District 201Q3, Queensland, Australia

Bracken Ridge Lions News

Catch up on all the latest news from the Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club

Club news


    It's that time of year again, Christmas is coming and what's Christmas without a Lions cake or pudding?

    Cakes now available at the Bracken Ridge Post Office, Bald Hills Post Office, Lions Train Day October 27th and November 24th or by calling Neil O'Sullivan on 0409 234 325.

    Cost of cakes are $17 for 1.5kg or $13 for 1kg. Puddings $13

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    Love of miniature steam trains leads to OAM

    A SELF-PROCLAIMED 'train nut' who builds and drives miniature steam trains has received a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

    Neil Mackenzie of Bracken Ridge is a regular at Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club's monthly miniature steam train days in McPherson Park and the club's Mackenzie Line is named in his honour.

    The 90-year-old retired mechanical draftsman has had a lifelong interest in steam engines and said he was overwhelmed to receive an OAM for service to the community through scale model steam train displays.

    "It's a wonderful feeling,” he said.

    "I don't think my feet have touched the ground since I found out.”

    Mr Mackenzie was one of the founders of the Lions Club's railway line, which is 800 metres of five inch gauge track encompassing straights, curves, rises, junctions and sidings.

    He said he was approached by Lions Club member Phil Blank in 1991.

    "He said to me 'if we put a track down can you put your trains on it to pull passengers' and I said yes.”

    More than 5000 voluntary hours went into the track's construction. The interim track was completed in December 1995 and the Mackenzie Line was officially opened on March 24, 1996.

    Mr Mackenzie is serious about his steam train safety and ensures every train has a current boiler certificate before it can run on the track.

    He said he became interested in model trains in 1950 when he was about 24 and moved onto miniature steam trains in 1976.

    As well as being an honorary member of Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club since 1997, he is also a member of the Australian Association of Live Steamers and the Queensland Society of Model and Experimental Engineers.


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    New blue engine adds extra puff to train days

    A BIG blue train engine has made its way to the miniature steam train railway in Bracken Ridge.

    The Little Blue Engine, made by members of Sandgate and Districts Men's Shed, will become a regular feature at Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club's monthly steam train days in McPherson Park.

    Lions Club member Rod Chiapello said the engine would act as a 'photo booth' for children and families attending the train days.

    "When we have our train days there are usually long lines of people who want to get their photo taken on a train, as well as have a ride,” he said.

    "We decided we needed to build a big train and decided there was only one group in the community we could ask.”

    Mr Chiapello approached Sandgate Men's Shed president Les Batson, who took the idea to member Gerry Loth and asked if he could build it.

    "He said yes. A lot of work was done in the shed, but Gerry took some bits home to do,” Mr Batson said.

    Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club member Rod Chiapello tries out the Little Blue Engine which was delivered by Sandgate Men's Shed members (from left) Kevin Fenwick, Gerry Loth, Brian Cronin and Terry Yates.

  • Membership News

    Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club is an active group. That raises much needed funds for the community.
    Why not consider finding out more about us, please phone Val Klauke on 0422 624 740.

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    Trains run on the 4th Sunday of each month. Trains run 9.30am - 2.30pm in McPherson Park, Denham Street, Bracken Ridge at a cost of $2 a ride. Bring along a picnic lunch, bring the family and make it a great family day out.


    Haven''t got time to join a club but would still like to do something for your local community

    Become an ''Occassional Volunteer''.

    We are establishing a list of tradespersons, home cooks, keen gardeners, etc. that we would only call upon when a community based task requires more assistance than our club can offer.

    Here is your chance to do something when needed without committing yourself to our club.

    Just email your details and ''abilities'' to us and we will include you on our list of Volunteers.

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    Looking for something different for your childs birthday party Why not have it at our Minature Steam Railway. Contact our Train Organiser Graham Titman for more details via email at

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    ALL of the profits from out Train Days are given back into the community. This financial year has seen a lot of money donated to a variety of causes including: Premier''s Flood Relief Fund, Lions Club Foundation; Childhood Cancer Institute; Scouts Australia; Qld Police Sandgate Bike Squad; Sandbag Sandgate and local School Bursaries and School Chaplaincy programs.

District news

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    Support Earth Hour on Saturday 28 March 8:30 - 9:30pm - created 27/3/20

    “Lions will continue to find ways to support our communities during this COVID-19 crisis” said District Governor 201 Q3 Donna Hedges. Social distancing doesn’t mean we have to lose our service or social connection.

    “One way to serve from home, would be for Lions in District 201 Q3 to participate in Earth Hour 2020” said District 201 Q 3 Environment Chair John Creagh.

    Since 2007, Earth Hour has been adopted by communities large and small. Can you #SwitchOff between 8.30 - 9.30pm on Saturday 28 March 2020?

    Register your participation in Earth Hour, and join hundreds of communities, organisations, landmarks and councils that want to see action on climate change.

    There are many ways you and our Lions clubs could get involved in Earth Hour:

    • #SwitchOff for Earth Hour and register your participation

    • We are providing our Lions logo to be include on their Pledge wall

    • Join Australia unplugged and online for #EarthHourLive

    • Take part in the Earth Hour Solar Light Challenge

    • Becoming an Earth Hour sponsor


    Lions District 201 Q3 Chair for Global Causes Projects - Environment

    John Creagh 0417 612 204

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  • Are LIons okay ? - created 26/3/2020

    We are living in challenging times. Our DG Donna is asking us to at least be aware of external support services like Lifeline and RU Okay?

    R U OK? is reminding us to stay connected, lend an ear and provide support. If you’re worried about someone, you can find conversation tips and information about available support services at

    #RUOK #RUOKeveryday #StayConnected

    R U OK? CEO Katherine Newton has recorded a video message. Katherine reminds us how important it is that we stay connected. Also to be there to listen and provide support to those who need it. These are things we can all do as we navigate the social challenges we currently face.

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    View and download from Vimeo:

    R U OK? have also put together a ‘Connection Card’ that we’re encouraging people to use to offer practical and emotional support to the friends, family and local community. View and learn more about the Connection Card here:

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    Our current District's service tally - created 14/3/2020

    Between 1 July 2019 and 12mid-day 27 February 2020 this how Lions served our communities

    * 177,127 people served

    * 1,386 service activities

     11 Diabetes  92 Environment  13 Childhood Cancer

     107 Hunger Relief  83 Vision 1,080 Other

    * 49,692 volunteer hours

    * $ 206,729 raised (excluded disaster fundraising)
    * $ 431,662 Disaster & Emergency funds raised & donated

    (source March 2020 District newsletter -membership & activities report)

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    Our District Q 3 Convention - Toowoomba - released 25/2/2020

    Our 2020 Q 3 Convention committee have release the registration form - see attached. Also please watch their Facebook video

    Convention dates are Friday 2 to Sunday 4 October.

    Registration enquiries: contact Narelle on 0402 140 709

    For more information- Registration form accommodation attractions - visit - DistConvention web page

    More information coming soon

    Attachment: Registration Form - Convention 2020.pdf

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    201 Q 3 Drought Relief - update 11/02/2020

    PDG Carmel Goldsworthy has arranging for the arrival of a semi from Tasmania. Sourced 32 round bales and 1 large square bale for our drought affected farmers.

    Originally Q 3 were only taking half the load and the rest was going to the Wondai area in Q4. However, because of local flooding, it was decided to take the full load here in Toowoomba.

    Storage for the load at the Farm Fest site organised by Lion Marshall Cox (Toowoomba West). Helped by local Toowoomba Lions, Ken & Janelle Bray, PDG Bob Goldsworthy and myself, Zone Chairman Gail Jones (Oakey), Lion Wilma Proudlock (Pittsworth) and Lion Traudi Krampl (Cecil Plains). They contacted many Darling Downs farmers. Farmers then came and collected this hay. Our team was assisted by Greg, a farmer from Meringandan. Greg provided his fork lift.

    Carmel would like to thank

    * semi driver Tom, who drove all the way from Tasmania, the company he works for

    * “Need for Feed” organisation who arranged for this hay

    * Farm Fest (Toowoomba) their CEO who allowed us to store hay

    * local farmer Greg

    For more information contact: PDG Carmel Goldsworthy
    Q3 Drought Relief Coordinator

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    Can Clubs find $3,000 for a polyethene water tank - Bushfire recovery - released 9/2/2020

    Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has given over ½ million dollars to help our Districts and Lions/Lioness/Leo Clubs provide the basic items and comfort to individual bushfire victims in towns and villages across Australia.

    AUS $150,000 of the ½ million has enabled the LCIF Replacement Water Tank Initiative has started in District 201 N 1. District Governor Bill Shepherd has advised me, so many more water tanks will be needed as communities reach Recovery Mode.

    The criteria for receiving a replacement water tank:

    • Has been “fire affected’

    • Not connected to town water

    • Family with children, elderly or disabled

    • In recovery mode

    With a $3,000 donation to LCIF, companies,individuals and Lions clubs can have your name on a tank.
    For LIons - as there is nothing on the LCIF donation form to say “water tank”, the donation has to be exactly $3,000 so we know it’s for a tank. If you want, you give 2 tanks – fill out 2 forms – each for $3,000.

    Lions please send your Club’s $3,000 donation to your District Cabinet Treasurer. Payment made to “LCI/LCIF Disaster Relief Fund”.
    For the public (non Lions) please would you contact me.

    $3,000 will fund the supply & install of a 22,700 litre polyethylene tank, pump, pipes, base and filled with fresh water.

    For more information contact: Nigel Jeny O.A.M. LCIF MD201 Co-ordinator

    Attachment: Repl water tanks newsletter Feb 2020.pdf

National news

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    We'd like your support in deleting old files, including documents,images and videos. Please have a look around your site for very old materials that can now be deleted!

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    Beware e-mail scams targetting Lions

    Lions should be aware of common e-mail and social media scams targeting club members. Sadly, some of our members have been targeted with these scams.

    For more information follow this link.

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    Lions Hearing Dogs on WinTV!

    Head on over to the Lions Australia Facebook page to check out this nice story on WinTV Canberra about our Hearing Dogs


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    Our new TV advertisment launched #morethansausages

    It's here! We are very proud to announce the new Lions Australia television campaign - #MoreThanSausages.

    It showcases the breadth of work Lions do in our communities, helping real people through disaster relief and recovery, medical research, youth programs and more. Lions Serve - more than sausages!

    Follow the link to see our video and find out more!

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    Attention All Lions OZ Clubhouse Webmasters

    The "Text Instructions" for webmasters of Lions OZ Clubhouse websites have been updated as at 29th December and can be found by clicking on the attachment below or by clicking on the website link.

    Your MD201, OZ Clubhouse Webmaster, Lion Graham, recommends that all club webmasters review the revised instructions.

    If you have any queries, Graham can be contacted by email which you will find in the website link below.

    Attachment: Oz-Clubhouse-Instructions-Revised-29th-December-2015.pdf

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