winter warning on household appliances

Shocking localhouse fire stats

Queenslanders are being advised not to leave home fire safety out in the cold this winter, as new figures reveal the State’s south east is at greater risk of house fires during the cooler months.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll said Queenslanders should take care in the kitchen, where cooking appliances were a common ignition source for fires all year round.
“We know nearly half of all house fires start in the cooking area of the home; each year, firefighters attend an average of nearly 900 kitchen fires across the state,” Ms Carroll said.
“If you’re warming up with a winter soup, remember your kitchen safety tips, such as smothering a fat fire instead of dousing with water and keeping flammable items away from stoves and cooking spaces.”
Ms Carroll said it was important for all members of the family to understand simple fire safety practices, as well as creating a fire escape plan to use in case of an emergency.
“If you haven’t prepared one already, now is the time to draw up your fire escape plan,” she said.
“Sit down with your family, work out your best route to escape, where you will meet safely, and then practise, practise, practise.
“It is crucial that every member of the family, including children, understands what to do in an emergency.”

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A Whale Watching experience for the whole family with Brisbane Whale Watching

Each year, magnificent southern humpback whales pass right by us as they make their way through clear blue waters of Moreton Bay, migrating from Antarctica and back.
Intelligent and naturally curious mammals, the whales greet watchers with playful behaviour that will both delight and surprise you. If you’re in the right spot you’ll be treated to awesome displays as the gentle giants breach, blow and frolic right on our doorstep.
A fully-grown humpback has an average length of 15 to 17 metres, an average weight of 45 tonnes, and regularly slap their 5-metre fins or enormous tails and breach right out of the water.
The best and safest way (for all involved) to see whales up close is with whale watching trip like the professional service Brisbane Whale Watching offers.
Brisbane Whale Watching’s season officially commences Saturday June 1 and departs seven days a week (weather permitting) through until November, leaving from the Redcliffe Jetty. For more information and bookings visit or try your luck in our whale watching comp...
Pictured: A pod of the whales and BWW's Eye Spy vessel in Moreton Bay.

How to enter

In conjunction with Brisbane Whale Watching we have whale watching Family Pass valued at $460 to give away. The prize entitles two adults and two children (4 to 14 years) to an incredible day out on the bay with Queensland's most experienced service, aboard the luxury Eye Spy vessel.
The prize includes a full day's whale watching and buffet lunch, with whale sightings guaranteed. The cruise commences boarding at 9.00am for a 10.00am departure from the Redcliffe Jetty.
To enter simply email with “Whale Watching Comp” in the subject line and tell us the average weight of a fully grown hump back (you won't have to google this one).
Entries close Saturday June 8, 2019, 9am. Good Luck!

Please Note: The prize is for mid-week travel only and must be used before Friday 31st October 2018. All regular family pass inclusions and disclaimers apply.

Your Privacy: The Messenger complies with the Australian Privacy Act 1988 in safeguarding your privacy. Information submitted by you is used only for purposes of the competition. Your information is not kept on file, collated or distributed in any way.


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Abbey Medieval Festival 2019

to Cure those Post-Game of Thrones Blues at Abbeystowe

This year marks the 30th anniversary for Caboolture’s Abbey Medieval Festival, the annual medieval experience for families and Westeros junkies alike.
The most recognised attraction is the Tournament Weekend on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July with a variety of medieval battle-style tournaments including, archery, jousting, Turkish oil wresting, sword fighting and more.
Each day, the Abbey Medieval Tournament, opens its gates at 9.00am and welcomes you to witness the Grand Parade where more than 500 knights, warriors, ladies, and their retainers present themselves to the crowd as the Master of Ceremonies summons the knights to take part in chivalrous combat for honour and courage
In 2019 the Abbey Medieval Festival will hold the Medieval Banquet on Saturday 29th June and Saturday 6th July, with live entertainment and a grand medieval feast.
The feasting begins with authentic medieval food served in two removes (courses) followed by an issue (final course). The food is plentiful with vegetarian and gluten free options available. Guests will enjoy a complimentary mulled wine, and the option to purchase a range of additional medieval beverages. The costumes are spectacular, though dressing up is not mandatory for attendees.
The popular Kids Dig It! Medieval Family Fun week runs Monday 1st July to Friday 5th July.
Kids Dig It! is designed for kids to engage in fun, educational activities aimed to teach about life during the Medieval Era in an exciting, interactive way. Children are able to try their hands at archery, participate in an archaeological dig and create unique medieval themed arts and crafts. Activities are aimed at various age groups and cater to all skill levels.
The festival has grown in popularity, size and events over the years. The first Abbey Medieval Festival was held next to St Michael’s church and had just 300 re-enactors and attendees compared to last year which was held in the dedicated Abbeystowe site with almost 25, 000 re-enactors and attendees.
The Abbey Medieval Festival is hosted by the Abbey Museum, which holds one of Australia’s premier collections of fine art and antiquity. Proceeds from the festival help to maintain the collection, which includes 500,000 years of human history.
There is a lot more to Abbey Medieval Festival, for all the details and ticketing visit

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The Mess We Make

A visit to the Burpengary and District Men's Shed turns up some intriguing projects

The Burpengary Men's Shed hasn't been around all that long, just four years, but they've been busy. Headed by founding member and President Rodney Hanson, on Tuesdays and Thursdays the blokes get together to work on community projects like building possum boxes for a local wild life group, making stainless steel mud kitchens for local pre-schools and much, much more.
When the Messenger visited recently we found two intriguing current projects, planned inter-club Lawn Mover Racing and a "Light Hat" built to hopefully alleviate symptoms of a local woman suffering dementia.
The Light Hat is an unusual project with some bold claims. To be clear, these claims aren't made by the local Men's Shed, they were approached to build it, and build it they did.
There are claims online that the light hat can treat both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases by using near-infrared LEDs arranged around, in this case, a bucket shape, to penetrate the skull and massage the grey area. The local lady who approached Burpengary Men's Shed did so as a last resort after reading that some users noted improvement after using one. At the time the Messenger visited, the hat had just been completed but not tested. We'll stay in touch and let readers know if the local lady reports improvement.
This other big project at the shed is the lawn mower racing, the brain-child of the local outfit. The men are used to repairing these machines and end up with lots of spare parts and picked over mower carcases. Why not put them to use? They plan to build a bunch of them and race. Nothing crazy though, Rodney estimates they'll have a top speed of about 20kph when race-ready.

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Scrapping Naplan

Negative impact on schools, students and teachers

Gonski, an institution for education which aims to address growing inequality in Australian education and improve education for all Australian students, said there is little evidence the now ten-year-old NAPLAN has improved education outcomes for students.
Director of the Gonski Institute for Education, Professor Adrian Piccoli said there is little evidence the now ten-year-old NAPLAN has improved education outcomes for students.
“There is growing evidence NAPLAN is having a negative impact on schools, students and teachers,” said Professor Piccoli.
“NAPLAN and the publishing of results on the My School website has imposed a high stakes dimension to student testing and this has led to increased student anxiety, teaching to the test and a narrowing of the curriculum."

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Petrie Uni Information Nights

With USC’s new university campus set to open Moreton Bay next year, residents will have the chance to find out what to expect at one of four public meetings from May 23 to 30.
The town hall style meetings will cover a broad range of topics including the vision for a university campus in Moreton Bay, the campus design, facilities, study programs, how to enrol, as well as answer any transport, construction and employment questions locals may have.
The sessions will feature the virtual fly-through video to share the look and feel of the campus which is set to open in Semester 1, 2020.
The Meet USC Moreton Bay meetings will be held at:
North Lakes: North Lakes Sports Club Discovery Lounge, Thursday 23 May, 6pm to 7.30pm
Caboolture: USC Caboolture, Monday 27 May, 6pm to 7.30pm
Eatons Hill: Eaton’s Hill Hotel Hills Room, Tuesday 28 May, 6pm to 7.30pm
Petrie: Heritage Hotel and Function Centre Pioneer Room, Thursday 30 May, 6pm to 7.30pm.
Each meeting will also feature a staffed information booth where the community can ask questions, register their interest in future information and view the architectural model for the new campus.
USC’s Moreton Bay campus will begin with a 16,000-square metre foundation building that will feature a 400-seat lecture theatre and state-of-the-art technology.
From next year, USC’s Moreton Bay campus will offer almost 50 undergraduate degree programs including business, education, computer science and mechatronics. An additional 16 programs are likely to be introduced in 2021 and 2022.

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Trivia fundraiser @Thirsty Chiefs for rare Cancers

Food trucks, great beer, live music and games of trivia

Local mother Kate McKenzie suffers are genetic disorder called familial adenomatous polyposis, Gardner's and Turcot syndrome causing rapid growth in faulty cells which leads to rare cancers, tumours, cysts, and polyps.

Her condition requires expensive ongoing medical treatment by multiple practitioners, both public and private for a rare disorder Kates latest prognosis requires urgent treatment to shrink multiple Aggressive fibromatosis tumours, an intermediate cancer. Unfortunately, Kate's current treatment plan isn't covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme despite a nationwide petition of over 31,000 signatures in support.

That's where we, as a community, come in. To help rare cancer sufferers like Kate, the good people at Thirsty Chiefs Brewery North Lakes are hosting a fund raiser with all proceeds going directly toward the Rare Cancers Australia supporting Kate McKenzie patient campaign.

The fundraiser is to be held on the 18th of May, from 6pm At Thirsty Chiefs 4/4 Wills Street, North Lakes. There will be food trucks, live music and games of trivia.

For more information about the event find Kate's Facebook blog and more about Thirsty Chiefs here.

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Local Mum to represent Australia

with your help

Local mum Rebecca Thomsen has been officially selected for the Touch Football Australia Women’s 27s team, and hopes to compete at the 2019 Federation of International Touch World Cup in Kuala Lumpur from 26 April to the 5 May 2019.
After nine years away from touch football raising her young family Rebecca has worked hard to regain her fitness. She returned two years ago and represented Queensland in the State of Origin Team last year, winning the series.
Now Rebecca has a chance to represent the nation in Malaysia later this month but there's a catch. The trip is self-funded and comes with a high, personal, financial cost. Not one to rest on her laurels, Rebecca is being proactive, seeking sponsorship to support her dream of playing for Australia at the prestigious international event.
The cost to attend the World Cup Tour and associated training camps is over $4500, any local business or individuals who would like to help Rebecca achieve this goal can get in touch via
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Biters Hungry for local flavours+ new vendors arrive

Miss Kay’s Burgerr, Thai Ginger, Zach’s Pets, Vung Tau

Bite Markets at North Harbour recently opened to a roaring – and hungry - crowd, despite inclement weather forcing its closure last week.
Over 20,000 food fans have flocked to Bite Markets at North Harbour in the first two weekends.

This weekend will see two new Bite Flavour Makers – Zach’s Pet Shop (yes, treats for our four-legged friends) and Thai Ginger open their doors. Both are offering something new to visitors of Bite Markets with yummy treats for both man and man’s best friend. The famed Miss Kay’s Burgers and Vung Tau Rolls (Vietnamese) both open the following weekend (April 5 and 6).

Starring more than 40 food stalls and bars in permanent, customised shipping containers and surrounded by landscaped areas in a fully fenced dining precinct, Moreton Bay Region's new food hub celebrates local produce in dishes every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10p.

To get to Bite Markets take Exit 150 from the Bruce Highway to Nolan Drive, Morayfield. Follow the signs - 12 minutes from North Lakes and 25 minutes from Brisbane. Entry costs $3 entry for adults whilechildren 12 year and under are free of charge.


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Christchurch Memorial in North Lakes

A memorial will be held this weekend to honour the lives of New Zealanders lost in last week’s terrorist attack in Christchurch.

Councillor for Division 7 and New Zealand expat Denise Sims has let us know there is to bea gathering at 9.30am on Saturday 23 March at the North Lakes Community Centre’s main hall.
“New Zealanders are the largest international population in the Moreton Bay Region,” she said.
“One in every twenty local residents was born in New Zealand, so I know how deeply the shock and pain of this atrocity is felt locally.
“I was in Christchurch for my father’s memorial just days before the attack.
“While there I also visited areas impacted by the 2011 earthquake where over 7000 homes are still gone, so think this is a small way for us to gather and show our solidarity for a city and country that has been through so much in recent years.
“Everyone who attends on Saturday will be welcome to stay for coffee and light refreshments after the service, we just ask you to arrive at 9.15am so that we can start proceedings promptly at 9.30am.
“We will have condolence books available for attendees to sign and send messages of support to New Zealand.”
Condolence books are currently open at all of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s libraries and administration centres. They will be closed on Wednesday 27 March, professionally bound, and sent to the office of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
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women's sport? It's just sport

It’s time to rewrite the language of Australian sport. We need to drop the unnecessary, divisive labels, and erase the gender bias that has become accepted and ingrained, writes Kate Palmer, Chief Executive Officer of Sport Australia Australia

There is no longer a place for the sub-category known as “women’s sport”. There is just sport. It belongs to all. It’s what everyone plays.
What has traditionally been divided into buckets should become mainstream. Everyone should feel welcome, worthy and equal.
Given that no sport is gender-exclusive, why do we continue to call it “women’s sport”? We should not settle for the default position that football, for example, is what's played by men and there is something else called “women’s football” that needs to be differentiated. The connotation, almost inevitably, is that the “women’s” version is the inferior brand....

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Local Scholarships for Uni

750k to help local students hurdle financial barriers to tertiary eduction

Moreton Bay Regional Council has allocated $750,000 for equity scholarships that will help tear down the financial barriers holding back local kids from pursuing tertiary education at Queensland's newest university.
Last Thursday, council announced will provide cash bursaries worth $8,000 each year for local students who choose to study at the new USC Petrie campus, when it opens next year.
“Our region’s higher education rate is approximately half the national average,” Mayor Allan Sutherland said.
“Statistics show students residing in areas of high disadvantage are significantly less likely to engage in tertiary education and complete Year 12 studies."
“We need to change that story for the Moreton Bay Region."
“This will not only change the lives of some of our best and brightest students - but also help to transform the region itself.”
Council’s brand new $750,000 fund for equity scholarships was launched last week...

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bite market vendors

everything to eat at the new venue

The moment the region's foodies have been frothing for is upon us. This Friday, Biters, as they will come be known, will descend upon the North Harbour (Morayfield) food precinct to see if their stretchy pants are up to the job.
As previously reported (Messenger, February 2, available online) the people behind Bite Markets have been busy developing the North Harbour site and curating the best flavour makers around for launch. This Friday at 4pm they will dish up a new, spacious food adventure served from customised shipping containers in a fully landscaped dining precinct. There’s also a dedicated, all-weather, children’s play zone called The Paddock which will host face painting, games and other children's activities.
Now, all of the launch vendors have been revealed, and while the flavours to choose from are vastly different, there’s definitely a theme. The vendors are championing local, regional and high quality ingredients, with no dish site-wide costing more than $15!
Located at exit 150 off the Bruce Highway on Nolan Drive in Morayfield, just 12 minutes from North Lakes/25 minutes from Brisbane, and parking for more than 600 cars, Bite Markets is primed for food fans from all-over.
Bite Markets will open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm. Entry is $3 entry per adult with children 12 years old and under free.

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Local Student wins Best Actress award

at Tropfest Junior 2019

Tropfest is Australia’s most prestigious short film festival and one of our most iconic cultural events. It is also the largest short film festival in the world.
Founded in 1993 by film director John Polson as a small screening for family and friends at Sydney’s Tropicana Café, the Festival now attracts a national audience of around 150,000 people.
The short film competition is unique in that every film must be made specifically for Tropfest, to premiere at Tropfest Australia and must include the Tropfest Signature Item, which changes each year. This year's signature item was 'pizza'.
Trop Jr is a short film festival featuring films produced by Australians aged 15 years and younger was introduced in 2008 with a goal to inspire the next generation of filmmakers. This year's event was held on the 9th of February in Parramatta, Sydney.
Like it's older sibling, Tropfest Jr selects 16 finalists from hundreds of entries and on of them was the local production Hollow. The short follows a teenage boy struggling with anorexia and the effects that has on the loved ones around him.
Local student Tyallah Bullock (age 16, pictured) was announced as winner of the Tropfest Jr 2019 Best Actress Award last Saturday for her role in ‘Hollow’, the short film she co-wrote, produced and starred in.
Hollow was selected as a finalist in the Tropest Jr 2019 alongside the short film Own You that both Tyallah and her sister Nykiyah starred in.
Brisbane school student William Kasper also won Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Max, opposite Tyallah, as the depressed teen with anorexia, in Hollow.
All finalists in the 2019 Tropfest Jr awards, including Hollow, should be available on Youtube by the time you read this via if you'd like to check it out.
For more information about Tropfest and Tropfest Jr visit or follow along on social media.

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$3 billion in super waiting to be found in QLD

$15 Million in 4509

New postcode data released by the ATO breaks down suburb data in lost and unclaimed super
There is a whopping total of $15,613,228 in lost and unclaimed superannuation in 4509 as at 30 June 2018. How do you find out if some of it belongs to you?
Assistant Commissioner Graham Whyte said now is the time for Queenslanders to reconnect with their lost super which is spread across the state in more than 706,000 accounts.
“We’re determined to help people find their super and I’m pleased to say that in the past financial year more than $667 million was consolidated into active super accounts by Queenslanders, giving their retirement savings a welcome boost,” Mr Whyte said.
Mr Whyte said people can lose contact with their super funds when they change jobs, move house, or simply forget to update their details.
“It’s important to remain engaged with your super fund through all stages of your career, not just when you are ready to retire."
“The data also reveals that more than a third of Australians still hold two or more super accounts."
“While we know that some people intentionally maintain a number of accounts, many are unaware that their super may be sitting in multiple accounts and possibly being eroded by fees."
“Once you have linked your myGov account to the ATO, you can view all your super account details, including any that have been lost or forgotten about, and consolidate your accounts with just a few clicks."
“Tax time is a great time for individuals to check up on their super, particularly if they plan on doing their own tax return using myTax.”
The ATO advises anyone who wishes to consolidate their accounts but is concerned about issues such as insurance linked to their accounts, to contact their super fund.
For information on how to manage your super and view all your super accounts including lost and unclaimed super, visit

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