Learning to Swim at Wavell Heights

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Queensland parents know that teaching their children to swim is a must. Not only is it essential for their safety, but also for social inclusion as they get older. Whether it’s hitting the beach, lakeside family camping spots, or local waterparks, friends and families frequently spend time together bonding over water-based activities.

Ideally, children should be safely introduced to water prior to age 3, as it can take a number of years to develop sufficient skills and confidence to develop. Making sure your child is confident in the water by the time they start school is really important. Most schools offer various swimming programs and events, including swimming carnivals and water-based team sports – these all rely on a basic ability to swim.

Aquatic Achievers will be opening a brand new centre in Wavell Heights in 2019.

The purpose-built learn to swim centre caters for babies through to school-age children, with registrations now open. They are also offering their free “Learn to Live” water safety program to schools and early learning centres across Wavell Heights and surrounding suburbs, teaching children water safety fundamentals in a fun and engaging way outside the pool.

For more information on the program, or on starting lessons, simply get in contact.

Aquatic Achievers | 175 Edinburg Castle Rd, Wavell Heights
www.aquaticachievers.com.au | facebook.com/aquaticachievers  | wavellheights@aquaticachievers.com.au

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The Art of Table Decor

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Decorating a table can make a difference to the cohesion of your interior spaces. Getting the balance right is crucial, especially when a home is being viewed.

Achieve a stunning result by using these four décor elements:

A plant: Plants create a living space – however, if you’re not quite blessed with a green thumb, opt for a low-water plant such as a cactus.

A bowl or tray: Current trends lean towards wooden designs with crisp edges; however, go with what you think will work for your space.

A candle: Candles are a great item to use no matter what type of table. Select a scent that matches the season (i.e. a spicy blend for winter or a citrus blend for summer).

Sculpture: A small- to medium-sized sculpture that tells a story will give character to any space.

Decorating a table involves a bit of experimentation to see what works best for your chosen space; however, once you’ve mastered it, you’ll be applying it to every table in your house.

Seeking further design tips to enhance the visual aspects of your house? Contact Tina, home stager and real estate agent, for more information.

Tina Leveridge | 0449 788 843 |

Celebrating Opportunity, Employment and Empowerment

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Local business, Holy Cross Laundry, celebrated the achievements and contributions of its employees at its annual International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) celebrations.

IDPwD is a United Nations-sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. The theme for 2018 was ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’.

Holy Cross Laundry’s celebrations, attended by 220 employees, community members and partners, gave the team the chance to commemorate the years of service by long-serving employees. On the day, 39 staff members were acknowledged for their service of more than 10 years, with 2 employees celebrating 35 years of service.

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Keynote speaker, Leanne Linard MP, presented the longservice awards to the valued employees.

“It is a pleasure to support this truly inclusive, generous and compassionate local business who see people for what they can contribute rather than their limitations,” says Ms Linard.

Holy Cross Laundry is an inclusive workplace that employs more than 340 people, with 43 employees with a disability. All employees receive on-the-job training and support tailored to their individual needs. Holy Cross Laundry works with their employees to create a team where no-one is left behind and people of all abilities have access to equal opportunities.

Holy Cross Laundry is celebrating its 130th year in business in 2019, and is the longest serving commercial laundry operating in Australia. This year, Holy Cross Laundry is focusing on new initiatives to ensure no-one is left behind and people of all abilities have access to equal opportunities.

Holy Cross Laundry | 31 Guardhouse Road, Banyo | Ph. 3637 9299 | www.hcl.org.au

Award-Winning Patisserie Opens in Northgate

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Have a sweet tooth? Love artisan bread? Flour & Chocolate has opened – and it’s just a scone’s throw from Nundah.

Flour & Chocolate has opened the second location of its award-winning patisserie in Northgate. The new store, located on Old Toombul Road, is bigger than its original Morningside location, with a larger kitchen space and outdoor seating for customers.

Since opening in January, the patisserie has proven popular with Brisbane northside locals, with a line-up of customers forming before the doors open in the morning.

The opening of the second location has been in the works for many years by Flour & Chocolate owners, locals Lachlan and Kylie Scott.

Lachlan starts most of his days in the kitchen before 2.30am and is excited to bring Flour & Chocolate’s range of decadent creations to Brisbane northsiders.

With a huge array of products, including breads, cakes, tarts, puddings, donuts, cupcakes, quiches, sandwiches, sausage rolls and croissants, the resident pastry chefs often create new flavours based on seasonal availability and their creative instincts.

Flour & Chocolate Northgate is open Thursday to Saturday, 6.30am to 2pm and Sunday 7am to 1pm.

Flour & Chocolate | 78 Old Toombul Road, Northgate | www.flourandchocolate.com

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Nundah’s Paralympic Gold Medalist Inspires Students

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Nundah local and Paralympic gold medalist, Simon Patmore, has finished a speaking tour of several Brisbane schools to discuss goal-setting, bullying and resilience.

Simon, who won gold and bronze in snowboarding events at the Pyeong Chang Paralympic Games this year, broke a 16-year gold medal drought for Australia and became the first Australian male athlete to win medals at both the summer and winter Paralympic Games.

Simon attended St. Patrick’s College’s leadership retreat in October where he talked to year 11 students about resilience and leadership.

Andrew Pashley, House Dean and Teacher at St. Patrick’s College, said the students responded very positively to Simon’s visit.

“As an Old Boy of the College, Simon had an immediate connection with the boys but this connection was further strengthened by Simon’s engaging presentation,” says Andrew.

“Through the telling of his personal story, both as a past student and as an incredibly successful sportsman, Simon was able to provide his own perspective on the challenges of leadership.”

Simon also visited year 6 students at Brisbane northside schools to discuss resilience and strategies for transition as they move to senior schooling.

“Moving to senior schooling can be a challenge for some students. I spoke to the students about ways to build their resilience and how to cope with the change from primary school to secondary school,” says Simon.

“There is so much potential in the students that I visited. I can’t wait to see them achieve their dreams, just like I have.”

Simon Patmore
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The Joint Physiotherapy opens in Northgate

The Joint Physiotherapy and Allied Health is excited to open its second location in Northgate.

The new clinic is expected to open at the end of October, but clients can book in and see the team while they operate out of the Doctors at Northgate clinic at 1/62 Crockford St, Northgate.

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The new clinic will be situated next door to Doctors at Northgate and close to popular local café, Kitchen 8. The clinic has convenient parking on site for clients.

Services at the new clinic will initially include Physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates and small-group exercise classes.

The Northgate clinic is ideally situated to service the fast-growing and expanding industries in the surrounding suburbs, with a focus on providing pre-employment screening, functional capacity evaluations and workplace injury management and prevention.

The team at The Joint look forward to working with local businesses and meeting the Northgate and Banyo locals.

The Joint | 1/62 Crockford St, Northgate | www.thejointnundah.com
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