Safer intersection Anzac Avenue

Work has started on a $400,000 safety upgrade at the intersection of Anzac Avenue and Victoria Avenue in Redcliffe.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the upgrade would extend the northbound right-turn lane on Victoria Avenue into Anzac Avenue.

“This will allow more room for motorists travelling on Victoria Avenue to safely turn right into Anzac Avenue,” he said.

Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath said the works are being undertaken as part of the Queensland Government’s Safer Roads Sooner program, which is designed to improve road safety at potential trouble spots.

“These works, when completed, will make it easier and safer for motorists to negotiate this busy intersection,” Ms D’Ath said.

Initial construction to extend the right-turn lane is expected to take two weeks, weather permitting.

Additional works, including the installation of a right-turn signal for traffic westbound on Anzac Avenue into Recreation Street, and underground electrical work will be carried out next month.

All works will generally be undertaken on weekdays between 7am and 5pm.

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Mother's Day Competition
Win with Richardsons Jewellers

This Mother's Day we want to help you spoil your Mum with this three Piece Nikki Lissoni set in rose gold plate, Valued at $497 (pictured right).

All you have to do to enter is send us a photo of your Mum. It can be loving, funny, sweet or anything in between. We'll choose the one we like the best. Make sure to get Mum's permission as we'll publish the winning entry here in the Messenger.

For your chance to win, send all entries to with "Mother's Day Comp" in the subject line.

Entries close April 30. Good luck!

Please note: The prize is not redeemable for cash, transferable or exchangeable. Employees & their families of Richardson’s Jewellers are not eligible to enter.

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One Step Closer to a Homeless Drop-In Centre for Redcliffe

The much needed Drop-In Centre for Redcliffe’s homeless will be brought to reality thanks to Club Shambles, Quest and Dolphins Leagues Club who are co-presenting the community fundraiser, Rockin’ 4 the Homeless 2.0, on May 9.

“The centre will provide a space, a building, a centrally located place within the Redcliffe community where we can support families, young people and adults of all ages and abilities, who may be homeless, experiencing life challenges or disadvantages.” said key beneficiary spokesperson, Ros Thomsen.

Carmel Riethmuller, Director of Chameleon House, explained that the model of care proposed for the Drop-In Centre was an Intergrated model which draws from some exemplary best practice approaches like the 139 Club in Brisbane and the Community Caring approach utilised by Breakfast Club.

“Government, non-government, community, business and individuals from all walks of life will provide a diverse and integrated approach.” said Ms Riethmuller.

It is envisioned that the drop-in centre will provide assistance with matters such as housing issues, finance and budgeting, transport, advocacy, emotional and social support. However it will also provide facilities most of the community take for granted such as showers, laundry facilities, meals, food parcels, clothing and linen, household items and much more.

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Paid Parking at North Lakes

Council moves to finalise negotiations

Moreton Bay Regional Council has announced it would be moving to accept an offer from Scentre Management to settle their appeal against council’s paid parking restriction at Westfield North Lakes provided appropriate conditions are agreed upon.

A council spokesperson said council had resolved to finalise negotiations with Scentre Management to conclude the appeal.

“While council does not support paid parking in our region, we were left with very few legal options to stop the potential introduction of paid parking into our region’s suburban shopping centres,” the council spokesperson said.

“We obtained independent legal advice from a Queen’s Counsel and council determined that existing planning provisions did not provide enough scope to implement a total ban on paid parking at shopping centres in our region.

“Resolving the matter is a practical way forward that will avoid a costly legal battle for our ratepayers.”

Paid parking was introduced at Westfield Chermside in 2011. Current charges for parking at Chermside are; free for the first 3 hours, $2 for 3.5 hours, $3 for four hours, $6 for five hours and $20 for seven or more hours. Parking after 6pm is free. There is a 2.5% surcharge on all credit card payments.

The spokesperson said despite the decision, council remained committed to not introducing council paid parking meters in the region.

“Council will continue to work with Scentre Management to deliver the best outcome for local residents, shoppers and workers,” the spokesperson said.

“Our focus is now on securing safeguards for retail workers and local residents who regularly use the shopping centre.”

The spokesperson said council welcomes important development around the Westfield North Lakes precinct, including the much-anticipated new IKEA store.

“Council consented to an order on 29 August 2014 to allow commencement of the IKEA store development.”

Scentre Management has previously advised council it has no current plans to introduce paid parking at Westfield North Lakes.


Reduce Sugar Intake
says World Health Organisation

A new World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits

Free sugars refer to monosaccharides (such as glucose, fructose) and disaccharides (such as sucrose or table sugar) added to foods and drinks by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, and sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates.

“We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth decay,” says Dr Francesco Branca, Director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development. “Making policy changes to support this will be key if countries are to live up to their commitments to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases.”

The WHO guideline does not refer to the sugars in fresh fruits and vegetables, and sugars naturally present in milk, because there is no reported evidence of adverse effects of consuming these sugars.

Much of the sugars consumed today are “hidden” in processed foods that are not usually seen as sweets. For example, 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce contains around 4 grams (around 1 teaspoon) of free sugars. A single can of sugar-sweetened soft drink contains up to 40 grams (around 10 teaspoons) of free sugars.

The recommendations are based on analysis of the latest scientific evidence. This evidence shows, first, that adults who consume less sugars have lower body weight and, second, that increasing the amount of sugars in the diet is associated with a weight increase. In addition, research shows that children with the highest intakes of sugar-sweetened drinks are more likely to be overweight or obese than children with a low intake of sugar-sweetened drinks.

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School holidays and term dates for 2015

The Department of Education, Training and Employment sets the term and school holiday dates for all Queensland state schools.

Independent schools and Catholic schools base their holidays on the state school dates but these can vary from school to school - check with your school for details.
Queensland term dates - 2015

Term 1 Tuesday 27 January - Thursday 2 April (10 weeks)
Term 2 Monday 20 April - Friday 26 June (10 weeks)
Term 3 Monday 13 July - Friday 18 September (10 weeks)
Term 4 Tuesday 6 October - Friday 11 December (10 weeks)

Staff professional development days for 2015
• Thursday 22 and Friday 23 January
• Three additional days within the Easter holiday or other negotiated flexible arrangements
• Monday 19 October

Year 10 and 12 finishing dates for 2015
• Year 12 - Friday 20 November
• Year 10 and 11 - Friday 27 November

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