New e-cig laws for Queensland

Cancer Council Queensland has commended the Queensland Government for becoming the first state in Australia to subject e-cigarettes to the same laws as regular cigarettes

The amendments to the Tobacco Act will become effective from 1 January 2015, and will ensure the same tough restrictions on regular cigarettes will be applied to all electronic cigarettes.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Professor Jeff Dunn AO welcomed the new laws, following the Cancer Council’s call for tough regulation of the sale and use of e-cigarettes.

“E-cigarettes are a significant threat to public health – no e-cigarette has been tested for quality, safety or performance by the Therapeutic Goods Administration,” Prof Dunn said.

“The liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes is currently illegal in Australia and has not been deemed safe for use by medical experts and health authorities.

“These new laws are an important step toward a smoke free future, and another great step in ensuring the health and safety of Queenslanders in their local communities.

“The laws will prevent e-cigarettes from being sold to children, ban their use in indoor or outdoor public places, and ensure no promotion or advertisement of the products in retail outlets.

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Nominate an unsung hero

Nominations are now open for Moreton Bay Regional Council’s 2015 Australia Day Awards.

Mayor Allan Sutherland invited residents to nominate a quiet achiever who had worked tirelessly for the benefit of the community.

“Council’s Australia Day Awards are a celebration of the unsung heroes in our community who have excelled and made a positive contribution over the past year,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“Past recipients have included volunteers, athletes, business owners and community leaders.

“They’re the backbone of our community and they should be recognised for their hard work and tireless contributions.”

The Australia Day Awards include seven categories:

• Citizen of the year;
• Young citizen of the year;
• Sportsperson of the year;
• Young sportsperson of the year;
• Environmental achievement;
• Community event; and
• Cultural award.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from council’s website at:

To download the form or for more information visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/ausawards.

Nominations close November 21.

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New Competition!
Win $500 for your spring garden

Spring is the best time to beautify your garden. With the weather warming and the days getting longer The plant Shack is offering you the right incentive to get out there and enjoy your own patch of nature.

You could win a $500 store voucher for use at The Plant Shack, located corner of Krause Street & Deception Bay Road, Deception Bay. There are no exclusions. The voucher can be redeemed for any items sold at The Plant Shack.

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Countdown to The Corso

Twenty two months of earthworks, steel reinforcement, concrete pouring and architectural glazing have been completed with the internal fit out of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s $45 million The Corso at North Lakes now underway ahead of September’s official opening.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said he believed The Corso at North Lakes would set a standard for regional library, community and commercial hubs.

“It’s hard to imagine that just 22 months ago The Corso at North Lakes was little more than a set of architectural plans and a vacant block of land in the centre of one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“The heavy construction is complete with the builders now largely off-site and leaving a striking, six level environmentally conscious, future focused building that’s sparking interest around the country.

“With 550 solar panels on the roof generating up to 145 kilowatts, extensive rain water harvesting and technology to regulate air conditioning, natural ventilation and light, The Corso at North Lakes is already recognised as Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star public building by the Green Building Council.”

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Speed Zones on Anzac Avenue to Change

Speed zones on Anzac Avenue will change as a result of the second round of the Queensland Government’s speed limit review.

Member for Murrumba, Mr Reg Gulley, said Anzac Avenue had been reviewed in the latest round and will now have a change in speed limit.

“The review highlighted a number of high crash intersections in the existing 80 km/h speed zone with most being rear end type crashes,” Mr Gully said.

“To reduce the number of speed zone changes along the road, (there are four), and help reduce crashes the existing 80 km/h zone between Mandin Street and 200 metres west of Wattle Road will be reduced from 80 km/h to 70 km/h.”

Mr Gulley said 42 Queensland roads were included in the latest round of results following the release of the first 20 in June.

“Results are based on public input, crash data, local knowledge and recent upgrades,” he said.

“One hundred roads and speed limits were shortlisted after the Queensland Government received 3300 submissions from the public.

“Motorists should be reminded not to use updated speed limits until the changes officially come into effect.

“The road signs are being updated progressively and are expected to be complete by late August.”

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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.html

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