School Holidays North Lakes D.I.Y. Workshops

Winter school holidays doesn’t have to mean bored kids trapped inside away from the cold and wet weather, keeping the kids entertained this winter is as simple as heading down to your local Bunnings.

Bunnings Warehouse North Lakes is inviting kids to come in store with expert team members holding free Kids D.I.Y. Workshops running throughout the school holidays.

Bunnings Warehouse Complex Manager Michael Rodwell said the School Holiday D.I.Y. Workshops are a great way for kids to channel excess energy over the winter break.

“With the cold, wet weather limiting outdoor activities, it can often be hard to keep kids engaged throughout the winter school holidays,” said Michael.

“Bunnings Warehouse North Lakes' free workshops give children the chance to try something new and exciting,” said Michael.

“We have lots of fun activities planned and children get to take their finished product home, and we also encourage kids to try out their new D.I.Y. skills at home,” said Michael.

The Kids D.I.Y. Workshops are suitable for children of all ages. To check out more D.I.Y. ideas head to

Bookings are recommended; please contact your local Bunnings Warehouse for further details.

The workshops run every Tuesday and Thursday during the school holiday period at Bunnings Warehouse North Lakes, 18-28 Cook Court, Tel: (07) 3293 6900.

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a Whale Watching Family Pass

Each year magnificent southern humpback whales migrate to and from Antarctica. As these leviathans of the deep make their way through our warm waters, they feed, mate and play in the clean, clear blue sea of Moreton Bay.

Intelligent and naturally curious mammals, the whales greet their visitors with playful behaviour that will both charm and inspire you. You will be awestruck by their magnificent grace as these gentle giants breach, blow and frolic only metres away!

In conjunction with Brisbane Whale Watching we have a family pass to give away. The prize entitles two adults and two children (4 to 14 years) to a full day whale watching experience.

The tour commences boarding at 9.30am for a 10.00am departure from the Redcliffe Jetty. Morning tea, a fresh buffet lunch and afternoon tea are all included and the tour returns approximately 2.30pm. The prize is for mid-week travel only and valid until through to Friday 2nd October.

Whale sightings are guaranteed!

Find out how to enter in our June 27 edition


Your Opinion Sought on Country of Origin Food Labelling

The need to make country-of-origin labelling clearer to the consumer was highlighted by the recent frozen berry/ Hepatitis A scare

We know that not all countries share the same food safety standards we employ in Australia.

Currently, statements about where food has been made or grown are found on product labels, packaging or in advertising. Common claims include ‘product of’, ‘grown in’ and ‘made in’. All packaged foods and most unpackaged foods sold in Australia are required to carry statements about the origin of the food.

If ‘Made in Australia’ appears on a jar of jam, this means the jam was made in Australia and at least half of the cost of making the jam was incurred in Australia. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the ingredients for the jam were grown or sourced in Australia.

Some companies use claims like ‘Made in Australia from local and imported ingredients’ on their products, however, this doesn’t tell you what proportion of the ingredients are local and what proportion are imported. Some businesses may use this label to allow for seasonal shortages in Australian produce when they need to rely on imports.

Some foods include claims on their labels such as ‘Proudly Australian owned’ or ‘100% Australian owned’. These statements are about the ownership of the company; they don’t currently indicate where the product was made or where its ingredients came from.

Here is where you come in.

The Petrie Electorate community can have their say on what they want in clearer country of origin food labelling in an online survey that will help design the Australian Government’s new labelling system.

The Government has been consulting with industry – including growers, processors and retailers to implement a clearer, more direct system for food labelling that will give consumers the information they want in a way that is easy to read and understand.

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the local community has been “telling me loud and clear that they want more useful food labelling, and now we want to know which options they prefer.”

“I encourage all local residents interested in the issue to jump online and fill out a country of origin food labelling community survey at or request a hardcopy by calling 13 28 46.

“Locals have asked for simpler food labelling and now is the chance for them to have their say on simpler and more logical ways to present the information.”

“It’s important that people can make informed choices about the food they buy at their local supermarket. We want Australians to have confidence in knowing where their food is coming from.”

In the meantime, if you think you've been misled by labelling you can make consumer complaint via

School holidays and term dates for 2015

The Department of Education, Training and Employment sets the term and school holiday dates for all Queensland state schools.

Independent schools and Catholic schools base their holidays on the state school dates but these can vary from school to school - check with your school for details.
Queensland term dates - 2015

Term 1 Tuesday 27 January - Thursday 2 April (10 weeks)
Term 2 Monday 20 April - Friday 26 June (10 weeks)
Term 3 Monday 13 July - Friday 18 September (10 weeks)
Term 4 Tuesday 6 October - Friday 11 December (10 weeks)

Staff professional development days for 2015
• Thursday 22 and Friday 23 January
• Three additional days within the Easter holiday or other negotiated flexible arrangements
• Monday 19 October

Year 10 and 12 finishing dates for 2015
• Year 12 - Friday 20 November
• Year 10 and 11 - Friday 27 November

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