Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Messenger
If you’re at a loss for something to do over the period be sure to check out the latest mag for all the local events.
While you’re there, be sure to check the Community Notice Board where you’ll find lots of events and social groups with something to suit every taste and interest.
If you have a household emergency, you can find a local tradie to take care of it in our Trades and Services Directory.
If you’re bored, we have activities for young and old inside and a wealth of great articles to read. We keep the entire year of back issues right here for you catch up on.
Most of all we'd like to wish all of our readers a safe and happy time over the break.
We return with our first edition for 2015 on January 17.
King of Sausages
NL's Michael Cainero Wins Recipe to Riches 2014
Michael Cainero of North Lakes, was revealed as the series winner of Network Ten’s innovative entertainment series, Recipe to Riches, with his home-grown creation, Chunky Pork & Apple Sausages.
Based on Woolworths promise to turn ideas into reality on television and in more than 900 Woolworths stores nationwide, Michael’s delicious cinnamon-infused pork and chunky apple sausages were announced the series winner after achieving the highest commercial success, including selling out in over 500 stores in its first two days on Woolworths shelves.
Woolworths will now commence production of the highly popular Chunky Pork & Apple Sausages, which is due to hit shelves on January 5, 2015.
Michael battled it out against six other episode winners and a total of 21 selected dishes to secure the grand prize of $100,000 and a life changing deal to have his product stocked in Woolworths stores.
New Fields for Team Play at North Lakes
It’s another win for community sport and recreation in the Moreton Bay Region with the Queensland Government’s Get Playing Plus Program investing $723,000 in new playing fields at North Lakes.
Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Division Four councillor Julie Greer said the State Government’s contribution to Moreton Bay Regional Council’s $1.73 million upgrade of Kinsellas Playing Fields would mean construction would get under way in 2015 once North Lakes developer Stockland had completed earthworks.
“The $1.73 million Kinsellas Playing Fields have been designed to accommodate a range of sporting codes and recreational activities, and includes two irrigated senior-sized and one junior-sized multi-purpose playing fields, a clubhouse, car parking, connectivity with the region’s cycle way network and field lighting,” Cr Greer said.
“The feedback I’ve had from local sporting clubs is that growing membership is fuelling demand for additional fields with the flexibility to be used by a variety of sporting teams,” Cr Greer said.
“Kinsellas Playing Fields’ built-in adaptability means they’ll be able to host rugby league, rugby union, soccer and touch football matches, among others, all in very close proximity to the existing ovals at North Lakes State College.”
Council will fund the remaining $1.07 million construction cost of the Kinsellas Playing Fields complex as part of its $67 million investment in sport, recreation and parks in 2014/15.
The Queensland Government’s contribution to Kinsellas Playing Fields follows a recent $1 million contribution to council’s $10.5 million AFL precinct at Brendale’s South Pine Sports Complex.
“Both recognise council’s commitment to providing new sport and recreation opportunities for the residents of one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas – it’s a big win for our community,” Cr Greer said.
Buy Locally this Festive Season
Queensland’s 403,000 small businesses are at the core of the state’s economy, representing approximately 97 per cent of businesses and employing about 50 per cent of private sector workers
Each dollar spent in a local business returns many times that amount to the local economy through employee wages, rates and the purchase of goods and materials. That's why local families are being encouraged to spread the festive cheer and buy locally.
Local businesses are the mainstay of our towns and suburbs and contribute to the community by supporting local schools, social services and not-for-profit organisations.
“The benefits of supporting local businesses and shopping locally cannot be underestimated.” said Trevor Ruthenberg MP, State Member For Kallangur.
“When you shop locally, your money stays locally, with one dollar spent at a local business returning up to five times that amount through employee wages, rates and the purchase of materials and supplies.”
Businesses can get involved by downloading and printing ‘Think Queensland, Buy locally this festive season’ poster and sticker designs to display in their businesses, proudly demonstrating their support for Queensland businesses. Other collateral is also available to download.
Buy local initiatives are used to encourage people to spend in their local community to help their economy, embrace what makes their regions unique, foster local job creation, nurture community, create diversity and encourage entrepreneurship.
The ‘Think Queensland, Buy locally this festive season’ initiative encourages vibrant communities and regions.
Of course, not just during the festive season, residents and visitors are encouraged to buy goods and services in their local area throughout the year.
Look for the Think Queensland, Buy locally this festive season’ branding displayed in businesses supporting local communities. Visit www.business.qld.gov.au to find out more.
Feedback Wanted on Rothwell Intersection
Feedback from local motorists is being sought on a concept layout for the Rothwell Roundabout upgrade at the juncture of Anzac Avenue and Deception Bay Road.
Member for Murrumba, Reg Gulley said that Rothwell motorists will now have their chance to provide feedback on a concept for the congestion busting Anzac Avenue and Deception Bay Road intersection upgrade project.
“Improving this intersection is a major priority of mine and I am excited that we are now one step closer with a concept for the Rothwell roundabout,” Mr Gulley said.
“This is something I have been fighting for since election in 2012 and I will not stop until this vital piece of infrastructure is delivered for the residents of Murrumba, and especially for those who need to access the roundabout on a daily basis.”
“We are a government that listens and this is a great chance for residents to view the concept layout and provide their feedback on what is a very important piece of the Rothwell road network.”
“This is another great example of how we are delivering better infrastructure and planning as part of our strong plan.
“The rapid growth in this region and the need to cater for our growing needs mean that improvements to the Rothwell roundabout will help to significantly reduce congestion as well as increase safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.”
“The project will relieve traffic congestion by increasing the capacity and efficiency for motorists.
“Once completed, it will deliver a safer intersection for all road users and we want to know your thoughts.
“I welcome residents to come and talk to the project team at the display.”
A public display will be staffed by Rothwell intersection project members at:
•Tacoma Park, Anzac Avenue, Rothwell, on Saturday, 10 January 2015 from 9am to midday; and at
• Grace Lutheran College (Chapel Café), Mewes Road, Rothwell on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 from 4pm to 7pm.
For more information on the Rothwell Intersection Upgrade Project contact the project team on 1800 780 319.
Norths Salvation Army Christmas Appeal
Norths is bringing the community together to support those in need
Christmas is a happy time for most but spare a thought for those families who won’t have the happiness and joy of opening presents this year.
The Norths Salvation Army Christmas appeal has been running for several years and hundreds of toys have been donated for children who are disadvantaged. This year we hope our generous members will continue their tradition of giving to this worthwhile cause. Members and guests are invited to place toys under the Christmas tree in the foyer of the club. The tree will be up until the 12th of December before the toys are collected by the Pine Rivers Salvation Army and distributed to disadvantaged children in the community.
For more information regarding the Christmas appeal, please call Norths on (07) 3285 2733, or email Norths at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your support this year will be most appreciated.
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.htmlRead more in The Messenger