Less than 140 tickets left for Brookfield Spring Ball
The Brookfield Show Society's annual ball is fast approaching and tickets are still available for a great night of music, dancing, food and drink to help raise funds for the Brookfield Show Society.
Date: Saturday, 13 September 2014
Time: 7pm – 1am
Place: Brookfield Showgrounds
Tickets: $150 p/person
Dress: Black tie
This much-loved staple of the local calendar has this year moved to September for the very first time to become the Brookfield Spring Ball and the Show Society committee has been working hard to make it a night not to be missed!
The $150 per person ticket is 'all-inclusive', with food (canapés on arrival, followed by a stand-up style supper), beer, wine, sparkling and soft drinks are included for the night, as well as entertainment provided by a fantastic live band. Spirits are extra via a cash bar on the night.
New Animal Cruelty Penalties
Animal torturers now face up to seven years jail under a tough new offence designed to protect all of Queensland’s creatures, great and small.
The new indictable offence of serious animal cruelty carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and targets people who intentionally inflict severe pain and suffering upon an animal.
Animal welfare officers are also being given greater powers to investigate the new offence of serious animal cruelty.
Animals feel fear and pain just like us and inflicting suffering on them is inexcusable. They deserve to be protected from people who think it’s okay to hurt them.
The government shares the community’s frustration when offenders, who have done terrible things to animals, walk from court without serving any jail time.
Violence against animals is abhorrent and not to be tolerated. This new offence will send a clear message that serious animal cruelty will not be tolerated.
The RSPCA will play a major role in bringing animal torturers to justice. They will be able to investigate and commence proceedings against someone accused of this new offence.
Local environment matters . . . a lot!
On Monday 28 July the Moggill Creek Catchment Group held a hands-on information night about our endangered local fauna.
The hall was packed to capacity with local children and adults who heard renowned expert John Stanisic and former local ranger now Australian native animal expert Martin Fingland not just talk about local fauna, but also bring along and show numerous examples of what still clings to some of the local habitats, including the endangered bettong.
As the succession of frogs, legless lizards, three of the five local species of owl, small carnivorous marsupial mammals and many others were shown to the audience, it was apparent to all just how special the local environment of this area is.
In many cases, this area was the last toe-hold of some of these diminishing species within the greater Brisbane area.
Decimated by habitat loss, vehicle strikes, domestic dogs and cats and especially feral species, many have been lost from all other parts of Brisbane and endangered more broadly.
Moggill Creek Catchment Group have the most outstanding record of protecting the local environment and, in particular, educating and teaching young and old about what we have and how to protect it before we lose it.
From their local photographic environment photographic competition to information nights such as this one, they have played the major role in creating awareness and passing on knowledge of our truly magnificent local environment, the threats to it and how we can best ensure its protection.
This was a particularly valuable evening for children who displayed a remarkable knowledge of Australia’s native animals (in many cases more than some of the adults present, like myself!) and who will, as they grow up, carry the baton of trying to ensure that we preserve, protect and, wherever possible, even re-establish our most precious local environment.
Congratulations yet again to the amazing members of the Moggill Creek Catchment Group, and I would encourage locals to join with me in becoming a member and active supporter of this vital local group.
Whilst on the subject of the local environment, I am eager to see some progress on the litter and environmental damage caused by plastic shopping bags.
Australia uses almost four billion plastic shopping bags a year, of which about three billion are used in supermarkets. Most end up in landfill, but some 50-80 million end up as litter scattered around our country and in its waterways and seas.
The concern about these plastic shopping bags is that they take hundreds of years to degrade naturally and, as a product made from oil, the oil used to make Australia’s annual supply would drive car 40 million kilometres.
I know that this is not a simple problem to deal with but it is one that does need to be dealt with, so I commissioned a research paper on the subject and any locals interested in reading my research paper can do so by clicking here.
As plastic bags are frequently used for rubbish bin liners and rubbish disposal purposes, a simple ban on their use is nowhere near as effective as proponents might hope as households then have to go and buy other plastic bags to serve the same purpose.
One of the things that I learnt from this outstanding research paper, for which I am grateful to the researchers, is that there is no simple or obvious solution.
However, that said, the more costly degradable or, in particular, compostable bags do appear to offer far superior protection to our environment, breaking down in most cases to harmless forms within weeks, not centuries.
The excuses for not converting to these bags generally revolve around cost; however, as we all know, the more they are used, the lower the cost per unit will become.
The research paper does note that considerable energy and, in some cases, plant resources are used to produce these types of bags, so they are not without “environmental sin”, but I think the overwhelming advantage of being rapidly degraded to a harmless state should be enough to overcome both these concerns and a small cost differential.
It is perhaps disappointing that the major users of plastic bags, in particular supermarkets and associated outlets, have not embraced this change, but I think it is time that they were encouraged to do so by their customers and by countries’ leaders.
It would be hard to overestimate the damage 50-80 million loose bags per year in our bushland and waterways, that will take hundreds of years to degrade, will do accumulating year on year.
Whilst I accept there is no clear-cut and definite solution, it is an issue that needs to be addressed and it is certainly incumbent on every one of us to ensure, at the very least, that plastic bags do not end up in our bushland and waterways.