27th October 2019, from 4pm - 4.30pm.


Art Show Opening Night

Friday 25th October 2019, from 6pm.
$10 per person (free entry for participating Artists).

Wine and cheese.


If you have any questions about the THECA Art Show, or the suitability of art, please contact Christine Zupanc at 3202 9301, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


THECA thanks Brisbane City Council for its financial support through the Environmental Grants program.



Conditions of Entry

  1. Each Artist may enter a maximum of two (2) works, appropriate to the Art Show theme.
    $5 per entry. The entry fee is not refundable.
  2. No commission will apply to art sales.
  3. The maximum width is 60cm and the maximum depth is 60cm.
  4. Entrants should be over 17 years of age on the closing date of entries.
  5. The art work must meet a minimum standard (at the discretion of the Art Show
    organisers). The Organisers reserve the right to accept or reject any art work
  6. Entries must be the Artist’s original unaided work. Copies of works by other artists are
    not accepted. Paintings produced in workshops or classes are also not acceptable.
  7. Art work must be suitably mounted and framed (fitted with D hooks and wire, no
    protruding eye screws), and clearly marked on the back of the work with:
    1. Artist’s name;
    2. title of work;
    3. price.
  8. The exhibition space is limited, so early entries are encouraged. A cut off to entries may
    apply if the available space is filled.
  9. Artists are deemed to have consented to the reproduction of their work for media
  10. If Artists have business cards, they are welcome to supply them for display at the show.
  11. THECA and the volunteers assisting at the Art Show undertake to exercise due care
    and diligence with Artist’s paintings, but under no circumstances will be liable for loss of,
    damage, or theft of any art works. Artists should take out their own insurance should
    they consider it necessary.
  12. There will be a “People’s Choice” prize awarded on Sunday, 27th October, at 3pm. The
    winning painting will be the one which received the most votes from art show visitors.
  13. Completed entry forms can be posted to THECA, P.O. Box 804, Kenmore Qld. 4069,
    or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Entry forms and fees must be received by THECA
    before the closing date, 11th October, 2019.




theca 2017 collageYou are invited to come VIEW and VOTE for this year's fabulous PHOTOGRAPHIC SUBMISSIONS.

There is an opportunity to view and vote on the 81 images submitted for the 2020 Brisbane’s Wild West Calendar

  • Wednesday 17 July at 7:00pm OR
  • Sunday 21 July from 9.00 – 11.00 am

    at The Hut, 47 Fleming Road, Chapel Hill.

All are welcome!

Since 2000, our calendar has featured the flora and fauna of Brisbane’s western suburbs, and has showcased the work of talented local photographers.

Local environment groups THECA (The Hut Environmental & Community Association), MCCG (Moggill Creek Catchment Group) and REPA (Rural Environment Planning Association) co-operate on the production of the calendar.

For more information, see, ring 3878 5088, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Our calendars celebrate the local wildlife (flora, fauna and fungi) of Brisbane's western suburbs.

Talented local photographers have generously shared their wildlife images with us, Andrew Taylor and Carolyn Nowicki have turned these images into stunning calendars. All profits go to support the work of three environmental community groups:

  • The Hut Environmental & Community Association Inc (THECA)
  • Moggill Creek Catchment Group Inc (MCCG) and
  • Rural Environment Planning Association Inc (REPA)

Annual General Meeting Update

THECA held its 2019 AGM on 24 April, chaired by the Hon Mrs Jane Prentice, MP.

President Greg Siepen’s report can be found here: docPresident_report_2018-19.

The new committee which was elected at the meeting comprises:
Greg Siepen (President)
Justin Watson (Vice-President)
Ian Ferguson (Treasurer)
Margaret Palmer
Christine Zupanc
Charles Worringham
Jocelyne Bridier.

Sameer Punde has retired from the committee.

The position of secretary remains vacant, as Margaret Palmer had served the 4 consecutive terms presently allowed under the constitution and there were no other nominations for secretary. The AGM passed a special resolution removing this limit from the constitution, which requires approval from the Office of Fair Trading. Margaret will act as secretary in the meantime.

Greg thanked a number of THECA members for their work over the years: Linda Cartmill for her 5 years as editor and 2 years as coordinator of the Open Sundays program; Sameer Punde for his work on the committee; Annelise Machen for birdcaring and coordinating the Mother-of-Millions bushcare group; Roy Machen for his work on the committee and on maintaining the Hut building; and Mrs Prentice for chairing the AGM.

Oxley Common Birdwalk

Birdwalk Oxley Common
Saturday 27 April 2019

This ramble on the Oxley common, led by Dawn Muir, included open country, long grasses at the side of the track with Acacias, Erythrina trees and Melaleucas, Oxley creek itself, small lagoons (unfortunately largely covered by water hyacinth) and a lake. The water was turbid from recent rain. A wide variety of birds were seen and/or heard:

Noisy Miners (by far the most frequent spotted), Swallows (also common), Kookaburras, Magpies, Magpie Larks, Torresian Crows, Willy Wagtails, Currawongs, Grey and Pied Butcherbirds, Rainbow Lorikeets and Pale-headed Rosellas, Masked Lapwings, Raptors including a Brown Goshawk and a pair each of the Black and Black-shouldered Kite, Bar-Shouldered Doves, Spotted Doves, Fairy Wrens including Blue Fairy Wrens, White-browed Scrubwren, many Brown Honeyeaters, Scaly Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater, Leeuwin Honeyeater, Tree Martins, White-throated Gerygones, Tawny Grass Birds, Cattle Egret, Figbirds, White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Rufous Whistler, Rainbow Bee-eater, Grey Fantail, Grey Shrike-thrush, Golden-headed Cisticola, Brown Quail, Crested Pigeon, Double-barred Finch, Red-browed Finch, Silvereyes, and a mixed feeding flock of Silvereyes, Fantails and Brown Honeyeaters. On the Lagoon and lake we saw White-headed Stilts, Dusky Moorhens, Pacific Black Ducks, a Sacred Kingfisher, Intermediate Egrets, possibly a Great Egret, Pelicans, and a Little Black Cormorant. On the way back we added a few new species - Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo, Chestnut-breasted Mannikins, Varied Triller and Olive-backed Oriole.

We also saw a nestbox the hole of which had been enlarged, probably by a possum, and a swallow collecting mud for a nest. Of concern was the sighting of a fox in the vegetation behind the lagoon.

The walk lasted a fascinating 3 hours. Then back to the picnic table for the quaffing of tea and coffee, cake, pancakes and jam, with promises to walk it off that afternoon.



This is a formal notice in accord with the THECA Constitution of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of THECA. The meeting is for the following purposes:

  •           receive the annual report of the activities of THECA;
  •           receive the annual financial statements, including the auditor’s report, and to appoint an auditor for the following year;
  •           elect the members of the management committee for the following year.

1. The meeting will be held at The Hut at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019.

2. All current members of the Management Committee will retire from office but will be eligible for re-election.

3. Any two financial members of THECA (not more than one month in arrears) may nominate any other member for election.

4. The nomination shall be in writing and signed by the nominee and by the proposer and seconder and must be lodged with the Secretary (either at The Hut office by prior arrangement, or by post to PO Box 804 Kenmore 4069) at least 14 days before the meeting (i.e., by close of business on 10 April).

5. The formal business of the meeting will be followed by guest speaker, Dr Peter Hale, who will give a presentation on the Mt Coot-tha Zipline Development Update. Peter will let members know at what stage the proposal is at; what the legal procedures will be over the upcoming months and the implications of new Lord Mayor.


(i) A nomination form is included with this notice.

(ii) A form is attached for any member who is unable to attend the meeting but wishes to vote by proxy.

(iii) A list of the candidates will be posted at The Hut for 7 days preceding the meeting.

(iv) To check whether you are currently financial, ring 3878 5088 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Click here to see  Final minutes of AGM 2018 (PDF)