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Magpie Swooping Season

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Spring is in the air, which means one thing is certain: it’s magpie swooping season.

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You have probably experienced it, or seen it happen to someone else at some stage. The sudden whoosh above your head causing you to duck in fright. Looking up, you see a flash of black and white as the magpie banks around to have another go at you.

Typically it is the male bird that swoops, they have been known to defend their nest within a 100m radius during the breeding season, which typically runs from July through to December. The season generally peaks from August through to October.

A Brisbane study has shown that only nine per cent of magpies are aggressive towards people.

To find out whether there may be nesting magpies in your vicinity, or along a path you walk/ride check out magpiealert.com. You can add any swooping birds you may come across if they’re not on the list.

Follow these techniques to avoid or reduce the impact of a magpie attack:

– Never deliberately provoke or attack a magpie.
– Avoid areas where magpies are known to swoop.
– Do not attempt to rescue a stranded chick or touch a young bird that is on the ground.
– Find the bird and keep watching it when entering a magpie territory. If swooped on, don’t crouch in fear or stop.
– Move on quickly but don’t run.
– Wear a hat and sunglasses and carry an umbrella.
– Cyclists should dismount and walk through the territory. Cyclists can also attach large cable ties to the back of their helmet.
– Magpies generally attack from behind. Painting or sticking eyes on the backs of hats or helmets may confuse birds and dissuade them from swooping.

Magpies are a protected species throughout Australia under The Queensland Nature Conservation Act (1992). It is against the law to kill the birds, collect their eggs, or harm their young.

Moreton Bay Regional Council actively installs ‘magpie alert’ signage where nesting is occurring on public land.

If you feel a magpie is a serious menace, you can report it to the Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Please refer concerns about native birds on private property to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection on phone 1300 130 372.

 

August 22, 2017 |

Investment opportunities full steam ahead in Moreton Bay

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Investment opportunities full steam ahead in Moreton Bay

Never-before-seen footage of what South-East Queensland’s fastest growing suburbs could look like into the future has been officially launched by the Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor, Allan Sutherland, said the fly-through imagery featured new artist impressions of potential transit-oriented developments that could be delivered in the booming suburbs along the $988 million Redcliffe Peninsula Line, as part of a new investment campaign to attract strategic growth and economic development.

Suburbs including Kallangur, Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Rothwell, Kippa-Ring and Petrie are forecast to grow by 40,000 residents and 19,000 jobs over the next 20 years,” Mayor Sutherland said.

In a little over 10 months since the new train line was officially opened on 4 October 2016, our region has seen an upturn in economic benefit and job creation along the new 12km rail corridor.

39 new residential developments have been approved by council in the suburbs adjacent to the rail line since January 2016, including new townhouse developments and apartment buildings in suburbs such as Kallangur, Murrumba Downs and Mango Hill.

Major developments underway include:

  • Capestone at Mango Hill – over 2000 residential home lots. Well-established development now featuring new townhouses and a three storey apartment complex “The Georgia” opening in coming weeks.
  • Stockland development at Newport – over 1400 residents home lots proposed with a 23 hectare lake with construction well underway
  • Aspire at Griffin – over 600 residential home lots planned with construction underway
  • Park Vista at Mango Hill – over 90 lots including residential homes and unit complex

Representing the Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, and the Minister for State Development, Minister Steven Miles MP today unveiled the new investment campaign with Mayor Allan Sutherland together with final plans for The Mill at Moreton Bay priority development area (PDA) at Petrie.

The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA will deliver a world-class innovation and knowledge precinct adjacent to Petrie train station, that is expected to support 6,000 jobs, 10,000 university placements and $950 million in economic activity by 2036,” Mr Miles said.

The council has committed to delivering a net gain in environmental values on the Mill at Moreton Bay project by ensuring koala populations are safe and healthy throughout construction through real-time koala monitoring and establishing additional koala bushland habitat with the conservation of more than 110 hectares of environmental reserves on the 460 hectare site.

Anchored by the new USC campus, plans for the PDA have been updated to reflect the latest round of community consultation which has reinforced the strong support for the establishment of a new full-service university on site.”

A total of 239 submissions were received during the latest round of community consultation on the PDA. Council’s “Your Say Moreton Bay” consultation webpage received more than 3,700 visits with 1,800 individual views of the fly-through video of the university site.

Over 90 percent of respondents supported the plan for a major new USC campus on the site and revitalisation of Petrie town centre. Many respondents said they would also like to see the PDA deliver parkland, retail opportunities and community events.

USC Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Hill said the USC Petrie campus represents an exciting opportunity to significantly boost educational outcomes in the Moreton Bay Region and build capacity in one of Queensland’s fastest-growing regions.

Students at the Petrie campus will have access to a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs including law, business, creative industries, science and engineering,” Professor Hill said.

The new USC campus at Petrie is expected to open in 2020 and be home to up to 10,000 university students within its first 10 years. It joins the Caboolture QUT campus which will transition to a new USC campus next year.”

Councillor for Division Seven, Denise Sims said council was exploring the installation and utilisation of smart technology on the PDA site.

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This will be the first new university campus built from the ground-up in Queensland for the past 20 years so it presents a fantastic opportunity to source some of the latest smart technology to improve sustainability of the site, better utilisation of infrastructure such as street lights for different purposes, and reduce energy consumption,” Cr Sims said.

Council is seeking expressions of interest from smart lighting providers that can offer the type of functionality that controls street lights remotely based on weather conditions, or dim and brighten lights automatically using motion detectors, and reduce the overall demand for electricity on the site, and potentially improve community safety.”

State Member for Kallangur, Shane King said the new investment prospectus would promote a once-in-a-generation opportunity for residential, business and commercial investment in Moreton Bay Region’s thriving new rail corridor.

Our young people are our future, that’s why I’m so pleased to see plans put in place now that will deliver thousands of local education and employment opportunities for local residents,” Mr King said.

Mayor Sutherland said the new investment campaign would complement council’s new development incentive policy announced last month.

It’s vital that as governments we work together to incentivize sustainable development in close proximity to public transport infrastructure, schools and health services,” Mayor Sutherland said.

Council’s incentive policy encourages infill developments including student accommodation, mixed-used with office and retail, hotel, retirement facilities and residential care within 800 metres of train stations along the Redcliffe Peninsula Line corridor from 1 July 2017.

To view the new investment prospectus visit: www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/RPcorridor and for more information about The Mill at Moreton Bay PDA visit: www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/TheMill

August 19, 2017 |

Have your say: Moreton Bay planning scheme

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Have your say: first proposed major amendments to Moreton Bay planning scheme

 

Moreton Bay Regional Council is inviting the community to view and provide feedback on proposed amendments to the region’s planning scheme, including the much-anticipated plan to create $9.5 billion of economic activity in Caboolture West, after the State Government approved public consultation.

Council will commence consultation next week on the first major amendments since the scheme commenced in 2016, which also includes new opportunities for economic development along the Caboolture and Redcliffe train lines, for a seven week period from Monday, August 21 to Friday, October 6.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said it was important the community had their say, and that the proposed amendments would generate important employment opportunities, economic activity, affordable and diverse housing, and vital support services in one of the country’s fastest growing areas.

“More than 618,000 people are expected to call Moreton Bay home within the next two decades, and these amendments will add another tool to our region’s belt to help ensure that we, as a community, can shape Moreton Bay as it grows and see that the right development occurs in the right places,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“Key among the proposed amendments is the Caboolture West Local Plan, which will guide the creation of 17,000 jobs, $9.5 billion in economic activity, 1,000-plus hectares of dedicated environmental reserve and vital services such as schools and health facilities for an area expected to house an additional 70,000 residents over the next four decades.

“Council’s latest land supply reports reveal that through future-proofing projects like Caboolture West, Moreton Bay will be in a strong position to not only meet but surpass expected demand for residential and industrial land.

The proposed amendments also promote opportunities to generate additional economic activity along the Caboolture and Redcliffe Peninsula rail lines, creating jobs that are closer to home and easily accessible via public transport.

“The community has expressed a strong desire for urban renewal in areas near established transport hubs like Strathpine and Caboolture, and together with council’s new incentive policy for these areas, the proposed planning scheme amendments will also unlock opportunities for exciting new development along our rail lines.

Other amendments include incorporating the Warner Investigation Area into the scheme’s emerging community zone, changes to requirements for sheds, carports and other residential outbuildings as well as new mapping to identify future road connections. The proposed amendments also incorporate and reflect community feedback received since the new scheme commenced, such as changes to the dwelling house code to make things simpler and easier to understand.

“Council’s planning scheme is designed to be a living document that is updated to proactively respond to the ever-changing needs of Moreton Bay and ensure responsible, sustainable growth.

“By identifying areas that can support forecasted demand and planning the vital infrastructure to support that demand, these amendments are helping to future-proof the region and go beyond the typical 10 year life span of a planning scheme.

“With the State Government’s release of its newest regional plan for SEQ just last week, it’s never been more important to ensure that our region has the tools in place to be future-proof.

Those who live, or own a business or home in the region will receive a letter inviting them to view the proposed amendments and have their say before the October 6 close date.

“It’s important that homeowners, businesses and industry use this opportunity to understand what the planning scheme currently means for them, how these amendments will help guide Moreton Bay’s growth and to provide any feedback.

“Council will carefully consider the feedback received, and where appropriate will incorporate that feedback into the proposed amendments.”

Public consultation on the proposed amendments for the planning scheme will run for 33 days, from August 21 to October 6, 2017. To view the proposed amendments, have your say or to find out more visit yoursay.moretonbay.qld.gov.au, email mbrc@moretonbay.qld.gov.au, call 5433 3496, or drop into council’s customer service centres at Strathpine, Caboolture and Redcliffe.

August 18, 2017 |

Moreton Bay’s largest Older & Bolder program ever!

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580+ activities make up Moreton Bay’s largest Older & Bolder program ever

Residents aged 50 and over in Moreton Bay will have 582 reasons to keep fit or try something new in 2017 when bookings open for Moreton Bay Regional Council’s largest ever Older and Bolder program. Bookings open 9am on Tuesday, August 22 for the ever-popular fitness, sport and recreation program which offers free and low-cost activities for residents and ratepayers aged 50 and over.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Parks, Sport and Recreation spokesperson Councillor Darren Grimwade said with more activities than ever before, there would be something for everyone, including surfing, clay target shooting, darts and ballroom dancing. “Whatever your fitness level, goals or interests, Older and Bolder 2017 will keep you busy with hundreds of free and low-cost activities run by council together with local community groups, fitness provides and clubs,” Cr Grimwade said. “Moreton Bay has so much to offer, and with Older and Bolder, it’s your opportunity for you to see just what’s on offer, including plenty of activities in your local area. “Build strength and balance with Tai Chi at Bray Park, test your navigation skills with the Enoggeroos Orienteering Club at Old Petrie Town, and learn how to canoe with expert teachers at Lake Kurwongbah. “You can also keep social with Weights for Mates at U3A Pine Rivers and Group Fitness at PCYC Pine Rivers. “The Older and Bolder program is also a great way to socialise with your friends and make new friends with people who share similar interests.

“If you’re over 50 in Moreton Bay and have been looking for that free or low-cost opportunity to try something new or keep active, I encourage you to dive right in and take part in council’s biggest ever Older and Bolder program.”

Activities for Older and Bolder will take place from Saturday, September 2 to Saturday, November 25 2017.

To find out what activities are on offer or secure your place when bookings open visit www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au, phone 5433 2052 or visit council’s customer service centres at Strathpine, Caboolture or Redcliffe.

August 18, 2017 |

Celebrating Seniors Week in Moreton Bay

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Seniors Week

 

Celebrating Seniors Week in Moreton Bay

 

Moreton Bay Regional Council has awarded more than $5,000 in grants, to help community organisations bring to life a range of exciting events and activities across the region to celebrate Seniors Week (19 – 27 August 2017).

This adds to an exciting calendar of free events, workshops and programs, that will be on offer to seniors throughout the week at council libraries, galleries, museums and other facilities.

Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Lifestyle and Amenity Spokesperson, Councillor Matt Constance, said there was plenty on offer across Moreton Bay to celebrate Seniors Week in 2017, and to recognise the valuable contributions of older people in our communities.

“Seniors Week is a great opportunity to connect with and celebrate our senior residents and the valuable contribution they make to our communities – whether it be in the workforce, or as volunteers, community leaders, friends, carers or grandparents,” Cr Constance said.

“From a senior’s high tea, to expos, a day-trip and a glamorous ball, council is proud to support a rage of community events and activities across the region in 2017 that will promote inclusion, and help connect our senior residents with each other and their communities.”

Cr Constance said to help celebrate Seniors Week, council would also host a range of free activities, throughout the week, for seniors to enjoy through its libraries and museums that would include a range of technology training sessions from social media to robotics as well as a Making Do exhibition tour and morning tea at Bribie Island Seaside Museum.

“That adds to our ‘Older and Bolder’ health and fitness program for seniors, for which applications will open during Seniors Week on 22 August,” Cr Constance said.

“I encourage everyone in our community to get involved in Seniors Week celebrations, by supporting an organised activity near them, hosting your own Seniors Week celebrations with friends or family, or simply saying ‘G’Day’ and having a chat to older residents in your community.”

Community Events supported by Council’s Seniors Week Grants Funding
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 Golden Age Senior Citizens Association Inc. Bribie Seniors Living Expo 2017The expo will showcase recreational activities, community supports and services available to Seniors in the Bribie Island community.
 Encirlce Redcliffe Neighourhood Centre Seniors Long Lunch.The event will connect seniors and sufferers of dementia to their community. Event activities will include bingo, art, story telling, guest speakers, massage, pampering and games.
 Caboolture U3A Celebrating Seniors.The projects aims to bring together senior organisations for an Open Day to promote the importance of inclusion, healthy aging, and to celebrate what it is to be a senior in the Moreton Bay Region.

The event will be showcased at the Riverside Cottage – the home of theCaboolture U3A.

 RSL Care Fernhill Senior’s Week BallThe Ball will provide residents of the aged care site the opportunity to get dressed up, feel glamorous and have a special night out. The event will be inclusive to those with mobility issues, dementia, limited vision and other disabilities.
 Meals on Wheels Pine Rivers & District Inc. High Tea and BBQThe Pine Rivers Meals on Wheels will host a high tea and BBQ for clients, families and volunteers. Information will be provided to guests on the new MY AGED CARE System, MOW services and other locally available services for seniors
 National Seniors Australia Caboolture Branch Inc. Bus trip to Redcliffe Peninsula.The National Seniors Australia Caboolture Branch will provide a low-cost day trip for pensioner members and their friends to the Redcliffe Peninsula.
 Australian Care and Trauma Services (ACTS) Inc. Nostalgic Morning. Workshop participants will create nostalgic ‘Edwardian’ style photograph frames to house one of their most cherished photographs. The workshop will be followed by a ‘nostalgic’ morning tea, and sharing of the stories each person’s photograph represents.
 Council organised events throughout Senior’s Week include:

 

Monday 21 August

Memories of Bribie

Bribie Island Library 1pm

Discover the fascinating history of Bribie Island and surrounds though our historic photo collection.

Share your memories of the Bribie Island area and explore the display of local history images in this relaxed and informative discussion.

 

Moreton Bay Region Libraries will also be running a range of their popular technology training sessions at selected libraries during Senior’s Week, including social media, robotics and coding and how to use your iPad, tablet or smartphone. Bookings essential, visit https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/techtraining/ for more information or phone 3205 0555

 

Saturday 19 August

Introduction to iPads

Redcliffe Library 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Learn the basics of using the iPad and discover apps to suit your interest areas.

 

Introduction to Tablets

Caboolture Library 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Learn the basics of using your Android tablet and discover apps to suit your interest areas.

 

Tuesday 22 August

Introduction to Tablets

Bribie Island Library 11.00am – 12.00noon

Learn the basics of using your Android tablet and discover apps to suit your interest areas.

 

Wednesday 23 August

Introduction to Social Media

Woodford Library 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Learn how to connect with friends and family by using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more.

 

Robots for Beginners

Bribie Island Library 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Discover the practical side of robots and coding in this fun and hands-on 90-minute workshop for adults and seniors.

 

Thursday 24 August

Introduction to Smartphones

Caboolture Library 10.00am – 11.30am

Learn the basics to better understand your smartphone.

 

Making Do exhibition tour and morning tea

Bribie Island Seaside Museum, Bongaree 10.30am

Followed by morning tea

Join us for a tour of our current exhibition that explores the ethos of “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” From the Great Depression through to the current trends of upcycling, the tour is an opportunity to hear from the exhibition curator, reminisce and see fascinating ‘make do’ objects from the past and present.

August 18, 2017 |

Seven Do’s and Don’ts of Dog Parks

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A daily trip to the local dog park should be something that both you and your pooch should enjoy. A time for bonding and a chance to show them just how much you love them by letting them get out of the house and run free. It can be, however, be a nightmare when other owners aren’t as cafeful and courteous as you are. Below are a few things that everyone can take on board to keep the local dog parks a fun, carefree environment for all.

 

THINK ABOUT IT

Never bring a puppy less than four months old to a dog park. Their vaccinations aren’t yet complete and they are susceptible to disease such as parvo. Also never bring male dogs that have not been desexed as they may be aggressive towards other males. Leave female dogs that are on heat at home as they will cause chaos between both male and female dogs.

CHECK THE AREA

Always keep a good eye on what your pooch is up to. You never know what they may be eating or doing. With a rise in baiting in local dog parks always check the area for anything that may look tasty to a dog.

TRAINING IS KEY

Never bring a dog to an off leash area without first giving them basic training. Simple commands such as come, sit and stay are crucial if anything sinister is to go down. If your dog is untrained you may not be able to gain control and you, your pooch or even others may end up getting injured.

ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

If you know that your dog is antisocial, keep them on a leash. Whether you have a little dog with big dog syndrome or a big dog who just doesn’t get along with others, it’s not ok to let them off leash. If they become aggressive, remove them from the area. If aggression leads to injury, your pet might be seized or euthanized and you could cop a fine.

GET OFF YOUR PHONE

Enjoy the outdoors and don’t miss any of the super cute things your dog does. If you have your eyes glued to your phone you may also risk missing your dog being bullied or being a bully which can quickly amount to a fight. Always keep an eye on what your pooch is up to and never lose sight of them.

PICK UP AFTER THEM

Always pick up after your dog. Bring bags with you even if your local park supplies them. Failing to pick up after your pooch can get you banned from the park or even fined.

TREATS AND TOYS

Never give another person’s dog a treat without asking them first. Some dogs have allergies and can be on a special diet. Also, keep your pooches toys well away form other dogs. Dogs can be protective of their property and may lash out at another dog if they try and pick it up.

There you have it. If everyone keeps these tips in mind, dog parks can be enjoyed by all. With baiting and fighting on the rise we all need to keep an eye out for each other and be vigilant of our beloved pooches. No one wants to lose a pet when it can easliy be avoided.

See below for a list of local dog parks and the amenities that they provide.

By Brooke Damen

 

Dog Parks Kallangur

August 10, 2017 |

New breeding laws in Queensland

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In an effort to promote responsible breeding and stop puppy farms the laws in Queensland regarding breeding dogs have recently changed. If you are a breeder or would even just like to have one litter before desexing your female dog these laws will apply to you.

How does it affect you?

By law every Breeder having a female dog with a litter born on or after 26 May 2017 must have a Supply Number within 28 days of the birth of the litter (Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008,). A supply number can be one of the following:

• breeder identification number

• breeder exemption number

• accreditation number (from an approved entity such as Dogs Qld), or

• unique number that identifies a person as a recognised interstate breeder. The supply number must be included in the microchip details for each dog you breed and be displayed when a dog is given away, supplied, sold or advertised.

To access a supply number you must first register as a breeder.

 

You can do so through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries online. Check out these websites for more info:

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries https://qdbr.daf.qld.gov.au/information/dog-breeders/Dogs Queensland http://www.dogsqueensland.org.au Queensland Government https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/qld-dog-breeder-register-factsheets

 

By Brooke Damen

 

New Breeding laws Kallangur I Love K Town

 

August 10, 2017 |

Family Loans – 3 Things you should know.

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Since very early days, family members have often asked for, or offered inter-family private loans to assist with personal financial dilemmas. In present times with the ever rising cost of living/housing and other nasty events such as unexpected loss of employment or divorce/relationship breakdown, inter-family loans are consequently becoming far more common. Because the loans are between family members and, usually, everyone trusts each other, preparation of formal legal documentation and/or seeking legal advice is often considered unnecessary.

For those who don’t seek legal advice, here are three things you really should know: 1. If there isn’t proof/documentation to confirm it is a “loan” at the time the money was advanced, the law in some cases will assume the money was advanced as a “gift”.

2. If there is an Enduring Power of Attorney given/received between the Lender and the Borrower, the law assumes the loan was obtained by “undue influence” and this must therefore be rebutted; and

3. If it is a loan repayable upon demand, then after six (6) years, the arrangement becomes unenforceable unless it is refreshed. Beyond the above items, there are many other issues that can also potentially arise. Usually, all of this can be covered off with legal advice from a Lawyer appropriately qualified in the field and usually at not very much expense.

In circumstances where the loans are for large amounts of money, it is very much recommended that legal advice should be obtained. Michael Zande is the Principal of Zande Law, Solicitors with over 25 years’ experience in practice. Michael and his team have had extensive experience in drafting of Wills and Administration of Deceased Estates.

Please feel free to review our firm and staff profiles at www.zandelaw.com.au 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.

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Family Loans – 3 Things you should know

August 10, 2017 |

August Featured Business

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A1 New Furniture and Bedding on Anzac Avenue in Kallangur is a large 800 square metre new furniture store, where you can find quality items at clearance prices.

Furniture for home or office, including full lounge suites, beds, mattresses and bedroom suites, entertainment units, bookshelves, desks, along with rugs, lamps, designer chairs and stools can all be found on the floor at A1 New Furniture and Bedding.

New Furniture Bedding and Homewares

A1 New Furniture and Bedding stock a broad selection of whitegoods such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and dryers.

Brian Cutajar started the Kallangur store 6 years ago in 2011, with 30 years of experience in the furniture and bedding industry behind him.

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Customers come from the local area including North Lakes, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and west to Toowoomba. “We felt there was a need for a store selling a large range of quality timber furniture at affordable prices, offering a high level of personal customer service and experience.”

New Lounges and Bedroom Furniture

Staff at A1 New Furniture and Bedding are experienced in all aspects of mattresses, bedding and furniture.

The store experienced substantial growth in 2011-2013 and moved into the premises where previously the Mitre 10 Hardware sat.

If you can’t find an item on our showroom floor, there are plenty of in-store catalogues where you can order the item that meets your needs.

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As a local independent family business employing local residents, A1 Furniture and Bedding compete with the mass advertising, large chain stores that do not necessarily offer better prices or service.

We also appreciate our repeat customers and referrals who rely on great value and great service.

We cater for customers wanting Interest Free Payments, offering CERTEGY EZIP-PAY, which has helped hundreds of our customers each year to purchase their furniture and bedding.

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A1 New Furniture and Bedding is located in central Kallangur, with plenty of parking at the front and rear of the store.

Be local, buy local and support your local furniture retailers A1 Furniture and Bedding.

Call today on 07 3491 3500.

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Eftpos and Credit Card Facilities.

An affordable delivery service is available within the Greater Brisbane Region. Please ask for a quote.

August 10, 2017 |

QLD Senior’s Week 2017

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Seniors Week is an opportunity for Queenslanders of all ages to join together and celebrate the valuable contributions of older people. In 2017, Seniors Week will be celebrated from 19-27 August.

Seniors Week aims to:

Improve community attitudes towards older people and ageing Facilitate community participation and activity by older people, including those from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds Enhance community connections and inter-generational relationships. Seniors Week is coordinated by the Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland, which receives Queensland Government funding to collaboratively plan, run and provide subsidies of $100,000 in total to organisations across Queensland for Seniors Week events and activities. How it all started COTA Queensland initiated the first Queensland Seniors Week in 1960.

Back then it was called Old People’s Week and COTA was known as the Old People’s Welfare Council. The language has since changed, however the values and importance of this week have remained the same. In the 80s and 90s we maintained a coordination role, and following a period of State Government coordination, COTA returned to coordinating the Week in 2013.

From 40 events in 2012 to 862 events in 2016, Seniors Week continues to go from strength to strength and is a major annual event.

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Visit Meals on Wheels Pine Rivers for further event details

 

 

August 10, 2017 |

There is a life Riding on it.

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In September last year, Nikki-Anne Mooney’s family were delivered the devastating news that Nikki-Anne’s brother, Timothy McKenzie, 23, was involved in a serious motorbike accident on Ann Street, Kallangur and that he was in a critical condition. A 33-year-old woman had been attempting to make a right turn when she collided with his bike while he was traveling in the opposite direction. Sadly, he passed away in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital two weeks after the accident. Just days later, a 43-year-old man was also tragically killed on Ann Street, whilst riding his motorcycle. Since the untimely passing of her brother, Nikki-Anne has launched a campaign to assist in raising awareness to motorists to keep an eye out for fellow road users. Her Facebook page, Australian Motorcycle Safety Awareness, currently has a following of 724 people, with informative posts regarding road safety appearing in their newsfeed regularly. Earlier this year Nikki-Anne organized a ride in memorial of Timothy. Sixty-nine riders took part. Starting at Sutton’s Beach in Redcliffe, the riders ended their journey at Ann Street, Kallangur with Timothy’s mum, Debbie McKenzie there to greet them. The other purpose of the ride was to remind road users to remain vigilant with checking for motorbikes, ensuring that they check their mirrors and over shoulder regularly. Lane filtering laws came into effect on February 1st, 2015. This change to the Queensland road rules now allows motorcycles to weave between cars to better position themselves by moving between stationary or slow-moving vehicles, which aids in reducing congestion on the roads. Please be aware of motorcycles lane filtering! Motorcycle safety – get the facts Motorcycle riders are among our most vulnerable road users. Motorcycles make up around one in every twenty motor vehicles registered in Queensland, that’s approximately 200,000 registered motorcycles on our roads. Fifty-four motorcyclists were killed in 2015, which represents a 45.9% increase from 2014, and 13.9% increase over the previous five years. Motorcycle riding in Queensland is influenced by the seasons. Fine, cooler weather in late Autumn/early Winter can encourage more riding, and these times have been associated with an increased number of motorcycle crashes.

An analysis of fatal motorcyclist crashes reveals the greatest at risk riders are:

 

  • male aged between 21 and 29 or 50 and 59 years
  • riding on weekends on recreational routes in South East Queensland
  • disobeying one or more road rules
  • speeding affected by drugs or alcohol
  • over their blood alcohol concentration limit
  • unlicensed riders riding an unregistered motorcycle

A life is a life riding on it

August 10, 2017 |

Reflecting on a Topp career

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Lyn Topp Kallangur State School

A true local living treasure. Lyn Topp has grown up here in Kallangur, attended Kallangur State School as a student, then returned as a staff member to journey a stellar career of over forty years. We sat down with Lyn and asked her a few questions reflecting back on her time at Kallangur State School.

G’day Lyn, thank you for your time to talk with us. Tell us the beginnings of your early life?

My mother started school here when the school opened on the 9th of June 1930. And she was a first day pupil. My sister also came to school here, we went to grade 8 because that was it wasn’t high school yet in those days. Then I went to work had my children, Karen and Des. I started here working as a teacher aide March 1976 and I’ve been here ever since.

Over such a time you would have witnessed much change here at Kallangur State School. Tell us about the change you have seen?

Yes, a great deal of change really. When I came here I wasn’t anywhere near as big. But I do have some photos on the wall that you might like to take to show the size of the school. And when I was here then by the time my children got here. We had eleven hundred students here at the school. And we were one of the two biggest schools in the state. Originally this area was a farming area, and then just pretty much farmers. It’s a change completely. Now obviously because of all the buildings that have gone up and we have a lot more because of all the units and that sort of thing we’ve got much more transient.

Tell us about watching the students growing up, and how it is different from your days as a student here?

We had a big change over the years with children coming and going. When I went to school it pretty much stayed the same. The other thing that I find very interesting is that many of the students who went to school here, their children are now back here. Yes, this area’s been an area where a lot of people have stayed for a long time. But yeah. So we’ve got a lot of children and grandchildren coming here now. The school has changed in some ways, but not in others. We’ve still got a very large number of terrific kids that attend the school. What they learn has evolved over the years. I always find it very interesting comparing when I came to school as a four year old, I was in prep and It was in the last prep class, now they have introduced it again. A lot of the way they taught, things you know like maths and english that you see has changed. When I first started school we had to ride our push bikes to school. The roads were dirt between here to home. We eventually got a school bus. The school bus was a big ute, they put some wooden plank seats down the middle. That’s what we set up to come to school. Eventally we got proper buses and that sort of thing. It’s changed in lots of ways, but in lots of ways it has stayed the same. Back in the 70’s, we had a lot more demountable buildings because of the number of children. They gradually they took them away as they built the new parts of the school. Then when prep came back they built they had to build a whole lot more buildings.

It’s been a long time that you’ve been here at Kallangur State School. So I couldn’t say ‘name one highlighted moment’. I don’t think that would be fair to just name one. So, name a couple of highlights that you’d like to talk about your time here. Even if it’s just a small success.

I think the success is probably parents who are very gracious and appreciate how we treat them here at this school. Just the other day when it was my birthday, a parent came to the administration window and the rest the school staff were singing Happy Birthday to me and she said “oh it’s your birthday!” and so I said oh yes it’s tomorrow. Within an hour she came back with a daughter who’d once attended the school with flowers and chocolates. And that’s the sort of thing that makes me appreciate what I feel that I’ve been appreciated for what I have over the years. This is what I believe is true. You know. It’s these sort of moments that you have to decide, yes, there is some truth in it.

You have been an influence in young people’s lives as a recognised face of Kallangur State School. You have also witnessed their trials and tribulations, to see them return as adults, as parents, seeing the struggles their successes being a part their life story, as well as your story.

Yes that’s true. When I reflect on how many students I would have known at the time there’s been over a thousand students over the time and then 800 students every year. When you think of it like that it is hard to imagine. The thing that I really appreciate is when parents come to the window to pay their bills and I say their child’s name, they are surprised I remember their names. Parents appreciate that sort of thing as well. I’ve always loved coming to work. And it’s a terrific place to work. Yeah, Terrific people. And the great staff over all these years. Really, really great.

In conclusion, are you looking forward to retirement and what are your plans? And, is there anything you wish to say as a passing to Kallangur State School?

Oh I think to continue on with the terrific work done by all staff, and wish all the children the best. To do the best they can. They’re all terrific. We’re going on a holiday. Past that I don’t know. My husband had major heart surgery so we’re just waiting to see how he copes with the holiday. Mum passed away last year at 95 at heart and she’s with us and. So that’s a closed phase. I’m just into the next one now.

 

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August 9, 2017 |
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