What’s On – January


Are you starting to see the holiday boredom set in? We’ve compiled a list of activities happening this month, to cater for all different interests:

Far-tourTours of Farm Animal Rescue
Meet the chickens, goats, sheep, cows, pigs and other happy animals at their forever home. Sunday, 30th December from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Book online:

Healing with Horses
Join the schoolmaster horses for group Equine Facilitated Wellness/Natural Horsemanship. No previous horse experience is necessary. Thursday January 3rd, 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

Exhibition: Going Away
Bribie has long been a popular holiday destination, but what is it that makes Bribie so special? See the history at Bribie Island Seaside Museum every day from 10:0am until February 3rd 2019.

Take the kids to the Caboolture Environmental Education Centre to visit the nursery, play on the all-inclusive playground, use the bike track, take a forest walk, watch a or have a BBQ.

The Beat
Come and discover ways in which we interact with music in the Imaginarium and and find your own beat. Redcliffe Museum from 10:00am to 4:00pm everyday except Monday until February 17th 2019.

Samford Conservation Park
Take the kids for a bushwalk through ironbark trees, choose from one of four circuits between 400m-1170 metres in length. Bicycles can be taken certain tracks. Why not pack a picnic for afterwards?

revolution-sports-parkRevolution Sports Park
Over 2,000 square metres of Trampoline Fun and the newest addition to the centre, the new Climb Park section will keep the kids entertained for hours! Book at

Explore Cedar Creek
Take the kids for a splash at Rocky Hole or for some rock hopping at Stony Creek. Pack a picnic or BBQ and enjoy your company at Andy Williams Park. Go turtle spotting at Halls Rd Reserve.

6 Day Musical Theatre Workshop
Creating CONFIDENCE, through PERFORMANCE! Give your child the ULTIMATE school holiday experience! The students will be part of ‘Alice in Wonderland Jr’. To book:

Settlement Cove Lagoon
A free for public use lagoon situated right next to the beach makes for a great place to spend the day with the kids! Let them tire themselves out on the play equipment, don’t forget money for an icecream!

Explore Osprey House
Wander along the boardwalks at Osprey House Environmental Centre. Spot a koala and view the Osprey and Sea Eagles soaring overhead. Open every day 10:00am to 4:00pm

Chipmunks Playland and Cafe
The whole family will be entertained at Chipmunks Playland. With indoor play areas designed for kids up to eleven years and an onsite Cafe serving delicious food and coffee. Open seven days.

Bricks-4-kidzBricks 4 Kidz
Come build, play & learn with LEGO® these Summer School Holidays! Workshops begin on Tuesday, 18th December and run until Thursday, 24th January. To book:

The 91-Storey Treehouse – Live on Stage
Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 Storeys! QPAC host the adaptation of the book. Starts Wednesday, 23rd January.

Aussie Arvo
Your favourite Aussie event is back for another year! Celebrate Australia Day at Aussie Arvo! It’s a FREE pool party at the Lawnton Aquatic Centre on Saturday 26 January 2019 from 2:00pm.

Aussie-arvoAqua Splash
Enjoy a great day out at Redcliffe’s newest attraction, an inflatable waterpark! AquaSplash Redcliffe is Australia’s best open water fun park. Fun for all the family! Book tickets:

Kids Hawaiian Party
Head on down to the Lawnton Tavern with the kids on Sunday, 27th January from 11:30 to 1:30 for a fun Hawaiian themed party! There will be face painting as well as free gift bag for every child.

Australia Day Family Picnic
Join in with other locals for games and a free BBQ. Don’t forget your picnic blanket at frisbee! To be held at Aurora Blvd Park in North Lakes on Monday, 28th January from 3:00pm to 6:30pm.

02/01/2019 |

What’s On – December


Only a few days left before the jolly man arrives! What will you do to keep the kids occupied? We have a few tips:

Moonlight Markets
Old Petrie Town at night, what a beautiful sight! Bring your picnic rug, there will be live entertainment, food vendors and children’s activities, On Friday, 21st December, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

Before-christmas-activitiesMango Hill Christmas Carols

Head on down to Danzy Buchanan Park in the Mango Hill Village this Saturday, 22nd December from 4:00pm for a night filled with entertainment and carols, rides for the kids, family picnic games, food tents and a petting zoo!

Whilst weather predictions are not certain, the Mango Hill Progress Association do not want to disappoint families.

Back Up Plan: If required by the weather, Santa will still pay a visit to the children in the Mango Hill Hall around 5.15pm, after which the wonderful group of entertainers will ensure an enjoyable night regardless.

Santa at the Beach
Take the kids down to the foreshore to have their pic taken with Santa and a groovy surfboard! Near the Redcliffe Anzac Memorial on Sunday, the 23rd of December. Call 0412 704 820 to book.

Free Santa Photo
To receive your free photo, simply spend $50 or more in any store or combination of stores at Caboolture Square and present your receipts to Santa’s Helpers! December 21st fro 10.30am.

Santa Photos
Find Santa in his Village in Morayfield Shopping Centre for photos from Monday 19th November – Christmas Eve! Skip to queues and book online! Visit to book.

Sunday Market
Old Petrie Town offers a truly unique market experience! The perfect opportunity to grab some last minute gifts for the special people in your life. Sunday, 23rd December from 7:00am to 1:00pm.

Be a Christmas Gift Wrapper for a Great Cause!
Celebrate the season of giving by wrapping presents to support people with a disability at The Strathpine Centre. Book at

NYE-2018New Year’s Eve at Sandstone Point Hotel
Make the most of the last day of 2018 on the waterfront! From 12 midday enjoy food stalls, kids rides, live music, entertainment and more! Would it even be New Year’s Eve without fireworks? There will be family friendly fireworks at 8:30pm and the BIG countdown to 2019 at midnight! are just $5 for adults and $2 for kids! Get your tickets at: (Tickets will be available on the door if not sold out prior.)

Woodford Folk Festival
The Woodford festival experience is deep, rich and colourful. It is based on a vision of inclusive and creative community, culture and tradition passed through generations, expressed through story and ceremony. The site, a former barren dairy farm, has been lovingly regenerated with over 120,000 subtropical rain forest trees, orchids, ferns and sedges, planted to create a habitat for butterflies and wildlife. The perfect place to welcome the New Year in! An iconic cultural, music, arts environment and performance event featuring more than 2000 performers, 35 venues and 438 acts, get your tickets at:


21/12/2018 |

Bancroft Independent and Catholic Schools Receive Funding Boost


Almost $3 million in funding has awarded to three local independent schools in Deception Bay and North Lakes, said Chris Whiting Member for Bancroft.

Arethusa College at Deception Bay will receive $1,530,000, Christ the King Catholic Primary will receive $14,120 and The Lakes College will receive $1.4 million from the Queensland Independent Schools Block Grant Authority and the Queensland Catholic Capital Assistance Authority.

“This much-needed funding shows that building better schools for every student is a central value of the Palaszczuk Government,” said Chris Whiting.

“For Arethusa College, these funds will be used for the construction of new classrooms including a technology (food and fibre) room, staff area, withdrawal room, storage and amenities, as well as site development, furniture and equipment.

“At Christ the King Catholic Primary, the $14,120 will be used to assist with council headworks charges.

“Over at The Lakes College, the $1.4 million will be used to assist with construction of six new classrooms, a staff area, outdoor and undercover learning areas, veranda, storage and amenities, as well as site works, furniture and equipment.

“In this financial year we have allocated $98.4 million in capital assistance grants to non-state schools across Queensland.

“The funds provided through these grants help to significantly ease the external infrastructure costs associated with capital works projects.

“Schools typically use the funds for a wide range of important works such as new buildings including specialist classrooms, libraries, canteens and sports courts,” he said.

Mr Whiting said that this particular grant program helped to ensure all Queensland students have access to a quality education with the best possible school facilities.

“The Palaszczuk Government remains committed to ongoing support for non-state schools and I’m pleased that these three schools have received this much-needed assistance,” Mr Whiting said.

10/12/2018 |

Christmas Recipes



Mushroom Risotto


6 cups vegetable stock
3 tbs olive oil, divided
4 cups sliced mushrooms
2 shallots, diced
1 & 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 tbs finely chopped chives
2 tbs vegan margarine


Warm 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the mushrooms, and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Remove mushrooms and their liquid, and set aside. Lower heat to medium-low heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and stir in the shallots. Cook 1 minute. Add rice, stirring to coat with oil, about 2 minutes.
When the rice has taken on a pale, golden color, pour in wine, stirring constantly until the wine is fully absorbed. Add 1/2 cup stock to the rice, and stir until the stock is absorbed. Continue adding stock, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring continuously, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in the mushrooms, margarine and chives.


BBQ Prawns with Lemon, Parsley & Garlic


4 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon minced garlic
freshly ground black pepper
to taste
chilli flakes to taste (optional)
700g uncooked fresh king prawns, peeled and deveined


In a large, glass bowl, stir together the olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, garlic and black pepper. Season with chilli flakes, if desired. Add prawns and toss to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Preheat barbecue for high heat. Thread prawns onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard any remaining marinade. Lightly oil cooking hotplate. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque.

Fruity Punch


3 L Golden Circle Sunshine Punch
1 & 1/4 L lemonade
1 & 1/4 L ginger ale
Fresh seasonal fruit, diced or
410 g canned fruit salad
fresh mint leaves *optional


Chill juice and soft drinks until icy cold. If using tinned fruit salad, freeze for about an hour before serving. Pour juice and soft drinks into a punch bowl, then add fruit and fresh mint.


10/12/2018 |

Dear Alice – It’s Not Your Job to Fix People



Dear Alice,
I’ve had a volatile relationship with my younger sister for most of our lives. We are adults now and whilst things have improved there continues to be dramas. She’s been going through a tough time in the last several years since our mother died. Recently I have rented my spare room to her, and hired her to do jobs around the house. Unfortunately, dramas continue to arise and we end up fighting over small issues. I’m trying to be a good sister and look out for her but she says that I am constantly attacking her. Her reactions to me aren’t consistent and I am walking on eggshells in my own house, not knowing what will trigger her next. I thought that helping her would be a good thing but it’s only brought more chaos into my life. Why do I feel like the bad guy all the time, when I’m just trying to help? I don’t understand her; how can we be so close and yet be consistently misunderstood?

Wow! I’m sorry to hear that there is trouble at home. Looking after your family is important but it can’t come before looking after yourself. Sometimes siblings fall into a trap of assuming understanding; it is because you are so close that you may misinterpret or assume their opinion. Try giving the benefit of the doubt and stepping out of the sibling role. It may be a good idea to pause and think before replying, be more thoughtful in your responses and ask yourself “what would I say to a random person on the street in this situation?”. It appears as though people treat strangers in a politer fashion than those that are closest to us, which is inherently troublesome. Whether they are blood or not, supporting loved ones though mental health issues can be draining and potentially damaging to the relationship. In order to protect the longevity of the relationship you need to find your boundaries. At the end of the day you need to put your own needs first. It goes back to the flight policy of “put your own oxygen mask on before putting on your children’s and other passengers”. If you are running low on your social capital, giving your energy away is not the best idea. You need to be operating at your full capacity in order to be useful to others. Burning yourself into the ground emotionally is not going to help anyone and being low on social capital is going to open you up to collateral damage. The only people that are going to be upset by you putting in boundaries, are the ones that have been benefitting from you having none. Now, this one is big, and I hope that you can internalise this colloquialism… It’s not your job to fix people. This one can be so difficult to let go of, especially when caring for others is in your nature. Let go of that typical ‘Helper’ archetype, it clearly is not doing you any favours. It is true what they say, you cannot help others, you can only help them to help themselves. Sometimes you need to accept that other people’s ‘Best Self’ is not what you would have hoped for them. Perhaps it could be helpful to lower your expectations and accept that all people have a right to self-determination and their ‘Best Self’ may not be something that you like. Saying goodbye to an idea of someone, a vision of their ‘Higher Self’, can be saddening and I encourage you to mourn the loss as if it was a real person. It’s time to worry about your own behaviour and reactions, after all; the only person you have control over is yourself. I hope that this is empowering for you, and I would strongly recommend contacting Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277. Take care of yourself.

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10/12/2018 |

Australia’s Newest Grade A1 Monitoring Centre Open for Business in North Lakes


Top notch home and business security is now available on your doorstep!

With the recent opening of the Back2Base Monitoring Centre in North Lakes you can protect what’s important to you 24/7. With no Lock-In contracts and free connection, it has never been easier for North Lakes residents and businesses to get protected.


Founded in 2005, locally owned, independent, and a pioneer in Video Alarm Verification services, Back2Base Monitoring has recently achieved an Australian Security Industry Association (ASIAL) Grade A1 certification for their newly constructed Monitoring Centre in Flinders Parade. This new base in North Lakes is the company’s Head Quarters from where Back2Base provide alarm monitoring, and response initiation for their customers, locally, nationally and internationally.

ASIAL’s Grade A1 certification is the benchmark of excellence for Alarm Monitoring in Australia. “This certification, combined with the Back2Base Monitoring boutique approach to customer service and innovation, is what stands Back2Base apart in the rapidly evolving Alarm Monitoring market” says General Manager, Gary Rushton.

Back2Base founder and Industry veteran, Robert Hidderley, purpose built the state-of-the-art Alarm Monitoring and Data Centre facility at North Lakes with the future in mind. “We have a long term commitment to providing secure, reliable and innovative approaches to protecting our customers’ homes, businesses, and people. Our new grade A1 Monitoring Centre underpins our commitment and ultimately, our customers are the beneficiary of our significant investment” says Hidderley. Hidderley goes on to say “The North Lakes site for the monitoring centre was specifically chosen after an extensive search taking into consideration possible environmental and other risk factors likely to impact our continuity of service. Our unique location, combined with the multiple redundant power and communication systems, gives Back2Base an unparalleled resistance to natural disasters and nearby emergency situations.”

Cyber Security is an evolving concern for a growing number of enterprises and individuals. When quizzed on this point Rushton commented “When it comes to the attack of Client Data from Cyber threats, along with multiple firewalls and Cyber Security measures, we have a “Zero Cloud” policy for our IT infrastructure which is all housed onsite in our climate controlled Data Centre. Combine this with our No Offshore or Outsourced human resources or Data Entry policy means the privacy and security of our customers trusted information is paramount and kept explicitly under our control, the ones that our customers have actually trusted the information with, and in the jurisdiction to which it pertains”.

The Back2Base Monitoring clientele includes an impressive list of many well-known brands that have put their trust in Back2Base. Back2Base invites you to find out more about them at\about or to experience the Back2Base difference by getting in touch directly\contact to arrange a risk assessment from a qualified Security Adviser.

10/12/2018 |

Conveyancing is Easy, it’s Just Forms Right?


On average between 800 and 1000 residential properties are currently being bought and sold each week in Brisbane.

Amongst the various buyers and sellers on either side of these transactions there is a common perception that once the property is found, the price is agreed, and the contract is signed, all the hard work is done and the conveyancing process which is to follow will be a relatively simple exercise. To some degree these perceptions are possibly also fuelled by the proliferation of law firms who offer to do conveyancing work at cheap bargain basement fixed fee prices.

The reality is that even though the conveyancing exercise is indeed a highly efficient process, there is a multitude of things that can go wrong between contract sign-off and the final settlement where property ownership and money actually change hands. Problems can arise with the property, the personalities/disorganisation of buy/seller, the exiting or entering bank/financier, and even the deal itself if the terms of the bargain were unclear at the outset. In each of these scenarios, it will usually be the conveyancing firm that assumes responsibility to solve the troubles and save the deal. Even with a trouble-free conveyance, the process itself for buyers involves a very extensive array of tasks that breakdown into eight separate stages. For the seller, the workload is not as large but even here the tasks fall into nine major stages. Consequently, even in a regular run conveyance, any carelessness or inefficiency within the conveyancing firm itself can easily threaten to derail or even crash the whole contract.


Given that money for most of us is always tight, the natural urge of course is to save where ever you can and indeed by shopping around, savings of up to $100 might be achieved between one conveyancing service over another. However, should the conveyance by chance begin to encounter problems or even just suffer from mismanagement of the regular tasks, resolving the problems will usually involve not just a few dollars but often many hundreds if not thousands of dollars. With a good conveyancer on your side those costs can be completely avoided or at least significantly minimised if the problem(s) was unavoidable. In all conveyances, the property in question is worth many hundreds of thousands of dollars and so, considering the value of the asset at stake, it makes sense to choose your conveyancing service wisely.

If readers are interested to know more about the eight stages of a conveyancing process for buyers or the nine stages of a conveyancing process for sellers, just visit our website where we have prepared full articles that cover  both topics.

Michael Zande is the Principal of Zande Law Solicitors, with 25 years experience in practice. Michael and his team have had extensive experience in conveyancing matters. Please feel free to review our firm and staff profiles at

The information in this article is merely a guide and is not a full explanation of the law. This firm cannot take responsibility for any action readers take based on this information. When making decisions that could affect your legal rights, please contact us for professional advice.

06/12/2018 |

Save a Life this Christmas


It may be hard to believe it, but another year has passed us by, and now comes the time when most of us are able to let our hair down and enjoy some time with our family and friends.

While some of us are enjoying a well-earned holiday, either at the beach, at home, or even an exotic overseas location, there are still people working hard in many different industries. This includes our tireless health workers, who do their best to ensure people can enjoy a safe, healthy holiday.


Of course, they’re not able to do it alone, and in some cases, will require help from one of our dedicated blood donors to help their patients.

The need for blood doesn’t take a break, and for the 25 000 Australians who will need a blood product over the Christmas week, it’s so important that we have a steady supply going into the Christmas public holidays.

To this end, the Blood Service is encouraging all new and current blood donors in the North Lakes region to support the Mobile Donor Centre, that will be visiting outside the Good Guys, on the 18th, 19th, and 20th December. Donating only take an hour of your time, and provides a life giving service to an Australian in need.

Being so close to all the shops on North Lakes Drive, it’s a great opportunity for people to cross a good deed of their list while taking care of some last minute Christmas shopping.

There is also a permanent donor centre at Strathpine, located only 15 minutes down the road at 349 Gympie Road, Strathpine. It is open 6 days a week, with sessions available both early morning, late evening, and on weekends, so that everyone can find a time to donate that suits them.

If you are interested in donating, or would like more information, you can visit, or phone 13 14 95.

If you run a business, or would like to donate as part of a community or church group, the Blood Service runs a group donation program called Red25. For more information on Red25, please call Liam Richardson on 3481 5908, or email

Head on down to the Mobile Donor Centre that will be visiting outside the Good Guys, on the 18th, 19th, and 20th December to do your good Christmas deed!

05/12/2018 |

Treasures Markets Saleable Items Stripped from Shelves


During September, Moreton Bay Regional Council started a trial period for the Dakabin and Caboolture Treasure Markets to trade six days a week, from 10am to 2pm Tuesday through to Sunday.

In October, local residents noticed that a lot of their favourite items were no longer for sale and many shelves had been stripped bare after a crackdown by the Office of Fair Trading on the sale of second-hand goods due to concerns about the safety of certain second-hand products being sold to the average consumer.


Whilst this action may be about safety, many have voiced on social media how unfair and wasteful the decision is. Bikes, children’s toys and children’s clothing were some of the items that were put into landfill after it was determined that the safety of these items couldn’t be guaranteed.

The trial period for the extended opening hours for the Dakabin Treasure Markets ends on the 15th of December, unless there is a high demand for the service to continue.

05/12/2018 |

Commissioner Launches QPS Foodbank Drive 2018


The Queensland Police Service (QPS) Christmas Foodbank Drive aims to collect seven tonnes of food for families experiencing hardship this Christmas.

The QPS Foodbank Drive is running state-wide until December 7 and is a non-denominational, not-for-profit Organisation which acts as a pantry that local charities approach for the food they provide to needy families.

This is the second year QPS has partnered with Foodbank, and its first year opening the Foodbank Drive to the general public.


During the drive, police stations will act as collection points across the state for the donation of non-perishable and much-needed food items from members of the public.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said, “In 2017, police employees alone donated over 2 tonnes of food to Foodbank. This year we are asking the people of Queensland to empty their pantries and bring their food donations to one of our stations across the state and with your assistance, we hope to feed even more families experiencing uncertainty this Christmas”.

The donated food will be distributed to local hunger relief charities and community organisations in each area, so food donations benefit members of the local community who are struggling.

The QPS is proud to be using its wide-ranging community influence to reach Queenslanders throughout the state and help make this a happier holiday season for those in need.

Food donations may be made at Deception Bay, Redcliffe or Petrie Police Stations.

05/12/2018 |

Local Brewery Celebrates One Year of Brewing Awesome Beer


Local producer of award-winning beer, White Brick Brewing celebrated its first birthday on 30 November and what a year it’s been!

Just six months into production, the brewery won three medals at the Australian International Beer Awards followed shortly after with four medals at the Independent  Beer Awards.

According to owner/brewer Adam Gibb, “To win these medals so early after start-up confirmed that our commitment to high quality beer was achievable.”

Over the past 12 months, White Brick beers have developed a loyal local following. The regular range, all named with a nod to local areas and identities supports the ‘Drink Local, Support local’ theme. The Moreton Bay Festival Beer brewed for the inaugural Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival was a great hit.

The highlights over the past year have been Omrah Lager brewed with native berries to commemorate ANZAC Day, the first beer festival in June, an Octoberfest and beer and food matching events.


To celebrate their first birthday, White Brick Brewing has brewed a limited release celebration beer and is available to the public from 1st December. There will be celebrations on Saturday 1st, with the birthday beer at special prices. There will also be some other festivities, and food options.

The year ahead is looking very exciting with more beers available in cans in more venues and bottle shops.

“We are looking forward to making it easier for people who can’t get to the brewery to access our beers and to extend the range. Back at the brewery, we will also be catering for non-beer drinkers with high quality Queensland wine”, said Adam Gibb.

To help celebrate White Brick Brewing’s first birthday, visit the brewery at 1/9 Flinders Parade, North Lakes.


04/12/2018 |

Climate Outlook Overview from the Bureau of Meteorology


The National summer (December 2018 to February 2019) climate outlook, issued 15 November 2018, indicates that Queensland, scattered parts of central Australia and Western Tasmania are likely to be drier than a normal Summer period and large parts of Western Australia are likely to be drier than average.

Warmer than average days and nights are likely for almost all of Australia for December to February.


Development towards El Niño in the tropical Pacific Ocean continues, with outlooks suggesting El Niño conditions are likely through the summer months. However, El Niño typically has a weaker influence in the current drought areas of south eastern Australia during summer than it does in winter and spring.

04/12/2018 |
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