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Moreton Bay Whale Season 2018
Welcome to the Whales festival this Sunday

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.
To get you in the right spot, we have a competition to win a day's whale watching for four, but before we get to that, there are some important additions to this year's season that you should know about.
Moreton Bay's 2018 whale season runs from June until November. To kick it off, Brisbane Whale Watching and local tourism body MBRIT are hosting a ‘Welcome to the Whales’ festival.
To be held this Sunday May 27 from 3pm till 8pm, the whole community is invited down to Scarborough Beach Park to help welcome the first whales of the season.
The event is a free, family-friendly celebration and will include an Indigenous welcome, a ‘Whale Wishes’ ceremony, stage entertainment, beach fire pits, sand sculptures, food trucks and even an aquatic themed movie-in-the-park, Finding Nemo.
The afternoon will also host the first ever Coastal Protection Core Science Festival, an intriguing celebration of science, offering free activities and workshops. Founder Mathew Davis wants to inspire local youth to get involved with protecting our environment in a fun and unique way.
"There’s stacks of cool and interactive experiences that will be on display, including touch tanks, 2D moulds of coral and VR 3D experience, a headset that offers a unique 360 panoramic view providing a realistic glimpse into the life of a Marine Scientist, through their eyes,” Mr Davis said.
For Captain Kerry Lopez of Brisbane Whale Watching, the Whale Wishes ceremony will be a highlight.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that the whole community can come down and welcome these majestic mammals alongside us, it’s going to be a really special afternoon,” said Captain Kerry.
“I’m particularly excited about the Whales Wishes component of the event where guests can place a tealight around the base of the whale sculpture. This is an act that sends welcoming wishes to the whales that will soon call Moreton Bay home.”
But, as all the fun and festivity of the local season gears up, Queenslanders have been asked to keep a sharp lookout for these precious creatures while out on the water between now and early December.
With the first of the giant mammals already migrating north to the Great Barrier Reef to have calves and find mates - boaties, fishers and jetskiers have been warned to keep their distance and observe the rules to avoid great personal injury and fines.
A fully-grown humpback can weigh 40 tonnes. They regularly slap their 5-metre fins or enormous tails and breach right out of the water. Last August, a group of fishers suffered injuries when a whale breached directly under their boat during the season.
Jetskiers are not allowed within 300 metres of whales or dolphins. Breaking this rule - besides serious risk to yourself and the mammal - carries a $630 fine. Other vessels can approach to 100 metres, unless there are already three boats at that limit, in which case skippers will need to stay 300 metres away. Boats cannot travel at more than six knots or create a wake within this 300 metre caution zone.
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 2 and departs seven days a week (weather permitting) through until November, leaving from the Redcliffe Jetty. For more information and bookings visit www.brisbanewhalewatching.com.au or try your luck in our whale watching comp...
Pictured: A pod of the whales and BWW's Eye Spy vessel in Moreton Bay last year.

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Win Tickets

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 with Queensland's most experienced service, aboard the Eye Spy with Captain Kerry Lopez and crew.
The prize includes the full day whale watching cruise and buffet lunch. Whale sightings are guaranteed. The cruise commences boarding at 9.00am for a 10.00am departure from the Redcliffe Jetty.
To enter simply email comp@northlakesmessenger.com.au
with “Whale Watching Comp” in the subject line and tell us which months the whales come through Moreton Bay (you won't have to google this one). Entries close Thursday June 21, 2018. Good Luck!
Please Note: The prize is for mid-week travel only and must be used before Friday 2nd October 2018.
All regular family pass inclusions and disclaimers apply.
For more information see www.brisbanewhalewatching.com.au

Hurry! Last chance to enter
Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years Of Magic

The must-see magical event of the year is coming to Brisbane June 29 to July 2
We've got eight tickets to win!

Everyone's favourite characters of the Disney-verse are getting their skates on and heading to Brisbane this June and it's going to be HUGE. Instead of focussing on instant-classic Frozen like last year's (amazing) outing, this year Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic is bringing more than 14 timeless Disney tales to life, on ice.
Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, his sweetheart Minnie Mouse, and mates Donald Duck and Goofy will take to the ice with their friends from classic and modern Disney movies alike. From Pinocchio to Frozen, showgoers will be treated to a once in a lifetime spectacle with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, Frozen and more. Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic will dazzle with magical moments and over 30 favourite Disney songs.
Making their Disney On Ice debut, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde from Zootopia enlist the crowd to help solve an off-ice caper that must be cracked for the on-ice action to begin. Guests will also enjoy a special appearance by royal sisters Anna and Elsa from the number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen. Enter the kingdom of Arendelle and journey up the North Mountain with hilarious snowman Olaf and rugged mountain-man Kristoff as they help the sisters discover that true love conquers all.
Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic will open in Brisbane on June 29 with 9 shows in total at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, finishing on July 2.
Tickets are on sale now at www.Ticketek.com.au/DisneyOnIce

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Win Tickets

We have two prize packs for Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic to win.
Valued from $180, each prize has four A-Reserve tickets so if you win, you can enjoy the show with family or friends.
To enter email comp@northlakesmessenger.com.au with "Disney on Ice" in the subject line and simply tell us which is your favourite Disney tale.
Get your entries in before Friday May 25, 5pm and don't forget to include your contact details so we can let you know if you win.
Good luck!

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Have you been a slack dad (or kids) this Mother's Day and find yourself frantic for a last minute - but still great - idea to treat Mum? Look no further, we've got you. Here are our picks to treat Mum that wont dent the wallet too hard.

Mother's Day (ahem, it's Sunday, May 13 BTW), is the day we celebrate the hardest working member of the family, but you already know that, so let's jump right in. Inside the magazine this week is a bunch of impressive ideas that you can organise in a hurry and make out like you've been planning all along. Starting local, then going further afield...

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Queensland to strengthen security measures

With futuristic biometric face matching tech

Queensland last week became the first state to amend legislation to allow police access to shared cutting-edge biometric face matching services.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said the Police and Other Legislation (Identity and Biometric Capability) Amendment Bill 2018 had been passed to strengthen security measures and improve Queenslanders’ safety in time for the biggest event ever held in this State – the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“This Bill comes off the back of a COAG agreement between the Federal Government and all states and territories to allow law enforcement agencies in all jurisdictions to share access to passport, visa, citizenship and driver’s licence images,” Mr Ryan said.
“This is a vital investigative tool that will allow police to stay one step ahead of terrorists and criminals involved in identity fraud, with identity crime impacting one in 20 Australians every year and the annual cost to the Australian community estimated to be $2.2 billion.
“Image matching services will also help identify disaster victims."
“Queensland and other jurisdictions already share identity information on a manual and ad hoc basis, but the identity matching services will make it simpler and faster for law enforcement and security agencies to share information."

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Bullying

How to deal with this complex issue

More than 817,000 young Queenslanders returned to school recently. Sadly, it's not always an exciting for our youngest. For victims of bullying, inside and outside of school, it can be a daunting return.
Bullying is a complex issue that can take many forms and as we've seen in the media in recent years, can have tragic circumstances.
While parents may feel it's an issue they have to tackle, and the student themselves feel helpless, recent bullying research shows the need for a greater, national, response to tackle this complex issue.

How should we, as parents and carers respond?

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