Business Boom & Butterflies Bloom

Jun 20, 2018

Welcome to my latest blog entry. It has been a very interesting fortnight filled with business and butterflies!

If you’ve started a new business or thinking about becoming a local entrepreneur, you’re in the right place! North Lakes is becoming the commercial hub of the Moreton Bay Region.

Westfield is expanding with new shops, restaurants, cinemas and Ikea, and there is an increasing numbers of businesses making the North Lakes Business Park their home. And I love that we have many, many people setting up their own businesses at home.

It is wonderful to see this growth in businesses in the area, and the new jobs that they bring with them.

The recent state budget has got some great initiatives that I think will be picked up by North Lakes businesses. There is a $40 million fund to provide early stage venture capital to emerging and growing innovative Queensland businesses.

There is also $1 million available for entrepreneurs in areas like North Lakes who want to set up a web-based home business: it is a great way to establish a better work/life balance!

For more information hit up the Queensland Government’s One-Stop shop for Business & Industry:

Each time I visit our local schools, I see something else that impresses me! Last week I was part of the Mango Hill State School Arts & Cultural Evening which showcased what these kids are doing in performing arts and visual arts. I outbid an active field at the art auction to be able to purchase the fantastic piece you can see in the picture at the top.

This piece ‘A Flutter of Imagination’ is by the Prep C class and talented local artist Paul Trapett. I am going to present this piece to Education Minister Kate Jones for her to hang in her office. Every time she sees it, she will be reminded of the wonderful talent of our local kids!

Creative art is such an important pathway to education for children and the Mango Hill State School does a wonderful job of educating your children for the future.

That’s it for this fortnight, but if there is anything else you want to know please feel free to contact Mary-Anne, Brendan or myself at my office on 3448-2100, or email: You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook