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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