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The Moreton Bay Region 2019 Lunar New Year

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The Caboolture Hub came to life to celebrate the Moreton Bay Region 2019 Lunar New Year, the year of the pig.

This event offered up tasty food, community coming together, and entertainment – some of which was provided by Red Dragon Martial Arts.

The attending politicians including Cr Adam Hain, Federal Member for Longman, Susan Lamb, and State Member for Morayfield, Mark Ryan welcomed the Lunar New Year in (see the video).

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Time to Cut the Head Off Drug Supplies, Manufacturing and Importation

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Police in the Moreton Bay Region are asking residents to help Crime Stoppers Queensland disrupt the manufacture and supply of drugs in their local area by reporting anything they know about drug-dealing offences.

The Dob in a Dealer campaign is a nation-wide program funded by the Federal Government to stop Australia’s supply chain of illicit drugs including methylamphetamine (ICE), cocaine, MDMA, heroin and cannabis.

A senior Moreton District police officer said their aim is to cut the head off supplies and importation.

Crime Stoppers Queensland CEO, Trevor O’Hara said in a statement, it is expected public support will help police intervene with criminals and organised crime gangs responsible for the manufacture and supply of these drugs and alleviate the cost to local communities.

Mr O’Hara says: “Criminal drug related activity is not only costing millions of dollars in healthcare and law enforcement, but it is tragically and unnecessarily costing human lives.”

In 2017, more than $102,000 worth of drugs were seized in Redcliffe alone, with 863 reports being made to Crime Stoppers in the area.

Mr O’Hara continued: “Through Dob in a Dealer, we’re not asking you to dob in your mates. We’re asking you to be a mate, and look after the welfare for friends, family and colleagues by reporting to Crime Stoppers anything you have seen or heard that could relate to the import, manufacture or supply of illicit drugs. You don’t have to have the complete story. Your small piece of information could be the missing piece of the puzzle,” Mr O’Hara added.

If you have any information about someone who is manufacturing or dealing drugs, you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppers.com.au. You can remain anonymous.

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Time to Fix the Bribie Island Bridge Situation NOW!

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The Bribie Island bridge and surrounding road networks are regularly debilitated by the ever-increasing number of people traversing the bridge.

Over just 10-years, according to news reports, the number of motorists crossing the Bribie bridge has increased by 10,000 per day.

And this comes with the bridge being cut for up to hours at a time due to accidents, which happened just a week ago.

According to news.com.au, a four-car pileup on the bridge to Bribie Island cut access to the area as thousands of revellers tried to make their way to a nearby music festival.

This backed up traffic all the way to the Bruce Highway and all over the island.

A Moreton Bay Regional Councillor, Adrian Raedel has spoken out about the ever-increasing risk to life due to the inadequate connection between Bribie Island and the mainland.

“The Bribie Island Bridge situation needs to be fixed now for a number of reasons including economic growth, reliability and (most importantly) safety,” Cr Adrian Raedel said in the video above.

“It isn’t good enough for the State Government to rely on normal calculations in relation to demand, when it comes to determining whether another bridge is required here.

“This is because, while economic impacts and reliability are important factors, they are no where near as important as safety.

“And with Bribie Island being one of the Moreton Bay Region’s foremost tourism destinations, this bridge has the potential to detrimentally impact more than just the locals on the island.

“It will only take one stunning summer weekend day, with the island swelling by thousands of people, a bush fire suddenly raging out of control (or some other natural disaster), people in turn panicking, leading to an accident on the one bridge connecting the island to the mainland, no one able to get off the island, for a large loss of life to occur.

“Meanwhile, proper investment in the infrastructure that connects Australia to Bribie Island and the road network back to the Bruce Highway, will certainly result in substantial economic benefits back to all the communities affected.

“I’m running for Mayor of the Moreton Bay Regional Council at the next council election and I’m making it my business to get this fixed.

“In the meantime, there is an upcoming federal election – and I’m calling on parties and candidates to commit to substantial funding of this State Government issue – just like they have with Young Crossing.

“It is time for all levels of government to come together and simply fix it… No more studies just fix it.”