A tale of good politics

Boundary Road Interchange opens six months early, under budget and future proof

Living in one of the nation's fastest growing regions, none of us are strangers to infrastructure news, in fact we're all so used it to now that even large scale projects are often met with barely a raised eye-brow.
But this one is different. This is a project that will significantly improve life in the region for locals and make things more attractive for visitors. It's a project that has been wanted for years and needed even before Costco, Bunnings and other developments arrived. With yet more development on the cards, and people flowing into the region, it couldn't have come soon enough.
It's different for another reason also. Anyone who had driven the old bridge recently, or sat congested in traffic waiting to cross, knows it was desperately needed so it was refreshing to see the levels of government, belonging to different parties, come together.

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New Ferry to Moreton

Starting next month, locals and visitors will be able to take a 40-minute journey across Moreton Bay to Bulwer aboard the Redcliffe2Moreton Express.

With the old barge service ceasing in 2008, they are now the only operator to offer this service in the Moreton Bay Region. Ferry services will depart from the Redcliffe jetty on Sundays at 10.00am and return at around 4.00pm (leaving Bulwer, Moreton Island at 3.00pm).
The first public trip will be on Sunday, 24 September, with tickets available for purchase online through visitmoretonbayregion.com.au.

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win a Festitalia prize pack - now closed

Festitalia brings the flavour-makers, faces, flags and colours of Italy to Brisbane for one spectacular day!

Brisbane’s famous FESTITALIA, the one-day celebration of all things Italian to be held on Sunday October 8, is set to be bigger and better than ever, with a world-class entertainment program announced, and enough flavour-makers to turn Brisbane into Italy for one delicious day!

Win One of Three massive prize packs

We have three prize packs to win so you can eat, drink and be merry for niente at the famous Italian Festival, Festitalia.

Each pack includes: 4 x general access tickets to the festival and a $60 food and beverage voucher for use at the festival on Sunday 8 October. Each pack is valued at $100.

To enter simply email comp@northlakesmessenger.com.au with "Festitalia" in the subject line and your contact details in the body of the email. Winners will be chosen at random.

Hurry, entries close Tuesday September 12, 2017

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NBN access and concerns

As the National Broadband Network rollout hits the halfway point locals are warned about scams and false advertising claims

With the National Broadband Network (NBN) access now reaching 70 percent of local addresses, due diligence is required by consumers.
Federal Member for Petrie, Luke Howarth recently told us (Messenger, July 29 2017, available online) that 59,289 local homes and businesses are now service ready, with 28,339 already connected.
A great milestone in the largest infrastructure project our nation has ever seen, but the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Scamwatch have both raised concerns about truth in retailer advertising and a warning about scammers respectively.

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Mick Doohan, Robbie Maddison, Rhianna Buchanan

Aussie motorsport royalty to truck it up at on October 7 in Monster Jam's Race of Champions
Rhianna Buchanan getting revved up
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Monster Jam is the biggest touring family stadium show on the planet and with that distinction comes greater and greater expectation from fans every year. It was pretty incredible last year; can they even make even it more exciting this year? You bet. This year for the Australian tour Monster Jam have announced they’re adding Race Of Champions and will bring Aussie motorsport superstars into the battle.
Of course there's a twist (because Monster Jam) - living legend Mick Doohan and moto stunt super star Robbie Maddison will hit the dirt in four (massive) wheels in Brisbane come October.
Race Of Champions is a unique head-to-head race in identical cars on the Monster Jam dirt track to see who really is the fastest of them all.
Mick Doohan is excited for four wheeled fun fest.
“Any chance I have to compete on four wheels I normally take it, often not with great results but I do enjoy the experience of competing in a different discipline. [There are] two too many wheels but I've always had a soft spot for car racing, " Mick said.
Our own Rhianna Buchanan, who will drive Wonder WomanTM was thrilled at the announcement. She grew up on motorbikes so Mick and Robbie are kindred spirits.
“Yes I’m very excited," she exclaimed when the Messenger spoke to her recently.

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Overhauling the towing industry

ridiculous fines, entrapment tactics, deliberate poor signage

Unlike crash towing, towing cars from private property(like car parks) was unregulated, find out what fast tracked new laws will mean to you.

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Fuel Price Confusion to end

New laws mean the price you'll see on signs is the prices you'll actually pay

The Queensland Government has proposed new ‘what you see is what you pay’ style regulations that will ban fuel retailers from displaying discounted prices on fuel price boards which aren’t available to all motorists. Theses laws will stop drive-by confusion and bring us into line with other states.
The strict regulations mean fuel retailers will still be able to promote discount fuel price schemes, but only the full price available to all motorists can be displayed on signage.

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WIN! Monster Jam® Prize Packs

The spectacular, action-packed moto-tainment extravaganza Monster Jam® returns to Australia this October; with Brisbane the first to host all the revved up action on Saturday October 7 and we've got three MONSTER prize packs to win!

In the mag this week, we chat to fearless Queensland thrillseeker Rhianna Buchanan who will be driving Wonder WomanTM when Monster Jam hits Brisbane on October 7.

to celebrate the return of Monster Jam we've got 3 x Prize Packs, each with 4 x B-Reserve tickets, plus Pit Passes for all and a merchandise pack (per prize) to the show on Saturday 7 October at 7pm. Each Prize is valued at $206 at 7 July 2017.
To win, tell us what you're most excited about when Monster Jam roars into Brisbane on October 7. Email
comp@northlakesmessenger.com.au with Monster Jam Comp in the subject line, your answer and your contact details in the body of the email. Hurry, because entries close Thursday August 10 at 5pm. Good luck!
All normal ticketing inclusions apply.
See www.monsterjamonline.com.au for details.

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To Prep or not to prep

Weighing the pros and cons of delayed start to primary school

Parents of pre-school children and infants often feel significantly stressed as they ponder the pros and cons of delayed entry to primary school in a vacuum of objective information.
Psychologist and education academic QUT's Dr Amanda Mergler, Senior Lecturer the Faculty of Education's School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education, and co-author Professor Susan Walker, also of QUT, have published the results of a study into the factors that affect parents’ decisions about whether to voluntarily delay their child’s entry into formal schooling.
The study, “This is possibly THE hardest decision a parent has to make. Deciding when your child is ready to start Prep” (view online at www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au) found the issue was a “highly emotional” one that caused significant stress.

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Ekka 2017, What's New

The Ekka started as humble agricultural show in 1876. This year is the Ekka’s 140th anniversary. You don’t last 141 years without keeping it fresh, so what’s new?

At the recent Ekka launch two firsts for 2017 were announced that are sure to please families: this year there will be two fireworks shows per night. A special 6pm show for the littlies and the finale, as always, at 8pm. The other big announcement for 2017 is the availability of discount ‘Twilight Tickets’ (half price after 6pm – $16).

Holden Precision Driving Team returns (sort of)
Ekka-goers have long missed the Holden precision performances after the HDTP team disbanded in 2006. This year, precision driving displays return with a tribute re-enacting the iconic team. Driven by some of Australia’s leading V8 drivers and one member of the original HPDT, four V8s will hit the arena, performing awe-inspiring driving manoeuvres and spectacular stunts including nose-to-nose driving, reverse hand break turn flicks, spins and slides.
New Rides
There are two new rides at the Ekka this year:

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Ekka sundaes Save lives

Volunteers(with benefits) needed to man the stalls

The Ekka’s Strawberry Sundaes are a Queensland institution. They’re a crunchy wafer cone filled with chopped Queensland strawberries, smooth white ice-cream, gourmet strawberry ice-cream and topped with fresh cream and a whole strawberry. We look forward to them all year, we all know they’re delicious but here are some things you might not now about them:
•Approximately 10 tonnes of strawberries are used to make the Ekka strawberry sundaes each year.
•On average more than 152,000 sundaes are sold each year
•When you buy a strawberry sundae (5$) from one of the five Prince Charles Hospital Foundation’s stalls at the Ekka you will be powering life-saving research at The Prince Charles Hospital.
Each year The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation (TPCH) raise vital funds through their community initiative The Common Good by running the legendary Ekka Strawberry Sundae Stalls. With the help of generous volunteers, they sell enough of them to power thousands of hours of medical research to tackle some of Australia’s most debilitating chronic illnesses, locally, at The Prince Charles Hospital.
TPCH are currently seeking a further 600 volunteers to join the team to assist with shifts from 4:45pm – 10pm each day of the Ekka, Friday 11th August – Sunday 20th August at the RNA showgrounds Bowen Hills. It is also possible to register as a team.
When you volunteer at the TPCH Foundation Ekka Strawberry Sundae Stall you will receive free entry into the Ekka on the day of your volunteering and a free strawberry sundae!
You can volunteer by via www.tpchfoundation.org.au or by emailing volunteers@tpchfoundation.org.au

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Food News

Volunteers(with benefits) needed to man the stalls

Is Betty's Burgers the In-N-Out of Aus? Whats the best burger in Ribs & Burgers amazing new Wagyu Range. How is IKEA planning to cut food waste by 50% by 2020? Why are New York Slice's pizzas getting cheaper and better? And what's on the menu at this year's Ekka? All these questions are answered in this week's foodie feature, online and in your letterbox now

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June Food Round-Up

What's hot in food this winter?

From a fledging local delivery app to nights at local coffee wunderkind Told You So to an award winning sip list to SstokehouseQ's incredible raw menu from star chefs Richard Ousby and Hajime Horiguchi to secret menu's at North Brisbane most celebrated Chinese Restaurant. It's all in this week's mag, read it now.


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Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Now so popular you'll want to make plans now to frolic amongst the flowers

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has been having something of a renaissance in the last decade. No longer just a pageant of flowers fit for a nice country drive with gran, it's now a full blown festival offering world class entertainment and culinary adventures, alive with springtime flourishes and all set to a floral theme, naturally.

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Marvel at GOMA

Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe opens

Visitors to Brisbane's GOMA can now see some of the world’s most-loved superheroes come to life in an exclusive exhibition featuring hundreds of Marvel costumes, props and artworks.

Occupying the entire ground floor and on display until 3 September, its the first Marvel-related exhibition to be staged in Australia and the largest ever presented in an art museum worldwide.
Already the exhibit is abuzz with pop culture lovers, film buffs and many devoted national and international Marvel fans.
The installation includes more than 60 original costumes including a three-metre-tall suit of Iron Man’s armour (Hulkbuster, on our cover) and never-before-seen set pieces from the upcoming film Thor: Ragnarok that was filmed in Queensland during 2015-16.
Single entry costs $25 and kids under five are free!

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Shipwrecks of Moreton Bay

On display at Sandgate Historic Museum

There are approximately 119 recorded wrecks in the Moreton Bay area, some of them sank due to mishap , but the majority were scuttled or hulked.
Now, Queensland Maritime Museum Historian, Keith Boulton, has researched some 120 shipwrecks in the region and will present the stories of 14 of the remaining, more interesting, wrecks.

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North Lakes Australia’s Best Master Planned Community

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.

North Lakes has been named Australia’s Best Master Planned Community 2017 at the prestigious Property Council of Australia awards.
Since its launch in 1999, North Lakes has been setting new benchmarks in innovative community design and features a diversity, scale and depth of facilities and services not previously seen in Queensland.
David Laner, Regional Manager for Stockland, said Stockland was thrilled to win the industry award recognising the success of North Lakes.
“We are very proud of what has been created at North Lakes and it is a great honour to have the community recognised by the Property Council of Australia in this way,’’ Mr Laner said.
The win for North Lakes follows on from its previous industry success, being named best Masterplanned Development in both the 2010 and 2016 UDIA Queensland Awards for Excellence.
North Lakes sits on a 1,036 hectare site beside the Bruce Highway, formerly used as farmland. Stockland has remained true to the original vision, which was for a new residential and economic powerhouse based in Brisbane’s northern corridor.

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