Tuesday May 31, 10.33am

Fatal crash, North Lakes
Police seeking public assistance

Police investigating a fatal truck rollover that occurred at North Lakes this morning are appealing for public assistance.

Around 2.30am, emergency services were called to the on-ramp to the Bruce Highway at North Lakes following reports a truck had rolled.

The driver of the truck, a 31-year-old Rothwell man, was declared deceased at the scene. The on-ramp to the Bruce Highway at Anzac Avenue remains closed, and is expected to remain closed for several more hours. Commuters are again advised to avoid the area and seek an alternate route.

The Forensics Crash Unit is investigating. They are appealing to anyone who may have dashcam footage, witnessed the crash, or had seen the truck prior to the crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.


Messenger Recipe Comp
Does your recipe have what it takes to win?

In conjunction with North Lakes Tavern (NLT) we are running a recipe competition for amateur home cooks. The competition pits your best recipe against other locals. Seeing as it's to be judged by NLT's Head Chef Sharise Snook (pictured) we thought we'd have a chat with Sharise to see if we could get some sneaky tips to get you closer to that awesome $150 prize.

Sharise has been in the industry for six years, working her way through a diverse range of kitchens before landing at NLT as Head Chef. Outside the kitchen, Sharise is cheery and light-hearted but don't let that fool you, inside the kitchen she takes her food - and judging this comp - seriously. Flavour is her passion and with that passion she likes to twist everyday ingredients in modern and appealing ways.

Hi Sharise, can you tell our readers what you're looking for in the winning dish?
A balanced combination of sweet and savoury often produce the best dishes, while being a little bit away from the ordinary will help you stand out from the crowd.

The comp is open to any kind of dish, can entrants swing your favour in any way? Are you looking for a savoury or a sweet? Entrée, main or dessert?
All styles and courses will be judged on their own merits. It's always fun to see different people's takes on flavours and their combinations and styles, and that's exactly what we're looking for.

What is your favourite dish on the NLT menu at the moment?
We've just launched a brand new menu which I'm very excited about. It will be interesting to see what people favour from it. I like the Atlantic Salmon served atop Brown Rice, Sweet Roasted Corn, Red Onion, Strawberries, Avocado & Basil.

Thanks for your time Sharise.

So there you have it folks. Some guidance direct from the chef who'll be judging your recipe. Details of how to enter are to the right. You can't win if you don't enter.

The prize:
The winning entry will win a $150 voucher to wine and dine at the North lakes Tavern, plus have your winning recipe reproduced at the North Lakes Tavern. Awesome!

The winner will be notified each month and selected entries will be published in the Messenger each week.

How to enter:
Simply submit your original recipe to adz@northlakesmessenger.com.au along with a photo. Entries to be judged by Sharise Snook, head chef at NLT.

Click here to enter now!


The Eurogliders Story

When Bernie met Grace millions of eighties kids around the world would never be the same

The Eurogliders Story begins in 1981, in the most isolated city in the world as a love story, let's call it When Bernie Met Grace.

When Bernie Lynch met Grace Knight they fell in love. Grace was lead singer for a band called Lumiere and Bernie was lead singer for Living Single. Shortly after, Grace took over the lead singing role for Living Single and shortly after that Living Single became Eurogliders. Then everything changed...Their lives, and millions of eighties kids around the world, would never be the same.

Bernie wrote songs that took on a life of their own in Grace’s hands and Grace would come to be known affectionately as ' the manic ballerina' (Millennials - see Youtube for why). Crowds doubled, then tripled, recordings were played on radio and record companies arrived at the sleepy, sun drenched hamlet they shared in Perth with cheque books in hand.

Songs like 'Heaven', 'We Will Together', 'Can't Wait To See You', 'Absolutely' and 'The City of Soul' became the songs of a young Australian generation. Life was a dizzying ride to the top of the charts and ten Top Ten charting singles and albums were the result.

The songs were anthems to the music video generation and audiences rocked out till there wasn't a dry scrunchie in the room.

Continue reading and details on the upcoming local gig in the Messenger May 28


Applications open for Ikea Living Local Community Grants

IKEA North Lakes looking to makeover local organisations in need

IKEA Living Local Community Grants are about combining IKEA products and home furnishing expertise with co-worker volunteer leave days to ‘makeover’ a room or a space in a local not-for-profit or charity organisation.

“While IKEA works on a global level to improve the everyday lives of the many people, we also want to make a positive impact on our local community. The IKEA Living Local Community Grants are about combining our products, home furnishing expertise and our co-worker volunteer leave days to support local organisations whose efforts are focused on helping others.” Stefano Bizzari, IKEA North Lakes Store Manager said.

The IKEA Living Local Community Grants program is run by each of the IKEA stores in QLD, NSW, ACT and VIC. The stores open applications to local, not-for-profit organisations with the most inspiring proposal receiving goods worth up to $5000, as well resources donated through the IKEA Volunteer Leave program. Applications are currently open for the next round of IKEA Living Local Grants and close at midnight on 29th May, 2016. For more information or to apply, visit www.ikea.com.au/livinglocal

Organisations thinking of applying should be a not-for-profit or registered charity whose primary focus is either the support and development of children, providing housing and shelter for people in need, or rebuilding following Australian environmental emergencies such as floods, bushfires and cyclones.

More local news in the Messenger May 28

Biggest Morning Tea

Join Crystal Wisse's big morning tea at Murrumba Downs Tavern on Sunday May 29th 10am-12pm

Queenslanders are being urged to raise their cups and make a difference in the fight against cancer for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

Late this month Queenslanders from Cape York to Coolangatta will take part in Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. They’ll gather in living rooms, community centres, schools and workplaces to help raise vital funds for life-saving cancer research and patient support services. By getting involved, you’ll be helping over 26,000 Queenslanders who will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

Local Crystal Wisse is holding an event at Murrumba Downs Tavern on Sunday May 29 in the memory of her late husband Roy who lost his battle to gastric cancer 18 months ago and for the sake of many others who have battled or are battling this illness.

"Every year the Cancer Council helps thousands of Australian's affected by cancer. Our fundraising will help support Cancer Council's vital work Nationwide" Crystal said.

"Unfortunately there are far too many people being affected by various types of cancer and this is our chance to help make a difference"

Tickets are $20 each and provides you with a delicious High Tea and bottomless tea and coffee as well as a ticket in the lucky door raffle. There will be several raffles held on the day and a very brave friend will be shaving her head to contribute to raising funds also.

Tickets need to be pre-purchased as there are only 100 available.

Find “Crystal’s Biggest Morning Tea 2016” on Facebook or contact Crystal directly via crittles23@hotmail.com for more information.

Person of Interest
Michael Conolly Artist, Educator, Cultural Leader

Michael Connolly is a well-known figure in our region. He owns Dreamtime Kullilla Art which he and wife Jo have built from a humble travelling market stall into the region’s foremost cultural precinct. Michael is a Muruwari (Mother's side)/Kullilli (Father's side) man but for twenty seven years has called the peninsular home.

During this time Dreamtime Kullilla Art has grown into a space not only for authentic Indigenous art but for education, cultural leadership and art not just for the region's Indigenous but for the wider community as well. Michael's personal ethic is inclusive of all people, he's a passionate man with a lot to say.

Dreamtime Kullilla Art is currently celebrating their 20 year anniversary, so we thought it was a good time to sit down for yarn with Michael to discuss current Australian and regional matters.

Read the interview in the Messenger April 9


Update on Boundary Rd Interchange Upgrade

The contract to build the new Boundary Road interchange on the Bruce Highway at Narangba has been awarded to BMD Constructions.

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth MP said the $100.4 million project would involve the construction of a new six-lane bridge over the Bruce Highway, with four through lanes for Boundary Road traffic.

“The bridge will feature a dedicated pedestrian and cycle pathway, and left-slip lanes to provide free flowing access to the highway on-ramps,” Mr Howarth said.

“The extended on and off-ramps will improve safety for motorists entering and exiting the highway.

“These ramps will also enhance the interchange’s ability to efficiently handle increasing traffic flows.”

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said BMD Constructions was selected after a competitive tender process involving four shortlisted companies.

“We are a step closer to commencing this important infrastructure project, which will improve capacity and safety for motorists and pedestrians in this rapidly growing area just north of Brisbane on the Bruce Highway,” Mr Chester said.

The construction phase will bring more than 160 jobs and further growth to the region.
Major construction works are scheduled to commence in mid-2016, once the contractor sets up on-site and completes preparatory works.

The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($80.3 million) and the Queensland Government ($20.1 million), and will be completed mid-2018, weather and construction conditions permitting.


Old Paper Mill begins transformation into uni hub

Moreton Bay region’s transformation into a university hub is well under way.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk joined Member for Kallangur Shane King and Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd to tour the site of a new University of the Sunshine Coast campus on the old Petrie Paper Mill site.

Ms Palaszczuk said demolition work would soon be finished as the university moved towards its first intake of students by 2020.

Ms Palaszczuk said the university project would provide a major boost to education and jobs, both key priorities for the Government.

“The Moreton Bay university campus will cater for up to 10,000 students in the first 10 years, with the site expected to lead to the creation of 2800 ongoing jobs,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“The Moreton Bay Region is experiencing strong growth, so the addition of new jobs is essential to maintaining a strong economy.

“The addition of higher education places will ensure the economic strength of this important growth corridor well into the future and is very much in line with the Government’s Advance Queensland agenda.”

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said State and Federal funding and support were essential to the delivery of the university precinct.
“The Moreton Bay Region is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the country, with a predicted population growth of 40 percent over the next 20 years,” Mayor Sutherland said.

"It’s imperative that we are putting plans in place now for jobs and education places that will service the future residents of this region.

Article continues in the Messenger March 19


New $75 million retail development for North Lakes

25,000 square metres of large format retail space in the heart of the North Lakes

The first sod was turned last Monday on a new $75 million retail development for North Lakes, which will support long-term employment and economic growth for the region.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning welcomed the start of works by developers Primewest, which will transform the 11,350 square metre location into high quality, large format retail space to attract a number of high profile brands.

“The first stage of North Lakes saw a number of high profile tenants move to the region including The Good Guys, Pillowtalk, Super Amart, PetStock, Baby Bunting and Godfreys, which have all reported strong trading in their first few months,” Ms Trad said.

“Stage 2, kicked off today, will introduce a range of new tenants to the area including
Spotlight, Anaconda, Supercheap Auto, Bedshed, Beacon Lighting and WA based retailer Kitchen Warehouse.

“We are continuing to see rapid growth in the Moreton Bay region, and by 2031 we expect the population will have increased from its current 375,000 to more than 500,000.

“It’s important this type of growth is supported with job creation, and so I welcome Primewest’s vision to expand North Lakes’ already popular retail centre which will deliver long-term employment opportunities for the local community.

“Once the new Moreton Bay Rail Link and six new stations between Kallangur and Kippa-Ring open mid this year, it will be even easier for locals and visitors to the region to travel to and from the centre.

“Once opened, we also expect to see the Moreton Bay Rail Link act as a catalyst for further growth for housing, business and employment right along the rail corridor.”

Primewest director David Schwartz said demand for Stage Two was extremely strong with more than 90 per cent of available space already snapped-up.

Article continues in the Messenger March 19