Hurry to Get your Australia Day Nominations in

Region's Australia Day Awards nominations close October 31

Nominations for the Australia Day Awards close at the end of the month and Moreton Bay Regional Council wants residents to get their applications in for their favourite community hero.
“The clock is ticking so don’t forget to get your application in for the 2019 Australia Day Awards,” Mayor Allan Sutherland said.
“The Australia Day Awards honour the unsung heroes in our community by celebrating their incredible achievements and positive contribution to helping make our region an even better place to work, live and play."
“We’ve seen the high calibre of nominations over the years including our golden girl and superstar Lakeisha Patterson who took out the Moreton Bay Regional Council Young Citizen of the Year back in 2017."
“Then of course we saw Karen Johns take out the Citizen of the Year earlier this year."
“The DARE Formal Wear store owner had a phenomenal story to tell in not only helping to fund domestic violence support services locally, but also offering formal wear items at affordable prices and helping financially disadvantaged Year 12 students with a donated dress or suit to help them attend their Senior Formal.”
Mayor Sutherland said the awards recognised the efforts of ordinary individuals doing extraordinary work in the community.
“If you know someone in the community that’s an inspiration to many, then we want to hear about them.”
Applications for Australia Day Awards close October 31.
For more information and to lodge a nomination visit

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Win Festitalia Tickets!

Entry for you and three mates (or family) to Festitalia, returningfor one day in October

As we reported last week (see below), Brisbane’s biggest celebration of all things Italy, Festitalia, returns on Sunday October 14.
This week, The Messenger has two prize packsto giveaway each with four tickets for entry to the festival on Sunday October 14.
To enter simply email with "Festitalia" in the subject line and your contact details in the body of the email. Winners will be chosen at random.
Hurry, winners will be chosen and notified Thursday 11 October 2018 at midday. Winners can collect their tickets at the gate during Festitialia.

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World Class BMX track opens

One of the country's largest BMX tracks, the largest of it's kind in Australia, opens at Bracken Ridge

Last week, a new $2.3 million BMX track opened at Bracken Ridge - the first of two dedicated off-road freestyle and racing facilities to accommodate BMX enthusiasts. Designed by a specialist team, including some of the experts behind the London Olympics BMX competition tracks, the track appeals to riders of all ages and abilities.
The 5,700 square metre facility features 640 metres of asphalt track with freestyle jumps and obstacles of heights varying from 40cm to 160cm accommodating beginner, intermediate and advanced level runs to cater to junior and experienced riders.
The new free BMX track adjoins the Aquatic Centre and Bracken Ridge Skate Plaza Telegraph on Road and has lighting so bike, scooter or skateboard fans can ride until 10pm.
“We want Brisbane riders ranging from beginners through to professional riders, to have a high-quality track to learn to ride on, practice new tricks, improve skills or prepare for a BMX race," Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said prior to the opening.
“There are currently no large, dedicated BMX facilities across Brisbane, and many talented young riders do not have the facilities to hone their skills to a competitive or professional level."
“This purpose-built track, together with one opening at Darra in mid-2019, will be available for up and coming BMX riders to do workshops and practice their techniques.”
Bracken Ridge Ward Councillor Amanda Cooper said that the BMX track would add to the destination recreation precinct already located at the corner of Telegraph Road and Lemke Road.
“The Bracken Ridge BMX is an exciting new free venue for the whole family and adds to the Emily Seebohm Aquatic Centre and Bracken Ridge Skate Plaza which opened in 2016,” she said.
“In addition to the riding facilities, the precinct is benefitting from 30 additional car parking spaces and lighting at the track and skate plaza until 10pm.
“A special artwork designed two local artists Cezary Stulgis and Benjamin Reeve, has also been installed at the facility, as part of the Brisbane Canvas initiative.”
For more information about the Bracken Ridge BMX track, visit or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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Grab a slice of Italian Life

When Brisbane's only major celebration of the good Italian life, Festitalia, returns for one day in October

Break out your pasta bibs, pull on those stretchy pants and get ready to talk with your hands (when they're not busy eating and drinking) as Brisbane’s biggest celebration of all things Italy, Festitalia, returns on Sunday October 14.
Boasting a program of food, wine, song and more, you'll only have one day to get roamin' down to Spencer Park Newmarket for a big bellissimo day out.

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$100k reward for information on strawberry contamination


As incentive to bring the incident to a rapid conclusion, the state government is offering a $100,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the current strawberry contamination incident.
Police are currently investigating contamination of strawberry punnets sold at retail containing what appears needles inserted in strawberries.
The contaminatio, affects two brands of strawberries – Berry Obsession and BerryLicious as a third brand, Donnybrook Berries, is being removed from sale.
Anyone who has BerryLicious or Berry Obsession strawberries at home should not use them. If you are in doubt of the brand, throw them out. Due to a recent copycat incident at Gatton police have advised that all strawberries should be cut up before they are eaten, regardless of the brand.
Queensland supplies the winter production of strawberries for Australia, with the season running from May to October, with some contribution to summer production from the Stanthorpe region.
Queensland growers produce 6-15,000 tonnes of fruit per season, up to 60 million punnets of strawberries. There are approximately 150 strawberry growers in Queensland, with most production around Dayboro, Beerwah, Wamuran, Elimbah, Caboolture, Stanthorpe and Bundaberg.
The Premier said the reward was an additional incentive to bring the incident to a rapid conclusion.
“Whoever is behind this is not just putting families at risk across Queensland and the rest of Australia – they are putting an entire industry at risk,” the Premier said.
“I would urge anyone with information that may be relevant to this incident in any way to contact police as soon as possible.
Police have liaised with retailers to ensure that all stock is removed from sale. Police are urging anyone who locates strawberries containing the needles to contact Policelink for further advice on 131 444.
Anyone who believes they or a member of their family may have eaten a needle should urgently speak to their doctor or call 13 HEALTH.

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New local youth theatre company opens doors

North Lakes based Moreton Bay Youth Theatre to build skills in youth ages 5+
School Holiday Workshop and Show auditions this weekend

Moreton Bay Youth Theatre (MBYT) is a new theatre company based in North Lakes focused on developing students performance craft, confidence, teamwork and public-speaking skills through Musical Theatre and Acting Classes. Their aim is to provide a fun, nurturing and enjoyable learning environment for performers from ages 5 upwards.
On the 15th of September, MBYT will open their doors for auditions for their inaugural School Holiday Workshop and Show, a fun and energetic High School Musical Junior. The programme is designed to give everyone the opportunity to shine regardless of experience.
Director and co-founder of Moreton Bay Youth Theatre, Matthew Bapty, says that MBYT wish to accommodate and welcome all.
“We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to build their confidence and showcase who they are, whilst also allowing them to embark on new creative journeys and meet and work with new people,” Mr Bapty said.
“It’s so incredibly important to encourage youth participation in the performing arts.”
The week-long workshop will be run by passionate and qualified instructors. Each mentor has extensive experience and on-going education in their fields to ensure the students are given the best possible training and performance experience in a nurturing and enjoyable environment.
“Our ultimate goal for the week is for everyone to have a fun experience,” Mr Bapty said.
The workshop will run for a week from Monday the 24th of September to Friday the 28th of September, with four performances running that weekend.
In order to keep all participants actively learning, rehearsals will run on a specific schedule consisting on time for blocking, vocals and choreography. Moreton Bay Youth Theatre will provide participants with tuition, costumes and daily catering as well as a complimentary membership to Moreton Bay Theatre Company for the remainder of the calendar year.
To register for auditions, interested persons can email

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Making lake Eden great again

More than half a million dollars for Lake Eden fix up and wetland work to rehabilitate Black Duck Reserve at Murrumba Downs

During recent years, the Messenger has received much correspondence about Lake Eden. The very public concerns have ranged from the health of the lake, its inhabitants and to the aesthetic.
The lake itself was man-made at the beginning of our planned community. The crown jewel of the area since its launch in 1999, Lake Eden has a roughly two kilometre perimeter and an average depth of 3 meters and despite its artificial beginnings has become home to a wide variety of birds and other native creatures.
Although the North Lakes community was named Australia’s Best Master Planned Community in 2017 at the prestigious Property Council of Australia awards, our readers have been vocal about Lake Eden's state of disrepair.
Community groups have sprung forth to help maintain the lake and its surrounds with little resources, but what has been needed and indeed called for by the community is large scale maintenance, and a plan for ongoing maintenance. Council has listened and it's exactly what they're about to deliver.
Moreton Bay Regional Council has allotted a substantial $550,000 to commence work at Lake Eden to improve maintenance access for council’s ongoing efforts to enhance the lake’s amenity and water quality..

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North Lakes Resort Golf Club

Community mobilises over planned closure and redevelopment

Recently North Lakes Resort Golf Club announced that they would shutter the course at the end of 2019 due to continued financial losses citing a trending downturn in golfing for leisure.
The owners have assured residents that the golf course and all of its facilities will continue to operate until then but said in a statement that they have entered an arrangement to redevelop 11 hectares of the of the 57 hectare prime real estate site into an aged care and senior living facility.
"The owners are proposing to sell the course and have entered into an arrangement with The Village Retirement Group for the entire parcel of land. The intent is for more than 85% of the course area to be maintained for environmental protection, publically accessible open space and the possibility of a range of sport and recreation facilities for community use," the statement read.
The Village Retirement Group (VRG) proposal, yet to be entered to Council is a low-density development comprising 200 independent living units roughly in the centre of the current site with an aged-care facility on the southern tip and an environmental restoration project, to make an open space on the finger-like tip that extends toward Endeavour Boulevard.
Despite continued falling interest in the current facility, there has been huge public outcry about the closure. Residents are passionately mobilising under a banner carrying a tagline the lifestyle you promised is about to disappear via a Facebook group called Save North Lakes Golf Course.
On Sunday there was a town meeting at the North Lakes Sports Club. Both speakers and attendees were passionate. It was a call to action. the speakers called on the entire community to come together, to use their professional skills to protest the sale based on the lifestyle promises made as North Lakes was originally developed. Local Matt Williamson MC'd.
"We were sold a dream. Move your family to North Lakes. Bring your business to North Lakes. A new thriving community and at its heart was one of Queensland’s best championship golf courses. The North Lakes Resort Golf Club," he said on Sunday.
Mr Williamson stated that estate developer Stockland and real estate agents leveraged their marketing of the area around the Graham Marsh designed golf course and that whether you used the facility or not a redevelopment would have an impact on traffic, noise, wild life, public safety in adjoining areas, and not least of all, the lifestyle you were promised when you bought into the area.
For the development to go ahead after submission, MBRC have to vote and approve. The concern is that once approved, it could open a floodgate of ongoing development on the space, affecting property values across the suburb.
"It’s a place where we knew our property values would grow. Because it's based around an asset that would remain an open space," Mr Williamson said.
"We bought into this lifestyle and we paid a premium to do it," he said to cheers from the crowd.
The previous Saturday, hundreds of locals and Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth assembled in front of the course in protest of the redevelopment plan. Mr Howarth took to centre of the group advising concerned residents to contact their division councillors throughout the region and the Mayor to voice their objections.
“We need to let councillors know, right throughout the Moreton Bay Region just how important this is to you,” Mr Howarth said.
The end goal of this campaign is that the golf course remain a golf course and the community is organising and assembling to that end. You will see signage, letter box drops and more public meetings.
An official State Government petition objecting to the change in the use of North Lakes Golf Course, endorsed by our member for Bancroft Mr Chris Whiting went live and the time of press had over 2000 signatures.
The Save North Lakes Golf Course movement is calling for passionate members of community to donate their time and skills in assistance to the cause. From door knockers, to fund raisers to marketing professionals to those experienced in council application processes.
If you can offer assistance in these matters contact

What can concerned residents do?
Contact local councillors right throughout the region, full list of contacts here:
Sign the petition here:
Donate to the cause to help organised exposure (or see the Facebook page for direct debit details)
Join the Facebook group here
Use the hashtag #SNLGC to raise your voice on social media

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Moreton Bay Uni Construction officially underway

USC Moreton Bay is on track to open for Semester 1, 2020

Construction of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Petrie Campus is gaining momentum with the opening of the state of the art precinct now only 18 months away.
Last Wednesday USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill today hosted a commencement ceremony at the site of the campus expected to have a student population of 10,000 by 2030.
Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton, Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth and Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham attended the ceremony to mark the start of construction of stage 1 of the newcampus – a three-storey foundation building with more than 16,000 square metres of floor space – will soon take shape on land adjacent the Petrie railway station.
Professor Hill praised each of the dignitaries for the significant roles they have played in enabling USC Moreton Bay, which will bring unprecedented access to tertiary education for residents of the region.
“Moreton Bay is one of Queensland’s fastest growing regions, but is the only region of its size in Australia without its own full-service university campus,” he said.
“USC Moreton Bay represents an exciting opportunity to harness the region’s potential, and significantly boost educational opportunities for local residents.”
Professor Hill said USC already had a strong connection with Moreton Bay, with almost 1,000 new students from the region starting at the University’s campuses on the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture in Semester 1 this year
He said USC Moreton Bay’s initial undergraduate, postgraduate, and research programs would have an employment focus to ensure benefits flow quickly to the wider community.
“As the Caboolture and Moreton Bay campuses grow, we will work closely with local schools, industries and community groups to ensure we deliver study options that meet the region’s needs, and prepare graduates for the opportunities for a changing economy,” he said.
The Minister said it was great to see construction of this important project underway.
“In just over 18 months this site will be a thriving and bustling university precinct,” Mr Dutton said.

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Australia's Best cars Announced

As car buyers are urged to be cautious buying during EOFYS

You've heard it before, if it sounds to be good to be true, it probably is. While there's no doubt you can snag a bargain during the End of Financial Year Sales, there's still a risk of being ripped off.
RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said buyers need to keep wits about them, just like any other time of year.
"We often see rock bottom prices around June, but make sure you’re not being taken for a ride,” Ms Hunter said.
“In some cases, these are just everyday prices dressed up EOFYS deals to fool unsuspecting buyers.
“If the price seems too good to be true, there’s every chance new stock is about to come into the showroom and what you’re being offered will soon be outdated.
“If you want a 2018 model for example, double check the date of manufacture, and specify this in the sale contract if need be.”
Ms Hunter reminded drivers the cost of owning a car would continue once they left the dealership with registration, insurance, servicing, repayments and of course fuel.
Ms Hunter said while it was easy to fall for a cheap deal, motorists needed to look at how much the car would cost them four or five years down the track.
“Buying a car should be a considered, well-thought-out decision. Do your sums, know your budget and make sure you don’t get talked into buying something you’re not going to be able to afford in the long run.”
Hot on the heals of the EOFYS comes the announcement of Australia's best cars in various categories, as tested by the various motoring bodies around the country
The groups, including RACQ and it's interstate equivalents put vehicles through vigorous tests in three categories including value for money, design and function (including safety) and on-road performance.
This year 160 cars were tested and 15 cars were announced as leading the field last week.

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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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