$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 mbtc.auditions@gmail.com.

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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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Toowoomba carnival of flowers

Blooming fantastic festival of flowers and more returns Friday 21 to Sunday 30 September

Toowoomba, the Garden City, two hours drive for most of us, but many of us make drive to Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers every year anyway. Why is that? Because of the flowers? Well, yes. And so much more
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers (TCOF) took home the gold for Major Festivals and Events at the Australian Tourism Awards. Put simply, it's the best major event in the country. Suddenly, that two hour drive doesn't seem so long.
The festival began back in 1949 as a way for Toowoomba to leverage their “Garden City” reputation to promote economic activity during the era of hardship following the war. In 1950 the famous street procession began. At the time it was led by a bullock team, stretched three miles, and was watched by a crowd estimated to be 50,000! No small feat for the 50s.
Following that undeniable success the festival has since remained a mecca for flower fans, who travel from all around the world to take in the blooming views, but has also blossomed into so much more. TCOF is now, literally, the gold standard celebration of unique events and experiences including internationally acclaimed musical acts, award winning parks, some of the best food and wine to be found in Southern Queensland and a multitude of cultural adventures, stars, celebs and - without doubt - the most instagenic event of the year.
For many the Grand Central Floral Parade is reason enough to go. To be held on Saturday September 22, 2018, the 69th annual parade will host over 70 floats and attract an estimated 100,000 spectators. While the parade is the tall poppy of the carnival, there's a whole a lot more...

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Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival

Redcliffe, September 8-9

Great news for epicureans who'd rather go local for their food and drink celebrations as details of the first ever Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival have been released.
To be held over two massive days on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, the large scale festival will wind its way along Redcliffe Parade bringing locals and visitors together to sip, savour, mix and mingle their way through the region’s top culinary experiences to the glorious backdrop of Moreton Bay.
Entry to the festival is free and while a lot of the experiences and entertainment are free also, the more gastronomic delights are ticketed events ranging from the cheap as (chocolate) chips cookie decorating workshops ($5) right up to Café Diversity's wine matched 5-course degustation ($93), Moreton Island Daytrip with BBQ ($105) to the culinary jewel in the crown - the Bee Gees Way long table dinner ($140).
Over the weekend, many of the foreshore restaurants will be showcasing special menus making the most of our local specialities and offering you the opportunity to workshop with local chefs.
Famed Paul West from River Cottage Australia, will be hosting daily seafood cooking demonstrations, alongside some of the region’s best chefs at the Seafood & Wine Deck.
If your wants are more libatious you'll be able to enjoy Enjoy top-notch sips and a jam-packed program of free stage entertainment all weekend-long underneath the Kindred Tipi Beach Bar & Stage or quench your thirst at one of the many pop-up bars throughout the festival from Australia’s best wineries and local craft brewers
Other highlights include a pop-up dessert festival, pavilions packed to the gills with fresh local specialties and artisan producers selling their finely crafted wares.
To close out the festival the skies come alive with colour when the GKS Law Fireworks explode over Moreton Bay on Saturday at 8pm
The Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival runs Saturday 8th September from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday 9th September from 10am to 4pm. There's a free festival shuttle bus running regularly from the Kippa Ring Train Station and Redcliffe Showgrounds all weekend long.
For more info and tickets (hurry, they're selling fast) visit www.moretonbayfoodandwine.com.au

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This week in Brief

August 18 - 24, Betoota, Black Dog, Blue Butterflies, New land for Redcliffe City Junior Cricket Club Inc., Sandgate free guided walk and plastic straw ban

THE BETOOTA ADVOCATE COMES TO BRISBANE
If you're a fan of the satirical barbs of 'Australia's oldest newspaper' well hold on to your Akubras as Clancy Overell and Errol Parker roll into town to treat audiences to a no holds barred live show in true Betoota-style.
Tickets are now on sale for the Brisbane date of the national tour, to be held at QPAC on Thursday 8 November.
This is the first time the Betoota Advocate has been brought to life on stage. There's no doubt the Betoota boys brand of wit is a phenomenon, with headlines including ‘Inner City Leftie Saves The World By Positing Leftie Stuff On Facebook To Other Lefties’, and ‘Australia Enjoys Another Peaceful Day Under Oppressive Gun Control Laws’.
The Betoota Advocate is increasingly becoming one of Australia’s most widely read "news publications" (quote marks required). It boasts 7 million+ web hits and over 19 million engagements across social media per month; and has teamed up with the likes of Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and Sir Richard Branson.
Tickets are available vis www.tegdainty.com

 

BLACK DOG, BLUE BUTTERFLIES
An exhibition drawing attention to mental health is now open at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery.
The exhibition, Black Dog, Blue Butterflies, features the works of 24 artists from across the region and interstate that aim to breakdown stigmatisation of mental health by promoting dialogue around mental illness.
Strathpine artist Joanne Braddy will have 16 of her works on display alongside works created by 23 other artists.
Ms Braddy who recently took out the Brian Burke Award at the 2018 Moreton Bay Art Awards with her sculptural work, describes her paintings as impacting, moving and healing.
“My paintings are an expression of my inner world. Through my art I’ve found the courage to break the silence,” Ms Braddy said.
“The works in this exhibition challenge the stereotypes of mental illness through their depictions of the broad range of emotions experienced.”
Black Dog, Blue Butterflies, at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery, will run until November 10.
The gallery is located at Unit 7/199 Gympie Road, Strathpine. For more information on the exhibition visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/pine-rivers-gallery/exhibitions or phone 3480 6941.

 

NEW LAND FOR REDCLIFFE CITY JUNIOR CRICKET CLUB INC. .
The Redcliffe City Junior Cricket Club Inc. has been granted a lease from council, giving the club the opportunity to build a storage shed to house cricket gear at Filmer Park in Woody Point.
The 160 member club currently uses a small section of the Peninsula Cricket Club Inc. shed for storage. The lease will come into effect for five years once the club’s shed construction is confirmed.
As part of council’s community leasing policy, community organisations access a range of facilities and need only pay a nominal amount of $1 per annum.
“Building healthy active lifestyles is hugely valued by council and so it’s important that as part of facilitating that standard of living, we provide the community with the necessary sporting opportunities so they can continue participating in their chosen activity," Spokesperson for Parks, Recreation and Sport Councillor Koliana Winchester.


FREE GUIDED WALK
On August 17 from 9am - 11am there's a free guided walk along the Sandgate foreshore and sandy tidal flats hosted by local dedicated beach guru Laurie. You're invited to join the fun and enlightening Bramble on the Bay.
Attendees are asked to meet in the picnic area at the southern end of Flinders Parade, opposite the old Baptist Church and wear closed shoes that can get wet (no thongs). Don't forget you sun protection.
The free event is sponsored by the Keep Sandgate Beautiful Association Inc. For more information & bookings phone : 0410 327 095


MORETON BAY PLASTIC STRAW BAN KICKS IN
Australia’s third largest council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, has ditched the plastic straw.
After becoming the first council in South East Queensland to make the pledge to phase out single-use plastic straws, Economic Development and Tourism Spokesperson Councillor Peter Flannery said Moreton Bay had now removed plastic straws at council-operated venues and events.
“It’s a simple measure, which will hopefully make a huge difference on the overall amount of non-biodegradable plastics ending up in landfill or in our waterways,” Cr Flannery said.
Patrons will no longer be given single-use plastic straws at facilities like the Morayfield Sport and Events Centre or Redcliffe Cultural Centre.
“Additionally, the region’s major events provider [Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism] will require market and food vendors to comply with the region’s new direction on single-use plastic straws beginning with the next major event, Moreton Kids Festival in October.
“Our name is a nod to one of the country’s most important coastal resources: Moreton Bay, and we have a responsibility to make sure rubbish like single-use straws doesn’t end up harming local marine life.
Cr Flannery said council would now encourage local sporting and community groups to join the cause, and we hope the move would also inspire local businesses to follow suit.
“Already a number of businesses and cafes in Moreton Bay are taking up the push for greater sustainability through re-usable cups and biodegradable cutlery, and I hope this move encourages them to also ditch the single-use plastic straw from their menus.”

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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 savenorthlakesgolfclub@gmail.com

What can concerned residents do?
Contact local councillors right throughout the region, full list of contacts here:
www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/councillors/
Sign the petition here:
www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/petition-details?id=2977
Donate to the cause to help organised exposure (or see the Facebook page for direct debit details)
www.gofundme.com/save-north-lakes-golf-course?member=554346
Join the Facebook group here
Use the hashtag #SNLGC to raise your voice on social media

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Life of Karate for local after bullying

Personal Safety on the streets

Local Tina Deans was badly bullied at school but decided to so something about it. As a teen she took self defence that would change her life.
That was 25 years ago and began a journey that would see Tina represent Scotland and then Queensland at the national level. Along the way Tina picked up numerous other titles including Queensland state champions and Australian Open Champion. Competing internationally she accumulated belts and medals internationally and currently holds a 4th degree black belt earned in Japan.
Accolades and achievements were never the goal though.
"While I am grateful for all of that, nothing even compares to the personal development and life skills that karate has taught me," Tina said.
"Being disciplined in life, having a champion work ethic, having self control when times get tough and the confidence to look life’s challenges straight in the eye and know you can handle is the best reward ever. Karate is a lifelong journey."
"Teenagers have those excessive hormone rushes that make them feel invincible, they think they know everything and are self sufficient. They think they can handle any situation, I’ve heard it all before and maybe even been that naive teenager myself," she said.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing (AIHW), violence (including sexual violence) is a major health and welfare issue in Australia. It occurs across all ages, and all socioeconomic and demographic groups, but predominantly affects women and children. AIHW's 2018 report on the subject showed that one in 6 Australian women and 1 in 16 men have been subjected, since the age of 15, to physical and/or sexual violence.
"Unfortunately we can’t shield ourselves or our children from the harsh realities of life forever, but, we can prepare them a bit better to deal with potential situations," Tina said.
Accomplished Tina Deans now runs regular karate classes at Japan Karate Academy Shito-ryu in North Lakes offering self defence courses for schools, workplaces, groups and organisations at prices Tina states are as low not-for-profits.
"This is our way to give back to our local community and share some of the knowledge and skills of Tina Sensei who has practised karate for 25 years competing Internationally and is one of our local primary school teachers," she said.
Japan Karate Academy Shito-ryu recent ladies group completed a six week self defense course with money raised donated to the ‘No Means No’ charity which works globally to end child rape. They also run classes for teenage girls class at the Space teaching situational awareness which includes avoiding potential situations, being aware of surrounds, gaining control over emotions, getting out of situations before they begin, listening to their instinct etc.
"Karate has changed my life over the past 25 years and it is my duty to pass that on to others. Karate is not just a sport or about aiming to get to black belt. It is a lifelong journey and way of life. It instills self control, discipline, confidence, respect and self belief. It builds character and resilience for everyday life challenges," she said.
For more information find @JKAkarate on facebook or email tinasensei@outlook.com

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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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Petition to save local WW1 Memorial Tree

 

Anzac Memorial Avenue, widely known as Anzac Avenue, was opened in 1925 and constructed by returned servicemen, employing many after retunring from war.
It was built to connect Petrie with the burgeoning seaside town of Redcliffe. Approximately 18 kilometres in length, Anzac Memorial Avenue travels through Kallangur, Murrumba Downs and Mango Hill to Deception Bay Road at Rothwell, through Kippa Ring and to it's destination at Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe.
The road itself has a major point of significance as the longest WWI memorial avenue in Queensland. The Avenue was planted with trees as a memorial to all the soldiers and sailors who lost their lives during the war and to commemorate 'the deeds of valour performed by the heroes who went from our state'.
By mid-1927, 1000 trees had been planted along the stretch.
Today of course, some of the older trees have not survived progress (particularly road widening). However, the Cocos palms planted at Petrie by Governor Nathan in 1925 and the Hoop Pine planted in Redcliffe by Lord Stonehaven in 1926 still remain and the memorial aspect of road has been maintained by subsequent plantings throughout the years.
Now, one of these trees is under threat of removal by a planned development and there is a groundswell of public action over the fate of one particular tree on the corner on the corner of Anzac Avenue and Ferrier Street, Kallangur, just across the highway.
While some online sources suggest the tree in question was part of the original planting, unfortunately records relating to the avenue, once held by the RACQ and Main Roads Department, no longer exist to confirm it.
What's not disputed and on public record is that the parks, gardens, trees of the Anzac Avenue Memorial were registered as State Heritage in February 2009 under the category February "Tree Groups".
As we went to press, the Messenger was unable to confirm any of claims made on the petition page below as all requests for comment from parties involved in the planned development went unmet. However, the change.org petition had been signed by 1489 community members.
We encourage you to go online and have a read at www.change.org/p/save-our-local-anzac-memorial-tree
Pictured: The memorial plaque. Picture via the Queensland Government Heritage register.

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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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Bullying

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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