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

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


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 or phone 3480 6941.


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.

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

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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North Lakes Resort Golf Club

Community mobilises over planned closure and redevelopment

Recently North Lakes Resort Golf Club announced that they would shutter the course at the end of 2019 due to continued financial losses citing a trending downturn in golfing for leisure.
The owners have assured residents that the golf course and all of its facilities will continue to operate until then but said in a statement that they have entered an arrangement to redevelop 11 hectares of the of the 57 hectare prime real estate site into an aged care and senior living facility.
"The owners are proposing to sell the course and have entered into an arrangement with The Village Retirement Group for the entire parcel of land. The intent is for more than 85% of the course area to be maintained for environmental protection, publically accessible open space and the possibility of a range of sport and recreation facilities for community use," the statement read.
The Village Retirement Group (VRG) proposal, yet to be entered to Council is a low-density development comprising 200 independent living units roughly in the centre of the current site with an aged-care facility on the southern tip and an environmental restoration project, to make an open space on the finger-like tip that extends toward Endeavour Boulevard.
Despite continued falling interest in the current facility, there has been huge public outcry about the closure. Residents are passionately mobilising under a banner carrying a tagline the lifestyle you promised is about to disappear via a Facebook group called Save North Lakes Golf Course.
On Sunday there was a town meeting at the North Lakes Sports Club. Both speakers and attendees were passionate. It was a call to action. the speakers called on the entire community to come together, to use their professional skills to protest the sale based on the lifestyle promises made as North Lakes was originally developed. Local Matt Williamson MC'd.
"We were sold a dream. Move your family to North Lakes. Bring your business to North Lakes. A new thriving community and at its heart was one of Queensland’s best championship golf courses. The North Lakes Resort Golf Club," he said on Sunday.
Mr Williamson stated that estate developer Stockland and real estate agents leveraged their marketing of the area around the Graham Marsh designed golf course and that whether you used the facility or not a redevelopment would have an impact on traffic, noise, wild life, public safety in adjoining areas, and not least of all, the lifestyle you were promised when you bought into the area.
For the development to go ahead after submission, MBRC have to vote and approve. The concern is that once approved, it could open a floodgate of ongoing development on the space, affecting property values across the suburb.
"It’s a place where we knew our property values would grow. Because it's based around an asset that would remain an open space," Mr Williamson said.
"We bought into this lifestyle and we paid a premium to do it," he said to cheers from the crowd.
The previous Saturday, hundreds of locals and Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth assembled in front of the course in protest of the redevelopment plan. Mr Howarth took to centre of the group advising concerned residents to contact their division councillors throughout the region and the Mayor to voice their objections.
“We need to let councillors know, right throughout the Moreton Bay Region just how important this is to you,” Mr Howarth said.
The end goal of this campaign is that the golf course remain a golf course and the community is organising and assembling to that end. You will see signage, letter box drops and more public meetings.
An official State Government petition objecting to the change in the use of North Lakes Golf Course, endorsed by our member for Bancroft Mr Chris Whiting went live and the time of press had over 2000 signatures.
The Save North Lakes Golf Course movement is calling for passionate members of community to donate their time and skills in assistance to the cause. From door knockers, to fund raisers to marketing professionals to those experienced in council application processes.
If you can offer assistance in these matters contact

What can concerned residents do?
Contact local councillors right throughout the region, full list of contacts here:
Sign the petition here:
Donate to the cause to help organised exposure (or see the Facebook page for direct debit details)
Join the Facebook group here
Use the hashtag #SNLGC to raise your voice on social media

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Life of Karate for local after bullying

Personal Safety on the streets

Local Tina Deans was badly bullied at school but decided to so something about it. As a teen she took self defence that would change her life.
That was 25 years ago and began a journey that would see Tina represent Scotland and then Queensland at the national level. Along the way Tina picked up numerous other titles including Queensland state champions and Australian Open Champion. Competing internationally she accumulated belts and medals internationally and currently holds a 4th degree black belt earned in Japan.
Accolades and achievements were never the goal though.
"While I am grateful for all of that, nothing even compares to the personal development and life skills that karate has taught me," Tina said.
"Being disciplined in life, having a champion work ethic, having self control when times get tough and the confidence to look life’s challenges straight in the eye and know you can handle is the best reward ever. Karate is a lifelong journey."
"Teenagers have those excessive hormone rushes that make them feel invincible, they think they know everything and are self sufficient. They think they can handle any situation, I’ve heard it all before and maybe even been that naive teenager myself," she said.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing (AIHW), violence (including sexual violence) is a major health and welfare issue in Australia. It occurs across all ages, and all socioeconomic and demographic groups, but predominantly affects women and children. AIHW's 2018 report on the subject showed that one in 6 Australian women and 1 in 16 men have been subjected, since the age of 15, to physical and/or sexual violence.
"Unfortunately we can’t shield ourselves or our children from the harsh realities of life forever, but, we can prepare them a bit better to deal with potential situations," Tina said.
Accomplished Tina Deans now runs regular karate classes at Japan Karate Academy Shito-ryu in North Lakes offering self defence courses for schools, workplaces, groups and organisations at prices Tina states are as low not-for-profits.
"This is our way to give back to our local community and share some of the knowledge and skills of Tina Sensei who has practised karate for 25 years competing Internationally and is one of our local primary school teachers," she said.
Japan Karate Academy Shito-ryu recent ladies group completed a six week self defense course with money raised donated to the ‘No Means No’ charity which works globally to end child rape. They also run classes for teenage girls class at the Space teaching situational awareness which includes avoiding potential situations, being aware of surrounds, gaining control over emotions, getting out of situations before they begin, listening to their instinct etc.
"Karate has changed my life over the past 25 years and it is my duty to pass that on to others. Karate is not just a sport or about aiming to get to black belt. It is a lifelong journey and way of life. It instills self control, discipline, confidence, respect and self belief. It builds character and resilience for everyday life challenges," she said.
For more information find @JKAkarate on facebook or email

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Ekka 2018

Family price drops, new pavilions, new competitions, new attractions, more tech, and more at night

There is no better tagline for Ekka 2018 than "back to the future" with this year not only dropping entry price but adding more modern entertainment, while doubling down on the show's traditional roots.
The Ekka started as humble agricultural show in 1876 and hasn't shied away from its past. The animals are an ever-popular aspect of the show. There is quite literally nowhere else in Brisbane where you can see 10,000 animals at once. As you may well be aware, RNA’s Brisbane Showground have been undergoing a regeneration project which includes the CRT Pavilion - a new home for large and small breeds during the show.
This year, the ground and first floor will be home to beef and dairy cattle, poultry and dairy goats during the 10 days in August– adding an extra two football fields of space where you can see animals at the show.
“It is the only building of its kind in the world and has been specially designed to house animals during Ekka and act as an events space and car park facility outside of show – with all revenue invested back into the Ekka,” said RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said of the new facility.
There's also a new Woodchop Arena, located at the Bowen Bridge Road end of Sideshow Alley, highlighting the popular and traditional attraction by increasing its footprint 50% in the all-weather indoor space.
Also new to this year's Ekka are a bunch of competitions, including the Dagwood Dog Eating Competition. Australia's No.1 Ranked Pro Competitive Eater and social media star ‘Hulk Smash Food’ (Cal Stubbs) will take on the challenge. Fancy yourself as a cracking Karaoker? There’s i-Sing Karaoke where performers will compete karaoke style in the Queensland state and national finals of the i-Sing Australia competition. Or, if you're more the footloose kind, a boot-scooting Line Dancing Hoedown featuring social dancing, competition demonstrations, beginner workshops and the inaugural Queensland Club Challenge.
The hilarious Heritage Bank Racing Pigs return. Last seen at Ekka in 2015, the popular little piggies will fly through the sky, dive into a pool of water and race each other around a track.
Ekka Fashion returns, this year to a whimsically themed wonderland theme called Enchanted Winter. 70% of the designers are new and 26 women’s and menswear designers showcasing the natural materials of cotton, wool, silk and leather will strut their wares in 40 shows over the 10 days.
There's a brand new technology hub located in the Technology Precinct on the upper floor of the Royal International Convention Centre. The hub will showcase the latest in virtual reality technology where Ekka visitors can walk in the footsteps of Aboriginal people from the 1770s or throw VR snowballs at each other. You'll also be able to fly micro-drones around an obstacle course in a netted area. Australia’s first 5G Connected Car will be there alongside coding activities for kids
One of the greatest modern additions to the show - Ekka Nights - returns with more new excitement than you can fire 2.5 tonnes of fireworks at. Running 6-8pm every night, Ekka Nights kicks off with the national anthem will super star Adam Brand, and then a special fireworks for the littlies at 6.05pm. After that, the night continues ablaze with the motor mayhem of Bronco vs Cowboy Lowd V8 UTE precision driving and race, monster trucks, daring FMX riders, and a wild colonial wagon chase.
The night finishes with a spectacular fireworks and light display. This year's nightly finale will feature an Ekka record breaking 150 firing points in a 360 design. There will be a giant space shuttle blasting off and pyrotechnics shooting out of remote controlled cars as they circle the Main Arena at more than 100kph. If that’s not enough, Ekka Nights will also feature a car powered by a jet engine shooting 30ft flames! Ekka Nights is actually incredible value if you take advantage of the Twilight Pass costing just $20 for entry after 6pm.

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Moreton Bay Uni Construction officially underway

USC Moreton Bay is on track to open for Semester 1, 2020

Construction of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Petrie Campus is gaining momentum with the opening of the state of the art precinct now only 18 months away.
Last Wednesday USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill today hosted a commencement ceremony at the site of the campus expected to have a student population of 10,000 by 2030.
Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton, Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth and Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham attended the ceremony to mark the start of construction of stage 1 of the newcampus – a three-storey foundation building with more than 16,000 square metres of floor space – will soon take shape on land adjacent the Petrie railway station.
Professor Hill praised each of the dignitaries for the significant roles they have played in enabling USC Moreton Bay, which will bring unprecedented access to tertiary education for residents of the region.
“Moreton Bay is one of Queensland’s fastest growing regions, but is the only region of its size in Australia without its own full-service university campus,” he said.
“USC Moreton Bay represents an exciting opportunity to harness the region’s potential, and significantly boost educational opportunities for local residents.”
Professor Hill said USC already had a strong connection with Moreton Bay, with almost 1,000 new students from the region starting at the University’s campuses on the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture in Semester 1 this year
He said USC Moreton Bay’s initial undergraduate, postgraduate, and research programs would have an employment focus to ensure benefits flow quickly to the wider community.
“As the Caboolture and Moreton Bay campuses grow, we will work closely with local schools, industries and community groups to ensure we deliver study options that meet the region’s needs, and prepare graduates for the opportunities for a changing economy,” he said.
The Minister said it was great to see construction of this important project underway.
“In just over 18 months this site will be a thriving and bustling university precinct,” Mr Dutton said.

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Petition to save local WW1 Memorial Tree


Anzac Memorial Avenue, widely known as Anzac Avenue, was opened in 1925 and constructed by returned servicemen, employing many after retunring from war.
It was built to connect Petrie with the burgeoning seaside town of Redcliffe. Approximately 18 kilometres in length, Anzac Memorial Avenue travels through Kallangur, Murrumba Downs and Mango Hill to Deception Bay Road at Rothwell, through Kippa Ring and to it's destination at Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe.
The road itself has a major point of significance as the longest WWI memorial avenue in Queensland. The Avenue was planted with trees as a memorial to all the soldiers and sailors who lost their lives during the war and to commemorate 'the deeds of valour performed by the heroes who went from our state'.
By mid-1927, 1000 trees had been planted along the stretch.
Today of course, some of the older trees have not survived progress (particularly road widening). However, the Cocos palms planted at Petrie by Governor Nathan in 1925 and the Hoop Pine planted in Redcliffe by Lord Stonehaven in 1926 still remain and the memorial aspect of road has been maintained by subsequent plantings throughout the years.
Now, one of these trees is under threat of removal by a planned development and there is a groundswell of public action over the fate of one particular tree on the corner on the corner of Anzac Avenue and Ferrier Street, Kallangur, just across the highway.
While some online sources suggest the tree in question was part of the original planting, unfortunately records relating to the avenue, once held by the RACQ and Main Roads Department, no longer exist to confirm it.
What's not disputed and on public record is that the parks, gardens, trees of the Anzac Avenue Memorial were registered as State Heritage in February 2009 under the category February "Tree Groups".
As we went to press, the Messenger was unable to confirm any of claims made on the petition page below as all requests for comment from parties involved in the planned development went unmet. However, the petition had been signed by 1489 community members.
We encourage you to go online and have a read at
Pictured: The memorial plaque. Picture via the Queensland Government Heritage register.

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Australia's Best cars Announced

As car buyers are urged to be cautious buying during EOFYS

You've heard it before, if it sounds to be good to be true, it probably is. While there's no doubt you can snag a bargain during the End of Financial Year Sales, there's still a risk of being ripped off.
RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said buyers need to keep wits about them, just like any other time of year.
"We often see rock bottom prices around June, but make sure you’re not being taken for a ride,” Ms Hunter said.
“In some cases, these are just everyday prices dressed up EOFYS deals to fool unsuspecting buyers.
“If the price seems too good to be true, there’s every chance new stock is about to come into the showroom and what you’re being offered will soon be outdated.
“If you want a 2018 model for example, double check the date of manufacture, and specify this in the sale contract if need be.”
Ms Hunter reminded drivers the cost of owning a car would continue once they left the dealership with registration, insurance, servicing, repayments and of course fuel.
Ms Hunter said while it was easy to fall for a cheap deal, motorists needed to look at how much the car would cost them four or five years down the track.
“Buying a car should be a considered, well-thought-out decision. Do your sums, know your budget and make sure you don’t get talked into buying something you’re not going to be able to afford in the long run.”
Hot on the heals of the EOFYS comes the announcement of Australia's best cars in various categories, as tested by the various motoring bodies around the country
The groups, including RACQ and it's interstate equivalents put vehicles through vigorous tests in three categories including value for money, design and function (including safety) and on-road performance.
This year 160 cars were tested and 15 cars were announced as leading the field last week.

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Our Region's Golden era

Everything's coming up Moreton Bay as record tourist numbers reveal boon for economy

A record 3.6 million visitors travelled to the Moreton Bay Region last year, injecting close to $1 billion into the local economy.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Economic Development and Tourism Spokesperson Councillor Peter Flannery unveiled the latest tourism figures compiled by the region’s destination marketing organisation, Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism, and EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for travel and tourism.
“The data shows the number of visitors coming to our region each year has increased by a whopping 24 per cent since 2015 to 3.6 million people per annum,” Cr Flannery said.
“To put that into perspective, that’s equivalent to the city of Berlin or the country of Puerto Rico now visiting the region every year.
“Those visitors in turn spent close to $1 billion on local tourism operators, businesses and cafes, supporting more than 13,000 jobs.
The approximately $1 billion spend, is an increase of 30 per cent in just three years, and bucks the trend of other regions in South-East which have experienced a drop in tourism expenditure."

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How to deal with this complex issue

More than 817,000 young Queenslanders returned to school recently. Sadly, it's not always an exciting for our youngest. For victims of bullying, inside and outside of school, it can be a daunting return.
Bullying is a complex issue that can take many forms and as we've seen in the media in recent years, can have tragic circumstances.
While parents may feel it's an issue they have to tackle, and the student themselves feel helpless, recent bullying research shows the need for a greater, national, response to tackle this complex issue.

How should we, as parents and carers respond?

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