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From Belinda

Hello Readers!

Welcome to our 103rd issue!

Our feature article in this issue explains the real cost to us regarding the government’s $1000 energy rebate. Written by Alistair Gray, it’s a very informative story to read. It seems we are all struggling financially as the rising cost of living leaves us considering our budgeting options. Sheree has put together some useful tips to help you. She has also condensed some of the winners and losers in the latest federal budget.

The Abbey Medieval Festival is coming up in July and they are looking for volunteers to help throughout the event.

Sheree has also written a great article on the Old Petrie Town Steam Fair, which is on this weekend at 901 Dayboro Road, Petrie. The 97th annual Caboolture show kicks off on June 7. It will have a little something for everyone.

Alistair witnessed the Bombora Outriggers blessing of their new boat in the Pumicestone Passage.

As usual, we cover a wide variety of local issues, while showcasing our local businesses. It is our local businesses who make this publication possible, so please support them.

Until next month.

Warm regards, Belinda

Upholding standards of civility

I am writing in response to the opinion piece column in your most recent paper (01/05/2024 Issue 102). It was entitled ‘Political Absurdity’ by L Roubin. Though not named, it was very obvious the piece referred to Member for Pumicestone Ali King, with references to the hospital, Beachmere Road, the bridge and small business awards. Curious that L Roubin felt they could not directly name the particular member of parliament. While it’s understandable that individuals may hold differing opinions on political matters, it’s essential to engage in constructive dialogue rather than resorting to insults and personal attacks. As members of a democratic society, we have the privilege and responsibility to express our views respectfully, even when we disagree. Constructive criticism can contribute to a healthy exchange of ideas and foster understanding among citizens with diverse perspectives. Regardless of our political affiliations, it’s important to uphold standards of civility and decency in public discourse. Disparaging remarks and personal attacks only serve to undermine the integrity of our political process and hinder meaningful dialogue.

I encourage fellow readers to approach political discussions with an open mind and a willingness to listen to differing viewpoints. By engaging in respectful dialogue, we can work towards finding common ground and addressing the challenges facing our community.

L Rushby White Patch

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It’s a missed opportunity as Labor blows $2.5 billion

Yippee! The state Labor government is giving you $1000 off your power bills from July 1, 2024.

“That's great. I will be able to buy some more wine,” Sid at the Rotary market said.

“I will be able to upgrade my TV,” another market goer said.

A pensioner struggling on a single pension to make ends meet, welcomed the news and thought that would be very helpful.

Yes, we are all grappling with the cost of living. I know that prices have skyrocketed as I do the shopping in our house-

hold, yet using public funds collected from our taxes and mining royalties to provide subsidies carte blanch in this way is a big mistake. It is like drawing down on your housing loan to take a holiday, with the debt spread over the next 30 years and causing a staggering increase in interest cost. In other words, increasing the deficit.

In effect the government is deferring the ‘sticker shock’ as these subsidies can't continue and sooner or later, the actual cost of your power bill will be evident and frighten the living daylights out of you. Not only will your future bills increase by $250 per quarter (the value of the subsidy), but any inflation and new power infrastructure costs will subsequently be passed on. In effect, the government is covering your energy costs at the expense of other critical projects.

This type of policymaking is a disaster! It is a sign of a government that has completely lost its way, of a government that has been in power too long, with signs of on-the-fly policymaking, mixed signals, poor targeting and contradictions. One could even stoop so low as to say it is a blatant election bribe by a government about to be shown the door. It is a short-term decision without any cost-benefit analysis. One would have thought we would be better off investing the $2.5 billion cost into health, education or fixing the Bruce Highway. In other words, we need to invest in something

that will give Queenslanders a payback year after year for many years to come. It's not a short-term ‘look at me’ media opportunity.

The state government already provides subsidies to encourage solar investment, such as a subsidy of $2300 for homeowners to install a 6.6 Kw solar system in southeast Queensland. Last financial year, the government provided a cost-of-living energy rebate of $550 to non-vulnerable households and this year, a further $1000 to subsidise your power. All qualifying electricity account holders, including those with solar panels, will receive the subsidy, yet the solar panel owner's bills would likely be nominal if not zero. Why should those with solar panels get further government support?

Perhaps, if we are not going to invest in infrastructure, a better use would have been to use those funds to increase the solar rebate to incentivise a further take-up of renewable energy while removing all energy rebates for others, except for vulnerable people. In that way, the government achieves a long-term policy objective and homeowners have the option to receive a long-term cost of living benefit and lower energy costs. Good policy should encourage responsible energy consumption, conservation and the use of renewable energy.

The rebate smells of another ‘pink batts’ disaster, with funds about to be diverted from paying down power accounts to

consumer spending and when added to the upcoming tax cuts and other federal government giveaways likely to create another inflationary consumer shopping bonanza in Queensland. Of course, our struggling retailers would love that, but maybe not the Reserve Bank. Sadly, this poorly targeted, so-called cost of living rebate continues to lock in an expectation for ongoing government handouts and support, creating dependency after several years of cost of living rebates. Yes, things are tough for many, but they are not bad. It is nothing like what we saw in the recession of the early 90s, where the unemployment rate was 10.8% and housing mortgage rates were 17.5%. Then, as a banker, I saw ‘blood’ everywhere and it wasn't pretty. We are not even in a recession and we have a strong demand for labour. Difficult times create focus, innovation and community as homeowners re-assess budgets and find workarounds. Some may need help, but not all. Instead, the Labor government is squandering the windfall mining royalties by spending $2.5 billion in giving rebates to everyone with a power account, whether they need it or not, including the likes of Clive Palmer, one of the state's wealthiest citizens. The comment by our smiling premier suggests that if we don't need it, we donate it to charity. I find this comment particularly galling when the state has such pressing and urgent needs. It’s time for a change.

You win some, you lose some

It’s that time of year again and the federal government has graced us with their next budget. This year’s budget has been touted as one that is aimed at alleviating cost of living pressures, while trying not to fuel inflation at the same time. Apparently it’s one for ‘every Australian’ too. As always, not everyone is going to like it, but we should all be relieved (or try to be anyway) that every household has scored $300 off their electricity. It will automatically be credited to your bill and means that here in Queensland we’re looking at a total of $1300 in rebates for our electricity. Wait, don’t get too excited yet.

Let’s break it down a little more into a few of this year’s winners and losers.



About 13.6 million taxpayers in Australia will receive a tax cut on July 1 through the already legislated stage 3 cuts, first delivered by the previous Coalition government and revised by Labor earlier this year.

Small business

About one million small businesses will benefit from a saving of $325 on their power bills. About four million small businesses will also get a one-year extension of the $20,000 instant asset write off until June 30, 2025.


Commonwealth Rent Assistance will be increased by a further 10% on top of a 15% increase last year - the first back-to-back increase in more than 30 years. Nearly one million households are expected to benefit.


Indexation will be capped for student loans (at CPI or Wage Price Index), which will be backdated to last year and is expected to wipe about $3 billion off the nation’s collective HECS/HELP debt.


The government is spending $1.1 billion to pay superannuation on government-funded paid parental leave for parents of babies born or adopted on or after July 1, 2025.

Aged care

Another half a billion dollars will be spent next financial year to release 24,100 more home care packages. $610 million will be given to the states to assist long stay older patients to be discharged from hospital sooner. Those initiatives will be developed by states and territories. Another $190 million will be provided on top of that to extend and redesign the Transition Care Programme to provide short-term care of up to 12 weeks for older people after a hospital stay.

Further support for those experiencing domestic violence

The federal government will spend close to $1 billion to make the Leaving Violence Program permanent. The scheme offers people leaving abusive relationships up to $5000 in financial support, as well as referring them to social services and safety planning.


The government is promising cheaper medicines for all, by placing a one-year freeze on the maximum Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme (PBS) co-payment, instead of costs rising with inflation. There will be a five-year freeze for pensioners and other concession cardholders. There's also $361 million for mental health funding. That will also include a new free national digital mental health service to support 150,000 people at a cost of $588.5 million.

Women's health

The budget has allocated more than $160 million to women's health. More than $50 million will go towards maternity care and $49 million towards complex conditions such as endometriosis. There's also funding to support women and their families who suffer miscarriages.

LOSERS NDIS fraudsters

The government is looking to crack down on fraud and spiralling costs in regard to the NDIS, with $468.7 million for

Some job seekers

There will be no increase for those who receive the JobSeeker or Youth Allowance payments.

International students

The number of places for international students will now be capped, under legislation due to be introduced by the federal government.


Despite the cost of building a new house rising almost $20,000 in the past year, the budget did not include assistance to help homebuyers with the cost of buying a property.


The Albanese government is cutting back on the use of consultants, contractors and labour hire to save $1 billion.

Sheep farmers

Australia has committed to phase out its export of live sheep by May 1, 2028. A total of $107 million has been committed over five years to help producers, communities and the wider industry to adapt to the transition.

the NDIS in the budget, including $214 million to combat fraud as well as design reforms to the scheme in co-ordination with people who have a disability.

Volunteers needed for historic venue

Providing aviation history as well as the thrill of flight, the Caboolture Warplane Museum has been an icon in the local area for many years.

The museum is in need of volunteers to start immediately to assist in the daily operations of the venue.

If you are interested in aviation or believe that keeping local history alive is important to you and our community, now is the time for you to contact the museum.

The museum provides living history and real exhibits, which are demonstrated by people first-hand.

Many Australians were pioneers in aviation in living memory and helped to forge a history of the conquest of

distance, which was essential, particularly to outback Australia.

Member for Longman Terry Young believes that the museum is an integral part of our community and has visited the museum on several occasions, including a warplane flight. Mr Young would love to see the museum continue to be a legacy within our community without disruption.

If you are an individual or a group that would like to help and can provide some ‘boots on the ground’ for a few days or perhaps a few hours a week, then the venue would love to hear from you. Please contact the museum via their website or president Ross Parker on 0401 493 999.


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Sharing their personal journey

Three women, one road trip and now a book, it’s been a whirlwind few years for the Brown family. It all started in 2021, when sisters Stephanie and Christine embarked on a 17,500km, two-year road trip across Australia with their mother Kay, who has dementia. It was also during this trip that the family found their new home, right here on Bribie Island.

Kay’s journey with dementia began in 2008, after her husband Colin passed away. Although it was a slow process, it became increasingly noticeable as time passed. In January 2021, Kay’s son Anthony died after a shockingly brief illness, leaving the family facing further grief. It was after this that Kay’s dementia advanced rapidly. Christine and Stephanie didn’t want to put their mother in a home and decided to take a trip, create memories and embrace their mother with love and happiness while she could still enjoy it. It was during this adventure that Christine’s book, The

Dementia Diary, came to fruition.

“The book began as a blog on our website as a way of connecting with others and to document or record our experiences about being on the road and dealing with the ever-changing world dementia brings,” Christine explains.

“It was a way for me to express myself during this time.”

Knowing the blog was well-received, Christine decided a book was the next best step, also creating an opportunity to celebrate her mother’s life.

“Everyone has stories and I believe they should be shared,” Christine said. “Yes, this is personal but it can also be seen as universal. Our story is about love, care, family, community and joy. Everyone can relate to that.

“A person with dementia doesn’t sign up for it and neither do the carers. It’s something we have to accept and find ways to live with. My sister and I wanted

to do something different, even when we were told it was a bad idea, we did it anyway and it was the best thing we could have done, for all of us.”

The bulk of the book was written over a two-year period and is a carer’s perspective of life with dementia. It’s aimed at those going down the dementia road who may want an understanding of the disease or maybe a different perspective of how to cope with it.

“My sister and I are not health practitioners, we are two daughters who adore their mother and want the best for her,” Christine said. “If our experiences with dementia and how we dealt with it can help just one other person going through their own dementia journey, then we are happy women. It can be fun and loving – it’s not all sadness and fear – it's just the way you approach it.”

It’s not every day you get to travel around the country with the ones you love most, but for Christine and Stephanie and their mother Kay, it was a much-needed way of returning some joy into their lives after losing another family member.

“We had been a family of six and now we are a family of three and we wanted, or rather, needed to be together,” Christine said. “Our adventure healed us in ways you can’t imagine and brought us together as three strong loving women who are blessed to be family.”

With Kay becoming frail during their trip, the decision was made to find a place to care for her. The Island was the lucky spot chosen with the ladies calling it home for the last 18 months.

“I now live in Woorim and absolutely love it,” Christine shares. “I have wonderful friends; everything is close by and the beach is my favourite place to be. Bribie Island is amazing and I’m so happy I get to call it home.

“Mum is amazing. She turned 90 this year, she is happy and healthy, has a wonderful personality and remains funny, loving and sweet. She can also still be very cheeky, which we love. She is also well cared for and even though she rarely knows who we are, she has an understanding that we are special people and that’s all that matters to us.”

If you would like to know more about The Dementia Diary and where you can get a copy, visit www.christine-brown.

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Volunteers will be respected under an LNP government

In a significant development for Queensland, the LNP are taking proactive steps towards enhancing volunteer involvement across the state.

Shadow Minister for Volunteers Ann Leahy recently revealed that a future Crisafulli LNP Government will initiate a parliamentary inquiry aimed at ‘Breaking Down Barriers to Volunteering’.

This decision follows concerns raised by the 2024 State of Volunteering in Queensland Report, which indicates a decline in volunteer numbers under the current Palaszczuk-Miles Government.

The barriers faced by potential volunteers in Queensland are numerous, ranging from legislative and regulatory hurdles to financial constraints and personal health issues. Such obstacles have stifled the volunteer spirit that is crucial to the fabric of communities like ours in Pumicestone. I have spent my time volunteering for numerous charities

over the years and have seen firsthand how important and hardworking our volunteers are—they deserve to be respected for all that they do!

The LNP recognises the indispensable role that volunteers play, not just in delivering services and support, but in building strong resilient communities.

Ann Leahy, who has dedicated her tenure as shadow minister to listening and understanding the challenges within the volunteer sector, stated, "Our volunteers embody the heart and soul of our communities and it is high time their voices are heard and their challenges addressed".

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5. Opportunities for diversification in the volunteer workforce.

The LNP's commitment is clear: volunteers will be a priority should the LNP be successful in the upcoming election. This inquiry is not just about investigating; it is about taking concrete steps towards legislative, regulatory and financial reforms that will empower our volunteers and enhance their capacity to serve.

The planned parliamentary inquiry will be expected to produce actionable recommendations that can lead to real improvements in how we support and facilitate volunteering. The committee's focus will reflect our community's needs and aim to harness the untapped


potential within our volunteer sector.

To the volunteers in Pumicestone, I want you to know that your efforts are deeply appreciated. You are truly the backbone of our community and it's imperative that your work is supported and valued.

Let’s look forward to a future where volunteering is not only recognised but is also actively encouraged and supported, making Pumicestone an even better place to live and work. Together, we can break down these barriers and build a thriving, compassionate community led by the spirit of service.


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Feeling the power of steam

Long before technology ruled the world, the power of the steam engine reigned supreme. You have the chance to take a step back in time and experience the true power of steam engines for yourself at the Old Petrie Town Steam Fair on the first weekend in June. Hosted by the Queensland Steam and Vintage Machinery Society Inc., the fair is the largest steam engine and heritage event in Queensland and will feature an array of machinery including standalone engines, old tractors, vintage cars and so much more.

Have you ever wondered how things worked on the farm long before you were born? Or even the machinery used to make local suburban roads? Or better yet, maybe the kids have hit you with these curly queries. The answers to these questions will likely be part of the steam fair. Initially started in the 1990s, the steam fair has been a regular event in the community, with the exception of a few years in the early 2000s.

Queensland Steam and Vintage Machinery Society Inc. president Bill Ives has a passion for all things steam engine and has been a part of the society now for 35 years.

“My interest stems from my father because he was interested in all things mechanical,” Bill explains. “But my first

real recollection of a steam engine was when I was three in 1965. I was standing on a station platform in Sydney and the vintage train was there, so that's my first recollection. And then in 1974 we were at a railway museum and I said to my dad, ‘I'm going to drive one of those one day’.

“And then I did. About five years later, I started working on them at a railway museum in New South Wales. We moved to Queensland in the 80s and in 1990 I bought a Marshall steam roller and not everyone can say they have their own steam roller.”

With more than 60 members from across the City of Moreton Bay council area, the Queensland Steam and Vintage Machinery Society Inc. work hard to keep more than just the magic of steam engines alive for future generations. New members are always encouraged to join the group.

So what can visitors expect to see and do across the steam fair weekend?

“They'll see tractor engines driving around, so big steam tractors weighing up to 20 tonnes, steam rollers that used to make the roads around local suburban areas, steam portable engines driving different types of belt driven machinery and there's going to be vintage tractors and vintage cars too,”

Bill explains. “On the Sunday, the normal markets will be on as well. Our steam museum will be open, so the mill engine, which is an engine used for crushing sugar cane up north will be running, it's got a 13-foot flywheel and it weighs about 12 tonnes, just the flywheel alone!

“There's an engine out of a steamship that we run, so it should be running that weekend as well. There'll be something for everybody to see with different displays and demonstrations around the park.

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“The steam engines and tractors have a designated roadway, so people will be able to see them in action as they drive up and down the roadway. So, they'll be able to see them doing what they were made to do.”

Having been lovingly restored to their former glory, the oldest engine in the shed is from around 1884. The oldest one running during the steam fair is from 1900, certainly a historic piece of machinery.

“It’s great that members of the public can see some of these really old pieces in operation in our shed, they can’t get on them, they can’t touch them, but they can see them,” Bill says.

“I mainly work with steam engines and to me, it’s like they’re alive, because you have to work with the elements to make them run. There’s a lot of thinking involved in the process, you have to consider whether you have enough water, whether you have enough fire, what the air is going into the boiler like, that sort of thing. So there is a bit of skill behind it.”

For Bill, one of the best things about hosting events at the museum is seeing the reaction from visitors.

“There's a lot of, ‘oh wow, what's that? Or how big is it?’ There's usually lots of smiles, especially on the faces of kids,” Bill says. “And you see the older people that may remember steam trains when they were originally running.

“We also have people come up to us and say ‘my grandfather used to have one of those steam tractors on the farm and they used to do ploughing with it’. So it’s just the opportunity to share in and see the joy on everyone’s faces.”

If you’re looking for something to do on the first official weekend in winter, you don’t want to miss all the fun and flair of the Old Petrie Town Steam Fair on June 1 (10am-4pm) and June 2 (7am-1pm) at Old Petrie Town, 901 Dayboro Road, Whiteside. Entry to the event is free, but donations are happily accepted. For more information visit www. or follow their Facebook page.

Don’t miss the Old Petrie Town Steam Fair (June 1 and 2). Get up close to real steam engines as they roll through Old Petrie Town.
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How to tell when it’s time to say goodbye

The dogs and cats we share our lives and homes with don’t live as long as we do. So, at some stage we may have to consider end-oflife care for them. As an in-home euthanasia veterinarian, I’m often asked how we know when it’s time to euthanise a much-loved pet. It can be difficult to assess their quality of life as they age, with conditions such as arthritis, vision loss and dementia affecting many of our senior citizen pets. For those animals who have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness, where on that journey do we decide that it’s time to let them go? We don’t want to make that call too soon, but similarly we don’t want to leave it too late and allow their last days to be a struggle for them. There are some things to look out for that can let you know that it’s time to start making plans for them.


Can your pet get up and down with relative ease? Do they struggle to get outside/to the litter box to go to the toilet or to get to their water bowl for a drink? Do they need help or a harness to get around, do they just stay in the one spot unless you’re there to lift them? Loss of mobility can definitely indicate quality of life is deteriorating.


Pain can be well managed with a number of treatment options, but if you’re giving your pet appropriate pain control and they are still hurting, then that can be enough of a reason to think about their farewell.


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The Case for Reliable Power Generation

Many people have personal concerns about the pursuit of green energy by governments, federally and state. The visual intrusion, the land-hungry windfarms and solar panels and the extensive enlargement of the transmission network required to accommodate them have a marked effect on individuals’ environments and livelihoods.

But the more fundamental issue is the destruction of our economy and living standards from the policies being ruthlessly pursued by both Labor and – sad to say – Coalition parties and governments, although that may change. The South Australian premier is now stating that nuclear power generation needs to be considered in the mix of renewables.

In pursuit of the myth that emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels is bringing about a change in the global climate, throughout the Western world, governments are spending inordinate amounts to damp down usage of coal, gas and oil, which are the cheapest means of generating electricity, the heartbeat of the modern economy.

Except to the most trivial degree, there has been no global warming or loss of coastlines. There is certainly no evidence of increased extreme events like cold, heat, fires, hurricanes or rain, despite what warmists and their shills would have you believe. And yet we have embarked upon measures that are squeezing our national living standards and, like a tourniquet, are constantly being further tightened. The fact is, we will always have a requirement for fossil fuels, but we will be able to minimize dependence on fossil fuels with renewables, and most importantly nuclear power generation, to provide reliable electricity. Until that time, reliable power can only come from our own coal-fired power stations.

What our energy minister Bowen doesn’t seem to be able to explain, is why other countries are embracing nuclear power and ramping up nuclear power gen-

Renewables - at 60c to 80c a kWh - were almost 10 times the cost of nuclear, which is about 8c to 10c a kWh

eration as the only way to achieve net zero emissions and have reliable power. Bowen cannot explain why countries with a mix of nuclear power in their electricity generation have some of the lowest prices in the world, France and Canada being two examples.

Canada, as with more than 30 other countries, uses civil nuclear power to generate emissions-free 24/7 electricity. Most of its nuclear reactors are in Ontario, a province of 15 million people and 60% of its power supply is from nuclear reactors. Ontario initially looked at renewable power but is now building more nuclear reactors because they are clean, relatively affordable and reliable. The energy minister in the Canadian province of Ontario pointed out that, when all the costs were taken into account, such as transmission and batteries etc. for when the sun isn’t shining and the wind is blowing, renewables – at 60c to 80c a kWh – were almost 10 times the cost of nuclear, which is about 8c to 10c a kWh. The minister also pointed out, that a recent plant being built, not far from Toronto, involving four individual 300Mw Small Modular Reactors (SMR), was started in 2022 and is expected to be operational by 2028. The obvious point made was that wind and solar power was only there for 25-35% of the time, yet the modern world needs require reliable electricity 24/7.

At 15c a kWh, Ontario doesn’t have the cheapest electricity in Canada, but it is still a lot more affordable then both New South Wales and Victoria, where the average price is 34c and 29c respectively. Sounds like a good case to go nuclear. If Canada can do it, why can’t we?

Here we are, closing down our few remaining coal-fired power stations and also failing to utilize and develop gasfired power just because of CO2 emissions of which we scarcely contribute 1% of the world’s total. The hypocrisy of our government is evident in that we are still prepared to export coal to countries that need it for their coalfired power stations. China, in particular, is opening up new coal-fired power stations almost weekly. But, if we really do have to get to net zero emissions, plus remain a first world economy and not decimate our living standards, there is only one way to do that and that is via nuclear power.

With Australia’s reserves of Uranium, it is commonsense for nuclear power to be considered in the mix, particularly if we wish to keep the lights on.

According to the most recent (and controversial) CSIRO GenCost report,

the cost of electricity generated by a hypothetical small modular reactor plant is between $382 and $632 a megawatt hour compared with $91 to $130 per megawatt hour for wind and solar. Note here that these figures don’t include the costs of the additional transmission lines and storage required by wind and solar and that the hypothetical SMR plant (using a failed pilot in Utah, United States) is cherrypicked to give the highest possible numbers. Now CSIRO is not going to go against the government, because it is funded by the government, using stats to support the government is not surprising, albeit disappointing as it takes away any credibility that CSIRO may have. Canada has already proved that point.

The current solution to reliable power in Australia is from coal-fired power stations, otherwise we will be subjected to higher electricity prices, load shedding and more blackouts.

Many manufacturers in Australia are going to the wall, either facing liquidation or moving offshore because the cost of power and wage increases makes it no longer profitable to stay in business in Australia. Power generated from wind and solar are intermittent at the best; it is not reliable and batteries cannot provide the base load for industry.

Government spending in the form of subsidies for renewables is increasing exponentially, at our cost, we the taxpayer, with little gain. Those in the renewables industry view the government as a ‘centrelink’ to promote and invest in renewables. Well, investment is falling away because the return on investment is not there.

The government has just given $1 billion to a start-up in Australia to manufacture solar panels. Now the two principals behind this are Malcolm Turnbull and Mike Cannon-Brookes, both multimillionaires. The startup is taxpayer funded and yet they are rich enough to put their own money into it – not a chance. It is destined to failure because the majority of solar panels are made in China using coal-fired power generation and there is a surplus of panels just waiting to be distributed. So, more taxpayer money in the form of subsidies will need to be used if these Australian made solar panels are able to compete on the world stage. Two chances of success – Buckley’s and none!

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From show bags to exciting rides and loads of entertainment, it’s time to enjoy some family fun at this year’s Caboolture Show. The 97th annual Caboolture Show kicks off on Friday June 7 and will feature a little bit of everything for everyone.

Wander around the show during the day and see all the action of the woodchop, admire the horticulture and floral art display, check out the fruit and vegetable displays or enjoy a ride and nab yourself a showbag in sideshow alley. For those who like the fast-paced action of the rodeo, you can catch the seniors on the mooooove on the Saturday and juniors on the Sunday of the show. The nighttime shows will kick off from 6pm Friday and Saturday night on the main oval with monster trucks and fireworks just some of the big attractions.

Caboolture Show Society secretary David Burrus compiled a history of the show some time ago, highlighting the many facets that have seen the local show grow to what it is today.


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Democratic right

As a Bribie Island resident since 2001 and with earlier connections to the Island via my parents and in-laws, I continue to be saddened at the low standard of some political discourse exhibited by local publications, radio and social media. The opinion piece in Issue 102 is a case in point. The item is nothing more than a gratuitous dump on the work and achievements of the Member for Pumicestone Ali King. Having experienced the representation of five MPs since my arrival in 2001, Ali King is the member who has been the most active in advocating for her constituents and getting resultant projects funded and completed.

The Caboolture Show is one steeped in history and goes back more than 100 years! The show society first formed on May 1, 1914 and ran until 1941 when it stopped due to World War II and the showgrounds were used for the military, before the show started up again in 1956.

• The first show was held in 1914 on what would now be classed as a bushland clearing, but was considered a success for its time.

• The 50th golden jubilee show was held June 3-5, 1977 and has been continuous since then.

• Miss Caboolture and Mrs Caboolture balls were organised from 1962 until early 2005.

• In 1968, Danny Castle was asked by Alex Barr, the shire chairman of the time, to run the wood chopping events at the showgrounds.

• The indoor arena was built in 1989 along with the Alf and Dulcie Gamgee Pavilion.

• In 1977, the Caboolture Apex Club built the rodeo grounds which was run by the Apex Club until 1979 when the show society purchased the grounds from them.

• Also in 1977-78, quarter mile picnic races were held during the year and proved popular. These were mainly for local bred stock horses. The show society ladies ran the canteen for the races.

• In 1979, it was decided to hold a flea market on the showgrounds as Jock Lindsay had seen these were very successful at other showgrounds. These continue today as the Sunday markets. The only original food outlet was the show canteen run by the volunteer ladies’ group.

• Most pavilions are named after the men and women who worked for the benefit of the show grounds for many years.

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These include: air-conditioning for the electorate’s state schools; traffic lights at the notorious Regina Avenue in Ningi; increased medical services in the satellite hospital (attuned to the needs of the Bribie population); regular forums for seniors and other community groups; Bribie Island Road upgrade (ongoing); Bribie bridge design and business case; local transport study for improved bus services and Beachmere Road upgrade. These achievements have been the outcomes from local pressure to make improvements and benefits for the community. This is what local representation by our member of parliament should always look like.

Sadly, this has not always been the case for Pumicestone.

It is everyone’s democratic right to contribute to local publications, but the discourse needs to be with a respectful tone.

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Bombora Outriggers welcomes Yarun Spirit

It was a fabulous morning; the sun was shining and the Pumicestone Passage was perfect for blessing ‘Yarun Spirit’, the newest of the Bombara Outrigger Club fleet.

The atmosphere was electric, full of emotion and pride as club president Min, welcomed everyone.

“Doesn't she look grand?” she said as she acknowledged the generosity of the state government Gambling Community Benefit Fund Grant. “We are all very grateful.”

Uncle Ron Howell gave the acknowledgment of country. Then, all the club members in their splendid green tops,

along with friends and visitors joined hands in a circle around ‘Yarun Spirit’ for the blessing by Reverend Pierre Van Blommenstein of the Uniting Church. Later, he was among the first to ride in this newly blessed vessel. Also present at the event was Brad Martin from TOM (The Outrigger Man) of Forest Glen, the man responsible for building such a superb canoe. The club now has three canoes and has seen a rush of new members over the past few months. The club is very welcoming, so if you want to try canoeing, don't hesitate to contact secretary Christine Knowles on 0493 075 698. Christine would love to hear from you.

Local Bard Wins Bush Poetry Competition

Well-known Bribie resident and budding poet, Howard Kennedy, went up against stiff competition, winning two awards for his poetry at the recent 2024 Boodooma Homestead ‘Spirit of the Bush Festival’.

He won awards in the novice-level traditional and modern sections and finished second with one of his original poems.

Howard loves bush poetry and being able to share it with others. Howard puts down much of his

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Feeling the pinch

Like many families out there, mine is also feeling the impact of the ever-increasing cost-of-living. Groceries, bills and just life in general costs (kids and all they encompass) continue to rise. Even if we earn more money, there’s no real saving any of it as it just goes towards everything that needs to be covered. And don’t even get me started on this $1000 credit towards our electricity bills, which has obviously been meant as a helping hand to all households. While it will help to a small point, long-term it really means nothing!

Many people are struggling and it’s very much a common topic of discussion out there. While there is no hard and fast solution, other than handing everyone all the money in the world (wouldn’t that be nice!), doing some little things here and there may help alleviate some of the pressure we’re all feeling. While it may not work for everyone, here are some things you can try to get you through these tough times.

Create a budget

Yes I know, it’s the most obvious idea that comes to mind. But, you may as well start somewhere. If assessing your income and expenses helps you create an achievable budget, it might be worth a shot. Prioritise your essential expenses

This likely goes without saying, but once you have a clear picture of your finances, prioritise what you need to spend. These are the things you absolutely need to survive, such as housing, food, utilities and healthcare. Make sure these expenses are covered first before allocating funds to any non-essential items.

Cut back where you can

If you have to give up a streaming service to save a few dollars, it could help in the long run. Don’t go out as much for dinner and cut out any unnecessary spending on things such as clothing or toys that aren’t needed. But cut yourself some slack too, sometimes we need a little distraction in tough times!

See if you can increase your income

Explore potential opportunities to increase your income. This could involve asking for a raise at your current job, taking on additional work or freelance gigs, selling unused items online, or exploring passive income streams such as renting out a spare room or even starting a small side business.

Have a back-up emergency account

Open up a bank account and put away a few dollars when you can to help cover any unexpected expenses and financial emergencies. Or even use it to save over a longer period for a family trip you may want to take and can’t spare the cash up front.

Negotiate bills/plans

Explore options for negotiating lower rates or payment plans for bills and expenses. This might involve contacting your utility providers, landlords, creditors, or service providers to see if they offer any assistance programs, discounts, or flexible payment options.

Don’t be afraid to ask others for help Don't try to navigate the cost-of-living crisis alone. Reach out to friends, family members or support groups for emotional support, advice and encouragement. Sometimes just talking about your financial concerns with someone you trust can help alleviate some of the stress you may be feeling.

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Lions Youth of the Year

This year sparks the 60th anniversary of Lions Youth of the Year, which started in Brisbane in 1964. This competition is now Australia wide, with more than 1200 Lions Clubs in Australia participating.

The Youth of the Year Program is one of Lions Australia’s best known youth engagement initiatives. For 60 years it has reached out to an estimated 100,000 young Australians to encourage them to engage in community service, contribute to their communities and to share their thoughts, views and ideas about Australia through public speaking.

Some past winners of Lions Youth of the Year include former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, former Queensland Premier Peter Beattie, Senator Simon Birmingham and renowned ABC journalist Sabra Lane.

On February 29, 2024, the Lions Club of Sandstone Point hosted their annual Lions Youth of the Year competition at

St Columban’s College Caboolture. Four contestants entered the competition: Evie Gould from Bribie Island State High School, Nina Taylor, Bicanic and Madelyn Winnin all from St Columban’s College. Evie Gould from Bribie Island State High School was named the overall winner and awarded the public speaking award. Evie is the current Bribie Island State High School captain and is an exceptional role model, not just within her school, but also in her local community.

Evie went on to represent the Lions Club of Sandstone Point at the zone final held in Wamuran; but unfortunately missed out on a win by the smallest of margins. Evie said that she was thrilled with the experience and the opportunity it gave her to enhance her public speaking skills, as well as a greater insight into Lions. Evie is keen to compete again next year and we all know she will once again be an exceptional contestant.

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Beachmere Bribie Island – Dawn Service Lest We Forget

An exceptional master planned residence complete with water views contributes luxurious living and conveniently only steps to the beach - here is the property that you have been waiting for! From the moment you step into this beautifully appointed home you will appreciate the endless features that make up this stunning property.

7 Elizabeth Batts Court is where you can

peacefully indulge in the desirable laidback coastal lifestyle while still being within easy reach of the local shopping conveniences. Superbly positioned upon a huge 987m2 block just steps from the serene waters of Pumicestone Passage. This beautiful entertainer has seamless indoor-outdoor flow, with sliding glass doors connecting the living areas to the majestic entertaining space perfect for hosting gatherings and events.

Superb chef's kitchen with 900mm

with farmhouse sink; continuing with substantial butler’s pantry of perfection with a second oven and convenient garage access for groceries. Additionally provides new outdoor kitchen with built-in cabinetry, barbeque, sink, fridge and executive bar - everything the barbeque-lover could desire!

Magnificently tiled throughout this home has the tremendous living areas with

ample separate lounge, designed for comfortable living with fireplace and built-in bookshelves.

Luxurious king-sized master suite exudes opulence, with walk-in-robe and classy bathroom to match. 3 further bedrooms enjoy their own sumptuous main bathroom with twin recessed vanity. Airconditioned with DC fans throughout, this impressive eco-friendly home offers solar with 24 panels, Chromagen hot water system plus 2 x 5.2 KW batteries.

Extra benefits inclusive of 8 x 4 x 3.6m high carport suitable for caravan, plus 6 x 6 m carport, and the powered shed with hoist.

Lifestyle attributes extend with front and back decks plus spa with resort style Bali hut for maximum enjoyment of the outdoors. Spear pump caters for the easy-care low maintenance landscaping. With its combination of high-end finishes, thoughtful design, and ideal location, this distinctive home of substance enables the perfect blend of luxury, functionality, and entertainment, creating an elegant and on trend coastal style sanctuary for modern family living.

REAL ESTATE FEATURE HOME June 2024 7 Elizaberth Batts Court, Banksia Beach REAL ESTATE DIRECTORY / CLASSIFIEDS REAL ESTATE AGENTS Bribie Island 16/19 Benabrow Avenue, Bellara QLD 4507 | | (07) 3400 1900 Darren Dau Ph 0417 624 393 Email I SELL PROPERTIES Shop 2/19 Benabrow Ave, Bellara Phone: (07) 3408 9299 Mon to Thurs 8am to 4pm Fri - 8am - 3pm Saturday by appointment only, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays - Closed Call Sheri – 0412 666 779 or Jules – 0438 726 290 Sales + Rentals 5 Banya Street Call - 3408 3345 SHERIBINZER BBus.St. Local +25 Years 0438 726 290 JULIE WALTON B Bus (Mkt) +25 Years SHERI BINZER BBus St 2024 Na�onal Top 100 Award 2024-2018 Agent & Agency of the Year, RATE MY AGENT 0412 666 779 Exquisite family haven - a stylish entertainer’s dream!
and oven, stone benchtops, gorgeous cabinetry
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The Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Amendments Bill 2024 brings welcome changes to local park residents

The Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003 governs residential parks in Queensland, where homeowners own their homes but lease the land. The Act aims to ensure fairness, consumer protection and informed choices while supporting park viability. In Queensland, there has been a significant increase in the number of residential parks used by seniors and retirees with a wide variation in how the parks operate and the facilities offered. These changes have meant the original act no longer meets the needs of the homeowners and is out of alignment with modern practices.

Some of the critical issues identified were:

• Unsustainable and unpredictable site rent increases make ownership unaffordable.

• There are long delays in selling a manufactured home due to the complexities of the selling process. Some homeowners take up to a year to sell, impacting those looking to move into aged care.

• Some of the contributory factors included:

• Consumers have difficulty making informed choices when entering a residential park and the need for clear and transparent information;

• Complexities and inefficiencies in assigning site agreements;

• Fairness and equity issues associated with site rent increases;

• Imbalances of market power, consumer knowledge and expertise by retirees on limited incomes;

• Limited incentives to sell pre-owned manufactured homes; and

• Manufactured homeowners are unable to exit the park when conditions change quickly.

As a result of feedback from manufactured homeowners and community groups, the government undertook a review under the 2021-2025 Housing and Homelessness Action Plan. After extensive industry analysis, feedback and consultation the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Amendment Bill 2024 has been introduced to parliament to address concerns about site rent increases and the problems of unsold homes in residential parks. The legislation has passed the committee stage and is awaiting final enactment. Summarised below are some of the changes.

Site rent increases

The Act addresses rent increase mechanisms and the predictability of increases by:

• Requiring site rent increase mechanisms are set out in a site agreement.

• Prohibiting market rent review-based increases being in any new site rent agreements.

• Voiding terms in current site rent agreements that provide for market rent review-based increases.

• Offers an alternative framework for park owners to increase site rent more fairly and predictably.

• Caps annual general site rent increases at the higher end of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or 3.5%.

• Creates a regulation-making power to prescribe the approved bases for site rent increases to prevent unclear formulas from being used in site agreements.

• Removes provisions allowing a homeowner to assign their current site agreement when a home is sold, including site rent terms. These changes will improve clarity and certainty for homeowners, allowing them to plan and budget accordingly.

Transparency and accountability measures Transparency and consumer confidence will be improved by:

• The introduction of a ‘park comparison document’ to be available on a park’s website to improve consumer information and park competition.

• Homeowners getting a maintenance and capital replacement plan for the park, including details of how income from site rent is spent in the park.

• New parks registering to operate a residential park. Sales processes and unsold homes:

• Removing the seller’s option to assign a site agreement.

• Enabling new agreements to be made between a buyer and a seller.

• Streamlining disclosure requirements.

• Requiring new agreements to carry over some beneficial terms from the seller’s site agreement.

• Introducing a new buyback and site rent reduction scheme for unsold homes after 18 months.

If affected by the Act changes, you should read the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Amendment Bill 2024 – Explanatory Notes. au/tp/2024/5724T427-9332.pdf

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Bribie Island

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16/19 Benabrow Avenue, Bellara QLD 4507 | | (07) 3400 1900 Close to Beach – Contact Agent Located in Arcadia Avenue, Woorim in a private setting. Short walk to the Bribie Island Golf Club, patrolled surf beach, shops, cafe's & restaurants. Certainly nothing to do here with low maintenance established native gardens & grounds. Great entertainer as well with a massive 12 metre x 6 metre covered area off kitchen & living areas adjoined by its own sauna. Features include: Private setting, Low maintenance native gardens & grounds, Secure off-street parking, Lowset brick & tile construction, 12 x 6 covered entertaining, Sauna off entertaining area, Office/craft room, Split dishwasher, Corner pantry, Separate lounge & dining areas, New ducted air & fans throughout, New spear pump for the gardens, New oven, Solar panels for reduced electricity bills, Small garden shed. Close to Clubs, cafe's, restaurants, beach & golf club. Woorim 7 Arcadia Avenue 3 2 2 Bongaree 5/13-15 Ferguson Land Auction 800m2 Truly a rare find and opportunity to secure your own vacant block of land with water connected in a prime position in Woorim on beautiful Bribie Island. Last available block in this street and area. Listen to the surf at night. This generous 800sqm block of land is nestled in a quiet street with great neighbours just minutes walking distance to the beach, offering a lifestyle of tranquillity and coastal charm. Corner block cannot be built beside. 2 1 1 For Sale Contact Agent View John 0418 887 891 Agent FOR SALE Vacant block in a blue-ribbon street. Registered flat block, backing onto the golf course in Pacific Harbours, golf precinct, Bribie Island. 17.2m wide and 40.1m deep, this must be one of the best dry blocks available and ready to build on, in Banksia Beach. The golf course wraps around Emilia Close and the block is amongst showroom condition, prize homes. Drive down Emilia Close, and you will appreciate the quality properties and pride the neighbours take in their homes, making it hard to find a better street and dry block in Banksia Beach. Banksia Beach Lot 316 Emilia Close FOR SALE 4 2 2 Ningi 19 Water Gum Crescent FOR SALE For Sale Negotiable on $749,000 View Contact Gary 0402 669 029 Agent Gary Houghton Family home on a 764m2 block Only 12 years young, with brick and tile construction. A/C in the main living area and master bedroom. Ceiling fans throughout and remote-controlled panel lift garage door. A generous sized, open plan living, dining, and kitchen area. Walk in and built in robes. A separate laundry. Gas cooking and hot water. A water tank, plumbed into the laundry and toilet. And all this, only minutes to the Pumicestone Passage and Moreton Bay. For Sale $749,000 View Contact Gary 0402 669 029 Agent Gary Houghton 4 2 4 3 1 1 Enjoy the Long Water Views What the owners have enjoyed about living here: Presenting an exceptional opportunity to live your dream life in the coveted suburb of Banksia Beach. This stunning 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom residence, with 588m2 under roof is a true haven of tranquillity, set amidst the serene backdrop of breath-taking water views. Banksia Beach 42 Tradewinds Drive Stone’s throw away from the beach This three-bedroom unit in the complex of four offers a perfect blend of indoor comfort and outdoor paradise. With its renovated patio and gated access to the beach, it provides an idyllic retreat for those seeking a coastal lifestyle filled with relaxation and natural beauty. Bellara 3/4 Quail Street For Sale $575,000 View Contact Craig 0410 553 557 Agent Craig Gillard FOR SALE FOR SALE For Sale $575,000 View Contact Craig 0410 553 557 Agent Craig Gillard Bongaree 5 Penguin Street Perfect for Entertaining Welcome to this delightful property situated in the peaceful and family-friendly suburb of Bongaree. This charming home, set on a generous 536.00 sqm parcel of land, offering a perfect blend of comfort, style, and convenience. The house features three spacious bedrooms with the home's bathroom being well appointed with classic fixtures & cabinetry. The heart of this home is undoubtedly its living & dining room that flow out to the outside entertaining area. FOR SALE For Sale Offers over $649,000 View Contact Connor 0499 027 046 Agent Connor Raven For Sale $449,000 View Contact Connor 0499 027 046 Agent Connor Raven FOR SALE Contactthelocal specialistsforyour propertymanagement needs. ServicingBribieIslandand surroundssince1980. 34001900 BribieIsland 708m2

Sharing our love for natives

So why natives?

A lot of natives flower nearly all year round, they grow so well here and love our climate. It's just a matter of finding the right native for your area. However, there are ways around that too. That being said ...Let's talk about grafted natives, in particular, grevilleas. Grafted grevilleas are basically blending proven properties of two plants. It is a great idea to choose a grafted plant because it will allow the plant to settle more easily on a rootstock that is suited to the soil and environment in the area giving them a much longer life and survival. Grafted grevilleas are all round stronger and robust having higher tolerance to the adverse weather conditions we are surrounded by including excessive rainfall to a drier climate. That being said there are things you can do to your pots and ground to help along any native plant. Therefore, non-grafted is also an option that requires just a little more work (but not much).

Natives tend to not like soils and potting mixes that are high in phosphorus. So, it is extremely important to keep our natives happy by prepping the ground or pots allowing them to have a good start in life and prolonging their life, bettering their chance of survival. There are mixes that have been specially formulated for natives that contain low phosphorus and are a must when planting a native. By now you probably cannot wait to buy yourself a native and are thinking to yourself where do I start? Well, the list and the qualities are endless. Some of the qualities of natives include:

• attracting birds and bees;

• high success rate in survival and growing;

• great to look at;

• large range of colours and different looking flowers;

• variety of shapes and sizes, and

• all contribute to our ecosystem, which is a 10 out of 10 for us!

Let’s talk design!

Imagine a garden of different heights with each plant showing off its beauty to you, whilst at the same time enjoying the view of the wildlife having a great time right in your own backyard. You can start with a native ground cover with a maximum height of 40cm and a maximum spread of 2m. Then, your garden can step up to a small bushy native shrub which can reach a height of 50cm-1m. Or instead of a shrub, you could choose to put in a small tree, reaching to a maximum height of 2m. Then along the back that's where you can plant some big trees. There are many other great designs that can be imagined and then created with an abundance of native plants to choose from.

Just to begin, here are some beautiful ground covers/low spreading shrubs which grow well here on Bribie Island. The gorgeous Leptospermum Pink Cascade - one of our favourites! They are a fine leaved dark coloured foliage plant which gets covered in small gorgeous pink flowers. They grow to a height of 80cm and a generous spread

of 1.5m. Another favourite of ours is the Grevillea Raspberry Ripple. This stunning plant is a low small spreader, with small green leaves and a small delicate raspberry coloured flower. The plant reaches a height of 50cm and also has a massive spread of 1.5m.

Shrubs/Small Trees

Where do we begin! There is an abundance of these to choose from, but let’s just discuss our two favourites:

The Austromyrtus Copper Top, a beautiful looking plant with copper colours throughout its foliage and getting covered in delicate little white flowers. The plant has a maximum height of 1.2m and a maximum spread of 1.5m.

Secondly, we just love the Callistemon Icy Burst, Candy Burst and Snow Burst. These small trees have bottle brush flowers, either pinks or whites, which flower nearly all year. They grow to heights ranging from 1-3m. We cannot stop at two because we have to mention some gorgeous grevilleas, which also make great small trees, including Grevillea Moonlight, Honey Gem, Flora Mason, Apricot Glow and many more. The callistemons and the grevilleas are a great choice when selecting a small tree for their prolific flowering and bird attracting qualities.

Now for some of the big trees. I am just going to tell you our three favourites.

1. The Ivory Curl Tree - what's not to love? The gorgeous curly leaves and the sprays of clustered white flowers that just cover the tree from summer to autumn. This tree reaches a height of 10m.

2. The Fraser Island Apple TreeAnother beauty. Not only does it produce edible fruit, but it is famous for its lime green foliage and dense foliage. This tree reaches a height of 6-10m.

3. The Tuckeroo Tree - These three are hard to rank, but we must say, the Tuckeroo is up there. It is very hardy, drought tolerant and features a lush green leaf colour, a nice, rounded shape and evergreen foliage. This tree reaches a height between 5-8m tall.

Remember to prep before planting. As discussed earlier, it is important to prep the ground or pot with a native mix that has been specially formulated to cater for the natives' needs. This mix contains all the trace elements needed and has a low phosphorus content which is perfect for natives that are sensitive to phosphorus. The next important thing to consider is staking. We need to remember that while some plants are still young, we need to treat them with care, like you would a young child. Like a young child, a young plant's limbs are still weak and have trouble supporting themselves. Therefore, staking is imperative, allowing the plant to develop well and become strong while giving them the support they need.

Herbs and Vegetables!

This time of year is a great time to start establishing that herb and vegetable garden. Be sure to get planting for our

winter vegetable stock.

Great things to plant now include: cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, cabbage and much more. Herbs that are flourishing at the moment are: basil, parsley, oregano and chives and much more. Be sure to prep your garden bed with specially formulated tomato and herb mix. Sugarcane mulch is a great and helpful final touch for your vegetable and herb garden, breaking down and putting nutrients back into the soil.

Well, that’s a wrap, thank you for reading.

Any questions or queries, be sure to pop in and have a chat.

Until next time

Happy Gardening, Adelle and Paul.

Check This Out! Locals Recipe Corner

This month’s recipe focuses on the currently flourishing basil and parsley as the key ingredients. Thank you Shez from Bellara for sharing your beautiful pesto recipe.


2 1/2 packed cups of basil leaves

1 cup packed parsley leaves and stems

1/4 cup pine nuts

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 or 2 peeled garlic

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil salt and pepper to taste


Into a food processor, add green leaves, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan cheese. Blitz until just fine, slowly add oil, scraping the sides down often. Add a little salt and pepper.

I highly recommend you put this on anything savoury - any meat, breads and even crackers!! Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it lasts for at least two weeks. Enjoy!

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Island Fishing


Tailor are starting to turn up along the surf beach

Greetings anglers. Danny and Michelle here from Island Fishing Supplies, serving Banksia Beach and Bellara with the latest updates on your favourite fishing spots. Let us dive into this month’s catch.


The tailor are starting to turn up along the surf beach, along with reports of good flathead in the gutters further north on an incoming tide.


Winter whiting are starting to fire up, there is also some nice flounder mixed in with them.


Fishing has been going well for flathead at night on soft plastics. Also, some good mulloway through the deeper sections around the pylons.


Plenty of just legal-size flathead on the flats. A few of the locals have been using small paddle tail plastics, also some big grunter bream in the same areas.


Huge bream at night around the pontoons. Best baits have been small whole squid and peeled prawns.


Catching bream on surface lures is one of the most exciting forms of fishing. Having an aggressive bream smash the lure makes for sensational action. Surface lures come in several different styles such as poppers, pencils, stick baits and minnows.


Rods are usually around seven foot in length, highly tapered and quite stiff.


Flathead caught at White Patch on soft plastics.

They are generally 1-3 or 2-4 kg and give you control over your casting. There are plenty of good options on the market. My rod of choice is the Atomic Arrowz Bream flats surface 7’6’ 3-8lb.

Lures for top water breaming


I highly recommend choosing a reel in 2000 or 2500 size, which provides lightness and comfort. Using braid is a must, select braid between 4-8lb. I prefer to use a mono filament leader because it floats better than fluoro-carbon which tends to pull the lure down rather than being on the surface.

Enjoy Your Fishing! Remember, practice responsible angling by only catching what you need. Happy fishing adventures!

Danny & Michelle

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Tailor caught at Woorim.
1 SA Time m 0424 2.27 1115 0.52 1725 2.05 2320 0.74 2 SU 0525 2.22 1207 0.44 1825 2.23 3 MO 0034 0.70 0622 2.14 1257 0.39 1919 2.40 4 TU 0141 0.65 0716 2.06 1344 0.36 2009 2.53 5 WE 0241 0.61 0809 1.96 1427 0.35 2057 2.61 6 TH 0335 0.58 0900 1.88 1508 0.36 2142 2.64 7 FR 0427 0.59 0948 1.80 1547 0.40 2225 2.62 8 SA 0515 0.62 1035 1.75 1625 0.46 2307 2.56 9 SU 0600 0.66 1120 1.70 1703 0.54 2347 2.47 10 MO 0643 0.72 1204 1.66 1742 0.63 11 TU 0027 2.36 0723 0.76 1248 1.64 1824 0.73 12 WE 0107 2.26 0804 0.79 1337 1.63 1912 0.83 13 TH 0150 2.16 0847 0.79 1434 1.65 2009 0.92 14 FR 0238 2.07 0933 0.76 1540 1.71 2117 0.98 15 SA 0330 1.99 1022 0.72 1645 1.81 2232 1.00 16 SU Time m 0428 1.92 1110 0.66 1744 1.95 2344 0.96 17 MO 0523 1.87 1157 0.60 1834 2.10 18 TU 0046 0.89 0615 1.84 1242 0.54 1919 2.24 19 WE 0142 0.80 0704 1.82 1324 0.49 2002 2.36 20 TH 0232 0.73 0751 1.80 1406 0.45 2045 2.45 21 FR 0320 0.67 0837 1.80 1446 0.42 2126 2.52 22 SA 0407 0.63 0924 1.80 1528 0.40 2208 2.57 23 SU 0453 0.60 1011 1.81 1610 0.39 2251 2.59 24 MO 0541 0.58 1100 1.81 1654 0.41 2335 2.59 25 TU 0628 0.57 1151 1.82 1741 0.45 26 WE 0019 2.55 0715 0.56 1244 1.83 1831 0.52 27 TH 0106 2.48 0802 0.55 1341 1.86 1929 0.61 28 FR 0156 2.38 0850 0.53 1444 1.91 2032 0.71 29 SA 0249 2.25 0941 0.51 1551 1.99 2145 0.79 30 SU 0348 2.11 1032 0.48 1659 2.12 2304 0.82
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Dolphins holding steady in top 8

There certainly was a touch of magic in the air as the Dolphins notched up another win at Suncorp Stadium during the 2024 season Magic Round.

A double from superstar fullback Hamiso “Hammer” Tabuai-Fidow in his return from a hamstring injury led the Dolphins to a 24-12 win over Wests Tigers. Tabuai-Fidow was at his top-notch best as the Dolphins racked up their seventh win of the season to consolidate their position in the top four.

The Dolphins jumped to an early 12-0 lead as Jack Bostock and Mark Nicholls crossed for tries, before the Tigers found some strength and hit back before the break. But, the tables turned when Brent Naden and Justin Olam were sin-binned on either side of half-time, leaving the Tigers stuck with 11 men for a brief period. Tabuai-Fidow, labelled a try-scoring machine at Suncorp Stadium, put the game away with another dazzling display of speed as the Tigers seemed tired after having to do extra work in defence while two men down.

games in 2024, making him the NRL's equal top try scorer with Sunia Turuva, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Deine Mariner and Reece Walsh. For the Hammer, he now has seven career doubles to his name.

Coach Wayne Bennett highlighted it as a game where it was won in somewhat of an ugly fashion.

“We wouldn't have won that game last year, we'd have lost this game, because we didn't defend as well as we do now,” Bennet said.

“It was the good, the bad and the ugly. The good was getting the two points, the bad was the way we played with the football. The ugly was just being out there and looking like we weren't interested.”

Bennett felt that it was made all the more difficult being the last match of Magic Round in their hometown.

“We live in the city here and we didn't get to play until the last game and that in itself was a challenge,” he said.

Despite the win, the game wasn’t without any hiccups from the Dolphins, who let themselves down with poor discipline, giving away unnecessary penalties and making multiple errors. In some defining moments from this round, Dolphins winger Jack Bostock has now notched up nine tries in 10

“Seeing everything unfold in front of you and you have three days of it before you get to your own game, I have no doubt that played in some guys' heads.”

A total of 149,196 fans came through the gates at Suncorp Stadium across the three days of Magic Round.

The Dolphins have found themselves in fine form in recent weeks, nudging out Manly in Round 10 (30-24) and just beating the Cowboys in Round 9 (2826). However, Round 8 saw them given their marching orders by the Knights going down 18-14.

What’s next for our mighty Dolphins?

They’re back on home turf at Redcliffe’s Kayo Stadium for Round 13 (Saturday June 1) against the Canberra Raiders before a bye for Round 14. Game play will hit top notch level in round 15 (June 13) when they go head-to-head with the Sharks who are currently on top of the points table. Let’s see who rides the winning wave in this match! Phins up!

Results for Bribie Island Women’s Golf

April 18 - May 14, 2024

18/4/24 – 3 Person Ambrose

Overall Winners: Wendy Washington, Maxine Langham & Tanya Zanow 65.667, 2nd Linda Urquhart, Myra Thomsen & Janet Brooks 66.333

NTP’s: Hole 4 Carole Watson, Hole 7 Mary Barbeler, Hole 14 Ros Gardiner, Hole 16 Linda Urquhart

23/4/24 – 4BBB Stableford – Ann Caird

Memorial Day sponsor Bribie RSL

Overall Winners: Carole Watson & Suzanne Vallely 48, 2nd Kerryn Keys & Vicki Cronin 46, 3rd Suzanne Peet & Lyn Cockerell 43

NTP’s: Hole 4 Yuko Nakamura, Hole 7 Rae Clarke, Hole 14 Tanya Zanow, Hole 16 Gill Lee, Hole 4 (Div 3 2nd shot) Kerryn Keys

30/4/24 – Single Stableford (Multi Tee)

Div 1 Winner: Val Phinn 40, 2nd Vicki Cronan 39 cb, 3rd Pauline Grooby 39 Div 2 Winner: Ailsa Lauchlan 36 cb, 2nd Heather Croukamp 36, 3rd Maree Bailey 35 cb

Div 3 Winner: Vicki Butcher 33, 2nd

Carol Lobegeiger 32, 3rd Yvonne Nicklin


NTP’s: Hole 4 Ros Gardiner, Hole 7 Desley Neilson, Hole 14 Jude Dorhauer 2/5/24 - Monthly Medal – Sponsor Churches of Christ Qld

A-Grade Winner: Vicki Jones 77, 2nd Pauline Grooby 80 cb, 3rd Abby Driver


NTP’s: Hole 14 Pauline Grooby, Hole 16 Pauline Grooby

Best Gross: Vicki Jones 92

B-Grade Winner: Sue Graham 79 cb, 2nd Margaret Huxley 79 cb, 3rd Gay Burnham 79

NTP’s: Hole 4 Rae Clarke, Hole 14 Fitzie Jackson, Hole 16 Margaret Huxley

Best Gross: Maree Bailey 107

C-Grade Winner: Penny Brittain 77 cb, 2nd Anne Carmody 77, 3rd Angela Jordan 80

NTP’s: Hole 4 Angela Jordan, Hole 16

Penny Brittain

Best Gross: Penny Brittain 107 7/5/24 – Single Stableford (Patron’s Bowl)

Div 1 Winner: Christine Pronk 38, 2nd Vicki Jones 37, 3rd Susie Smith 36 cb

Div 2 Winner: Yvonne Nicklin 36, 2nd

9/5/24 – Single Stableford (Yellow Tees)

Div 1 Winner: Val Phinn 41, 2nd Abby Driver 38, 3rd Sandy Smith 36 Div 2 Winner: Roslyn Crossley 37, 2nd Heather Croukamp 33, 3rd Penny Brittain 32

Div 3 Winner: Nadia Aylott 31, 2nd Angela Roberts 30, 3rd Yvonne Nicklin 26 cb

NTP’s: Hole 4 Di Benghamy, Hole 7 Vicki Jones, Hole 14 Lyn Cockerell, Hole 16 Carole Watson, Hole 7 (Div 3 2nd shot) Paddy Hyde

Accuracy Drives: Div 1 Vivi Lloyd, Div 2 Roslyn Crossley, Div 3 Nadia Aylott 14/5/24 – Single Stroke

Div 1 Winner: Myra Thomsen 69, 2nd Pauline Grooby 71, 3rd Vicki Jones 75 Div 2 Winner: Sue Graham 72, 2nd Vivienne Learoyd 74, 3rd Helena Winterflood 75

Div 3 Winner: Yvonne Nicklin 77, 2nd Roslyn Crossley 78 cb, 3rd Charmaine Price 78

NTP’s: Hole 4 Pauline Grooby, Hole 7 Judith Umlauft, Hole 14 Vivienne

Social Darts Update

Caboolture Social Darts

Results for the Caboolture Social Darts Club

potluck doubles, played every Monday night at 21 Hayes Street, Caboolture. Visitors welcome. Names by 7.15pm.

April/May winners

Conner/Shayne, Dave, Dustyn/Cecil, Connor/Chris K, Sherrie/Jai Runners Up

Tom, Chantelle/Mark B, Codie/Connor, Ian/Sid, Ian/Conner

The High Pegs

Corey 61,50, Matthew 57, Dale 60,Conner 68,91,40

Mark B 52, Davo 40,56, Sid 52, Chris K 56, Josh 40, Luke 40

Best Throws

Tom 140, John B 140, Dustyn 140, Mark B 140, 140,121, Corey 128,125,100, Sid 120, Shane 132, Conner 132,140,125,102,100, Jenny 92,100,100, Dale140,100, Roger 101, Jason 125, Dave O 140,121,105,115 140,100,100,124,100, Mark S 110, Sherrie 121,100,93, David 140, Luke 101,100, Matthew 140,140,100, Josh 140x2, 121,100,100, Cecil 115, Chantelle 95, Best Night players for the period

DaveO 140,121 peg 60, Josh 140,121,140 peg30, Conner 140 pegs 68,91

For further information, phone Dale 0459 344 493 or Ian 0400 475 007.

Donnybrook Social Darts

Results for Donnybrook Sports and Community Club Social Darts, held every Thursday night at 7pm sharp. Visitors welcome.

Potluck Doubles April Winners Qwynton/Ken, John/Ken, Ken/Ryan, Dale/Andrew. Runners Up Andrew/Ben, Ben/Qwynton, Qwynton/Hope, Hazel/Qwynton. High Scores Men

Mark 119,121. Ken 135x2, 140x2. Andrew 140x2, 135, 125. Russell 138. John 129, 120. Qwynton 140x3, 180, 125, 101. Kev 140. Ben 137, 112. Dale 120. Chris 120.

High Scores Ladies

Bell 80, 88, 89. Sky 121, 113, 101, 94, 92, 86, 83. Hazel 88, 82. Chantelle 86,86.

High Pegs Men

Andrew 57, 50 (bull finish). Qwynton 87, 68, 42. Kev 99, 51. Ryan 42. High Pegs Ladies Hazel 20. Bell 10. Sky 8. Chantelle 4. Best Nights

Qwynton 6x100+/4 pegs, 3x100+/3pegs, 2x100+/3 pegs, 1x100+/3 pegs. Andrew 5x100+/2 pegs, 4x100+/4 pegs, 1x100+/4 pegs. Ken 3x100+/3 pegs, 2x100+/2 pegs, 2x100+/2 pegs. Kev 1x100+/3 pegs. Russell 2x100+/2 pegs. Sky 4x80+, 2x80+. Bell 2x80+. For further information, phone Ken 0428 831 453.

Winner Patron’s Bowl – Chris Pronk
Tabuai-Fidow’s opening try
Kenneath Bromwich celebrates with team mates after his try

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Getting the point across In response to P Nash letter (Issue 102 seeking ‘Continuity of govt Representation’).

I have found both state and federal members totally unresponsive to any attempts to contact or meet with them, as they continuously ignore the points I raise as issues. Despite the fact that at 72-years-old my taxes still pay theirs' and their staffs' wages. What disgusting lack of respect for voters in a democracy! Surely MP’s should represent voter views not reject them.

Is the tail wagging the dog here? They both need to be removed and give someone a go who can and will achieve the following:- proper listening and outcomes; proper hospital - not a box tick - on time and budget; better health services (I thought Labor health care was free?); proper crime prevention and fair for all punishment; decent roads and travel times, country roads are a neglected disgrace; rather than continuing attempts to enshrine the Voice.... despite strong 61% voter rejection, (very good

measure of arrogance!); empty public transport; lock downs, compulsory jabs; Digital ID without consultation or debate and planned laws to stop free speech. We’ve only had hollow empty promises whilst wasting – yes – WASTING bucket loads of cash.

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