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May 022011

This Saturday 7th May some locals are launching their new initiative – The Corso Street Party.

All proceeds go to ‘Empowering Our Next Generation’ – a youth intervention centre at Logan – where disadvantaged youth can get back on track.

Ashlea Bacon of Unsurpassable hair and make up and her husband Wesley of Coffee on Corso organised this Seven Hills community event.

They started their salon on the Corso in 2008 when a lot of the other shops were either empty or did not attract as many people as they hoped.

“We saw quick growth because of our personal service and were able to launch our amazing new salon,” Ashlea said.

Giftware shop Mooki opened which was followed by the new hole-in-the-wall espresso bar that Wes runs.

“We have seen a big change in the demographic of the area being that younger families are moving to the area,” Ashlea said.

“Our dear older clients informed me that, many years ago, The Corso used to be a busy little street and I can’t count the amount of times people say we could be another Merthyr Street or Oxford Street.

“So we decided to organise a street party type event to bring the community together and showcase the beautiful Seven Hills area which a lot of people are still not aware exists,” She said.

As businesses owners they are hoping The Corso Street Party will attract new and exciting businesses to the street.

Following her hard work on building up the business over the past few years, and now having three very capable staff members, Ashlea is now able to spend time working on the things she is personally passionate about.

Ashlea and Wes are very passionate about the raising awareness of and helping abused children.

“We decided if we can raise awareness and funding then we are killing two birds with one stone,” Ahslea said.

“I was abused myself as a child and it happens all too often and is not spoken about.

“I truly believe we can think “poor me” or become a stronger person and try to make a difference and stop it from happening,” she said.

So they put the idea to their clients and they responded with much enthusiasm. And when one of their clients, who works for City Care, mentioned they had a Logan campus that needs an important program, they decided that this is where the money should go this year.

With lots of support from local businesses they have created a very exciting day that they hope will become an annual event. They decided upon the Saturday before Mother’s Day because it helps those husbands who prefer last minute gift shopping and because it’s a date people can easily remember going forward.

The Corso Street Party

When: 12pm – 5pm, Saturday 7th May 2011
Where: The Corso, Seven Hills, Brisbane. View map.

Highlights include: Live band, face painting, jumping castle, stalls, kids entertainment, fire truck tours, a visit for the RACQ Insurance Nova Sandmans.
Auction at 3.30pm – auction including a signed Lions jersey, Wallabies jersey & artwork.
Raffle tickets are only $5 each and include: iPod, many hair products, straightening iron, gift vouchers, car service.
Supported by CityCare.
Follow the Seven Hills community group on Facebook.


I was at Seven Hills on Saturday getting Norton and Scooby’s hair cut at the Corso’s Doggy Doo Clippery. I almost went to the Coffee on The Corso but will have to leave that till next time. It’s a great little business strip and this event sounds like it will give that region some deserved exposure as well as help a really important cause.

Have you been to The Corso? Are you planning on going to The Corso Street Party? Share your thoughts with us.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
Genevieve Robey

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