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Wynnum Fringe revives outback Spiegeltent – Urgent crowdfunding Campaign launched

Wynnum Fringe is embarking on an ambitious project to rescue, reimagine, and revive the Augathella Spiegeltent, an iconic cultural asset originally known as the Q150 Shed. Designed by 5th generation Belgian Spiegeltent masters the Klessens, and constructed in Brisbane. This historic tent, commissioned for Queensland’s 150th celebrations, has lain dormant in Augathella since 2013, gathering dust, and edging into disrepair. In partnership with Murweh Shire, Wynnum Fringe will relocate the tent to Wynnum, where Brisbane’s Bayside will play an integral part in nurturing this cultural icon as it undergoes extensive renovations, repairs and upgrades.

This initiative will bring an Australian performance venue back to life with space for approximately 400 plus (a similar size to The Zoo) in the audience. It will create jobs for creative workers, a platform for emerging artists, a cauldron for new stories, and a place to gather for generations. Renovations are scheduled to begin on an empty lot in Wynnum donated by BMD Construction on Brisbane’s bayside – but only if you donate to the project!

‘Augathella means ‘Camp On The Waterhole’ in Bidjara language (Murweh Shire region) and ‘Spiegeltent’ means ‘Mirror Tent’ in Belgian language. Our vision is to recycle this piece of culture heritage into a modern mobile venue that equally represents both cultures and catapults our community into the future!’

This project has been broken down into three bite-sized milestones below. Delicious!


Milestone 1


The transfer from Augathella to Wynnum


Milestone 2


Structual repairs – floors, walls, roof 


Milestone 3


Interior and exterior design

“It’s only 500 x $1,000” exclaims Wynnum Fringe Founder Tom Oliver. “Seriously though, Brisbane needs more professional small to medium venues. Wynnum could be the ‘Off Broadway’ of Brisbane. We could be making shows here that then travel to New York or London. It could happen. This is a no brainer for any business looking to lower their tax this end of financial year’

We can see the future!

Help us get from THIS

Current Augathella tent

to something like THIS

Velvet Rewired in a European Spiegeltent

Message from the mayor

‘Your valuable support will fund meticulous restoration of the rotting floors, leaky windows, walls and UV damages roof, insulation, staging, lights, audio and much more.’


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$999 or less


Any donation over $2 is fully tax deductible at the end of financial year. The next best thing you can do is TELL SOMEBODY. Text your mate, mention it to your neighbour, your relative in Ireland, the local barista. Word of mouth will get us to $500,000.

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Fundraising Target


The 400 biggest donations will go in the draw to win free Fringe tickets

 We’re giving away 4 Gold Passes to see any show at Wynnum Fringe for the next 4 years. That’s 4 years of not paying a cent to see a show at Wynnum Fringe. Secure your place on this exciting journey.

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Affectionately known as ‘Meat Ant Country’, this little town with a big heart has everything from serene fishing spots to non-stop action at their annual Easter Weekend.

Packed in pioneer history, Augathella was home and stomping ground to notorious bushrangers, the Kenniff Brother’s and owes its very existence to the bullock teams that camped along the Warrego all those years ago.

Pop into Boadicea Gallery & Cinema to view an exhibition of heritage photographs and watch the 1956 movie ‘Smiley’ (based upon a local identity) or wander around town and look at the wonderfully rustic wrought iron sculptures and murals that line the main street.

If you’re looking for a dose of fair dinkum outback hospitality, Augathella is the place to be!

“We are very excited to partner with the Wynnum Fringe Festival to revitalise and restore this great asset to honour Queensland’s history…” Mayor of the Murweh Shire – Shaun (Zoro) Radnedge

Proudly supported by

Platinum Founding Partner – Raine & Horne

Platinum – Bartons

Founding Education Partner – Iona

Founding Partner – Bendigo Bank

Gold – BMD

Gold – Micat Events

Silver – Port of Brisbane

Bronze – Joan Pease

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