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
comp@northlakesmessenger.com.au 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.
See www.monsterjamonline.com.au for details.

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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 www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au) found the issue was a “highly emotional” one that caused significant stress.

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Ekka 2017, What's New

The Ekka started as humble agricultural show in 1876. This year is the Ekka’s 140th anniversary. You don’t last 141 years without keeping it fresh, so what’s new?

At the recent Ekka launch two firsts for 2017 were announced that are sure to please families: this year there will be two fireworks shows per night. A special 6pm show for the littlies and the finale, as always, at 8pm. The other big announcement for 2017 is the availability of discount ‘Twilight Tickets’ (half price after 6pm – $16).

Holden Precision Driving Team returns (sort of)
Ekka-goers have long missed the Holden precision performances after the HDTP team disbanded in 2006. This year, precision driving displays return with a tribute re-enacting the iconic team. Driven by some of Australia’s leading V8 drivers and one member of the original HPDT, four V8s will hit the arena, performing awe-inspiring driving manoeuvres and spectacular stunts including nose-to-nose driving, reverse hand break turn flicks, spins and slides.
New Rides
There are two new rides at the Ekka this year:

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Ekka sundaes Save lives

Volunteers(with benefits) needed to man the stalls

The Ekka’s Strawberry Sundaes are a Queensland institution. They’re a crunchy wafer cone filled with chopped Queensland strawberries, smooth white ice-cream, gourmet strawberry ice-cream and topped with fresh cream and a whole strawberry. We look forward to them all year, we all know they’re delicious but here are some things you might not now about them:
•Approximately 10 tonnes of strawberries are used to make the Ekka strawberry sundaes each year.
•On average more than 152,000 sundaes are sold each year
•When you buy a strawberry sundae (5$) from one of the five Prince Charles Hospital Foundation’s stalls at the Ekka you will be powering life-saving research at The Prince Charles Hospital.
Each year The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation (TPCH) raise vital funds through their community initiative The Common Good by running the legendary Ekka Strawberry Sundae Stalls. With the help of generous volunteers, they sell enough of them to power thousands of hours of medical research to tackle some of Australia’s most debilitating chronic illnesses, locally, at The Prince Charles Hospital.
TPCH are currently seeking a further 600 volunteers to join the team to assist with shifts from 4:45pm – 10pm each day of the Ekka, Friday 11th August – Sunday 20th August at the RNA showgrounds Bowen Hills. It is also possible to register as a team.
When you volunteer at the TPCH Foundation Ekka Strawberry Sundae Stall you will receive free entry into the Ekka on the day of your volunteering and a free strawberry sundae!
You can volunteer by via www.tpchfoundation.org.au or by emailing volunteers@tpchfoundation.org.au

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Food News

Volunteers(with benefits) needed to man the stalls

Is Betty's Burgers the In-N-Out of Aus? Whats the best burger in Ribs & Burgers amazing new Wagyu Range. How is IKEA planning to cut food waste by 50% by 2020? Why are New York Slice's pizzas getting cheaper and better? And what's on the menu at this year's Ekka? All these questions are answered in this week's foodie feature, online and in your letterbox now

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A Whale Watching experience for the whole family with Brisbane Whale Watching

Each year magnificent southern humpback whales migrate to and from Antarctica and they pass right by us during the months of June to November.
As these leviathans of the deep make their way through our warm waters, they feed, mate and play in the clear blue waters of Moreton Bay.
Intelligent and naturally curious mammals, the whales greet their visitors with playful behaviour that will both charm and surprise you. You will be awestruck as these gentle giants breach, blow and frolic just metres away!
In conjunction with Brisbane Whale Watching we have a family pass to give away. The prize entitles two adults and two children (4 to 14 years) to an incredible whale watching experience with Queensland's most experienced service, aboard the Eye Spy with Captain Kerry Lopez and crew.
The prize includes the full day whale watching cruise and buffet lunch. Whale sightings are guaranteed.
The cruise commences boarding at 9.00am for a 10.00am departure from the Redcliffe Jetty.
To enter simply email comp@northlakesmessenger.com.au with “Whale Watching Comp” in the subject line and tell us which months the whales come through Moreton Bay (you shouldn't have to google this one, the answer may be staring you in the face). Entries close Thursday July 6, 2017.
Good Luck!

Please Note: The prize is for mid-week travel only and must be used before Friday 2nd October 2016.
Please Note: All regular family pass inclusions and disclaimers apply. For more information see www.brisbanewhalewatching.com.au

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June Food Round-Up

What's hot in food this winter?

From a fledging local delivery app to nights at local coffee wunderkind Told You So to an award winning sip list to SstokehouseQ's incredible raw menu from star chefs Richard Ousby and Hajime Horiguchi to secret menu's at North Brisbane most celebrated Chinese Restaurant. It's all in this week's mag, read it now.

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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Now so popular you'll want to make plans now to frolic amongst the flowers

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has been having something of a renaissance in the last decade. No longer just a pageant of flowers fit for a nice country drive with gran, it's now a full blown festival offering world class entertainment and culinary adventures, alive with springtime flourishes and all set to a floral theme, naturally.

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•Australian tour starts in Brisbane on October 7
•Queensland stunt woman Rhianna Buchanan announced as star driver!
•Ticket competition to come

Local stunter and thrill-seeker Rhianna Buchanan is revved-up to become Australia’s first ever Monster Jam drive when Monster Jam returns to Brisbane this October. The truck she'll be driving is shrouded in mystery but we'll be having a chat with Rhianna about that, her Monster Jam training, and the upcoming extravaganza. We'll also be giving away tickets to the event, so stay tuned (because those Monster Jam trucks certainly are!).

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Marvel at GOMA

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe opens

Visitors to Brisbane's GOMA can now see some of the world’s most-loved superheroes come to life in an exclusive exhibition featuring hundreds of Marvel costumes, props and artworks.

Occupying the entire ground floor and on display until 3 September, its the first Marvel-related exhibition to be staged in Australia and the largest ever presented in an art museum worldwide.
Already the exhibit is abuzz with pop culture lovers, film buffs and many devoted national and international Marvel fans.
The installation includes more than 60 original costumes including a three-metre-tall suit of Iron Man’s armour (Hulkbuster, on our cover) and never-before-seen set pieces from the upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok that was filmed in Queensland during 2015-16.
Single entry costs $25 and kids under five are free!

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Shipwrecks of Moreton Bay

On display at Sandgate Historic Museum

There are approximately 119 recorded wrecks in the Moreton Bay area, some of them sank due to mishap , but the majority were scuttled or hulked.
Now, Queensland Maritime Museum Historian, Keith Boulton, has researched some 120 shipwrecks in the region and will present the stories of 14 of the remaining, more interesting, wrecks.

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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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