July 2009 I Newsletter
Focus Our Misssion
730 Gympie Road, Lawnton. Open 9am - 4.30pm Mon - Friday “Enable and encourage individuals
and families to take informed control
Phone 3205 2955 PO Box 489, Web www.prnc.org.au of their own lives, and together
Fax 3881 2877 Lawnton Q 4501 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
enrich our community.”
New Laws for Separating De Facto Couples Unfair Dismissal employment would continue, on that
basis, can make an unfair dismissal
New laws enabling de facto couples the duration of their relationship is at under the new claim.
to access, as married couples
can, the Family Court for property
least 2 years. Fair Work system Other exclusions from unfair dismissal
A new national workplace relations remedies include seasonal employment
and spousal maintenance matters State laws continue to apply to and specified-task employment at
commenced on 1 March 2009. couples whose relationship broke system, Fair Work system commenced
on 1 July 2009. The new system is the end of which an employee’s work
This is a change from the laws down before 1 March 2009, although is no longer required. The ending
created by the Fair Work Act 2009
that applied before 1 March 2009. they may choose that the new laws and covers the majority of workplaces of employment that was for a fixed
Previously, de facto couples had apply to them. The choice must be in Australia. There are two new period or task is not considered to be a
to seek orders in the District or in writing and signed by both of them organisations to regulate the system: dismissal.
Supreme Court under the Property after each has obtained independent Fair Work Australia and the Fair
Law Act (Qld) 1974. legal advice and received a signed Work Ombudsman. Employees whose remuneration is
statement from their lawyer that the All employees in Australia have some more than the high income threshold
Cases between de facto couples advice was given. minimum conditions of employment. (unless a modern award or enterprise
concerning their children have been These can come from different places, agreement covers or applies to their
within the federal family law regime Not all states of Australia have such as state or national laws and employment) are also excluded from
since 1988. consented to have their laws agreements or awards. To find out how making an unfair dismissal claim. The
concerning de facto property come you are covered call Fair Work Infoline high income threshold from 1 July 2009
These new laws enable the Family on 13 13 94. is $108,300 and is indexed annually.
under the Family Court. Couples
Court to order a division of any
who have resided mainly in South Under the new national workplace
property that the couple own, either If you believe you’ve been unfairly
Australia or Western Australia should system, there are new unfair dismissal
separately or together with each laws for small businesses and their dismissed, you can apply to Fair Work
seek legal advice. The Pine Rivers
other. Superannuation that each employees. Unfair dismissal is a Australia (FWA) for a remedy. Note:
Community Legal Service can give
partner has can also be split (married dismissal that is harsh, unjust or The Fair Work Ombudsman does not
general advice about these changes
couples have been able to split unreasonable. If an employee is made investigate unfair dismissal complaints.
to the Family Law and whether or redundant, and the redundancy is
superannuation since 2002). Spousal You must apply to Fair Work Australia
not these laws affect your de facto genuine, the dismissal will not be unfair.
maintenance, not previously possible within 14 days after a dismissal takes
property matter. However, we cannot
in Queensland, can also be ordered. effect, although FWA may accept late
provide a signed statement that we The special arrangements apply for applications. There is an application
A de facto relationship is a have given you independent legal small businesses with fewer than 15
fee, but FWA may be able to waive this
relationship that two people who advice. full-time equivalent employees (more
changes from 1 January 2011). It fee.
are not married or related by family
is recognition that small businesses
have as a couple living together on a (This article is merely a guide and not usually do not have big human If you need more information call FWA
‘genuine domestic basis’. It can exist meant to be a detailed explanation resource departments to help them, on 1300 799 675 or visit www.fwa.
between 2 people of the opposite of the law. We acknowledge that most cannot afford lost time and cannot gov.au.
sex, or between 2 people of the this article was sourced from Family find other positions for employees.
same sex. All the circumstances of Relationship Centre article “Property (Acknowledgement source: The source
the relationship are considered to division when de facto relationships Employees who have not met the of this article is Fair Work Online http://
determine whether a couple has a de break down - new Commonwealth law minimum employment period (12 www.deewr.gov.au and is the copyright
facto relationship. This includes that for separating de facto couples”.) months employment in a small of Commonwealth of Australia 2009)
business and six months employment
in a larger one) are not eligible to make The Pine Rivers Community Legal
a claim for unfair dismissal. Service can also assist with advice,
WE CAN HELP! information and referrals concerning
Tax Get free help with your tax return from Casual employees employed on an
your employment matters. Phone the
irregular basis are also not eligible
our tax help volunteer. to make a claim for unfair dismissal. Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre on
3205 2955 to make an appointment
Help • Are your tax affairs simple? Only those casual employees who
have been engaged on a regular or come to our drop in service on
• Do you earn less than $40,000? and systematic basis and who have Thursday evenings from 5.45pm until
• Education Tax Refund? a reasonable expectation that their 7.30pm, no appointment necessary.
The centre would like to sincerely thank our supporters
• Queensland Government Department of Communities
• Pine Rivers Lions Club
• Australian Government Department of Families,
Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
• Moreton Bay Regional Council • Brendale Community Bank
• Legal Aid Qld • Barnardos
• Lions Club of Petrie
• Zonta Club of Pine Rivers Inc.
Community Development I Legal Information I Family & Individual Support I Community Learning
Donations of over $2 made to the Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre are tax deductible.
Families in Transition
Course and - incorporating the
Families in Transition is available to
The following courses and groups are
Groups Young People who have experienced
change in their lives. This includes loss
through separation, divorce or the death
of a loved one. Our program caters to
being offered from July – December 2009
children aged 7-12 years. Group size
To enrol simply phone 3205 2955. is limited to 6-8 children per group with
two age group levels, 7-9 & 10-12 yrs.
Kids Cooking further information. 10th Nov-8th Dec.
Times are 6.30pm to 9pm for 5 weeks.
While the kids are at Seasons, parents
These sessions are held for children are invited to get-together and learn more
Bookings are essential. Cost $25 about supporting their children through
aged 9-12 years on school holidays. for entire course. No child minding
Come along and learn: how to follow a family change.
available for this course.
recipe, cooking hygiene, nutrition, how Semester 2 2009: Thurs 20th August -
to prepare; cook and of course eat the
delicious food you make. Cost is $8 incl.
Life’s Journey 5th November (there will be no sessions
on 24th Sep & 01st Oct due to school
food, with maximum of 8 children per This is a free 6 wk non-threatening group
holidays) or Wed 14th October – 9th Dec.
session. Bookings essential, payment for women, who would like to make new
Sessions are held after school from
confirms place. friends, increase self esteem and have
4-5.15pm. Cost is$30 for entire
Sept/Oct Hols 09: Wednesday 23rd, fun. You will be able to experience new &
program. Childminding is provided
Friday 25th, Tuesday 29th Sept & creative things, explore ideas & meet new
Thursday 1st Oct, from 10am-1pm. people. Activities during the 6 weeks will upon request.
include: Clay, Communication, Mosaics,
Multicultural Women’s Life Stresses, Relaxation, Painting, Understanding &
Afternoon Tea Music & Poetry appreciation. This Managing Anger
Offering friendship and support to all. course is being held in partnership with A therapeutic group program for
Come and join us once a month to Relationships Australia. individuals and couples who are
connect with other women. Learn new Mondays 9.30am - 12.00pm. challenged by their own expressions of
information, share cultures, enjoy guest 12th October – 16th November. anger. Held in a safe and confidential
speakers and have fun! Places are limited, bookings are space, topics include: Understanding the
Group meets 3rd Friday of every essential. Limited Childminding context in which anger develops, Skills
month, 1pm-2.30pm in the Betty Blake available upon request. & strategies to deal with your anger,
Building. There is no cost and for more Please Ph: 1300 364 277. Improved communication skills for family
information please call Elsa on 3491
3485 or the Neighbourhood Centre on
Tuesday evenings, 6th October - 3rd Nov.
Times: 6.30pm-9pm for 5 weeks. Cost
Mothers Wellbeing is $25 for entire course. No child
An opportunity for mothers to support
each other while learning about topics
of interest; Positive Parenting, Effective INSIGHT
Communication, You and your child’s self Insight’ is a support group for women
esteem, Schoolyard Bullying. Interactive who have all, at some point in time,
activities also offered. experienced depression and the
Term 3/4 please call the Centre for difficulties that this causes in their
further information. Childminding daily lives. Insight meets in a relaxed
is available upon request, gold coin and informal environment. Topics and
donation please. Guest speakers are planned throughout
the sessions, which include: Positive
Positive Parenting communication, understanding feelings,
for Mums, Dad’s and expressing emotions, self-worth and
Couples relaxation, as well as discussing and
learning new coping strategies.
Join Ross Adams (Family Therapist) and Group runs for 5 weeks commencing
a group of parents in a relaxed, safe and Thurs 29th Oct – 26th Nov, 10am-12 noon.
confidential space to explore & develop
Childminding is available upon
positive parenting and communication
request, gold coin donation please.
skills with children & teenagers. Topics
include: building love and respect in
the family - Understanding children’s
behaviour - Setting firm boundaries Watch out for our advertising and columns in the
and follow-through – Fostering positive
self esteem - Positive role modeling & Pine Rivers Press or go to our website www.prnc.org.au
problem solving techniques - Dealing with
overload or stressful situations.
to get up to date community learning courses and
Term 3/4 please call the Centre for groups information
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Parenting Teens Our Amazing Adventure Compassionate Communication
at Old Petrie Town Workshops
Learn skills to create more peace
By Matthanee and John and intimacy in close personal
• Find ways to relate more easily
and effectively at home and work.
• Enrich your life with tools for
personal hassles and personality
The process of ‘Compassionate
Is a five week program for parents of Communication’ has tremendous
potential to transform relationships,
young people aged 12-17 years. The
while enhancing our own inner peace.
course will provide you with parenting
information and tips about young people On Tuesday, 5th May, students and 2 Day workshop led by Jana Krins
and a better understanding on how tutors in the Adult Literacy and Venue: Albany Creek Community
to manage this within your role as a Numeracy Program visited the museum
15th and 22nd August
parent. Topics that will be included are: at Old Petrie Town. We went to see the OR
Understanding your teen’s behaviour, displays and exhibits. Woodside Community Centre,
Effective Communication, Respect and Fridays, 28th August and 4th
Boundaries, Fostering healthy family The focus of the museum is the history September.
relationships. Course dates: Tues 10th of the settlement of the Pine Rivers DETAILS: $160 for the 2 days.
November-1st December. 10.30am- district. This is portrayed through a Concessions available on request.
12.30pm. Course cost is $20 for 4 series of galleries and exhibits. These 9.30am – 4.00pm. Please bring
weeks. Childminding is unavailable included a pioneer house, olden days lunch to share or BYO. Tea/Coffee
for this course. provided.
school room, transport, early day’s
furniture, tools and utensils as well as For more information contact Jana
**Childminding is for children Krins. Ph 07 54999552
special short term exhibits which at this
under primary school age and time featured the Rock and Roll Era of
Mob: 0412408915 or
may not be available for all email email@example.com
the 50s and 60s.
courses, please check and boo
at time of enrolment. Most exhibitions contained authentic Moreton Bay Healthy Ageing Expo
Thursday 20 August 2009
artifacts that were donated by pioneer
**Course enrolments can be taken 10:00am - 4.00pm
families of the district. These included Location: Deception Bay Hall,
up to and including 2nd week of such things household items, copies Cnr Bayview and Ewart Streets,
course, after this courses are of letters and diaries, tools and Deception Bay
closed. clothing. There is a wonderful display
Celebrate Seniors Week at the
of clocks also. Healthy Ageing Expo!
For more information on any of GIVEAWAYS
the above courses or to enrol The Rock and Roll Era exhibit FREE LUNCH
please phone the centre on focuses on the music, dance, dress PRESENTATIONS
3205 2955, or drop in to and hairstyles. Our tutors were INFORMATION DISPLAYS
730 Gympie Rd, Lawnton. contemporaries of this time. They really HEALTH CHECKS
All course costs are negotiable. got excited when visiting this exhibit.
Free transport to the Healthy Ageing
Expo is available.
It was a great visit and very worthwhile.
Residents of Deception Bay, North
We learnt many interesting things about Lakes or Redcliffe area can reserve a
our district. seat on the bus by calling the Redcliffe
Community Association on 3480 8777.
NOTICE OF AGM Methane’s own special thoughts: Transport from other areas may also
I had learned about the South Pine be available (subject to demand).
Wednesday 16th September 2009 River area, the history, the industries, Please call Vidya Gopinath at Qld
Health on 3624 1155 to register
and the people. I found it very
Time: 6.30pm for refreshments your interest.
For further information about the
John’s own special thoughts: Healthy Ageing Expo please
Location: Albany Creek contact the Moreton Bay
Community Centre As a result of going to the museum Regional Council on 3283 0285 or
(Corner of Ernie Street and I learnt a lot about Petrie and district. email Jacqueline.pedersen@
Chapman Court, Albany Creek) I really enjoyed the clock exhibit. moretonbay.qld.gov.au
The clocks were fascinating.
July 2009 Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre 3
Volunteer Appreciation Day: Pamper and Play
The Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre and the Transport to and from the event was available Others enjoyed the archery, where there was
North Lakes Health and Well-Being Steering and lunch was provided, as well as morning much friendly rivalry and competition, and even
Group held a Volunteer Appreciation Day on and afternoon tea. The healthy lunch was a bull’s eye! Check the line up and see the
the 17th July 2009, for volunteers in the Moreton appreciated by participants, who had built steely glint of determination in their eyes.
Bay area. The theme for the day was “Pamper up quite an appetite after doing the various
and Play” and it took place at Camp Warrawee activities on offer. The coordinated sounds of rhythm and beat,
in Joyner. All and any volunteers were invited to (eventually!) were heard by anyone passing
register to attend. The focus was on: The day started with a welcome greeting by the hall, where the drummers were taught the
Sandy from the Pine Rivers Neighbourhood basics of African drumming.
• Thanking volunteers and showing Centre, and then the action began! A warm
appreciation for their services, up line dance was on offer for those keen to
• Fun and physical activity, try it out, with many discovering how much
• Healthy eating, co-operation between the brain and the body
The entire day and all activities were available is actually required to get the dance’s looking
at no cost for the participants. Truly a great good. Not that a warm up was really needed, as
opportunity to show appreciation! The it was a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine.
volunteers who attended came from a variety A great day for all of the outside activities on
of volunteer organisations and roles. The offer!
participants had a great day and feedback A brave group of adventurers then went off to
was very positive, with requests for more such do the canoeing, led by a Camp Warrawee
events! guide, and they all returned, still dry, and ready
There were plenty of nutrition and health for more action! Some of the canoeists are
displays set up in the hall and “goodie bags” pictured below.
were handed to everyone. The bags were full of Those keen to explore their artistic side,
information, free trial gym memberships, water took part in the art group and much fun and
bottles, healthy snacks, vouchers, pamphlets discussion was had.
and recipes; all with a focus on healthy lifestyle
choices. The day ended on a peaceful note, with tai
chi and mediation for everyone. There was
There were cooking demonstrations and plenty of opportunity for social interaction and
everyone got to share the delicious, healthy, the various groups enjoyed getting together,
freshly prepared food; and remind themselves sharing experiences and having a laugh-with
about food portions and healthy choices! the underlying focus on healthy living.
Q150 Personalised Plates Raffle
National Child These groups meet at various times
at the Neighbourhood Centre.
Prize: Limited Edition Q150 Personalised
Number Plates valued at $1000
Overeaters Anon 3298 6646
Cost: $25 per ticket
Closing Date: 16th September 2009 Alanon & Alateen 0418 700 383
To Purchase a ticket: Visit the Pine Rivers Bereaved by Suicide
Pine Rivers Family Support Network Neighbourhood Centre, 730 Gympie Road
presents: Lawnton or call 3205 2955 Support Group 0408 164 160
“Bridging the Gap- creating a greater The raffle will be drawn at the Pine Rivers Gamblers Anon 0400 667 041
understanding to working together to Neighbourhood Association Annual
protect our kids” General Meeting, September 16th 2009 Handihome 0407 649 606
Forum with local agencies. All money raised will be used to support PRNC’s Community
Learning programs, e.g. Adult Literacy Program, Kids and Teens Lawnton Ladies 3881 1820
Guest speakers around Child safety, Self Esteem Groups
Domestic Violence and what resources are
available to families.
Multiple Births Assoc 3315 5358
Thursday 10 Sept 9.30-2.30
Toy Library - Playgroup
North lakes Community Centre
Terms and Conditions: 1. Prize winners will be notified by mail and/or phone on 18/09/2009 and results posted on
the Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre Website: www.prnc.org.au 2. Ineligibility to Enter: A person is not eligible
Association of Qld 3855 9600
Please contact Tamara A on 3205 2955 for to enter the raffle if the person is: a) a member of the Management Committee of the Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Asso-
ciation b) directly involved in conducting the draw of the raffle c) a member of the immediate family of a person men-
details. Toughlove Parent Support 0417 645 352
tioned in (a). Immediate family means the person’s spouse and family members residing at the same premises as the
person. 3. The Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Association will incur the cost of Number Plate Transfer.
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