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Welcome to issue 22 of the ISLAND and Surrounds Newspaper. The Team at the ISLAND and Surrounds would like to wish you a happy St Paddy day on the 17th and a wonderful break and happy Easter to all.

All articles supplied to The Island and Surrounds News are the original copy and not edited or changed in anyway. Any spelling or punctuation mistakes are the responsibility of the supplier. We are a small Community Newspaper and rely on our readers and community groups to provide us with informative information about our region and voice their opinion. It is up to the writer to ensure their spelling and punctuation is correct.

Also this issue in Bribies got your back page, you will see a lovely letter from one our special ladies who recently experienced elder abuse where her son threw her out of her own home. Read how this community got together with the help of Hairdressers with hearts.

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This issue our front cover is about a new business on the island called Bribie Family Dental. They truly are a family dental clinic.

Last week was international women’s day (week), there were a few functions held in honour of our women, listening to so many professional ladies was so inspiring.

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Dear Editor, A quick tip for Harvey Fewings - if you’re going to critique someone else’s logic, you’d better make sure your own is impeccable. The attempted analysis of “Socialism’s Tortured Thinking” stumbles at the first hurdle and never recovers. The Victorian Government is not Socialist. It’s Labor, certainly, and I know it’s a favourite tactic of conservatives to call Labor “socialist”, but just saying it doesn’t make it so. Today’s ALP supports the mainstream capitalist economy and is distinguished from the Conservative parties only by a slightly greater emphasis on issues of social justice. Maybe people feel they can equate the phrase “social justice” to “socialism”, but again, no. But the underpinning argument of the article seems to be that “The Socialists” are nobbling Australia’s power grid while simultaneously causing an increase in demand by pushing people towards electric cars. The fact is that electric power production in Australia has been increasing steadily over the last 50-odd years and continues to grow to meet demand. If coal-fired power stations around the country are closing, it’s not because of government ideology, but because they are reaching the end of their lives and are uneconomical to maintain. And if there’s an increase in the use of electric vehicles it’s because of that entity so cherished by the conservative

right - The Market. People want to buy electric vehicles, and car companies are working to meet the demand... and not a Politburo diktat in sight. You can call me a socialist if you like, Harvey - I’ll take it as a compliment. But don’t paint what’s happening in science and technology as some sort of “commie” plot - it’s too complicated and too important for simplistic sloganeering and dodgy “logic”. Tony Longland, Bellara.

Harvey Responds Hello Tony, Thank You for taking the trouble to respond to my article on Socialism’s Tortured Thinking. It is an essential part of a Community Newspaper to elicit and encourage responses from those who read the paper. I note you say that my logic seems to be ‘ off ‘ – and you say that the Victorian Government is not socialist, it is Labor. Tony, I quote you from the Constitution of the Australian Labor Party – “ The Australian Labor Party is a democratic socialist party and has the objectives of the democratic socialisation of industry, production, distribution and exchange…………and so on “ So, Tony, the Victorian Labor Government, by the Constitution of the


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Letters to the Editor... to stand for MBRC Australian Labor Party is socialist, mate!! As for the rest of your comments, well, I shall leave the personal stuff out there, and hope your research, and your logic, improves when it comes to talking about the Australian Labor Party and Socialism. Thank You for your comments. Yours sincerely, Harvey Fewings.

Statement from LNP Leader Deb Frecklington – Nursing Homes “As a society we cannot accept a situation where profits are put before people. “It’s a real concern for anyone with relatives in Queensland nursing care facilities to hear that 15 homes have failed to meet the standards we expect when it comes to caring for our elderly Queenslanders. “We should be looking after our seniors, not treating them like second-class citizens. “One of my priorities as LNP Leader is to provide better services across our entire healthcare system. “Annastacia Palaszczuk must explain why two state run facilities didn’t make the grade and what is being done about it.”

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Dr Steve Mercurio and his wife Chantal (Practice Manager) It’s inspiring to meet a local dad and mum who have taken the leap of faith to build a new family business and contribute to making our community a better place. After 17 years of Dental Practice working throughout South East Queensland and Bribie Island, Dr Steven Mercurio B. DSc (Hons) and his Practice Manager and Wife, Chantal Mercurio finally opened the doors to their purpose-designed and familyfriendly Dental Practice on Monday 12th March. I had the privilege to sit down with Dr Steve and Chantal to chat about family, design, dentistry, airplanes, cheese cakes and Bribie. When I arrived at the Bribie Family Dental Clinic, Dr Steve and Chantal had just finished with a professional photographer capturing pictures for the new practice with staff and family. Dressed immaculately in their clinical uniforms, they appeared as if they were about to feature on a new TV Series. For a moment I thought I might have been in the wrong place. While Dr Steve and Chantal are seasoned professional communicators, Chantal’s passion and energy landed her the role of media spokesperson for our interview. Chantal is a second-generation Bribie Island local and as with most professional women, managing the home business and new

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family man, you have to provide realistic options to patients that are affordable. The lack of affordability at the time of the treatment can lead to much greater problems in the long-term. I think that we have been able to manage this by creating a repayment plan option for those who may struggle to meet the costs.” Dr Steve and Chantal were keen to take me on a tour of the practice and I was blown away by the detail and design aspects of each room within the practice. It is evident that these guys are creative and design orientated professionals. The entrance feature wall, colours, local artworks and lighting are features of the new practice. All that was missing was a stiff latte, piece of baked cheesecake and a teeth scrub – none of which I received on my first visit despite being informed by Chantal that she makes an awesome Mars Bar Cheesecake. Dr Steve said, “Many of us find ourselves working for other people most of our professional lives which naturally has an upside, however the opportunity to design and your own modern family practice is rewarding and exciting and I am very proud.” Prior to opening the business on 12th March, the Bribie Family Dental Team of 5 had been busy training and testing every aspect of the clinic. Chantal said, “We have undertaken a lot of testing and training to ensure that our new software and instrumentation are working effectively. It’s been over ten months since Steve and I agreed to take the leap into our new business and we are both so excited to finally realise our dream.” Thank you Dr Steven Mercurio and Chantal Mercurio for providing the opportunity to share your short story. I wanted to punch the air as I walked out of this practice. To see the excitement in Dr Steve’s eyes as I said good bye was gold. I hope that this inspires other professional couples to share their journey and take the risk to make our world a better place for our children. Q&A

Show Us Your Face Dr. Mercurio How did you get warmed up before you treated your very first patient on Monday 12th March?

Dr Mercurio treating his Daughter The Main Reception dental clinic is just part of life. Chantal said. “I went to Bribie Primary School and Bribie Secondary College and my mum also spent time attending Bribie Primary School. We love Bribie Island and we care about the needs of families and friends on Bribie Island,” she said. “Steve who was born and raised in Brisbane and completed his Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) at the University of Queensland in 2001,” she said. “It would appear that Steve followed me to Bribie Island although I guess we followed each other across the region before finally searching for the best location to raise our family and build our first business together.” Dr Steve and Chantal have four children aged between 1-11 years so as one would expect, life is somewhat driven by a shared iCloud calendar supported by a very loving extended family. Regardless of your profession, the risk, investment and challenges of starting a new business are high at any time. One of the reasons for Steve and Chantal’s decision to push the go-button on the

new business in June 2016 was based around their research. Courtesy of some smart Facebook and Community Online Research, it became evident why the community wanted a new dental practice on Bribie Island. Dr Steve said, “Our research demonstrated that there was a shortfall in dental services in our area. This creates significant problems in an

expanding community when the demand on dental services increases,” Dr Steve said. “Our research revealed that the community wants an affordable familyfriendly practice operated by one local dentist. The community also requested a No-Gap Child Dental Scheme and the ability to arrange simple re-payment plans,” Dr Steve Said. “As a Dentist and

I am not sure that I performed any specific warm-ups or workouts – We spent about a week testing our equipment and treating a few family members prior to the big day. The clinic testing procedure was rigorous, so we were ready to go when the doors opened. How will you make it more affordable for patients? In our research, the community told us that they would like a more affordable local dentist. We have made our costs more affordable by controlling our overheads and designing a smarter space; reducing the costs of treatments where possible; providing simple repayment plans so that community can begin the dental treatment today. We have also invested in state-of-the-art technology and equipment to improve the efficiency of our service. Where would you choose to spend your time when you are not treating patients?

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These days we are so busy with a new business and with 4 young children. I like to relax with friends at home on Bribie Island sharing spit roast in our back yard – I really enjoy cooking on my spit roast. I also have a passion for everything aviation. I enjoy flying my drone and have a Pilot’s licence to fly twin engine aircraft. Although I haven’t flown a twin engine for a few years, I can’t see myself flying any time soon with our new practice.

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Community It is not good to compare, however I believe our practice is a benchmark practice because we have designed a clinic based on what our community has told us that they want. We have also taken the time to fit the latest equipment. What excites you about working at your new practice? Up to this point in my life, going to work was working for someone else and working according to their values, expectations and fees. Now I can jump out of bed, come to work early, plan the day over a short black and enjoy meeting our patients and creating good connections with the community.

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Dr Steve Mercurio How important is diet to healthy teeth? Educating families on the affects of specific foods to the health of our teeth is important. You must communicate in an honest way to inform and educate your patients. How should we go about choosing a toothbrush? Choosing a toothbrush can be a personal thing although I use an electric brush to assist with cleaning and because of the smaller head. At the same time, you can achieve a good clean with a standard brush if you take your time and understand what it means to clean your teeth properly. I always suggest that you come for an annual check-up and we will help you with the best type of brush for your teeth. Who does the cooking at home and what is your favourite tucker? My wife and I love our food. Chantal is a real foodie and does our menus and food at home. I have a Spit Roaster that I like to fire up on weekends or with friends. Chantal cooks amazing cakes including my favourite Mars Bar Cheesecake – of course I scrub my teeth after this. How do you rate yourself as a dentist? Of course I have to refer this answer to my wife who seems to rate me rather highly as one would expect. I rate myself at a 10 plus. As humble as a Dentist can be, I think that I have a following and people do travel distances to see me at times. I think if you are real person, people will relate to you. Have you catered for kids and their toys at the practice? Well we have provided a wall iPad in the waiting room with an integrated TV in the treatment room to screen Netflix programs as needed. You won’t find toys in our waiting room, but you can see a few games and perhaps google a topic on the shared iPad. How do you make your patients feel welcome and comfortable? I think that you have to show your face by meeting your patients in the waiting room and walking them into the clinic with you. It’s the same as when you have treated a patient – it means a lot to a patient to say goodbye in the waiting room after you walk them out. Comfort and welcoming is all about caring and building trusted relationships. Is this practice better than other dental practices?

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MARCH 2018 EVENTS & ACTIVITIES – BEACHMERE EVERY SATURDAY MARCH WITNESSING/JP SERVICE, 9am 9.30am Outside IGA, Beachmere Village Shopping Centre, Cnr Beachmere & James Rds. info@bang.org.au

gov.au/healthy-active/spring/ (till 25 March 2018) FRIDAY, 2 MARCH LADIES, LET’S DO LUNCH, 12pm, NEW VENUE FOR 2018 : Beachmere Hotel, James Road, come along and meet some ladies who live, work and play in Beachmere. $10 Meals & Drinks at your own expense. Please RSVP to Christine 0413 73 95 73 ladieslunch@ bang.org.au (1st Fri each month).

EVERY FRIDAY MARCH BEACHMERE SLIMMERS SUPPORT GROUP, 9am Beachmere Activity Centre, 25 Biggs Ave. We are a small friendly support group meeting weekly. Joining Fee $15, Weekly Fee $4, Nutritionally sound program devised SUNDAY, 4 MARCH CAR BOOT by local dietitian Cathie Lowe. For info SALE, 7am–11am, Beachmere contact Sue (07) 5496 2957 OR Find us Village Shopping Centre Carpark, Cnr on Facebook. Beachmere & James Rds. BOOK A EVERY TUESDAY MARCH STALL NOW or come along to pick BEACHMERE ASSIST, 9am-11.30am up a BARGAIN! $10 per car, info@ The Beach Shak Café, 5 Biggs Ave, bang.org.au 0456 818 017 (1st Sun Beachmere. FREE weekly drop in! All each month) Welcome : contact BANG 0456 818 017 SUNDAY, 4 MARCH CLEAN UP or email info@bang.org.au AUSTRALIA – BEACHMERE, EVERY WEDNESDAY MARCH 8am–10am, 7 SITES around CARDS 9am - noon at Beachmere Beachmere – For details go to Community Hall, Progress Avenue, https://cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/ Beachmere, contact Madeline 5496 join/?location=beachmere to join in 2503 for more information the fun cleaning up Beachmere. EVERY WEDNESDAY MARCH BEACHMERE SCOUTS - CUBS, (ages 7-10 years, boys & girls) 5pm - 7pm at Beachmere State School, 24-58 James Road, Beachmere, contact beachmerescouts@gmail.com for more information EVERY SUNDAY MARCH SPRING IN YOUR STEP, 8am FREE FITNESS in Clayton Park, Moreton Tce, Bookings 5433 3000. More info at mbrc.qld.

TUESDAY, 13 MARCH BEACHMERE MEN’S SHED 9am – Beachmere Activity Centre, 25 Biggs Ave, Contact Secretary 0490 871 225 (2nd Tue each month). WEDNESDAY, 14 MARCH CRAFT GROUP, 1.30pm, Beachmere Uniting Church, Cnr Moreton Tce & Second Ave. Bring your craftwork & gold coin donation. Enjoy a cuppa and chat and make new friends while you work.

Everyone welcome. Enquires. Rev Michele 0417 067 992 (2nd & 4th Wed each month) THURSDAY, 15 MARCH BEACHMERE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH AGM MEETING, 9am at Beachmere Activity Centre, 25 Biggs Ave (3rd Thur each month) THURSDAY, 15 MARCH COFFEE WITH A COP, 10.30am at Beach Shak Café, Biggs Ave, Beachmere. An opportunity for members of the Qld Police to enjoy conversation with our local community. (3rd Thur each month) TUESDAY, 20 MARCH BEACHMERE LIONESS AGM MEETING, from 9am Beachmere Activity Centre, 25 Biggs Ave, All Welcome, just show up. (3rd Tue each month) TUESDAY, 20 MARCH BANG SOCIAL, 6pm-8pm, Beachmere RSL, Main St, Guest Speaker SUSAN LAMB - ALL WELCOME. Come for a drink and a nibble and find out what is happening in Beachmere at a federal level. RSVP by 18 Mar info@bang.org. au or 0456 818 017 WEDNESDAY, 21 MARCH BEACHMERE LIONS MEETING, 6.30pm-7pm, Beachmere Activity Centre, 25 Biggs Ave. Please phone 0417 781 562 to attend. (3rd Wed each month)

GROUP, 1.30pm, Beachmere Uniting Church, Cnr Moreton Tce & Second Ave. Bring your craftwork & gold coin donation. Enjoy a cuppa and chat and make new friends while you work. Everyone welcome. Enquires. Rev Michele 0417 067 992 (2nd & 4th Wed each month) SUNDAY, 1 MARCH CAR BOOT SALE, MINI EASTER FAIR - 7am– 11am, Beachmere Village Shopping Centre Carpark, Cnr Beachmere & James Rds. FREE EASTER FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY - BOOK A STALL NOW or come along to pick up a BARGAIN! $10 per car, info@bang. org.au 0456 818 017 FRIDAY, 6 APRIL LADIES, LET’S DO LUNCH, 12pm, Beachmere Hotel, James Road, come along and meet some ladies who live, work and play in Beachmere. $10 Meals & Drinks at your own expense. Please RSVP to Christine 0413 73 95 73 ladieslunch@ bang.org.au (1st Fri each month). SATURDAY 14 APRIL JUMBLE SALE, 8am to 12 noon, Beachmere Uniting Church, Cnr Moreton Tce and Second Ave. Cakes, jams, pickles, plants, books, clothing, manchester, furniture, electrical goods, CDs, DVDs, videos, records, tapes, craftwork, bric-abrac and much more. Morning Teas. Enquiries: 5496 8371.

WEDNESDAY, 28 MARCH CRAFT Graciously, I’m reminded of my desire to attend the next BANG meeting because I have my own pet project about food trees for the Beachmere Black Cockatoo. As women began to leave I heard a beautiful voice call out, “Ladies Lets Do Lunch again.” It’s not about the food ladies, it’s all about your company and insightful ideas.

My “Ladies, Lets Do Lunch” invitation arrived by email last month, reminding me that it’s been a year since I last attended the Beachmere Area Network Group (BANG) lunch. Back then, I was impressed by the local community projects already achieved, such as organising sites for the Clean Up Australia Day teams, bringing a Bendigo Bank to town, the weekly JP Roster, and a week long workshop program and music festival. Lots of people are still talking about the Art Show from the year before (Fabulous Art Beachmere) and are getting excited, and their artwork ready, for this year’s event. So I ordered my lunch and sat ready to chat and make new acquaintances. Instead, I listened, silently fascinated, by the speakers who were so willing to be vulnerable as they shared their knowledge, skills and personal stories. I felt my connection with the group when I noticed that we all seemed curious and interested in the potential of these uplifting community projects of soul and integrity. What I love about BANG is the women who inspire me with creative ingenious community projects born from compassion for others and desiring best opportunities for the Beachmere locality.

Ladies, Let’s do Lunch happens on the first Friday of each month at the Beachmere Hotel, James Road, Beachmere from noon. Email ladieslunch@bang.org.au or text Christine on 0413 739 573 more details on BANG visit www.bang.org. au. By Beachmere local, Janet Smith



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Beachmere neighbourhood watch getting stronger every year President of Beachmere Neighbourhood Watch, Lyn Burgess, says the new year has started strongly and the Committee is looking forward to increasing awareness of the group in the local area. “We have quite a few new projects on the agenda for this year and we continue to be a strong local entity in Beachmere”, she said. “Our Police Liaison officers continue to support us by attending all our meetings and we encourage all our members and any interested locals to attend”. “We thank all the locals who have been delivering our newsletter in the past and welcome all the new members who have offered to assist us recently.” The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 15 March at 9am at the Beachmere Activity Centre in Biggs Avenue.

Labor locks in high fuel prices for Queensland On the 7th of March in State Parliament, Leader of the opposition Deb Frecklington called on Annastacia Palaszczuk to adopt their real time fuel price monitoring policy.

“It was also disappointing to see Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party vote against real action on fuel prices and the Greens Party didn’t even bother to show up.”

“A car isn’t a luxury for most Queenslanders, it’s a necessity – a very expensive necessity.” “The LNP understands that high fuel prices are hurting households and that’s why we’ve been pushing for real-time fuel price monitoring in Queensland.”

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Wedding of the Month Andrew and Alea from the Book Exchange on Bribie Island finally shared their vows after 11 years of courtship in front of more than 250 of family and friends at 4.30pm on the 16th of February. One thing was for sure, though…. no one made a sound while we all listened to both pledge their love for each other for the rest of their lives. The wedding was held on the beach at Happy Valley, Caloundra. It was such a beautiful wedding, and there was not a dry eye on the beach. The wedding was simple but stunning. The dress code for the ceremony was no shoes on the beach which in Queensland is the only way to go.

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While the weather looked like it was going to rain at 4.30pm, it didn’t! They were truly blessed by the heavens above. The reception was held at Caloundra AFL club, probably the only place that could host over 250 people with a wonderful smorgasbord spread. The team at ISLAND and Surrounds would like to say congratulations to Andrew and Alea. It was a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple. Photo’s are Supplied by Mark Brittain photographer who is a local photographer on Bribie Island. Contact Mark for your next special event on 0409 466 237.


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BEACHMERE MOVIE IN THE PARK The Beachmere Movie is the Park is being held on Saturday 17 March and I hope you will all come along and enjoy the fun and festivities. I am pleased to be sponsoring this event that starts at 5pm and will be held at Clayton Park, Moreton Terrace, Beachmere and organised by the Beachmere Area Network Group who do so much for our local area.

Graffiti costs Council $235,000 annually Graffiti costs Council $235,000 annually and residents are encouraged to reports instances of graffiti on Council property by contacting our Customer Service on 3205 0555.

The movie on show is Big Hero 6 and there will be prizes for the best dressed Super Hero on the evening. BYO rugs, blankets and low fold-up chairs enjoy the free activities. You will also be able purchase ice cream, drinks and snacks during the event.

The deliberate application of messages or images on property, without the permission of the rightful owner is a crime. Council has a zero tolerance policy in relation to its own buildings and facilities and I encourage all of us to take responsibility and implement our own anti-graffiti measures at home.

The Federal Member for Longman, Susan Lamb MP, has joined Labor in calling on the Government to stop stalling and get on with the job of protecting 650,000 Australian families who are being ripped off by pay day lenders. Federal Member for Longman, Susan Lamb MP, said it was time the Government stopped sitting on their hands did something about this growing financial epidemic. “The Government has had almost two years to regulate these atrocious practices and implement the recommendations contained in their own small report and credit contract (SACC) laws committee.” said Ms Lamb.

Susan Lamb said “Over the years, with the combined leadership of Tony Abbot and Malcolm Turnbull, we have seen wholesale power prices skyrocket. Local businesses are really feeling it, telling me that their energy bills are hurting their ability to survive and remain competitive.”

Power prices have increased dramatically over the past decade (2006-2016). In 2017, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says household bills climbed by 12.4 percent. The biggest increases have been reported in Queensland, coming in at 136 percent.

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“I’m calling on the Government to protect vulnerable families in Longman and action the recommendations contained in its report, immediately!

Leaders in Longman’s business community came together today with Susan Lamb MP, the Federal Member for Longman, and the Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Mark Butler MP, at a roundtable discussion which focussed on the impact of energy prices and the responsibility of Government in tackling climate change.

When compared with Labor’s last period in Government when the carbon price was in place, wholesale power prices have doubled under the Liberal Government,

If your property is affected by graffiti, it should be reported to police in the first instance and you can contact Policelink on 131 444 or visit the Policelink website for more information, including how to report on-line or download the Policelink app.


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“When I read the Government’s report, I was left speechless. There have been cases where families have paid over $3,000 for household goods like clothes dryers that have a recommended retail price of just $345. That’s equivalent to an interest rate of 884 per cent. It’s just unacceptable!” “It’s absolutely abhorrent that pay day loan companies are permitted to come into communities like ours, cash in on people’s disadvantage and plunge them into ridiculous, unsustainable levels of debt.” Despite an announcement by the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services Kelly O’Dwyer in November 2016 stating support for the vast majority of the recommendations from the committee, the Government is yet to introduce legislation to clean up the industry. A recent report from the Consumer Action Law Centre also showed that the number of borrowers taking out more than one payday loan in the preceding 12 months has grown from 17.2 per cent in 2005 to 38.0 per cent in 2015. This means that average number of loans per loan borrower is 3.64. “I’m calling on the Government to protect vulnerable families in Longman and action the recommendations contained in its report, immediately! “They have already come out and said that they support the vast majority of the recommendations, so I really don’t understand what the hold-up is.” Ms Lamb said.

Labor’s plan to introduce renewables into the energy mix will deliver the cheapest revitalisation of Australia’s ageing electricity system, which includes a number of important key measures: •

A commitment to ending national energy policy uncertainty and achieving 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

Crating Renewable Energy Zones to drive more efficient generation, transmission, distribution and storage.

• Modernising the National Energy Market (NEM) rules to give more power to consumers. Susan Lamb said “It makes sense to invest in renewable energy. It’s much cheaper than building new coal power stations and the costs of renewables are continuing to fall rapidly.” At the roundtable discussion, local businesses highlighted the sustainable practices that they have implemented to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on energy bills. Health Developments Corporation Director, Dr Evan Jones, unveiled the state of the art features of his organisation’s new medical facility, Health Hub Morayfield. Dr Jones said, “Health Hub Morayfield is a new medical facility equipped with world-class sustainability features including a NuGreen Solutions 404kW solar panel system, two electric car charging points, and four rain water tanks equalling 184,000L of storage for all nondrinking water,” “We’re committed to doing our part in reducing the impact of climate change and the broader health implications that it has on our community.” Ms Lamb said, “Here we have Health Hub Morayfield, a local health service that specialises in and supports people with their healthcare needs, having to

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pick up for the Government’s policy shortfalls to bring down electricity costs and help reduce our carbon footprint,” “Dr Jones deserves to be commended on this, but it really should be the Government leading the way on climate change and energy policy, not local businesses,” “Prime Minister Turnbull continues to cover his eyes and ears, pretending that there’s not an issue. I mean, even Tony Abbott’s own hand-picked taskforce reviewed the Renewable Energy Target and found that building more renewable energy puts downward pressure on power prices.” Ms Lamb said. Longman’s local business community are desperate for a national energy policy that will support strong renewable investment, lower prices, ensure reliability and improve competition in the market. The Member for Longman and the Shadow Minister for Climate Change’s discussions will continue tonight, speaking with local residents at the Caboolture Senior Citizens Association.

Priorities for Palaszczuk Government in the 56th Parliament The Government I lead will always put Queenslanders first, and that means delivering the commitments and keeping the promises we made to the people of Queensland. In our first term we delivered 513 – or 93% – of the 553 commitments we made to the people of Queensland at the 2015 election. The delivery of our second-term election commitments will continue to support Queenslanders by prioritising job creation, delivering world-class health services, providing quality education for young Queenslanders and reskilling those in, or re-joining, the workforce. Our 2017 State election commitments will support more than 60,000 jobs. We will bolster frontline services across the State by employing 3,700 more teachers, 3,500 nurses and midwives, over 500 new police officers and 100 extra firefighters. We are renewing our investment in programs such as Works for Queensland and Skilling Queenslanders for Work, which are driving employment growth and providing job opportunities across our state. We are committed to a perpetual funding solution for backbone of Queensland’s road through the $1 billion Bruce Highway Trust and we are progressively upgrading the M1 to make it at least six lanes wide from Brisbane to the New South Wales border. Our investment in world-class education facilities continues with the construction of 10 new schools, upgrading of 17 and planning for a further seven. We will also make new investments in key industries including tourism, agriculture and renewable energy. We will also continue to improve vital health infrastructure in every corner of the State. My Government will invest $697 million to refurbish hospitals at Logan, Caboolture and Ipswich. My Government’s comprehensive program will create new jobs and new opportunities for Queensland, and will deliver the services and support Queenslanders need.

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Each week, people in our community call or email me seeking support with the reoccurring issue of telecommunications and the issues we experience in our area. Whether it’s mobile reception or the NBN, people and businesses are finding it difficult to keep in touch. Households and businesses are constantly telling me that their lives and livelihoods are being affected – it’s not good enough. I’ve been ramping up my advocacy around these issues, pushing the Government to come through with answers.

If you’re not working over the Easter break, make the most of the long weekend with your friends and family. If you’re one of our committed local workers giving up their precious time over the holidays, your penalty rates are well deserved and should be protected! Susan Lamb MP Federal Member for Longman

Still no word on Mobile Black Spot Program and cellular tower upgrades People in Donnybrook, Beachmere, Ningi and areas on Bribie have been living with poor mobile reception for quite some time now, and are desperate to know when our local cellular towers will be upgraded. My Office has made contact with the Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, to find out when we can expect our mobile reception to be improved. We were told that announcements would be made in early February, which would include an expected timeline for completion of the upgrades. Unfortunately, we’re still waiting for a response. I won’t stop pushing the Government to come through with its promises to upgrade the towers and improve reception. I will keep you updated on the outcome of my meeting with Senator McKenzie.

Small and medium businesses send message to Government: energy prices still going up and no action on climate change Leaders in Longman’s business community came together recently to voice their concerns about the impact of energy prices and the responsibility of Government in tackling climate change. Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, the Hon Mark Butler MP, and I outlined Labor’s plan to drive down power costs by achieving a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030, driving more efficient generation, transmission, distribution and storage as well as giving more power to consumers. Many local business owners said they were disappointed at the Government’s lack of leadership, and had already adopted sustainable business practices to reduce their overheads and carbon footprint.

We’re taking appointments for the next Open Office Open Offices are a great opportunity to hear from locals about their projects and plans to support people and families in our community. My office will be taking brief appointments outside normal hours to provide support, advice, guidance and advocacy on individual issues and community projects. Thursday 22 March 4:00pm-6:00pm


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Government invests in female founders on Women’s Day Innovation Minister Kate Jones last Thursday 8th of March announced the Palaszczuk Government would invest $3 million to support Queensland’s female entrepreneurs and promote gender equity among startups. Ms Jones said the Advance Queensland Female Founders Program would extend the successful Women’s Academic Fund for female researchers to include funding to support women behind startup ventures.

chance to travel to the UK to immerse themselves in the global marketplace,” she said. “We also backed initiatives like Global Startup Weekend Women’s events in which women in Brisbane and Longreach joined with counterparts in more than 30 cities around the world to tackle the challenge of building a startup in just 54 hours. “Advance Queensland is all about diversifying our economy and startups play a huge role in this space – by 2033 they could support more than half a million Australian jobs.” Ms Jones said today’s International Women’s Day event was an important milestone for the Female Founders program.

“There are many women around Queensland leading the way with smart businesses that have global potential but we still have a long way to go when it comes to gender equality,” she said.

“Today’s event gives me the opportunity to hear first-hand from some of Queensland’s leading female entrepreneurs about the challenges they face and how the Female Founders Program can help them overcome those barriers,” she said.

“The 2017 StartupAUS Crossroads report revealed only four per cent of startups have an all-female founding team and as few as 15 per cent have at least one female founder.

Participants in today’s consultation included funding recipients from Advance Queensland programs like Ignite Ideas and HotDesQ and participants in the Female Founders Mission to London.

“The Palaszczuk Government is devoted to giving all Queenslanders a fair go – that’s why we’re giving a leg-up to women in the startup space.”

Advance Queensland is the Palaszczuk Government’s $513 million initiative to transform the state’s economy and build Queensland’s reputation as a global innovation and investment destination.

Ms Jones hosted public consultation on the Female Founders program at an International Women’s Day event today meeting 30 female founders from across Queensland’s startup ecosystem. “Our Startup Catalyst Female Founders Mission to London afforded four Queenslanders from regional areas the

Statement from Statement from LNP Leader Deb Transport and Main Frecklington on petrol Roads Minister Mark price investigation A thorough investigation of Queensland’s petrol price cycle is needed and I welcome the ACCC’s decision to take action. Queenslanders are struggling with household budgets and I am hopeful the investigation by the national consumer watchdog is the first step toward some relief to hip pockets. The Liberal National Party understands the pain of high fuel prices. The ACCC investigation is yet another sign more needs to be done. I again call on Labor to take action and adopt our policy to introduce real-time fuel price monitoring. Real-time fuel price monitoring is a tool Queenslanders could use to find the best time to buy at sites with the lowest prices. Queensland’s peak motoring body, RACQ has supported our plan. The LNP asked the Premier in Parliament last month whether she would consider our real-time petrol price monitoring policy to help motorists but Annastacia Palaszczuk dismissed it.

For more information on the Female Founders please visit the Advance Queensland website advance.qld.gov.au

NSW motorists are saving an average $6 per tank of fuel because of real-time fuel price monitoring and there’s no reason why Queenslanders should not be able to save the same.

To provide feedback, email to femalefounders@ditid.qld.gov.au

Petrol prices are too high. That is what Queenslanders are telling us. Labor needs to adopt our solution that will save Queenslanders money.

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We welcome the announcement of funding for the North Coast Connect business case. Last year we provided our detailed business case for the duplication of the rail line from Beerburrum to Nambour to Infrastructure Australia. Beerburrum to Nambour is a key element of the North Coast Connect project and we look forward to favourable consideration of our business case so the duplication can get underway as soon as possible. The Palaszczuk Government will provide this business case to the North Coast Connect consortium as an in kind contribution – worth $5M. We look forward to working with them on the development of their business case for North Coast Connect. The Labor party has a clear track record of investing in the public transport infrastructure Queensland needs to support our growing population. It is important to remember that none of these proposed new rail lines will work without Cross River Rail to open up the network. The only way extra capacity on the Sunshine Coast can work is if there are no bottlenecks further down the line. The way you ensure that is with Cross River Rail, and we are getting on with the job and building it.

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Jill finally “calls time” after 22 years By Ernie Mayne

Community has been at the same club for over 20 years and she said she has enjoyed every minute, although being challenging at times. Today, Friday 8 March, I was present for her last shift and she is obliging poured her last beer for me (with a beautiful smile) of course. Myself and a group of mates, Ken Johnstone, Ian Sime, Cameron Mathison and Graham Pitchford returned to the club to see Jill behind the bar for the last time.

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$20,000 needed to be raised for Dylan to get her a smart pup By Ernie Mayne

from left Poolwerx staff: Steph, Phoenix, Poolwerx owners Michelle and Anthony

Jill and long time friend Ken Johnstone Jill (Jillian) Chandler was born in England in 1944. She migrated to Australia as a (ten-pound pom). You know them, they were mostly the good ones. When they arrived in Australia, they (the family) moved to Terang in Victoria for two years then they moved down the road to Warrnambool for 24 years. In 1995 they decided to pack up and move to Bribie Island and now Jill and her husband Ken live at Sandstone Point.

On Saturday, March 3rd, Poolwerx in Bongaree opened their shop for a fundraising event with raffles and a sausage sizzle and all the staff were involved in some way. It was a very humid day and the mascots “Life Saver Lil” (Michelle) and “Live Owl” (Phoenix), were doing it tough. Franchise owners Michelle and Anthony Spicer were only to eager to help little Dylan along with Mike Geddes from Poolwerx, who also is a Bribie local.

Jill pouring one of her last beers I have known Jill for a fair while now and it was a pleasure to enter the club and be served by a “real lady.” The club may differ with my thoughts, but I reckon Jill will be irreplaceable. Jill’s daughter, Sarah, also works at the club and I know she will miss her. Sarah is also a longtime employee of the club.

Jill started her working career on Bribie and the Bongaree bowls club and was there for two years before she started work at the Solander Lake bowls club at Banksia Beach. Jill is now 73 and

In closing I’d liked to extend my congratulations to a woman of refine (English) a very happy retirement and a great life of leisure to come.

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“Losing your hair can be really difficult, especially if you are a child or teenager. One wig can cost up to $6000 and they need to be replaced every one to two years. What better way to give back?” Kathy said.

Dylan and her mother Renee Dylan Beaney-McCann is a young twoyear-old girl who was born with Proximal femoral focal deficiency (FPPD) and Fibular hemimelia (FH), which all means that her legs are short and have bones missing. Renee McCann, Dylan’s mother is attempting to raise $20,000 to purchase a smartpup (assistant dog), not only for day-to-day assistance for Dylan, but to also become a companion for this beautiful little girl.

In the time that I was there, along with the local member for Pumicestone, Simone Wilson, who is right behind the fundraiser. The store was very busy and almost everyone stopped to have a chat to Renee and purchase raffle tickets and, of course, try a snag or two. Young Dylan can stand and she crawls to get around, but she is unable to walk, a smartpup will assist in everything that she needs to do in day to day living and not to mention, make a little girl, very, very happy. But this is only the beginning for Dylan because she will eventually have to have a series of operations, but, alas, they cannot be performed in Australia. At the present time the operations can only be done in the USA and just the costs of the ops alone is over $250,000, that’s not including airfares and accommodation, so Renee has got a link on gofundme, which is www,gofundme.com/ donatefordylan or you can contact Renee on 0413299521 and speak to her direct. Saturday’s fundraiser raised over $2300 with an auction still to be ran by Michelle and Anthony Spicer at Poolwerx. Renee spoke to me this morning, 5th March, and asked me to publicly thank Michelle and Anthony very, very much for their support.

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Kathy Unwin is a “late stage cancer survivor” who has now taken on a new project – to raise awareness and funds for Hair with Heart, a Variety Club charity. Hair with Heart provide wigs for children who have lost their hair due to Alopecia or other medical conditions such as cancer. “I was fortunate and did not lose my hair throughout all my treatment and illness so, when I completed my final surgery and with a completely healthy body, I thought ‘Time for a Haircut and I can donate my hair to someone who needs it now’.” Kathy said. With support and encouragement from husband Mark, Kathy will donate a very long, blonde ponytail.

Kathy’s hair is also special as it fits all the criteria such as it is a natural colour with no dyes or colours and it needs to be at least 35.5cm in length (Kathy’s hair is over 40cm!). Kathy now helps other people to overcome their cancer and make lifestyle choices that benefit them. She is in the process of building a new business and website to help and support even more people in overcoming their cancer and moving forward in their lives. You can support Kathy’s fundraising by visiting https://hairwithheart. everydayhero.com/au/kathy-unwin Or find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ kathyunwinofficial/

So, come on everyone and get behind this fundraiser and let this little queen grow up to be a beautiful girl and lead a normal life. I know I certainly will be. There will be more fund raisers in the future I’ve been advised.

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ENERGY FORECASTING An energy forecast is about knowing some of the potential energy that can influence you and how to navigate through this time with ease & grace. The coming month there will be a New Moon, Mercury Retrograde and also a Full Moon occurring. The new moon is about resetting your intentions. Aligning yourself with your desires and being committed to see them through to accomplishment. Mercury Retrograde occurs when it is moving backwards, into its shadow, and thus communication, scheduling, transportation and judgment becomes cloudy or error prone. Yet don’t be discouraged, Mercury Retrograde it is also a time of clearing out the shadows/doubts & fears of yours and not being caught up those of others either. Full Moons offer the opportunity to let go of limitations that are holding you back, which can show up more predominately in the mercury retrograde period. Yet always remember this: in the darkness or shadows is where you inner light shines brightest. Let’s break this down how to navigate these energies into weeks for you.

This week begins with a reminder to ponder on the conscious thoughts of wanting to pursue new avenues like study, new job/home, health etc. as this prepares your for the New Moon which is all about setting new intentions that align with your real truth for you. Clarity is paramount when setting intention. For example say you want a new car, what colour do you want, what brand of car, do you want old or new, do you require finance, without asking these questions how will you know what steps to take and more importantly know when you’ve achieved the goal. Week 2 – March 19th – 25th - Spiritual Being (Mercury Retrograde) Balance is the key. We set goals and when they don’t go as planned we tend to think that we are not good enough or we are on the wrong track. Be patient in the pursuit of your dreams and have behavioral flexibility to change the direction but not the goal, knowing there is always more than one way to achieve the goal. Week 3 – March 26th – April 1st Contemplation (Full Moon Cycle)


Week 1 – Monday 12th – 18th Pieces Of The Puzzle (New Moon Cycle)

Are you being true to yourself or are you letting the distraction of others or yourself pull you away from your desired goal. It’s time to start believing you can achieve anything you set your mind too.

This card is to honor the journey you have been on. All the final pieces of the puzzle are drawing near, so don’t quit yet…

Subtle tweaks are required to readjust yourself and then draw all your focus back to the goal. The moment you realize how important this goal is for you, that internal

strength will shine through to the end. Week 4 – April 2nd – 8th – Inner child (Mercury Retrograde) Inner child card is about remembering all those hope & dreams you had as a child… Those moments you knew you were infinite and unstoppable in the pursuit of your dreams. Trust your intuition as it is giving you droplets of ideas into your consciousness that remind you of all the untapped potential just waiting to unleash itself in areas that will derive so much happiness for you…

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muscles and gyms the vision they get is usually of males with biceps bulging and abdominals rippling. That’s what we think isn’t it? Even as the blokes push-up their way towards middle age they are still the main pack animal in the gym, gruntingly comparing what they can “curl” and “bench” whilst strutting like a flamingo (hopefully with better legs). They preen and flex in front of mirrors, chests puffed out, stomach sucked in, while sneaking glances to compare dumbbell size to that of the bloke next to them. If you are ever in a gym at aromatic “after work” time, the thick smell of testosterone mixed with the essence of unwashed socks and armpits can be cut with a knife. It is a smell that once smelt you can never unsmell. The grunting is deafening, the strutting is bold and the puffing is powerful – it is not a thing of beauty.

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I’m looking for a bloke, well actually I’m looking for as many blokes as I can get, so I was wondering if you might have the odd one or two reclining about the house doing nothing in particular, which you could bring to me.

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You see I have noticed that blokes never seem to be where you expect them to be. Blokes tend to be where you don’t want them to be and then when you do want them to be somewhere, strangely enough they can’t be found. Of course I am speaking only about the exercise world and absolutely not about around the house, no! Of course I would never be talking about their absence when you need them to be doing something around the house.


So where would you expect to see blokes in the world of exercise? Well I reckon that when most people think about strong

Then suddenly one day these blokes are gone. They stride out the gym doors one day and head with determination towards the couch. Blokes seem to reach an age where they suddenly feel that their chests no longer require puffing, their arms no longer must bulge and hairy flamingo legs sticking out of boardies are now sexy. Maybe it’s when they retire from work they see life on a couch, a remote firmly gripped while being kept company by a “cold one or ten” as the place to be. But why? Why do they think the no longer need muscles? Coincidentally at the same instant that the blokes sink into the couch, nearby women discover the importance of increasing their fitness and health. Women will include “aqua” and “walking group” and “Heartbeats” into their week so they are social, happy,

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Before You Start : Have a stable high backed chair or kitchen bench near for balance and support. Please wear flat bottomed shoes or sandals with a back strap so they can’t flick off. If you feel uncomfortable or concerned about any of these movements do not do them or stop! Don’t try these exercises alone if you concerned or are unsure of your ability to complete them. Make sure you have a stable friend or family member on hand when you begin to practice these exercises. Only ever move at a speed that feels comfortable for YOU. Start slowly with each exercise until you become used to exercises, remember that you are asking your body to do something new. You may be comfortable only performing one of the exercises and not be comfortable doing the others. That is ok! Everyone’s body reacts differently to different movements. Never do something that you are nervous about by yourself. If you are at all worried please have a helpful, stable person around to make you feel more confident and secure.

Let’s get started! Let’s get started! THESE EXERCISES ARE DONE SLOWLY Take each exercise slowly and carefully and only complete as many times as you are comfortable with! If possible make sure someone is with you for support. Remember exercising does become easier if it is done regularly and small changes can make a big difference. Even practicing only one exercise a day will help improve your fitness. So use your chair, put on your flat bottomed secure shoes, ask a stable family member or friend to help if you want to and let’s start.


If you are feel unstable when standing on one foot please stand next to the kitchen bench or a stable chair for support if needed. Standing tall, with your shoulders back, and your hands on your hips. Support yourself on your right leg with that knee slightly bent. Stretch your left leg forward and lift it about 2 inches from the floor. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds before returning slowly to the starting position. Repeat the exercise with the other leg. Perform 2 to 3 times with each leg. Rest


If you are feel unstable when standing on one foot please stand next to the kitchen bench or a stable chair for support if needed Standing tall, with your shoulders back, and your hands on your hips. Support yourself on your right leg with that knee slightly bent. Stretch your left leg backward and lift it about 2 inches from the floor. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds before returning slowly to the starting position. Repeat the exercise with the other leg. Perform 2 to 3 times with each leg. Rest


If you are feel unstable when standing on one foot please stand next to the kitchen bench or a stable chair for support if needed. Stand tall with your shoulders back and your feet shoulder width apart. Raise your arms sideways up to shoulder level. Support yourself on your right leg with that knee slightly bent. Lift your left leg to the left about 2 inches from the floor. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds before returning slowly to the starting position. Repeat the exercise with the same arm movements and start while standing on your left leg. Perform 2 to 3 times with each leg. Rest


If you are feel unstable when standing on one foot please stand next to the kitchen bench or a stable chair for support if needed. Standing tall, with your shoulders back, and your hands on your hips. Support yourself on your right leg with that knee slightly bent. Bend your knee and lift you left leg up about 2 inches from the floor. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds before returning slowly to the starting position. Repeat the exercise with the other leg. Perform 2 to 3 times with each leg Rest

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healthy and strong and far, far, away from the occupied couch. And this means fitness classes are filled with happy, healthy, smiling women but only a dusting of wise men. Again I ask… WHY??? The classes are certainly not designed only for women, in fact our circuit classes are an excellent muscle building class for men and the Heartbeats classes are for anyone who wants a gentle exercise class or may have heart disease, diabetes etc. and as we all know it is more likely that men will suffer from these diseases. So for the month of March I am hoping to encourage women to come along to a Heartbeats or circuit class, and just like the old tradition of bringing a plate to a gathering could you instead, please, bring a bloke. Any bloke will do, although if he isn’t yours you might want to ask permission of his owner first. Of course I would never tell you to trick the bloke into coming along, but if that works go for it! If you do bring a bloke both of you will get a free Heartbeats or Circuit class to try. Even if you are already coming to either of those classes you can still bring a bloke and get a free class. If you are a bloke already coming to classes then bring a bloke mate! If you are a bloke without someone to bring you, then come along and you will still get a free class! And for those blokes who are already doing those classes??? You have already won just by being smart enough to look after yourself. Of course ladies there is a down side, you won’t escape your bloke for that hour and once the bloke discovers how much happier, healthier and energised he becomes from exercising, he will tell you that doing the class was all his idea and you are lucky he thought of it.

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When your body and brain are not properly nourished, your ability to cope with stress is reduced. On-going stress leads to fatigue, hormonal imbalances, blood sugar imbalances, depression, and compromised cognitive function. Effects from this can be lack of motivation for doing exercise, weight gain and difficulty losing weight, cravings and emotional eating, as well as issues with memory, learning and focus, systemic inflammation, malnourishment and thyroid dysfunction. Proper nourishment of your body and brain will contribute to your ability to switch off the stress response, maintain a healthy mood and cope in stressful situations. Nutrients your body requires for these processes, as well as magnesium, are zinc, B vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Ideally eating a healthy diet would give us what we require nutritionally, however 90% of the population do not consume adequate amount of fruits and vegetables, and also eating a diet based on overly processed foods actually act as anti-nutrients and have a detrimental effect on our health. Also try to reduce or eliminate sugars, caffeine and alcohol. Where there is inflammation of the intestinal lining, it

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Caboolture Hospital welcomes 15 new graduate nurses

Unit, upgraded our Intensive Care Unit and we are getting ready for a large expansion of our Emergency Department. “We’re also upgrading the surgical equipment sterilisation facilities, which will allow the hospital to undertake more surgery in future, to name but a few of the changes underway. “Nearby Kilcoy Hospital continues to offer more health services to the local community, greatly reducing the need for residents to travel long distances to access high-quality health care. “Our community will benefit from these new starters coming through.

The nursing service at Caboolture Hospital is expanding with more than 24 new starters set to join the ranks by June this year. Caboolture Hospital Director of Nursing and Midwifery Julie Lahey congratulated 15 graduate registered nurses joining the hospital today (Monday 26 February). “We always love to see fresh faces around our hospital and our new nurses are going to learn a great deal from our already incredible cohort of nurses,” Julie said. “What better way to contribute to the health and wellbeing of the community than by joining Caboolture Hospital. “It’s a very exciting time to join Caboolture Hospital as we continue to build a better hospital for our community to access. “We have just opened a new Outpatient Services building, new Coronary Care

“Nurses help form the backbone of healthcare delivering high quality care every day and I thank all 24 for choosing to work in the Caboolture region.” Metro North is the biggest and most diverse Hospital and Health Service in Queensland, delivering the best care by the brightest healthcare professionals, employing more than 7000 nurses and midwives which is nearly half of the workforce. Our professional skills, innovative thinking and compassion make us an employer of choice and allow us to attract the highest calibre of nurses and midwives. The 15 nurses joining Caboolture Hospital today are part of the Metro North Hospital and Health Service cohort of 298, alongside 173 at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, 61 at The Prince Charles Hospital, 32 at Redcliffe Hospital and eight at our Community, Indigenous and Subacute Services (CISS). The new graduates will participate in an orientation program to familiarise themselves with the hospital before beginning their post-graduate year in an individual ward or unit.

Contract awarded for new Caboolture Police Station Construction of the new Caboolture Police Station and District Headquarters is about to begin with the appointment of Badge Construction to build the $16.5 million state-of-the-art facility. Police Minister and Morayfield MP Mark Ryan said the police station will be built under the new Buy Queensland initiative, providing hundreds of employment opportunities for local businesses. “The police station and district headquarters will be built on a new site on King Street which the Palaszczuk Government bought specifically last year on behalf of the Queensland Police Service (QPS),” Mr Ryan said. “This will enable the current station, also on King Street, to continue operations without disruption to the high-quality service our local police provide for our community. “I am particularly pleased the construction will support local workers in construction, electrical, plumbing, security and landscaping, which is great news for Caboolture.” Mr Ryan said the new complex will also give frontline police the ability to take advantage of new technology

to support policing in the community and to deliver a modern police service. “Construction is expected to take about 12 months and when completed the new police station will be one of the largest outside of the Brisbane CBD,” Mr Ryan said. “It will include purpose built areas for the Criminal Investigation Branch and special investigative teams, the Child Protection Investigation Unit, the Suspected Child Abuse Network (SCAN) officer, a Patrol Inspector, a Detective Inspector, General Duties, Crime Prevention Unit and intelligence.” Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the Buy Queensland initiative, which came into effect for tenders from 1 September 2017, recognises the important role local businesses play in local communities, both economically and socially. “The whole reason we’ve created this policy is to strengthen the chances of local businesses winning jobs in their own community,” Mr de Brenni said. “It’s great to see a South East Queensland business win this contract to deliver a new police station and regional headquarters for the Caboolture region, and I expect we will see more contracts awarded to local businesses under the Buy Queensland initiative.”

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Just exactly what is “ the public interest “ ??

This article is an expression of opinion by the writer, Cranky Lizard. Probably some readers will disagree with this opinion. Good !

Please feel free to write to the Editor expressing your opinion. It is a free society and the principle of free speech applies in our society. In the last two weeks, the Nation has been treated to a spectacle of public shaming, by national print and electronic media, similar to the use of ‘ medieval stocks in the market place of the local village,’ all in the name of “ It is in the public interest. “ Cranky Lizard asks, what exactly is the public interest ?? And, to qualify my following remarks, if you think I am looking to criticise the print and electronic media in the nation…you are right ! I am. Cranky Lizard is not a trained journalist, although that does not mean much these days, considering the standard of public discourse ; of course, there are a few men and women who qualify as professional journalists, I shall not mention them here, they would be embarrassed. Cranky Lizard is a writer. In another life, for many years, Cranky Lizard researched and wrote reports on sensitive matters for high level Government officials, including the odd Prime Minister. In those forums, Cranky Lizard had the ‘ public interest ‘ very much at the centre of global, whirling events, affecting the destiny of our various National alliances. But, Cranky Lizard was never a public servant, not that there is anything wrong with that splendid calling ; just a point of clarification. In a legal dictionary, [ West’s Encyclopaedia of American Law, edition 2, 2008 ], public interest is defined as

Cranky Lizard Speaks March 2018.

“ Public Interest is a common concern among citizens in the management and affairs of local, state and national government. It does not mean mere curiosity but is a broad term that refers to the body politic and the public weal.” [ Weal means wealth….common wealth ] Now, we all know to whom Cranky Lizard is referring in this matter ; a certain rural couple, one holding a high position in the current government and the other employed, by the former, as a media advisor/manager [ what- ever that means ?? ] So let us apply the Public Interest test… Have they done anything criminal ? No. Have they done anything illegal ? It seems not. Have they done anything immoral ? In today’s society of marriage breakdowns, illicit affairs and strange standards of corporate behaviour, morality is a big judgement call – but there is room for some questions ! Have they done anything inappropriate? Yes. The Senior Office holder has abrogated normal standards of public behaviour, by politicians, commonly accepted by the community – and, considering that politicians have been conducting affairs, having marriage breakdowns for decades – it is a judgement call on standards of public behaviour – for example, a Tourism Minister bonking on his office desk, the Speaker’s Chair being used as an aide to coupling, a Prime Minister falling in love with a biographer, an Opposition Leader having an affair and wrecking his marriage in a public show of emotion, members texting photographs of their penis in a wine glass and, long ago, a senior politician dying on the job in a Sydney motel. The list goes on and on… So, by those standards, inappropriate behaviour sneaks in, just !! Cranky Lizard is not casting any moral judgements for or against here ; Cranky Lizard is making a comment on the behaviour of the media and the obvious public persecution of two people. The security of the nation was never jeopardized. The fabric of society was never rendered asunder. The public

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purse remained intact, regardless of the allegations of wrongful use of public funds, nothing has been proven and given the searing torchlight held to these matters, if there had been wrongful spending – it would have become apparent by now. Fundamentally the business of government, at all levels, proceeded effectively. Although Cranky Lizard accepts that those involved in delivering the business of government could have done without the bloody drama !! So how was the public interest served by the hysterical behaviour of the media, the fluffing up of the stories, the gross misuse of adjectives, the inflammatory reporting on television news, the sanctimonious, holier than thou, self- justifying interviews, the mania for personal detail – hushed tone reporting of office tensions, unflattering photographs of a pregnant woman going shopping, ‘breaking news ‘ bullshit regarding the sex life of the office rabbit, anything, anything at all. No balance, just public smearing. How was the public interest served in these matters ? In Cranky Lizard’s opinion – it was not !! Not under any circumstances. No, this was an old fashioned, uncontrolled, undignified, unprofessional media feeding frenzy. Media, both print and electronic, in our contemporary society, occupy positions of enormous influence of public opinion. Reporters are in your lounge-room every night, they are on your breakfast table, they are in your car as you drive to work, they are on your computers, they are on your phones ; their presence is overwhelming and, if you don’t challenge them, omnipotent. Many members of our communities form their views about current events by the information they receive from the media. That may or may not be a good thing, but that is what it is ! Therefore, it is blindingly obvious to

Cranky Lizard, and, probably to most people reading this, that with that position of influence comes a certain responsibility. A responsibility not to abuse the position of influence. A responsibility to remain calm and professional. A responsibility to consider just what the ‘ public interest really is. A responsibility to resist the siren songs of salacious gossip and to conduct themselves in a dignified manner, reporting the facts, balancing the views, seeking the truth and, above all, remaining objective. Well, there was nothing responsible about the mad scurrying of the media packs with TV cameras on the streets of Tamworth and Armidale. There was nothing responsible about the news items reflecting the views of certain reporters, with more concern about their own careers than the ‘ public interest. This episode has changed the way the behaviour of elected officials is reported. The truth has been damaged here and may not recover from that damage. Clarity of purpose of the media and public trust of the media has suffered in these weeks. The anger of the unfairness and the shaming of these two people is palpable on the streets of Tamworth and Armidale ; no one has gained anything. Our nation is not stronger, richer or safer because of this media event. Sure, they have pinged a man who demonstrated poor judgement, who is to cast the first stone ?? His family have not benefited from this stuff, his children will never forget the experience, the Government most certainly did not need or deserve this distraction, the man and the woman involved have their own mirrors, in which to look. Those mirrors are not for us to see ! The public interest has not been served here, in the opinion of Cranky Lizard. It was just an old fashioned, undignified media feeding frenzy. And that is a shame, because objective, calm reporting of these matters would have served the public interest and should have focused on the principles of public behaviour of the elected officials involved not the personalities. They have long memories in that part of the country – this matter is not over, not by a long shot.


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Frecklington said Labor’s mishandling of the electricity industry would cause future price hikes. “Remember, Labor ripped $5 billion out of these businesses and today’s audit report again highlights how this will impact them moving forward,” she said. “The Palaszczuk Government has increased the dividend take at these businesses to 100 per cent, leaving them cash deprived. “Queensland also has the most concentrated electricity generation market in Australia, but Labor is refusing to introduce competition as a way of driving down costs because they’re addicted to the dividends from these businesses. “You can’t tax your way to growth. Sadly Labor continues to use electricity as a secret tax, on top of all the other massive tax hikes they’ve either announced or refused to rule out.”

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Circumnavigating Australia in a Motorhome – One (Senior) Woman and Her Dog Dreaming about driving off into the sunset and doing the ‘big lap’ of Australia? Gold Coast resident Kari Rawlings, did just that; at the age of 69 she jumped in her white Fiat Ducato motorhome, nicknamed ‘Snowfall’, and set off with her dog Bella on their big adventure. Doing the ‘big lap’ is something that most Australians put on their list of things to do in their retirement — usually with their life partner; cruising slowly and hitting the caravan parks along the way. In recent times, the increase of solo Aussie women travellers are smashing this

JAIPUR – it conjures up a romantic notion in the name alone. Known as the ‘Pink City’ it is the Holy Grail of Indian Tourism. The Palace of the Winds, Hawa Mahal and the City Palace will


city where forts, tombs and magnificent ruins share the skyline with high-rise buildings. I know for many they have a preconceived idea of Delhi as being big smoggy and containing all too many people. While some of this is true there is another side to this metropolitan city that is incredibly exotic. For centuries it has attracted rulers, invaders poets, painters from around the world and to this day is a business hub that sees many empires rise and fall. It was at the famous Red Fort that the Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru unfurled the flag that signified the end of British rule in 1947. Today some of the most exquisite luxury hotels can be found here. The Red Fort is one of the most visited places in Delhi along with the Qutab Minar tower of victory built in 1193. There are five distinct stories – the first three are made of red sandstone – the fourth and fifth of marble and sandstone. The first mosque built in India lies at the base. Many with relatives who fought in India visit the INDIA GATE, built to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers killed during World War I. It is not unlike the Arc De Triomphe in

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Ajmer-Pushkar Sarovar Paris. The Akshardham in New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture. It is one of the most breathtaking structures which showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture. AGRA- the ancient city came to light during the Mughal (Mongal) reign. Made famous by the iconic TAJ MAHAL one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is situated approximately 200 kilometres from Delhi. One of the most exquisite marble tombs Itmad-Ud-Daulah was built from 1622 to 1628 by Queen Nurjahan in memory of her father and is entirely made of white marble then

inlaid with semi-precious stones. There is a strong Persian influence in the design. Agra Fort built by the Emperor Akbah precedes the Taj Mahal by nearly a century. It is a magnificent structure in its own right with fascinating outer buildings such as the Jahangir Mahal – built for women and the Moti Masijid Mosque. A wonderful time to be in Agra is during a festival and one such – the Taj Mahotsav is held in February for 10 days. This is where you will see classical dance, an incredibly colourful display of arts and crafts and the most sumptuous Indian cuisine.

all keep you busy marvelling at the artistic pallet that creates Jaipurs age old charm. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is comparatively young, less than 3 centuries old. At 260 kilometres from Delhi, Jaipur completes the Golden Triangle. The stunning backdrop of Amber Fort built in 1592 is a reminder of the lingering romance and chivalry that made the city what it is today. The inner paradise is a fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles. Hawa Mahal – also known as the Palace of the Winds – is a five story – 593 latticed stone windowed pink sandstone landmark. Built in 1799 featuring 953 niches and windows, it was a royal grandstand for the palace women. Enticing India is an arm of Enticing Bhutan. I have a 15 day Heritage India tour on my website www.enticingbhutan. com.au which will not only take you to the Golden Triangle but show you the most Incredible India in the north. Happy travelling Deanne

stereotype and hitting the road alone — and changing the scope of motorhome life on the move.

Kari says she has almost always felt safe and welcomed even in the most isolated of places.

Kari, who turns 70 this year, thrives on the empowerment and freedom that roadtripping alone gives you. Kari bought her Fiat Ducato ‘Melaleuca’ motorhome from Horizon Motorhomes in 2012 and has lived her life on the road with her beloved 9-year old dog Bella ever since. They’ve been on so many enviable and solo adventures around the country, though it is her latest trip circumnavigating around Australia and completing the ‘big lap’ that is the most remarkable — she has ticked off a huge ‘bucket list’ item.

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“I have to pinch myself that I actually just did that…but I did! Every single day was a highlight… Australia is just a wonderful country.” When the big day came it began like any

From crossing Queensland and the Nullabor, through Western Australia, Outback Victoria and New South Wales, there are few places in Australia that Kari hasn’t seen or experienced yet. But, for this adventurous woman and many others alike, the journey will go on. Kari Rawlings on her travels other — popping in for lunch at the local RSL with her family and friends. After preparing and packing, she and Bella headed south towards the Burringbar Range. On her journey, she marvelled at endless scenery of sparkling waterways, enchanting beaches, charming country towns, striking desert landscapes and friendly people almost everywhere she went, including many other solo women on the road. “I was surprised at just how many independent women there are on the road. So many women are there to support you if you need it and I’ve made lots of new friendships.” Kari spent most of her journey free camping and only stayed at a caravan park if it was necessary and pet friendly (of course).

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“Because I have solar power and good-sized water tanks in my Horizon motorhome, I am able to be independent for a fortnight at a time if need be. I love the freedom and it’s the best option when you travel with a dog. They can run around and get the exercise they need after being on the road for quite a while.”

Kari’s first solo trip was through the high country of Victoria, where she stopped at the Dinner Plain and it was snowing. She used the traction control to drive in the snow and her diesel heater, fitted as an extra, was worth every cent. It was this experience that earned her Horizon motorhome the nickname ‘Snowfall’. Kari recommends planning where you’re travelling to and making sure you’re fully equipped – well as much as possible because “stuff happens and that is all a part of the adventure,” Kari says. As a dog lover, Kari advises a bit of research. “If you’re travelling with a pet you need to prepare and pack for them and make sure you know of pet friendly places to stop at along the way, as most National Parks don’t allow animals.” “But, most of all, don’t settle for a life you’re not thrilled about – hit the open road. Prepare as much as you can but most of all ask questions to fellow travellers. Most ‘solos’ are friendly and outgoing and most travellers will respond in the same way. The last few years have been life-changing, I wouldn’t change anything.” Facebook @HorizonMH and Instagram @horizonmotorhomes.


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International Women’s Day Breakfast hosted by Simone Wilson (Member for Pumicestone)

There were many ladies from local businesses, our very own ladies from Bribie Island Dragons Abreast group, Marjorie Voss who is a member for the National Council of Women of Queensland and many women empowered local women. Ms Wilson Said “it was so lovely to see a great turn out of professional women for such an important week for all ladies, celebrating the changes throughout the years, our country has evolved to recognise equality in women and men in professional lives. I would like to see more women in Parliament though.”

International Womens day at Pumicestone Park hosted by Simone Wilson

Sonia Colvin the founder of Hairdressers with Hearts and Bribie’s Got your back for elder abuse and domestic violence was the guest speaker, it was amazing listening to her and just how many people she has helped in just 18 months on Bribie Island. Our community has some incredible women who achieve so much in both professional and family life and it was a great week to celebrate them all. The Vietnam Veteran association Bribie Island Branch did a fantastic job on cooking the breakfast for everyone.

The cake and raffle prize

Simone Wilson MP with Dragons Abreast Ladies


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ISLAND and surrounds

Where to Eat Sylvan Beach Seafood Cafe

The Surf Club Bribie Island

First Avenue, Woorim, Bribie Island Bistro | Bar | Gaming Open for Lunch & Dinner 7 Days a Week Phone (07) 3408 2141

Advertise here Call Belinda on 0447 007 966

11 Marine Parade, Bellara Licensed Venue Waterfront Dining Open 7 Days a week. Phone (07) 3408 8155

Kai Cafe & Restaurant

The Coffee Club

155 Welsby Parade, Bongaree www.kaikatering.com.au Email: kai.katering@bigpond.com Phone: 3410 0509


Trading hours Monday - Sunday 7am to 5pm Shop1/235 Goodwin Drive Bongaree 4507 This is a licensed venue. Ph: 3410 0611

JJ’s Cafe & Take Away

Sunset Pier Cafe

Big bro burger

Big bro burger Combo

3/2 Jacana Ave, Woorim Ph 3088 8205 Open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 9am till 2pm Open Saturday & Sunday from 7am till 2pm Closed Monday and Tuesday

Shop 5 11-13 Marine Pde Bellara 4507 QLD Tuesday Sunday 7am - 5 pm

Jeans bene

Try our Natural Green Coffee Beans & Fresh cooked Menu by our special chefs.

3/2 Jacana Ave, Woorim Ph 3088 8205

Open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 9am till 2pm

Support your Local Open Saturday & Sunday from Businesses 7am till 2pm

The Barnyard Market and Cafe

Closed Monday and Tuesday



Market & Cafe Fonts: Cabin Sketch & Over the rainbow

Address; Bribie Harbour Shopping Village, Shop 7-10/25 Sunderland Dr, Banksia Beach Ph: 0499 935 632

Open 7 Days ~ 6am-3pm 3 Toorbul Street, Bongaree Ph: 3408 1109



“Sit down, relax and take in the spectacular view of the beautiful Pumicestone Passage whilst enjoying a delectable meal and a cold drink.”

Wednesday night’s we open from 4pm-9pm S ESY BU COURT ABLE! IL A V A

10% Off Lunch

Use this Voucher to get 10% off a lunch from Wed to Sat (12 to 2pm). Bookings essential

New Wednesday Night Members Draw between 6 and 7pm – must be here to win

Barefoot Bowls

Jam Session 1st Saturday y of every y month from 2pm – 5pm All welcome

OFFER ENDS 10th April 2018

Hours: Breakfast Sat - 8.00 – 10.30am Breakfast Sun – 8.00 – 11.30pm Lunch Wed to Sat – 12 to 2pm Dinner: Wed to Sat– 5.30 - 8.00pm

Cafe and Restaura Restaurant

Bookings essential

Phone 3410 0509 or message us on Facebook email address iinfo@cwhospitality.com.au f

155 Welsby Parade Bongaree

Now on 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month. $10 per head. Start time 4.15pm


Phone 5496 2090

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Community Initiative the country areas and swim along our marine areas. We hope this initial guide makes it a little clearer as to where we are heading in the future and makes meandering easier and more interesting.



We look forward to seeing you Meandering in the Bribie Island and Surrounds.

By Roger Small (founder)


To Join the Association:

Together we are one! The Bribie Island and Surrounds Meander guide is progressing each month. We encourage everyone to join us on our quest to build tourism and business within in our area of influence. We are hoping through our initiative that we will drive tourism and day visitiors from the highway (Caboolture) right through the Pumicestone Electorate Region all the way to Bribie Island, Beachmere, Donnybrook, Toorbul and everywhere in between. We hope you will begin meandering in the beautiful Bribie Island and Surrounds discovering our hidden treasures. This unique area is a truly diverse ecological paradise and you cannot visit without really feeling immersed in the beauty of our countryside, beaches and the glory of nature. We want our Bribie Island and surrounds Meander members and others in the area strive to influence and shape the Pumicestone region for the generations to come. Living close to nature you begin to appreciate the impact it has on your lifestyle and health. Soon local farmers will be opening their farms to guests who can observe farming


ways while enjoying their good old fashioned hospitality. Hopefully we will also help small struggling businesses to pull through. Opportunities are now open for all in the region to benefit from. People who live in the Bribie Island and Surrounds are very aware of the importance of maintaining the balance between nature and development and we will continue to respect this as we progress. The Meander needs to be grown through your own Initiative, by local Artists and Crafters, Hospitality, Businesses and whoever else sees an opportinity. We expect to see businesses opening on our routes over the next few years as a result of our initiative. This is for us all to buy into and take a piece of the pie. We believe community values are also what will ensure our unique country and marine area remains a tourism treasure for generations to come. we truelly have the best of both worlds here and I encourage everyone to work together to make this amazing for us all! Some will will notice that we have introduced a Pelican to our logo. This just helps us to build our identity down the track and they are sybolic of our area as we watch them soar overhead us in

e mail: belinda@islandandandsurrounds. com.au or design1@islandandsurrounds. com.au


How to use this Guide

The Bribie island and Surrounds Meander is divided into five routes, which have a different colour-code in this Guide. Member numbers show their places on the routes; e.g. 201 is on Route 2 and 301 is on Route 3. To find out more about Advertising and getting your entity on the map call:-

ROUTE 5 401 For example the blue denotes that this is a food business and its on route 4 as its number starts with 4

103 For example the green denotes that this is a selective shopping arae or business and its on route 1 as its numberr starts with 1

Belinda 0447 007 966

SEE PAGE 24 for more

25 Sunderland Drive, Banksia Beach

Bribie Harbour Shopping Village TENNANT LIST

Barn Yard Market ph 0428 383 025 Bribie Island Bake House ph 3408 9811 Sue’s Café and Takeaway ph 3408 8448 BWS (logo Attached) ph 3408 7384 Discount Chemist ph 3408 6444 National Hearing Care ph 3408 7384 Banksia Beach News ph 3408 7713 Woolworths ph 3410 5003 Banksia Beach Medical ph 3408 6822 Cuts Colour & Curls ph 3408 9211 For Lease Enquiries please contact John Brass on 0412 649 873



John first opened his salon Cuts, Colours and Curls on Bribie Is in January 1985 in Bongaree but after a little while he saw a need and an opportunity in Banksia Beach and decided to move his salon there in January 1988 more than 30 years ago. Together with his wife Pompea they built a successful business proudly serving the people of Bribie Is while along the way raising a family and employing many local people, teaching them the trade of both Hairdressing and traditional Barbering. Together with a young but well-trained staff the combination of youthful enthusiasm and a wealth of experience makes sure you’re in good hands when you visit Cuts, Colours and Curls.

25 Sunderland Drive, Banksia Beach Market & Cafe © PUMICESTONE CREATIVE


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Natural Areas


Protected areas Open daily to the public



Protected areas not open to the public but may have accomodation or other activities



Other natural areas either privately owned and open to the public


Elimbah Creek

















Caboolture River


























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Mermaid Lagoon


























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Woorim Beach Boutique

Gorgeous simple fashion to suit everyone. Remember the Good Old Days? Where we had great customer service, good prices? You get that and more at Woorim Beach Boutique, it’s only the fashion that is on trend and up to date. Senior cards are welcome!


Open Open 77 Days Days || Mon Mon to to Fri Fri 9am 9am to to 4pm 4pm Sat | Sat & Sun & Sun 9am 9am to to 3pm 3pm

Shop 1, 6-8 North Street, Woorim, Bribie Island Phone 0498 840 761

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Advert Reference Key

To find out more about Advertising and getting your entity on the map call:-


Belinda 0447 007 966




New Member Pelican Artist or Crafter Child friendly














Pet friendly



Wheelchair friendly with toilet Wheelchair friendly


Access for busses/coaches




Free Wi-Fi Birding Site Credit Cards Accepted


Bike race friendly




Should certain areas need more detail we will adjust accordingly.





This page is an indication of how each area will be covered in the future.



Map Grid Reference





Historical Building T4



Below are our first paying clients that have joined the Meander. These information adsverts will give daily visitors an idea of what they can expect to find and do at each venue.

Please contact us to add an area for you on the Meander as our routes at this point are flexible and developing. Contact us if you would like to join our team and enjoy special benefits.

Route 4


Bribie Island , Sandstone Point


Woorim Beach For aBoutique 5% discount mention this advertJJ’s Cafe and Take Away 85 years -1932 to 2017


On Bribie Island since 1983 Bribie residents 49 years

Bribie Island Community Arts

405 Centre


Bribie Harbour Shopping Village

Keep it truly local BRIBIE ISLANDS PREMIER PRINTERS For a Personal Consultation call Mark Or Aaron 3408 2334 or e mail info@victorypress.com.au

We print anything from Business cards, Brochures, Leaflets to Posters and more! Visit us on the corner of Mc Mahon and Armitage Streets, Bribie Island for a personal consultation with Mark or Aaron.


Open 5 Days | Mon to Fri 8am to 5pm

Ph 3408 2334 or e mail info@victorypress.com.au

One of Australia’s largest and busiest arts centres, with space for display, retail, workshops and studios, and catering for more than twenty kinds of arts and crafts. The precinct is also home to the Bribie Island Woodcrafters and the Bribie Island Gem and Fossicking Club. Numerous other groups.

TIAS Design1

Dine in or take away, we claim the best burgers on Bribie. come in and try THE BEAST or just enjoy a coffee.


Open Wed - Friday Closed Mon9am - 2pm CLOSED Tue Sat Sun -7am -2pm

3/2 Jacana Ave, Woorim Ph 3088 8205


Open 7 Days | Mon to Fri 9am to 4pm | Sat & Sun 9am to 3pm

191 Sunderland Drive Banksia Beach Tel: 07 3408 9288

Barn Yard Market ph 0428 383 025 Bribie Island Bake House ph 3408 9811 Sue’s Café and Takeaway ph 3408 8448 BWS (logo Attached) ph 3408 7384 Discount Chemist ph 3408 6444 National Hearing Care ph 3408 7384 Banksia Beach News ph 3408 7713 Woolworths ph 3410 5003


Call for indibvidual shop times

25 Sunderland Drive, Banksia Beach 0412 649 873

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Bribie Island Gem and Fossicking Club is Turning 20 this year.

The upcoming exhibitions in the Matthew Flinders Gallery at Bribie Community Arts Centre 2018: The Working Together Groups Showcase is on, featuring work from more than 12 different art and craft groups learning and sharing at the Arts Centre each week.

Barry Anderson with only one arm did not stop him from learning to Cabochon (shape and polish a gemstone) and Faceting (cutting a gemstone) There is excitement in the air at the Bribie Island Gem and Fossicking Club, said President, Greg Hemphill. The club will be holding its Gem Festival on the weekend of September 8th and 9th at the Club, situated at the Bribie Island Community Art Centre, Sunderland Dive Banksia Beach.

March 5 - 18

Features beautiful coloured pencil drawing works by Leonie Meyer (who is manager at Seaside Museum, Bribie) and her students. Leonie’s lovely work of her niece sitting on a mangrove branch was People’s Choice winner in the 2017 Matthew Flinders Art Prize. (see attached). Leonie says those who think coloured pencil work is child’s play should think again. It calls for exacting, patience to bring the multiple pencil strokes to life.

March 19 - April 8

Girt by Sea: prints by artist and tutor Cheryl Mortimer and her U3A students.

April 9 - 29

Shifting Tides by Bronwyn Doherty.

April 30 - May 13

Scratch the Surface by Cheryl Mortimer

May 14 - 27

ITA (Inspiration Through Art) group exhibition with art leader and tutor Helen McDonald and her colleagues.

May 28 - June 9

Mini Masterpieces. Fund raiser for the Gallery comprising 6-inch square canvas works entered by artists at $5 per work. All work auctioned at the Gallery on June 9 and proceeds go to Gallery improvements, eg new walls, painting, fittings, lights etc.

June 11 - 24

Eclectica 2018; Exhibition by BICAS Contemporary Art Practices group.

June 25 - July 8

Connections with Glenda Charles

July 9 - 20

Little Bits with Stephanie White (small art works)

July 21 - August 18

Matthew Flinders Art Prize. Signature event for the Arts Centre

Vickie Partridge with Barry Anderson who has one arm from an accident years ago. gems, before returning to the Club to facet (gems) or Cabochon (shaping rocks) followed by the fun of setting these “gems” either by themselves or by a fellow members. Everyone works together. If digging for your gem is not your thing, there are gems and rocks for sale at the Club Not only do Members get great personal satisfaction from creating beautiful items, their friends and loved ones receive beautiful hand-crafted gifts and members can sell their crafted items through the Club display shop. The Club is active with social events, fossicking day trips and attending other Club’s Gem Festival events. Smoko at 10am is enjoyed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday (Club opening hours 0800 - 1300 hrs) The Bribie Island Gem & Fossicking Club takes part in the Art Centre’s last Sunday

August 19 - September 9 Next Generation Art Prize. Youth art competition for artists aged 8 – 18. September 10 - 23

Life’s a Beach with Stephanie White Seaside landscapes.

September 24 - October 10 Bribie Island printmakers.

Catherine Bilson with Petro Grobbelaar discussing the polishing In November the Club shall be celebrating their 20th Birthday since inauguration. It was founded in 1998 and has now grown into one of the best equipped Gem & Fossicking Clubs in Australia offering members excellent learning facilities in cabochon, faceting, enameling, casting and silversmithing. The Club takes great pride in ensuring new members are taken through each craft and taught with volunteer tutors from within the Club. It is a great opportunity to learn and gain new skills. Once they have done their basic training, there are co-ordinators in each of the sheds ready to assist and guide people as they create their own work. The craft-oriented Club, conducts ongoing training ensuring everyone has the opportunity to improve their skills. There are members who enjoy holidays to the Gem Fields of Sapphire, Rubyvale and the likes. They take their caravan there, where time is spent digging for

October 15 - 28

Bribie Woodcrafters Competition exhibition

October 29 - November 8 Thursday Painters and Watercolours Group November 9 - 11

Bribie Island State High School Art Show

November 12 - 25

Art Tarts a collection of 14 female artists of various mediums. November 26 - December 9 Clay Creations: Pottery exhibition

Irene Peebles creating a silver chain from link of the month market, with our sheds open. Gem fossicking is set up for children. Our gift shop is also open which has beautifully hand-crafted jewelry on display, a perfect place to buy a lovely gift for someone special. Some of our more experienced members also run stalls at the market showcasing their skills, and there is always a monthly raffle with the opportunity to win a wonderful handmade piece. We look forward to welcoming you to the Club, come in and check out everything the Club has to offer.

December 10 - 16

BICAC 30th birthday memorabilia and BICAS founder Margaret Guthrie dedication exhibition

December 17 - January 8

Tropical: Summer works exhibition.

Bribie Island Community Arts Centre 191 Sunderland Drive Banksia Beach, Bribie Island QLD 4507

Tel: 07 3408 9288

Email: info@bribieartscentre.com.au Sponsored by





History Snippets By Warwick Outram

BRIBIE’S DUAL CENTENARY 1912 - 2012 Centenary of Bongaree town and Bongaree Jetty at Bribie Island the Cradle Site of Queensland BONGAREE 1912

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World Day of Prayer

Last week a most enjoyable Service was held at the Transformation Centre Church for the World Day of Prayer 2018 .Representatives from no less than nine different congregations enjoyed contributing to or attending the Program .Eight being from Bribie itself .

Church) led the singing of the Lord’s Prayer (unaccompanied) .We then enjoyed a mime presentation by the Uniting Church . Neena Thompson (Uniting Church) narrated the Bible Story of Creation based on Genesis 1:1-31.Our speaker Margaret Saunders ( Transformation Church) expressed the need to protect and preserve the Environment ,particularly turtles and fish species since they were being depleted by the effects of mercury from the gold mining industry .Since Bribie understands the urgent need to save turtles’ habitat , green turtle shaped cards were issued to everybody where they could write how each felt the environment could best be preserved e.g. recycling ,careful disposal of waste ,together with their personal commitment which was then collected to be sent on to Suriname . In a very informative wide ranging program the issue of family violence was expressed along with the urgent need for quality education .

Mary Walker, Cr Brooke Savige and Father George from St. Michael’s Abbey Church

Bribie Jetty

Fixing the site of Bribie Island jetty 1912 Thomas Welsby with Directors of the Brisbane Tug and Steamship Co. Ltd. Photo courtesy Caboolture Shire Council

We had to consider :- Does one even know where the country of SURINAME is ? Is one aware of the social and economic conditions there ? These questions were answered in part during the Program which also had 30 readers from the many churches represented who explained SURINAME’S multicultural lifestyle or shared prayers to cover their needs .All this was held in a beautifully decorated Church adorned with real sugar cane stalks , rain forest plants ,models of turtles and fish ,real sea shells ,gold bars etc.. Some well known hymns were sung , ably led by Josette (Transformation Centre) on guitar, while Father George (St. Michael’s Abbey Church) and June Daniels (Uniting


Leader and Area Coordinator , Mary Walker warmly thanked her guests , readers and volunteers from many churches in the area for their help and contributions by sharing morning tea in the sea-side themed function room.

Sue Bellette (Seventh Day Adventist Church who made the flag of Suriname) and Mary Walker

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USC caboolture students start the year under a cloud of turnbull government cuts Yesterday, the Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities, Terri Butler MP and Federal Member for Longman, Susan Lamb MP, visited the University of the Sunshine Coast’s (USC) Caboolture campus for o-week. During this visit, Terri and Susan spoke to USC students about the pressures they face trying to keep up with the costs associated with obtaining a degree, and the challenges ahead of them in light of the Government’s proposed $34 million cut to USC funding. Ms Butler said places like USC Caboolture will be hit hardest by the Turnbull Government’s $2.2 billion of cuts to Australian universities. “Susan and I are very concerned about the impact of these cuts on students across Australia, including those at USC Caboolture,” Ms Butler said. “Data released by Universities Australia indicated that 10,000 people could miss out on a place at university due to these harsh cuts,” “We’ve also seen analysis that revealed low and middle income areas will be hurt most by the $2.2 billion of university cuts,” “Students at USC Caboolture are understandably concerned about what the future of their studies will look like with these cuts on the horizon.” Ms Butler said. Ms Lamb said “When Terri and I asked the students what they thought about the Government’s proposed cut to their university’s funding, they were very concerned. “The students were eager to sign our

USC Student Representatives were keen to speak with their local MP about their roles at USC petition and get involved to send a message to Mr Turnbull,” “Last year, Labor worked with student groups across the country to fend off the Turnbull Government’s attempts to increase course fees. The Government didn’t succeed, so now they’re coming through the back door, trying to cut university funding. It’s another fight that we’re prepared to take up with the Government this year.” Apart from speaking with local students about the cuts to higher education, Ms Butler and Ms Lamb met with staff and Student Representatives to discuss the campus’ culture and how USC is settling in to the Longman community. Ms Lamb said “After 16 years of Caboolture’s QUT campus, we have a new neighbour in town – the University of the Sunshine Coast. “It was a really valuable exercise, meeting the students and experiencing the campus’ fantastic community culture.” Terri, Susan and Federal Labor will continue to work with student groups in Longman to oppose the Turnbull Government’s cuts to higher education, including USC. Members of the community are encouraged to add their voice to Labor’s petition, calling on the Government to drop their cuts.

INTRODUCING THE NEW Sandstone lakes plaza is located in a master planned community just a stones throw from Bribie Island and 20 mins from Calboolture and 45 mins from Brisbane CBD

• Located just minutes to Bribie Island Road,

Sandstone Lakes Plaza has been purchased by motivated owners who have begun a beautiful revamp of the centre, making it ready for new tenants to join Sandstone Lakes Early Learning Centre, QM Properties and Miss Monroe Hair & Beauty.



oing fa g t f e l s y 5 shop ALREADY l n o w o N SED 50% LEA

Sizes vary from 70m2 to 140m2 with the possibility to combine more tenancies up to 530m2. Features throughout the centre include: - Male/female toilet facilities - Alfresco dining - Arcade style dining - Ample onsite parking – over 100 car spaces plus dual street access and truck loading bay - Great signage opportunities - brand new pylon signage board

• We believe that we are currently offering the most competitive rents in the local area.

• The owners

have started an online marketing campaign that is ongoing and will promote the individual tenants and the centre.

We are looking for a variety of tenancies including a Convenience Store, Cafe, small to large take-away food/Restaurants, Bottle Shop, Medical/health and Offices to complete the Centre and would love to hear from businesses of any kind! The motivated Landlords are offering excellent incentives to the right tenants so don't hesitate to enquire. © PUMICESTONE CREATIVE

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For further information please contact Exclusive Agents Darren McArthur or Michaela Webb.

Call 0434 585 008


Real Estate

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Real Estate

Agents, To have your property featured FREE call us now 0447 007 966* *Conditions Apply



Immaculately presented 8 Golf Drive is uncompromising in style, yet harmoniously strengthens the unique spatial experience. Explore this timeless address offering the combination of both the beach and golf precincts. Only a moment’s walk to the nearby popular ocean front, or the alternative choice of the preferred Bribie Island Golf Club for a quality outing. Expansive 5 bedrooms are accompanied by a functional office, with the bonus of the well positioned ground floor guest room and secondary ensuite. Furthermore downstairs the tiled

Sheri Binzer sheri@bribieislandre.com.au 0412 666 779 www.bribieislandre.com.au

through open plan layout features the beneficially extra-large kitchen, ideal for the additional chef in the family. Having a choice of either formal or casual dining is also incorporated with having 2 individual lounge rooms – this property has exceptional space! Upstairs the quality continues to the quietly set bedrooms, main bathroom, as well as the master with a resortstyle ensuite. There is copious storage throughout each of the dual broad levels. Inclusive within the privately fenced low maintenance landscaping is the sizeable salt water pool. The rear entertainment arena accommodates the secluded outdoor spa. Valuable attributes also comprise of the effective solar panel system, spear pump, and 4000 litre water tank. The substantial triple garage permits for perfect parking, together with the free standing workshop. Opportunistic potential for this majestic tucked away serenity is endless; inspect your new sanctuary to savour all of this rewarding lifestyle.

8 Golf Drive Offers over $695 000

Awnings ~ Blinds ~ Shutters Security Screens ~ Louvres

Shop 2/19 Benabrow Ave, Bellara Phone: (07) 3408 9299 Mon to Thurs - 9am to 5pm Fri - 9am to 3pm Saturday - by appointment only, Saturday, Sunday & public holidays - Closed


For Sales, Holiday and Permanent Rentals contact our Friendly Staff! 71 Welsby Parade, Bongaree Q 4507 Email: rentals@bribieislandrealestate. com.au sales@bribieislandrealestate.com.au

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2 Jacana Avenue, Woorim, 4507 PO Box 2102, Woorim, 4507

(07) 3408 2700




* Sizeable tidy residence having the extra living arena * Choice of 2 balconies creates the ideal entertainer * Sizeable downstairs rumpus, handy 2nd bathroom * Bonus side access & rear capacity for pool + shed * Peaceful location - surrounded by quality homes Web id – 956331 Price: $495 000

* Amazing offering of prime pure space indulgence * Modern residence, bore, solar, abundance of light * Huge shed, gated side access & room for boat/van * Downstairs kitchenette - a perfect teenage retreat * A choice location being so close close to the beach front! Web id – 967947 Price: $550 000+

37 Brookes Crescent

3/6 Ottiwell Stree



Agent: Paul Howard – 0408 068 770

* Low set brick address within a very peaceful location * Completely renovated with new bathroom & kitchen * Private rear enclosed patio, ideal summer entertaining * Convenient dual access for the additional boat + van * Fenced grounds with spear pump + large 2 bay garage Web id – 943317 Price: $435 000

Agent: Paul Howard – 0408 068 770

Agent: Sheri Binzer – 0412 666 779

* Amazing tree-lined and water views with the breezes * Move into your expansive light filled destination now * Huge lounge, separate dining & a house-sized kitchen * Enormous front wrap around balcony + 2nd balcony * Savour this prime location - steps to the beach front! Web id – 981547 Price: $ 379 000

Agent: Sheri Binzer – 0412 666 779

22/2 Boyd Street

68 - 74 Rickman Parade



Agent: Sheri Binzer – 0412 666 7790

Agent: Sheri Binzer – 0412 666 7790

* Massive top floor air conditioned 2 bedroom apartment * Huge balcony to really appreciate all those sea breezes * 2 convenient lifts service this well-positioned complex * Secure car garage & the extra personal self-storage unit * Inground swimming pool + an entertainment bbq area Web id – 983750 Price: O/A $449 000

65 Arcadia Avenue

* Rare opportunity arises - choose your location now * Each prime vacant block is large rectangular 647 m2 * The wide 16 m frontage is ready for infinite designs * Build a holiday home or architectural masterpiece * Directly across from the surf beach with silica sand Web id – 967947 Price: $750 000

108 Boyd Street



Agent: Paul Howard – 0408 068 770

Agent: Paul Howard – 0408 068 770

* Time’s arrived offering you a cherished family home * Search no more for a well-presented brick address * Potential dual living downstairs with plentiful space * Beneficial existing chair lift has been already installed * Drive though garage to low maintenance rear grounds Web id – 985112 Price: $ 625 000

* Choice of moving in, investment or develop res B * Furnished & near to a popular dog friendly beach * Side access to the decent sized rear double garage * Generous covered outdoor entertainment arena * Plenty of room for a caravan + boat + everything! Web id – 983768 Price: O/A $ 585 000



Permanent Rentals

We have quality tenants waiting for your Investment homes to rent, we have one of the lowest vacancy rates on the Island. To arrange an appraisal, contact

3408 2700

BEACH FRONT LIVING! Positioned on the best ocean front road of Bribie Island; only a stroll across to the sand dunes or nearby shopping facilities. This spacious air conditioned apartment is tiled throughout. Massive modern kitchen, 2 large bedrooms with built ins. Complete with a sunny side private courtyard to savour fresh sea breezes. Open plan with ceiling fans plus secure lock up car garage. An in ground pool is integrated within the brick complex. Inspect your new beachside residence and enjoy the waves! Available now! $305 pw. MILLION $ OCEAN + MORETON ISLAND VIEWS

Holiday Accommodation We offer holiday accommodation for the perfect holiday, call us to arrange a holiday you will not forget.

www.bribieislandholidays.com.au 2 Jacana Ave Woorim QLD 4507

Move straight into your recently renovated beachside destination! Having amazing ocean views and breezes throughout this residence, featuring a massive lounge and includes 2 sizeable balconies. The separate dining room adjoins the large house-sized kitchen with air con, ceiling fans and newly installed appliances. Extra wide remote control car garage + 2 covered visitor parking. Bonus inclusion of your own powered workshop at the rear of garage. Also, secure entry to the complex foyer, having only 4 apartments. Savour this prime

location - only steps to the fabulous beachfront! Available now! $335 pw



Introducing an air conditioned residence that has been designed to capture the majestic water views. Enjoy the scenery from every bedroom and all living spaces, what could be more relaxing? Ground level offers a completely renovated open plan kitchen, living and dining room. The kitchen is fully equipped, the sofas are super comfortable and the home is ready for you to enjoy! Via the lounge room is the large covered outdoor entertaining area, perfect to savour the ocean breezes and watch the boats go by. The privately fenced low maintenance grounds are perfect for the kids to play in. Bonus pontoon is available, whether you have a boat or kayak or just want to use it to fish from. Upstairs includes three spacious bedrooms leading out to the sizeable balcony overlooking the canal. The master bedroom incorporates a massive ensuite, whilst the main bathroom has both a separate shower and bath. Available now! $510 pw

A private 3 bedroom downstairs residence - offering 3 bedrooms, is tiled throughout along with a large separate kitchen and a dishwasher. Residence is conveniently located close to the Woorim surf beach and shops. Sorry no pets. Available Now! $350 pw. PRIME POSITION + NEAR TO WATERFRONT Step inside this residence and feel instantly at home. Being beautifully renovated, as well as having gorgeous timber flooring throughout, this address is a pleasure to see! Large modern open plan kitchen includes a dishwasher with plenty of space and storage galore. A secondary tiled lounge leads to the enormous outdoor entertainment area. 2 good sized, fully screened bedrooms are completed by built in robes and ceiling fans. Conveniently positioned near Banksia Beach School, shopping centre and the popular Solander Beach parklands. Available Now! $360 pw

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Tucked away on a quiet Avenue in Toorbul this cottage has so much to offer sitting on a 809 m2 block, the potential is only limited by your imagination.The cottage has 2 large bedrooms, dining/ lounge combo which then opens up to a sun-room. Reverse cycled air conditioning to the lounge room and the bedroom. 2 car remote garage another garage/shed. car-port, water tanks, fully fenced, this property has been very well maintained. Image this being an ideal family holiday retreat, suit a first home buyer or the savvy investor.You can walk down the street to Elimbah Creek put in your kayak or throw in a fishing line.

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This 100 year old Queenslander on Elimbah Creek is nestled among the fruit trees. This charming home welcomes you with a water feature and up the wide stairs to the veranda you will find 3 bedrooms, a beautiful traditional lounge room, spacious dining room sun room and renovated traditional kitchen. The deck over looks the creek and manicured gardens and the jetty, where you can pop in a crab pot, or throw a line in, glass of wine in hand. There is a large boat/work shed with a boat ramp that goes down to the deep water frontage.

Do you enjoy peaceful sunsets by the water, walking out your back door to drop in a line, or just having a wonderful swim when it’s hot out? Then this property is for you. This property has been recently renovated with new kitchen benches, light fixtures, painting both outside and in, new bathroom, polished floors, pontoon and full fencing. All you need to do is move in and enjoy the water and serenity. There is a potential art studio, music room or teenagers retreat that is freestanding to the rear of the property. It has water tapped to the building, polished floors and is ready to make it your own.

Meldale is situated between Toorbul and Donnybrook , a typical fisherman’s retreat, surrounded by the Elimbah and Bullock Creeks with a good boat ramp – Very quiet and secluded area - 3.58 ha rural property with a 2 bay shed and power - electively cleared land backing onto the Elimbah Creek – Town water - Perfect escape

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Community is everything in this area feel at home straight away. 3 bedrooms with built in robes Hand-crafted timber kitchen with water views Good sized lounge room Hand-crafted timber vanity Outdoor area the length of the home 2 car garage and workshop area, and room for the tinny Fully fenced Concrete slab with steel frame and plasterboard = low maintenance. Rebuild the the old jetty and enjoy the lifestyle Outdoor Entertaining Area Split-system Air Conditioning Water Tank Greywater System


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Youth Voice

Domenic Barrett Year 8 Bribie Island State High School

Our youth can make the world a better place... ...however more young people need to get involved and find a political voice. It is 2038 and the World Youth Political Forum has just completed its work. It has compiled a list of recommendations for new legislation: strong new legislation outlawing racism and bigotry; new directives strengthening fair rights for the working class and new laws to raise the minimum wage globally. Over the last twenty years, greater youth involvement in politics has cast aside populist leaders at the ballot box and led to political reform. With the involvement of youth in politics, progress like this does not have to be a pipe dream. Politics shapes the future of younger generations through the enactment of

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Youth Interest laws that directly affect them and it is imperative that more youth get involved and play a part in shaping their own futures. Whether it is the impact on future youth if the government cuts Medicare, or whether company tax cuts will minimise young adults’ chances of getting a well-paid job, politics is relevant to every young person. From recent events in politics, it is clear that young people do want to have their say. The Australian Marriage Postal Survey, statistics showed that 65,000 new young voters enrolled to vote. This shows that when the youth get the chance to have a say on important issues, they will jump at the opportunity. Young people also bring valuable skills to the table. They are generally very technologically savvy, which is an advantageous skill to have in future politics, with the world so reliant on social media for its information. The future of Australia’s youth is shaped by politics. So it is vital that youth start to make a contribution to their own future. There are a number of pathways young people could possibly take to become more politically involved. At a personal and immediate level, young people can join youth branches of political parties such as Young Labor, attending political rallies and engaging with current affairs and forming opinions on topics that are of importance to the country that they live. So young people, it is time. Get out there and shape your future; find your political voice. We can make the world’s future a bright one.

Education for the head, heart and hands. Upcoming School Tours for 2018 Saturday 3rd March 10am to Noon Thursday 22nd March 10am to 11am

Geeks & Gadgets Lucy O’Connor Year 8 Bribie Island State High School.

Autonomous Cars on The Rise

Every year 1.3 million people die in car accidents. Could the invention of autonomous cars reduce this? Autonomous, or self-driving cars are cars that use artificial intelligence to operate. They use a range of sensors, lasers, radars, cameras and GPS to take us where we need to be without any effort and boast that they safer than human driven cars.

Self-driven cars would dramatically reduce the amount of human faulted accidents on the road. Most car accidents are caused by people being distracted, frustrated or unconcentrated while on the road. These are all things only humans can be. If cars were driven by robots, there would be no human faulted accidents. It is not a matter of if, it is a question of when these cars be over taking our roads. American author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil suggests that we will be seeing these cars around in the not-too-distant future as soon as the year 2020. Kurzweil has successfully predicted technologies such as electronic watches, speech recognition and portable laptops a long time before these became a part of our everyday life. In 2014 Kurzweil predicted that in 2020 ‘Self-driving cars begin to take over the

roads, and people won’t be allowed to drive on highways.’ So far, his prediction seems to be coming true. We can evidence that Kurzweil’s bold prediction is not that far off. Many newer model cars today have robotically operated features such as parking sensors, auto pilot options and collision avoidance controls. These aren’t quite driverless cars, but if this technology keeps advancing, soon all these cars will be driverless. Already, Google and Tesla are starting to produce their own autonomous cars. While they are still in the process of being tested, they are well on the way to being on our roads. While new technology is exciting we need to consider the impacts. What if after thousands of tests, these autonomous cars are released, and something goes wrong? Viruses and malfunctions could easily infect the cars’ software and cause accidents or someone could hack in and control the car. Maybe something even worse that no one has even thought of could happen. Are these cars really worth the risk of even more fatal accidents? Or is the comfort and credible safety enough to trust these robots with our lives? While it is inevitable that automatic cars are coming, the decision is yours.

Education for the Head, Heart and Hands. Every Tuesday, 9:30-11:30am the Birali Steiner School runs a playgroup in the Beachmere Community Hall, 5 Progress Ave., Beachmere. The Hall is set up with inviting play spaces as you arrive. Fruit is then prepared and the children, together with their parents/carer, knead dough and bake bread. Songs and rhymes on the mat is followed by morning tea, play, story time and lastly pack up. Please contact the school for further details. $10 per visit helps cover running costs. THE FIRST PLAYGROUP SESSION IS FREE

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Marli Stanley, of Woorim, celebrated her eighth birthday by cutting her butterfly cake. Marli was waiting anxiously for her friends to arrive. The cutting of the cake was a practice one apparently, because, according to her mother, she can get rather excited and it was the best way to preserve the cake until the festivities start. Then it will be everyone for themselves. Happy birthday Marli. If you have any birthday photos send them into The Island and Surrounds and we will do our best to publish them.

Membership and terms of reference for Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Task Force A 14–member task force, bringing together young Queenslanders, parents, schools, communities and experts, will provide the Queensland Government with detailed advice and coordination on tackling cyberbullying. Premier said author and journalist Madonna King will chair the Queensland Anti-Bullying Task Force, which will make recommendations for community and government action to reduce the incidence of cyberbullying. The Task Force is due to report by 31 August 2018. “Madonna is an award-winning journalist and author. She has recently written ‘Being 14’ in which she interviewed 200 14-year-old girls across the country, talked to successful school principals, psychologists, CEOs, police, guidance and neuroscientists to reveal the social, psychological and physical challenges facing 14-year-old girls,” the Premier said. “Madonna is passionate about this issue. The Task Force members bring their own experiences and expertise to this important issue.” “I want to ensure we help Queensland kids and their parents and guardians to deal with the issues of cyberbullying, by ensuring we have the tools and strategies available to them.” The Premier said Member for Mansfield Corrine McMillan will serve on the Task Force and an Opposition Member of Parliament will also be invited to join. “We need to work together as a community to address this issue. This is impacting on too many Australians,” she said. State Cabinet was addressed by Federal eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant on the work of her office and how it will support the national effort. “The Task Force will work in parallel with the national work that the Council of Australian Governments approved in Canberra this month and the work of the Queensland Family and Children Commission.” COAG agreement First Ministers agreed that if we are to

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Epic opportunities for students Local Beachmere student Harrison Denton has made a start on his career with the help of EPIC Assist (EPIC) and their schools program. Working at The Beach Shak Café in Beachmere, Harrison has the full support of the EPIC team to learn on the job and complete his Certificate II in Hospitality. Host employers take on students through the EPIC schools program which offers students the opportunity to complete a school-based traineeship. EPIC assists with all the usual recruitment and HR tasks and supports the student to learn their job and complete their Certificate II theory and paperwork. Sharon Armstrong, EPIC Employment Consultant, and part of the schools program team, says EPIC are a not-forprofit organisation that helps people with a disability to find and maintain employment.

their job, and help them purchase any special clothes or tools they need for their job. Once they are on-the-job, we support them in the workplace and teach them to be a great employee.” “It is a great opportunity to let the student know what a job is really like before they make any decisions about potential careers, said Sharon. A number of state and independent schools, and local businesses, across the Moreton Bay region are already involved in the EPIC schools program. For more information about the EPIC schools program and how to become a host employer phone 13 EPIC (13 37 42) or email info@epicassist.org.

Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones has congratulated several of Queensland’s strongest performers at the Australian Swimming Titles on the Gold Coast this week. Ms Jones said only one day into the trials several Queenslanders had already ensured themselves a spot on the starters block at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. “We’ve already seen some amazing performances from Queensland athletes including 17-year-old Ariarne Titmus. Having recently moved to Queensland to further her swimming career, Ariarne pulled off a personal best swim in the finals of the women’s 200m freestyle to beat Olympic champion Emma McKeon,” she said.

“The schools program, at no cost to the employer, provides an opportunity for young people who may have not had success in getting a job or traineeship placement to get past the initial hurdle and get a foot in the door. EPIC pays the wages for these students until they complete their traineeships,” said Sharon.

“Gold Coast young guns Elijah Winnington and Laura Taylor were also standouts on the first day of action at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, booking themselves spots on the Australian Dolphins team to compete in the Commonwealth Games at home in April.

Connecting with EPIC while still at school means students with a disability can get a head-start in their careers. “We start talking to students towards the end of Year 10 and see what interests they have and what jobs they might like,” explains Sharon. “Once we find a suitable workplace, we support students in getting to and from

Queensland young guns dominate at Aussie swim trials

Sharon Armstrong EPIC Employment Consultant and Harrison Denton

“It’s performances like these that make swimming one of the most popular sports at the Commonwealth Games –

and another reason why swimming has already sold out for the Games one the Gold Coast.” Ms Jones said it was great to see Australia’s elite swimmers back in Queensland and competing at the newly redeveloped Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Southport. “We’ve invested $320 million in sporting infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games including a redevelopment of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre,” she said. “We know high-quality sporting events drive visitors to our great state. The 18 world-class venues we’ve built and upgraded in the lead-up to the Games will put Queensland on the map to ensure we keep attracting international sporting events. “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to building Queensland’s major events portfolio which doubled in value in our last term of government. “Our calendar of events is now worth $780 million and on top of that, Queensland will benefit from $4 billion generated by the Commonwealth Games.”


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Gardening & Lifestyle

MICK’S PATCH Sustainable Gardening Sustainable Gardening by Mick O’Brien. Dip. Hort(MAIH) RH-101

PLANT OF THE MONTH Zephyranthes Candida or

Autumn Crocus or the Rain Lilly

Welcome to our latest gardening articles written by a passionate local Horticulturist, for our equally passionate local gardening community, living on Bribie Island and Surrounds. In the last article, I touched base on the various insect pests that have been plaguing our Citrus trees and ornamental plants during these last few, hot and humid summer months. I also mentioned how the Black Sooty mould is a by-product formed from the excess excreted sugars from the sap-sucking pests feeding on the new flush of foliage, and over time, a mouldy black substance becomes noticeable. And I also mentioned how the sap sucking aphids, scale and mealybugs are protected by some industrious ants. If you look closely at the infestation you will see ants on the stems on guard. Why? Because they are farming the aphids excreted sugars and taking it back to the nest. It’s incredible to watch!

Aphid eating Lady- bird “Coelophora inaequalis”- feasting away on plump Cowpea aphids in a Mandarin tree. Now the beneficial bugs are the insects that prey on the sap sucking pests and can whittle your pest infestation down in a few weeks once the larvae numbers increase and begin hunting. Unfortunately, there is not much that predates on the leaf mining moth or larvae, although I did mention last article there are pheromone traps for leaf miner available, but there are lady birds which feed on mealy bugs. One species- “Cryptolaemus montrouzieri”, their larvae actually look much like the mealy bug to the untrained eye except they are larger in size than the mealy bugs themselves and they move much faster when they are hunting too. The adult “Cryptolaemus” lady beetle is black in colour, and like all lady birds, they often land on you when you get close to the infested tree when they are flourishing and feasting. Interestingly, Australian lady beetles and larvae were exported to the United States way back in 1880s for biological control of white cushiony scale pest infestations and subsequently helped saved the California Citrus industry from decimation. It absolutely astounds me that some 130 odd years ago they succeeded in biological farming! Now when it comes to aphids, there is also a lady bird that loves to feed on these also and the female will often lay her eggs not far from the infestation in preparation for the food source. This aphid eating lady bird named (Coelophora inaequalis) in the picture below, had just pounced on an aphid and then turned its back on the colony as it begins to eat its prey. The adults are generally red to orange with black spots and are voracious feeders indeed. Well that’s all on munching lady birds this segment, stay tuned for next issue and I will elaborate a bit more on other beneficial insects in the garden!

Well it is Autumn, and it has been raining, so just had to include the Autumn Flowering CrocusZephyranthes candida. I took this shot in one of my customers yards in Banksia Beach in the beginning of March (Hi Ken and Frankie). They make great border planting specimens and when they are in full bloom, its candy to the eyes indeed. Unfortunately, they do not flower for long, but they do come out en masse after rainfall and hence why they are also referred to as the Storm Lilly. Zephyranthes candida is a bulb and when planted or divided tends to form neat little clumps relatively quickly which affords them to be divided again and replanted easily to form an informal border over time. The long narrow glossy green foliage is almost cylindrical and looks a little like chives but grows to about 25 cm long. The White flower has six petals and also has six stamens and is delicate to behold and is why it’s also referred to by its common name; the ‘Autumn Crocus’. As it is not a true Crocus but delicate in appearance like the Crocus genus. Grows well in full sun to part shade in the subtropics and thrives right here on Bribie island.

by Mick O’Brien Dip.Hort(MAIH)-RH-101

Awesome- Its Autumn at Last! Well as I write this column in the beginning of March, the temperatures have dropped a little and some welcome rainfall had finally arrived. The grass is truly green and lush, and most plants are flourishing accordingly, including the weeds for that matter. In comparison to a few weeks ago with temperatures in the high thirty’s and very uncomfortable humid conditions, today, as I work in the drizzling rain planting plants on my latest project, I am singing on the inside as I say to myself, “Autumn has finally arrived at last”. Autumn is a perfect time to check your mulch and see if the moisture is seeping through to the soil surface, some fine particle mulches can compact overtime, so it’s vital to scrape back the old mulch and turn it over with a rake to allow air and moisture to penetrate to the plant roots. I was on a consult last month and noticed that most of the plant problems were associated to thick layers of compacted mulch fines on sandy soils. When I scraped the mulch back in question, and it was the morning after a thunder storm, you could almost blow the fine dry mulch fines below with your breath, it was that dry! Another thing I noticed on a couple of properties was mulch layers pressed up around the weep holes of buildings, I always pull the mulch away from the walls of the house and lay a narrow course of gravel about 300mm wide to separate the organic matter and to help deter any white ants. If you have old stumps close to your building or rotting away in the back yard these can attract termites also, so its always best to grind them away if you can. While on the subjects of termites, if you have a water tank or two, make sure you have the overflow plumbed into the storm water drain otherwise the soil will always be saturated around the base of your tank and attract white ants searching for moisture as well. Now back to the weeds, have you ever noticed that your weeds are getting more and more resistant to herbicide applications? I am very much a sustainable gardener but sometimes in the course of my work its is necessary to apply herbicides to assist in controlling weeds before they flower or set seed in lawns and gardens and I have also noticed that after a couple of days of rainfall some of the treated weeds seem to revive themselves again. Interestingly, I have been watching over the last few years how the weed steaming technology is being incorporated into local councils. This device is a mobile plant that provides the steam and the operator takes the high- pressure hose and spray lance and boils the weeds instantly, now, I prefer this option as no chemicals are used, but its not practical for the small operator as the system is costly and cumbersome to set up but as soon as one becomes affordable and reliable I am in!

With all the humidity and rainfall last month, pests and diseases have become established also, and powdery mildew has become rampant in Tomatoes, Capsicums, Cucumbers, Zucchini, grape vines, Roses and Crepe Myrtles. Rust, also in Geraniums and Black Spot on roses to name a few. Have you tried the milk recipe? If not well worth a shot. Add 40% Milk and dilute with 60% water and apply with a spray bottle to both sides of the leaves in the mid to late afternoon on a sunny day and this should be repeated Bribie Island & All Surrounds every 10 days for optimum results. There is also an organic registered PHONE MICK : 0417 618 203 fungicide called eco-fungicide for the home garden, this is based on QUALIFIED HORTICULTURIST Dip.Hort(MAIH)RH-101 Potassium Bicarbonate and can be applied to the above food crops too. • Garden Creation & Renovation • Makeovers & Rejuvenation I have used this milk recipe and • All Aspects of Garden Maintenance • Horticultural Consultancy Service was excited to see the symptoms • Lawn Mowing & General Clean-ups • Topiary Hedges & Edges Manicured clear and watch my plants recover • Pest & Disease Diagnosis & Treatments • Property Pre-sale -Detail & Presentation after repeated applications. Well then, that’s all this month, until next • 5 STAR Quality Standard of Workmanship month-” See you in the garden”

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Queensland to welcome The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in April

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Games and travel to Brisbane and regional Queensland. “This will be The Prince of Wales’ seventh visit to Queensland and The Duchess of Cornwall’s second visit,” the Premier said. “We’re arriving at a remarkable chapter in Queensland history and I know Their Royal Highnesses will enjoy the Games and all of the splendid natural beauty and warm hospitality our state has to offer.” Their Royal Highnesses last visited Queensland in 2012, travelling to Longreach to attend the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the QANTAS Founders Museum, while joining hundreds of locals at a community barbeque to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Queensland in April, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today welcoming the official confirmation from Clarence House.

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“We would like to see Bribie Island reduce the amount of Elder Abuse and Domestic Violence! We currently have the highest rate in the Moreton Bay Region and want to see it become the lowest. You can help!”

BRIBIE’S GOT YOUR BACK There is No Excuse!

Letter of Appreciation to Hairdressers with Hearts and Bribie’s Got Your Back My name is Margaret also known as AuAty Marg. Early December I was a victim of elder abuse, I was kicked out of my home by my eldest son, due to many reasons. åI was lucky eånough that I had some close friends that I was able to stay for the first week, however this was not going to be an ongoing situation. Many things go through your mind when you are put in this situation, what did I do wrong, I have no money, where am I going to live. Then depression hits you, your self-worth is gone, you feel useless unable to do anything. You blame yourself for

everything. In my case I did go through this, but I had a lot of support from friends and the community, long-time friends Michael and Dianne, they took me in, I stayed with them for a week or so Diane helped me with appointments with housing commission and emergency housing. Things that were available at that time. My hair dresser was told of my situation, she is also the founder of Hairdressers with Hearts and Bribie’s Got Your Back, helping men, women and children who are experiencing domestic violence and elder abuse. I have known my hairdresser for many years and have a very good friendship as well. Sonia was very forth coming and let me stay at her home while she was house sitting on Bribie Island, it gave me peace of mind and allowed me to relax as much as I could over the Christmas period, and told me

that there was no need to hurry to move out when they finish the house sit. At 79 years of age I would never of thought of this happening to me. I would really like to thank everyone who took the time and helped me through this period of my life . Not just few family members or friends but the community of Bribie Island, it has been over whelming the support I have received. A huge thank you to Michael and Dianne opening their home and storing what little furniture I had, Sonia from Hairdressers with Hearts, Bribie Got Your Back and also her husband Aaron and two children Oscar and Willow, who opened their home and hearts to me and made me feel like part of their family, Tammy a volunteer (not just a volunteer but much more) of Hairdressers with Hearts and Bribie’s Got Your Back, I

can’t thank you enough for your help in sourcing house hold items that I needed to make my new home comfortable and for the emotional support. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the community who dropped of donations of house hold items for me, Allen and Louise from Serenity cafe, Busy fingers, the Mercy shop, Lorraine, Chris and Brian, Sean and Rach, Simone and Sally from Bribie Island, Leigh and Ken from Elimbah, Rosina from Northlakes, Evan and his wife from Redcliffe. Thank you everyone for your support and kindness you have all shown to me. I am now safe and have my life back because of these wonderful people. Aunty Marg

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The monster lurking in your telephones

By Staff Writer : Harvey Fewings.

[ I am not a Child Psychologist, not even any sort of Psychologist. I am a parent and a grandparent, with all the concerns and vulnerabilities that goes with that, when it comes to the welfare of my, or any- one else’s children and grand-children. I am moved to write this because of those concerns. I have researched and used material referenced by the American Academy of Paediatrics and journalistic sources from The Australian Newspaper. ]

That process usually works pretty well, but a new and different threat to the welfare of our children has slipped slowly through our doors and resides quietly amongst the electronic social media devices we keep in our homes ; the principal residence of this threat is the “ smart phone “. This is a device which has quietly taken over our daily lives, I witness its hold on people as they enter trains, take a seat and look at their smart phone. You can see its hold on people in restaurants, in shopping centres and even, with the help of Blue Tooth, in our motor vehicles as we cruise along our freeways. You all know what a smart phone is… and you will also know just how it can, if you let it, make your life resonate to its demands. You will also know that much spoken social conversation has ended between humans – it, human conversation, has been replaced by texting, sexting, gifs and pixels. Those of us of who have reached thirty years or more of life, have the advantage of knowing a world that was not dominated by smart phones and we have the capacity to still discern real life from the life that is portrayed on the screen of your smart phone. Sure, we know how to use it, we can be entertained by it, we can bank with it, we can conduct our business with it, our love life can be enhanced by it, we can shop with it but we still maintain some element of control over the smart phone, for us it is sophisticated tool to be used to add extra dimensions to our life. But, do we know what they, smart phones, are capable of doing to our children ? Do we understand that, in fact, we are harbouring a deadly threat to the social and mental welfare of our children ? Do we understand that if we, as parents and caring adults, fail to confront this threat we condemn a generation of children to a world that has no other reference point to the vicissitudes of life other than their smart phone ?? You may say this is simply flamboyant

Continued from page 35 successfully reduce the incidence of cyberbullying, we must better understand its underlying drivers and adopt a whole-ofcommunity approach. COAG agreed that a working group of senior officials from First Ministers’, Education, Justice and Health departments consider existing and potential initiatives to help combat bullying and cyberbullying and establish a work program to be led by the Education Council. The Education Council will report to COAG at its next meeting on tangible measures where there is an identified need. Queensland Family and Children Commission The QFCC is establishing a dedicated Youth Advisory Council and a state-wide survey of school children, between March and June, to collect their stories and experiences of cyberbullying The Council will work through core group of six youth champions and its focus will be on cyberbullying, youth empowerment, out of home care, mental health, youth suicide and disability

Terms of Reference - Queensland AntiBullying Task Force The Queensland Government maintains a zero tolerance for bullying and cyber-bullying and is committed to working with children, parents, schools, communities and experts to address this complex and pervasive issue.

The conflict between being popular, and providing sensible discipline and behavioural standards is eternal, in the demanding role of being a parent. And, generally speaking, most of us, parents that is, quietly go about our business, doing the best we can, usually guided by common-sense, examples from others and some referral to our parents’ examples.


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Role of the Taskforce flapdoodle ! Scare-mongering nonsense ! Anticipating that response I refer you to some recent examples of children who, completely influenced by the malicious and evil messages they received on their smart phones, have taken their own lives !! Dolly Everett in the Northern Territory was one of those young people. Are you aware that Federal authorities refer to examples of smart phones texts from one child to another which encouraged that child to “ cut your wrist, bleed out and die, you useless piece of rubbish ! “ [ Or words to that effect…] You may ask, do they really know what they are saying ? Well, I don’t know…but they send them, and, in my opinion the intent is very clear, as are the words. I am aware of primary school teachers who have reported and recorded texts on smart phones of children six, seven and eight years of age, which are explicitly sexual and do not come from preying adults but which come from other children in the school class !!

have requested that Apple CEO Tim Cook issue health warnings for children using iPhones. They fear the impact this technology is having on young people and there are growing concerns over the smart phone’s connection to mental health – some psychologists believe we are setting ourselves up for a public health crisis. “ I have paraphrased from the same article. The American Academy of Paediatrics has drawn a ttention to some of the effects smart phone use can have on children… • Contribute to sleep deprivation. • Promote sedentary behaviour which in turn encourages obesity. • Effects of discomfort on eyes, pains in back, hands, shoulders neck and thumbs. • Inhibit the development of social skills. • Contribute to high levels of anxiety and depression.

Do these children really know what they are saying ? Again, I don’t know…but they know what to say and how to refer to sexual organs in specific and lewd contexts.

Suggestions have been made by the Cyber Safety Charity, The Carly Ryan Foundation, that Police should have the power to ban cyber bullies from social media for varying periods of time.

So what does all this mean ? Does it really matter ?

An Auckland school, the Kowhai Intermediate School, has asked parents to ban their children from using social media for the two years that their children are at the school. The effect of this ban has been obvious and highly beneficial.

What we are talking about is “ cyber bullying “ It is easy to do, there are no consequences of any substance to the perpetrators who are invariably other children. We are facing an enormous issue, the size and scope of which, many of us simply do not understand. I quote from Nikki Gemmell, a journalist for the Australian Weekend Magazine, dated 24 February, 2018, “ It is the underbelly of our children’s’ screen saturated lives ; a shadowy world we parents often don’t know about. But many of us witness the changing child and feel queasy. The tiny heads bowed. The curiosity sapped. The spark of brimful life lost. The aggressive tantrum when a screen is taken from them and they become someone else. “ That is an insightful description of a clear and present danger to our children. “ Two large Apple corporate investors

It is not for me to preach to parents about how to manage their children. That is not the reason why I write this. I write this to act as an alarm bell, ringing in the spaces of our homes, to alert you all to the fact that this is not a local fad to be dismissed, as I have previously stated “ as flamboyant flapdoodle.” We are confronting a serious social and medical threat to our children. It is that real !! There really is a monster lurking in your smart phone and it will claim you and damage your children.

You may seek further advice and guidance from the:Carly Ryan Foundation… info@ carlyryanfoundation.com

The Queensland Anti-Bullying Taskforce (the Taskforce) will provide advice and coordination in relation to developing and implementing an anti-bullying framework for Queensland that will bring together children, parents, schools, communities and experts to counter bullying, harassment and violence amongst young people. The Taskforce will work to foster creative community-driven solutions that use contemporary ways of engaging, including social media platforms and multimodal communication. Members will harness grass-roots ideas and bestpractice research to develop and oversee strategies and initiatives that address the complex causes of bullying and cyberbullying. Taskforce members will be key in developing and drawing on community relationships to ensure that everyone can be part of addressing these challenges. Empowering and engaging young people in particular, is a significant part of delivering effective solutions. Responsibilities will include: • Develop a proposed Framework for Addressing Bullying (the Framework), presenting recommendations for community and government action to reduce the incidence of bullying and cyber-bullying by 31 August 2018 • Advise government on the development of a program of activities under the Framework • Advise government on resources, best practices and other strategies to prevent and address bullying behaviour in order to provide appropriate training and intervention • Consult with the Queensland community to gain the insights of those affected by bullying and harness grassroots ideas on ways to tackle the issue • Educate and engage Queenslanders to create a community that practices positive attitudes and behaviours and promotes a culture of non-violence and respectful relationships • Act as a liaison point between the community and government to encourage ownership of initiatives • Young people needing support can call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800. • Parents and carers can call Parentline on 1300 30 1300.


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Welcome to the month of March beautiful souls. This third month in an 11 year bring with it the 5 energy. 5 is dynamic, always in motion and freedom loving. For these reasons, you can expect a fast-paced month full of the unexpected. Keep in mind being ready to be pushed in the direction the universe is sending you in without resistance will make your short-term future easier. Also, with the 5 energy being slightly more feminine than masculine a rare balance will be on your side when making decisions regarding family and loved ones. If you have been yearning to rewrite your life direction, the key is to

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focus on your daily journey. All the small steps and seemingly inconsequential decisions that you make on a daily and even hourly basis have the potential to deeply impact our lives. It is important more now than ever to make decisions based on compassion and the good of all. Be aware this month that the flip side of all the freedom loving and fun energy of the 5 is a lack of good judgement. Situations and even some people may not follow through as promised or be as they seem. Be careful not to override any of those “gut feelings”. A special note must be made of the benefits of detoxifying mind and body early in March, especially in the early days of the month thanks to the full moon. Let go of anything that doesn’t serve you or negatively surrounds you or your thoughts. There is only room for misinterpretation if communication lacks. Get out and enjoy the fabulous 5 energy, don’t fight it, there will be time for rest in the coming month, Michelle littleGreekgirl@live.com


Portuguese Style Fish Fillets – Filets de Peixe Ingredients: 2 lbs fish fillets – (preferably cod but you can use any flaky white fish, whiting) 2 eggs 1 tbsp water flour salt & pepper garlic powder (optional) 1 lemon

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Place the flour in a bowl large enough to be able to coat the fish evenly. Place enough oil in a heavy frying pan to reach 1/2 inches deep. Add the olive oil. Turn the heat on med-high. (Meanwhile be sure you are ready to begin cooking the fish, if not turn off the burner.) Using one dry and one wet hand method, coat the fish with the egg, shaking excess egg off back into the bowl. Coat the egg soaked fish in flour with the dry hand, pat to shake off excess flour and place on a try. *Test the oil by placing one tip of the fillet into the oil. The fish should sizzle but the oil should not be smoky. Place about 4-6 pieces of fish onto the hot oil and cook for about 4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Adjust the heat as you notice it gets too hot. Add more oil as needed to complete the frying process. Place the fish on brown paper lunch bags or paper towels to absorb any grease. Serve with Portuguese rice and garnish with lemon wedges olives and onions (optional)


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Sport, Fishing, Camping


Catch and Release Competition



AFAQ recently invited the local Enoggera Military based Gallipoli fishing club (GFC) to compete in there local Bribie Island and Moreton Bay region fishing cathch & Release) compitition. This is a great opportunity to socialise and partake in some good natured banter. Following AFAQs win in 2017, GFC where keen to put up a good fight. 18 fishermen from AFAQ vs 18 Fisho’s from the GFC competed over the weekend with a mixed bag of fish recorded. Although lots of undersized fish where caught and not recorded GFC accounted for a total of 43 legal

AFAQ & GFC members enjoying company and a great meal at the fishing club

Flathead caught on plastic Zertek Shad

Brim caught on plastic fish. 11 Species were caught to include Flathead(11), Bream(11), Mackerel(5), Whiting(4), Moses Perch(3), grunter(3), Tarwhine(2), Sweetlip (2), Trevally(1) and flounder (1). AFAQ caught 24 fish for total of 24 fish totalling 3.855cm. Members fished the beacons around Bribie Island, Bribie passage sand bars/ bridge and adjoining canals/creeks. Successful methods of fishing included trolling with small lures like the ZEREK Tango Shad (50mm), flicking Zman Soft plastics and bait (live nippers). Key captures included 65cm Flathead, 38cm and 37cm Whiting, 37cm Bream and 65cm Mackerel. All members enjoyed a great weekends fishing where in the end it came down to military precision and a scripted battle plan that carried the GFC over the line for the win with GFC president Greg “Flip” Herdson leading the way with a total of 19 fish totalling 722cm (7 metres in fish) in length aptly supported by the runner up GFC’s Neil Sharp with 5 fish totalling 189cm. Dan O’connell said congratulations to GFC, this proves that there are plenty of mixed vieraty of fish still in the passage.

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Retiring rugby league chairman leaves legacy

including Arthur Beetson, Bob Fulton, Graeme Langlands and Ray Branighan.

Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni has paid tribute to a proud Queenslander who took on the toughest job in rugby league and charted a new course for the game in Australia.

‘And it shone through him when he played for English club Warrington during their table-topping 1972-73 season, during which they lost just one game.

“Retiring Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman John Grant – a former Kangaroo, ICT industry guru and successful sports administrator – leaves a lasting legacy for the code,” said Mr de Brenni.

“Queensland’s fighting spirit still shines in every State of Origin and through every member of Queensland’s Palaszczuk Government, and its impact in rugby league will continue through the appointment of the new ARLC chairman, former Queensland Labor Premier and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation chairman, Peter Beattie.”

“Tagged a ‘token Queenslander’ in 1972 by the southern press, John was the only player named in that year’s World Cup squad who was still living north of the NSW border,” he said. “Of course, we know today there was far more to this bearded three-quarter from Brisbane Souths than initially met the eye – he was in fact the embodiment of the key Queensland qualities of pride, passion and perseverance. “These qualities led to John, in 2012, taking the reins of Australian rugby league’s new central governing body, leading the game into a new era of opportunity with his considerable corporate experience, enormous integrity and unbridled tenacity “Under his stewardship, rugby league in Australia has become safer and fairer on field and off, with effective concussion management rules, a robust club funding model, and support for development of women’s rugby league. “And the results speak for themselves – back to back World Cups for the women’s national team.” Mr de Brenni said Mr Grant had displayed the quintessential Queensland spirit back in his days playing with Souths Logan Magpies under supercoach Wayne Bennett, who at the time was experimenting with sound recordings of artillery fire in the dressing sheds to pump up his players before a big game. “John displayed Queensland’s fighting spirit as an Australian representative alongside fellow icons of the game

“He displayed it wearing the Queensland jumper against New South Wales, long before the days of State of Origin, and on his representative tours of New Zealand.

Mr de Brenni – whose Ministerial portfolios include Housing and Public Works as well as Digital Technology – said Mr Grant earned his engineering degree at the University of Queensland before working for four years as a public sector engineer, where he developed his passion for the then-emerging industry of information technology. “John’s passion for IT led to him landing a position with the multinational IBM and eventually buying into the firm that evolved into Data 3, which formed supply agreements with governments across Australia and of which he eventually became managing director,” said Mr de Brenni.

The Team

SUNSHINE COAST ‘’OLD BUZZARDS’’ DO LOCAL NRL PROUD Story Ernie Mayne - Photos Dannii Mills and Danny Dawes

From February 28 till March 3rd, 2018, the 11th annual NRL Rugby Masters tournament was held at the Runaway Bay Junior Leagues club on the Gold Coast. This year there were 99 male teams and 3 women’s. Teams came from the England, New Zealand, Norfolk Island and across Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.

“He was also influential in driving the NRL’s $150 million digital strategy to future proof the sport, ensuring fans can watch games from their mobile devices, and providing opportunities to grow the game in Australia.

The format is that each team play five games and even if you win, lose or draw, there are no winners (except the NRL Masters), because no scores are kept and played over two 25-minute halves. The tournament is for comradery and fun for the “old” guys and gals, whose brain said they still have what it takes, but the body thinks otherwise.

“John is often referred to as a Captain of the IT industry – he a former chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association and, since 2008, a member of the industry’s ARN Hall of Fame.

The Sunshine Coast Old Buzzards consists of men that have played in teams from our local comps including Bribie Island and Beachmere and that are over 35 years young.

“Even today John freely admits that all the lessons learned as a Queensland and Australian representative footballer have served him well in business – discipline in the face of adversity and, above all, that determined Queensland spirit that means never giving up.”

This year’s locals included Graham Allen (GA), Brooksie, Greg Clarke, Dennis Bate, Scotty Rowston, Johnny Innes, Danny Dawes, Brendon Mills and Mark Shiels. It was Mark’s first game without his brother in the team. His brother Adam passed away last year and the boys had a few memorial words printed on the front of their playing jerseys as a sign of respect. Also the team had great sponsorship this year like every year this showing community spirit. The players (boys) stayed on the Gold Coast during the tournament and I’m told that most of the head injuries suffered were from the “bar” department, NOT from being knocked stupid on the field. It is also a known fact, that all live stock stores have ran out of rapid gel when the boys returned home. “ I wonder what they took for their headaches then???” The fun part of the trip were the awards, of which there were four. Firstly Millsy (Brendon Mills), miraculous try. He tripped before the try line and his size and momentum rolled him over the line. Secondly, the worst player award went to Millsy as well. Third went to Dennis Bate (for being himself), he was sent off and last, but not least the player of the series went to Danny Dawes (I think Danny invented that one for himself.) To confuse the refs, even more, all the old Buzzards wore the number 18 on their Jersey’s. Next years event is being planned and The NRL Masters Comp will be held from the 6th-9th March 2019.

Buzzards Resting

Weekend football results Round 1 for Senior Men and Senior Women, please note the rest of the teams have not commenced yet. Results for Bribie Island Soccer Football Club for games played in Sunshine Coast Football Competition on 9 March 2018. Senior Men Division 3 – Round 1 – Bribie Tigers vs Maroochydore Swans FC Black - 1-1 draw, goal scorer Josh Rankin (1). Bribie Player of the Game is Michael Pires Senior Women Division 3 – Round 1 - Bribie Tigers vs Maleny Rangers FC - 8-1 win for Bribie, goal scorers are Hannah Bulley (4), Jear Cochrane (1), Danielle Hutchison (1), Amy O’Shaughnessy (1), and Lily Heaney (1). Bribie Player of the Game is Jear Cochrane

Senior Men Match Report Bribie Island Tigers started thier season with a 1 -1 draw against Maroochydore Swans Black on Friday night. The Swans goal came after 33 minutes scored by Phil Cheetham following a flurry of attacking play from both teams. The standard of play from both teams considering the blustery conditions was a credit. As half time approached Josh Rankin followed up on a goalmouth skirmish to equalise for the Tigers.

NRL Masters

Buzzards Playing

The second half was equally entertaining as both teams went for the winner. Both teams had chances to win but the defences held firm. Michael Pires making his senior debut in goal for the Tigers was voted Bribie Player of the Game closely followed by Sam Johnstone. Confusing Referee’s

The Jersey

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Soccer World Cup

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

14th June – 15th July 2018



Australian Open @ The Lakes Sydney

15-18 November 2018



Australian Open @ Melbourne Park

15th Jan 2018



International Davis Cup

29th Jan 2018



National League

23rd March – Sept 30



National League

2nd Mar – 1st Oct



Super Netball

18th Feb – 3rd June


Rugby Union

Super Rugby

23rd Feb – 5th Aug


Bathurst 1000

Car Racing

4th – 7th Oct


Australian Formula 1

Car Racing

22rd – 25th March 2018


2018 Commonwealth Games

Gold Coast

4th to 15th April 2018


Bribie Island Golf Club Ladies Results from 14th February, 2018 to 8th March 2018 Bribie Island Golf Club Ladies Results from 14th February, 2018 to 8th March 2018 Single Stableford 15/2/18 Div 1 Winner -Tricia Brown, R UP -Annie Hewitt Div 2 Winner -Jennifer Stafford, R UP -Barb De Graaf NTP’s Hole 4 J Malone Hole, 7 Judy Graham, Hole 14 J Stafford ,Hole 16 D Benghamy . Stableford 15/2/18 Div 1 Winner -Tricia Brown, R UP -Annie Hewitt Div 2 Winner -Jennifer Stafford, R UP -Barb De Graaf NTP’s Hole 4 J Malone Hole, 7 Judy Graham, Hole 14 J Stafford ,Hole 16 D Benghamy . Single Stableford 20/2/18 Div 1 Winner – K Tomalin 38, R UP – M Thomsen 37 C/B Div 2 Winner – D Sullivan 37, R UP – S Stack 35 C/B NTP’s Hole 4 S Vallely, Hole 7 L Ball, Hole 14 D Croft, Hole 16 S Smith, Hole 4 Div 3 2nd Shot C M6cAlister. Single Stroke 22/2/18 Div 1 Winner – A Driver 69, R UP – D Croft 72. NTP’s Hole 4 B Newcomb, Hole 7 M Thomsen, Hole 14 C Watson, Hole 4 Div 3 2nd Shot J Barrett. Peter Sedgman Match Play Trophy Winner D Benghamy, R UP J De Ruyter. Peter Sedgman Match Play Consolation Plate Winner Y Swanson , R UP B Newcomb. 4 BBBB Stableford 27/02/2018 Overall Winners H Arkinstall & S Stack,

R UP S Barnulf & R McKinnon. NTP”s Hole 4 L Wilson, Hole 7 B Newcomb, Hole 14 M Huxley, Hole 16 V Learoyd. Div 3 2nd Shot S Taford Stroke Monthly Medal Sponsor Woorim Pharmacy 1/03/2018 Div 1 Winner –L Urquhart , R UP – Carol Warson , 2nd R UP Vicki Jones NTP’s Hole 4 J Molone, Hole 7 V Jones, Hole 14 L Urquhart . Div 2 Winner – I Coburn, R UP – J McCowan C/B , 2nd R UP S Ferante. NTP’s .Hole 7 Ruby McCinnon, Hole 14 Ruby McCinnon Div 3 Winner – C McCalister, R UP –N Aylott , 2nd R UP J Stafford NTP’s Hole 4 C McCalister, Hole 14 M Stoddard, Hole 16 H Crockamp Single Stableford Sponsor Ray White Bribie Island Red Tee 06/03/2018 Div 1 Winner L Ball, R/U M Thomsen. Div 2 Wineer Y Swanson, R/U A Mitchell. NTP’s Hole 4 D Benghamy, Hole 7 L Urquhart, Hole 14 B Dunne, Hole 16 M Thomsen. Division 3 – 2nd Shot Hole 14 A Carmody. ReMax Open Day Div 1 Gross Winner– J Ryan 83 Div 2 Gross Winner –L Eggleston 101 C/B Div 3 Gross Winner-Joy Jorden 102 Div 1 Net Winner- D Smith 71, R/U J Wills 75 C/B Div 2 Net Winner- S Fowler 76, R/U M Wormwell 77 C/B Div 3 Net Winner – L Cockerell 68, R/U B John 72


ISLAND and surrounds

On the Park with Tom Brown

Reds Off to a 2018 Cracker Season Queensland Reds fans are coming out the woodwork after the Reds won back to back matches following a 20-14 win at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday 10th March. This is the first time since 2014 that the Reds have kicked off to a positive season start and new rookie coach Brad Thorne, who won the World Cup with the All Blacks in 2011 has been instrumental in the Reds turn around. Some may say that the season is early and they will be right, although if your witnessed the counter try at Suncorp Stadium scored by fullback Aidan Toua (View on Fox Sports News Online), you will begin to understand that a few things have changed at the Reds. The other impact by new coach, Brad Thorne has been the accurate and intense scrummaging. The Reds next play the Jaguares in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday 17 March. Super 15 Fixtures www.superxv.com Wallabies Prepare for Ireland No doubt the Wallabies Coaching brigade will have watched Ireland claim their third Six Nations Rugby Championship in five years last weekend. Ireland will head to Twickenham this weekend to attempt to win the Grand Slam. The Wallabies will take on Ireland in a three-test series commencing in Brisbane on 9th June at Suncorp Stadium. Tickets at www.ticketek.com.au Don’t miss this.

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Toyota AFL Premiership First game Thurs 22 March Richmond 2017 Premiers Adelaide Crows Geelong Cats Richmond GWS Giants Port Adelaide Sydney Swans Essendon West Coast Eagles Melbourne Western Bulldogs St Kilda Hawthorn Collingwood Fremantle North Melbourne Carlton Gold Coast Suns Brisbane Lions

Sydney FC Newcastle Jets Melbourne City FC Melbourne Victory Western Sydney Wanderers Adelaide United Perth Glory Brisbane Roar FC Central Coast Mariners Wellington Phoenix

Suncorp super netball 2018 ladder Starts – 28th April 2018 Sunshine coast lightning 0 Melbourne vixens 0 Giants netball 0 Magpies netball 0 Queensland firebirds 0 Nsw swifts 0 West coast fever 0 Adelaide thunderbirds 0


Professional &Trade Services AIRCONDITIONING AUTO AIRCOOL Auto ReGas

Your local mobile Auto Air Conditioning Service Specialist. ReGasing & repairs provided. HEADLIGHT RESTORATION now available We come to you. AU 38260 Lic.111895 Steve Barr Email: steve@aircool.net.au PHONE: 0416 164 445


Domestic Air Conditioning Specialists Sales, Installations, Servicing, Repairs & Breakdowns. Family Owned and run local business. Qualified Refrigeration Engineer with over 33 years experience Servicing Bribie Island and Surrounds We will beat any written Quote!

ARCTIC: AU00625 & Electrical Licence: 65106

Call Wayne today for a free quote on 0409 483 796 or 3408 4182 E: hello@bribieairconditioning.com.au W: www.bribieairconditioning.com.au



Phone 3410 7389

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 0488 351 575 Email: beauty@bishin.com.au

www.bishin.com.au COSMOS SKIN AND BEAUTY

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High-quality affordable treatments by an experienced skin & beauty specialist. • Microdermabrasion and cosmedical­ grade peels • relaxation massage • manicures • pedicures • waxing • lash & brow tinting • spray tanning. 20% OFF your first visit. By Appointment : 0410 839 699

BLINDS & AWNINGS Awnings – Blinds – Shutters – Security Screens – Louvres

Phone 3408 9299 Open Monday to Thursday 9am till 5pm, Friday 9am till 3pm Saturday’s by appointment only Saturday, Sunday & public holidays closed


“Bowen is a remarkable gentle Therapy which resets the body to heal itself quickly.” For pain/stress, sore tight muscles, back /neck pain. Sports Bowen. Sue Osborne Dip BT Health Fund Registered BTAA & BAA Email: appt@bodetec.com.au PHONE: 0455 855 071

BAKERY / CAFE Open 7 Days ~ 6am - 3pm 3 Toorbul Street, Bongaree FREE WI FI Ph: 3408 1109


OPEN 7 DAYS Mon - Fri 7.30am to 5.30pm Sat - 7.30am to 3.00pm Sun 8.30am to 1pm Cnr Goodwin Drive & Coolgarra Ave (next to McDonalds), Bribie Island 4507 PH: 3408 0972


CAR DETAILER Bribie Island Car Detailing Bribie Island


5/181 First Ave, Bongaree • Professional approach to customer service! • New competitive packages • Wash & Vacuum package • Mini Detail package • Full Detail Package • Free Pick up & Delivery • Pensioner Discounts • Gift Vouchers Available. PHONE: 3408 0014 MOBILE: 0439 462 288

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• Locals supporting locals • Serving Caboolture/ Bribie Island for 6 years, with 18 years industry experience • We come to you or meet us at Welsby Pde Bongaree; King St, Caboolture or Oxley Ave, Margate • Free call anytime for free advice • Pre-planning & pre-payment available. Pay now and pay no more. Ask us how. 1800


FITNESS Fit Beyond 50 - Cathy McGillivray

COOL COUNSELLING & HYPNOTHERAPY Bellara, Bribie Island - Grief & Loss - Stop Smoking - Weightloss & Hypnoband - Anxiety, fears, phobia release - Motivation, confidence, wellbeing - HYPNOBIRTHING classes By appointent Ph: 0409989061 www.coolcounselling.com

CertIII & CertIV in Fitness, Australian Heart Foundation Heartmoves Licensee, Menofitness Trainer. Private personalised fitness and wellness is our focus at Fit Beyond 50. We aim to encourage and motivate all our clients to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle through fitness and nutrition.

Phone Cathy on 0408803037 NOW

CARPETS Fast Carpets

If it’s on our floor today, it’s on your floor tomorrow. Carpets, Vinyl & timber Planks you can afford.

GARDENS & LANDSCAPING Lee’s Tree & Yard Services Lee 0455 783 331/Bob 0438 623 158 Tree Felling • Pruning Lopping/shaping Stump Grinding • Palm Cleaning & Removal Yard Restoration • Emergency Call Out Storm Damage removal & Prevention Free Quotes & Pensioner Discounts Fully Insured. We will beat any written quote! No job too big or too small.

Unit 7 / 95 Lear Jet Drive, Caboolture www.fastcarpets.com.au PHONE: (07) 5432 4550


GARDEN SERVICES AND MAKE OVERS • Tree removal • Stump grinding • Landscaping/make overs • Turfing • Top soiling • Rubbish removal

Bribie Island Chiropractic

Dean Sluce - B.App.Sci Chiropractic

Bribie Island Shop 3-4, 9-13 Benabrow Ave Chiropractic P.O. Box 633 Bellara Qld 4507 Fax: (07) 3410 7230


HAIR STYLISTS Sarah’z Hair Boutique

• style cuts • colour • ladies and men • seniors • blow dry • bridal parties • special occasions • extensions • perms

Bribie Dazzler Cleaning Service

For a Sparkling Regular, Spring and Bond Clean!

Tel. 3410 1585 Unit 2 / 13 Toorbul St, Bongaree Qld 450

ABN 71 326 381 155 Call Heidi today to book 0431 231 852

Hair 4507 & Eyebrow Bar

Color , style cut and blow dry $60.00 Perm style cut blow dry or set $70.00 A man’s buzz cuts $10.00 Weekly shampoo and dry off $10.00 Eye brow tint and wax $10.00 Eye brow tint on its own $7.00 Eye lash tint $10.00 All other waxing $5.00 each eg: lips, chin, cheeks and neck. PHONE: 3408 1501

Bribie Island Carpet Cleaning

Bribie Family Owned and Operated For over 20 years Carpet Cleaning/Pest Management

Phone: 3410 0001 LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Precision Landscaping & Maintenance

• Established for over 10 years • Body Corporate maintenance and Landscaping • Specialising in Paving and Retaining walls • Concreting • Plant layout and Supplies • Complete Garden Make overs • Hedge Trimming and Weed Control • Turfing and Irrigation • Ride on Mowing

Call Shaun Lynch for a quote on 0401 754 288


Qualified & Registered Horticulturist (RH-101) Horticultural Consultant- Bribie Island Provide information on all things gardening. Guest writer for local gardening magazines. Pest and disease diagnosis and treatment plans. Organic gardening advice, Plant selection & ID. Info on: Soil health & Eco-friendly fertilisers. PHONE: Mick 0417 618 203



Bribie Sand Gravel & Landscaping


171-173 First Avenue - Bribie Island Sand Soil & Gravel Supplies Red Mulch Now in Stock.

No Call-Out Fee & Free Detailed Quotes All Electrical Installations & Repairs, Ceiling Fans, Smoke Alarms, Power points, Shed Wiring, Metering, Surge Protection, Safety Switch and much more... PHONE 5497 7226 or 0458 912 121 www.hanselectrical.com.au


FAX: 3408 1955 Email: bribiesandg@bigpond.com PHONE: 3408 1037

LAWN MOWING SERVICES Phone Mick on 0497 646 055

Are you looking for a special occasion cake? Wedding, Birthday, Anniversary, Baby / Bridal shower, Christmas, Thank you or Just because.... Cake it to the Limit - Bribie Island can help you with your requirements! www.cakeittothelimit.co PHONE: Regan Cooper 0428 260 562

Bribie Garden Centre

2/50 Verdoni Street Bellara QLD 4507 Open 7 Days a week from 8am till 4pm Huge Range of Plants & Pots Soil Chemicals Fertilisers Gardening tools Phone 0477 711 320

• Lawn mowing • Ride on Mower • Hedging • Lawn treatment • Weed treatment for lawns

Call Daniel for your free quote on 0403 094 212

Phone: (07) 3408 6700

Cake It To The Limit


355 830 or 5495 5553

BBG Mowing Services “Mow You Good Thing” 0497 646 055

• Local lawn mowing service • Reliable and a professional approach customer service, • Edge cutting, • Rubbish taken away, • Free Quotes


Huge range of unique and well priced goods for your Home Decor, Homewares, gifts, unique furniture and fashion needs www.mayyadabazaar.com.au Phone 3410 0929

BRIBIE & CABOOLTURE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT HIRE & SALES We hire medical equipment and also sell new equipment. All equipment is height adjustable and has arm rests. www.medicalequipmenthire.com.au

Call now!1300 55 40 10 Please call for an appointment


Conditions apply


TILES & ACCESSORIES quality products Busy Fingers Op Shop 38 Cotterill Ave, Bongaree displays Professionalimpressive &Trade Services Phone: 3408 1014 competitive prices Email: busyfingers1@bigpond.com SEWING SERVICES


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Tara Cheers Hair Stylist or text 0499 742 314 0424 997 953


Tara Cheers


Quilting and Patchwork where the pieces come together We accommodate Bus and Quilting 3/75 Lear Jet Drive, Caboolture Groups • Over 1,500 bolts of fabric plus and some haberdashery. Open 9amwww.tileconnect.com.au to 4pm Wednesday and Thursday. Ring 0409 290 113 for a preferred time or other arrangements. Let’s Location is 155 Bishop Road Keep It Local! Beachmere, 4510 – house at end of driveway.

5432 4840

Free pick and low cost delivery VOLUNTEERS ALWAYS WELCOME!



Make friends whilst helping the Bribie Island Community


coMMUNity NoticeS

Holistically Healthy Naturopathy

JohnPh. theRichard TV Antenna on 0425Man 477 639 to book your space or

ITUNING $60.00 email thebribieislander@gmail.com Australian-made Digital TV Antennas, outlets & troubleshooting EPTPOS AVAILABLE - PENSIONER DISCOUNTS If I cannot fix your Problem, there will be NO CHARGE - I.D. - 7.30pm. of Christ hall, cnr of Fifth TitabMonday Lic No: T15423 Est 20yrsChurch 5yr Warranty


Anxiety / Depression • Ecema / Psoriases • Cardio Vascular Disease • Diabetes • Allergies • Weight Control

POOL, PUMP AND M.E. TILING & RENOVATIONS Phone Lesley Andrew BHSc (Naturopathy) IRRIGATION By appointmentSUPPLIES PHONE: 0410 326 376 Specialising in BRIBIE ISLAND &

Alcoholics Anonymous meets on Bribie Island 3 times per week

Ave and Foley St Bongaree. Complete Bathrooms, SURROUND AREAS PHONE 3408 6530 Thursday - 12 Steps and 12 Traditions - 7pm - Church of 41 Benabrow St, Bribie Island PEST CONTROL Laundry and House Local for more than Christ hall, cnr of Fifth Ave and Foley St Bongaree. TILER Complete Pest Control for the remodelling 25 years Friday - I.D. - 7.30pm. Banksia Lodge, corner of Sunderland All Household Pests Controlled Elderly and Disabled DrvTiling and Solander Esp, Banksia Beach Licensed to M.E. & Renovations Guaranteed.

Ph 3408 6246

Waterproof, Specialising in Complete Bathrooms, Contacts: Jaime 3408 9798 tiLe and Laundry and House remodeling for the renovate Steve 0409 560 561

• House Inspections

Call Michael Early REMOVALS & STORAGE• Termite specialists


0419 729 223

All our pesticides are natural, Pyrethrum based products.

Elderly and Disabled. Bribie Island and Surrounding areas. Local for more than 25 years. Call Michael Early 0419 729 223




Various size chains/hooks for sale from $100 per each. Come One, Come All, Wire rope slings for sale from $50 per each. After Hours: 0402 048 275 16MM / 3 ton D shackles at $10 per each. Car Rodeo Email: debzart8@bigpond.net Corner of First Ave & Queen St, Bongaree. All plus GST if applicable.

• Thermal Imaging • Fully Insured • Free QuotesAh: 0402 048 275 • Rodent, Bird & Possum Email:debzart8@bigpond.net Management


Local family owned & operated since 1998. www.cpestcontrol.com.au



Monday-Friday 8.30-3.00 and Saturday 8.00-12.00

May assist with many conditions, Including:-


NSC Fabric by the Sea

Great bargains on clothing, shoes, electrical, tools, art, kitchen, furniture, linen, toys and much more.

For bookings Pool Safety Inspections please phone


Every Saturday from 1:00pm TYPING SERVICES At the coffee shop behind the library FLYING FINGERS EDITORIAL & Further details call Dennis on TYPINGFor SERVICE

The Mobile Dog Wash that comes to you! trAiLerS • Book editing • Book0418 TWO MEN & TRUCK proof-reading 159 116 • Mobile Hydrobath • Eye & EarMoNGreL Clean • Manuscript assessment • Resumé • Coat Brushing • Nail Clipping • HEAVY DUTY TRAILERS services • Will typing • Business editing • Aromacare • Blow Drying • Deoderant • FROM $77 PER HOUR MANUFACTURED LOCALLY Business proof-reading • Author services Call Bribie & District Wildlife Rescue Inc Dog Treats

Inspect at Caboolture Call Bob 0407-579318

to final print www.aussiepoochmobile.com.au FULLY WELDED from ifconcept you find an injured animal anywhere LOCAL & INTERSTATE Phone: 0420 835 799 www.facebook.com/aussiepoochmobile  Caravan/Trailer from Bribie Island, Caboolture, Call Megan Today! SMALL & LARGE TRUCKS AVAILABLE & WELLNESS  ServiceWEIGHTLOSS & Morayfield, Narangba, Redcliffe and MOBILE: 0409 451 254 CONTAINER, CARAVAN & BOAT Repairs HERBALIFE NUTRITION WELDING & Clontarf. 0400 836 592 STORAGE AVAILABLE STEEL SUPPLIES Would u like more energy? Want to lose weight & keep it off ? Just like Sue has …then call us!


Wheels by the Water

• Huge range of dog/cat food including raw 4 paws

 Custom Trailer Builds • Toni is happyNOW: to discuss your pets diets FREE QUOTES – PHONE JUSTIN  General Fabrication

0410 326 376

• Clipping/bathing (available by appointment) Workscontrol • Flea/Tick/Worming & Heartworm • Much more


Computerised water testing Water & Energy efficient products Safety inspections and handovers Bribie island  SIGNMAKERS Equipment repairs & Installation


Goodwin Drive Bongaree  SCREEN PRINTING 07 3408 3566




Clean Up 2nd Sunday of every month at MAN Brennan Park from 8:30-9:30am SEWING & ALTERNATIONS Phone 0410 508 468


TUNING $60.00

Call us for yours and your client needs – digital – frosted etch – illuminated signage – screen printing – vinyl signage – routed letters – vehicle/boat decals – magnetic signs 85 years -1932 to 2017 fronts – vehicle/boat wraps – shop – window vision – banners

- Reduce heat, glare and UV Frosting: Plain & Decorative TeganVehicles, Lather’s Monthly Signwriting: Shops, Offices



Phone 3408 6530

Used 20 mm Manilla Jute and 20 mm nylon. Used 13 mm Kernmantle response line Mostly 50 meter lengths at $1-00 per meter.

$1 per meter.

Plus GST if applicable. Inspect at Caboolture Call Bob 0407-579318


– a-frames PRINTERS Alterations & manufacture of clothing, – directional signs – safety signs cushions, curtains and all sewing needs. For a Personal – construction signs Australian-made Digital TV Aerials, Outlets & Troubleshooting! – real estate signs Consultation call Mark – installations EFTPOS AVAILABLE – PENSIONER DISCOUNTS

Phone 07 3408 1151

F 07 3408 1122 E sales@bribieislandsigns.com.au



Foster Carers Wanted at Caboolture & District Animal Welfare Al & Enid Workman We supply food, vet care, worm and Or Aaron If I can‛t fix your problem, there will be NO CHARGE!!! 25 Water Gum Crescent Ningi Qld 4511 flea treatment” - 0435 2460 06 Titab Licence No.T15423 – Established 20 Years – 5 year Warranty! Mobile:0427349171/Phone:53303360 3408 2334 or e mail info@ victorypress.com.au


Removals and Storage We make moving ...EASY www.ajsmartmove.com.au

Phone Justin Now PHONE: 0410 326 376 SOLICITOR Wallace Davies Solicitors

T: (07) 3408 7366 F: (07) 3408 9244 E: bribieadmin@wallacedavies.com 1/35 Benabrow Avenue, Bellara PO Box 61 BRIBIE ISLAND QLD 4507


Gold coin entry/ Car Entry: $10

Cnr Bribie Island Road & Regina Ave, Ningi Trailer Parts and Accessories WINDOW TINTING (proceeds go to charity) Ph 5429 5995 tonispetstation@gmail.com CABOOLTURE OPEN Mon-Fri 8-5, Sat 801 www.tonispetstation.com.au Family Fun, Kids Fun, Entertainment, Serving Bribie & Surrounds since 1999 1/75 Lear Jet Drive, Caboolture. Ph. 5432 4093 Window Tinting: Car, POOL MAINTENANCE BBQ & More Home, Office

We Make Moving...POOLWERX Easy! SHOP & MOBILEwww.mongreltrailers.com.au SERVICE

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Sunday 11th October Ph: Albert and Jan (Ind. Dist.) 07- 34080541 or 0413582747 Sandstone Point Hotel.

SupplyAfter & Fit Before Towbars

alenid2@hotmail.com PICK UP AND DELIVERY SERVICE BUILDING SERVICES Amethyst Constructions

QBCC no 15070653

Fully licenced and insured builder Specialising in Bathroom and Kitchen renovations • Certificate III Waterproofing • Over 30 yrs experience For a no obligation quote call today 0421 802 732

Let us create your dream!


For all your steel sales and fabrication needs. Steel cut to size. Guillotine, press, plate roller, band saw, welders all available on site. Delivery service available. No job too small or too large. Phone 5498 9516 Email a.bsteel@bigpond.com 33 Piper Street Caboolture 4510

– Signature AquaZone – Top of the range

$20,000 Ph: 0411 477795

Still under manufacturer’s warranty – in as new condition! Would suit new buyer – save more than $10k off new price


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Market & Cafe

Address; Bribie Harbour Shopping Village, Shop 7-10/25 Sunderland Dr, Banksia Beach Open 7 days from 7am Ph: 0428 383 025 Fonts: Cabin Sketch & Over the rainbow


0447 007 966

$77 Inclusive of GST

Includes photos and description



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Pumicestone E lectorate News

Electorate Office: Shop 1/43 Benabrow Ave, Bellara l Phone: 3474 2100 l Email: pumicestone@parliament.qld.gov.au

www.simonewilson.com.au | Follow Simone on Facebook@SimoneWilsonMP

A message from Simone

Out & About bout

Last month the Queensland Parliament officially opened. My work is well and truly underway to deliver better outcomes for Pumicestone having questioned Ministers on their commitment to improving the quality of our roads, particularly the Bribie Island Road, and seeking answers on the provision of police and health services in our area. Keep an eye on my Facebook page and website for details of how you can get involved in supporting these important issues so that your voice can be heard. Another way to be heard is to take a moment to complete my short 30 Second Local Survey below so that I know what’s important to you. You can simply fill in the survey, take a photo of it on your phone and send it to pumicestone@parliament.qld.gov.au or post to the electorate office at your convenience. I’d like to give a big shout out to the men and women who I joined on clean up Australia day. What a magnificent turn out and thank you again to everyone or our beautiful environment and surrounds. surrounds who gave up their time to care for Wishing everyone a safe and hap ppy Easter.

There is nothing beetter than being out in the community sup pporting our wonderful ggroups p and meetingg w with stakeholders, inccluding the 51st anniversary of Operation Bribie carried out during the Vietnam War; attending the Beachmere State School Leaders induction; Business and Professional Women’s International Women’s Day breakfast; meeting with the Executive Director of the Caboolture Hospital and supporting little Dylan.

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