Christchurch Memorial in North Lakes

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

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

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

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

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Local Scholarships for Uni

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

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

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Front row Seats aboard Brisbane Whale Watching's luxury vessel for the 71st Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

One of two double passes valued at $200

On April 19, 2019 thousands will flock to the Moreton Bay foreshore to watch the sailboats compete in Australia’s second-biggest yacht race.
As the crews battle it out it in the 71st Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race punters along the shore will also battle for best vantage point. But what if you could avoid all that and score yourself the best seats in the house, for free?
In conjunction with premium bay experience provider Brisbane Whale Watching, the Messenger has two double passes to give away. That's two chances for you and a friend to secure front row seats to all the action and excitement aboard the luxury vessel MV Eye Spy!
Boarding at 9am on April 19 (Good Friday) from Redcliffe Jetty, the winning tickets include morning tea and buffet lunch and are valued at $200.00 each, for a total prize pool of $400.00. Brisbane Whale Watching will return you to the jetty after the fun at 1.00 -1.30pm.
To enter simply email with B2G in the subject line by Friday March 29 at 5pm. Don't forget to include your contact details so we can let you know if you've won.
Good luck!

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bite market vendors

everything to eat at the new venue

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

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Local Student wins Best Actress award

at Tropfest Junior 2019

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

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World Science Festival Brisbane 2019

Gene-tech, apocalyptic possibilities and the future of humanity at this year's World Science Festival Brisbane

The local iteration of the globally popular World Science Festival comes to Brisbane for five days 20–24 March 2019 bringing brave new ideas in all things science, tech and even art, through a curated program of thought provoking conversations, inspiring theatrical performances, interactive workshops, education activities and family-friendly experiences.
Presented by Queensland Museum the festival brings some of Australia’s and the world’s most eminent scientists and educators out of the labs and into Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct and regional Queensland to dissect advancing medical science; life on earth and beyond; the story of space, the coolest jobs in science, the world of wearable tech, celebrating women in science and more.
The 2019 program focuses on brave new ideas as panelist's debate the colossal challenges confronting humankind in the face of over-population and escalating climate change.

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Brisbane Comedy Festival 2019

Celebrating with a full month of entertainment, 75 acts, and the return of local legends Scared Weird Little Guys

Like to LOL? Great news comedy fans, Brisbane's biggest festival of funny returns with an ensemble of side-splitters across town in 2019.
Bad luck if you were hoping to see affable TV comic Charlie Pickering in his only BCF performance hosting the Opening Gala – it's already sold out - proving that if you really want to catch one of the acts this year, don't mess about, get your tickets now.
The full program holds something for anyone with a working funny bone. The four-week festival includes huge international humorists like Ross Noble, Jeff Green, Rod Kemp and DeAnne Smith to local and returning talents like Ronny Chieng, Felicity Ward, Dave Hughes, Tom Ballard, Tim Ferguson, Nazeem Hussain, Lawrence Mooney, Mel Buttle, Nick Cody and the return of Scared Weird Little Guys

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Find time to visit Howard Smith Wharves over the break

Stage 1 Complete

A new world-class waterfront dining and entertainment precinct opened its doors along the Brisbane River recently with Brisbane’s newest overwater bar and dining spot. Stage one of the progressive Howard Smith Wharves development is now complete.

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Local Girl a finalist in Global drawing Competition

IKEA North Lakes held a drawing competition where Aussie kids had the chance to have their soft toy dream brought to life

After thousands of entries, Keira from North Lakes has become one of the finalists in the global competition and will have her drawing sent to Sweden for the chance to be made into a soft toy and sold in IKEA stores around the world in 2019.

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New Lemon Laws

Bought a dud? Now you're better protected

Local revheads rejoice as the Queensland Offroad Racing Association will be holding a celebration of all things offroad racing. Open to the public, the event at North Lakes Best Western Hotel will host the torque-y beasts and some will be started up throughout the proceedings, this Saturday, 17 November.
The cars will be on display from 10am with trophies being presented to placegetters in the Mickey Thompson AORRA Queensland Offroad Championship and the Short Course series, from 5.30pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend, especially people with even a casual interest in Offroad Racing. There is no admission fee. Meals and drinks are available for purchase the whole day and during the evening there will be videos of the 2018 season shown on big screen TV's.
North Lakes Hotel & Conference Centre can be found at 22 Lakefield Drive, North Lakes.

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$3 billion in super waiting to be found in QLD

$15 Million in 4509

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

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