Meet the team

Annerley Junction Fest is a community event that is for the benefit of all residents of Annerley and surrounding suburbs.

The team of people that organise Annerley Junction Fest each year are a group of committed volunteers that work hard to ensure that you have the most amazing experience.

Jeff Brunne – Organising Committee Chairperson

Unlike the other amazing people on the organising committee who contribute their efforts while juggling work and family obligations, Jeff is retired now.

That means he can now be just as busy working for the community!

Some of Jeff’s volunteer roles are about reducing the level of violence in society (White Ribbon Australia and Alternatives to Violence Queensland), while others are focused on helping our young people to be the best they can be (mentoring and teaching mindfulness in schools and being the Kurilpa Scout Group Leader).

One of the greatest contributors to individual and societal wellness is being part of a connected and supportive community, so Jeff connected with Junction Fest some three years ago.

When not volunteering with amazing people for worthwhile projects, Jeff loves composing music, watching sport and really loves riding his electric bicycle everywhere and anywhere in inner Brisbane.

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Rod Beisel – Secretary

Rod is secretary of the Junction Fest Committee, having been involved since 2017, when he first joined representing the Annerley Community Bookshop.

He has lived in the area for nearly 30 years and is passionate about building and improving our local community.

Rod believes that Junction Fest is an important event that brings residents together to recognise and celebrate its diversity and creativity.  

He loves reading (especially philosophy, history and science) as well as movies, art and music.

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Kirsten Marlow – Treasurer

Kirsten is a community development worker with Annerley Community Service, Community Plus+. She joined the Junction Fest committee in 2022 as Community Plus liaison and AJF Treasurer. 

She has been working in the Annerley Community for over a year and is grateful to get to work in such a beautiful part of this city. 

She has a background in art therapy and loves seeing the incredible creatives of Annerley every Junction Fest. 

Ingrid Suppini – Volunteer Co-ordinator

Ingrid is a local resident of Annerley and is our volunteer coordinator!

Any enquires about becoming a JunctionFest Volley will come to her – she loves hearing from new people!

Ingrid is part of Annerley JunctionFest because she loves meeting creative people and showcasing the incredible talent within the Annerley community.

Andrew Backhouse – Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator

Andrew is from the north side of Brisbane, but we don’t hold that against him.

He has a wide variety of experiences to draw from such as performing arts, advertising and media. He now works in the not-for-profit sector and loves working to bring communities together.

Andrew loves to travel and always brings home a fridge magnet for his mum.

Tim Auguston – Social Media Co-ordinator

Tim Auguston is in charge of our Junction Fest Social media channels.

Tim lives in Moorooka with his wife, two kids, dog and cat.

He is passion about football, especially anything Matildas or Liverpool FC.

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Helen Lum – Sponsorship Co-ordinator

Absolutely wonderful to be part of the Annerley Junction Fest Team, this year! 

It triggers my early market days, when I worked my Emu Oil stall; & won the State Minister’s Development Award for: “Micro-business Excellence in a Market Industry” 

As well, I come from a Banking/finance/taxation background & my professional part-time work is located on the Southside. 

In trying to keep fit & healthy; I love all kinds of Sports (one of which – I am in the Sth QLD Tenpin restd team), & joining in with Community events. 

Looking forward to seeing you all, around Annerley & surrounding areas at the local fete/trivia night/football/cricket match. & especially at the Annerley Junction Fest on Saturday 14th October 2023!

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Karleigh Auguston – Inclusion and Diversity Co-ordinator

Karleigh lives in Moorooka with her husband Tim and two kids. A local teacher, Karleigh is passionate about making sure our festival is welcoming and inclusive of all members of our community.

She is happiest when travelling, watching live music, reading or rewatching old TV shows- or somehow trying to combine all at once! 

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Larissa Deak – Program and Art Exhibition Co-ordinator

Larissa (Lara) Deak lives in Annerley and is Junction Fest’s Program Co-ordinator and Art Exhibition Co-ordinatorShe has a background in puppetry, community arts and arts administration.

In 2019 Junction Fest received a grant from BCC to “Create Annerley” – a Community Place Making Project, which culminated in a vibrant street parade at Junction Fest. The parade featured large colourful rod puppets made by members of our community during workshops led by Larissa. “Create Annerley” also saw graffiti workshops in partnership with local art supplies shop Crush City, and a song-writing workshop with local musicians.

In 2021 Lara established the now annual Junction Fest Art Exhibition and is keen to continue to showcase the many artists “Around Annerley”.

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Kerry Forsythe – Design Co-ordinator

Kerry’s journey with AJF kicked off in 2021 with the creation of the Haunted House at Annerley Arcade. From there, she transitioned into a committee member role. Hailing from Moorooka with strong family ties to Annerley (thanks to the Matthews Real Estate legacy), Kerry’s local roots run deep.

Putting her graphic design hobby to good use, Kerry became the festival’s visual designer. Beyond her day job as a Marketing Manager, Kerry ferries around a trio of kids, all while nurturing an online history group called Paddington Then & Now.

Kerry aims to add colour, foster community inclusion, and add a dash of historical appreciation to Annerley’s vibrant tapestry.

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Aoife Turley – Community Stall Co-ordinator

Aoife is the Community Stall liaison.  

She lives in the West of Brisbane.

She hopes to bring more community organisations together to promote their mission at this year’s Annerley Junction festival.  

Aoife loves volunteering, singing and is fond of dogs especially Black Scottish terriers.  

She hopes to have one as her personal companion as an elderly woman

Saturday October 14, 10am – 3pm

Annerley Junction Fest acknowledges the Jagara and Turrabal people as traditional owners of the land that we meet on and that their sovereignty was never ceded.

Thank you to our 2024 sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

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