Hefty fines for fish offenders

8.5k foir crab pots, 15k for marine park fishing

A recreational fisher has been fined $8,500 and ordered to pay costs in the Caboolture Magistrates Court for a range of repeated offences involving undersized and female mud crabs and not properly marking crab pots.
He was found at Cabbage Tree Point in possession of five female mud crabs and an undersized male crab despite prior warnings from Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers. He was then found a month later at the Burpengary Creek boat ramp with eight female mud crabs, five undersized mud crab and one female blue swimmer crab. He was also charged with failing to mark six crab pots and found to have two excess pots.
Meanwhile, a commercial fisher has been fined $15,000 for trawling in a marine park and not having his vessel tracking unit turned on.
The fisher was found guilty in the Sandgate Magistrates Court of fishing without operating a vessel tracking unit on three occasions, and also for commercial fishing in the Middle Moreton Bay Marine Park Zone which is prohibited.
The operator’s commercial fishing boat licence has since been cancelled for non-payment of fees.
QBFP uses a range of techniques and technology to uncover illegal activities, including surveillance cameras and drones to catch illegal activities.
For more information on Queensland’s fishing regulations, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores.

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Sun sets on NL Golf

North Lakes golf course sale finalised ahead of schedule

Despite the efforts of Save North Lakes Golf Course action group, the sale of North Lakes golf course, operating since 2002, was finalised on August 1.
Two days after the Messenger went to press with last week's cover story on Federal MP for Petrie Luke Howarth's House of Reps call on Council to halt the redevelopment of the site, the sale went through.
The Village Retirement Group (TVRG) announced on the day it had purchased the 68 hectare site and will shutter the course at the end of trade this weekend (Sunday August 11) stating the core business of the resort, golf, has been operating at a loss and is no longer viable.
The sale was expected to happen later this year but TVRG announced it had finalised its contract ahead of schedule and will proceed with plans to repurpose the land for a retirement village and aged care facilities, promising the majority (84%)of the remaining land available for use as a public green space.
TVRG is proposing to develop between 200-240 one-storey independent living units and a three-storey 100-bed aged-care facility on 11 hectares of the site, while exploring partnerships for the remaining 57 hectares.
TVRG Managing Director Justin Harrison said he would be seeking discussions with Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Queensland Government about making a substantial part of the land for use as a public asset.
“This community needs public open space and it also needs more retirement and aged care accommodation. Mr Harrison said.
“Our retirement and aged care proposal can fund a gift to the North Lakes Community, with more than 50 hectares of private land being made available to the public,” he said.
The bombshell sale has attracted lively debate on social media with SNLGC thanking locals for the uptick in recent support and pledging to continue opposing the redevelopment.
"There is (sic) still a number of pathways to victory for SNLGC to win. VRG have made a move. We are playing Chess not checkers. So why would we give up now," a statement on the group's Facebook page reads.
"Remember VRG have no approvals to build anything and we are in a strong position to keep it that way. The current owner may be ending their business of running the golf course, but the golf course itself remains. Closed for now, but still there."
SNLGC notified members that a number of avenues remained to those who oppose the redevelopment, posting a registry of interest for those planning to dispute TVRG's Development Application once it's lodged with council.
However, Mr Harrison said he did not expect to lodge a development application for the retirement and aged care proposals before resolving outcomes for the North Lakes Common site.
North Lakes Common is an idea at this stage, seeking comment from community and other stakeholders on the remaining 57 hectares of open space, post-redevelopment.
The North Lakes Common website states the open space represents opportunities for a range of outdoor pursuits via the creation of parklands, community gardens, various sports and educational facilities.
With the sale now finalised North Lakes Common encourages local residents to have thier say in shaping the space in a way that will benefit North Lakes at large. Suggestions can be submitted via the links below.
More to come...
North Lakes Common:
www.northlakescommon.com.au
MBRC's Development Application tracking:
www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Services/Building-Development/Application-Tracking
SNLGC:
www.savenorthlakes.com.au

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The Lungs of North Lakes

Luke Howarth calls on Council to halt redevelopment of North Lakes golf course

The Messenger first reported on plans to shutter and redevelop North Lakes Resort Golf Club back in mid 2018. The owners of North Lakes Resort Golf Club said in a released statement the course would close at the end of 2019 due to continued financial losses, citing a trending downturn in golfing for leisure.

SNLGC put out a call for like-minded members of the community with professional skills or not, to get behind the movement and raise the community's voice in objection to redevelopment.

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth, Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services hasn't been shy from backing local sentiment about redevelopment of the golf course. Mr Howarth addressed federal parliament's House of Representatives last Thursday (27/07/2019) calling on Moreton Bay Regional Council to listen to locals and scrap redevelopment plans.

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SNLGC Fundraising Golf Day with Brisbane Lions

SNLGC will be hosting a Fundraising Golf Day at North Lakes Golf Club on Sunday August 11th 2019, where you can play a round with members of the Brisbane Lions.
The day includes a full day of planned activities, beginning with a registration and sausage sizzle at 9.30am before tee off at 10.30am. All teams on the day will have a Brisbane Lions representative as their team captain. Afterwards there will be a feast Gourmet Burgers for competitors, meet and greet for the public, presentations and Brisbane Lions Merchandise raffle at 4.30pm.
To get involved visit wwwsavenorthlakes.com.au

Cats VS Dogs: The Great Debate

That age old argument is set to be resolved in the The Great Debate, moderated by Channel 9 News presenter Heather Foord at Caboolture library next month.
The one-off event is part of Caboolture Regional Art Gallery’s The Life and Times of Scarface Claw exhibition. A showcase of more than 40 original illustrations by legendary author and illustrator Dame Lynley Dodd.
In the cat corner will be acclaimed Australian fantasy author Isobelle Carmody and Redcliffe Writers Group representative Jim Higgins.
Renown writer and USC Professor of Creative Writing Gary Crew and comedian Jenny Wynter will be backing the dogs.
Moderator Heather Foord said although she was team dog, she would undoubtedly remain impartial on the night.
“I am looking forward to a fun, spirited event, with lots of rebutting, interrupting and inappropriateness," the much loved personality said.
The Great Debate will be held at Caboolture Library on Saturday 17 August from 4pm to 6pm.
For details and to register visit: www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/libraries

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Bricks and Mortar Tiles for North Lakes

Australian owned tile retailer and trade supplier have opened on Flinders Parade, North Lakes and is the first tile store the area has ever seen. It's been well received by locals, who previously had to travel out of the suburb to view tiles in the flesh.
Sporting a modern showroom for customers and a unique drive-through trade shop for tilers and landscapers, the brand new store is also the new headquarters for Amber Tiles in the state.
As the name suggests, the trade drive-through allows tradies to get in and out quickly, while the state-of-the-art retail showroom allows customers with a little more time the personal and professional attention required to make to right selection, and even a good coffee.
Amber Tiles have been in business for more than 45 years and supply indoor and outdoor tiles, stone, pavers, retaining walls, and all related and supporting products to tradies and keen DIYers alike.
Amber Tiles North Lakes is open to the public six days a week while the trade shop operates each work day and can be found at 5/39 Flinders Parade North Lakes. More info via www.ambertiles.com.au or call 07 3886 5073.

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Sixth annual BREAST EVER BRUNCH

MATER CHICKS IN PINK/MON KOMO HOTEL

Over more than century, Mater has grown into an iconic Queensland institution. Originally founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1906, nowadays Mater is a group of seven hospitals, and various health institutions committed to providing care for everyone. Mater hospitals see more than 500 000 patients every year, committed to providing exceptional care to everyone who passes through its doors.
The Mater Foundation has a number of fundraising initiatives throughout the year and one of the most popular on the local calendar is Mon Komo's Breast Ever brunch, which has tickets on sale now.
Breast ever Brunch is a wonderful opportunity to get your friends, family or colleagues together for food, fun and to fundraise for a great cause - supporting women suffering the heartache of a breast cancer diagnosis and support breast cancer research at Mater Research.
This August will see Mon Komo Hotel host their sixth Breast Ever Brunch High Tea, in conjunction with the Mater Chicks in Pink Foundation.
Mater Chicks in Pink help the 18,000 women in Australia who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. The foundation helps these women focus on the moments that matter most, and alleviate some of the huge emotional and financial burden that comes with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Last year’s Breast Ever Brunch raised $2700 in ticket sales, merchandise and raffles for the Chicks in Pink. This year Mon Komo Hotel is hoping smash that record and need your help. With $10 from each ticket sale going directly to the foundation as well funds from merchandise and raffles.
This year there are some wonderful donations already from local and national businesses included travel vouchers and movie tickets.
Your generous support will help fund tangible support items such as counselling and mastectomy bras which make an immediate impact in the lives of women with breast cancer today, as well as contributing to research which will benefit the women who walk through Mater’s doors for breast cancer treatment tomorrow and in the future.
Mon Komo's Breast Ever Brunch 2019 is August 3rd, running 10AM to midday. As well as the auction items there will be raffles throughout and of course, a high tea served on the Cabana Bar & Terrace. Tickets are $35 with $10 going to Breast Cancer Research.
If you would like to be involved by donating to the raffles or purchasing a ticket, please contact Mon Komo via events@monkomohotel.com.au every little bit helps.
For more information and tickets visit www.monkomohotel.com.au. Mon Komo Hotel is located on 99 Marine Parade, Redcliffe.

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Petrie Uni Open Day(s)

Applications to study at USC Moreton Bay from Semester 1, 2020 will open in August 2019 through QTAC. There are two Open Day Events for the local campus in July and August

Potential Petrie Campus students will be able to explore study opportunities at the new campus via two special information sessions about USC Moreton Bay at its Sunshine Coast campus (free bus service) on Sunday 21 July, and at its Caboolture campus on Sunday 4 August.

During the events, school-leavers can get tips about applying and succeeding at university, choosing the right program to study, and how to make the most of university life, while mature entrants will discover the support services available at USC, and how students can find a way to balance their work, financial and family commitments.
More details about USC Moreton Bay, including a virtual tour of the soon-to-be completed foundation building, are online at www.usc.edu.au/studymoretonbay
Details and registrations for the open day session times, and free bus service to USC Sunshine Coast, are available online at www.usc.edu.au/open-day.

Pictured above USC Moreton Bay Campus' Foundation building last week.

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New Koala Corridor

Council plants kilometre-long koala habitat along North Pine River to protect embattled local population

It's startling to hear, but the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) believes koalas may be functionally extinct in the entire landscape of Australia.
Deborah Tabart OAM, Chairman of the AKF which is the principal non-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to the conservation and effective management of the wild koala and its habitat, says the situation is dire.
“The AKF thinks there are no more than 80,000 Koalas in Australia. This is approximately 1% of the 8 million Koalas that were shot for fur and sent to London between 1890 and 1927,” Tabart says.
Last November a Queensland Koala Advisory Council was setup, led by RSPCA Queensland CEO Mark Townend, to coordinate and oversee the implementation of the recommendations from the Koala expert reports, proving the importance of managing the population and habitats at all levels of government.
Locally, it's of particular importance as a place of high development, often in greenfield sites. Council has a number of initiatives underway such as refuges, habitat restoration and wild dog management. Currently Council has set aside more than 280 hectares of land for koala habitat, through establishing koala nature refuges, a class of protected area under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992.
Last week, Moreton Bay Regional Council announced it had planted a kilometre of trees have been along the North Pine River to support a new koala movement corridor between Nelson Road and Ron Thomason Reserve in Lawton.

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The Dirty tricks of NBN scammers

National Broadband Network scams almost triple so far this year

Australians, including locals, are losing more money to NBN scams, with reported losses in 2019 already higher than the total of last year’s losses.
Consumers lost an average of more than $110,000 each month between January and May this year, compared with around $38,500 in monthly average losses throughout 2018 – an increase of nearly 300 per cent.
“People aged over 65 are particularly vulnerable, making the most reports and losing more than $330,000 this year. That’s more than 60 per cent of the current losses,” ACCC Acting Chair Delia Rickard said.
“Scammers are increasingly using trusted brands like ‘NBN’ to trick unsuspecting consumers into parting with their money or personal information.”
Common types of NBN scams include:
Someone pretending to be from NBN Co or an internet provider calls a victim and claims there is a problem with their phone or internet connection, which requires remote access to fix. The scammer can then install malware or steal valuable personal information, including banking details.
Scammers pretending to be the NBN attempting to sell NBN services, often at a discount, or equipment to you over the phone.

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Got a voice with Bite?

BITE markets on the hunt for the first ever Busker-in-Residence, with a year’s busking up for grabs!
Heats begin this weekend!

Popular local food hub Bite Markets at North Harbour has been delivering top notch nosh with a side of entertainment to locals since it opened in March. Now the foodie-mecca has announced a search to unearth local talent who will may become Bite's first Busker-in-Residence.
The busker-in-residence position presents a killer opportunity for forthright performers – exclusive rights to busk at Bite Markets, every Friday and Saturday night for 12 months. The opportunity is open voice buskers across all genres – from country to hip hop, funk to beatbox, rock and pop to reggae, disco, folk and everything in between.
The three weekends of heats begins this Friday and will see buskers battle it out at Bite Markets before the grand final decider. Keen applicants should apply now to get on the bill for Friday June 21 and Saturday June 22, with the grand final set for Saturday July 13.

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winter warning on household appliances

Shocking localhouse fire stats

Queenslanders are being advised not to leave home fire safety out in the cold this winter, as new figures reveal the State’s south east is at greater risk of house fires during the cooler months.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll said Queenslanders should take care in the kitchen, where cooking appliances were a common ignition source for fires all year round.
“We know nearly half of all house fires start in the cooking area of the home; each year, firefighters attend an average of nearly 900 kitchen fires across the state,” Ms Carroll said.
“If you’re warming up with a winter soup, remember your kitchen safety tips, such as smothering a fat fire instead of dousing with water and keeping flammable items away from stoves and cooking spaces.”
Ms Carroll said it was important for all members of the family to understand simple fire safety practices, as well as creating a fire escape plan to use in case of an emergency.
“If you haven’t prepared one already, now is the time to draw up your fire escape plan,” she said.
“Sit down with your family, work out your best route to escape, where you will meet safely, and then practise, practise, practise.
“It is crucial that every member of the family, including children, understands what to do in an emergency.”

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Abbey Medieval Festival 2019

to Cure those Post-Game of Thrones Blues at Abbeystowe

This year marks the 30th anniversary for Caboolture’s Abbey Medieval Festival, the annual medieval experience for families and Westeros junkies alike.
The most recognised attraction is the Tournament Weekend on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July with a variety of medieval battle-style tournaments including, archery, jousting, Turkish oil wresting, sword fighting and more.
Each day, the Abbey Medieval Tournament, opens its gates at 9.00am and welcomes you to witness the Grand Parade where more than 500 knights, warriors, ladies, and their retainers present themselves to the crowd as the Master of Ceremonies summons the knights to take part in chivalrous combat for honour and courage
In 2019 the Abbey Medieval Festival will hold the Medieval Banquet on Saturday 29th June and Saturday 6th July, with live entertainment and a grand medieval feast.
The feasting begins with authentic medieval food served in two removes (courses) followed by an issue (final course). The food is plentiful with vegetarian and gluten free options available. Guests will enjoy a complimentary mulled wine, and the option to purchase a range of additional medieval beverages. The costumes are spectacular, though dressing up is not mandatory for attendees.
The popular Kids Dig It! Medieval Family Fun week runs Monday 1st July to Friday 5th July.
Kids Dig It! is designed for kids to engage in fun, educational activities aimed to teach about life during the Medieval Era in an exciting, interactive way. Children are able to try their hands at archery, participate in an archaeological dig and create unique medieval themed arts and crafts. Activities are aimed at various age groups and cater to all skill levels.
The festival has grown in popularity, size and events over the years. The first Abbey Medieval Festival was held next to St Michael’s church and had just 300 re-enactors and attendees compared to last year which was held in the dedicated Abbeystowe site with almost 25, 000 re-enactors and attendees.
The Abbey Medieval Festival is hosted by the Abbey Museum, which holds one of Australia’s premier collections of fine art and antiquity. Proceeds from the festival help to maintain the collection, which includes 500,000 years of human history.
There is a lot more to Abbey Medieval Festival, for all the details and ticketing visit www.abbeymedievalfestival.com
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The Mess We Make

A visit to the Burpengary and District Men's Shed turns up some intriguing projects

The Burpengary Men's Shed hasn't been around all that long, just four years, but they've been busy. Headed by founding member and President Rodney Hanson, on Tuesdays and Thursdays the blokes get together to work on community projects like building possum boxes for a local wild life group, making stainless steel mud kitchens for local pre-schools and much, much more.
When the Messenger visited recently we found two intriguing current projects, planned inter-club Lawn Mover Racing and a "Light Hat" built to hopefully alleviate symptoms of a local woman suffering dementia.
The Light Hat is an unusual project with some bold claims. To be clear, these claims aren't made by the local Men's Shed, they were approached to build it, and build it they did.
There are claims online that the light hat can treat both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases by using near-infrared LEDs arranged around, in this case, a bucket shape, to penetrate the skull and massage the grey area. The local lady who approached Burpengary Men's Shed did so as a last resort after reading that some users noted improvement after using one. At the time the Messenger visited, the hat had just been completed but not tested. We'll stay in touch and let readers know if the local lady reports improvement.
This other big project at the shed is the lawn mower racing, the brain-child of the local outfit. The men are used to repairing these machines and end up with lots of spare parts and picked over mower carcases. Why not put them to use? They plan to build a bunch of them and race. Nothing crazy though, Rodney estimates they'll have a top speed of about 20kph when race-ready.
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Scrapping Naplan

Negative impact on schools, students and teachers

Gonski, an institution for education which aims to address growing inequality in Australian education and improve education for all Australian students, said there is little evidence the now ten-year-old NAPLAN has improved education outcomes for students.
Director of the Gonski Institute for Education, Professor Adrian Piccoli said there is little evidence the now ten-year-old NAPLAN has improved education outcomes for students.
“There is growing evidence NAPLAN is having a negative impact on schools, students and teachers,” said Professor Piccoli.
“NAPLAN and the publishing of results on the My School website has imposed a high stakes dimension to student testing and this has led to increased student anxiety, teaching to the test and a narrowing of the curriculum."
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women's sport? It's just sport

It’s time to rewrite the language of Australian sport. We need to drop the unnecessary, divisive labels, and erase the gender bias that has become accepted and ingrained, writes Kate Palmer, Chief Executive Officer of Sport Australia Australia

There is no longer a place for the sub-category known as “women’s sport”. There is just sport. It belongs to all. It’s what everyone plays.
What has traditionally been divided into buckets should become mainstream. Everyone should feel welcome, worthy and equal.
Given that no sport is gender-exclusive, why do we continue to call it “women’s sport”? We should not settle for the default position that football, for example, is what's played by men and there is something else called “women’s football” that needs to be differentiated. The connotation, almost inevitably, is that the “women’s” version is the inferior brand....
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