New shared path now Open

A great new way to get around - the path is open to use by pedestrians, people on mobility scooters, pram users, cyclists, skateboarders and in-line skaters.

The new 12.6km shared path that runs alongside the Redcliffe Peninsula Line opened to the public on Saturday September 17. The path links users from Kippa-Ring right through to Petrie, making it a great way to get out there and explore local beaches, cultural hubs, shopping at North Lakes and it’s the perfect way to work off those burgers and doughnuts on the way home. The 'shared' part means it's open to use by peds, mobility scooters, prams, cyclists, skateboarders and in-line skaters.  The path is three metres wide throughout.

Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Spokesperson, Councillor Julie Greer welcomed the opening of the shared user pathway, which connects all six stations along the Redcliffe Peninsula Line, and will give residents and visitors the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the line ahead of train services commencing on October 4.

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Get Moving and Step Up to Spring

Fitness is free in the Moreton Bay Region

You've got no excuses for not getting active this spring with more than 240 fitness sessions to be delivered in the region’s parks as part of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Spring in your Step program.

The activities include group fitness sessions, Yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi and Pilates classes in parks across the region, designed to encourage people of all ages and fitness levels to get moving in an enjoyable and social environment. There’s even sessions for children and for parents with their new-born bubs.

The Spring in your Step program will run over eight weeks, from Monday, 10 October to Sunday, 4 December 2016.

Bookings are essential and can be made online at www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/spring, by visiting a Moreton Bay Regional Council Customer Service Centre, or by calling council on 5433 2052.

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Moreton Bay Rail Link to Open

The line will open to passengers Tuesday 4 October

Last week the State Government's Department of Transport and Main Roads made the announcement that the Moreton Bay Rail Link (MBRL) will open the first week of October 2016.

The new stretch, connecting Petrie to Kippa-Ring was planned to open mid-2016, but critical signalling problems that risked danger to road commuters and passengers had halted the project for further testing.

Testing and fixes are being now being finalised and consumers can ready their go-cards for Tuesday 4 October when the line will open to passengers.

As we previously reported (Messenger August 20 2016) to make these final adjustments there will be a major disruption for commuters who travel between Caboolture and Zillmere. This closure will take place starting 9pm on Friday 16 September until 2am on Friday 23 September 2016. Extra station staff, bus connections and temporary timetables will help to ease to situation during the closure. Alternate bus replacement services will be available between Zillmere and Caboolture for passengers during the closure with bus interchanges to be located at Elimbah, Caboolture and Boondall stations.

The billionish dollar (depending on who you ask) project, 100 years in the making, will deliver a 12.6 km dual-track passenger trains stopping all stations between Petrie and Kippa-Ring, including six new rail stations at Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Kinsellas Road, Rothwell and Kippa-Ring.

Passenger rail services along the MBRL will also signal the beginning of a new bus timetable, with services every six to 12 minutes in peak periods.

To celebrate the opening of the long awaited and vital infrastructure project there is a community open day event planned for Monday 3 October (Queen’s Birthday public holiday) from 10am – 3pm.

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Vegas'Latina Castle

Outstanding Young Achiever

There is absolutely no doubt, local Vegas'Latina Castle is the most awarded person the Messenger has ever had the privilege of talking to and she’s only 11 years old.

Vegas started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu just two years ago and in that short time has amassed 18 gold medals, seven silver medals and two bronze medals for various championships in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and has just become the National Australian Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion 2016 (Female - All Belts 11yo).

By any other measure Vegas is a normal 11 year old girl (which her family are keen to encourage) but she also has a natural talent for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Vegas’ mum Liberty said that the family doesn’t have a martial arts background and that Vegas is super dedicated to the sport. She trains 1.5 hours a day, five days a week at Infinity Martial Arts here in North Lakes

In that particularly 11 year old manor, Vegas talks with a smile and giggles when we’re surprised that she has collected all those medals in just two years. We met Vegas at Lake Eden with her mum Liberty.

Vegas said her favourite achievement is the National gold but she’s really excited for the Pan Pacific Championships to be held in Melbourne next month, where she’s hoping for another gold. She has already qualified to compete.

“It's not about the medals its about personal growth. We just want her to have a good grounding in life. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has taught her discipline, respect, resilience and team work which we think are great attributes to have in life. The main thing for us is having good values. Self-defence is great too” said Liberty.

We agree. Good luck at the Pan Pacs Vegas!

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Local nbn Rollout

More connections for North Lakes and Mango Hill

Locals will be seeing a lot of this in the coming weeks (perhaps without Luke Howarth MP in the pit) as nbn subcontractors begin connecting more premises. The service is currently available to some in select pockets locally but with network designs for greater North Lakes and Mango Hill now finalised, work is underway.

Federal Member for Petrie, Luke Howarth MP welcomed the news.

“The message for these residents is clear – superfast broadband is on its way,” Mr Howarth said.

“When I was first elected the previous Labor Government had made many promises with little or no delivery, however, today the nbn is being rolled out on time and on budget.”

“Already over 34,200 premises in the Petrie Electorate have an NBN service available and over the next few months 5,600 households and businesses in North Lakes and Mango Hill area will be able to sign up to an nbn plan,” Mr Howarth said.

Described as 'technology-agnostic' the current approach allows for and implements new technologies as they become commercially viable. This has led to the introduction of rollout ranges for each technology type.

Once connected, consumers can pick their retail service provider, and will be supplied with a new modem to enable high-speed broadband. A range of plans with various download quotas and speed tiers are available to suit consumer and business needs.

“In coming months more businesses and homes across North Lakes and Mango Hill will be more productive with businesses accessing new online services like cloud-based accounting software and families taking advantage of access to online education, health tools and even entertainment,” Mr Howarth said.

Last Friday, NBN Co Ltd confirmed they remain on track to complete the complex network build by 2020, connecting 8 million premises nation-wide.

More information on how to connect to the nbn is available at www.nbnco.com.au

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Picnic Hill

Now a monthly event

Following on from the first and very successful Picnic Hill last month, the event will now become a local fixture continuing to provide the whole family with some of the best local food trucks, market stall and performers around.

Picnic Hill started as an idea formed by the team at the Redcliffe Youth Space Centre's Skilling Queenslanders for Work program. This program aim is to educate young people in business skills and Picnic Hill was created as an event run by the Redcliffe Youth Space team to that end.

Picnic Hill boasts a modern, family friendly festival feel with street performers, live music, live street art, market stalls, lawn games and Brisbane's best food trucks (the likes of Jaffle Shmaffle, King of the Wings, The Bone Lorry and All Inn Brewing Co).

Picnic Hill can be found at the Corner of Oxley and Anzac Avenue, second Friday of every month. Entry to the festival is a gold coin donation to with all profits going directly towards supporting young people at risk throughout North Brisbane.

So if you're looking for a relaxed atmosphere with awesome food, drinks and entertainment the whole family can enjoy, grab your picnic blanket and soak up the good vibes at Redcliffe’s latest and greatest event.

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