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Australia’s finest produce is being flown to Queensland in preparation for some hunger-inducing debates. G20 menu world leaders are eating

So will Putin be pleased with pavlova? Does Merkel like mangoes? Do any of them know what a Moreton Bay bug is?

These are the questions on food-lovers lips as the G20 menu is finalised.

While the exact details are still under wraps, here’s what Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre’s head chef Martin Latter has revealed about what will be on the power players’ plates.


The Europeans will be delighted with the pastry selection. Source: Supplied

The politicians will start the day in true continental fashion, with as many as 10,000 croissants and 5000 Danish pastries being served up at the event.

They’ll need some serious caffeine to stay awake through all those meetings of course, and the centre’s 700 staff are expecting to serve 100,000 cups of fresh Aussie coffee.

For the more health conscious, there’ll be a vast array of local fruit, including Bowen mangoes and pineapples from the Sunshine Coast. In total, the attendees are expected to demolish 30,000 pieces of the stuff.

Every meal will be served on brand new crockery, silverware and glassware, to ensure there are no cracks in Australia’s image.


Brisbane’s culinary masters will be making sure the leaders tick off all the main food groups. Source: Supplied

The 100 chefs have been toiling for 14 hours a day in preparation for filling the bellies of 25 world leaders and 4000 power-hungry delegates.

Australia’s seafood will take centre stage, with Moreton Bay bugs sharing the limelight with our finest prawns and crab.

In total, 25,000kg of fresh produce has been ordered for 100,000 meals.

Vital brain food will be offered in the form of local Scenic Rim beef and Queensland’s top chefs will be making sure the pollies get their greens with fresh Lockyer Valley vegetables.


No meat-eating visitor could leave Australia with out sampling a barbecued steak. Source: Supplied

It’s thought that Tony Abbott will share his favourite Porterhouse steak, cooked on the barbie, with the visiting dignitaries.

Tender Warwick lamb could also be on the menu, with the food cooked in good-quality Rathdowney olive oil.

Mr Latter’s food has previously proved a hit with the demanding royal family, and the Queen reportedly even asked for a recipe to take back to the chefs at the Palace.

He may be hoping that Obama will be stealing some ideas for the White House.


Gourmet pavlovas and TimTams should tickle those tastebuds. Source: Supplied

Even the strongest wills can be broken with a heart-meltingly delicious dessert.

That’s why as many as 100,000 sweet treats will be available at the event.

As well as grabbing a classic Aussie TimTam for a quick sugar hit, delegates will also be served a traditional pavlova — which may well appeal to Vladimir Putin, since it’s named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.

After that, they’ll be knocking back the Penfolds wine to relax from those taxing arguments. Let’s hope they don’t get carried away — this is one work event at which no one wants to embarrass themselves.


Most importantly, let’s not poison those leaders. Source: Supplied

Much of the food has been grown specially for this event, and everyone is crossing their fingers that it appeals to foreign palates.

But the real fear is that the food will actually harm the world’s most important people.

While some may be screening the food for arsenic, there’s no guarding against dodgy tummies.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has said she’s more worried about a mass outbreak of food poisoning than a terror attack, with hospitals primed for a rush on their beds.

That could be a real disaster for our culinary reputation.

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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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