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Winterising Your Pool – What Does It Mean?

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Pool Winterising essentially involves the reduction in chlorination and water filtration of your pool over the cooler months, reducing energy and chemical cost, while maintaining pool water health.

With all of us spending more time at home due to COVID-19, and potentially exercising less frequently, maintaining a swimmable pool over winter is more important than ever.

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Your pool is generally used less frequently in Winter and water chlorination is not as readily reduced by the sun, so your pool can be maintained with considerably less power and chemical consumption, and therefore less cost.

Simply turning off your pool equipment, neglecting debris removal and allowing the water to turn green, can lead to costly problems when you decide to switch everything back on come Spring. With little to no use, pool equipment can become failure prone, and algae build up can permanently damage pool covers and pool equipment and make a return to healthy ph balance much more difficult.

Winterisation Treatment

The addition of a copper based algaecide to your pool care program in winter will allow you to somewhat reduce chlorination and filtration, and help prevent your pool from turning green. If you have a pool blanket this will reduce your need for chlorination and filtration even further.

The addition of an algaecide is an insurance that will help your pool return to normal ph balance faster, in times of less use and potentially less water management.

Before applying an algaecide, clean your filter and basket, follow the application instructions and run your filter as normal for several days, after which chlorine levels and filtration may be reduced by around a third. Monitor the ph balance of your pool and adjust accordingly.

An algaecide can be a good preventative measure all year round, in case of equipment failure, power outage or forgetting to switch on filtration, but is most important in Winter, given that we are spending much less time outside and are more likely to have periods of inactive filtration.

If your pool is prone to neglect over winter, now may be a good time to discuss Winterising your pool with your local pool professionals or alternatively, arrange a managed pool maintenance program.

Atlantis Pool Shop are a family owned and operated business, located at 4/14 Burke Crescent North Lakes, Qld.

Ph: 07 3491 9700

19/05/2020 |

Unveiling The New Moreton Bay Regional Council

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Majority Clearout At MBRC As New Council Takes Office

On Wednesday 22nd April our new Mayor and 12 Local Councillors officially took office with seven of the thirteen Council positions having new representation.    

The newly elected Mayor and Councillors could not meet as a group due to social distancing requirements.

Councillors took the Declaration of Office in front of CEO Greg Chemello, on a rotation spaced 15 minutes apart.

The new Moreton Bay Regional Council is:

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Mayor: Peter Flannery

Division 1: Brooke Savige

Division 2: Mark Booth

Division 3: Adam Hain

Division 4: Jodie Shipway

Division 5: Sandra Ruck

Division 6: Karl Winchester

Division 7: Denise Sims

Division 8: Mick Gillam

Division 9: Cath Tonks

Division 10: Matt Constance

Division 11: Darren Grimwade

Division 12: Tony Latter

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“This is an important day for our region and I congratulate the councillors on being elected to lead our community at a time when leadership is needed most,” Mayor Flannery said.

“Having met with all our councillors to discuss their priorities and ideas for our region, I’m pleased that they are collectively focussed on the immediate need for financial support and economic recovery, as our region fights to come back from coronavirus.

“I’m very pleased to have six returning councillors bringing their experience back to the chamber, and six new councillors bringing fresh ideas with them.

“I’d particularly like to welcome our three new female Councillors – Jodie Shipway (Div 4), Sandra Ruck (Div 5) and Cath Tonks (Div 9) – increasing female representation in our team of 12 up to five alongside Brooke Savige (Div 1) and Denise Sims (Div 7).

“I also want to thank the community for putting their faith in me to lead through this uncertain time.

“When we started this campaign, we didn’t know we’d be hit with the global pandemic that is COVID-19. So, locals have certainly made the right choice in electing an experienced councillor and a safe set of hands. That’s critically important at an uncertain time like this.

“I promise locals that my door and the door of every councillor you have elected will always be open to people who have their hearts in this community and have ideas on how we can get through this challenging time together.”

“We may be living in uncertain times and no one knows what the world will look like on the other side, but between the experience of our returning councillors and the fresh ideas of our new councillors, I think we already have the foundations for success.

“My door will always be open to anyone who has ideas on how we can do things differently here in Moreton Bay Region.”

Mayor Flannery said that the community had to be at the heart of every economic, strategic, and stimulus decision they make in the Chamber and he has committed to leading an open and accountable Council that’s united in its focus on economic recovery.

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07/05/2020 |

DIVORCE – Can one spouse kick the other out of the house?

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In the breakdown of any marriage or defacto relationship, the law gives to each of the spouses the right to apply for a Court Order that will force the other spouse to exit and remain away from the family home. There are two ways that this can be done:

  • An “Ouster Order” which is made under the Qld Domestic Violence and Family Protection Act; or
  • An Exclusive Occupancy Injunction which is made under s.114 of the Family Law Act

For many years now, the Ouster Order option has been the preferred solution. There are no filing fees , easy to complete forms, an expedient and simplified hearing process in front of a local Magistrates Court, and perhaps, most importantly of all, the availability of the local Police who can assist (in varying degrees) with the obtaining, service and enforcing of the Order.

Potential detractions with Ouster Orders however, is that to be entitled to one, the applicant spouse must be prepared to hit the other spouse with a full Domestic Violence Order (DVO) which of course also requires that spouse to prove that there has been “violence” within the household. DVO’s of course are entirely necessary and appropriate where violence is in play, but there are many other situations where non-violent behaviours can make things so uncomfortable in the home, that continued sharing of the home is rapidly becoming intolerable and – it’s only a matter of time before someone cracks.

In these more border-line situations, an Exclusive Occupancy Injunction (EOI) might be a better solution. In a recent decision of the Family Court, the Court said that whilst it would not normally grant an EOI on the mere existence of tension in the home, it was similarly not necessary to prove that a shared home life had become intolerable and that instead, the Court only needed to be satisfied that it was not reasonable or sensible to expect the parties to continue to share a home together.

In that case, the availability of another residence where the Wife could live (rent free) was a sufficient tipping point for the Court to grant an EOI in favour of the Husband against the Wife, even though there was no evidence to say that there was any prospect of violence between them.

Michael Zande is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist with over 30 years’ experience in the field. He is the principal at Zande Law Solicitors, Suite 7, Norwinn Centre, 15 Discovery Drive, North Lakes.  To contact Michael for advice, phone 3385 0999.
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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.
17/04/2020 |

Government Coronavirus Stimulus – What It Means For You

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COVID-19 Stimulus Package in a nutshell

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Federal Government

12th March 2020 – $17.6B

  • Low income Australians on Centrelink payments are eligible for a $750 payment from 31st March 2020 in the hope that much of this money will go directly back into the economy.

Employer Cashflow Subsidies to help keep employees on the payroll.

  • 50% of any wages tax withheld, refunded up to $25,000, and a minimum payment of $2,000 even if no PAYG is withheld from employees.
  • $150,000 instant asset write off (tax deduction) for business equipment purchases before 30th June 2020.
  • 50% wage subsidies for around 117,000 Australian apprentices and trainees, up to maximum of $21,000.

20th March 2020 – $66B

  • Accelerated income support for employees and sole traders that have lost their job or had a 20%+ downturn in sales.
  • Newstart payment has been renamed to JobSeeker payment, with extra $550 coronavirus supplement payment on top of the Jobseeker payment.
  • Temporary Early Release for Superannuation of $10,000, and a further $10,000 from 1st July 2020, to eligible government payment recipients.

Employer Subsidies

  • Employer Subsidies increase from $2,000 to $10,000 as a minimum and $25,000 to $50,000 as a maximum and a further 100%, spread between June & September 2020 BAS returns.
  • Business Loans up to $250,000, managed by your bank, underwritten 50% by the federal government for a 3 year term with reduced interest and 6 months deferred repayments.

Qld Government

  • low interest loans up to $250,000 or 50% of PAYG tax withholding for 2019 financial year, for a 10 year term, with no interest or repayments in the first year.

30th March 2020 – $130B

  • Fortnightly $1500 JobKeeper Payment for businesses where revenue has dropped 30% or more.
  • Rental Tenant Protection introduced.

How to determine a fall in turnover

You only need to satisfy this requirement once – you do not need to retest turnover each month.

At the time you enrol in the JobKeeper payment scheme, you need to confirm that your business in a relevant period has had, or is likely to have, a:

30% fall in turnover (for an aggregated turnover of $1 billion or less)
50% fall in turnover (for an aggregated turnover of more than $1 billion), or
15% fall in turnover (for ACNC-registered charities other than universities and schools).
How to calculate a fall in turnover for the first fortnight starting 30 March 2020

To work out your fall in turnover, you can compare either:

GST turnover for March 2020 with GST turnover for March 2019
projected GST turnover for April 2020 with GST turnover for April 2019
projected GST turnover for the quarter starting April 2020 with GST turnover for the quarter starting April 2019.

 

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You can visit www.umbrellaaccountants.com.au/blog for further information and practical examples of how the stimulus measures may apply to you.

17/04/2020 |

Best Of Local Moreton Bay – April 2020

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 Online Viewer

North Lakes Now Magazine has had a little rebrand to Best Of Local Moreton Bay, to bring greater focus to our online activities for the entire Moreton Bay Region. We hope that you like it. This month we have some great local stories.

To subscribe and have the magazine delivered to your inbox once a month and for advertising enquiries, visit – https://www.bestoflocal.com.au/qld/moretonbay/

Use left and right arrows to flick through and double click the page to zoom.

03/04/2020 |

Federal Government To Cover Cost Of Childcare

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All parents with children currently in child care will be eligible for free care, including students and the unemployed if your child/children were enrolled with a provider prior to March 2nd 2020.

The Federal Government bailout will cost an estimated $1.6 billion to assist the struggling industry and provide some relief to families, many of whom have taken their kids out of care.

Under the plan, the Federal Government will pay half of the operating costs of Australia’s 13,000 childcare and early learning centres.

Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan said, “If parents have an existing relationship with a childcare centre, they will get free childcare. We want as many people able to work as we possibly can and we want them to be able to access childcare as they need to make sure their children are being looked after while they are working and helping us deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.”

“We want to ensure your childcare centre will remain open so that where you normally take your child to get cared for, that will be there for you so you are not looking to have to go to a new centre.”

Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan.

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02/04/2020 |

Newspapers Fold or Suspend Print

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A century of tradition fades as newspapers across the country halt printing or close their doors altogether due to a steep and sudden Coronavirus related downturn.

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As we sit at home and consume more local news than ever, some newsrooms are being forced to close as advertising revenue dries up.

Many papers rely heavily on the real estate industry, with their large pull-out sections as well as pubs, clubs and hotels for regular weekly revenue.

With the current real estate open home and auction restrictions and widespread hospitality business closures, that bulk revenue stream has dried up and the traditional publishing industry, which was already struggling has been pushed to the brink.

Newsrooms are empty across the nation at a time when people are relying on having the news at their fingertips.

Several regional communities have been left shocked at the closure of their only print news publication. The Sunraysia Daily, Mildura’s only daily newspaper, which should be celebrating their centenary this year has announced its’ closure, along with the Swan Hill Guardian, the Gannawarra Times and the Loddon Times in the Mallee region of Victoria.

After 122 yrs in operation, Broken Hills’ only daily newspaper ‘Barrier Daily Truth’ has had to suspend operations due to a collapse in revenue. Thirty staff at the newspaper are now out of work.

Gippslands Yarram Standard, which is 145 years old and Great Southern Star, which was celebrating its 130th year in print have both suspended operations.

Newscorp has announced that it will suspend the print of 60 publications across the country from 9th April, including our Quest Community Newspapers which includes our local Pine Rivers Press, The Caboolture Herald and The Redcliffe Herald.

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Other Newscorp publications to be suspended include those published by News Local in NSW, Leader in Victoria and Messenger in South Australia. All will continue to publish digitally during this time.

News Corp’s decision was not taken lightly. According to the company’s Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller, “The suspension of our community print editions has been forced on us by the rapid decline in advertising revenues following the restrictions placed on real estate auctions and home inspections and the forced closure of event venues and dine-in restaurants in the wake of the coronavirus emergency.”

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02/04/2020 |

Assist The Elderly and Vulnerable – North Lakes Region

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Call-out to those who need assistance and those who would like to assist in the North Lakes region.

We have a separate assistance call-out for the Redcliffe Peninsula here.

We are calling upon local charities and community organisations in particular to co-ordinate assistance to the best of their capability in whatever form that may be, including home delivery to the many in our community who are elderly, immunocompromised, living with chronic illness, locals in self-isolation who still need to access to essentials to get by.

Unfortunately, many of these people are not on social media but still, a large enough number are that here we can reach out.

We are all very touched by images of our aged locals and pensioners doing their best to access essential groceries, personal care and medication they need just to get by, but we need to activate as a community to protect the vulnerable from this illness.

Woolworths are providing exclusive access to grocery aisles between the hours of 7am and 8am for those with a government-issued seniors, pensioner or disability card.

Many vulnerable locals are self-reliant and proudly so, however, a once in a century pandemic changes everything and we now call upon local charities, community organisations to raise their hand.

The situation we face is a short term one. Herd immunity and immunisation will eventually render this disease to the history books. In the meantime, the immediate challenge is to minimise the number infectious and vulnerable persons circulating in the community.

If you are a charity or organisation willing to assist those in need at this time, please comment below with your page. Individuals willing to help and vulnerable persons may also wish to comment to illicit direct replies.

Today’s Coronavirus (COVID19) statement from Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.

Channel Seven News – Tuesday 17th March 2020

ABC News – Thursday 19th March 2020

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17/03/2020 |

2020 Council Elections – Early Voting Centres (Moreton Bay Region)

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2020 Local government elections – Early voting centres (as at 17 March 2020)

Early voting centre locations may be subject to change. Check the ECQ website for updated information or phone 1300 881 665.

Electors can vote at any of the early voting centres listed within their local government area.

 

Brisbane City Hall, Sherwood Room, Adelaide St (entry via Ann Street doors), BRISBANE  QLD Australia 4000

Monday, 16/03/2020 – 9:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM

Tuesday, 17/03/2020 – 9:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM

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Assisted Bribie Orchid House, 156A First Ave, Bongaree, QLD Australia 4507

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4/42 Beerburrum Road, Caboolture, QLD Australia 4510

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Assisted Unit 6, 657 Deception Bay Road, Deception Bay, QLD Australia 4508

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Assisted Unit 1, 709 Gympie Road, Lawnton, QLD Australia 4501

 

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Assisted 18 Johnstone Rd, Brendale, QLD Australia 4500

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Bunya Sports Club, James Drysdale Reserve, Lot 2 Jinker Track, Bunya, QLD Australia 4055

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Assisted The Shed Samford, 44 Mount Glorious Road, Samford Village,

QLD Australia 4520

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Assisted Woodford Memorial Hall, 103 Archer Street, Woodford, QLD

Australia 4514

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