Holiday Happiness

Revamp your family holiday - no passport required

Having grown up in Canada, Christmas holidays were pretty much the stuff movies are made of… snow, streets lines with Christmas lights, skiing, skating on the lake, ridiculous amounts of food, equally ridiculous amounts of relatives visiting or to be visited, and eggnog. Then we moved to Australia and were COMPLETELY thrown with this Aussie summer Christmas! I felt like Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ ‘We aren’t in Kansas anymore Toto!’. That meant we had to rediscover what to do, where to go and even what to eat. I happily became addicted to mangoes that very first Christmas.

If your Christmas holidays need a revamp, or it’s just time to make a change from that two week stay at a unit on the coast or the Theme Park marathon, here are some slightly out of the box and off the beaten path ideas that will get everyone outside and active - no passport needed!

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Laguna North Lakes

It's like Fortitude Valley's James Street, but at North Lakes

Just when we were thinking that we’d heard the last of development news for the year comes a new project by the developers of Fortitude Valley’s popular James Street.

Set right in the heart of North Lakes, the $250 million development will utilise the entirety of the 1.7 hectare Lot 81 on North Lakes Drive, the currently vacant lot that sits between Westfield and the library.

To be known as Laguna North Lakes, or just Laguna, the precinct promises boutique shopping dividedby retail/dining laneways with a James Street feel.

Apparently we're now calling North Lakes township a "CBD" also.

“Laguna will be a welcome addition to the North Lakes success story, and will provide the already bustling CBD with a unique entertainment and lifestyle precinct sure to attract people from all over,” said Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland.

Attracted by one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas, The George Group’s Patrick George said North Lakes was a sensible choice for their next venture.

“We are heartened by the success of our well known precincts, James Street and Brickworks, and see North Lakes as a great opportunity to do something unique for this community,” Mr George said.

“Through Laguna, we want to create a fresh and exciting oasis in the heart of the North Lakes CBD where people can gather, relax, and enjoy a range of offerings including retail, hospitality, fitness and lifestyle all in one contemporary-designed precinct.

Anchoring the project are a new office tower offering six floors and 10,000m2 of commercial space, a 140-room hotel, and function and events centre with 1000 carparks in total to adjoin. There will also be 5000m2 of retail and hospitality laneways on the lower floors but perhaps the most interesting feature of the new development are the public amenities.

The development includes a tavern and function space, a childcare centre, Gym, health and wellness centre.

There are scant details on the promised open green space, except some artist impressions we’ve been asked not to show you because they're subject to change (although they’re not to find) and the aquatic centre - except that it has a lap pool, recreational pool, learn-to-swim area and zero depth facility for toddlers .

It seems unlikely that it will rival the jealousy inducing Redcliffe or Springfield lagoons for which locals have been hoping.

Construction begins third quarter 2017 and will be complete late 2019/early 2020.

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The Tale of Cinderella

There is a fairy tale within us all

The Tale of Cinderella, as presented By Steps Dance Centre, runs 06 December and 07 December 2016, 7.00pm at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre and is not to be missed.

Tickets cost just $48.00 and can be purchased from here, or by calling the box Office on 07) 3283 0407.

Find Redcliffe Cultural Centre at Downs Street Redcliffe.

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Stay Cool this Weekend

Tips for keeping your cool in the heatwave

Temperatures greater than 35 degrees are forecast for this weekend by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Moreton Bay Regional Council urges local residents to take the following precautions:

• Stay tuned to local media for weather updates
• Drink plenty of water
• Wear lightweight clothing and a hat
• Regularly apply sunscreen
• Stay out of the sun
• Keep windows open to allow a through breeze
• Limit outdoor or strenuous activity to the coolest parts of the day
• Check temperature of playground equipment before letting children use it
• Make sure your pets have plenty of shade and water
• Check on elderly and vulnerable persons to ensure they are coping with the heat
• Parents should be vigilant of the heat and its effects on young children
• Do not leave children, adults or animals in parked vehicles for any period of time.

Moreton Bay Region has plenty of options to help you stay cool with Surf Lifesaver patrolled beaches at Redcliffe and Bribie Island, council swimming pools and lagoons.

The Queensland Ambulance Service recommends staying out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, so council’s free network of libraries, art galleries and museums are also a great way for the whole family to cool off.

For more information about council facilities such as libraries, art galleries, museums and pools including opening hours and lifeguard hours of operation at Redcliffe’s Settlement Cove lagoon, visit council’s website:

Visit Queensland Health’s website for more tips on staying cool
For more information or support during heat event or a heatwave:
• call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) at any time;
• contact your doctor, hospital or health clinic.
In an emergency, call triple 000.

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Expect Delays

Boundary Road milestone comes with delays, motorists advised to seek alternative routes

The Boundary Road/Bruce Highway upgrade at Narangba reached a key milestone this week as the installation of concrete girders for the new Boundary Road overpass began (pictured).

The installation of the bridge girders is the next major phase in construction of the $100.4 million upgrade which will unlock a major congestion point and improve safety for all motorists.

The project is estimated to support an average of 100 jobs during its construction phase and is on track for completion by mid-2018.

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Lake Eden Hotel Approved

Boutique Hotel for Lake Eden to begin construction

The long discussed boutique hotel on Lake Eden is to go ahead with the development application now approved by council. The hoarding will be up by the time you read this and a completion date is set for November 1 2017.

The 5050sqm site will allow for 40 short stay accommodation rooms spread over the two upper levels and will be capable of sleeping 80 beating hearts at capacity.

The existing building (formerly the Stockland office) is to be refurbished and repurposed.

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World Class Shopping comes to North Lakes

“North Lakes continues to go from strength to strength and is set to rival Chermside as the shopping mecca on the north side, boasting Queensland’s only Costco, a new IKEA store, more than 280 retailers in Westfield North Lakes and one of Queensland’s largest Bunnings,” Division 4 Councillor Julie Greer said.
“What was once 1,000 hectares of farmland is now one of our region’s busiest and most exciting commercial and residential hubs - home to more than 20,000 residents.

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Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza

Brisbanites are no strangers to Cirque Du Soleil's awe-inspiring productions but their latest creation, Kooza, might just be the best of them all

More than just a show, Cirque Du Soleil's outings are always a major event, a grand experience, an eye-popping acrobatic amazement, and Kooza marks a return to their best.
Described as the most acrobatically dangerous show yet, Kooza presents an international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, magicians, singers, actors and artists on a journey of heart-stopping feats in a magnificent, sparkling homage to the traditions of circus. The show combines thrilling acrobatics with the art of clowning to a live soundtrack of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats. With nods to Carnivale, the Day of the Dead, military fashion, rock and roll and 1920s cotton club glamour.
Kooza has proven so popular down south that the Brisbane season is being extended. The production will now run from November 24 to January 8 and three additional matinee shows have been added on December 15, 21 and 28.
Kooza runs November 24 2016 - January 8 2017 at Skygate (next to Brisbane DFO) and tickets start at $60. There are discounts for family and group tickets.
The ultimate Cirque du Soleil experience is called 'VIP Rouge' and offers the best seats in the house and access to the intimate VIP suite one hour before the show and at intermission, including good wines, hors d’oeuvres and take home souvenirs.
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State of the Climate 2016

Expect more extremely hot days and severe weather

“The changing climate significantly affects all Australians through increased heatwaves, more significant wet weather events and more severe fire weather conditions", said CSIRO Senior Scientist and leader of the NESP Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, Dr Helen Cleugh.

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Redcliffe Table Tennis to close

All previous players invited to last hurrah

Historic local club, the Redcliffe Table Tennis Association, is set to close doors after 25 years.

What was once a social mecca for players of all skill levels across the region will shut shop on Friday 25th November 2016. The club committee would like to invite all previous players to drop in and catch up on the remaining Friday nights leading up to the closure.

Club president Terry Denny thanked supporters at news of the closure.

"We would like to thank all the expressions of interest that have been received by our club, since the expressed closure. It is disappointing though that no non-profit organizations have taken up the challenge to continue the table tennis tradition in Redcliffe" he said.

"The club has been in existence for 25 years at its current location of the Clontarf High School Gymnasium. The gymnasium has provided the club with one of the best facilities for table tennis in South East Queensland so it is sad for table tennis players and Redcliffe, itself, to lose such a facility."

Your last chances to enjoy the club are Fridays 11, 18, and 25 of November from 7.30pm at Clontarf High School Gymnasium in Isobel Street Clontarf.

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