AMBER ALERT Issued for Seven Month Old Baby


amber-alertThe Queensland Police Service is seeking urgent public assistance to help locate a 7-month boy who is missing from the Brisbane area and may be at significant risk.

A man was seen with the boy in the Mango Hill area yesterday in a gold Holden Commodore

The boy is described as being Caucasian in appearance and had blue eyes and brown hair.

He is described as being Caucasian in appearance, around 180cms tall and has a solid build and brown hair.

The car is a gold Holden Commodore with South Australian registration ‘CLUBBER’. amber-alert-commodore

Missing since 01/03/2018
Missing from Mango Hill
Age 7-months-old
Gender Boy
Appearance Caucasian
Hair colour Brown

Anyone who may have seen the man and the boy is being urged to contact police.

7-MONTH-OLD-BABYIf 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 24hrs per day.


02/03/2018 |

Dear Alice


Christmas isn’t merry for everyone……


Dear Alice,
Every year the whole family goes to my sisters for Christmas day. My partner and kids are worried about going because it always ends in tears. We want to do the big family lunch thing but everyone tends to drink too much and fight over old family drama. I don’t know what to do. Help!
– Sandy

Hi Sandy,
It’s a common assumption that Christmas brings joy but for a lot of families coming together might not always be for the best. Preparing for the day is enough to stress anyone out, not to mention sitting around without much else to do than argue over Grandma’s will. Firstly, you need to create a plan and inform your partner and kids of how it is going to play out. Lay the ground work early. Let your sister and family know that you can only stay for a few hours because you are going to visit a friend that lives far away. Have a set time that you must leave by; this will make leaving on the day easier. Next, if you can summon the courage on the day, Speak up! Make a speech and reflect on how important your family is to you. At the end of the speech, state that you want everyone to be happy and ask that they set aside their differences for the day and avoid those nasty topics. Lastly, try some practical tactics. Like playing board games and making a seasonal cocktail for everyone with only half-strength alcohol. Diverting people’s attention and lowering the alcohol level could add a few extra hours of peace. Lastly, if the traditional Christmas plan isn’t working out perhaps it is time to consider a destination holiday for yourself, partner and children.
Best of Luck,
Stay Sane.


19/12/2017 |

Moreton Bay Region’s Best Camping Spots


The Moreton Bay Region offers some of the most scenic locations in Queensland to holiday, from the famous Pumicestone Passage to our stunning National Parks, our scenic seaside and our lakes and dams.


This list is for everyone, from the beginner camper to the seasoned ‘bushie’, we’ve found the best places to provide the serenity you need to unwind and relax these holidays! If you’re a novice camper, check out the camping tips at the bottom of the article. 

Bongaree-Caravan-ParkBongaree Caravan Park
Opposite Pumicestone Passage

Bongaree Caravan Park offers a tranquil base from which to enjoy all that Bribie Island has to offer. Just across the road from the famous Pumicestone passage, home to wildlife such as dolphins, dugongs and turtles. The park has a variety of accommodation, from camping to caravans, as well as on site holiday villas and cottages. Enjoy spectacular views of Pumicestone Passage, the Glasshouse Mountains and the Redcliffe Peninsula. Swimming is very popular for all ages in the calm water beaches. There is great fishing, a number of walking paths to explore the area plus it’s within walking distance to local shops & restaurants.

To find out more, head to –

Ocean-Beach-Camping-AreaOcean Beach Camping Area
Close to Woorim Beach, Bribie Island

Ocean Beach Camping Area is located 16km to 19km north of the beach access point on North Street, Woorim. The camping area is in a prime location on the Eastern side of the island with Freshwater Creek nearby. If you’re an avid fisher, this is the spot for you! The campsites do vary a fair bit between sites with a combination of sand, dirt and some grass. The camp sites just behind the dunes are accessible from defined track entrances, make sure to use these and do not drive over dunes. Camping is not allowed in the foredunes or on the beach. The site is 4wd drive access only and you will need a vehicle access permit.

To learn more, visit –

Jack-Purton-Neurum-Creek-Bush-RetreatNeurum Creek Bush Retreat
Borders D’Aguilar National Park

Neurum Creek Bush Retreat provides dog friendly camping grounds. Enjoy the great outdoors with many activities including trail walking, swimming, canoeing, and much more! The township of Woodford is a twelve minute drive away, where you’ll find friendly service and advice as well as being able to cater for your needs be it food, refreshments, fuel, restaurants, etc. The site of the famous “Woodford Folk Festival” is only fifteen minutes away. If you book a campsite for the week leading up to Christmas, expect a visit from Santa and the local firies! Campsite owners, Simon and Tracey, are also gearing up to host Australia Day with live music and more! Image courtesy Jack Purton.

For more information, visit –

Scouts-Camping-GlampingMurrenbong Scout Campsite 
Peaceful Camping Setting

Located just thirty minutes north of Brisbane in the spectacular suburb of Kurwongbah is the gorgeous Murrebong Campsite. Known for its traditional bush camping, walking trails and large dam, the Scouts QLD campsite offers a peaceful setting for even the most basic camper to spend a few days to recharge and get away from the hustle and bustle of life. The campsite offers bush camping, non-powered sites and has a bunk hut and dining hall/kitchen for larger groups that wish to stay onsite. Bookings are essential and can be made with the onsite staff.

Booking contact details – or (07) 3285 5408

Middle-Cobble-CreekMiddle Kobble Bush Camp
Hikers Dream

Middle Cobble Bush Camp is a remote bush campsite in an open grassy area next to Kobble Creek, in the remote northern section of D’Aguilar National Park. This campsite is for the more experienced campers as it is walk-in camping only. A short walk takes you to the top of Kobble Creek waterfall. Keep an eye out for the prehistoric-looking Lepidozamia (cycads) on your walk to the bush camp. Skinks and keelbacks (freshwater snakes) can be seen basking on the rocks at the top of Kobble Creek waterfall. Bottlebrush plants flower along the creek beside the bush camp site in Spring make for a stunningly scenic hike. Image courtesy of Rolo.

Search for the campsite via –

Donnybrook-Caravan-ParkDonnybrook Caravan Park
Quiet Seaside Spot

If boating and fishing is your thing, Donnybrook Caravan Park provides the perfect get-away holiday in a peaceful seaside village. Launch your boat from the adjacent boat ramp and cruise out into the picturesque Pumicestone Passage for a relaxing or fun-filled day on the water. Return to your caravan in the afternoon and enjoy a relaxing barbeque or head to the local bowls club for a meal. A general store and post office across the road and a take-away next door provide for your basic needs. This spot is perfect for the keen fisherman!

To find out more and book a site, visit –

Worldsaway-RetreatWorldsaway Retreat
View of Glass House Mountains and Moreton Bay

Set on 40 acres of pristine land in the hinterland of Ocean View, the retreat overlooks the Glass House Mountains and Moreton Bay. Worldsaway Retreat is a 10-minute drive from the yesteryear town of Dayboro and quaint village of Mt Mee. Wineries, restaurants and Mt Mee State Park are all nearby. You’re offered a stunning, open space to relax, unwind and re-energise. Right in the midst of nature, Worldsaway Retreat is a sanctuary to soothe your soul, your body and your mind. If you’re not a fan of pitching a tent, you can always choose the glamping option of their self-contained cabins. The surreal, breath-taking views will seize you with the amazing Glass House Mountains, ocean, islands, waterfalls, valleys and forests. It’s almost unbelievable.

To learn more –

Camping-Moreton-Bay-RegionBaden Powell Park Scout Campsite
Nestled away in Samford Valley

The beautiful Baden Powell Park campsite, owned by Scouts QLD, is a 150-acre leafy green site within walking distance of the quaint Samford Village. The site boasts a 25 metre swimming pool, endless walking tracks, hot water showers and a large dam with plenty of fish to catch! They also have equipment for hire, such as mountain bikes. There are various accommodation options available to public campers, so if you prefer the glamping option, you can hire a bell tent. Bunk huts are also available or powered sites for you to park your caravan. Bookings are essential and the campsite is sometimes not available due to Scouting events.

Please check availability through the Scouts QLD Bookings Office – or (07) 3721 5737

Toorbul-Caravan-ParkToorbul Caravan Park
Boaters and Fishers Dream

Boating and fishing in the adjacent pristine waters of the Pumicestone Passage makes Toorbul Caravan Park the ideal getaway spot for the fishing and water sports enthusiast. Boat ramp, fishing supplies, convenience store and tavern are all within 400 metres of the park in this peaceful, seaside community. Kangaroos wandering the streets in the late afternoon make this a unique holiday location! The park offers good facilities for caravan and campers, including a BBQ area, large amenities block and a coin operated laundry. It is recommended that bookings be made well in advance to ensure availability of a site.

For more information, visit –


– Always take plenty of fresh drinking water. A lot of campsites only offer potable water, which is fine for bathing and extinguishing campfires. If you need to use the water for drinking, it MUST be boiled for a minimum of ten minutes.
– Not all campsites allow campfires, so it is best to check beforehand. It is also advisable to check whether there are any current fire bans in place.
– Bring firewood. Often you will see roadside signs with local residents selling pre-cut wood. It is ILLEGAL to collect wood (even dead branches) in National Parks and you could face a hefty fine if caught! Campfires must be contained and extinguished properly with water. Wildfires can start from embers. Be responsible!
– Ensure you deflate your tyres for beach driving, around 16psi is the standard. Check the tides guide!
– 50+ Sunscreen, Bushmans 40 deet (insect repellant), a fully stocked first aid kit, a pair of thongs for showering, torches and a packet of baby wipes are absolute essentials.
– Do not feed the native wildlife! Ensure all food is secured and away from the reach of all wildlife or you may find it all gone whilst you are away from the campsite or sleeping.
– It pays to look around for ant nests and insect holes prior to pitching tents and gazebos.
– Arrive at your campsite while there is still plenty of daylight, setting up camp can be quite time consuming and setting up in the dark isn’t as fun as it might sound.
– Some campsites don’t offer rubbish disposal, pack some garbage bags and make sure your campsite has no rubbish laying around before leaving.
– Lay a ground sheet (most tents come with one) or a tarp at the entrance to the tent and make it a no shoe zone. This prevents a lot of dirt inside the tent and makes for a more comfortable sleep.
– It’s a good idea to leave the netting on the tent entrance zipped up at all times, except for entering and exiting, unless you want to share a bed with snakes, spiders and mosquitoes!
– Make a list of what you intend to pack but bear in mind that you’ll likely still forget something! Don’t forget the coffee!
– Check yourself for ticks!
– Enjoy the serenity!

18/12/2017 |

Bureau of Meteorology Issues Initial Flood Watch


An Initial Flood Watch has been issued for coastal catchments between Gladstone and the New South Wales Border.

The first flood watch, issued by the Bureau of Meteorology this morning, indicates that minor flooding across a large swathe of catchments, including Pine and Caboolture Rivers and their tributaries, is possible.

The Bureau released a video yesterday, detailing the impacts, with Southern States, New South Wales and Victoria, likely to experience the worst of the impacts.

Parts of Queensland will begin to see the effects of the trough from Sunday and into Monday. Rainfall during the past week has primed local catchments for future level rises.

Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 30-70mm are possible about coastal catchments south of Gladstone during Sunday and Monday. Isolated heavier falls in the range of 80-180mm are possible each day, these fall are expected from severe thunderstorms embedded in the trough. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued by the Bureau of Meteorology during the event as required. You can view all Queensland warnings here.


The warning is as follows:


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland

Initial Flood Watch for coastal catchments between Gladstone and the New South Wales Border

Issued at 11:12 am EST on Friday 1 December 2017

Flood Watch Number: 1

Minor flooding is possible across the Flood Watch area.

A trough system and an associated band of showers and storms will move into the southwest of the state during Friday, shifting gradually eastwards across the state during the weekend. The associated band of showers and storms will likely clear the coast on Tuesday.

Rainfall during the past week has wetted up some coastal catchments meaning river level rises are likely.

Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 30-70mm are possible about coastal catchments south of Gladstone during Sunday and Monday.

Isolated heavier falls in the range of 80-180mm are possible each day with severe thunderstorms. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued during the event as required.

Minor flooding is possible across the Flood Watch area and isolated heavy rainfall may lead to localised flooding.

Rainfall totals and river level rises are expected to be significantly lower than those experienced in the Wide Bay catchments in October, and certainly nothing comparable to the widespread rainfall and flooding seen in Cyclone Debbie.

The Flood Watch area will be refined as the location of the heaviest rainfall becomes more certain.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

Calliope River
Boyne River
Baffle Creek
Kolan River
Burnett River
Burrum and Cherwell Rivers
Mary River
Noosa River
Sunshine Coast Rivers and Creeks
Pine and Caboolture Rivers
Upper Brisbane River
Lower Brisbane River
(Tributaries of the lower Brisbane River only.)
Logan and Albert Rivers
Gold Coast Rivers and Creeks

See to view the current flood warnings for Queensland.

Flood Safety Advice:

This Flood Watch means that people living or working along rivers and creeks should monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings.

  • Remember: If it’s flooded, forget it.

For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Current emergency information is available at

This advice is also available by dialling 1300 659 219 at a low call cost of 27.5 cents, more from mobile, public and satellite phones.

Warning, rainfall and river information are available at

01/12/2017 |

Labor Paints the Moreton Bay Region Red


Final election counts are still being tallied but it’s becoming clear that the ALP has a stronghold in the Moreton Bay Region and Queensland as a whole.

Steven-Miles-wins-Murrumba-2017Six of the nine seats that are within the boundaries of the Moreton Bay Region has been won or retained by Labor candidates.

Murrumba – Steven Miles (ALP)

Bancroft – Chris Whiting (ALP)

Redcliffe – Yvette D’Ath (ALP)

Pine Rivers – Nikki Boyd (ALP)

Kurwongbah – Shane King (ALP)

Morayfield – Mark Ryan (ALP)

The three remaining seats are still undecided:

Pumicestone – Micheal Hoogwaerts (ALP) and Simone Wilson (LNP) are running a very tight race. It could be a long wait to hear the results for this seat.

Chris-Whiting-wins-Bancroft-2017Everton – Tim Mander (LNP) holds the lead over David Greene (ALP).

Glass House – Andrew Powell (LNP) has the lead over Brent Hampstead (ALP).

26/11/2017 |

The new “call-back” phone scam hits


Three nights ago, Australians started receiving calls all the way from Cameroon in Central Africa.

Calls were very short allowing practically no opportunity to answer them. Welcome to the call-back scam or as it became known in New Zealand in April this year, the Wangiri scam. Meaning “one ring and cut”.

One of Mackay’s very own police officers received this call in the very early hours of the morning two night’s ago.

This phone scam is so very easy to avoid once you know how it works. Here’s what you need to know:

  • You receive a call which is almost impossible to answer at an inconvenient time.  You later identify the missed call – your curiosity peaks. You have a decision to make, do I call the number back or not? Many decide to call back – hence the scam name.
  • The scammers establish themselves in locations where they can receive the highest possible yield for their international premium rate number (known as a toll number). This means that the revenue made from your international call to their newly set up phone number is shared between the telephone company and the scammers.
  • The rates charged for these return international calls are the highest possible you could imagine. Prepaid users often find themselves with little to no credit left afterwards, other phone users only identify the damage incurred when they receive their next phone bill. Charges incurred during your call back are extremely excessive.
  • To make it worse –  if you decide to call back this number, the person who answers your call will do every thing in their power to ensure you stay on the line for as long as possible. People have been told in these call backs that they have won large sums of money, that a family member has died or has been seriously injured – they have even been exposed to conversations of a sexual nature, all in an effort to keep them on the phone for as long as possible – ever increasing the cost to the victim.
  • If you have received a call from this process, your details or your phone number have not been compromised. It is believed that the process of identifying phone numbers is an automated process – with every possible phone number combination being identified and called.
  • It is expected that very large numbers of these scam calls could be made as a result.

In simpler terms, the scam only works if people call the number back linked to the missed call. If you identify this number from Cameroon as a missed call on your phone – do not call it back. Please understand that the scammers are likely to use different locations and different numbers. The same rules apply – don’t call back international numbers that you do not recognise.

Police are also warning people of a current smishing scam offering you the chance to win a Woolworths gift card if you reply with your personal details. The SMS message even refers to you by your name or nickname.

Smishing is a security attack in which the user is tricked into downloading a Trojan horse, virus or other malware onto their phone or other mobile device. Do not reply to message from unknown callers, confirm details of companies via legitimate sources and never respond to anything immediately.

Another scam involves getting users to click on a video link (either via email or SMS). It may try to lure you by suggesting the video is about you or involves you in some way. Never click on links in emails or messages sent to you by unknown sources.

Remember, you can report scams through A.C.O.R.N. (Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network) here.

To keep up to date with circulating scams, visit Scamwatch here.

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 24hrs per day.

Words: Senior Constable Steve Smith

03/11/2017 |

Not All Heroes Wear Capes


Four years ago on the 9th of September, 2013, lives were changed forever when Emergency Services received a call out to a serious traffic accident on the Gateway Overpass, near the Pine River Bridge on the Gympie Arterial Road.

Witnesses were already on the scene, assisting the driver and passenger.

At 8.50pm, a Kenilworth truck travelling north tipped over the barrier of the overpass with the cab of the truck impacting on the gravel below.

The then twenty-four year old driver was able to extricate himself from the cab while the then twenty-five year old passenger remained trapped in the cab. With large volumes of diesel leaking and the trailer precariously slipping further down, every second that passed was crucial. A woman who witnessed the accident sat with the passenger (Terry) in order to comfort him. Two men who witnessed the accident, worked together to lift what they believed to be the dashboard to free the passenger, only to discover the lower section of his left leg was missing. One of the men removed his shirt and made an improvised tourniquet to apply to the victim’s leg in an attempt to stabilise him.
Police and other emergency services attended the scene, some of whom crawled under the sliding rig, to completely free the man from the wreck. Terry was moved out from under the trailer and taken to the hospital just in time.

These days, Terry is married with a child but things could have been so different for him. The Emergency Services personnel and brave members of the community were awarded a group Bravery Award by the Queensland Governor Paul De Jersey on the 2nd of May this year to acknowledge their actions. The Award recipients were some members of the public and Queensland Police members who attended the accident.


The Award recipients were:
Acting Sergeant Kerrianne Maree EDWARDS, Senior Constable Matthew John GRACE, Ms Riley Heather LYE, Senior Constable Michael John McGAHAN, Senior Constable Alan Gregory MONTGOMERY, Senior Constable Kurt Norman MUDGWAY and Mr Alan James STAINES.

12/09/2017 |

Police and staff members recognised at Awards Ceremony


On Wednesday August 23, the Queensland Police Service conducted an awards ceremony to recognise the achievements of officers and staff.

Commissioner Ian Stewart was in attendance to present the awards to the recipients.

The ceremony included the awarding of the National Police Service Medal and the Queensland Police Service Medal as well as the presentation of the QPS Awards for Excellence.

National Police Service Medal

The National Police Service Medal represents a police officer’s past and future commitment to give ethical and diligent service and recognises the special status that sworn police officers have because of their role protecting the community.

This years recipients of the medal were:

  • Retired Chief Superintendent Douglas Smith
  • Retired Senior Sergeant Reindert (Ray) De Bruyn
  • Retired Senior Sergeant John Graham
  • Late Constable Mark Goodwin
  • Late Constable John Sturrock

Late-Constable-John-SturrockQueensland Police Service Medal 

In 1999, the Queensland Police Service Medal (QPSM) was introduced to recognise the diligent and ethical service contributions by all members of the Queensland Police Service.

This years recipients of the medal were:

  • Late Constable Mark Goodwin
  • Late Constable John Sturrock

Honour Roll

In addition to posthumously receiving the QPSM Constables Mark Goodwin and John Sturrock were also added to the QPS Honour Roll.

Constable Goodwin commenced with the QPS as a Probationary on April 27, 1987 and was sworn in on November 20, 1987. Constable Goodwin was killed in a traffic incident whilst on duty at Jamboree Heights on July 9, 1991.

Constable Sturrock commenced with the QPS as a Cadet on January 17, 1977 and was sworn in on June 27, 1980. Constable Sturrock was killed in a motorcycle incident whilst on duty at Mango Hill on February 6, 1984.

Late Constable John Sturrock

The families were present to receive the award.


Margaret Maythers and Catherine Hallam, sisters of the late Constable John Sturrock with Commissioner Ian Stewart.


29/08/2017 |

In Memory of Melanie Brown

In Memory of Melanie Brown

In Memory of Melanie BrownOn 31/07/2017 as the result of a very tragic accident, the life of a beautiful young mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend was taken.

The family was already grieving the loss of a husband, father, poppy and brother.

They are asking for the extended support from our wonderful community to help raise funds to get this family through yet another sad loss. There is no obligation to donate, however, if you can, the family would like to thank you for any kind donation.

Click on this link to donate.

You can leave your words of encouragement and support to the family either in the comments section below, or in the comments section on Facebook.

Big Local would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Melanie Brown, a member of our Community taken too soon.



In loving memory of Melanie Brown

09/08/2017 |

Mango Hill State School named among Queensland’s finest!


Mango Hill State School has been shortlisted for the prestigious Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools.

Environment Minister Dr Steve Miles and Member for Murrumba Chris Whiting announced today that the Mango Hill State School leadership team has been shortlisted for the QUT Showcase Award for Leadership Team of the Year.


“The Showcase Awards are the pinnacle of achievement for Queensland state schools and it is great to see the undoubted excellence of the school being recognised,” Minister Miles said.

“The Showcase Awards are an important way to recognise and encourage excellence in education.   “I’d like to congratulate Mango Hill State School for this well-deserved recognition,” he said.

Mr Whiting said the award recognised schools that demonstrated ongoing improvement and positive outcomes for students. “Teachers are doing amazing work in classrooms right across Queensland,” Mr Whiting said.

“Each state finalist in the Showcase Awards receives a $7500 development grant in recognition of their outstanding work.

“I wish them all the best as the winners are announced at the Showcase Awards Gala Dinner on 27 October.”

03/08/2017 |

Chemist Warehouse opens it’s doors to Mango Hill!


Chemist Warehouse is a retailer that has been elusive to Mango Hill and North Lakes, until now.

Pharmacy-Shed-becomes-Chemist-WarehouseThey are taking over the ownership of four pharmacies currently located in both North Lakes and Mango Hill. The Health Shed Discount Pharmacy at Mango Hill Marketplace, the Priceline and Terry White Pharmacies both located in Westfield, along with the Lakelands Pharmacy located in the Lakelands Medical Centre.

The Health Shed Discount Pharmacy will be the first of the four stores to have a makeover. The rebranding is expected to take some time, so please have patience whilst waiting for all of your favourite Chemist Warehouse brands to appear in the store.

In the meantime, you can head into the Health Shed Discount Pharmacy and snap up some bargains as the discontinued lines are being sold at highly discounted prices!

There is currently a Pharmacist position advertised on Seek for the Mango Hill store, you can apply for it here.



02/08/2017 |

Fatal traffic crash at Kinsellas Road East


Fatality-Kinsellas-Road-East-Mango-HillThe Forensic Crash Unit is investigating a fatal traffic crash that claimed the life of a woman at Mango Hill this afternoon.

Preliminary information suggests around 1.00pm the 36-year-old woman was travelling along Kinsellas Road East when the she lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll before bursting into flames.

She was declared deceased at the scene.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or who may have dash cam footage of the incident is urged to contact Policelink or Crimestoppers.

By QPS Media.


31/07/2017 |
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