Today marked 102 years since the ANZACs landed on the shores of Gallipoli in 1915.
Each year commemorations grow in attendance nationally and Kallangur was no exception. Hundreds came together at the Norths Leagues and Services Club for dawn service and thousands attended the, ANZAC March along Anzac Parade and morning ceremony.
The Dakabin State High School trio sang the Anthems of both Australia and New Zealand, and the combined school choirs for the main service did our schools proud as well.
The North Pine Country Potters crafted a teardrop shaped sea of poppies to represent the 320 servicemen and women from our region who have fallen in the service.
It was amazing to see how many veterans and community turn out to remember those who have served and sacrificed in our nation’s conflicts and peacekeeping.
We have compiled some of the best photos from the 2017 ANZAC Day Dawn Service, March and Ceremony at Anzac Avenue, Kallangur and Pine Rivers RSL and put them together here for you.
Beginning of the procession, led by the drummers.
Servicemen from Pine Rivers RSL Sub Branch.
Army Cadets leading the procession in front of the Pine Rivers RSL Sub Branch.
Pine Rivers R.A.F. Association marching toward the ANZAC Ceremony.
Vietnam Veterans attending the Pine Rivers RSL Sub Branch ANZAC Ceremony 2017.
Commemorating WW1 Veterans.
The march was one of the biggest seen to date with thousands of supporters lining Anzac Avenue, Kallangur.
Girl Guides showing their respect in the 2017 ANZAC March.
The 2017 March was very well supported. Here we have the motorcade procession.
Aussie flags flying for our veterans.
It was a day of rememberance that will live strong in the hearts all those who came.
Pine Rivers Naval Division in the background.
Councillor Denise Sims laying a wreath at the Kallangur ANZAC Ceremony.
MP Steven Miles and son paying their respect for ANZAC’s.
It was whereever you could find a vantage point for the ceremony.
The flyover which took place mid-march was awe-inspiring.
April 25, 2017 | simon
Wild Koala Day is a day to celebrate wild koalas and protect their habitats.
On this day we call all Australians to do 3Ps to protect our beloved fluffy icon:
1. Plant a tree. If you can, plant a koala habitat tree in a region where koalas naturally live. Register today or donate to these organisations which run tree planting days in koala habitat:
All around the world we are losing forest at a rate of 3.3million hectares per year. Yet trees help our atmosphere, store carbon and reduce the impacts of climate change, and provide food for birds, insects and mammals that contribute to the web of life. Koalas, most of all, need a healthy global environment.
2. Protect a forest. Existing forests are precious and under threat world-wide. New trees take decades to grow, so protecting what we have is critical to koala’s survival as a species.
Only buy recycled paper, or paper from non-timber sources. Logging of native forest has already been linked to local extinctions of koalas in the Eden region of NSW.
Please sign this petition to end forest logging: Logging Sucks
Use a keep-cup/reusable cup for your takeaway coffee. Most disposable coffee cups are made from virgin timber. Hardly any disposable coffee cups are really recyclable – in fact Planet Ark recommends putting all of them in the bin.
When buying a house, check that the developer did not cut down native forest to build your house. Housing developments, and roads that link them, on Australia’s east coast are making koalas homeless. Petitions against developers cutting down koala habitat are not hard to find. Sign these petitions to protect koala forest now:
3. Phone a politician on Wild Koala Day and ask them to protect koalas.
Politicians make laws on behalf of us. They can only reflect our values if we tell them what is important to us. In Australia, they just don’t realise that koalas are a vote-winner. Tell them why koalas are important to you.
In Queensland the Vegetation Management Act (1999) was weakened by the Newman government in 2013 to allow landowners to clear regrowth forest in waterways (prime koala habitat) and to ‘self-assess’ whether they needed permission to clear forest. This amendment led to a tripling of the rate of forest clearance in Queensland.  In early 2016, the Palaszczuk Labor government proposed an amendment to the law to slow biodiversity loss, but they failed by just 2 votes. Could a few more phone calls have saved thousands of hectares of koala forest? Note: if you contact a current Qld Labor politician, thank them for trying to pass the amendment – a pat on the back when deserved is much appreciated – and encourage them to try again.
Click here for contact details for Australian politicians and environment ministers and a suggested phone and letter/email template.
Please support Pine River Koala Care Association Inc and like their Facebook page!
April 25, 2017 | simon
The popular North Lakes Market is bringing the experience to Kallangur! Saturday the 13th kicks off the Twilight Markets at the Kallangur Fair Shopping Centre, starting from 3pm. The Kallangur Twilight Market is committed to provide the community a unique shopping experience while eating, listening to live music. For more information please visit – www.northlakesfarmermarket.com.au
April 25, 2017 | simon
On 2 September 2016, the Queensland Government approved the declaration of THE MILL at Moreton Bay Priority Development Area (PDA).
THE MILL at Moreton Bay is the region’s first PDA, bringing with it untapped potential for jobs growth, economic prosperity and revitalisation of the Moreton Bay Region. The 460 hectare area spanning the suburbs of Petrie, Lawnton and Kallangur is expected to generate up to 6,000 local jobs, 10,000 places for university students in the first 10 years and $950 million in economic benefit for the Queensland economy.
Since the PDA’s declaration, Council has worked closely with the State Government to prepare a Development Scheme for THE MILL at Moreton Bay PDA. The proposed Development Scheme will guide future development within the area including facilitating the development of University of Sunshine Coast (USC) Moreton Bay campus.
The proposed Development Scheme is now available for public comment, with the consultation period running from 12 April to 30 May 2017. Council is seeking feedback on all aspects of the proposed Development Scheme, including employment, housing, environmental, sport and recreation, health and community outcomes you think could be realised in the area and complement the USC Moreton Bay campus. Your feedback will form an important part of how we guide the growth and development of our region’s vibrant new hub of economic, study and lifestyle opportunity.
The proposed Development Scheme and associated documents can be viewed online in the Proposed Development Scheme section of this page.
For further information on the proposed Development Scheme, please contact Council on (07) 3205 0555 or via email: email@example.com
April 21, 2017 | simon
Sign the petition to get our Queensland State Government to put a stop to this needless destruction of a significant Historical and Anzac Memorial Tree.
Petition link: https://www.change.org/p/hon-jackie-trad-qld-state-gov-save-our-local-anzac-memorial-tree
Moreton Bay Council has approved a service station development on Anzac Avenue, here in Kallangur, which might result in the removal of a heritage-listed tree.
A spokesman from the council said the development application for the service station, next to Hungry Jack’s, was approved on March 31st and the applicant needed approval from the State Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to remove the tree.
The approval has a condition requiring the planting and maintenance of two semi-mature trees from the original Anzac Avenue planting list within the site as compensation if the tree was removed. The Moreton Bay Council did not seek a view from the Anzac Memorial Avenue Centenary Committee regarding the development, saying the developer liaised directly with the committee, independent of the development application process.
April 18, 2017 | simon
Moreton Bay Regional Council has today formally resolved to take no further action on the sale of 1351 Anzac Avenue, Kallangur.
Councilor for Division Seven, Denise Sims announced the decision following council’s Coordination Committee meeting on 18 April 2017.
Cr Sims said she had worked hard to represent the views of her local area and was pleased council had listened to the community’s feedback in deciding not to proceed with the sale of 1351 Anzac Avenue, Kallangur.
“The feedback from the community was overwhelming in its support for the club and included a petition that I personally submitted to council on 28 March 2017 containing more than 1,500 signatures including my own.”
Cr Sims said Kallangur Memorial Bowls Club would continue to operate under its current leasing arrangements.
“I have met with representatives of the Kallangur Bowls Club on a number of occasions and there is no doubt that I share their passion and commitment for their club.”
Council will write to all parties who made a submission during the Expression of Interest process and also to the principal petitioner to formally advise them of the outcome of today’s council meeting.
Media Release -18 April 2017 3.31pm
KALLANGUR MEMORIAL BOWLS CLUB INC.
April 18, 2017 | simon