Locals Question Extended School Zone on Road Serving Two Albany Creek Schools

Local residents have railed against plans for a new 770m-long school zone that will be installed over an already-congested stretch of road in Albany Creek. 

Read: Works Commence on New Speed Limit Zones at Two Albany Creek Schools

The school zone with a 40km/h speed limit is being installed on Old Northern Road outside Albany Hills State School and Albany Creek State High School.

The zone will stretch from north of the intersection with Jinker Track all the way to south of the Folkstone Avenue intersection. Officials decided on an uninterrupted school zone for this stretch of road because the two schools are in very close proximity to each other. 

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The aim of this unified school zone is to enhance safety for students and residents alike who need to travel to and from the school campuses.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads stated that the installation of the continuous school zone was due to the short separation between the two schools. They claimed it would improve safety for students and the general community, with active flashing lights operating from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on school days.

However, the decision has attracted strong reaction from some locals who questioned the need for the extended zone. They pointed out that barriers on the side of Old Northern Road heading towards Brisbane block students from crossing, while traffic lights with crossings are already in place near both schools.

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One long-time resident, who has lived in the area for nearly 30 years and seen traffic congestion increase significantly over that period, said people are going to get angry because they can’t get to work on time, and questioned what the expanded zone would achieve.

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The Department spokeswoman stated that their review highlighted the need for the school zone, which was prompted by community requests and a change to their school zone policy. While acknowledging congestion concerns, she claimed the school zone would have minimal impact on travel times, stating that safety is their highest priority.

Published 23-April-2024

Excitement Builds as Moreton Bay Welcomes Back Beloved Hills Festival

Moreton Bay’s ‘The Hills Festival’ returns for its seventh spectacular year, shaping up to be the biggest and most diverse yet, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Read: Pandemonium Tour Rocks On Despite Line-Up Shake-Up and Venue Changes, Moves Brisbane Show to Eatons Hill

Here are the free activities to look forward to each week at the 2024 Hills Festival:

Week 1

3 May 2024

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The Hills Festival will kick off on May 3 with a “Movie in the Park” event at Eatons Hill, where attendees can enjoy an outdoor screening of the 2023 animated film Trolls Band Together

In the movie, Poppy discovers that her friend Branch was once part of a popular boy band called “BroZone” with his brothers Floyd, John Dory, Spruce, and Clay. When Floyd is kidnapped, Branch and Poppy embark on a journey to reunite the band and rescue him. 

Please note that closed captions will be provided during the film to ensure accessibility for all attendees.

Week 2

12 May 2024

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The following weekend, on Mother’s Day, the Ferny Hills community will host a “Jazz & Shiraz” celebration, pairing smooth sounds with delicious local wines.

Spread out a picnic blanket and sample delectable bites from food trucks as you soak up the musical atmosphere. The Jazz & Shiraz event will feature a licensed bar offering an excellent selection of regional wines, local craft beers, and gourmet cheese platters.

Week 3

18 May 2024

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Mark your calendars for May 18, from 1pm-5pm as Music in the Valley Samford promises an unforgettable experience at the Samford Showgrounds. Featuring a delightful lineup of local artists, food trucks, and festive face painting activities, this captivating event ensures an afternoon filled with joy, harmony, and a strong sense of community spirit.

What to Bring:

  • Picnic rug
  • Chairs
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Refillable water bottle

Week 4

25 May 2024

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The Hills Festival culminates in the annual Hills Carnivale, a free, family-friendly event on May 25 at George Willmore Park. This one-day celebration features an action-packed program across two stages, with one area dedicated solely to activities for kids.

Little ones will delight in amusement rides, workshops, games, and roving entertainers in the designated Kids Zone. Meanwhile, parents can explore the numerous lifestyle markets and multicultural food stalls while enjoying live music from local artists.

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For a full schedule of events and ticket information, be sure to visit the festival’s website at www.hillsfestival.com.au. With so much on offer, this year’s Hills Festival is shaping up to be the best one yet.

Published 17-April-2024

Pandemonium Tour Rocks On Despite Line-Up Shake-Up and Venue Changes, Moves Brisbane Show to Eatons Hill

The much-anticipated Pandemonium Tour will proceed with notable changes to its line-up and venue, including a significant move of its Brisbane show to Eatons Hill, dispelling widespread cancellation rumours and presenting a reshaped musical showcase.

Australia’s rock music enthusiasts can breathe a sigh of relief as the Pandemonium Tour, set to commence in Melbourne on the 20th of April 2024, has been confirmed to go ahead with alterations previously announced. Amidst unverified media reports suggesting the event’s cancellation, the tour’s organisers, alongside headliners Alice Cooper and Blondie, have clarified that the festival is set to rock the nation with a revised artist roster and venue adjustments.

Line-Up and Venue Changes

The festival will feature Alice Cooper, Blondie, The Psychedelic Furs, Wheatus, Wolfmother, Palaye Royale, and Cosmic Psychos, despite the withdrawal of Deep Purple, Placebo, and several other acts. Notably, the Gold Coast event has been relocated to Broadwater Parklands, and the Sunshine Coast’s concert is now slated for Brisbane at Eatons Hill Hotel, reflecting the organisers’ adaptability in the face of logistical challenges.

In light of the alterations, festival-goers have been presented with three compensation options: a complimentary additional ticket, a partial refund, or a Pandemonium hoodie, with ticket prices adjusted to $190 for all shows except Brisbane, now priced at $165 plus fees. 

While some attendees have expressed frustration over the changes, others remain excited, highlighting the polarised sentiment surrounding the restructuring of the event.

Pandemonium Tour
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Tour Dates and Details

The tour’s itinerary includes performances in Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Gold Coast, and Brisbane. Despite Blondie’s absence from the Brisbane lineup, the organisers promise a thrilling experience for rock music fans across these cities. Blondie will also join Alice Cooper, the Psychedelic Furs, and Wolfmother in a consolidated show on the 23rd of April in Newcastle.

Pandemonium Tour
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Table: Top 10 Acts Still Performing

1Alice Cooper
2Blondie (excluding Brisbane)
3The Psychedelic Furs
6Palaye Royale
7Cosmic Psychos
8Other Acts
9To Be Announced
10To Be Announced

Economic Impact and Industry Perspective

The Pandemonium Tour’s continuation amidst the current economic climate and a spate of festival cancellations underscores the resilience of Australia’s live music industry. Organisers cite the importance of sustaining the live music ecosystem, from venue operators to roadies, as a key driver behind their decision to proceed with the event, albeit in a modified format.

Published 11-April-2024

Works Commence on New Speed Limit Zones at Two Albany Creek Schools

Did you know that Albany Hills State School and Albany Creek State High School are set to receive a major safety boost, as works commence to install a new 40 km/hr speed limit zone outside the two schools?

Read: Albany Creek High School Students Raise Funds for Homeless Youth Accommodation Program

The new 40km/hr school zone will cover a 770-metre stretch, extending from just north of Jinker Track to just south of Folkstone Avenue. It will feature active flashing lights to alert drivers to the lower speed limit.

School speed limit zones are put in place to slow down traffic near schools during the hours when students are arriving and leaving. These zones are marked by signage that indicates the reduced speed limit and the specific time periods it is in effect.

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The decision reflects the close physical proximity of the two educational institutions and underscores the perceived need for enhanced security measures in the shared vicinity.

This reduced speed limit zone will be in effect during peak school hours, operating from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on school days.  

As schools reopen for Term 2, motorists must exercise vigilance and caution when driving through school zones, being mindful of the reduced speed limits intended to create a safer environment for students, and obeying all parking and loading restrictions in these areas.

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To stay updated on school zone speed limits and further information on how speed limits are set, visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ website.

Published 11-April-2024

Albany Creek Village Awaits New Ownership

Following a recent refurbishment, Albany Creek Village is on the verge of changing hands in a remarkable development for the local community. This significant event comes when the retail sector is increasingly seen as a beacon for investors, highlighting the centre’s role as a shopping destination and a cornerstone of Albany Creek’s commercial landscape.

Overview of the Sale

Growthpoint Properties Australia has initiated the sale of the Albany Creek shopping centre, indicating a strategic move in the wake of the retail sector’s rising appeal as an investment sanctuary. The sale process, spearheaded by experts from CBRE and JLL, began in late March 2024 through an Expression of Interest Campaign, signifying a new chapter for this key retail asset.

Strategically situated 15km north of Brisbane at 700 Albany Creek Road, the shopping centre boasts a prime position. Anchored by a high-performing Coles, the centre has benefited from a significant $7 million refurbishment, enhancing its appeal with modernised facilities including an upgraded Click & Collect service. This positions the centre as a neighbourhood hub and a focal point of retail excellence.

Albany Creek Shopping Centre Albany Creek Village

Tenancy Profile and Investment Opportunity

The centre’s national tenancy profile, including leading brands such as Coles, Liquorland, Priceline, Australia Post, and Commonwealth Bank, is 61% of the total Gross Lettable Area (GLA), underscoring its robust investment potential. Due to its recent enhancements and strategic location, industry experts see Albany Creek Village as an outstanding acquisition prospect.

Amidst a backdrop of escalating construction costs and supply constraints, the site emerges as a prime investment opportunity, offering substantial growth potential. CBRE Research anticipates a significant increase in investment volumes over the next few years, with Albany Creek Village well-positioned to capitalise on this trend. 

The centre’s comprehensive refurbishment and income generation prospects offer a compelling proposition for investors, amidst a climate of market volatility and growth in retail investment.

Published 26-March-2024

Queensland’s Pink Tide: Record $1.78 Million Raised for Breast Cancer

Did you know that the “Pink Tide” of the International Women’s Day Fun Run in Queensland raised $1.78 million for breast cancer, with a record number of participants in Brisbane and more online? Notable among the participants was Dr Rebecca Langdon of Strathpine, who honoured her friend’s memory through her inflatable breast costume.

This historic event, now in its 33rd year, witnessed a record turnout of 23,000 participants in Brisbane, alongside 3,500 people joining virtually from various Queensland communities, including Bowen, Bundaberg, and the Sunshine Coast.

Spearheaded by the Foundation Mater Group and presented by Queensland X-Ray, this year’s event saw people of all ages running, jogging, and walking through Brisbane CBD. Townsville contributed significantly with more than 750 participants at Cluden Park racecourse, echoing the event’s widespread appeal.

Andrew Thomas, Chief Executive of Mater Foundation, lauded the unprecedented community support. 

“This year’s turnout has not only been the largest in the event’s storied history but also a testament to Queenslanders’ commitment to combating breast cancer,” Thomas stated.

This year’s fun run was particularly poignant, with Dr Rebecca Langdon participating in memory of her friend Tara Simmons. Dr Langdon, known for her distinctive inflatable breast costume, has become a symbol of hope and awareness at the annual event.

Women's Day Fun Run
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With Mater hospitals treating one in every four Queensland women diagnosed with breast cancer, the funds raised are crucial. They will support life-saving medical research, procure state-of-the-art equipment, and enhance patient care services.

Health Minister Shannon Fentiman announced a $15,000 donation from the Queensland Government, underscoring the collective effort in the fight against this disease.

Donations remain open, with the organisers encouraging those who wish to contribute to the cause to visit www.womensdayfunrun.com.au.

Published 13-Mar-2024

Strathpine Doctor Keeps Friend’s Memory Alive Through Women’s Day Fun Run

Strathpine’s Dr Rebecca Langdon is gearing up to participate in the International Women’s Day Fun Run, presented by Queensland X-ray, on March 10 in Brisbane.

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This marks the sixth consecutive year that Dr Langdon will be running in the event, donning a giant inflatable breast costume.

“Cancer is scary, but somehow an enormous breast seems to bring joy and laughter – who knew!” Dr Langdon said.  

Dr Langdon and Mr Horn (Photo credit: Annette Dew)

She said she takes part each year in memory of her friend Tara Simmons, as well as other women in her life who have been diagnosed with or impacted by breast cancer.

“Tara had noticed changes in her breast and followed this finding up. This led to a diagnoses of stage three multifocal ductal carcinoma, which ended up being triple negative in type. 

She noted that triple-negative breast cancers are highly aggressive, with limited targeted treatment options. 

“Unfortunately for Tara, her cancer metastasised and she died shortly before her 35th birthday in 2019. This year would have been her 40th birthday.

“I’m inspired by the researchers who dedicate their careers in advancing breast cancer treatment and care; the doctors, nurses, and medical staff to care and treat patients.

“I’m inspired also by the donors themselves, choosing to give money towards this wonderful cause.

Dr Langdon acknowledged that research is expensive, and there are few options currently available for treating specific types of cancer like triple-negative breast cancer. She believes that the more time and money invested in finding new treatments, the more lives can be saved.

Photo credit: International Women’s Day Fun Run/Instagram 

Joining Dr Langdon in the event is Australian boxing legend Jeff Horn, a father of three young girls. Horn said he desired to show support for women diagnosed with the disease, noting that everyone knows someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Mr Horn shared that women are strong and fight hard when faced with a battle against cancer, and he wanted to help raise awareness in honour of these women.

Funds raised from the event will go towards life-saving breast cancer research and support services for breast cancer patients at Mater hospitals across Queensland.

Photo credit: International Women’s Day Fun Run/Instagram 

This year’s event is set to be the biggest ever, with a record 23,000 people expected to hit the streets of Brisbane on March 10, after the Mater Foundation increased the capacity from 20,000 last year due to unprecedented demand. It was noted that even with an additional 3,000 places, the iconic 5km fun run still sold out in a record 25 days.

With less than three weeks until the event, Mr Horn is calling on Queenslanders across the state to create or join ‘virtual’ fun runs in their communities. 

The virtual challenge allows people to walk, jog, or run 5km, or choose their own distance, in their neighbourhood anytime between Sunday, March 3, and Sunday, March 10.

Mater Foundation Chief Executive Andrew Thomas said thousands of Queenslanders have already thrown their support behind the virtual challenge after the Brisbane CBD event sold out in record time. 

Mr Thomas stated that this year’s event will be the biggest ever, and there is still time for Queenslanders everywhere to sign up online to a fun run in their community.

“People are gathering their family, friends, work colleagues and even their fur babies to be part of their team.

“From local parks, along the coastline or even on a treadmill – the possibilities are endless.”

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Those interested can register for the virtual event at www.womensdayfunrun.com.au

Published 5-March-2024 

Albany Creek Unites for World’s Greatest Shave Against Blood Cancer

The Albany Creek community is at the forefront of an effort to provide vital support for and raise awareness for individuals battling blood cancer by participating in the annual World’s Greatest Shave event. 

Now in its 26th year, this initiative has become a cornerstone of community activism, drawing participation from residents, local businesses, and community organizations alike.

With blood cancer treatment costs significantly higher than those for other cancers, the importance of initiatives like the World’s Greatest Shave cannot be overstated. The event, organised by the Leukaemia Foundation, aims to alleviate the financial burden faced by individuals and families affected by blood cancer, while also shining a spotlight on the disease and the need for continued research and support services.

At the heart of Albany Creek’s involvement in the World’s Greatest Shave is the Albany Creek Tavern. This beloved community establishment has long served as a gathering place for residents. 

Each year, the tavern opens its doors to host the shaving, cutting, and colouring of hair, transforming into a hub of activity and solidarity.  The event will also feature live music, food stalls, and raffles, further reinforcing the camaraderie and unity that defines Albany Creek’s response to the challenge of blood cancer. From seasoned volunteers to first-time participants, individuals of all ages come together to show their support for those battling this disease.

The roots of Albany Creek’s commitment to the cause run deep, with the Albany Creek Leukaemia Foundation Branch playing a central role in organising and promoting the event. 

Founded in 2001 by Kaye and Glen Fox, who tragically lost their daughter to leukaemia 26 years ago, the branch has been instrumental in fostering community engagement and raising awareness about the impact of blood cancer.

World’s Greatest Shave event is scheduled for Friday, 15 March 2024 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Strathpine’s New Milestone: Launching the 5th Wildlife Fodder Plantation

Strathpine is set to welcome a fifth wildlife fodder plantation in Moreton Bay to bolster food resources for rehabilitated animals.

The project underscores a growing commitment to wildlife care and environmental conservation, providing a crucial lifeline for various species, including those with special dietary needs.

Following appeals from wildlife care groups for dependable and safe fodder, the City of Moreton Bay responded by establishing plantations at strategic locations. These sites, including operational ones at CREEC Burpengary and Madeline Dr, Morayfield, and those maturing in Joyner and Warner, underscore a regional strategy to enhance accessibility for carers and address the needs of a broad spectrum of wildlife groups.

Strathpine’s proposed site is currently in the stages of investigation and planning, symbolising a proactive approach to extending this network. 

This new addition is expected to further bolster the resources available for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife, ensuring that these vulnerable groups receive the support they need for rehabilitation.

Fodder Plantation
Photo Credit: City of Moreton Bay

The plantations across Moreton Bay collectively boast 1,382 varied fodder trees and plants, encompassing 19 eucalyptus species, 11 flowering, and 12 fruiting varieties. This diversity caters to the dietary needs of different wildlife. It supports a wide array of wildlife carer organisations, including those specialising in caring for koalas, bats, birds, possums, and gliders.

To maximise the benefits of these plantations, the Council organises annual harvesting workshops. These sessions are crucial for demonstrating proper harvest techniques to wildlife carers, ensuring that the plantations can be sustainably managed and continue to serve as a vital resource for wildlife rehabilitation efforts.

The success of these plantations hinges on the collaboration between the Council and wildlife carer organisations. Access to the plantations is regulated, requiring groups to seek Council approval, and ensuring the safety and efficiency of fodder distribution to the various wildlife care groups throughout Moreton Bay.

Published 25-February-2024

Echoes of Pink Floyd to Recreate Historic Pink Floyd Tour at Eatons Hill Grand Ballroom

Pink Floyd fans are in for an unforgettable musical experience when Australian tribute band Echoes of Pink Floyd takes the stage at the Eatons Hill Grand Ballroom on March 2, 2024.

Historic 1988 tour reimagined

Echoes of Pink Floyd will recreate Pink Floyd’s landmark 1988 Australian tour in support of the seminal album “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” — 35 years later. Their “Signs of Life” show promises to transport fans back to one of the most spectacular concert tours Australia has ever seen.

Echoes of Pink Floyd to reconstruct the magic

The renowned tribute band, founded in 2009, is known for perfectly recapturing the sonic and visual landscape of a real Pink Floyd arena show. Their Eatons Hill performance will include standout tracks not heard live locally in decades, as well as stone-cold Floyd classics their fans know and love.

Founder Daniel Hunter said fans can look forward to iconic David Gilmour guitar work, painstakingly recreated. “I’ve always loved David Gilmour’s guitar work, it’s pure class. This tour will showcase his work at its absolute peak and I can’t wait to share it with our audiences,” he said.

Co-founder Jason Miller said no detail has been overlooked. “We’ve spent countless hours making sure every sound is exactly as it should be. This is what our audiences have come to expect over the years and we love the challenge of getting these songs just right.”

Frontman Matt Goodluck can’t wait for Eatons Hill to help Echoes of Pink Floyd celebrate the magic of Pink Floyd’s 1988 tour. “We’re so excited to celebrate the 35th anniversary of this iconic tour and bring back some great memories for Pink Floyd fans all over the country.”

Join them for a mesmerising trip back to one of Pink Floyd’s most legendary tours, rebuilt before your eyes. Secure tickets here.

Published 24-February-2024