Pop on over and see nan and pop

The role of the grandparent continues to evolve, with many taking on multifaceted roles including, caretaker, babysitter, teacher, pseudo parents and much more.

In fact, more than half of all grandparents partake in child care duties, with 3 in 4 dedicating up to 10 hours in a week to help look after the 'little ones' according to new research from Stockland Retirement Living.

Whilst they contribute so much time and effort, grandparents still would like to see more of their grandchildren with nearly half (48%) or all grandparents citing that their grandkids visit them less than they would like.

To encourage the grandkids to pop on over to see nan and pop, Stockland’s North Lakes Retirement Resort will host a Grandparents Day event on Sunday October 30 to encourage the grandkids to visit nan and pop.

The free event will run from 10.00am to 1.00pm, and will offer a host of fun activities for young and old alike including: a treasure hunt, art and craft and a sausage sizzle.

Dan Dreger North Lakes Retirement Resort Village Manager, said: “We are excited to host our very first Grandparents Day on Sunday October 30. The event will be a great family day out with a host of activities and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Most importantly though is it will mean the grand kids and come visit their grandparents.”

The Grandparents Day event will also be run to support and raise much needed funds for Stockland CARE Foundation partners, with any donations on the day going towards Touched by Olivia and Redkite.

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Melbourne Cup Event Guide

Melbourne Cup Day sits at the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar and is the focal point of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. It's also arguably the largest social event in any given year. So let's get social. Whether you work in the city, locally, are ducking out for it or taking the day off, there's no shortage of events to choose from and here are some worth considering

Each year on the first Tuesday of November at 3pm (Australian EDT), the greatest thoroughbreds and jockeys from around the world descend upon Flemington Racecourse to battle it out and cement their names into racing history.
The gruelling 3200m contest is the richest and most celebrated prize in Australian sport and many dream of holding the 18 carat gold ABC Bullion trophy – one of the only trophies in the world still hand-spun with solid gold, sourced from Australian mines – valued at $175,000.
Emirates Melbourne Cup Day is also a chance to be daring with thousands of flamboyant, colourful racegoers flocking to Flemington. Hats are an essential accessory and a yellow rose is the official flower of the day.
As the jewel in the Melbourne Cup Carnival crown, this iconic day is a heady mix of revelry that is embraced by local and international visitors who enjoy spectacular racing, fashion and exquisite hospitality and entertainment.
If you can't make it to Melbourne, there are many local events. The celebrations take many shapes; there are luncheons, garden parties, la bella vita, high tea, even burger and beer events, most have a fashion component and fascinators are fundamental. Here are some events to consider:

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Pic: action on the track at the Melbourne Cup, credit: Tourism Australia

Blake's best mate

There's a young local family that needs our collective help with an Assistance Dog

Locals Belinda and Brian Spooner have two boys; Nate who is 6 years old and Blake who is four. Blake was diagnosed with Autism in November 2015, Epilepsy in March 2016, recurrent glue ear (causing hearing loss) and has recently been prescribed glasses as he is long sighted. He struggles in just about every aspect of his life and unfortunately recently suffered a major setback, regressing by 18 months in his development. The cause of which is expected to be found in an upcoming MRI.

Unfortunately due to this regression, he's now lost the ability to complete tasks he was previously capable of and a lot of the development he gained from previous therapy will have to be relearned.
As part of Blake's condition, his senses are heightened so he struggles in crowds and public spaces such as Kindy and shopping centres.

Blake's speech therapist recently suggested that the family try an Autism Assistance Dog to help him with his day to day life. The best thing about a dog is that they are uncomplicated creatures to which he can relate (and who do not speak back).
The cost of training these very special companions is expensive, taking between 18 months to two years to train and cost up to costs up to $20,000. Blake would benefit from weekly therapy sessions with the dog until such time as it is fully trained, when it would go to live with Blake.

There are two special events organised to raise funds for this very worthy and local cause. We urge you to show your support.
Firstly, there will be a charity golf day. It's being held at North Lakes Golf Club on Sunday 13th November. The day starts with an 8am tee off , providing food and beverages before and after the round. There will be raffles and special games around the course with great prizes to win. Tickets are $99 or $360 for a group booking. Tickets can be purchased via
There will also be a gala dinner to raise money for the much needed service dog at The Tavernetta function centre at Carseldine on Saturday

11th March 2017. We will bring you more info on this event as the date nears.

If you'd like to help out you can make a direct donation via

If you or your business can assist in this effort, or you'd like more information, contact

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Paid Parking At North Lakes Westfield

North Lakes IKEA and Westfield's Stage 2 development both open November 17. What about paid parking?

The new North Lakes IKEA store will open November 17. On the same day, the new 60-store concourse mall linking the existing Westfield centre to IKEA will open with many new stores and almost double the parking spaces, but it comes at a cost:

While some will find relief that parking spaces will nearly double with the addition of a new multi-deck undercover car park, (totalling 4,900 spaces) others will balk at the unpopular though inevitable paid parking, commencing prior to November 17.

There is some good news in that it's a ticketless system. If you've shopped there recently, you'll find the system similar to Indooroopilly's, allowing shoppers to enter and exit the car park without the need for a ticket or pay station, by scanning your licence plate.

Like Chermside, the first three hours parking are free of charge. The parking rates are:

0 - 3 Hours FREE
3 - 4 Hours $3.00
4 - 5 Hours $5.00
5 - 6 Hours $7.00
6 - 7 Hours $12.00
7 - 8 Hours $20.00
8 Hours + $20.00

Rear access to parking from the Bruce Highway off-ramp will reopen along with a new entry point to the centre from Anzac Avenue, providing customers with improved accessibility and convenience.

Westfield North Lakes will be around 113,000sqm in gross lettable area on completion, including IKEA, with almost 280 retailers.

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Mate, Your diets a shocker!

Australia's largest ever diet survey has confirmed that the vast majority of Aussie eating habits are way below par

The 2016 CSIRO Healthy Diet Score report, released recently, canvassed the dietary habits of more than 86,500 adults across the country over a 12 month period.
An early snapshot of the survey results released in August 2015 awarded the nation's diet a score of 61 on a 100-point scale.
With almost 47,000 additional surveys completed since then, that figure now stands at just 59 out of 100, confirming that Australian diets are worse than first thought.
"We have an image of being fit and healthy, but with a collective diet score of 59/100 that image could be very different unless we act now," CSIRO Research Director and co-author of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, Professor Manny Noakes said.


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Interesting stuff! Archive illustrates 100+ year journey for Redcliffe Peninsula Line

Moreton Bay Regional Council has unveiled century-old newspaper clippings and historical maps detailing the Redcliffe Peninsula Line’s 100-plus year journey from idea to reality.

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