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Scarborough residents fear for iconic trees and red cliffs

Scarborough’s iconic red cliffs appear to be eroding rapidly and its trees dying and while Moreton Bay Regional Council says there is nothing to worry about, an environmental expert believes a long-term solution must be put in place.

Redcliffe Environmental Forum president Pete Johnson said if the climate change models did prove true, then in the long-term council has something to think about.
Roots of the large trees that are behind the fence along Landsborough Pde have started to lose their grip on the cliffs due to erosion and are dying.

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Peter Furnell is concerned for the other pine trees along Scarborough Beach after the death of one of them. Source: Quest Newspapers

Some of the trees that appear to be dying are salt-affected but some with their roots exposed are on their way out.
“There’s not a natural process that’s going to build this cliff up again, like a beach,” Mr Johnson said.
“Once these trees start falling into the sea, that’s going to hasten the process of erosion because they won’t be holding the cliff together.”

A Moreton Bay Regional Council spokeswoman said detailed surveys were regularly undertaken to monitor the erosion.

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“Geotechnical investigations were undertaken by council in 2011 and 2012 to look at the risk of erosion at the cliffs. The investigations found there was no immediate risk posed by erosion and recommended council continue to monitor erosion in the area,” she said.
Council will be taking another look at the cliffs later this month to survey the cliffs and beaches.
“Heavy rainfall and strong wind events, which can have a significant impact on erosion along our coastline, have been common place over the past few months in the Moreton Bay Region following a period of hot, dry weather with the occasional heatwave prediction.
“These conditions can have an impact on trees and other flora which will continue to be monitored by council.”
Mr Johnson recommended council consider an engineering solution to keep the disintegration in check.

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Moreton Bay Rail Line shared pedestrian & cycle path

The State Government has been called upon to open a sharedMoreton Investor pedestrian and cycle path to make-up for the major signalling delays on the new Moreton Bay Rail Line.

“We are hoping they will open the shared pathway so the people can … use something that should already be open,” Mango Hill Progress Assoc President Laurence Christie said.
“It would go some way to relieving the disappointment,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said: “The minister has ­requested the Department of Transport and Main Roads investigate opportunities to open the bikeway in advance of the rail line opening.”
Residents in Mango Hill, and North Lakes said they wanted to use the pathway to cycle to Petrie Station and to access the schools on the line.
Original article published at by Jamie-Leigh Mason, North Lakes Times 4/6/16

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Brisbane's new state-of-the-art private cancer centre

Northlakes, north of Brisbane is now home to Australia’s first private integrated cancer centre


moreton investorThe Icon Integrated Cancer Centre combines a 15-chair day hospital, two radiation therapy units and an on-site pharmacy.
The doors were opened to the centre at North Lakes, between Brisbane’s CBD and the Sunshine Coast, yesterday.
All treatments, including haematological, chemotherapy, radiation or a combination, are delivered on the site.
Icon Group chief executive Mark Middleton said the centre had the capacity to deliver treatments to 15,000 patients per year.
“From the start, the patient and their needs are first,” he said.
“The integrated centre approach means we are working as one team, supporting the patient and the result is a comprehensive service delivered by familiar faces who understand the individual needs of their patients.”
North Lakes is the first of three integrated centres operated by the Icon Group, a private specialised cancer care organisation.
The group plans to open another in Melbourne in mid-June 2017 and a third in Canberra, expected to open in late 2017.
Original article published at  by Amelia Broadstock, North Lakes Times 27/5/16

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North Lakes and Mango Hill Police Station has its first female acting officer-in-charge

NORTH Lakes/Mango Hill Police Station has its first ­female police officer leading the station, since it opened in 2009.
Senior Sergeant Kate Pausina joined the North Lakes crew last week as acting officer-in-charge after an ­impressive resume in the blue uniform.
Since she was sworn in to the service in 1999, Sen-Sgt Pausina has spent time in juvenile justice, child sex ­offences, Coroner’s Office, intelligence and strategy, road safety and, most recently, acting officer-in-charge at Albany Creek Police Station.
“I always wanted to join the police, but my mum wouldn’t let me,” Sen-Sgt said. “So, instead, I studied nursing and was a registered nurse for four years before I decided to do what I really wanted to.”
Sen-Sgt Pausina said her mum was unhappy at first but had since become her biggest ­supporter, along with her police officer husband and their two children.

Sen-Sgt Pausina last year completed her Masters of ­Suicidology – the prevention of suicide.

“That is something I am ­really passionate about,” she said.

“In the Coroner’s ­Office, you see the number of suicides is three times the number of road fatalities. And it is a preventable death.”

Sen-Sgt Pausina said she fondly remembered her first stint at the Pine ­Rivers Police District. She was based at ­Petrie from 2000 to 2003, and ­visited Mango Hill. “Mango Hill was just that – bushland and mango trees,” she said.
“There is a lot coming up in this area – major ­shopping developments, major infrastructure like the rail and, with that, a lot more people visiting the area.”
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