Woodridge, a half hour’s run down the M1 from the glass and steel towers of Brisbane’s CBD, is a working class suburb squeezed between the freeway and the thousand hectare nature reserve of Karawatha Forest.
Sometimes the colours of the The Wood do clash, but mostly they stitch together a lively mosaic that works in spite of itself.
Its architecture is pure Antipodean Banal: a few small concentrations of light commercial and industrial development, a sprawling net of streets and cul de sacs which can never quite organise themselves into a grid pattern, a few tired postwar fibro shacks, some unremarkable 70s brick bungalows. The human architecture, however is colourful and vibrant.
This is an excerpt from Boyz n The Wood: Two aspiring musicians tell writer John Birmingham about growing up in Woodridge and the storm in a teacup that was caught on camera.
The Logan Project is a two-part documentary series airing January 26 on SBS.