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Face Masks: How they protect you

If there is a rise in community transmission of COVID-19 in Australia, some states and territories might recommend or require the use of masks. It’s important to stay up to date with the advice in your local area. Your state or territory government will provide this.

Cloth masks are a washable covering and further advice on how to clean them is below. If your cloth mask becomes damp you must remove it, put on a fresh one and put the used one in a plastic bag for washing at the end of the day.

Cloth masks can be washed in the washing machine with other clothes, or hand-washed using soap and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth.

Dry the cloth mask in the clothes dryer or in fresh air before you re-use it.

Clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub (made up of over 60% alcohol or 70% isopropanol) after handling used face masks.

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Many home owners invest in home improvements yearly, with numbers continuing to increase. Kitchen and bathroom renovations are easy and affordable if done right. These are both rooms that are focal points in your home, so a quick make-over adds aesthetic value and functionality. It can also provide useful if selling your home. We have put together a few tips to help if you’re thinking about renovating.

Designing your kitchen isn’t as easy as it looks. If possible, hire bathroom designers to help you out. You are still in charge because you’ll decide how your kitchen will look like, and the designers will help enhance your ideas and give you insights to help provide your kitchen with additional benefits.

Space can be an issue, but don’t let it stop you from achieving your dream kitchen. Add hanging cabinets if you don’t have much space in your kitchens because this will enable you to have more storage options.

You can also change your countertop material to get the most out of it. Think of how you usually use your countertop and go for something which will serve that function best. You can choose from the following materials: quartz, granite, soapstone, limestone, marble, laminate, solid surface, recycled glass, and butcher block.

If you want to change the theme of your kitchen, now’s your chance. Discuss possible colour combinations with your designer. If you’re a fan of red, include it to stimulate the appetite of your home. White gives off a clean, sterile feeling, while grey both adds coolness and sophistication.

Other possible colours include light shades of blue that can make your kitchen look fresh and clean, yellow to add a splash of sunlight to your kitchen, and green to add a nature-like ambience to the room. The right choice of colour for your kitchen cabinet will help set the ambience of your kitchen. You have to consider the amount of natural light coming in from the window, and where the kitchen will sit in the house.

Know the size of your kitchen
Measuring your kitchen correctly allows you to design a kitchen area that maximises the space that you have available. This is so important for such a high traffic area.

Know how you will use your kitchen space
Once you know the size of your kitchen, you can define how you’ll use this space. Will it just be used for cooking, or will it be more of a living space?

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IKEA Christmas Market

A curated collection of thoughtful & AFFORDABLE gifts, conveiniently located at the level 1 IKEA store entrance so you can pop in and out.

TRÅDFRI Dimmer kit, E27 $14.99 Now it's really easy for anyone to use smart lighting. With this pre paired kit you can use the wireless dimmer to turn on and off and dim so you always have the right light and mood at home. The LED light source consumes up to 85% less energy and lasts 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

BERGENES Holder for mobile phone/tablet $3 This simple tool comes to good use when you are surfing, chatting or having digital meetings. By using a fast-growing, renewable material like bamboo in this product, we avoid using fossil or finite materials. Renewable materials, as opposed to fossil and finite materials, come from living sources that can be regenerated at the same rate as they are used up.

SAXBORGA Storage box with mirror lid $19.99 Bring the storage box wherever you like, to put on your contact lenses, jewellery or make-up. You don’t have to look for a mirror, there’s one inside!

MÅLA Portable drawing case $20 This drawing case is a small artist's best travel companion. Lots of pockets for pens, crayons, paper and scissors – and a drawing board on the back. Just fill it with favourites and you’re on your way!

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PSA: Jamie’s Ministry of Food’s Queensland online School Holiday Program is back!

Back by popular demand, Jamie’s Ministry of Food’s online School Holiday Program will once again be Zooming into kitchens all over Queensland from 11 January 2021.

With over 19,000 Queenslanders having participated in Jamie’s Ministry of Food’s programs over the years, the initiative’s new online format allows the team of food trainers to reach more keen cooks in more locations than ever before.

“Queensland’s response to our new online classes has been fantastic. Many participants have told us that getting involved made them feel more connected to the outside world during these isolating times. We even had a niece and her aunt connect from Longreach and New Zealand via our online programs,” said Siobhan Boyle, CEO of The Good Foundation.

With funding contribution from the Queensland Government and with the support of Health and Wellbeing Queensland, Jamie’s Ministry of Food is committed to improving the nutritional education and cooking skills for locals and priority groups.

“Our school holiday program will teach students aged 12 and up the basics of food, nutrition and cooking, as well as some of Jamie’s special tips and tricks! Participants will learn how to make meals from scratch, by baking, grilling, sautéing, boiling and roasting fresh ingredients,” Siobhan said.

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Fancy decking the halls with cash this year? A Messenger Christmas tradition and a favourite with the local kids for many years, this year our Christmas Colouring Comp has 3 x $100 cash prizes to win AND 6 runner up prizes of a double pass to HOYTS Movies.

So kids, grab your favourite colouring and decorating gear and who us some colour with the page opposite, or download and print it from our website, then mail it to us at the address below.

There are 3 age groups and Santa will judge a $100 winner and 2 double movie pass winners from each group. The age groups are: 4 to 6, 7 to 9, and 10 to 12.

Get your entries in NO LATER THAN MONDAY 14th December, 2020. Don’t forget to put your details in the space provided and good luck!

Click here to download your colouring in form

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Like everyone else, the jolly man in red will be finalising his Christmas plans early this year so Australia Post is calling on kids to let him know they’ve been nice before he checks his list for that all important second time.

Australia Post is once again helping to connect children directly with their number one hero via the much-loved tradition, Santa Mail and the precious letters will want to be sent early this year, so he has plenty of time to reply before Christmas Eve!

Last year, 120,000 children wrote to the North Pole to let Santa know what presents they hoped to see under the tree.

Australia Post’s General Manager Post Office Network David McNamara said the postal service is doing everything it can this year to help Australians have the best possible Christmas and is looking forward to getting children and families into the festive spirit.

“Santa Mail is one of those Australian traditions that families look forward to every year and it helps add a little touch of excitement at this magical time,” he said.

“It’s also the perfect activity to encourage children to think about all the things that make them happy and practice their literacy skills by putting pencil to paper expressing what they are hoping for.

“We want to give Santa time to respond to every letter, so we’re encouraging children and families to aim to get their letters in nice and early. You can also visit the Santa Mail website for helpful templates, and to keep an eye on your letter’s progress with our Santa Mail Tracker.”

To take part, letters should be addressed to Santa, North Pole 9999 with a 65c Christmas stamp on the front of the envelope and your name and return address on the back, so Santa knows where to send his reply.

Parents and children who have low vision can opt-in to receive a large text reply from Santa by sending their letters to Santa Mail (large text), North Pole 9999.

Santa Mail letters can be placed in any red street posting box, or a dedicated Santa Mail box in participating Post Offices, and families are encouraged to post letters before Thursday 26 November, so Santa can reply before loading up his sleigh.

This year, Australia Post has also expanded Santa Mail with a new Santa letter kit available for $9.95. This includes an extra special response from Santa, stickers, bookmark and a 32-page activity book that will keep children entertained for hours with puzzles, a word find and many more activities...

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We got to meet professional boxer Beck Hawker last week and and what a fantastic woman she is! Beck is not just a boxer, she is also a member of the Queensland Police Service and she plays an integral part of working to keep Queenslanders safe, and NOW is your chance to come on board with TEAM HAWKER as a sponsor for her Australian Title in 2021.

Born in West Yorkshire, England Beck moved to Australia in 2010 and straight into North Brisbane where she is now working as both a police officer with Queensland Police Service and as a professional boxer with East Side Boxing Gym being trained by Frankie Pianto.

A very driven individual, who at the age of 18 walked into a boxing gym and has never looked back. After 44 fights, Beck and her coach decided it was time to make the transition to professional boxing.

On the 5th September 2020, Beck made her.....

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Harnessing the power of martial arts to empower women

More than 20 traditional martial arts clubs so far from Australia and the United States – including Japan Karate Academy at North Lakes - have come together to throw their collective weight behind a unique project designed to empower women.

Pink Belt Project provides women in need – particularly those healing from the trauma of domestic abuse and/or sexual assault – with a one year scholarship, allowing them to train for free at their local martial arts club.

Scholarships are provided through a combination of crowd funding and martial arts instructors like Tina Sensei from Japan Karate Academy North Lakes who agree to sponsor a scholarship and cover expenses such as uniform, belts and membership fee on behalf of a selected scholarship recipient.

Tina holds a 4th Dan black belt awarded in Japan, She is a past British, Queensland State and Australian National Open Champion and runs her dojo out the YMCA in North Lakes. With over 20yrs years of delivering programmes in schools, centres for 'at risk' youth, safe houses and local community groups, Tina is a fierce advocate for people standing in their own power. She teaches.....

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The wheels were spinning at Grand Prix Mazda Aspley with a surprise visit from Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week as part of his Queensland post-Budget tour.

Customers sensed something was afoot with staff jostling around and suited-up people with earpieces lined up throughout the facility. Their curiosity was rewarded when the Prime Minister stepped out of one the white government cars in the service drop-off area. Owner Joe Camilleri and sons, Luke, Joe and Jake, were happy to bombard ScoMo with examples of the effectiveness of the Covid-19 economic stimulus for their business.

And that is exactly what the Prime Minister and team were on the ground wanting to talk to Queensland businesses about. Aspley dealership principal, Luke said when the virus hit, the business ground to a halt. They were looking at a yard full of BT50 utes and a shipload of the new series on its way. It was a perfect storm.

“But as soon as the instant asset write-off announcement was made, the sales started back up again,” Luke said. “Those utes were gone in no time and the orders for the new BT50s meant we pretty much sold that first shipment before it even arrived. “The instant asset write off has definitely saved jobs and now with the new apprentice subsidy, we are looking at taking up many new apprentices.” Federal minister for Petrie Luke Howarth MP suggested a Grand Prix Aspley visit knowing it was a successful family-owned business, employing more than 200 people including 11 apprentices.

While they relied heavily on Jobkeeper during the worst of the pandemic, they have seen their business turn the corner and are now feeling confident to invest in new equip

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This Fair is everything all in one place, featuring Ekka show rides, games, food and show bags too... and has a special Halloween content So get dressed up and have some real fun at the QLD STATE FAIR - It's a scarelovers delight!!

Thursday 22nd of October 5pm - Late
Friday 23rd of October 5pm - Late
Saturday 24th of October 11am - Late
Sunday 25th of 11am - Late
Thursday 29th of October 5pm - Late
Friday 30th of October 5pm - Late
Saturday 31st of October 11am - Late
Sunday 1st of November 11am - TBA
Prospect St, Westfield North Lakes
Pay per ride and prices range from $6 - $10
Escape of the Zombies is $15
Most rides, games and food have EFTPOS, but there's also an ATM onsite - most rides have concessions.

The Queensland State Fair is coming to North Lakes and will be held over two weekends on October 22nd to 25th and 29th to 1st November on the empty block at Westfield North Lakes on Prospect Street.. This year the carnival industry had been hit hard by COVID-19 and organisers had worked hard to ensure the event would be safe for attendees.

A lot of ride and amusement operators are out of work since around March. The first ones to lose their income and one of the last to get it back. QLD STATE FAIR is comprised of operators that all reside within SE QLD, and have been in QLD since March when all agricultural and royal shows and events had been cancelled due to COVID-19. QLD State Fair are determined to start working and restore some safe fun back into our lives, be able to entertain and bring joy and smiles to peoples faces, and also help make some happy memories for this year!!!

The event follows the COVIDSafe plan from the Australian Amusement, Leisure and Recreation Association and has a COVIDSAFE policy in action and is taking the proper precautions and will be operating on a much smaller scale than what you would be used to seeing at the EKKA. Our crowds will be kept less than 1000 people (including members of our team!) Along with the correct sanitisation and disinfection procedures being followed from Health Officials!
• Each patron is to sign in with our QR codes upon entry.
• Patrons will be counted for entering and exiting the venue in accordance with restrictions and directions.
• 1.5 metre social distancing rule to be followed.
• Social distancing marshall's will be present. (Please note rude or aggressive behaviour towards them will not be tolerated).
• Hand sanitising stations will be found throughout the venue, along with hand sanitiser being supplied for use at each ride game and foodstall.
• EFTPOS will be available at most rides and foodstalls and there will also be an ATM...

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On Friday afternoon I was called down to the North Lakes Golf Course to meet with Phil Carlson LNP Candidate for Bancroft and Andrew Powell MP Member for Glass House & Shadow Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning to hear a very important announcement regarding the future of the North Lakes Golf Course. Below is a statement from Phil Carlson. “For more than two years, North Lakes golf course has been under threat of mass development.

The announcement in 2018 that the North Lakes golf course was closing and would be developed into a retirement village and three-story nursing home has caused endless concern and uncertainty for local residents.

Despite the proposed development being listed as a 'prohibited development' in the Mango Hill Infrastructure Development Control Plan (MHIDCP), the word 'prohibited' has been interpreted to not actually mean prohibited. Under the Palaszczuk Government's definition, it has been interpreted to mean undesirable.

I have been fighting to fix this – both as the LNP candidate and formerly as Vice President of the Save the North Lakes Golf Course Group. With your support, we've secured a commitment to save North Lakes golf course from this unacceptable development proposal. If elected, the LNP will amend the Planning Act – to protect North Lakes golf course and other communities under threat from prohibited developments....

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Warning for Caravanners Ahead of School Holidays

RACQ has urged caravanners to check their vehicle ahead of the school holidays, with the Club attending more than 400 calls for help from stranded caravanners in the past six months.

RACQ Roadside Assistance Patrol Howard Strasser said the most common causes of breakdown were wheel changes, tyre punctures and inflations, a fault with the trailer or caravan, and electrical wiring and connection issues.

"We've noticed recently more and more people buying caravans and hitting the road for Queensland-based holidays," Mr Strasser said. "This has also resulted in plenty of people breaking down in harsh conditions, hundreds of kilometres from help, because they haven't properly prepared their van.

"We've gone to help drivers who haven't ever towed a trailer before, may not be across the safety risks of not having the right vehicle, or haven't correctly distributed weight in the van. The risk with towing these often 1500kg trailers is, if you do crash, you can do serious damage."

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The Brisbane Parkour Association (BPA) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to delivering parkour education and encouraging safe practice of parkour across SE Qld. The association aims to promote parkour as an inclusive movement discipline of self-progression, exploration and play that is accessible to anyone.

The BPA is community oriented, facilitating classes and programs across SE Qld including public classes, school holiday workshops, youth development programs and liaising with councils and community groups.

Parkour Workshops are available for all types of events and training. Whether you require a one-off “Introduction to Parkour” workshop or a multiple session program tailored to your group’s specific goals, Brisbane Parkour can provide a solution. Each session is designed to be site specific using, where possible, the available features and existing equipment at your venue.

Tuition fees vary depending on your individualised program and type of package required. Let’s go back a few months where a social media platform had a post submitted by one of their members. It was about information for anyone interested in Parkour lessons...

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Queensland Police officers ready to run 160km in 24 hours for sick kids

I had the pleasure of meeting Petrie Police Station Senior Constable Dane Britton & Senior Constable Ryan Cole of Caboolture Child Protection Investigation Unit to talk about their journey as they gear up for their fundraising event raising money for the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Three determined police officers are just a few weeks out from a mammoth effort to run 160km in 24 hours to raise much-needed funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Balancing shift work with family life, 2:00am training sessions have become the norm for Petrie Police Station Senior Constable Dane Britton, Senior Constable Ryan Cole of Caboolture Child Protection Investigation Unit and Senior Constable Matt Powell of Fortitude Valley Bike Squad, who will complete the aptly named Not A Fun Run on September 12 at the Brisbane Valley Run Trail.

The officers’ quest was borne of a deeply personal experience, after Sen-Constable Britton’s nephew, Logan, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at only seven-years-old. Against all odds, Logan was the first child in Australia of his age to survive the disease, and so Sen-Constable Britton wanted to say thank you to Children’s Hospital Foundation for all they did for Logan during his time in hospital.

The officers are aiming to raise $10,000 in the lead-up to the run, having already raised more than $8,000. “Supporting the Children’s Hospital Foundation makes the hard work worth it, giving us an opportunity to positively engage our community, and leaving a lasting positive impact on those who...

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Earlier this week I had the pleasure of meeting the team down at ViperTac Gel Blaster Mods & Tactical Solutions in North Lakes. Gelbalster Skirmish... the latest sport growing in population that is not just for boys or men. Did you know that kids and ladies can play too? Even the grandparents can have a go. The sport transcends gender and age and I often entire families of mum, dad, kids, grandparents will play a course together.

Before we get to all the good things I found there, I want to make sure our readers understand how serious Alistair and his team take the safety of their customers with their use and ownership of gelblasters. First of all, they are practising all things COVID-SAFE (of course), and secondly, they make a very strong point of educating all their customers on the “STOP AND THINK” campaign which is being promoted Queensland wide. Basically, this means they are actively teaching people how to handle the blasters, and the safety aspects of possessing and using a gelblaster. This is something all the staff are extremely serious about and they don’t muck around when it comes to safety, whether you are a new or an existing customer.

Each staff member is highly passionate about the sport, highly professional and highly educated, and they love their job so shopping there is great because you have well educated people giving you the right information about what you want or even need, no matter how experienced you are or aren’t. When I first walked into the store, I was greeted with smiles and salutations from all the guys, even whilst serving other customers. I immediately felt comfortable, because let’s face it, I don’t know the first thing about gelblasters or the sport known as Gelsoft Skirmish and the thought of “guns” did make me feel a little uneasy. Well, that feeling raced out the door as I entered. Their store is discreet, clean and their displays are awesome. From mannequins decked out in their tactical gear, to a sampling area safe from other customers, with awesome clothing for men, women, boys & girls, and display cabinets full of what I can only explain as dozens and dozens of Mods and Tactical items and even.

Wait... did I hear someone ask if these blasters are unlawful? They are not. But they do have some pretty important rules that go with owning and using them, and as of the 1st of February next year, the new legislation means that you have to keep your blasters in a discreet, locked up bag or case when in public spaces (Not including on the field).

I got talking to Alistair and found out that he is actually a Australian Veteran who served 14 years in the Australian Army and has been living in North Lakes for almost 10 years now and you guessed it, just like us, he is very community based. Of course it helps that we have a number of gelsoft sporting fields in and around the

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On Monday August 10, I was invited to the Grand Opening of Our Medical North Lakes, the new medical centre we have all been watching transform from a block of dirt, to a new bulk billing medical centre. But it isn’t just a clinic of GPs! I want to talk about all the amazing things this medical centre is bringing to our community and more. I was so impressed by the layout and style of the practice and I know you will be too!

Let’s start with NO APPOINTMENTS AND OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK UNTIL 10pm!!! Yes, you read right, no appointments for the bulk billing doctors.

At first, it may take some time to adjust to walking into the medical centre without an appointment. But rest assured, there are enough doctors rostered to see patients in a timely fashion. With no appointments, patients can choose what time best suits them to visit Our Medical Home North Lakes.

The aim of Our Medical Home North Lakes is to provide quality medical care that is professional, experienced and affordable. Another great thing they bring to our area are FREE FLU SHOTS to all local residents and businesses, because they want to help tackle the flu season, which isn't over yet.

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Tuesday morning we met with the LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander, Federal Member for Petrie Hon Luke Howarth MP and candidate for Murrumba Ms Yvonne Barlow, at the infamous overpass at Murrumba Downs/Griffin.

As many of us already know, the overpass only provides an entry southbound, and an exit northbound, which creates chaos most mornings and afternoons as the traffic builds up. The population of Murrumba Downs and Griffin is growing at a rapid rate causing major traffic congestion for commuters.

Tim has thrown his support behind the Federal Government’s push to bust congestion on Brisbane’s northside by upgrading the interchange and delivering the missing offramps needed at Dohles Rocks Road.

2 years ago Luke Howarth allocated $120 million to go towards this overpass being built, and have been waiting for the State Government to push for the final 20% of funding in order to start construction.

“Luke Howarth has been fighting hard for this congestion-busting project and I welcome the Federal the Government’s commitment.” Mr Mander said. “Unfortunately, the project has been stuck in the slow lane under Labor.

“Labor needs to start working with the Federal Government and begin construction on this project as soon as possible. “Labor have a habit of holding up transport projects, but the community...

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We know many people LOVE the local Swans and other wild life at Lake Eden, and we don’t want to over do it with stories on the swans. HOWEVER, we have been contacted by many residents and asked if we could please give our readers a list of what is right and wrong for our local wildlife when it comes to interactions and feeding them.

First of all, please don’t try and touch the birds. It was brought to our attention that some families with young children were trying to pat the cygnets with quite a large amount of people right up close to the nest.

For many people, local and visitors to the area, feel that feeding the bird life and marine life at Lake Eden is great to take the kids to and do together. We understand that, but feeding them non-natural food sources can lead to many problems for the entire eco system of the lake.

Offering swans food is not recommended. But if you insist, here are some handy tips.

What NOT to feed:

Anything that is NOT healthy for humans: sugary, starchy, fatty foods, junk food, fast food Milk / dairy products: Birds lack the enzymes necessary to digest milk sugar, lactose. Ingestion may result in diarrhea and possibly dehydration. Severe dehydration can lead to death. Bread, chips, cakes, cookies, and cereal, etc - as these foods can cause digestive and serious other health problems Cooked and processed foods

How to feed:

Any food should be thrown onto the water so that they can swallow water together with the food, which helps them digest the food more easily. Feeding swans, ducks and geese on land encourages them to leave the water whenever they see people, which can put them at significant risk if dogs or other predators are about.

Also remember, even though you obviously have a deep love for these magnificent birds, there are people out there who will harm them. Helping swans trust humans will put them at risk of being targeted by these sick individuals. Watch and enjoy them from afar, not drawing their attention to you as much as possible......

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IKEA invite you to take a first look at a new concept for IKEA Australia, which has just launched at IKEA North Lakes. The first home of its kind for IKEA Australia, the Sustainability Home has been designed to both inspire and educate Queenslanders about ways they can live a more sustainable everyday life, with tips and ideas on how to reduce energy and waste across every area of the home.

Did you know?

·We're committing to a renewable range: 60% of the IKEA range is made from renewable materials, while almost 10% is made of recycled materials. By 2030, we will switch to only use renewable and recyclable materials in our range.

·Tapping into more ways to use less water: Did you know that by turning off the tap while brushing your teeth, you can save up to 40 litres of water per day? The Sustainable home will show Queenslanders easy ways to minimise water wastage in the home.

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On Wednesday 3 June 2020, the first sod was turned at the over 50's community, Freshwater by Ingenia Lifestyle, in Burpengary East for the new $3.5 million luxury clubhouse which is scheduled to open early 2021.

Once completed, the clubhouse will become the communal heart of the Freshwater community and boast an array of state-of-the-art facilities including a swimming pool, luxury spa, lawn bowls green, gymnasium, alfresco barbeque area and community cinema.

Ingenia Communities Chief Executive Officer Simon Owen said the new facilities would give residents at the newly-developed community a dedicated space for activities and social gatherings.

"As the Freshwater community grows, the clubhouse will be incredibly valuable in creating an engaging and enjoyable space for residents to come together," Mr Owen said.

"We are dedicated to maintaining Ingenia Lifestyle communities as safe, secure and welcoming places to ive and the commencement of work on the clubhouse symbolises a brighter future after the social restrictions of recent months. Freshwater residents are looking forward to an easing of the current...

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Interview with Yvonne Barlow on MBRC decision to get an independent legal assessor for North Lakes Golf Course

Yvonne, we have been advised that there has been an interesting proposition put forward by the Moreton Bay Regional Council re the North Lakes Golf Course

That’s correct Rebecca, the Council does not have a DA (development application) before them yet to do with the area of land known as the North Lakes Golf Course. MBRC recently met with the developers The Village Retirement Group (TVRG) and Save the North Lakes resident group to get a better understanding about the issue. The outcome from these discussions was that MBRC would pay for independent legal advice to determine if it was legal for the developer to lodge an application for a retirement village on this golf course land. Both sides have sought their own legal assistance and both believe they are right. Once the advice comes back to MBRC, both TVRG and SNLGC are to abide with that decision. Both groups have agreed to this. Remembering this decision is only that it would be legal or not legal to lodge a development application, not a blanket approval.

Yvonne we understand the issue from the SNLGC side as the Development Control Plan (DCP) shows a retirement village as a prohibited use. How could TVRG lodge an application for a prohibited use ?

Bec, this is the heart of the very issue that the independent body is to determine and to be.....

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When local mum and wife, Krystal Smith took to Facebook to warn others in the community of what could also happen to them, they were shocked and overwhelmed by what happened next.

Last week the thing we all fear happened to local couple, Luke Murphy and Krystal Smith. Luke’s tradie trailer was stolen. With thousands of dollars worth of tools inside.

The trailer was insured, so when the police called Luke and Krystal and told them they had located the trailer, dumped in a local creek, with no contents, Luke and Krystal were beyond disappointed and the feelings of violation were still strong within them. But, they did have insurance so they were getting straight onto that.

In the meantime, Krystal decided to warn her local community of what could happen to them too. She posted a quick post onto the official North Lakes Community Facebook page with a photo of the trailer and how it was found.

The bad news was, it wasn’t long before Luke was informed by his insurance company that the trailer’s contents were not covered by his policy. They were heart broken. This was their family’s livelihood taken away from them. They have 4 young children, one of which is a new born baby....

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The votes are in for the 25-metre high mural on Caboolture's King Street Water Tower. The community's resounding response saw 75 per cent of the 3,600 voters choosing the ANZAC theme.

The community's initial feedback in April inspired Unitywater and the artists, The Brightsiders, to develop a mural that paid respects to the former Fernhill Village – and current Bolton Clarke Care Home – adjacent to the water tower, which supported and cared for war veterans.

Unitywater Executive Manager Customer and Community Katherine Gee said their team worked closely with the artists, the local RSL and Bolton Clarke Care Home to come up with a thoughtful and inspiring design.

“The community has come together during COVID-19 to make their mark on their community, with an incredible response of more than 3,600 people voting for their favourite design and sharing their feedback,” Ms Gee said.

“The 25-metre tower stands tall over Caboolture and we're pleased the artists will be painting a mural that reflects the community spirit. “It's encouraging that even during challenging times, there is a real sentiment of positive responses and vision for what the region should look like and I think the community will be very proud of this.

“The piece of art is something the entire community can look forward to and in particular, the residents of Bolton Clarke Care Home who have been isolated for an extended period of time during COVID-19.”

The Brightsiders designer Jordan Bruce said there were a number of different elements that created the story behind the mural. “On one side of the mural, we have chosen to paint a young girl in a World War 1 nurse's uniform, paying tribute to the nurses at Fernhill Village, as well as showcasing how the sacrifice of....

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A North Lakes resident has been left in shock after winning a Hyundai Tucson Elite as part of the Children's Hospital Foundation's annual raffle in conjunction with Woolworths drawn today.

Johannes De Kok was one of 10 winners sharing in prizes including four brand-new Hyundais (Santa Fe Elite, Tuscan Elite, i30 Elite, Kona Active), two 2019 Sea-Doo GTI90 Jet-Skis, two $10,000 Flight Centre Holiday packages and a $5,000 Woolworths Gift Card.

“With everything that is happening in the world at the moment around COVID-19, this is certainly unexpected and appreciated,” said Johannes who is a proud supporter of the Children's Hospital Foundation.

“It has been a challenging time for everyone in the local area and this has given me a real boost.”

Children's Hospital Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Rosie Simpson, said funds raised through the raffle will help the Foundation continue to support sick kids and their families by providing more services and facilities for hospitals around the state...

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SEQ based Edge Early Learning, is one of the first to launch its earlylearning@home program for children unable to attend its centres, providing an interactive and engaging source of activities and resources to keep little minds busy.

With many families self-isolating or unable to attend their local Edge Early Learning childcare centre, the program has been designed by educators to be interactive, engaging and educational for children and families.

Edge Early Learning CEO, Annie Bryce, said the program is a fantastic way to continue children’s early learning and development during these uncertain times.

“We’ve launched the earlylearning@home program to ensure that our families and children have continued access to high quality education programs and can maintain authentic connections with their educators during these times,” she said.

“Our program provides opportunities for parents to play and learn alongside their children with an array of education plans, interactive videos featuring our educators, downloadable content and printable resources.”

Ms Bryce said that regular activity and familiar faces are a key element to keeping little hands and minds busy, while maintaining some semblance of routine in the household for smaller ages.

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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a partial resumption of schools from next week. The State Government said it would reassess the situation on May15 and that, if everything had gone to plan, all students would return to classrooms later in the month.

"If low transmission rates continue, students from years 2 to 10 will be able return from May 25," Education Minister Grace said. The Premier said the plan was subject to change if there was an increase in coronavirus cases, or any new cases of community transmission or localised outbreaks.

"We know how important the early years are, and especially the senior school years," Ms Palaszczuk said. "This has been an issue for a lot of people and I know it's been really tough on parents at home." Ms Grace said it was essential for anyone who was unwell to stay away from schools.

On Monday 11 May 2020, Kindy, Prep, Year 1, Years 11 and 12 students will return to their Queensland state school or community kindergarten, joining children of essential workers, vulnerable children and children in designated Indigenous communities....

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COVID-19 may have shut the doors for North Leagues club, but that hasn’t stopped them from utilising their kitchen and staff to help local charity during the pandemic.

As of last week, Norths Leagues Club have hired their chefs and apprentice chefs to prepare and deliver approximately 1000 meals a week to Meals on Wheels and using their recipes.

Not just that, they are also helping with the dishes and the fresh vegies preparations on site at Caboolutre and Bribie Island. Meals on wheel provide meals to high risk Covid-19 members of the community. They collect prepped meals weekly from Norths and then distribute to the community, Caboolture and Bribie Island.

This isn’t a one day a week gig either. Norths have hired their staff to work 5 days a week helping Meals on Wheels. They were really struggling with the increased demand so Norths were more than happy to step in and help. Troy Young the General Manager reached out to an ex local councillor who is heavily involved with meals on wheels. He popped us in contact with Wendy Smith from Pine Rivers Meals on Wheels and from there we were able to arrange an indefinite agreement with Meals on Wheels during this trying time.

Troy Young said “I couldn't bear the thought of Meals on Wheels customers going without this essential service during a pandemic. We have....

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The brand-new USC Moreton Bay campus has a very old feature at its heart – with the campus boardroom centrepiece built from wood recycled from the site.

Almost 100 pieces of recycled ironbark timber from the former Petrie Paper Mill that used to operate nearby have been transformed into a characteristic one-tonne table.

Head of USC Moreton Bay Professor Karen Becker said the table was a fitting monument to the deep history of the area, and the mill that used to process and recycle paper near to where the new campus has been built.

“This boardroom table is an impressive piece of design and workmanship,” Professor Becker said. “It honours the history of Moreton Bay as we look towards an exciting future, with plans for this precinct to develop into a collaborative learning, research and innovation zone that will benefit industry across the region.”

A YouTube video of the creation process is available by clicking here.

The table was designed by USC Architect Zeyad Elkojje and constructed by Narangba recycled timber specialists Kennedy's Timber. Mr Elkojje said a team of ...

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As predicted, our last edition was out dated with all the changes going on in the world the very next day. Right now, we are told we are doing a great job of social distancing and it appears we may be on top of this virus spreading too fast... however, we take this with a grain of salt as it can change at any given hour.

Last week we saw many changes to our daily lives. This week, we see even more. With social distancing becoming more important than ever, and more restrictions for us being out of the workplace or home, we notice the community coming together and trying to support each other in many ways. We are seeing tragedies of small and large businesses closing their doors. Some temporarily... some permanent. We, as a community always come together in times like these, and I have noticed that many locals are trying to support all our businesses that are still trading. Some businesses are even trying to help out other businesses of the same nature, just to help them stay open.

GOOD JOB TO OUR COMMUNITY! We’ve seen an example of one business putting a board out the front of their establishment stating how many sales they need to stay open on that day, and once their target is met, they close the shop for the day. They aren’t trying to profit right now. They are selflessly leaving room for other businesses of the same service/supply to make sales and stay open too. What a fantastic idea, right?

Would this work for your business? If so, do you want to try it? Go on, and then let us know how you went. Email us photos and tell us how this is working for you too. I have been trying to order more takeaway to help the area stay afloat. The kids aren’t complaining either!

So readers, right now, we urge you all to be patient and look after yourselves first and foremost. Share facts. Check on your elderly family and friends. Support a local business. Keep 1.5m from any other people when and where it is needed and be kind to each other! We are going on a little Easter break for next week’s edition, but we will be back for our April 18 edition. Stay safe readers!


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Well... What a week it has been since our last edition! First of all, we want to let all our readers know that everything in this edition was true and correct at the time of going to print. With so many changes and updates daily, we are struggling to keep up. We will do our best to ensure you get the facts as best as we can, but we don’t want to harp on and on about COVID-19. In saying that, please bear in mind that this edition will have a few things you need to know with “Stage 1" of the pandemic response announced.

On Monday 23rd March, 2020 at midday, “Stage 1" began. This was in response to many Australians not taking the spread of the virus seriously, the Prime Minister closed all entertainment venues, clubs, pubs, bars, nightclubs and more, with cafes and restaurants to trade with take away and delivery only. Also, that Australians must only shop when it is needed, and when in public, use social distancing to help reduce the spread.

Queensland’s Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, spoke recently in a media conference about what it means for Queenslanders. In a condensed version, everything the Prime Minister said, but with emphasis to stay in our own suburbs, and that this is not a time for holidaying. No going to stroll at the local shopping centre. No meeting for a coffee or lunch. No dining out. No going to the beach. No going to the park. No camping. Mention of these school holidays coming up and that they in fact will not be school holidays. We, as a nation must adhere to what “rules” are being put in place in order to stop our COVID-19 numbers rising dramatically. Many are ridiculing the decision to keep schools open as contradictory, and we have spoken to many teachers who are under a lot of stress due to this decision. They are on the front line along with our retail stores and takeaway food employees and doctors and all medical staffing that goes with them.

This is something that is going to impact our lives for many months to come yet. We can’t help but think that if we follow instructions given by the government, this virus may not impact our country as it has over seas. What other choice do we have, right? Many businesses have already shut completely, many employees are now unemployed. Centrelink is being bombarded with calls and people in their inundating their centres trying to make sure they have money to eat, pay bills, keep a roof over their heads. At this time, we feel that we need to have faith that our government is going catch us. The stimulus packages haven’t been finalised. There is a lot to consider to ensure all Australians are ok. Many more announcements will come. Banks have already offered freezing loan repayments. There will be more to come too. We don’t really have much choice but to wait as each announcement reveals who gets what next.

We had intentions of printing a four page spread which consisted of all the businesses still open, but as the days got closer to time of print, it became harder to keep up. Instead, we want to remind all our readers that we need to keep supporting our local businesses. Keep them from closing down too. Almost all our cafes and restaurants are trading with take away and delivery. Your favourite café, your favourite breakfast place, your favourite places to dine.... all still open, trading with minimal staff and all implementing what needs to be implemented to keep their staff and patrons safe. Yes, we are all suffering with wage loss or worse, but if you can afford a take away coffee, or a quick bite of fish and chips, get it delivered and have a small enjoyment with something so simple. And don’t forget our trades and services out there struggling too. They are all still operating and implementing cleanliness for your safety too. In fact, our car is being serviced while we speak. We will do our best to help ALL our local businesses when and where we can.

And now, we start to wonder, that by the time this edition is in your lap, will the schools be closed and we will in effect go into “Stage 2"? We ask all of our readers, no matter what your beliefs are right now, to take the time to breathe, remember we are avoiding spreading this virus, and look after yourselves as well as others when in public. We ask that you keep an eye on our elderly where possible and are they ok? Social distancing is serious and it does make it hard to do many of our daily routine things, but we just have to alter our lives and not cease it altogether in a complete lock down as we have seen over seas. Social distancing has proven to help contain a virus so let’s give it a go! When we were shopping for essentials on Monday, it was pleasant to see that everyone was moving around each other and doing a good job of social distancing. No body seemed stressed or angry. There was no toilet paper but that ridiculous saga will end soon and shops will go back to normal once everyone realises there is enough for all! We don’t even want to talk about that drama!

So... let’s get into this week’s edition shall we? While trying to continue to support the community, and with the news changing so rapidly, we had to make the decision to shrink this week’s edition down... but don’t worry, it won’t be followed on to next week’s edition. These are testing times for us all. Reach out if you need help, and remember readers, be kind to one another. We are in this for the long haul. Let’s come out the other end of it stronger, better and smarter... together.


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On Thursday 12th March Bounty Boulevard State school celebrated Harmony Day. The day was organised by EAL/D Inclusion Teacher Rebecca Norris along with the support of school staff. The theme for this years Harmony Day was 'Everyone Belongs'. Parents and carers were invited to the grand opening of the World Languages Library. This bookshelf is new to the school and has a variety of multilingual and bilingual books for the children who have languages or cultures other than English to take home and enjoy together with their families.

Lots of parents attended and the cultural leaders for the school cut the Harmony Day cake for the morning tea. Parents and members of the community are invited to donate multilingual and bilingual books for the library by dropping books off to the LIC or school front office.

After the grand opening of the World Languages Library the celebrations continued with the Harmony Day Assembly. Children were invited to wear county colours, cultural dress of the harmony day official colour, orange. The whole school attended this assembly showcasing cultural dress from all over the world. A video of children explaining what Harmony Day meant to them within the school was shown and a performance by the Dja Dja Mur Culture and Dance Group was enjoyed by the children and parents who attended.

The festivities continued with staff taking part in a morning tea organised to bring together everyone's cultural backgrounds. The classrooms continued the theme of belonging by creating flags to represent their culture and some classes inviting parents to get involved with cultural morning tea and others with Brazilian song and dance.....

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On Sunday 17 May 2020 the community will be able to participate in the locally run Muddy Colour Run. This is going to be a milestone community event and participants will be able to skip, walk, dance or run their way through an old school commando course with mud pits, lots of obstacles, colour craziness at the colour stations and of course FUN! After the Muddy Colour fun, rinse off in the Wet Zone and grab a bite to eat at the various food trucks in attendance. This very unique event is being co-ordinated by local events company MSK Events and it will be a major fundraiser for the not-for-profit Frederick Marsden Youth Centre. Held on their amazing grounds at Kallangur, the property on the corner of Narangba and Marsden Road was originally established to support orphans and underprivileged boys, by providing shelter, education and developing job skills. Today, that vision not only lives on, it has greatly expanded from the Frederick Marsden Youth Centre into broader community support and services through the Marsden Families Program, which provides Disability Services via NDIS programs as well as Family Support and Counselling Services. For over 90 years the property at Kallangur has been at the centre of community based events and employment programs to support the local community and this event will bring in much needed funds to continue that amazing work. This Event is Proudly brought to our community by Norths Leagues & Services Club, Kallangur. Norths boast a....

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In honour of the tasty icon, IKEA North Lakes will host activities for all from Saturday 7 March – Sunday 8 March. No trip to IKEA is complete without enjoying some meatballs in our IKEA restaurants. To celebrate National Meatball Day on Monday 9 March, IKEA North Lakes is hosting a range of fun activities from Saturday 7 March – Sunday 8 March. Did you know that more than 1 billion IKEA meatballs were sold around the world in 2019? The iconic meatball has a long history within IKEA, celebrating its 35th year in the IKEA Food range this year. In 1985, IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad and Swedish chef Severin Sjöstedt set themselves the challenge of creating the perfect meatball recipe. Even within Sweden, opinions vary greatly on how a meatball should taste. Over the course of 10 months, the recipe was refined to reflect a meatball for all of Sweden – bringing together the differing views of the north and south. Now the IKEA meatball family includes 3 variations on the classic dish including the veggie ball, the chicken ball and the new plant-based ball. Join us in-store for Swedish meatball sampling in the Swedish...

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This time award winning local brewery White Brick Brewing, is partnering with one of the top destinations in the area, Caboolture Historical Village, for a Beer v Food Match Up. Utilising the skills of a local head chef, and the award winning beers of a local brewery, a taste bud experience is being prepared. There will of course be food matched with beers, diners will be able to score if the beer matches the food. Will the beers or the food be the winner on the night? What will be the best combination? The Village Hotel will be the venue. This historic venue has the casual charm of a typical Australian Bush Pub. Vivid examples of local history abound, and delight the curious as you soak up the atmosphere. “It could be likened to a Sunday Special, with the things we have planned” said White Brick owner Adam Gibb. “We will be entertaining more than 70 people with awesome beer, spectacular food and great stories from the Social media pages went into a ...

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On Friday 14th February, 2020 at approximately 1.45pm, a serious car accident occurred at the intersection of Diamond Jubilee Way and Discover Drive, North Lakes. The car that was hit, a Honda CR-V, was travelling through the green arrow (the Honda was the THIRD car through the green arrow), when a speeding Audi ran through the red light in the opposite direction, connected with the Honda and flipped the Honda onto the other side of the road and landed on its roof. There was a lady driving the Honda, with no passengers, and she came out of the accident with minimal physical injuries. However, she may be mentally traumatised for some time to come. There were reports that the Audi was seen driving erratically just moments before the accident occurred. Witnesses say it was speeding, swerving, and the driver was distracted at the lights before this intersection, looking at his mobile phone and not going when the light was green. Social media pages went into a ...

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Ever heard of a charity called “Woulfe Pack Lunches”? No? Neither had we, until one day a post popped up on social media that caught our eye!
Tamara and Nathan are a young husband and wife team with 2 young daughters, Hannah and Charlotte. Why are these guys so special? Because like many others, they spend their own time and money to help others who are struggling emotionally and financially when being treated for cancer or other serious diseases.
Back in 2017 and 2019 Tamara lost both her mother and her Nanny to Oesophagus cancer. In her time of grief, Tamara started to think about how she could help those who are being treated for cancer or other serious illnesses. Just something small to help put a smile on their face. Help with the smaller tasks of our daily lives. Just that one small thing to help. This is when she created “Woulfe Pack Lunches”. This is a very new charity and the success of the first packing night and donations given was very overwhelming and encouraged Tamara to keep going.
Woulfe Pack Lunches provide non-perishable lunch packs for families going through treatments of cancer or other life threatening diseases. Every 5 to 6 months Tamara organises a packing night using all the donations collected over the months. Once packed, they are then delivered to those in need. Tamara, Nathan and the girls do everything! From organising donations, to packing the packs, and delivering them to those in need. Tamara is also the director of North Brisbane Real Estate who are the major sponsors of the charity, and all of this is done using their own time and money to start the charity and keep it going, with the generosity of the donations from others. To date, awareness is being raised using their Facebook pages, “Woulfe Pack Lunches” and “North Brisbane Real Estate”.
Their daughters are very much a part of the charity too. Who do you think decorates those bags so beautifully? Yep, Hannah and Charlotte! Sometimes they even get their friends to decorate the bags when they come over for a play date! These two beautiful young angels also donated their entire pocket money to purchase non-perishable food items to go into the packs.
Because the charity is very new, Nathan and Tamara and their girls are the only volunteers. They rely on donations of the generous community. At present, they are trying to source a store that will let them set up a donation bin so that there is a permanent spot people can drop their donations off at. They do collect direct donations now and you can donate too. Just contact the team via their Facebook page or through their mobile number, and they will help direct you to dropping off the donations.
Once all donations are collated, it is time to arrange the packing night. Packing nights are held at Narangba Valley Tavern Function Room and they advertise the nights on their Facebook page. At present it is twice a year, but as the charity grows with more volunteers they will be able to complete more donation deliveries.
Woulfe Pack Lunches need more volunteers to keep this charity going and to help it grow. They need volunteers twice a year to help with deliveries and to pack the bags on packing nights. Donations can be given any time though out the year. Just message them on their Facebook page OR via mobile on 0466 539 255.

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Local Theatre tackles teenage cyber-bullying drama

Performers from Moreton Bay Theatre Company will tackle some of the confronting issues faced by young people in the 21st century, when they present Alana Valentine’s verbatim-based drama, Cyberbile. The challenging play explores issues of bullying, belonging, isolation and identity through a vast range of characters.
The play was written in 2013, when Ms Valentine conducted interviews at the Presbyterian Ladies College in Sydney, and has since been described as an enticingly accurate depiction of the anxieties that students and families face surrounding online communities.
Director Timothy Wynn finds great significance in that there is “finally a story that explores cyberbullying in a way that isn’t condescending to young people. It is a play that explores the issues from all sides: victims, bystanders, teachers, parents, and of course the bullies”. The cast includes several local performers, including high school students Lana Tancred, of St Benedict’s College, and Cate Dening of Genesis Christian College. The emotional reality of the piece proves to us that theatre is always about entertainment, but also holds an important educational position to a modern audience.
Cyberbile will perform at the Neverland Theatre, 5A/4-6 Burke Crescent, North Lakes, from February 20-23. Tickets are available at

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Local Father Beats Cancer and Now Prepares to Ride 1400km to Raise Vital Funds

Andrew and Natasha Smith are an everyday North Lakes local family, raising their 3 children in a modern world. Living what they always thought was a healthy lifestyle together, eating healthy foods, staying active, enjoying life. Then on September 17, 2018 Andrew Smith’s life took a curve ball when he was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma.
“I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. A huge part of who I am is eating well and regular exercise. I was dumbfounded and in total disbelief with the diagnosis.” Andy tells me.
“All I knew about Cancer was that it can be associated with death. So I started googling all about it that night. I found out that there was quite a high survival rate with this diagnosis and my mood changed to one of hope. Don’t get me wrong, in the first few weeks there was a little doubt,, but I kept my spirits high, and there really wasn’t a time after that where I thought that I couldn’t beat the disease. ” “My amazing family, Natasha my wife, my 3 children, and my own parents and siblings helped me beat it with all the support they gave me.” Andy started both chemotherapy and radiation therapy and completed his last round in March 2019. He explained that during his treatment, he started to enquire about becoming a part of the “Tour de Cure”, which raises much needed funds for cancer research. Andy first heard about Tour de Cure in 2016 when he saw it pass through the town he was living in.
“I was amazed by the effort everyone had made. The time they took out of their busy schedules to not only raise money and ride, but to stop in towns and talk to us and spread the word of living healthy. Including throughout my children’s school.” When he was going through treatment, I knew I wanted to be a part of this fund raiser in some capacity, when he was done beating the disease.
“I feel amazingly blessed to be able to participate in the signature tour in 2020.” says Andy. Andy is going to participate in the Signature Tour in March this year. They will travel on bicycles from Newcastle, then head inland to the Hunter Valley wine region before meandering north. The tour will ride through the northern tablelands countryside before crossing the border to the sunshine state, and finishing in the popular holiday destination of Noosa Queensland. What is Andy’s goal of the tour? “I have a personal target of $20,000 that I want to raise towards this event. To date, Tour de Cure has raised $50million, with a goal for the 2020 event of an additional $11million.” Before I said goodbye, Noah, the eldest child of Andy and Natasha, sat down with me and we spoke about how he and his siblings coped through a time that no one wishes upon anyone. Noah is a very mature young man and was able to describe it all to me in great detail. I was very impressed by the pride that he had of his father. (the entire family shared the same pride)
He explained the moment they were told about their Dad’s diagnosis. He says he remembers it as clear as day. “My parents told us while we were eating lunch. I could tell something was wrong as soon as we sat down because they both had frowns on their faces. It was really quiet and awkward for maybe 5 minutes and you could tell they were nervous. Then they told us the news. We didn’t know much about cancer, and as they days went on we realised what we were in for. We started thinking of all the different scenarios and outcomes, including the worst which was to lose Dad.
For a few weeks there were lots of tears. Lots! I remember the first time we smiled and laughed since the diagnosis. It was some time later and Dad was losing his hair from his treatment. He said it was time to shave it off. I didn’t think it would, but it brightened us up but it really did. That was the only really bright experience of watching Dad go through treatment. The rest was not fun.”

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North Lakes Deck Party the place to be this Australia Day

Sunday 26th January at North Lakes Sports Club!

The Banyan Deck will be home to North Lakes Sports Club’s Australia Day festivities on Sunday 26th January. With a pop-up bar, fresh seafood and skewers available for purchase, the free Australia Day Deck Party is the place to celebrate this Australia Day! The kids will be entertained in the air conditioned Discovery Lounge with a free jumping castle, face painting and balloon twister.
The big kids will also have plenty on offer with live entertainment out on the deck by soloist Michelle Rau and the opportunity to take home best-dressed prizes! “Our free Deck Party is set to be a vibrant event and perfect for those wishing to celebrate Australia Day with friends,” commented Mr Larkin, Venue Manager. “Doors open from 12pm on Sunday 26th January and lead into the evening Sunday Afternoon Raffles straight after this free event concludes at 3pm! “With meat trays and more up for grabs, the raffles are the perfect accompaniment to any Australia Day celebration continuing on the public holiday.” North Lakes Sports Club continues its Australia Day festivities with a $7K Bingo Super Session on Monday 27th January with eyes down from 11am. To find out more about North Lakes Sports Club’s Australia Day festivities, visit or call the club on 1300 006 572 today.

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Think different, adopt different - PETstock North Lakes takes the lead for National Pet Adoption Day

as part of National Pet Adoption Day, an initiative of PETstock's charity PETstock Assist with support from event partner PetRescue.
The past five Adoption Days have found homes for nearly 3,000 animals across Australia, and this year PETstock Assist is aiming to find forever homes for another 1,000 rescue pets across its 145 stores. Olympian, television personality and animal rescue advocate Giaan Rooney is also supporting the initiative this year, encouraging Australians to adopt not shop for pets.
Giaan, who grew up raising rescues, is urging Australians to adopt different in 2020; to adopt a new way of thinking when it comes to animal adoption and consider a pet they haven't before.
"It was love at first sight with my most recent rescue, Lester," she says. "Despite being one leg short, Lester was the perfect dog: obedient, easy to train, loving and grateful. He gave me so much and wanted so little in return. His passing last year still makes me tear up today. "Our family will certainly be rescuing again when we're ready for a new pet and I encourage all would-be owners looking for a pet to consider adoption."
PETstock Assist Charity and Events Coordinator, Jess Guilfoyle, says 'Adopt Different' is a call to would-be owners to think differently about adopting a pet. "We want people to be open to different types of animals and breeds, to make considered and sustainable choices, and to give rescue pets a chance at a better life," she says. "Contrary to popular belief many animals are surrendered to rescue groups through no fault of their own. Like little Lester, who was surrendered after suffering a broken leg requiring medical attention and amputation.
"We're encouraging all animal-lovers to attend Adoption Day on February 15, to meet pets in need, educate themselves on adoption and reconsider any biases they may have towards rescue animals.
“All pets deserve a safe and loving forever home and through initiatives like this we hope to break the cycle of pet homelessness." PetRescue Co-Founder, Vickie Davy, has seen firsthand the incredible bonds that form when new owners open their mind and adopt different. "A lot of people start their search for a new pet with a certain type, breed, or age in mind. However, your perfect match might not be the pet you think,"
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Builder appointed to 1.7-hectare mixed-use development in North Lakes

Queensland construction firm McNab has been awarded the multi-million dollar build contract for the Laguna North Lakes mixed-used precinct.

Due to commence work in 2020, the Queensland-based builder was appointed the contract by developers Pointcorp and the George Group, with the build expected to span two-and-a-half years.
Designed by renowned Brisbane architects Richards and Spence, in collaboration with acclaimed firm Nettleton Tribe, Laguna will invigorate Queensland's fastest growing area. Located 25 kilometres from Brisbane, on North Lakes Drive, the project will include 1.7 hectares of community space – a lagoon-style pool, high street shopping and dining scene, function, gym and wellness spaces, TRYP hotel by Wyndham and two-levels of basement carparking.
George Group Director, Patrick George explained that appointing a reliable contractor with proven outputs is key to the success of the development.
"A project with intrinsic elements of this scale requires a reliable contractor, renowned for quality outputs. McNab's proven ability to safely and efficiently deliver high-end developments ultimately settled the agreement", said George Group Director, Patrick George. McNab Sunshine Coast Construction... read more on page 6 of our December 21 edition.

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Special holiday reunion for father & son musical duo

Ask anyone and most will tell you, Christmas is a time for celebrating with family and friends. This couldn’t be truer for Thomas Armstrong-Robley and his father, Dave Robley, who are preparing for a huge performance at this years Pine Rivers Christmas Carols.
At 25, Thomas has spent the last 3 years travelling to over 20 countries performing concerts, singing on board major cruise lines and releasing his debut album ‘A Song For You: Live In Concert’. He hasn’t celebrated the holidays at home since 2016 but this year he returns to where it all began to celebrate Christmas with his loved ones and to perform for residents of the Moreton Bay Region. When asked how the concept came about, Thomas said “Initially I was approached about hosting and performing at the event but quickly I realised there was an opportunity to create something more, a special moment between father and son that truly encapsulates the holiday spirit”. And so the stage was set, Dave and Thomas sat down and created ‘Home For Christmas’, a musical segment that would not only bring the pair together for their first public performance but also echo the sentiments of the 1988 song by Chris Rea about a man coming home for Christmas. But if you think this is just a gimmick designed to tug on your heart strings, it’s absolutely not. Dave himself has decades of international experience as a musician in various bands and musical acts. Beginning in the North of England, he worked alongside charttopping bands including The Bay City Rollers and Sweet touring throughout the UK and Europe. “I’m looking forward to working with my son, it will be the first time we work on stage together and hopefully not the last” said Dave The two team up for the first time performing popular Christmas hits including Merry Christmas Everyone, Fairytale of New York, Blue Christmas, Last Christmas and the aforementioned Chris Rea hit, Driving Home For Christmas. “I’m thrilled to be teaming with Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism once again and to be partnering with my dad is the icing on an already beautiful cake” said Armstrong-Robley You can catch Thomas Armstrong-Robley & Dave Robley in ‘Home For Christmas’ from 5pm on December 15th at the Pine Rivers Christmas Carols.

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The Morrison Government's $19.6 million Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity grants program is now open.

Luke Howarth MP, Federal Member for Petrie, is encouraging local organisations to apply for the grants, which aim to break down the barriers to people getting active and bring communities together.
“Australia is one of the world's great sporting nations but not all Aussies come from sporting backgrounds,” Mr Howarth said. “Playing sport is a great way to be a part of the community so it's important we provide a helping hand for people to get involved, particularly people with disabilities, new migrants and indigenous people.
“These grants will also help build on the fantastic participation boom our Government is supporting in women and girls' sport. “We want everyone to feel welcome to join in at our local sporting clubs because sport is a big part of our way of life in Petrie.” Special Olympics gold medallist and Bracken Ridge resident Jay Nardi said the grants were a great way to promote inclusion in sports. “In Australia we like to give things a go so these grants will give the opportunity to those who might find it a little harder to participate a go,”
said Mr Nardi.
The grants are open to applications from not-for-profit organisations including local community organisations, sporting organisations and local government entities and are available to assist the following community groups to get involved in sport and recreational activities:
·Newly arrived migrants and refugees
·People with a physical or mental disability
·Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; and

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
·Engaging with community organisations to deliver sport and physical activity projects
·Coaching clinics to teach sports skills and techniques
·Participation in local sports competition
·Instruction in exercise and physical activity classes delivered by qualified instructors
·Research and data collection; and
·Recruitment and engagement of translators required to deliver the activities.
Grants close 2pm on Thursday 12 December Australian Eastern Daylight Time (1pm Queensland time). Further information about the Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity Grant Opportunity (GO2645) is available from the GrantConnect website.

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We certainly have some champions living among us here in North Lakes, and they come from all aspects of life, but today we want to introduce you to the local martial arts club called ATA Martial Arts, where some of their students from the ages of 10 to 16 have recently been competing overseas in the ESPN Wide World of Sports “Fall National Championships” in Florida, USA and they returned home with many Gold, Silver and Bronze medals too.
So, I went down to the studio when there was a training session in place, and it wasn’t just for the kids. To my surprise I got to see a wide variety of ages on the mats and all training. Watching them simply warm up showed me how much passion they all have and I even got a chance to chat to a few of the students too. What pride they ooze whilst wearing their uniform, and even more so for those with medals to showcase for me.
ATA Martial Arts is owned by Suzi Sandfort and her daughter Lakeiya. Both ladies are also teachers in the studio too. Suzi started martial arts when she was just 6, and has been into it for 40 years now.
“Dad put me into Karate and Judo. I chose Taekwondo in my teens and have stuck with it since” Suzi said. “My daughter, Lakeiya, was basically born on the mats. She's now 24 and competes world wide as well as teaching when at home in the studio.”
“In March of 2018, Lakeiya and I opened this full time training studio, in North Lakes followed by full time studios in the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast too. Previously we ran clubs in those areas and converted them to full time facilities.”
As I sat and watched the variety of adults and children practising their training, I could feel a real sense of respect everyone has for each other as well as the studio. But then I noticed that there were a lot of families around me. Not only were there family that were onlookers, but it appeared that parents, children and siblings were participating all together. I asked Suzi if I was correct in assuming that there were families who are members and come together to train.

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RnB Dance Fitness Classes Take off with help from Hit 105's Abby Coleman

Women from both the Northside and Southside of Brisbane were given a rare opportunity to attend a free RnB dance fitness class run by Gillian and her Crew from R&B Dance Fitness with Abby Coleman from Hit 105 Breakfast show.

Women from both the Northside and Southside of Brisbane were given a rare opportunity to attend a free RnB dance fitness class run by Gillian and her Crew from R&B Dance Fitness with Abby Coleman from Hit 105 Breakfast show.
Hundreds of women stepped out of their comfort zones and shook their booty's to RnB's well-known hits from Beyoncé, Destiny's Child and Janet Jackson. The classes were held at St Columban's Caboolture on the 1st of November and at John Paul College Daisy Hill on the 8th of November, in the lead up to Hit 105's well-known RnB Fridays Live Concert held on the 15th of November. Tickets were up for grabs for those that rocked the best dance moves during the classes.
Abby was invited to come join R&B dance classes with local girl Gillian and Abby said that her first reaction was to say no because she wanted to wait until she had lost the weight she had gained after having her third baby.
'I think so many of us women say I will do that dance class when I loose weight or when I get more confident, rather than just going no do it now and do something that challenges you and then you actually get more confident [as a result]', Abby said.
She said that a lot of women tend to put themselves second and these dance classes are for all woman whether you can dance or not. There is no judgement, just encouragement from other woman.
The R & B stands for Resilient and Balanced Fitness and was created by Gillian as a result of suffering personal traumatic life events that put her in a really bad place that she felt she couldn't get out of.
'I was just in a dark and horrible place and I was actually severely depressed and I put on quite a lot of weight as a result and I didn't think I would be able to get into doing the things that I loved again, but my supportive husband used to drag me out into the garage and get me moving again [by RnB dancing] until I just knew I had to snap out of it ……so I put together a pop up dance class in Brisbane and 150 woman showed up, it was amazing, and it's just taken off since', Gillian said.
She said that women not only get the obvious physical results from doing the classes, but women can also expect a whole lot more mentally and emotionally.
'Really what I wanted to do was to share with other woman that might be going through some really tough times, a space for them that they can feel good about themselves and just you know see that light that they can get through it', said Gillian.
WEEKLY CLASSES WILL BEGIN in JANUARY 2020. To keep up-to-date with pop-up classes and the soon to come weekly classes, follow their social pages:
Instagram R & B Dance Fitness Facebook page, R & B Dance Fitness

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North Lakes Market Zone are back in the hands of true locals!

North Lakes Market Zone is under new management…well kind of new.

MSK Events are very excited to announce that they have purchased back the North Lakes Market Zone. MSK launched the Market Zone originally, but due to concern over their workload, their wee local family run business made the heart wrenching decision to sell. BUT, they absolutely could not stay away and jumped at the chance to run this Market Zone again when the opportunity arose.
The Market Zone will still run the last Sunday of each month (except for their Christmas special), at the picturesque Lake Eden, from 8am to 1pm. The Market Zone will showcase a wide variety of stallholders including handmade products, speciality items and mouth-watering food. There will be competitions, live music, local group performances, giant games, free fitness sessions and they encourage families to bring a picnic rug and make a day of it.
They are asking for the support of the North Lakes Community to elevate this Market and to support all the amazing local vendors that attend each month. Without the support of the North Lakes community they will not be able to have such a fantastic event in our local area.
The next market is Sunday 24 November and will have over 50 different market stalls in attendance. This is a perfect opportunity to start some Christmas shopping and pick up some handmade unique items.
Their last event for the year is the Christmas special on Sunday 22 December. They will have some fun activities for the kids and a visit from Santa as well. This is perfect timing to pick up the last of your Christmas gifts and spend the day relaxing lakeside.
If you are interested in having a market stall, performing, sponsoring and activity or being involved in an event, please contact MSK Events via:
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MSK Events is a local family owned and operated professional event management business. With loads of passion, dedication and pride on creating unique experiences. MSK specialise in creating community events like markets, pop up twilight events and speciality food festivals.
As well as bringing their own creative events to the community, they also work with local businesses, schools and groups to bring to life community events at their locations.
Contact - Kirstin Calder, MSK Events

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