Our local Bunya Lions club members delivered 150 bails of hay to farmers out in Oakey (29km past Toowoomba) last weekend and it was brought to their attention that our nation has been so focused on feeding the farmers' cows and sheep that we forgot about feeding the dogs!

Each farmer has 3 or 4 working dogs and they have no food to eat

So far Lions Club of Brisbane Bunya Inc has collected 48 bags of dog food ready to donate to the farmers at Oakey - but we still need more!

If you can spare a bag, please drop off your donation to Madeleine Hicks Real Estate - NO LATER than 4 pm NEXT FRIDAY, 31st August - as the donations will be delivered to the farmers over the weekend.

Donations delivered during business hours - 6 Trouts Road, Everton Park.

Please share and spread the word!


Street Libraries are quietly spreading and connecting neighbourhoods all over Brisbane

Street Libraries

The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
“Dr. Seuss”

There are so much to read and learn about and so many inexpensive ways of doing it.

I have discovered a number of quirky neighbourhood street libraries that I’m keen to share them with you as well as a way of reading all the latest magazines for free.

Street Libraries are quietly spreading and connecting neighbourhoods all over Brisbane and we are fortunate enough to have some of them right on our doorstep. These community styled libraries are created by residents and come in all shapes and sizes from repurposed letterboxes to old fridges.

This works by the local community system of an honesty box where residents provide books and sometimes DVDs and children’s games and anyone can come along and borrow them. It works best when you swap one item for another one and if you want to you can donate those that you have preloved and read.

Locally we can find these wonderful libraries at Brookside Shopping Centre opposite Target, Brighton in Gynther Avenue, Bardon – near the corner of Jubilee Terrace and Fletcher Parade, Arana Hills in Hillenvale Avenue, and Dayboro outside Rendezvous Café 2/1 Williams Street. Apparently, there’s nearly 100 of these in Brisbane. Do you know of any others locally? We’d love for you to share them here.

At Samford, they have their very own Business Library with books for future business owners, employees and entrepreneurs it’s in the Blue Hut at 2204 Mt Samson Road and you can be a member for $5. You can borrow up to 5 books with no time limit on them. For everything customer, marketing, managerial support, and self-help. They are open Wednesday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 2pm – 5pm.

If you are an avid magazine reader and love to have them at your fingertips as soon as they are released the Brisbane City Council has a system that if you’re a member you can get them direct to your phone or iPad etc. to read as soon as they come out. No more old magazines hanging around and you can just screenshot what you want to keep for future reference or to read later. To be eligible for this contact your local library and they will help you through the process of downloading the app etc. then you can even set it up so each month you are notified as soon as a new one hits the stands, sometimes before!

This weekend from today until Sunday the Lifeline Bookfest is being held at the Ipswich Showgrounds. With books price from $1 and free entry, you’re bound to bag some bargain reading.

On Wednesday 5 September from 9am, Indigenous Literacy Day, Connected Incorporated at 4A/143 St Vincents Road, Virginia will hold their Great Book Swap, you can bring along one of your favourite books and swap it for another from their extensive library. All for the price of a gold coin donation (maximum of three books per person). All proceeds will go to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Happy Reading.

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

Keeping Our Community Cosie – on ball of yarn at a time

If a good yarn and a cup of tea is what you’re looking for then I’ve found a wonderful generous local group who are also handy with crochet hooks and knitting needles

Cosies Outreach was formed when a like-minded group of mums from Padua and Mount Alvernia got together three years ago to make a difference and give back to their community. Lead by Kim Dodwell this lovely group come together every Tuesday evening during school terms, at Padua College and during the daytime on Tuesdays at Strathpine Library to create beautiful handmade practical items for Brisbane’s homeless and disadvantaged. Working with grass roots charities like MaD (Making a Difference), K4BN (Knitting for Brisbane’s Needy), Giving Grannies and Catholic Ministries such as Blind Eye and Murri Ministries. They also assist Mount Alvernia’s Tuesday Crochet Club and during term 2 this year made 5 blankets for Delamore Retirement Village.

During the last three years the Cosies Outreach group have made beanies, cowls, scarves, gloves and warm blankets that have been donated to many of these charities including Rize Up (helping women and children flee domestic violence), Rosies friends on the street, Paddy’s Van and the Breakfast Club whilst sharing their stories and friendship. The group helps each other and has grown from the relationships formed. Kim loves the northside and its great community, friendships, families, schools where everything is close and everyone is friendly.

Cosies Outreach are always looking for donations of yarn to keep making their beanies and warm accessories and donations can be dropped into Padua College during the term or into the Northside Flower Market at Stafford other times. Padua supports them also with yarn and a regular place to crochet weekly and they love having an Outreach program that involves the parents and local community. Cosies vision is to make as many beanies as they can to help Brisbane charities. Kim said she learnt how to knit at primary school and she would love it if more schools taught knitting and crochet. She believes that the skill and craft of making an item by hand is very rewarding and if a child can make something physical to gift to another, then that creates a better world. A kind gesture that can never be re-paid spreads kindness and compassion in all.

Cosies Outreach meet at Padua College, Turner Road, Kedron in the PC Building. Tuesday nights 6.45-8pm during the school term. BYO Size 6 hook and two balls of earthy coloured 8 ply acrylic yarn. Beginners are welcome and they will teach you. They are always looking for more yarn and more helpers and I can vouch for them as a very friendly welcoming group that are always up for a chat and a laugh.

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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Samford Valley Steiner School’s festiValley returns in August 2018

festiValley, Samford Valley Steiner School’s biennial fair, is returning on Saturday 4 August 2018.  Between 10.00am and 4.00pm, the school’s bushland grounds will be transformed into a vibrant marketplace of food, craft, and entertainment!

Activities cater for all ages. For younger children, there will gem fossicking, face painting and baby animals. Older children can enjoy silk painting, tie-dyeing, wooden sword making and candle-making.  For teens and adults, there’s henna tattoos, crate climbing, and a forging workshop. Activity tickets can be pre-purchased online at

This year a series of talks will be held in The Conversation Space ‘Yur imbar’. A selection of high school art will be auctioned and there will be something for everyone at our Second Chance Stall – quality clothing, books, and toys!

Local artisans and craftspeople will be selling their unique creations and local entertainers will be roving the fair. From puppet shows to storytellers and musicians, our festival has something for everyone. An ATM will be available onsite for your convenience.

Nutritious food is always a highlight of festiValley. As well as two school-run cafés and a Chai Tent in the main festival space, there will be a café in the kindergarten where parents and carers with small children can relax in an enclosed play space.  A large selection of home-baked sweet and savoury food, with organic, gluten-free and vegan options will be available, along with fair-trade coffee!

We are working towards a single-use plastic free and sustainable festival. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and coffee cups, and water will be freely available freely at a special stand.

This year there are two incredible Raffles with a fantastic array of prizes totaling over $10,000.  Tickets can be purchased on the day (full prize listing here - ).
• Raffle 1 has 4 prizes, each valued at $2,000 which will be drawn in order of prizes.
• Raffle 2 is a Pamper Package valued at $2,030.

After the raffle draw at 4 pm, festiValley will draw to a close with a final musical performance from students and staff.

Samford Valley Steiner School an easy 35-minute drive from Brisbane, and just a few minutes from Samford Village, making festiValley the perfect day out for the whole family!

For more information, the program of events and festival highlights please visit us at or see our website  

About Samford Valley Steiner School

Samford Valley Steiner School offers an inspiring and comprehensive education for children from Pre-Prep through to Year 12 and provides the only high school in the Samford area. The school is located on 20 acres of leafy, natural bushland in the semi-rural Samford Valley.

Samford Valley Steiner School, 5 Narrawa Drive, Wights Mountain.


  • Activities & entertainment for all ages
  • Local artisan stalls
  • Second Chance Stall – quality toys, clothes and books
  • Nutritious food with organic, gluten free & vegan available
  • Sustainability – please bring your own water bottle and Keep Cup
  • ATM available onsite
  • Free entry, gold coin parking
  • festiValley is Family Friendly, Smoke-free and Pet-free Event!
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Please join us for a fun and exciting night of trivia to raise funds for the P&C.

This is a community event; friends, family, neighbours are all welcome to attend this adults-only night.

Grab a group of the best trivia minds and book a table of 8!



The rebuild and refit of our Tuckshop facilities.

Grovely Grub – Grovely State School’s Tuckshop – is dedicated to preparing high quality and fresh food at good prices. Over the last few years the student numbers have grown at Grovely State School and the facilities in the current Tuckshop are not adequate to maintain the level of service we aim to achieve. To help ensure our Tuckshop can continue to deliver delicious and nutritious food to the school community, the P&C has decided that its current fundraising goal is a full rebuild and refit of the Tuckshop facilities.

This is a big target and we appreciate all your support in helping us achieve it.


DATE: Friday 3rd August, 2018

TIME: Doors Open At 6.30pm, Trivia Starts At 7pm – 9.30pm

VENUE: GPAC – Grovely State School Hall
200 Dawson Parade, Keperra QLD 4054

$15 per person (Max 8 people per table)

Mitchell Bidner

Pay using the Qkr! App or online at
(Non-members of the school community can create a guest account)


Bank: Commonwealth
BSB: 06 4171
Account Number: 00901469
Reference: You must use your surname as the reference


Team registrations close Wednesday 1st August, 2018.
Team registration must accompany the purchase of a table ($120). Maximum 8 people per team.
To register your team, email with your Team Name and Table Captain.


Pay to play at $15 per person and be grouped on the night to form impromptu team tables of 8. What a wonderful way to meet new trivia minds!



The school hall is wheelchair accessible.
EFTPOS will be a $10 minimum spend.
Please bring your ID with you.
Free tea, coffee and tap water will be available.

 Click here to visit our Facebook Page for details



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When life gets too busy and you feel like you’ve lost direction

When life is busy and you need a little help finding your direction I’ve found someone who can help.

Molly Brumm from Conscious Heart Kinesiology is like a personal stress GPS, finding the subconscious co-ordinates for where you store your stress habits and patterns and helping you clear them.

Kinesiology transformed Molly’s life and well-being as well as that of her family too! She has been a kinesiologist for over 15 years and has used kinesiology consistently to strengthen and support her health.

Molly is passionate about grounding people and restoring their energetic stability - basically getting you out of anxiety, depression and anything overwhelming you and putting you back in the driver’s seat again. Her mission, which she loves, is to connect or even reconnect you back with your Telos: your life’s purpose; something I love to ask most people I meet and as Molly’s puts it “it isn’t to pay taxes!”

Molly facilitates you to see the bigger picture of health/life issues and resolve negative patterns in your life. She is a busy and dedicated mum of 3 young adults. To Molly family is the most important work she has created in her life. She trained as an Actor through the Victorian College of the Arts and has worked directing 2-3 productions a year as a High School Drama/English teacher. Coaching adolescents to explore other parts of themselves through a role and in a bigger story brought her untold joy because they were getting a glimpse of who they could become, not limited by teenage anxieties and conformities.

Molly now works as a speaker and facilitator as well as conducting private one on one sessions to help her clients achieve their goals in life, health and love. She also teaches small groups about being energetically hygienic - from Chakra Meditation classes to Touch For Health Synthesis, and Chakra Energies for Business.

Molly loves the energy, enthusiasm and warmth in the people she has met through business networks like the NOW Business Group -Business Building Community, Brisbane Women Connecting, the Hills Chamber of Commerce and Moreton Bay Libraries.

Molly dedicates time by presenting free talks in Moreton Bay Libraries, she chairs the Women in Business Committee at the Hills Chamber, and helps out with Brisbane Women Connecting and she founded and runs the Brisbane Kinesiology Club.

She also supports research for kinesiology and specifically the science of Muscle Response Testing. Most recently she has organised and ran an event that raised awareness, increased knowledge and raised money to support a Qld kinesiologist pursue further research in Oxford at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine.

Molly’s vision for the future is to own and run an Energy School, where people can access ongoing weekly classes as well as workshops to experience their chakra energy and spirit anchored in the physical reality of their body. She’s keen to share her passion, educate and thus empower others.

Molly believes kinesiology offers sequence and structure to working with the mystery of our energy bodies so everyone can improve their health, mental stability and emotional resilience. Its approach shows you how to assess energy moving it from an intangible thing to something tangible and where you can experience visible changes in front of your own eyes!

Drawing on her inner child Molly said she would like to focus more on her curiosity and playtime.

Molly is fascinated by acupoints and the Traditional Chinese Medicine way of viewing humans and our development. By playing and exploring how she can create specific protocols through a kinesiology framework her inner child feels like she’s on an old- fashioned wooden seat swing that can really soar high!

She also wishes she’d been able to perform Juliet, Viola, Ophelia and Beatrice in an incredible English company like the Royal Shakespeare Company or the Bristol Theatre.
There are many classes that Molly holds including her monthly meditation class and a healing circle.

Some others are as follows: -
Chakra Meditation class, Keperra - 2nd Wed each month, next one August 8th, September 12th, October 10th, November 14th, December 12th
6.30pm - 7.45pm in Keperra $15 

Healing Circle, Redcliffe Library Thursday August 2nd, 13th September, 18th October, 22nd November 9.30am - 11.30am $36

Touch For Health Level 1: August 5th, 12th and 19th Touch For Health Level 2 - 4 - TBA

You can also book online at

Or Molly can be contacted on 0411 969 554 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 6.00pm and Saturday 11.00am-2.00pm

Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

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The end of an era as Everton Park’s Luv A Coffee closes

Pictured: Annette and Colin Thwaites behind the counter at Luv a Coffee where they have greeted customers over the years and prepared umpteen cups of coffee. Photo By Sheree Lenton


July 21, 2018, will mark the end of an era in Everton Park when Annette and Colin Thwaites open Luv a Coffee in Everton Park Plaza shopping centre for the very last time.

The Kiwi couple first opened their doors 12 years ago when there were few places in the neighbourhood to get a coffee and a meal. At Luv a Coffee’s peak Annette and Colin would serve 140 breakfasts on Saturday mornings and an average of 200 cups of coffee every day. 

The venue became one of the mainstays of the centre with shoppers and staff stopping by at all times of the day for to socialise over their favourite refreshments. It was particularly popular with people visiting the Australia Post shop to pay their bills, collect mail or post letters and parcels.


Colin Thwaites making coffees for Madeleine Hicks Real Estate's entire team!


Other longstanding regulars were mums with children at the dance school and the Everton Park Business Club which has been meeting there for breakfast first thing on Wednesday mornings for nearly 10 years.

Luv a Coffee’s business started to decline when Australia Post closed and, while it will be a relief to finally shut up shop, the couple do have mixed feelings about that. They have become a part of the community, seen customers’ children grow up around them and they will undoubtedly miss that community connection.

Annette and Colin were already coffee shop veterans when they arrived in Everton Park having started BB’s coffee shop in Brookside Centre twenty years ago. Colin reckons he’s made over a million-and-a-half cups of coffee since then and we’re sure they are going enjoy a rest before going on to something else.

Lovingly written by long-term coffee drinker - Allan Jackson, Allan Jackson Communications.



What to do when you’re a small school in need of some odd jobs done over the school holidays?  Call in the might of the US Army Marines, of course.

Somerset Hills State School played host to 20 marines for three days (9-11 July) as they undertake general maintenance at the school.

School Principal, Ms Janet Bannah said she was contacted by Nexus Care to see if the school had any projects to be undertaken. They certainly did!

Nexus Care runs a Brekky Club, facilitate a mentoring program and this year ran dance classes at the school’s Under 8’s Day. “We have an ongoing relationship with Nexus Care. But providing Marines. Now that’s a first!” Ms Bannah said.

The Marines of F Company, 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, are out of Camp Pendleton, California. It is a large Marine base on the coastline right between Los Angeles and San Diego. Also known as Task Force Raider, they have just completed Exercise Hamel with the ADF. This was their third and final training exercise in the Shoalwater Bay area.

Community outreach is an integral part of their time here. 2nd Lt Kurt James, Information Operations said the Marines and ADF foster a sense of duty and service in everyday life.

“Having an opportunity to offer a helping hand to a great school is everything we believe in. Somerset Hills State School has a heartwarming mission of inclusion and teaching students to reach their full potential,” 2nd Lt James said.

“We are thrilled to begin this project and will, without a doubt, benefit just as much from it,” he said.

Arriving in Darwin in early August, the US Marines will take part in a full slate of training exercises with the ADF and other regional partners. The main objective is to promote interoperability as well as regional stability and security. Growing in size each of the last seven years, there is a rotation of Marine forces to the area every year for the duration of six months.

As a whole, the Marines and ADF will continue their joint training efforts in various levels. Individual skills training and larger exercises are still to come. Task Force Raider was excited to be a part of this rotation.

“It is an honor to be welcomed so graciously by Australia. We are committed to doing everything possible to leave with this alliance as strong and positive as ever and allow the next rotation to be invited to continue growing this partnership,” 2nd Lt James said.

Nexus Care is located in Everton Park and is an innovative, hard working not for profit organisation caring for the northern suburbs of Brisbane and beyond. The heart of Nexus Care is to alleviate poverty in our community. We are passionate about seeing people journey towards wholeness and finding a fresh start in life.

For further information, please contact:


Ms Janet Bannah

Principal, Somerset Hills State School

(07) 3624 2222



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We need your help to save Easter this year

Easter egg hunt

I know that we are still in January but Easter is at the end of March this year, and

We have a problem

Regular readers of the Village Buzz would know that Madeleine Hicks Real Estate, have for nearly 10 years now been holding an annual Easter Egg hunt in Teralba Park.

Easter Egg Hunt 2017


Last year over 5000 people enjoyed the festivities and certainly the kids were able to gather a lot of extra Easter Eggs.

When we started planning for this year we learned that Teralba Park is to undergo an upgrade and will be closed during the Easter period.  So that means we need to find another location to hold the Annual Easter Egg hunt.

So what we require from you is some suggestions about where this years Easter Egg hunt could be held.  Let us know your suggestions in the comments section below.


Enoggera Reservoir (have you visited yet?)

enoggera reservoir recreation

enoggera reservoir activitiesIn 1976, the concrete spillway was added and the embankment raised for flood mitigation. Enoggera has a two level spillway. The lower level has two rectangular culverts that tunnel under the concrete crest. When the full supply level is reached, water flows through the culverts and out of the dam. The upper spillway has a concrete ogee crest.During major floods, water will also flow over the upper spillway.

Although Enoggera Reservoir is not currently used for water supply in South East Queensland, it could supply drinking water during drought and is also a unique and much loved recreation destination in the heart of Brisbane.

It is an un-gated dam, meaning that when it reaches 100 per cent capacity, water flows over the spillway and safely out of the dam. If you would like to be notified when Enoggera Dam begins to spill, please sign up to our free dam release notification service.

Enoggera Reservoir celebrated its 150th year anniversary in 2016. Download a copy of A celebration of Enoggera Reservoir

For residents living downstream of Enoggera Dam, click here to read more about how the dam has been designed and constructed, what Seqwater does to manage the dam and how the dam performed during the heavy rainfall associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.

enoggera reservoirRecreation

Mountain biking is permitted at Enoggera Reservoir, with trails linking to the national park tracks. There are also walking tracks that link to the national park in the surrounding forest.

As a result of our Recreation Review, a designated swimming area and paddle craft launch point are available at the reservoir. The new facilities can be accessed via the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre at 60 Mount Nebo Road, The Gap.

Read the Enoggera Reservoir Recreation Guide* for more information.


Key facts

Name:Enoggera Dam
Watercourse:Enoggera Creek
Location:The Gap
Catchment area:33.0km 2
Length of dam wall:380.0m
Lake surface area:75.0ha
Year completed:1866. Upgraded in 1976.
Type of construction:Concrete & rock-face earth & rockfill dam
Full supply waterline:74.3mAHD (above sea level)
Fully supply capacity:4567ML
Current capacity:4,577 (100.2% full) at 16-01-2018 2:56am
Spillway level:80.4mAHD