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Wakakirri Announces National Story of the Year Winner…Mango Hill State School Takes the Primary Title!

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Mango Hill State School in Queensland has claimed the top award in the biggest performing arts festival for schools in Australia!

Wakakirri is Australia’s largest performing arts event for primary and secondary schools. This year’s search for the Story of the Year saw 240 schools hit the stage at 40 events at professional theatres around the country.

Mango Hill State School took out Story of the Year with their inspiring performance ‘What About the Children?’, in which a young boy discovers a way to make a difference when he learns about children who have been left homeless after a hurricane in Haiti. This was the school’s fifth year participating in Wakakirri and their first time winning Story of the Year.

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Mango Hill showed everyone that they too can become a “helping hero” in a performance the Wakakirri National Panel called “visually and creatively sensational”. The students also became real life helping heroes, dancing for donations just like the characters in their story and donating money raised to the Save The Children Foundation.

Big stories about big issues have been at the forefront of Wakakirri this year. Popular themes explored by students have included reconciliation, environmental conservation and mental health.
Wakakirri provides a platform for thousands of students to tell stories that explore their thoughts, ideas and aspirations through dance and drama.

Other national winners in Wakakirri’s Primary Challenge include Carranballac P-9 College, Seaforth Public School, Sacred Heart Primary School Thornlie, St Philip’s Christian College Gosford, Torrens Primary School, Enoggera State School, Jells Park Primary School, Rose Park Primary School and Richmond North Public School.

In the Secondary Challenge, New South Wales school Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Tumbi Umbi Campus took out Story of the Year for their stirring interpretation of John Marsden’s ‘The
Rabbits’ .

The Wakakirri Story Dance Challenge will return in 2019. Registrations open now, see website for details: www.wakakirri.com

08/11/2018 |

Mango Hill Armistice Centenary Festival

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We Remember 1918-2018

One hundred years ago, on 11 November 1918, four bloody years of brutal conflict came to an end. Almost 62,000 Australians died fighting for our freedom and in service of our nation in WWI.

As a celebration of this significant event in our history, the Mango Hill Progress Association has proudly organised the Mango Hill Armistice Centenary Festival for the entire community to come together and celebrate.

This Festival is a free family orientated event that will commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice of 11/11/1918 that led to the cessation of fighting on the Western front to end World War I.

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Chris Whiting, MP for Bancroft, said that “The signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918 brought an end to the horrors of the First World War, and I am pleased that the Mango Hill Progress Association has been chosen to help our community commemorate the centenary.

“The Mango Hill Progress Association have a history of running great events for our community, and I have no doubt that the Armistice Day Festival will be another event that is embraced by the local community.

“The Mango Hill Progress Association has been granted nearly $10,000 in funding from the Queensland Government to run their Centenary of Armistice Day Festival.

“The funding for this festival will allow our community to better commemorate our service men and women,” Chris Whiting said.

Laurence Christie, Mango Hill Progress Association President said that the event will provide an opportunity for the local community to remember and commemorate the final months of the First World War.

“We will have period music, static displays and other entertainment to provide an enjoyable experience for the entire family,” Mr Christie said.

The Festival will feature free rides for kids, a re-enactment of the actual signing of the Armistice by students of Grace College in an official Ceremony, a theatre presentation of the “Journey of a Bugle through WW1”, participation of Army Cadet Unit, re-enactors in Period Uniform and period musical entertainment by Fin Taylor’s WW1 Ensemble.

Ringing of the Bells: At 7.00pm at the very moment that was 11.00am on the Western Front, 150 Bells will chime out over Danzy Buchanan Park to replicate the Bells chiming out of the Churches of Europe at that time and the Guns falling silent to end the fighting. Shortly after at 7.05pm, KC’s Fireworks Spectacular Finale will light up the night sky as a Celebration of the end of WW1.

Join in on Sunday 11th November, from 2pm at Danzy Buchanan Park, Mango Hill Village.

08/11/2018 |

Attempted Murder Appeal

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Police-badgeDetectives have released vision of a vehicle believed to be linked to an incident last week where a man was stabbed at Mango Hill.

The 46-year-old man attended a property on Lamington Road around 12.30pm on October 10 when his vehicle was prevented from passing by a white hatchback parked on the roadway with a man standing beside it.

The victim exited his vehicle to speak with the man when another two vehicles pulled up behind, blocking him in as the man approached him armed with a knife.

Investigations indicate at this point the man lunged at the victim a number of times, striking him in the torso.

The victim grabbed a metal pole, using it on his attacker and hit him a number of times, injuring him before he entered the white hatchback.

The man drove from the scene with the other two vehicles following behind.

The victim was transported to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with a serious but non-life-threatening stab wounds.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen a small white sedan or similar model in the area around the time of the incident to come forward.

It is believed the vehicle sustained a smashed rear window during the incident and was reportedly missing a rear registration plate.

Police are also concerned for the health of the man due to possible injuries sustained during the incident.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1801883527

 

17/10/2018 |

Plans Unveiled for Mango Hill School Bus Route

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The Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council have unveiled plans for a new bus route to service Mango Hill State School’s growing community.

State Member for Murrumba Steven Miles said the proposed, dedicated bus route would drive along Napier Avenue, Campbell Drive and Capestone Road before and after school.

“Parents have told us they want more travel options for their kids, and I’m pleased to announce that the state government, Translink and council are working to make this happen,” Mr
Miles said.

“Students will be able to walk out their front door in the morning, hop straight onto a bus and arrive safely at the school gate.

“It will take cars off the road and ease overall congestion in Mango Hill during peak drop-off and pick-up times.”

Division 4 Councillor Julie Greer said council would upgrade the Campbell Drive and Jepson Street roundabout to allow a dedicated bus service to safely manoeuvre through the proposed route.

“In coming months, crews will get stuck into upgrading the roundabout, widening the intersection and replacing the existing curbs with more suitable painted lines and skirting,” Cr Greer said.

“The planned roadworks and bus service means we’ll have reduced congestion during peak times and that our parents won’t have to queue every day to drop off or pick up their young ones safely.

“It’s a fantastic announcement for the community and gives students the option to now walk, cycle or ride the bus to get to school.”

Mango Hill State School Principal Tracy Egan welcomed the plans and said it was a great result for students living in the nearby estates.

“When we surveyed our families on what they wanted in terms of getting to school, the overwhelming majority supported a dedicated bus route for their kids,” Ms Egan said.

“Our student population has hit well over the 1,000-mark and will continue to grow, so a dedicated bus service is a much needed and much welcome outcome.”

The route is expected to be in service by Term 1, 2019.

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State Member for Murrumba Downs Steven Miles, Mango Hill State School Principal Tracy Egan and Cr Julie Greer with Mango Hills State School students Brooke Wilson, Chloe Wilson and John Mooney.
28/09/2018 |

Mango Hill State School Art Show

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A great night was had at the Annual Art Show, Book fair and cultural evening with the class art auctions raising $8615 for the school!

The show was an absolute cracker of an event, with beautiful and creative class project artworks up for auction with winning bids ranging from $80 to $470!!

The school was privileged to have chief Auctioneer, Mitch from Ray White running the program. Special thanks to Darren Suhle and his team at Ray White who support the school each year with an auctioneer. Thank you also to Luke Howarth (Member for Petrie) for his attendance and support.

Well done to all students, teachers and staff!

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28/09/2018 |

Victory for Heritage Mango Trees

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The Mango Hill Progress Association has achieved an interim victory in seeking to limit the loss of Mango trees along Anzac Avenue with a decision by the Queensland Department of State Development, to not approve the original location of an access road onto Anzac Avenue.

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This location was identified by BGM in DA/33328/2016 (Development application) for an 80 house  block development.

As recommended by the Progress Association, SARA (Queensland State Assessment and Referral Agency) which coordinates all responses from the various State Government Departments on proposed local developments, has stated in its letter of 14th September: This location is the current “turn around lane” entry into Nuway  Landscape yard.

Whilst any further incursion onto Anzac Ave is not ideal, the Progress Association accepts:
• There must be an access road onto Anzac Ave and this is the best location.
• Some further trees may be lost.

However, as was our recommendation back in 1996 with the duplication of Anzac Ave and the formation of the current “U-turn facility” at this location, the Association will advocate strongly for “relocation” of as many trees as possible to the western side of Anzac Ave. In 1996, six trees were successfully transplanted and continue to grow on the western side of Anzac Avenue.

Current Situation:
Moreton Bay Regional Council has approved a 6-month deferment in the DA application process from BGM effective to 28th February 2019, after which further consideration of the their DA will be considered.

The Mango Hill Progress Association is pleased with the terrific response from the community at large and thanks all local media outlets, over 6900 individuals who signed petitions and our State Members for their support.

“The Price of Peace is Eternal Vigilance”. It is up to everyone in the community to keep an eye on what goes on in their Community.

Written by Laurence Christie , President – MHPA

27/09/2018 |

Land Resumption for Mango Hill State High School Confirmed

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Local residents, Darryl & Mary Ebert, along with their son, Michael, put up a good fight to save their family property of forty years from a State Government acquisition of the land for the purpose of building a State High School.

The Ebert family reside on their goat farm located on Kinsellas Road East. During their time there, they have planted and nurtured some 1470 trees, all due to be cut down to make way for the proposed High School.

They’re quite well known in Mango Hill for the community goat days held on their property, with one being held just yesterday! They raised an incredible $1092.75 from the gold coin entry to be donated to farmers doing it tough!

The Eberts put up a good fight against the land resumption, citing better suited neighbouring properties, already owned by the State Government and Urbex. They felt that their land was unsuitable for the High School for the following reasons, according to the change.org petition:

1. Long walking distance from main roads, bus routes and train lines.
2. Displacement of wildlife, including an already dwindling population of koalas, kangaroos and bird life.
3. Community character, the farm is an important and valued part of our community.
4. Concerns over health risks of nearby power pylons and Ross River fever due to the large volumes of mosquitos present during the warmer months and the fact that people have contracted Ross river fever at the proposed site previously.
5. Traffic congestion through a narrow residential area with no off street parking backing onto the proposed site. (Capestone)
6. Flood area; the proposed site is a flood zone, and would require large earthworks to make it suitable for a school (this also having an impact on surrounding homes and the environment)
7. Trees aged over 100 years old being felled and the impact this has on the environment and overall feel of the neighbourhood.
8. Dangerous surrounding road which has claimed many lives in past years (Kinsellas Road East)
9. A family farm of 40 years and it’s residents being told they need to pack up and go.
10. The surrounding residents who border the property line having not had full disclosure their properties would be backing on to a high school.
11. More responsibility should be given to council to help prevent future resumption’s by way of better management and planning of community ammenities at an early planning stage.

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The good news touted by the State Government today is that land has been secured for the purpose of a high school in Mango Hill.

Sadly however, this is a resumption of private land with the Ebert family losing their fight to remain on their property. They have until the 31st of October to relocate.

The Queensland Government Gazette published the Taking of Land Notice (No 03) 2018 on the 17th of August 2018.

Member for Murrumba Steven Miles welcomed the news of the new High School for the area.

“I know many parents are excited about sending their kids to a high school right here in Mango Hill.

“This acquisition will allow the education department to get to work on the building plans, to allow the school to open its doors to students from 2020.”

Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting said the new High School would take pressure off North Lakes State College.

“North Lakes State College is bursting at the seams, and I’ve been campaigning since 2015 for another high school in the area.”

The school will eventually accommodate up to 1800 students.

20/08/2018 |

Murder charge

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Detectives have charged a man with murder, following the death of a 41-year-old man in Mango Hill overnight.

Emergency services were called to a unit complex on Brushwood Court at around 8:40pm following reports a man had been stabbed.

On arrival officers located a man with wounds to his abdomen. Emergency services attempted CPR however the 41-year-old Deception Bay man was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

A 36-year-old man located at the scene was taken into custody without incident.

The two men were known to each other.

A 36-year-old Mango Hill man has been charged with murder and is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Information supplied by Queensland Police Service.

 

 

28/07/2018 |

Unlawful use of a vehicle, Inala to Mango Hill

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Two people are assisting police with inquiries in relation to the unlawful use of a motor vehicle from Inala to Mango Hill last night.

Police helicopterAt around 8pm, a stolen vehicle was tracked by POLAIR from Inala as it drove across to Brisbane North.

Police successfully deployed a tyre deflation device at Mango Hill where the 25-year-old male driver and the 21-year-old female passenger abandoned the car on Maryvale Road and fled.
POLAIR followed the man where he was soon taken into custody, while the dog squad located the woman in bushes in a nearby rear yard. A firearm was also located.

Investigations into the incident are continuing.

Via myPolice

 

16/06/2018 |

Farewell for Senior Constable Kerri Edwards

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With heavy hearts, the Mango Hill Progress Association said their goodbyes to our favourite Village Copper at their monthly meeting.

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Kerri has served as a vital connection between the local Police service and the Community, keeping us abreast of the important statistics and issues that occur in the local Mango Hill and North Lakes region.

Kerri has served in the North Lakes / Mango Hill area for the last nineteen years, becoming involved with the Mango Hill Progress Association (MHPA) in 2009, where she was quickly adopted as the Community Liason Officer and has been a regular to meetings ever since.

In 2016, Kerri was awarded a Group Bravery Citation from the Governor General’s Australian Bravery Decorations for her actions during a horrific truck accident at Bald Hills.

In 2017, the Progress Association also proudly nominated Kerri for the Pine Rivers Police Officer of the Year Award, which is run by the Rotary Club of Pine Rivers, for which S/C Edwards was the successful recipient. This award formally recognises Police Officers for not only the work they perform in their daily duties, but importantly, for the role they perform above and beyond their normal duties, a role integral to working with Community, to enhance Community safety.

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MHPA President Laurence Christie commented, “If all Police Officers in the State were of the high calibre that Kerri has been, the Police service would be viewed in the highest esteem by the community at large. The Mango Hill Community will be forever thankful for her contributions.”

S/C Kerri Edwards is now looking forward to her new role as Officer In Charge of Cannon Hill Police Station. On behalf of Big Local and the Mango Hill Community, we would like to wish Kerri all the very best!

17/05/2018 |

Capestone Shopping Centre is on it’s Way!

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The commencement of Capestone’s $20 million shopping plaza isn’t far away, and when complete, will boast fifteen exciting new stores.

The shopping plaza is being developed by RR Morris Group, with construction to commence later this year, and is anticipated to take just over twelve months to complete.

The shopping plaza will include an IGA and is a significant addition to the range of amenities provided at Capestone. Capestone offers residents convenience and easy living right at their doorstep with a child carecentre soon to be delivered, as well as schools, parklands and an outdoor gym.

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The ‘Kidz Magic’ child care centre is a highly anticipated addition to the Capestone community, and will provide residents with high quality, full service child care just minutes from home. Works on the child care centre commenced in April and will utilise a unique plaza and verandah design. This responds to the sub-tropical climate, and encourages children to spend more time outdoors in an environment which is useable almost all year round. The centre will accommodate 130 children from three months up to school age and will include a veggie patch, sandpits, a bike path, and natural play and discovery spaces.

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The delivery of the shopping plaza and child care centre are of great added value to the thriving Capestone community. These amenities will activate Capestone’s urban hub, providing a convenient and central place for friends to meet up for a coffee, or grab their groceries.

03/05/2018 |

Mango Hill Residents, Lock Your Vehicles!

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Pine Rivers Police would like to remind residents to be vigilant and ensure they secure and lock their vehicles when parked outside their homes.

Mango-Hill-residents-lock-your-carPolice have noticed an increase in vehicles being left unlocked and property has been stolen from them in the Halpine Lake Estate.  Wattlebird Street, Peridot Crescent, Amber Close, Jabiru Drive and Topaz Drive have all been targeted.

  • Always lock your car, even if leaving it unattended for only a short time.
  • Ensure all valuables are removed from your car.

More information can be found at https://www.nhwq.org/wp-content/uploads/VehicleSecurityFactSheet.pdf

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

16/04/2018 |
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