SANDBAG Newsletter July-September 2016
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SANDBAG Happenings

Welcome to SANDBAG’s latest newsletter packed with info about what’s been happening and what’s coming up.. Access the latest What's On Calendar of Events HERE.

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What's coming up?


Join us to celebrate Seniors Week!!!

During 2016 Seniors Week, we are hosting a day of activities on Thursday 18th of August. The day is an opportunity to have some fun, enjoy a delicious lunch and be entertained by The Original and Best Musical Melodies.

Australian Hearing will provide free hearing tests and advice to support hearing health from 9am. As a part of morning tea SANDBAG will host morning trivia to warm up the grey matter. Lunch will be served at 12noon and then The Original and Best Musical Melodies will take to the stage with cabaret and old time melodies. To book for the seniors week celebration please contact the SANDBAG on 3869 3244.

Learn about Seniors Safety and Identity Theft at SANDBAG’s Community Café

Community Café is a space to enjoy a delicious lunch with old and new friends and to enjoy the activities of the Community Centre every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

At our lunch on Wednesday 24th August 2016 we will hear from Queensland Police Service about Seniors Safety and identity theft.

Community Café is made possible with food donations by OZ Harvest and a wonderful group of local volunteers who work together to cater and serve a two course lunch.  
We are taking bookings for tables, or just come along for lunch at 12 noon on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Please call SANDBAG on 3869 3244 to make a booking for you and a group of friends or work colleagues. If you would like to volunteer at the Community Café please contact SANDBAG on 3869 3244.

SANDBAG Sewing Circle Needs you!

The SANDBAG Sewing Circle meets every Thursday at the Sandgate Community Centre. Drop by between 10am and 4pm to improve their sewing skills and help create sensory aprons and cushions. The sensory aprons and cushions are being tailor made for residents and clients at local residential aged care facilities and respite centres. Participants have connected with local organisations to trial the aprons and cushions and are now working to tailor make them to peoples interests. Sensory aprons and cushions are designed to be tactile, featuring elements of a person’s life stimulate the senses and evoke memories, they help to bring activity and calm to a person living with dementia.

The Sewing Circle is by donation and is an opportunity to meet with like-minded people, improve sewing skills and give back to the community. People are invited to drop by and take part for as long as they like on Thursdays. For more information and if you would like to get involved please call SANDBAG on 3869 3244 or just drop in on Thursday.

Get the right qualification to work in the Disability Sector…

12 individuals recently graduated from our Skilling Communities Locally for Employment Program and some have already gained work as a result. 

If you are unemployed or underemployed we have another opportunity to join the next round of this program.  You will gain a Certificate III Individual Support (Disability) and practical work experience with some local community organisations.   

There are limited spaces so act now to make sure you don’t miss out.  For more information contact Georgia,, 3269 0277.

Group in Focus


Each Wednesday morning Ladybirds gather at Bracken Ridge. The group meets socially to have morning tea, sometimes play games and go out for lunches. Over the group’s 25 years, many friendships have formed through the group, providing a support network for its participants.

The SANDBAG group offers and meets each Wednesday at the Bracken Ridge Hall (next to the Library), except for public and school holidays. Ladybirds welcomes women 50 years and over, participants contribute $3 to cover morning tea and venue costs. For more information please call SANDBAG on 3869 3244.  

Latest News


Official Handover of Fitzgibbon Community Centre to the Community

SANDBAG has come together with two other North Brisbane Community Organisations, Jabiru and Burnie Brae to form the Fitzgibbon Community Centre Company (FCCC).  The FCCC looks forward to working with the Fitzgibbon Community to create a vibrant community space for all.  Stay tuned for more information.


Check out our recently finished Video

As part of Celebrate Welcome Week SANDBAG has produced a short video sharing our story.  The video particularly focuses on how we support and welcome people within our local community.  This is a great way to find out who we are and what we do and how you can get involved. Check it out at our website 

Skilling Queenslanders for Work success!

Great news….. We were once again successful in the latest round of Skilling Queenslanders for Work Funding through the Queensland Government.  This means we will be able to offer another two rounds of our Building our Community Program, where individuals can gain a Certificate I in Construction and Community Organisations benefit from some needed building projects.    If you are interested in finding out more contact, 3869 3244


Sandgate Community Centre Amenities Upgrade…

Exciting times… We have started the upgrade of our amenities block at the Sandgate Community Centre.    In a few weeks the block will have new toilets, tiles and a paint job to make it look and feel fresh.  Thanks to Councillor Jared Cassidy for assisting us with a small grant.


Bracken Ridge Neighbourhood Hub Computer Replacement

SANDBAG were successful in our recent application to the Supporting our Communities Grants, Petrie Electorate.  This means we are able to invest in some very needed computer replacements and presentation equipment at our Bracken Ridge Office.  Thanks to Minister Luke Howarth and the committee for supporting our application.

Thank You’s!

Zonta Sandgate At the August Zonta Sandgate Club Meeting, SANDBAG received a generous donation of $1000.  The Sandgate Zonta Club has been a longterm supporter of SANDBAG and the work we do in the community.  Thank you Annette and all the Zonta members.

QUOTA International Sandgate has recently supported SANDBAG Sewing Circle with a much appreciated donation of $150. This donation will enable the development of the designs and addition of washable carry bags for each of the aprons.

Lendlease We were pleased to attend a recent BBQ Lunch at Lendlease Engineering Gateway Motorway Upgrade North. Thanks to all the staff for supporting SANDBAG and the work we do in the local community.

Out and About in the Community

Einbunpin Festival, what a great day!  A wonderful opportunity to come together with the local community and celebrate what makes the 4017 area a fantastic place to live.  One lucky person won a free lawn mowing service from our Social Enterprise, SEED Property Parks and Maintenance, and a voucher to spend at our Community Nursery, The Garden Gate. Community members also wrote on our mural wall about what they would like to see in our community.

SANDBAG’s annual tree planting ceremony

12 years and still going strong..  SANDBAG’s annual tree planting ceremony was held recently in remembrance of families affected by Domestic Violence.  The ceremony provides an opportunity to come together and remember those affected by Domestic Violence, and raise our awareness of how we can work together to solve this issue that touches so many families.  Thanks to Councillor Cooper for her ongoing support of this event.

SANDBAG’s Domestic Violence Peaceful Walk

SANDBAG held its annual Walk for Peace through the main streets of Sandgate again this year.  What a wonderful turn out as the local community supported the event and demonstrated their commitment to building a strong and supportive community.  Thanks to all the individuals, organisations and businesses who participated.

SANDBAG’s Green Pea Community Farm Open Day

What a Fantastic Day….  Approximately 250 people attended the Community Farm Open Day, it was great to see and hear about different produce and farming right in our own backyard.  The Farm is located at the Deagon Race Track and is a great demonstration of organisations and businesses working together to support community action.  If you are interested in learning more or want to volunteer contact Matilda,, 3869 3244

Did you know?

4017 area has its own Community Nursery?

There is a Community Nursery in Sandgate.  The Garden Gate Community Nursery is located at the back of the Sandgate Community Centre at 153 Rainbow Street.  It is open Monday – Friday and provides a local avenue to purchase all your plants and gardening needs and learn a few things too!  It even has its very own self service tea house.  Best of all you are supporting the local community by shopping here.  Read all about it in the monthly columns in the Sandgate Guide.  Come on down and see Phil and the fabulous volunteers who make the nursery look so wonderful. 

Would you like to do more?

Membership is open to all individuals and businesses in the North Brisbane Community and costs as little as $5 per annum and you’ll be helping us to provide our valuable services.

Download a Membership Form HERE and return it to one of our offices with your payment. Or, you can email it to and make your payment to:

Account name: SANDBAG General Business
BSB: 484799
Account no.: 027129297

*If paying via bank transfer please include your surname as the payment reference


You can make either a one-off donation or set up a monthly direct debit using this link to our Give Now page
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