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.


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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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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Storm Damage Assessment Under Way

Assessments of damage to council infrastructure are under way after severe weather

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said the region was impacted by the combination of two events – a low pressure trough followed by ex-Tropical Cyclone Marcia – which delivered significant rainfall and dangerous surf conditions.

“Council crews are on the road across the region to assess damage to council infrastructure in coastal, rural and urban areas so repairs can be prioritised over coming days and weeks,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“The Bureau of Meteorology had predicted storm surges and significant beach erosion, although initial assessments indicate our beaches have fared far better than expected.

“Queens Beach has been affected by minor erosion which council crews expect to repair on the low tide over coming days.

Potholes in the region’s local road are also a priority for council work crews.

“We’ve had a lot of roads affected by flash flooding, particularly in the north of the region which received more than 500 mm of rain in just a few short days,” the Mayor said.

“Motorists should drive with caution with the number of potholes expected to increase over coming days as the roads dry out.”

Potholes on local roads can be reported to council by using the free MBRC Request app available from the App Store, Google Play and council’s website or by calling 3205 0555.

The rain and higher-than-usual tides have created ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes.

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Putting the Fun Back in Fundraising

Mango Hill State School is taking a unique approach to their fundraising this year by hosting the first ever Mud Run on Sunday 22 March

The event, which will turn the school into a giant mud filled obstacle course, is not only a key fundraising event for the year but also a way to get kids active and having fun away from technology and devices.

Mango Hill State School Principal, Tracy Egan, is all too aware of the effects of the digital age on our children. “One in four children is overweight or obese, which is a direct result of poor diet and reduced physical activity.

“Rather than go with the usual chocolate drives to help support the school, we wanted to try something different, get kids excited and have some fun, all while helping a good cause,” she said.

Many local businesses have offered to help both financially and with building the course. Among them is Brett Rapley from Brett’s Slashing who will be digging the course and helping to install the obstacles built and donated by Kitchen Crew.

Mango Hill State School has secured five major sponsors for the event including Coles, Traditional Korean Karate Academy, Kitchen Crew, Jetts North Lakes and the Telstra Shop North Lakes.

The Mud Run is a two kilometre course through the school grounds and surrounding bushland with 18 obstacles that encourage kids to run, climb and crawl through in mud. Open to all primary school aged children, tickets are just $25 each and one parent can run with each child.

With tickets selling fast and some waves already sold out, you’ll have to get in quick to secure your chance at fun in the mud with your children. For more information or to secure your ticket, visit

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Online Shopping?

Myth-busting the debate to charge GST on overseas online purchases, below $1000 with Choice

Popular consumer advocacy and advice site Choice says the debate about charging GST on overseas purchases should be informed by evidence. Otherwise there is a risk of policies that simply punish Australian consumers for no overall community benefit.

The consumer group has taken aim at five myths about the so-called GST 'loophole' on overseas goods, and encouraged the Federal Government to maintain its considered approach to the issue.

“We support the approach of successive Federal Governments, which has been to investigate options for reducing the GST low-value threshold provided the benefits outweigh the costs, including the costs to consumers,” says Matt Levey, CHOICE Director of Campaigns and Communications.

“Unless there’s an overall community benefit, you’re simply punishing Australians with more cost of living pressure when they can least afford it,” Mr Levey says.

Five myths about the GST low value threshold:

Myth 1: It's a 'loophole' eroding tax revenue

“Parts of the retail industry refer to the $1,000 threshold for charging GST on overseas purchases as a ‘loophole’,” Mr Levey says.

“In fact it’s a rational decision to not spend more money collecting tax than would be raised from it. That’s why governments charge taxes – to raise revenue and benefit the community, not to prop up uncompetitive businesses." - MYTH BUSTED

Myth 2: Not lowering the threshold is costing thousands of local jobs

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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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