Reversing the waste trend

Local creatives to present upcycling as textile waste alternative on October 28

Have you ever browsed the racks at any of the fast fashion global behemoths and wondered how they can make such fashionable clothes so cheaply?
We've seen these retailers enter the local market aggressively in the last five years. What was once an industry term, fast fashion has become so ubiquitous globally that the term is now a part of the consumer lexicon. With that pervasiveness comes knowledge of the waste this industry, and others who use textiles, create. Although as consumers we are more switched on than ever, we haven't yet voted with our wallets and continue to choose to frivol away natural resources for fleeting fashion.
According to True Cost ( globally, we now consume about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year and in Australia we send 85% of the textiles we buy to landfill every year ( making us the second-largest consuming nation of new textiles, per capita, after the US.
But a growing fashion movement is emerging in upcycling, an ethos which aims to interrupt the great textile march to the tip and instead keep these high quality resources in the cycle - giving new life to what was formerly considered waste.
With a tagline of "waste is something we do, not something that is" Reverse Garbage Queensland (RGQ) is part of this movement. With a showroom at Woolloongabba, RGQ is a not-for-profit worker-run cooperative that promotes environmental sustainability and resource reuse. They collect high quality industrial discards in an effort to divert them from landfill and sell them at a low cost to the general public.
Textiles make up a large part of floor stock at Reverse Garbage, garnering great interest from creative all over the country and inspiring the launch of Worn OUT, an upcoming exhibition celebrating refashion and creative upcycling.
To be held at the RGQ warehouse in Woolloongabba on October 28, Worn OUT will showcase more than 50 refashioned garments made by a dozen creatives from around Australia.
Coordinator Bill Ennals said textiles had easily become RGQ’s fastest-growing segment in the past few years with local businesses diverting excess stock to the warehouse for resale rather than sending it to landfill.
“Textiles have become our biggest selling item and our clientele are really engaging around creative ways to reuse fibres and fabrics – more so than other segments we stock which include timber, metal, plastic, glass, containers, ceramics, paper and card,” he said.
Worn OUT is co-curated by Australian refashion pioneer and sustainability consultant Jane Milburn of Textile Beat who for the past five years has been raising awareness of creative ways to reuse clothing and textiles to keep them out of landfill.
“This is an exciting opportunity to nurture an upcycling culture that enables makers to explore their creativity in unique, empowering, and affordable ways – there are no rules or limits with refashion and the big bonus is that reusing textiles is sustainable and ethical too,” Jane said.
“Refashion is playful yet disruptive storytelling using pre-loved and salvaged materials. It carries an environmental message about the finite nature of Earth’s precious resources and demonstrates how individuals can make a difference through what we wear."
“Australians are the second-largest consumers of new textiles in the world and absorbed 27 kilograms each in 2015. We are also throwing a lot away, with the ABC’s War on Waste team estimating 6000 kg of clothing and textiles are being sent to landfill every 10 minutes.”
Elizabeth Kingston, as Co-curator, brings a wealth of design and styling experience to Worn OUT with a textile and teaching background. The former fashion label maven now curates and presents Brisbane’s most colourful and patternate slow fashion as the popular @timeless_styling on Instagram.
“Every day is a new opportunity to create when we bring together textures, colours and shapes in creative ways and reinvent them as refashion,” Elizabeth said.
In addition to refashion, Worn OUT includes a cosplay showcase, curated by Jillian Rose. All garments, costumes and accessories featured in the exhibition will use minimum 75 per cent ‘non-new’ materials.
The exhibition will be launched with a free opening event Saturday 28 October featuring various runway shows from 7.00-9.30pm at RGQ’s Woolloongabba warehouse found at 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba. On the night, food and beverages will be available for purchase. A static display of selected refashioned garments, cosplay outfits and accessories will be displayed following week in RGQ’s upcycled gift shop, Reverse Emporium at the same address.
For more information visit or find them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
To find out how ethically and sustainably your favourite fashion brand is manufactured via the Ethical Fashion Report online:

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What's driving high Brisbane petrol prices?

In December 2014 the Australian Government directed the ACCC to monitor the prices, costs, and profits of unleaded petroleum products in Australia for a period of three years. The results have been released finding local prices exceedingly high.

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The cost of living a decent life

Newstart falls below the Minimum Income for Healthy Living standard - a standard designed to ensure that in addition to material consumption, it allows for a healthy level of social participation.

The Newstart Allowance received by people looking for work falls well below the minimum income required to achieve a basic standard of living – defined as a budget standard – according to a new report by researchers from UNSW Sydney.
The New Budget Standards for Low-Paid and Unemployed Australians Report, compiled by UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) with support from Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and United Voice, found that the Newstart Allowance is below the identified budget standard by $96 a week for a single person, $58 a week for a couple with one child and $126 a week for a couple with two children.
A budget standard measures the basic costs to achieve a minimally adequate standard of living – a level below which no-one should be allowed to fall, the report authors say.

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With all of the horrific incidents occurring seemingly weekly, not only does it leave us with a profound sense of sadness for the victims and their families, but also has us questioning how safe it is to travel – and to travel fearlessly at that. Cei Creighton Investigates

I’m going out on a limb here, and state quite openly that I believe as a whole that the world is a safe and wonderful place for travelers. I also say this having been the victim of a terrifying and violent hostage situation that lasted a number of days in the Solomon Islands. So I do feel qualified – qualified to understand your concerns, qualified to look after your travel arrangements, and qualified to keep a balanced perspective while guiding and advising you and never dismissing your fears.
Big news does not equal big risk!
The chances of being involved in a terrorist attack are slim. Very slim. According to the US State Department data, 24 Americans were killed overseas as a result of terrorism in 2014, a number that’s vanishingly small compared to the number of deaths in the U.S. from traffic accidents, heart disease, and other more mundane causes. Let’s look at the risk of terrorism in a cold, logical, statistical way. Your odds of being killed by a terrorist overseas or in the air are 1 in 20 million (Washington Post and Time). Your odds of being struck by lightning are 1 in 10 million (New York Times). Keep perspective.
If not now, when?
With only one life to live, we can’t afford to let these events dictate our plans. There are many who have waited years to take a special trip. There are dangers in our own backyard that are much more likely to impact us personally than any random act of terrorism. If your fears are insurmountable, go ahead and delay your trip a year. Europe will still be waiting to welcome you with open arms… there is no ‘Used by date’.
Refuse to be terrorised
Fear is the outcome terrorists want because it makes their atrocities even more successful, we want to support our friends in Paris, London and worldwide with our visits to show that the terrorists will not deter us. It's futile to "do something" to be safe from terrorism. It's so random and localized, it's impossible to anticipate. Keep on top of the news, but keep things in perspective.
Don't be shy about asking questions. In any city, the folks behind the hotel desk are a great source of information and they want you to have a safe trip. And assure those who will worry about you that you'll call home every few days. It's cheap and easy to call back to Australia from the US or Europe these days.

"With only one life to live, we can’t afford to let these events dictate our plans"

Ultimately, assessing the risk of any endeavour and the decision to travel fearlessly is a personal choice, but travel is still a huge unifier - perhaps a more vital force for peace than ever. If you hate terrorism, the most effective way to fight it is to travel a lot, learn about the world, come home, and help our country fit better into this ever-smaller planet.
Always ALWAYS have comprehensive travel insurance, register with Smartraveller, heed all warnings posted on Smartraveller, get qualified advice and travel fearlessly!

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Cirque Africa is coming

And we've got tickets to give away!

We've got a Family Pass to Cirque Africa, valued at $199, to giveaway.
Cirque Africa runs October 24 to November 4 with evening, weekend and matinee performances at the Roundhouse Theatre, La Boite, Kelvin Grove.
A show unlike any other - a jawdropping explosion of colour, rhythm and humour. A kaleidoscopic, high performance show that celebrates the culture of Africa. Cirque Africa won 5 star reviews at this year’s Adelaide Fringe Festival and was the top selling show of the hot ticket items for festival goers.
How to enter
To win the Messenger's Family Pass simply email with Cirque Africa in the subject line and your contact details in the body of the email. That's it. Easy. Get them in before October 7 for your chance to win. The winner will be chosen at random.

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A tale of good politics

Boundary Road Interchange opens six months early, under budget and future proof

Living in one of the nation's fastest growing regions, none of us are strangers to infrastructure news, in fact we're all so used it to now that even large scale projects are often met with barely a raised eye-brow.
But this one is different. This is a project that will significantly improve life in the region for locals and make things more attractive for visitors. It's a project that has been wanted for years and needed even before Costco, Bunnings and other developments arrived. With yet more development on the cards, and people flowing into the region, it couldn't have come soon enough.
It's different for another reason also. Anyone who had driven the old bridge recently, or sat congested in traffic waiting to cross, knows it was desperately needed so it was refreshing to see the levels of government, belonging to different parties, come together.

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New Ferry to Moreton

Starting next month, locals and visitors will be able to take a 40-minute journey across Moreton Bay to Bulwer aboard the Redcliffe2Moreton Express.

With the old barge service ceasing in 2008, they are now the only operator to offer this service in the Moreton Bay Region. Ferry services will depart from the Redcliffe jetty on Sundays at 10.00am and return at around 4.00pm (leaving Bulwer, Moreton Island at 3.00pm).
The first public trip will be on Sunday, 24 September, with tickets available for purchase online through

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win a Festitalia prize pack - now closed

Festitalia brings the flavour-makers, faces, flags and colours of Italy to Brisbane for one spectacular day!

Brisbane’s famous FESTITALIA, the one-day celebration of all things Italian to be held on Sunday October 8, is set to be bigger and better than ever, with a world-class entertainment program announced, and enough flavour-makers to turn Brisbane into Italy for one delicious day!

Win One of Three massive prize packs

We have three prize packs to win so you can eat, drink and be merry for niente at the famous Italian Festival, Festitalia.

Each pack includes: 4 x general access tickets to the festival and a $60 food and beverage voucher for use at the festival on Sunday 8 October. Each pack is valued at $100.

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, entries close Tuesday September 12, 2017

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NBN access and concerns

As the National Broadband Network rollout hits the halfway point locals are warned about scams and false advertising claims

With the National Broadband Network (NBN) access now reaching 70 percent of local addresses, due diligence is required by consumers.
Federal Member for Petrie, Luke Howarth recently told us (Messenger, July 29 2017, available online) that 59,289 local homes and businesses are now service ready, with 28,339 already connected.
A great milestone in the largest infrastructure project our nation has ever seen, but the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Scamwatch have both raised concerns about truth in retailer advertising and a warning about scammers respectively.

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Mick Doohan, Robbie Maddison, Rhianna Buchanan

Aussie motorsport royalty to truck it up at on October 7 in Monster Jam's Race of Champions
Rhianna Buchanan getting revved up
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Monster Jam is the biggest touring family stadium show on the planet and with that distinction comes greater and greater expectation from fans every year. It was pretty incredible last year; can they even make even it more exciting this year? You bet. This year for the Australian tour Monster Jam have announced they’re adding Race Of Champions and will bring Aussie motorsport superstars into the battle.
Of course there's a twist (because Monster Jam) - living legend Mick Doohan and moto stunt super star Robbie Maddison will hit the dirt in four (massive) wheels in Brisbane come October.
Race Of Champions is a unique head-to-head race in identical cars on the Monster Jam dirt track to see who really is the fastest of them all.
Mick Doohan is excited for four wheeled fun fest.
“Any chance I have to compete on four wheels I normally take it, often not with great results but I do enjoy the experience of competing in a different discipline. [There are] two too many wheels but I've always had a soft spot for car racing, " Mick said.
Our own Rhianna Buchanan, who will drive Wonder WomanTM was thrilled at the announcement. She grew up on motorbikes so Mick and Robbie are kindred spirits.
“Yes I’m very excited," she exclaimed when the Messenger spoke to her recently.

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Overhauling the towing industry

ridiculous fines, entrapment tactics, deliberate poor signage

Unlike crash towing, towing cars from private property(like car parks) was unregulated, find out what fast tracked new laws will mean to you.

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Fuel Price Confusion to end

New laws mean the price you'll see on signs is the prices you'll actually pay

The Queensland Government has proposed new ‘what you see is what you pay’ style regulations that will ban fuel retailers from displaying discounted prices on fuel price boards which aren’t available to all motorists. Theses laws will stop drive-by confusion and bring us into line with other states.
The strict regulations mean fuel retailers will still be able to promote discount fuel price schemes, but only the full price available to all motorists can be displayed on signage.

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WIN! Monster Jam® Prize Packs

The spectacular, action-packed moto-tainment extravaganza Monster Jam® returns to Australia this October; with Brisbane the first to host all the revved up action on Saturday October 7 and we've got three MONSTER prize packs to win!

In the mag this week, we chat to fearless Queensland thrillseeker Rhianna Buchanan who will be driving Wonder WomanTM when Monster Jam hits Brisbane on October 7.

to celebrate the return of Monster Jam we've got 3 x Prize Packs, each with 4 x B-Reserve tickets, plus Pit Passes for all and a merchandise pack (per prize) to the show on Saturday 7 October at 7pm. Each Prize is valued at $206 at 7 July 2017.
To win, tell us what you're most excited about when Monster Jam roars into Brisbane on October 7. Email with Monster Jam Comp in the subject line, your answer and your contact details in the body of the email. Hurry, because entries close Thursday August 10 at 5pm. Good luck!
All normal ticketing inclusions apply.
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To Prep or not to prep

Weighing the pros and cons of delayed start to primary school

Parents of pre-school children and infants often feel significantly stressed as they ponder the pros and cons of delayed entry to primary school in a vacuum of objective information.
Psychologist and education academic QUT's Dr Amanda Mergler, Senior Lecturer the Faculty of Education's School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education, and co-author Professor Susan Walker, also of QUT, have published the results of a study into the factors that affect parents’ decisions about whether to voluntarily delay their child’s entry into formal schooling.
The study, “This is possibly THE hardest decision a parent has to make. Deciding when your child is ready to start Prep” (view online at found the issue was a “highly emotional” one that caused significant stress.

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North Lakes Australia’s Best Master Planned Community

Mother's Day is just days away. You love your mum so you really should have made plans to treat her by now... if you haven't, start freaking out! Just kidding, we've prepared a prime selection of top treats to make you look good.

North Lakes has been named Australia’s Best Master Planned Community 2017 at the prestigious Property Council of Australia awards.
Since its launch in 1999, North Lakes has been setting new benchmarks in innovative community design and features a diversity, scale and depth of facilities and services not previously seen in Queensland.
David Laner, Regional Manager for Stockland, said Stockland was thrilled to win the industry award recognising the success of North Lakes.
“We are very proud of what has been created at North Lakes and it is a great honour to have the community recognised by the Property Council of Australia in this way,’’ Mr Laner said.
The win for North Lakes follows on from its previous industry success, being named best Masterplanned Development in both the 2010 and 2016 UDIA Queensland Awards for Excellence.
North Lakes sits on a 1,036 hectare site beside the Bruce Highway, formerly used as farmland. Stockland has remained true to the original vision, which was for a new residential and economic powerhouse based in Brisbane’s northern corridor.

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