Annual Samford Show Turns 50!


Locals are gearing up to celebrate the 50th annual Samford Show on 14th and 15th July 2018.

For the past 49 years, the Samford Show Society has been the delight of families far and wide as they come to enjoy a weekend filled with the sounds of laughter in the picturesque Samford surrounds.

The young at heart can rest their feet in the little car train that picks them up at the gate and takes them around to the may key attractions at the Show.

Enjoy the spectacular talent in our equestrian events and show jumping. And come along to see which of our four-legged best friends will win the Samford Dog Jump

Let your talent shine in competitions in entries art and craft, cookery, horticulture and photography. Take a trip down memory lane with the display of classic cars and let your voice be heard as you cheer on crowd favourites as they face each other in the famous Wood Chip competition.

Come to your local show and enjoy a wonderful day out as you support this Community event.

Gates open on Saturday and Sunday at 8am. Fireworks on at 6.30pm Saturday night.


Samford Show – Showgrounds Drive, Highvale. For more information, visit –

06/07/2018 |

Gardening Club Sowing the Seeds of Friendship


Seasons-Aged-Care-Kallangur-Gardening-Cub-promotes-friendshipsThe small group of dedicated members of Seasons Kallangur’s gardening club reveal that it’s not just the community’s beautiful gardens that they’ve nurtured over the years, but friendships too.

Walking through Seasons Kallangur’s gates and through to reception, the first thing that catches your eye are the beautiful flowers in the front garden beds.

This work, as well as the rest of the garden beds that form the beautiful views from the lowset apartments and out to the newly landscaped Tranquility Trail, is the work of the Seasons Kallangur’s Garden Club, who meet up weekly each Wednesday afternoon.

The club was the brainchild of Kallangur’s receptionist Karen Houchin who decided to start up the club to get some of the residents who loved gardening together.

“The gardens were getting out of hand so Karen decided we’d try a gardening club so that’s how we got started,” says club member Ellen.

While they all came together for a common cause, their gardening skills and experience varied.

“I’m not a gardener – never was! Even in my own home that I had in Townsville, all the plants got Victor disease … the Victor mower went through everything! But my father was a beautiful gardener and I just like to get outside for a little while and potter around the gardens,” says Ellen.

Others had more experience, with Frank bringing his experience in horticulture to the team.

“I’ve loved gardening all my life, I’ve always had a garden. At one stage after I retired from my job I had a mowing and gardening business and I also studied horticulture so that’s one thing that I love doing,” says Frank.

Each week’s gardening tasks vary and Jenny, who has been a member since she joined the community three years ago, says that she also enjoys getting out in the great outdoors and getting her hands dirty, even if it’s getting harder these days.

“We go from garden to garden – wherever Karen thinks that Wayne (Kallangur’s maintenance man) hasn’t been able to get to weed or whatever. Although all of us are finding it hard to get down to weed but we’re pretty good at lopping! As long as someone can pick up the bits!”

Nell also brought a love of gardening to the team but the weekly meetups have given her so much more.

“I love the garden because I’ve had a garden all my life. I’ve been here 12 months next month and I needed to be out in the garden – as soon as I heard about the garden club I was really pleased. I’m not able to do as much as I’d like these days, but it is my favourite hobby,” says Nell.

“I think it’s the friendship and be able to get out and connect with each other over our love of gardens and flowers that I enjoy most. That’s my main reason anyway – the friendships that I’ve developed since I’ve been here – it’s been really very good.”

Muriel agrees, saying that although keeping on top of the gardens can seem like an endless task it’s great to be out in the outdoors and enjoy the likeminded company.

“It’s a never-ending job and the more people we can get into the garden the better. I’ve always had garden and vegetable gardens so it’s just something that I knew I would enjoy,” says Muriel.

“It’s enjoyable to get out and about – especially when it’s sunny. It’s good company with everybody. Anyone who’s in the garden club enjoys it because of the friendship that’s there and if you like gardening you can see something for your efforts for getting out of your unit and enjoying other people’s company.”


02/07/2018 |

Recipes to make with the kids


Teaching kids to cook is a valuable life skill that will serve them well! Check out my pizza cookie recipe! Let the kids imagination run wild with their choice of toppings, whether is be fruits, chocolates or lollies, they’re bound to feel a great sense of achievement on completion of that dish! There’s also a sneaky recipe for the parents 😉

Mac & Cheese – for the older kids

375g macaroni
60g butter
1/2 cup plain flour
2 tsp dijon mustard
2 & 1/2 cups milk
1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan

Adult supervision is required, assistance may be required. Add macaroni to pot of boiling water and cook until soft, then drain. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and mustard. Cook for 2 minutes and stir until the mixture bubbles and looks grainy. Turn the heat down to low, add milk slowly and stir. Continue to cook while stiring until the sauce boils and thickens. Remove from the heat and add the cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir the macaroni into the sauce. Spoon the mixture into an ovenproof dish. Combine the breadcrumbs and parmesan in a bowl and sprinkle evenly over the dish. Spray with cooking oil spray. Bake for 15 minutes or unitl golden.

Mini Quiches – for the younger kids

3 eggs
1 cup grated cheese
1/4 cup milk
2 puff pastry sheets
1/2 punnet of cherry tomatoes
100g ham or bacon

Additional ingredients could include: grated zucchini or carrot, mushrooms, corn shaved off the cob, shallots, garlic, thyme, feta, spinach, capsicum, even pumpkin!

Adult supervision is required, assistance may be required. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Use a mug or an egg ring to cut out puff pastry circles. Grease the muffin/cupcake tin and then gently place the puff pastry circles into the tin. Whisk the eggs and milk in a bowl, then add most of the grated cheese. Add the remainder of the ingredients onto the puff pastry, excluding the remaining cheese. Pour egg mixture over the top of each until the pastry cups are full. Sprinkle some of the remaining cheese on top and bake for 10-15 minutes or until they turn a golden brown.

Pizza Cookies – for all ages

1 cup butter/margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp vanilla
2 & 1/4 cups flour
Cream cheese icing:
60g cream cheese, softened
30g butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
3/4 cup icing sugar mixture

Mix together the ingredients in the order shown. Place all of the dough on baking paper on a large tray and spread evenly with a spatula, ensuring you leave room for expansion during cooking. Bake at 190 degrees for around 30 minutes or until golden brown. Once cooled, decorate with either cream cheese icing (coloured) or chocolate ganache and sprinkle with all of your favourite lollies!!

Double Shot Mocha Chocolate Cheesecake – for the parents

1 & 1/4 cups chocolate biscuits (crumbed in a food processor)
80g butter, melted
500g Cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup caster sugar
2 tsp gelatine dissolved in 1/4 of espresso coffee
225g dark chocolate melts, melted and cooled slightly
300ml thickened cream, whipped

Combine the biscuit crumbs and butter. Press into the base of a greased and lined cheesecake pan. Chill in the fridge. Beat the cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the gelatine and chocolate and mix until combined. Fold in the cream. Pour the mixture over the prepared base. Chill for three hours or until set.

02/07/2018 |

BOQ Raises $15k for Hummingbird House


BOQ North Lakes hosted their annual Charity Golf Day recently, with all funds this year going to Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice.

The North Lakes team raised $15, 000 thanks to the support of the local community and businesses.

A full field of 144 players took to the course for the day which ended with a dinner, raffle and premier auction.

This is the third year North Lakes Owner Manager Jeff Walls and his team have organised this event.

Well done to the team for raising funds for this important Community service!


02/07/2018 |

North Lakes Author Goes International


DisbeliefNorth Lakes author, M.J.T. Meijer, will have three series published by a US and UK based publishing house.

Having signed a traditional publishing contract with Crimson Cloak a little over a year ago, Meijer’s first thriller in the first series, Disbelief, is about to hit the world market. The official launch was held at the North Lakes Hotel on the 22nd June.

Disbelief, the first in the ‘Ben Smit’ series, will be closely followed by Disregard, to be published in November of this year, followed by Disorder. The ‘Sam Jansen’ series is of the same, fast-paced and thrilling genre with titles including Misguided and Misjudged, while the third is a humorously lighthearted, cozy crime series: ‘Mum’s the Word’, which includes A Spade, and A Bottle of Port.

With seven finished books under her belt, all of which are under contract for publication by Crimson Cloak, including any future books she writes in those series, Meijer can look forward to at least three more years of book releases.

A proud Australian citizen today, Meijer was born and raised in the Netherlands, and relocated to Dubai before moving to North Lakes ten years ago. Struggling with the task to requalify to continue her hypnotherapy career in Australia, she decided to take a year’s leave to write the book she’s always wanted to read and discovered a  passion for writing.

In November 2016, Meijer submitted her short story Perception to an online magazine’s annual competition open to writers from all Commonwealth countries. After the judges reviewed the thousands of entries, her work was shortlisted for inclusion in an anthology and Meijer gained the confidence to submit her finished manuscripts to publishers, ultimately resulting in the three-series contract with Crimson Cloak Publishing.

Meijer’s short story, Skydogs, inspired by her visit to a remote mining community in Australia, has also found a place with Crimson Cloak in Equine Adventures, an anthology that contains stories donated by authors and of which the proceeds are  donated to charity.

m.j.t-MeijerA passionate author, Meijer co-facilitates a monthly writers group that meet in the North Lakes library every first Saturday of the month and plans to write for many years to come.
To purchase the book, visit –

02/07/2018 |

Bright Training & Employment Partners GO PINK!


From June 18 to 24, the National Breast Cancer Foundation challenged all the men, women, girls and boys of Australia to GO PINK in support of the thousands of mothers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and children whose lives have been – or will be – affected by breast cancer.

It’s a disease we cannot ignore, but together, we can change the outcome!

Every dollar raised during the GO PINK campaign helps Australia move closer to the ultimate goal: zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.

Bright Training & Employment Partners, based in North Lakes, went PINK this June with their current trainees in Production Manufacturing.

It was a great sight to see the Factory workers and Forklift operators dressed in PINK to raise awareness!

Well done to the team for supporting this wonderful cause and raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation!


02/07/2018 |

Safer Communities Thanks to CCTV Along Shared Pathway


Residents to benefit from increased safety and security when exploring the Redcliffe Peninsula shared pathway thanks to the Safer Communities Fund.


The Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton and the Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth announced $1 million for the Moreton Bay Regional Council to install CCTV along the 12.3 kilometre shared path from Kippa-Ring to Petrie.

The funding will provide for the installation of CCTV to boost security for residents who wish to ride or walk along the shared path providing access to the local retail and visitor hubs such as Petrie, North Lakes and the Redcliffe Peninsula.

Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton said it ensures that people could get active with the added comfort that measures were in place to keep them safe. CCTV will discourage anti- social behaviour and allow people to enjoy the local surrounds.

“These grants are important as it ensures that community organisations or local councils are able to upgrade security that benefits the wider community,” Mr Dutton said.

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said he was proud to be able deliver CCTV cameras for the local community.

“I believe every person has the right to feel safe and protected. As a husband and father of three I want everyone in our community to feel safe when they are walking to and from, home, school or work.”

“These cameras will serve as a deterrent to crime and offer more security to locals who use these walkways. These are important projects for our electorates,” Mr Howarth said.

Round three of The Safer Communities Fund was announced recently in the 2018 Budget and applications will be open in mid 2018.

The Safer Communities Fund is the Turnbull Government’s crime prevention program that provides grants of up to $1 million to community organisations and local governments for infrastructure that prevents crime and increases security.

01/07/2018 |

Dignity First Fund Applications Open


Calling local community groups to put forward projects under the Dignity First Fund, to help homeless people in our community.


Chris Whiting wants to see ideas for projects that will meet the immediate need of homeless Queenslanders, and to help them reconnect and engage with the community.

“The $2.5 million Dignity First Fund is designed to support practical projects that can make a difference in preventing or reducing homelessness, and assist people to live with dignity,” Mr Whiting said.

“Everyone deserves somewhere safe and secure to live, which is why we are 8 new apartments in Deception Bay, due to come online shortly,”

“There are many actions we can take to make being homeless a little less uncomfortable, and help people to develop social and community connections,” Mr Whiting said.

Chris Whiting said that he is keen to see applications that support the widest range of people.

The first two rounds of the Dignity First Fund have supported 53 projects across Queensland, including the Jack Reed Barbershop locally.

Other projects supported by the fund include mobile laundry and shower facilities, vending machines that provide free sanitary items and driver training programs.

Applications for the Dignity First Fund 2018 opened on 21 June and will close on 17 August.

For more information and to log an application visit

01/07/2018 |

The Lakes College Receives Accolades at Murrumba Drama Festival


The Lakes College has finished the first drama festival of the season at Redcliffe Mousetrap Theatre.

This year, the College had two teams take part, Grades 7-12, Eyes to the Floor, along with the senior extension team, Imminence. All students that took part did an incredible job.

The two teams both competed in the youth section and received the following awards:

1. Imminence received 2nd
2. Eyes to the Floor received 3rd
3. Imminence received adjudicators choice
4. Opal Francis received Best female actor in the youth division
5. Clara Alekson ( Teacher) received best director for the youth division
6. Premiers Cup is awarded to any play or person in the festival within any section (junior, open or youth) that provides the biggest contribution to the festival. This was awarded to Eyes to the Floor for the cast choreography, directing and the Australian history it brought to the stage.

The Lakes College students worked really hard in their preparation leading up and during the Drama festival. The College is so very proud of the students. For the students to do so well is a great honour bestowed upon them.


01/07/2018 |

Moreton Bay’s Show Holiday


Moreton Bay’s show holiday for 2018 is Monday, August 13.

During the public holiday, kerbside waste collections will continue as normal, however council’s customer service centres and libraries will be closed.

To coincide with the 2018 holiday, the annual Caboolture Family Fun Day sponsored by council will offer free rides, activities and stage shows at Centenary Lakes from 10am to 4pm. For more information visit


Monday, August 12 will be Moreton Bay’s public holiday for the Royal Queensland Show in 2019.

The 2019 Ekka People’s Day public holiday on Wednesday, August 14 is for residents and businesses in the Brisbane City Council area only and will be a normal business day in the Moreton Bay Regional Council area.

01/07/2018 |

Pay your Bus and Train Fare with your Smart Phone or Smart Watch!


New-ticketing-system-arriving-soonThe next step in the modernisation of the public transport ticketing system is nearly here for Queenslanders!

Local commuters using buses and the Redcliffe and Caboolture rail lines can soon use their smart phones and smart watches to pay for trips.

“go card has served South-East Queensland commuters well for the last decade, but we are now delivering a new payment system with more flexibility, increased accessibility and security,” said Chris Whiting MP.

“Having a more convenient payment system will also encourage more people to use public transport.

“Commuters will be able to set up an account via a new app or web platform and have the choice of several payment methods — including go card and paper tickets.

“They will also be able to use major contactless credit and bank cards without the need to set up an account.

“This is about embracing technologies that have become available since the go card launched in 2008.

“It took a Labor Government to modernise and integrate ticketing across South East Queensland, and the Palaszczuk Labor Government will now again transform the system by delivering this new ticketing solution,” said Chris Whiting.

Chris Whiting said the new system would be an Australian first, building on proven technology used by millions of people in London, Chicago and Vancouver.

Current go card operator Cubic will deliver the new system in 18 regional areas and the metropolitan south east.

The new system would also include additional encrypted bank grade security and privacy protection for commuters.

01/07/2018 |

Mill Koala Monitoring Program Turns New Leaf


Koala-USC-researchThe industry-leading koala monitoring program at The Mill at Moreton Bay has been extended.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Lifestyle and Amenity Spokesperson Councillor Denise Sims announced The Mill koala monitoring program would move into phase three, after the first two phases of the program saw more than 50 koalas tagged and monitored together with 15 joeys.

Specialist koala experts Endeavour Veterinary Ecology (EVE) will continue their work on-site with council for another two years and tag, track and provide health checks for the local koala population.

“Thanks to the efforts of EVE, local groups and council’s environment officers, 71 koalas and joeys are being monitored at The Mill and have received all-important check-ups and treatment,” Cr Sims said.

“This next phase will ensure local koalas will be well looked after while construction occurs so they can flourish in the 92-hectares of habitable reserve guaranteed to be delivered as part of The Mill project.

“Dr [Jon] Hanger and his team have worked closely with council and local authorities to tackle challenges like wild and domestic dogs, disease and weeds, not only on this project, but on a number of other game-changing initiatives including the construction of Redcliffe Peninsula Line.

“Together with our management plan for the site, which will see more than 46,500 koala trees planted, today’s announcement demonstrates council and our community’s commitment to the local koalas population.


“Through this program and the key actions of our koala management plan, council, EVE and local groups are working to make sure the 71 koalas will thrive for years to come.”

EVE’s Dr Jon Hanger said The Mill’s koala population had made huge strides since monitoring began.

“In fact, what we’re seeing is the koala population at The Mill site is healthier and reproducing at a greater rate than other urban koala populations in South-East Queensland,” Dr Hanger said.

“We’ve made great progress so far, and it’s important we don’t take our foot off the pedal.”

Learn more about Endeavour Veterinary Ecology here.

01/07/2018 |
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