Pacquiao to defend Title against Horn

Brisbane to host historic World Title Boxing bout Between Legend Pacman and Brissy school Teacher Jeff Horn.

The spectacle of the kid from Brisbane taking on a boxing legend will be something people will talk about for years to come.

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1000 Haircuts hits the road

Mobile barber shop set to literally change the face of Brisbane's homeless

In an Australian first, a purpose-built barber shop on wheels, hit the road last week offering free haircuts to the disadvantaged across Brisbane’s North and Moreton Bay Region.

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New North Lakes Sports Club to Open

Opening date for the $25 million facility announced

The new venue, which is the first licensed club to be constructed on a greenfield site in almost 20 years, will open to the public on Saturday 6th May. Visit http://www.northlakessports.com.au/ for more info

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Your feedback on new Uni

Have your say on plans for world-class university precinct in Moreton Bay

Your feedback is being sought by the State Government on ‘The Mill at Moreton Bay’, the full service university and innovation precinct planned for the old paper mill site at Petrie.
The Priority Development (PDA) site, actually spans 460 hectares throughout Petrie, Kallangur and Lawnton and promises to revitalise Petrie town centre as by-product.
The USC (University of Sunshine Coast) Moreton Bay Campus is expected to open in 2020, and be in full service by 2036. It will offer more than 100 courses by 2030 including law, business, science, engineering and speciality courses such as mechatronics.
The site will host a mix of commercial, retail, industry and an urban village surrounding the university, with a main street containing retail, commercial and residential spaces. New infrastructure including parklands, sporting facilities, a public library and shared pedestrian and cycle pathways are also planned.

To view the proposed Development Scheme or to have your say visit: https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/themill/

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Treat Yourself!

We usually lean pretty heavily towards the kids for our Easter editions but this year we think it's high time you indulged in something a little naughty (or nice) just for you. Whatever your preference, we've prepared a must try list to #treatyourself.

Check out our instagram @messengermagazine for ALL the pics

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Queensland's tough new kilojoule laws

Last Friday new compulsory menu labelling was mandated in Queensland highlighting the alarming kilojoules in popular fast food meals and on-the-go snacks.

Fast food and snack chains must display the average energy content of each standard food item for sale,

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Bullying is everyone’s business

Children as young as six years are contacting the helpline about bullying with alarming reports of victimisation at school and online.

What to look out for and what action to take if your child is bering bullied

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One angry Summer

That was one intense summer. There were more than 200 record-breaking extreme weather events during three distinct heatwaves and they were driven by climate change, says the Climate Council

Prior to these 2017 heatwaves, events in 2004 and 2009 made up six of the top ten highest February temperatures.

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Queensland Music Festival

Kristin Beradi, Katie Noonan and Minister Sharon Fentiman launch QMF's Songs That Made Me initiative

Queensland Music Festival is a state-wide celebration running from July 7 - 30 this year that aims to transform lives and communities through music. If you're an aspiring singer-songwriter, QMF's On Song competition could be the chance of a lifetime.

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Island hopping around southern Queensland

Queensland has some of the most beautiful islands in Australia, and by that measure, some of the most beautiful in the world. Each island is unique and there are plenty of experiences and activities to be enjoyed, right on our doorstep. It’s just a matter of heading to one that is suited to what you want to do.

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QSO's 2017 season

Just what have Queensland Symphony Orchestra got planned for us in its 70th anniversary season?

Besides the major artistic coups of landing mega star Alondra de la Parra (pictured) as Music Director and Maxim Vengerov (the world's greatest vilonist) as Artist-in-Residence... a great deal! Find out whats coming up in QSO's ground breaking 2017 season

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60k funding Boost for North Lakes Sport

Nine sporting clubs from across the North Lakes and surrounding regions have benefited from a total of $60,000 in community grants announced by North Lakes Sports Club last week.

The inaugural funding from the North Lakes Sports Club’s Sporting Development Fund saw grants awarded to The Lakes Football Club, North Lakes Mustangs Soccer, North Lakes Leopards Junior Rugby Union, North Lakes District Kangaroos Rugby League, North Lakes Blues Netball, Lakers Softball, North Lakes Eels Junior Australian Football, Redcliffe Tigers Australian Football and Pine Rivers Boars..

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Foodie Culture

We dive stomach-first into the world of buzzworthy bites and de rigueur dining with two of Brisbane's most well known foodies.

What was once the butt of jokes has evolved to become commonplace, acceptable, and indeed - encouraged by eating and drinking establishments for marketing purposes. We sit down with @fizzyyuen and @cassywallfood to discuss the Brisbane foodie scene

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Persons of Interest

How do two graphic designers from Brisbane find themselves collaborating with the world's largest furniture retailer to produce functional furniture art that's sold all around the world?

Kate and Joel Booy (of Strathpine and Ipswich respectively) studied design at Griffith Uni's College of Art before starting Studio Truly Truly in the Netherlands. To say Truly Truly make furniture would be almost fundamentally incorrect. IRL, the husband and wife team reconcile beautiful materials to create fascinating objects that function. They apply that artistic approach to furniture, textiles, lighting and more.
The duo was asked to deliver such an object for IKEA's designer PS 2017 range. IKEA's PS collections are designer endeavours that explore the future of design and the home through the eyes of progressive designers. For boutique outfits like Kate and Joel's Studio Truly Truly, the IKEA PS collaborations represent a professional experience on a scale that - quite literally - cannot be matched, exposing their products to a global audience that might otherwise be beyond their reach.
On this side of the counter, it gives people like you and me an opportunity to get our hands on thoughtful, forward thinking designer gear at IKEA prices.
Using the generously open brief, Kate and Joel created a rug and a cushion for the collection but it's the almost other-worldly steel framed sofa, lined with 18 small pillows that took our eye.
We had an opportunity to speak to them about it.

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Boosted First Home Owners Grant is Great...

But not great enough says REIQ

"No state in Australia offers a First Home Owners’ Grant for established housing." But does that mean we shouldn't? Heavyweights weigh in on the topic in our latest mag,

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Centrelink debt Fiasco

What to do if you've been contacted

The government has a duty of care towards people who call on it for support, especially those on low incomes.

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How to have an awesome Staycation

You've heard the buzzword but what does staycation actually mean and how can you pull one off successfully? Travel Writer Cei Creighton investigates this week.

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