New mainly music group in the The Hills District

A new mainly music group for families with babies and pre-schoolers has started up in the Hills District.

Did you know that music enhances the educational capabilities and development skills of babies and children? A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that childhood musical experiences have the ability to actually accelerate brain development. It’s true. Particularly in the areas of reading skills and the acquisition of language.

But not only that. Music enhances all areas of a child’s development. It provides school readiness skills – like literacy and numeracy. It enhances social skills – especially when children need to negotiate the sharing of toys and play space. It helps the body and mind work together – like when a child is marching. Continue reading New mainly music group in the The Hills District

Mander welcomes safety improvements on South Pine Road

Tim Mander, State Member for Everton would like to advise that work will commence next week on safety improvements at intersection of South Pine Road and Pullen Road, Everton Park.

Initially the work will involve the location of utility services beneath the road and footpath in order to finalise the design for proposed safety works at this location. Continue reading Mander welcomes safety improvements on South Pine Road

Retail First progresses $50 million makeover of Brookside Shopping Centre.

Brookside Shopping Centre has today announced that further works are set to begin as part of a $50 million makeover, with the central cross road of the shopping centre poised to become a revitalised hub and food precinct for shoppers. These works are in conjunction with the opening of Target, Cotton On Mega and Sportsgirl, prior to Christmas this year. Continue reading Retail First progresses $50 million makeover of Brookside Shopping Centre.

Queensland Junior State Cup Wrap Up

Arana Touch is very proud of the seven teams who participated in the 2017 Junior State Cup in Hervey Bay from 6th to 8th July.
Our teams play against some very strong associations who are well established and are made up of players from large regional cities/towns.
Overall we had nine wins and two draws. U14 Boys had four wins and three losses, narrowly missed making quarter final. Continue reading Queensland Junior State Cup Wrap Up

Ferny Grove honour fallen comrade on 10 year anniversary

Commissioner of Police Mr Ian Stewart addressing the Memorial Service.

On Tuesday, July 18, a memorial service was held at the Ferny Grove Police Station to commemorated the 10thanniversary of the tragic loss in the line of duty of Constable Brett Andrew Irwin registered number 4020316 of the Ferny Grove Police Station.

At approximately at 10.50pm on July 18, 2007, Constable Brett Irwin and his shift partner attended a residential address in Keperra to execute an arrest warrant on an adult male who had failed to appear in court. Continue reading Ferny Grove honour fallen comrade on 10 year anniversary

Feel Good Fashion At Ferny Hills

Lee Martin, Owner of
Style Your Way

Fashion stylist Lee Martin has found a way to combine her love of fashion with her desire to support a worthy local cause. ‘Style Your Way’ is an exciting new store recently opened in Ferny Hills.

With a charming, boutique-style feel, the store offers quality pre-loved women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. As a ‘Joining Hands’ ambassador, Lee donates a portion of profits to this local social enterprise that supports homeless and vulnerable youth in Brisbane. Savvy customers are able to get an affordable total look at Style Your Way, and benefit from Lee’s extensive styling experience in-store. Continue reading Feel Good Fashion At Ferny Hills

Pine Hills Lightning Scores a New Field of Dreams

Pine Hills Lightning A Grade team with Teeballers

Works on a new baseball field at James Drysdale Reserve are underway, thanks to a $3.3million commitment from the Moreton Bay Regional Council, in its 2017/18 budget released last month.

The new field, to be located behind the current main diamond left field fence, has been on the drawing board for a number of years, and will now become a reality. In addition to the new diamond, the project will also include dugouts, field lighting, irrigation, 38 carparks, amenities and access road. Preliminary earthworks are already underway and the project is expected to be completed in late 2018, weather permitting.

James Drysdale Reserve is home to Pine Hills Lightning Baseball Club junior and senior teams and the addition of the new diamond will now enable the club to hold junior State Titles and National Tournaments.

Pine Hills Baseball Club president Simon Tame, said there had been a lot of work done behind the scenes by previous committee members and Moreton Bay Regional Council.

‘With Baseball back in the Olympics in 2020, a new field will help provide another opportunity for the children of the area to be involved in sports and maybe 1 day join the other 3 club representatives who played for Australia this year’ said Pine Hills Baseball Club president Simon Tame.

The club is looking to expand on its Lightning Cup Rookie Ball initiative for children aged 8 – 12, in which they play in-house 1.5 hour games during the week.

They are expecting more teams this year with the club delivering over 25 baseball ‘Come n Try’ days in the local schools in July and August.

Head down to James Drysdale Reserve on the 12th August for their ‘Come and Try’ baseball day from 10 am to 2pm. It will be a fantastic opportunity for the kids to try their hand at this great sport.

August is National Family History Month

Queensland Family History Society is having an OPEN DAY at their Library and Resource Centre at 58 Bellevue Avenue, Gaythorne. We would love to meet you! Please come and meet us on Saturday 12 August from 10am to 3pm.

This year our Open Day theme is Family – Links in a Chain.

Do you have any missing links in your family history? Would you like to find them? Would you like to know your family ancestry? Who do you think you are?

We will have members from our Special Interest Groups which include, English West country, Welsh, Scottish, Irish and Central European ancestry. Have a chat with them and let their expertise assist and guide you in your family research. Continue reading August is National Family History Month

Local Hardware Store Closes

At the end of July, the doors closed on Ferny Hills’ hardware store for the final time.
Nestled under the block of shops on Ferny Way, opposite the Telstra Exchange, this hardware store has served the local area since 1968. It was first operated by Mr and Mrs Jones who sold to the Spencer family. It was then known as ‘Spencer Hardware’ and continued to trade under this name when owned by John and Jackie Findlay-Bisset.. It then came under the True Value Hardware banner. Continue reading Local Hardware Store Closes

Samford Rangers on the World Stage

Samford Rangers U12 players Brayden Ellis, Nico Maritz, Lucius Conroy, Isaac Bennett, William Armstrong, Finn McGonigle and Bailey Nugent were part of the squad who travelled to Japan for the tournament.

Samford Rangers U12’s fly the flag for Australia.
Last month, seven boys from Samford Rangers Football Club travelled to Japan as part of a combined squad with a handful of Go Zamurai Soccer Academy players, as the first ever competitors from Australia to participate in the Copa Puma Toreros Primavera Soccer Tournament, 2017.
Copa Puma Toreros Primavera is one of the biggest international junior soccer tournaments in the world and has been held in Japan since 2010. This year, our club received an invitation to participate in this tournament alongside elite academies from International Professional Football Clubs such as Atletico Madrid (Spain), Hertha Berlin (Germany) and Palmeiras (Brazil). Continue reading Samford Rangers on the World Stage

Farm Animal Rescue (Australia) in Dayboro at risk of closing down

A small animal rescue charity ( Farm Animal Rescue (Australia) at Dayboro has been unfairly targeted by the government to pay $300,000 to pay for highway upgrades. Take 5mins to watch this nine news story (link below) and give them your support. Link to the petition is here: https://www.change.org/p/jackie-trad-and-mark-bailey-keep-farm-animal-rescue-open-for-visitors?recruiter=30235819&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1903407426649468&id=1610342069289340

CALLING ON LOCALS TO SUPPORT LOCAL CHARITY

Op Shop Sales Help Kidney Patients

Keperra and North West Suburbs residents and businesses can help a local Charity and give back to their community and to Kidney patients in Queensland.

The Kidney Support Network Op Shop in Dallas Parade Keperra has recently celebrated 12 months at the new address, after moving from The Gap and is calling on locals to dig deep to support their efforts to help people impacted by Kidney Disease. Continue reading CALLING ON LOCALS TO SUPPORT LOCAL CHARITY

Preparation for a multi-million dollar baseball facility underway in Moreton Bay Region

Moreton Bay Regional Council Division 10 Councillor Matt Constance with Pine Hills Baseball Club’s (Back L-R) Dave Everett, Matt Glasson Simon Tame, (Front L-R) Samuel and Holly Moellers, Harrison Tame, Eliza Weaver and Blake Holland.
Works on a new baseball field at James Drysdale Reserve are underway, thanks to a $3.3million commitment from the Moreton Bay Regional Council, in its 2017/18 budget released last month.

The new field, to be located behind the current main diamond left field fence, has been on the drawing board for a number of years, and will now become a reality. Continue reading Preparation for a multi-million dollar baseball facility underway in Moreton Bay Region

Mitchelton Rotary Club funding Papua New Guinea water supply project

Supurunda water supply survey team

Mitchelton Rotary Club member Ian Cameron recently travelled to PNG to inspect potential water supply projects on behalf of Rotary District 9600, with Wes Nichols from Toowong Rotary Club.

As part of the feasibility study, the Dudumia village water supply project, in Asaro District, outside Goroka, which has been in operation for 4 years, was inspected. This project was funded by Rotary International, and the Rotary Clubs of Toowong, Belvoir-Wodonga and Goroka. The water supply which has been a great success, and uses a protected spring as the source, supplying 9,000 Litre poly tanks with poly pipe distribution to 32 taps in the village. Continue reading Mitchelton Rotary Club funding Papua New Guinea water supply project

Young Picassos Artwork on Display

Milo aged 4 excited about seeing his artwork in the fruit shop

The children of Willmore Kindergarten currently have some artwork displayed at VC Fruit which is located at 18-20 Ferny Way, Ferny Hills. Chinu and his lovely wife have kindly allowed the children to display their work in an effort to show the children how they are part of a community, and show the community, the contribution young children make. Continue reading Young Picassos Artwork on Display

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