Better Bus Services for the Region

A new bus network and timetable that will deliver more buses and higher frequency services when the Moreton Bay Rail Link is opened mid-year was just released.

Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said an extensive six week community consultation was instrumental in shaping the plan for final network.

“More than 3,300 pieces of feedback were considered to design the new bus network and deliver the best outcome for the region,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“The changes to the local bus network will support the new MBRL train timetable and achieve a better integrated public transport network for the Moreton Bay region, delivering more high frequency buses and improving transport connections across the community.

“The new timetable provides connections to the new train stations, services new and growing areas and will ensure the network is easier and more intuitive to use.

“I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Queensland Rail and our bus operators Hornibrook, Bus Lines Kangaroo Bus Lines and Thompsons Bus Services who have worked hard to assist in providing new public transport options for the people of the Moreton Bay region.”

Mr Hinchliffe said the new timetable would improve the way locals use public transport in the region.

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The demise of Masters

• Poor timing and strategic error at fault says QUT retail expert
• The fate of the North Lakes store and it's staff

Masters' parent company Woolworths Limited has officially stated that it intends to exit its home improvement businesses, including the 63 Masters Home Improvement stores, and their Home Timber & Hardware business. Naturally this will include the local North Lakes store.

QUT retail expert, Dr Gary Mortimer, said that it should not come as a surprise that Woolworths will close or aim to sell-off their Masters Hardware business as they had not made a profit since its introduction in 2011 and had lost $600 million to date.

"The failure, I see, is a result of poor timing and poor strategic choices," Dr Mortimer said.

He said Woolworths had been riding a wave of financial success in its food and general merchandise businesses, when it decided to expand into the growing home improvements market.

“At the time Woolworths launched Masters, the hardware sector was dominated by Wesfarmers’ owned Bunnings, and to a lesser extent, Metcash owned, Mitre 10," he said.

“To attack a market leader like Bunnings is strategically risky, however, I suspect Woolworths forecasted revenues from its food and general merchandise divisions would support the new venture until it turned a profit.”

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Person of Interest
Laurie Stibbe

Lifelong local, octogenarian tech-geek and funny guy Laurie Stibbe is the Messenger's first Person of Interest Person of Interest is going to be an irregular feature where we interview, well, interesting people.

The Messenger interacts with Laurie a lot, he makes our crosswords and supplies witty observations, and know him to be a charismatic character with a colourful history and a sharp sense of humor. He's the kind of Australian that made Australia the great country it is today.

We wanted to ask Laurie a few questions, here they are.

Laurie, your first job was as a Telegram boy based at the Fortitude Valley Post Office. That seems a world away from employment today; can you tell us more about this job?

Dad got the job for me. I obeyed. We lived in Cribb Island (non-existent now thanks to the airport wanting a longer runway. The whole town got wiped off the map). I rode from Cribbie, as they called it, into the Valley P.O. then rode around all day delivering telegrams, then rode back home in the afternoon. My wage was one pound, five shillings. I didn't pay tax. Gave the one pound to Mum for board, and painted the town red on the five shillings (equivalent to 50 cents after decimalization in 1966).

What would five shillings buy?

Courier Mail was tuppence (two cents in today's money). Lunch of meat pie and small bottle of sarsaparilla was sixpence (five cents). Oh, how I lived lavishly...

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Farewell Bounty
BountyFoundation Students Graduate

Friday December 11 marked the end of the school year for state school students but this year it also marked a very special occasion at Bounty Boulevard State School, affectionately referred to as "Bounty".

Bounty opened in 2009 and with it started the foundation preps (the youngest kids who started when the school opened). This year, those students graduated.

During their years at Bounty the foundation preps have witnessed massive growth with the school flourishing from just 200 students to 1200.

As the year ends for these students it was time to celebrate and reflect on their schooling days at Bounty Boulevard State at a special assembly.

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Cover-up in the backyard
Be wary of incidental UV exposure

New Cancer Council research shows half of weekend sunburns occur while Aussies are going about day-to-day activities, with the backyard replacing the beach as a sunburn hotspot.

Cancer Council is warning Queenslanders that 'it all adds up' – reminding people that sun damage from UV radiation increases individual risks of deadly skin cancer.

Results from Cancer Council’s National Sun Survey, released recently show that over summer weekends, 50 per cent of adult sunburn occurs during everyday activities.

Activities such as gardening and chores around the yard, along with passive recreation such as reading, enjoying a picnic in the park or having a barbeque can lead to skin damage.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said incidental sunburns were catching Queenslanders out.

“The rate of sunburn during everyday activities dwarfs the 29 per cent of adults sunburned at the beach, lake or pool, as well as the 21 per cent sunburned playing sport or taking part in other active recreation,” Ms Clift said.

“Sun protection is just as important in the backyard or a local park, as hanging out at the beach in Queensland.

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D'Bay pool upgrade opens this weekend
Mega-soakers, water cannons, a tipping bucket and dive-in movies

Get ready to dive-in and celebrate the opening of the Moreton Bay Region’s first interactive splash pad with a dive in movie at Deception Bay on December 5.

Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Lifestyle and Amenity spokesperson and Division Four councillor, Julie Greer said the region’s first splash pad took four months to complete at a cost of $400,000 and featured mega soakers, water cannons and a tipping bucket.

“The space has been designed for kids of all ages to enjoy with their friends and family during the warmer summer months based on community feedback,” Cr Greer said.

“I’d like to thank councillors Flannery and Houghton (pictured inset with Cr Greer and Petero Civoniceva) for their contributions towards this joint project - I have no doubt it is a welcomed edition to the Deception Bay Pool by local families.

Division Two councillor, Peter Flannery said local Former Origin Great, Petro Civoniceva would join in opening celebrations, signing autographs and giving away prizes.

“To celebrate the opening of the splash pad, we’ve organised a dive-in movie and plenty of activities offering families a cool alternative on a hot summer’s night,” Cr Flannery said.

“Entry is just a gold coin donation with all funds raised going to the local Lions Club.”

Cr Houghton said all of the festivities would kick off at 3pm.
“There will be kids’ activities and games, including treasure hunts, bouncy inflatables and prizes,” Cr Houghton said.

“7.30pm will signal the start of the movie – Penguins of Madagascar – and a chance to sit back and enjoy some quality family time.

“It’s a fun night out for the whole family that won’t break the bank.”

The Deception Bay Lions will be cooking a sausage sizzle with other snacks available from the PCYC Eatery.

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