Grandparent's Day
Is Sunday 26 October

Did you know that in 2011 around 937,000 Australian children received child care from a grandparent on a regular basis. This represented over a quarter of all children (26%) aged 0-12 years who regularly attended some type of child care according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Grandparents Day is a chance for children and the community to thank grandparents for their love and support.

In 2014, Queenslanders will celebrate Grandparents Day on Sunday 26 October. You can get involved in Grandparents Day by doing something special with your grandparents to make their day

Grandparents Day recognises the significant contribution that grandparents make to their families and communities. The day is celebrated annually in Queensland on the last Sunday in October.

You can find more inspiration and information on Grandparent's Day here.

Turn to page 51 of the Messenger for a special Grandparent's day colouring in card with space to write a note for your Grandparent.

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Old Rail Sleepers Donated to the Community

A little piece of history will be used to replace garden beds at Murrumba District scout dens

Member for Kallangur Trevor Ruthenberg today donated 100 wooden rail sleepers to the group on behalf of Queensland Rail.

“The sleepers will be used to build new gardens around local scout dens in Albany Creek, Burpengary, Dayboro, Lawnton, Kallangur and Narangba,” Mr Ruthenberg said.

“Whenever there is a large quantity of sleepers that have become redundant, they are put up for tender. However there are often a number of those that are reserved to be donated to deserving charitable and community causes.

“Through donations like these, the Newman Government strives to make a positive contribution to the lives of Queenslanders and strengthen our relationship with local communities and charities.

“I am pleased to see this donation made to the Murrumba District Scouts, which will greatly benefit children in our community.”

Murrumba District Scouts District Commissioner Jenny Annand said the community group would use the sleepers to replace and build gardens at a number of scout dens in our community.

“Thanks to Queensland Rail’s generosity, the hundreds of dollars we have saved can be directed to improving our services and delivering an interactive and fun learning experience for our local youth and community at large,” she said.

“The savings will also assist with den rebuilding and refurbishment works at our local dens. “

The Murrumba District Scouts took delivery of the sleepers at the Petrie Scout Den, Beeville Road, Kurwongbah.

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Help for Local Children to Improve Reading

Help is on its way for the youngest children in our local region to learn what they need to succeed at school

The Queensland Government will be giving $1,545,918 to Moreton Bay Regional Council libraries over four years as part of the Best Start initiative.

Member for Murrumba, Reg Gulley said the extra money could help every parent, caregiver and young child in the community.

“Best Start will help mums, dads and caregivers to read with their children in a way that lets the children learn,” Mr Gulley said.

“As the husband of a teacher I appreciate the importance of a healthy vocabulary and how much it helps children to do so much better at school.

“And being read to is one of the most productive ways to help children improve their vocabulary,” he said.

Mr Gulley said the state-wide program, to be delivered through public libraries, would give local families the information, skills and tools they need to help their children develop early language and literacy skills at home.

“The results are clear,” Mr Gulley said.

“Just 10 minutes of reading by a parent each day can give their kids the start in life that they need.”

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Community Group Highlight:
Brendale Evening VIEW Club

VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women. VIEW supports The Smith Family – a national children’s charity – so that young Australians in need can get the most out of their education and create better futures for themselves.

Brendale Evening VIEW Club meet on the third Tuesday of the month at Aspley Hornets AFL Club , 50 Graham Road Carseldine. 6.30pm for 7.00pm start. Guest Speaker on 21st October will be Louise Geary, Relaxation Classes (Massage Therapist) so come relax, unwind, breath and heal. Our members are busy making Christmas goodies for our Craft stall on the night. Phone Julia on 3285 2153 by Sunday 19th October to reserve a seat.

Growing our membership is important to our club and VIEW so we can continue our volunteer work with The Smith Family and support local children and families.
VIEW members volunteer their time and talents in a number of ways. Members read to local children to advance their literacy skills; help children with homework after school at Smith Family Learning Clubs; act as mentors for students; make library bags; donate school stationary packs for use at home and school and donate funds for toys and books for children in need at Christmas time. Come along as a visitor. For more information phone Trish on 3264 2213.

Pictured: (L-R) President Lyall presenting new member Madeleine Beasley of Kallangur with VIEW badge.

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Drug trial offers breast cancer hope

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women and mastectomies are often necessary to save their lives, but a new drug under development in Australia may offer an alternative.

According to the Cancer Council Queensland, around 2,900 new breast cancer cases are diagnosed each year in Queensland and about 500 women die from the disease.
What causes breast cancer is still very much unknown. But we do know there are a number of factors that may increase a person's likelihood of developing breast cancer.

Simply getting older can increase a person’s risk, as can a family history of the disease, exposure to female hormones (natural and administered), excess alcohol consumption, and obesity due to poor diet and inadequate exercise.

Another risk factor is the inheritance of mutations in the CHEK2, BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The latter two are now the subject of a promising clinical drug trial headed up by Professor Geoff Lindeman, a researcher from Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

Professor Lindeman recently told ABC Radio’s AM program that he was building on the Institute’s earlier research, which had found it was the ‘daughter cells’ of stem cells that led to breast cancer in women who carry mutations of the BRCA1 gene.

“This is a cell type that's of particular interest because these women who carry the BRCA1 mutation have a very high risk of developing breast cancer,” Professor Lindeman said.

“And so if you can switch off these cells, then that would represent a very promising approach to try to prevent breast cancer or decrease the risk of it,” he said.

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New e-cig laws for Queensland

Cancer Council Queensland has commended the Queensland Government for becoming the first state in Australia to subject e-cigarettes to the same laws as regular cigarettes

The amendments to the Tobacco Act will become effective from 1 January 2015, and will ensure the same tough restrictions on regular cigarettes will be applied to all electronic cigarettes.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Professor Jeff Dunn AO welcomed the new laws, following the Cancer Council’s call for tough regulation of the sale and use of e-cigarettes.

“E-cigarettes are a significant threat to public health – no e-cigarette has been tested for quality, safety or performance by the Therapeutic Goods Administration,” Prof Dunn said.

“The liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes is currently illegal in Australia and has not been deemed safe for use by medical experts and health authorities.

“These new laws are an important step toward a smoke free future, and another great step in ensuring the health and safety of Queenslanders in their local communities.

“The laws will prevent e-cigarettes from being sold to children, ban their use in indoor or outdoor public places, and ensure no promotion or advertisement of the products in retail outlets.

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Nominate an unsung hero

Nominations are now open for Moreton Bay Regional Council’s 2015 Australia Day Awards.

Mayor Allan Sutherland invited residents to nominate a quiet achiever who had worked tirelessly for the benefit of the community.

“Council’s Australia Day Awards are a celebration of the unsung heroes in our community who have excelled and made a positive contribution over the past year,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“Past recipients have included volunteers, athletes, business owners and community leaders.

“They’re the backbone of our community and they should be recognised for their hard work and tireless contributions.”

The Australia Day Awards include seven categories:

• Citizen of the year;
• Young citizen of the year;
• Sportsperson of the year;
• Young sportsperson of the year;
• Environmental achievement;
• Community event; and
• Cultural award.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from council’s website at:

To download the form or for more information visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/ausawards.

Nominations close November 21.

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Speed Zones on Anzac Avenue to Change

Speed zones on Anzac Avenue will change as a result of the second round of the Queensland Government’s speed limit review.

Member for Murrumba, Mr Reg Gulley, said Anzac Avenue had been reviewed in the latest round and will now have a change in speed limit.

“The review highlighted a number of high crash intersections in the existing 80 km/h speed zone with most being rear end type crashes,” Mr Gully said.

“To reduce the number of speed zone changes along the road, (there are four), and help reduce crashes the existing 80 km/h zone between Mandin Street and 200 metres west of Wattle Road will be reduced from 80 km/h to 70 km/h.”

Mr Gulley said 42 Queensland roads were included in the latest round of results following the release of the first 20 in June.

“Results are based on public input, crash data, local knowledge and recent upgrades,” he said.

“One hundred roads and speed limits were shortlisted after the Queensland Government received 3300 submissions from the public.

“Motorists should be reminded not to use updated speed limits until the changes officially come into effect.

“The road signs are being updated progressively and are expected to be complete by late August.”

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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.html

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