Running for Olivia
Laura Stubbing to pound the North Lakes pavement for cystic fibrosis

Laura Stubbing is running the 21km Jetty to Jetty half-marathon on July 17 to raise funds for four year old Olivia, who has cystic fibrosis. But she won't stop running there.

Laura's already raised $2500 but that's simply not enough. The goal is 10k, and she thinks that amount can be raised right here in our community.

When the Messenger met Laura she was passionate and energetic, saying:
"I had an amazing idea in the middle of the night."

"I will spend a day literally running around all of North Lakes in my tutu and 'Running for Olivia' singlet to all of our local businesses who may want to help Olivia with her every day living expenses."

Laura will take photos with every single donor and post them on social media for recognition. The Messenger will also be promoting Laura's generous sponsors.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system due to a malfunction in the exocrine system, which is responsible for producing saliva, sweat, tears and mucus. There is currently no cure. Treatment is expensive and due to young Olivia's unique situation (her parents don't qualify for any state or federal assistance), she needs financial help with her treatment.

If you'd like to sponsor Running for Olivia prior to the run, contact Laura directly via, or on FB: Running for Olivia.

Laura's big run around North Lakes central is planned for Friday August 5. When you see her, please be generous.

If you'd like to make a direct donation see the official donation page at

More great articles in our June 25 Edition

What's On these school holidays?

School Holiday Activities for Teenagers,The Laneway Weekender, Market day - Handmade meets the Arts, Brisbane Winter Festival, Free health checks locally for children, Medieval Family Fun Week, Picnic Hill at Redcliffe (food trucks, craft beer & more).

Plus, Cei Creighton gives us the lowdown on last minute School Holiday Escapes. Cheap, adventurous, exciting, last minute, local, or even free... The kids are on the loose but here are some great ideas to give you a break as well (from kids whining about being bored).

Read all about it in our June 25 Edition


Win a Whale Watching Family Pass valued at $460.00

Each year magnificent southern humpback whales migrate to and from Antarctica and they pass right by us during the months of June to November.

As these leviathans of the deep make their way through our warm waters, they feed, mate and play in the clear blue waters of Moreton Bay.

Intelligent and naturally curious mammals, the whales greet their visitors with playful behaviour that will both charm and surprise you. You will be awestruck 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 prize includes the full day whale watching cruise and buffet lunch. Whale sightings are guaranteed.

The cruise commences boarding at 9.30am for a 10.00am departure from the Redcliffe Jetty.

To enter simply email with “Whale Watching Comp” in the subject line and tell us which months the whales come through Moreton Bay (you shouldn't have to google this one, the answer may be staring you in the face). Entries close Thursday July 14.

Good Luck!


Stopping No Stations
The MBRL will not be open by mid-2016, what went wrong?

The long awaited billion dollar Moreton Bay Rail Link (MBRL) has been delayed due to serious concerns about the signalling system. Since early March Queensland Rail have been running a testing program on the 14 kilometers of new track. The testing was in preparation to meet the line’s original opening which was quoted by all sources to be mid-2016. So what went wrong?

As part of the comprehensive testing Queensland Rail apparently gave a fail to the signalling infrastructure for safety and performance.

The main safety concern raised during Queensland Rail’s investigation is the increased risk of ‘signals passed at danger’.

Minister for Transport, Stirling Hinchliffe said that 'signals passed at danger' is like running a red light.

"Given the significance of this project and today’s advice I’ve made the following decision – the rail line will not be commissioned until Queensland Rail assesses it as entirely safe and fit for our entire peak and non-peak services"

"This is non-negotiable" he said, and ordered an independent review.

Luke Howarth, Federal Member for Petrie agreed that it is critical the Moreton Bay Rail Link does not open until it is safe to do so but was disappointed by the delay.

"I am extremely disappointed that the opening of the Moreton Bay Rail Link has been delayed. This delay will be a blow to residents in the Moreton Bay Regional Council area, who were counting on its completion by the middle of the year" he said.

Then last Friday (June 3) the State Government released the terms for the independent review of the signalling system.

The review will consider components of the infrastructure project as they relate to the signalling systems including governance and contractual processes and the performance and integration of the signalling systems during design and construction (you can read that as: who's to blame).

It is expected that the review will be complete by the end of July.

The revised open date will depend on the outcome of the review. More to come.



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 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 for an entire month. 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 along with a photo. Entries to be judged by Sharise Snook, head chef at NLT.

Click here to enter now!


Cruising 101

There is no doubt that cruising is having a moment right now. Everyone you know has been on one, your boss seems to be taking them every other month, and if you've never been, it's probably on your to-do list. But if this is uncharted waters (heh) for you, what type of cabin should you go for? We asked an expert to give us landlubbers (sorry) the scuttlebutt (last one) on cruise cabins.

Cei Creighton writes

I'm often asked the difference between staterooms/cabins on cruise ships so here is a summary of them. Each cruise line is different however, generally the layouts are similar on the bigger ships like P&O, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Celebrity for example. The smaller boutique Cruise companies are all diverse and the range is endless. But no matter what experience you are looking for on the seven seas, there is a perfect ship for you!

Inside cabins:
These cabins are usually the lowest price. Typically they will have twin beds that convert to a queen size, a private bathroom, a closet for hanging clothes, a dresser and a television. These cabins do not have a window to let natural light in. Inside cabins that are ‘Quad Share’ are double bunks (two up and two down) in essence, and cannot be converted to Queen Beds. There are a number of ‘Triple Share’ Cabins on some ships, and there are configured as 2 x lower single beds and 1 x upper bunk, and again, cannot be converted to Queen beds on most ships. There are some exceptions (Royal Caribbean) but they are rare. Expect to pay $100 to $200 per person a night for an inside cabin.

Read the rest of Cei's cabin breakdown in the Messenger June 4

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