Last week we received a number of photos from readers of an interesting local act of nature.
Saturday March 1 at around 5pm on Bounty Boulevard, North Lakes, a snake was spotted in a tree devouring a what's thought to be possum.
Peter Williams said: "My name is Peter Williams (Home-scapes gardening & beyond). Just wanted to let you know that on Saturday evening around 5pm I stopped by the road in Bounty Boulevard, North Lakes to see a snake devouring a possum in a tree. I took 2 photos on my iphone and a brief video. The spectacle soon became a major attraction in North Lakes with a very large crowd gathering to witness the nature. Even more, that I posted the photo on Facebook to within 12hrs had over 6000 views/shares. I was unaware that it would cause so much interest but it is an amazing photo that took place in our 'backyard.' I thought you might be interested in the photo for the messenger. Please let me know if you are interested.
Another witness Theo Crawley said: "I received a call from my daughter, who suggested that I should walk quickly from my home in Lacebark street North Lakes to see a Python devouring an animal in Bounty Boulevard, just 2 minutes’ walk from my home at 5.25pm on Saturday the 1st March 2014.
I thought it might be have been a Tree Kangaroo, but haven’t seen anyone of authority to verify whether I am correct, but I think that’s what it is?
Click the snake icons below if you want to see:
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Mon Komo have generously offered our readers a complete night (and morning after) wine and pamper package for two.
The prize includes:
2 Tickets to the upcoming wine dinner on the 8th April with Tamar Ridge Winery worth $79 each (total $158)
1 night's accommodation in a studio room on the 8th April – Worth $240
$50 breakfast voucher for the next day
$120 hair foils voucher to Making Waves Hair Salon at Scarborough for (booking required)
Ramp Up Your Fun
Moreton Bay Regional Council has ramped up the weekend fun with a range of free BMX, skateboarding and scooter clinics.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said the Ramp Up program is aimed at getting young people active and healthy.
“The program is designed to teach young people aged between five and 17 how to ride and perform tricks in a safe environment,” Mayor Sutherland said.
“Professional tutors will be on hand to provide tips to beginners and those who are more experienced.
“Skateboarding, scooter riding and freestyle BMX are an easy and fun way to stay fit and active.”
Ramp UP features more than 30 sessions from February to June, across 9 different skate parks in the region.
Bookings are not required.
Ramp Up is an initiative of Moreton Bay Regional Council in partnership with Freestyle BMX, Pro Scooter Lessons and Skateboarding Australia.
To find a session visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/rampupRead more in The Messenger
Coward Punch and Masculine Credentials
Alcohol not cause of coward punch
The need to prove 'masculine credentials' to other males is at the heart of unprovoked, one-punch street violence, and alcohol is a disinhibitor, not its cause, says a QUT justice researcher.
Professor Kerry Carrington from QUT's School of Justice, whose research on masculinity, violence and alcohol is recognised and awarded internationally, said a lack of positive male role models was a key contributor to random violence in men aged 18 to 25.
"Most young men don't go out and punch someone they don't know, even if they have been drinking, because they are civilized - they have learnt to engage in society civilly," Professor Carrington said.
"They have learnt from men who use their wit, skill, intelligence and reason to articulate their place in the world.
"The young men who commit these acts of totally irrational, unprovoked violence know no other way to express their masculinity when they feel contested or engaged in rivalry. Men who feel less powerful are more likely to express themselves through aggression.
"They feel all men are rivals. They lack self-control and emotional maturity so they seek to demonstrate their masculine credentials.
"Alcohol disinhibits the restraint they might normally have. That's why a lot of male-on-male violence occurs around pubs and licensed venues, but alcohol is not the cause.Article continues in The Messenger
The Dastardly Plot to Derail the Redcliffe Railroad is a fruity melodrama about a train. Not just any old train, THE train, the one folks have been sweating on forever...
Ken Lord Explains
It was supposed to link Brisbane to the Redcliffe Peninsula in 1895. No go. The plan ran off the rails again in 1917 (when our story is set) and nobody knows why. This juicy stab at solving the mystery is as wild and wacky as melodramas get.
I’m not saying it didn’t happen the way I’ve written it but if it had, it would have been a riot!
The characters are vintage Benny Hill…and they’re all mine:
The hero is EVERSO UPRIGHT. His girlfriend is TRULY DELICIOUS, who makes it so easy to understand why Everso prefers to stay upright instead of watching his butt…Hazards of the game!
The Bad Girl is PRECIOUS PEARL. She’s the Flame of Bramble Bay. When you check out how she fires up, you have to wonder why Bramble Bay is still on the map!
There are a couple of rowdy councillors; GLADYS GETTITDUN and GEE WHIZ. These guys talk a lot and obviously know how to rev the voters. Gee Whiz also has eyes for Truly’s cute friend, TOOTSIE ROLL, and we’re not talking roll your own!
The Bad Guy is DUDLEY K DUMBLEDUDD, a slimline Clive Palmer who’s so smooth and shifty he can’t believe he has a dinosaur in his DNA.
The songs are rip-offs of tuneful old Music Hall standards, and the new lyrics are peppery, sweet, infectious or wicked, depending on who serves them up. Then there’s the Witch. There’s always a witch. Oz is famous for them. This one has a trick up her sleeve and it’s a knockout. Her name is Endora; what else?
Melodramas have been around for zonks, and they have a lot in common with politics. You know they’re supposed to be ridiculous but every now and then they can hit a chord that makes you wonder if the characters are actually real live jokes!
The surprise climax of the show is a pinch from Lerner and Lowe, and the dastardly plot is a pinch from The Full Monty…That’s it…you get no more clues!
Apart from the topical wow factors of this train, it has a wonderful reason for existing: It’s a showcase for the amazing talents of seven young Peninsula stars-in-the-making. The show was written especially for them, custom-made to their talents. They were worth every second of every moment.
And here’s the payoff, when they sing, you can actually hear every word of the lyrics.
In this age of screeching pop stars that’s one wow factor that’s well worth the price of a ticket…or ten! We’re not listed on the TAB but you can bet on a win anyway!
School Dates and Holidays For 2014
Queensland state school students have returned for Term 1 on Tuesday 28 January, the day after the Australia Day public holiday.
Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said teachers reported back on Thursday 23 January, with student-free staff development days for 23 and 24 January.
“I’m looking forward to another significant and exciting year for education in Queensland,” said Mr Langbroek.
He said a student-free day would fall in Term 4 on Monday 20 October, with three discretionary student-free days – which may be changed by individual schools – pencilled in for the start of the Easter break on 7-9 April.
“Last year the Government legislated the Labour Day public holiday would be marked on the first Monday in October, this year it falls on the 6th, with the Queen’s Birthday to be celebrated on 9 June in line with most other states and territories.”
“The class of 2014 will end for Year 12 students on Friday 21 November,” said Mr Langbroek.
“Years 10 and 11 finish their school year on Friday 28 November, with most other state schools breaking up on 12 December. Some regional and remote school finish on 5 December.”
Mr Langbroek said Independent schools and Catholic schools base their holidays on the state school dates but they can vary from school to school.
“I suggest the families of students who attend non-state schools, to please check with your particular school for attendance dates,” he said
“The Newman Government is working hard to revitalise front line education services so that Queensland continues to be a great state with great opportunities.
“I wish all staff and students across Queensland a very successful and safe school year in 2014.”
The 2014 state school calendar outlining term, holiday and staff development dates can be downloaded from www.education.qld.gov.au/public_media/calendar/holidays.htmlRead more in The Messenger
Renew your licence at North Lakes
Renewing your licence just got a lot easier with the arrival of a mobile customer service unit in North Lakes until March 2014.
Member Murrumba Reg Gulley said the units are revitalising front line services by improving access to essential services that were previously unavailable in the area.
“People can book a practical driving test, access licensing and registration services, get an Adult Proof of Age card and heavy vehicle work diaries, pay a fine and much more,” Mr Gulley said.
“At North Lakes you can do your shopping and then drop by the car park to renew your licence.
“We are about making it easier to complete those transactions you need to do.”
A mobile customer service unit will be stationed outside the Masters Hardware car park, North Lakes on the following dates:
16-20 December, 2013
20-24 January, 2014
17-21 February, 2014
17-21 March, 2014
Mr Gulley said the mobile customer service units all have disabled access, air-conditioning and customer service counters.
“The mobile customer service unit is a great boost to North Lakes, allowing locals to access services in a convenient location at a time that suits them,” he said.
More info online: www.tmr.qld.gov.au