North Lakes Sports Club to Practice Converting Food Scraps into Compost

The newly-opened North Lakes Sports Club, the first licensed club in the suburb, will join the other members of Clubs Queensland in implementing Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO), a pilot project of the Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EPH). Different city councils, not just in Queensland, but across Australia have already started implementing the FOGO initiative.


How does FOGO work?

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Environment Minister of Queensland Dr. Steven Miles stated that more than $300,000 will be provided to Clubs Queensland to begin with the project. Along with other clubs, North Lakes Sports Club will be segregating the food scraps that will be neatly placed in specially-designed containers.

The food scraps will be collected by JJ Richards, one of the largest waste management companies in Australia. The waste will be taken to a composting company, where they’ll convert the food scraps into organic compost and soil conditioner.

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The converted waste will be delivered back to the clubs for their own use or will be provided to other local organisations. North Lakes Sports Club will be dedicating the organic compost to be primarily used at their three sports fields, which have been acquired on lease for the past three months.

FOGO project will be beneficial to both the environment and waste management. Continuous conversion of organic food scraps into compost will lead to the reduction of landfill.


Compost Gardening is the new trend in North Lakes.

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Organic gardening is becoming popular in the North Lakes-Mango Hill area. Several neighbourhood have been converting their organic waste into compost that they use on their backyard gardens. Resident farmer Jody Wall has been growing organic produce for almost five years.

“There are no chemicals at all. As a small farmer I can make a good living doing things the way it was done before chemicals came on board. It is a travesty we have to have labels on organically-grown food when it is just grown naturally,” Mr. Wall said.

Mr. Wall is a member of Brisbane Organic Growers, a group that promotes organic gardening without using chemicals, hormones, or artificial herbicides and pesticides.

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Using organic compost is recommended versus using chemical-based fertilizers due to its ability to prevent soil erosion and to eliminate toxins. Compost gardening can help in regenerating the soil through humus, the product of decomposing organic matter that is proven to be full of nutrients and minerals. Rich organic nutrients present in the compost will also help create healthier plants.

Another member of the group, gardening guru Phil Ryan, conducts workshops at libraries in the Moreton Bay Regional Council area. Due to the ideal weather in North Lakes all year round, Mr. Ryan said that North Lakes is a good area for growing plants and encouraged residents to make a good soil compost, especially from vegetable scraps.

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“People need to learn how to grow their own soil and make good compost … I put it all in a cement mixer for 20 minutes and out comes the best and richest soil you could ever get your hands into,” Mr. Ryan said.

What’s Happening in North Lakes This Week?

Here are some events to watch out for in North Lakes this week:

Saturday, 16 September

Ladies Day

Tickets: $40

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Venue: Just Teasin’ – Amy’s Hair & Beauty

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The Labelleame Beauty, a  Brisbane-based mobile makeup artist and stylist, will stop over at Just Teasin’ – Amy’s Hair & Beauty for a Ladies Day, a mini makeover and pamper day. It will be a day of getting you hair styled, while having a glass of bubbly.

Booking is essential, contact the organisers to secure a spot.


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Saturday, 16 September

Photography Exhibition

Tickets: FREE

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Venue: The Space North Lakes

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Amy Louise Photographers’ Club will be hosting an exhibition this weekend. Amy Louise is a Brisbane landscape photographer who is organising her own hands-on workshops around Brisbane. This Saturday, she will showcase her students’ works.


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Saturday, 16 September



  • Dinner & Show-  $45


  • 8:00 p.m. – Entry to the concert
  • 9:00 p.m. – Show starts
  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Dinner

Venue: North Lakes Sports Club

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ABBALIVE, one of the most successful recreations of ABBA, will be visiting North Lakes this Saturday for a night filled with an international cast, full choreography, music, and fun. After ABBALIVE’s performance, the party is on as Act Boomshanka and the event DJ hit the main stage.

While this is a free show, entry to the Discovery Lounge is exclusively for Dinner & Show ticket holders only.


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Sunday, 17 September

Junior & Youth Presentation Day

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Venue: North Lakes Sports Club

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The North Lakes Eels Junior AFL Football Club will celebrate its end season awards day. The day will include awarding of teams of both Juniors and Youth. These includes the teams Roy’s Junior, U8s Blue and Red, U10s, and U12s.


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Eat, Drink & Play at the North Lakes Sports Club

North Lakes now has its first-ever licensed greenfield club. The North Lakes Sports Club opened its doors last Saturday 6th of May at 36-42 Flinders Parade, North Lakes.



Who can resist this mouthwatering dish in Banyan Restaurant?
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The centerpiece of dining experience in the new Sports Club is the Banyan Restaurant & Deck. Modern Australian cuisine along with vegan options and a full table service are the main draws of the restaurant.

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Different craft beers for different taste
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The sports club also has a well-stocked bar where members and visitors can indulge on a premium selection of beers, wines, cocktails, and spirits. The club’s Craft Beer Bar offers six different variants of craft beer to suit every taste.

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Entertainment at its finest
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Arcade enthusiasts will have an exciting time checking out 178 of the latest Pokies, including Lightning Link & Dragon Link. Bingo, Keno, and UBET TAB. Definitely something to keep the “big kids” busy.


A Club for All Ages

Let the fun begin
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Proving that relaxing at the North Lakes Sports Club can be a family affair, there is something for the little kids too. The Explorers Kids Club is a fully-supervised Kids Club where your kids can play and be entertained with arts and crafts, DVDs, Xbox consoles, outdoor games, and other fun activities to keep them busy.

The Explorer Kids Club membership has a one-time payment of only $5 until your kids reach the age of 15. Kids Club members receive exclusive benefits such as their own personalised membership cards, invitations to annual club events, special offers and special birthday vouchers to help celebrate their Big Day. Find out more about the Kids Club here.


Sports Club Membership Perks

A membership to the North Lakes Sports Club includes rewards and discounts on all of the club’s facilities, from the restaurant and bars, to the gaming zones and Kids Club.

Entries to events exclusively for members, benefits for Diamond Rewards, and use of the free Members Courtesy Bus are included in the membership.

The North Lakes Sports Club is a part of a non-profit membership-based organisation, Caboolture Sports Club Limited. There are over nine sporting clubs across North Lakes and its outskirts that have benefited from community grants offered by Caboolture. Sporting groups that would like to apply for grants may register for sponsorship and community support opportunities.


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