Severe Thunderstorm Warning

At 3:25 this afternoon(13/10/15), the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the South East Queensland including the Moreton Bay Region with potential for damaging wind and large hailstones.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 3:25 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Jimna, Lamington National Park and the area south of Canungra. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to northeast.

Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.

The next warning is due to be issued at 4:25 this afternoon.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises you should:

  * Move your car under cover or away from trees.
   * Secure loose outdoor items.
   * Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
   * Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
   * Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
   * For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.
Stay tuned to local media outlets for the latest weather updates. Log onto the weather bureau’s website to assist in monitor your local conditions. You can view weather radar images and rainfall gauge and river height information at , weather forecasts at and warnings at

Local residents and businesses can register to receive free alerts about severe weather and flash-flooding events via text or voice message and e-mail.

Register online at or call council on 3205 0555.

Sports Club Approved for North Lakes

Development plans for a $25 million licensed sports club at North Lakes, proposed by the Caboolture Sports Club, have been approved by Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said the North Lakes Sports Club would be the first integrated club venue of its kind to open for business in the award-winning, masterplanned North Lakes community.

“The North Lakes Sports Club will deliver new jobs, new family orientated entertainment options and new community sponsorship arrangements for local sport in one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“It’s another vote of confidence in the Moreton Bay Region with the North Lakes Sports Club proposal joining an enviable list of local job-generating developments including Costco, IKEA, the expansion of the Westfield Shopping Centre and the soon to open Moreton Bay Rail.”

Located at 36-42 Flinders Parade, development plans approved by council for the North Lakes Sports Club include a 320 seat bistro, children’s play area, lounges, bar facilities, function room and a gaming area with 268 parking spaces and courtesy shuttle buses.

The $25 million, single storey 3,184 m2 sports club is expected to generate 80 jobs during construction and approximately 100 ongoing hospitality jobs.

Division Four Councillor Julie Greer said the feedback she had received in the community indicated there was strong support for a not-for-profit sports club at North Lakes.

“This is a welcome investment in our community, for our community that will also bring financial and in-kind support for local sporting teams and the not-for-profit groups that make our region a great place to live,” Cr Greer said.

“I understand the North Lakes Sports Club will be operated by the Caboolture Sports Club which last year alone supported 38 sporting clubs in the region and donated more than $1.3 million to community groups, sporting teams and individuals.

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Turning 100 with grace

Few more than 4000 Australians have reached 100 years of age since 1901 according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Local Edna Brown joins this very exclusive group.

Long time resident of Kallangur, Edna Brown, gets out every other day, still enjoys a round of poker and celebrated her 100th Birthday at the Norths Leagues and Services Club last Saturday.

Turning 100 is a milestone acknowledged in writing by both the Australian Governor General and the Queen of England both of whom wrote Edna to congratulate her on her longevity. Her majesty will write back to Edna when she turns 105 (and every five years after that), which we're sure will be the case given Edna's good health and quick wit.

It wasn't just the dignitaries who wanted to wish ten-decades-young Edna a happy birthday on Saturday, when sixty-plus members of Edna's family and friends turned out to celebrate.

Edna's daughter Margaret tells us the crowd was, in part, made up of her 7 children, 22 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. A blessed family Margaret said. In fact, when we asked what she attributes her long life to, Edna replied confidently, "Looking after the children and having fun with them".

The Messenger asked Edna if she would be celebrating with a snifter on her special day, sweetly she replied, "no, nothing stronger than water."

We wondered who was interviewing who when Edna asked; "I bet you go to a lot of these things?" When told it was the first 100th birthday the Messenger had been invited to Edna replied with a grin "I hope you're not disappointed" such is Edna's cheerful and lively demeanour.

Edna, we wish you health and prosperity and hope you'll invite us back to your 105th in a few years.

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The Squeeze

It’s something you hear a lot - We live in one of the nation’s most thriving regions. You hear it a lot because it’s true. We have lots of great businesses providing all sorts of goods and services, and importantly, helping to grow the region. We here at the Messenger thought that it was time we put the squeeze on these businesses, on your behalf, to bring you some great deals.

In the mag this week, we start with one for the ladies, a coupon that gives you bra and underarm laser hair removal for just $38 at Australian Skin Clinics. Unbeatable!

There's also a deal for a five dollar meal at Redcliffe's famous Caribbee Restaurant. We know many of you are already enjoying your days and nights out at Mon Komo so why not clip out the coupon and take it with you next time.

Do you like beer? Who doesn't! New local business Thirsty Chiefs is a microbrewery where you use their professional equipment to brew your own. It's a great setup, but if you're not easily impressed they're now offering our readers $15 off for a full brew purchase. $15 off your beer? Now that's impressive.

Award winning garden centre and nursery The Plant Shack wants to give our readers a free plant. Let's face it, it's spring time, you're probably going there anyway, take the coupon with you, it's a great deal.

Australian beauty institution Brazilian Beauty at Mango Hill need no introduction. They want you to look your best and are prepared to give a discount to our readers to prove it. Simply clip out our voucher and present it for a whopping 50% off your first skin treatment. Wow!

With the Squeeze, we want to present our readers with a wide variety of discount coupons - something for everyone. We're hoping to offer you discounts for food, bevvies, attractions, health, fitness, beauty, home and auto deals. So keep an eye on this page and if there's a deal that interests you we recommend you take action quickly as they are limited time offers. As with all offers of this nature, be sure to read the details.

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Get booking for Holiday Fun

Good at Minecraft? Prove it at Caboolture, Strathpine and North Lakes these holidays

School is officially out on September 21 and anime, craft and interactive games are in with Moreton Bay Region Libraries’ bumper vacation program.

Bookings are now open for the popular activity sessions and these holidays includes video game tournaments, t-shirt screenprinting and mask making.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Lifestyle and Amenity Spokesperson Councillor Julie Greer said across the region there was a workshop to suit everybody and encouraged young residents and their parents to book early because spots filled quickly.

“Prove you’re the best at Minecraft or Mario Kart with video game tournaments at Caboolture, Strathpine and North Lakes, or try your hand at creating creepy keyrings like zombies and ninjas,” Cr Greer said.

“There’s also a chance to win great prizes with the program's creative competition, where you can enter short films, sculptures, photographs, drawings, paintings, and written works.

Councillor Greer said young people could also receive helpful advice on applying for their first job with career counselling sessions across various libraries.

“Trained career counsellors will take you through the entire job application process, from writing resumes and cover letters to working out what to wear and what to say in an interview.”

Moreton Bay Region Libraries’ bumper school holiday program will be held throughout the region’s libraries from September 21 to October 2.

A full list of all library holiday activities and times is available on council’s website.

To book your place or for more information visit here or phone 3205 0555.

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Holden confirm local teen Ryan Suhle for World Cup in Italy

It has been an exciting 2015 so far for local teenager Ryan Suhle age 13, with Holden Motorsport and JC Kart announcing him as one of their next generation karting protégés and confirming his inclusion on the elite Holden Kart Team (HKT), back in April.

Running under the guidance of James Courtney, V8 Supercar Champion and two-time World Karting Champion, the HKT is supporting Suhle along with three other top young drivers, Liam McLellan (age 18), Jai Brown (age 12) and Oscar Targett (age 9).

The move to the new Holden Kart Team has been a successful transition for Suhle, paving the way for some great results in the National racing calendar and chassis development in both the Rotax Pro Tour Series and the Australian National Karting Championship series, in which Suhle is one of the youngest competitors in his classes, JMAX & KF3 respectively.

For Suhle, the pinnacle of this years’ racing will come when he represents Australia & JC Kart, at the CIK-FIA World Cup KF-Junior Championships in Pista La Conca, Italy, 23rd – 25th September.

“I was so excited when I first received this opportunity and when my international licence from Karting Australia came through” said Suhle .

“Competing in the World Cup in Italy at the famous La Conca circuit is truly a dream come true”

“I am looking forward to working with our European factory team as well, for a big week of testing and development in the week leading up to the World Cup”.
For Courtney, the reality of having Ryan compete at the top level of the sport internationally in the JC Kart excites him as much as when he first travelled to Europe as a teenager.

“When we started this project it was always an aim to provide the opportunity for some young drivers to complete in the JC Kart internationally."

" It is a really exciting time for everyone involved and I think I’ll be more nervous than him, but also very proud watching next month”.

Courtney says there’ll be no expectations on the performance but more so hopes Ryan enjoys the experience and learns as much as possible.

“Racing in Europe can be very intimidating” he said.
“We’ve got some great talent here in Australia and exposing our driver to the challenges of international competition will only help him improve”.

Leaving no room to be idle, Ryan is set to depart for Italy shortly after Round 4 of the Australian Karting Championship in Newcastle and is then straight back in the drivers’ seat on his return to Australia with the Rotax Pro-Tour grand Final at Willowbank Raceway just days after his return.

For updates on all the action, you can follow “Ryan Suhle Racing” on Facebook, or check out

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Roundabout upgrades for North Lakes

Six major roundabouts at North Lakes are set to be upgraded as part of a $409,000 road project tender by Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Division Four Councillor Julie Greer said roundabouts on Memorial Drive and Discovery Drive, and their approaches, would be upgraded with new asphalt surfacing and line marking.

“More than 12,000 motorists already use Discover Drive each day, while 7,740 use Memorial Drive every day, and these upgrades will help ensure that our road networks remain safe for all users including motorists, pedestrians and cyclists,” Cr Greer said.

Earmarked for upgrades are the roundabouts at: Memorial Drive & Endeavour Boulevard, Memorial Drive & Discovery Drive, Memorial Drive & Lakefield Drive, Memorial Drive & Innovation Place, Discover Drive & Willandra Parade and Discovery Drive & Bounty Boulevard

As part of the tender, Maryvale Road from Freshwater Creek Road to Bronzewing Street, Mango Hill will also be upgraded.

“These projects are part of council’s $93 million investment in roads for 2015/16, and awarding them under one tender represents the best economic value for the community.”

Works are expected to take place throughout the year and access will remain open to local traffic with bus routes as per normal.

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MBRC Scam Warning
Beware of callers claiming to be from Moreton Bay Regional Council

Moreton Bay Regional Council is aware of a potential scam involving an overseas call centre which appears to be targeting elderly ratepayers outside of normal business hours.

Council understands residents may have been telephoned by a person or persons claiming to be from Moreton Bay Regional Council requesting personal information about pensioner concessions and other ratepayer details.

On occasion Moreton Bay Regional Council will call residents to verify information provided on applications and or property transfers, however these calls only occur during business hours.

Residents are urged to remain vigilant with their personal and property rating information and should terminate any unsolicited after-hours call requesting rating or personal financial details.

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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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