Valentine's Day 2019

A range of romance of this week's mag

It's supposed to be the most romantic day of the year, but it's not for everyone. In this week's magazine we investigate how to cope if you aren't feeling the Valentine’s Day love. We also look at the pitfalls of online dating and highlight a couple of fab ideas for those who are celebrating but haven't made plans yet.

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World Science Festival Brisbane 2019

Gene-tech, apocalyptic possibilities and the future of humanity at this year's World Science Festival Brisbane

The local iteration of the globally popular World Science Festival comes to Brisbane for five days 20–24 March 2019 bringing brave new ideas in all things science, tech and even art, through a curated program of thought provoking conversations, inspiring theatrical performances, interactive workshops, education activities and family-friendly experiences.
Presented by Queensland Museum the festival brings some of Australia’s and the world’s most eminent scientists and educators out of the labs and into Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct and regional Queensland to dissect advancing medical science; life on earth and beyond; the story of space, the coolest jobs in science, the world of wearable tech, celebrating women in science and more.
The 2019 program focuses on brave new ideas as panelist's debate the colossal challenges confronting humankind in the face of over-population and escalating climate change.

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The Bite Stuff

Local Eat Street Rival to launch March 1

Everything you need to know about the new street food precinct

Until now, locals have had to travel not-trivial distances for their funky street food fix. That will change with the arrival of BITE Markets. BITE has been busy developing the North Harbour site and curating some 40-odd flavour makers for launch, providing locals and food-fans from all over a new, spacious food adventure served from customised shipping containers and surrounded by landscaped areas in a fully fenced dining precinct.
The launch vendors have been revealed, many of them local and championing regional, high quality, ingredients, and no dish site-wide costs more than $15!

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Closed - Win Queensland Symphony Orchestra Heavenly Tickets

The Messenger has a double pass to Queensland Symphony Orchestra's official Maestro season opening, Heavenly, to give away.

The Messenger has a double pass to Queensland Symphony Orchestra's official Maestro season opening, Heavenly to give away.
The double pass includes two tickets for a total value of $198 to Heavenly on Saturday 16 February at 7.30pm at QPAC's Concert Hall.
To enter, email with "Heavenly" in the subject line for your chance to win.
Get your entries in before midday, Wednesday February 6, 2019 to win.
The winning entry will be chosen at random, don't forget to include your contact details so we can let you know if you win.

Privacy: The Messenger complies with the Australian Privacy Act 1988 in safeguarding your privacy. Information submitted by you is used only for purposes of the competition. Your information is not kept on file, collated or distributed in any way.

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Brisbane Comedy Festival 2019

Celebrating with a full month of entertainment, 75 acts, and the return of local legends Scared Weird Little Guys

Like to LOL? Great news comedy fans, Brisbane's biggest festival of funny returns with an ensemble of side-splitters across town in 2019.
Bad luck if you were hoping to see affable TV comic Charlie Pickering in his only BCF performance hosting the Opening Gala – it's already sold out - proving that if you really want to catch one of the acts this year, don't mess about, get your tickets now.
The full program holds something for anyone with a working funny bone. The four-week festival includes huge international humorists like Ross Noble, Jeff Green, Rod Kemp and DeAnne Smith to local and returning talents like Ronny Chieng, Felicity Ward, Dave Hughes, Tom Ballard, Tim Ferguson, Nazeem Hussain, Lawrence Mooney, Mel Buttle, Nick Cody and the return of Scared Weird Little Guys

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Give a remarkable Queenslander the recognition they deserve

Nominate outstanding people or organisations who have helped shape our state

The Queensland Greats Awards recognise the efforts and achievements of remarkable individuals and institutions making a positive difference in Queensland communities.
Associate Professor within the Office of Indigenous Engagement, Central Queensland University, and 2018 Queensland Great, Ms Henrietta Marrie AM said the awards turned the spotlight on the tireless efforts of everyday Queenslanders who dedicated their lives to making a difference.
“There are thousands of remarkable Queenslanders whose efforts to improve their communities deserve to be recognised and celebrated,” Ms Marrie said.
“It could be a friend, family member, colleague or even a community organisation—if you think they are helping to nurture the progress and development of our great State, I encourage you to nominate them.”
The Premier said since the program’s inception in 2001, 90 individuals, 14 institutions and four posthumous recipients have been honoured as Queensland Greats
“Along with Ms Marrie, the 2018 Queensland Greats Awards celebrated the achievements of Founder of Woodfordia Mr Bill Hauritz AM, equality activist Ms Gail Ker OAM, Queensland baseball legend Mr David Nilsson and pioneering parenting academic Professor Matthew Sanders FASSA,” she said.
Member for Bancroft, Chris Whiting MP, would like to see locals nominated.
“If there is an individual or institution in community who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to Queensland, we want to see their name up in lights,” Mr Whiting said.
Moreton Bay Regional Mayor Allan Sutherland also wants to see a local take out the top honour.
“We are the home of legends like Artie Beetson, Petero Civoniceva, Jessicah Schipper and of course music legends the Bee Gees,” he said.
As a lasting tribute, each Queensland Great is honoured with a commemorative plaque displayed at Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane.
The 2019 Queensland Greats will be announced at a ceremony in Brisbane in June 2019.
Nominations can be registered at until 5 pm, Friday 22 February 2019.
For more information email or phone 07 3003 9200.

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Find time to visit Howard Smith Wharves over the break

Stage 1 Complete

A new world-class waterfront dining and entertainment precinct opened its doors along the Brisbane River recently with Brisbane’s newest overwater bar and dining spot. Stage one of the progressive Howard Smith Wharves development is now complete.

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Local Girl a finalist in Global drawing Competition

IKEA North Lakes held a drawing competition where Aussie kids had the chance to have their soft toy dream brought to life

After thousands of entries, Keira from North Lakes has become one of the finalists in the global competition and will have her drawing sent to Sweden for the chance to be made into a soft toy and sold in IKEA stores around the world in 2019.

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No one left behind this year

Staycations within driving distance

Not all of us get to go on grand overseas holidays to more Christmassy climes, gitzy global cities or exotic beach locales. Perhaps this year though, those of us left behind can make all our travelling friends jealous with local picture perfect offerings, both new and old.
The great South East, Brisbane in particular, is booming. Throughout 2018 there were more new openings offering locals a quick and glamorous staycation than you can wave a flute of Bollinger at. It seemed each month saw a sparkling new gem embellishing the skyline with their own unique character. Here's our roundup of drivable getaways proving you don't need a three week block and an airfare to have a memorable break.

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New Lemon Laws

Bought a dud? Now you're better protected

Local revheads rejoice as the Queensland Offroad Racing Association will be holding a celebration of all things offroad racing. Open to the public, the event at North Lakes Best Western Hotel will host the torque-y beasts and some will be started up throughout the proceedings, this Saturday, 17 November.
The cars will be on display from 10am with trophies being presented to placegetters in the Mickey Thompson AORRA Queensland Offroad Championship and the Short Course series, from 5.30pm.
Everyone is welcome to attend, especially people with even a casual interest in Offroad Racing. There is no admission fee. Meals and drinks are available for purchase the whole day and during the evening there will be videos of the 2018 season shown on big screen TV's.
North Lakes Hotel & Conference Centre can be found at 22 Lakefield Drive, North Lakes.

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$3 billion in super waiting to be found in QLD

$15 Million in 4509

New postcode data released by the ATO breaks down suburb data in lost and unclaimed super
There is a whopping total of $15,613,228 in lost and unclaimed superannuation in 4509 as at 30 June 2018. How do you find out if some of it belongs to you?
Assistant Commissioner Graham Whyte said now is the time for Queenslanders to reconnect with their lost super which is spread across the state in more than 706,000 accounts.
“We’re determined to help people find their super and I’m pleased to say that in the past financial year more than $667 million was consolidated into active super accounts by Queenslanders, giving their retirement savings a welcome boost,” Mr Whyte said.
Mr Whyte said people can lose contact with their super funds when they change jobs, move house, or simply forget to update their details.
“It’s important to remain engaged with your super fund through all stages of your career, not just when you are ready to retire."
“The data also reveals that more than a third of Australians still hold two or more super accounts."
“While we know that some people intentionally maintain a number of accounts, many are unaware that their super may be sitting in multiple accounts and possibly being eroded by fees."
“Once you have linked your myGov account to the ATO, you can view all your super account details, including any that have been lost or forgotten about, and consolidate your accounts with just a few clicks."
“Tax time is a great time for individuals to check up on their super, particularly if they plan on doing their own tax return using myTax.”
The ATO advises anyone who wishes to consolidate their accounts but is concerned about issues such as insurance linked to their accounts, to contact their super fund.
For information on how to manage your super and view all your super accounts including lost and unclaimed super, visit

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