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Arana Leagues Club contributes $778,022 to the Local Community

Arana Leagues Club is delighted to announce that it has contributed $778,022 back into the local community, through cash and non-cash donations over the 2016/2017 financial year. This is an increase of over $20,000 on the previous year, a new record for the Club and something that makes the Club’s Board of Directors, and General Manager Joe Kelly, immensely proud. Continue reading Arana Leagues Club contributes $778,022 to the Local Community

Mander welcomes upgrades at South Pine & Pullen Roads intersection

Tim Mander, State Member for Everton would like to advise that safety improvement works will soon commence at the intersection of South Pine Road and Pullen Road, Everton Park.

Mr Mander said “These works are being undertaken to improve road safety for all road users by decreasing the risk of collision at the intersection”.

“The works will commence early next month and be completed by May 2018,” he said. Continue reading Mander welcomes upgrades at South Pine & Pullen Roads intersection

Moreton Bay SES Named Best in Brisbane

Moreton Bay Region SES has been named the Best SES Regional Unit/Group of the Year for the Brisbane Region and will vie for the Queensland title at the state awards on Sunday.
Chair of Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Local Disaster Management Group Cr Peter Flannery said the State Emergency Service (SES) Awards recognise the achievements of SES volunteers and units who have gone above and beyond in the course of duty.

“This award confirms what locals have long known, that Moreton Bay is home to some of the most professional and community-minded SES volunteers in the country,” he said.

“Their outstanding response to Cyclones Debbie and Oswald are testament to their prowess and a reminder of the critical importance local volunteers play in times of disaster.”

“I join the community in congratulating Moreton Bay Region SES on their success and thank them for their invaluable contribution to protecting local lives – they have truly earned this prestigious accolade.”

Deputy Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Cr Matt Constance today’s award will see Moreton Bay Region SES compete for the state title at the Queensland State Awards Ceremony in Brisbane on Sunday.

“The awards are the culmination of SES Week celebrations (7-15 October) and Moreton Bay is getting involved with the Combined Emergency Services Expo on Sunday,” he said.

 “This is a free community event at the Volunteer Marine Rescue Centre in Bellara on Bribie Island starting 10am Sunday.

“Spectators will be captivated with a helicopter water rescue by the Westpac Life Saver chopper together with flare demonstrations, QFRS water cannon and road crash simulation.”

 Local SES Controller Henk van den Ende said the Moreton Bay Region SES Unit has 7 SES groups with response roles to assist the community including: Severe Storm Operations, Flood Operations, Land Search Operations and supporting Police, Fire and Emergency Services.

“Last storm season local crews responded to 652 tasks, of which a massive 491 tasks related to the Cyclone Debbie response and clean up from March 29 to April 5,” he said.

 “During that period we had 150 volunteers on hand who did an incredible job getting families and businesses in the Moreton Bay Region back on their feet.

 “I’d like to remind everyone that it’s currently ‘Get Ready Week’ and encourage locals to sit down with their family to develop their own disaster plan, as well as prepare their homes and emergency kit before the summer storm season hits our region.

“By preparing better before disaster hits, you’ll help take the strain off our volunteers during the emergency response period so that our local SES crews can focus on those who need help most.”

Checklist: How ready are you? A few simple steps can help you get ready.

• Know the risks – think about the risks in your local area. How could a cyclone, severe storm, flood or bushfire impact you?

• Prepare your family – prepare an emergency plan about how to respond to local risks, including an emergency kit of essential items including a torch, battery operated radio and spare food and water (for at least three days).

• Prepare your property – check your gutters, roof, and insurance for house and other property. Get to know your neighbours and see if you can work together to get ready.

• Stay alert – tune in to warnings with MoretonAlert (register at or call council 3205 0555), listen to radio updates or log onto the Bureau of Metereology’s website.

• Take action – activate your emergency plan, locate your emergency kit, secure loose items and if you are evacuating do so early and check road conditions before setting off.

Council encourages residents to ensure that any preparedness activities they undertake in and around property boundaries adhere to council’s bi-laws.

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Ferny Grove TOD right on track

Local Member for Ferny Grove and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Mark Furner inspects the plans for the new TOD

Construction on Ferny Grove Railway Station’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is one step closer, after receiving sign off from the Queensland Government.

Member for Ferny Grove Mark Furner said the Ferny Grove TOD would positively transform the local community. Continue reading Ferny Grove TOD right on track

Mitchelton & Districts Garden Club News

On Thursday 2nd November, when the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, Althea and Barry Connor will be the guest speakers and they’ll talk about African Violets.

In the late 1800’s this plant was found in Tanzania by Walter von Saint Paul whose father sent some of them to a botanical garden to be scientifically studied, hence the name, Saintpaulia, is an alternative name for African Violets which have a variety of forms and several species. As well, many hybrids have been created. Continue reading Mitchelton & Districts Garden Club News

2017 Positive Or It’s Pointless Trophy Winner


Anna Bardini was the worthy recipient of Arana Netball Club’s 2017 Positive Or It’s Pointless Trophy, announced at presentation night in early September.
This award, as the name suggests, is for good sportsmanship and a positive approach to playing sport. The award is covered by a donation from the Hills Echo each year, and so is able to include a sports shop voucher along with the trophy, to assist the recipient a little as she continues in her chosen sport of netball.  Continue reading 2017 Positive Or It’s Pointless Trophy Winner



The 2017 Hills District and Bunya Garden Competition has been judged.  This is the 49th year of this competition which is run in Ferny Hills, Everton Hills, Arana Hills and the Bunya area.

Judging was independently done by Noel and Heather Prior who aremembers of the Australian Horticultural Judges Association.

Entries were down this year due to the tough weather conditions and no rain. However for our small competition we still managed three new entries in amongst our 14 entrants. We look forward to seeing many more in our 50th year in 2018. Continue reading CHAMPION GARDENS IN THE HILLS

Ferny Hills in for bear-y special picnic

Pack your picnic basket, grab your favourite teddy and join grandma and grandpa for a bear-y special event this National Grandparents Day with the first ever Teddy Bears’ Picnic at George Willmore Park, Ferny Hills.

In celebration of grandparents everywhere, Moreton Bay Regional Council and Division 10 Councillor Matt Constance will host the free picnic on Sunday, October 29 with plenty of live entertainment, activities and teddy bear-themed fun for the whole family.
Continue reading Ferny Hills in for bear-y special picnic


With so many classes to choose from over this spring/summer period, Pilates Studio 64 is a buzz with so many clients participating in pilates matwork, bootybarre, rhythm pilates and IndoRow.

Pilates Studio 64 is offering till the end of October for Hill’s Echo readers, a special New Client starter pack with 12 classes for just $167 (valid for 5 week from purchase date). You can try any of their speciality classes as an introduction group fitness.

They offer small group classes, attention to detail with personal corrections- you will always feel motivated and encouraged. Continue reading SPRING FITNESS WITH PS64!

2017 Hills Chamber of Commerce 25th Anniversary Big Breakfast

The 2017 Hills Chamber of Commerce 25th Anniversary Big Breakfast was held at Eatons Hill Hotel on 13 September this year.

The event was a great success with almost 290 in attendance, local business people, community groups, high school students, MPs.

Over $15,000 was raised for local charities in the district. Here’s a fantastic gallery of the images from the morning. Photos Courtesy of Vicki Yen Photo

Continue reading 2017 Hills Chamber of Commerce 25th Anniversary Big Breakfast


Many of us find excuses when it comes to making appointments for our own health checks. How many times have you heard yourself say, “I just don’t have the time” or “I’ll do it next week”?
If there is one thing you should do for yourself in the month of October, it’s make an appointment to have a breastscreen. Continue reading MAKE OCTOBER YOUR MONTH TO HAVE A BREASTSCREEN

The Hills Organic Community Garden – Get Involved!

Ever wondered what The Hills Organic Community Garden is all about? Here’s a bit of information from the Garden. Get involved today by contacting them on the details below!

➢ We have been at 416 Bunya Rd Bunya (beside the off-leash dog park) 450 metres south of the dump entrance towards Bunya) for over 3 years now. Our first Open Day was in March 2014. We are now on to our 6th Open Day which will be on Sunday 24 September. We have 2 speakers this time. Our first workshop is at 12.30 with Thierry Le Pers on the topic of integrated planting and pest management ; Our 2nd speaker at 2.30 is our local well known gardener Phil Ryan who will be talking about planting and developing seeds and cuttings successfully. Participants will be able to do their own planting of seeds. Phil will be selling some of his products on the day. A Gold coin donation for each participant will be appreciated. Continue reading The Hills Organic Community Garden – Get Involved!

School holiday fervour hits Moreton Bay Region

Kids launch yourself into a range of fun-filled activities, as Moreton Bay Regional Council hosts a wide-range of events for children and teenagers between September 18 and October 3 as part of its Active Holidays, Libraries, Galleries and Ramp Up Programs.

Spokesperson for Parks, Recreation and Sports and Division 11 Councillor Darren Grimwade said with a variety of fun-filled activities on offer, this school holiday season, local kids aged 3-17 would “definitely” not be left feeling bored.

“Seeing kids physically active and enjoying the outdoors as well as socialising with other children is such a joy to see,” Cr Grimwade said. Continue reading School holiday fervour hits Moreton Bay Region

‘Through Our Eyes’

Aunty Flo (Community Elder) opened the Exhibition with Mrs Goldspink and Group A Children

D Sol Café at 16 Ferny Way, Ferny Hills is currently hosting an exhibition of photos taken by the children at Willmore Kindergarten. The exhibition was officially opened on Wednesday 30th August by Community Elder, Aunty Flo Watson.

These photos were all taken by the children themselves. A camera in the hands of a child is a very powerful tool to demonstrate how amazing and capable our youngest community members are! Continue reading ‘Through Our Eyes’

$1.8 million for sweeping upgrades to council maintenance equipment

Moreton Bay Regional Council will invest more than $1.8million in three new street sweepers, as well as a new and a refurbished waste compactor with the announcement of two new tenders at today’s council’s coordination meeting.

Council’s spokesperson for Asset, Construction and Maintenance Councillor Peter Flannery said council awarded the tenders on Tuesday 5 September, including one tender totalling $1.29million for the purchase of a 26-tonne landfill compactor as well as the upgrade of council’s existing landfill compactor. Continue reading $1.8 million for sweeping upgrades to council maintenance equipment

Are you getting your 30 minutes of exercise each day?

Why not come and play rebound beach volleyball as socially or competitively as you like? Games comprise 3 x 15-minute sets – so why not get 45 minutes of exercise whilst having fun? If you can’t get a team together we can help you find a team to join. New players and teams are welcome to join at any time during the competition season. Competitions are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights with teams of 4 to 6 players in Mixed, Ladies’ and Men’s divisions. Continue reading Are you getting your 30 minutes of exercise each day?

Arana Netball Club News

August was a busy month for Arana Netball Club, with finals early in the month. Five of Arana’s ten competitive grade teams progressed to finals – Arana 1, Opens Div.2; Arana 3, Opens Div.7; Arana 4, Intermediate 4; Arana 5, Intermediate 6; and Arana 7, 13Yrs Div.4. All had done well to progress this far. Losing their semi-finals, and being eliminated from further finals, were Arana 1, Arana 3, and Arana 7. Arana 4 had a second chance to progress to the Grand Final by playing in the Preliminary Final, but unfortunately lost on the day. Continue reading Arana Netball Club News

Make Your Garden Functional and Fun with Eva

Eva Porter is a a truely inspiring young woman. This local young lady from Albany Creek got herself off unemployment benefits and started her own viable landscape design business, Porter Designs. Now she has gone from Centrelink to presenting as guest speaker at this weekend’s Redcliffe Festival!

Read more about her journey below in her own words:-

I’m a local young person who was considered a long term unemployed person.  Since I was 21, through commitment and passion I have built a successful business that got me off the dole.  There are many young people who are long term unemployed and I would really like to help them by giving them a sense of hope through my story. Continue reading Make Your Garden Functional and Fun with Eva

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 have opened 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. Continue reading 580+ activities make up Moreton Bay’s largest Older & Bolder program ever

Last call to all Gardeners in The Hills District and Bunya Area.

It is free and not too late to join us in the 49th Annual Garden Competition.

As the weather warms up our gardens are starting to pop with Spring and we spend more time outdoors. If you enjoy spending time in your garden and your garden has beautiful plants then why not enter? Benefits are many, just being involved with the competition you can meet other gardeners, share enthusiasm, swap plants or produce, and learn new skills. When you visit the Arana Hills library you can collect and lodge your application on the spot, you might even want to borrow some of the many gardening books, DVD’s and magazines. Continue reading Last call to all Gardeners in The Hills District and Bunya Area.

25 years of inspirational teaching

Leanne Hunter with Emma-Kate Clyburn, 2017 MPC President

The Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre’s (MPC) Director Leanne Hunter is celebrating 25 years of service at the kindergarten provider. A milestone not often achieved, Leanne started in 1983. In 2000 Leanne took on the additional role of Co-Director which continued through to 2013. From that time through to today, Leanne has conducted the role of Director of MPC with all the commitment and passion a great leader can inject. Continue reading 25 years of inspirational teaching

Ferny Hills Swimming Club Gears Up for the Season!

Matthew and Isla Garnham diving in to Summer!
Photo Courtesy of Tobias Garnham

Swimmers from 4 to 40 years old will dive in to a new swimming season at Ferny Hills Swimming Club’s annual sign on day on Saturday 2nd September.

“Ferny is a small and friendly swimming club. We welcome all swimmers, whether they want to put their swimming lessons into practice or take their racing to the next level at competitive meets” said Club President, Dean Bolton. Continue reading Ferny Hills Swimming Club Gears Up for the Season!

Samford Bowls Club – “Come and Try “ Day

Samford Bowls Club, situated on Mt Samson Road, has synthetic, covered greens and has the name for being “the friendly Club”.

On October 8th, our “Come and Try “ Day is open to anyone who might like to try the game of Bowls. (see advertisement).
Our players are enjoying a mixed season in Pennant (Club) competitions. Our men – in Divisions 2 and 5, have had mixed fortunes, and lie somewhere in the middle of the table. Our ladies have just come out on top of Division 3 on Saturdays, and hope to bring home a flag for the first time for a few years. Continue reading Samford Bowls Club – “Come and Try “ Day