Mother's Day Dining

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.

Experience Pony Dining at Eagle Street Pier

Pony Dining came to the high end of Brisbane in 2012 and continues the (loosely) equine theme of the Sydney mother ship with a warm, contemporary interior in the most prime of locations - upstairs at Eagle Street Pier.
There isn't a bad seat in the house at Pony. You can sit right in front of the chefs to watch your meal being prepared on the Argentinian style wood fired grill. You can dine city-side above the buzz and in view of bright lights. Or, and this is our pick, you can enjoy sweeping views on the riverside deck which boasts arguably Brisbane's best dining view of the Story Bridge.
Head Chef Chris Mann's open wood fire grill is fuelled by locally sourced ironbark, chosen for the depth of flavour it imbues upon Pony's signature steak and salmon dishes but its impression reaches right across the menu in various ways. At Pony, the inherent flavours of the high quality produce, coal-fire and grill are on display, the dishes are allowed to sing without being drowned in sauces or needlessly garnished.
The menu can be broken down into small plates, big plates and sides. The small plates and sides can function as entrees so you can choose to dine tapas style if you wish. Try the standout Smoked Eggplant ($10) and the must-try Charcoal Squid ($15.90).
Big plates like the Lamb Salad are generous enough to be shared. The dish is assembled with raw and crispy kale, wood fired pumpkin, candied hazelnut, tahini and pecorino. Protip: at just $23 it's a sneaky way to sample Pony's famous 12 hour Braised Lamb Shoulder, the otherwise $89 1.2kg sharing feast.
Pony Dining is currently offering an exceptional cocktail deal called 'That Gin Thing'. For $50 you can enjoy two top shelf gin based cocktails of your choosing along with three small plates, perfectly paired.
For dessert, treat Mum to the stunningly beautiful and delicious Blackberry Bombe Alaska or the incredible Dark Chocolate Marquise with peanut butter ice cream, brittle and milk jam ($14 each).
Pony is a remarkable dining experience; its moving parts are the food, the cocktails, the people and the service. Immovable is the stunning location. It's modern haute cuisine in one of Brisbane's best locations. For Mother's Day they're offering their dinner menu all day and a complimentary glass of bubbles for every Mum who comes through the doors.

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Pacquiao to defend Title against Horn

Brisbane to host historic World Title Boxing bout Between Legend Pacman and Brissy school Teacher Jeff Horn.

The spectacle of the kid from Brisbane taking on a boxing legend will be something people will talk about for years to come.

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1000 Haircuts hits the road

Mobile barber shop set to literally change the face of Brisbane's homeless

In an Australian first, a purpose-built barber shop on wheels, hit the road last week offering free haircuts to the disadvantaged across Brisbane’s North and Moreton Bay Region.

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Queensland Music Festival

Kristin Beradi, Katie Noonan and Minister Sharon Fentiman launch QMF's Songs That Made Me initiative

Queensland Music Festival is a state-wide celebration running from July 7 - 30 this year that aims to transform lives and communities through music. If you're an aspiring singer-songwriter, QMF's On Song competition could be the chance of a lifetime.

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Island hopping around southern Queensland

Queensland has some of the most beautiful islands in Australia, and by that measure, some of the most beautiful in the world. Each island is unique and there are plenty of experiences and activities to be enjoyed, right on our doorstep. It’s just a matter of heading to one that is suited to what you want to do.

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Persons of Interest

How do two graphic designers from Brisbane find themselves collaborating with the world's largest furniture retailer to produce functional furniture art that's sold all around the world?

Kate and Joel Booy (of Strathpine and Ipswich respectively) studied design at Griffith Uni's College of Art before starting Studio Truly Truly in the Netherlands. To say Truly Truly make furniture would be almost fundamentally incorrect. IRL, the husband and wife team reconcile beautiful materials to create fascinating objects that function. They apply that artistic approach to furniture, textiles, lighting and more.
The duo was asked to deliver such an object for IKEA's designer PS 2017 range. IKEA's PS collections are designer endeavours that explore the future of design and the home through the eyes of progressive designers. For boutique outfits like Kate and Joel's Studio Truly Truly, the IKEA PS collaborations represent a professional experience on a scale that - quite literally - cannot be matched, exposing their products to a global audience that might otherwise be beyond their reach.
On this side of the counter, it gives people like you and me an opportunity to get our hands on thoughtful, forward thinking designer gear at IKEA prices.
Using the generously open brief, Kate and Joel created a rug and a cushion for the collection but it's the almost other-worldly steel framed sofa, lined with 18 small pillows that took our eye.
We had an opportunity to speak to them about it.

Read the interview here

Centrelink debt Fiasco

What to do if you've been contacted

The government has a duty of care towards people who call on it for support, especially those on low incomes.

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How to have an awesome Staycation

You've heard the buzzword but what does staycation actually mean and how can you pull one off successfully? Travel Writer Cei Creighton investigates this week.

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Fresh hair, fresh start

A Scarborough barbershop are taking their hotrod hair styles to the streets, providing 1000 free haircuts for Queenslanders in need

“Everyone likes to feel like they look good, but for a person experiencing homelessness a haircut can mean the difference between social isolation and inclusion,” Danielle said.

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A Most Monarchal Moniker

The party's not over yet with the North South Arterial getting a new title that's fit for a Queen.

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Car Park Rage

Yep, it's a real thing, but Don't hulk out in the carpark this Christmas, find out how to keep your cool in this week's mag.

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Too much glass and not enough privacy

Too much glass and not enough privacy. Brisbane's new apartments under the microscope in this week's mag

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Auspost's Big Day Out

Australia Post had the biggest delivery day in the nation's history Monday December 12, with over two million parcels moving through the network.

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Holiday Happiness

Revamp your family holiday - no passport required

Having grown up in Canada, Christmas holidays were pretty much the stuff movies are made of… snow, streets lines with Christmas lights, skiing, skating on the lake, ridiculous amounts of food, equally ridiculous amounts of relatives visiting or to be visited, and eggnog. Then we moved to Australia and were COMPLETELY thrown with this Aussie summer Christmas! I felt like Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ ‘We aren’t in Kansas anymore Toto!’. That meant we had to rediscover what to do, where to go and even what to eat. I happily became addicted to mangoes that very first Christmas.

If your Christmas holidays need a revamp, or it’s just time to make a change from that two week stay at a unit on the coast or the Theme Park marathon, here are some slightly out of the box and off the beaten path ideas that will get everyone outside and active - no passport needed!

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Laguna North Lakes

It's like Fortitude Valley's James Street, but at North Lakes

Just when we were thinking that we’d heard the last of development news for the year comes a new project by the developers of Fortitude Valley’s popular James Street.

Set right in the heart of North Lakes, the $250 million development will utilise the entirety of the 1.7 hectare Lot 81 on North Lakes Drive, the currently vacant lot that sits between Westfield and the library.

To be known as Laguna North Lakes, or just Laguna, the precinct promises boutique shopping dividedby retail/dining laneways with a James Street feel.

Apparently we're now calling North Lakes township a "CBD" also.

“Laguna will be a welcome addition to the North Lakes success story, and will provide the already bustling CBD with a unique entertainment and lifestyle precinct sure to attract people from all over,” said Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland.

Attracted by one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas, The George Group’s Patrick George said North Lakes was a sensible choice for their next venture.

“We are heartened by the success of our well known precincts, James Street and Brickworks, and see North Lakes as a great opportunity to do something unique for this community,” Mr George said.

“Through Laguna, we want to create a fresh and exciting oasis in the heart of the North Lakes CBD where people can gather, relax, and enjoy a range of offerings including retail, hospitality, fitness and lifestyle all in one contemporary-designed precinct.

Anchoring the project are a new office tower offering six floors and 10,000m2 of commercial space, a 140-room hotel, and function and events centre with 1000 carparks in total to adjoin. There will also be 5000m2 of retail and hospitality laneways on the lower floors but perhaps the most interesting feature of the new development are the public amenities.

The development includes a tavern and function space, a childcare centre, Gym, health and wellness centre.

There are scant details on the promised open green space, except some artist impressions we’ve been asked not to show you because they're subject to change (although they’re not to find) and the aquatic centre - except that it has a lap pool, recreational pool, learn-to-swim area and zero depth facility for toddlers .

It seems unlikely that it will rival the jealousy inducing Redcliffe or Springfield lagoons for which locals have been hoping.

Construction begins third quarter 2017 and will be complete late 2019/early 2020.

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Lake Eden Hotel Approved

Boutique Hotel for Lake Eden to begin construction

The long discussed boutique hotel on Lake Eden is to go ahead with the development application now approved by council. The hoarding will be up by the time you read this and a completion date is set for November 1 2017.

The 5050sqm site will allow for 40 short stay accommodation rooms spread over the two upper levels and will be capable of sleeping 80 beating hearts at capacity.

The existing building (formerly the Stockland office) is to be refurbished and repurposed.

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State of the Climate 2016

Expect more extremely hot days and severe weather

“The changing climate significantly affects all Australians through increased heatwaves, more significant wet weather events and more severe fire weather conditions", said CSIRO Senior Scientist and leader of the NESP Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, Dr Helen Cleugh.

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Westfield stage 2 Grand opening

Westfield North Lakes' Centre Manager Chris Barton (pictured) said they are expecting a large turnout for the opening of their new lifestyle precinct which opens November 17.

Although parking spaces have now doubled at the centre, people attending this special event should be patient when more than 60 new home, lifestyle, and fashion retailers, (including heavyweight IKEA) open their doors on Thursday.

Here are some of the events planned:

Thursday, 17 November:
• 10:00am – 10:30am: Grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony
• 11:00am – 12:30pm: Shaynna Blaze interior design workshop and book signing
• 12:00pm – 12.30pm: Dance and didgeridoo performance with Indigenous smoking ceremony

Friday, 18 November:
• 10:00am – 11:00am: Meet and greet with Australian sporting legend Gorden Tallis

Sunday, 20 November:
• 11:00am – 12:30pm & 1:00pm – 2:30pm: Cooking demonstration and book signing by MKR winners, Will and Steve

Other workshops and key activities available throughout the weekend include:
• Free Pilates classes with Abi + Joseph and Breathe Healthclub
• Cork & Chroma – paint with acrylic on canvas while sipping wine
• DIY Pom Pom Tassel Beach Bag and Cushion Workshops
• Pimp Your Sneakers Workshop
• Instagram Workshop with Westfield Stylist Annabel Falco
• Kids LEGO immersive zone
• DIY Watercolour Gift Tag Workshop
• Pamper & Styling lounge
• Fresh food demonstrations
• “Life in Colour” Photobooth

Go to for further details and times.


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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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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.

View the archive here

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.

More info here

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Redcliffe Peninsula Line Open Day

Monday October 3 was the open day for the Redcliffe Peninsula Line and it was a feel good day. All who attended Kippa-Ring Station revelled in the cheerful atmosphere.

Even the official proceedings were unusually light hearted; the pollies talked of bipartisanship, MC Rupert McCall cracked wise but it was our Mayor, Allan Sutherland, who had the joke of the day.

He regaled crowd that since 2010 when agreement for the project was formalised by Council, State and Federal Governments, we've had: 'four prime ministers, three premiers... and one mayor'. Boom. He could have dropped the mic and walked off stage in his period garb at that very moment while the crowd roared with laughter. It wasn't a political dig, it was funny. Because it's true.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the project was a vital investment in the local community.

“The Moreton Bay Region is home to more than 375,000 people and the population is expected to exceed 500,000 within 15 years,” Mr Turnbull said.

“This rail line will attract new business investment in the area, provide better connectivity between key activity centres and remove approximately 600 cars from the local road network for every full train.”

Mr Turnbull said the rail line would see some commuters switch from private vehicles to public transport, which will in turn reduce congestion on the local road network.

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Vegas'Latina Castle

Outstanding Young Achiever

There is absolutely no doubt, local Vegas'Latina Castle is the most awarded person the Messenger has ever had the privilege of talking to and she’s only 11 years old.

Vegas started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu just two years ago and in that short time has amassed 18 gold medals, seven silver medals and two bronze medals for various championships in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and has just become the National Australian Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion 2016 (Female - All Belts 11yo).

By any other measure Vegas is a normal 11 year old girl (which her family are keen to encourage) but she also has a natural talent for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Vegas’ mum Liberty said that the family doesn’t have a martial arts background and that Vegas is super dedicated to the sport. She trains 1.5 hours a day, five days a week at Infinity Martial Arts here in North Lakes

In that particularly 11 year old manor, Vegas talks with a smile and giggles when we’re surprised that she has collected all those medals in just two years. We met Vegas at Lake Eden with her mum Liberty.

Vegas said her favourite achievement is the National gold but she’s really excited for the Pan Pacific Championships to be held in Melbourne next month, where she’s hoping for another gold. She has already qualified to compete.

“It's not about the medals its about personal growth. We just want her to have a good grounding in life. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has taught her discipline, respect, resilience and team work which we think are great attributes to have in life. The main thing for us is having good values. Self-defence is great too” said Liberty.

We agree. Good luck at the Pan Pacs Vegas!

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