Home' D Fine Redland Lifestyle Magazine : September 2009 Contents 8 d'fine magazine September 15, 2009
Jackie Lewis in the home that she and husband
Wally built 15 years ago at Aquatic Paradise,
Birkdale. Jackie is passionate about the Redlands
and its sense of community. The Lewis home
tastefully features some of Wally's treasures from his
stellar career as a Rugby League legend.
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Story: Jeff Freak
Photos: Charles Sonnex
Jackie Lewis is so passionate about the
Redlands and its family orientated sense
of community, that she would
be right at home as our official
Listening to her talk up the beauty of the
Redlands from the pristine sands of North
Stradbroke Island to Moreton Bay, the
wonderful weather and of course the laid-
back lifestyle, would be akin to hearing an
inspirational half-time motivational talk from
her husband of 25 years, Rugby League
legend Wally Lewis.
Jackie loves the Redlands."It is a great place
to raise the family. We have it all here -
weather, beaches, bushland, the bay - it is
simply the best place to be."
And being a Brisbane born and raised girl,
Jackie says that to top this all off . . . it's all in
The Lewis family has maintained its love of
the Redlands since the mid-1980s when they
moved into St James's Park at Birkdale.
They spent three years there while Wally
was at the height of his footballing career,
steering the Broncos as they stormed into the
national competition in 1988.
They then moved to Burleigh Heads when
Wally was appointed captain coach of the
new Gold Coast Seagulls.
After four years they bought a block of land
at Aquatic Paradise at Birkdale and built their
new home, moving back here in 1994 to raise
their young family.
Wally Lewis had brought the curtain down
on his stellar footballing career which had
seen him captain the Broncos, play and
eventually lead Queensland to countless
victories in State of Origin and similarly play
for Australia for 10 years, many times as
Wally had taken up a sports news and
commentating role with Channel Nine in
Brisbane,but their move back to the Redlands
was also about family. Jackie's parents live at
Thornlands, her two brothers live at Birkdale
and her sister is at Camp Hill.
Jackie says that following some time of
uncertainty through family illnesses and
circumstances, she and Wally are now really
enjoying life together and the Redlands.
We love the beautiful views,
the walk out to King Island and
Sundays chatting over breakfast
at one of the alfresco dining
spots at Wellington Point.
"There is something here for everyone,
even down to the fruit - the wonderful
strawberries - and vegetables.
"We recently took friends from New
Zealand around the Redlands and they
simply loved it. "
Jackie and Wally have three children -
Mitchell (23), Lincoln (21) and Jamie-Lee
The family illnesses and uncertainty that
Jackie refers to began with Jamie-Lee who
was born profoundly deaf.
"After adjusting to this we have
discovered that Jamie-Lee is a very gifted
person. She is currently in Europe
competing with the Australian Under 20
water polo team. "
The family's next concern was with Wally
and his much publicised bouts of epilepsy.
Two on-air disorientations during
Channel Nine News in 2006 lead to medical
leave during which he underwent brain
surgery to help relieve the problem. He has
since made a full recovery.
With these problems behind, the family
has moved forward to the extent that Jackie
is very contented with life.
"I consider myself a very lucky person.The
family is growing up and making their own
way in the world and Wally is fit and healthy.
"He even gets out in the boat fishing and
now weeds the garden and mows the lawn,
something he could not do a couple of
Their eldest son Mitchell is pursuing a
career in the arts. He works as an assistant
producer at Nova FM in Brisbane and at
nights is manager of the cinema complex at
Mitchell hosts Simply the Best as a
volunteer announcer on Redlands' own
BayFM on Saturdays from midday to 3pm.
Their second son Lincoln is in his third
year playing the role of Geoff Campbell in
the popular Australian drama series Home
a love affair
with the Redlands
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